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People

Meet the Modern Slavery PEC team, our Senior Management Board, Advisory Group and researchers working on our projects.

Meet the people responsible for the Modern Slavery PEC's day to day work.

The Modern Slavery PEC Senior Management Board (SMB) comprises representatives of the six Consortium partners of the Centre, the Centre’s Research Director, the Operations Director, and the AHRC’s Senior Responsible Officer. The SMB is responsible for developing and delivering the strategy of the Centre.

Meet the researchers leading on the Modern Slavery PEC projects.

Core team

Meet the people responsible for the Modern Slavery PEC's day to day work.

Modern Slavery PEC Director

Murray Hunt

Murray Hunt is the Director of the new Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre, created to enhance understanding of modern slavery and transform the effectiveness of law and policies designed to overcome it. It is led by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, of which Murray is the Director.

From 2004 to 2017, Murray was Legal Adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights in the UK Parliament, and prior to that was a practising barrister at Matrix, which he helped to establish in 2000.

Finance and Administration Manager

Isabella Asimadi

Isabella has extensive experience of administering Research Council funding. Her highly varied portfolio includes multi-national project management and coordination with Imperial College London, University College London and Commonwealth Secretariat.

Executive Assistant

Alex Mandich

Alex joined the Centre from Morley College, where she was Executive Assistant to the Principal.

Operations Director

Kelly Ryan

Kelly joined the Modern Slavery PEC from the Alan Turing Institute, where she was responsible for overseeing the delivery of a £40m SPF investment.

Kelly is a jackie of all trades, and enjoys red wine, walks along the beach and watching sunsets with her cat Tony.

Administration Assistant

Kai Shakti-Akhenaten

Kai joined the Modern Slavery PEC from the Ministry of Justice, and has extensive experience in administrative support roles.

Communications Director

Jakub Sobik

Jakub joined the Modern Slavery PEC from Anti-Slavery International, where he led the development and implementation of its communications strategy. He has worked on a number of anti-slavery campaigns on issues ranging from the passing of the UK Modern Slavery Act, to ending forced labour in Uzbekistan, campaigning against descent-based slavery in north Africa, to uncovering forced labour of migrant workers in Qatar. He has experience in radio and print journalism, having worked in local media in Poland.

Senior Management Board

The Modern Slavery PEC Senior Management Board (SMB) comprises representatives of the six Consortium partners of the Centre, the Centre’s Research Director, the Operations Director, and the AHRC’s Senior Responsible Officer. The SMB is responsible for developing and delivering the strategy of the Centre.

Modern Slavery PEC Director

Murray Hunt

Murray Hunt is the Director of the new Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre, created to enhance understanding of modern slavery and transform the effectiveness of law and policies designed to overcome it. It is led by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, of which Murray is the Director.

From 2004 to 2017, Murray was Legal Adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights in the UK Parliament, and prior to that was a practising barrister at Matrix, which he helped to establish in 2000.

Senior Management Board member and Acting Research Director

Prof. Alex Balch

Prof Alex Balch is a professor of politics at the University of Liverpool, with research interests in policies on immigration and modern slavery. He currently leads the Antislavery Knowledge Network, which seeks to apply innovative methods to tackle modern slavery across Sub-Saharan Africa. He is also associate director of the African Programming and Research Initiative To End Slavery (APRIES). He has over 10 years’ experience designing and implementing programmes in diverse international contexts. His approach is collaborative and interdisciplinary, with the aim to develop new methods and modes of partnership across national boundaries with government, business and civil society to meet the challenges in addressing modern slavery.

Senior Management Board member

Prof. Trevor Burnard

Trevor Burnard is one of the world’s leading historians of the slave trade and slave societies in the Americas. Currently Wilberforce Professor of Slavery and Emancipation and Director of the Wilberforce Institute at the University of Hull, since 2004 he has held professorships at Sussex, Warwick, Melbourne and Hull. He is author of 14 books, including 7 monographs, the most important of which is the prize-winning Mastery, Tyranny and Desire: Thomas Thistlewood and His Slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican World (2004).

He has been editor-in-chief since 2009 of the award-winning Oxford Bibliography Online in Atlantic History. His recent fellowships include the Heinz Heinen Fellowship at the Centre of Slavery and Dependency Studies at the University of Bonn and fellow at the Centre for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and the past president and founder of the European Early American Studies Association. He has held awards from the Leverhulme Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Australian Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He was head of school or department for 16 years at the Universities of Brunel, Sussex, Warwick and Melbourne.

Senior Management Board member

Dr Christos Kypraios

Dr Christos Kypraios is the Programmes Manager of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford.

Senior Management Board member and Researcher

Dr Anjali Mazumder

Dr Anjali Mazumder is the Theme Lead on AI and Justice & Human Rights at the Alan Turing Institute. She is a Senior Management Board member, as well as leading the Modern Slavery PEC project on Enabling Trust, Security and Privacy for Policy Innovation in Tackling Modern Slavery.

Operations Director

Kelly Ryan

Kelly joined the Modern Slavery PEC from the Alan Turing Institute, where she was responsible for overseeing the delivery of a £40m SPF investment.

Kelly is a jackie of all trades, and enjoys red wine, walks along the beach and watching sunsets with her cat Tony.

Senior Management Board member and Researcher

Dr Katarina Schwarz

Katarina is Associate Director (Law and Policy Programme) at the Rights Lab, University of Nottingham, and Assistant Professor of Antislavery Law and Policy. She is a member of the Modern Slavery PEC Senior Management Board and leads the Centre's project analysing the situation in top source countries for trafficking into the UK.

Senior Management Board member

Anne Sofield

Anne Sofield is Associate Director of Programmes at Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), which funds and actively supports the Modern Slavery PEC in its operations.

Researchers

Meet the researchers leading on the Modern Slavery PEC projects.

Researcher

Dr Samantha Currie

Samantha is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool School of Law & Social Justice. She leads the Modern Slavery PEC project on access to legal advice and representation for survivors of modern slavery in the UK.

Researcher

Alexander Harris

Alexander Harris is a Research Assistant at The Alan Turing Institute. He works on the Modern Slavery PEC project looking at data for investors for action on modern slavery risks.

Researcher

Lisa Hsin

Lisa Hsin from the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford, co-leads the project analysing the effectiveness of the transparency in supply chains measures in the UK Modern Slavery Act.

Researcher

Dr Alicia Kidd

Dr Alicia Kidd is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Wilberforce Institute at the University of Hull. She leads on the project developing interactive workshops for regional partnerships.

Senior Management Board member and Researcher

Dr Anjali Mazumder

Dr Anjali Mazumder is the Theme Lead on AI and Justice & Human Rights at the Alan Turing Institute. She is a Senior Management Board member, as well as leading the Modern Slavery PEC project on Enabling Trust, Security and Privacy for Policy Innovation in Tackling Modern Slavery.

Researcher

Steve New

Steve is Associate Professor in Operations Management at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He co-leads the project analysing the effectiveness of the transparency in supply chains measures in the UK Modern Slavery Act.

Researcher

Dr Florian Ostmann

Dr Florian Ostmann is the Policy Theme Lead within the Public Policy Programme at the Alan Turing Institute. He leads the Modern Slavery PEC project on leveraging data for investor action on modern slavery.

Researcher

Dr Irene Pietropaoli

Dr Irene Pietropaoli is a Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. She works on two Modern Slavery PEC projects looking at data for investors for action on modern slavery risks and the project analysing the effectiveness of the transparency in supply chains measures in the UK Modern Slavery Act.

Senior Management Board member and Researcher

Dr Katarina Schwarz

Katarina is Associate Director (Law and Policy Programme) at the Rights Lab, University of Nottingham, and Assistant Professor of Antislavery Law and Policy. She is a member of the Modern Slavery PEC Senior Management Board and leads the Centre's project analysing the situation in top source countries for trafficking into the UK.

Researcher

Lise Smit

Lise Smit is a Senior Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. She works on two Modern Slavery PEC projects looking at data for investors for action on modern slavery risks and the project analysing the effectiveness of the transparency in supply chains measures in the UK Modern Slavery Act.