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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.