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Gemma Mortensen

Co-Founder, More In Common

Skoll Awardee


Gemma has worked in the media, for government, international organisations, non-profits and within the tech sector; all in a life-long quest to learn the skills needed to bend the arc of power, wherever it resides, towards the public interest and the least advantaged. She is abandoning sunny California, where she served as’s first Chief Global Officer overseeing teams in 17 countries, to return home to contribute to More in Common.

She is co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Platforms and Systems, a board member of Intelligence Squared and co-founder of The Syria Campaign (with Tim Dixon). She was previously Executive Director of Crisis Action from 2008 to 2015 and received the 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions and the 2013 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. CNN named her as one of their inspirational women for 2014 and she became a Yale World Fellow in 2015. She believes we are experiencing an unprecedented rate of change that will only intensify.