Ellen Hansen

Ms. Ellen Hansen is currently the Senior Policy Adviser to the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva.   She has close to 30 years’ experience in international law and policy, 18 of them in various positions with UNHCR.  Ellen joined UNHCR in 1998, after ten years in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

Immediately prior to her current position, she served as Senior Regional Protection Officer in UNHCR’s Regional Office in Canberra covering Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and thirteen Pacific Island States.  

Ms. Hansen holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney, Legal Practice from the Australian National University and further studies in international law from the Hague Academy of International Law and as a United Nations Disarmament Fellow.