Anne-Marie Brook

Driving the world’s first initiative to track the human rights performance of countries around the globe


Anne-Marie is a former economist with a passion for helping to bring about systemic change. She is an Edmund Hillary Fellow, collaboratively building solutions to global challenges from Aotearoa New Zealand, and helping to making the world a better place. In 2016 she co-founded the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research.

She and her team of human rights experts from around the world believe wholeheartedly that data matter. Data play a huge role in bringing about progress in every area of human endeavour: medicine, climate change, education…you name it. However, until recently, there has been no comprehensive source of data tracking the human rights performance of countries.

HRMI’s goal is to fill this data gap through collaboration with human rights practitioners worldwide. Prior to making the jump into human rights, Anne-Marie worked as an economist for the OECD and the New Zealand public sector. She has degrees in Psychology and Economics from the University of Otago and an MPA in Economics from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, which she attended on a Fulbright Scholarship.