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Executive Director

Sherrie brings over 10 years of experience combating human trafficking to the creation of the Global Emancipation Network.  She is the author of several international legal policies and guidelines on trafficking and has collaborated with the United Nations, League of Arab States, Council of Europe, Interpol, and several governmental agencies to end modern-day slavery.  She enjoys traveling and reads voraciously to feed a passion for creating new solutions to end human trafficking.

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Dr. Christopher Ahlberg is the CEO of Recorded Future, Inc. and Chairman of Hult International Business School. He advises a series of start up companies. Earlier Ahlberg was the president of the Spotfire Division of TIBCO, which he founded in 1996 and in 2007 sold to TIBCO (Nasdaq: TIBX). Spotfire was founded based on his ground-breaking research on information visualization. Dr. Ahlberg earned his doctorate from Chalmers University of Technology, worked as a visiting researcher at the University of Maryland, and has lectured and consulted extensively for industry, academia, military, and intelligence communities – as well as published & lectured in computer science, cyber security, psychology, linguistics, biology, and chemistry. He has five granted software patents, and multiple pending. Dr. Ahlberg was named among the World’s Top 100 Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT’s Magazine of Innovation in 2002. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

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Ann Barron-DiCamillo is Partner and Chief Technology Officer at Strategic Cyber Ventures (SCV). Due to the evolving cyber landscape resulting from changing approaches adversaries take to circumvent cybersecurity measures, Ms. Barron-DiCamillo leverages her expertise gained from 18 years in information technology development and cybersecurity operations to identify emerging technologies that fulfill capability gaps as they are created in the dynamic environment of the internet.

Prior to joining SCV, Ms. Barron-DiCamillo was the Director of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) where she led DHS’s 24X7 cyber operations center responding to major cyber intrusions and other relevant incidents, analyzing associated threats, and sharing the resulting critical cybersecurity information with trusted partners around the world.

She has held positions in Departments of Defense, Commerce and in US Congress. Outside of government, Ms. Barron-DiCamillo has experience working with system integration firms in software development and applications development.

Ms. Barron-DiCamillo most recently was selected by FCW Magazine as a 2016 Top Fed 100 award winner. She is the 2016 recipient of the Technology Champion Award by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. In 2016 and in 2015 she was named “Top 10 Women Power Players in IT Security” by SC Magazine and in 2015 “Top 10 Women Cyber Guardians You Should Know” by NextGov.  She is a graduate of Baylor University and earned her Master of Science Degree in Information Systems from American University. She completed Harvard University Kennedy School’s Senior Executive Fellows program and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) since 2003.  She is currently an Adjunct Professor at American University Kogod Business School teaching graduate/undergraduate level courses on Cybersecurity, Risk Management and Governance.

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Dr. Mattar’s professional expertise is in comparative and international law, especially human rights law. Recognized as an international expert on anti-trafficking legislation, Dr. Mattar has worked over 15 years in more than 75 countries, including countries in the Middle East, to promote state compliance with international human rights standards and to advise governments on drafting, implementing, and enforcing anti-trafficking legislation and related human rights laws. Since 2001, as the Executive Director, Dr. Mattar has been leading the work of The Protection Project at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies focusing on 7 areas namely, combating trafficking in persons, clinical legal education; corporate social responsibility; legal reform; promotion of religious dialogue; building civil society capacity; and human rights education. Dr. Mattar was privileged to contribute to the proliferation of the clinical legal education movement in Arab universities. He was appointed as the Director of the Law Clinic at Qatar University College of Law.

Dr. Mattar has testified in the United States on the status of human trafficking around the world at various Congressional Hearings, including the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission; the Helsinki Committee for Security and Cooperation; the House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness; the House Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights; and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights. He also testified before the Russian Duma, the Mexican Senate,the Inter- American Commission on Human Rights and the Egyptian Parliament. He has served as a member of numerous United Nations expert groups, as well as an advisor to the League of Arab States, UNODC, UNDP, ILO, IOM,UNFEM, the CEDAW Committee, the World Bank and the Bibliotheca Alexandria. He wrote the inter- parliamentary Handbook on the Appropriate Responses to the Problem of Trafficking in Persons. Most recently he co-drafted the United Nations Model Law on Legal Aid.

Dr. Mattar taught courses on International Trafficking in Persons; Corporate Social Responsibility; International Contract Law; Comparative Law; Obligations, Labor Law, Evidence, Lease, Contract Drafting Techniques; Investment and Trade Laws of the Middle East; Islamic Law in American Courts , Drafting Human Rights Legislation, Legal Ethics, Buisness Clinics ; Introduction to the American Legal System; International Business and Human Rights; The Arab Charter on Human Rights and International Human Rights. Dr. Mattar, as a Senior Research Professor of International Law, co-taught the International Human Rights Clinic at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, which he founded. He was also the founder and editor-in-chief of The Protection Project Journal of Human Rights and Civil Society. He was an adjunct professor of law at American University Washington College of Law, Georgetown Law Center and Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law. Dr. Mattar still serves as a non-resident distinguished professor of law at Alexandria University.

His latest publications include: ” Integrating the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts as a Source of Contract Law in Arab Civil Codes” in the Proceedings of the Qatar University College of Law Conference celebrating 10 Years of the Passage of Qatar Civil Code, November 23-24 (2014); “Mixed Legal Systems: East and West” (co-editor 2014), “Human Rights in Islamic Law Especially Procedural Justice” 16 European Journal of Legal Reform 274 (2014), ” An Analysis of the Human Trafficking Legislation in the Arab World, UNODC(2014); “Article 43 of the Arab Charter on Human Rights: Reconciling National, Regional, and International Standards,” 26 Harvard Human Rights Journal 91 (2013); “Transnational Legal Responses to Illegal Trade in Human Beings,” 33 SAIS Review of International Affairs, 137 (2013), “Guiding Principles in Consensus Building”, Book Review: Just Business: Multinational Corporations and Human Rights, John Ruggie, 6 The Protection Project Journal of Human Rights and Civil Society 107( 2013); “Corporate Criminal Liability: Article 10 of the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime,” 66 Columbia University Journal of International Affairs 107 (2012); “Corporate Liability for Violations of International Human Rights Law”, in Labour Migration, Human Trafficking and Multinational Corporations 8 Ato Quayson and Antonela Arhin (2012); “Human Rights Legislation in the Arab World: The Case of Human Trafficking,” 33 Michigan Journal of International Law 101 (2011); “Interpreting Judicial Interpretations of the Criminal Statutes of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act: Ten Years Later,” 19 American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law 1247 (2011); ” Combating Trafficking in Persons in Accordance with the Principles of Islamic Law ” UNODC (2009); “Access to International Criminal Justice for Victims of Violence against Women under International Family Law,” 23 Emory Law Review 141 (2009); “Comparative Models of Reporting Mechanisms on the Status of Trafficking in Human Beings”,41 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 1 (2008); “Unresolved Questions in the Bill of Rights of the New Iraqi Constitution: How Will the Clash between ‘Human Rights’ and ‘Islamic Law’ Be Reconciled in Future Legislative Enactments and Judicial Interpretations?” 30 Fordham International Law Journal 126 (2007); “Incorporating the Five Basic Elements of a Model Anti-Trafficking in persons Legislation in Domestic Laws: From the United Nations Protocol to the European Convention”, 14 Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law 357 ( 2006 ); ” State Responsibility in Combating Trafficking in Persons in Central Asia “, 27 Loyola International and Comparative Law Review 145 (2005).

Dr. Mattar received his Doctorate of Juridical Sciences (S.J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M) from Tulane University, his Master of Comparative Law (M.C.L.) from University of Miami, and his License en Droit (LL.B.) from Alexandria University. He received the ” Distinguished Leadership Award ” from the Qatar Foundation to Combat Human Trafficking and the ” Public Service in International Law Award ” from the District of Columbia Bar. Dr. Mattar was also a recipient of the Fulbright scholarship , the American Peace fellowship , the Egyptian Research grant and the British Council fellowship.

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Marina Elefante combines her 15 years of legal expertise in human rights to combat the evils of child labor, human trafficking, and child marriage.  Originally from Italy, she has worked in the Ukraine, Turkey, Switzerland, and the United States in various capacities surrounding trafficking in persons.  She presently works at the World Bank and consults for the International Labour Organization (ILO).