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The Board of Directors

Government Pillar

Rémy Friedmann

Government of Switzerland


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.


This is the Swiss Government's 2nd consecutive term on the Board of Directors.

Katherine Gorove

Government of the United States of America


This is the US Government's 2nd consecutive term on the Board of Directors.





Deirdre Brown MBE

Government of the United Kingdom


Deirdre Brown is a British career diplomat.  She is currently head of the Multilateral Policy Unit in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in  London. She has a broad range of diplomatic experience having undertaking postings in Bangladesh, Thailand, Hungary and most recently at the UK Delegation to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.


This is the UK Government's 2nd consecutive term on the Board of Directors.

Vacant seat







Industry Pillar 

Ryan Berry 

Industry: Representing the Americas


Ryan Berry is the General Counsel of Patriot Group International (“PGI”).


Before joining PGI, Mr. Berry was an equity partner in two global law firms. He is also the Founder of Chaintegrity LLC (, a social entrepreneurship venture seeking to radically accelerate industry-wide commitment to abolishing modern slavery.


Mr. Berry graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and subsequently served as a military officer directing government contracts in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. After concluding his active military service and obtaining a law degree from Washington & Lee University, Mr. Berry developed a legal and compliance practice focused primarily on U.S. Government contractors performing contracts in austere environments. 


Mr. Berry was elected to serve a first 3-year term as a Board Director at the Annual General Assembly in October 2017.

Charlie Mayne

Industry: 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, Mr. 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.


Mr. Mayne has a B Eng degree from Edinburgh University and a PG Dip in Security and Risk Management from the University of Loughborough. 


Mr. Mayne was elected to serve a first 3-year term as a Board Director at the Annual General Assembly in September 2016.

Chris Sanderson OBE JP

Industry: Representing UK / Europe


Chris Sanderson 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.  Mr. Sanderson served as Control Risks' Director Government Support from 2005 to 2013. In that appointment Mr. Sanderson managed security support for government clients operating in a wide range of challenging environments, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria and Somalia. Mr. Sanderson 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, Mr. Sanderson 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. 


Mr. Sanderson was elected to serve a second 3-year term as a Board Director at the Annual General Assembly in September 2016.

Fredrik Ahlén

Industry: 'At large' Industry Director


Fredrik Ahlén is the Head of International Projects at Scandinavian Risk Solutions AB (SRS).


Mr. Ahlén has worked in the private security industry for more than 15 years, of which more than five years in senior management positions and with private security services in the Middle East and Africa.


Mr. Ahlén has extensive experience in developing and implementing best practice procedures including security risk management strategy, advisory, risk assessments, security plans, policies and guidelines, local community liaison and training. Mr. Ahlén is also a certified internal auditor for ISO18788:2015 management system for private security operations. His focus areas today include continuing implementing and developing compliant security structures for assignments in complex environments.


Mr. Ahlén’s academic background includes insurance specialist certificate and a Master´s degree in Business Administration (BA). Mr. Ahlén is currently completing a Master’s degree in Global Diplomacy at London University with a focus on researching state-building in fragile states.

Civil Society Pillar

Beatrice Godefroy

Civil Society


As Director of the newly created Europe Program, Ms. Godefroy oversees CIVIC’s activities in Ukraine, while engaging European Governments, the European Union, and NATO – in view of strengthening the European leadership in the protection of civilians & civilian harm mitigation. She brings 15 years of humanitarian experience work to CIVIC.


Ms. Godefroy served as the Deputy Executive Director at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) where she piloted the institutional and international development at MSF Switzerland. Most recently, she was head the MSF humanitarian diplomacy team in charge of carrying MSF’s representation and advocacy efforts vis-a-vis states, multilateral organizations, non-state actors, and civil society networks. Ms. Godefroy has managed emergency operations in a number of conflict areas, from Burundi to Darfur, or from Chad to Sierra Leone. She has been deployed on some of the most complex humanitarian crises of the past decades, such as the 2005 Tsunami, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the 2014 Ebola outbreak, where she worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Secretariat.


Ms. Godefroy was elected to serve a first 3-year term as a Board Director in September 2018.

Josua Loots

Civil Society


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. Mr. Loots 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.


Mr. Loots was elected to serve a first 3-year term as a Board Director at the Annual General Assembly in September 2016.

Michael Posner

Civil Society


Michael 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, Mr. 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. Mr. Posner resides with his family in New York City.


Mr. Posner was elected to serve a second 3-year term as a Board Director at the Annual General Assembly in October 2017.

Margaret Roggensack

Civil Society


Margaret 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, Ms. 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.


Ms. Roggensack was elected to serve a second 3-year term as a Board Director at the Annual General Assembly in October 2017.