Joanna Maycock is the EWL’s Secretary General since May 2014 and has 20 years’ professional experience in senior leadership and governance positions in the European and International Development NGO sector. For the past 12 years, she has worked in Brussels for ActionAid a global Federation working for a world free from poverty and injustice. Her most recent role at ActionAid was as Director for Country Coordination, and Head of Europe, and she is also a long-time board member and former President of CONCORD, the European Confederation of Development NGOs. Joanna also has an extensive experience working for migrant women’s rights at the International Organization for Migration.
In December 2016 Joanna became a member of the Civil Society Advisory Group to UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
"I believe the only way to achieve an end to poverty, inequality and injustice is through building effective movements for collective action and campaigning for social change. For me the fight for women’s rights and gender equality has always been at the centre of any struggle for equality and justice."