UCL Events


Combating Modern Slavery

21 February 2019, 6:15 pm–7:45 pm

Combating Slavery

It is a shocking fact that while most people consider the slave trade to have ended when slavery was abolished in 1833, there are more slaves today than ever before in human history.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL staff | UCL students | UCL alumni






Abi Turner
020 7679 4948


Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre
45: Roberts Building
Torrington Place
United Kingdom

Modern slavery is hidden, often in plain sight; on our high streets, in local businesses and even suburban streets. Unwittingly, our communities may be using victims of modern slavery to wash their cars, paint their nails and lay their drives. They may even be living next door.

Simon Blackburn wishes to increase awareness for modern slavery and provide clarity in our role in tackling it.

About the Speaker

Simon Smith

British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea

has been British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea since March 2018. He first visited North and South Korea in 2002-4 when he was Head of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s NE Asia & Pacific Department.

He has served as British Ambassador to Ukraine and to Austria – where he was also the UK’s Permanent Representative to UN and international organisations in Vienna, and the UK Governor on the Board of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

He began his career in the Diplomatic Service in 1986, and has also worked – largely on economic, trade and investment issues – at the British Embassies in Tokyo and Moscow. Simon is from Bristol, and studied German and French at Oxford University.

He spent 6 months in Seoul continuing his study of Korean in 2017. In addition to these languages he speaks Russian, Ukrainian and Japanese. His wife, Sian Stickings, a lawyer by training, is also a keen linguist and a student of Korean. They have two daughters who live and work in the UK.