Livia Wagner

Livia Wagner

Ms. Livia Wagner works as the Coordinator for the Network of Experts and Senior Expert at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. As Network Coordinator, she serves as the focal point for a variety of network activities of and engagement with more than 500 network members who are involved in analyzing or countering transnational organized crime. Her work covers mainly the issue of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation, specializing on responsible supply chain management. She has done extensive research on natural resource trafficking, such as illegal gold mining/illegal logging and related organized crime forms with a special focus on Latin America.

Previously, Ms Livia Wagner acted as the Private Sector Focal Point of the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT). Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Wagner worked as a civil servant for the Austrian Foreign Ministry in the department of development cooperation, concentrating on African countries. She also has private sector work experience in the travel and tourism sector and has in addition worked for the Non-Governmental Organisation ECPAT in the field of combating commercial sexual exploitation of children and child trafficking. Her travel and tourism experience has contributed to her strong focus on cooperation with tourism agents and hospitality companies and conducting trainings for the private sector on preventing and combating child trafficking. Ms Wagner has written several publications and is member of the Austrian Association for Sociology.

Livia Wagner appears in

  • After the War of 1812, Canada’s reputation as a safe haven for slaves grew. Fugitive slaves fled to planned settlements like The Elgin Settlement, known today as Buxton, located in Ontario. Bryan and Shannon Prince from the Buxton National Historic Site & Museum will share how Buxton survived and developed as a haven for fugitive slaves to a thriving town that continues to preserve its rich history.   Then, World Footprints joined with CNN and the BBC as a media partner of the United Nations Global Initiative of fight Human Trafficking (UN-GIFT). We’ll speak to our UN-GIFT partners from Austria, Livia Wagner and Siria Gastellum, to discuss this global issue and learn why human trafficking is the largest and fastest-growing criminal industry in the world-- worth an estimated US$32 billion each year. As responsible travelers, there is a lot we can do to fight this awful crime, and Livia and [...]