Patron and International Advisory Board
Ms Urmila Bhoola
UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of slavery, and is a former Judge of the Labour Court of South Africa. She is a human rights lawyer working on issues of gender equality, forced labour, slavery and child protection, and has worked internationally with NGOs and governments to advise on implementation of international labour and human rights law.
“I joined because slavefreetrade provides us with tools and mechanisms to ensure we are not buying goods tainted by slavery, and supports the rights of workers to be free from all forms of modern slavery“
International Advisory Board
Brian Iselin is a former soldier and Federal Agent, turned from the drug wars to counter-human trafficking. Bringing field experience on slavery of more than 17 years in almost 50 countries, Brian also holds university degrees in strategic studies, police management, international criminal justice and modern asian studies. Brian is the founder of slavefreetrade, sits on the Executive Committee, and is inaugural Board Chair.
“It has always been my way to stand up for those without a voice.”
Ms Kipp served as a delegate in the Middle East and Asia for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), before entering the Swedish diplomatic service. She attended five sessions with the United Nations’ Human Rights Commission. After numerous postings including as Sweden’s Ambassador to Syria and Lebanon, she was appointed Sweden’s Ambassador for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), in the International Trade Policy Department of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Within this context of the European Union she was the responsible for the Swedish CSR-conference, chaired by the Minister of International Trade.
Roberto Fragale Filho
Roberto Fragale Filho is a Labor Judge in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Sociology of Law Professor at Universidade Federal Fluminense. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Université de Montpellier I, and has been a fellow at the Institut d’Études Avancées de Nantes in a long and fruitful collaboration with French academia. As a visiting professor, he has taught in Angola, Macao and Portugal as well as in France and the United States.
“Collaborating with slavefreetrade provides a unique opportunity to contribute to eliminate slavery in supply chains as it emphasizes that our everyday choices do matter.”
David White is Head of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) London Office, and Liaison Officer with the Commonwealth Secretariat and other London based multilateral organisations. He leads on advocacy with the Commonwealth, and on CHRI’s work in the Western hemisphere. He was awarded a distinction in his Master’s degree in Diplomacy and International relations, and wrote his thesis on the emerging field of #digitaldiplomacy.
Dr. Debbie Haski-Levanthal
Dr Debbie Haski-Leventhal is an Associate Professor in Management and the Program Director of the Master of Social Entrepreneurship at Macquarie University, Australia. With the UN PRME, Debbie conducts international studies on MBA students and their attitudes towards CSR. She is the journal editor of Business, Peace and Sustainable Development. Debbie was a consultant for United Nations Volunteers and co-wrote the State of the World’s Volunteerism Report. She has published widely on volunteerism and CSR.
“Our world, the economy and all of humanity will be better off when modern slavery is truly eradicated. It will be a just world when supply chains are not stained with the pain of forced labour. slavefreetrade both raises awareness to the problem and offers an accessible solution.”
Dr. Elizabeth Umlas
Dr. Elizabeth Umlas is an independent researcher and consultant with over 15 years of experience in the field of business and human rights. Currently she is a senior advisor to a global union federation and teaches at the University of Fribourg, the University of Geneva and Oxford University. Previously, she held positions at KLD Research & Analytics, Oxfam America and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. She holds a PhD in political science from Yale University.
Prof. Gudmundur Alfredsson
Professor Gudmundur Alfredsson (SJD, Harvard Law School, 1982) is Law Professor at the University of Akureyri and at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing and Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook of Polar Law (with Timo Koivurova) and of the International Journal on Minority and Group Rights (both published by Brill).
“With a good cause, a good team and good methods, there is a real expectation of results.”
Founder of ConsenSys, a company that develops applications and utilities for the next-generation decentralized web, and co-founder of Ethereum.
Jonathan Webb is a researcher into supply chain management and corporate procurement. He is Head of Strategy Research at Procurement Leaders, a global community providing market intelligence, data, education and networking services to procurement executives and their enterprises. Also of direct relevance, he is a PhD candidate at the Queen Mary’s, University of London, focused on the murky world of supply chain corruption, looking at commercial bribery, supplier compliance and other nefarious goings on in the supply chain.
“Governments are passing stricter laws on prohibiting slavery and the public is increasingly aware of forced labour issues. I believe that organisations such as Slavefreetrade can help eradicate slavery and lead business to committing to supply chains that are free of forced labour.”
Magdalena Kettis is Head of Thematic Engagement in Nordea Wealth Management and leads on Nordea’s work within human rights. She is a member of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Advisory Board. She holds a PhD in International Political Economy from Stockholm University, Sweden.
“Modern slavery needs to be stopped and I believe slavefreetrade can contribute to doing that.”
Rik is the Founder of Agentic Group in New York and a world-recognized digital expert. He is a speaker on emerging digital ecosystems and has been featured on CNN and CNBC. Rik is a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and the Center for the Study of Digital Life, an Advisor to the Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College and advises several other educational institutions and entrepreneurial entities.
“I firmly believe that technology can be a force for social good. New advances in Internet technologies are aiming towards creating a more transparent, trusted and trustworthy world. In my mind, there are few callings as important to healing and increasing our overall humanity than employing these advances in the effort to put an end to global slavery.”
Dr. Roger-Claude Liwanga
Dr. Roger-Claude Liwanga is a human rights lawyer and academic from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Liwanga taught International Law at Suffolk University Law School, and guest-lectured the Human Trafficking, and Child Protection and Human Rights courses respectively at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard School of Public Health. His work on human rights has been published in several academic journals.
Ruth Freedom Pojman
Ruth Freedom Pojman has worked at the OSCE Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings since 2008, where she is the lead on the Office’s efforts to prevent human trafficking for Labour exploitation in supply chains. Prior to that, Ms. Pojman worked as the United States Agency for International Development’s first Senior Anti-trafficking Advisor covering Europe and Eurasia, and worked several years in Central Asia for the International Organization for Migration, for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and for Mobil Oil.
“I joined Slavefreetrade to collaborate in an innovative way on a larger scale with experts from an array of backgrounds who are dedicated to preventing and combating human trafficking in supply chains, as through collaboration we have the best chance to make an impact on modern slavery in the world.”
Stuart Mooney is a lawyer and Coordinator of the Finnish China Law Center. He is also co-founder of Work Ahead, a technology company that helps businesses measure and share their social impact and working conditions. His work focuses on international labour law and human rights at work. He worked previously as an Australian diplomat in Nigeria and as a Legal Specialist in the International Legal Branch of Australia’s foreign ministry.
“I’m passionate about slavefreetrade because I share its mission of helping businesses have clean and transparent supply chains”