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Sune Skadegaard Thorsen is CEO/founder of GLOBAL CSR, and recognised as a leading sustainability consultant advising corporations, governments, multilateral organisations and non-governmental organisations on how to implement CR with an International Principles-Based Approach.
Mr. Thorsen has extensive experience working with policy and strategic advice, implementation, training, issues management, project management, communication and reporting.
Mr. Thorsen has pioneered the field of Business and Human Rights since 1996. He based his ground-breaking work on 10 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer and director. Mr. Thorsen is internationally acknowledged for his contribution to CSR/Business & Human Rights. He was an expert advisor to the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, as he was for the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights from inception. A range of GLOBAL CSRs customers is recognised leaders in the field of Business and Human Rights. The global minimum standard for responsible business conduct, the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (2011), to a large degree reflects the practical implementation of respect for Human Rights that Mr. Thorsen spearheaded with corporations and investors. Customers continue to demonstrate best practice in meeting the standard.
Mr. Thorsen has written extensively on Business and Human Rights. He teaches and participates in numerous CSR initiatives internationally. Some of his academic positions included Associate Professor at the Copenhagen Law Faculty; visiting professor at Columbia University, NYC; Soros Law Faculty, Riga; Monash University, Melbourne; China University of Political Science & Law, Beijing, and Copenhagen Business School. He has chaired a number of organisations actively promoting Human Rights as the core of Social Sustainability.
Oliver Norman is both a qualified attorney with vast experience in the legal sector, and a specialised IT-developer. His ongoing work with corporate social responsibility has led to his involvement in a range of different projects.As Vice-Chairman of the International Commission of Jurists in Denmark, he participated in the development of Constructive Campaigning, an initiative which guides NGOs on cooperating with corporations.
He undertook five months intensive training with Morgendagens Virksomheder (‘Enterprise of Tomorrow’). Oliver has also worked for international Nokia and Disney, and therefore has a thorough understanding of the internal operations of large-scale, global companies.
Furthermore, he is an Apple Certified Associate and Developer. Oliver speaks the Scandinavian languages, English and French.
Tara Skadegaard Thorsen received her master’s degree in philosophy with a specialisation in phenomenology at University of Copenhagen in 2018. She has further lived in both Copenhagen, California and Istanbul as part of her studies. She has focused on animal welfare and non-discrimination through studies in post-humanism, work on animal rights, and through the organisation FRONT that she co-founded with the aim to dismantle discrimination in higher education.
Tara has a keen understanding of human rights and business, and has worked with anything from responsibility in supply chain management through implementing grievance mechanisms, to establishing management systems for responsible business conduct.
Michael Thyge Poulsen holds a master’s degree in political science and a bachelor’s degree in east asia areas study. He has more than 20 years of experience in supporting public sector reforms in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. In addition to many short-term missions Thyge has been based in Thailand, Egypt and Afghanistan. He is an experienced project manager with experience from a range of sectors encompassing public administrative reforms in general, private sector support, education, health, infrastructure and environment. During his career Thyge Poulsen has worked for The World Bank, UN, EU, Danida and Sida. He has in close cooperation with civil servants in ministries and local administrations strengthened strategic planning and good governance through enhanced capacity of the staff, civil society participation and increased transparency. Thyge has conducted numerous organizational analysis, capacity assessments and prepared plans and interventions for strengthening public organizations. In addition to this he has extensive experience designing Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems, and has in this regard also developed indicators addressing a number of the human rights. Furthermore, he has a solid knowledge of the UN Guiding Principles and their requirements to both states and the corporate sector.
Roxanne Batty holds masters degree in communication and cultural encounters from Roskilde University, Denmark. Originally from the UK, she has lived and worked in Denmark for several years, after gaining an international bachelor in Sociology from the University of Leeds with one year at KU. She spent six months teaching in South Korea, and also works for the scholarly network Globelics at Aalborg University in Sydhavn. Here at GLOBAL CSR Roxanne works predominantly with graphic and web design, writing and editing, blogging about CSR and the UNGPs and general communication challenges. Her areas of academic focus include cultural and racial representation in literature and film, new media as a force for global political mobilisation, and the psychology of climate change denial.
Professor David Kinley holds the Chair in Human Rights Law at The University of Sydney. He has previously held positions at, i.a., Cambridge University and The Australian National University, and most recently was the founding Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University (2000-2005). He is author and editor of eight books and more than 60 articles, book chapters, reports and papers on, i.a., human rights and business. He has also worked for 15 years as a consultant and adviser on international and domestic human rights law in Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Thailand, Iraq, Nepal, Laos, China, and Myanmar/Burma, and for a number of organisations including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, AusAID, and the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, and a number of transnational corporations, and NGOs. He has also previously worked for three years with the Australian Law Reform Commission and two years with the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Kirsten Mols is a business consultant based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Professor Errol P. Mendes is currently a Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa. He was Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa from 1993-2001. As Director of the Centre, he was the Project leader for human rights, conflict resolution, governance and justice projects in China, Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil, El Salvador, Sri Lanka and India. He is a frequent speaker and media commentator on international business ethics, constitutional and human rights topics across the world and has lectured on these topics in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has been invited to present numerous briefs to the Parliament of Canada, been Senior Adviser to the government of Canada in the areas of diversity, human rights, national security, corporate social responsibility and international policy and visiting professional in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Nicol Foulkes Savinetti completed her PhD in Social Policy from the University of Tampere Finland in 2015. Her research focused on Danish and Finnish corporate expatriates in India and she carried out her fieldwork in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. Nicol completed the rest of her education in the UK and Denmark. The Founder and Director of an arts organisation that works to empower foreign artists in Denmark, Immart, and Project Manager at the anti-trafficking NGO HopeNow, Nicole engages strongly with human rights in all aspects of her working life. She is also the Founder and Owner of Global Europeans, which provides various language, research and relocation services to international people, businesses, organisations and institutions in Denmark and abroad. Nicol has been resident in Denmark for eighteen years and has also lived in Germany, Spain, Australia, and Finland for different periods.
Björn Edlund is an experienced public affairs practitioner and former foreign correspondent, with a special focus on the societal role of business and the practical implementation of CSR policies. Over the past 20 years, he has provided guidance, support and challenge to 11 CEOs in the three corporations where he has served as head of corporate communications, as well as to dozens of other executives and project leaders in his years as a consultant. Edlund teaches as a senior visiting fellow at the MBA and advanced management programmes at Henley Business School in the UK, and is a senior adviser to Burson Marsteller, a leading public relations firm, in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is a member of the board of the Institute for Human Rights and Business and serves on the advisory board of the Asia Society’s council on US-China relations.
Aleksandar Nikolov is an economist with 10 years of working experience in fostering a business sector that is orientated towards the triple bottom line. On a micro level, he has provided tailor made support to companies in devising and developing CSR practices in challenging environments, including on strategy formulation, ethical governance systems, CSR performance management and communication. On a macro level, he complemented efforts in conducting CSR research with leading advocacy and policy making activities. Aleksandar was part of pioneer initiatives to develop and establish long-term public policies that support the uptake of CSR in Eastern Europe, and continues to facilitate dialogue among stakeholders with divergent and even conflicting interests. He has prepared and delivered a number of workshops and trainings on CSR for companies, government agencies, civil society organizations, as well as undergraduate and graduate students. He has experience in managing large projects, and has worked on initiatives of the World Bank, UNDP, the European Commission, and USAID.
Line Bechmann holds a Master degree in International Development Studies and Global Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies and Communication. She has more than five years of experience working with civil society and has a widespread knowledge within the international development field. Line has been based in Liberia, Nicaragua and Spain. In addition, she has been responsible for projects in Bolivia and conducted consultancies in Guaemala. During her career Line has worked for Oxfam UK, Oxfam IBIS and Red Cross among others. She has extensive experience with institutional fundraising, donor and partner relations, project development and communication. Furthermore, she has a solid knowledge the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and believes that the standards are of a great asset for all stakeholders including governments, business, civil society, affected individuals and communities and international organizations. Line speaks Danish, English and Spanish.
Karin Hindkjær is currently working as the Head of Engagement in Save the Children. She has previously held the position of HR and Communications Director at KMD and Telenor, as well as senior positions within Sonofon. In these roles she has been responsible for the establishment and implementation of CSR programs. At Sonofon she worked on establishing a human rights based approach to CSR. Karin graduated cand.comm and has supplemented her education with a CBA from AVT Business School.
Mark Thorsen is Attorney at Law and has more than 26 years of all-round experience within law and different management jobs. Mark has established his own Law firm where he has specialized within mergers & acquisitions, banking & finance, corporate governance and corporate legislation. He is the chairman or member of the boards for several companies working for instance with biotechnology, publishing, IT and investments.
Jan Thornfeldt holds a master’s degree in economics and has more than 20 years of experience with executive search and recruitment. He has specialised in “knowing what people can do – and how they do what they do best.” In continuation of that he has wide knowledge and experience in outplacement, coaching, team building, leadership, development, organizational development, and employee relations. He is the managing director of Promando A/S and is a member of several boards.
Elisabetta Bjerregård is a Commercial Director at Carlsberg Group in Copenhagen. She received her MBA from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA and her Master of Laws from LUISS University, Rome, Italy. In the first part of her career she covered senior positions of sales and marketing in multinational companies. Following that, she spent more than 10 years in the United Nations in various agencies and positions where she led, built and managed large pharmaceuticals and medical equipment procurement operations. During her tenure in the United Nations she also spent a couple of years in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. During the last 5 years she returned to the private sector to cover senior procurement and commercial positions at Carlsberg Group.
Henrik Faber Andersen, Attorney at Law, started as a trainee lawyer and Legal Adviser to the Danish Government, had his own law firm as well as being a partner in several law firms, with a total of 42 years of experience. He was a trustee in bankruptcy at The Maritime and Commercial Court and assistant at the public prosecutor for Zealand. With his specialisation in insolvency and reconstruction he worked with Sterling Airways, B & W and Novia concern. He’s been a member of the board of The Danish Bar and Law Society together with the chairman for the committee of clients’ account. Currently he is the chairman and a member of the boards positions in different companies.