Grace Forrest

Founding Director Walk Free

Grace Forrest is the Founding Director of Walk Free, an international human rights organisation focused on eradicating modern slavery in all its forms, in our lifetime.

Since its inception in 2011, Walk Free has become one of world’s leading anti-slavery organisations, responsible for publishing the Global Slavery Index (GSI).

The GSI is the world’s leading data set on measuring and understanding modern slavery, informing international law, legislation, and prevalence indicators. A crucial part of Walk Free’s work is highlighting the need for greater transparency in global supply chains to identify modern slavery, and empowering survivor leadership against modern slavery.

Grace is the youngest ever United Nations Association of Australia Goodwill Ambassador for Anti-Slavery. She is on the board for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, a director of the Minderoo Foundation and a founding member of the Asia Gender Network. She also sits on the Board of Directors for The Freedom Fund, a leader in the global movement to end modern slavery In 2018, Grace was awarded Nomi Network’s Abolitionist award and GQ Australia’s award for Humanitarian of the Year. In 2021 Grace was named the Young West Australian of the Year.