Walk Free’s mission is to end modern slavery – in every country and in all its forms – in this generation. Modern slavery includes horrendous practices such as human trafficking, forced and bonded labour, and the recruitment and use of child soldiers. The ILO estimates that about 21 million people live in slavery around the world.
Walk Free’s initiatives include building a global movement against slavery; establishing an annual slavery index, measuring risk, prevalence and responses to slavery on a country by country basis; engaging with businesses to encourage them to ensure their operations and supply chains are free of forced labour; and setting up a Global Fund to resource policy interventions and grassroots action around the world to end slavery.
Prior to Walk Free, I was the Deputy President and COO of the International Crisis Group, the world’s leading conflict prevention NGO, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. At ICG I was responsible for the oversight and management of Crisis Group’s programs and operations in some thirty countries around the world. My interest in international development started when I spent three years in my teens sailing around the world with my family and others in an historic square-rigged sailing ship. I have written extensively on international justice and other conflict and human rights-related issues, with articles published in the International Herald Tribune, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere. I am a lawyer by background and, prior to starting work for Crisis Group in 2003, I was Chief of Staff and National Security Adviser to the Australian Attorney-General. I have a law degree with first class honours from the University of Sydney and a Master’s in Public Policy from Princeton University.