Our Team

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.

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A talented and engaged workforce lies at the heart of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery. Our workforce is passionate about our mission and is committed to sharing our successes and lessons learned as we build partnerships and amplify impact. We maintain the highest standards of business ethics and compliance, incorporating our values in all that we do.

The GFEMS team leverages global networks to ensure our programming and research is rooted in evidence, uses rigorous research methods, and ensures the protection and empowerment of those we serve.

Welcoming Sophie Otiende as CEO

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

Senior Program Manager

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Angela Perry

Director, People and Culture

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Fernanda Carvalho

Country Director, Brazil

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Grace West

Senior Program Manager

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Mauhoobah Butt

Communications Associate

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Nelly Rupande

Executive Assistant to the CEO

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Nick Lawrence

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Technical Specialist

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Sophie Otiende

Chief Executive Officer

Meet Sophie

Tasneem Nahar

Director of Programs

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Wade Arvizu

Senior Program Specialist for Lived Experience Engagement

Meet Wade

Winfred Nduku

Communications Manager

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More About Us

The GFEMS team works with partners around the world on interventions and research to address modern slavery. Learn more about how and where we work: