Federico Burlon

FEDERICO BURLON | ADVISOR

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As an Advisor at Shift, Federico supports business partners to better identify, prioritise and act on salient human rights issues, embedding the UN Guiding Principles in companies’ decision-making processes.

Prior to joining Shift, Federico was Head of Delivery at Impactt. Federico managed a portfolio of clients, supported by a team of consultants. He led human rights assessment and remediation projects in the construction, energy, food and shipbuilding industries. This resulted in positive outcomes such as the return of passports and reimbursement of recruitment fees to workers and the strengthening of companies’ employment practices. Federico led Impactt’s engagement with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy in Qatar as external monitor of worker welfare in the construction of venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He also developed Impactt’s Diagnostics community of practice, delivering for clients as well as building internal capacity to execute human rights assessments around the world, with a focus on worker voice.

Prior to Impactt, Federico was a Sustainability Manager at Tesco plc. He contributed to the roll out of Tesco’s ethical trading programme to the goods-not-for-resale value chain. Federico engaged with hundreds of product and services suppliers and internal purchasing and sourcing teams to raise awareness of human rights issues and to prioritise and address the findings from third-party social audits. He also worked on climate change to develop a roadmap to achieve Tesco’s carbon reduction commitments related to direct and supply chain emissions.

In prior roles, Federico worked with a variety of human rights organisations in the United Kingdom and United States.

Federico holds a MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Macalester College, with a focus on human rights law and international migration. He is a United World College Adriatic alumnus and is from Argentina.

Julia Ferragamo

JULIA FERRAGAMO | COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

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As Shift’s Communications Coordinator, Julia works closely with team members and partners to coordinate the development of publications, blog posts, reports and other resources that advance Shift’s mission. She works closely with Shift’s Communications Lead to implement our communications strategy.

Julia is a wordsmith and graphic designer specializing in nonprofit communications. Prior to her start at Shift, Julia gained writing and design experience at a number of grassroots and global nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she worked on the communications team at the YMCA of Greater New York. While there, she helped to implement social media campaigns and increase engagement through the use of digital storytelling. Previous to her work at the Y, Julia played key roles in the communications and outreach efforts at Science Club for Girls, American Program Bureau and Memunatu Magazine

Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College in Boston. She is a United States national.

Jen Maceyko

JEN MACEYKO | CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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As Shift’s Chief Operating Officer, Jen manages the implementation of our strategic plan and oversees Shift’s people, financial and operational activities.

Prior to joining Shift, Jen was the Managing Director at Firefly Partners, a digital marketing agency for nonprofit organizations across the United States and Canada. In her role as Managing Director, Jen led strategic planning and implementation processes for initiatives in the areas of business development, service delivery and business operations. Before assuming this role at Firefly, Jen was the company’s Client Services Director and a project manager, working closely with organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Pet Partners, and the American Association of University Professors on marketing technology implementation initiatives. As a founder member of the Bureau of Digital, Jen has collaborated with and advised a wide variety of digital agency owners and practitioners on building effective, engaged teams and delivering client-centered programs.

Earlier in her career, Jen was a writer and editor, holding editorial and project management positions with Conservation International, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, and Indiana University Press. Jen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Knox College as well as a Master of Arts in Russian and East European Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. She is a United States national.

Caroline Rees

CAROLINE REES | PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER

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As the President and Co-Founder of Shift, Caroline leads our strategic 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, the central contribution of corporate respect for human rights to achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals, and the advancement of better ways to measure corporate human rights performance through Shift’s Valuing Respect project.

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. She was deeply involved in the drafting of the Guiding Principles, and she led research and analysis on respect for human rights in the context of global supply chains as well as consultations and field testing on different types of non-judicial grievance mechanisms for victims of corporate human rights impacts.

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 also sits on the Advisory Committee of the Investor Alliance for Human Rights, the Advisory Board for Ethical Corporation and the Expert Network of the UN Global Compact. She is a member of the Practitioners Council of Harvard Business School’s Impact Weighted Accounts Project and of the Advisory Panel to the Capitals Coalition, and shares a seat with Shift’s Vice President Rachel Davis on the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility Human Rights Advisory Committee.

Caroline’s prior British foreign service career covers 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.

Rachel Davis

RACHEL DAVIS | VICE PRESIDENT

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Rachel is one of Shift’s co-founders and has led work at Shift over the last decade on standard-setting, human rights and sports, financial institutions, conflict and international law.

As Vice President, Rachel shapes our strategy and oversees a range of our collaborations with companies, governments, investors, civil society and other partners. Rachel leads Shift’s work to influence standard-setters of all kinds to integrate the UN Guiding Principles into the rules that govern business, including engaging with governments and the European Union on mandatory human rights due diligence.

Rachel also has unique experience advising and leading efforts to drive respect for human rights into the operations of global sports governing bodies. Rachel has been the Chair of FIFA’s independent Human Rights Advisory Board since it was established in 2017. She has advised the International Olympic Committee on human rights since 2018, including co-authoring recommendations for the IOC on a comprehensive human rights strategy with former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein.

Rachel has more than a decade of experience in implementing the Guiding Principles with a wide range of organizations, including public and private financial institutions and companies from diverse business sectors and geographies, and she frequently leads and facilitates engagements with senior audiences around the world. She is the co-author of the leading study of the costs of company-community conflict in the extractive sector.

Rachel sits on the Advisory Board to AIM-Progress, a forum of leading consumer goods manufacturers and suppliers dedicated to promoting responsible sourcing practices. She is also a Board member of the non-profit organization Advocates for Community Alternatives, which works with West African communities to defend their human rights and achieve sustainable development alternatives.

Prior to co-founding Shift, Rachel was a senior legal advisor from 2006-2011 to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on business and human rights, Harvard Professor John Ruggie. She played a pivotal role in the development of the Guiding Principles, advising on all aspects of the relationship between the Guiding Principles and national and international law.

Rachel is also a Senior Program Fellow with the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School and has experience at the highest levels of the Australian legal system and internationally, having clerked at the High Court of Australia and at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. She has a particular interest in Indigenous peoples’ rights, having advised the Australian Federal Attorney-General’s Department on Indigenous affairs and acted as Ruggie’s liaison with the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues during his UN mandate.

Rachel has a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School and Bachelors degrees in Law and Politics from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where she also lectured and published in law. She is a (non-practicing) lawyer qualified in New South Wales and is an Australian and British national.

Jana Mudronova

JANA MUDRONOVA | ADVISOR

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As an Advisor, Jana contributes to our Valuing Respect Project focused on finding better ways to evaluate companies and investors’ efforts to respect for human rights. She also provides advisory support in our work with businesses.

Prior to joining Shift, Jana led and contributed to assessments of socially responsible investments in microentrepreneurial space in Johannesburg and mining investments in South Africa. She has experience in advising companies, social enterprises and NGOs in designing strategies for delivering positive outcomes for affected stakeholders. Her prior research contributed to hands-on recommendations to improve poverty-reducing and growth-inducing policies, including implementation of the first national minimum wage in South Africa, and policies to finance industrial development and to manage natural resources in developing and emerging economies.

In her previous roles, Jana gained a wide range of experience in on-the-ground stakeholder engagement, including conducting in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with worker representatives and local communities. She has experience in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) from rights-holders’ perspectives and training in political economy. Jana is an author or a contributor to several peer-reviewed publications on inequality, impacts of international investments and development finance. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, with studies also conducted in the Netherlands, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Jana is a Slovak national.

Ashleigh Owens

ASHLEIGH OWENS | SENIOR ADVISOR

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As a Senior Advisor, Ashleigh engages directly with financial institutions, companies and investors as they embed respect for human rights into their operations and business relationships. She also leads on pieces of research under our Valuing Respect Project, which is focused on developing better ways to evaluate business respect for human rights. Ashleigh has a breadth of experience approaching the Guiding Principles from business, legal and academic perspectives and brings a holistic view to Guiding Principles implementation.

Ashleigh was previously Executive Director at Ernst & Young’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services. At EY Japan, she led a team of consultants supporting policy-making, educational program and governance design, stakeholder dialogue and due diligence strategies for multinational and domestic companies across a variety of industries.  As founder of the EY Human Rights Network, she led the enhancement of EY’s human rights capabilities across EY’s global network. In her role she was a frequent speaker and moderator of dialogues at multi-stakeholder fora and functioned as a connector between civil society, government and corporate actors with a common goal of empowering business to respect rights.

From 2012 to 2014 she conducted research at the United Nations University in the field of Sustainability Science, specializing in business and human rights. She prepared research for the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and spent time at the UN Global Compact New York and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Ashleigh later sat on the UN Global Compact’s Human Rights and Labour Working Group and drafted the the Global Compact’s 2015 Guide on How to Develop a Human Rights Policy.

Ashleigh is a lawyer qualified in Australia and England & Wales and specialized in intellectual property law, labor law and public international law. She has advised governments and companies on state human rights obligations, companies on the nexus between bilateral investment treaties and human rights and fellow lawyers on integrating the Guiding Principles into legal advice. In 2007 she won the Intellectual Property Society of Australia & NZ prize.

Ashleigh has authored or contributed to a number of publications including: Business and Human Rights: Corporate Japan Rises to the Challenge (joint publication between EY Japan and Global Compact Network Japan), Corporate Social Responsibility Can Save Japan (Op-ed in Japan Times), Cumulative Human Rights Impacts (in UN Global Compact/ Maplecroft Business Dilemmas Forum) as well as several legal publications on intellectual property law in Australia and English translations of Japanese High Court judgments. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)’s Division for Prosperity.

Ashleigh has degrees in Law and Asian Studies from the University of Western Australia, with studies also conducted at the University of Vienna and Sophia University in Japan. She has a Masters of Science in Sustainability from the United Nations University and has undertaken the institution’s Leadership for Sustainability program. Ashleigh is an Australian national, and is fluent in Japanese.

Daniel Berezowsky

DANIEL BEREZOWSKY | ADVISOR AND COMMUNICATIONS LEAD

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As our Communications Lead, Daniel oversees the communications and advocacy strategy of Shift. He manages media engagement, handles media requests and works closely with Shift’s leadership to ensure that Shift’s voice is present in strategic fora. In parallel, Daniel also works across our main program areas, leading and supporting work with our partners and relevant stakeholders.

Prior to joining Shift, Daniel gained experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. He launched his career in 2012 as a public affairs consultant in his home country, Mexico, where he advised Fortune 500 companies in the extractive and high-tech industries, Congress representatives and members of Cabinet. He then went on to become a Senior Advisor at the Secretariat of the Interior, where he managed the strategic communications, speechwriting and digital engagement taskforce of the Secretary. At that time, Daniel also supported the design and implementation of policies on gender issues, LGBT rights and domestic workers’ rights.

He has also advised and supported the work of the Public Policy Program of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and the LGBT Rights, Americas and Global Advocacy Divisions of Human Rights Watch.

Daniel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico), a Film Production Diploma from Vancouver Film School and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.

Barbara Koneval

BARBARA KONEVAL | OPERATIONS AND FINANCE MANAGER

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As Shift’s Operations and Finance Manager, Barbara manages the financial, administrative and logistical aspects of our collaborations and activities. She is responsible for financial management and accounting, contracts, human resources, grants and operational compliance, information technology and office administration.

Barbara brings over fifteen years of experience in operations roles with sustainability organizations focused on environmental and social responsibility. She previously managed the training program for the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a national network of over 675 colleges and universities committed to tracking greenhouse gas emissions and planning for climate neutrality.

Prior to her work with the ACUPCC, Barbara worked on climate and sustainability research and the development of a sustainability rating system for Fortune 500 companies. She spent four years at the Oregon Natural Step Network, coordinating operations and professional development events for a network of over 300 businesses, higher education institutions, government agencies and non-profit organizations interested in sustainability.

Barbara has an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, the first graduate program in the US to offer an MBA focused on environmentally and socially responsible business practices. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Human Ecology from Rutgers University. Barbara is also a licensed “SCORE” assessor – a tool that helps organizations evaluate the effective integration of sustainability into their operations. She is a United States national.

David Vermijs

DAVID VERMIJS | SENIOR ADVISOR

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As a Senior Advisor with Shift, David engages with our partners on an everyday basis, focusing particularly on helping companies identify, prioritize and mitigate human rights risks as part of human rights due diligence. David has also supported the development of several practical guidance tools with a range of our international partners. As Shift’s team member in the Netherlands, David is also our primary liaison with the Dutch government and Dutch companies and civil society on business respect for human rights.

David has over a decade of experience advising multinational corporations, governments, NGOs and others on business and human rights. Prior to joining Shift, David provided research assistance to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for business and human rights John Ruggie. As part of his contributions, David field tested human rights due diligence with a group of Dutch companies and their stakeholders, and he supported research on company-led grievance mechanisms.

From 2008 to 2010, David was the lead consultant on an 18-month project, the Business and Human Rights Initiative, under the umbrella of the Global Compact Network Netherlands. The initiative was a collaboration between 10 Dutch multinationals – ABN AMRO, AkzoNobel, Essent, KLM, Philips, Rabobank, Randstad, Shell, TNT and Unilever – and led to the publication of a ground-breaking business guidance tool, How to Do Business with Respect for Human Rights, in 2010. Through his work at Shift, David led the update of this publication from 2014 to 2016 with the support of the Dutch government under their National Action Plan on implementing the Guiding Principles.

Another major guidance tool David has helped develop addresses due diligence on child labor, published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) in 2015. The guidance was the result of a multi-year, multi-stakeholder, multi-country project led by David involving the ILO, IOE, companies, unions, NGOs and other stakeholders.

David was previously a Research Fellow at the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, including assisting in teaching on business and human rights, global governance, corporate governance and leadership. David sits in a personal capacity on the board of the Dutch Social and Economic Council International Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. He has a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. David is a Dutch national, speaks English and Dutch and is proficient in Spanish and German.