About Us

The RESPECT team consists of members of the three founding organisations – the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, Babson College’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and the International Organization for Migration.

Livia Wagner
RESPECT Coordinator, Private Sector Advisor Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
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Livia Wagner
RESPECT Coordinator, Private Sector Advisor Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Ms Livia Wagner works as the Private Sector Advisor at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. Livia’s work covers mainly the issue of human trafficking and business partnerships as well as organized crime with a special focus on Latin America. She coordinates the Responsible & Ethical Business Coalition against Trafficking(RESPECTInitiative, which serves as a platform for thought leaders, practitioners, and policy makers and to mobilize the business community as a strategic partner to tackle human trafficking.

Her latest major research activity focused on organized crime and illegal gold mining in Latin America and developing responses as alternative livelihoods.

Before joining the Global Initiative she worked as Private Sector Focal Point for the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT). She has also worked as a civil servant for the Austrian Foreign Ministry in the department of development cooperation, concentrating on African countries. She also has private sector work experience in the travel and tourism sector and has in addition worked for the Non-Governmental Organisation ECPAT in the field of combating commercial sexual exploitation of children and child trafficking. Her experience has contributed to her strong focus on cooperation with and conducting trainings for the private sector on preventing and combating child trafficking. Ms Wagner has written several publications and is a member of the Austrian Association for Sociology.

Anh Nguyen
Head, Migrant Assistance Division, Geneva, Switzerland International Organization for Migration (IOM)
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Anh Nguyen
Head, Migrant Assistance Division, Geneva, Switzerland International Organization for Migration (IOM)

With over 20 years of private and public sector experience, he is responsible for overseeing IOM’s global approach to the protection and assistance of migrants which include programing on IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) and Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants (AVM).  AVM particularly addresses the issues of human trafficking, children and marginalized and invisible migrant groups.

In his previous IOM postings, he was the Senior Regional Migrant Assistance Specialist for the IOM Regional Office for South-Eastern, Eastern Europe and Central Asia where he had policy oversight in programing related to migrant protect and assistance.  While posted in Ukraine, as the IOM Deputy Chief of Mission and Senior Program Coordinator, he managed IOM’s largest counter human trafficking program and was instrumental in advancing the current IOM approach to combating human trafficking.

Prior to joining IOM, he worked in private sector where he held Director level positions for Pacific Gas and Electric Company based in California, USA and Altitude Software based in Lisbon, Portugal.

He holds a Bachelors of Art in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

 

Christina Bain
Director, Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Babson College
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Christina Bain
Director, Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Babson College

Christina Bain is the Director of Babson College’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery where she is focused on addressing the role of business and entrepreneurial solutions in the fight against human trafficking, in addition to coursework and initiatives to train the next generation of business leaders in anti-trafficking strategies. Christina is the former and founding Director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery within the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, a program that she designed, developed, and implemented with the aim of creating data-driven public policy solutions to human trafficking. Prior to the Harvard Kennedy School, Christina was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence, a statewide commission of nearly 350 public and private sector partners.  She previously served as the Public Affairs Liaison to Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey where she worked on domestic violence and criminal justice issues, including human trafficking and sex offender management. Christina also served as a Special Assistant to Governor Jane Swift of Massachusetts.

Most recently, Christina was a member of the Advisory Committee for the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) Vanguard/ Infrastructure and Urban Development Industries (IU) Building Foundations for Transparency Project. She was previously Co-Vice Chair of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade and Organized Crime; a member of the Meta-Council on the Illicit Economy and the Global Agenda Council on Human Rights; and is currently the Co-Chair of the Global Agenda Council Network-Wide Human Trafficking Task Force, a cross-council initiative with other Global Agenda Councils and Forum industry partners. Christina is a member of the Global Initiative Network of Experts with the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime; a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a member of the Board of Advisors of The Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School.  Additionally, she is a Lecturer in the Division of International Studies at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and is appointed to the Massachusetts Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence under Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, where she is Co-Chair of the Child Trafficking Workgroup.

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Thi Hoang
Associate Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Thi studied a Master’s degree (MSc) in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria and also holds a BCA with First Class Honours in International Business from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and completed an exchange semester in International Business and Management at the MBA Department, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, Beijing, China.

Her main areas of interest are human development – especially equity in education and healthcare, women’s empowerment; trafficking of children and women; poverty and humanitarian emergencies. Her regional interests are South Eastern Asia and Africa. She has volunteered for and supported the Global Poverty Project (now Global Citizen) in Wellington, the Austrian Red Cross, and most recently, Supertramps in Vienna.

Thi speaks four languages: Vietnamese (mother tongue), English (professional proficiency), Chinese – Mandarin (intermediate, HSK level 5) and German (intermediate, B1 level).

David Huang
Intern, Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Babson College
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David Huang
Intern, Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Babson College

David is a third-year student at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, studying both international relations and human rights. It was his deep interest in human rights that drove him to pursue an internship with Babson College’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.

Through the Babson initiative, David became increasingly interested in the anti-human trafficking space that led to his interning at a US-based anti-human trafficking organization during the summer of 2017. This semester, David hopes to continue his sustained involvement in learning about human trafficking with the RESPECT initiative. David is primarily interested in the intersection of human trafficking and forced migration and the innovative solutions that arise from the studying both issues.