Our Team

Our team is composed of dynamic individuals who share GFEMS mission to end modern slavery. We’re committed to working with the best and brightest people from around the world.

Meet the Board



A talented and engaged workforce lies at the heart of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery. Our workforce is passionate about our mission and works diligently to identify and leverage shared goals amongst diverse stakeholders as we secure funding to build self-sustaining programs. We are bold, innovative thought leaders, sharing our successes and lessons learned as we build an evidence-based and coherent global strategy. We maintain the highest standards of business ethics and compliance, incorporating our values in all that we do.

The GFEMS team leverages global networks to ensure our programming and research is rooted in evidence, uses rigorous research methods, and ensures the protection and empowerment of those we serve.

Welcoming Alex Thier as CEO

GFEMS welcomed Alex as CEO in January 2021. He has dedicated nearly three decades to addressing the world’s most intractable challenges and translating bold ideas into action at scale. Alex comes to GFEMS with global perspective and the persistence needed to make progress addressing even the most challenging problems. Learn more about Alex and his vision for the future:


Alex Thier

Chief Executive Officer

Meet Alex

Angela Perry

Associate Director, Human Resources

Meet Angela

Craig Sarsony

Senior Director, Finance and Operations

Meet Craig

Helen Taylor

Director of Grant Programs

Meet Helen

Irene Kaushansky

Associate Director, Compliance and Operational Integrity

Meet Irene

Jason Wendle

Director of Strategy

Meet Jason

Jeff Bond

Director of Strategy

Meet Jeff

Laura Gauer Bermudez, PhD

Director of Evidence and Learning

Meet Laura

Natalya Wallin

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Meet Natalya

More About Us

The GFEMS team works around the world on interventions and research to end modern slavery. Learn more about how and where we work: