WhO are we?
A passionate team with great expertise across many sectors at international level.
The BHR team is expert in the domain of business and human rigths. We all bring different and complementary perspectives, and more importantly, we all want to make a positive impact in our societies.
Maria Prandi, Founder and CEO
Founder and CEO
Maria has over 20 years of experience advising different types of organisations on the topic of business and human rights. She has worked for several governments and private organisations and, since 1999, she has developed her capacities in this field linking her work with some key United Nations human rights agencies and procedures. She has provided impact assessments, studies and strategy advice in a wide range of sectors and countries over the last decade.
She was head of the Business and Human Rights program at the School for a Culture of Peace (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Social Innovation at Esade Business School. She has carried out her research on the role of the private sector in relation to human rights, development and peace-building (and humanitarian crises).
She holds a post-graduate diploma (DEA) and a Masters in International Affairs (UAB). She has published several articles and books, Maria delivers speeches and training on business & human rights globally. She provides online training, assessment and coaching for companies, regular lectures and in-house speaking assignments for companies and non-profit organisations.
She was member of the UNGC expert group on Responsible Business and Investment in High Risk Areas. Maria was also the founder and chief editor of the first electronic newsletter on business and human rights: BEDH.
BHR Director for Asia
Pia is an experienced business and human rights international practitioner and consultant, specialized in abuses committed in the context of global business operations and supply chains. She has worked in a wide range of projects involving business operations in different Asian countries, Latin America and Europe, including different sectors of activity such as textile and food. Pia has also led research on the role that business can play in post conflict situations.
Specialist in globalization, business and human rights issues, global supply chains and corporate due diligence in different sectors and geographical areas. Likewise, she has extensive experience in the financial sector and advising companies and investors in the framework of transnational operations and corporate transactions.
With experience in non-profit organizations of diverse nature, and in the business sector, she naturally combines an understanding of social and business / investment perspectives, critical to moving forward with determined actions that enable responsible investment practices.
Pía Navazo is specialized in the development and implementation of systems to improve ESG management, both in the investment dimension and in corporate management, and in developing a practical approach to integrate the perspective of human rights.
Likewise, he has extensive experience in the financial sector, advising companies and financial agents in the framework of transnational operations and corporate transactions. He has worked on a wide range of projects that involve business operations in different Asian countries, Latin America and Europe, and in various sectors of activity such as textiles, information technology or agro-industry. With experience in diverse non-profit organizations as well as in the corporate sector, his background naturally blends an understanding of social and corporate/investment perspectives, key to advancing the agenda of corporate responsibility and sustainable finance.
Sustainability Senior Advisor
Antonio Fuertes began his career at Accenture and has 30 years of experience in the energy business, 16 of which as Global Head of Sustainability at Naturgy, coordinating the actions that led the company to lead its sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4Good, as well as achieving very prominent positions in the evaluations of sustainability rating agencies such as Sustainablitycs, Vigeo and MSCI. He led the company's Human Rights project for more than 10 years and since 2012 he has met and participated in engagement processes with more than 120 ESG investors.
He has been a director of Bettercoal, an initiative led by the main European "utilities". He is a member of the ESG Working Group of the European Confederation of Institutes of Directors (ecoDa) representing the Institute of Directors and Administrators (ICA) in which he is professor of sustainability. He is also a member of the Advisory Group of the Human Security Business Partnership initiative of the London School of Economics (LSE). He is co-author of the book "The challenges of CSR: A sectoral approach" published by IESE Business School and is also a graduate of ICADE in energy business and IE Business School in Sustainability.
Iván Numpake is BHR Director in Latam.
Based in Colombia, Iván is leading our field team in Colombia and working accross different sectors such as agriculture and energy.
BHR Director LATAM
Due diligence Senior Advisor
Esther Henchen is PhD in Management Sciences by Esade business School.
She is currently providing assessment on the Supply Chain German Act.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at International Labour Organization and University College Dublin and Esade's Institute for Social Innovation collaborator. The desire to influence the positive role of business in society and understand sustainability challenges are central to Esther.
Her work benefits from my transdisciplinary academic and multi-sectoral professional background. She has worked in International Organizations (World Bank, United Nation’s International Labor Organization), Non-Governmental Organizations (Oxfam) and International Consultancies and obtained a MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics, a MSc Research Management from ESADE, a Postgraduate in African Societies from University Pompeu Fabra, and a MSc in Management and a BSc Sociology from the University of Mainz.
Knowledge Management Senior Advisor
Eneko has been researcher of Eticas Research & Consulting for European projects on the social impact of security technologies, and in the program on disarmament and post-war rehabilitation of the School of Peace Culture of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain). As an independent consultant, he has worked for Conciliation Resources providing technical assistance in the peace negotiations in the Philippines, to the Office of the Presidential Advisor for the Peace Process in the Philippines and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces in Palestine designing systems of monitoring and evaluation, as well as for the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies in Cambodia, advising on policies of reconciliation.
Eneko has been teacher and trainer at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Pannasastra University, Folke Bernadotte Academy and the Barcelona International Peace Resource Center. Graduated in Political Science at the London Guildhall University, MA in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in Regional Integration by the Asia-Europe Institute, Universiti Malaya and a PhD in International Relations at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Eneko has published DDR 2009: Analysis of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Programmes in the World, (ECP: 2009), and National Apologies (CPCS: 2012).
Legal Senior Advisor
Daniel is a Ph.D. graduate from Rovira i Virgili University; LL.M. in Global Governance and Human Rights from University of Castilla-La Mancha (2018); LL.M. in Environmental Law from Rovira i Virgili University (2012); Specialist in Governance, Human Rights and Culture of Peace from University of Castilla-La Mancha (2015).
He is a Postdoctoral Researcher and lecturer in Public International Law and International Relations. Daniel is an independent expert in business, human rights and the environment and has participated in various projects on corporate responsibility and human rights with international organizations and civil society. He is also a member of the Council of the Latin American Academy on Human Rights and Business and a member of the Network on Business, Conflict and Human Rights.
He has work experience in international organizations and civil society. He has published and participated in a variety of research works on topics related to environmental law, human rights, business, international criminal law, among others.
Ph.D. in biology from the University of Barcelona, she has worked for twenty years in biomedical research, leading her own projects and contributing to training research staff with the direction of several theses. She has been an associate professor at Pompeu Fabra University and has a Postgraduate Degree in Scientific Communication (UPF).
Her current activity is focused on due diligence in human rights in public organizations such as universities, academic institutions, and research centers.
Due diligence Senior Advisor
Specialist in multi-sector collaboration and development
Leda has over 20 years experience working in international development, mostly dedicated to the promotion, management and evaluation of partnerships involving organisations in the public, private and public sectors. She is the Academic Director of the International Master in Sustainable Development and Corporate Responsibility at the EOI Business School in Madrid, Development Director for Learning at the Partnership Brokers Association and senior researcher with the Innovation and Technology for Development Centre at the Technical University of Madrid.
Leda has worked as a partnership expert for the European Commission and taught on postgraduate programmes relating to partnerships at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford Brookes. She has also directed partnership research and training programmes for agencies such as the Aga Khan Development Network, GIZ, Inter American Development Bank, International Business Leaders Forum, Marine Stewardship Council, Pan American Health Organisation, Spanish Development Agency, United Nations System Staff College and the World Bank, among others. Her publications include: How European Social Fund Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies Support Partnership (2008), The Partnering with Governments Navigator (2010) and Partnerships for Innovation in Access to Basic Services (2014).
Lucas is Graphic Designer, and since 2005 he works for the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. In his more than 15 years career, he has been Senior Web Designer at Neoris Argentina, exercising also as a freelance for institutions and companies as CREAF, ALBA Synchrotron, Rovira i Virgili University, la Caixa Foundation or Editorial Planeta.
Scientific divulgation has always been his area of interest. In his opinion, being a designer means "connect with my emotions and then shape an idea or vision. Listen to ideas, understand the objectives to produce something attractive and special, that makes sense to the customer"
Gerard Galofre. Gerard graduated in Translation and Interpreting of English and Chinese from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and is a student in the International Relations, Security, and Development Master's program at the same university.
Ke Zhang. Ke graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Literature from Sichuan University (China). She was a student at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in the International Relations, Security, and Development Master's program.
Zohre Chariyeva. Zohre is currently studying a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies in the York University, in Toronto, Canada. Her internship was arranged through the organization Absolute Internship.
Carolina Lubinus. Carolina is currently studying International Politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Her internship was arranged through the organization Connect123.
Steven Landry. Steven graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Communication (specializing in Public Relations and Intercultural Communication) from the University of Washington. He was a student at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in the International Relations, Security, and Development Master's program.
Cita Ayeni. Cita graduated with a Bachelor's degree in International Law and Diplomacy from Babcock University (Nigeria). He was a student at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in the International Relations, Security, and Development Master's program.
Ricardo Salazar. Ricardo graduated with a Bachelor's degree in International Business Management from the University of Ibague - Colombia. He was a student at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in the International Relations, Security, and Development Master's program.
Ángela Sagastibelza. Ángela graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Law from the Public University of Navarre. She was an intern of BHR during her Master studies in International Relations, Security and Development at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Cristina Fernández. Cristina graduated in Business Administration from the University of Barcelona. She was an intern of BHR during her Master studies in International Relations, Security and Development at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Iria Covelo. Iria graduated in Law from the University of Santiago de Compostela. She was an intern of BHR during her Master studies in International Relations, Security and Development at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Alex Stein. Alex graduated in Humanities from the University of Minesota. He was an intern of BHR during his Master studies in International Relations, Security and Development at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
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