Ms. Martha Newton

Deputy Director-General for Policy, Switzerland

Martha E. Newton joined the International Labour Organization as the Deputy Director-General for Policy on September 1, 2020. Previously, Ms. Newton was the Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs at the United States Department of Labor, helming the Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs and leading the formulation of international economic, trade and labor policies and programs focused on international child labor, forced labor and modern slavery. Ms. Newton also served at the Department of Labor earlier in her career, as the Associate Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs.

Ms. Newton began her professional career in a prosecutor’s office, serving as the Chief of the Violent Crime Victim Assistance Division for a State Attorney General’s Office. She was also previously a Director of the Administration of Children and Families Division at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, where she coordinated the health and human service response for human trafficking victims and refugees.

In addition, Ms. Newton has served the Executive Director of a non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on the rescue and rehabilitation of child slaves in the fishing sector in Ghana, and also served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for both International Justice Mission, a leading NGO focused on combating human trafficking and slavery through effective law enforcement strategies, and the Halifax International Security Forum, North America’s leading annual event for the discussion of the world’s most pressing security challenges.

Ms. Newton is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master of Arts.


Opening Session

Be sure to attend this very special event as we officially open the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work. Your Congress hosts, along with international speakers and dignitaries, will welcome you to the first ever virtual World Congress. The Opening Session will feature a Leaders Roundtable on “Prevention in the Connected Age: The State of OSH Today”, as well as a stimulating interview on the power of storytelling with Mr. Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head, Toronto International Film Festival and recent inductee to the Oscars Academy.

Hosted by Canadian TV presenter Ms. Lois Lee, the Opening Session will be delivered with Canadian flair. You will enjoy the sounds of Canada beginning with a musical performance by La fanfare de l’Île, a brass band from Montreal, along with avant-garde talent.

Come and meet your fellow Congress delegates as we kick off the first exciting day filled with international speakers, live discussions, Braindates, poster presentations, exhibitors, and more.

Lois Lee, Canada

Cameron Mustard, IWH, Canada
Anne Tennier, CCOHS, Canada
Guy Ryder,ILO, Switzerland
Joachim Breuer, ISSA, Germany
Larry Rousseau, CLC, Canada
Kirk Newhook, Canadian Employers’ Council, Canada
Cameron Bailey, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Canada
Martha Newton, ILO, Switzerland
Sandra Hassan, Government of Canada, Canada
Nicolas Schmit, European Commission, Belgium
Melissa Carter, Canada

Live : 20/09/2021 - 08:30 EDT - 09:45 EDT
Rerun : 20/09/2021 - 18:30 EDT - 19:45 EDT

ILO Report

Report from the ILO

Joaquim Pintado Nunes, ILO, Switzerland
Yuka Ujita, ILO, Thailand

Ms. Manal Azzi, ILO, Switzerland
Ms. Laetitia Dumas, ILO, Switzerland
Mr. Ockert Dupper, ILO, Switzerland
Ms. Deborah France-Massin, ILO, Switzerland
Mr. Franklin Muchiri, ILO, Switzerland
Ms. Martha Newton, ILO, Switzerland
Ms. Vera Paquete-Perdigão, ILO, Switzerland
Ms. Ana Catalina Ramirez, ILO, Switzerland
Ms. Maria Helena André, ILO, Switzerland

Live : 20/09/2021 - 13:15 EDT - 13:45 EDT
Rerun : 20/09/2021 - 23:15 EDT - 23:45 EDT