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29 Mar 2022

International Advisory Network

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Our International Advisory Network, chaired by Mary Robinson, is a consultative network of individuals recognised for their expertise and work on subjects relevant to business and human rights. 

Advisory Network members serve in their personal capacity rather than as representatives of their organisations. They have a range of viewpoints but share a commitment to promoting greater public awareness of subjects relating to business and human rights. Network members do not play a role in determining which links are posted in our online library. Like the Resource Centre they are not responsible for the content or views expressed in the materials to which the library is linked.


Mary Robinson, President of Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice; former Director of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative; former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; former President of Ireland  [online bio


Kenya: Ibrahima Kane, Director for African Union Advocacy, Open Society Institute; former Legal Officer for Africa, Interights

Kenya/France: Lynne Muthoni Wanyeki, PhD candidate, Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), Paris; former Executive Director, Kenya Human Rights Commission; former Executive Director, African Women's Development and Communication Network

Kenya/South Africa: Steve Ouma, strategic advisor to the Labour Awareness and Resource Centre (LARC) in Kenya & doctoral fellow at University of the Western Cape, So. Africa; formerly Deputy Executive Director, Kenya Human Rights Commission

Nigeria: Felix Morka, Director, Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC)

Senegal: Sidiki Kaba, on leave from Advisory Network while serving as Minister of Justice of Senegal; former President, Fédération Internationale des ligues des Droits de l'Homme (FIDH) (International Federation for Human Rights)

South Africa: Mokhethi Moshoeshoe, Director, Civa Innovation Management; Founder, African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC)

Middle East & North Africa

Bahrain: Abdulhadi A. Alkhawaja, Founding Board Member, Bahrain Centre for Human Rights

Israel: Talia Aharoni, President and Founder, MAALA (Business for Social Responsibility in Israel)

Jordan: Asma H.S. Khader, Secretary General, Jordanian National Commission for Women; former Director of Mizan - Law Group for Human Rights (Jordanian branch of the International Commission of Jurists); coordinator of SIGI (Sisterhood is Global Institute) Jordan; founding member of the Arab Association for Human Rights; former Minister of Culture & Government Spokesperson

Palestinian Authority area (West Bank): Hasan Barghouthi, General Director, Democracy & Workers' Rights Center

East Asia

China: Dr. Liu Kaiming, founder and Executive Director, Institute of Contemporary Observation; Founder of the Migrant Workers Community College

China/Australia: Dr. Anita Chan, Research Fellow, Contemporary China Centre, Research School of Pacific & Asian Studies, The Australian National University; Co-editor of The China Journal [online bio]

China/Hong Kong: Trini Leung, independent business, human rights & sustainable development advisor, currently involved in setting up Responsible Competitiveness Roundtable initiatives in Hong Kong; former Trade and Private Sector Policy Advisor at Oxfam GB; former International Secretary for Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions; former co-director and chair of Asia Monitor Resource Center

China/Hong Kong: Monina Wong Ching-man, Executive Director, Labour Action in China

Japan: Professor Koshi Yamazaki, specialist in international human rights law, Niigata University; member of Board of Councilors of Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center (HURIGHTS OSAKA); member of Network for Human Dignity (international law research website) 

Southeast Asia

Malaysia: Sarojeni V. Rengam, Executive Director, Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific (PAN AP); Coordinator, "Women in Agriculture" programme

Philippines: Dr. Nymia Pimentel Simbulan, Executive Director, Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights)

South Asia

India: Viraf Mehta, Expert in corporate social responsibility; former Chief Executive, Partners in Change; former Director of Tata Steel's rural development programmes


Australia: Sharan Burrow, former General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation 2010-2022, current board member of the European Climate Foundation, co-chair of the IEA Labour Council, Deputy Chair of the B Team, a member of the Commission on Global Climate Governance and a member of the BCTI Global Commission to tackle inequality.

Australia: Geoff Evans, environmental scientist, lecturer in Environmental Ethics & Values, Ecosystem Health & Sustainability at Univ. of Newcastle; former Executive Director and board member of Mineral Policy Institute

Latin America

Argentina: Jorge Daniel Taillant, Strategic Advisor, founder and former President & Executive Director, Centro de Derechos Humanos y Medio Ambiente (CEDHA) (Center for Human Rights and Environment)  [online bio]

Brazil: Oded Grajew, Founding partner & President Emeritus, Instituto Ethos (Ethos Institute), former Special Advisor to Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Colombia: Cristina Echavarria, Executive Director, Association for Responsible Mining - ARM (Asociación por la Minería Responsable)

El Salvador: Carolina Quinteros, Projects Manager, Grupo de Monitoreo Independiente de El Salvador (Monitoring Group of El Salvador)

Mexico: Valeria Scorza, Fundación Avina, México

Mexico: Jorge Villalobos Grzybowicz, Executive President, Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía (Mexican Center for Philanthropy


Canada: Mark Erik Hecht, Senior Legal Counsel, Beyond Borders; former Executive Director, Human Rights Internet [online bio]

USA: Susan Aaronson, Associate Research Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University [online bio]; former Senior Fellow & Director of Globalization Studies, Kenan Institute, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina

USA: Joanne Bauer, Senior Researcher, Business and Human Rights, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Adjunct Professor, School of International and Public Affairs Faculty Head, Business and Human Rights Clinic Co-director, Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum, Columbia University

USA: Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President, Social Research and Policy, Calvert Group; former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; former Managing Director for Global Corporate Responsibility at Burson-Marsteller; currently Board Director at Oxfam America, and Steering Committee member at Amnesty International USA Business and Human Rights Program

USA: Jon Jacoby, consultant; former Program Manager, Corporate Accountability and Worker Rights, Global Programs, Open Society Foundations; Special Advisor to the Executive Director, Private Sector Engagement, Oxfam International

USA: Trevor Neilson, partner, Global Philanthropy Group; former Executive Director, Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS

USA: Joe W. (Chip) Pitts III, entrepreneur and international lawyer; lecturer at Stanford Law School; former Chair of Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA; former Chief Legal Officer of Nokia, Inc

USA: Michael Posner, Professor of Business and Society at Stern School of Business, New York University; former US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights & Labor; former President, Human Rights First (formerly known as Lawyers Committee for Human Rights) [online bio]

USA: Komala Ramachandra is Director of Social, Labor & Human Rights at Gap Inc; formerly World Bank Group; Human Rights Watch; South Asia at Accountability Counsel

USA: David Schilling, Director of Human Rights and Resources Programs, Interfaith Center of Corporate Responsibility

USA: Radhika Shah, Advisor, Sustainable Development Goals Philanthropy Platform; Co-President, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs; Co-Founder, Ashoka Silicon Valley Chapter

Eastern Europe

Bulgaria: Professor Krassimir Kanev, Chair, Bulgarian Helsinki Committee.

Czech Republic: Tomasz Terlecki, Senior Associate for Central and Eastern Europe, European Climate Foundation; former Executive Director, CEE Bankwatch Network

Russia: Vera Mischenko, President, Ecojuris Institute of Environmental Law [online bio]

Western Europe

Belgium: Catherine Rubbens, independent CSR consultant; former Manager of Human Rights & Reporting, CSR Europe

Denmark: Dr. Margaret Jungk, Head of Project, Human Rights & Business Project, Danish Institute for Human Rights

Denmark: Sune Skadegaard Thorsen, CEO& Senior Partner, Global CSR (corporate social responsibility firm with focus on international human rights); former Senior Advisor for Ethics & Social Affairs, Novo Group  [online bio]

Ireland: Professor Dennis Driscoll, Faculty of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway (courses include Law & Corporate Social Responsibility); President of International Law Association (Irish Branch); European Rapporteur of the Asia-Europe Foundation's series of meetings on business & human rights  [online bio]

Netherlands: Dr. Judy Henderson, former Chair, Global Reporting Initiative

Netherlands: Peter Pennartz, International Restructuring and Education Network Europe (IRENE)

Switzerland: Professor Andrew Clapham, Professor of Public International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies [online bio]

Switzerland: Caroline Dommen, Representative for Global Economic Issues at Quaker United Nations Office; former Director of 3D (Trade - Human Rights - Equitable Economy)

Switzerland: Dr. Elizabeth Umlas, Independent Researcher & Consultant on business & human rights

Switzerland: Margaret Flaherty, Chief Operating Officer, World Business Council for Sustainable Development [online bio]

Sweden: Hanna Roberts, GES International

UK: David Pitt Watson, co-founder and former CEO of Hermes Focus Funds and Equity Ownership Service, current adviser to Sarasin fund managers, and advisory chair of Ownership Capital

UK: Martin Brookes, Director Paul Hamlyn Foundation; former Chair New Philanthropy Capital; former Senior Global Economist at Goldman Sachs International; former Economics Researcher at Amnesty International, International Secretariat [online bio]

UK: Tricia Feeney, Director of Rights and Accountability in Development; member of steering committee for OECD Watch; Coordinator of Corporate Accountability Network of the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net)

UK: Martin Kalungu-Banda, Co-Faculty Member, Commonwealth Business School; former Senior Policy Adviser, Private Sector Team, Oxfam GB; former Regional Social Performance Manager of BP Africa

UK: John O’Reilly, former senior BP manager in Colombia and Indonesia with responsibility for human rights issues; was a member of former Amnesty International UK Business Group

Individuals at organizations with offices in multiple countries

Daria Caliguire, former Director, International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net)

Aron Cramer, President & CEO, Business for Social Responsibility [online bio]

Arvind Ganesan, Director, Business and Human Rights Program, Human Rights Watch [online bio]

Frances House, Strategy Director of Institute for Human Rights & Business; former member of Amnesty International UK Business Group; former Director, Corporate Practices, International Business Leaders Forum

Scott Jerbi, Communications Director of Institute for Human Rights & Business; former Senior Adviser, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative

Michelle Leighton, Chief of International Migration Branch, Intl. Labour Organzation; former Director of Human Rights Programs at Center for Law & Global Justice, Univ. of San Francisco School of Law; former Senior Partner, California Global Corporate Accountability Project

Malini Mehra, Founder and Director, Centre for Social Markets [online bio]

John Morrison, Executive Director of Institute for Human Rights and Business; former co-ordinator of Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights

Jane Nelson, Senior Fellow & Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Univ. Kennedy School of Govt.; Advisor, International Business Leaders Forum

Alison Tate, Director External Relations, International Trade Union Confederation [bio

Wilder Tayler, Secretary General, International Commission of Jurists; former Legal and Policy Director, Human Rights Watch

Salil Tripathi, Policy Director of Institute for Human Rights and Business; board member of English PEN; senior visiting fellow on business and human rights at Kennedy School at Harvard University; former researcher on economic relations and human rights at Amnesty International, International Secretariat

Svetlana Tsalik, former Director of Revenue Watch, an initiative of the Open Society Institute

Anuradha Vittachi, Executive Director of OneWorld UK, co-founder of OneWorld Network, Director Emerita of OneWorld International Foundation, [online bio]

Elin Wrzoncki, Senior Advisor/ Human Rights and Business, Danish Institute for Human Rights, former Responsable du bureau Mondialisation & droits humains, Fédération Internationale des ligues des Droits de l'Homme (FIDH) (Head of Globalisation & Human Rights Programme, International Federation for Human Rights Leagues)

Ineke Zeldenrust, Clean Clothes Campaign