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Alex Newton biography

Alex Newton is a lawyer and specialist in business and human rights. Her firm consults to corporations, governments and non-government organisations on a wide range of matters related to responsible business, human rights, corporate responsibility, anti-corruption and discrimination.

Before launching her consulting business in January 2016, Alex worked as a Director and Executive in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for seven years, advising on complex legal and public policy issues. Previously, she served in the United Nations Secretary General’s Strategic Planning Unit in New York and as a lawyer with the Australian Human Rights Commission. She started her career as a commercial lawyer, with King and Wood Mallesons in Sydney.

Alex Newton is an adjunct lecturer in Transnational Business and Human Rights in the Australian National University’s postgraduate law program, where she independently established the curriculum for the course in 2010. Alex has also lectured in International Human Rights Law at the University of Technology, Sydney.

She is a member of the GEC Risk Advisory Team, a New York-based consulting firm which specialises in governance, reputation risk and crisis management.

Alex has a Master of Laws from Columbia University, New York and Bachelors degrees in Arts and Laws from Sydney University. She has a working proficiency in Spanish.