Operational Team

Mina Chiang, founder and director. Specialising in countering modern slavery, human trafficking. Mina has an interdisciplinary background in engineering, sociology, anthropology and international development. She has consulted in some of the world’s poorest and conflict-affected countries. With research experience in modern slavery, forced labour, and human rights issues across a wide range of UN bodies, governments and NGOs, Mina is becoming a sought-after expert. She is also a coordinator and board director for the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS) , a Delta 8.7 Policy Guide working group member, and a member of the Peer Review College of the UK Modern Slavery Policy and Evidence Centre.

Eric Kasper, senior consultant. A former Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies in the Cities and Participation Clusters. His research brings together participatory social network analysis, systemic action research, complex adaptive systems, and community organizing practice to explore the ways relational structures and social dynamics of people living in urban poverty impact their ability to act collectively as agents of change.

Sharlene Chen, project manager. Sharlene’s area of interest includes migration, social justice, and fostering sustainability at a global level, and her research experiences range from migrant labour rights and stateless children in Taiwan to irregular migration in Europe. With a dedication to International Politics and Human Rights issues, Sharlene has experience in working with NGOs, advocacy and policymaking in refugee and asylum seeker rights, and writing about regional conflicts and the human rights crisis in Asia.

Valentina Casulli, project officer. Valentina has a bachelor’s degree in Chinese and French from the University of Leeds, as well as a masters in Human Rights from the University of Sussex. Her areas of interest include climate change and its intersection with forced migration and slavery, with her interdisciplinary background harbouring a particular interest in human rights abuses across Asia and the Pacific.

Abdus Salam, survivor empowerment officer. As a survivor of cyber-scam slavery, Salam dreams of living in a world free from slavery and uses this drive to combat injustice as part of the HRC team. Salam works with other survivors, providing support and ensuring they feel empowered in their own work fighting against human trafficking and slavery.

Yu-Tang Wang, survivor empowerment and anti-scam consultant. Yu-Tang is a survivor of cyber-scam slave and human trafficking, a rescuer of trafficking victims enslaved in Cambodia and Myanmar, and an activist fighting against transnational organised crimes. Her stories have been published in The Guardian, The Reporter, etc.

Sutirtha Sahariah, advisor. Suti has been working as an independent research consultant for over a decade focusing on issues of human trafficking, gender violence, migration, human rights, and violent extremism.  He has also worked as a freelance journalist covering stories on modern slavery and gender in development for The Guardian (UK), the BBC, News Deeply, The Huffington Post etc. He is the author of the book Sex Work, Labour and Empowerment (Routledge, 2022) which presents an analysis of the concept of female empowerment and resilience against violence in the informal entertainment and sex industry in Nepal. He has a Ph.D. in international development from the University of Portsmouth and a media management degree from the University of Stirling in Scotland.

Karen Leigh Anderson, advisor. Karen works with social entrepreneurs to grow and scale businesses that change the world. An experienced professional consultant, Karen has worked with more than 1,000 social enterprises, community organisations, development trusts, community transport organisations, housing associations, co-operatives and charities. She specialises in developing sustainable organisations through innovative methods of growth, franchising/replication and buying profitable private businesses, as well as investment readiness support. She is a Churchill Enterprise Fellow for 2018.

Simon Stockley, advisor. Simon is a senior faculty member in management practice at Cambridge Judge Business School, a social entrepreneur, and an advocate for trafficked women. Prior to coming to Cambridge, Simon spent ten years at Imperial College Business School as director of the full-time MBA programme. His MBA course in entrepreneurship was ranked 3rd in the world by the Financial Times.

Through our work, HRC has collaborated with consultants from 20 countries, including:

  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Ethiopia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Palestine
  • Philippines
  • South Sudan
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom
  • USA
  • Vietnam

With a worldwide network, HRC is capable of connecting to more professional in many other countries.