Million is an Eritrean/British lawyer practicing private and public international law in Vienna and since 2013, focusing on arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Million’s legal career started in London in 2001 upon joining a prominent law firm from the Magic Circle, while still a young law student, for two of their summer internship programmes. She subsequently also undertook a second internship with another London based prominent law firm in 2002. After undertaking an LLM in International Trade Law and Dispute Resolution, she joined a prominent law firm in Vienna working on international investment, and commercial arbitration, and on investor state dispute settlement. In 2017 Million established and headed the first Africa Practice in a Vienna-based law firm. In this role, she was in charge of building the firm's business in Africa, and representing clients from a wide range of sectors. From 2016 to 2020, she also served as Secretary of an Arbitral Tribunal. Million has extensive experience working with both large corporations, and small and medium size enterprises across Europe and Africa.
Since 2012, Million has been board member, and providing pro bono legal assistance and managing a wide range of projects for an organisation based in Italy, Cote d’Ivoire and Ethiopia that advocates for the rights of refugees and migrants across European and African countries, and combats human trafficking and smuggling of refugees and migrants. In this work, she gathered evidence for the purpose of international investigation into human trafficking in the Horn of Africa and North Africa; monitored and recorded abuse of refugees by organised criminal groups in East Africa, denounced such abuses to the relevant international and national bodies; and raised public awareness on issues of human trafficking.
Million is actively involved in a number of causes, including advocacy work in relation to migration and refugees issues in Europe, Sudan and Ethiopia; serves as board member for ONG Ghandi; and was a volunteer for Amnesty International and several other organisations in London and Milan. She also serves as part of a diaspora based committee advising the African Institute of Remittances, an institute established by and part of the African Union.
Million holds an LLB from London South Bank University in the UK; and an LLM in International Trade Law, Contracts & Dispute Resolutions from the University of Turin (a joint program with the International Training Centre ILO, and Institute for European Studies and UNIDROIT). She is also currently in the process of finalizing her studies for an Executive Master’s in International Negotiation and Policy Making from the Graduate Institute Geneva (Geneva Switzerland). Million is fluent in English, Italian, French, Tigrigna (Eritrean), Amharic (Ethiopian), and she has basic knowledge of Spanish and German.
In her capacity as Secretary of the Commission , she has the following roles and responsibilities:
- the General Secretariat of SOS Villages International
- the SOS Children’s Villages member associations;
- survivors, accusers, witnesses and their families;
- interested parties including current or former SOS CV staff;
- national authorities in local jurisdictions; and
- any other stakeholders.