Bios of board members

Board members of our UK-based charity: Christopher Marsden (Chair), Ulf Karlberg (Co-Chair), Sumi Dhanarajan, Menno Kamminga, Hanna Roberts, Amahl Smith.

Board members of our US-based non-profit: Ulf Karlberg (Chair), Christine Bader, Heather Grady, Kirsty Jenkinson, Chris Jochnick,  Chris Marsden, Ed McKinley, Tanya Peterson, Dr. Mila Rosenthal, Ashwini Sukthankar, Anne Travers.

Senior Advisers: Melvin Coleman, John Elkington.

The board members serve in their personal capacity rather than as representatives of their respective organisations.

 

 


Christine Bader

Christine is on the US board of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

She is currently Nonresident Senior Fellow with The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.  She is also a Human Rights Advisor to BSR.

From 1999-2008, Christine worked for BP in Indonesia, China, and the UK.  With stints in investor relations and corporate planning, she spent most of her time with the company addressing the social impacts of its projects on communities in developing countries.  

In 2006, Christine created a part-time secondment as Advisor to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for business and human rights.  She left BP in 2008 to support the UN mandate full-time through its conclusion in 2011.  She has also served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year and a special assistant to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor.  

Christine is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Associate Fellow with the Truman National Security Project and serves on the advisory board of The OpEd Project, an initiative to broaden the range of voices in public discourse.  

Christine has published numerous op-eds and articles and given talks to conferences, companies, and universities around the world, including a TEDx talk entitled “Manifesto for the Corporate Idealist”.  Articles by Christine include: “Is Steve Jobs the Next John Browne?” (Huffington Post); “Google's biggest CSR opportunity yet” (CSRWire); “What Davos Can Learn from BP” (Reuters) and “Change Big Business from the Inside” (Bloomberg BusinessWeek).

She has a BA magna cum laude in American Studies from Amherst College and an MBA from Yale University.  She lives in New York City.

 


Sumi Dhanarajan

Sumi Dhanarajan is on the UK board of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

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

She is 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).

 


Peter Frankental

Peter Frankental is on the UK board of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

 

He 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”.

 


Heather Grady

Heather is on the US board of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

Heather is Vice President of Foundation Initiatives, Rockefeller Foundation.   There, she sets strategic direction for the Foundation's broad initiatives of grantmaking and oversees their execution.

Until 2010 Heather was Managing Director at Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative.  She worked closely with the organization’s President, Mary Robinson (President of The Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice; former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and President of Ireland).  At Realizing Rights Heather worked to integrate human rights into global development policies and practice.  She helped lead programmes on employment, climate justice, corporate responsibility and women’s leadership. 

Previously, at Oxfam Great Britain, Heather spent more than a decade in high-level posts in New York, Bangkok and Hanoi.  She guided advocacy and implementation of global poverty reduction strategies, managed a multi-sectoral development and humanitarian program, and initiated a gender and development working group that grew to include more than 100 governmental and non-governmental institutions and individuals. 

She also headed Oxfam's work on the ground-breaking report, co-authored by Oxfam and Unilever: “Exploring the Links Between International Business and Poverty Reduction: A Case Study of Unilever in Indonesia”.

Heather also worked for Save the Children, where she collaborated with NGOs in the Gaza Strip on small-scale enterprise promotion and women’s empowerment.

Heather holds a BA in Government and Chinese language from Smith College and an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government

 


Kirsty Jenkinson

Kirsty is on the US board of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

Kirsty, a British national, is Director of the Markets and Enterprise Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI), based in Washington DC.  The program focuses on harnessing markets and enterprises to expand opportunity and protect the environment.  The program has two core areas.  New Ventures helps environmentally-focused small and medium enterprises in six key emerging markets compete in a global economy.  Environmental Intelligence for Tomorrow’s Markets seeks to influence how companies and financial markets identify, evaluate and manage environmental risks and opportunities.  It includes the Aqueduct project for measuring and mapping water risk.  Kirsty also chairs WRI’s Business Group, to co-ordinate the Institute’s activities with the private sector.

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 on the US Board of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

Chris leads the private sector work of Oxfam America including corporate campaigns, value chain assessments and social enterprise.  He has initiated a number of innovative partnerships with Fortune 500 corporations and served as Oxfam’s representative to various multi-stakeholder initiatives, including the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. 

Chris has worked for two decades on issues of human rights and corporate accountability, including seven years in Latin America supporting grassroots campaigns around extractive industries, sovereign debt, and trade agreements.  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 joining 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, including articles in the Harvard International Law Jounal, Human Rights Quarterly, the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor.   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.  

 


Dr. Menno Kamminga

Dr. Menno Kamminga is on the UK board of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

He is Professor of Public International Law at Maastricht University (Netherlands), where his courses include public international law, international human rights law, and international dispute settlement.  He also serves 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).

 


Ulf Karlberg

Ulf Karlberg, former founding Chair of the Amnesty International Business Group in Sweden; former Executive Vice President with  AstraZeneca  
Ulf Karlberg is on the UK board (Co-Chair) and US board (Chair) of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. 
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 Amnesty Sweden Business 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. 

Ulf Karlberg is on the UK board (Co-Chair) and US board (Chair) of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. 

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 Amnesty Sweden Business 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 before that as a management consultant and 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. 

 


Chris Marsden OBE

Chris Marsden is on the UK board (Chair) and US board of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

He is also 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. 

 


Ed McKinley

Ed is on the US Board of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

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.

 


Tanya Peterson

Tanya is on the US Board of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

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.  

 


Hanna Roberts

Hanna Roberts is a trustee of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

She is Engagement Director at GES where she leads the work of the Engagement Department. 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 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.

 


Dr. Mila Rosenthal

Dr. Mila Rosenthal is on the US board of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

Mila is now independently undertaking project work related to human rights.  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.

 


Amahl Smith

Amahl Smith is on the UK board of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, and is the organisation's treasurer.

Amahl is Accountant to the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, a UK grant-making charity that exists ‘to increase the means of industrial education and extend the influence of science and art upon productive industry’.  After a brief career in philosophy, he qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and has 15 years experience in the charity sector including time spent as Finance Director of St Mary’s Paddington Charitable Trust, the Institute for Public Policy Research and the National Asthma Campaign.  He was formerly Treasurer of Amnesty International UK, a trustee of the Charity Finance Directors’ Group, and provides pro bono accountancy services to a number of charities including the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK and the Centre for Scientific Archives @ the Science Museum.

Amahl was educated at New College, Oxford, the City University of New York and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He has published a number of articles and book reviews in the areas of philosophy and cognitive science.

 


Ashwini Sukthankar

Ashwini is on the US Board of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

Ashwini researches and advocates on international labour rights and transnational labour regulation.  Her work 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.

 


Anne Travers

Anne is on the US Board of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

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.

 


Melvin Coleman

Melvin Coleman is a Senior Adviser and former treasurer of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

He 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 Elkington is a Senior Adviser and former member of the UK board of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

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. 

John is also 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.

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.