Ma. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda
Founding President & Executive Director, Visayan Forum Foundation
Ma. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda is the Founding President and Executive Director of the Visayan Forum Foundation, a Philippine-based NGO known for its innovative work for empowerment of vulnerable migrant especially victims of human trafficking, domestic servitude and other forms of exploitation through building social movements, advocating for policies and delivering of services. Cecil received the 2005 Anti-Slavery Award given by the Anti-Slavery international. She was recognized by the UK Government as one of the Modern-Day Abolitionists in the celebration of the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in 2007. The following year, Cecil was conferred with the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University in the UK by the Skoll Foundation. She was named by the US Department of State as one of its Heroes Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery in its 2008 Trafficking in Persons Report and was presented the first Iqbal Masih Award for the Elimination of Child Labor by the US Department of Labor. She was chosen by children across the globe to receive the prestigious World’s Children’s Honorary Award during the 2011 Worldʼs Childrenʼs Prize for the Rights of the Child. Over three million children all over the world participated in the Global Vote to determine their prize laureate. The patrons of the Worldʼs Childrenʼs Prize include H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden and Nelson Mandela. Last June 2011, she received the Prix Caritas Award by Caritas Switzerland for her commitment in creating sustainable and innovative ways in advocating children’s rights in the Philippines. Cecil, a globally recognized human rights advocate and multi-awarded freedom fighter, serves as an international expert on human trafficking, child labor and domestic work.
Secretary General, Pakistan Rural Workers Social Welfare Organization (PRWSWO)
Mr. Sabir Farhat, Secretary General Pakistan Rural Workers Social Welfare Organization (PRWSWO); did his Master’s in Political Science and Law Graduation while diploma in Industrial Relations from ILO International Training Centre, Italy. He is former Trade Unionist and a National Hockey Player. He has significant experience of working with trafficked repatriated Children those employed as Camel Jockeys in Gulf States. He was the only Civil Society representative that accredited to attend UN Global Forum to Fight against Human Trafficking in Vienna Austria from 13-15 February 2008. He won the court battle for awarding of compensation to victims children of trafficking as Camel Jockeys worth around $ 1.4 million.
He has been implemented many projects against human trafficking with Save the Children, ILO, IOM, IREX and UN OHCHR. He is currently engaged in strengthening District Task Force to Counter Human Trafficking and has a plan to launch capacity building training program of law enforcement agency officials & other state actors.
Not For Sale, USA
Dave is the President, Co-founder, and Fearless Leader of Not For Sale. His “tripolar” background in education, investment banking and journalism give Dave the experience and vision to tackle human trafficking from every angle and drive the organization forward at an unprecedented pace. Dave has authored five books, is the recipient of two national journalist awards, and was named National Endowment for the Humanities Chair at the University of San Francisco for his work in technology and ethics. Today Dave leads the strategic and financial opportunities at Not For Sale, guides the team towards the organizational mission, and has proven to have an inhuman immunity to jet lag. He’s the lucky father of four rock star kids.
Director, Not For Sale Japan
Mariko’s involvement with NFS began when she, as a professional translator, searched for a good book to translate next and found David Batstone’s “Not For Sale” in a library in 2007. After the Japanese version of the book was completed 3.5 years later, David visited Tokyo and asked Mariko to start the Japan chapter of NFS. Thus, in July 2011, NFS Japan was launched. Since Mariko had no background in social movement or knowledge of human trafficking issue, it has been a challenging year for her, learning about the reality of trafficking, building relationships with other NGOs and companies, and organizing the volunteer staff team from scratch. Having successfully organized several presentations and events, Not For Sale Japan is now ready to take up other projects to more effectively address and combat slavery both in Japan and abroad.
Senior Director, Free2Work
Kilian has been involved with Not For Sale since its inception in 2007. Before joining the campaign, Kilian spent time working on a variety of grass-roots advocacy campaigns. In 2008 he worked with Not For Sale in Lima, Peru, teaching important business skills and supporting a micro-enterprise for Not For Sale. Since 2009 Kilian has been the lead voice and vision of Free2Work, educating consumers and evaluating corporate policies to prevent forced labor in supply chains. Kilian helps to direct the content for the Global Forum on Human Trafficking and previously coordinated the organization’s advocacy efforts.
Not For Sale, Australia
Jonathan (Jono) Hirt has an undergraduate degree in political science and philosophy, and a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, from the University of Sydney. Jono started his engagement with Not For Sale as an Academy participant in October 2010. Following the Academy, Jono made the journey from Sydney Australia back to San Francisco to join Not For Sale as a Fellow for 6 months. Upon completion of the NFS Fellowship, Jono moved into a leadership position within the organization as Coordinator of the Academy. After a year and half with NFS in San Francisco, Jono is now moving back to Sydney to work on the Free2Work and Free2Play platforms in Australia and scale Not For Sale’s presence and impact in the region.
Efraim M. Tendero
National director, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches
Bishop Efraim M. Tendero has served as National Director of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) since 1993. PCEC is the largest network of evangelical Christians in the Philippines composed of 30,000 evangelical churches, 69 denominations, and 160 parachurch and mission organizations.
In 2005, he was appointed General Secretary of the Philippine Relief and Development Services (PHILRADS), the relief and development arm of PCEC that works hand in hand with local churches. He also serves as Associate General Secretary for South East Asia of the Asia Evangelical Alliance. He is also the Executive Editor of Evangelicals Today, the longest running Christian magazine in the Philippines.
He was one of the spiritual advisers of former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos and was a member of the Presidential Council for Values Formation. He actively represented the Philippines in several International Interfaith Dialogues including the United Nations High Level Inter-religious and Intercultural dialogue for Understanding and Peace.
Lead Pastor, Onnuri English Ministry (Korea)
Eddie is the Lead Pastor for Onnuri English Ministry (OEM) in Seoul, South Korea and is Professor of Preaching at Torch Trinity Graduate School of Theology. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Living Life, a daily devotional magazine published monthly. Eddie is also the director of Not for Sale Korea and “H.O.P.E. Be Restored” (Helping the Oppressed and Prisoners of slavery Escape and Be Restored) which are bringing healing, hope and restoration to the lives of many who have been affected by modern-day slavery. Eddie received his B.A. in Speech Communication at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and afterwards moved to Vancouver, BC to study at Regent College, where he earned his M.Div degree. He was also mentored by Haddon Robinson at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston where he earned his Doctorate of Ministry degree in preaching. He is married and has two children, Emma (who went to be with the Lord) and Enoch Justus was born on December of 2011.
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YWAM Ambassador – Compassion/Justice
Stephen has been working in relief and development projects in more than 100 countries since 1980. He is currently based out of Bangkok, Thailand.
Advisor, Korean Capital Market Institute
Dr. Dosoung Choi is a professor at the Graduate School of Global Development & Entrepreneurship of Handong University in Korea. He is concurrently an Advisor at the Korea Capital Market Institute (KCMI) where he served as President from 2005-2008. Before joining Handong University this month, he was a member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of Korea for four years until last April. He was formerly Professor of Finance at Seoul National University.
Founder, Sustainable Lifestyle PT
Gozali Hansen, founder of Sustainable Lifestyle PT, a profitable company who says “Enough is Enough”. As a lawyer and meristematic agricultural specialist(meristerm Tissue Culture for virus free) he has worked with the government of Indonesia in fighting human trade, illegal logging, illegal mining and cross-border smuggling in remote Borneo; has consulted the government of Indonesia in implementing their Autonomous Area Policy since 2003, has a heart to empower the absolute poor (outcast) by bringing about changes in especially Kalimantan and North Sumatra and Asean country, where people learn cultivating of organic vegetables, organic coffee . Widows and orphans of the Aceh Civil War and 2004 Tsunami, are among those being empowered to live a sustainable lifestyle through land ownership, receiving education, being provided with hope and a future with Institute Agribisnis Tagoria Gayo (solution for Coffee Farmer and agrinisnis).
Co-Founder, Open Hand
In 1999, Christiaan and his wife, Cornelia, opened OpenHand manufacturing in New Delhi and a chain of OpenHand Cafés in five locations across India.
Christiaan comes from a legal and humanitarian background and Cornelia studied architecture. Although neither practiced in their field, the combination was the perfect recipe for a company with good design and excellent products, one hundred percent for profit but the intent of doing good for all involved.
As Christiaan himself says “we were mad on two accounts”; conducting business in India as a westerner was, in itself, a significant task and in addition OpenHand was build to transform individual lives and communities through business. Today people call them “social entrepeneurs”, they themselves call it playing “business business”. In their own words “our work and life in India has been a fantastic adventure, taking many with us and on the way making sure it counts for everyone, especially for the weak ones. This we do and we do it passionately”.
Law and Government
Leila M. De Lima
Secretary of the Department of Justice in the Philippines
Atty. Leila M. De Lima is currently the Secretary of the Department of Justice in the Philippines. She has been a law practitioner since 1986. Atty. De Lima earned her law degree at San Beda College of Law in 1985, and placed 8th in the Bar Examinations the same year. She has received numerous citations for her public service, including GMA News TV’s Public Servant of the Year Award in 2009. Born in Iriga city on 27 August, 1959, Atty. De Lima is now a mother of two sons, Israel and Vincent Joshua, and grandmother of two, Brandon and Hannah.
Ambassador Harry Thomas, Jr.
United States Ambassador to the Philippines
Ambassador Thomas is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and served most recently as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director for Human Resources of the U.S. State Department. Prior to that, he served as a Special Assistant to the Secretary and Executive Secretary of the Department. As Executive Secretary, he led the State Department Task Force that resulted in the safe evacuation of over 15,000 people from Lebanon in the fall of 2006.
Ambassador Thomas joined the Foreign Service in 1984, and served as U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh from 2003 to 2005. He also served in the White House as the Director for South Asia at the National Security Council from 2001 to 2002. His other postings include: New Delhi, India; Harare, Zimbabwe; Kaduna, Nigeria; and Lima, Peru. Ambassador Thomas speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Bangla and is learning Filipino. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and pursued further study at Columbia University. He holds an honorary doctorate of Philosophy from Loyola University of Maryland and formerly served as member of the Board of Trustees of the College of the Holy Cross and the Board of Governors of the National Defense University.
Country Director of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, Philippines
Scott Ciment is the Country Director of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in the Philippines, where he has held this position since 2007. As Country Director, Mr. Ciment oversees the design and implementation of a variety of judicial reform programs aimed to assist the Philippine judiciary and other justice stakeholders improve the manner they provide services to the public and to increase their efficiency and productivity. Mr. Ciment began his legal career in 1990 as a public defender in Manhattan, working for the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division. In 1994, he moved to the Republic of Palau – an island nation in the Western Pacific – to serve as their National Chief Public Defender. In 2000, Scott moved back to California to work as the Legislative Director for the private criminal defense bar, known as California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, where he drafted position papers on public safety legislation and testified in policy committees of the California Senate and Assembly. Later, Mr., Ciment became a senior rule of law advisor for the U.S. State Department in Afghanistan, helping create an indigent legal services network and to advise the courts on how to improve their processes. Recently, Scott served as an “International Expert on Case Management” for the United Nations Development Programme in Bangladesh. Of the dozens of judicial reform programs he has worked on in the Philippines, Mr. Ciment reserves some of his greatest excitement for what he sees as one of his office’s most innovative programs, working with IACAT and other Philippine agencies to fight human trafficking by using the anti-money laundering laws to freeze and seize the assets of people who profit from selling people.