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Petar Modev joined Thomas Miller as Loss Prevention Executive in 2014. He currently coordinates the Condition Survey scheme for the UK P&I Club and provides technical and loss prevention advice to Members. He is an ex-mariner and had previously worked at sea, up to the rank of Chief Officer, for more than eight years. His main areas of expertise are tanker and offshore operations.
Petar will be speaking during session 4 - ‘Crew Engagement: tools & initiatives to create a better working environment’.
Sandra Welch is the Deputy CEO of the Sailors’ Society. She previously occupied a variety of senior roles, including Assistant Projects Secretary for The Salvation Army’s community development projects in Southern Africa, Director of Personnel and more recently as International Editor-in-Chief and Editor of three international periodicals.
She joined the Sailors’ Society when the charity was expanding and innovating its welfare programme by improving the way in which it served seafarers through the use of digital media to provide continuity of care. The Society continues to branch out into new areas to help where there is no provision for those who make their living at sea, growing the number of ports in which it operates, and deepening and developing existing and new community projects.
Sandra will be participating in session 4 of the conference, speaking on 'Crew engagement: tools and initiatives to create a better working environment'.
Lysbeth is a retired police officer, having served in both the Metropolitan and Kent police forces. All her service has been as a detective within Major and Serious crime and Murder Squads. She joined the Gangmasters Licensing authority 8 years ago and is the Partnership Development Manager for the Gangmaster & Labour Abuse Authority. She is currently writing and delivering the training for the GLAA Academy in partnership with Derby University ‘Investigating Modern Slavery course’. She facilitates the training at the ILO (international Labour organisation) in Turin on Forced labour and human trafficking each year
Lysbeth will be participating in session 1 of the conference, ‘Proofing your supply chain against modern slavery’.
Parosha Chandran is a human rights barrister based at One Pump Court in London, a specialist in modern slavery law and a world-leading expert on the law relating to human trafficking for the UN, Council of Europe and OSCE. She represents adult and child victims of modern slavery and human trafficking and has set critical legal trafficking precedents in the asylum, slavery, criminal non-punishment, civil and public law contexts. Parosha has contributed to key international legal guidance on trafficking, provides judicial training and has advised on legislation including the Modern Slavery Act 2015. She has received many honours for her work including the Trafficking in Persons Hero Award 2015 from John Kerry in Washington DC for her work in developing the rule of law on trafficking in the UK and abroad and for her “unparalleled achievements in providing legal services to survivors of modern slavery”. She is Senior Legal Advisor to Parliament's Modern Slavery Project which supports Commonwealth States in improving their trafficking and modern slavery laws. She is the General Editor of the leading textbook, “Human Trafficking Handbook: Recognising Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery in the UK” (LexisNexis, 2011). In 2018 she received the distinction of being appointed the first Professor of Modern Slavery Law at King's College London.
Parosha will be speaking during session 1 of the conference, ‘Proofing your supply chain against modern slavery’.
Silvia Mera is Program Director at the Mekong Club, where she coordinates and supervises anti-trafficking projects and a 32-member strong association of businesses. Silvia works with multinational corporations from several sectors, advising them on their anti-trafficking policies and practices. She is also involved in regional activities with partners such as the UN, and delivers training and presentations on the topic both in Asia and overseas. From 2010 to 2015, Silvia worked in business development and supply chain management in Europe and Asia.
Silvia will be talking about ‘Apprise’, a project developed by the Mekong Club & the United Nations University Institute of Computing and Society. Apprise – victim identification app, is a smartphone app aimed at supporting NGOs and law enforcement in identifying potential victims of exploitation during investigations and rescue operations.
Silvia will partake in session 2 of the conference, on the topic of ‘Technology and Human Rights’.
Phil Bloomer is the Executive Director of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, a digital action platform that empowers human rights advocates in business, government, and civil society; tracks the human rights performance of over 7,000 companies globally; and seeks corporate accountability for around 400 allegations of abuse annually. Programmes are refocused on the promotion of labour rights – from preventing modern slavery and trafficking, to advocating for a living wage; responsible use of natural resources; and the protection of civic freedoms and human rights defenders.
Phil is a director of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) that works with investors, and ranks the largest companies in high risk sectors regarding their human rights policy, practice and performance. Phil was previously the Director of Campaigns and Policy at Oxfam, where he led global campaigns on climate justice, trade and investment for development, access to medicines, universal primary education, and major humanitarian crises.
Phil will be participating in session 1 of the conference, ‘Proofing your supply chain against modern slavery’.
Eleanor Farrow is the Project Coordinator for the eyeWitness to Atrocities initiative at the International Bar Association. Eleanor engages with a worldwide network of human rights monitors documenting human rights violations with photo, video and audio recordings. She has worked in Africa, Eastern Europe and South East Asia. Eleanor has an LLB in UK Law, and an LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice. Her publications include ‘eyeWitness to Atrocities: Verifying Images with Metadata’ in Digital Investigative Journalism Palgrave MacMillan Nov 2018. Eleanor’s research interests include human rights fact-finding, transitional justice, international criminal law, verification tools, human rights and technology.
Eleanor will partake in session 2 of the conference, on the topic of ‘Technology and Human Rights’.
Nikolas Evangelides is a Senior Associate with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Ending Illegal Fishing Project, working on EU engagement and Brussels-based NGO partnerships.
A European Union and international relations expert by training, Nikolas’ most recent roles include working as an Associate for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, where he found himself, amongst other roles, assigned as the desk officer for North Africa, as well as for the League of Arab States and on the Arab Spring. He then served as a Political, Press and Information Attaché with the European Union's delegation for the Pacific, covering 14 island countries and territories, before moving to the European Union's Delegation to New Zealand, where he served as the Political Officer and also held the EU-NZ Pacific Partnership dossier.
Nikolas has a degree in International and European Studies from the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece, and a Master’s degree in International Relations (Middle East) from Durham University in the UK.
Nikolas will partake in session 3 of the conference, on the topic of ‘Safer Ships, Safer Crew’.
Jonathan Hall is Head of UK Overseas Territories at the RSPB. He has worked with these small island jurisdictions, with a specialism in marine conservation and sustainable fisheries, for 9 years. He is a leading member of the six-NGO Great British Oceans coalition, and previously worked at the Marine Stewardship Council and the British Ecological Society.
Jonathan will partake in session 3 of the conference, on the topic of ‘Safer Ships, Safer Crew’.
Anna Jakobsen is a Senior Manager in EY’s sustainable business practice and has been advising clients on sustainability issues for over 15 years. She has a Master of Laws, LL.M, with specialist knowledge of International Human Rights Law and is the EMEIA lead for EY’s human rights services. She has led multiple engagements related to the UK Modern Slavery Act for clients in a variety of sectors. These project have including designing policies and processes, undertaking risk assessments, developing due diligence measures, designing training programmes, and drafting / reviewing MSA statements.
Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Anna worked for the Swedish Permanent Mission to the UN in New York and the Council of the European Union in Brussels.
She has also worked for several not-for-profit organisations in Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK, including Amnesty International, focusing on the business and human rights agenda.
Anna will be speaking during session 1 of the conference, ‘Proofing your supply chain against modern slavery’.
David Hammond founded Human Rights at Sea in 2014 with his life savings and was the CEO until September 2017 when he stepped back to be a Trustee. He is responsible for the inception, development and ongoing evolution of the concept of 'human rights at sea' and is an advocate of human rights protections for all those working and engaged in the maritime environment.
A former military seafarer and Commando Officer, naval helicopter pilot and the first barrister in the history of the British Royal Marines, David has worked for and alongside UK Government departments, UN and EU entities around the world in leading legal, teaching and development roles specialising in complex environments. He has spoken in the European Parliament, advised UK Parliamentary Committee members on modern slavery, and delivered multiple maritime human rights films and publications including the first review of the UNGPs in the maritime sector in 2015.
Today, David is the Executive Director of a leading child rights Foundation based in Geneva working globally to progressively eliminate child labour in tobacco-growing communities, though retains a very keen interest in the work of the charity.
David will be participating in session 4 of the conference, speaking on 'Crew engagement: tools and initiatives to create a better working environment'.
Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Law, Founder of the Immigration Law programme, and co-Director and co-founder of the Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) at Queen Mary University of London. She is also Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Legal Adviser for the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), and Coordinator of the Search and Rescue Observatory for the Mediterranean (SAROBMED). Equally, she holds the positions of Senior Fellow of the Centre of European Law of King's College London, Co-Chair of The Refugee Law Observatory, and Steering Committee member of the Migration Law Network. She has previously been a Lecturer in Law at the Universities of Liverpool and Oxford and held visiting positions at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, The Hague Academy of International Law, and the Universities of Macquarie, New South Wales, Oxford, and Nijmegen.
She has published widely in the areas of international and European refugee and migration law, including her recent monograph: Accessing Asylum in Europe (Oxford University Press, 2017), and regularly consults for the EU institutions and other organisations active in the field, her latest work in this regard is the European Added Value Assessment accompanying the European Parliament's Legislative Own-Initiative Report (Rapp. Lopez Aguilar) on Humanitarian Visas - Legal Aspects (Brussels, 2018). Available here.
Violeta will partake in session 2 of the conference, on the topic of ‘Technology and Human Rights’.
Oscar Pajuelo is a lawyer who graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and holds an LLM in Immigration Law by Queen Mary University of London.
During his professional experience, Oscar has not only worked for several years in the Global Immigration Department of PwC, specializing in corporate and immigration matters but has also specialised in refugee law, environmental displacement and the law of the sea. While studying in Queen Mary University of London, he was a Legal Intern in the European Council on Refugees (ECRE) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Currently he works as assistant project coordinator for SAROBMED (Search and Rescue Observatory for the Mediterranean).
Oscar will partake in session 2 of the conference, on the topic of ‘Technology and Human Rights’.
Robert Greenwood has been involved in the Fishing Industry since 1995 and started off working on small fishing vessels in the English Channel. He became a Seafish Approved Instructor in 1999. In 2014 Robert was appointed as the National Federation of Fishermans Organisations (NFFO) Safety and Training Officer, a role that involves representing fishermen at national and international levels.
Robert is also a member of the UK ILO C188 working group, which involves adapting the UK laws affected by the scope of the Work in Fishing Convention.
The newly formed Fishermen’s Welfare Alliance that seeks to take a holistic approach to tackling issues in the whole fish supply chain was an idea that Robert put to the other UK fishing federations in November 2017. The FWA is now a recognised alliance in the industry and is making great progress in supporting meaningful compliance with the UK’s Modern Slavery Act and the upcoming ILO C188.
Dedication to improving safety and welfare on vessels is evidenced by Roberts work on the SafetyFolder website, a free to use website written and designed by Robert to help owners to manage their vessels and meet legal obligations. This website has turned into largest service of its type in the world. Recognition of his hard work came in 2016 when Robert won the Fishing News Fishing Safety Award.