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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 2017 annual conference brought together 700 global leaders from 65 countries including Brazil, Australia, China, India, Kyrgyzstan and Switzerland. The two-day event reached 4.1 million people worldwide through extensive media coverage and highly interactive social media engagement.

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2017 Agenda

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08:00 - 09:15Registration & Breakfast

08:00 - 09:15Scholars’ skills and networking breakfast *Exclusively for designated Trust Conference scholars

09:30 - 10:30Welcome & Keynotes

  • Monique Villa, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • Kevin Bales, CMG, Prof. of Contemporary Slavery & Research Director of the Rights Lab,University of Nottingham – USA
  • Chen Guangcheng, Civil Rights Activist - China + Q&A

Plenary Sessions

10:30 - 12:00Learning from Survivors

  • MODERATOR: Kevin Hyland, UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner - UK
  • Ajeet Singh, Founder of Guria - India
  • Asif Saleh, Senior Director, Strategy, Communications and Empowerment, BRAC - India
  • Jessica Graham, Victim Services Director for Survivor’s Ink – USA
  • Jihyun Park, Human Rights Activist - North Korea
  • Sarah, Survivor and Volunteer at The Snowdrop Project – UK

12:00 - 13:10Lunch

12:00 - 13:10Effective partnerships to eradicate forced labour – sponsored by Baker McKenzie*Pre registration required

12:00 - 13:10Financial crimes and human trafficking – sponsored by Western Union*Pre registration required

13:15 - 13:30Spoken Word Poetry with Emi Mahmoud - Poet and Activist

13:30 - 15:00The Role of Business in Eradicating Forced Labour

  • MODERATOR: John Morrison, Chief Executive, Institute for Human Rights and Business – UK
  • 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
  • Paula Pyers, Head of Supplier Responsibility, Apple – USA
  • Cathy Pieters, Director Cocoa Life Program, Mondelez International – Switzerland

15:00 - 16:00Networking Break

16:05 - 16:25Special Announcements

16:25 - 16:30Livia Firth, Creative Director, Eco-Age and Founder of the Green Carpet Challenge

16:30 - 17:30Trust Conference Actions

  • MODERATOR: Jess Search, CEO Doc Society – UK
  • Michelle Edwards, Board President, Survivor’s Ink – USA
  • Hasina Kharbhih, Founder Chair of Board of Impulse NGO Network – India
  • Tom Ogletree, Director of Social Impact at General Assembly - USA

17:30 - 18:30Stop Slavery Award Ceremony

  • Discussion between Anish Kapoor, Artist and Orsola de Castro, Founder and Creative Director of Fashion Revolution
  • Prize-giving
  • Discussion between the winners moderated by Lou C.deBaca, Former US Ambassador to Monitor & Combat Trafficking

18:30 - 20:00Stop Slavery Award Drinks Reception

20:00 - 21:00Special performance: Looking for Mummy: Nazanin’s Story

Full Agenda


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

Anish Kapoor


Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan

Lawyer and Peace Ambassador

Kevin Bales

CMG, Prof. of Contemporary Slavery & Research Director of the Rights Lab, U. of Nottingham.

Livia Firth

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

Maryam Al-Khawaja

Human Rights Defender
All Speakers


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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* With thanks to Trixie and Stephen Brenninkmeijer, Susan Gibson and Thomson Reuters Foundation Ambassadors *

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