The Norwegian Embassy

25 Belgrave Square , London, SW1X 8QD

London, England, GB, SW1X 8QD

This event is by invitation only. Please register to confirm your attendance. 


1800: Arrivals, drinks and canapes

1830: Programme starts:

  • Welcome and opening remarks: Ambassador, Mona Juul

  • Overview & Introductions: Jostein Hole Kobbeltvedt, Rafto Director

  • Keynote: Kevin Hyland: UK Modern Slavery Act 

  • Charlotte Wolff-Bye, Equinor: How do we relate to the UK MSA?  

  • The voice of future leaders – why do we campaign for a Norwegian MSA?

  • Panel Discussion/Q&A – moderated by Frances House, Deputy Chief Executive, IHRB

  • Closing Remarks

The evening will conclude with a networking reception. 

This event is kindly hosted by The Norwegian Embassy. 


Jostein Hole Kobbeltvedt is the Executive Director of the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights. Before joining the Rafto Foundation he held several management positions in Norwegian Church Aid, including as the regional representative for Southern Africa. He has substantial experience in working with civil society groups and human rights defenders. He holds an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Kevin Hyland OBE is a renowned international specialist in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking. In 2014, Mr Hyland was appointed as the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner by Theresa May, serving with distinction, before stepping down to undertake his role as CEO with ChildFund Ireland. 

Prior to his role as Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Mr Hyland was head of the London Metropolitan Police’s Human Trafficking Unit, internationally recognised for developing best practice in anti-trafficking operations. 

In 2015, Mr Hyland was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.), acknowledging his outstanding service in combating human trafficking. Mr Hyland was also instrumental in the establishment of the Santa Marta Group, a high-level strategic partnership between international law enforcement agencies, the Catholic Church and civil society, launched in 2014. 

Mr Hyland advises numerous high level institutions tasked with combating human trafficking in all its proliferations.  Mr Hyland also chairs the ‘Human Trafficking and Exploitation Project in Ireland’, an initiative established to identify, collate, create and analyse databases relating to information on the scale and scope of human trafficking into, and within, the island of Ireland.

Charlotte Wolff-Bye, Vice President Sustainability, Equinor. In February 2014 Charlotte joined Statoil to lead its newly formed sustainability strategy team. A sustainability strategy was formulated and endorsed by its Board of Directors in April the same year. Key efforts since then have included a number of strategic initiatives, including cultivating sustainability leadership among senior management, setting the direction for climate policy, human rights management and social performance. Statoil has also forged its sustainability leadership profile through several international multi-stakeholder initiatives to drive action and performance improvement through daily business operations.

Nelly-Elvira Andrée Tranaas, 3rd year BSc student and Project Manager at the NHH Symposium. As one of the largest student-run business conferences in Europe, The prestigious NHH Symposium aims to be an arena for topical dialogue and intergenerational discussions between the decision makers of today and tomorrow. For the conference of 2019 we want to give particular attention to the issue of business and human rights together with the Rafto Foundation. Our ambitious goal is to challenge traditional business models, highlight the best practices and promote good operational standards and tools.

Frances House, Deputy Chief Executive, IHRB. Frances has twenty years’ experience in the field of business and human rights and brings an important blend of strategic planning and practical programme delivery on the ground in a number of regions.

In her current role, Frances is responsible for the overall operational management of IHRB as well as having a particular focus on delivery of our Migrant Worker programme and its leadership activities with global brands. She works closely with IHRB’s trustees on strategy, governance and financial oversight.

Before IHRB, Frances was Policy Director at the International Business Leaders Forum, Vietnam Researcher with Human Rights Watch, and worked with the European Commission in Brussels and Vietnam on humanitarian programmes with asylum-seekers. A former trustee of Amnesty International UK, Care International UK and Streetkids International UK, she also sits on IKEA’s Stakeholder Advisory Board.