April 28, 2016, Singapore  |   Supported by Trust Women.


Nearly 30 million people around the world are living as modern-day slaves. They are trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labour, victims of debt bondage or even born into servitude. Modern slavery is a growing industry worth $150 billion in profits a year. Asia accounts for more than half of the world’s most exploited people.


Trust Forum Asia is a brand event dedicated to fighting human trafficking and advancing women's rights across Asia. Aligned with the mission and the spirit of the Trust Women conference, a global event hosted annually by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in London, Trust Forum Asia will bring together some of the region's most influential business and thought leaders, from corporate CEOs to human rights advocates, to media leaders and award-winning lawyers. Through dedicated "Action to Impact" circles, delegates will be encouraged to forge tangible commitments and to create actionable initiatives to stop human trafficking and to advance women's rights across the Asia-Pacific region.


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Steve Trent

Steve Trent

Steve Trent, EJF Executive Director, has 25 years of experience of environmental advocacy and has undertaken undercover investigations and trained environmental advocates around the globe. Steve was previously Campaigns Director at the Environmental Investigation Agency and co-founder and President of the US-based international conservation organisations WildAid, leading their work in across Asia for over a decade. Since founding EJF, Steve has pioneered advocacy campaigns on oceans conservation and governance, ending forced labour in cotton production in Uzbekistan, protecting human rights in seafood production, and reducing the impacts of toxic pesticides on people and wildlife.

Nick Grono

Nick Grono

Nick is the inaugural CEO of the Freedom Fund, an ambitious seven-year effort to raise $100 million by 2020 for targeted interventions to combat modern slavery. Nick was previously CEO of the Walk Free Foundation, and, before that, deputy president and COO of the International Crisis Group.

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Archana Kotecha

Ms. Archana Kotecha is a counter-trafficking expert and activist with extensive experience in the areas of advocacy, policy work and casework relating to trafficking in persons. Ms. Kotecha is a UK qualified barrister and London School of Economics graduate who started her career practicing corporate law with KPMG then with DLA Piper. After 7 years as a corporate lawyer, Ms. Kotecha joined the UN Refugee Agency's Legal Protection Team in London and subsequently the Immigration Advisory Service and Stop Trafficking UK in London. She has worked on a number of trafficking related asylum cases and produced an anti-trafficking toolkit for UK lawyers. She has served on the Victim Care Committee of the UK Human Trafficking Centre that was instrumental in setting up the National Referral Mechanism of the UK in 2009. She was also a committee member of the NSPCC's anti-trafficking hotline and contributed to a number of anti-trafficking and refugee stakeholder groups in the UK. Following a move to Hong Kong, Ms. Kotecha has joined Liberty Asia as Head of Legal. Since joining Liberty Asia Ms. Kotecha has produced a Hong Kong focused Victim Identification Toolkit/NGO training, set up an online Legal Resources Centre (housed on Liberty Asia’s website) and been involved in lobbying at the Legislative Council level and advising human rights practitioners and governments on trafficking in persons. Ms. Kotecha is also responsible for running regional legal projects including a multi-jurisdictional legal gap analysis that aims to highlight gaps between national laws and international standards. Disrupting activities’ of traffickers by improving human trafficking’s visibility within financial institutions, educating NGOs and lawyers on anti-trafficking legal frameworks and victim identification are also key aspects of Ms. Kotecha’s work.

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Darian McBain

Darian McBain is an engineer, scientist and science communicator with a focus on sustainable supply chains. Darian has spent her career working with business, government and non-government organisations on managing the environmental and social impacts and risks of business activities and contributing to a more sustainable society. Darian is currently the Global Director of Sustainable Development for Thai Union, the world's largest canned tuna manufacturer. Prior to joining Thai Union Darian ran a business consultancy in Australia advising business, government and NGOs on strategy and sustainability. She has worked in the UK for the National Health Service and the United Nations. Darian also worked with WWF in its market transformation program and in addition to working with a wide range of industries, ran a social media campaign to increase the awareness of sustainable palm oil.

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Mimi Vu

Mimi Vu joined Pacific Links Foundation in 2013 as the Director of Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships. She spearheads the organization's global and grassroots advocacy, fundraising, and communication activities, as well as the development of strategic partnerships with stakeholders such as international and Vietnamese governments, law enforcement, private foundations, corporations, and NGOs. Mimi has over 15 years of nonprofit experience in communications, policy, development, and advocacy for organizations in New York City, Paris, and Vietnam, including the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Council of Fashion Designers of America, Fund for Public Health in New York, Robin Hood Foundation, VinaCapital Foundation, and East Meets West Foundation.

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Cecilia Oebanda

Founding President and Executive Director, Visayan Forum FoundationCecilia Flores-Oebanda is the founding President of the Manila-based NGO, Visayan Forum Foundation, which has been combating modern-day slavery since 1991. She is the convenor of the Multi-Sectoral Network Against Trafficking in Persons and a member of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking. She is a globally recognised human rights advocate and international expert on human trafficking, child labour and domestic work.

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Andy Hall

Andy Hall is a British human rights defender and migrant worker rights specialist who has been resident in Thailand and Myanmar for over a decade. As the international affairs advisor to the Migrant Worker Rights Network (MWRN), Andy has successfully helped to empower migrant workers, particularly from Myanmar and Cambodia, to gain greater access to justice mechanisms and better work conditions, both in the seafood sector and across many labour intensive export industries in Thailand. Andy is managing an innovative migrant worker empowerment and social dialogue project between MWRN and Thai Union and has advised and supported a number of Thailand’s leading seafood exporters on effective migrant worker management.

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Sridevi Kalavakolanu

Sridevi Kalavakolanu is Senior Director, Responsible Sourcing at Walmart where she oversees strategy and execution of supply chain compliance operations in Asia, Europe and Africa. She is responsible for supply chain capacity building, risk management and stakeholder engagement including support to key corporate initiatives such as the Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. Sridevi has over fifteen years of experience in responsible sourcing and has previously worked with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) in San Francisco where she provided training and consulting services to a range of companies in the apparel, footwear, automobile and energy sectors and with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in Washington, DC. Sridevi received a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, where she was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship and was a research assistant at the Center for the Study of Human Rights. She has a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Japanese from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and was a Monbusho Scholar at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.

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Piya Muqit

Piya has been working in the field of human rights, child rights, human trafficking and refugee rights for the past 16 years as a legal-aid lawyer and policy expert. She has worked for NGOs, including Freedom from Torture, REDRESS and Refugee and Migrant Justice in the UK, the Capital Post Conviction Project of Louisiana in the USA and Ain o Salish Kendra in Bangladesh. She has also served on the Board and worked for the Citizenship Foundation and Grampian Racial Equality Council. Piya is a qualified barrister having trained at Doughty Street, Garden Court Chambers and the Faculty of Advocates in the UK and holds an undergraduate degree in law from the University of Aberdeen, a Master’s in Human Rights Law from the University of London and a Master’s in Child Studies from Kings College London. She has led on change management projects for several NGOs, and been involved in training and capacity building, research, strategic litigation cases, and law and policy reform throughout her career. Her most recent post before joining Justice Centre was Head of Policy and Advocacy at UNICEF UK.

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Longdy Chhap

Longdy Chhap was born in Cambodia. When he was only eight-years-old he was trafficked from his hometown in Cambodia across to Thailand. As a polio victim, he was forced to beg on the streets for six years before he was finally rescued and sent to Hagar Cambodia for help. In 2010, he joined Hagar as an mentor with Boys Recovery Project. In 2015, Longdy joined Flame ministries Student Center (Flame) as a intern counselor. Longdy also received training in Systematic Counseling from Hagar International.

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Kevin Hyland

Kevin Hyland OBE is the first UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, as appointed by the Home Secretary. The creation of the Commissioner role is one of the key provisions of the landmark Modern Slavery Act, which received Royal Assent in March 2015. In his new capacity, Mr Hyland will spearhead the UK’s fight against modern slavery, with a concerted focus on strengthening law enforcement efforts in the UK and internationally, ensuring that public authorities identify and support victims effectively, and working to prevent modern slavery crimes from occurring in the first place, both in the UK and other source countries.

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Mas Achmad Santosa

Since December 2015, Mas Achmad Santosa has been appointed as the Coordinator of the Special Advisors of the Presidential Task Force to Combat Illegal Fishing (Task Force 115). Previously for one year, he was the Head of Task Force on the Preventing, Deterrence and Elimination of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisrheries. In his position he is particularly responsible for the implementation of analyses and evaluation of ex-foreign vessels, fisheries license governance reform, and strengthening law enforcement in the fisheries sector.

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Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones is the Chief Executive Officer of Barclays for Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, he serves on the board of Barclays Capital Securities Limited and is a member of the Investment Bank Executive Committee. Andrew joined Barclays in London in 2000, responsible for European Financial Institutions Syndicate. He relocated to Hong Kong in 2004 as Head of Syndicate for Asia Pacific. In 2007, he returned to London to run Fixed Income Syndicate for both Asia Pacific and Europe. He was appointed Co-Head of Global Finance and Risk Solutions, Asia Pacific in 2009, and was responsible for Debt and Equity Capital Markets, Corporate Derivatives and Commodities, Asia Pacific. Andrew was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Corporate and Investment Banking, Asia Pacific, and Head of Corporate Banking, Asia Pacific, in 2012 and assumed the role of Co-Chief Executive Officer for the region in 2014. He became the sole Chief Executive Officer in March 2016. Prior to Barclays, Andrew was with Credit Suisse, responsible for short-term macro and credit trading, euro-commercial paper and medium-term notes in London and New York. Andrew holds a Bsc (Hons) in Zoology and Mathematics from University College Cardiff.

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Deborah Papworth

Deborah is a human rights lawyer with extensive experience in Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland and most recently, Cambodia. Deborah's work in human rights has most recently been focuses on refugee and torture issues as well as child rights, previously working for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and various international NGOs. Deborah was recently working as a duty lawyer for asylum seekers in Hong Kong and was also the Legal Manager of Justice Centre Hong Kong, an NGO supporting refugees. Deborah has also worked in private practice, including as pro bono manager and a senior employment lawyer at Linklaters in Hong Kong, before moving to Cambodia to further her work on child rights issues. Deborah is now a Legal Advisor to Hagar.

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Monique Villa

Monique Villa is CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Founder of TrustLaw and Trust Women. She has been ranked among the world’s 100 most influential people in Business Ethics by Ethisphere. Since her appointment in 2008, she has transformed the Foundation, launching a number of programmes that leverage the expertise of Thomson Reuters to trigger change and empower people across the world. Among them; TrustLaw, the Foundation's global pro bono programme dedicated to spreading the practice of pro bono; and Trust Women, a fast-growing movement to empower women and to fight slavery worldwide. Under Villa, the Foundation also covers the world’s under reported stories, and offers training and media development to strengthen free media globally.

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Andrew Goledzinowski

Andrew Goledzinowski is Australia’s Ambassador for People Smuggling and Human Trafficking. He is also Co-chair of the 45-country regional grouping known as the Bali Process. Mr Goledzinowski is a career diplomat with over 30 years’ experience in the Australian foreign service and several international organisations. He has previously served in Wellington, Pretoria, Port Vila, Geneva, Baghdad and New York. Career highlights have included working as Senior Adviser to Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and, a decade earlier, as Adviser to Foreign Minister Gareth Evans. Mr Goledzinowski has also held a number of international appointments. He was Head of International Coordination in the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq in 2003-4. He also worked with the World Bank as head of its office in Baghdad. Mr Goledzinowski spent several years with the United Nations, including as Chief of Staff to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson.

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Lisa Crawford

Lisa Crawford is the Co-Manager (Australia) of the Regional Support Office of the Bali Process (RSO) which has been established to support and strengthen regional cooperation on refugee protection and international migration, including human trafficking and smuggling, and other components of migration management in the Asia-Pacific region. Working together with the Co-Manager (Indonesia), in close consultation with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organisation for Migration, and supported by secondments from member States, the RSO undertakes practical initiatives that enhance information sharing, pooling of common technical resources, exchanges of best practice and capacity building on behalf of the 45 Member States and three International Organisations related to irregular migration.

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Kimberley Cole

Head of Specialist Sales for the Asia Pacific region of Thomson Reuters’ financial and risk business – worth $6.5 billion. She is a member of the firm’s Asia Pacific executive leadership team –responsible for overseeing the sales and business development of Thomson Reuters’ suite of financial services, compliance, and risk products. In her role she oversees a team of more than 150 sales specialists. Kimberley celebrates a 25-year career with Thomson Reuters. She has worked across three continents with a total of eight cross-border moves. Her journey has seen her hold roles across marketing, product and business management, and sales.

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Sylvia Lee

Sylvia started her career as a chemical engineer in Shell. During the twenty over years in Shell where she worked in Singapore and abroad and later in CapitaLand, Sylvia acquired a wide range of experiences and skills that ranged from engineering to HR. She left the corporate world in 2008 to pursue personal interests. In 2009, on learning about the devastation that human trafficking does to its victims, this heinous crime that is driven by greed, by demand for paid sex, by companies’ desire for maximum profits and the growth of consumerism at all costs, she decided to help by developing a social enterprise in Cambodia. Though empowerment is very important, she realized that she was not tackling the root cause. In 2012, Sylvia set up a second non-profit organization, EmancipAsia to raise awareness about human trafficking, empowering individuals, communities and businesses to take action. EmancipAsia reaches out to schools, universities and the general public via films, photography, talks, fun runs, drama and experiential learning activities. Sylvia holds a B.Sc (first class honours) from Imperial College.

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Christopher de Souza

Christopher de Souza has been a Member of Parliament in the Holland Bukit Timah GRC since 2006. In Parliament, he has raised issues such as Singapore’s national security, ethics in healthcare and has advocated for a values-based education system. He has also spoken passionately against the need for casinos and internet gambling. Driven by his belief that the vulnerable in society should be protected, he initiated a rare Private Member’s Parliamentary Bill against human trafficking. It gained unanimous support in Parliament and was passed into law in 2015.

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Scott Stiles

Scott Stiles is the General Manager of the Fair Employment Agency (FEA). While in Hong Kong in 2012, Scott learned about the many issues facing foreign domestic workers. During his final year of university in the U.S., he created a business model for what is now the Fair Employment Agency. After receiving positive feedback for his plan, he decided to forego a career in finance, move to Hong Kong and pursue FEA.


  • 14:00 – 14:20Opening Remarks
    • Kimberley Cole, Head of Specialist Sales Asia, Thomson Reuters
    • Andrew Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, Barclays
    • Monique Villa, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • 14:20 – 14:40Keynotes
    • Christopher De Souza, Member of Parliament, Singapore
    • Andrew Goledzinowski, Australian Ambassador for People Smuggling and Human Trafficking, Co-chair of the Bali Process
    • Kevin Hyland, UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner
  • 14:45 – 15:45PLENARY: Stories of Survival
    • MODERATOR: Archana Kotecha, Head of Legal, Liberty Asia
    • Mimi Vu, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships, Pacific Links Foundation
    • Longdy Chhap, Intern Counselor, Flame Ministries Student Center (Flame)
    • Peck Hoon, Campaign Manager of Stoptraffickingsg
  • 15:45 - 16:15Coffee Break
  • 16:15 – 16:40CASE STUDY: Modern-Day Slavery in the Fishing Industry
    • MODERATOR: Monique Villa, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation
    • Cecilia Oebanda, Director of Visayan Forum
    • Sarah Barnard, Associate, Linklaters
  • 16:40- 18:00PLENARY: Tackling Modern-Day Slavery in the Supply Chains
    • MODERATOR: Nick Grono, CEO, Freedom Fund
    • Darian McBain, Director of Sustainability, Thai Union Group
    • Steve Trent, Executive director, Environmental Justice Foundation
    • Andy Hall, International affairs advisor to the Migrant Worker Rights Network (MWRN)
    • Sridevi Kalavakolanu, Senior Director, Responsible Sourcing, Walmart
    • Mas Achmad Santosa, Head of IUU Fishing Task Force, Indonesia
  • 18:00 - 18:40Action to Impact
    • MODERATOR: Kimberley Cole, Head of Specialist Sales Asia, Thomson Reuters
    • Deborah Papworth, Legal Advisor, Hagar
    • Scott Stiles, General Manager, Fair Employment Agency
    • Monique Villa & Archana Kotecha, Thomson Reuters Foundation & Liberty Asia – TrustLaw Human Trafficking Litigation Hub
    • Sylvia Lee, EmancipAsia – Animated videos to combat slavery in supply chain
    • Lisa Crawford, Co-Manager (Australia) of the Regional Support Office of the Bali Process (RSO)
  • 18:40 – 18:45Conclusion
  • 18:45 - 20:00Cocktails & Networking Reception



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Building on the legacy of Trust Women and its commitment to impact, Trust Forum Asia 2016 delegates took action to fight modern-day slavery and human trafficking. 

At the event, speakers and delegates proposed the following actions:

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TrustLaw Human Trafficking Litigation Hub - Monique Villa & Archana Kotecha

A hub connecting leading anti-trafficking NGOs, experts and lawyers to share expertise, resources and litigation strategies. The initiative will build legal capacity of both NGOs and lawyers to increase the number of human trafficking litigation cases and empower victims to seek remedies.

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Fair Employment Agency Singapore expansion - Fair Employment Agency

Disrupting the labor migration process for domestic workers by expanding FEA’s fair and equitable business model for domestic workers and their employers from Hong Kong to Singapore.

Click here for more information about the Action.

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Campaigns to combat human trafficking - Regional Support Office for the Bali Process

Empowering governments, civil society and businesses to develop well researched and compelling information campaigns to combat the misinformation and deception that enables human traffickers to exploit the aspirations of migrants and exploit vulnerable people.

Click here for more information about the Action.

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Animated videos to combat slavery in supply chain - EmancipAsia

Production of 10 short animated films to raise awareness about human trafficking in supply chains. The films will show  the industries where it happens, the scale of the issue, and how we are part of the problem and importantly, the solution.

Click here for more information about the Action.

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