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About Us

At Embode, we distinguish ourselves by being on-the-ground and familiar with field locations for our work. Since establishing in 2015, Embode has undertaken field research and assignments in over 13 countries across Asia and Africa. Our expert team is made up of a diverse group of technical researchers, advisors and specialists based across the world.

 

Our Advisors and Associates make up the core team of Embode, and our Consultants are based on the ground and lead our activities at country level. We are also supported by a passionate team of supporting staff from operations to communications.

Aarti Kapoor

Founder and Executive Director

Aarti Kapoor is the Founder and Executive Director of Embode. She is a qualified lawyer in both the UK (England and Wales) and the US (New York state). She also has Masters degrees in 'Law and Economics' as well as 'Systems Leadership and Organisational Analysis'.

 

Aarti has over 25 years of professional experience, including 20 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 across government, NGOs and corporate agencies as well as undertaken assignments in Eastern Europe and Africa.

 

Since setting up  Embode, Aarti has overseen the growth and strengthening of a broad client portfolio across Asia and Africa in the highly specialised areas of labour rights, child protection and migration. She has directly led Embode's seminal studies such as a series of published assessments called ‘Children at the Heart’ which focused on sector wide issue of  child labour in cocoa supply chains in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia. Aarti also led a comprehensive situational assessment of migrant labour vulnerabilities in the palm oil sector of Malaysia, analysing Nepal as a labour-sending country, resulting in the publication of ‘The Road to Worthy Work and Valuable Labour’. She has led countless other research studies and now focuses on supporting senior leadership teams across corporate business and UN/NGO programmes on effective strategic interventions protecting human rights in supply chains. Aarti sits on a number of expert advisory boards on business and human rights, and is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the NGO THIRST - The Roundtable on Sustainable Tea.

 

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 UK Government 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.

 

Associates &
Consultants

Embode operates through a growing core team of Associates and Advisors, and an expanding roster of diverse and capable Consultants across the world. Our team members come from the legal, NGO, social work, international development, research and corporate sectors. As part of Embode's philosophical and systemic approach, Advisors, Associates and Consultants are enrolled in an ongoing process of learning and integration.

David Feingold, PhD

 

Dr David Feingold is a Senior Advisor to Embode and provides strategic advice in key technical and research related areas. This includes both overarching inputs into the organisational development of Embode, as well as specific projects relating to trafficking, forced labour, migration with a focus on methodological and research approaches.

 

David is the Director of the Ophidian Research Institute and for fifteen years served as International Coordinator for Trafficking and HIV/AIDS in the Office of the Regional Advisor for Culture, UNESCO, Bangkok. He developed the UNESCO HIV/AIDS and Trafficking Programme with two mandates: intensive research and ethnic minority populations.

 

Educated at Dartmouth, Yale and Columbia, he is a research anthropologist and an award-winning filmmaker. He has conducted extensive field research in Southeast Asia over four decades, particularly among the Akha and Shan peoples. He has represented UNESCO at numerous international fora on human trafficking, including as the representative to ICAT and chaired the Statelessness Working Group. David has served on the management board of UNIA and is a Visiting Professor at the American University of Paris, a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and a Fellow of the Centre d’Anthropologie de la Chine du Sud et de la Peninsule Indochinoise (CACSPI).

Erik van Os

 

Erik is an Associate Director and a member of the Senior Management Team at Embode. In his role Erik works closely with the Executive Director in co-creating and leading business strategy and organisational development, and overseeing Embode’s technical consulting portfolio. On a day-to-day basis, he is responsible for managing Embode’s Associate and Senior Consultant teams across diverse projects on issues such as responsible business, gender and social protection. His work entails managing Embode's projects in Asia and Africa that are commissioned by clients from the private sector, UN agencies and civil society actors.

 

Prior to joining Embode, Erik held overall office operational management responsibility for numerous humanitarian organisations, providing strategic direction and managing multi-cultural teams across Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United States.

 

Erik has worked with clients of all sizes from numerous industries, including agriculture, fast-moving consumer goods, financial services, food and beverage, and manufacturing. His experience includes social impact measurement, modern slavery, responsible finance, human rights, child protection, gender equality and gender justice, displacement, and sustainability.

 

 

Joshua Bailey

Josh Bailey is a Senior Associate at Embode and works on various projects related to child rights, migrant rights, trafficking in persons and worker protection and wellbeing in supply chains.

 

He has over 10 years’ frontline experience developing and implementing projects focused on the protection of children and migrants in the United States and South East Asia with a particular emphasis on the protection of people on the move. Josh applies lessons learned from working on the frontlines of various human rights issues to provide a nuanced and contextualised approach to projects at Embode. His work has consistently sought to bridge the gap between governmental and community systems and marginalised groups most affected by those systems resulting in strengthened protection of particular groups rights such as incarcerated victims of trafficking and exploitation, undocumented migrant workers in the United States, women and children seeking asylum and Cambodian migrant workers.

 

Josh has extensive experience working with a diverse range of stakeholders such as governments, UN agencies, INGOs, NGOs and private companies. Josh has advised governments and INGOs on legislation and policy, technical input on referral mechanisms, capacity building strategies, child protection and safeguarding and victim-centered approaches. He has sat on various government working groups and steering committees on issues of human trafficking and modern slavery. He currently sits on an advisory council for an Australia-based INGO addressing online sexual exploitation of children in Cambodia. Josh has often been sought out for his nuanced and balanced approach to confronting complex issues and approaches all aspects of his work with curiosity and rigor.

Remicard Sereme

Remicard is an Associate at Embode and works on projects related to human rights due diligence, child protection, as well as worker protection and well-being in organisational operations and supply chains across Asia, Africa and Europe.

 

She is a meticulous socio-legal researcher and expert in employment and anti-discrimination law. Remicard has experience in research, policy analysis, human rights assessment, and project management in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Fluent in French, English and Haïtian Creole, with an intermediate level in Spanish, and notions of Korean and Khmer, she has lived and worked in multicultural environments in Cambodia, France and in the United States of America. 

 

She graduated with a Cum Laude Distinction in her Masters Program in Global Law and Governance, from Sciences Po Paris and has worked as a Research Assistant at Columbia Law School. 

 

St├ęphane De Greef

 

Stéphane De Greef is a Consultant at Embode and focuses on environment, sustainable agriculture and human rights. He graduated in Agronomic Engineering in Gemboux, Belgium, with a specialisation in Environmental Management. Stéphane has over 18 years of combined experience in information management, research, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation for governmental, non-governmental and private entities.

 

From the most remote areas to the higher offices of government, Stephane’s mission is to observe, assess, analyse, report and recommend pragmatic actions to solve a wide range of informational and logistical issues. Always ready to travel by any means necessary to the least accessible places in order to gather crucial field information, his responsibilities also encompass processing large datasets to ‘get the big picture’, be it about certified supply chains, beneficiaries or biodiversity.

 

Fluent in French and English, with notions of Khmer and Spanish, he has worked in countless multicultural environments in Asia, Latin America and Africa. His past work experience includes various roles in capacity building, research, monitoring and evaluation in the fields of humanitarian mine clearance, victim assistance, human rights, education, public health, environment, sustainable tourism and archaeology.

Tran Ban Hung

Tran Ban Hung is a Consultant at Embode in Vietnam and works on projects relating to childrens’s rights and protection, as well as trafficking and the justice sector.

 

Hung is a senior national expert in Vietnam and has a variety of core competencies including sustainable development, facilitation, business development, research and assessments, national policies and government affairs.  He has in-depth experience working across  child protection, child participation, violence against children, positive discipline, child friendly consultation and documentation. Hung is also a certified trainer of Development Dimensions International (DDI). He has over 20 years experience working in the development sector on capacity building, and advocacy. His work covers grassroots to ministry level.

 

Hung is committed to work with vulnerable groups and has extensive experience with cross-cultural working environments. He has consulted with UN agencies, INGOs and NGOs on country specific as well as regional multi-country projects, including UNICEF, IOM. ILO, UN Women, Save the Children, Plan International, ChildFund Vietnam , ASEAN ACT , MOLISA etc. on  training, research, assessment, and facilitation for child forum at national and regional level.

 

Hung is also an expert on child rights of national television and a writer on insight of VnExpress.

Nukila Evanty

Nukila is a Consultant at Embode in Indonesia and focuses on child rights, protection and child labour issues, as well as trafficking and the justice sector.

 

Nukila has experience as a human rights specialist in intergovernmental organisations, CSOs and research institutions. Her expertise and skills are in human rights, gender, child protection & child labour, legislative policy, indigenous rights, conflict management and cultural protection. Her educational background is from the faculty of law, University Diponegoro (UNDIP) Semarang, University Groningen Netherlands and UNSW Australia. Advisory Members at Asia Centre, Bangkok -Thailand , Business and Human Rights Centre RMIT University Australia.

 

Her experience includes working as a human rights specialist at United Nations Indonesia, FAO, being a board of director at Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) in Canada and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD). She has also been a member of Advisory Boards at Business and Human Rights Centre (BHRIGHT) RMIT University, Asia Centre in Thailand and an executive director of Women Working Group (WWG).

 

Her International publications among others include: "Book (Chapter) "Business and Human Rights in Asia: Duty of the State to Protect" in 2021, Book (Chapter) National Human Rights Institution in  Southeast Asia" in 2020 and book (in chapter) Fake News and Elections in Southeast Asia (2022) to be published, amongst others.