Our team is composed of dynamic individuals who share GFEMS mission to build a survivor-centric global anti-trafficking movement. We’re committed to working with the best and brightest people from around the world.



Sophie Otiende, Chief Executive Officer

GFEMS welcomed Sophie as CEO in March 2022. Sophie is a dedicated survivor-leader who has worked within the human trafficking field for a number of years revolutionizing the ways in which survivors are supported, protected, and involved within the counter-trafficking movement. Her advocacy on standards of care and survivor engagement has made her a standout leader in the sector and earned her recognition as the US Trafficking in Persons Report Hero 2020.


Adam Needelman

Strategy Lead

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Beatrice Kivuva

Executive Assistant to the CEO

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Fernanda Carvalho

Country Director, Brazil

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Grace West

Programs & Grantmaking Lead

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Mauhoobah Butt

Communications Associate

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Nick Lawrence

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Technical Specialist

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Sophie Otiende

Chief Executive Officer

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Tasneem Nahar

Director of Programs

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Wade Arvizu

Senior Program Specialist

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