Margie Cook

Consultant and Independent Practitioner

Since the early 1990s Margie Cook’s career has extended across politics, elections, governance, human rights, media, programme and budget management, risk analysis and strategic engagement. She has often worked in very dangerous and challenging parts of the world including: Africa, the Middle East, and Afghanistan as a Chief Advisor for the UN. 

 Margie has been responsible for project design and strategic oversight of complex and sensitive, multi-country funded projects, in nations undergoing dramatic political change. She has been responsible for the accountable execution of budgets from $6-$300M and the management of diverse, multi-cultural teams of 15 to 300.

Since 2001, Margie has served in continuous long-term roles in six countries (Nigeria, Tanzania, Cambodia, Kenya, Afghanistan and currentlyZimbabwe.  She has also worked in Yemen, Moldova, Jordan, Georgia, Nepal and Fiji, representing the interests of governments of more than two dozen countries.

 Key positions Margie has held include: an electoral research leadership role with the National Nine Television Network Australia (1987 to present); Director of Public Affairs for the Australian Human Rights Commission; Electoral Project Manager and Chief Electoral Advisor for the UN and she has managed complex governance projects for DAI Europe (2011 to present). 

 Margie works closely with global political analysts and academics, strategy, scenario, advocacy, media, communications and other thematic experts, to deliver the most confident and effective advice, and outcomes.

 Margie is an Australian citizen and her home base is Sydney, although she is currently based in Zimbabwe, managing a large project for the British Government. This project is due to close mid-2019, with an extension currently under consideration.

Areas of Expertise: governance, human rights, monitoring and evaluation.