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.