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Christina Bain

Christina Bain

Director, Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Babson College

Christina Bain is the director of Babson College’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, where she is focused on addressing the role of business and entrepreneurial solutions in the fight against human trafficking, in addition to coursework and initiatives to train the next generation of business leaders in anti-trafficking strategies. Bain is the former and founding director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery within the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, a program that she designed, developed, and implemented with the aim of creating data-driven public policy solutions to human trafficking. Prior to the Harvard Kennedy School, she was appointed by then Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as the executive director of the Governor’s Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence, a statewide commission of nearly 350 public and private sector partners. She previously served as the public affairs liaison to then Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey, where she worked on domestic violence and criminal justice issues, including human trafficking and sex offender management. She also served as a special assistant to then Governor Jane Swift of Massachusetts.

Most recently, Bain was a member of the Advisory Committee for the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) Vanguard/Infrastructure and Urban Development Industries (IU) Building Foundations for Transparency Project. She was previously Co-Vice Chair of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade and Organized Crime; a prior member of the Meta-Council on the Illicit Economy and the Global Agenda Council on Human Rights; and formerly the Co-Chair of the Global Agenda Council Network-Wide Human Trafficking Task Force, a cross-council initiative with other Global Agenda Councils and Forum industry partners. She is a member of the Global Initiative Network of Experts with the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime; a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a member of the Board of Advisors of The Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School. She is appointed to the Massachusetts Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence under Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, where she is co-chair of the Child Trafficking Workgroup.

Recent Publications

Field, Cameron, Christina Bain, Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, and Francis Delmonico. “The Eradication of Organ Trafficking: A Case for Partnerships and Protocols in AML Environments.” ACAMS Today. ACAMS. 18 Sept. 2018. Print and Online.

Bain, Christina, Joseph Mari, and Francis Delmonico. “Organ Trafficking: The Unseen Form of Human Trafficking.” ACAMS Today. ACAMS. 26 Jun. 2018. Print and Online.

Bain, Christina. “Working with Business to Implement Legislation – Beyond Reporting.” e-Handbook: Legislating against Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Forced Labour. Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK. 14 Jun. 2018. 100. Web.

Bain, Christina. “Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Fight Against Human Trafficking.” Social Inclusion 5:2 (2017): 81-84. Print and Online.


David Nersessian

David Nersessian

Associate Professor, Accounting and Law Division

David Nersessian is an associate professor in the Accounting and Law Division of Babson College, where he teaches business law to undergraduate and MBA students and an elective in Public International Law.

Prior to completing his doctoral work, Nersessian practiced for six years with several large law firms, representing clients in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings, and private arbitrations throughout the United States. He later spent five years as the vice president and general counsel of an international educational nonprofit.

Nersessian’s research concentrates on public international law, human rights, legal ethics, globalization, and the management of legal and ethical risk in the corporate setting. He has a particular focus on the intersection of human rights and new technologies and the role of corporate lawyers in human rights issues. His other research focuses on the impact of globalization on the ethical regulation of attorneys. In addition to his work in technology and ethics, he continues to write, speak, and consult in public international law and human rights.

He earned his PhD in law from Oxford University, where his research concentrated in public international law and human rights, his JD magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law, and his BSBA summa cum laude from Boston University School of Management.

Read David Nersessian’s recent case study in the Harvard Business Review, “Hilton: Combating Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry.”

Nadia Bunha, Social Impact Fellow

Nadia Bunha is working on the RESPECT Initiative with the Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. She has extensive experience working for international organizations such as the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. At the forum, she was one of the initiators of the Human Trafficking Project for which she led the engagement with high-level businesses. She also is working on ARISE, a business-led social program that seeks to eliminate child labor in the tobacco industry. Her areas of expertise and interests are international affairs, social impact, and sustainable supply chains. Bunha is an advocate for the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking. She earned her master’s degree in international relations from the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

David Huang, Intern

Originally from Taiwan, David Huang is a sophomore at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, double majoring in international relations and human rights. In trying to gain a better understanding of the numerous facets of human rights, Huang has been pursuing internships to supplement materials from classes. He worked with Physicians for Human Rights in the fall semester of 2016 and also has been working with Babson’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, as well as the Pardee School’s Initiative on Forced Migration and Human Trafficking. While he’s primarily focused on international human rights issues, he also has collaborated with student organizations to tackle on-campus issues through the student government as chief of staff. Huang joined Babson’s initiative, hoping to help spread awareness of the pervasive problem that is human trafficking.

Mary Rose

Mary is the special advisor to the president and vice president for Campus and Community Affairs.​

Former Staff

Luis Ortiz, Graduate Assistant

Luis Fernando Ortiz MBA’17 joined the Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and the Women’s Development Laboratory during the summer of 2015 as a graduate student assistant. Ortiz came to Babson from Bolivia, where he has a background in entrepreneurship, logistics and supply chains, trade policy, and engineering. He has worked extensively throughout Latin America, and is deeply committed to addressing human rights and human trafficking through a private sector lens. Ortiz is a Fulbright Scholar, one of five selected from his home country, and also is the co-CEO of Science Clubs International (www.clubesdeciencia.org), a nonprofit organization that brings scientists from top universities in the U.S. to teach STEM in Latin America through innovative hands-on science workshops. As part of his graduate assistantship, Ortiz is tackling many projects, including survey research for the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Human Rights, focusing on promising practices to tackle human trafficking in the seafood processing, extractive, and toy industries. He also is galvanizing graduate student interest in human trafficking, and organized a forum on human rights and business with other graduate student organizations in February 2016. Ortiz earned his MBA at Babson, and will begin the MPA program at the Harvard Kennedy School in the fall of 2017.