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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 Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize Winner 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.  Keynote: Luis C. deBaca, Former US Ambassador to Monitor & Combat Trafficking Andrew Zolli, VP, Global Impact Initiatives, Planet Chris White, Principal Researcher and Partner at Microsoft Valiant Richey, Deputy Coordinator, Office to Combat Human Trafficking, OSCE James Bartle, Founder and CEO, Outland Denim Yvan Sagnet, Forced Labour Survivor
  • Actions Leading to Solutions: Banks Alliances Around the World Asif 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
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  • Stop Slavery Award & inaugural Hero Award Ceremony Anish Kapoor, Artist
  • Evening Event | 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 Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Academy Award-winning Director 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 Gillian Anderson, Actress (TBC) Jemima Goldsmith, Producer, Journalist & Campaigner (TBC)

Day 2: Defending Human Rights

November 15, 2018

  • Keynotes Andrew Zolli, VP, Global Impact Initiatives, Planet Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Academy Award-winning Director
  • Panel: Migration and Modern Slavery Explore the link between the world’s growing migration crisis and slavery. Moderator: Ellen Barry, Chief International Correspondent, New York Times Emma Bonino, Former Italian Foreign Minister Senior UNHCR Representative Farisa Sajida Kabir, Barrister, Supreme Court of Bangladesh & Programme Head, Human Rights and Legal Aid Services, BRAC Innocent Magambi, Executive Director, There Is Hope and Refugee
  • 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. 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
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  • 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

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


Anne Girardin

Programs Specialist, Cadasta

Asif Saleh

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

Christopher Mikkelsen

Founder & Co-CEO of REFUNITE

Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

Ellen Barry

Chief International Correspondent, New York Times

Emi Mahmoud

Poet & Activist

Emma Bonino

Former Italian Foreign Minister

Her Majesty Queen Noor

Chair of the Noor Al Hussein and King Hussein Foundations

Inna Shevchenko

Human Rights Activist & Leader of the International Women's Movement FEMEN

Innocent Magambi

Executive Director, There Is Hope & Refugee
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Advisory Board

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

I didn’t think it could get better than last year but somehow you managed to do so.

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


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