The Emmy-award winning British actress and activist
Julia Ormond was the first UNODC Goodwill Ambassador
Against Trafficking and Slavery and is the Founder of
Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET).
ASSET is the source of the Transparency in
Supply Chains Law, that requires companies to disclose
efforts to eradicate trafficking and slavery in their
supply chains. Among her film work, Julia starred in
Legends of the Fall, Sabrina, and The Curious Case of
Benjamin Button. She is Founding Chair of FilmAid
International and Executive Produced Emmy-award
winning "Calling the Ghosts: A Story of Rape,
War and Women" and Executive Produced the more
recent Documentary “Ghost Fleet”.
Asser Yassin is an Egyptian film and television actor,
writer and producer. With a Degree in Mechanical
Engineering, Asser chose to follow his true calling
and passion and pursue a career in acting.
Asser has received many distinguished awards as
best actor from Festival International Cinema
Mediterranean Tetouan in 2015, Malmo Arab Film
Festival in 2011, and Carthage Film Festival in 2010.
Aside from his acting career, Asser has also stepped
behind the camera to direct Music Videos for some of
the top Local acts/ performers in Egypt. Earlier this year,
Asser Yassin has been appointed as goodwill
ambassador for IOM.
Florence Kim has led IOM's #IAmAMigrant
perception change campaign since its launch in
2015. In an effort to highlight the work done in
support of migrants, she has collected hundreds
of personal testimonies from migrants around
the world. After obtaining a PhD in International
Law and working as a freelance journalist for
ELLE magazine and newspapers, she is now
based in Senegal where she is in charge of
communications and media relations IOM’s
Regional Office in West and Central Africa.
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Fatou Kandé Senghor
Fatou Kandé Senghor is an award-winning visual
artist, documentary filmmaker and educator based in
Dakar, Senegal. Through a skillful combination of
photography, film, writing and public installations,
Fatou intimately explores delicate concepts surrounding
identity, gender, culture and social injustices in her
home country. In her most recent work, she focuses
her lens on the irony of the gap between well-meant
biodiversity protection schemes and their drastic
repercussions on vulnerable local communities,
often pushed away from their homes as a result.
Amelia is a two-time Primetime Emmy-nominated,
Genesis Award-winning producer-director.Over two
decades, Amelia has developed, pitched, produced,
and directed award-winning content for Discovery,
National Geographic, Animal Planet, The History
Channel, A&E, amongst others in Singapore, Sri Lanka,
and New York.She founded Tell2C Productions in 2013.
Since then, she has collaborated with FilmAid and the
talented filmmakers of Kakuma refugee camp.
She has worked with UNICEF, ActionAid, and the
United Nations to create compelling advocacy films
Sherif Elbendary is an Egyptian film director based in
Cairo, he directed short films, documentaries, and the
feature film “Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim”, which were well
received in several film festivals including Tribeca and
Cannes. He is a Berlinale Talents alumnus 2007.
Elbendary has served on juries for such film festivals as
Cairo International Film Festival, El Gouna Film Festival.
Recently, he founded “Africa Films”, a film production
company mainly focused on shorts and features of
upcoming directors. He is currently working on his second feature, “Spray”.
As the UN Migration Agency’s Social Media Officer,
Luca Lamorte oversees the Organization’s
global digital strategy. Raised in Italy, Luca has
a PhD in International History and Politics from
the Graduate Institute of International and
Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
He has been a movie addict for as long as he
can remember and won several awards in his
early twenties as a director, before pursuing a
career as a civil servant.