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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.

Experience Trust Conference 2018

2018 Agenda

08:00 - 09:00Registration & Breakfast

09:00 - 09:45Welcome & Keynotes

  • Monique Villa, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • Kevin Bales, Research Director, The Rights Lab, University of Nottingham
  • Emi Mahmoud, Poet & Author


09:45 - 11:15Orphanages as Trafficking Hubs

  • Keynote: Kate van Doore, International Child Rights Lawyer & Academic at Griffith Law School
  • Moderator: Andrea Powell, Founding President, Karana Rising
  • Sophie Otiende, Trafficking Survivor & Programme Consultant, Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART Kenya)
  • Joseph Mwuara, Community Advocate & Orphanage Trafficking Survivor
  • Snezana Vuckovic, Survivor Leader & Human Rights Advocate

11:15 - 11:45Networking Break


11:45 - 12:45Innovations to Tackle Human Trafficking

  • Opening Remarks: Luis C. deBaca, Former US Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor & Combat Trafficking
  • Chris White, Principal Researcher and Partner, Microsoft
  • Valiant Richey, Deputy Coordinator, Office to Combat Human Trafficking, OSCE
  • Andrew Zolli, VP, Global Impact Initiatives, Planet
  • Dr Doreen Boyd, Rights Lab Slavery Observatory Co-lead & Associate Professor and Reader in Earth Observation, University of Nottingham

13:00 - 14:15Lunch

14:15 - 15:00Actions Leading to Solutions: Banks Alliance Around the World

  • Moderator: Martina Vandenberg, Founder and President, The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center
  • 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
  • Neil Giles, Director, Stop the Traffik, Centre for Intelligence-Led Prevention

15:00 - 15:45Trust Conference Actions

  • Moderator: Antonio Zappulla, COO, Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • Chloe Setter, Senior Advisor, Anti-Trafficking, Modern Slavery & Voluntourism, Lumos
  • Robin Chaurasiya, Founder, Kranti
  • Rochelle Keyhan, Collective Liberty

15:45 - 16:30Networking Break


16:30 - 17:00'Slave-Free': A Unique Selling Point?

  • Moderator: Rob Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer, TBWA\CHIAT\DAY, New York
  • James Bartle, Founder and CEO, Outland Denim
  • Arjen Boekhold, Cocoa Changemaker, Tony’s Chocolonely

17:00 - 18:00Stop Slavery Award & Hero Award

  • Presentation of the Stop Slavery Hero Award
  • Presentation of the Stop Slavery Awards

18:00 - 19:00Cocktail Reception

Full Agenda

2018 Speakers

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

Andrea Powell

Founding President, Karana Rising

Andrew Zolli

VP, Global Impact Initiatives, Planet

Anish Kapoor


Anjuli Pandit

Sustainable Finance Expert

Anne Girardin

Programmes Specialist, Cadasta

Antonio Zappulla

Chief Operating Officer, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Arjen Boekhold

Cocoa Game Changer, Tony’s Chocolonely

Asif Saleh

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

Belinda Goldsmith

Editor-in-Chief, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Carol Robles-Román

Co-President & CEO, ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women's Equality

Cathy Russell

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

Chloe Setter

Senior Advisor: Anti-Trafficking, Modern Slavery and Voluntourism, Lumos
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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, Investment Banker & Philanthropist

Susan Gibson

IRC-UK Board Member

Sima Samar

Chairperson, AIHRC
All Advisory Board

You told me this conference was about action, and you were right. You pulled together something remarkable.

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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