Alexandra Haas

Alexandra Haas is the Executive Director of Oxfam Mexico. In 2020, she was a guest researcher at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas and advisor on gender and inclusion at the Coordinación de Difusión Cultural de la UNAM. She was President of the National Council for the Prevention of Discrimination (CONAPRED) for four years and prior to that she headed the political affairs area of the Mexican Embassy in Washington, DC.

Alexandra has participated in developing and implementing legislative and public policy initiatives with a human rights perspective in international organizations, government institutions and social organizations in Mexico, the United States, Guatemala and Argentina.

Alexandra has taught Human Rights and Democracy at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) and she has taught International Law of Human Rights and Theory of Law at Universidad Iberoamericana and the University of the Cloister of Sor Juana. She is an associate of the International Human Rights Network.

Maria Anne van Dijk

Maria Anne van Dijk is an independent business and human rights strategist specializing in sustainable banking practices.

Maria Anne has worked in various roles in the financial services industry for over 30 years, focusing on sustainability for ABN AMRO Bank since 2003, including as Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Advisory and Monitoring. In that role, she developed ABN AMRO’s human rights program, which became one of the pillars of the bank’s sustainability policy. She also pioneered an award-winning project with the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, the University of Amsterdam and the Public Prosecution office, which utilizes bank data to detect human trafficking activities.

Maria Anne is a member of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Committee of the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV). She co-authored Banks and Human Trafficking: Rethinking Human Rights Due Diligence.

Caroline Rees



As the President and Co-Founder of Shift, Caroline leads our organizational strategy and development and drives our thought leadership work on key challenges and opportunities in advancing corporate respect for business and human rights. Caroline speaks extensively at events around the world and frequently facilitates dialogue and debate amongst companies, governments, investors and civil society. In recent years, Caroline has focused on improving corporate human rights reporting as a catalyst for better human rights risk management, and on improving the data and methods used in evaluating companies’ social performance as part of ESG (environmental, social and governance) analysis. She has written and spoken extensively on the relevance of business respect for human rights, and the UNGPs specifically, to movements that seek to advance sustainability, equality, ESG investing, stakeholder capitalism, and human and social capital.

Caroline previously spent 14 years with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. From 2003 to 2006 she led the UK’s human rights negotiating team at the UN and she ran the negotiations to establish the mandate of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on business and human rights. The success of this initiative led to Professor John Ruggie’s appointment and from 2007-2011 Caroline was a lead advisor on his team and deeply involved in the drafting of the Guiding Principles.

From 2009 to 2011 Caroline was also the Director of the Governance and Accountability Program at the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School and she remains a Senior Program Fellow there. Caroline is a Commissioner on the Business Commission to Tackle Inequality, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Investor Alliance for Human Rights, the Advisory Group to the Workforce Disclosure Initiative, the Advisory Council to Harvard Business School’s Impact Weighted Accounts Initiative and the Advisory Panel of the Capitals Coalition.

Caroline’s prior British foreign service career covered Iran, Slovakia, the UN Security Council in New York and the European Union in Brussels. Caroline has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Oxford University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Caroline is a British national and speaks English, French and German.

John Knox

John Knox is the Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law at Wake Forest University, where he has taught since 2006. From 2012 to 2015, he served as the first United Nations Independent Expert, and from 2015 to 2018, as the first Special Rapporteur, on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. In that role, he submitted a series of reports to the UN Human Rights Council on the application of human rights law to environmental issues, including climate change and the conservation of biological diversity. In 2018, he concluded his mandate by presenting Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment to the United Nations, and by calling upon the UN General Assembly to recognize the human right to a healthy and sustainable environment.

His recent scholarship has focused on issues arising at the intersection of human rights and environmental protection. In 2018, he published a co-edited volume of essays on the human right to a healthy environment, and he is currently writing a book on the evolution of environmental rights in international law.

John currently serves on the board of the Universal Rights Group, a human rights institution in Geneva, and on the board of Wake Forest University’s Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability. Previously, he chaired a national advisory committee to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, the first regional environmental organization in North America, and served as special counsel to the Center for International Environmental Law.

Prior to joining Wake Forest, John served as an attorney-adviser at the Department of State, worked in private practice in Austin, Texas, and taught at Pennsylvania State University.

Prince Zeid Raad Al Hussein

Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is the Chair of Shift’s Board of Trustees.

Prince Zeid is the President & CEO of the International Peace Institute (IPI) and the Perry World House Professor of Practice of Law and Human Rights at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. He served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2014 to 2018. He is a member of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders working together for peace, justice and human rights, first established by Nelson Mandela in 2007.

Prince Zeid has previously held several diplomatic posts including as Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and Ambassador to the United States of America. In 2014, he was President of the UN Security Council and chaired the Security Council’s committees on the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia. He also served as a UN political affairs officer in the former Yugoslavia, from 1994 to 1996.

Prince Zeid is globally respected for his integrity, ethical leadership, and commitment to human rights. His professional experience demonstrates his long familiarity with international criminal justice, international law, UN peacekeeping, post-conflict peace-building, and international development.

An expert in the field of international justice, Prince Zeid was a central figure in the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC), chairing the complex negotiations to establish the exact terms of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. He was subsequently elected the first President of the governing body of the ICC in 2002 and grew it into the internationally recognized court that it is today.

Recognized as a leading defender of universal human rights, Prince Zeid was given the Stockholm Human Rights Award in 2015, the Human Rights Tulip prize in 2018, and Foreign Policy magazine named him Diplomat of the Year.

Erika George

Erika George is Director of the Tanner Humanities Center and Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law at the University of Utah. Prior to joining the University of Utah, Professor George served as a law clerk and litigation associate at prominent firms in both Illinois and  New York. She also worked as a fellow and later consultant at Human Rights Watch, where she conducted investigations in South Africa on women’s rights, children’s rights, violence, the right to education and abuses related to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She wrote a book-length report, Scared at School: Sexual Violence Against Girls in South African Schools, which received widespread media coverage in South Africa and internationally. She currently serves as special counsel to the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch.

Her scholarship has appeared in the California Law Review, the Michigan Journal of International Law, the New York University Journal of International Law and Policy, and the annual proceedings of the American Society of International Law.

Professor George has served on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Department of State Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan and as a member of the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. She is an Editor for the blog

We recorded an interview with Professor George when she joined Shift’s Board in February of 2022. It is available here.

Susanne Stormer

Before joining PwC in February 2021, Susanne Stormer was the Chief Sustainability Advisor and Vice President of Novo Nordisk, where she successfully embedded the Triple Bottom Line principle into business practice and spearheaded the company’s leadership in integrated reporting. Susanne is also a member of the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network, and a member of the Board of the Access to Nutrition Initiative. She was a member of the task force that developed the draft European Sustainability Reporting Standards and, until July 2022, was also a member of the SASB Standards Board. In addition, she is an adjunct professor of Corporate Sustainability at Copenhagen Business School and a visiting professor at UC Berkeley Haas.

Vânia Maria da Costa Borgerth

Vânia Maria is the Head of CBARI – Brazilian Network for Integrated Reporting. She is the former Head Accountant at BNDES (Brazilian Development Bank), where she was responsible for promoting transparency best practices such as international accounting and auditing standards, corporate governance and the Integrated Report both in Brazil and abroad. During her time at BNDES, she represented the institution on the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). Vânia was also the Head of the Brazilian Delegation of Accountants at ISAR, a Division of UNCTAD.

Vânia is a member of the Expert Panel of Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) and a former member of the Advisory Council of the IFRS and the Consultative and Advisory Groups of the International Standard Board for Auditing (IAASB) and Accounting Ethics (IESBA).

She is a Ph.D. candidate in accounting at FUCAPE Business School. Vânia is the author of “SOX: Understanding the Sarbanes-Oxley Act” published by Thomson Learning in 2006.

John Ruggie

In Memory of John Ruggie

John served as the founding Chair of Shift from 2011 to 2021. He was the Berthold Beitz Research Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He also taught at the Berkeley and San Diego campuses of the University of California, and at Columbia University where he became Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs. From 1997-2001 John served as UN Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning in the cabinet of Kofi Annan; from 2002-2005 as Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for the Global Compact; and from 2005-2011 as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights.

A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, he received numerous awards from academic and professional societies for his contributions to social science, public policy and the development of international law. In addition to serving as Shift’s Board Chairman, John was also on the Board of Arabesque Asset Management Holding Company as well as Unilever’s Sustainability Advisory Council. His book, Just Business: Multinational Corporations and Human Rights, has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.