Who and where we are

Our website is in eight languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.  Our regional researchers are based in Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Myanmar, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, UK, Ukraine and USA.  They draw global attention to the human rights impacts (positive and negative) of companies in their region, seek responses from companies when civil society raises concerns, and establish close contacts with grassroots NGOs, local businesspeople and others.  We have offices in London and New York.

The Resource Centre is an independent non-profit: in the UK we are a registered Charity in England & Wales (no. 1096664). In the USA we are a tax-exempt non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Board

Our Board are the guardians of the Resource Centre’s identity, and play a full role in strategy and the accountability of the management team. The Board is diverse and composed of activists, academics, ex-business people, and specialists.  For a full list of board members, see here.

Global Team

Management team

Phil Bloomer, Executive Director (based in London)
bloomer [at] business-humanrights.org   @pbloomer

Phil became Executive Director of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in September 2013.  Based at the Centre’s London headquarters, Phil is responsible for leading the global organization, delivering the mission and strategic priorities, and ensuring effective management of programme, personnel, finance, and administration.

Prior to joining the Resource Centre Phil was Director of Campaigns and Policy at Oxfam GB, where he was responsible for a team of 170 staff working across policy, advocacy, programme and campaigns.  His team’s priorities were food justice, humanitarian protection and assistance in conflict zones, and the provision of essential health and education for all.  Previously he was head of Oxfam International’s Make Trade Fair, and Access to Medicines campaigns. 

Prior to joining Oxfam, Phil spent 11 years in Latin America and worked on human rights dimensions of business, including in food security, resource extraction; mega-projects; and business relations with public and private security in repressive environments.

Marti Flacks, Deputy Director & Head of North America Office (based in Washington, DC)
flacks [at] business-humanrights.org

Marti, a U.S. national, joined the Resource Centre in May 2017. As part of the senior management team, she is involved in strategic & financial decisions at the organization. She also oversees the Centre’s Middle East, Africa, and Responsible Resource Use researchers. Marti previously served as Director for African Affairs on the U.S. National Security Council staff at the White House, where she coordinated and advised senior officials on foreign policy priorities in East and Southern Africa and Africa-wide economic and security issues. Prior to that she served as Deputy Director in the Office of Energy Programs in the Bureau of Energy Resources at the U.S. Department of State, leading Department policy on extractives sector transparency policy issues, and as North/South Team Leader for the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, focused on implementation of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Marti also worked at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on asylum issues and at the U.S Commission on International Religious Freedom. Outside the U.S. government, Marti has worked or volunteered for Human Rights Watch, the Carter Center, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the South African Human Rights Commission, and the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs.

Marti has a law degree from Columbia Law School and a Masters Degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, focused on international law and conflict resolution. She has a BA in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She is fluent in English and has basic proficiency in Spanish.

Mauricio Lazala, Deputy Director & Head of Europe Office (based in Frankfurt)
lazala [at] business-humanrights.org

Mauricio joined the Resource Centre in 2006.  Until his appointment as Deputy Director in Feb. 2011 he served as Senior Researcher and Head of Latin America & Middle East.  As part of the senior management team, he is involved in strategic, operational and financial decisions at the organization. He oversees the Latin America and Europe researchers, as well as the London office. Mauricio also manages one of the top three strategic work streams of the organization, the "Business, Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders" project. Mauricio co-ordinates joint initiatives with external partners, and led the 2014 redevelopment of the Resource Centre's website.

Since 2014, Mauricio is a member of the Board of the EIRIS Foundation – Empowering Responsible Investment. Previously, he served as law clerk at International Criminal Court, Programme Manager at Mexican Commission for the Protection & Defence of Human Rights, and Outreach Coordinator at B'Tselem (Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories).  Mauricio has published various articles on business & human rights.  Mauricio has a Law degree (honours) from University of Cambridge, and a BA in Political Sciences and History from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  He is fluent in Spanish, English & Hebrew.

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Bobbie Sta. Maria, Director for Labour Rights and Asia (based in Washington, DC)
stamaria [at] business-humanrights.org   @bobbiestamaria

Bobbie, a Filipino national, joined the Resource Centre in 2013 as Southeast Asia Researcher and Representative, and currently leads its work in Asia while overseeing special projects on labour rights and corporate legal accountability.

She was previously based in Thailand and Myanmar, working closely with NGOs and community-based groups on corporate accountability and transparency. She has worked alongside labour unions and organizations in Cambodia, Myanmar, and the Philippines to bring concerns around wages and freedom of association to international brands, and has seen direct positive impacts on workers' rights as a result of these engagements. She has assisted in numerous efforts to document business-linked abuses, helped bring together human rights advocates in the region for more effective collaboration, and raised local issues to international communities of decision-makers and opinion leaders.

She previously served as Southeast Asia Legal Coordinator at EarthRights International, and prior to that, as Staff Lawyer at Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal (SALIGAN) or Alternative Legal Assistance Center in the Philippines. In both roles, she was involved in litigation, local and international policy advocacy, research, and trainings. Bobbie obtained her law degree from the University of the Philippines, and her Master of Human Rights from the University of Sydney.

Patricia Surak, Senior Development Director (based in New York)
surak [at] business-humanrights.org

Patty, a US national, joined the Resource Centre in 2009 as the organization’s first Development Director.  She has helped to diversify the Centre’s funding sources, increase the number of donors worldwide, and build the US board.  Patty works closely with the Development Director - UK/Europe to manage current funding relationships and to seek financial support to enable the Resource Centre to expand its work.  Prior to managing her own fundraising consulting business for several years, Patty was the Director of Development at a local senior care facility in New Rochelle, NY, where she oversaw a capital campaign which raised over $6 million to build a nursing and rehabilitation center. 

From 2001-2005, Patty was the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), where she and her team managed relationships with over 600 foundation and corporate supporters and grew the revenue from this sector six-fold.  Patty was previously the director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Catholic Relief Services in their world headquarters in Baltimore, MD.  While at CRS she traveled to projects in Guatemala, Turkey, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Croatia and Bosnia, in most locations providing technical assistance and fundraising training to CRS field staff to help with capacity building of local independent NGOs.  Patty’s academic and research projects included work on the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the U.S., Canada, & Mexico and on the effects of welfare reform on poor and low-income Pennsylvania residents.  Patty earned her Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was awarded the Ruth Smalley Award for Outstanding Achievements in International Social Welfare, and her B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Africa

Aliou Diouf, Francophone Africa Researcher & Representative (based in Dakar)
diouf [at] business-humanrights.org

           @aldioufy 

Aliou Diouf, a Senegalese national, joined the Resource Centre in 2009.  He is responsible for research and outreach in Francophone Africa, including at meetings and conferences in the region.  He has led research missions for the Resource Centre in Dem. Rep. of Congo, Guinea, Niger, and Senegal (Kédougou region).  He is a lawyer and a human rights advocate.  He previously worked as a legal advisor within Geneva for Human Rights; as a research project manager for the Domestic Violence Office in Geneva and as a social worker at a residential refugee centre in Geneva.  Aliou also worked as legal intern for the Intl. Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and interned at the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

Aliou was educated at Graduate Institute of Intl. & Development Studies in Geneva where he obtained a PhD in Intl. Criminal & Humanitarian Law, and at Gdansk University where he earned a Master's (LLM) in Intl. Law & Human Rights Law. He also earned degrees in International Law from the University of Helsinki, the Geneva International Peace Research Institute (GIPRI) and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva. Aliou’s mother tongue is Serer, he is fluent in Wolof & French, and has strong Polish & English.

Joseph Kibugu, Senior Researcher & Representative for Eastern Africa (based in Nairobi)
kibugu [at] business-humanrights.org   @joekibugu 

Joseph Kibugu, a Kenyan national, joined the Resource Centre in January 2012.  He has conducted research missions in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi.  Joe worked at International Justice Mission in Kenya for over nine years, leading the organization’s work in Kenya addressing issues including gender-based violence, illegal detention, unprosecuted rape and murder, land seizure, and police accountability.  Joe worked in Freetown as an intern at the Special Court for Sierra Leone.  Joe obtained his law degree from Univ. of Nairobi and has a Masters in International Human Rights Law from Univ. of Notre Dame, USA.  One of Joe’s courses at Notre Dame was “Transnational Corporations and Human Rights” under Prof. Douglass Cassel.  As well as conducting regional research missions, Joe has also represented the Resource Centre at key international business and human rights events.  Joe is fluent in English and Swahili and is proficient in French. 

Asia & Pacific

Lowell Chow, Senior Researcher & Representative for East Asia (based in Hong Kong)
chow [at] business-humanrights.org   @lllchow

Lowell, a Hong Kong (Chinese) national, joined the Resource Centre in 2011.  He is responsible for research and outreach in the Greater China region (including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan), and has led research missions to Beijing, Taiwan, Shenzhen and Guangzhou.  Lowell formerly worked for UL-STR Responsible Sourcing; interned at Médecins Sans Frontières, and was a student delegate for Oxfam Youth Campaign Partners.  He was educated at University of Nottingham (MA Corporate Social Responsibility) and University of Hong Kong (BSc Honours).  His mother tongue is Cantonese, and is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Saul Takahashi, Japan Researcher & Representative (based in Tokyo) - Bio in Japanese
takahashi [at] business-humanrights.org

Saul Takahashi, Japanese national, joined the Resource Centre in June 2014 as the organization’s first Regional Researcher and Representative for Japan, Korea, and the Pacific Islands.  Saul is forging partnerships with local civil society organizations, companies, investors, journalists and government representatives, including those already active on business and human rights issues in the region, as well as other key drivers of change.  He is highlighting under-reported cases and concerns, seeking company responses to alleged abuses, and conducting research missions.

Saul was most recently Deputy Head of Office at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in occupied Palestine, where he was responsible for directing the human rights monitoring operation in the West Bank and Gaza, and for capacity-building efforts for local civil society organizations and government agencies.  Previously Saul has held positions with Amnesty International, in both Tokyo and the International Secretariat in London, with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and the International Organisation for Migration.  Saul holds an LLM in international human rights law from the University of Essex and has several academic and popular publications, in both English and Japanese.

Wai Wai Lwin, Myanmar Researcher & Consultant (based in Yangon)

Wai Wai Lwin, a Myanmar national, joined the Resource Centre in February 2016. She manages the Myanmar Foreign Investment Tracking project, which seeks to encourage public accountability for the human rights impacts of foreign companies investing or operating in Myanmar. Prior to the Resource Centre, she served as Executive Director of local NGO BadeiDha Moe. In that position, she focused on land rights issues, working alongside farmers in eviction and land confiscation cases, especially in areas with heavy foreign direct investment. She has explored various remedies to assist communities facing land disputes, including mediation and other informal grievance processes. Recently, she has been leading the development of Open Data Myanmar, an effort to create an online database of land disputes in Myanmar with the goal of eventually helping communities solve them. She has also facilitated several stakeholder consultations, and has carried out a number of community-led social impact assessments. Prior to the Resource Centre and BadeiDha Moe, she worked with INGOs and the UN on development, relief and child rights programmes. She speaks English and Myanmar.

Golda S. Benjamin, Southeast Asia Researcher & Representative (based in Dumaguete City, Philippines)
benjamin[at]business-humanrights.org

Golda, a Filipino national, joined the Resource Centre in March 2017. She currently teaches at the Silliman University College of Law, handling subjects on civil law and human rights. She also has a solo law firm which allows her to work on development policy reform and a few select corporate cases. She currently sits as one of the civil society representatives in the Philippine Multisectoral Group for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Prior to these, she served as chief for legislation of a senator of the Republic of the Philippines and supervised the development of various laws including amendments to the anti-money laundering law, the compensation for martial law victims act, and people participation in the budget process bill. Before her full-time engagement at the Senate, Golda worked as consultant to Congress representatives working on budget reform and food security measures, and to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee and the Secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform. Her alternative law practice began at IDEALS, Inc.-Philippines where she focused on agrarian reform, tax justice, environment and trade issues, handling litigation, advocacy, and policy reform. Golda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines. She also has a masters degree, with specialization in international commercial arbitration law from Stockholm University, Sweden. She speaks English and Filipino and is currently learning French.

Jose Jello Cubelo, Southeast Asia Research Assistant (based in Dumaguete City, Philippines)
cubelo[at]business-humanrights.org

Jose, a Filipino, joined the Research Centre as Research Assistant for Southeast Asia in June 2017. He is in the final year of his law studies at Silliman University. Jose is currently the editor of the Silliman Law Journal and he is an active member of the school’s moot court team, participating in International Law moot court competitions. He was also a student volunteer at the Salonga Center for Law and Development – a university-based entity working on issues involving environmental law, social justice and human rights, and labour. Prior to law school, he worked as a writer for a local newspaper in Cebu. He holds a Bachelor of Mass Communication degree from Silliman University.

Amy Sinclair, Researcher & Representative for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific (based in Sydney)
sinclair[at]business-humanrights.org  @AmyJSinclair

Amy, an Australian and UK national, joined the Resource Centre in January 2017. She is the Resource Centre's first regional representative and researcher for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region. Amy is an international lawyer, researcher and adviser on human rights in business. She is experienced working in the not-for-profit sector as an adviser to NGOs and public bodies on business and human rights law, policy and advocacy. She is a regular speaker and media commentator on developments in business and human rights and has been published in the Guardian and New Matilda. Amy has guest lectured on business and human rights at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University. Amy has ten year's prior experience as a corporate lawyer with major international legal practices in London, Hong Kong and Sydney. In legal practice, Amy gained extensive knowledge and practical experience of the corporate regulatory frameworks and processes, including due diligence and disclosure, that are critical to business and human rights principles and practice.

Amy holds a Master of Arts in History from King's College London. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in International Human Rights Law (Distinction) from the University of New South Wales, which focused on corporate human rights obligations and the international human rights framework governing companies. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law London and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Warwick. Amy is a dual qualified lawyer. She is admitted, and has practiced as a solicitor, in both Australia and the UK.

Priti Darooka, South Asia Researcher & Representative (based in Delhi, India)
darooka [at] business-humanrights.org

Priti Darooka, an Indian and US national, with over 20 years of experience working in international human rights joined the Resource Centre in September 2017.  She is responsible for research and outreach in South Asia region. She also is the founder and executive director of PWESCR International (Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) and has successfully built women’s leadership from global South and lead various advocacy initiatives and campaigns in partenrship with various networks. Priti is policy expert on gender including women’s poverty, right to livelihoods and productive resoures including right to natural resorues (land, water and forests), right to social security, rights of women as workers including farmers, and producers, and concept of women’s work including unpaid work, and right to food. She has substantial expertise on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and works closely with various UN rapporteurs.

Priti was previously at the Ford Foundation and has also worked at UNIFEM (United Nation’s Development Funds for Women) (now UN Women). Priti is one of the founders of BRICS Feminist Watch and a member of the Global Reference Group for Bread for the World. She is a member of UNRISD Social Protection and Human Rights Advisory Group. She is a founding member of SAFA (South Asian Feminist Alliance) for ESCR. She has a masters degree in women’s studies from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, United States. Priti speaks English, HIndi, Urdu, Marwari and Marathi.

Europe & Central Asia

Eniko Horvath, Senior Researcher (based in Basel)
horvath [at] business-humanrights.org   @enikohorvath

Eniko, a Hungarian national, joined the Resource Centre in 2011 as an intern and returned in 2012 as a Researcher.  She is currently Senior Researcher & Project Lead responsible for the climate justice and UN Guiding Principles workstreams and oversees the Centre's work in Europe. She has carried out research missions to Switzerland, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Chile, Florida, USA (Immokalee agricultural region) and Serbia. She has experience working on human rights in Argentina (Asociación Civil por la Responsabilidad Social AMARTYA), Hungary (International Centre for Democratic Transition), Spain (Club De Madrid) and the UK (Cluster Munition Coalition and Consortium for Street Children).  Eniko holds a BA from Harvard University and an MPhil from University of Cambridge.  For her master’s dissertation, she undertook fieldwork in Argentina on exploitation of Bolivian migrant workers in the clothing industry.  Eniko is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Hungarian, with some Italian and Russian.

Christen Dobson, Senior Project Lead & Researcher (based in New York)
dobson [at] business-humanrights.org 

Christen, a US national, joined the Resource Centre in March 2017 as Senior Project Lead & Researcher. She will cover the role and responsibilities of Eniko Horvath, who focuses on climate justice, the UN Guiding Principles, and the UN Working Group. Prior to joining the Centre, Christen worked as a human rights research consultant and as a gender fellow with EarthRights International's Mekong region office. From 2009 - 2016, Christen led the International Human Rights Funders Group's Research and Policy program, where she managed a global research initiative to map and analyze the landscape of human rights funding and supported donor efforts to address closing space for civil society. Christen has also worked with Prospera - International Network of Women's Funds, Safe Horizon's Anti-Trafficking Program, UN Women, and Global Youth Connect. She is currently a member of the International Council at Peace Brigades International and a volunteer with Advocates Abroad, helping to connect asylum seekers and refugees in Europe with pro bono legal assistance. Christen holds a Masters of International Affairs with a concentration in human rights from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Her mother tongue is English, she has a good knowledge of Spanish, and speaks some Japanese.

Danielle McMullan, Senior Researcher on Labour Rights (based in London)
mcmullan [at] business-humanrights.org @DMcMullan1

Danielle, a UK national, joined the Resource Centre in 2011.  As Senior Researcher on Labour Rights, Danielle's work focuses on the full range of labour rights including freedom of association, modern slavery and living wage.  Particular work includes our research & analysis examining what action brands are taking to tackle exploitation of refugees and migrants in the Turkish & Jordanian garment sectors. Danielle has also undertaken business and human rights missions to Turkey and Israel & Palestine.  Danielle is a human rights lawyer and her experience includes representing asylum seekers as a caseworker at Refugee & Migrant Justice. She started her career at the law firm Mayer Brown where she was a  solicitor in the litigation department.  Danielle has an LLM (distinction) in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (distinction) from the College of Law College of Law and a LLB (Hons) from the University of Reading.

Ella Skybenko, Eastern Europe/Central Asia Researcher & Representative (based in Kyiv)
skybenko [at] business-humanrights.org

Ella, a Ukrainian national, joined the Resource Centre in 2008.  She is responsible for research and outreach in Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and has conducted regional missions to the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria.  Ella formerly worked as HIV/AIDS program manager at Holt International Children’s Services and program coordinator at American International Health Alliance.  Ella holds a MSc in Global Health from University of Manchester; Master's degree in International Relations with a concentration in International Law from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv; and MA in International Human Rights from University of Denver.  Her mother tongues are Ukrainian and Russian.  She speaks fluent English 

Johannes Blankenbach, EU Researcher & Representative (based in Berlin)

blankenbach [at] business-humanrights.org   @JBlankenbach

Johannes, a German national, joined the Resource Centre in May 2018 as EU Researcher & Representative. Prior to this, he worked at the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) as a researcher for more than five years, contributing to knowledge cooperation across the institute’s Managing Global Governance (MGG) network with partner institutions from emerging economies. He co-chaired a research project on private/voluntary sustainability standards and also helped to set up the German chapter of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which focuses on the national implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In 2011, Johannes was an intern and consultant with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Eschborn. Earlier internships included working at Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP) in New Delhi and at Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Tunis. Johannes holds a BA in International Relations from Dresden University (TU Dresden) and an interdisciplinary MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His MSc thesis focused on the role of human rights in the peacebuilding process in Afghanistan. Johannes speaks fluent German and English, with a good knowledge of French and some basic Arabic.

Saskia Wilks, Research Assistant on Labour Rights and Western Europe (based in Berlin)

wilks[at] business-humanrights.org

Saskia, a German/UK national, joined the Resource Centre as a German language Research Intern in April 2017. She holds a BA in Sociology and Cultural Studies and a Masters in Human Rights from the University of Sussex. While studying for her Masters, Saskia also worked at the University of Sussex as a Research and Data Assistant, focusing on maternal health and human rights. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Saskia volunteered with Maternity Worldwide, a Brighton based NGO committed to saving lives in childbirth, where she provided support to their fundraising team. More recently, she spent time in Asia, volunteering as an English teacher in Sri Lanka. Her native languages are German and English, and she has basic knowledge of French and Italian.

Jennifer Teufel, EU Project Assistant (based in Berlin)
teufel [at] business-humanrights.org

Jennifer, a German national, joined the Resource Centre as a Project Assistant in February 2018. Prior to this, Jennifer worked at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German Embassy in Phnom Penh/ Cambodia and the German Bundestag. She holds a MA in International Relations/ Peace and Conflict Studies from Goethe-University Frankfurt and Sciences Po Lyon and a BA in Political Science and History from Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. While studying for her Master, Jennifer also worked at the Goethe-University Frankfurt as a Research Assistant, focusing on International Organizations and human rights. Her MA thesis focused on human rights violations and state responses in the Philippines and Vietnam. Jennifer speaks fluent German and English, with a good knowledge of French and some basic Russian.

Latin America

Julia Mello Neiva, Senior Brazil, Portugal & Portuguese-speaking Africa Researcher & Representative (based in São Paulo)
neiva [at] business-humanrights.org

Julia is a Brazilian human rights lawyer who has joined the Resource Centre in 2013.  She is responsible for research and outreach in Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa, and has conducted regional missions to Belém and Rio de Janeiro.  Julia taught human rights course in Angola, as consultant for Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa; assisted São Tomé & Principe Government with transparency laws, co-authored a research project coordinated by Intl. Commission of Jurists in partnership with Conectas Humans Rights: “Access to Justice: Human Rights Abuses Involving Corporations - Brazil”.  She is one of the founding members of Conectas Human Rights, where she was Justice Program Coordinator. She has also worked with African American Policy Forum; Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic; and Center for Reproductive Rights.  She co-taught the first academic course in Brazil on business & human rights, at Law School of Fundação Getulio Vargas, and is a member of the Human Rights and Business Group of the school.  She was educated at Columbia Univ. School of Law (LLM, human rights focus); Univ. of São Paulo Law School (graduate specialisation in human rights); Pontifical Catholic Univ. of São Paulo (Bachelor of Law).  Julia’s mother tongue is Portuguese.  She is also fluent in English and Spanish, and has a good understanding of French.

Amanda Romero Medina, Senior Researcher and Representative for South America (based in Bogotá)
romero [at] business-humanrights.org

Amanda Romero, a Colombian national, has been working as Latin America & Caribbean Researcher & Representative for Business & Human Rights Resource Centre since April 2011 (in January 2015 her title changed to South America Researcher & Representative when we hired our first Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean Researcher & Representative).  In this role she often meets with local NGOs and grassroots, and with companies.  She has also undertaken business & human rights missions to Bolivia, Chile, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico and Argentina.  She is based in Bogotá, Colombia, and has been a human rights researcher and educator since the late 1970s.  She has worked with Latin American and international NGOs, and was the American Friends Service Committee’s Quaker International Affairs Representative for the Andean Region and Panama from 2000 to 2006; she also served for 6 years as a member of the civil society organizations’ committee that advised the United Nations Development Programme Administrator in New York.  Amanda holds a PhD degree in Education and a Masters’ Degree in Educational and Social Development from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Colombia; and has completed a number of specialised human rights courses, and on armed conflict and humanitarian law.  Amanda’s mother tongue is Spanish and she is fluent in English.

Melissa Ortiz Massó, Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean Researcher & Representative (based in Mexico City)
ortiz [at] business-humanrights.org @melamalo

Melissa, a national of Mexico, joined the Resource Centre as Regional Researcher & Representative for Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean.  Prior to joining the Research Center, Melissa worked as an independent consultant working with social movements and human rights organizations. She also worked with the renowned organization Fundar Centro de Análisis e Investigación for 10 years as a promoter and in charge of relations with the national legislature. Melissa’s work has been focused on issues of government and open parliament, legislative impact and advocacy, gender equality, human rights, access to information, accountability and transparency. Melissa has a degree in International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Her mother tongue is Spanish, she is fluent in English, and has a basic level of Portuguese.

Middle East

Mariam Bhacker, Project Manager – Migrant workers in the Gulf construction industry (based in New York)
bhacker [at] business-humanrights.org @maz_rb

Mariam joined the Resource Centre in 2016. She is responsible for developing the Resource Centre’s Qatar and UAE programmes, with a specific focus on the treatment of migrant workers in the construction and hospitality industries. Mariam has previously researched access to healthcare among migrant workers in Qatar, UAE and Kuwait, and tracked Gulf health aid to Africa. She has extensive experience in digital communications and advocacy around health, policy and human rights through her work with Inis Communication, Global Health Middle East and Let Girls Lead. Mariam holds an MSc in Global Health from the University of California, San Francisco and a BSc in Natural Sciences from Durham University, UK. She speaks English and Arabic.

Alia Hindawi, Jordan and Lebanon Project Manager

hindawi[at]business-humanrights.org

Alia Hindawi has been working in the field of migration for nearly a decade, with experience in emergency, transit, and development contexts. Ms Hindawi started her career through working with Iraqi refugees in the US Resettlement Programme at IOM in Jordan. She then moved to the technical cooperation department to work on another thematic area; Migration and Border Management. After that, she moved to the Iraqi programme of the Danish Refugee Council where she supported the management of 12 field offices spread throughout Iraq. This paved for her following tenure at the ILO as the migration project manager, working with migrant workers and later on with Syrian refugees and host communities under the livelihood sector of the UN Refugee Response Plan for Jordan. A Chevening laureate, Ms Hindawi has a BA in Economics from the Applied Science University, MA in Economics from the University of Jordan, and MSc in International Migration and Public Policy with Merit from London School of Economics and Political Science, and an alumna of US State Department MEPI with a Fellowship from the Maxwell School of Mawell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University.

Malik Habayeb, Acting MENA Regional Researcher 

habayeb [at] business-humanrights.org @MalikHabayeb

Malik joined the Resource Centre in 2016. He leads the Centre’s work on identifying companies’ human rights impacts in the Middle East & North Africa as well as engaging with regional stakeholders and audiences. He is also responsible for translating and editing Arabic language content for the Centre’s website and social media platforms. Malik supports the Centre’s ongoing projects focusing on migrant workers’ rights in the Gulf construction and hospitality sectors, and migrant and refugee rights in the construction sectors of Jordan and Lebanon. He holds Master of Public Administration from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and a bachelor's degree in International Politics from Georgetown University. Malik previously worked at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies as part of the core team that led the end-to-end establishment of the Institute and later managed the office of the School of Public Administration and Development Economics. Malik also supported the research efforts of Qatar Foundation’s Migrant Worker Welfare Initiative. He is fluent in Arabic and English.

Projects

KnowTheChain

Felicitas Weber, KnowTheChain Project Lead (based in London)
weber [at] business-humanrights.org

Felicitas joined the Resource Centre in 2016.  She is leading the development of the KnowTheChain project, working closely with the initiative's partners Humanity United, Sustainalytics, and Verite.  KnowTheChain is ranking large global ICT, food & beverage, and apparel companies on their efforts to address forced labour in their supply chains.

From 2011-2016, Felicitas worked for the ESG Engagements team at the UN supported Principles for Responsible Investment.  Initially in charge of managing the PRI's investor collaboration platform, she was subsequently responsible for managing the PRI's investor-company engagements on social issues, including on topics such as labour practices in agricultural supply chains, and for raising awareness and understanding of human rights issues and their impacts on investor portfolios through events, publications, webinars and podcasts.

Prior to joining the PRI, Felicitas worked in communication, events and development for the UK charities Teach First and Historic Royal Palaces.  She holds a Master in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics from Universität Leipzig, a Certificate of Political Studies from Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Rennes as well as a qualification in European Quality and Project Management.  Her thesis focused on migration and European border policies.  She is fluent in English and German, and has a good understanding of French.


Rosie Monaghan, KnowTheChain Research Assistant (based in London)
monaghan [at] business-humanrights.org

Rosie, a UK national, joined the Research Centre as KnowTheChain Research Assistant in June 2017. She supports the research methodology for KnowTheChain, and carries out research and analysis of Modern Slavery Statements, corporate disclosure, and allegations of forced labour. She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights and a law degree from Oxford Brookes University. Her academic research has focused on legal protection for victims of human trafficking, and human rights due diligence as a tool for addressing slavery in supply chains. Rosie has previously undertaken internships at the Equal Rights Trust, supporting the Trust's litigation and advocacy programmes; the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants; and volunteers as a researcher with the Sophie Hayes Foundation.

Nora Böggemann, KnowTheChain Researcher (based in London)
boeggemann [at] business-humanrights.org

Nora, a German national, joined the Resource Centre as KnowTheChain Researcher in October 2017.  Her previous experience is in corporate social responsibility in garment supply chains. At Aldi International she worked towards improving labour conditions in Asian, mostly Bangladeshi, factories through monitoring and capacity building. Her academic research also dealt with socially responsible buying practices, in the private and public sector. She holds a Masters degree from Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt, Germany. A second focus of her work has been on business and trading practices that aim at the inclusion and empowerment of marginalised communities. For this, Nora has interned at the German Fair Trade Forum, and contributed to inclusive business strategy at an international pharmaceutical company, Bayer AG.  prominent theme throughout all her work has been to increase understanding and promote close cooperation between diverse stakeholders across the civil society, public and private sector.  Nora is fluent in German and English and has some knowledge of French and Spanish.

Civic Freedoms & Human Rights Defenders

AnaAna Zbona, Civic Freedoms & Human Rights Defenders Project Manager (based in London)
zbona [at] business-humanrights.org  @A_Zbona 

Ana, a Slovenian national, joined the Resource Centre in 2016. She is Project Manager, Civic Freedoms & Human Rights Defenders project. The project explores the role of business in these spheres.

Before joining the Resource Centre, Ana worked as a manager of a fair trade/community development program with the NGO Mosqoy, working with indigenous communities in the Peruvian Andes. Prior to that, Ana was an advocacy assistant in the EU advocacy team of Human Rights Watch in Brussels, a research assistant for the Slovenian Human Rights Ombudswoman, and a fellow at the EU Delegation to the UN and at the Slovenian Mission to the UN.

Ana holds a Master's degree from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC), Italy, and Lund University, Sweden. She has a BA in International Development and International Relations from Saint Mary's University, Canada. Her mother tongue is Slovenian; she also speaks fluent English and Spanish, intermediate French and Croatian, and a little bit of Italian and Quechua.

UK Modern Slavery Act Registry

Patricia Carrier, UK Modern Slavery Act Registry Project Manager (based in London)                  carrier [at] business-humanrights.org

Patricia, a U.S. national, joined the Resource Centre in 2016. Previously, she worked with the Resource Centre as a legal intern and then a researcher on the Corporate Legal Accountability team. Patricia worked as a Research Assistant  for the UN supported Principles of Responsible Investment, where she researched corporate reporting on the UNGPs in the extractives sector, as well as labour practices in agricultural supply chains. Patricia has also worked as researcher on human rights issues at Amnesty International and Interights, and has worked on policy issues in the field of responsible investment at ShareAction. She is a licensed attorney in the U.S. and qualified solicitor in England and Wales. Patricia has an LLM in Public International Law from the University of Oslo, a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law, and a BA in Political Economy from DePaul University. She is fluent in English and Spanish and has good knowledge of Norwegian. 

Iran Business and Rights Project

This is a joint initiative of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  Provisional details are available here. The project is directed jointly by Andrea Shemberg and Andrea Saldarriaga, and the Project Manager is Michael Eisner (bio forthcoming).

Andrea Shemberg
ashemberg [at] iranbrp.org

Andrea Shemberg is a common law and international human rights lawyer with nearly 15 years of experience in business and human rights. From 2007 to 2011, Andrea served as Legal Advisor to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, John Ruggie (SRSG). In this role, Andrea was part of the team that developed the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. She also led the SRSG's work on investment, leading the SRSG’s process to realise the UN Principles for Responsible Contracts. Andrea began her legal career as a management-side employment and labour law lawyer before receiving her MSc in Human Rights at the London School of Economics. Andrea currently serves as Advisor to the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights.

Andrea Saldarriaga
asaldarriaga [at] iranbrp.org

Andrea is co-lead of the Investment & Human Rights Project at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a member of the roster of experts to the Project Complaint Mechanism at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, a fellow of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and a member of the International Investment Agreements expert network of UNCTAD. Andrea also teaches business and human rights at ESSEC Business School in Paris and ESCP Business School Europe. She is trained as an international lawyer, and her practice has focused on international investment law and business and human rights. Since 2007, Andrea has worked as an independent consultant providing advice on investment cases and working on a range of projects with international organizations, not-for-profit and academic institutions in her areas of expertise.

Mike Eisner
meisner [at] iranbrp.org

Mike is Chief Operating Officer of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  He has previously worked at Human Rights Watch and the US State Department, where he was an Attorney-Adviser on Middle East issues.   He clerked for a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, and he is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, where he was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of International Law.  

Renewable Energy 

Laura Waldman, Research Assistant

waldman [at] business-humanrights.org

Laura, a U.S. national, joined the Resource Centre in March 2018 and assists with the Centre’s initiative to support a fast and fair transition to renewable energy. Previously she was the Operations Manager at SunBlue Energy, a solar installation company, where she gained experience with everything from physical installation to advocating for policy change. In addition to her work with the Resource Centre, she is a conflict mediator. She has trained at the New York Peace Institute, the Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution, and the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation. Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the City University of New York, Hunter College. She is fluent in English and is currently learning Spanish. 

Corporate Accountability & Communications

Joe Bardwell, Senior Officer - Corporate Accountability & Communications (based in London)
bardwell [at] business-humanrights.org   @JosephBardwell

Joe, a UK national, joined the Resource Centre in 2014.  He collaborates with our researchers around the world to pursue adequate accountability and remedy for victims of human rights abuse, and works to increase media and social media coverage of the Resource Centre’s work.  Joe previously worked at ESCR-Net’s Corporate Accountability Working Group, where he was involved in communications for the campaign for a binding treaty on business and human rights.  Prior to this, Joe investigated human rights violations as a Legal Trainee and Legal Researcher at the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights; researched the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises for the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin; and worked as an adviser on disability and mental health issues, and the UK Equality Act.  Joe holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights and a BA in Criminology from the University of Central Lancashire.


Image of Alex GuyAlex Guy, Digital Officer (based in London)

guy [at] business-humanrights.org @alexg05

Alex, a UK national, joined the Resource Centre in September 2017. Working with the Communications team he is responsible for the organization’s digital presence, empowering human rights advocates through our web and social media channels. With a passion for championing ethical business practices sparked whilst traveling in South East Asia, he previously worked for Microsoft in relationship marketing and social media, creating online content, running events and maintaining websites to help technology professionals get to grips with the latest advancements in the IT industry. Alex holds a BA in Business from the University of Portsmouth.

Corporate Legal Accountability

Maysa Zorob, Corporate Legal Accountability Program Manager (based in New York)

zorob [at] business-humanrights.org

Maysa, a German and Palestinian national, joined the Resource Centre in January 2018 as Corporate Legal Accountability Program Manager. Maysa has over 10 years of experience leading human rights and social justice initiatives and programmes across the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the U.S. 

Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Maysa led the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Fellowship Programs at PILnet, the Global Network for Public Interest Law, based in New York. In this role, Maysa developed and oversaw the program syllabus, provided guidance and supervision to human rights Fellows, and devised and implemented cross-sectorial learning opportunities and strategies. In addition, she was responsible for devising and implementing strategic litigation, legal education and pro bono initiatives across the MENA region.

Before joining PILnet, Maysa managed the Justice Program at Euro-Med Rights, where she led EU and UN advocacy campaigns, coordinated trial monitoring missions, and led initiatives on judicial independence, transitional justice and access to justice across the Mediterranean. Between 2008 and 2012, Maysa worked for Al-Haq, a prominent Palestinian human rights organization, first in Ramallah, Palestine and later in Brussels, Belgium, where she established and managed the organization’s first European Office with a focus on EU human rights policies.

Maysa holds an LL.M. in European and International Law and an LL.B. in German Law from the University of Hamburg, Germany. She is fluent in Arabic, French, German, and English and has basic proficiency in Spanish. 

Elodie Aba, Interim Corporate Legal Accountability Project Manager (temporarily posted in France)
aba [at] business-humanrights.org @cla_bhrrc

Elodie, a French national, joined the Resource Centre in January 2013.  She conducts research for the Corporate Legal Accountability project as well as on other business and human rights issues.  Elodie is a human rights lawyer and legal translator.  She was a research assistant at the One World Trust and previously worked at Handicap International UK.  She also interned at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; and International Service for Human Rights.  Elodie has a Master of Laws (LL.M) from the University of Melbourne; a law degree in International and European Law from University of Paris XI; a degree of legal translator from Institut Supérieur d’Interprétation et de Traduction (ISIT).  Her mother tongue is French and she speaks fluent English and some Spanish.

Marion Cadier, Corporate Legal Accountability Researcher (based in New York)
cadier[at]business-humanrights.org

Marion, a French national, joined the Resource Centre in October 2017. She will cover the role and responsibilities of Elodie Aba as Corporate Legal Accountability Researcher and lead for francophone Europe research. She also provides general support covering issues such as the binding treaty, tax avoidance and discrimination.

Marion has been focusing on corporate accountability issues for over four years, including in her previous role at FIDH. She documented multiple cases of corporate abuse, including through community-based human rights impact assessments in Honduras, South Africa and Colombia. She advocated for the strengthening of normative standards including for an international binding treaty, and supported local organizations in the use of judicial and non-judicial recourse mechanisms. Prior to this, Marion worked for Amnesty International’s International Secretariat as France Researcher. She has also worked for several human rights organizations in Spain and Moldova.

Marion holds a BA in European Studies and Spanish from King’s College London and an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She is a French native speaker and is fluent in English and Spanish.

Anastasiya Koroleva, Corporate Legal Accountability Research Assistant (based in Madrid)
koroleva[at]business-humanrights.org

Anastasiya, a Russian national, joined the Resource Centre in October 2016 as a legal research intern and returned in March 2018 as a Corporate Legal Accountability Research Assistant. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Anastasiya worked as a company lawyer in Russia. More recently, she also interned for Child Rights International Network (CRIN) as a communication assistant and legal researcher. She holds a doctoral degree in Advanced Studies in Human Rights from the University of Charles III of Madrid. Her research was focused on human rights obligations of non-state actors in the context of armed conflict. She also has a degree in International and European Law from the Perm State University. Her mother tongue is Russian. Anastasiya also speaks fluent English and Spanish.

Development, finance and programme support 

Tanika West, Development Manager for Europe (based in London)
west [at] business-humanrights.org

Tanika, a UK national, joined the Resource Centre in 2017 as the Development Manager for Europe. She manages relationships and grant management with the Centre’s Europe-based funding sources, and is responsible for supporting Global Team members in the development of their programmes. She works closely alongside the US-based Development Director and Development Officer in London. Previous to working at the Centre, Tanika spent five and a half years at Saferworld, an international conflict prevention and peacebuilding organization based in London, where she was responsible for leading the fundraising, programme development and grant management for the organization’s Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and Policy and Advocacy programmes. During her time at Saferworld, Tanika provided capacity building and programme development support to international staff and partner organizations working in the Caucasus, Bangladesh, Egypt, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Yemen. Prior to Saferworld, Tanika worked for an ethical and fair trade business, and holds a BA in English and Post-Colonial Literature from the University of York.  

Alex J photoAlex Janczenia, Development Officer (based in London)
janczenia [at] business-humanrights.org

Alex Janczenia, a UK national, was appointed in January 2015 as the Resource Centre’s Administration and Programme Support Officer, and in December 2016 transitioned to Development Officer.  Alex supports the Senior Development Director in expanding the Resource Centre's base of foundation and government donors and developing an individual giving programme, focused on major donors.  Alex previously worked as the fundraising and communications coordinator for Street Kids International UK, before which she held an internship position with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) supporting their private sector fundraising service.  Alex has a BA in Politics & Modern History, and an MA in Human Rights Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).  Her mother tongue is English, and she also has some French and German.

Lakshmi Samarakoon, Finance Officer (based in London)
samarakoon [at] business-humanrights.org

Lakshmi, a UK national, joined the Resource Centre in January 2011. She manages the day-to-day finances of the organization, centralises the finance function and provides input for funding reports, applications, budgets and audit. She previously worked as a financial accountant and finance systems implementation manager, where she worked mostly for private companies in a variety of industry sectors such as IT (Abraxus Computers), transport (TFL), engineering (High-Point Rendel), health (Harmoni Group Ltd). She was also a trustee of a small arts charity based in the UK: A.S.I.A. (Academy of South Indian Arts). Lakshmi was educated at Imperial College, London University (B(Eng) Hons Civil Engineering) and is an ACCA Affiliate (ACCA – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

Maja Janjic, Office Coordinator & Assistant to Executive Director (based in London)
 
janjic [at] business-humanrights.org

Maja Janjic, a Slovenian national, joined the Resource Centre in April 2018 as an Office Coordinator and Assistant to Executive Director. She provides personal assistance to the Executive Director, supports with editing & dissemination of the Weekly Update, coordinates recruitments & inductions, supports dissemination & outreach efforts, maintains contact management systems, regularly updates our website and provides on-going support to our projects & programmes. Maja previously worked as a legal intern for Minority Rights Group International,  legal assistant for refugees and immigrants at Philanthropic Society, and as a legal assistant and PA to the Director at the University, among other roles. Maja has a Masters in Law from the University of Maribor. She is originally from Slovenia, and speaks fluent English, Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, and basic German. 

Niki Brewer, Administrative & Program Support Officer (based in New York)
brewer [at] business-humanrights.org

Niki Brewer, a US national, joined the Resource Centre in April 2018 as an Administrative and Program Support Officer. She provides assistance to the Deputy Director (Marti Flacks) as well as members of the team located in North America, supports the daily operation of the New York office, coordinates recruitments & inductions, supports dissemination & outreach efforts, maintains contact management systems, and provides on-going support to our projects & programmes. Niki previously worked as a business development assistant for Morrison and Foerster LLP team and as a legislative legal assistant for Hall & Evans, among other roles. Additionally she has volunteered with multiple groups including the Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking and the American Cancer Society. Niki has a Bachelor of Arts in American Government, Policy, and Law from Colorado State University. She speaks fluent English and is learning German. 

 

Founder & Former Director

Chris Avery

Chris, a UK/US national, founded Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in 2002 and was Director until he retired in September 2013.  He is a former Legal Adviser and Deputy Head of Research Department, Amnesty International - International Secretariat.  He authored Business and Human Rights in a Time of Change, a 108-page report published by Amnesty International UK in 2000.  Chris was educated at Columbia Univ. School of Law (LLM); Univ. of California, Davis, School of Law (JD Order of the Coif); Stanford Univ. (BA Honours).

Current Interns

March 2018 - Present: Noémie Ducret 

Noémie, a French national, joined the Resource Centre in March 2018 as an intern with the Corporate Legal Accountability project. She is currently studying towards a double B.C.L./LL.B. at McGill University in Canada. She previously graduated with a BA European Studies and minor in International and European Union law from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Her BA thesis focused on Hungary’s compliance with its 1951 Refugee Geneva Convention obligations, specifically through the refugee crisis and since the 2010 national elections. She also participated in a research project focusing on the evolving attitude of the BASIC countries towards their international climate change obligations. Between 2016 and 2018, she has been the policy coordinator and co-director for the McGill Chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project, which pairs law students with supervising lawyers to work on refugee cases. In that context, she organized and participated towards writing an overview of Canadian refugee law, as well and awareness-raising and policy events. She was also a member of Lawyers Without Borders at McGill, and focused on fundraising and information events around the issues of access to justice and capacity building for protecting human rights for vulnerable populations worldwide. She is fluent in French and English.  

February 2018 - Present: Veronica Gonzalez (based in London)

Veronica, a Chilean national, joined the Resource Centre as a Project & Research Intern in February 2018. She holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Concepcion, Chile, and an MSc in Sustainable Resources from University College London (UCL). Veronica Master's dissertation assessed the impacts of the Chilean forestry sector in the sustainable development of rural communities. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Veronica worked as a Research Assistant in the Programme for Social Responsibility Studies (PERS) of the University of Concepcion. Here, She focused her research on the development of metrics to evaluate the impacts of business in society and the environment. In addition, she acted as a Project Coordinator and Research Assistant in the multistakeholder project to apply the Social Progress Index (SPI) for Cabrero, Chile. Veronica was also a Junior Consultant at the UNDP. Her native language is Spanish and she is fluent in English.

February 2018 - Present: Catherine Harris (based in London)

Catherine, a UK national, joined the Resource Centre as a Communications Intern in February 2018. She graduated with a BA Honors in History and International Relations from the University of Exeter in 2016. Catherine is currently studying for an MA in African Studies at the University of Copenhagen, and is writing her thesis on international corruption within extractive industries in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Catherine spent 3 months in Kampala, interning at Transparency International Uganda (TIU). In this role she undertook work related to issues of transparency and accountability concerning the construction of the Uganda-Tanzania oil pipeline. In addition, she was responsible for investigating Illicit Financial Flows, and for TIU’s social media coverage during Anti-Corruption week. Catherine has also interned at Build Africa UK and volunteered with the Ghanaian NGO, Thrive Africa. She has a native proficiency in English, a good level of German and basic knowledge of Kiswahili.

February 2018 - Present: Georgia Burke (based in London)

Georgia, a UK national, joined the Resource Centre in February 2018 as a Communications Intern.  She holds a BA in Spanish from the University of Bristol, and an MA in Latin American Studies from University College London (UCL). Georgia’s Masters dissertation focused on recent legal response to gender-based violence (GBV) committed against women in Mexico, which framed GBV as a fundamental violation of women’s human rights. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Georgia spent four months working as a Research & Communications Intern at ABColombia, an advocacy project that aims to resolve the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Colombia. Here, she contributed to a commissioned report that focused on the gender commitments of the Colombian Peace Accord. Her native language is English, she is fluent in Spanish, and has a basic working-knowledge of Portuguese. 

May 2018 - Present: Vitória Dell'Aringa Rocha (Based in São Paulo)

Vitória, a  Brazil national, is in her 2nd year of her bachelor's degree in International Relations at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil. She has chosen to study International Relations because of her interests in human rights, international negotiations, peace operations and issues related to immigrants and refugees. She has already worked as a columnist in Folhinha (Folha de S. Paulo weekly children's supplement) and as an evaluator of original texts and new books for Brinque-Book, a children's publisher. Her last work experience was at the Walt Disney World® Resort International College Program, Florida, USA. Her other international experiences are related to improving her language skills: a week of classes at a public school in Uruguay and a month in Portsmouth, UK. She speaks English and Spanish, and basic French.

June 2018 – Present: Mohamad Omar Hallab (based in London)

Omar, a Lebanese national, recently joined the Resource Centre as a Research and Projects Intern in June 2018. He is currently working on his BSc in Social Sciences at University College London. During his initial years at UCL, Omar began to develop his interest in the field of human rights and its mechanisms. Before joining the Resource Centre, he served as the Communications, PR and Social Media Officer for The Amnesty Journal at UCL, an unrelenting student press response publishing uncensored and opinionated articles to world events in a variety of different formats. More recently, Omar took part in the Global Citizenship Programme at UCL, attending lectures and seminars and participating in discussions on Global Environmental Justice. Specifically, he focused on the impact of flooding on small island states, and how inhabitants are made climate refugees. In addition, he looked into how the effects of climate change can be made less unevenly distributed, and what justice means for environmental challenges. Omar speaks English, French and Arabic.

June 2018 - Present: Alejandra Sosa Romero (based in London)

Alejandra, a Mexican national, is an Environmental and Human Rights Lawyer and is currently studying for her Msc Environment, Politics and Development at SOAS University.  Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Alejandra focused her legal practice on environmental law and natural resources in Mexico, especially on infrastructure, real estate, energy and touristic projects with environmental components. Alejandra has also worked as a pro-bono lawyer advising international organizations and public institutions. In this regard, she served as local expert for the World Bank providing her input on how water regulations affect the Mexican agriculture producers and advised the Mexican senate and local congresses on drafting legal reforms regarding environmental and gender matters. She speaks English and Spanish fluently.

July 2018 - Present: Amit Dogra (Based in Sydney)

Amit, an Australian national, joined the Resource Centre as an Intern in July 2018. He is in his penultimate year of a combined Bachelor of International Studies/Laws at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He has also completed a yearlong political sciences exchange program at the University of Amsterdam. During his university studies, he developed an interest in both international public law and international humanitarian law. He has volunteered at Amnesty International Australia where he expanded his interest in human rights. After interning at the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) in Jakarta, he gained further experience in field of human rights in assisting research on Business and Human Rights and privacy law in Indonesia. He is well travelled having visited 70 countries and has native proficiency in English, in addition to a good level of Indonesian and Hindi and basic knowledge of Turkish.

Former team members & interns

Click on the link above to see a list of our former team members & research Interns.