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Our work to build capacity across communities and with dynamic young people is driven by our Senior Programme Manager Sian Lea
With eight years’ experience working in the charity and NGO sector on humanitarian projects, Sian has extensive experience empowering vulnerable groups, such as young people and women who have been victims of violence, to make positive change in their communities. Sian manages Shiva Foundation’s anti-trafficking projects at community level, ensuring that vulnerable and influential groups are aware of the factors that contribute to human trafficking and modern slavery and are empowered to take action to stop it.
To engage individuals from across the corporate and social sectors in driving systemic change we tap into the networks and legal expertise of our Head of Strategic Development Nishma Jethwa
Nishma is a qualified lawyer and passionate human rights activist. Following a career at law firm Linklaters LLP, she joined Shiva Foundation to provide strategic direction and now leads the development of collaborative projects across both the hotel and hospitality industry and community-based areas of our work. An experienced advocate, also serves on the board of Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights and works pro bono at the Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit.
Our work to educate and empower local communities to tackle human trafficking and modern slavery is led by Founder and Director Meenal Sachdev
As a Councillor in Hertsmere and with extensive experience in the charity and NGO sector, Meenal understands the power that communities working collectively can have to create long-lasting change. Her extensive network across business, civil society and the charity sector help Shiva Foundation to act as a catalyst for action, bringing influential people and organisations together create long-lasting systemic change.
To lead change in the hotel industry we draw on the experience of Founder and Director, Rishi Sachdev
Rishi formed Shiva Hotels in 2003, following a career as a derivatives trader at Lehman Brothers. From the beginning, Rishi’s vision for Shiva Hotels has been for a responsible business that is setting a positive example in its sector. To help realise this vision, Rishi formed Shiva Foundation with his wife Meenal in 2012. Today, Rishi informs Shiva Foundation’s work to tackle the practice of human trafficking and modern slavery in the UK hotel industry by sharing the knowledge that comes from implementing best practice in Shiva Hotels and by advising on the opportunities and challenges that face the industry as a whole.
Shiva Foundation works directly with Shiva Hotels to develop, test and evolve best practice, which can be shared throughout the hotel industry.
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It has been my honour to serve as Shiva Foundation’s Director in its commitment to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking since 2012.
As a mother of two young boys, I have been devastated by the issue of human trafficking, which not only jeopardises people’s human rights, independence and power but also threatens their very existence. There are an estimated 45.8 million victims of human trafficking globally. This includes sexual exploitation, forced labour and domestic servitude, where 29 per cent of reported victims in the UK are children.
I believe that everyone should have access to the same levels of freedom. That is why I have focused my efforts on supporting and launching programmes that address human trafficking and other human rights violations.
To fight such complex social issues, all stakeholders need to work together, including government, businesses, local communities and civil society organisations. Coming from a social impact background and as a local politician, I am eager to challenge the way solutions are found to address some of the world’s most complex problems and champion progressive approaches. Collaboration and systemic change are embedded within Shiva Foundation’s remit and I always welcome the opportunity for new partnerships with innovative and groundbreaking organisations.
The support I have received from my husband and family has played a key role in my career. In turn, I hope that Shiva Foundation can help support and catalyse the journey of other individuals and organisations.
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