Rémy Friedmann is Senior Advisor at the desk for human security and business in the Human Security Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs since August 2011.
Mr. Friedmann has an extensive experience in the humanitarian field, human rights and peacebuilding: Between 2009 and 2011 he has worked as a crisis response planner at the European Commission in Brussels, mainly on West and Central Africa. Between 2005 and 2009 he worked at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Bern as a special envoy for peace policy in Colombia and was coordinating the Swiss Mine Action policy worldwide. Between 2002 and 2005 he worked as a peacebuilding advisor at the Swiss Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. Between 1997 and 2002, he was a human rights officer at the Office in Colombia of the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights. He worked between 1991 and 1997 for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Iraq, Somalia, Peru, South Africa, Geneva headquarters and Azerbaijan as a delegate, head of sub-delegation, protection coordinator and trainer.
Sophia Willitts-King is a serving civil servant of the United Kingdom and a member of the Diplomatic Service. Her current position is Deputy Head of Conflict Department, Multilateral Policy Directorate, leading work on the UK’s Building Stability Overseas Strategy, and in particular the UK’s policy towards UN engagement in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States. Her career focus has been South Asia and Conflict Affected Countries. Previous assignments have included: Head of Asia Pacific, South Asia and Afghanistan Team in the British Embassy Washington DC; Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Kathmandu; and Co-ordinator for the Iraq, the Middle-East and North Africa in the UK National Security Council Secretariat.
Ambassador (rt) Bertil Roth has served for many years in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Among his various assignments, he was the Swedish Ambassador to Bulgaria, and Counsellor of the Swedish delegation to the International Organisations in Geneva. In addition, for almost a decade Ambassador (rt) Bertil Roth was Director, and later Deputy Director-General, at the Department of International Law, Human Rights and Treaty law. He was also member of the Swedish delegations negotiating various important international treaties, among them the Convention on the Law of the Seas and the Chemical Weapons Convention.
This is the Swedish Government's 2nd consecutive term on the Board.
This is the US Government's 2nd consecutive term on the Board.
Representing United States
John “Alan” Donohue is currently the Vice President of International Legal Affairs for Triple Canopy and the General Counsel for Edinburgh International group of companies. He has been affiliated with Edinburgh International since 2005. In 2012, Mr. Donohue joined Triple Canopy, and has expanded his remit to include Triple Canopy’s international legal corporate compliance and expanded individual US state licensing and regulation. Mr. Donohue was Edinburgh International’s representative to the PSC Working Group in 2010 and was responsible for commenting on the various drafts of the ICOC. Early involvement in the formation of the final ICOC document allowed Mr. Donohue a formative understanding of the processes, thoughts and concerns voiced by the various security industry groups, government and civil society. His primary focus in Iraq and Afghanistan has been working in-country dealing directly with government ministries, Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), embassies and USAID implementing partners relative to private security companies, risk management companies (RMC) and the Afghan Public Protection Force (APPF) and their overall compliance with local and international legal requirements.
Representing 'Rest of the World'
Charlie Mayne is one of the founders and the Managing Director of VSC Security Solutions. For over 10 years he has been at the very heart of building a company focused on providing security that is relevant to the environment and applicable to specific areas of operations.
Before founding VSC, Charlie Mayne was an Officer in the British Royal Marines. His career included operational, training and management roles and it was in the Marines that he developed his leadership skills and learnt the importance of detailed planning.
Charlie has a B Eng degree from Edinburgh University and a PG Dip in Security and Risk Management from the University of Loughborough.
'At large' Industry Director
John Davies is Quality Assurance and HSE manager for Warrior Security, which provides a complete range of security services across East & Central Africa, including manned guarding, alarms and response, CCTV and remote monitoring, access control, risk and security management, CIT, and intelligence and analysis.
Warrior employs in excess of 5,000 full time staff, and has a client base which includes UN agencies, NGOs, international organisations, diplomatic offices and personne, and extractive industries.
Warrior is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, which falls under John’s remit. As Group Quality Assurance and HSE manager, John is responsible for process in all areas of the operation. He has written manuals which encompass all functional entities, including operations, procurement, logistics and assets, contracts, human resources, training, selection & vetting, and weapons/firearms.
Representing UK / Europe
Chris was an early contributor to the development of the ICOC and the Articles of Association, firstly as a representative of the risk and security consultancy, Control Risks, and then as the first Chairman of the UK's Security in Complex Environments Group (SCEG). The SCEG represents the UK's land and maritime private security industries and partners the UK Government in their regulation. Chris served as Control Risks' Director Government Support from 2005 to 2013. In that appointment Chris managed security support for government clients operating in a wide range of challenging environments, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria and Somalia. Chris has represented the industry at UN, European and UK Parliament, and academia-sponsored events, and was recognised in 2015 by the award of an OBE in the UK's New Year's Honours List for his services to 'human rights, conflict prevention and the international private security industry'. Prior to joining Control Risks, Chris served for 30 years in the British Army, where he held senior intelligence, security and operational appointments. He was awarded an MBE in the 1st Gulf War Operational Honours List. He retired from the Army as a full Colonel.
Chris was elected to serve a second 3-year term as a Board Director at the Annual General Assembly in September 2016.
Meg Roggensack is a recognized expert on business and human rights with extensive experience in designing and leading multistakeholder engagement strategy and initiatives. She teaches a graduate seminar on these issues at Georgetown University Law Center, and speaks regularly about the intersection of human rights and trade and implications for corporate accountability. As the former Senior Advisor for Business and Human Rights at Human Rights First, Meg Roggensack led work on internet freedom, labor rights, natural resources and security and multistakeholder engagement and accountability mechanisms to address the human rights impacts of global business operations.
Amol Mehra is the Director of the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, which is a coalition of leading human rights, development, labor and environmental organizations working to ensure businesses respect human rights in their global operations. Amol Mehra is an international human rights lawyer by training, focusing on business and human rights and corporate social responsibility. He holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Amol Mehra has worked to build accountability frameworks in both domestic and international arenas, including over private military and security companies. He also serves in different advisory bodies of human rights organizations and associations.
Michael H. Posner is the Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance at NYU’s Stern School of Business. He is the Co-Director of the Center for Business and Human Rights at the Business school, the first-ever human rights center at a business school. Prior to joining NYU Stern, Posner served in the Obama Administration from 2009-2013 as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. In 2010 he chaired the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. From 1978 to 2009, he led Human Rights First, a New York-based human rights advocacy organization. While at Human Rights First he was a founding board member of the Fair Labor Association. Before joining Human Rights First, Posner was a lawyer with Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago. From 1981 until 2009 he was a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School, and then Columbia Law School. A member of the California Bar and the Illinois Bar, he received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) in 1975, and a B.A. with distinction and honors in History from the University of Michigan in 1972. Posner resides with his family in New York City.
Josua Loots is a founder of the Business and Human Rights unit at the Centre for Human Rights (CHR), which is an academic and non-governmental organization based at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa. The CHR explores ways in which business activities across the African continent can be operated in a manner that promotes development, is respectful of international human rights, mindful of legal and other regulative frameworks, and consistent with public international legal obligations.
His role at the CHR includes the supervision of project officers working on business and human rights projects, participating in the development of international discource around business and human rights, supervision of and guidance in academic writing, developing projects, fundraising and reporting to donor or funding institutions. Josua holds a Master of Laws from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) & L’université Gaston Berger (Senegal) and is currently a PhD candidate at University of Pretoria's International Development Law Unit.