Learn more about the speakers and their respective organizations who will be presenting at the Code 8.7 conference in February 2019. For more information about the specific sessions, check out the Code 8.7 Agenda.

*In alphabetical order. 

After joining the British Army in 2001, Maj Steve Anning is now a Reservist and through Project SOLEBAY is leading on developing a UK Ministry of Defense response to modern slavery. Outside of the military, he is a PhD candidate conducting interdisciplinary research in Peace Studies and Computer Science.


Kevin Bales is Professor of Contemporary Slavery and Research Director of the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham. He was Co-Founder and President of the NGO Free the Slaves, has served as consultant to the United Nations Global Programme on Trafficking of Human Beings, and edited an Anti-Human Trafficking Toolkit for the United Nations. He was the Lead Author of the Global Slavery Index (GSI) in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and now serves on the GSI Expert Working Group. His books include Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy; Ending Slavery; and most recently Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World.

Liz Barrick is the Deputy Director of the Transaction Record Analysis Center (TRAC). TRAC provides money service business (MSB) data analysis and training services to law enforcement agencies investigating money laundering and other criminal activities, including sex trafficking and human smuggling. Prior to her work with TRAC, Liz spent 18 years working as a prosecutor at the county, state and federal levels specializing in prosecuting cases and overseeing investigations targeting large-scale drug trafficking and money laundering organizations.

Phil Bennett is a technology consultant supporting organizations and collaborations tackling slavery in the UK and South Asia and a founding member of Tech Against Trafficking. He recently left Salesforce where he was a strategic technology advisor.



Sam Blazek serves as the Chief Scientist at IST Research, a technology company that enables remote two-way engagement with populations in hard-to-reach places. Sam’s role includes developing new technologies, algorithms, and workflows to support humanitarian and security missions around the world. He is leading R&D efforts at IST on prevalence estimation techniques under contract with the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS), and served for three years on the DARPA MEMEX program. He obtained his PhD in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017.


Dr Nadya T. Bliss has spent most of the last two decades in security and defence research and development and has held significant leadership positions at Arizona State University (ASU) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory. She currently leads ASU’s Global Security Initiative – a pan-university, institute-level activity for interdisciplinary security research that serves as the university’s primary interface with the defence, intelligence, and homeland security communities.



Dr Doreen Boyd leads the University of Nottingham Rights Lab‘s Data Programme. Her current work uses satellite imagery and her expertise in remote sensing to map slavery from Space for the first time. She is also working on an extensive analysis of the relationship between slavery and environmental destruction. She was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Medal in 2018 for her Rights Lab research and leadership.


Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick is a writer and professor. His new book, The Good Drone (MIT Press, forthcoming), explores the impact new technology has on politics. His last book was What Slaveholders Think (Columbia, 2017). He lives in California and holds academic positions at the University of San Diego and at the University of Nottingham.



Dr James Cockayne is Director of the Centre for Policy Research at UN University, founder and lead of the Delta 8.7 project, and heads the Secretariat of the Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. He has a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London. His latest book is Hidden Power: The Strategic Logic of Organized Crime (Hurst/OUP, 2016).


Harry Cook is the Data Management and Research Specialist for IOM’s Migrant Protection and Assistance Division. He serves as IOM’s primary reference point for data on the vulnerability, trafficking, exploitation and abuse of migrants. He leads IOM’s research agenda on these topics as well as policies, procedures, tools and technology solutions for the collection, management and analysis of such data. Harry has previously worked the Research Officer for the International Organization for Migration’s Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, where he was responsible for research into migration trends and related issues in the region and their impact on development and humanitarian objectives.


Chris Cuthbert is Director of Research at the Lumos Foundation, an international NGO focused on transforming child care systems away from institutions in order to fulfil children’s right to family life.  Chris leads a portfolio of research and evaluation aiming to understand how care reform can be effectively achieved across diverse systems, contexts and populations.  Chris’ experience spans research, policy and service design in the fields of Early Childhood Development, child protection and social inclusion.



Hannah Darnton serves as the Programme Manager in Ethics, Technology and Human Rights at BSR. Through her role, she works with multinational companies to align business and human rights strategies and facilitate incorporation of sustainable practices into business operations across sectors. She focuses on the intersection of human rights and new, disruptive technology and leads the Tech Against Trafficking collaborative initiative.


Davina P. Durgana, PhD is Senior Statistician and Report Co-Author of the Global Slavery Index of the Walk Free Foundation. She is an expert on human security theory, vulnerability modeling, and prevalence estimation of modern slavery. She is a Forbes Top 30 Under 30 in Science for 2017 and the 2016 American Statistical Association Advocate of the Year.


Dr Luis Fabiano de Assis is a Federal Prosecutor, Data Scientist, and Chief Research & Data Officer at the Federal Labour Prosecution Office in Brazil, where he also is the head of the Smartlab Initiative and manager of the FLPO Decent Work Big Data Platform. He is also a professor of law and policy at the National School of Public Prosecutors and a Research Fellow at the Handa Center for Human Rights & International Justice, Stanford University.


Dr Kelly A Gleason is Data Science Lead for Delta 8.7—The Alliance 8.7 Knowledge Platform at the Centre for Policy Research at UN University. She is a quantitative social scientist and programmer with a focus on visualizing and communicating complex data. She works on building online knowledge tools that encourage evidence-based policymaking by translating data and promoting scientific literacy on issues related to forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour. She has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

As the Programme Director for the National Police Chiefs Council’s Modern Slavery Portfolio, Clare Gollop designed and delivered the UK’s Modern Slavery Police Transformation programme.  A CSE survivor, she has spent the last two decades working within law enforcement and within the humanitarian environment, identifying vulnerability to different types of exploitation and shaping the delivery of services at an increasingly strategic level.  Her efforts to improve the evidence base informing central government policy and operational policing responses to modern slavery were the foundation for the establishment of the Joint Slavery and Trafficking Analysis Centre, alongside the police services first national Insight Team. Twitter: @ClareGollop

Dr James Goulding is part of the data program at the Rights Lab, which brings together the largest collection of modern-slavery scholars in the world. He also directs N/LAB, a centre for international analytics at the University of Nottingham, focusing on machine learning for social good. His recent research targets the challenges of the hidden, disparate and sparse data that surrounds SDG8.7  – by combining applying new surveying methodologies (comparative judgement),’Big data’ streams (telecommunications patterns, drone imagery) and novel statistical modelling methods he and his team are now generating fine-grain vulnerability maps of issues such as child labour, and FGM which remain such serious problems across East Africa.



Laura Hackney is the Executive Director and CTO of AnnieCannons. She manages AnnieCannons’ training programme and oversees technical development for AnnieCannons’ Impact Agency. She is a fullstack software engineer and formerly managed the Program on Human Rights at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute.


Jessica Hubley is co-founder and CEO of AnnieCannons, a social enterprise that transforms survivors of human trafficking into software professionals and empowers them to code the change they want in our world. She is an attorney specializing in privacy and security law for software companies, and previously served as General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Stride Health, Inc. Jessica has grown AnnieCannons’ revenue by 70-600% quarter over quarter since 2016, and continues to lead the strategic execution that will make AnnieCannons a self-sustaining enterprise for social change by 2022.


Dr Paul Jones is a visiting researcher at The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and AI. His research interests include understanding human sense-making processes and advancing human-machine collaborative intelligence.



Julia Kocis is the Director of the Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center (RIIC). She is a certified Fusion Center Analyst, trained through the Department of Homeland Security with a focus on strategic intelligence analysis and terrorism prevention. As director of the RIIC she is responsible for the development of their suite of investigative and intelligence software systems with direct oversight of the criminal analytic team. Having more than 20 years of IT experience in the criminal justice field as well as a criminal intelligence analysis background, Julia works with federal, state and local law enforcement, district courts, corrections and rehabilitation services to facilitate cross-sector collaborative solutions to help improve complex social issues that negatively affect quality of Life in the Lehigh Valley.


Todd Landman is Professor of Political Science and Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham. He is the Executive Director of the Rights Lab, a University Research Beacon of Excellence delivering research to help end modern slavery. He is the author of numerous books and articles on development, democracy and human rights. His most notable books include Citizenship Rights and Social Movements (Oxford 1997), Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics (Routledge 2000, 2003, 2008, 2016), Protecting Human Rights (Georgetown University Press 2005), Studying Human Rights (Routledge 2006), Measuring Human Rights (Routledge 2009), and Human Rights and Democracy: The Precarious Triumph of Ideals (Bloomsbury 2013).


Daniel Lopresti is Professor and Chair of Lehigh’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, as well as Director of the university’s Data X Strategic Initiative.  He conducts research examining fundamental algorithmic and systems-related questions in pattern recognition, document analysis, and computer security.  Dan received his Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1982, and his PhD in computer science from Princeton University in 1987.



Maria Mähl is a Partner with Arabesque whose expertise lies at the intersection of sustainable finance and corporate sustainability. Her current focus at Arabesque is in business development for North America and the Nordic Region. Maria has worked with global leaders in the private, public and civil society sectors on investments strategies, operational excellence, program development and business development across industries in European, Asian, African, and American markets. Maria attended Humboldt University Berlin, Berlin Institute of Technology, and Uppsala University in Sweden and holds a B.Sc. in Political Science and an M.Sc. in Business and Economics.

Dr Keith Marzullo is Dean of the College of Information Studies (also known as the iSchool) at the University of Maryland, College Park. He joined the iSchool from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he directed the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program, and before that, the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he served as the Division Director for the Computer and Network Systems (CNS) Division in the Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Directorate. He has also been on the faculty of the University of California, San Diego, and Cornell University as well as the University of Tromsø (Norway).  His research interests are in distributed computing, fault-tolerant computing, cybersecurity and privacy.

Kilian Moote is an expert in supply chain transparency and legal disclosure. He is the Project Director for KnowTheChain, a Humanity United project dedicated to helping businesses and investors understand and address labour abuses within their supply chains. In this role he oversees all aspects of KnowTheChain’s strategy, publications, and business engagement.  Kilian also leads some of Humanity United’s work to inform and engage investors on how to align their assets with their commitment to labour and human rights. He has consulted with Fortune 500 companies and used that experience to create guidance documents and engagement best practices for national governments, including the U.S. Government and the European Commission. Kilian has lectured at the University of San Francisco, where he developed and taught a new MBA course on Sustainable Supply Chain Management.


Anjali Mazumder is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Statistics and Data Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She is also a Rutherford fellow of the Alan Turing Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence where she leads on projects pertaining to data science/AI for justice and human rights, including modern slavery, statistics and the law, and bias/fairness in algorithms in justice. Her research focuses on developing decision support systems involving combination of complex, sparse and disparate sources of data, causal inference from observational data, quantifying value of evidence, and managing bias and uncertainty. She has over 15 years’ experience working at the interface of research, policy and practice in the UK, the US and Canada, fostering cross-sector and interdisciplinary collaborations.

María Olave is a Senior Specialist in Child Labor. She is based in Lima and works as the Regional Programme Officer in the ILO Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. Over the last decade, she has provided technical assistance to governments in the region on the design and implementation of child labour policies. Additionally,  she has designed several campaigns related to child and adolescents rights. She is part of the Technical Secretary of the Regional Initiative Latin America and the Caribbean free of Child Labor, created in 2014 and composed of 30 member countries as well as regional representatives of employers´ and workers’ organizations. She is committed to the creation of new data and knowledge on child labor issues in order to support targeted and sound decision-making processes in the countries.

Bill Peace advises the NGO Stop the Traffik on the development of information sharing and analytical capability across different stakeholders involved in countering human trafficking. This work focuses especially on relations between the finance and NGO sectors and includes the development of a cross-sector information sharing hub with a shared ownership model. Formerly he worked in the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency where he directed its programmes on information sharing, intelligence management and data analytics, and led the work of UK’s national Financial Intelligence Unit and suspicious activity reporting regime.

Dr Dominique Roe-Sepowitz is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and the Director of the Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research (STIR). Her extensive research spans sex buyers, sex and labour traffickers, and human trafficking victims. Dominique has been a subject matter expert for the DARPA MEMEX project, SAMHSA, OVC, DOJ and HHS.



Chloe Setter is Lumos Foundation’s Senior Advisor: Anti-Trafficking, Modern Slavery and Voluntourism. In this role, she works with governments, global institutions and business to influence policy and practice that helps to protect children from the harms of institutionalization, voluntourism and trafficking. Chloe has worked in anti-trafficking for nearly a decade and regularly provides expertise around child trafficking to a range of organizations and institutions.


Dr Shannon Stewart joined GFEMS in September 2018 with over ten years’ experience in research, statistics, and modelling. Previously, she used a graph modelling approach to research the business structures supporting North Korean overseas labour networks, which she contributed to the book People for Profit: North Korean Forced Labour on a Global Scale. As a Research Scientist at MIT, she researched economically-motivated adulteration in the global supply chain and led the development of machine learning and statistical models that measure risk of corporate and economic crimes. She was a recipient of a Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award. She holds a Master’s degree and PhD from Yale University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas.



Dr Hannah Thinyane is a Principal Research Fellow at UNU-CS, where she leads the Migrant Tech research project. Hannah’s current research focuses on the use of information and communication technologies for screening and service provision for victims of labour exploitation and human trafficking.


Professor Zoe Trodd is Director of the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, which focuses on delivering research to help end slavery by 2030. Home to leading modern slavery experts, its 100 academics work across four main programmes, on data, survivors, policy and business.




Sophia Tu is the Director of Citizenship and Technology at IBM, where she leads technology grant making strategy and delivery across health, education and resilient communities. In prior roles, Sophia served as IBM Corporate Citizenship’s Chief of Staff, and launched and led IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge. She also launched and co-led IBM Health Corps and leads World Community Grid, which crowdsources massive computer power for scientists and has enabled important advances in health and sustainability research. Before joining IBM, Sophia led the development of a 20-city residential energy efficiency programme for the County of San Mateo, California, and co-founded Gumball Capital, a nonprofit that engaged students with microfinance and entrepreneurship. She is a founding member of the Asian American Impact Fund, a New York City giving circle, and a graduate of Stanford University and of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs.


Andrew Zolli oversees the humanitarian, ecological and sustainable development impact portfolio of Planet, a breakthrough geospatial imaging organization that has deployed the largest constellation of Earth-observing satellites in history. Together, this system images the entire surface of the Earth every day, in high resolution. The resulting data, when analyzed with advanced AI techniques, has transformational value for addressing a host of global challenges, including monitoring peace and conflict, ensuring human rights, predicting food insecurity, assessing climate change, delivering disaster response and improving conservation, among others.




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