The International Catholic Migration Commission congratulates Dr. Anne T. Gallagher on her appointment as Director-General of the Commonwealth Foundation.
The Foundation announced on 24 April 2019 that Dr. Gallagher will succeed the current Director-General Mr. Vijay Krishnarayan in June.
As Director-General, Dr. Gallagher will be responsible for all activities of the Commonwealth Foundation. She will oversee the implementation of the annual priorities determined by the Foundation’s Board of Governors.
“I applaud the Commonwealth Foundation’s decision to select Dr. Gallagher for this role,” said ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo. “I am certain that, through this position, her work will benefit the causes being advanced by the Foundation as well as the civil society actors who partner with the Foundation. She brings extensive knowledge and experience as she assumes leadership responsibilities at the Foundation.”
Founded in 1966, the Commonwealth Foundation’s goal is to develop civil society capacity to make policy and institutions more responsive and accountable to people’s needs. It provides financial and technical assistance to projects that encourage economic empowerment, education, and environmental initiatives, among others, in 53 countries.
An Australian-born lawyer, teacher, practitioner and scholar, Dr. Gallagher’s career spans over 25 years. She is a world-renowned expert on responses to trafficking in persons, human rights and the administration of criminal justice.
Dr. Gallagher has been serving as ICMC President since March 2018. She also serves as Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Presidential Task Force on Human Trafficking, and as a member of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration.