We’re delighted to announce that two remarkable people have recently joined the Free the Slaves board.
Robert Gould is the founder and President/CEO of One Degree Strategies, a consultancy dedicated to encouraging decision makers to adopt policies and create programs that encourage people to make better choices for their health, well-being and the environment.
“My career has been dedicated to leveraging everything the behavioral science, marketing and communication disciplines can tell us about how to achieve positive social change,” he says. “Raising public awareness of modern-day slavery won’t achieve change unless people believe change is really possible. Free the Slaves provides that critical element of hope.”
Dr. Gould has been at the forefront of health and social change strategy as an innovator and as a leader. In a career progression including research director, health practice leader and managing director of Porter Novelli’s founding office in Washington, Rob pioneered research-driven and innovative approaches to health communication, including nutrition education (the Food Guide Pyramid), youth tobacco use prevention (the ‘truth’ campaign) working in close partnership with government and non-profit leaders, including the Centers for Disease Control, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, National Cancer Institute, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and many others. Rob’s academic training includes a BA from Bucknell University and a master’s and doctorate in experimental social psychology from the University of Maryland.
Sarah Degnan Kambou is president of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), a global research institute that focuses on realizing women’s empowerment and gender equality to alleviate poverty worldwide.
“Everyone deserves to live a life free of violence and have a chance to reach their full potential,” she says. “I have dedicated my career to helping improve the livelihoods and status of the world’s most vulnerable and marginalized – as I believe that change is possible, and organizations such as Free the Slaves demonstrates this. It is our responsibility to create a brighter future for generations ahead and make slavery history.”
Dr. Kambou’s expertise centers on sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, and adolescent health and livelihoods. She has worked for more than 30 years in Asia, Eastern Europe, and sub-Saharan Africa, including nearly 13 years at ICRW. In December of 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Sarah to the President’s Global Development Council, where she advises him and key administration leaders on effective practices and policies for U.S. foreign assistance. Sarah received her BA in French from the University of Connecticut, her master’s in public health and health services delivery from Boston University, and her doctorate in international health policy from Boston University.
Welcome, Rob and Sarah!