Aarti Kapoor

Executive Director, Embode

Aarti Kapoor has over 20 years of experience dedicated to human rights, focusing on child protection, labour and migration in leadership roles across government, industry and civil society.

In her current role Aarti is the Executive Director of Embode, a human rights consultancy known for its inclusive and in-depth analysis of child labour, migrant worker and forced labour dynamics. Her previous roles have included working in central UK law enforcement as a Chief Policy Advisor on child trafficking and as the Team Leader for Project Childhood, a Mekong Sub-region Australian government programme against child exploitation.

Having set up Embode in 2015, Aarti now oversees a broad portfolio of assessments and advisory services across Southeast Asia, South Asia and Africa. The projects examine labour dynamics in supply chains, trafficking trends in migration as well as formulate strategies for the development of due diligence mechanisms and capacity building for criminal justice sectors. She has led numerous complex research projects across communities and supply chains around the world, of which 17 have been formally published. Aarti also sits as an Independent Expert on Advisory Boards and Committees across industry and civil society, such as on the Sustainability Council for Barry Callebaut, and the Expert Taskforce on Forced Labour for Better Cotton Initiative. She is also a visiting university lecturer on Business and Human Rights.

Aarti is qualified as a UK Barrister (England and Wales) and a US Attorney (New York state). She also has Masters degrees in ‘Law and Economics’ (LL.M) and ‘Systems Leadership and Organisational Analysis’ (MA).