Freedom Fund Announces Board and Leadership Changes

The Freedom Fund has announced the appointment of Mahendra Pandey to its Board of Directors today.

Mahendra, Senior Manager at Humanity United, brings a wealth of experience to this new role. In the past, he worked in Saudi Arabia as a migrant worker and experienced first-hand the poor working conditions that many Nepali migrant workers face. While in Saudi Arabia, he developed a Nepali migrant rights network which he then turned into a leading Nepali NGO, Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee (PNCC). Previously, he also served as the Founding Chairperson of PNCC, establishing groups in destination countries with the goal of helping workers stranded in detention centers across the Arab Gulf region, as well as advocating for labor migration reforms in Nepal.

Philippe Sion, Managing Director of Forced Labor and Human Trafficking at Humanity United said,

“Mahendra not only brings a unique set of skills ranging from grant making to establishing effective support networks for migrant workers, he also brings a unique lived experience that will be a critical addition to the board of the Freedom Fund. I am pleased to see Humanity United and the Freedom Fund include Mahendra’s valuable perspective and ideas to strengthen our fight against forced labor and human trafficking around the world.”

The Freedom Fund also announce the appointment of Amy Rahe as Interim Director, New York Office. Amy joins the Freedom Fund from her role as Managing Director of Survivor Alliance where she has successfully managed and implemented key partnerships, programs, operations and organizational strategy within the US. Amy has been a leading voice on the need for survivors to be included in more meaningful ways within the anti-slavery movement through avenues such as employment and leadership.

Nick Grono, CEO of the Freedom Fund said,

“We are delighted to welcome Mahendra and Amy to the Freedom Fund Board and team. Their proven leadership in the field of modern slavery will be huge assets to our work and movement.”

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