Benjamin Skinner

Founder, Transparentem

Benjamin Skinner is an abolitionist, award-winning author, and journalist. In researching his book “A Crime So Monstrous: Face to Face with Modern-Day Slavery,” Skinner witnessed the sale of human beings on four continents. The book was awarded the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction. His articles have appeared in such media outlets as Time, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, and ABC’s Nightline, in which a segment of his book was adapted into an Emmy Award-winning episode, “How to Buy a Child in Ten Hours.” Skinner served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade. He was also a special assistant to United States Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and a research associate for US foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Skinner was a senior fellow with the Schuster Institute from 2009 and 2013 and a fellow at the Carter Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is the former senior vice president at Tau Investment Management.

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