Katerina Stephanou

Katerina Stephanou

Founder & CEO, Step Up Stop Slavery


Katerina is a senior compliance professional with a foundation in the legal profession with almost 20 years experience. She kicked off her legal career practicing corporate, commercial and maritime law in Ince & Co London, moving on to practice corporate and commercial law in Grant Thornton International, Cyprus. Her drive to strengthen ethics and values in the business and finance industries inspired her to join the Compliance profession where she is specialized in financial crime compliance and building internal corporate governance structures.

Katerina founded Step Up Stop Slavery in 2018 to empower the private sector to eradicate human slavery by breathing life into human rights. She is currently working closely with the travel and tourism industry to enable them to identify instances of human trafficking in the travel and tourism industry and save children and young girls from exploitation.

Katerina is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, ACAMS (Association of Anti Money Laundering Specialists), ICA (International Compliance Association) and the Initiator of the platform on Conscious Justice at the Global Institute of Extraordinary Women (GIFEW). Katerina is also a transformational leadership coach.