Team London - SDG 8.7

Verena Meyners - SDG 8.7, Team London Office

Verena Meyners is SDG 8.7 Programme Officer at CHRI London. She coordinates activities of the Commonwealth 8.7 Network, and is responsible for knowledge management for the office. Verena also works for Victim Support, a national charity, in parallel. She holds a law degree from the University of Hamburg, Germany. She worked in Germany as a public prosecutor from 2017 to 2018. She can be reached at

Pooja Larvin - SDG 8.7, Team London Office

Pooja Larvin is Research Officer at CHRI London, having also previously worked for CHRI in New Delhi. She is responsible for research and advocacy, assessing the progress of Commonwealth governments on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery. Pooja is an English Law qualified lawyer with a degree in Law with French Law from the University of Oxford. She has worked on human rights issues in the UK, New Zealand, Cambodia and India. She can be reached at

Lara Salih - SDG 8.7, Team London Office

Lara Salih is Research & Advocacy Intern, assisting the London team with research, preparations for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2020, and issuing the CHRI Human Rights Update.

Charlotte Kissick-Jones - SDG 8.7, Team London Office

Charlotte is Research and Advocacy Intern, issuing the Human Rights Update and supporting the London team with research focused on contemporary forms of slavery. She holds a BA in English Literature and Language from King’s College London and is due to begin a MSc in Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in September. Alongside working for CHRI, she is a reporter for ‘The IWI: Institute for Feminist Policy Reform’, advocating for the rights of women globally.

Richard Hydes - SDG 8.7, Team London Office

Richard is a Research & Advocacy Intern supporting CHRI’s London Office and the Commonwealth 8.7 Network with research and advocacy on contemporary forms of slavery, and issuing the CHRI Human Rights Update. He has a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Manchester.