The Australian Pro Bono Centre

By Warwick Bowd

Published Date: 2019/11


Derwent was privileged to provide pro-bono services and advice in assisting The Australian Pro Bono Centre with an executive search process resulting in the appointment of Gabriela Christian-Hare as its new Chief Executive Officer.

The Australian Pro Bono Centre is an independent, non-profit organisation that supports and promotes pro bono legal services. They are dedicated to growing the Australian legal profession’s capacity to provide pro bono legal services that increase access to justice for socially disadvantaged or marginalised people and further what is in the best interest of the public.

Gabriela was formerly Head of Policy and Strategy at the Centre for two years. She practiced law for over a decade with Clayton Utz in Sydney, Linklaters in London and Tokyo and as in-house counsel for leading investment bank, Nomura International, in London. She gained not-for-profit sector leadership and on-the-ground policy development experience as Special Advisor to Head of Mission of Mr Tony Blair’s Office of the Quartet Representative (OQR) in Jerusalem. Gabriela also worked for UNHCR Damascus on the Iraqi refugee crisis. Her time in the Middle East saw her working at the nexus of human rights and economic/social development in complex political environments.