Public Q&A Panel - Modern Day Slavery: Why it's Your Business
Public Q&A Panel - Modern Day Slavery: Why it's Your Business

Public Q&A Panel - Modern Day Slavery: Why it's Your Business

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RMIT University Storey Hall

336-348 Swanston Street

Melbourne, VIC 3196


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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.

Presented by RMIT College of Business, join the eye-opening Q&A discussion where Christine and a panel of social, business and policy experts interact with the audience to 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?


  • This event is free and open to the public. Registrations essential.
  • Stay for the post-event networking session to continue the conversation with our panelists.
  • Come early to visit our Social Good Expo, a collection of social, eco entrepreneurs and not for profit programs. The Social Good Expo will be open at the event venue from 11.00am to 3.30pm.



US Investigative Journalist and author 

Christine Dolan is a broadcasting and print investigative journalist, photographer, and author. The former political director of CNN, her career has focused on US and international politics and policy, wars/conflicts, humanitarian disasters, terrorist and criminal networks. 
Christine has addressed human trafficking to the UN in Geneva and New York, the European Union, OAS in Ethiopia, and OSCE in Austria, and addressed the French National Assembly at the invitation of President Jacques Chirac. 
Her ground breaking human trafficking report, "Shattered Innocence - The Millennium Holocaust" was released at the National Press Club in Washington DC in 2001 and endorsed by then UK Detective Paul Holmes, calling it "the best work on human trafficking - Christine nailed the connection of dots of this global phenomenon".



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).
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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.
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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. 


Dr Marcus Powe has been coaching business leaders nationally and internationally for 30 years as they move to the next position in today’s turbulent marketplace. As the Entrepreneur in Residence at RMIT University Marcus works with staff, students and alumni to refine and develop their ideas and business opportunities. 

Marcus has been recognised by Australia’s Business/Higher Education Round Table (BHERT) in 2008 with an award for Australia’s Best Entrepreneurial Educator and further recognition in 2009 for sustained excellence in collaboration between universities and business. 
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