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Trust Conference is an annual human rights forum committed to finding real solutions to fight slavery, empower women, and advance human rights worldwide. The annual event convenes 600 delegates from the worlds of activism, civil society, law, government and business in the heart of London for two full days of inspiration, networking, and action.

2018 Agenda

Day 1: Fighting Modern Slavery

November 14, 2018

  • Keynotes Monique Villa, CEO Thomson Reuters Foundation Kevin Bales, Founder, Free the Slaves
  • Panel: Orphanages as Trafficking Hubs First-hand accounts from survivors of modern slavery. Keynote: Kate van Doore, International Child Rights Lawyer & Academic at Griffith Law School Sophie Otiende, Trafficking Survivor & Programme Consultant, Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART Kenya) Zafina Yonjan, Student & Trafficking Survivor Joseph Mwuara, Trafficking Survivor
  • Innovations to Tackle Forced LabourHear from corporations and investors taking bold steps towards cleaning their supply chains of forced labour.  Opening Remarks: Luis C. deBaca, Former US Ambassador to Monitor & Combat Trafficking Chris White, Principal Researcher and Partner at Microsoft Valiant Richey, Deputy Coordinator, Office to Combat Human Trafficking, OSCE Andrew Zolli, VP, Global Impact Initiatives, Planet
  • Actions Leading to Solutions: Banks Alliances Around the World Moderator: Martina Vandenberg, Founder and President of The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal CenterAsif Saleh, Senior Director of Strategy, Communications and Empowerment for BRAC and BRAC International Cyrus Vance Jr, Manhattan District Attorney Erik Barnett, Regional Head of Europe for Financial Crime Threat Mitigation, HSBC Neil Giles, Director, Stop the Traffik, Centre for Intelligence Led Prevention
  • Actions Chloe Setter, Senior Advisor, Anti-Trafficking, Modern Slavery & Voluntourism, Lumos Robin Chaurasiya, Founder, Kranti
  • Panel: 'Slave-Free': A Unique Selling Point?Hear from corporations and investors taking bold steps towards cleaning their supply chains of forced labour.  Moderator: Rob Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer at TBWA\CHIAT\DAY, New York James Bartle, Founder and CEO, Outland Denim Arjan Boekhold, Cocoa Changemaker at Tony’s Chocolonely
  • Stop Slavery Award Anish Kapoor, Artist
  • Stop Slavery Hero Award Ceremony
  • Cocktail Reception

Day 2: Defending Human Rights

November 15, 2018

  • Keynotes Monique Villa, CEO Thomson Reuters Foundation Andrew Zolli, VP, Global Impact Initiatives, Planet
  • Panel: Migration and Modern Slavery Explore the link between the world’s growing migration crisis and slavery. Moderator: Nazir Afzal OBE, Former Chief Prosecutor UK Emma Bonino, Former Italian Foreign Minister Duncan Breen, Communications & Advocacy Officer, UNHCR Hassiba Hadjsahraoui, Humanitarian Affairs Adviser, Médecins Sans Frontières Farisa Sajida Kabir, Barrister, Supreme Court of Bangladesh & Programme Head, Human Rights and Legal Aid Services, BRAC Innocent Magambi, Executive Director, There Is Hope & Author of 'Refugee for Life'
  • Special Performance | Ferite a MorteWell-known personalities read a series of powerful letters based on real stories of women who lost their lives at the hands of a husband, a partner, a lover or an "ex”. Featuring: HRH Queen Noor of Jordan Lella Costa, Actress Inna Shevchenko, Leader of International Women's Movement FEMEN Emma Bonino, Former Italian Foreign Minister Emi Mahmoud, 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion & UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cathy Russell, Former US Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues Dr Anne-Marie Wilson, Founder/Executive Director, 28 Too Many
  • Panel: Violence Against Women From domestic abuse to gender-biased sex selection and sexual harassment, learn more about the enduring issue of violence against women and ways of combatting it. Keynote: Dr Menaka Guruswamy, Lawyer, Supreme Court of India Moderator: Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, President, International, The New York Times Company Inna Shevchenko, Leader of International Women's Movement FEMEN Rana Ayyub, Indian Journalist and Author Natalia Ponce de León, Activist and Acid Attack Survivor
  • Panel: Land, Water & Property RightsLearn about the correlation between lack of land and property rights and poverty, with a particular focus on women, who own only 20% of the world’s land.  Moderator: Peter Rabley, Venture Partner at Omidyar Network Jeff Hebert, Vice President for Adaptation and Resilience at the Water Institute & Former Deputy Mayor of the City of New Orleans   Anne Girardin, Land Surveyor & Geographical Database Specialist, Cadasta Foundation Dr. Aninka Claassens, Director of the Land and Accountability Research Centre (LARC)
  • Actions Chris Mikkelsen, Co-Founder, REFUNITE Supreet Singh, Partner, Red Dot Foundation, & Safecity International Center for Research on Women

2018 Speakers

Trust Conference brings together world leaders and inspirational campaigners with powerful stories and solutions for change.

Andrew Zolli

VP, Global Impact Initiatives, Planet

Anish Kapoor

Artist

Anne Girardin

Programs Specialist, Cadasta

Arjen Boekhold

Cocoa Game Changer, Tony’s Chocolonely

Asif Saleh

Senior Director of Strategy, Communications and Empowerment, BRAC and BRAC International

Cathy Russell

Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

Chloe Setter

Senior Advisory: Anti-Trafficking, Modern Slavery and Voluntourism, Lumos

Christopher Mikkelsen

Founder & Co-CEO of REFUNITE

Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

Dr Anne-Marie Wilson

Founder & Executive Director, 28 Too Many

Dr Menaka Guruswamy

Lawyer, Supreme Court of India

Emi Mahmoud

Poet & Activist
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Paul Rawlinson

Global Chair of Baker McKenzie

Cherie Blair

Lawyer & Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Queen Noor

Founder & Chair, the King Hussein Foundation

Cathy Russell

Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

Stephen Dunbar-Johnson

President, International, The New York Times Company

John Studzinski

CBE, Vice Chairman of Blackstone

Susan Gibson

IRC-UK Board Member

Sima Samar

Chairperson, AIHRC
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Michael Brosowski Founder & CEO, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation

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Karen Friedman Agnifilo Chief Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney’s Office

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