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Melanie Gow

CEO, Australian Volunteers International (AVI)

Melanie has held senior leadership positions roles across international development and the Australian health sector. She held various positions including Deputy Director for International Policy and Advocacy with World Vision International and President of the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Over the years, Melanie has served as a Board member on several not for profit Boards. She has also been on the Advisory Board of the Researchers for Asylum Seekers at the University of Melbourne and was Co-Chair of the United Nations Special Experts Panel on Violence against Children. Melanie has a Master of Arts in International Development and a Master of Public and International Law. Melanie has worked for many years with both World Vision Australia and World Vision International before starting a small consulting firm in 2017. In 2018 Melanie joined St Vincent Health Australia as the Group General Manager for Corporate Affairs and in December 2020 joined AVI, taking up the role of CEO.