Our People

It is estimated that there are at least 500 women worldwide currently on death row.

Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide, Judged for More than Her Crime: A Global Overview of Women Facing the Death Penalty, (September 2018) 4.

Simone Abel

Simone Abel is CPJP’s Chief Executive Officer. She joined CPJP in 2020, having previously been a Director of Reprieve UK for seven years. In this time, Simone helped professionalise and grow Reprieve as its Director of Strategy and Policy, its Director of Operations, and then its Director of Legal and Governance. Her focus has been on extreme rights abuses at the hands of powerful governments, including the death penalty.

Before this, Simone was the Executive Director of René Cassin, a London-based human rights organisation. She subsequently served as a Director on René Cassin’s Board. Simone has also worked in the General Counsel team at a global human rights organisation’s New York office, and as a commercial lawyer in the US and in the Sydney office of law firm Mallesons.

Simone has a Masters of Laws (with a focus on international law and human rights) from the University of NSW, and has published articles on human rights law issues, including an award-winning one in 2012 on indirect discrimination.  She is a NSW licensed solicitor and has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of NSW.

Simone enjoys working with CPJP’s partners in the region, and its strong local network, including its volunteers.

Fia Hamid-Walker is the Consultant Project Coordinator for the CPJP component of a global project “Together against the death penalty in Central Africa and Southeast Asia”, overseen by partner organisation ECPM. Fia works with partner organisations to coordinate CPJP activities that take place in Malaysia and in Indonesia

In the past five years, Fia’s career has spanned the legal, international development and humanitarian sectors. Fia has worked with community legal centres as a legal researcher and advocate specialising in administrative law, anti-discrimination, police accountability, and prisoners’ rights. Fia has also worked for Australian and Southeast Asian-based humanitarian and human rights organisations. Prior to these roles, Fia volunteered with CPJP in 2014, becoming familiar with our work and demonstrating dedication to abolition.

Fia has completed a number of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade gender and poverty reduction projects in Indonesia. She contributed to the preparation of DFAT’s Indonesia Aid Program Performance Report 2018-19. Fia worked with the Australian Red Cross as Vulnerable People in Emergencies project officer during the Black Summer bushfires 2019/20, and then as COVID-19 Extreme Hardship Support Program officer. Fia has contributed to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)’s Human Rights Translated – A Business Reference Guide 2016 with the Castan Centre for Human Rights.

Fia completed her Bachelor of law degrees from the University of Airlangga, Indonesia and Monash University, Australia. Fia has a Masters of Development Studies (First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne. Fia is also an Impact and Evaluation Analyst with the Australian Conservation Foundation. Fia has written regularly for the Jakarta Post and Rights Now: Human Rights in Australia; and has been a guest lecturer on Law and Decolonisation at the Airlangga University, Indonesia.

The number of death sentences recorded globally in 2018 was 2,531. Amnesty International, Amnesty International Global Report: Death Sentences and Executions 2018 (2019), 10.