Day 5 Speakers – Summer Symposium 2019

30 Jun


Friday, July 5th:

Andrei Ciurcanu


Andrei is the reporter of the show “In the Premiere with Carmen Avram” broadcast by Antena 3. Previously, he worked at Evenimentul Zilei and Realitatea TV. Andrei is the author of several reportage-surveys, such as the CNADNR scrap system, and the backdrop of the “Bechtel business.” In 2011, Andrei’s “Poisoned City” won the award “Best Investigative Documentary – TV” at the International Media Excellence Awards, awarded by The Association for International Broadcasting. “The Poisoned City” targeted the ecological disaster in Turda – revealing, among other things, the state-signed contracts for the decontamination of the area worth 70 million euros.


Sara Steele


Sarah is the Deputy Director of the Intellectual Forum, which is aimed at covering the widest range of academic interests across the College. 

Sarah’s research sits at the interface of Law, Criminology, International Relations and Politics, Sociology, and Global Health. It explores how we affect social change around issues that impact upon people’s wellbeing in contemporary society. Her research continues to focus on cross-border issues, including human trafficking, the trade in body products and organs, death and suicide tourism, and the growing use of social media by health and other professionals in responding to global health issues.

Having held posts at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Oxford, amongst other institutions in the UK, USA and Australia, Sarah is an experienced lecturer and researcher specialising in policy and public health analysis, as well as legal, qualitative, and ethnographic research.


Saradamoyee Chatterjee

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Saradamoyee Chatterjee completed her doctorate in Social Work from the University of Delhi. In addition to being an academic at the University of Delhi, she also worked as a consultant to UNDP India on issues related to human trafficking and HIV/AIDS. Currently, she is an Affiliated Lecturer at the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge and a Bye-Fellow in Lucy Cavendish College. Prior to that, she was a post-doctoral research associate at the Von Hügel Institute, St Edmund’s College, where she researched the illegal organ trade in India. Some of her recent publications are:  

  1. Chatterjee, S. (2017) “The Illegal Kidney Trade: Who Benefits?” The European Review of Organised Crime 4(2)
  2. ‘The illegal trade of organs and poverty in India: A comparative analysis with Brazil and China in ‘Oxford Handbook of BRICS and Emerging Economies’. Oxford University Press (Forthcoming)
  3. ‘Human Trafficking, HIV and AIDS and Millennium Development Goals’ in Mukherjee-Sanyal (ed.) Millennium Development Goals in the Developing World: Beyond 2015 Perspectives, SAGE Publications. (Forthcoming)


Esohe Aghatise


Dr. Aghatise founded the organization with one goal in mind: to combat violence against women and to assist women who had been trafficked, specifically from Nigeria to Italy, for prostitution. The organization provides aftercare, counseling, legal services, housing, vocational training, and even helps women to find employment. The organization also engages in awareness building, providing curricula and conducting seminars about human trafficking throughout Italy. The organization has worked to highlight, in several high schools in Turin, the evils of human trafficking, and emphasizes that the demand defines and encourages the supply of women and girls for prostitution. In 2007, they had planned a new program into Nigeria as well. Dr. Aghatise was given a Trafficking in Persons Hero Award in 2007 in recognition of her work with IROKO. She had also been appointed as an expert In trafficking to the UN Division for the Advancement of Women Experts’ Group Meeting.

Since 2007, she has continued to work extensively with anti-trafficking efforts in Italy. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and is an anti-trafficking consultant to Equality Now. She remains active with IROKO. In 2007, IROKO organized a conference on trafficking in Nigeria, and in 2010 and 2011 the NGO engaged in an educational campaign throughout Italy and Nigeria. The NGO also trains other NGO workers, social workers, activists, and abolitionists. In 2007, she was honored as a “TIP Report Hero Acting to End Modern Slavery” in recognition of her efforts to combat human trafficking.

In the 2014 TIP Report, Italy was listed as a Tier 1 country. It is a source, destination, and transit country for both forced labor and sex trafficking. Some 2,000 children are still exploited on the streets for sexual purposes, and forced labor can be found in many different areas of Italy. The government combats trafficking, however, improvement is needed in the area of victim identification.


Ser-Huang Poon

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Dr. Ser-Huang Poon is a Professor of Finance at the University of Manchester, a Turing Fellow at the Turing Institute for Data Science & Artificial Intelligence, and the founder and trustee of the charity, EnduringNet (, a consortium of academia, researchers, blockchain developers, IT and business professionals, and passionate advocates – to leverage distributed ledger technologies (DLT) and artificial intelligence (AI) in humanitarian work.

Dr. Ser-Huang Poon graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Accountancy and obtained her Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance and a Ph.D. degree in Finance from Lancaster University. Dr. Ser-Huang Poon became a professor at Manchester University in 2003. She has written three books and 63 papers, having published 34 of them; one of the published papers was cited on the Nobel website as a reference reading in volatility. Dr. Poon received two best paper awards, one of which is joint work with the late Nobel Laurette, Prof Clive Granger. She has co-authored a commissioned report for the Her Majesty Treasury Foresight Program on the impact of high-frequency trading. She has received nine grant awards for research and research training, most of which she was the principal investigator/applicant. 

She has managed three Marie Curie ITN grants, two of which (€1million for FP6 and €3.7million for FP7) she served as host. She was appointed a visiting professor at National University of Singapore (NUS) and Victoria University of Wellington at New Zealand, and a distinguished visiting professor at University of Technology, Sydney. She has supervised nine research fellows and 15 Ph.D. students; one of the Ph.D. students received a best doctoral paper at MFS conference last year. Her current research interests revolve around blockchain, FinTech, AI and BigData.


Kieran Guilbert

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Slavery and Trafficking Editor, Thomson Reuters Foundation 

Kieran Guilbert is the London-based Slavery and Trafficking Editor for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, leading a global team of 9 journalists reporting on the topics. He has produced several exclusives on rising numbers of former child slaves being denied refugee status in Britain, labor exploitation on Indian tea plantations stamped slavery-free by ethical certification schemes, and erratic development aid spending by the world’s top economies on anti-trafficking projects, as well as a nine-part series on the links between modern technology and human trafficking. The British-Irish journalist previously held the post of West Africa correspondent, based in Senegal, and has covered post-Ebola recovery in Liberia, the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria and economic migration from Senegal to Europe, for which he was awarded winner of the ILO’s Global Media Competition “Breaking Stereotypes on Labour Migration”.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is the charitable arm of the world’s largest news and information provider. It acts to promote the highest standards in journalism and spread the practice of legal pro bono worldwide. The organization runs initiatives that inform, connect and empower people around the world: access to free legal assistance, editorial coverage of the world’s under-reported stories, media development and training, and Trust Conference, a world-leading human rights forum.


Patricia Hynes


I am interested in forced migration in all its forms, particularly in relation to refugees, asylum seekers and people affected by human trafficking. A key theme running through my work to date relates to issues around trust and/or mistrust in humanitarian contexts.

I joined the University of Bedfordshire in October 2011 and took the role of Head of Department of Applied Social Studies between January 2013 and August 2016. I am now Portfolio Lead for Postgraduate courses within this department.

I hold an ESRC-funded Ph.D. focussed on asylum policy (awarded 2007) and have been a Visiting Study Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford (1995-1996). I have published internationally including for the UNHCR, UNICEF, Routledge, Policy Press and for high impact academic journals such as the Journal of Refugee Studies and Sociology.

My previous academic work has focussed on refugees, asylum seekers, people who have experienced trafficking, internally displaced persons, human rights and the ethics of carrying out research with refugee and migrant populations.

My practitioner background with various refugee populations in Southeast Asia and the experience of working with migrant populations in the UK continues to inform my research and teaching.


Patrick Burland

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Patrick Burland is a Senior Project Officer at IOM UK. He has a Ph.D. from the University of the West of England for his thesis ‘The Responses to Trafficked Adults in the UK: Rights, Rhetoric and Reality’ and in 2017 won a Human Trafficking Foundation Anti-Slavery Day media award for best-written opinion piece dealing with modern slavery. Before joining IOM UK he volunteered with migrant domestic workers and immigration detainees.  

Belinda Bell


Dr. Belinda Bell is a social entrepreneur who has founded a number of social ventures. She currently leads Cambridge Social Ventures (CSV), part of the Cambridge Judge Business School Centre for Social Innovation. CSV has directly supported hundreds of social entrepreneurs from across the world – from fashion to farming, prosthetics to prisons.

Her work is informed by a rigorous evidence-based underpinning and she continues to contribute to academic research and writing at the University of Cambridge, including the new Master of Studies in Social Innovation.


Mandy Sanghera

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Mandy Sanghera is an award-winning philanthropist, community consultant, and global campaigner. As well as being. an international human rights activist & motivational TEDx speaker from the UK , who has traveled all over the world empowering & motivating others.

Very much a powerful connector, Mandy has over two decades of experience making connections across the private and public sector galvanizing traction in Human Rights based interventions. Mandy carries recognized expertise in a range of development-related fields. She has been driving innovation, connection, building strategic partnerships, promoting advocacy and programming in the areas of human rights, gender equality, accountability and social justice globally in her role as both an advocate, and as a motivational speaker.  Who better to inform our final sessions on building relationships and capturing the resource of our connections and partners for realizing significant change. 


Sabin Muzaffar

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Sabin Muzaffar is the Founder and Executive Editor of Ananke (, a digital platform enabling women’s empowerment through conversations about inclusion, the SDG’s and socio-economic autonomy. Possessing 20 years of experience in digital and print media, she is not only a staunch advocate of women’s rights, working closely with organizations including UN Women’s Empower Women, World Pulse and Cherie Blair Foundation etc; Sabin has also mentored more than 30 girls from all over the world in the fields of advocacy, human rights, digital journalism, and inclusion. Sabin strives to trigger a meaningful dialogue about leveraging tech for women’s empowerment and decelerating digital inequities.





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