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Cindy Berman Senior Consultant

Cindy  Berman, Senior Consultant

Cindy is a senior consultant with over 35 years of international experience in human rights. She has worked in multilateral organisations, government, the private sector and civil society organisations. She is a specialist in business and human rights, gender equality, migration, trade, social development and tackling modern slavery in global supply chains.


Cindy has track record of high-level policy influencing, strategy development, multi-stakeholder engagement, capacity building, and design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of large, complex programmes. She has lived and worked extensively in Asia and Africa, the USA and Europe.

Prior to being a consultant, Cindy was Head of Modern Slavery Strategy, Knowledge & Learning at the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). She provided strategic advice and expertise to senior executives of large brands and retailers in the apparel & textile, food and agriculture and general manufacturing sectors, She worked with senior government officials, multilateral bodies, NGOs, trade unions and other decision-makers on human rights due diligence, labour standards, corporate accountability and transparency in global supply chains, convened conferences and events, provided thought leadership, led research and briefings, managed training and led large multi-stakeholder programmes to tackle labour exploitation and abuse in high-risk global supply chains.

Cindy spent ten years at the Department for International Development as Senior Social Development Advisor for DFID's work across Asia, Somalia and East Africa, and led DFID's policy on Social Exclusion. She developed DFID's flagship trafficking prevention programme - £11.5m over five years - called Work in Freedom to prevent trafficking of women and girls in garment and domestic work migrating within Asia and to the Gulf States. Cindy previously worked at the International Labour Organisation's UN Liaison Office in New York, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the National Health Service, Christian Aid and disability charities. Cindy grew up in South Africa and was active in the anti-apartheid struggle, working in a number of community-based organisations.

As a consultant, she has held senior and leading positions in a range of assignments advising donors, international organisations, the private sector and NGOs. She holds a number of positions on Governing Bodies and Advisory Boards on a voluntary basis, mentors young professionals, and is a qualified yoga and Nia instructor.

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