Kate Gilmore

Kate Gilmore

Carr Center Fellow
Kate Gilmore

Kate Gilmore brings in-depth human rights experience across a range of issues, sectors, and settings, having also served the United Nations at a senior level, first as Deputy Executive Director for Programmes with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and, more recently, as the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.  

Her advocacy for the advance and application of human rights standards and norms extends over more than three decades.  Working at the top levels of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, she has helped guide and inspire normative, policy and programming engagement on a range of human rights subject areas, including specifically with regards to women and youth.  

She brings strong leadership managerial, and representational experience in such as the design and execution of global strategies and campaigns; in human rights research methodology and reporting; in the mobilization of resources and constituencies and is a proven persuasive communicator with diverse audiences and sectors.  

She has also led planning, programming and evaluation of global field operations both in humanitarian settings and within the UN development system.  And, she has helped to lead efforts for mainstreaming of human rights across the UN development system; acted as an Inter-Agency Standing Committee “champion for change” on sexual abuse and exploitation and is a frequent guest lecturer for the UN Staff College senior leadership training programme.

Having earlier held leadership positions with Amnesty International – both in Australia and at the International Secretariat - she has in depth knowledge of civil society and multi-stakeholder approaches.

Ms. Gilmore began her career as a social worker and government policy officer in Australia; and established Australia’s first Centre Against Sexual Assault.  She was granted honorary appointments to provincial and national public policy and law reform processes, including membership of Australia’s first National Committee on Violence Against Women.

Ms. Gilmore holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New England and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Community Development from RMIT.