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 organisation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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.
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.
Mauricio Lazala, Deputy Director (based in London)
lazala [at] business-humanrights.org
Mauricio, a Colombian, Israeli & UK national, 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 all major strategic, operational and financial decisions. 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.
Marti Flacks, Deputy Director, North America (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 and Labour rights 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.
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.
Bobbie Sta. Maria, Acting Director for Labour Rights and Asia
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 managing special projects on labour rights and corporate legal accountability.
She was based in Thailand and Myanmar for her first four years with the Resource Centre, working closely with NGOs and community-based groups towards heightened 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- and opinion-makers.
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 or legal advocacy, 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.
Aliou Diouf, Francophone Africa Researcher & Representative (based in Dakar)
diouf [at] business-humanrights.org
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.
Joy Mabenge, Anglophone Southern & Western Africa Researcher & Representative (based in Johannesburg)
mabenge [at] business-humanrights.org @joymabenge
Joy, a Zimbabwean national, joined the Resource Centre in 2015 as Anglophone Southern & Western Africa Researcher & Representative. A longtime advocate for human rights and social and economic justice, Joy was previously Regional Information and Advocacy Coordinator at Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition. Before that, he had been Programmes Director and Democracy & Governance Manager at Institute for a Democratic Alternative for Zimbabwe (IDAZIM), and Executive Director of Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt & Development (ZIMCODD). He has also led a project for International Council of Swedish Industry (NIR), in which he designed and delivered trainings on policy and political economy for Zimbabwean business member organizations. Joy holds an MA in Development Studies from University of Manchester’s Institute for Development Policy & Management, a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management and a Bsc (Hon) in Politics & Administration, both from University of Zimbabwe. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Development Studies at University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN). Joy is fluent in English and Shona.
Asia & Pacific
Lowell Chow, Senior Researcher & Representative for Greater China (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 organisation’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 Foreign Investment Tracking Project Manager (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)
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)
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)
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 London)
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 the Centre’s Western Europe Regional Researcher & Representative, and has carried out research missions to Switzerland, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Chile, Florida, USA (Immokalee agricultural region) and Serbia. Eniko’s programmatic work focuses on climate justice, the UN Guiding Principles, and the UN Working Group 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.
Samentha Goethals, Senior Researcher on labour rights (based in London)
goethals [at] business-humanrights.org @Samenthe
Samentha, a French national, joined the Resource Centre in November 2016. In 2017 she will cover the role and responsibilities of Danielle McMullan, as the Centre’s lead researcher on Labour Rights.
Samentha is a trained and experienced social science and policy researcher, and has developed her expertise in business and human rights through both academic study and research in NGOs. Samentha successfully completed a PhD in Politics at Oxford Brookes University, in November 2016. Her doctoral research ‘From Business and Human Rights to Human Rights in Business’ shifts the focus of the debate on business and human rights in developing and emerging countries to explore what human rights and business responsibility mean in business organisations in the hospitality sector in the UK. Samentha holds an MA in International Law and International Relations, and a BA in International Relations with Religion, Culture and Ethics from Oxford Brookes University. During her PhD, Samentha was Associate Lecturer in International Relations at Brookes. Besides her studies, Samentha has worked as a researcher and policy adviser for Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID) and Amnesty International. Samentha is fluent in French and English, has a good knowledge of Spanish and Italian, and some basics in Chinese Mandarin.
Danielle McMullan, Senior Researcher on labour rights (based in London - currently on maternity leave)
mcmullan [at] business-humanrights.org @DMcMullan1
Danielle, a UK national, joined the Resource Centre in 2011 as a Researcher having previously been an intern. She is the main researcher for freedom of association and responsible for research and outreach in the UK & Ireland. She is also responsible for our work on business & conflict and labour rights. Danielle has also undertaken business and human rights missions to Israel and Palestine. Danielle is a human rights lawyer and her experience includes representing asylum seekers as a caseworker at Refugee & Migrant Justice. She has experience working with businesses on ethical and supply chain issues from her time at Business in the Community. 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 and Serbia. Ella formerly worked as HIV/AIDS program manager at Holt International Children’s Services and program coordinator at American International Health Alliance. Ella has a Postgraduate Diploma in Global Health from University of Manchester; degree in International Relations with specialization 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
Isabel Ebert, Western Europe Researcher & Representative (based in London)
ebert [at] business-humanrights.org
Isabel, a German national, has been working for the Resource Centre as a Consultant (Research German & Western Europe/EU contents) since October 2014. Prior to this, Isabel worked at the German Mission in South Africa, the Governing Mayor of Berlin, the Goethe Institut New York, and at a consultancy in Development Cooperation and Health. She holds a MA in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies from Goethe-University Frankfurt and a BA in Politics and Management from University of Konstanz and Sciences Po Paris. Her academic research project focussed on the Kiobel and Apartheid litigation cases in the US under the Alien Torts Claim Act (MA thesis, Goethe-University of Frankfurt). Isabel speaks fluent German, English and French, with a good knowledge of Spanish and some basic Arabic. Isabel is currently seeking a PhD from University of St. Gallen Business School.
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.
Karen Hudlet, Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean Researcher & Representative (based in Mexico City)
hudlet [at] business-humanrights.org
Karen, a national of Mexico, joined the Resource Centre in 2015 as the organisation’s first Regional Researcher & Representative for Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean. She has conducted regional missions to Puebla and Mexico City. Previously, Karen worked in human rights organisations in Mexico in the planning, management and evaluation of projects relating to ESCER (economic, social, cultural & environmental rights) and indigenous rights. She also worked with the grassroots movement of Mayan beekeepers who are resisting the planting of transgenic soybeans that affect their livelihoods. Karen has conducted research on human rights issues, rural development and gender issues. Karen received a BA in international relations and an MSc in international development studies from the University of Utrecht. She did her academic fieldwork in northern Tanzania on the impact of luxury residential complexes and floriculture companies on small peasants. Her mother tongue is Spanish, she is fluent in English, and has a good level of French.
Mariam Bhacker, Project Manager – Migrant workers in the Gulf construction industry (based in London)
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.
Malik Habayeb, Middle East Research and Outreach Assistant (based in London)
habayeb [at] business-humanrights.org @MalikHabayeb
Malik joined the Resource Centre in 2016. He supports the Centre’s work on business and human rights in the region, with a specific focus on migrant labor in the Gulf. He is responsible for producing Arabic language content for the Centre’s website and social media platforms and engaging with regional stakeholders and audiences. He holds a bachelor's degree in International Politics and a Certificate in Arab and Regional Studies from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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.
Ezzeldeen Al Natour, Jordan and Lebanon Researcher and Representative (based in Amman)
alnatour [at] business-humanrights.org
Ezzeldeen, a Jordanian researcher and human rights journalist, joined the Resource Centre's MENA team in April 2017. Ezzeldeen has worked with Jordanian media platforms 7iber and Amman-Net, and regional media platforms Al Araby Al-Jadeed and Al-Fanar. He has documented and reported on human rights and labour issues in Jordan and the Middle East through photography and research papers. Ezzeldeen has also done research on Syrian child labour in Jordan for Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, and on Arab youth and labour issues for Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. In 2015, he won Jordan's Human Rights Reporting Award for a story about the use of the death penalty in Jordan. He was awarded the prize a second time in 2016 for an article on the imprisonment of Jordanians who fought in the Iraq war in 2003. The article has since led to the release of one prisoner from an Iraqi jail, and an advocacy campaign to demand justice for many others. Ezzeldeen has a BA in Press and Media Studies from Petra University in Jordan (2013). He took specialized training on human rights, digital security, photography, multimedia and reporting on the labour sector. ِHe speaks both Arabic and English.
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.
Civic Freedoms & Human Rights Defenders
Ana 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).
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.
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 organisations, not-for-profit and academic institutions in her areas of expertise.
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.
Corporate Accountability & Communications
Joe Bardwell, Corporate Accountability & Communications Officer (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.
Corporate Legal Accountability
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.
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 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).
Anna Liberadzki, Administration & Programme Support Officer (based in London)
liberadzki [at] business-humanrights.org
Anna Liberadzki, a UK national, joined the Resource Centre in February 2017 as Administration and Programme Support Officer. 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. Anna previously worked for openDemocracy as an Operations Assistant, following a temporary position as distance learning administrator at SOAS, University of London. Anna holds a BA Hons in French from the University of Leeds and studied for a year at Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3. Her mother tongue is English and she speaks French.
Founder & Former Director
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).
September 2017-Present: Angela Patiño (based in London)
Angela, a Colombian national, joined the Resource Centre in September 2017 as an intern to assist the Human Rights Defenders Project and the Corporate Legal Accountability Project. She holds a degree in Postgraduate Studies in Environmental and Trade law from Rosario University, and in Children Rights from Sergio Arboleda University, Colombia. She is currently studying a Master’s degree in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the University of Essex. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Angela worked as a lawyer in the Unit for victims in the Colombian Government. She also interned at the Office of the Special Rapporteurship for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in the US; was a professional visitor at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica. Her native language is Spanish. She is fluent in English and French, and has basic Portuguese.
July 2017 - Present: Michelle Lai (based in London)
Michelle, a Hong Kong national, joined the Resource Centre in July 2017 as an Intern for our work on the Greater China region, including Chinese Investment Overseas projects. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Michelle was the lead policy research officer in environmental affairs for a MP at the Hong Kong Legislative Council for some years, advocating corporate accountability, impact investing, climate finance and energy security; and volunteered with a local civil rights NGO. During her masters degree, she interned with the Corporate Sustainability Relations team of a German chemical company, facilitating projects on Modern Slavery Act, human rights policy, water stewardship and natural capital valuation. She holds a BA and MA in Environmental Policy with double minors in Human Rights and International Energy at Sciences Po Paris. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, and some French.
July 2017 - Present: Gheeeun Song (based in New York)
Gheeeun, a South Korean national, joined the Resource Centre as a Research Intern in July 2017. She holds a BA in International Relations from Boston University and is currently obtaining her Masters of Arts in International Relations at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Gheeeun spent 6 months as an intern at the Korea Institute for Development Strategy, working on development projects in Latin America. She is fluent in Korean, English and Spanish and speaks intermediate French.
June 2017 - Present: Isobel Archer (based in London)
Isobel, a UK national, joined the Resource Centre as Research and Projects Intern in June 2017. She graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Exeter in 2016, and will start an MA in Understanding & Securing Human Rights at the University of London in October 2017. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Isobel spent 5 months interning with the Philanthropy and Partnerships Team at ActionAid UK. She also works as Anti-Trafficking Programme Intern at Shiva Foundation, a corporate foundation working to eliminate modern slavery risk from the UK hotel industry.
June 2017 - Present: Sietske van Hees (based in London)
Sietske, a Dutch national, joined the Resource Centre in June 2017 as Research intern. She holds an MA in Geopolitics, Territory and Society from King’s College London, an MSc in Social Cognition from University College London and is currently studying for an ALM Management at Harvard University. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Sietske worked as a Human Rights Researcher and Assistant case-workers on the Death Penalty at Reprieve and as a Research Assistant in the Prosociality and Well-Being Lab at University of Cambridge. She was Assistant trade officer intern at ProMexico: Trade and Investment Association and taught English as a Foreign Language in Beijing. Her native language is Dutch, she is fluent in English and has a good knowledge of French and German.
June 2017 - Present: Louise Lap (based in London)
Louise, a Dutch and British national, joined the Resource Centre in June 2017 as a Communications Intern. She holds a BSc in Politics and Sociology as well as a MSc in International Development from the University of Bristol. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Louise spent 3 months working as a Research and Social Media Intern for GenderCC, a Gender and Climate Justice NGO based in Berlin that advocates for gender equality, women’s rights and climate justice. Her native language is English, she is fluent in Dutch and has basic knowledge of French.
May 2017 - Present: Jillianne Lyon (based in New York)
Jillianne, a US national, is a human rights and political science major, with a minor in French, at University of Connecticut, entering the final year of her BA studies this fall (due to graduate spring 2018). Prior to interning at the Resource Centre, she worked with a local agency to resettle over 100 refugees in Connecticut, and interned in the Connecticut General Assembly (state legislature) for the Human Services and Environment Committees. Her mother tongue is English, and she is fluent in French.
May 2017 - Present: Andrew Alford (based in London)
Andrew, a national of the United States, joined the Resource Centre as a Communications and Tech Support Intern in May 2017. He is currently a third-year student of International Relations and Modern History at the University of St. Andrews. Before joining the Centre, he taught English as a foreign language in the US, Costa Rica and France. He has also volunteered with several different organisations and initiatives combating poverty and unemployment in Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Switzerland, Kenya and Mexico. His native language is English, and he has advanced French and basic Spanish.
April 2017 - Present: Saskia Wilks (based in London)
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.
Click on the link above to see a list of our former team members & research Interns.