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About IHRB: International Advisory Board

IHRB's International Advisory Board, chaired by Prof. John Ruggie, is made up of a diverse range of experts in the field:

John Ruggie

John Ruggie (Chair)
Professor John Ruggie of Harvard University served as the UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights from 2005-2011. His mandate was to propose measures to strengthen the human rights performance of the business sector around the world. The end result was the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, drafted by John and unanimously endorsed by the U.N. Human Rights Council in June, 2011. As one of the premier authorities on corporate citizenship and responsibility, John has made significant contributions to the study of international relations, focusing on the impact of globalization on global rule making. John became the Chair of IHRB's International Advisory Board in January 2012.

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson (Patron)
Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland (1990-1997), former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), and founder and President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative (2002-2010), has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. The recipient of numerous honours and awards throughout the world including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, Mary Robinson is a member of The Elders, former Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders and a member of the Club of Madrid. Mary Robinson now serves as President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.

Motoko Aizawa

Motoko Aizawa
Motoko Aizawa is an expert on environmental, social and governance dimensions of sustainability, as well as policy initiatives to help governments and companies improve their sustainability performance, particularly in the financial and extractives sectors. She is the principal author of the 2006 IFC Performance Standards, and the human rights provisions in the 2012 version of these Standards. Until recently, Motoko led efforts by the World Bank to update its Environmental and Social Safeguard Policies. Motoko is a member of the Human Rights Commission of the District of Columbia, a civic group appointed by the Government of Washington, DC that adjudicates private sector discrimination complaints brought under the D.C. Human Rights Act.

Srilatha Batliwala

Srilatha Batliwala
Srilatha Batliwala is a feminist activist and researcher who is currently Scholar Associate with the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), a leading international women’s rights organization. Srilatha has worked for gender equality and women’s empowerment for the last 40 years through grassroots activism, advocacy, research, training, building theory from practice, and organizational capacity building. Her most recent work is “Engaging with Empowerment – An Intellectual and Experiential Journey”, published by Women Unlimited in January 2014, with a collection of her writings on women’s empowerment over the past twenty years. She is also well known for her teaching and capacity building work with young women activists and social justice organizations in India and around the world. She is based in Bangalore, India.

Nayan Chanda

Nayan Chanda
Nayan Chanda is the founding editor-in-chief of YaleGlobal Online published since 2002. Before coming to Yale University in 2001 he was, for nearly thirty years, with the Hong Kong-based magazine the Far Eastern Economic Review as its reporter, diplomatic correspondent and editor. In 1989-90 Chanda was a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. From 1990-1992 Chanda was editor of the Asian Wall Street Journal Weekly, published from New York. He is the author of Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers and Warriors Shaped Globalization and Brother Enemy: the War After the War . He is a regular columnist for the Times of India, BusinessWorld, the Straits Times and the World Post. Nayan Chanda is the winner of the 2005 Shorenstein Award for Journalism.

Bjorn Edlund

Bjorn Edlund (Trustee)
Bjorn Edlund is a public affairs specialist with a global journalism and corporate background. He brought cross-cultural, sociopolitical experience from his time as reporter, bureau chief and news editor with United Press International and Reuters in Europe and Latin America to his work in large corporations. In his 20 years in business communications he worked as head of communications in three multinationals. His focus has been on how global corporations can play a positive role in the communities where they the operate on the basis of a sound understanding of stakeholder concerns and by implementing appropriate policy frameworks. In 2010, he retired from Royal Dutch Shell plc. In 2011, he joined Edelman, a global communications advisory firm, as Chairman Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Bennett Freeman

Bennett Freeman (Trustee)
As Senior Vice President for Social Research and Policy of the Calvert Group, Bennett Freeman leads the social, environmental and governance research, analysis, policy and advocacy work of the largest family of socially responsible mutual funds in the U.S. based in Bethesda. MD. Bennett Freeman served in three positions as a Clinton presidential appointee in the State Department, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 1999 to early 2001 with responsibility for bilateral human rights diplomacy.

Isabel Hilton

Isabel Hilton
Isabel Hilton is an international journalist and broadcaster. She worked for the Daily Express and the Sunday Times before joining the launch team for The Independent in 1986. In 1992 she became a presenter of the BBC's flagship news programme, The World Tonight and a columnist for The Guardian. In 1999 she joined the New Yorker as a staff writer. Her work has appeared in the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Granta, the New Statesman, El Pais, Index on Censorship and many other publications. Isabel is CEO of independent online media platform Chinadialogue.net.

Deanna Kemp

Deanna Kemp
Dr Deanna Kemp is Co-Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), part of the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. Deanna has worked on mining and community relations issues for more than 15 years, in corporate, operational and external advisory roles. At CSRM she leads an international program of work that focuses on the social dimensions of extractive industries, including business and human rights, and the application of project-level grievance mechanisms in particular. She currently serves on the International Council of Mining and Metals’ (ICMM) New Member Review Panel and is a member of the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA).

Rae Lindsay

Rae Lindsay (Trustee)
Rae Lindsay is a partner in Clifford Chance LLP, specialising in public international law, international litigation and transnational regulation. She has practiced in Canada, the United States and England, and has worked in the area of business and human rights for more than a decade, her interest initially stemming from client representations in US litigation involving alleged violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law. She now heads her firm's business and human rights practice, and has served on public-sector working groups convened to advance respect for human rights in business, including the development of due diligence frameworks.

Chris Marsden

Chris Marsden (Chair of Trustees, Vice-Chair of International Advisory Board)
Chris Marsden has been keenly involved in Business and Human Rights since he became Chair of the Business Group of Amnesty UK in 2001. He is also Chair of Trustees of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and member of the Global Compact Human Rights Working Group. Chris also teaches MBA courses on Corporate Responsibility and Business Ethics. Now in active 'semi-retirement', Chris Marsden previously worked for British Petroleum as their Educational Liaison manager before taking on an international brief as Head of BP's Community Affairs in 1990. He was awarded the OBE in 1989 for services to Industry and Education.

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor
Mark B. Taylor is a Senior Researcher at the Fafo research foundation, Oslo, Norway. For two decades, Mark has worked on legal and policy frameworks applicable to conflict and human rights, writing and advising on regulatory responses to economic dimensions of armed conflict and business and human rights. A former Managing Director of Fafo AIS, he has advised governments, the United Nations and OECD, non-governmental organizations and businesses, and is an active commentator on public policy issues.

Auret van Heerden

Auret van Heerden
Auret van Heerden was Director of Monitoring and Executive Director of the Fair Labor Association before being named President and CEO in 2003. He has over thirty years experience in international human and labor rights work and has written ILO reports on disinvestment and economic sanctions; Export Processing Zones (EPZs); the export garment industry and labor rights. He is based in Geneva in the European office of the FLA.

Margot Wallström

Margot Wallström
Margot Wallström recently completed her term as the UN's Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. She is a former Vice President of the European Commission and Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders' Ministerial Initiative. Ms. Wallström’s distinctions include being voted “Commissioner of the Year” by the European Voice newspaper in 2002. She has received numerous awards on rights, as well as environmental and European issues, including the Monismanien Award for Freedom of Speech (2009) and the Göteborg Award on Sustainable Development.

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