Day 3 Speakers – Summer Symposium 2019

29 Jun


Wednesday, July 3rd:


Dame Julie Okah Donli

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Dame Julie Okah-Donli, a lawyer, Chartered Secretary, Chartered Arbitrator, Certified Auctioneer and the Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Nigeria. She is a highly motivated and result oriented management and legal expert with over 25 years of invaluable experience with top-notched managerial and leadership skills, and excellent analytical and communication skills. 

She has held many positions in government and in the private sector, including;

Manager: Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC); 

Company Secretary / Legal Adviser:  Nigerian Capital Market Institute 

Head, Abuja Regional Office: UBA TRUSTEES PLC

Deputy Head of Chambers: Legal Resources Alliances

Executive Assistant to the Governor of Bayelsa State: 2007-2012

She is the Author of the books: 

  • Parenting in the 21st Century; 
  • Ending human trafficking in Nigeria: Innovative Policies, Strategies and Tactics and; 
  • Murky waters: The Stories of Nigerian Girls Who Suffered Various Forms of Exploitation in the Hands of Human Traffickers.

A woman of many parts, she is a:        

  • Fellow, Institute of Chartered Secretaries And Administrators International (FCIS)                                     
  • Associate, Chartered Arbitrators of Nigeria (AcArb)   
  • Fellow, Certified Institute of Auctioneers (FCIA)

She is also a member of the following bodies:

  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Nigeria Institute of Management
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria
  • Institute of Chartered Arbitrators of Nigeria
  • The Certified Institute of Auctioneers Nigeria
  • The International Federation of Women Lawyers – FIDA
  • African Women in Leadership Organization – AWLO
  • Business and Professional Women’s Foundation – BPW

Under her tenure as the Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli has successfully championed the upgrade of Nigeria to Tier 2 of the Trafficking in Persons Report. She is able and determined to ensuring a Human Trafficking free Nigeria.








Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor


Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor took up her post as UNHCR’s Representative to the UK in December 2018. Prior to this, she had served two years as Director for External Relations at UNHCR‘s Headquarters in Geneva.

Ms. Pagliuchi-Lor has over 30 years of experience in refugee and humanitarian work and has served UNHCR in a diverse country context, including Pakistan, Nepal, Iraq, Kenya, Belgium, Hungary, and Italy. Ms. Pagliuchi-Lor holds a Master’s degree in Political Science (International Relations) from the University ‘La Sapienza’ in Rome, Italy.


Philippa & Eric Kempson



Originally from the UK, we moved to the island of Lesvos Greece in 2000. Eric is an artist a painter and sculptor. Philippa takes care of our business

Since early 2015, we have been rescuing and providing aid to refugees arriving on the shores of the north coast of Lesvos. In the beginning, it was just us doing the best we could to help, however later in 2015, we had volunteers from all around the world arrive to help us. Estimated refugee arrivals in 2015/2016 600’000. Although the mass numbers of arrivals have dropped, boats are still arriving, and we continue to help.

The Hope project was started in 2016 and now has several projects.

We now operate a distribution project that serves approximately 150-200 people per day predominantly from Moria camp with essential supplies., This like all our work is almost entirely staffed and run but volunteers from the refugee community. We also support those struggling in the local Greek community as much as we can.

Our Arts project has only been running one year but has proven to be a great success and an essential service for the refugees of Lesvos. Our focus over the years has been on mental health and projects the promote self-esteem, empowerment, and dignity for all.  As well as daily art classes we also have a music program, theatre, dance, yoga and storytelling

We are currently building a women’s craft space, a women’s salon, barbers and tailors as well as expanding our arts program.

The Hope project is founded on the principles of dignity, compassion, and safety for all. We aim to provide aid and support for people in need, our primary focus is on people fleeing conflict or facing injustice, poverty or persecution


Mark Blick

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Mark is Head of Government Solutions at Diginex based in Hong Kong, where he is responsible for partnering with governments, inter-governmental organizations and NGOs globally to implement purpose-driven blockchain projects at scale. Previously, he was Managing Director at Gerson Lehrman Group where he built, scaled and led the Asia franchise from an initial team of 10 in Hong Kong to over 300 people in 12 offices covering 15 countries across Asia. He worked with more than 300 clients, predominantly in financial services. Prior to this, he launched a joint-venture company with a leading industrial technology firm which was subsequently acquired in 2012. He has also spent 7 years in Beijing working in the oil & gas industry. He holds a BSc in Development Economics as well as an MSc in Finance and Financial Law from the University of London.


Rosalind Copisarow

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Rosalind has over 35 years’ professional experience, encompassing:

  • 15 years as an investment banker in new business development roles at Citicorp, HSBC and JP Morgan
  • 15 years in pioneering roles within the broad inclusive finance sector, including:
    • Founding two microfinance organizations from inception to profitability and creating two national, regional community finance trade associations 
    • Serving on the World Bank’s microfinance Policy Advisory Board
    • Successfully advocating for legal, regulatory, tax and accounting policies and supporting the scaling up of many microfinance banks and impact investment/ loan funds, which now underpin much of the present day global industry architecture
  • 7 years designing and developing sustainable social enterprises in high impact sectors, including affordable housing, renewable energy, food and agriculture, water and sanitation, in Africa and Asia
    • Designing micro-technology based ‘products that pay for themselves’ to help micro-entrepreneurs onto the first rungs of secure asset ownership
    • Structuring the financial infrastructure for regional short food supply chains
    • Developing ‘inclusive business’ models which connect multinational corporate buyers to groups of ‘Base of the Pyramid’ micro-producers via streamlined, value-adding supply chains.

Most recently, within the context of a global refugee population of 65 million, and largely secular 21st century, Rosalind has been focusing her work on supporting the Humanitarian sector in the Middle East and the Faith sector in Central Europe, with mechanisms to strengthen their social impact and underpin their long term financial sustainability. In Jordan, this has involved the application of such sustainable community development principles as the introduction of inclusive business models which create mutually reinforcing employment and income opportunities for refugee communities and their Jordanian hosts, the strengthening of social enterprises and the development of blueprints for an ecosystem of enabling infrastructure to build the country’s social economy. 

Rosalind holds a B.A. [Hons.] in Human Sciences from Oxford University and as a Fellow of the Joseph H Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Finance, and M.A. from the School of Arts and Sciences. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce, and Manufacturing, Rosalind was awarded the Polish Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit in 2000 for her ground-breaking work in sustainable poverty alleviation.


Carole Murphy



Carole Murphy is a Senior Lecturer in the Criminology and Sociology Programmes, and Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery at St Mary’s University, London. Research interests include human trafficking and modern slavery; social problems, inequalities, and justice; addiction and recovery, social and health/mental health issues. Previous research examined European policing of human trafficking and modern slavery; exploring experiences of independent living for survivors of trafficking; identifying gaps in long term support provision for survivors in the UK; and intersections between migration, smuggling and human trafficking in media representations and political discourse. Carole has many years of experience in managing qualitative research, evaluating services and designing and utilizing research tools including interviews and surveys.


Dr. Samantha Iwowo


Filmmaker, Samantha Iwowo, is a screenwriter and director who commenced her career as a commissioned screenwriter with South Africa’s largest cable network, M-Net, writing several episodes of the daily drama series, Tinsel (2008 – present), from 2013 to 2014. She has written fifty published screenplays. These include the internationally celebrated feature Oloibiri (2016): Made in collaboration with Student Emmy and Academy awards winning director, Curtis Graham, it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, in 2015. Her most recent screenplay, The Tyrant (2019), is a biography on Zimbabwean dictator, Robert Mugabe; commissioned by Theatron Media Inc., Canada, it stars British-Nigerian actor, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and is due for release in summer, 2019. She has also directed four films; her works often situate within themes of postcolonialism, and transnational cinema. Her most recent directorial piece, Go Get Milk, is due for release in the first quarter of 2019. This is an advocacy piece on the teenage knife-crime incidents in South-East London


Rachel Harper

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Rachel Harper manages the Modern Slavery Helpline, which is operated by Unseen UK, an award-winning modern slavery charity. As manager of the 24/7 Helpline, Rachel oversees case management, as the Helpline assesses risks of reported situations and informs service users as to the responsibilities of all actors touching a victim’s experience. Rachel also leads the Helpline’s data work, to ensure robust collection of the information reported, pursuant to data standards and that regular statistical and thematic reports are produced and shared with the community to better inform prevention efforts and responses. Rachel directs the team’s development and maintenance of subject-matter expertise, as the Helpline provides technical advice to local government entities, law enforcement, businesses, and charities to facilitate prevention, identification, and safeguarding of victims as well as criminal investigations. 

Rachel chairs the NGO Advisory Group for the Helpline and participates in focus groups around policy and best practice.  She provides training on modern slavery for a variety of audiences, from frontline professionals to teenagers. 

Previously, Rachel served as Policy Counsel with a charity addressing juvenile sex trafficking. She is a licensed lawyer with experience working with children-an-risk, human rights, and discrimination. She holds an LLM in Public International Law.


David Westlake

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David Westlake is CEO of IJM UK, a role he has held since November 2016. Before that, he was in senior leadership with the relief and development charity Tearfund. He is married to Minu and they have one teenage daughter.

Grahame Maxwell

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Grahame Maxwell, Company Secretary and Director of CCARHT  – Policing, Strategic interventions, Training & Enforcement

Grahame is a co-director of CCARHT. He brings a retired Chief Constable’s savvy to the table, and a distinguished track record in mobilizing UK Policing response to Human Trafficking in the first phases of response to Palermo, and the slow awareness of Trafficking in Human Beings as a present reality which UK Policing had to develop new skills, organizational vision, and multi-agency collaboration to respond to.

Grahame Maxwell with Chief Superintendent Nick Kinsella both Directors of the UKHTC at the launch of the Blue Blindfold Campaign with the support of MEP Liz Lynne 2008.

In 2006 he was one of the founding directors of the UK Human Trafficking Centre, then based in South Yorkshire. He was the Centre’s Programme Director and Chair of its Oversight and Programme Board. A member of Reflex (the team which oversaw work on immigration crime), he became the Programme Director for Operations Pentameter 1 and 2 and the Blue Blindfold campaign, the first national campaign run out from policing, raising civic awareness around the realities of Human Trafficking – embracing labour trafficking, trafficking in children and trafficking for sexual exploitation.

He was the Senior Responsible Officer for the UK wide anti-trafficking and organized immigration crime programs built out from the UK threat assessment. From 2003 to 2010 he was the Police lead for immigration crime and human trafficking. In this capacity, he provided advice to the Home Secretary and Ministers of State during his tenure. He was a member of the newly developed Migration Impact Forum, which emerged from the pioneering efforts of Chief Constable Julie Spence (Cambridgeshire Constabulary) and presented regularly to the Home Affairs and Human Rights joint cross-party committees on tackling Trafficking in Human Beings. Recognizing the challenge of labor exploitation in the farming, fishing, processing, and construction industries he was a founding member from policing of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority Board.

He has presented to the UN, the UK and European Parliaments, the G8 Justice and Home Affairs Ministers, and to International as well as UK police leaders, on the victim-centered UK approach to tackling immigration crime and Trafficking in Human Beings. In 2008 he was awarded the Queens Police Medal for his work in Combating Trafficking in Human Beings.

Outside of the field of Modern Slavery, he has been a member of the Home Office High-Level Working Group, the Chief Constables’ Council and the Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) cabinet. From 2010 to 2012 he was the ACPO lead for Finance and Resources. He has served in four Police Forces in the UK and has proposed and successfully led a number of significant strategic change programs.

He is a graduate of the Windsor Leadership Trust, the UK Civil Service Top Management Programme, and is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates. He is also a 2004 graduate of the RCDS – Royal College of Defense Studies. Grahame holds an MBA and is a graduate of Newcastle, Durham and Cambridge Universities.


Gerald Tatzgern


Gerald Tatzgern is heading the Central Unit for Combating Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking within the Criminal Intelligence Service Austria. He started his Police-career in 1988 in Vienna. After a few years in the Special SWAT Team Vienna, he worked as an Investigator.

Since 2002 he is responsible for the coordination and investigation in the field of Combating human trafficking, trans-border prostitution and human smuggling in Austria. In particular, his Unit is leading to international Investigations.

In May 2016 he could establish the “JOO – Joint Operational Office” in Vienna which extremely enhances the operational cooperation within the law enforcement in Europe.

Since 2018 he is the Driver EMPACT Illegal Immigration (European Multidisciplinary Platform against Crime Threats) within the European Union.

He holds a Bachelor and Master Degree (Police Leadership and Strategic Security Management) at the University for Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt.

He is well known as a lecturer on international platforms and academies, as well as Austrian Universities as the University of Graz, University of Vienna, University of Linz and at the Austrian Danube University (Master program Migration Management), and international Organizations (UNODC, OSZE, FRONTEX, ICMPD, IOM).


Luis C. deBaca


Luis C. deBaca served as U.S. Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons under President Barack Obama.  A highly-decorated former federal Civil Rights prosecutor, Ambassador C.deBaca led US policy efforts against modern slavery starting in the 1990s, leading to the promulgation of the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the United Nation’s anti-trafficking Protocol, as well as consulting on domestic legislation around the globe such as the U.K. Modern Slavery Act of 2015 and the Australian Modern Slavery Act of 2019.  He is the recipient of the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, the John Marshall Award for Litigation, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Honor Award, and the highest honor given by the U.S. victim services community — the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award.

Retired from government service, Ambassador C. deBaca now consults with business and governments to sharpen investigations, improve victim protection, and work toward exploitation-free supply chains.  He serves as Senior Fellow of Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.  Ambassador C.deBaca is teaching at Yale Law School on the legal and social aspects of modern slavery from Emancipation through the current anti-trafficking movement. 


Inmaculada Antolinez



Social Anthropologist and Doctor in Social Sciences from the Pablo de Olavide University. Professor at the Department of Labor Law and Social Security, Social Work area of the University of Cadiz. Inmaculada has been a researcher in the Training Program for Bilingual Teachers of the Peruvian Amazon (FORMBIAP) and in the General Coordination of Indigenous Community Secondary Schools in Oaxaca (Mexico). Since 2006 she has participated in regional and national projects on intercultural education and community participation and since 2014 she has been part of the project on “Trafficking in Persons, health, and care: cross-border women in transit from Morocco to Andalusia” funded by the Andalusian Agency for Cooperation International Development (AACID). Her lines of action research and social commitment are migrations, intercultural education and recently human trafficking. In these subjects, she has several publications and presentations in conferences, as well as talks and training.


Esperanza Jorge Barbuzano

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Social Educator, with an official Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Seville and in Rehabilitation of Heritage by CICOP, and Specialist Course in Social Intervention through Theater by the Pablo de Olavide University. Currently Ph.D. student in the Interdisciplinary Gender Program of the Autonomous University of Madrid. As the last research activity and recently completed, researcher in the project “Trafficking in persons, comprehensive health and care: Cross-border women in transit from Morocco to Andalusia”, from the Pablo de Olavide University and financed by the Andalusian Agency for Cooperation, AACID (2014 -2017) Shee has participated in various conferences and seminars as a communicator and speaker, having published in books and magazines. Throughout her professional career in academia or social intervention, she has opted for the design and use of methodologies that encourage the elaboration of narratives through artistic tools. her current thesis process is also an example of this.


Tania Garcia Sedano


Tania García Sedano received her license and Ph.D., cum laude, from the Carlos III University in Madrid. Her thesis was about trafficking in human beings for the purpose of slavery, forced labor, servitude, and practices similar to slavery.

Since 2006, Tania has been practicing as a judge, starting her activity in the judicial district of Soria. Subsequently, she worked as a Deputy Magistrate at the Provincial Court of Ávila and in 2018 at the Provincial Court of Madrid.

In 2011, she started teaching as an associate professor at the Carlos III University and in 2015 she joined the Pontifical University of Comillas as a collaborating professor. She has taught in numerous degrees and postgraduate degrees in both the best universities and the Pompeu Fabra University, Queen Mª Cristina University, the University of Seville, among others.

She has been a consultant with the International Labour Organization in Spain working on forced labor and contemporary forms of slavery.  She collaborates with different social movements and NGOs specialized in trafficking in human beings.


Alison Wilson

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Alison Wilson is an Australian documentarian based in Spain. For the last two years, she has been researching and filming a documentary “Horns On The Woman” a film about the sex industry in Spain, demand, and exploitation which is due for release later on this year. This film has taken her throughout Spain where she has interviewed leading academics, researchers, activists and survivors of sex trafficking. She tells the stories of young women and boys who were trafficked to Spain via Libya and Morocco. She also speaks with women who wish to exit prostitution during a time in Spain in which the introduction of the Nordic Model is a possibility. A large part of the film covers the socialization of Spanish youth, civil liberties post-Franco and why Spain has such high demand for paid sex, sex tourism and is a sex trafficking destination. She also reveals how organized crime has flourished in Spain with people as commodities after drugs and arms.

Alison is a trained cinematographer with academic qualifications in Political Science and Communications. In both Australia and Spain she has worked in the refugee sector for large NGO’s and grassroots organizations in awarding winning communications teams. Her last project was Working With Diversity in which she investigated racism and diversity in the Australian workplace this was expressed via biographies and was also the first study that sought to collect any hard data on the topic. She has also worked on the ground in Sri Lanka post-tsunami in IDP camps and in 2019 will commence her second film, in her second home Argentina about commercial surrogacy in indigenous communities. 

If you wish to learn more about Horns On The Woman a reveal is here, Pledges are welcomed to the production fund from like-minded individuals and organizations.


Nadine Daniel


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National Refugee Welcome Coordinator, Archbishops Council, Church of England

I advise the Archbishops’ Council on the development of refugee policy for the Church of England. I also advise the Twenty Six Bishops who are The Lords Spiritual in Parliament on refugee and related legislation> I am responsible for the Church of England’s role as a Principal Sponsor of the UK Government’s Community Sponsorship Scheme.

Previously I worked as a Barrister in my home city of Liverpool for twenty-five years, and then as Project Coordinator for both Anglican and Roman Catholic Cathedrals’ Community Outreach Project “Hope+”. An interdenominational and multi-faith response to all those in need in the city, especially those who came via the refugee crisis


Brad Blitz

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Brad K. Blitz received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and is Director of the British Academy/DFID Programme, Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business, and has recently been appointed Professor of International Politics and Policy at University College London Institute of Education and Head of the Department of Education, Practice and Society. He is also Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, and Senior Fellow of the Global Migration Centre in the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

A former Jean Monnet Chair he is widely regarded as a leading expert on refugees and stateless persons, migration, human rights, and international politics.  A comparative political scientist by training, he has worked extensively in the former Yugoslavia and former Soviet Union and acted as an advisor and consultant to UNDP, UNICEF, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the World Bank, OSCE, Council of Europe, DFID, and several NGOs. He has also advised national governments and has appeared as an expert witness on over 20 occasions.

In 2008 the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, and a panel of experts selected his research as one of 12 projects which would guide and support the legacy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Recent publications include Statelessness in the European Union: Displaced, Undocumented and Unwanted, Cambridge University Press, 2011; and Statelessness and Citizenship: A Comparative Study on the Benefits of Nationality, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011. In 2011, he completed a US State Department-funded project ‘Measuring the Costs of Statelessness’, which subsequently informed US humanitarian policy.  He also contributed to UNDP’s Asia-Pacific Human Development Report.  In November 2013, he completed a major cross-national study of the benefits of birth registration on development outcomes for Plan International. He is also the author of Migration and Freedom: Mobility, Citizenship, and Exclusion, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014; reissued in 2016 which was nominated for three awards.

He recently acted as Principal Investigator for the ESRC-DFID funded EVI-MED project on refugee and migrant reception systems in the Mediterranean and the EU Commission project INFORM which seeks to understand how asylum seekers access legal and procedural information. In March 2019 he will begin a 5-year project as co-investigator of a £17.4 million ‘hub’ on Gender, Justice, and Security, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) with the London School of Economics.  He is also co-producer of After War Shattered Lives – a film about the long term effects of displacement in the former Yugoslavia.  He is a frequent contributor on matters of migration, refugees, humanitarian assistance and human rights and has appeared on British and American television and radio including BBC News, Sky News, National Public Radio, as well as in print media. He is currently the ‘on-call migration expert’ for LBC Radio and Sky News and a regular contributor to the New European.

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