Education & Advocacy

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Business and human rights practitioners and experts in corporate responsibility and human rights from different sectors contribute to the workshops as facilitators and guest speakers.


Shelley Marshall (Workshop 1, 2014)
Co-Founder of Corporate Accountability Research and Senior Lecturer, Business Law and Taxation, Monash University

Shelley Marshall is an international expert on corporate accountability, conducting research on business behaviour and human rights in India, Cambodia, Indonesia, Bulgaria and Australia. She has advised various governments and international bodies and published widely on the topic. She is co-editor of Fair Trade and Corporate Accountability: Experiments in Globalising Social Justice (Ashgate, 2010) and New Visions for Market Governance: Crisis and Renewal (Routledge, 2012), and is co-author of Law, Corporate Governance and the Management of Labour: A Study of Australian Regulatory Style and Business Practice (Ashgate 2011). She has also written numerous journal articles on similar topics including 'Corporate Social Responsibility and the Management of Labour in Two Australian Mining Industry Companies' in the Journal of Corporate Law Studies and ‘Shareholder Primacy and Director’s Duties: An Australian Perspective’ in Corporate Governance: An International Review.  Ms Marshall is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Business Law and Taxation at Monash University, Australia.

Dr Sara Bice (Workshop 2, 2014)
Research Fellow, Centre for Public Policy, The University of Melbourne

Dr Sara Bice is a researcher, educator and consultant who applies social science approaches to investigate the intersections of corporations, communities and regulation, especially in the mining and extractive sectors. She is the Centre for Public Policy Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Government, The University of Melbourne, where she coordinates the Public Policy in the ‘Asian Century’ research program. Sara is co-chair, Corporate Stewardship and Risk Management for the International Association for Impact Assessment.

Dr Suzanne Young (Workshop 3, 2014)
Director of Executive Education and Associate Professor, Department of Management, La Trobe Business SchoolLa Trobe University

Dr. Young is an Associate Professor and Director of Executive Education at La Trobe University, lecturing in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in corporate governance, corporate responsibility and management. She has been influential in the university becoming a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), developing relationships with industry and leading research consultancies. Suzanne has published extensively in international journals, and edited books in human resource management and international corporate governance. Dr. Young has also taught extensively in international programs. Her research interests are in corporate governance, corporate responsibility, outsourcing, and employee relations.

Professor Ken McPhail (Workshop 4, 2014)
Professor and Head, Department of Accounting, La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University

Kate Macdonald (Workshop 6, 2014)
Lecturer, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne

Kate Macdonald is a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, having held previous positions at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Australian National University, and Oxford University. Her research focuses on the politics of transnational production and business, with a particular focus on social, labour and human rights regulation of global business. She is the author of The Politics of Global Supply Chains: Power and Governance Beyond the State; New Visions for Market Governance: Crisis and Renewal (with Shelley Marshall and Sanjay Pinto); Fair Trade, Corporate Accountability and Beyond (with Shelley Marshall); and numerous journal articles on related topics. She has conducted research and consultancy work for organisations including Amnesty International, ActionAid Australia, Oxfam Australia and the UK’s Corporate Responsibility Coalition. She is on the advisory board of the Jubilee Australia Research Foundation, and the editorial board of the journal Global Policy.

Vanessa Zimmerman (2012 and 2013 Workshop Series)
Business and human rights expert and former Legal Advisor to the United Nations Special Representative on Business and Human Rights.

Vanessa provides expert advice to multi-stakeholder actors working on business and human rights issues, including Rio Tinto where she is coordinating the review of the company’s human rights policies, procedures and commitments. She is also a senior consultant with the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights working on the Responsibility to Respect Human Rights in Business Relationships project, a joint project with the Institute for Human Rights and Business, as well as GBI’s outreach in the Asia-Pacific region. Vanessa is also a member of the Advisory Board of Lawyers for Better Business a worldwide networking and capacity building platform for lawyers on business and human rights.

In Australia, Vanessa coordinates the Human Rights Leadership Group for the UN Global Compact Network Australia. Between 2006 - 2011, Vanessa was a Legal Advisor to Professor John Ruggie in his capacity as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, as well as a research fellow at Harvard’s Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative. Vanessa helped to coordinate the Special Representative’s work on State roles vis-a-vis business and human rights, leading projects on topics ranging from corporate and securities law to export credit and procurement.

An Australian-trained lawyer, Vanessa has also worked with the Australian Delegation to the UN Human Rights Council and at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She worked as a competition lawyer at Mallesons Stephen Jaques and at Telstra. Vanessa holds an LLM from Harvard Law School, and a LLB (Hons) and BA in Japanese and History from Monash University.


For speakers involved in the 2012 and 2013 series, see here.

Daisy Gardener
Corporate Accountability and Fair Trade Advisor, Oxfam Australia

Daisy Gardener is Corporate Accountability and Fair Trade Adviser with Oxfam Australia. She has twelve years experience in corporate accountability with a focus on gender, human rights and supply chain management. She works with international investors and businesses on risk mitigation and corporate sustainability best practice. She has successfully facilitated partnerships between international business and civil society groups in Indonesia and is now working with Australian retailers on improve sourcing practices in factories in Bangladesh, Cambodia and across Asia.  Prior to joining Oxfam Australia in 2007, Daisy was the campaign coordinator for FairWear, promoting the rights of home-based garment workers in Australia. She has published journal articles and opinion pieces on human rights in international supply chains.

Sarah McGrath
Adviser to the President, Australian Human Rights Commission

Sarah McGrath is the Adviser to the President at the Australian Human Rights Commission. She provides strategic and policy advice to the President on a range of domestic and international human rights issues. Sarah has also worked in the Commission’s International Programs Unit where she provided high level secretariat and research support to the Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions. Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, Sarah worked at the University of Technology Sydney, Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care as a research associate for over two years. She has experience with a range of international human rights organisations including Amnesty International USA, the International Service for Human Rights, and the International Council of Women’s Health Issues (ICOWHI). Sarah is a law graduate from the University of Technology Sydney, and holds a Masters in Global Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney.

Previous speakers

Alexandra Guáqueta
Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Christina Hill
Mining Advocacy Coordinator, Oxfam Australia

Christiane Meyer
Consultant, Banarra

Eleanor Flowers
Executive Officer, Resources and Business Liaison, Trade and Economic Policy Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Ingrid Landau
Industrial Officer, Australian Council of Trade Unions

Jaana Quaintance-James
Senior Consultant, Banarra

Jane Gronow
Consultant, Communities and Social Performance

Jessica Bell
Policy and Projects Officer, Australian Human Rights Commission

Jolanta Paull 
Principal Consultant, Essjay Consulting and former Human Rights Lead (Head), Monsanto Asia Pacific 

Julia Leske
Senior ESG Analyst, CAER - Corporate Analysis. Enhanced Responsibility

Melissa Stewart
Senior Advisor - Child Protection & Trafficking in Persons, World Vision

Nick Ogden
Deputy Legal Counsel, Xstrata Coal

Professor Ken McPhail
Professor, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, La Trobe Business School

Samantha Balaton-Chrimes 
Research Fellow, Corporate Accountability Research & University of Melbourne 

Sarah Law
Supplier Sustainability Manager, Environment & Sustainability, National Australia Bank

Serena Lillywhite
Mining Advocacy Lead, Oxfam Australia

Ting Lim 
Acting Senior Investigator and Conciliator, Australian Human Rights Commission 

Rachel Nicolson
Senior Associate, Allens

William Anderson
Vice President and Head of Social & Environmental Affairs, Asia Pacific Region, adidas Group