Marianne Elliott is an attorney, human rights advocate and author. Her work has included developing human rights strategies for the governments of New Zealand and Timor-Leste and she served as a United Nations peacekeeper in Afghanistan with a focus on human rights and gender issues. She also helped establish one of the best restaurants in Wellington, ran a thriving online yoga practice and wrote a memoir about her work in Afghanistan, called Zen Under Fire. And this was all before she founded Action Station, a disruptive and effective citizen-led force advocating for a fair and flourishing Aotearoa New Zealand.
Marianne is also a self-described introvert, with social anxiety and bouts of feeling like an imposter.
Her work is incredibly inspiring for anyone who feels you could do incredible things in the world if only you didn’t have self-doubt. You don’t have to wait!