Trust Conference is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s flagship annual event and a leading human rights forum. Normally held in the heart of London each year, the conference brings together some 600 delegates from diverse sectors representing more than 60 countries. Previous speakers have included President and CEO of TIME’S UP, Tina Tchen, Executive Editor of The New York Times, Dean Baquet, and disability and design advocate, Sinéad Burke. This year, the forum has moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The current global health crisis will define the course of our lives for generations. Join us for a free day’s event packed with panel discussions, side sessions, speaker spotlights, documentaries and networking opportunities as we examine just how the pandemic has deepened social and economic inequalities, amplified threats to media freedom and will have lasting consequences for protecting and promoting human rights.

This is your opportunity to hear insights and share expertise with those at the forefront of reshaping our recovery in a post-COVID world.

2020 Speakers

  • Alice Munyua

    Director Innovation and Public Policy, Africa at Mozilla

  • Antonio Zappulla

    Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters Foundation

  • Anya Schiffrin

    Director of the Technology, Media, and Communications specialisation at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)

  • Christine Mungai

    Writer and Journalist

  • Danny Sriskandarajah

    Chief Executive, Oxfam GB

  • David Craig

    Chief Executive Officer, Refinitiv

  • Ian Goldin

    Professor of Globalisation and Development, University of Oxford

  • James Irungu Mwangi

    Executive Director, Dalberg Group

  • Joel Simon

    Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists

  • Khadija Patel

    Journalist

  • Livia Firth

    Creative Director, Eco Age Limited

  • Mahlatse Mahlase

    Group Editor-in-Chief, Eyewitness News

  • Meera Selva

    Director, the Journalist Fellowship Programme at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

  • Mercy Adhiambo

    Feature Writer, The Standard

  • Muhammad Yunus

    Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Social Entrepreneur

  • Patrícia Campos Mello

    Journalist, Folha de S.Paulo

  • Rana Ayyub

    Global Opinions Writer, Washington Post

  • Renée DiResta

    Technical Research Manager, Stanford Internet Observatory

  • Ruona Meyer

    Investigative Journalist

  • Safiya Noble

    Associate Professor at UCLA and Author of ‘Algorithms of Oppression’

  • Steve Hasker

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters

  • Urvashi Aneja

    Co-Founder and Director, Tandem Research

2020 Agenda

This year’s conference will be held virtually.

09:10 - 09:30 GMT

Opening Remarks

Antonio Zappulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation

09:30 - 09:45 GMT

Keynote

Steve Hasker, President and CEO, Thomson Reuters

09:45 - 10:00 GMT

Keynote

Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Social Entrepreneur

10:00 - 11:00 GMT

LIVE PANEL

Beyond the Buzzwords: What does ‘Build Back Better’ mean in practical terms for our economies post-COVID?

Speakers

David Craig, Founder, CEO and Board Member, Refinitiv

Livia Firth, Founder and Creative Director, Eco-Age

Danny Sriskandarajah, Chief Executive, Oxfam GB

Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development, University of Oxford

James Irungu Mwangi, Executive Director, Dalberg Group (Moderator)

11:00 - 12:00 GMT

Documentary Screenings

Earth Focus

Earth Focus is an investigative series that reports on our changing environment and how it affects people around the world. This was a collaborative production between the Thomson Reuters Foundation and KCET.

The Guardians of the Forest

Our award-winning film follows an indigenous volunteer force who risk their lives patrolling a protected area of rainforest and destroying illegal logger camps in the Brazilian Amazon.

12:00 - 13:30 GMT

Panel Discussion

FROM THE TC 2019 ARCHIVE

Paying the Price for Free Speech

Speakers

Jason Rezaian, Journalist, The Washington Post.

Maria Ressa, CEO, Rappler

Matthew Caruana Galizia, Investigative Journalist

Natalia Morari, Co-Founder, TV8

Rebecca Vincent, UK Bureau Director, Reporters Without Borders (Moderator)

13:00 - 13:30 GMT

LIVE NETWORKING

Networking Break

13:30 - 13:35 GMT

Speaker Spotlight

FROM THE TC 2019 ARCHIVE

GeumHyok Kim, Media Freedom Activist

13:45 - 14:00 GMT

LIVE KEYNOTE

How will media organisations survive financially after the pandemic?

Speaker

Anya Schiffrin, Director of the Technology, Media, and Communications specialisation at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)

14:00 - 15:00 GMT

LIVE PANEL

Countering the ‘COVID-Crackdown’: How do we address the pandemic’s impact on media freedom?

Speakers

Joel Simon, Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists

Rana Ayyub, Global Opinions Writer, Washington Post

Patricia Campos Mello, Journalist, Folha de S.Paulo

Meera Selva, Director, the Journalist Fellowship Programme at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (Moderator)

15:00 - 16:30 GMT

LIVE BREAKOUT SESSION

Proxy Wars: The role of trust in building sustainable African media

Are African democracies under siege using the media as a proxy? Our panel discusses threats to media that are specific to their country or region, identifying major attacks on trust, revenue, and freedom of expression, and proposing creative solutions.

Speakers

Khadija Patel, Journalist

Ruona Meyer, Investigative Journalist

Mercy Adhiambo, Feature Writer, The Standard

Christine Mungai, Writer and Journalist

Mahlatse Mahlase, Group Editor-in-Chief, Eyewitness News (Moderator)

15:00 - 15:30 GMT

LIVE NETWORKING

Networking Break

15:00 - 16:30 GMT

Speaker Spotlights

FROM THE TC 2019 ARCHIVE

Ferkat Jawdat, Uyghur-American Activist and Software Engineer

Eyal Weizman, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, and Director of Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths

Clare Melford, Co-Founder, Global Disinformation Index

Blake Howald, Manager of Data Science, Thomson Reuters Special Services

Dia Kayyali, Program Manager, Tech+Advocacy, WITNESS

17:00 - 17:30 GMT

LIVE NETWORKING

Networking Break

17:15 - 17:30 GMT

Panel Discussion

FROM THE TC 2019 ARCHIVE

Civil Liberties Under Attack: Protecting Privacy and Freedom of Expression

Speakers

Glen Weyl, Founder, RadicalxChange

Jacquelyn MacLennan, Head of Global Pro Bono Practice, White & Case LLP

Martin Tisné, Managing Director, Luminate

Carly Kind, Director, Ada Lovelace Institute (Moderator)

17:30 - 18:30 GMT

LIVE PANEL

What are the consequences of 2020’s surging reliance on technology for societies – and democracy?

Speakers

Alice Munyua, Director, Innovation and Public Policy, Africa at Mozilla

Renée DiResta, Technical Research Manager, Stanford Internet Observatory

Safiya Noble, Associate Professor at UCLA and Author of ‘Algorithms of Oppression’

Urvashi Aneja, Founding Director, Tandem Research

Antonio Zappulla, Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters Foundation (Moderator)

18:30 - 19:00 GMT

LIVE NETWORKING

Networking Break

Trust Conference speakers share their insights on the biggest issues of today

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