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Alan Glasgow - Executive Director

Executive Director
Front Line Defenders

Alan Glasgow has worked for 25 years in development, humanitarian, and human rights contexts. He joined as Executive Director of Front Line Defenders in May 2024, from the position of Regional Director for Asia and Europe with the Washington based Aid Agency, Mercy Corps. Prior to this he served as Mercy Corps’ European Migration Director.

Alan has also worked with the International Rescue Committee in New York and as Country Director in Sierra Leone, and with GOAL as Country Director in Kenya, South Sudan and Sudan, and Director of Global Business Development.

Alan’s leadership experience has focused on work at the frontlines of the world’s most challenging human rights environments, including Afghanistan, Gaza, Liberia, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen. His career has demonstrated a profound commitment to the rights of the marginalized and his work has been underpinned by a belief in the principles of human rights.

Alan holds a Master’s Degree from UCD in addition to professional training with Columbia and Harvard Universities. He lives in Dublin.