Anna has been working in international development, humanitarian response and human rights for some 20 years, nationally and internationally. She has worked in different United Nations organisations and with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and also in government and as a commercial lawyer in Australia. She is a trustee of WaterAid (UK).
Anna has been active in the fields of refugee protection, human rights and accountability, governance, organisational change, capacity building, and advocacy. She has led and managed teams in field and headquarters, developed and implemented policies and long-term strategies in different organisations, and negotiated on humanitarian issues and development of international law. Anna has published on accountability for human rights abuses and war crimes and on economic sanctions.
At present, Anna is Director of International Standards and Legal Affairs at UNESCO. She has worked previously as Director of Operations in Jordan for the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), as General Counsel at UNRWA, at the ICRC Advisory Service on International Humanitarian Law, as Representative of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and as Manager of the Australian Red Cross humanitarian law programme.