About Me


Security Council meeting on Maintenance of international peace and security Trafficking in persons in situations of conflict

Addressing the UN Security Council during its first ever debate on human trafficking.

I was appointed as the inaugural CEO of the Freedom Fund in January 2014. The Fund is an ambitious effort to mobilise the knowledge, capital and will needed to end modern slavery.

In its first three years of operation the Freedom Fund has worked with some 100 frontline partners around the world to directly liberate over 12,000 people from slavery and return over 35,000 at risk children back to school. Overall, its programs have positively impacted the lives of over 350,000 of those most vulnerable to exploitation. And it is changing the systems that place many millions more at risk of slavery.

I am also co-chair of the Jo Cox Foundation, and a board member of Girls Not Brides and the Global Partnership to End Child Marriage.

Prior to the Freedom Fund, I was the inaugural CEO of the Walk Free Foundation, a leading international actor in the fight against modern slavery. And before Walk Free, I was the Deputy President and Chief Operating Officer of the International Crisis Group (ICG), the world’s leading conflict prevention NGO, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, with offices in over 20 countries.

I am a lawyer by background and, prior to ICG, 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.



    1. hi Milt, thanks. I’m catching up with Ben on Tuesday – he’s moderating a panel on slavery in supply chains in which I’m speaking: http://www.trust.org. Congrats on progress with your project- it’s critically important work.

  1. Lauenstein Milt · · Reply

    Hi, Nick
    Congratulations on what you are doing! You probably know Ben Skinner, who wrote a great book on contemporary slavery. If not, you should meet him.
    I’ve finally got things moving in the way of helping local leaders to address situations that threaten the peace. See the Purdue Peace Project web site (or mine).

    Milt Lauenstein

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