Over two decades of legal
and human rights experience

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

CV

• Human Rights Strategy and Policy Development

• Human Rights Program Management

• Human Rights Due Diligence

• Grievance Mechanisms and Conflict Resolution

• Human Rights Training

EXPERIENCE

2018-2021

NOVARTIS AG, Basel, Switzerland

HEAD OF HUMAN RIGHTS

I developed Novartis’ first comprehensive Human Rights Strategy, updated its Human Rights Guideline, authored its first joint UK/Australia Modern Slavery Statement, and led a specialist team in implementation of its Human Rights Program. Our team successfully embedded human rights risk in the company’s Enterprise Risk Management system and integrated respect for human rights within the processes of key internal functions.

2015-2018

STORA ENSO, Helsinki, Finland

HEAD OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS

I further developed the Human Rights Program and led working groups in the identification of Stora Enso’s salient human rights issues and the preparation of its first UK Modern Slavery Act Statement. I managed a multi-year public/private partnership with the International Labor Organization on the promotion of decent work and elimination of child labour in supply chains in Pakistan.

2012-2014

DANISH INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, Copenhagen, Denmark

SENIOR ADVISOR, HUMAN RIGHTS AND BUSINESS

I designed and conducted DIHR’s first comprehensive Human Rights Impact Assessment, of a major mining development in Mozambique. I co-led sector-wide human rights impact assessments of emerging oil & gas and tourism programs in Myanmar. I co-led a human rights risk scoping of a major pulp mill construction and wood supply project in China.

2009-2012 and 2014-2015

RIGHT2RESPECT, Business and Human Rights Advisors, International

HUMAN RIGHTS SPECIALIST

I founded Right2Respect, a business and human rights consultancy that specialized in supporting extractive sector companies to implement the United Nations' Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Key projects included the implementation of a human rights assessment of a paper mill in northern Pakistan, including coaching local staff and quality assuring the process. In Bolivia, I led the development of a project-level grievance mechanism and multi-stakeholder engagement model for a major mining project, which included consultations with project-affected indigenous communities to integrate their traditional dispute resolution practices.

2003-2005

SNV, Netherlands International Development Agency, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

SENIOR ADVISOR, Territorial Management

In support of the implementation of a major national land reform initiative, I trained indigenous organizations in the lowlands of Bolivia in the planning and management of a million hectare traditional territory and the development of sustainable natural resource use regulations.

1994-1999

MINISTRY OF ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS, Government of British Columbia, Victoria, Canada

LAND CLAIMS NEGOTIATOR

I was a provincial government Negotiator on various comprehensive land claim negotiations between indigenous peoples and the Governments of Canada and Province of British Columbia. I directed the development and implementation of negotiation strategies, and the preparation of legal agreements for settlement offers regarding land and natural resource use and management, law-making authority, taxation and resource revenue- sharing.

1992-2003

SEIER & ASSOCIATES and RATCLIFF & COMPANY, Vancouver, Canada

LAWYER, LEGAL ADVISOR

I was a practicing lawyer in Vancouver, Canada, specializing in indigenous rights and environmental law. I advised indigenous organizations regarding land, natural resource and self-governance rights, and represented them in land claims negotiations, natural resource conflict resolution and fisheries prosecutions.

EDUCATION

2007-2008

University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

MASTER OF LAWS (LLM) International Human Rights specialization

1989-1992

University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada

BACHELOR OF LAWS (LLB/J.D.)

1987-1989

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (FORESTRY) course requisites for Professional Forester accreditation

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