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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.





Day 4 Speakers – Summer Symposium 2019

30 Jun


Thursday, July 4th: 


Silvia Tabusca


Dr. Silvia Maria Tăbușcă is a Law Lecturer at the Romanian-American University, School of Law (Director of the Center for Human Rights and Migration), and the Coordinator of the Human Security Program at the European Center for Legal Education and Research. She has been working in the field of international human rights protection for over ten years, with a specific focus on non-discrimination and, more recently, on human security. Silvia is recognized as a leading consultant, trainer & coach, working with the United Nations (UNHCHR, UNHCR, UNDP, UNODC, ILO, IOM), Council of Europe, EU institutions and MS embassies in Romania, with international leading law firms (Latta & Co) and companies providing high quality legal and policy services (Milieu Law & Policy Consulting, Ramboll Management Consulting). Silvia is known as an independent expert, being involved in many national and international projects. She is, also, an External Expert of the European Commission in the evaluation of scientific research proposals for COST Actions, Horizon 2020, AMIF-Integration, and EACEA.


Kate Van Doore

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Dr. Kathryn (Kate) E. van Doore is an international child rights lawyer and an academic at Griffith Law School, Australia. Kate currently researches the intersections of child rights, institutionalization, and human trafficking. Kate’s work includes publishing the first legal argument under international law for the recruitment of children into orphanages to be regarded as a form of child trafficking. She was awarded the Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award for her research and advocacy on orphanage trafficking in 2017. Kate works with governments, NGO’s and companies on their approaches and responses to orphanage tourism and trafficking. She is a co-founder and Board Director of Forget Me Not Australia, an international non-governmental organization focused on child protection and family reunification for children residing outside of parental care. Kate is a member of the ReThink Orphanages Global Working Group and a Steering Committee member of ReThink Orphanages Australia. She sits on the Advisory Board for the International Bar Association’s Presidential Taskforce on Migrant and Refugee Children, and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Children, Law & Ethics, Cumberland Law School, Samford University, USA.


Victoria Baines


Experienced cybersecurity professional with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry and international law enforcement. Published academic author and futurist with a strong research background. Skilled in CrisisManagement and Response, Negotiation, Intelligence Analysis, Strategy Delivery, and Coaching.

Mark Capaldi


Mark Capaldi has worked directly with child-led organizations on issues such as street children and working children and has also implemented projects on children in conflict with the law, on violence and abuse against children and addressing the vulnerability of children of internally displaced persons and as child migrants. Much of this work has been in South and East Asia, where Mark has lived for over 20 years where he worked with Concern Worldwide, PACT Inc. and Save the Children UK.

As Deputy Director of ECPAT International (2001-2011), Mark Capaldi promoted the work and vision of the ECPAT network to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Mark supported a wide range of programming in all regions of the world, including areas such as: combating child sex tourism; legal reform; care and protection; preventing exploitation of children through the internet and information technology; anti-trafficking initiatives; and the promotion of child and youth participation. He also provided technical input for the expansion and strengthening of the ECPAT network, partnerships and advocacy work. From June 2011 to April 2018, Mark Capaldi took on the role of ECPAT’s Head of Research and Policy.

Mark Capaldi has a doctorate degree with the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRPS) at Mahidol University, Bangkok. The research topic of his dissertation was children’s agency within independent child migration in Thailand.  He is now a full-time lecturer at the IHRPS where he manages courses, carries out research and teaches under the Institute’s various academic programs. His research areas of particular interest include issues around child rights, ethical approaches to researching vulnerable groups, and human trafficking and migration.


Ingeborg Kraus

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From 1995 -2002, she did humanitarian work in Bosnia and Kosovo, especially working with women victims of sexual violence. She assisted in setting up one of the first shelters for women victims of domestic violence in Kosovo. Afterward, she worked 9 years as a psychologist and also as a therapeutic leader in psychosomatic clinics in Germany. Since 2011, she is holding her own psychotherapeutic counseling office in Karlsruhe/Germany and has treated many victims of prostitution.

She is a speaker and activist for the abolition of prostitution in Germany.  Author of many articles on prostitution, especially about PTSD, traumatic bonding and Trauma as a pre-condition in prostitution. She is also giving education on that topic.  Dr. Kraus has co-founded in 2007 a group within the Green Party against prostitution (Grüne Prostitutionskritikerinnen). 2013 she has lanced the appeal from Karlsruhe addressing all political parties to end prostitution in Germany ( In 2014 she has lanced the appeal of the German trauma therapists against prostitution ( and has established a network of scientists in order to inform about the reality in prostitution and their consequences on health, explain the social impact of legalized prostitution and to make scientific texts and studies on prostitution available. She is a co-founder of the alliance Stop Sexkauf (Stop Sex Buying) and has lanced the international petition addressed to Angela Merkel to abolish prostitution in Germany:

Halleh Seddighzadeh


Dr. Halleh Seddighzadeh is an international counter-trafficking expert and forensic traumatologist specializing in the psychological treatment of torture, complex traumatic stress, and dissociative conditions. With a focus on victims of coercive, predatory trauma—including survivors of sex and labor trafficking, war, terrorism, gender-based violence, and youth who are vulnerable to indoctrination by violent extremist groups or cults—Dr. Halleh takes a holistic, evidence-based approach to healing. This approach also governs her work as a consultant and advisor to corporations, government agencies, law enforcement, tribal governments, medical practitioners, and social service providers who face the complex challenges of addressing and preventing human rights violations and providing treatment for survivors. Through her social impact consultancy, New Paradigm Labs, Dr. Halleh collaborates with the corporate sector on training, risk assessment, human rights policies, strategy, and impact analysis with a focus on sex and labor trafficking and ensuring ethical sourcing at all levels of the supply chain. She has created and pioneered, comprehensive anti-trafficking programs for the gaming and hospitality sectors. Recent projects include the development of a ground-breaking, counter-trafficking strategy and program for Caesars Entertainment. She provides tailored, technology-driven programs and protocols to combat both sex and labor trafficking; her training is delivered in a “train the trainer” approach to build capacity internally, fostering sustainable implementation. Dr. Halleh’s work in war zones, refugee camps, and communities in crisis inform her knowledge of the intersection of transnational business, human rights violations, and crime; her immersive, applied methods reflect her deep engagement and compassion for those affected by trauma.
A doctor of clinical psychology with training in forensic mental health, cross-cultural trauma studies, and human rights law, Dr. Halleh is also the founder of ARMAN (Asylee Refugee Migrant Assistance Network), a clinical and research center headquartered in Las Vegas and supported by a network of international trauma
experts, researchers, and practitioners.


Kalyani Gopal

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Dr. Gopal is a keynote and international speaker and trainer on foster care and adoption, sex-trafficking, child sexual abuse, Autism, and neurodevelopmental disorders, and psychopathology.  She has trained foster parents, adoptive parents, administrators, judges, FBI, police officers, attorneys, case managers, nonprofits, and clergy on issues related to infants, children, adolescents, and adults.  She has coined the term “Displacement Trauma” to describe the complex trauma caused by frequent disruptions of attachment bonds. She is the bestselling author of “The Supportive Foster Parent”, “Foster Parenting Step-by-Step”, the grief and loss workbook “In My Heart” and workbook on child sexual abuse and co-editor of the upcoming Springer publication, “Sex Trafficking: Feminist and Transnational Perspectives.” She is on the boards of the Lake County Child Protection Team and Lake County Child Fatality Team, serves as the Chair for the Illinois Psychological Association’s Working Committee on Hate and Harassment, and the Chair of the IPA Women’s Section, served as President of Section IV, Division 12, American Psychological Association (2012-2014), and is currently serving on the Board of Directors, Society of Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association.  She is the President of Mid-America Psychological and Counseling Services, PC and manages seven mental health clinics in Indiana, Illinois, and Florida. Her nonprofit organization, Safe Coalition for Human Rights hosted SAFE 2014 in Chicago, SAFE 2016 in DC/VA,  SAFE 2018in Chicago and SAFE 2019 In November 3-6, In Chicago, bringing together organizations from around the globe working ceaselessly to form collaborative national and international coalitions from rescue to rehabilitation of victims of human trafficking and violations of human rights. In recognition of her work, Dr. Gopal was awarded the Lake County Award for Excellence in 2004 and Indiana Attorney General’s Voices for Victims Award in 2015, and top 20 Global Women of Excellence by the United States Congress/AMEC In 2018.


Klaus Henri Vanhoutte


In 2014 VanHoutte focused on the loverboys and teen pimps. In human trafficking, people mistakenly think only of prostitutes who are sexually exploited. 56 percent of the victims that Payoke takes care of are men, in barely 33 percent of cases it is about sexual exploitation. Equally important is economic exploitation. Thinking of Chinese people who are locked up in small rooms and have to work 16 hours a day in a restaurant. Or Nigerian prostitutes who are being pressured by their pimps with voodoo.

“In recent years we have seen the focus of the police and the judiciary on trafficking in human beings decrease. Terrorism and smuggling became the top priority. However, more money is earned worldwide with human trafficking than with drugs, only arms trafficking yields even more money, says Klaus Vanhoutte.

He became the became deputy director of the non-profit organization Payoke in March 2017 and recently succeeded Patsy Sörensen as director.

Alex Christopoulos


Alex leads Lumos’ programs, research, advocacy and training, and technical support functions. Alex joined in 2016 and has a background in designing and leading a range of complex programs to help meet the needs of marginalized children across a number of countries.

Alex has led a number of international programs aimed at preventing, recognizing and responding to harm children and their families face. He is a strong advocate of locally-led development, ensuring that children, and the communities they live in, are given a voice and can influence decisions that affect them.


Vladimir Ubeivolc


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Dr. Vladimir Ubeivolc is the director and co-founder, together with his wife Yulia, of Beginning of Life NGO in Moldova; which runs two programs. One is focused on preparing children and youth for a better future through education and training course and the other program helps people who have suffered from different types of social injustice, such as single motherhood, human trafficking, domestic violence, and poverty.

For many years, Vladimir taught Ethics and Missiology in different colleges and universities in Moldova and Russia, leading and speaking in conferences in almost all countries from the former Soviet bloc in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In 2014 together with his colleagues, he launched Studio of Innovative Leadership, which focused on teaching and promoting social transformation from a holistic theological and missiological perspective. Vladimir holds his Ph.D. in Contextual Missiology from the University of Wales in 2012. He is the author of numerous articles on holistic mission, human trafficking, and social justice and co-author and co-editor of a few books.

Mina Yumin Chiang

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Mina is an independent Research Consultant with interests in modern slavery, human rights, and poverty. Throughout the past 5 years, she has conducted projects and academic research in some of the most impoverished and conflict-affected countries. She has a background in engineering, sociology, anthropology, and international development.



Sara Silvestri

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Dr. Sara Silvestri is a senior lecturer in religion and international politics at City, University of London and a research associate of the VHI at Cambridge University where she led a Plater Trust funded project on the role of Catholic charities addressing migration issues. She has also collaborated extensively with policy makers (eg British council, European Union, FCO) on Islam in Europe, intercultural relations, and religion and conflict.



Isabel Apawo Phiri

Isabel Phiri

A Malawian by nationality, Isabel Apawo Phiri was a professor of African theology, dean and head of the School of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics, and director of the Centre for Constructive Theology at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. When she left the University of KwaZulu Natal she was appointed as honorary professor and continues to serve as editor of the Journal of Gender and Religion in Africa.

Isabel Apawo Phiri has been engaged with the churches and the ecumenical movement for two decades. From 1984 to 1991 she was a commissioner for Programme on Theological Education of WCC; from 2002 to 2007 she served as general coordinator of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians. In 2006, she also presented a paper entitled “Called to Be the One Church: The Future of Ecumenism—A Protestant Voice” at the WCC 9th Assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil. She has also served as moderator of the WCC Commission on Education and Ecumenical Formation


Jagbir Jhutti-Johal


I’ve been a lecturer at the University of Birmingham since 2002. My research encompasses a range of related topics in Sikh Studies, such as gender and Sikhism, science and Sikhism and contemporary Sikhism.

On the teaching side, I teach Introduction to Sikhism (second-year undergraduate); Placement Module (second–year undergraduate); and an MPhil(B) course on Sikh Studies, MA in Religion Politics and Society; and I’m supervising Ph.D. theses on Sikhs and Identity, and a Historical account of the development of the Gurdwara Act 1925.

I am a Board member – ‘The European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies’ I was a Commissioner on the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life: community, diversity and the common good) convened by The Woolf Institute, Cambridge (2013-15)

I was a Working Group Member on the Family Justice Council’s Domestic Violence Working Group, and an Advisory Member for the West Midlands Area Ethnic Community Engagement Board

Ahmed Uddin



Ahmed Uddin works in the humanitarian and development sector. Currently, he is the Head of Programmes at a food charity called Charity Right and completing his doctoral studies at UCL. He has a keen interest in researching the migration crises and has worked in various refugee camps.



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.

Day 2 Speakers – Summer Symposium 2019

29 Jun


Tuesday, July 2nd: 

PM Nair

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Dr. PM Nair served Indian Police Service for 35 years, retired as the National Head of National Disaster Response Force; carried out several prominent case investigations like the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, the International airdrop of weapons in India, Transnational Child trafficking for pedophilia, human rights violations, corruption crimes, etc. The first ever all India research on trafficking that he did during 2002-04, has made a paradigm shift in the India response systems. While serving UNODC, he set up the first nine Anti-Human Trafficking Units (AHTU) which now has been replicated to more than 300 in India. He has personally trained more than 50000 stakeholders and has done or caused or facilitated the rescue of more than 50000 victims. Has several Books and professional articles on human trafficking; presently he is Chair Professor with TISS Mumbai, continuing his mission against trafficking, undertaking national research on the subject. He has set up Anti Human trafficking Clubs in Colleges involving youth in this mission.  Recently he undertook a study for World Bank on “connectivity versus trafficking”, on the India Myanmar and Bangladesh border States. 


Bernie Gravett 

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Bernie Gravett is a retired Police Superintendent from the Metropolitan Police. He completed 31 years in the police service in April 2011. He is a Senior EU Expert in combatting transnational organized crime, child sexual exploitation, and trafficking in human beings. Bernie is also an expert on the Europol AWF Intelligence system and an accredited Eurojust expert on Joint Investigation Teams and Mutual Legal Assistance.

He is now the director of Specialist Policing Consultancy Ltd. The company brings together a number of organized crime and human trafficking specialists who share the aim of passing on their knowledge and experience to law enforcement, local authority, and 3rd sector staff. He provides expert witness evidence to the courts on behalf of criminalized victims of human trafficking, both in the UK at through to the European Court of Human Rights.

Bernie designs and delivers training on behalf of many international organizations including IOM, UNODC, OSCE, ICMPD, Beyond Borders (Scotland). This training has been delivered around in over 20 countries in the world.

Bernie has written and participated in EC funded police projects combatting cross border organized crime. He is the author of a number of articles and book contributions on the subject of human trafficking and Modern Slavery.


Tony Dunkerley 

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Tony is the founder of Illustro Consultancy Ltd, which provides training to practitioners across a range of private and governmental sectors on identifying and dealing with trafficking of persons and smuggling of migrants.

For the past year, Tony has been representing the UNODC across East Africa training criminal justice practitioners on overt and covert methods of investigating human trafficking and migrant smuggling.


Elif Çetin


Assist. Prof. Dr Elif Çetin is based at the Department of International Relations at Yaşar University, and is also a Research Associate at the Von Hügel Institute, St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge where she recently finished a collaborative project on ‘The relevance of Catholic social thought and practice in the field of migration and asylum policy in the UK’ funded by the Charles Plater Trust (application jointly prepared by Dr. Sara Silvestri). She is among the members of the research team working on the EU funded Horizon2020 project RESPOND: Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond and contributed to the country report on the legal and policy framework of migration in Turkey (2011-17). She holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Politics and International Studies, from the University of Cambridge where she wrote her dissertation on ‘Political Debates, Policy Objectives and Outcomes in British and Italian Immigration Politics, 1997-2010’. Previously, Elif was awarded Jean Monnet scholarship and conducted her M.A. at the Department of Political Science, University of Leiden (The Netherlands) and has a B.A. from the Department of International Relations, University of Bilkent (Ankara). She was a visiting scholar at the European University Institute (Florence) and the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS) (Oxford). Elif previously worked as an associate expert in The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) (Ankara), and also as a researcher in the project titled ‘Four Decades of European Union Politics towards Turkey’ while being based at The Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Clingendael (The Hague).


Carole Stolz

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Carole Stolz is an innovator, a networker and a catalyst who is not frightened to challenge the powers that be.
British, but based in Bavaria in Germany, Carole loves most of all to interact with various professionals from different cultural backgrounds in an international setting. Through diversity we are strong.


Searching to find a means of rescuing minors from the mouths of the human trafficking monsters, she has been researching her idea of a Handscanner in a project called PRIMSA***. This involved the Fraunhofer Institute and the German and Austrian Federal and State Police Departments.

It is hoped that this Ultrasound Scanner will be able to detect and therefore to rescue female minors traveling on false passports. As such they may be either trapped in or traveling into the sex industry.
Following PRIMSA, the Handscanner now physically exists but still must have its reliability verified. Further research is needed, involving a research team based in Europe with follow up global research already organized with Professors in Australia, South Africa, and India. In this way not only the reliability of the Handscanner can be proven, but also the role of race in determining bone maturity might be established.

An experienced international teacher and public speaker, Carole is the founder and Chairman of the Board of a German NGO called “Hope for Freedom e.V.”.
She is also a founding member of the “European Freedom Network e.V.” (EFN) and works on the EFN’s “Operations Team”. EFN is a network of over 270 NGOs in Europe fighting together to combat human trafficking.


Peter Martin


Peter is a DPhil candidate whose research interests focus on the histories and philosophies of geographical science. His work brings together a range of discourses including critical histories of exploration, geographies of science, postcolonial critiques of knowledge, as well as Arctic and Polar studies. Peter joined the School as part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA), and his research is conducted in collaboration with the RGS-IBG.

Prior to joining Oxford, Peter completed a Master of Arts Degree in Geography (First Class Honours), and a Master of Research Degree in Human Geography (Distinction) at the University of Glasgow. His undergraduate dissertation examined the UK solidarity response to the 1973 Chilean coup and the events organized to commemorate this. His Master’s thesis involved a critical reflection on the REF 2014 Impact Assessment and its implications for academic geographical study in the UK.


Fausto Melluso

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I’m twenty-nine years old, I was born and I’ve always lived in Palermo.
I am the delegate for Arci Palermo’s migration and I work for some NGOs that deal with migrants.
I started doing politics very early, at sixteen, in the Umberto I high school as President of the Student Council and, in the area, taking the first steps next to Rita Borsellino and her movement Another History.
At the University I represented the students in the Academic Senate during the Gelmini and Onda reform period, trying to bring the strength and the voice of the movement that developed in the squares into the institutions.
For some years I have lived in Ballarò, where I am among the founders of the Arci Porco Rosso circle, in Piazza Casa Professa, a place of culture and confrontation that also tries to be a space of interaction open to the different categories that live in the neighborhood. While I was doing all this, I played basketball for years in the role of the right guard, I read, I wrote, I followed and supported many social and cultural projects.

I am applying to the municipal elections, with the Left Common in support of Leoluca Orlando. I do it for the same reasons that some people I respect suggest to avoid.


Alessandra Sciurba


Ph.D. in Human Rights, Research Fellow at the University of Palermo (2012-2015) and Bergamo (2016-2018), she is the coordinator of the Cledu-Clinic legal office for human rights of the University of Palermo and Head of the Palermo headquarters of Ciai.

She was responsible for the other right of research and intervention projects on the trafficking of migrant women in the Italian labor market. For the European Parliament (FEMM Committee) she is a co-author of the study “The vulnerability to exploitation of women migrant workers in the EU: the need for a Human Rights and Gender-based Approach”.

She has worked as a project manager and as a consultant for the Research and Development division of the Council of Europe on the issues of poverty and human rights, bringing to the projects the theme of migration, borders, and citizenships.

She is the author of numerous scientific articles and force fields. Confined paths of migrants in Europe (short shadows, Verona 2009) and La Cura servile, the care they need (Pacini Editore, Pisa 2015).

She is one of the promoters and spokespersons of Mediterranea Saving Humans.


Fulvio Vassallo


Fulvio Vassallo Paleologo is a lawyer, lecturer on the right of asylum and constitutional status of foreigners, and member of the doctoral committee on “Human Rights: Evolution, Protection and Limits” at the Department of Legal Sciences, University of Palermo. He is also director of ADIF (Associazione Diritti e Frontiere), website,  and is active in the protection of migrants and asylum-seekers rights through several NGOs and media groups.


Markella Papadouli


Markella has been associated with The AIRE Centre since 2012 and she returned in 2013. Markella is a UK Solicitor, a Greek qualified lawyer and AIRE Centre’s Europe Litigation Coordinator. In this capacity she coordinates the AIRE Centre strategic litigation team, specializing on taking asylum, and trafficking cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the EU. She leads the AIRE Centre’s asylum, the law of the sea, and trafficking work, providing free legal advice and representation to victims of trafficking, the delivery of training to relevant stakeholders and the representation of the AIRE Centre at conferences and meetings worldwide on both issues of interest. Markella represents the AIRE Centre in the Frontex NGO Consultative Forum and the EASO Consultative Forum.

Markella is a Lecturer at London South Bank University for the MSc in Refugee Studies on European Asylum Law and Policy and International Refugee Law since 2013.

Markella studied Law at the University of Athens and holds an LLM degree in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Warwick on International Relations and Human Rights. Her Maritime law dissertation critically assessed the interaction between the international and European maritime law provisions with the Common European Asylum System and the Dublin Regulation in particular, while her MA dissertation focused on the role of UNHCR in monitoring implementation of EU legislation and policies on migration and asylum. She further holds a Diploma in Grants Management and has completed the Odysseus Network Summer School in European Law and Policy on Immigration and Asylum.

Markella was the National Expert on Greece for the European Database on Asylum Law in 2013 and has also worked for the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, the International Rescue Committee and UNHCR Greece. Markella speaks fluent Greek, English, French, and Spanish as well as basic German.


Caroline Haughey

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Caroline prosecutes and defends across a wide variety of the most serious and high profile criminal cases with significant experience in a number of areas of health and safety law, regulatory work and associated areas such as inquests. She has developed a reputation for prosecuting and defending cases where ‘novel law’ and or sensitive matters are an issue. Caroline has a particular interest in human trafficking, organized crime, firearms drugs, and violence offenses.


Riel Karmy-Jones


Riel is a leading criminal practitioner with a strong prosecution practice. She is cited in the Directories where she has been described as “measured, calm and efficient” and “an extremely able and conscientious barrister with a persuasive and likable style”.  She is presently instructed as Leading Counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Due to the nature of the inquiry, Riel remains available to accept new instructions.

Riel’s principal area of practice is a serious crime, and she specializes in cases involving murder, serious organized crime, and sexual offenses. She is principally known for her work in the field of slavery and human trafficking, advising upon the legislation and successfully prosecuting a number of these difficult and high profile trials with “consummate skill”.

Before coming to the Bar, Riel trained and worked as a theatre director, which not only informed her understanding of the psychology of witnesses and defendants but also helped make her an exceptionally jury friendly advocate.


Peter Rook


Peter Rook was called to the Bar in  London in 1973 and specialized in criminal law. He became a QC in 1991 and a Bencher of Gray’s Inn (2000.)  He was Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association of England and Wales (CBA) 2002- 2003.

 He became head of chambers at 18, Red Lion Court ( now 18 Red Lion Chambers) in July 2002. 

        In June 2005 he was appointed a Senior Circuit Judge to sit at the Old Bailey where he sat until he retired in April 2017 trying very serious criminal cases. He was course director of the course that trains judges who try sexual cases from 2006 to 2009. He tried the  9 defendant Oxford grooming case at the Old Bailey in 2013. He sat for a few weeks each year in the Court of Appeal from 2008 to 2017 and was a member of the 5 judge court in 2016 which set down guidance in respect of sentencing in historic sexual cases. 

   Since the 1990’s he has written and lectured on the law governing sexual offenses and advocacy and the vulnerable to lawyers, judges and doctors both in this jurisdiction and abroad.    He is a co-author of a legal textbook ‘Rook and Ward’ on ‘Sexual Offences’ Law & Practice (Sweet and Maxwell.)  The book is now in its 5th Edition (2016) with a supplement recently published in April 2019 and a 6th edition on the blocks. 

        From 2013 until 2016 he chaired a working party for the Advocacy Training Council ( now the College of Advocacy) which has devised a course for ALL advocates undertaking cases involving the vulnerable. The course has now been delivered to 2/3 of barristers as well as many solicitor advocates. 

     He has recently chaired a working party on behalf of JUSTICE which in June 2019 made 57 recommendations as to how best to alleviate the problems caused by the huge rise in the number of sexual offense prosecutions in England, Wales, and Scotland. The recommendations included a greater focus on earlier identification of vulnerability amongst witnesses. 

   He retired from the Old Bailey in March 2017. He re-joined Red Lion Chambers in September 2018.    He has recently acted as a coroner in 2 Deepcut legacy cases. For the last 6 years, he has devised and produced a series of vignettes about the Old Bailey performed over 4 evenings in March each year in Court no 1 at the Old Bailey. The performances raise money for 2 charities and always include  2 songs by the Amies choir made up from women who are survivors of human trafficking. Amies is one of the projects undertaken by PAN intercultural Arts.


Nicola Padfield

Nocola Padfield

I have a very broad academic lens, interested in all things criminal, from substantive law, through the procedure and evidence to sentencing, and what goes on in prison (and post-sentence enforcement generally).  I am engaged in both ‘hard’ law and in socio-legal-criminological research, in England and in Europe.  My main research interest is sentencing law, especially into the law and practice of release from (and recall to) prison.




Neena Samota

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Neena Samota is the Programme Director for Criminology and Sociology and for the MA Human Trafficking, Migration and Organised Crime at St. Mary’s University. 

Trained originally in comparative politics, Neena worked as a policy and research manager at the national crime reduction charity, Nacro from 2000 where she worked in criminal justice research, evaluation and policy development on race inequalities. Since 2014, Neena started teaching Criminology, initially at the University of Westminster and since 2017 at St. Mary’s. 

Neena’s research in relation to criminal justice has a strong legal and policy focus. Current and past topics include: prisoner education outcomes; policing and stop and search; prisons and resettlement; probation and sentencing; women in prison; ethnic disproportionality in youth justice; disproportionate outcomes in mental health provision in criminal justice; equality impact assessments; refugee advice services. Neena has authored research and evaluation reports for the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and voluntary sector organizations. Her work also includes policy and organizational development for national infrastructure/umbrella organizations such as Clinks, Women’s Breakout, Black Training, and Enterprise Group (BTEG), Action for Prisoners Families (APF) and Council for Somali Organisations (CSO).

Outside academia, Neena plays an active role in the voluntary sector. She chairs Voice4Change England (V4CE). As a trustee of StopWatch, since it was founded in 2010, Neena campaigns for effective, accountable and fair policing. As part of the Reclaim Justice Network Neena campaigns to promote alternatives to criminal justice. In an advisory capacity, she has advised numerous government reviews and panels on race equality and criminal justice. Neena served on the Lola Young Review, gave evidence to the Lammy Review and the Home Secretary’s Policing and Diversity group. Neena is a member of the Crown Prosecution Service Scrutiny panel for London. 


Valeria Ragni

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Valeria Ragni works as Anti-trafficking Advisor (International) in the British Red Cross’ Anti-trafficking team. Valeria oversees the organization’s international anti-trafficking work, which aims to support the wider Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement by providing services, funding, and technical expertise in order to strengthen the National Societies’ capability to prevent, identify and respond to trafficking, and promote policy change. Valeria has been working in the field of asylum and trafficking for the past six years, previously focussing on supporting unaccompanied and separated children.


Bahija Jamal


Associate Professor of International Law and International Relations

Public Law Department,           

Hassan II University, Casablanca, Morocco                                                                                                                                                   

Consultant on Combating Human Trafficking at International Organization for Migration

Former Staff Member, Ministry in Charge of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs

Former Senior Advisor to UNHCR, UNODC, UNESCO, Council of Europe and ICRC Consultant.

Member of The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. (


Amandine Bressand


Amandine is a human rights professional and project manager based in London, UK. Her thematic areas of expertise include Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Human Trafficking/Modern Slavery, Asylum Law and Refugee Rights. She was previously based in Beirut, Lebanon where she oversaw the implementation of humanitarian projects within the Anti-Trafficking Unit of KAFA, Lebanon’s leading feminist NGO. The projects she managed notably provided safe housing and multi-sectorial protection services to victims of forced labor, sexual exploitation, and early marriage.

Amandine holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict, and Development from SOAS in London, and a BA in Human Rights, Arabic, and Political Science from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York. Previously, she worked as a paralegal with the Law Office of Theodore N. Cox, a firm specialized on the right to asylum, and with the International Crisis Group (ICG). 

Technical expertise includes program design; project management; grant writing; M&E; reporting; strategic development; advocacy; research; training and facilitation. Amandine is a native French speaker, fluent in English, and conversational in Arabic and Spanish.


Jan-Samuel Jucksch Willoch



Jan-Samuel Willoch is a Master student at Coventry University, specializing in Human Trafficking and Public Diplomacy. He has been a researcher for over 5 years, working on projects on the Russo-Georgian war, the Greek perspective of the Financial Crisis and the Importance of Fake News in the age of information.

Furthermore, through his dual citizenship, he has had international opportunities in the field of humanitarian work, policy advice, and peacebuilding.

He speaks fluently Portuguese, English, and Norwegian. German and Spanish at a conversational level.

Day 1 Speakers – Summer Symposium 2019

29 Jun


Monday, July 1st:

Simon Stockley 


Prior to coming to Cambridge, Simon spent 10 years at Imperial College Business School as director of the full-time MBA program and a principal teaching fellow. His MBA course in entrepreneurship was ranked 3rd in the world by the Financial Times. Outside work, Simon is a social entrepreneur and an advocate for trafficked women, in which capacity he has advised Parliament. He holds several non-executive directorships and has advised well over 100 technology start-ups.


Rev. Dr. Carrie Pemberton Ford


Director of the Centre and developing the research programs and projects
which the Centre pursues is Dr. Pemberton Ford who established the Centre in 2008, and has been building its affiliate network over the last 10 years.

A popular speaker, (Ted X University of Cambridge 2018),  and prolific author, with numerous policy evaluation and strategic direction papers submitted to a range of enforcement, International, Governmental and non-governmental Organisations,  Dr. Ford lectures widely in the UK and internationally.

The Academic years 2017 – 2019, have been particularly busy with new work evolving in the Balkans alongside her long term specialism in Central and West Africa.  Dr Ford has been a panellist and platform speaker on events addressing counter trafficking in Switzerland, Cote d’Ivoire, Romania, Moldova, North Macedonia, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium,  developing papers on issues pertaining to effective protection, children’s rights, resilience to organ trafficking and prevention of a range of human trafficking abuses across these territories.

Professor Soulla Louca


Professor Soulla Louca has coordinated and evaluated numerous projects for the National Science Foundation (NSF- USA), Research Promotion Foundation (RPF-Cyprus) and European Framework for the European Commission. She chaired the European program COST ( with 36 participating Member States and 3000 researchers in e-Society, Information Security, Networks, and Nanotechnologies (2006). She has pioneered research in blockchain technologies (2014) in her University, designing and developing the first MSc (worldwide) in Digital Currency, academic certificates publishing on blockchain ( ) and breakthrough events – Decentralized 2017 ( ). She is a professor in the Management & MIS Department and Director of the Blockchain Initiative at the University of Nicosia.


Teresa Rodriguez Montañés

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Teresa Rodríguez Montañés holds a Ph.D. in Law.  Writer, a researcher, public speaker, national and international consultant, is an expert in Criminal Law and Human Rights.

She is currently Full Professor of Criminal Law at Alcalá University Law School (Madrid, Spain) and former Legal Adviser at the Spanish Constitutional Court for more than twelve years. During her long academic career, Teresa has been teaching and researching not only in Spain but also in many other countries (Germany, USA, Argentina, Cuba, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua). Moreover, she has taken part in capacity building and training activities for judges, prosecutors, lawyers and police officers, and given expert advice on criminal policy and law enforcement in many fora.


Teresa is the author of four books and more than forty articles and papers. Her areas of expertise include risk crimes, economic criminality, corporate crimes, the criminal policy as well as terrorism, torture, abortion, gender violence, freedom of expression and Human Trafficking.

Regarding Human Trafficking, she´s been associated researcher on two European Projects funded by EC-DG Home Affairs: “The fight against trafficking in human beings in EU: promoting legal cooperation and victim´s protection” and “Psychological Health Impact of THB for sexual exploitation on Female Victims. Consequences for stakeholders” (PHIT). She is also a member of the Regional Implementation Initiative against Trafficking in Human Beings, attending meetings in  Vienna she attends on a regular basis. Moreover, she is the Director of the Course: Expert in Human Trafficking, the first and only University degree in Human Trafficking in Spain.

In 2014 she published a report about Labour exploitation in Spain based on the analysis of real cases provided by the Special Prosecutor against Human Trafficking (Trata de seres humanos y explotación laboral en España: reflexiones sobre la realidad práctica, en La Ley Penal, núm.109, 2014, pp. 5-19; Trata de seres humanos y explotación laboral en España: reflexiones sobre la realidad práctica, in: ALCACER y otros (Coord.), “La trata de seres humanos: persecución penal y protección de las víctimas”, Edisofer, Madrid, 2015, pp. 57-82).

In 2016, as Visiting Professor at the Center for International Human Rights, John Jay College (NY), she conducted a research Project, Business and Human Trafficking, focused on the accountability of business engaged in the trafficking for labor exploitation. She is still working on this topic in order to publish a book.


Mr. Rainer Franosch


Mr. Franosch is the Deputy Director-General for Criminal Law of the Ministry of Justice of the German Federal State of Hesse. Within the Ministry’s Department of Law, his areas of responsibilities have included the public prosecution service, the law of criminal procedure as well as cybercrime. He has also served as the Head of the Cybercrime Center and Senior Public Prosecutor at the office of the General Public Prosecutor of the German Federal State of Hesse. In his 17-year service as a public prosecutor, he has investigated numerous cases of online child exploitation, many of them in international cooperation with law enforcement agencies from all over the world.

Since 1999 he is an instructor for police officers, public prosecutors, judges and other law enforcement agency members in matters concerning cybercrime and economic crime, e.g. at the German Academy for Judges and Prosecutors, the Academy of European Law (ERA) and the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN). He also educates the German armed forces on military and international law. Mr. Franosch holds a law degree from the University of Marburg, Germany.


David B. Grant

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David B. Grant is Professor of Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland. His doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh investigated customer service, satisfaction, and service quality in UK food processing logistics and received the James Cooper Memorial Cup Ph.D. Award from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) in 2003. David’s research interests include logistics customer service, satisfaction and service quality; in-store and online retail logistics; reverse, closed-loop and sustainable logistics; and humanitarian and developmental logistics. Recently funded research projects include EU H2020 Integrated system for real-time TRACKing and collective intelligence in civilian humanitarian missions (iTRACK); EU FP7 Logistic Efficiencies And Naval architecture for Wind Installations with Novel Developments (LEANWIND); and Liikesivistysrahasto (Finnish Foundation for Economic Education) online service failure and recovery in Finnish public sector organizations. Other recent research has focussed on sustainable supply chain performance measures; supply chain sustainability in developing economies of Thailand and Vietnam; reverse logistics of end-of-life pharmaceutical products in Nigeria; sustainability and risk in fashion supply chains; and total loss and waste in food retailing. David has over 250 publications in various refereed journals, books and conference proceedings and is on the editorial board of seven international journals. His co-authored books for Kogan Page, Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Fashion Logistics, are now in their second editions. In 2019 David was ranked 5th in Economics, Business and Management and 1st in Industrial Economics and Logistics in an academic study determining the ‘top ten professors in Finland’ for research impact and productivity and reported by Helsingin Sanomat, the country’s largest newspaper; and awarded the Bualuang ASEAN Chair Professorship for 2019-21 at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand.


Dr. Teo Keipi

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Dr. Teo Keipi is a social psychologist specializing in the dynamics of individual and group decision-making and motivation in anonymous or semi-anonymous environments. His research includes issues of risk, victimization, social identity and responsibility diffusion. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles on these themes in addition to issues of national level ideological change, technology use, political participation, wellbeing, trust and shifts in public opinion over time. He has also written a scientific book on online hate victimization and the social identity effects of social media. His research and theoretical base are a mix of social psychology, economic sociology, and behavioral economics.

Teo is currently a senior researcher at Aalto University in Finland’s Helsinki region. His current research involves studying organizational decision-making strategy, entrepreneurial identity, and design thinking in terms of problem framing in multicultural contexts. He has also worked in the private sector as an independent consultant focusing on strategy, branding and market targeting, while also being involved with linking companies to partnerships with multinational corporations. Teo has lived in Finland for 10 years, having defended his doctoral dissertation there in 2015. He was born and raised in the Washington D.C. area in the U.S. and is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Finland.


Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe

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Loraine Gelsthorpe is Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow and Tutor for Graduate Affairs at Pembroke College. She is also Director of the Institute, Director of Graduate Education for the Institute, and Director of a research center within also: the Centre for Community, Gender and Social Justice. Beyond this, she is Co-convenor of the University-wide multi-disciplinary Cambridge Migration Research Network (CAMMIGRES). She also sits on various University Committees including the General Board Education Committee and the Board of Graduate Studies. Loraine has wide interests in the links between criminal justice and social justice, looking at race, gender and social exclusion, women and sentencing, and at the effectiveness of youth and community penalties in particular. She also has a strong interest in research methodologies and research ethics.

Loraine has lived in Cambridge since the early 1980s when she came to do an M.Phil in Criminology, though the call of a Ph.D. was stronger than a return to social work career. After the Ph.D. she had a number of post-doc appointments at Lancaster, UCNW (Bangor) and at the LSE, which involved work with the Metropolitan Police and London boroughs on diversion from prosecution, men’s prisons in the Midlands, and race and gender issues in pre-sentence reports respectively. She began working for the University of Cambridge in 1991. Professor Gelsthorpe sits on various government Advisory Committees, was deputy chair of the 2014 REF exercise (Social Policy panel), and is immediate past President of the British Society of Criminology. She chairs the European Society of Criminology Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice Working Group.

Professor Gelsthorpe is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She was an 11+ failure and increasingly sees a need to speak out about this – to encourage others whose own routes in higher education may not be traditional. Loraine is a psychoanalytical psychotherapist in her ‘spare time’, and a trustee of Pembroke House, a community center in Walworth, South London, and Women’s Break Out:

Publications include several books, the most recent of which is Research Ethics in Criminology: Dilemmas, Issues, and Solutions


Dr. Neil Stott 


Neil Stott was Chief Executive of Keystone Development Trust until April 2015. Keystone is one of the largest development trusts in the country delivering community development, social enterprises, and property development.

Neil is a Senior Associate of Locality’s consultancy. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Place Management (SFIPM), a Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, a Visiting Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, and a Visiting Social Innovator at Memorial University’s Centre for Social Enterprise, Newfoundland, Canada.

Previous appointments:

Previously Neil was Head of Community Development at Canterbury City Council, Principal Officer (Community) at Cambridge City Council and a youth and community worker for a number of children’s charities including Mencap, Elfrida Rathbone and Contact-a-Family in London.

Neil has managed a wide variety of public and social sector services including community safety, racial harassment investigations, race equality, grants, tenant participation and children, youth and community projects.


Mark Burns-Williamson


Mark was born in Castleford in 1964 and attended local schools before taking an apprenticeship as a stone mason. Having done an access course at Park Lane College in Leeds Mark gained a joint honors degree in History and Politics from Bradford University.

He has worked across West Yorkshire for over 30 years in public and private sector organizations including West Yorkshire County Council, Castleford Citizens Advice Bureau, Cable Tel Ltd, Cannon, The Rugby Football League and Halifax PLC.

In 1998 Mark was elected as a Labour councilor to represent the ward of Castleford Central and Glasshoughton. He became a member of the West Yorkshire Police Authority in 1999 and Chair of the Authority in 2003. He was elected Chair of the Association of Police Authorities in 2011 where he was instrumental in enabling the transition to the formation of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), and now serves on a number of national working groups as well as a leading campaigner on issues such as the Proceeds of Crime legislation and Human Trafficking. Mark was awarded an OBE in 2012 for services to the community and policing.

In June 2012 Mark was selected as Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for West Yorkshire and on 15 November was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire. He stood down as a councilor in January 2013 as he had pledged.

Mark is a trustee of Castleford Heritage Trust and a governor of Castleford Academy. He is a lifelong Castleford Tigers fan, a former rugby league player and President of Glasshoughton Cricket Club.


Kerry Gibson

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Kerry Gibson is the President of EcoCentury Technologies, which is a socially directed developer and distributor of clean Technologies such as LED lighting and Hydrogen powered amphibious vehicles. Kerry serves on the Board of Directors of many Foundations and Organizations, along with building a scholarship fund for Women in Trades, creating accessibility through both policy and infrastructure, directs large scale economic development for social protection, fundraising/PR for various causes, building legislation, mentoring youth around the world, President of Municipal party YES Vancouver, and spokesperson for the Lyft ridesharing coalition in BC.

She currently is focused on several collaborations that will address the SDGs both locally and globally using innovative solutions applying a business lens to philanthropy. Ms. Gibson speaks on global platforms including the UN addressing economic development, the promotion of equality for all, and has represented the private sector’s role in civil society. She has been named UN Women Planet 5050 Champion, the Canadian Ambassador for the United Nations Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Campaign, a Canadian Global Goodwill Ambassador, and has recently received a Times of Canada award for Excellence in Innovation, a Shakti Award, and the 2018 Honour Award by the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organization.


Dietmar Roller 

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Dietmar Roller was born in a small village in the South of Germany and grew up in a farming environment. A life-changing experience was his first visit to East Africa when in a very young age during 2 months in Kenya he decided to study social sciences and theology to understand more about people, culture and development.  He went to University in Germany, Switzerland and the USA. He owns a master’s degree in intercultural studies from the Columbia International University. 


Roller’s work priorities are conflicts minerals and their effects on the local population, in particular, illegal gold mining in Geita, Tanzania. This was followed by project assessments and evaluations in Kivu, Congo on coltan and cobalt mining up until today he helps NGO`s working in the Kivu region. His is an expert on the issue of Slavery through boundary labor as well as human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

Sind 2013 Mr. Roller is the Executive Director of International Justice Mission (IJM) Germany ( His international experience showed him the vulnerability of poor people in our world. Without a functional justice system, the poor are defenseless against injustice in most cases. This has also a huge impact on other approaches in development cooperation. This is what Mr. Roller wants to underline in the social and political discussion about the fight against poverty.  

Apart from his occupation at IJM, Mr. Roller teaches development theories to master students of UNISA, South Africa. In addition, European NGOs ask him frequently for advice about conflict minerals and development approaches in extremely difficult situations. 

Mr. Roller is one of the most profiled development experts in the matter of combining human rights and sustainable development in fighting modern days slavery and human trafficking. He is convinced that participation and empowerment of the target groups is possible in every situation, even in the most difficult human rights violations. However, it needed solidarity and support from the outside, for example from organizations as IJM. Together with the local civil society and sustainable development approaches, we can change the world to a better place.


Benjamin Thomas Greer


Benjamin Thomas Greer, J.D. – CalOES Senior Instructor in the Homeland Security/Human Trafficking Division

Mr. Greer’s role at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is as a Subject Matter Expert in the field of human trafficking and child sexual exploitation; specifically instructing and developing human trafficking courses for law enforcing and emergency personnel.  His primary tasks include:

  • Creating multiple courses related to human trafficking and child sexual exploitation for OES’s California Specialized Training Institute, 
  • Researching and course development of the nexus between terrorist financing and human trafficking,
  • Working with the State Threat Assessment Center, Joint Terrorism Task Forces and Fusion Centers on human trafficking intelligence products,
  • Integrating human trafficking intelligence into the Terrorism Liaison Officer training program, and
  • Providing issue directed briefings on the current state of human trafficking and its nexus to terrorism in California.

Before I joining Cal OES Mr. Greer served as a Special Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice – Office of the Attorney General.  There he leads a team of attorneys and non-attorneys in a comprehensive report for the California Attorney General entitled, “The State of Human Trafficking in California 2012.”  He has published numerous American Law Review and International Journal articles and has presented/lectured in 9 counties.  He is a federally recognized human trafficking training expert by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC – TTAC) Training & Technical Assistance Center and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA – NTAC) Training and Technical Assistance Center; helped California draft and negotiate Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) with the Mexican Government, draft and lobby anti-trafficking legislation (both domestically and internationally) and plays a prominent role as Contributing/Advisory Board member on two International Peer-Reviewed Anti-trafficking Journals.

GoToMeeting – Speakers!

28 Jun

To all of you speakers that will be joining the CCARHT Summer Symposium as “Online” presenters and attendees, please see the video below on how to participate in the meetings. The Emails with the links for your presentations will be sent shortly via Email, but it can be rewarding to see how it works in praxis!

Looking forward to seeing you all!

RT @carriepford: As UK Govt publish firs

19 Oct

RT @carriepford: As UK Govt publish first interdeptl report on #HumanTrafficking here is a film to explain some wider context from UN

Pictures speak louder than our words – t

28 Sep

Pictures speak louder than our words – the reality of modern day labour based slavery across many parts of the world shames us all – the tough part for those not enslaved is to work out how to address this exploitation at every possible level, politically, economically, socially, culturally and inter personally – Anti Slavery day 2012