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John Barrett Trew

Global Head of Skills & Opportunities for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship

John has more than 20 years of experience working in the field of international labour and employment, specifically for marginalised populations.

Currently, he serves as Global Head of Skills & Opportunities for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship and leads the Youth Employment Solutions Team of 20 professionals for Plan International based in Bangkok, Thailand.  

John oversees Plan’s youth employment initiatives—specifically on technical and vocational education and training (TVET) initiatives and working with large scale partners including managing Plan’s engagement with the Asian Development, Accenture and Microsoft.  

Previously, John was Head of Youth Employment for Plan International (2012-2017).  He served as the Director, Strategic Communications & Organizational Expansion at Street GRACE—a faith based nonprofit based in Atlanta, GA dedicated to the eradication of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) (20110. He is also coauthor of, “Out of the Shadows” (2011) on galvanising communities to end CSEC and CARE’s 2007 child labor report,  “Caution-Children at Work” .  

He served as Senior Technical Advisor on Child Labor & Girls’ Education at CARE (2005-2009) and Winrock International’s Education Specialist and Project Manager (2002-2005) for a global anti-child labour program.  He also conducted pioneering research in the field of labor and employment as US Fulbright Scholar to the Philippines from 1998-2000.  

John's specialisms are: Corporate engagement, educational leadership, international policy development, digital innovation, cross functional leadership, youth activism, child labour and exploitation.