Presented by RMIT College of Business, join Dr. Marcus Powe as he chairs this eye-opening public Q&A panel discussion featuring US Investigative Journalist Christine Dolan.
Christine Dolan is arguably one of the most informed and respected investigative journalist in the world today on human trafficking.
Her work and reports to fight slavery in the 21st century have been acclaimed by Heads of States and Diplomats including President George W. Bush; Dr. Richard Seziberra, former Rwandan Ambassador to the United States; Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations and others.
Christine co-founded “Children of Slavery – The 21st Century Campaign” an international coalition of diplomats, journalists, law enforcement officials, intelligence officials and business leaders across the globe to focus on practical solutions to combat human trafficking.
Come and ask your own questions to Christine and a panel of social, business and policy experts as we probe:
- What is Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking in the 21st century?
- How has trafficking evolved with technology and political changes?
- How does this global phenomenon affect your industries’ supply chains, labour force and consumers?
- How can business and enterprise innovation play a role in reducing exploitation?
- How can we turn ignorance and indifference into "value-add" for industries?
Associate Professor Paul Battersby
Deputy Dean, Global and Language Studies, RMIT University
Paul Battersby is Associate Professor and Deputy Dean, Global and Language Studies at RMIT University. His research interests span globalization, governance, border security, and the history of Australia’s business engagement with Asia.
He is the author of several publications, including The Unlawful Society: Global Crime and Security in a Complex World (Palgrave, 2014), Crime Wars: The Global Intersection of Crime, Political Violence and International Law (Praeger, 2011, with Joseph Siracusa and Sasho Ripiloski) and is co-editor of the SAGE Handbook of Globalization, Vol. 1&2 (SAGE, 2014, with Manfred B. Steger and Joseph Siracusa).
Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) – Secretary of the Homeworker Code Committee (HWCC) and National Secretary of the Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia (TCFUA)
Michele is a committee member of Fairwear and the Secretary of the national joint Union/Industry body, Ethical Clothing Australia, which works to end the exploitation of workers in the textile clothing and footwear (TCF) industry.
Michele has represented workers in the TCF industry for over 25 years and has held a variety of union positions in both the TCFUA and in the broader trade union movement. She has been appointed by Government to represent the industry and Union on a variety of Government bodies including the previous Governments National TCF Innovation Council, the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Manufacturing and the Manufacturing Leaders Group.
YGAP – Business Development Manager
Patrick O'Callaghan has played an instrumental role in the establishment of YGAP, a non-profit that has backed 245 impact ventures helping them improve the lives of 183,848 people living in poverty.
During his time at YGAP Patrick has worked with impact entrepreneurs across Kenya, South Africa, Bangladesh and Australia as they launch and grow businesses changing the lives of people living in poverty. Through this experience, Patrick has developed a deep understanding of how social businesses can solve persistent problems such as poverty.
In 2010, Patrick completed an 8000km bike ride from Spain to Ghana, raising awareness and $34,000 in funds against child slavery.