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Our Experts

We have a team of experts who provide advice, comments and analysis on a range of child-related issues to media, government and other aid agencies.

Save the Children has a team of experts with extensive experience in areas such as humanitarian emergencies, child protection, international development, government policy, education and health. 

Journalists who wish to speak to one of our experts can get in touch with our Media team to set up an interview.

Karen Flanagan A.M. – Child Protection Advocate

Karen Flanagan A.M. – Child Protection Advocate

Widely acknowledged as one of Australia's foremost educators and practitioners in the field of child sexual abuse and child abuse prevention, Karen leads Save the Children's child protection work. She manages the Child Protection Technical Unit and provides essential advice and guidance to the organisation on all child protection and safeguarding matters.

As part of her role, Karen also leads on providing technical support and training for staff and programs across Australia and internationally, helping ensure children are kept safe and protected from harm through all aspects of Save the Children's work. Karen is a qualified social worker with almost 30 years clinical, managerial, training and research experience in child protection.


Nick Ireland – Head of Specialised Technical Services

Nick Ireland – Head of Specialised Technical Services

Nick has more than 20 years' experience working in the international NGO sector. He currently manages Save the Children Australia’s Technical Team who lead on health, education, school safety, disaster risk reduction, climate change, gender, disability inclusion, and urban programming. The team focuses on improving the quality and effectiveness of our programming and strives to influence global, regional and national policy in ways that will improve the quality of life for children living in the world’s toughest places.

Nick has extensive experience in Asia, the Pacific, Africa and Latin America. He holds a degree in Architecture and a Masters in the Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development from London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).


Archie Law - Humanitarian Director

Archie Law - Humanitarian Director

Archie has spent much of the last 25 years working in conflict zones with the United Nations and NGOs in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He is highly regarded in the global humanitarian community and is a regular commentator in the Australian media.

Prior to joining Save the Children Australia, Archie spent 2018 in Iraq with Save the Children International leading the start-up of the Building Peaceful Futures Consortium. He was the founding Executive Director of ActionAid Australia where he worked for ten years and was a member of ActionAid’s Global Leadership Team. He has worked for the UN Development Program in South Africa on conflict prevention and recovery, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York and headed up the Mines Advisory Group in Cambodia. Archie has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Monash University and is currently studying a graduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring through Leeds Becket University. 


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