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Featured Speakers

avatar for Michelle Bachelet

Michelle Bachelet

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
avatar for Elisabeth TICHY-FISSLBERGER


Human Rights Council
avatar for Guy Ryder

Guy Ryder

International Labour Organization (ILO)
avatar for Sanda Ojiambo

Sanda Ojiambo

UN Global Compact
CEO & Executive Director
avatar for Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson

The Elders
avatar for Anand Giridharadas

Anand Giridharadas

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
avatar for Anita Ramasastry

Anita Ramasastry

Grupo de Trabajo sobre las empresas y los derechos humanos
avatar for Dante Pesce

Dante Pesce

Vincular Center for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development
Founder and Executive Director
avatar for Surya Deva

Surya Deva

UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
avatar for Elżbieta Karska

Elżbieta Karska

UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
avatar for Githu Muigai

Githu Muigai

UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
avatar for Asako Okai

Asako Okai

UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and...
avatar for Sanjay Wijesekera

Sanjay Wijesekera

Director of Programmes

Christine Kaufmann

OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct
avatar for Didier Reynders

Didier Reynders

European Commission
Commissioner for Justice in charge of Rule of Law and Consumer...
avatar for Takashi Uto

Takashi Uto

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA)
State Minister for Foreign Affairs
avatar for Bärbel Kofler

Bärbel Kofler

Federal Foreign Office, Germany
Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and...
avatar for Sigrid A. Kaag

Sigrid A. Kaag

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
avatar for Silvia Lara Povedano

Silvia Lara Povedano

Goverment of Costa Rica
Vice-Minister of the Presidency of Costa Rica
avatar for Lolwah Rashid AL-KHATER

Lolwah Rashid AL-KHATER

Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs
avatar for Valeria Kolomiets

Valeria Kolomiets

Ministry of Justice of Ukraine
Deputy Minister on European Integration
avatar for Sharan Burrow

Sharan Burrow

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
General Secretary,
avatar for Alice Mogwe

Alice Mogwe

President, International Federation for Human Rights and Director, DITSHWANELO – The Botswana Centre for Human Rights
avatar for Roberto Suarez-Santos

Roberto Suarez-Santos

International Organization of Employers (IOE)
avatar for John W. H. Denton AO

John W. H. Denton AO

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)- The World Business Organization
Secretary General
avatar for Joseph Wilde-Ramsing

Joseph Wilde-Ramsing

Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and OECD Watch
Senior Researcher
avatar for Innocence Ntap Ndiaye

Innocence Ntap Ndiaye

Haut Conseil du Dialogue Social du Sénégal


avatar for Keren Adams

Keren Adams

Human Rights Law Centre
Legal Director

Francess Piagie Alghali

Government of Sierra Leone
Minister of State, Office of the Vice President
avatar for Abiodun Baiyewu

Abiodun Baiyewu

Global Rights / African Coalition for Corporate Accountability
Executive Director / Co-Chair
avatar for Christopher Ballinas

Christopher Ballinas

Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores de México
Director General de Derechos Humanos y Democracia
avatar for Rosa van den Beemt

Rosa van den Beemt

BMO Global Asset Management
VP, Responsible Investment Analyst
avatar for Natasa Bergelj

Natasa Bergelj

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Head of the Human Rights Department

Wolfgang Bindseil

Federal Foreign Office, Germany
Head of Division for Business and Human Rights
avatar for Phil Bloomer

Phil Bloomer

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
Executive Director

Scott Brandon

U.S. Department of State
Deputy Director
avatar for Marlese von Broembsen

Marlese von Broembsen

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
Law Programme Director
avatar for Rob Cameron

Rob Cameron

Global Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability
avatar for Elisa Canqui

Elisa Canqui

Indígena Aymara, Bolivia
Indígena Aymara, Bolivia, Gerente de Programa Oxfam Latinoamerica y...
avatar for Lucie Chatelain

Lucie Chatelain

Advocacy and Litigation Officer
avatar for Jesse Coleman

Jesse Coleman

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Columbia University
Senior Legal Researcher

Carlos Correa

South Centre
Executive Director
avatar for Stephen Cotton

Stephen Cotton

International Transport Workers' Federation
General Secretary
avatar for Lorenzo Cotula

Lorenzo Cotula

Principal Researcher
avatar for Maria-Isabel Cubides

Maria-Isabel Cubides

Federacion Internacional de Derechos Humanos (FIDH)
Program Officer Globalization and Human Rights Desk
avatar for Laura Curtze

Laura Curtze

Global Compact Network Germany
Director Business and Human Rights

Charline Daelman

Social Sustainability Expert

Dominque Day

Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent
avatar for Ekaterina Deikalo

Ekaterina Deikalo

Belarusian State University
Associate Professor of the International law Chair
avatar for Liudmyla Denisova

Liudmyla Denisova

Ombudsman of Ukraine
Project Assistant
avatar for Sumi Dhanarajan

Sumi Dhanarajan

National University of Singapore
avatar for Sifiso Senzo Dladla

Sifiso Senzo Dladla

ActionAid South Africa
Mining & Extractives Lead

Heike Drillisch

CorA Netzwork for Corporate Accountability
avatar for Arjan Dyrmishi

Arjan Dyrmishi

Southeast Europe Coalition on Whistleblower Protection
avatar for Sandra Epal-Ratjen

Sandra Epal-Ratjen

Franciscans International
International Advocacy Director and Deputy Executive Director
avatar for Danielle Essink

Danielle Essink

Senior Engagement Specialist, Active Ownership
avatar for Beata Faracik

Beata Faracik

Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business
Co-Founder and President of the Board
avatar for Andrew Feinstein

Andrew Feinstein

Shadow World Investigations
Author of The Shadow World
avatar for Remy Friedmann

Remy Friedmann

Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Senior Advisor
avatar for David Gaukrodger

David Gaukrodger

Senior Legal Adviser, Investment Division
avatar for John Gbodi

John Gbodi

African Union Commission (AUC)
Senior Policy Officer
avatar for Tyler Gillard

Tyler Gillard

OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
Head of Sector Projects and Legal Adviser
avatar for William Gois

William Gois

Migrant Forum in Asia
Regional Coordinator

Brian Gonsalves

Vice President: Group Security and Human Rights Group Sustainability
avatar for Pregs Govender

Pregs Govender

Author & Educator
Love Courage & Insubordination
avatar for Eva Grambye

Eva Grambye

Danish Institute for Human Rights
Head of International Division & Deputy Executive Director

Miguel Guimares

FECONAU- Ucayali region, Peru
Indigenous rights defender

Nancy Gutiérrez

Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights
avatar for Tamar Gvaramadze

Tamar Gvaramadze

Office of Public Defender (Ombudsman) of Georgia
First Deputy Public Defender
avatar for Merisa Heu-Weller

Merisa Heu-Weller

Microsoft Corporation
Chief of Staff, Technology and Corporate Responsibility
avatar for Christy Hoffmann

Christy Hoffmann

UNI Global Union
General Secretary
avatar for Freddy Carrion Intriago

Freddy Carrion Intriago

Defensoría del Pueblo (Ecuador)
Defensor del Pueblo
avatar for Lisa Isakson

Lisa Isakson

Head of Communication and Sustainability
avatar for Théo Jaekel

Théo Jaekel

Corporate Responsibility Expert - Business and Human Rights
avatar for Lyra Jakulevičienė

Lyra Jakulevičienė

Mykolas Romeris University
Dean, Law School; Professor
avatar for Maja Kristine Jåma

Maja Kristine Jåma

Politcal advisor
avatar for Scott Johnston

Scott Johnston

Human Rights First
Staff Attorney for Human Rights Accountability
avatar for Stefan Jovanovski

Stefan Jovanovski

A1 Makedonija dooel Skopje
Head of Human Resources

Apoorva Kaiwar

IndustriAll South Asia
Regional Secretary
avatar for Eunji Kang

Eunji Kang

Korean House for International Solidarity
Director, Business and Human Rights
avatar for Marina Kapustina

Marina Kapustina

bnt attorneys in CEE
junior associate
avatar for Harpreet Kaur

Harpreet Kaur

UNDP Asia-Pacific
Business and Human Rights Specialist
avatar for Nazhat Shameem Khan

Nazhat Shameem Khan

Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations in Geneva, and...
avatar for Mr Tony Khaw

Mr Tony Khaw

NXP Semiconductors, Singapore
Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Sustainability Office

Joseph Kibugu

Business and Human Rights Resource (BHRRC) +
Africa Regional Manager and Eastern Africa Senior Researcher and...
avatar for Minwoo Kim

Minwoo Kim

International Human Rights Center at the GSIS, Korea University
Research Professor
avatar for Chidi King

Chidi King

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Director of the Equality Department
avatar for Corey Klemmer

Corey Klemmer

Domini Impact Investments LLC
Director of Engagement
avatar for Sudarsana Kundu

Sudarsana Kundu

Gender at Work
Co-Executive Director

Katrin Kvaran

The Norwegian Ministry of Children and Families
Senior Adviser
avatar for Mary Lawlor

Mary Lawlor

Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders
avatar for Cristina Tebar Less

Cristina Tebar Less

Jefa del Centro de la OCDE para la Conducta Empresarial Responsable
avatar for Laurent Lhopitallier

Laurent Lhopitallier

Corporate Social Responsibility
avatar for Sun Lihui

Sun Lihui

China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters, CCCMC
avatar for Marcio Luiz de Freitas Naves de Lima

Marcio Luiz de Freitas Naves de Lima

Ministério da Economia da Brazil
Subsecretário de Investimentos Estrangeiros da Secretaria Executiva...
avatar for Carlos Lopez

Carlos Lopez

International Commission of Jurists
Senior Legal Adviser
avatar for June Lorenzo

June Lorenzo

Indigenous Peoples' Caucus

Faith Lumonya

Southern and Eastern African Trade, Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI)
Program Officer, Trade and Investment

Larissa Luy

Environmental and Social Risk and Grievance Response Manager
avatar for Chanda Thapa Magar

Chanda Thapa Magar

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
Deputy Secretary General
avatar for Khalid Mahmood

Khalid Mahmood

Labour Education Foundation, Pakistan
avatar for Tinashe Makuyana

Tinashe Makuyana

Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission
Human Rights Officer

Marcela Manubens

Global Vice President for Integrated Social Sustainability

Mirko Manzoni

Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Mozambique
avatar for Anton Marcus

Anton Marcus

Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees Union
Joint Secretary
avatar for Victoria Marquez-Mees

Victoria Marquez-Mees

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Managing Director - Chief Accountability Officer
avatar for Ali bin Samikh Al Marri

Ali bin Samikh Al Marri

avatar for Robert McCorquodale

Robert McCorquodale

Inclusive Law

Claudine McMahon

Vodafone Group
avatar for Richard Meeran

Richard Meeran

Leigh Day
Partner, Head of International Department
avatar for Emilio Izquierdo Miño

Emilio Izquierdo Miño

Embajador, Representante Permanente Misión del Ecuador ante la ONU y otros organismos internacionales en Ginebra, y Presidente del OEIGWG
avatar for Bob Mitchell

Bob Mitchell

Responsible Business Alliance
Vice President
avatar for Kinda Mohamadieh

Kinda Mohamadieh

Third World Network
Senior Researcher and Legal Adviser
avatar for Edgar Mojica

Edgar Mojica

CUT Colombia
Secretario General
avatar for Krishnendu Mukherjee

Krishnendu Mukherjee

Doughty Street Chambers
Barrister/Indian advocate
avatar for Adriana Greaves Muñoz

Adriana Greaves Muñoz

avatar for Mwambus Mwamba

Mwambus Mwamba


Diana Nabiruma

The Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO)
Senior Programme and Communications Officer
avatar for Sandile Ndelu

Sandile Ndelu

Centre for Applied Legal Studies
Advocacy Coordinator
avatar for Yves Nissim

Yves Nissim

VP Head of transformation and operation in CSR
avatar for Justine Nolan

Justine Nolan

Australian Institute for Human Rights
avatar for Leslie Norton

Leslie Norton

Canada Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and...

Naomi Nwokolo

UN Global Compact Network Nigeria
Executive Director
avatar for Phyllis Omido

Phyllis Omido

Center for justice governance and environmental action
grassroots environmental activist and co- founder

Austin Onuoha

Africa Center for Corporate Responsibility
Executive Director
avatar for Douglas Opio

Douglas Opio

Federation of Uganda Employers (FUE)
Executive Director
avatar for Marcos A Orellana

Marcos A Orellana

Procedimientos Especiales de las Naciones Unidas
Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the...
avatar for José Aylwin Oyarzún

José Aylwin Oyarzún

Plataforma Chilena de Sociedad Civil sobre Derechos Humanos y Empresas
avatar for Gerald  Pachoud

Gerald Pachoud

Advisor to the UNWG projects on conflict and UNGPs10+
Advisor to the UNWG projects on conflict and UNGPs10+

Zainab Patel

KPMG India
Director of Inclusion and Diversity
avatar for Claudia Paz y Paz

Claudia Paz y Paz

Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional · Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)
Director of the Central America and Mexico Program,
avatar for Antonella Pellegrini

Antonella Pellegrini

ENEL Chile
Head of Sustainability and communities relations
avatar for Migdalia Ma. Pellicier

Migdalia Ma. Pellicier

Indigenous Peoples' Caucus
avatar for Emmanuel Peni

Emmanuel Peni

Project Sepik (PNG)
Human Rights Defender and Co-ordinator
avatar for Gladice Pickering

Gladice Pickering

Ministry of Justice, Republic of Namibia
Deputy Executive Director
avatar for Netithorn Praditsarn

Netithorn Praditsarn

C.P. Group (Thailand)
Executive Assistant to Group CEO; Senior Vice President, Global...
avatar for Paloma Muñoz Quick

Paloma Muñoz Quick

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
Global Lead, Human Rights & Financial Services

Trinanjan Radhakrishnan

Oxfam India
Coordinator-Responsible Supply Chain & Sustainable Development
avatar for Namrata Raju

Namrata Raju

India Director

Therese Randazzo

US Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection
avatar for Deepika Rao

Deepika Rao

Cividep India
Programme Director
avatar for Caroline Rees

Caroline Rees

avatar for Jimena Reyes

Jimena Reyes

Director for the Americas
avatar for Humberto Cantú Rivera

Humberto Cantú Rivera

Instituto de Derechos Humanos y Empresas, Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM)
avatar for Arianna Rossi

Arianna Rossi

Senior Researcher and Policy specialist, Better Work Global

Odile Roussel

Ambassadrice chargée de la bioéthique et de la responsabilité...
avatar for Claudia Saller

Claudia Saller

European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ)
avatar for Raymond Saner

Raymond Saner

Professor, Basel University and Science Po in Paris
Director CSEND in Geneva and Co-chair of the academic network of the...
avatar for Livio Sarandrea

Livio Sarandrea

Global Adviser, Business and Human Rights
avatar for Vani Saraswathi

Vani Saraswathi

Associate Editor and Director of Projects
avatar for Pascale Schuit

Pascale Schuit

Union Hand Roasted Coffee
Sustainable Sourcing Manager
avatar for Shubha Sekhar

Shubha Sekhar

The Coca-Cola Company
Director Human Rights, Eurasia & North Africa

Dr. Rana Sengupta

Mine Labour Protection Campaign Trust (MLPC)
Managing Trustee & CEO
avatar for Gbenga Sesan

Gbenga Sesan

Paradigm Initiative
Executive Director
avatar for Andrea Shemberg

Andrea Shemberg

Global Business Initiative on Human Rights
avatar for Lorraine Sibanda

Lorraine Sibanda

Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Association
avatar for Gyaneshwar Kumar Singh

Gyaneshwar Kumar Singh

Republic of India
Joint Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs
avatar for Ganga Somasekarappa

Ganga Somasekarappa

Karnataka Garment Workers Union
avatar for Vann Sophath

Vann Sophath

Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR)
Business and Human Rights Project Coordinator
avatar for Ruwan Subasinghe

Ruwan Subasinghe

International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF)
Legal Director
avatar for Saunoamaali'i Karanina Sumeo

Saunoamaali'i Karanina Sumeo

Human Rights Commission
Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner
avatar for Pensri Suteerasarn

Pensri Suteerasarn

Thai Listed Companies Association (TLCA)
President and Secretary General
avatar for Daisuke Takahashi

Daisuke Takahashi

Shinwa Sohgoh Law Offices / Business and Human Rights Lawyers Network Japan
Partner Attorney / Steering Committee Officer
avatar for Monica Tepfer

Monica Tepfer

CGT Argentina
avatar for Michele Thatcher

Michele Thatcher

Chief Human Rights Officer

Katy Thompson

Team Leader, Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights
avatar for Matthias Thorns

Matthias Thorns

Deputy Secretary General
avatar for Salil Tripathi

Salil Tripathi

Institute for Human Rights and Business
Senior Advisor Global Issues
avatar for Deniz Utlu

Deniz Utlu

German Institute for Human Rights / Business and human rights working group of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions
Senior Policy Advisor / Chair
avatar for Deniz Utlu

Deniz Utlu

German Institute for Human Rights / Business and human rights working group of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions
Senior Policy Advisor / Chair
avatar for Olena Uvarova

Olena Uvarova

Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Ukraine
Head of Business and Human Rights Lab
avatar for Martina Vandeberg

Martina Vandeberg

The Human Trafficking Legal Center
avatar for Oyu Vasha

Oyu Vasha

Government of Mongolia
Director-General of the Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation...
avatar for José Luis Blasco Vazquez

José Luis Blasco Vazquez

Global Sustainability Director

Filippo Veglio

World Business Council on Sustainable Development
Managing Director
avatar for Sanjay Kumar Verma

Sanjay Kumar Verma

Birla Cellulose- Aditya Birla Group
Sr. President & Unit Head

Verónica Vidal

Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales (ProDESC)
Deputy Director
avatar for Eady vuthy

Eady vuthy

Equitable Cambodia
Executive Director
avatar for Victor Van Vuuren

Victor Van Vuuren

International Labour Organization
OIC ADG for Jobs and Protection
avatar for Yuyun Wahyuningrum

Yuyun Wahyuningrum

Representative of Indonesia

Romesh Weeramantry

Clifford Chance
avatar for Lene Wendland

Lene Wendland

Chief, Business and Human Rights
avatar for Francis West

Francis West

Business Engagement Director
avatar for Dominika Wierzbowska

Dominika Wierzbowska

Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy
Head of the Unit for CSR and NGOs cooperation
avatar for Elizabeth Wilde

Elizabeth Wilde

Permanent Mission of Australia
Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative
avatar for Lara Wolters

Lara Wolters

European Parliament
avatar for Elin Wrzoncki

Elin Wrzoncki

Instituto Danés de Derechos Humanos
Department Director, Human Rights and Business
avatar for Anil Yilmaz

Anil Yilmaz

University of Essex School of Law and Human Rights Centre
Lecturer and Co-director of the Essex Business and Human Rights...
avatar for Jennifer Zerk

Jennifer Zerk

OHCHR Accountability and Remedy Project
Legal Consultant
avatar for Joe Zhang

Joe Zhang

International Institute for Sustainable Development
Senior Law Advisor
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