Jean Baderschneider – Founding Board Member AND INAUGURAL CEO
With 35+ years of experience, Dr. Jean Baderschneider formerly served as Vice President, Global Procurement at ExxonMobil. In this role she had global responsibility for procurement, strategic sourcing, supply chain management, warehousing and accounts payables operations. Dr. Baderschneider has been responsible for operations around the world, including Africa, the Middle East, South America, and Asia. She has a deep understanding of high-risk operations/locations and complex partnerships and a deep network of high-level government and business leaders around the world.
Dr. Baderschneider has 10 years experience of working on anti-trafficking efforts globally. She served as the Chair of the Global Leadership Council and a member of the Board of Directors of Polaris, an organization focused on a global anti-human trafficking strategy. She also served on the Boards of Directors of Made in a Free World, which is engaging the business community in a supply chain risk assessment initiative, and Verité, a leading supply chain assessment organization. She is an Operating Partner and Member of the Advisory Board of Tau Investment Management, an investment fund focused on investing in businesses with sustainable supply chains.
Dr. Baderschneider is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Supply Management and the Executive Board of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She was a Presidential appointee to the Department of Commerce’s National Advisory Council of Minority Business Enterprises. She is a past board member of The Center of Advanced Purchasing Studies (CAPS) and the Procurement Council of both The Conference Board and the Corporate Executive Board. Dr. Baderschneider has a Masters degree from University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. She is the recipient of Cornell’s 2013 Jerome Alpern Award and Nomi Network’s 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Award.
David Abramowitz – former Managing Director, Humanity United
David Abramowitz was previously a Managing Director at Humanity United, overseeing HU’s Public Policy & Government Relations portfolio. At HU, Mr. Abramowitz was involved in developing programs to address trafficking in the Middle East and Southeast and South Asia.
Prior to joining HU, Mr. Abramowitz served as Chief Counsel to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he was responsible for advising the committee on such matters as international law, international justice, and global human rights and democracy issues, including trafficking in persons and promoting democracy assistance. He has worked on legislation ranging from the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and the Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, to legislation implementing the U.S.-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement and the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. Prior to joining the committee staff in 1999, David worked at the Office of the Legal Adviser of the Department of State for 10 years on arms control, the Middle East, and legislation relating to foreign relations.
Mr. Abramowitz holds a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College and a juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan.
Ernie Allen – former President and CEO, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; founding President and CEO, International Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Ernie Allen is a global expert on the digital economy, the dark side of the internet, public-private partnerships, and child protection including the issues of child abduction, sexual exploitation and human trafficking. He frequently speaks to global audiences on these issues and advises governments, law enforcement, technology companies and nonprofit organizations. In 2015, he was appointed by then-UK Prime Minister David Cameron to chair a global initiative to combat online child abuse.
Previously, as President and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Mr. Allen created the national Missing Children’s hotline, the CyberTipline to report sexual exploitation, and brought forensic services and training to law enforcement. During his tenure, more than 180,000 missing children were recovered and the recovery rate increased from 62% to 97%. To extend the effort globally he founded the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and served simultaneously as its President and CEO. He built a missing children’s network of 23 nations, trained law enforcement in 121 countries, and worked with parliaments to enact laws in 100 countries.
Mr. Allen led efforts to implement new global policies on virtual currencies and the anonymous “Dark Web”; worked with leading companies to create technology to address child victimization; created a coalition of financial institutions which reduced a $30 billion commercial child pornography industry to virtually zero; and formed a coalition of global health care companies to address child victimization as a public health crisis.
Mr. Allen’s work has been widely recognized and he is the recipient of numerous awards. He was called “one of America’s foremost social entrepreneurs” by President George W. Bush, named “Executive of the Year” by NonProfit Times, and named one of the “Most Influential People in Security” by Security Magazine. During his tenure NCMEC was named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth Magazine.
Kari Johnstone – Acting Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Kari Johnstone serves as Acting Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP), which she joined as Principal Deputy Director in November 2014. In these roles, she advises senior officials on U.S. Government policy and programming strategies to fight human trafficking around the world and oversees the production of the Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report.
From September 2013 until April 2014, Dr. Johnstone served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia and International Religious Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL). From 2012 to 2014, she served as the Director of the Office for International Religious Freedom, where she was the Deputy Director from 2010 to 2012. In spring 2012, she served as Director for Russia and Central Asia at the National Security Staff of the White House. She previously worked as the Acting Office Director and Deputy Director of DRL’s Office for the Near East and South and Central Asian Affairs. Kari served as the election officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in 2004 and as the human rights officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent in 2003.
In 2001-2002, she was a Research Scholar at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Dr. Johnstone is a career member of the Senior Executive Service and received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, all in political science. She speaks Ukrainian, Russian, Czech, Slovak, and some Hungarian.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols – 11th Archbishop of Westminster
Born in Crosby, Liverpool, on 8 November 1945, Vincent Nichols studied for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome from 1963 to 1970, gaining licences in philosophy and theology at the Gregorian University. He was ordained priest in Rome on 21 December 1969 for the Archdiocese of Liverpool.
He then studied an MA degree in theology at Manchester University between 1970 and 1971. In 1971 he was appointed assistant priest in St Mary’s Parish, Wigan and chaplain to the Sixth Form College and St Peter’s High School. In 1974 he studied at Loyola University in Chicago and was awarded an M.Ed. In 1975 he was appointed to St Anne’s parish in Toxteth, Liverpool with particular responsibility for education.
In 2000, Bishop Nichols was appointed Archbishop of Birmingham. In 2009 he was installed as the 11th Archbishop of Westminster following the retirement of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. He was elected President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales by unanimous acclamation on 30 April 2009.
In 2014, he was appointed by Pope Francis to lead the work of the Church against human trafficking and modern slavery. He is President of the Santa Marta Group, which gathers together Catholic bishops, police chiefs and government officials from over 30 countries around the world in a partnership to work towards the eradication of these twin scourges. On 23 Mary 2018, along with the Santa Marta Group, he received the UN Path to Peace Award for his work combatting human trafficking and modern slavery.
He has served as chair of the management board of the Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults and President of the Commission for Schools, Universities and Catechesis of the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe.
As Archbishop of Westminster, he is also Patron of the Bellarmine Institute. He is patron of a number of Catholic charities including the Passage and the Cardinal Hume Centre.