$144 billion worth of slave-produced items are imported to the US from the top 5 at-risk product categories alone.
Asia/Pacific has the second largest percentage of citizens in slavery.
There are 5.4 victims of modern slavery for every 1,000 people in the world; 70% are women.
Africa has the largest percentage of citizens in slavery.
Krishna Patel is the President and a Director of UNCHAIN Foundation. She is also the Director of the Justice Initiative and an officer at Grace Farms Foundation. As the Director of Grace Farm’s Justice initiative, Ms. Patel works as an active strategist on initiatives to combat human trafficking on a global, national and state level. Ms. Patel was initially hired as both the General Counsel and Justice Initiative Director. She served as the General Counsel from 2015-2018. During the last three years, Ms. Patel has led two major international convenings with the United Nations to combat trafficking in conflict zones and has drafted comprehensive reforms to the Connecticut state statute. She also leads innovative big data platform training sessions at GFF for law enforcement to locate and apprehend traffickers and rescue survivors.
Prior to joining Grace Farms Foundation, Ms. Patel served in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut from 2003 to 2015, including serving as the Deputy Chief of the National Security and Major Crimes Unit from 2010 to 2015. Ms. Patel is the recipient of numerous awards, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Director's Award in 2016 for her work on counter-terrorism cases. Ms. Patel has also worked with the private sector, academia, and government to create an innovate program that will provide a high-level training to hotel and motel staff throughout Connecticut.
Sharon Prince is the Treasurer, CFO and a Director of UNCHAIN Foundation, and the Chair and President of GFF. Ms. Prince spear-headed the vision for Grace Farms, a new kind of public space shared by individuals and not-for-profit organizations. Through her work with GFF's justice initiative, Ms. Prince has fought to end child exploitation, human trafficking, and violence against women on a local, national and international scale. Ms. Prince also serves on the Board of Next Generation Nepal, a charity dedicated to reuniting victims of child exploitation with their families. In 2017, she received NOMI Network’s Abolitionist Award and Auburn Seminary’s Lives of Commitment Award.
Prior to developing Grace Farms, Ms. Prince was the President of 66North, an Icelandic technical outerwear brand that she developed and distributed in 100 stores in North America. She holds a BS/BA and MBA from the University of Tulsa. On average, UNCHAIN anticipates that Ms. Prince will work approximately 15 hours per week for UNCHAIN, doing speaking, fundraising, and assisting in the development of strategy and vision.
Carl Preller is a Director of UNCHAIN Foundation and the EVP of Global Strategic Planning and Performance at TCC Global from October 2017 to present. Prior to joining TCC, from September 2014 to October 2017 Mr. Preller was Chief Performance Officer for Geometry Global North America. From September 2007 to September 2014, Mr. Preller served in various roles at Kantar Retail, including managing its business units in Thailand, China as well as in the United States. From September 200 through July 2007, Mr. Preller served in various commercial director roles for L'Oreal, in the United Kingdom, France, and Hong Kong. From September 1997 to September 2000, he served in various marketing roles for The Coca-Cola Company, and from January 1994 to September 1997, as brand and account manager at Unilever. Mr. Preller graduated from Kearsney College, and received a Bachelor of Commerce, Honors Economics, from University of Cape Town.
Paul Williamson is a Director of UNCHAIN Foundation and Chief Investment Officer at Publicis Media Exchange - U.S. from January 2016 to present. From April 2013 to June 2015, Mr. Williamson served as President, Amplifi US, for Denstu Aegis Network. From November 2011 to March 2013, Mr. Williamson served as the CEO, Americas, and EVP, Business Development, for Standard Media Index. From June 2009 to October 2011, he served as EVP, Group Development, for Aegis Media North America. From September 2007 to February 2009, Mr. Williamson served as Executive Director, Business Development, for The Wall Street Journal. From October 2001 to March 2007, Mr. Williamson served as VP, Business Development for Carat, and from 1998 to 2001, as Vice President of MediaVest. Mr. Williamson has a Bachelor of Commerce, Economics, from the University of Melbourne, and an MBA, Management and Finance, from New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Mohammed Amersi is the Co-founder and CEO of Emergent Telecom Ventures (“ETV”). ETV is an entrepreneurial Emerging Markets Consulting, Advisory and Asset Management firm specialising in Telecoms, Media & Technology. Mr. Amersi also chairs the Amersi Foundation, which actively supports causes and charities in Education, Poverty, Conflict and Religion in Africa, Middle East and Asia.
Before co-founding ETV, Mr. Amersi ran Gramercy Communications Partners, a communications merchant bank, based in the United States that he co- founded with Telefonica. Prior to co-founding Gramercy, Mr. Amersi was one of Europe’s leading Corporate Finance and M&A lawyers.
From 1997 until 2002, Mr. Amersi was a senior advisor to Telefonica and led a number of their strategic initiatives in South America and Europe. From 2008 until 2013, Mr. Amersi was a senior advisor to the TeliaSonera Group and led their M&A and strategic initiatives including the IPO of Kcell and Megafon. More recently, while at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School’s EMBA Programme, Mr. Amersi launched the Inclusive Ventures Group, a social impact platform that has provided advice on and invested in education, livelihood, health care, micro-finance and waste management opportunities in Africa and Asia.
Richard Schechter spent the majority of his legal career, 28 years, as a criminal prosecutor with the United States Attorney's Office in the Districts of New Jersey and Connecticut. His experience has spanned complex areas of white collar and other areas of fraud, political corruption, civil rights, and human trafficking. He also served as an instructor for the Justice Department's training program for federal prosecutors, teaching courses in trial practice, evidence, privileges and grand jury practice. In addition to his work at the U.S. Attorney's Offices, Mr. Schechter was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School in Newark, NJ. He started his career at the New York law firm of Breed Abbott & Morgan after graduating from Columbia College in 1980 and Columbia Law School in 1984. Since 2016, he has been a Senior Advisor at Grace Farms Foundation and is currently serving on the board of Unchain as Secretary and as an advisor to the technology council.
Jeanne Logozzo has enjoyed an over 20-year eclectic career in pursuing innovations in the areas of technology, marketing and new media. In addition to being an entrepreneur herself, Jeanne has worked with technology’s top influencers to advocate for tech startups. As the lead strategist for the Supernova Conference, produced in partnership with The Wharton School, and co-developer of the TechCrunch Disrupt event and Startup Battlefield competition franchise, Jeanne was instrumental in building platforms to support the Silicon Valley startup/entrepreneurial community.
Jeanne later joined David Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants, where she launched CEO Rob Burnett’s movie, We Made This Movie, on the Web. As the head of development, she has worked on numerous comedy television and film projects, and the critically acclaimed HBO Foo Fighters docu-series, Sonic Highways.
Previously, Jeanne held various executive marketing and CMO positions at both startup and Fortune 500 enterprise software companies and received an Executive MBA degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She is an Advisory Board Member for various startups, and Virtual Business Advisor for the Babson College/Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
Brian Ulicny is a founding member of Thomson Reuters Labs – Boston, established in 2014. Thomson Reuters Labs partners with internal teams, customers and third parties, such as start-ups and academics, on new data-driven innovations utilizing our rich, curated data sets across many disciplines. Ulicny earned a PhD at MIT‘s Linguistics and Philosophy Department and was previously Chief Scientist at VIStology Inc., a pioneering semantic web startup. He has also worked at various search engine companies, including Ask Jeeves and Lycos, and is a frequent speaker at technical conferences.
David Weinberger, Ph.D. explores the effect of technology on ideas in his books, articles, posts, classes, and talks. He is currently a senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and a writer in residence at Google. He was was co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab and a journalism fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center. Dr. Weinberger has been a marketing VP and adviser to high tech companies, an adviser to presidential campaigns, and a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department.
In four books he has explored the effect of the Internet on knowledge, on how we organize our ideas, on business, and on the core concepts by which we think about our world. His new book argues that AI and the Internet are transforming our understanding of how things happen, enabling us to acknowledge the complexity and unknowability of our world.
Dr. Weinberger has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Toronto and lives in the Boston area.
Divya Demato is CEO & Co-Founder of GoodOps, a supply chain transformation company. GoodOps help companies and organizations innovate through technology solutions and sustainability frameworks. GoodOps ensures companies build a competitive advantage in a rapidly changing business terrain.
Divya brings over 15 years of experience at the cutting edge of ecommerce and retail, working for a diverse range of global and iconic companies. Divya launched and managed import and inbound supply chain operations for Walmart.com, traveling extensively to China to educate, lead and optimize manufacturers, vendors and port operations for ecommerce. She built out global operations and imports for One Kings Lane after their Series A, helping the company grow revenue to $100M ($420M valuation) within a year. She also managed exports for 40 PriceSmart warehouse clubs in 14 countries, incorporating logistics algorithms for extended supply chain cycles and international lead times. In addition, she consulted global executives on ecommerce innovation for sourcing, buying and merchandising for Vente-Privee USA, Rocket Internet/West Wing (Europe) and Wysada (Middle East).
Divya’s ability to quickly, accurately and effectively assess a brand’s operational needs have led to ground-breaking innovations for a wide range of business models, resulting in critical cost reductions, time savings and revenue growth.
Richard Demato is an international strategy consultant and social entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Project X, a boutique social impact consultancy working with Fortune 500 companies, tech startups, and innovative non-profits. In 2012, he founded The Give, a workshop series where industry leaders help social enterprises solve their greatest challenge. Richard has since designed and facilitated 35 workshops with 1,300+ participants, and challenges presented by the UN, Global Poverty Project, and Al Gore. Previously, he was the CEO of Common, partnering with Ad Week’s Creative Director of the Decade to build a new kind of agency, helping global brands and entrepreneurs design profitable business models and creative approaches to market for the common good. He began his career at Endeavor, and managed writers/producers behind hit TV shows such as Gotham and The Mentalist, and feature films such as Sherlock Holmes and Lego. Richard was selected as one of GOOD Magazine’s GOOD 100, honoring 100 people moving the world forward.
Richard is COO and Co-founder of GoodOps, a supply chain transformation company. He is currently responsible for GoodOps’ operating model and client success. He brings deep expertise designing and leading market analysis, strategic planning, innovation and organizational change for companies such as Danone, Martin Brower, LVMH, Sodastream and Alpha Industries.
Antoine Heuty is the founder and CEO of Ulula – a worker engagement software and analytics platform that serves to mitigate risks, simplify social compliance and drive positive change in the workplace. Antoine has 15 years of experience in transparency, social innovation and economic management.
He is the former Deputy Director of the Natural Resource Governance Institute – a leading civil society organization promoting transparency and accountability in natural resource management, and a former Public Finance Economist with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
He is the co-author of various publications on transparency, mobile technology, social innovation and natural resource governance.
He has graduate degrees from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris, Oxford University and Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
“THE DEMAND FOR ETHICAL SUPPLY” EVENTS
Grace Farms | May 3, 2019 | 7pm – 8pm | free
Join us for a discussion about the role that companies and consumers can play in supporting ethical supply chains. Grace Farms Foundation’s Justice Initiative Director, Krishna Patel, will lead... a panel discussion featuring Doug Guiley, Senior Vice President of West Elm Global Sourcing and CSR Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Rebecca van Bergen, Founder and Executive Director of US-based non-profit Nest, and Pete Spain, Co-founder and COO of eye heart hand, on innovative strategies that can promote transparency in supply chains.Click here to Register >
“THE DEMAND FOR ETHICAL SUPPLY” EVENTS
Grace Farms | May 23, 2019 | 7pm – 8pm | free
Harvard researcher and best-selling technology writer, David Weinberger, joins us for a conversation about Artificial Intelligence as discussed in his recent book Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We’re Thriving in a New a New World of Possibility... Discover the complexities hidden in the seemingly simple idea of fairness and learn how A.I. can lead us into difficult but necessary discussions about the conflicting values we support and the sort of world we want to build.Click here to Register >
“THE DEMAND FOR ETHICAL SUPPLY” EVENTS
Grace Farms | May 23, 2019 | 7pm – 8pm | free
Wharton School professor and author, Kevin Werbach, discusses his book The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust, an often-misunderstood technology... that has the potential to help us overcome the crisis of trust that has engulfed our world. In doing so, blockchain technology can become a powerful force for social good, enabling open business models that could contribute to transparent supply chains.Click here to Register >
May 18, 2019 | 9am
Krishna will discuss how our own consumption patterns are directly linked to the ubiquity of modern slavery in the world. Slavery exists in the supply chains from everything... including the electronics we use, the garments we wear, the coffee we drink, and the chocolate and seafood we eat. The technology sector is rife with slavery but technology resources could enable an increase in the transparency and accountability of global supply chains.Click here to Register >