About Us

Embode is passionate about delivering the highest standard of services to our client organisations across the areas of social protection and development, business and human rights and organisational analysis.

We understand how important consultancy services are to highly-mission driven organisations and programmes that require skilled, experienced and reliable consultants who they can trust and collaborate with.

Aarti Kapoor

Managing Director

Aarti Kapoor is Managing Director and Lead Consultant of Embode. She is a qualified lawyer in both the UK (England and Wales) and the US (New York state) and has a Masters in Law and Economics, as well as a Masters in Systems Leadership and Organisational Analysis.

Aarti has over 20 years of professional experience, including 16 years working on human rights issues, with a focus on forced labour, human trafficking and child exploitation. She is also a trained Organisational Analyst and has worked in leadership positions in the UK and South East Asia with government, NGO and corporate agencies as well as undertaken assignments in Eastern Europe and Africa.

Whilst leading Embode, Aarti has overseen and managed a broad client portfolio. This has included the assessment of child labour in cocoa supply chains in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia, migrant labour vulnerabilities in the palm oil sector of Malaysia, gathering effective practices in child participation in Cambodia and building senior leadership teams in the non-profit sector across Asia.

Prior to establishing Embode, Aarti led Project Childhood, an Australian government regional initiative against child sexual exploitation in tourism across Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam for World Vision. This included directing an international child safe tourism campaign reaching over 15 million people and overseeing an education / awareness-raising programme on prevention of child sexual abuse to over 40,000 people, including children and parents. Previous to this Aarti was the Chief Policy Advisor for the UK’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP) where she headed up its Child Trafficking Unit after carrying out the first Home Office-commissioned national assessment on child trafficking. In her position she also led police policy development on child trafficking on behalf of ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) Lead Mr Jim Gamble (QPM).

Aarti is known in the sector for her analytical mind and capability to think strategically and systemically. She is passionately dedicated to helping organisations reach their highest potential and effectiveness.

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Associates &

In fulfilling our work, we have a growing global network of independent consultants, carefully selected for reliability, dedication and an established expertise. In our collaborative consultancy we focus on continuous learning.

Embode’s consultants have backgrounds in academia, international organisations, government as well as public and private sectors. Their specialisations range from research and development, to law enforcement and sustainable business.

Liva Sreedharan

Liva Sreedharan is an Associate of Embode and is a specialist in anti-trafficking, migrant rights and labour rights in Malaysia and the Southeast Asia region. She has a Masters in Criminology with Forensic Psychology and was selected as the sole Hubert Humphrey Fellow representing Malaysia at the University of Minnesota Law School in 2013-2014.

For more than 10 years, Liva has worked to galvanise migrant communities, civil society organisations and the Malaysian government to collaborate on enhancing protection of victims of human trafficking through legal advocacy, capacity building and community outreach projects. Liva was instrumental in lobbying lawmakers for the passing of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act 2007 and drafted the Domestic Workers Bill for adoption as national legislation in Malaysia. With the International Labour Organisation (ILO), she led a project to map migrant rights civil society organisations in Peninsular Malaysia to identify protection gaps for victims of trafficking. Her research on the plight of migrant workers in Malaysia has led to various publications, including Gender and Migration, No Such Thing as Calm and The Revolving Door.

Her most recent projects include promoting the digitisation of case management systems used by migrant rights organisations, developing information, education and communication materials on migrant and labour rights, conducting anti-trafficking training with law enforcement and judicial officers, and conducting in depth research and analysis on the treatment of migrant workers in the fishing and palm oil sectors. In her work, Liva has collaborated with many international organisations such as the International Labour Organisation, Liberty Asia, Justice Without Borders and CHS Alliance.

Projects with Embode:

Conducting an assessment of labour conditions in the garment value chain in Vietnam (Anti-Slavery International)

Conducting a situational assessment of the cocoa value chain and communities in India (Mondelēz International)

Assessing Accountabilities in relation to Migrant Labour in the Palm Oil sector in Malaysia (Mondelēz International)

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Richard Owens, PhD

Dr. Richard Owens is an ecological anthropologist with over 17 years of experience in research, data collection and analysis with international field experience in Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico and the U.S.A. He has investigated multiple ecological anthropology topics including institutional property rights, agroecology, political ecology, and market access. Recent field work in Southeast Asia includes analysis of human trafficking and migration data across Thailand, Burma, Laos, and Cambodia.

Examples of his research includes a literature review of the oil palm labour supply chain in Malaysia and Indonesia, measuring and mapping modern day slavery in the Thai fishing industry, as well as analysing land investment strategies in highland smallholders and research on land grabbing in Southeast Asia. In addition to cultural research he has worked on archaeological projects in the US states of Montana, Utah and Georgia and has conducted research on the brown-headed cowbird in California.

Projects with Embode:

Assessing Accountabilities in relation to Migrant Labour in the Palm Oil sector in Malaysia (Mondelēz International)

Scoping and Public Sentiment Review of top campaign-able issues across East Asia for Lush (Love Frankie)

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Frédéric Thomas, PhD

Dr Frédéric Thomas is an international economist and technical expert with over 15 years experience working on supply chain analysis and responsible business with a focus on tourism as well as child exploitation.

An Associate Professor in Tourism Economics at the University of Paris 1 - Pantheon-Sorbonne, Frédéric is a French national and has lived in Cambodia, Thailand, Senegal and worked in over 15 countries for agencies such as the World Bank, the International Trade Centre, UNWTO, UNCTAD, the EU as well as several NGOs.

Of particular note, currently living in Senegal, Frédéric has spent over 5 years working in Africa (Senegal, Benin, Mali, Ghana, Burkina Faso, the Gambia and Uganda) and 10 years in South East Asia (Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Lao PDR and Myanmar). He has strong practical field experience and has extensive networks in the area of economics, supply chain analysis and the global tourism industry.

Projects with Embode:

National Situational Assessment of Child Labour and Child Slavery in Côte d'Ivoire (Mondelēz International)

National Situational Assessment of Child Labour and Child Slavery in Ghana (Mondelēz International)

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Korotoum Doumbia

Korotoum is a senior consultant in sustainable development and specializes in sustainable agriculture. She has more than 12 years experience in the cocoa sector and is competent in undertaking research, assessments, capacity building and training activities.

In 2013, Korotoum founded K'Origins aiming to promote sustainable development in mining, agriculture and industry sectors in Cote D ivoire and West Africa. K’Origins’ major clients include Utz Certified, Fairtrade International, OLAM, Cargill and Barry Callebaut.

Before founding K’Origins, Korotoum held various posts with international agencies. This included posts such as an auditor and Liaison Officer for West Africa in FLO (Fairtrade International), a Child Protection Officer with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Cote d Ivoire, a Cocoa Programme Manager at Solidaridad and a Certification Programme Manager at Cemoi.

Projects with Embode:

National Situational Assessment of Child Labour and Child Slavery in Côte d'Ivoire (Mondelēz International)

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Simon Baker, PhD

Simon Baker undertook his PhD on child labour and has worked on issues related to child prostitution, child labour, human trafficking, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, migration and livelihoods for over 20 years in Asia.

He has focused on operational research, surveys, population size estimates of trafficked victims, among children in sexual exploitation, female sex workers, trafficking victims, migrant workers, men who have sex with men, injecting drug users and at-risk youth. His work includes getting communities to develop edutainment materials related to health, and estimating changes in livelihoods. Simon’s extensive M&E experience includes developing M&E frameworks for social development programming, conducting research to inform and monitor programme implementation, and implementing independent outcome evaluations on regional and global programming for a range of clients.

Simon has worked with agencies across the development sector, including Child Workers in Asia, ECPAT, Save the Children, Acting for Life, Plan Thailand, World Population Foundation, Knowing Children, UNESCO, ADB, UNICEF, ILO, UNFPA and UNIAP.

In addition, he has been an advisor to organisations working on commercial sexual exploitation of children, such as ECPAT, World Vision’s Project Childhood Prevention Pillar programme and for Prevent Human Trafficking Institute (PHI) programme activities in Thailand and Cambodia.

Projects with Embode :

National Situational Assessment of Child Labour in Indonesia (Mondelēz International)

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Anna Sakreti Nawangsari

Anna Sakreti has 16 years of operational and strategic experience working as a Senior Social Worker in Indonesia across issues of domestic violence, sexual harassment, human trafficking, migrant workers, child labour, internally displaced persons, and psychosis.

She has undertaken direct casework with hundreds of victims of domestic violence, sexual harassment, trafficking, and psychosis. This has included providing direct counselling, support through referral mechanisms, and advocacy with government, non-government, and international organisations. Anna has used this experience to develop the concept and analysis of a psycho-social database of trafficked victims. At policy level, Anna has worked in advocacy and strengthening of referral mechanisms in relation to human trafficking. This has included building and coordinating a network of government and NGOs across Indonesia and internationally.

Due to her expertise, Anna has provided technical consultation to the Indonesian government over a number of years on laws on domestic violence and human trafficking. Anna has also undertaken social research; using both quantitative and qualitative methods, on internally displaced persons, child and maternal health, community development, prostitution, and social development. She is a credible trainer having developed and delivered training modules on human trafficking, gender, and violence nationally.

Projects with Embode :

National Situational Assessment of Child Labour in Indonesia (Mondelēz International)

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Jana Sillen O’Gorman, LL.M

Jana Sillen O’Gorman is a child protection and anti-trafficking specialist with twelve years’ experience in Europe, Southeast Asia and West Africa.

Jana holds a Masters degree in Law from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Her work with Save the Children, ChildFund, ECPAT, War Child UK, UNICEF and UNFPA focused on supporting trafficked, refugee and separated children, children on the move and children in conflict with the law. Jana has a strong understanding and expertise of international and regional standards on children's rights and throughout her career, has represented and assisted many survivors of child trafficking, exploitation, early marriage and gender-based violence as well as children affected by armed conflict. She has a strong record of professional publications and solid skills in managing research and analysis for thematic reports, proposal development and evidence-based studies to support policy dialogue and advocacy – in both English and French.

In 2011, Jana moved to Gambia to manage a two-year project with Childfund, enhancing the national child protection system to prevent and respond to child trafficking. She is well-versed in providing strategic technical guidance and support on child protection issues to senior government officials, criminal justice professionals, police and security agents, colleagues and partners.

Projects with Embode:

Development and preparation of a project proposal for an initiative against child trafficking for in Ghana (World Vision US)

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Eunju Jeong

Eunju Jeong specialises in consulting on Human Rights Impact Assessments and Human Rights Due Diligence in business operations and development cooperation projects with NGO-business collaboration. In her role as Program Manager for the Korean Human Rights Foundation she actively contributed to the development of national human rights policies of South Korea commissioned by the national human rights institution (NHRCK), international cooperation agency (KOICA), and other organisations. She also coordinated numerous human rights trainings and consultations for NGOs, development organisations, as well as for the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission and business corporation. She also has conducted field research visits to Cambodia, Bangladesh, Thailand and the European Union. She has also engaged in national policy advocacy in international forums such as the RIO+20, the UN HRC monitoring and the Forum on Business and Human Rights.

Eunju holds BA in sociology and economics, and is currently undertaking the E.MA (European Master) in international human rights law at the European Inter University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC) and the University of Nottingham.

Projects with Embode:

Scoping and Public Sentiment Review of top campaign-able issues across East Asia for Lush (Love Frankie)