A conference by Thomson Reuters Foundation

2016 Speakers

Kailash Satyarthi

Nobel Peace Prize Winner (2014)

Muhammad Yunus

Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Nadia Murad

Human Rights Activist, Survivor of enslavement and human trafficking

Previous Speakers

Ala'a Shehabi

British-born Bahraini lecturer, writer and activist

Alaa Murabit

Founder, The Voice of Libyan Women

Alisha Miranda

Co-founder, Not My Style

Amira Yahyaoui

Human rights activist and President, Al Bawsala

Andrew Wallis

CEO, Unseen

Anish Kapoor


Ann Cotton

Founder and President, Camfed International

Anna Swaithes

Director of Sustainable Development, SABMiller

Anne Gallagher

Independent scholar and legal adviser

Anuradha Koirala

Founder and Executive Director, Maiti Nepal

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Author and Founder of the AHA Foundation

Beate Andrees

ILO’s Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour

You told me this conference was about action, and you were right. You pulled together something remarkable.

Michael Brosowski Founder & CEO, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation

Benjamin Skinner

Founder and Principal, Transparentem

Bennett Freeman

Senior Vice President, Sustainability Research and Policy, Calvert

Bradley Myles

CEO and Director, Polaris Project

Cathy Russell

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

Cecilia Flores-Oebanda

Founding President and Executive Director, Visayan Forum Foundation

Charlie Winter


Cherie Blair

Lawyer and founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Chris Burkett

Associate, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Christianne Boudreau

Founder, Hayat Canada Family Support

Christine O’Connell

Global Head of Strategy & Business Development, Risk, Thomson Reuters

Christopher White

Program manager, U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Christy Turlington Burns

Founder, Every Mother Counts, filmmaker, author, model

Cindy Dyer

Vice President for Human Rights, Vital Voices

Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

Dan Viederman

Chief Executive Officer, Verité

Daniela Colaiacovo

Co- founder and director, Goldlake Group

David Batstone

President and Co-Founder, Not For Sale; CEO, Dignitá

David Risher

CEO & Co-Founder, Worldreader

Deeyah Khan

Documentary film director and human rights activist

Dr. Sima Samar

Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC)

Duncan Jepson

Founder, Liberty Asia

Edna Adan

Former Foreign Affairs Minister, Somaliland; Founder, Edna Adan Univ. Hospital

Emma Bonino

Former Italian Foreign Minister

Emma Webb

Head of EU University Partnerships, Coursera

Eva Kail

Gender expert, Urban Planning Group, City of Vienna

Evelyn Chumbow

Survivor, advocate and leader, National Survivor Network

Fiona David

Executive Director of Global Research, Walk Free Foundation

Fiona Mavhinga

Founding member, Camfed Association

Giles Bolton

Responsible Sourcing Director, Tesco

Habiba Mohammed

Co-director and Team leader, Centre for Girls’ Education

Hazel Thompson

Award-winning photojournalist

Henriette Kolb

Head of the Gender Secretariat, International Finance Corporation

Her Majesty Queen Noor

Chair of the Noor Al Hussein and King Hussein Foundations

Hugh Verrier

Chairman, White & Case LLP

Hugo Dixon

Columnist and entrepreneur

Iman Bibars

Vice President, Ashoka Global

Isha Johansen

President of the Sierra Leonean Football Association

James Kofi Annan

President, Challenging Heights

Jamie Drummond

Co-founder and Executive director, ONE

Jane Moran

Global Chief Information Officer, Unilever

Jean Baderschneider

CEO, Global Fund to End Slavery

Jess Search

Chief Executive, BRITDOC Foundation

John Studzinski

CBE, Vice Chairman of Blackstone

Josephine Kulea

Executive Director, Samburu Girls Foundation

Judith Bogner

Independent Facilitator, Speaker and Commentator

Kalpana Viswanath

Co-founder, Safetipin (India)

Kamran Azim

Chief operating officer, Kashf Foundation

Karen Friedman Agnifilo

Chief Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney's Office

Kathy Calvin

President and Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation

Kendis Paris

Executive director, Truckers against trafficking

Kevin Bales

Co-founder, Free the Slaves

Kevin Hyland

UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

Kiran Bedi

India's first and highest ranking female police officer

Klára Skrivánková

Europe Programme Co-ordinator, Anti-Slavery

Laura Bates

Founder, Everyday Sexism Project

Lila Ibrahim

Chief Business Officer, Coursera

Lisa Rende-Taylor

Founder and Director, Issara Institute

Livia Firth

Creative Director, Eco-Age and Founder of the Green Carpet Challenge

Liz Kellison

Deputy director, Financial Services for the Poor, Gates Foundation

Louise Nicholls

Head of Responsible Sourcing, Marks & Spencer

Mabel van Oranje

Initiator and Chair, Girls Not Brides

Madeleine Rees

Secretary General, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

Manal al-Sharif

Women's rights activist

Marcela Loaiza

Survivor of sex trafficking and founder, La Fundación Marcela Loaiza

Marco Gonçalves

Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer, Nestlé

Mariane Pearl

Journalist, author and Managing Editor of Chime for Change

Marina Novaes

Special Adviser for the Promotion of Decent Work, City of São Paulo

Mark Goldring

Chief Executive, OXFAM

Martina Vandenberg

Founder and President, The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center

Mary Ellen Iskenderian

President and CEO, Women’s World Banking

Matt Friedman

CEO, The Mekong Club

Melanne Verveer

U.S Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues

Mona Eltahawy

Award-winning columnist

Monique Villa

CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Founder of TrustLaw and Trust Women

Murad Ismael

Co-founder and Director of Board, Yazda

Nancy Northup

President and CEO, Center for Reproductive Rights

Nazir Afzal

Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS North West

Nick Grono

President and CEO, The Freedom Fund



Pablo Diego Rosell

Senior Consultant, Gallup

Pascale Dubois

Chief Suspension and Debarment Officer, World Bank

Patricia Viseur Sellers

International Criminal Lawyer

Peter Rabley

Director, Investments, Omidyar Network

Priti Patel

Deputy director and HIV Programme Manager, Southern Africa Litigation Centre

Raheb Alwany

Syrian doctor and Human Rights defender

Randy Newcomb

President and CEO, Humanity United

Renato Bignami

Labour Inspector, Programme for the Eradication of Slavery (Brazil)

Rosario Perez

President and Chief Executive Officer, Pro Mujer

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