Siddharth Kara is a fellow on Human Trafficking at the Harvard Kennedy School and a fellow on Forced Labor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Kara is also the author of Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery and co-winner of the prestigious 2010 Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University. Kara’s second book on slavery, Bonded Labor: Inside the System of Slavery in South Asia, was released in October 2012.
Since first encountering human trafficking in a Bosnian refugee camp in the 1990’s, Kara has traveled to more than 30 countries across six continents to research modern slavery, personally documenting the cases of over one thousand former and current slaves of all kinds, witnessing firsthand the sale of humans into slavery and confronting some of those who trafficked and exploited them.
Kara advises the United Nations, International Labour Organization (ILO), the US Government and several other governments on anti-trafficking policy and law. Kara’s ongoing research into modern slavery has been covered by CNN, the BBC, CNBC and National Geographic. Previously, Kara was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch, then ran his own finance and merger and acquisition consulting firm. He holds a law degree from England, an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Duke University.