Skip to main content

Sophie Otiende

CEO, Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS)

Sophie Otiende is the CEO of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS). Sophie defines herself as an advocate against all forms of inequality, a teacher, and survivor leader. Sophie 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 work has mainly focused on developing systems and processes for grassroots organizations, advocating for ethical standards for protection of victims of trafficking, training, and development of curriculum on both protection and awareness of human trafficking. 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. She worked as the Director of Consulting with Survivor Alliance and is the founder of Azadi Kenya, which is a survivor-led collective based in Nairobi. Sophie also served on the GFEMS Board.

Thoughtful Leaders. Decision Makers. Activists and Experts.

The Sedona Forum is the McCain Institute’s annual, high-level gathering of national and international leaders held each spring at the Enchantment Resort in the red rock country of Sedona, Arizona. Starting from the assumption of character-driven leadership and core democratic values, The Sedona Forum convenes thought-leaders, decision makers, activists and diverse experts to discuss approaches and solutions to real-world problems.