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Leadership

Meet our CEO and Founder




Before founding IJM in 1997, Gary Haugen was a human rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on crimes of police misconduct. In 1994, he served as the Director of the United Nations’ investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. In this role, he led an international team of lawyers, criminal prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and forensics experts to gather evidence that would eventually be used to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice. It then also dawned on him that what people in poverty needed most – is protection from the predatory everyday violence, which led him to starting IJM with just two interns.

Gary has been recognised by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. His work to protect people in poverty from violence has also been featured by Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, the New Yorker, The Times of India, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, the Guardian and National Public Radio, among many other outlets. He is the author of several books, including Good News About Injustice (Intervarsity Press) and The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence (Oxford University Press).
Watch Gary’s TED Talk on ending violence.

Meet our IJM global leaders

Our global leadership team comprises men and women of diverse backgrounds but a common goal: To end slavery for good.
Find out more about them.

Meet our IJM Asia Pacific leaders

Christa Sharpe
Christa Sharpe

Regional President, Asia Pacific

Lydia Bowden
Lydia Bowden

Director of Strategic Partnerships, APAC

Steve Baird
Steve Baird

Chief Executive Officer, IJM Australia

Joonho Min
Joonho Min

Executive Director, IJM Korea

Andrew Wasuwongse
Andrew Wasuwongse

Director, IJM Thailand

Jacob Sims
Jacob Sims

Director, IJM Cambodia

Ji Lien Ooi
Ji Lien Ooi

Director, IJM Malaysia

Naw Emerald San Minn
Naw Emerald San Minn

Director, IJM Myanmar

Rey Bicol
Rey Bicol

Director, IJM Manila

Lucille Dejito
Lucille Dejito

Director, IJM Cebu

Meet our IJM Hong Kong team

Miwa Chan
Miwa Chan

Executive Director, IJM Hong Kong

Sarah Yeung
Sarah Yeung

Senior Lead, Strategic Partnerships, IJM Hong Kong

Sally Ko
Sally Ko

Lead, Marketing and Communications, IJM Hong Kong

Christo Wong
Christo Wong

Senior Coordinator, Finance & Administrative, IJM Hong Kong

IJM in Hong Kong

IJM Hong Kong is part of IJM’s global justice movement working towards our 2030 vision of protecting 500 million people in poverty from violence. Established in 2021, IJM Hong Kong seeks to raise awareness of our mission and establish partnerships with philanthropists, corporations, faith community, NGOs and leaders across all dimensions of society to end violence against people in poverty.

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