Joanna MacLean is a fourth generation New Zealander from Dunedin. She’s traveled to more than three-quarters of the world’s 195 countries.
Joanna taught in her native country, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, and England before beginning her International Red Cross career, spanning 28 years. From 2002-2005, she was Head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Delegation in Myanmar, and also worked in Africa and the Caribbean/Central America. In the Geneva HQ, she held a number of Department Head posts and was a leading figure in the Movement’s global events and campaigns over a period of 15 years from 1988-2002.
JOANNA MACLEAN, Photographer, Author, and Lecturer,
Now, as an independent consultant, she continues training and short-term assignments for the International Red Cross. In 2004, she co-founded La Luna Gallery in Chiang Mai, Thailand; the gallery exhibited Southeast Asian contemporary art from Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. From 2011-2016, she was co-owner/director of Colour Factory, operating shops in Chiang Mai, featuring the painted elephants of the internationally known Elephant Parade.