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. In 2020 and 2021, the forum has moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previous speakers have included Nobel Laureate and social entrepreneur Professor Muhammad Yunus, Chief Executive at Oxfam GB Danny Sriskandarajah, Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists Joel Simon, Creative Director of Eco Age Ltd Livia Firth, Technical Research Manager at Stanford Internet Observatory Renée DiResta, Associate Director at UCLA and author of ‘Algorithms of Oppression’ Safiya Noble and Co-Founder and Director of Tandem Research Urvashi Aneja.

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2021 Agenda

17 November - Creating Inclusive & Sustainable Economies

The first day of the conference will address the need to build more inclusive and sustainable economies post-pandemic. Specific topics explored include whether reframing climate change as a human rights risk might propel greater action, whether a sustainable economy can be truly inclusive, and – in the same month as the world convenes in the UK for COP26 – a deep-dive into what is needed to ‘achieve net-zero’. We will conclude the day with a panel discussion exploring the business case for economic inclusion, beyond the obvious moral imperative.

8:00 AM GMT

Welcome Remarks

Antonio Zappulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation

8:15 AM GMT

Keynote

8:30 AM GMT

Fireside Chat

Emerging from crisis: Learning from leaders spearheading inclusive economies

9:30 AM GMT

Networking Break

10:00 AM GMT

Insight Session

Changing the narrative: Climate change as a human rights risk

From worsening storms, droughts, floods and wildfires to rising sea levels, climate change is a real, visible risk. Could reframing climate change as a human rights threat and a legal issue help drive faster action? We hear from those pioneering this groundbreaking approach.

Shalom Ndiku, Africa Legal Program Manager, TrustLaw, Thomson Reuters Foundation (moderator)

Dr Hilda C. Heine, Senator and Former President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President, Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT)

Michiel Coenraads, Partner, DLA Piper

Rachel Barré, Environmental Leadership Director, L’Oréal

11:00 AM GMT

Networking Break

12:00 PM GMT

Meet the Changemakers

Participants in the Trust Conference Changemakers Programme share their innovative work.

12:45 PM GMT

Networking Break

1:00 PM GMT

Keynote

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University

1:10 PM GMT

Panel

Making a ‘Just Transition’: Will the future of work be truly inclusive?

A more sustainable economy could create millions of new jobs globally in everything from solar and wind power to building out electric vehicle charging networks. But how can we ensure that quality jobs will replace those that are lost? And how can this transition be managed to avoid economic disenfranchisement and reactionary backlash?

Dr Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, World Bank

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

Jill Tucker, Head of Labour Rights Programme, Laudes Foundation

Harjeet Singh, Senior Advisor, CAN International

Megan Rowling, Climate Correspondent, Thomson Reuters Foundation (moderator)

2:25 PM GMT

Networking Break

2:30 PM GMT

Insight Session

Achieving ‘Net-zero’: The world’s next moonshot?

Governments and the private sector are making official pledges to achieve carbon neutrality in the next three decades with some businesses even committing to becoming carbon negative and removing historical carbon emissions. Aiming for net zero will require a number of wide-changing adjustments, including new forms of investment and different ways to regulate how people travel, consume and are taxed. We explore the scale of the challenge and some of the practical implications for ordinary citizens.

Adrian Cockcroft, VP Amazon Sustainability Architecture, Amazon

Laurie Goering, Climate Change Editor, Thomson Reuters Foundation (moderator)

Ma Jun, Director of the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE, Mayor of Freetown

3:30 PM GMT

Networking Break

4:00 PM GMT

Insight Session

Leveraging ESG momentum for social good

The ESG framework is increasingly being considered by investors and the private sector as the emerging universal framework to track and monitor sustainability performance and societal impact. Whilst significant progress has been made in regard to the adoption and monitoring of E and G indicators, the tracking of social output and impact is lagging behind. As legislative frameworks increasingly shift towards mandatory human rights due diligence, we debunk some of the common misconceptions and explore some concrete tools and approaches to enable a full and meaningful adoption of S indicators, assessing the tangible impact such adoption could have on the rights of workers, socio-economic inequality and diversity and inclusion.

Andrew Mason, Stewardship Director, Aberdeen Standards Investment

Giulia Corinaldi, Director of Inclusive Economies Programmes, Thomson Reuters Foundation (moderator)

Jacquelyn MacLennan, Partner, White & Case

Shamina Singh, Executive Vice President, Sustainability, Mastercard

Yusuf George, Managing Director, Engine No. 1

5:00 PM GMT

Networking Break

5:15 PM GMT

Panel

The business case for inclusive economies

A 2020 report from the World Bank Group showed that the world could achieve a ‘gender dividend’ of $172 trillion by closing gaps in lifetime labour earnings between women and men. Another 2020 study by Citigroup found that over the past 20 years, race-based inequalities cost the GDP of the United States approximately $16 trillion. These are just two of many data points proving that more inclusive economies would be stronger and more prosperous. What trends are we seeing and what would real progress look like?

Cheryl L. Dorsey, President, Echoing Green & Board Member of Skoll

Henriette Kolb, Head, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, International Finance Corporation (moderator)

Jon Miller, Partner, Brunswick Group & Founder, Open For Business

Jorge Rubio Nava, Global Head, Social Finance, Citi

Katica Roy, CEO and Founder, Pipeline Equity

6:30 PM GMT

Closing Remarks

Antonio Zappulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation


6:45 PM GMT

Networking

8:00 PM GMT

Close




18 November - Media Freedom, Technology & Society

The second day of the Conference will explore the link between media sustainability and media independence, emerging digital rights risks in the Global South, online harassment against women journalists, diversity in the newsroom, emerging models of cyber sovereignty, and the role of philanthropy in supporting independent media.

8:00 AM GMT

Welcome Remarks

Antonio Zappulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation

8:15 AM GMT

Keynote

Zahra Joya, Journalist & Founder of Rukhshana Media, Afghanistan

8:30 AM GMT

Panel

The impact of financial vulnerability on news outlets’ editorial independence

Dire economic repercussions created by a drop in revenues are threatening the long-term financial sustainability of many news outlets, placing their future at the mercy of business, individual or state control. Vulnerable to the highest bidder, how can editorial independence be safeguarded? We look at the impact of recent events on press freedom and independent journalism around the world, and explore its implications for the next decade.

Lina Attalah, Journalist, Mada Masr

Rasmus Nielsen, Director, The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism; Professor of Political Communications, University of Oxford

Sheetal Vyas, Founding Executive Director, International Fund for Public Interest Media

Kanbar Hossein Bor, UK Coordinator Media Freedom Campaign

Nishant Lalwani, Managing Director, Luminate (moderator)

9:45 AM GMT

Networking Break

10:00 AM GMT

Insight Session

In partnership with the Internet Society

Global threats to encryption

New laws and regulations from countries around the world threaten to weaken encryption with law enforcement agencies claiming that access to private communications is needed to catch criminals online. Yet, encryption and particularly end-to-end encryption play a critical role in protecting our day-to-day digital activities. Callum Voge, Government Affairs and Policy Manager at the Internet Society, a non-profit organisation that supports the Internet as a force for good in society, will provide an overview of encryption policy around the world. A diverse panel representing vulnerable communities will follow, including LBQT+ groups and professions that rely the most on encryption. Panelists will discuss what government efforts to weaken encryption would mean for their communities, their advocacy and for society in general.

Zoe Tabary, Tech Editor, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Callum Voge, Government Affairs and Policy Manager, Internet Society

11:00 AM GMT

Panel

In partnership with Jigsaw

The Human Cost of Internet Shutdowns

Over the last decade, the frequency, severity and duration of government-imposed internet shutdowns has been fast accelerating. Used to quash dissent and stifle democratic participation, shutdowns are a blunt tool that strip individuals of their human rights, and cause untold damage to economies, education, and healthcare. Scott Carpenter, Director of Policy and International Engagement from Jigsaw, a unit at Google that explores threats to open societies, will outline the tactics authoritarian governments have used to impose internet shutdowns and will explore the many consequences they hold. A panel with Access Now, Censored Planet, Internet Society and Jigsaw will follow, detailing the technology and movements that are working to secure a free and open future for the internet.

Hanna Kreitem, Technical Expert, Middle East, Internet Society

12:15 PM GMT

Meet the Changemakers

Participants in the Trust Conference Changemakers Programme share their innovative work.

12:45 PM GMT

Networking Break

1:00 PM GMT

Panel

The race for cyber sovereignty

The past 20 years have witnessed an exponential growth and adoption of digital technologies. Two governance models are emerging. In the West, technology companies and governments are struggling to reframe their relationship, with policy makers and civil society increasingly keen to safeguard democracy and human rights. In China, where the digital ecosystem is much more open to government scrutiny and regulation, Chinese leaders cite greater efficiency of state services and security in a push to protect and promote their models of digital governance. We look at the issue of cyber sovereignty and its many repercussions on people and society.

Brett Solomon, Executive Director, Access Now

Alina Polyakova, President and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis

J. Bob Alotta, Global Programs, Mozilla Foundation

Xue Lan, Dean of Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University

Wafa Ben-Hassine, Responsible Technology Principal, Omidyar Network (moderator)

2:15 PM GMT

Networking Break

2:30 PM GMT

Insight Session

Defending media freedom: Introducing the ‘Legal Network for Journalism at Risk’

The Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Media Legal Defence Initiative introduce the ‘Legal Network for Journalism At Risk’, a new joint initiative to expand the reach and impact of legal assistance available to journalists through better coordination between support organisations. Ensuring that journalists and media outlets receive adequate legal representation, free of charge, means that different forms of support need to be provided throughout the duration of the cases against them. This new Network will coordinate support to journalists and media outlets throughout the life of their legal cases, more effectively leverage existing resources, and strengthen the whole ecosystem through the production of legal tools.

Alinda Vermeer, Chief Executive Officer, Media Legal Defence Initiative

Lucy Westcott, Emergencies Director at Committee to Protect Journalists

Andrea Cairola, Programme Specialist at the Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace of the Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, specialising in human rights and civil liberties

Carolina Henriquez-Schmitz, Director of TrustLaw, Thomson Reuters Foundation (moderator)

3:30 PM GMT

Networking Break

3:45 PM GMT

Insight Session

Diversity in the newsroom: Ensuring a plurality of voices

International protest movements such as #Metoo and Black Lives Matter have underscored the fact that press coverage can only be accurate, equitable and trustworthy if newsrooms are diverse. What is the state of diversity within newsrooms today? What work still needs to be done, and who can we learn from on this front?

Alessandra Galloni, Editor in Chief, Reuters

Danielle Belton, Editor in Chief, Huffington Post

Nina Goswami, Creative Diversity Lead, BBC

Khadija Patel, Chairperson of the International Press Institute & Head of Programmes at the International Fund for Public Interest Media

Yasir Khan, Editor-in-Chief, Thomson Reuters Foundation (moderator)

4:45 PM GMT

Networking Break

5:00 PM GMT

Panel

Journalists under attack: How online and real world threats risk limiting women’s participation in journalism

From outright misogyny to death threats, women journalists continue to experience unprecedented levels of harassment - with dangerous consequences ranging from physical and psychological harm to a decrease in their actual contributions to journalism. What are the risks and realities of the violence exerted against women journalists both online and in the ‘real world’? What needs to be done to protect these journalists in this climate?

Dr Julie Posetti, Global Director of Research, International Center for Journalists

Patricia Georgiou, Head of Partnerships and Business Development, Jigsaw

Zanji Sinkala, Investigative Multimedia Journalist

Nadine Hoffman, Deputy Director, International Women's Media Foundation

Heba Kandil, Senior Manager, Media Initiatives, Thomson Reuters Foundation (moderator)

6:15 PM GMT

Networking Break

6:30 PM GMT

Fireside Chat

Craig Newmark, Founder, craigslist

Vivian Schiller, Executive Director, Aspen Digital

7:30 PM GMT

Closing Remarks

Antonio Zappulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation

7:45 PM GMT

Close

2021 Speakers

  • Adrian Cockcroft

    VP Sustainability Architecture, Amazon

  • Alessandra Galloni

    Editor in Chief, Reuters

  • Alina Polyakova

    President and CEO, Center for European Policy Analysis

  • Alinda Vermeer

    Chief Executive Officer, Media Defence

  • Andrea Cairola

    Programme Specialist at the Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace of the Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO

  • Andrew Mason

    Stewardship Director, Aberdeen Standard Investments

  • Antonio Zappulla

    Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters Foundation

  • Brett Solomon

    Executive Director, Access Now

  • Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC

    Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers

  • Carolina Henriquez-Schmitz

    Director of TrustLaw, Thomson Reuters Foundation

  • Cheryl L. Dorsey

    President, Echoing Green & Board Member, Skoll Foundation

  • Craig Newmark

    Founder, craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies

  • Danielle Belton

    Editor in Chief, Huffington Post

  • Dr Hilda C. Heine

    Senator and Former President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands

  • Dr Julie Posetti

    Global Director of Research, International Center for Journalists

  • Dr Sandie Okoro

    Senior Vice President and General Counsel, World Bank Group

  • Giulia Corinaldi

    Director of Inclusive Economies, Thomson Reuters Foundation

  • Hanna Kreitem

    Technical Expert, Middle East, Internet Society

  • Heba Kandil

    Senior Manager, Media Initiatives, Thomson Reuters Foundation

  • Henriette Kolb

    Head, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, International Finance Corporation

  • Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

    Environmental Activist

  • J. Bob Alotta

    VP, Global Programs, Mozilla Foundation

  • Jacquelyn MacLennan

    Partner, White & Case

  • Jill Tucker

    Head of Labour Rights Programme, Laudes Foundation

  • Jon Miller

    Partner, Brunswick Group

  • Jorge Rubio Nava

    Global Head, Social Finance, Citi

  • Kanbar Hossein-Bor

    Deputy Director Democratic Governance and Media Freedom Co-ordinator for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

  • Katica Roy

    CEO and Founder, Pipeline

  • Khadija Patel

    Chairperson of the International Press Institure and the Head of Programmes of the International Fund for Public Interest Media

  • Laurie Goering

    Climate Change Editor, Thomson Reuters Foundation

  • Lina Attalah

    Journalist, Mada Masr

  • Lucy Westcott

    Emergencies Director, Committee to Protect Journalists

  • Ma Jun

    Founding Director, Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE)

  • Megan Rowling

    Climate Correspondent, Thomson Reuters Foundation

  • Nadine Hoffman

    Deputy Director, International Women's Media Foundation

  • Nina Goswami

    Creative Diversity Lead and Journalist, BBC

  • Patricia Georgiou

    Head of Partnerships and Business Development, Jigsaw

  • Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

    Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University

  • Rachel Barré

    Environmental Leadership Director, L’Oréal

  • Rasmus Nielsen

    Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

  • Shamina Singh

    Executive Vice President, Sustainability, Mastercard

  • Sharan Burrow

    General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

  • Sheetal Vyas

    Founding Executive Director, International Fund for Public Interest Media

  • Travis Antoniono

    Climate Strategy Investment Manager, California Public Employees' Retirement System

  • Vivian Schiller

    Executive Director, Aspen Digital

  • Wafa Ben-Hassine

    Responsible Technology Principal, Omidyar Network

  • Yusuf George

    Managing Director, Engine No. 1

  • Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE

    Mayor of Freetown

  • Zahra Joya

    Journalist & Founder of Rukhshana Media, Afghanistan

  • Zanji Sinkala

    Investigative Journalist

  • Zoe Tabary

    Tech Editor, Thomson Reuters Foundation

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