Iverna McGowan is the Head of Amnesty International’s (AI) European Institutions Office, heading up the organisation’s work towards the European Union and the Council of Europe. She has been with the organisation for six years and led her team through dealing with the EU’s response to major human rights crisis including the global refugee crisis and the situation in Myanmar, Central African Republic and Syria.
McGowan sits on the European Board of Transparency International, and is also on the Advisory Panel to the EU’s Agency on Fundamental Rights. From 2009 to 2012, she worked as a legal researcher for the United Nations Committee on ending all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), she also worked as a human rights desk officer with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s graduate programme.
She holds a LLM from the European Law School of the University of Maastricht, a BA in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin, and a diploma in International Relations from SciencesPo Grenoble France.