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Aidan McQuade

Area of expertise: Humanitarian Sector


Background

Director of Anti-Slavery International since 2006. Aidan changed the strategic approach of Anti-Slavery towards one that incorporated empowerment of communities directly affected by slavery.

Area of interest
He successfully advocated for the introduction of a new statute to UK law proscribing forced labour and initiated and supervised an investigation that exposed slavery in the manufacture of garments for global North's high street brands. He also played a leading role in ensuring inclusion of victim protection and a transparency in supply chain clause in the 2015 Modern Slavery Act.

Before joining Anti-Slavery, he worked for over 13 years in humanitarian response, development and human rights. This included periods in Ethiopia and Eritrea working on rural water supply and soil conservation, and Afghanistan, where he worked on water supply in the displaced persons camps outside Jalalabad. He spent five years in Angola where he oversaw the expansion of Oxfam's work in response to the resurgence of war, ultimately managing an emergency relief programme for over 250,000 people in the besieged cities of the interior, and working with the UN on civilian protection.