Creating Opportunities: The Multi-Stakeholder Approach to End Human Trafficking and Forced Labor with discussants: Tina Auyeung, Vice President, Human Resources, Liz Claiborne Inc., Lori Forman, Asia Regional Director, Community Affairs, Microsoft, Iskandar Shalaby, President and CEO, Egyptian Co. for Mobile Services (Mobinil) and Board Member of Orascom Telecom, Melanne Verveer, Co-Founder and Chair, Vital Voices Global Partnership, moderated by Amy Kazmin, Chief Correspondent, Thailand, The Financial Times.
Tina Auyeung is the Vice President of Human Resources for Liz Claiborne Inc.
Lori Forman is the Community Affairs Regional Director for Microsoft, Asia Pacific region.
Amy Kazmin, is a reporter for the Financial Times and Member of the Board of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand.
Amy Kazmin has a BA in history from UC Berkeley and an MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics. Since 2000 she has been the Bangkok-based South East Asia correspondent for the Financial Times. She previously spent five years in New Delhi, writing for both the FT and Business Week.
Wenchi Yu Perkins
Wenchi Yu Perkins is Vital Voices Global Partnership's New York Office Representative and Human Rights Program Director. She represents Vital Voices to liaise with the United Nations and is responsible for expanding Vital Voices' network and building private-public partnerships in the Greater New York area. In addition, Ms. Perkins manages and develops Vital Voices' all human rights programs, including the hallmark anti-trafficking program. She has testified before the US Congress and has been quoted widely in the New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, and other major international media outlets on women's rights issues. Prior to joining Vital Voices, Ms. Perkins worked with an immigrant rights organization and trained law enforcement in the Midwest. Ms. Perkins has also been involved in labor rights and corporate social responsibility work in East Asia through research and policy advocacy. She was a foreign policy assistant at the Taiwanese Parliament and worked for Taiwanâ€™s Consulate in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Perkins has published articles in the Asian Wall Street Journal and the United Nations Chronicle. She has an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a BA in Political Science from National Taiwan University.
In 2008, President Obama appointed Melanne Verveer to be the first ever Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the US Department of State. Ambassador Verveer spent the past four years working on behalf of Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to coordinate foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women,
traveling to almost 60 countries. In such capacity, she worked to mobilize concrete support for women’s political and economic empowerment through a variety of public-private partnerships as
well as worked to fully integrate women’s participation and rights into U.S. foreign policy.
Today, she is the Director of Georgetown University’s newly-established Institute for Women, Peace and Security. The Institute seeks to enhance US national and global security by documenting and elevating the role of women in ending conflict and building national security. The Institute is housed at the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Ambassador Verveer is also a founding partner of Seneca Point Global, the global women
strategy firm. SPG partners with leading companies and institutions to design, implement and measure integrated strategies that focus on women and girls and drive sustainable results – whether social, economic or both.
Prior to her role at the US State Department, Ambassador Verveer served as Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO she co-founded to invest in emerging women
leaders. Prior to her work with Vital Voices, she served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady in the Clinton Administration. She was chief assistant to Hillary Clinton in her wide-ranging international activities to advance women’s rights and further social development, democracy and peace-building initiatives. She also led the effort to establish the President’s Interagency Council on Women. Prior to her time in the White House, Ambassador Verveer served in a number of leadership roles in public policy organizations and as congressional staff.
Ambassador Verveer has a B.A. and M.A. from Georgetown University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served as the 2013 Humanitas Visiting Professor at Cambridge University. She holds several honorary degrees and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the US Secretary of State’s Award for Distinguished Service.