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Trust Conference is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s flagship annual event dedicated to tackling the world’s most complex societal issues. It has a specific focus on matters of climate change, socio-economic inclusion, media freedom and digital rights. 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 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Maria Ressa, Muhammad Yunus and Kailash Satyarthi, Dr Hilda C. Heine, Senator and Former President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE, Mayor of Freetown, Khadija Patel, Chairperson of the International Press Institute & Head of Programmes at the International Fund for Public Interest Media, Scott Carpenter, Director of Policy and International Engagement at Jigsaw, Alessandra Galloni, Editor-in-Chief of Reuters, Danielle Belton, Editor-in-Chief of HuffPost, and Craig Newmark, Founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

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2022 Agenda

26 OCTOBER - Defending Media Freedom and Digital Rights

The first day of the conference will focus on the surging threats to media freedom and digital rights, as we see international conflicts intensifying and the world’s growing exploration into new digital frontiers such as the Metaverse. We will hear from people reporting from the front lines of conflict zones, as well as insights on investigative journalism in an era of acute state-sponsored disinformation; new legal trends that are hampering media freedom; and the emerging risks threatening digital rights.

9:30 AM GMT


9:45 AM GMT


10:00 AM GMT

Panel: Reporting from the front lines

In conversation with the winners of the Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism

11:00 AM GMT

Spotlight: Reuters Photojournalism from the frontlines

11:20 AM GMT

Networking break

11:40 AM GMT

Panel: Legal trends hampering media freedom

12:40 PM GMT

Spotlight: Investigative journalism in the era of disinformation

1:00 PM GMT

Lunch and networking break

2:15 PM GMT

Fireside chat

3:15 PM GMT

Spotlight: The Metaverse and data rights risks

3:35 PM GMT

Networking break

4:15 PM GMT

Panel: Cambridge Analytica - five years later, could it happen again?

5:15 PM GMT

Closing remarks

5:30 PM GMT

Drinks reception and networking

7:00 PM GMT


27 OCTOBER - Creating Inclusive & Sustainable Economies

The second day addresses the need to build more inclusive and sustainable economies, exploring topics including how to overcome the barriers to switching to green economies; labour rights; and how to incentivise businesses to embed social issues into corporate and investment practices. There will also be an opportunity to hear from our 2022 Changemakers. The Changemakers programme brings together some of the most inspiring pioneers and innovators from across the globe, committed to developing concrete solutions to pressing human rights issues in alignment with Trust Conference themes.

9:30 AM GMT


9:45 AM GMT


10:00 AM GMT

Panel: The green energy shift - are we on track?

11:00 AM GMT

Networking break

11:20 AM GMT

Spotlight: Just Transition

11:40 AM GMT


12:25 PM GMT

Lunch and networking break

1:30 PM GMT

Meet the Changemakers

2:00 PM GMT

Spotlight: Labour rights

2:20 PM GMT

Panel: Taking the pulse on S in ESG - are incentives, legislation and standards the right smart mix?

3:20 PM GMT

Networking break

3:40 PM GMT

Panel: We cannot wait a generation - concrete solutions for women's economic empowerment

4:40 PM GMT

Fireside chat

5:10 PM GMT

Closing remarks

2022 Speakers

  • Antonio Zappulla

    Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters Foundation

  • Carolina Henriquez-Schmitz

    Director of TrustLaw, Thomson Reuters Foundation

  • Catherine Amirfar

    Deputy Chair, High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom and Co-Chair, Debevoise’s International Dispute Resolution Group

  • Christiane Amanpour, CBE

    Chief International Anchor, CNN

  • Eliot Higgins

    Founder, Bellingcat

  • Gabriela Ramos

    Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO

  • Irene Khan

    Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression

  • Joel Simon

    Fellow, Tow Center for Digital Journalism - Columbia University

  • Patrícia Campos Mello

    Reporter-at-Large, Folha de São Paulo and Associate Researcher, Columbia University

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