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Trust Conference is committed to finding real solutions to fight slavery, empower women, and advance human rights worldwide. The annual event convenes global corporations, lawyers, government representatives, and pioneers at the forefront of the fight for human rights.

The 2016 annual conference brought together 700 global leaders from 60 countries including Brazil, Australia, China, India, Kyrgyzstan and Switzerland. The two-day event reached 65 million people worldwide through extensive media coverage and highly interactive social media engagement.

Experience 2016 Conference





Day 1

  • Welcome & Keynotes Monique Villa, CEO Thomson Reuters Foundation Kevin Bales, Co-founder, Free the Slaves - USA Chen Guangcheng, Civil Rights Activist - China
  • Learning from survivorsFrom powerful accounts of human struggle to firsthand insights into the unique challenges faced after the rescue. This session looks at the lessons that can be drawn from those who have been deprived of their freedom, suffering the ultimate human rights abuse.
    MODERATOR: Kevin Hyland, UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner - UK Ajeet Singh, Founder & Director, Guria - India Jihyun Park, North Korean defector and Human Rights Activist - North Korea Jessica Graham, Survivor Liaison and Victim Services Director - USA Sarah, Survivor and Volunteer at The Snowdrop Project – UK
  • The role of business in eradicating forced labourHear from corporations and investors taking bold steps towards cleaning their supply chains of forced labour. Find out which measures have proved successful, and the most challenging tasks in supply chain management.
    Bobby Banerjee, Professor of Management and Director of the Executive PhD Program at Cass Business School, City University of London - UK Jan Saumweber, Senior Vice President, Responsible Sourcing Walmart - USA
  • Actions Tom Ogletree, Director of Social Impact at General Assembly - USA Mary Fischer, Executive Director, Survivor’s Ink - USA
  • Stop Slavery Award Ceremony

Day 2

  • Welcome & Keynotes Monique Villa, CEO Thomson Reuters Foundation Emma Bonino, Former Italian Foreign Minister - Italy Nazir Afzal, Former Chief Executive of the Police & Crime Commissioners for England & Wales - UK Brendan Cox, International Campaigner and Activist - UK
  • Re-assessing women’s rightsFrom the crackdown on reproductive rights in the USA to the rise of acid attacks against women across Europe, from child marriage to violence and intimidation against women; we look at why the advancement of women’s rights seems to have stalled.
    Mónica Roa, Independent Consultant - Colombia Fraidy Reiss, Founder at Unchained at Last - Colombia Maryam Al-Khawaja, Human Rights Defender - Bahrain
  • Breaking TaboosHear from the men and women who dare to challenge society’s status-quo to build more tolerant and fair communities.
    Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan, Lawyer and Peace Ambassador - Kenya Raha Moharrak, Mountaineer - Saudi Arabia
  • CitiesFrom transport to terrorism, from housing to healthcare to inclusion; we look at the challenges faced by some of world’s mega-cities as they become the ultimate centre of influence.
    Eman Martin-Vignerte, Director at Robert-Bosch Ltd – UK Anab Jain, Co-Founder and Director, Superflux – UK
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Trust Conference brings together world leaders and inspirational campaigners with powerful stories and solutions for change.

Bobby Banerjee

Professor of Management and Director of the Executive PhD Program at Cass Business School, City University of London

Brendan Cox

International Campaigner and Activist

Chen Guangcheng

Civil Rights Activist

Emma Bonino

Former Italian Foreign Minister

Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan

Lawyer and Peace Ambassador

Kevin Bales

Co-founder, Free the Slaves

Livia Firth

Creative Director, Eco-Age and Founder of the Green Carpet Challenge

Maryam Al-Khawaja

Human Rights Defender
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Trust Conference is committed to action. Participants strive to find practical solutions to fight slavery and solve human rights issues worldwide.

Support for Yazidi Women and Girls victimized by ISIS

Providing therapeutic support, medical services and income opportunities to Yazidi women and girls victimised by ISIS.

Career Academy for Survivors of Trafficking

Introducing an intensive “Career Academy” giving survivors of human trafficking comprehensive training, support, mentoring and professional development opportunities.

Empowering Women Through Mobile Reading

Worldreader is taking action with a commitment to reach 5 million women with life-changing digital books on their mobile phones by the end of 2018.
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Advisory Board

Mabel van Oranje

Initiator and Chair, Girls Not Brides

Cherie Blair

Lawyer & Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Queen Noor

Founder & Chair, the King Hussein Foundation

Cathy Russell

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
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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