Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises - Members
Ms. Alexandra Guáqueta
Ms. Alexandra Guáqueta (D.Phil. International Relations, Oxford) is a Lecturer in International Relations at Flinders University and has worked for over a decade on business and human rights, peace-building, Latin American regional security, drug trafficking, and democratic norms diffusion. She was Academic Director of Fundación Ideas para la Paz (2004-2008) where she created the Business and Conflict Program. She facilitated with the IBLF the “Dialogue on Business, Peace, Development and Human Rights” that led to the “Colombian Guidelines on Security and Human Rights” code and multi-stakeholder process. She piloted International Alert’s Conflict-Sensitive Business Practice tool for extractive industries with Oxy and Cerrejón (2005) and co-chaired the Secretariat of the Colombian Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights in-country process (2006-2008). She worked for Oxy (2002-2004) on the implementation of new human rights standards and was Social Standards and International Engagement Head at Cerrejón (2008-2011) focusing on social standards, local and international stakeholder engagement, labour rights, and indigenous peoples’ rights. At Cerrejón she road-test the operational-level grievance mechanism effectiveness criteria proposed by the Ruggie mandate. She was Senior Associate of the Economic Agendas in Civil Wars Program of the International Peace Institute (2001-2002) and Coordinator of the Regional Security Cooperation Program of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung-Colombia (2004-2008). Ms. Guáqueta serves in the High-Level Advisory Committee of the European Commission’s Sectoral Guidelines on business and human rights project, the Board of Trustees of Shift, the World Economic Forum’s Council on Human Rights and Better Coal’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee. She has authored more than 30 academic and policy publications.
Mr. Michael K. Addo
Mr. Michael K. Addo is an academic expert in international human rights law with a particular focus on its implications for international business policy. He is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter (UK) where he researches and teaches international law, human rights and human rights & business policy at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In this capacity, Mr. Addo has successfully supervised doctoral research in diverse fields of international human rights law including in the field of business and human rights. Mr. Addo has authored and edited several books and scholarly publications including one of the earliest collection of essays on Human Rights Standards and the responsibility of Transnational Corporations (Nijhoff 1998). Mr. Addo is a lawyer by training and an advocate at the Ghana Bar.
Ms. Margaret Jungk
Ms. Margaret Jungk (Ph.D. in political science, specializing in international human rights law, University of Cambridge) was the founder and director of the Human Rights and Business Department at the Danish Institute for Human Rights. Ms. Jungk’s work has focused on improving the human rights performance of multinational companies. Ms. Jungk has published widely in the field of human rights and business, and was the principal designer of the Human Rights Compliance Assessment (HRCA), a comprehensive tool for companies to identify and address human rights risks in their operations. She has also engaged extensively with individual companies and industry sectors, including oil, mining, finance and pharmaceuticals, to address their individual and collective human rights impacts. Ms. Jungk was the 2011/12 Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Human Rights. She is also a member of the UN Global Compact Human Rights Working Group, the Human Rights and Business Resource Centre advisory group, the Global Reporting Initiative G3 Working Group on Human Rights and is an advisor to the Global Business Initiative. She has participated in a number of in-company initiatives for human rights accountability and sits on independent stakeholder review boards.
Mr. Puvan Selvanathan
Mr. Puvan Selvanathan (MBA and DBA in Corporate Sustainability) advised multinational companies on global sustainability strategy, most recently as Chief Sustainability Officer to the Sime Darby Group, the world's largest producer of sustainable palm oil. He is an architect by profession. He was involved for over 10 years in developing the Malaysian business community’s understanding of ethics, good governance and corporate responsibility. Mr. Selvanathan is Past President of the Malaysia Chapter of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development; was formerly Vice-President, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil; and an Independent Director of the Malaysian Government’s Green Technology Corporation. He is currently leading the development of new business principles for Sustainable Agriculture at the UN Global Compact.
Mr. Pavel Sulyandziga
Mr. Pavel Sulyandziga (PhD in Economics) is a member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation and advisor to the president of RAIPON (Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East). At the beginning of his career he was a school teacher of mathematics in Primorskiy kray, Russia (1984-1987). In 1991 he was elected as Chairman of the Indigenous Peoples Association of the Primorskiy kray. His international activity included participating in the Eurasian Club (Japan) on assistance to the education and preservation of culture of indigenous peoples (1991-1993); and visiting Indian reservations in the USA (California, Oregon, Washington) to study their experience on education, culture and self-governance (1993). From 1993 to 1994, Mr. Sulyandziga participated in the elaboration of a project on the preservation of biodiversity in the Bikin river valley, where he was responsible for project implementation. In 1994-1995 he participated in the project «Traditional Indigenous Crafts» funded by the Eurasian Club (Japan); he was Indigenous curator of the cooperative project on the preservation of the Ussuri Tiger; and in 1997-2000 he was coordinator of the Danish-Greenlandic Initiative for assistance to indigenous peoples of Russia. In addition, Mr. Sulyandziga was a councilor to the Governor of the Primorskiy kray on indigenous issues (1994-1997). In 1997 he was elected Vice-president and then in 2001 First Vice-president of RAIPON. From 2005 to 2010 he was a member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He has been a member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation since 2006.