With COVID-19 creating clear challenges and barriers in the region for all organisations, including on travel and connection to communities and partners, I have recommended, and which has been supported by the Board, that NFA’s leadership be based in the region as a strategic and sustainable model moving forward while allowing for a greater ability to connect and exchange with partners in the Asia-Pacific region.

My role in this transition phase has enabled a strong organisational base for Nationality for All. The core structural, governance and strategic work undertaken allows the next phase of the organisation to focus on regional leadership leveraging their expertise and vision, a next natural phase for the organisation to really impact and support stateless communities.

I am proud to have taken on this development role and will continue to support the organisation and the Board in its work ahead to establish regionally-based leadership and in supporting the new Executive Director.

I was thrilled to have been asked to lead the organisation in its development to a registered NGO while I finished my PHD and to use my 20-year experience in working with civil society, including in starting-up new NGOs.

It has been so encouraging and positive to see the enthusiasm and the support for the new organisation emerge from across the region and the globe.

I am looking forward to focusing further on my work on engaging governments on human rights including to support our shared vision for nationality and rights for all.


Grant Mitchell