PRELEGENCI | KEYNOTE SPEAKERS & PANELISTS

Dr MICHAEL K. ADDO

Dr Addo is one of five members of the UN Working Group on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises, which was established in June 2011 by the UN Human Rights Council. The Working Group is tasked with promoting and disseminating the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and ensuring that they are effectively implemented by governments and business. Michael researches and teaches International Human Rights Law as well as Human Rights and International Business Policy. He edited one of the earliest collection of essays on Human Rights Standards and the Responsibility of Transnational Corporations (Nijhoff 1998), as well as have published many journal articles and conference papers in this field. His recent work on The Legal Nature of International Human Rights Law (Nijhoff) 2010 is in the tradition of evidence-based human rights law, as is his work on human rights and transnational corporations. The aim of his focus on evidence-based research is to explore international human rights law from the point of view of recognised actors especially institutions and agencies that are mandated to implement and oversee human rights guarantees. He is continuing this line of enquiry along other themes such as cultural diversity and transnational corporations. Dr Addo has acted as consultant or a resource person for a variety of institutions including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Commission of Jurist. He has also lectured at leading institutions including the International Institute of Human Rights (Strasbourg), Universities of Milan, Padova, Connecticut and Paris XI.

ANDRZEJ GRZYB, MEP

 

Member of the European Parliament (EPP), Vice chair of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights; Mr Grzyb has drafted the Foreign Affairs-committee’s opinions on CSR. The opinions are directed to the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and the Legal Affairs-committee.

RICHARD HOWITT, MEP

An elected Member of the European Parliament since 1994 Richard Howitt has served as Rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) over three successive European Parliaments including the current term to 2014. He proposed the setting up of and continues to represent the European Parliament on the E.U. Multi-Stakeholder Forum on CSR. Richard Howitt MEP represents European interests in a number of international CSR initiatives, and serves as a member of the Public Policy Advisory Group of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) a Friend of the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises, a Member of the Governmental Advisory Group of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and as an Ambassador for the Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability project. In 2007 in Oslo, Professor John Ruggie, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights asked Richard to chair his consultation on the governmental obligations in his mandate, and in December 2012 Richard Howitt MEP spoke at the inaugural UN Business and Human Rights Forum in Geneva. As well as preparing the formal European Parliament response to the EU’s proposed future CSR Strategy, Richard Howitt MEP is currently working directly with the European Commission toward securing greater non-financial reporting targeted at the 50,000 large companies in Europe, and has been involved throughout the genesis of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) for which he is an Ambassador. Earlier this year, he worked as part of the official EU delegation at the Rio+20 summit around the key area of corporate reporting requirements. Alongside his work on CSR, Richard Howitt MEP is Spokesperson of the Socialist and Democrat Group in the European Parliament on Human Rights. Richard is also a leading member of the European Parliament’s Committees on Foreign Affairs, and on Employment and Social Affairs.

SUE BIRD

SUE BIRDWith the Commission for more than 20 years, Sue Bird has led on initiatives in regional policy, industry policy, research and development, information society, and employment and social affairs. She coordinated the Commission’s Structural funding (economic development aid) for Slovakia for 2004-2006. She had a coordinating role across the Telematics Applications Programme for research and development in public sector information society initiatives. Sue is currently Policy Co-ordinator in the Commission’s DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, where she is in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility. In this role, she played a key part in the development of the 2011 European Commission Communication on CSR, and spearheads a number of the Commission’s CSR initiatives. She has a BA (Honours) in French from Sheffield University, UK; and a Maîtrise en Management Public from the Ecole de Commerce Solvay, Brussels, Belgium.

CARL CHRISTIAN HASSELBALCH

Carl Christian Hasselbalch is a career diplomat with a background in international law and human rights. He is currently Senior Adviser in the Trade Council, an agency of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He works in the Trade Council’s Global Public Affairs Team with responsibility for its global business services in Corporate Social Responsibility, including anti-corruption. Prior to this he worked as a private sector consultant in CSR from 2005-08 and in 2004-5 was responsible for the development of Danida’s first program for support of CSR projects between Danish companies and their local partners in developing countries.

AGNIESZKA KARPIŃSKA

Head of Human Rights Division, Department of the United Nations and Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
In the foreign service since 2004. After graduating from the MFA Diplomatic Academy, she began work in the MFA’s Department of United Nations System and Global Issues. In 2007-2012 she was posted to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations in New York, where she was responsible for the sustainable development issues. Since August 2012 until now, she has been head of Human Rights Division in the United Nations and Human Rights Department. Career civil servant.
Graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics where she majored in international economic and political relations and post-graduate studies on European Union Law. Fluent in English, French and Spanish.

KATARZYNA NOWAK

Corporate Communication and CSR Manager, Orbis S.A. After working as a visual merchandiser firstly and afterwards as a business developer in Poland for clothing companies such as River Island, Wallis and Esprit, Katarzyna joined the Accor group in 2001. Between 2006 and 2009 she was the personal assistant of the CEO of Orbis SA (5 000 employees), responsible for effective work of the CEO’s office. In 2010 she moved to the corporate communication department of Orbis SA in order to organize an effective internal communication and to create a strong CSR policy in the company by bringing to live such major social projects such as – creation of the first in Poland Mothers’ social cooperative, being member of the working group for setting up the polish Diversity Charter or signing by Orbis and bringing to Poland the Code of Conduct protecting children from sexual abuse. Since end of 2012, she is managing the corporate communication department and leading all CSR projects in Orbis SA, nr 1 hospitality company in Poland, listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics and holder of Haute Ecole de Commerce Master en Management Européen.

mec. SYLWESTER PIECKOWSKI, LL.M.

Sylwester Pieckowski, advocate, arbitrator and mediator, head of dispute resolution practice at Chadbourne & Parke LLP in Warsaw. He has a broad range of international business experience based on more than 20 years of practice in Polish and U.S. aviation industry and international trade. His present practice is focused on ADR in business dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration.
Mr. Pieckowski earned an LL.M from the University of Michigan Law School in 1983 and received and LL.M. from the Warsaw University School of law and Administration in 1973. He serves as President of the Polish Arbitration Association and President of the Civic Council for ADR at the Ministry of Justice. Mr. Pieckowski is a member of: ICDR, VIAC, Czech Arbitration Court, Court of Arbitration at the Kraków Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lewiatan Court of Arbitration in Warsaw. Mr. Pieckowski’s publications include: Arbitration and mediation, Liber Amicorum – a tribute to Dr. Andrzej Tynel, KIG, 2012; Arbitration and alternative methods of dispute resolution (ADR) in resolution of civil disputes, in: The System of Commercial Law, ed. Andrzej Szumański, C.H.Beck, 2010; Assessment of application of the Civil Procedure Code provisions on civil mediation and their practical use by state courts in 2006, Liber Amicorum – a tribute to Professor Tadeusz Szurski, C.H. Beck, April 2008; Mediation in Civil Matters, Difin, 2006; How the New Polish Civil Mediation Law Compares with the Proposed EU Directive on Mediation, Dispute Resolution Journal, American Arbitration Association, August-October 2006.

JOANNA SZYMONEK

Expert at International Bureau of Solidarnosc, specializing in corporate social responsibility, employment relations, labor market policies, human rights in the workplace, social dialogue, human resource development. Originator and initiator of projects concerning CSR and labour policies, the author of variety expert publications. Member of governmental CSR working groups. Cooperates with social partners, NGO’s, business, academic and research institutions; at the national and international level. Member of Polish Association of Human Resource Management and International Labour and Employment Relations Associations.

KAMIL WYSZKOWSKI

Head of the Office at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Project Office in Poland, working for the UN for 11 years. His main areas of expertise include UN and EU policies, social exclusion, social innovations and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Lawyer specializing in international law. Supports Fairtrade, fights human trafficking and other forms of modern slavery. In Poland, he is responsible for coordination of programmatic activities of UNDP, as well as, since 2004, the Secretary-General’s Global Compact Initiative. On international level, he contributes to strengthening cooperation between UNDP offices in Europe and CIS countries, Africa and Middle East. Specialist and practitioner dealing with development aid, multilateral cooperation and transfer of know-how. Former member of the Team of Strategic Advisers to the President of the Council of Ministers in Poland. In this role he coordinated the development of the Strategy for the Development of Social Capital. Enemy of traffic jams and fan of biking. Sings in a choir, loves history and optimists.

BARBARA GŁOWALA

Since 2011 Legal Advisor and Risk Manager in Skanska Commercial Development Europe (development unit of Skanska Group present in Poland, Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary) responsible for coordinating legal services, ethical issues and risk management, previously a lawyer in Skanska Property Poland and a lawyer in Clifford Chance law firm; Education – 2001-2006 Law at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, 2006-2001 legal advisor training at Chamber of Legal Advisors in Warsaw.

FILIP GREGOR

Filip Gregor serves as a Board Member of the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) and works as a lawyer with the Environmental Law Service. He has been involved in litigation on behalf of communities whose rights have been abused in the course of promotion of foreign direct investments. As a board member of the ECCJ, he works on the development of ECCJ legal proposals. He is an author of several publications on legal reforms of EU corporate accountability framework. In 2012 he helped to coordinate the global consultations that laid foundation for the report “Human Rights Due Diligence: The Role of States”.

TOM KENNEDY

A graduate of Manchester University, Tom Kennedy is currently Deputy Head, Human Rights and Democracy Department, in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London. He is tasked with integrating human rights into UK foreign policy, with a particular policy lead on business and human rights on which he has led work across the British government since September 2011 on the development of a UK Government strategy.
From 2006-2011 he served as British Ambassador to Costa Rica and Nicaragua to promote British policies and protect British interests in those two countries and with a regional lead responsibility for Central America on climate change issues. Prior to that (2002-2006) he served as Consul General, Bordeaux, responsible for British interests in south west France and organised the Toulouse leg of the Queen’s State Visit 2004. Has also worked in London in Non-Proliferation Department, Near East and North Africa Department and Southern European Department.

ARE-JOSTEIN NORHEIM

Are-Jostein Norheim joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway in 1981. Since September 2008 he serves as CSR Ambassador in the Ministry’s Section of Economic and Commercial Affairs. Prior to that he was Consul General in San Francisco from 2003. He has served as Deputy Director General in the European Department. His foreign postings include the Consulate General in Chicago, the UN Mission in New York and the Embassy in Washington, D.C. Mr Norheim was the head of the National Contact Point of Norway 2008 -2011 and chaired the 2009 Annual Meeting of the National Contact Points for OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises in Paris. He is a member of the Government Advisory Group to the Global Reporting Initiative.

CLAIRE METHVEN O’BRIEN

Claire Methven O’Brien is a Special Adviser, Human Rights and Business, at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark’s national human rights institution. Her work at DIHR includes advice to global enterprises and governments on human rights and business issues, business and human rights tool development, and capacity development of NHRIs and civil society organisations in countries including Algeria, Angola, Bolivia, Malaysia, Niger, Sierra Leone and South Africa. From 2009-11 Claire led the activities of the Working Group on Business and Human Rights of the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions and currently represents DIHR on Working Group. Claire holds degrees from Queens’ College, Cambridge University and the London School of Economics and a PhD in Law from the European University Institute, Florence, her thesis entitled “Human rights and transnational corporations: For a multi-level governance approach”. Claire has been called to the London Bar. In 2011 she was appointed to the board of the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and in 2012 was invited to join UNICEF’s CSR Advisory Group.

AGATA STAFIEJ – BARTOSIK

Agata Stafiej-Bartosik acts as a Senior Manager in the Sustainable Business Solutions Team at PwC Poland. Agata is a sociologist and business advisor. She specializes in supply chain ESG risks consulting. She provided advisory services to such clients as PGNiG, PKN Orlen, Grupa Żywiec (part of Heineken Group), Orange (formerly Telekomunikacja Polska), Microsoft, as well as Atlas, NG2, Cemex, BPH (part of GE Capital), ING Bank Śląski and a wide range of other major Polish and international companies. She has been associated with PwC for three years, previously worked as an independent consultant, she served as manager of corporate social responsibility at Danone Poland and co-led the Foundation for Social Communication. Agata is the author of numerous articles and trade publications. She wrote for the Harvard Business Review, Gazeta Prawna and Puls Biznesu. She is a lecturer at Warsaw University and Kozminski University.  Agata is a member and a former scholar of an international organization Ashoka – Innovator for the Public and the U.S. Department of State. She studied at Lumiere-Lyon2 University in France.

DR MARGARET WACHENFELD

Margaret Wachenfeld is the Director of Legal Affairs at the Institute for Human Rights and Business where she leads the think tank’s programme on due diligence.  Just prior, she spent six years as a Senior Policy Adviser on children’s rights at UNICEF.  Earlier, Ms. Wachenfeld was principal external advisor on human rights for the International Finance Corporation (IFC, World Bank Group).   She also advised the EBRD and EIB on human rights and environmental issues.  Margaret was a staff lawyer at IFC where she worked on the environmental and social dimensions of IFC’s investments first in the legal department then later in the Environment and Social Development Department.  Earlier, Margaret was a senior associate with the law firm of White & Case for seven years where she had a corporate and environmental law practice.  Margaret started her career as counsel at the Danish Institute for Human Rights.  She has a PhD in human rights law from the University of Copenhagen, a masters in international and comparative law and a juris doctor degree from Duke University Law School, and a bachelor of arts in biology from Wellesley College in the US.

BEATA FARACIK, LL.M.

Beata is a lawyer affiliated with Allerhand Institute, where she heads the Allerhand Human Rights and Business Programme. She has expertise in International Public Law, Human Rights & Business, Corporate Social Responsibility as well as International Relations. She specialises in research and advising on human rights policy issues, and assessing and reporting on compatibility of the domestic legislation and practice with international human rights standards. Her work experience covers work for public administration including Polish Ministry of Justice, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels and UK Criminal Justice System, NGO sector (NSPCC), academia and business. She is currently working as an independent expert, most recently for the European Parliament. Devoted to raising Human Rights and CSR awareness, she has been also involved in teaching, training and writing on those issues, and has been lending her expertise to various pro-bono initiatives. Her academic background covers MA in Law and MA in European Affairs in Poland and Germany, LL.M in Human Rights Law and Intellectual Property Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute/Lund University in Sweden (WIPO WA Fellow) and current Ph.D. research at the University of Exeter in England.