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Alison Gordon MA (Oxon) MA MBA OBE is an expert in public policy and international relations. Alison co-founded Sisters For Change with her sister, SFC Legal Director, in 2014. Alison served for 10 years in the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (2002-2012), working in senior policy positions in the Middle East, South America and South Asia. She was awarded an OBE for her work in Iraq in 2006-07. After the FCO, Alison spent two years in Asia and the US, completing an MBA at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and Columbia University. She was awarded the HKUST Outstanding Leadership Award in 2013 after designing and launching a graduate course in Social Entrepreneurship & Venture Philanthropy at HKUST. Before her time in government, Alison worked in a range of operational roles in the media and technology sectors, including strategy at the Guardian and BBC, Operations Director at Syzygy Digital Media Agency, and Content Development Director at Liberty Media’s global broadband business. She also served as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Women, Peace & Security at the London School of Economics in 2015-2016.
Jane Gordon MA (Oxon) LLM (Distinction) is a human rights lawyer with over 20 years’ experience working in human rights legal practice and policy at domestic, regional and international levels. Jane co-founded Sisters For Change with her sister, SFC Executive Director, in 2014. Jane was Human Rights Advisor to the Northern Ireland Policing Board (2003-2008) where she co-devised the first ever framework for monitoring the human rights compliance of the police. In 2009-2010, she was appointed Human Rights Advisor to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s national policing protest review. Jane has litigated cases of serious human rights violations against Russia, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine before the European Court of Human Rights, and advised national human rights institutions, public authorities and oversight mechanisms in Jamaica, India, Malawi, Iraq, Ireland and across the UK. Between 2008-2017, Jane was a Senior Fellow at LSE’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights and LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security where she delivered LSE’s practitioner short course on Women’s Human Rights. In 2013-2014, Jane served as gender advisor/SGBV investigator with the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria. Jane is additionally a member of the Foreign Secretary’s Human Rights Advisory Group.