UNU-CPR is delighted to welcome five new team members to the Modern Slavery Programme. Working with Dr James Cockayne, Director of the Centre who leads the Programme, they will work across the Fighting Modern Slavery projects, including Delta 8.7, Code 8.7 and Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking.

Alice Eckstein is Programme Manager for the Modern Slavery Programme at United Nations University Centre for Policy Research. Previously, Ms Eckstein was Executive Director at the NYU SPS Center for Global Affairs where she managed external relations, public events, and special programs to complement the Center’s graduate and noncredit education in global affairs. Before joining NYU SPS, she was the manager of regional alumnae programs for Barnard College. Prior to that, she held the position of coordinator for professional development programs for teachers at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois. Ms Eckstein holds a Master’s degree in History from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Medieval Studies from Barnard College.

Nesrien Hamid is a Programme Officer for the Modern Slavery Programme. Prior to joining the Centre, Ms Hamid worked as Assistant Manager at Social Accountability International, an NGO focused on promoting labour rights globally. She managed front-end communication, course coordination, and assisted in the development of training courses on social compliance for various stakeholders including policy actors, labourers, and auditors, among others. Through her involvement with BibliASPA, a research center and NGO in Sao Paulo, she has also conducted research on the Brazilian public’s perception of Syrian refugees in Brazil. Since then, she has remained involved as a translator and volunteer with a number of organizations in Sao Paulo that provide services for refugees and migrants. Ms Hamid holds a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. She is fluent in Arabic and Portuguese.

Pradeepan Parthiban is an AI & Modern Slavery Research Fellow in the Modern Slavery Programme at the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research. Prior to joining the Centre, Mr Parthiban worked at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he managed and developed their new Technology and Human Rights Program and continues his research in areas impacting human rights such as content moderation in emerging media and foreign election integrity. Prior to his work in the human rights world, he was a Business Strategy Lead for an environmentally-conscious Hyperloop pod design team, winning an Innovation Award from SpaceX. He holds a Bachelor’s in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s in Management from Harvard University, and is currently completing a tenure at Oxford University in International Human Rights Law.

Rachel Seavey is a Programme Officer for the Modern Slavery Programme. She previously spent four years as an HR & Communications Associate at the MIT Senseable City Lab where she implemented the Lab’s admissions process, communications, visa applications and internal operations. As part of her role, she planned the Lab’s annual Forum on Future Cities conference, alongside the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities & Urbanization, the World Bank, Smart Dubai, and PwC. She also has experience working in the field of Student Affairs with offices of First Year Experience, Study Abroad, and the Center for Teaching Engagement. In 2014, Rachel oversaw 151 first-year students studying abroad in Melbourne, Australia as an Assistant Site Director for Northeastern University’s N.U. in Program. Ms Seavey holds a Master of Education in Student Affairs from Salem State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from UMass Amherst. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in International Affairs from The New School.

Angharad Smith is a Programme Officer for the Modern Slavery Programme. Prior to joining the Centre, Ms Smith held a research and policy internship at ECPAT International Secretariat in Bangkok, where she conducted secondary research into the sexual exploitation of children. Before this role, she supervised a team of researchers at the University of Nottingham Rights Lab responsible for delivering data collection on government response to modern slavery for the Walk Free Foundation’s 2019: ‘Measurement, Action and Freedom’ report. She holds a Master’s in Slavery and Liberation from the University of Nottingham, where she also worked as a Research Associate with the Rights lab conducting research into Slavery in Conflict, and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Ancient History also from the University of Nottingham.

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