A conference by Thomson Reuters Foundation

Day 1:School room, board room and extremism

08:00 - 09:00Registration & Breakfast

09:00 - 10:00Welcome & Keynotes

  • Emma Bonino, Former Italian Foreign Minister
  • Cathy Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
  • Hugh Verrier, Chairman, White & Case LLP

Plenary Sessions

10:00 - 11:30How to keep girls in school

  • MODERATOR: Mabel van Oranje, Chair, Girls not Brides
  • Fiona Mahvinga, Founding member, Camfed Association
  • Josephine Kulea, Founder and Executive Director, Samburu Girls Foundation (Kenya)
  • Shabana Basij-Rasikh, Co-founder and President, SOLA- School of Leadership Afghanistan
  • Sarah Degnan Kambou, President, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
  • Habiba Mohamed, Co-director and Team leader, Centre for Girls’ Education (Nigeria)

11:30 - 12:00Break

12:00- 13:15How to reach the top: fostering women leaders

  • MODERATOR: Hugo Dixon, Columnist and founder of BreakingViews
  • Kathy Calvin, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation
  • Cherie Blair, Lawyer and founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
  • Jane Moran, Global chief information officer, Unilever
  • Isha Johansen, President of the Sierra Leonean Football Association

13:15 - 14:15Lunch

14:15 - 16:00Women under extremist rule, from ISIS to Boko Haram

  • KEYNOTE: Patricia Sellers, International Criminal Attorney and Special Advisor for Prosecution Strategies to the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
  • SETTING THE SCENE: Charlie Winter, Researcher
  • MODERATOR: Nazir Afzal, former Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England
  • Christianne Boudreau, Founder, Hayat Canada Family Support
  • Sherizaan Minwalla, Human Rights lawyer
  • Raheb Alwany, Syrian doctor and Human Rights defender
  • Murad Ismael, Co-founder and Director of Board, Yazda

16:00 - 16:30Break

16:30 - 17:30Trust Women Actions

  • FACILITATOR: Judith Bogner, Independent Facilitator, Speaker and Commentator
  • David Risher, CEO, Worldreader
  • Cindy Dyer, Vice President for Human Rights, Vital Voices
  • Murad Ismael, Co-founder and Director of Board, Yazda
  • Sasha Havlicek, CEO, Institute for Strategic Dialogue

17:30 - 18:00Break

18:00 - 18:30Trust Women Hero Award Ceremony

  • Presented by Her Majesty Queen Noor

    The Trust Women Hero Award celebrates an innovator whose bold thinking and high-impact work has helped women defend and advance their rights

18:30 - 18:45With and for Girls Awards Ceremony

  • The With and For Girls Awards recognise locally-led, girl-focused organisations working with and for adolescent girls from across the globe

18:45 - 20:00Trust Women Special Evening Event : Everyday Sexism, Everyday Voices

  • Laura Bates, Founder, Everyday Sexism Project
  • Valeria Golino, Actress, Director, Model
  • Nimco Ali, Activist
  • Esther Freud, Novelist
  • Nazir Afzal, Former Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England
  • Brendan Wynne, Activist, Equality Now
  • Cathy Russell, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, United States
  • Emma Bonino, Former Italian Foreign Minister, Italy
  • Emma Cusdin, Activist and founding member of Trans*formation Network, United Kingdom
  • Jess Search, Film Producer and Chief Executive of BRITDOC
  • David Morrissey, Actor, Director, Screenwriter
  • Nick Taylor, Actor

Day 2:Human Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery

08:00 - 09:00Morning Refreshments & Breakfast

09:00 - 10:00Welcome & Keynotes

  • Anish Kapoor, Artist
  • John Studzinski CBE, Vice Chairman of Blackstone, introducing: Prevention & Accompaniment. The work of women religious activists against trafficking and modern slavery
  • Kendis Paris, CEO, Truckers against trafficking
  • Dan Viederman, CEO, Verité

Plenary Sessions

10:00 - 11:30Powerful stories of survival

  • MODERATOR: Klara Skrivankova, Europe Programme Co-ordinator, Anti-Slavery
  • James Kofi Annan, CEO, Challenging Heights
  • Kevin Hyland, UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
  • Van Ngoc Ta, Chief Lawyer, Blue Dragon Children's Foundation
  • Nicole, Survivor

11:30 - 11:45Break

11:45 - 13:00Using data to fight slavery

  • SETTING THE SCENE: Matt Friedman, CEO, The Mekong Club
  • MODERATOR: Andrew Wallis, CEO, Unseen
  • Duncan Jepson, Founder, Liberty Asia
  • Martina Vandenberg, Founder and President, The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center
  • Beate Andrees, Chief, Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch, International Labour Organization
  • Wade Shen, Program Manager, DARPA
  • Pablo Diego Rosell, Senior Consultant, Gallup

13:00 - 14:15Lunch

14:15 - 15:45Cleaning the supply chain of slave labour

  • MODERATOR: Benjamin Skinner, Founder and Principal, Transparentem
  • SETTING THE SCENE: Jean Baderschneider, CEO, Global Fund to End Slavery
  • SETTING THE SCENE: Sara Hossain, Barrister, Supreme Court of Bangladesh
  • Livia Firth, Creative Director, Eco-Age and Founder of the Green Carpet Challenge
  • Lisa Rende-Taylor, Founder and Director, Issara Institute
  • Daniela Colaiacovo, Co- founder and director, Goldlake Group
  • Marco Goncalves, Senior Vice President and CPO, Nestlé
  • Giles Bolton, Responsible Sourcing Director, Tesco
  • Anna Swaithes, Director of Sustainable Development, SABMiller

15:45 - 16:15Break

16:15 - 17:45Trust Women Actions

  • FACILITATOR: Jess Search, Chief executive, BRITDOC
  • Anish Kapoor, Monique Villa and Baker & Mckenzie
  • Martina Vandenberg, Founder and President, The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center
  • Evelyn Chumbow, Survivor, advocate and leader, National Survivor Network
  • Christine O'Connell, Global Head of Strategy & Business Development, Risk, Thomson Reuters
  • Alisha Miranda, Founder, Not My Style

17:45 - 18:00Break

18:00 - 18:15Trust Women Anti-Trafficking Hero Award

  • Presented by Anish Kapoor

    In 2015 Trust Women will present the Trust Women Anti-Trafficking Hero Award. The new Award will recognise an exceptional individual from the frontlines who has made significant progress in the fight against human trafficking

18:15 - 18:30Final Remarks

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