Anti-slavery and youth social mobility activist, novelist, filmmaker, corporate lawyer and compliance specialist.
Duncan Jepson founded Liberty Asia, to fight human trafficking and exploitation. It has been pioneering an approach using available anti-money laundering infrastructure and laws to disrupt the supply of banking and financial services to the funding of modern slavery. Liberty Asia has also developed and implemented a victim case management system for NGOs to manage, store and analyse victim information better. Liberty Asia also designed, built and launched Freedom Collaborative the only user content generated NGO targeted online platform focused on anti-trafficking which now has over 300 NGOs worldwide registered and over 1250 individual users. Liberty Asia's focuses on partnerships and collaboration to effect change at scale and has relationships with large corporates such as Verizon, Salesforce, Thomson Reuters, law firms such as Clifford Chance and Linklaters, global banks, due diligence providers and technology companies.
In 2009, he started Project Share which focuses on supporting and developing social mobility in youth living in the most disadvantaged areas of Hong Kong. During the last seven years, the team has helped and supported over a 1000 youth. Project Share is committed to both activism and research.
Completing his legal training at DLA Piper, he then pursued corporate finance until he became corporate lawyer. He has worked as Regional General Counsel and Head of Compliance for the Asia Pacific investment management businesses of two of the largest global financial services companies. Duncan was responsible for a wide range of activities including regional M&A, governance, compliance, product development, litigation and white-collar crime investigation.
Duncan has written three novels, All the Flowers in Shanghai, Emperors Once More and Darkness Outside the Night, and produced and/or directed five films which have won a number of awards. He has been involved in the production of numerous documentaries for Discovery Channel, NatGeo and other channels. In 2005, he co-founded Asia's primary literary magazine, the Asia Literary Review and was Managing Editor for eight years and co-found Hong Kong most prolific literary agency. He has written for the Huffington Post, New York Times, Daily Telegraph and South China Morning Post.