Andrew Michael MacLeod is an Australian/British businessman, author, former humanitarian lawyer and aid worker.
MacLeod is Chair of British-based Griffin Law, a Non-Executive Director of the New York-based Cornerstone Capital, an advisor to Gane Energy Australia, Performance International and Critical Resource (UK); a former Affiliate Senior Associate to the Center for Strategic International Studies in Washington DC; sits on the Sustainable Accounting Advisory Board; and advises numerous charities. He maintains a Commission as an Australian Army reserve officer. MacLeod is the former General Manager Communities, Communications and External Relations at global miner Rio Tinto, a board member and formerly chairman of Principles for Social Investment. He served as CEO of the Committee for Melbourne and as Chief of Operations of the United Nations Emergency Coordination Centre in the international response to the 2005 Kashmir earthquake in Pakistan.
MacLeod was born in Melbourne, Australia. He was educated at St Michael's Grammar School in Melbourne, where he was Captain of the School, and obtained his combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Tasmania in 1993. MacLeod also holds a Master of Laws (International Law) from the University of Southampton and a Graduate Diploma in International Law from the University of Melbourne.
MacLeod worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yugoslavia during the Yugoslav wars and in Rwanda. It was for his first deployment to the Balkans that MacLeod was awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal, with a second award of the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal for Rwanda (Great Lakes).
From 2003 to 2005 MacLeod was head of Early Warning and Emergency Preparedness for UNHCR. In 2005, MacLeod worked as Chief of Operations of the United Nations Emergency Coordination Center which provided information and coordination to the NGOs and United Nations agencies delivering aid and relief after the Pakistan earthquake. MacLeod then became the first 'Relief to Recovery Transition' specialist, ensuring no drop-off in service delivery tot he people in the transitional period. He remained in Pakistan until 2008. MacLeod left the United Nations in 2009 after a year-long deployment to The Philippines.
MacLeod became critical of the lack of effectiveness and efficiency of the United Nations as he saw it. He raised a number of criticisms of the humanitarian system in his book "A Life Half Lived"Here including the UN's failure to crack down on UN staff paedophilia and hebophilia. He has also been published in several newspapers on the subject here.
Between 2010 and 2012, MacLeod served as CEO of the Committee For Melbourne, an independent network of Melbourne leaders working for Melbourne's liveability and economic prosperity. He also served as General Manager Community, Communications and External Relations for global giant Rio Tinto. From 2013 Macleod has been a member of the Management Board of New York-based Cornerstone Capital, Chairman of Griffin Law and a Senior Advisor to UK based Critical Resource. He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He currently serves as a Visiting Professor at King's College London and as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Tasmania Law School. He is a Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow at Deakin University.
Professor MacLeod is a public policy expert focusing on a number of issues including China's Belt and Road Initative as well as issues of international commerce, trade, finance and counter-terrorism.
MacLeod is the author of "A Life Half Lived" published by New Holland Press in 2013.Here.
MacLeod won the Silver Medal for the 200m Butterfly at the World Masters Games in 2002.
MacLeod is also a recipient of the Australian Defence Medal for his service as an Army Reserve Officer. He was awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal twice. He was awarded the Deakin University Distinguished Fellows award, the University of Tasmania Foundation Distinguished Alumni award and the Young Britons Foundation Global Award for Freedom.