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Michael Posner

Director
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Michael Posner

Director, Center for Business and Human Rights
Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance, Business and Society

Michael Posner is the Center's Director and the Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance at NYU Stern. From September 2009 until March 2013, he served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. State Department. From 1978 to 2009, he was the Executive Director and the President of Human Rights First, a U.S.-based human rights advocacy organization.

As Assistant Secretary of State, Michael traveled to more than 40 countries where he represented the U.S. government on a wide range of human rights issues. He has played a major role in shaping U.S. policy from inside and outside of government on issues ranging from refugee and asylum law and policy, national security and human rights, Internet freedom, and business and human rights. Michael played a key role in proposing and campaigning for the first U.S. law providing for political asylum, which became part of the Refugee Act of 1980, as well as the Torture Victim Protection Act, which was adopted in 1992.

Michael holds a JD from the University of California, Berkeley Law School, and a BA with distinction and honors from the University of Michigan.

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Paul M. Barrett

Deputy Director
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Paul M. Barrett

Deputy Director, Center for Business and Human Rights

Paul Barrett joined the Center as deputy director in September 2017 after spending more than three decades as a journalist and author focusing on the intersection of business, law, and society. Most recently, Paul worked for 12 years for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine, where he served at different times as the editor of an award-winning investigative team and a writer covering topics such as energy and the environment, military procurement, and the civilian firearm industry. From 1986 to 2005, he wrote for The Wall Street Journal, serving as the newspaper’s Supreme Court correspondent and later as the page one special projects editor.

Paul is the author of four critically acclaimed nonfiction books, the most recent of which are GLOCK: The Rise of America’s Gun (2012), a New York Times Bestseller, and LAW OF THE JUNGLE: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win (2014). Both of those books have been optioned for Hollywood movies.

Since 2008, Paul has served as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. He co-teaches a seminar called “Law, Economics, and Journalism,” in which students learn to analyze social issues with the tools of those three professions.

Paul has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. from Harvard College.

 
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Victoria Anderson

Administrative Assistant
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Victoria Anderson

Administrative Assistant

Victoria is the administrative assistant to the Center where she focuses on prioritizing and managing workflows. Prior to working at NYU Stern, she was a department coordinator at Conde Nast where she supported senior executives in the research and digital analytics department. She holds a BA in International Studies from American University. If you would like to find out more information about the Center, please contact Victoria at: vanderso@stern.nyu.edu

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Dorothée Baumann-Pauly

Research Director
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Dorothée Baumann-Pauly

Research Director

Dorothée Baumann-Pauly is the Center’s research director. She oversees the Center's research activities, including development of academic publications, case studies, the Center’s forthcoming textbook, and other teaching resources. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and MA degrees in management and political science from the University of Constance (Germany) and Rutgers University of New Jersey. She joined NYU Stern in June 2013.

Dorothée has split her career between academia and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practice. As a project officer and consultant for the Fair Labor Association, she helped revise the organization’s core program by developing assessment and impact measurement methodologies. She also oversaw supply chain auditing activities and supported workers’ representation projects in China. Dorothée worked as MFA-Forum country program manager at the London-based thinktank AccountAbility, managing multi-stakeholder dialogues in Bangladesh, Morocco, and Lesotho.

Dorothée teaches CSR, Business and Human Rights and Business Ethics at HEC Lausanne (Switzerland) and NYU Stern. In 2013, she published a book entitled Managing Corporate Legitimacy – A Toolbox (Greenleaf Publishing). You can contact Dorthée by email at dbaumann@stern.nyu.edu.

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April Gu

Associate Director
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April Gu

Associate Director

April Gu oversees the Center’s operations, including the Center’s integration into the broader university, resource stewardship, and ability to implement cutting-edge programming for students, companies, and other stakeholders. Prior to the joining the Center, she practiced law in the Singapore and New York offices of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where she focused on the financing of infrastructure and energy projects throughout Southeast Asia, Latin America and the United States. She is a former Fulbright Research Scholar who conducted research on economic development in Beijing, China.

April is a graduate of NYU Stern and the NYU School of Law, where she participated in the International Human Rights Clinic and won numerous human rights and public service fellowships for her work.

 
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Casey O'Connor

Senior Program Manager, Investment
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Casey O'Connor

Senior Program Manager, Investment
Sani Scholar in Residence

Casey O'Connor leads the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights' efforts to develop indicators of human rights leadership for investors. She was the principal author of the Center’s 2017 report, Putting the ‘S’ in ESG: Measuring Human Rights Performance for Investors, which examined how prominent sustainability measurement frameworks define and evaluate social performance. Casey is now developing a new appraoch to social measurement, looking first at the apparel industry.

Prior to joining the Center, Casey held various research and advocacy positions focused on human rights and economic development. She has a J.D. from NYU School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Washington. You can contact Casey by email at coconnor[at]stern.nyu.edu.

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David Segall

Senior Program Manager, Construction
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David Segall

Senior Program Manager, Construction

David Segall is the Senior Program Manager focusing on the recruitment and migration of construction workers from South Asia to the Arabian Gulf.

From 2012 to 2015, David directed the Human Rights in Iran Unit at The City University of New York where he assisted the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

From 2010 to 2012 he served as an Associate in the Middle East and North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, where he conducted research on human rights issues in the Arabian Gulf Region. From 2009-2010 he was a research assistant at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in Israel.

David holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University and a BA in Public Policy from Duke University.

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Auret van Heerden

Senior Advisor
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Auret van Heerden

Senior Advisor

Auret van Heerden has 40 years experience in labour and human rights issues worldwide. He began as a student leader and anti-apartheid activist in South Africa before being recruited by the ILO to work on the Programme of Action against Apartheid. In 1994 he was appointed Labour Attache at the South African Mission to the UN in Geneva. He returned to the ILO to head the Action Programme on Social and Labour Issues in EPZs. In 2001 he joined the Fair Labor Association and served as its President and CEO for 13 years. He now consults and teaches.