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, former business people, and specialists.

Board members (see below for bios):

Shawna Bader-Blau

Sumi Dhanarajan

Heather Grady

Michael Hirschhorn

Kirsty Jenkinson

Chris Jochnick

Seema Joshi

Kathleen Parsons

Tanya Peterson

Komala Ramachandra

César Rodriguez-Garavito

Dr. Mila Rosenthal

Anne Travers

Note: For legal purposes, some members of our international board serve on the board of our UK-registered charity, and others on the board of our US-registered non-profit.  Further information available on request.

Former board members, senior advisors

Adrian Stockman

Amahl Smith

Ashwini Sukthankar

Chris Marsden, O.B.E.

Christine Bader

Ed McKinley

Hanna Roberts

John Elkington

Kavita Prakash-Mani

Melvin Coleman

Menno Kamminga

Peter Frankental

Dr. Trini Leung

Ulf Karlberg

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Board member bios

Shawna Bader-Blau

Shawna Bader-Blau leads the Solidarity Center, the largest global worker rights organization based in the United States. Since October 2011, she has served as executive director of an organization of more than 220 staff in Washington, D.C., and 26 field offices, implementing programs in about 60 countries. She has been with the organization for 14 years.

Shawna is an advocate and activist for safe, dignified and family-supporting livelihoods—where workers can exercise their fundamental labor rights and have a voice in shaping work conditions and public policies that impact their lives. She is a leading advocate helping link the human rights community with the labor movement’s struggle to protect worker rights. She works to ensure that worker rights issues are part of policy discussions on international development and within the women’s movement and broader civil society.

Shawna regularly testifies as an expert on worker and human rights at U.S. congressional briefings and hearings. She organizes and co-convenes discussions on the protection of worker rights in times of closing space and increased impunity, bringing together rights defenders, workers, UN agencies, governments and labor unions to find common solutions. And she represents the Solidarity Center at conferences and policy discussions around the world, promoting social justice, gender equity, decent work and more inclusive economic development and democratic societies.

Shawna has worked in the field of international development and human rights for 17 years and has lived or worked in more than 25 countries. Prior to her appointment as executive director, Shawna served as the Solidarity Center’s regional program director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). She is an Arabic speaker and a recognized expert on authoritarian regimes and civil society. She holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Shawna also currently serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

See testimony and speeches by Shawna Bader-Blau.

Sumi Dhanarajan

Sumi Dhanarajan is an international development practitioner specialising in the impacts of the private sector on human rights and poverty reduction.

She is Associate Director for Asia-Pacific at Forum for the Future, an independent non-profit working globally with business, government and other organizations to solve complex sustainability challenges, with a focus on sustainable nutrition, sustainable value chains and livelihoods (including labour rights), climate change, and the circular economy. She is also currently pursuing a phD at the National University of Singapore’s law school where she is also a Research Associate to the Centre on Asian Legal Studies. From 2009 – 2011, Sumi led a research and educational programme on the 'Public Roles of the Private Sector' for the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. 

Previous to that, she spent ten years at the international development agency, Oxfam GB as a policy adviser on the private sector, latterly as the head of the private sector advocacy team. A lawyer, Sumi spent the first part of her career as a senior legal adviser to the Hong Kong Democratic Party’s legislative councillors and as a human rights officer at the Malaysian Bar Council. Her current advisory roles include sitting on SustainAbility’s Council of Advisors, the Editorial Board of the Journal of Human Rights Practice and as a Research Associate at METEOS, a globally networked non-profit company that specialises in strategic dialogues and networks to explore new partnerships, business models and investment practices that create long-term economic and social value. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council for Human Rights. Sumi holds an LLB from the University of Durham, and MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from the University of London and an LLM in Asian Legal Studies from the National University of Singapore. She was called to the Bar in 1998 and is a member of Gray's Inn.

Sumi’s publications include:

• Business and the Millenium Development Goals, co-author Penny Fowler, Briefings for Business Series (Oxfam GB, 2008)

• Investing for life: Meeting poor people’s needs for access to medicines through responsible business practices [PDF] by Helena Viñes Fiestas with Sumi Dhanarajan et al. (Oxfam International, 2007) 

• “Faster, Longer, Cheaper: The nexus between poor labour standards and supply-chain management in the apparel industry” (European Retail Digest, Fall 2004)

• Play Fair at the Olympics [PDF] (Oxfam International, ICFTU, Clean Clothes Campaign, 2004)

• “Multinational companies and ethical issues” in Macdonald, Tuselmann & Wheeler, International Business Adjusting to New Challenges & Opportunities (Palgrave, 2002)

• Managing ethical standards: when rhetoric meets reality [PDF] (Development in Practice, 2005)

• The impact of patent rules on the treatment of HIV/AIDS in Thailand [PDF] (Oxfam GB, 2001)

She has previously served as a trustee for the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, on the Board of Directors of the Ethical Trading Initiative, and as a research adviser for the Human Rights & Business Project (International Council for Human Rights Policy).

Heather Grady

Heather Grady is Vice President at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. She leads the organization's strategy and program development in global philanthropy, including collaboratives, global programs, research, publications, presentations and other initiatives. Previously Heather was a Vice President for Foundation Initiatives at The Rockefeller Foundation where she oversaw an annual grantmaking budget averaging $65 million. There she was responsible for a portfolio including strategic initiatives in a range of areas including climate change, health systems, agriculture, impact investing, and philanthropic sector support. As a member of the Executive Team she participated in setting direction for the Foundation and ensuring the Program Team, a diverse group of professionals in New York, Nairobi, and Bangkok, was effective and highly engaged in achieving shared goals and objectives.

Previously Heather served as the Managing Director of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, founded by former Irish President Mary Robinson. She led the development and implementation of organizational strategy focused on catalyzing leaders to act in concert across government, UN, business and civil society sectors, and expanding public understanding of rights and development issues and solutions. She directed the programs on employment, climate change, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and contributed substantially to programs on women’s leadership, corporate responsibility, and health. During this period she served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she co-created and taught a graduate course on climate change, as well as a graduate course at Trinity College Dublin.

Before returning to the US in 2004, and for almost two decades, Heather lived and worked in countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East in settings as diverse as Viet Nam, Sudan and Egypt. She managed a range of long-term development and humanitarian programs in these regions that focused on a range of themes including education, livelihoods, health, agriculture and microfinance. Her areas of expertise include economic development and the role of business in society, climate change, rights and social justice issues, and collaborative leadership.

Ms. Grady is a frequent speaker at conferences and has authored numerous publications.  She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School at Harvard, and a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College. She is conversant in Chinese and Vietnamese. She serves on a number of Boards and Advisory Groups including The B Team, the Business and Human Rights Resource Center, and SXSW Eco. She is based in San Francisco with frequent travel to New York and internationally.

Michael J. Hirschhorn

Michael is founder and CEO of a start-up dedicated to championing and expanding the global marketplace for the next generation of beautiful, high-quality furniture made from reclaimed wood and other sustainable materials. Prior, from 2008 - 14, Michael served as Executive Director of the International Human Rights Funders Group, a global peer-learning network comprised of several hundred grantmaking institutions committed to strengthening human rights philanthropy worldwide.

From 2003-08, Michael was Executive Director of the Coro New York Leadership Center, dedicated to fostering informed, engaged participation in public decision-making in New York City and beyond. During Michael's tenure, Coro launched new participatory civic engagement programs for immigrant leaders and NYC public high school students. From 1995-2001, Michael served as Executive Director of the Literacy Assistance Center, a comprehensive training and technical support center committed to advancing adult literacy education in New York City.

Prior, Michael was as an Assistant to the Chancellor of the NYC Public Schools, responsible -- as part of a public/non-profit partnership -- for implementation of the Chancellor's lead systemwide school reform initiative, the Corridor Program. In earlier years, Michael served as Deputy Executive Director of Educators for Social Responsibility in NYC, as well as Director of the Center for Educational Change at the School of Education at Brooklyn College.

Michael chairs the board of the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, based in Baltimore, MD. In addition to the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, Michael serves on the boards of several other education and human rights organizations, including Witness, Breakthrough, Just Vision, EMPower/The Emerging Markets Fund, Immigrant Action and American Jewish World Service. Michael received his BA in American Studies from Yale University and his MBA & MSW from Columbia University.‎ He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Jimena -- who founded and directs Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance -- and their 13-year-old twins.

Kirsty Jenkinson

Kirsty is Managing Director & Sustainable Investment Strategist with Wespath Investment Management. 

Until 2014, Kirsty was Director of the Markets and Enterprise Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI), based in Washington DC., which focuses on harnessing markets and enterprises to expand opportunity and protect the environment. 

Prior to her work with WRI, Kirsty was a Director in the Governance & Sustainable Investment team with F&C Asset Management in London.  Using the influence of F&C’s $200bn of investments, the team encouraged companies around the world to address a diverse range of environmental, social and governance issues; Kirsty led F&C’s human rights engagement   Before F&C, Kirsty spent the first six years of her career at Goldman Sachs in London working in Fixed Income sales and research analysing corporate securities. 

While in London, Kirsty was a member of the Amnesty International UK Business Group and was a member of the Human Rights Watch London Committee and Chair of the Human Rights Watch London Network.

She holds an MA in International History from the University of Edinburgh.

Chris Jochnick

Chris is President and CEO of Landesa. For ten years prior to that, he led the private sector work of Oxfam America including corporate campaigns, business and human rights, value chain assessments and social enterprise. He initiated a number of innovative partnerships with Fortune 500 corporations and served as Oxfam’s representative to various multi-stakeholder initiatives, including the work with UNSR John Ruggie. 

Chris has worked for over two decades on issues of business and human rights, including seven years in Latin America supporting grassroots campaigns around extractive industries, trade and human rights. He co-founded and directed two nonprofit organizations devoted to economic and social rights -- the Center for Social and Economic Rights in New York and El Centro de Derechos Economicos y Sociales, in Ecuador. 

Prior to Oxfam, Chris worked as a corporate attorney with the Wall Street law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he advised companies on environmental and social responsibilities. He co-edited the book Sovereign Debt at the Crossroads (Oxford, 2007) and has published and lectured widely on issues of human rights, business and development. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. He teaches a class on business and human rights at Harvard Law School.

Seema Joshi

Seema Joshi has worked globally and has 20 years of professional experience in law, corporate accountability, human rights and natural resources. Currently, she is Deputy Program Director for Global Issues/Head of Business and Human Rights at the Secretariat of Amnesty International. In this capacity, she provides strategic leadership to Amnesty’s body of work on corporates, seeking to improve accountability for human rights abuses in the areas of extractives, agribusiness, corporate crimes, and supply chains. Previously, Seema work as Legal Advisor/Interim Team Leader at the London based NGO, Global Witness.

While living in Asia, Seema managed and implemented a UN regional development programme to improve environmental access rights for local communities. She is a qualified Canadian lawyer and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1999, where she practiced commercial litigation. She holds an LL.M from the London School of Economics, as well as a JD and Bachelors of Arts from the University of Manitoba, in Canada. 

Kathleen Parsons 

Kathleen is Oxfam GB Deputy International Programmes Director (Business Processes), managing a budget of around £200 million. She joined Oxfam in 2007 as the International Finance & Systems Director. Her current role is responsible for leading on strategic financial management, risk management, systems development, partnerships, value for money and health and safety. Prior to joining Oxfam she worked for GlaxoSmithKline, where she spent 13 years in a variety of financial and management roles supporting the global manufacturing division. During that time she had a one year sabbatical working in South Africa as a VSO volunteer. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland – qualifying with Ernst & Young in their Glasgow office.

Tanya Peterson

Tanya is Executive Director and President of the San Francisco Zoo, responsible for overseeing all areas of animal care, operations, education and public services.  She was asked to step in and serve as interim director of the zoo after a disaster there in December 2007, when a tiger escaped from its enclosure injuring two people and killing one.  Tanya was later asked to stay on as Director, and she accepted the offer.

Tanya was appointed to the San Francisco Board of Appeals by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom; her term will expire in July 2012.

Prior to joining the Zoo, she worked as corporate counsel and manager of complex litigation for Hewlett-Packard Company, after specialising in antitrust and trial practice at the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, LLP.  She has also served as a federal law clerk for the Hon. Robert Kelleher, U.S. District Court (Los Angeles). 

She is a board member of Visual Thinking Strategies, a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing critical thinking and visual art programs in underserved schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Tanya graduated from the University of Southern California and U.C. Hastings College of the Law.  

Komala Ramachandra 

Komala Ramachandra is a Senior Researcher in the Business and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. Her current research focuses on inequality and predatory corporate practices that affect the poor. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Komala was a staff attorney and later the South Asia Director at Accountability Counsel, where she supported communities to defend their human rights and natural resources. She worked on cases in Peru, Mexico, India, and Nepal, holding international companies and banks accountable for harm they had caused. She has been engaged in policy advocacy around the world, seeking to ensure that national laws and institutional policies support transparency, accountability, and access to remedy. Prior to this, Komala lived and worked with mining affected communities in Oaxaca, Mexico, and with agricultural workers in Telangana, India. She has a BA in economics and political science from Northwestern University and a JD from Harvard Law School. 

Extortionate Phone Fees Cut Off US Prisoners, June 16, 2017, Dispatches

US Justice Department Review Threatens Local Justice Reforms, April 10, 2017, Dispatches

US Plan on Responsible Business Conduct is Too Little, Too Late, December 20, 2016, Dispatches

César Rodríguez-Garavito

César is International Director and Founding Member of the Center for Law, Justice, and Society (Dejusticia), based in Bogota, Colombia. He is Associate Professor and Director of the Program on Global Justice and Human Rights at the University of the Andes. He has been visiting professor at various universities including Stanford (USA), Brown (USA), Pretoria (South Africa), Getulio Vargas (Brazil), and Central European (Budapest). He serves in the editorial boards of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science and OpenGlobalRights, as well as in the executive board of Fundar Mexico.  He is also a regular columnist in the newspaper El Espectador.
 
He holds a PhD. and an MS (Sociology) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA from NYU’s Institute for Law and Society, an MA (Philosophy) from the National University of Colombia, and a JD from the University of the Andes.
 
His recent publications include: Balancing Wealth and Health: the Battle over Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in Latin America (Oxford Univ. Press, co-editor); Law and Society in Latin America: A New Map (Routledge, ed.); “Ethnicity.gov: Global Governance, Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Prior Consultation in Social Minefields” (Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies); “Beyond the Courtroom: The Impact of Judicial Activism on Socioeconomic Rights in Latin America” (Texas Law Review);“Global Governance and Labor Rights: Codes of Conduct and Anti-Sweatshop Struggles in Global Apparel Factories in Mexico and Guatemala” (Politics & Society).

Dr. Mila Rosenthal

Mila is Director, Office of Communications, UNDP. 

From 2012 to 2014 she was Vice President, Social Innovation at Concern Worldwide.  From 2009 to 2011 she was Executive Director of HealthRight International (formerly Doctors of the World-USA), a global health and human rights organization working to build lasting access to health for excluded communities.  Prior to joining HealthRight Intl. she was Deputy Executive Director for Reseach and Policy, Amnesty International USA, and Director of Amnesty International USA’s Business and Human Rights Program.

Mila was previously the Director of the Workers Rights Program at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First), and researched labour conditions in textile factories in Vietnam for her PhD in social anthropology from the London School of Economics. She was a consultant in Vietnam on rights-based issues to organisations including OXFAM and UNICEF; served as Director of the NGO Resource Project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and worked to build Cambodian civil society for UNTAC, the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Cambodia.

Mila has written extensively about the social impact of globalisation.

Anne Travers

Anne Travers is an independent fundraising consultant, specialising in development strategies for progressive causes.

Her background includes 20+ years writing and fundraising for more than 40 nonprofit groups in the US and other countries.  Clients range from small, grassroots and start-up groups, to well-established and well-known organizations like Amnesty International USA and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Anne’s professional training was in theater.  Early years spent as an actress, then as a performer and writer of political satire, eventually translated into working directly for the causes she cares about most.  After two years as Development Writer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Anne lived and traveled in Central Europe with her husband and son for a year; on her return to the US, she served first as Foundation Officer and then Director of Development for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now called Human Rights First).  While there she helped the organization double its income and secure its first seven-figure gifts.

After nine years with Human Rights First, in 2003 she launched her own independent consulting practice and has since helped a wide variety of social justice, human rights, and arts groups attract new supporters, increase their revenues, and build sustainable organizations.

Anne is a member of the Kellogg Action Lab College of Consultants, and a contributor to the 2009 Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Human Rights.  She sits on the Board of Directors of Arts Engine, and on the Advisory Board of The Story Prize.

Anne attended Dartmouth College and graduated from New York University with a Bachelors Degree in Humanities.  She studied acting with Stella Adler.

Former board members

Melvin Coleman

Melvin is Chair of Amnesty International Charity.  He was formerly UK Finance Director of Amnesty International and a member of its Senior Management Team with responsibilities for Finance, IT, and Company Secretarial and legal matters.  He was a member of the international committee devising Amnesty International’s strategic plan for the period 2004-2010, and also sits on the task force studying the method of funding the organisation’s international budget.

A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (CA), he graduated in law from Glasgow University, winning the Glasgow Juridical Society prize.

After qualifying with Ernst & Young, his career has taken him from North Sea oil to publishing and thence into the not-for-profit sector where he has held senior positions at Consumers’ Association (Which? Magazine), Engineering Industry Training Board and the Performing Right Society.

He is a founder member of the first publicly funded Law Centre in the UK and still acts (33 years later) as accountant, treasurer and Secretary to its Management Committee.  He was Treasurer of the Public Law Project – a small, strategic charity developing public law remedies for disadvantaged people – and was Treasurer of the civil liberties/human rights organisation Liberty in the 1980s.  He is also involved in a variety of bodies representing the voluntary/charity sectors and was recently elected a Trustee of the Charity Finance Directors' Group.

John Elkington

John is the Founding Partner & Director of Volans Ventures, a company that works globally with entrepreneurs, businesses, investors and governments to develop and scale innovative solutions to financial, social and environmental challenges.

Founder & Chief Entrepreneur at SustainAbility, based in London and New York, John is a leading authority on sustainable development and triple bottom line business strategy. 

In 2008, The Evening Standard named John among the ‘1000 Most Influential People’ in London, describing him as “a true green business guru,” and as “an evangelist for corporate social and environmental responsibility long before it was fashionable.”  He has spoken at several hundred conferences throughout the world.  In 1989, he was elected to the UN Global 500 Roll of Honour for his ‘outstanding environmental achievements’. 

Since 1974, John has undertaken consultancy work for a wide range of national and international government and non-governmental agencies, including Greenpeace International, IFC, IIED, OECD, UNEP, USAID, WRI and WWF.  He has worked for corporate clients such as Anglian Water, BAA, BP, BP Chemicals, British Airways, British Telecom, Cargill Dow, Dow Europe, Ford Motor Company, ICI Group and ICI Polyurethanes, IBM, Manweb, Monsanto, Nike, Norsk Hydro, Novo Nordisk, Procter & Gamble, Shell, Sita, Unilever and Volvo Car Corporation.

John is also Chair of The Environment Foundation; Chairman of UK Export Credits Guarantee Department; a Visiting Professor at the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at the Cranfield School of Management; Member of the International Board, Instituto Ethos, Brazil; and a Member of Dow Jones Sustainability Index Advisory Board.

He is the author or co-author of over 30 books and published reports, including the No.1 best-selling Green Consumer Guide.  His book Cannibals With Forks: The Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business (Capstone Publishing, 1997) was a finalist in the 'Global Business Book of the Year Award’, organised by the Financial Times and Booz Allen Hamilton.  He has written hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines and journals, and was Editor of Biotechnology Bulletin from 1982 to 1995, producing over 170 issues.  He contributes a regular column to Nikkei Ecology magazine and has been a contributor over more than 20 years to The Guardian.

Peter Frankental

Peter is Economic Relations Programme Director at Amnesty International UK and Chair of the Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition, UK.  Previously he was Economic Relations Strategy Adviser at Amnesty’s International Secretariat.

Peter joined Amnesty International in 1998 from Business in the Community, where he specialised in developing the role of the private sector in social and economic regeneration programmes.  His previous career included six years as a business analyst with Johnson Matthey and four years as a systems analyst within the National Health Service.

Peter’s first degree was in Mathematical Statistics.  He subsequently undertook postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics (MSc Econ) and the Institute of Latin American Studies (MA).

Peter is a founding trustee of two organizations in the refugee field – Music in Detention which delivers music workshops in immigration detention centres, and the Helen Tetlow Memorial Fund which provides small grants to refugee organizations.

Peter is co-author of “Human rights – is it any of your business?”, a management primer on human rights jointly published in April 2000 by Amnesty International and the International Business Leaders Forum.  He has published numerous papers on the theme of business and human rights including, “Can Branding Reinforce Human Rights?”, published by Financial Times Prentice Hall in “Visions of Ethical Business”.

Dr. Menno Kamminga

Menno is Emeritus Professor of International Law at Maastricht University (Netherlands).  Until his retirement in 2014, he was Professor of Public International Law where his courses included public international law, international human rights law, and international dispute settlement.  He also served as Director of the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights.  The Centre's research covers a wide range of human rights issues both at the domestic and the international level, including the universality of human rights, and the indivisibility of all human rights, i.e. civil and political rights as well as economic, social and cultural rights.
 
Menno is a former Legal Adviser and Representative at the United Nations of Amnesty International (1978-1986), and a former (Senior) Lecturer in International Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam (1987-1999).  He chairs the Netherlands Government’s Advisory Committee on International Law and is a member of the Netherlands Government’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights.  He is a former member of the International Executive Committee of Amnesty International (1994-1999) and a member of the Board of Editors of the Netherlands International Law Review.  He has published widely in the field of international law, including books on state responsibility for human rights violations and liability of multinational corporations for human rights abuses.

Menno is co-editor (with Saman Zia-Zarifi) of Liability of Multinational Corporations under International Law (Kluwer Law International, 2000), co-editor (with Martin Scheinin) of The Impact of Human Rights Law on General International Law (Oxford University Press, 2009) and co-editor (with Fons Coomans and Fred Grünfeld) of Methods of Human Rights Research (Intersentia, 2009).

His degrees include an LL.M. from Groningen University (1973), an MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (1974) and a Ph.D. from Leiden University (1990).

Dr. Trini Leung

Dr. Leung has been working in local and overseas non-governmental organisations for over 30 years and has been committed to promoting sustainable development and poverty alleviation globally. Her scope of expertise covers labour issues, corporate social responsibility, climate change and international trade practices. She has participated in various international advocacy initiatives and is well versed in managing civil society organisations.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. Leung completed her Doctor of Philosophy in the politics of reform and new social movements in China at the University of Hong Kong and later worked at Oxfam Great Britain as a trade policy advisor. Dr. Leung hopes that by joining Oxfam in the fight against poverty, she will be able to unite the efforts of colleagues, partner organisations and the community at large to bring about change in the world and set a new milestone in the efforts to end poverty.

Chris Marsden OBE

In addition to serving as Chair of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre board, Chris is Vice-Chair of the Institute for Human Rights & Business, which he was mainly responsible for establishing. The Institute provides a trusted space for experts from companies, governments, NGOs and academia to deepen understanding of specific human rights challenges and the appropriate role of business.

From 2001 to 2007, Chris was Chair of the Business Group of Amnesty International UK. The Business Group sought to persuade transnational companies to promote human rights both through their own business activities and through the influence they can bring to bear on host governments in countries where they operate.

In July 2004 Chris wrote: "Dealing with Joel Bakan’s Pathological Corporation: A strategy for campaigning human rights and environmental NGOs".  Earlier he wrote "Participating in Governance: the Social Responsibility of Companies and NGOs" (in New Academy Review, spring 2003)

Chris also teaches business ethics and corporate citizenship to MBA students and on executive programmes.  He is Visiting Professor at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC School of international Management) in Paris, for whom he has designed and taught ‘Business in Society’ MBA modules in Paris, Morocco, Japan, Abu Dhabi and Belgium.  He is Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield University, where he also teaches.  He is a Board member of the European Academy for Business in Society, based in Brussels.

From 1981 to 1996 he worked for BP, initially as educational relations manager and latterly as head of community affairs.  From 1992 to 1996 Chris was responsible for promoting and networking BP's community activities around the world.  In 1996 he produced BP’s first international report on its community relationships, a process which has now developed into full-scale social reporting.  

For ten years he was Chairman of Hertfordshire's Education Business Partnership.  He was also a trustee of the Community Education Development Centre and President of the Economics and Business Education Association.  He was awarded the OBE in 1989 for services to education and industry.

From 1968 to 1980 Chris had a career in education.  This included teaching economics in both the maintained and private sectors and being the deputy head of Beaumont School, St Albans, an 11-18 comprehensive school in Hertfordshire.  He has an economics degree from Cambridge.

Kavita Prakash-Mani

Kavita Prakash-Mani is on secondment from Syngenta to the World Economic Forum as help design and deliver Grow Asia, a new public-private partnership in South-East Asia focused on sustainable agriculture development. As Special Advisor, Grow Asia, she will be working with governments, companies, farmers, NGOs and other stakeholders to co-create initiatives on the ground focused on smallholder farmers and environmental sustainability.

While at Syngenta, Kavita developed the company's food security agenda and new innovative business models focused on smallholder farmers and environmental sustainability. She also collaborated with Syngenta Ventures to establish an approach for investing in companies working with smallholders, and played a key role in the development of Syngenta's Good Growth Plan.

Previously, she worked at SustainAbility in the UK and the World Resources Institute in the US. She is a member of WEF's Global Agenda Council on Food Security and Nutrition.

Ed McKinley

Ed is a private investor and an advisor to investment firms in private equity, distressed securities and real estate.  He was with Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity investment firm, for 20 years, through the end of 2004.  For a decade he was President of Warburg Pincus International, responsible for the firm’s private equity activities in Europe, and served on the firm’s 6-person global Management Committee. 

Ed serves on the board of an organization addressing child abuse in the US, and on the board of a Bangalore-based, global medical device enterprise serving the very poorest populations.  He also serves on the board, advisory board or investment committee of  of several other non-profit organizations in the US.  Related to his investing activities, he serves on the boards of Clovis Pharmaceuticals, a publicly-traded oncology company and other, private, companies.  He has served on the boards of over 25 public and private companies in 10  countries, each for an average of more than 5 years.  Ed graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honours from Stanford University (1974) and holds a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale University (1979).  Between Stanford and Yale, he worked at Rural Education and Leadership Foundation in Jackson, Mississippi, an African-American community-based development organization.

Hanna Roberts

Hanna is CEO at GES International where she leads the work of the GES Management Team. GES is a provider of engagement services focusing on supporting asset owners and asset managers develop and implement integrated investment strategies with environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations. GES acts as an owner advocate by assessing and engaging with clients’ portfolio companies, and constantly reporting and providing related recommendations to investors. Its approach centres on a constructive two-way dialogue which offers concrete benefits for companies and investors alike. 

Hanna sits on the Board of the Global Child Forum in Sweden, and was previously Chair of the International Executive Committee of Amnesty International worldwide, and Chair of Amnesty International Sweden.  She has been active with Amnesty International for more than 20 years and has been supportive of the work of Amnesty Sweden Business Group.  Previously Hanna worked at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University.

Hanna holds a Master of Science in Biology as well as Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University.

Ashwini Sukthankar

Ashwini is the Global Campaigns Director at UNITE HERE. Around the world, UNITE HERE’s Global Campaigns Department partners with unions and social justice movements to understand and respond to the rapidly shifting realities of today’s global economy.  

Her research and advocacy on international labour rights and transnational labour regulation has included projects with the ILO, USAID, foundations, global union federations, and national unions. She has also been closely involved in a number of private voluntary initiatives on international labour rights, including impact assessments on the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations and aspects of the Better Work / Better Factories programme. 

Ashwini’s prior experience includes serving as the director of the International Commission for Labor Rights, where from 2005 to 2009 she coordinated a network of labour lawyers and labour rights experts to provide pro bono assistance to workers' organizations worldwide.  From 2002 to 2005, Ashwini was the Director of Investigations and Research at the Worker Rights Consortium, where she coordinated assessments of labour standards compliance, and wrote reports on issues in international and domestic law and policy with respect to labour.

Ashwini is fluent in English, Marathi, and Hindi, conversant in French and has some knowledge of Spanish. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Ulf Karlberg

Ulf is Chair of the Global Child Forum, based in Stockholm.

Ulf was founding Chair of the Amnesty International Business Group in Sweden, and continues to serve as an active board member of the group. The group works to promote respect of human rights internationally by the business community, and does so through its approaches to companies, government officials, trade unions and non-governmental organizations. Ulf is the co-author of the Swedish edition of the book “Human Rights: Is it any of your business?” featuring case studies from major Swedish and international multinationals.

He is an international business executive who has been a member of Amnesty International since his days as a student in the early 1970s.

From 1989 to 2000 Ulf was a senior executive with AstraZeneca. As Executive Vice President he was responsible for Astra’s companies in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico.

Previously he had worked at PA International Consulting Group in London; as their Chief Executive for Western Europe (1984-89), and as a management consultant and later Managing Director of their operations in Sweden (1973-84).

Ulf was educated in Sweden at the University of Lund and University of Gothenburg, where he received his business degrees.