Andrew Johnson, who was appointed to his current role as NSW Advocate for Children and Young People in January 2015, has more than 20 years of national and international experience working in senior leadership positions NGOs, and international intergovernmental organisations.
His work has included management and oversight of large scale service delivery programming, policy development and advocacy campaigns. He has been requested to present to the UN Security Council, US Congress and the Australian Parliament on issues pertinent to children and young people He was an Adjunct Professor at NYU, developing and teaching courses on child and human rights.
In 2012 Andrew worked for the ChildFund Alliance in New York, culminating in his appointment as the Acting Secretary General. At ChildFund Alliance he conceived the international campaign ‘Free from Violence’ for the inclusion of violence and exploitation in the United Nations next set of global priorities. The campaign utilised innovative new technologies to increase participation in the campaign including involving over 10,000 children. The issue of violence has been included in the High Level Panel report and the most recent Secretary General synthesis report.
His work as a children’s campaigner has included senior roles with, Plan International, Save the Children, ChildFund Alliance, UNICEF, UNCHR and the Australia Council of Social Service (ACOSS).