Lloyd Lipsett

LLOYD LIPSETT | SENIOR ASSOCIATE

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As a Senior Associate with Shift, Lloyd engages with our collaboration partners on an everyday basis, with a particular focus advising companies in the extractives sector and in emerging markets. As a leading expert on human rights impact assessments, Lloyd has a deep understanding of the impact on communities and workers of large scale infrastructure and extractives projects.

Lloyd is an international human rights lawyer with 20 years of experience working with companies, governments, national human rights institutions, civil society organizations and indigenous peoples on corporate impacts on people. As an expert on human rights impact assessments, Lloyd has led or participated in on-the-ground assessments in Canada, the United States, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Eritrea, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, China, Philippines and Vanuatu.

Lloyd has particular expertise on indigenous peoples rights, economic, social and cultural rights and stakeholder engagement. He regularly publishes and makes presentations on a wide range of human rights issues relevant to companies, industry associations and governments. Lloyd also sits in the board of Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education.

Lloyd previously served as the senior assistant to three presidents of the Canadian human rights organization Rights & Democracy from 2003 to 2008, and participated in all aspects of the organization’s management and programming, including the development of a community-based human rights impact assessment methodology. He began his career as a corporate litigator at McMillan Binch in Toronto. He successfully represented clients at all levels of the courts of the province of Ontario and in the Canadian federal court system and developed a specialization in class actions, mediation and dispute resolution. Lloyd is a graduate of Queen’s University and McGill University and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a Canadian and United States national and speaks English and French.

Anna Triponel

ANNA TRIPONEL | SENIOR ASSOCIATE

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As a Senior Associate with Shift, Anna advises companies, investors and business associations on how to put the Guiding Principles into practice. Trained as a lawyer, Anna focuses particularly on working with legal professionals on their role in implementing the Guiding Principles and has led work on analyzing regulations in various jurisdictions and how they align to the Guiding Principles. She also has particular expertise on the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework. 

Prior to joining Shift, Anna provided input to the work of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for business and human rights John Ruggie as a legal consultant. During this period, Anna also opened the New York office of the Public International Law & Policy Group, where she advised government officials, opposition leaders, human rights victims and civil society organizations on human rights, constitutional reform and transitional justice in Burma, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Somaliland, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Anna was previously a mergers and acquisitions associate at the law firm of Jones Day in New York, where she advised a broad range of multinational companies on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint venture, private equity and venture capital transactions. She founded and led the law firm’s International Law Pro Bono Group. She began her career as an advisor to the World Bank, advising on development governance structures to better meet the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education.

Anna is a (non-practicing) lawyer qualified in New York, England & Wales and France. She is a frequent expert speaker and writer on business and human rights and is the recipient of various professional awards, including the Empire State Counsel Award for changing the lives of those unable to afford counsel and the Seymour-Reuben Award for shaping international law. Anna has a Masters in International Law from American University Washington College of Law and a degree in common and civil law from the University of Paris X. She has been awarded the Business Sustainability Management certificate from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and the MBA Essentials certificate from London School of Economics (LSE). Anna is a British and French national and speaks English and French.

John F. Sherman III

JOHN F. SHERMAN III | GENERAL COUNSEL AND SENIOR ADVISOR

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As Shift’s General Counsel and Senior Advisor, John focuses on the role of the legal profession in the implementation of the Guiding Principles in their role as business advisors.

John is an internationally recognized thought leader on this subject. He chairs the business and human rights working group of the International Bar Association. He writes frequently in professional and academic journals and is a sought-after speaker at legal conferences and workshops, advocating for lawyers’ role in ensuring companies do business with respect for human rights. John is a founder of the IBA CSR Committee and was its co-chair from 2008 to 2010.

From 2008 to 2011, John was part of the central team advising the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights John Ruggie. Based on his prior corporate experience, John helped shape how human rights due diligence – a core concept of the Guiding Principles – could be incorporated into existing business systems, including governance, enterprise risk management, compliance and ethics, safety and environmental management and dispute resolution.

Since 2011, John has also been a Senior Program Fellow at the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School. From 2008 through 2010, John was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. Since 2009, John has been an Executive Fellow at the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University.

Prior to his work on the Guiding Principles, John was deputy general counsel of National Grid, where he had senior and executive level responsibilities for litigation, antitrust, health, safety and environmental law, corporate governance, enterprise risk management and ethics and compliance. He represented the company at the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR) and was a member of the Executive Advisory Board of the International Institute of Conflict Prevention and Dispute Resolution.

Prior to joining National Grid, John clerked for the federal district court in Atlanta and practiced commercial litigation and antitrust law at a Boston law firm. John is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Dartmouth College. He is a United States national.

Mairead Keigher

MAIREAD KEIGHER | ADVISOR

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As an Advisor with Shift, Mairead works hand-in-hand with companies and other strategic partners to build capacity to identify, prioritize and mitigate human rights risks. She blends her background in business, technology, CSR and human rights disclosure to help companies fulfill their responsibility to respect human rights. From 2016-2019, she managed Shift’s Reporting Program, a flagship initiative aimed at developing corporate capacity for improved human rights disclosure in line with the UNGPs and equipping other stakeholders to understand and interpret this disclosure, particularly through the expansion of the UNGP Reporting Database. As part of this program, Mairead worked closely with Mazars LLP through the development of the UN Guiding Principles Assurance Guidance.

Prior to joining Shift, Mairead worked for 16 years for Microsoft in Europe in both strategic and operational positions, the second half of which as Corporate Affairs Manager for Central and Eastern Europe. In this role Mairead coordinated across Microsoft’s 28 subsidiaries to engage with governments and bring a consistent policy and corporate social responsibility strategy to life. She participated on behalf of Microsoft in multi-stakeholder initiatives on key topics linked to business and human rights. Prior to this role, Mairead led Partner Marketing across Central and Eastern Europe and had European operational responsibility for the company’s Anti-Piracy programs.

Michelle Langlois

MICHELLE LANGLOIS | ADVISOR

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As an Advisor,  Michelle contributes to our work analyzing companies’ human rights reporting and is part of the team that developed Shift’s UN Guiding Principles Reporting Database. She also works across our main program areas, leading and supporting work with a range of business, government and civil society partners.

Michelle is a lawyer specializing in international human rights law and clinical legal education. During her studies at Université du Québec à Montréal, she served as case manager and program coordinator at the university’s International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights. Michelle regularly spoke on human rights and experiential learning, and supervised the drafting of parallel reports on children’s rights, gender-based discrimination and violence in Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. Her special interest for Southeast Asia brought Michelle to volunteer with the Extrajudicial Killings Unit of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) and the Faculty of Law at the University of Phayao, Northern Thailand, for the opening of a street law clinic. In her first year of law school, Michelle and her colleague won the award for Best Memorial at the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. She now coaches the Moot Court team at Université du Québec à Montréal.

After her articling position at Blake, Cassels & Graydon, a Canadian corporate law firm, Michelle graduated summa cum laude from the Master of Laws program in International Human Rights Law at the University of Notre Dame. Her thesis focused on the ethical and practical challenges faced by corporate law firms in the implementation of the Guiding Principles. Michelle’s Bachelors degrees are in Law and International Relations from Université du Québec à Montréal and she has a Certificate in Asian Studies. She was admitted to the Québec Bar in 2014. Michelle is a Canadian national and speaks English and French.

David Kovick

DAVID KOVICK | SENIOR ADVISOR

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As a Senior Advisor at Shift, David oversees our facilitation and dialogue processes, helping to ensure Shift’s engagements are driven by participants’ needs, are interactive and have a lasting impact on their thinking and decision making. As a mediation and dispute resolution expert, David particularly focuses on facilitating multistakeholder dialogue and cross-cultural collaborations. With Shift, he has facilitated dialogue and led capacity building with companies, governments, financial institutions and civil society organizations in Africa, the Americas and Europe.

Prior to joining Shift, David contributed to the work of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for business and human rights John Ruggie, specifically advising on the role of mediation and dispute resolution tools as part of the Access to Remedy pillar of the Guiding Principles. David conducted this work as part of his role with the Consensus Building Institute (CBI), an affiliate organization of the Harvard/MIT Program on Negotiation.

While with CBI, David worked as both a neutral third party, designing and leading stakeholder negotiations in some of the most challenging parts of the world, and as a trainer, advisor and coach to leaders of Fortune 50 companies in the extractive, high tech and pharmaceutical industries. In the Niger Delta, David designed and facilitated a state-of-the-art stakeholder negotiations process between Chevron, the Nigerian government, and local communities that host oil facilities, leading to more valuable, and sustainable, agreements for all parties. He trained and coached senior leaders from Shell in Nigeria and across Asia in complex negotiations, and worked with hundreds of Hewlett-Packard Company managers on critical negotiations and dispute resolution within their supply chains. He has also advised global pharmaceutical companies on negotiations and stakeholder management in the context of the launch of new drug products.

David earned his law degree from Stanford Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and African Studies from Duke University. Prior to his work as a mediator, he worked in Zimbabwe and other regions of southern Africa and in Southeast Asia, supporting democratic governance and electoral reforms. David is a United States national.

Francis West

FRANCIS WEST | BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR

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As Shift’s Business Engagement Director, Francis oversees our work providing expert advice to a select group of companies that are serious about human rights. Shift is committed to using the knowledge that we help generate to build broader understanding of the practical application of the UN Guiding Principles.

Prior to joining Shift, Francis helped establish Unicef UK’s Child Rights and Business Unit. His role included providing strategic advice to businesses to integrate child rights into their human rights due diligence processes. A major project involved working directly with a multinational hotel chain to support a human rights impact assessment in Mexico including interviews with over 300 hotel employees and their children.

Francis also led Unicef UK’s advocacy toward the UK Government on the application of the UN Guiding Principles into law and public policy. A central part of this work was policy development and advocacy related to the UK’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights and on the Modern Slavery Act Supply Chain Transparency Requirement.

Having worked at Save the Children and Malaria Consortium, Francis has experience partnering with businesses in the international development context and particularly with those in the pharmaceutical sector. At the UK’s technology trade body, he worked alongside major UK tech firms to design and deliver public affairs strategies targeting both parliament and the civil service and helped develop industry consensus on relevant standards and practices.

As a Board Director at the CORE Coalition, the leading UK civil society network on corporate accountability, and formerly a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative’s NGO caucus, he has experience working in coalition with a variety of sectors.

Francis is fluent in Spanish having worked in Colombia for more than three years with teenagers from contrasting ends of the economic spectrum, at a bilingual school and at an NGO that housed and educated teenage orphans. His experience in Colombia stimulated his interest in the effects of insecurity and inequality in emerging economies and particularly of the variable role of the private sector in these contexts. During a subsequent MSc in International Security and Development, he wrote his thesis on the role of corporate social responsibility in post-conflict zones. Francis also has a BA (Hons) in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a British national.

Erika Piquero

ERIKA PIQUERO | ADVISOR

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As an Advisor, Erika contributes to our work analyzing companies’ human rights reporting and is part of the team that developed Shift’s UN Guiding Principles Reporting Database. She also works across our main program areas, leading and supporting work with a range of business, government and civil society partners.

Erika Piquero is an international human rights specialist and advocacy professional who has worked in Guatemala, Honduras, Palestine, Peru, Namibia, and Indonesia. Prior to joining the Shift team, she worked at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) coordinating and managing partnerships for a knowledge-led platform dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement.

Erika’s experience reflects her strong interest in protecting the rights of women, children, and indigenous peoples as well as a passion for environmental justice. She has maintained a regional specialization in Central America and has consistently engaged in advocacy and research work to support movements in the region.

A native speaker of English and Spanish, her prior work as a legal and human rights researcher included authoring affidavits of expert opinion corroborating cases of unaccompanied minors who had experienced political and gendered violence in Honduras, co-authoring papers on managing natural resources in Namibia’s mining and fisheries sectors, advancing publications and policy documents for national and international policymakers to support mainstreaming of Indigenous knowledge in Peru and managing support for public health programs for undocumented Latino communities in the United States Midwest.

Erika holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and International Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington, as well as a Master of International Affairs in Human Rights and Environmental Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Mark Hodge

MARK HODGE | SENIOR ASSOCIATE

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As a Senior Associate with Shift, Mark co-leads our Valuing Respect Project focused on developing better ways to evaluate business respect for human rights. He has extensive insight into how businesses implement the UN Guiding Principles in practice. As a trained moderator and facilitator, Mark has deep interest and experience in leading processes that address complex challenges and lead to practical outcomes.

Mark’s other work focuses on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles in the context of emerging digital technologies such as AI, facial recognition, cloud computing and social media. He is a Senior Advisor to the UN Human Rights Business, Human Rights and Technology (B-Tech) project that is developing guidance and recommendations for companies, States and investors about how to embed respect for human rights into the business of technology. Mark is also a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at Harvard University’s Carr Center.

Mark was previously the Executive Director of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI) which he co-founded in 2009. During this time, he led the development of GBI’s cross-industry peer learning program that addressed the daily realities and dilemmas of doing business with respect for human rights. Areas of focus included human rights management strategies, governance and culture, business relationships and leverage, integration of human rights into core business processes and tracking performance. Through GBI’s outreach program, Mark has been a lead figure in broadening awareness and uptake of the Guiding Principles around the world including in India, China, Kenya and Brazil. Under Mark’s stewardship the organization became a go-to place for like-minded business associations, policy makers, the UN and civil society organizations seeking practitioner insights to inform their own work.

His past work includes a project on leverage in corporate lending and project finance for the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement on International Responsible Business Conduct, and the development of a program of work on new digital technologies for the Institute for Human Rights and Business. Over the years, Mark has designed and delivered training and capacity building around the world to business leaders, NGO representatives and students. He has also conducted factory and mine assessments and field visits in several countries with a focus on India, where he was based between 2009 and 2012.

Mark has authored or contributed to a number of publications including: The Transformative Nature of Respect (Allen and Overy business and human rights journal), a chapter on responsible business in Myanmar in Business and Human Rights in South East Asia – Risk and the Regulatory Turn (Routledge) and the State of Play of Respect for Human Rights in Business Relationships, a joint GBI and Institute for Human Rights and Business report.

Mark has a first-class Honors degree in politics theory from Queen Mary University of London. He is trained in various dialogue and facilitation methods including scenario planning, organizational constellations, deep democracy and the art of hosting. Mark is a British national.