Gabriela is the CEO of the Australian Pro Bono Center. She joined the Center in 2017 as Head of Policy & Strategy and in 2019 was appointed CEO, responsible for the Center’s overall management, strategic direction and representation of the Center in a variety of forums and media globally.
Gabriela has over two decades of experience working in leadership, strategy development, legal, policy, stakeholder management, fundraising and business development across Sydney, London, Tokyo, Jerusalem, Damascus and Ankara.
She is an Australian and UK qualified lawyer. Before joining the Center she practiced as a commercial lawyer in Sydney, London and Tokyo, working in law firms and investment banking, before pivoting her career to focus on social justice. Gabriela worked for UNHCR in Syria during the Iraqi refugee crisis and as Special Advisor in Tony Blair's Office of the Quartet Representative in Jerusalem, focused on Middle East peace negotiations and supporting Palestinian economic development and institution building.
Gabriela is a member of the global network, KeyNote Women Speakers. She also has a strong interest in film and TV and has a number of credits as an Executive Producer as well as AACTA accreditation.
Gabriela holds a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford, and both a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney.