Robbie Francis

Director of The Lucy Foundation - creating inclusion opportunities across the world


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Dr Robbie Francis is a disability advocate, activist, scholar and leader from Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Robbie proudly identifies as a disabled woman, and has dedicated her personal, professional and academic life to advocating for the rights of marginalised populations. She is the co-founder and Director of The Lucy Foundation, an international social enterprise advocating for disability inclusion and environmental regeneration within the global coffee industry.

Robbie recently completed her doctorate at the University of Otago National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, where her research investigated inclusive and accessible peacebuilding and the experiences of disabled Colombian and Venezuelan refugees and asylum seekers in Ecuador.

Robbie sits on two governance boards, has been an expert advisor to the New Zealand Government on various strategies and policies, and also works as a senior human rights researcher at the Donald Beasley Institute where she is monitoring the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Aotearoa New Zealand.