Alumni Profile

Nicholas Grono, MPP 2003
Nicholas Grono
Former Deputy President & COO, International Crisis Group; Former CEO, Walk Free; President & CEO, The Freedom Fund
MPP, Class of 2003
Nick is CEO of Walk Free, based in Perth, Australia.
Walk Free is an international human rights organisation with the mission to end modern slavery in this generation. Modern slavery includes horrendous practices such as human trafficking, forced and bonded labour, and the recruitment and use of child soldiers. There are an estimated 27 million people living in slavery around the world.
Walk Free’s initiatives include building a global movement against slavery; establishing an annual slavery index, measuring risk, prevalence and responses to slavery on a country by country basis; engaging with businesses to encourage them to ensure their operations and supply chains are free of forced labour; and setting up a Global Fund to resource policy interventions and grassroots action around the world to end slavery.
Prior to joining Walk Free in October 2012, Nick was the Deputy President and COO of the International Crisis Group, the world’s leading conflict prevention NGO, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. At ICG he was responsible for the oversight and management of Crisis Group’s programs and operations in some thirty countries around the world.
He has written extensively on international justice and other conflict and human rights-related issues, with articles published in the International Herald Tribune, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere. Nick is a lawyer by background and, prior to starting work for Crisis Group in 2003, he was Chief of Staff and National Security Adviser to the Australian Attorney-General. He has a law degree with first class honours from the University of Sydney and a Master’s in Public Policy from Princeton University.