Network of Experts

Global Diligence can call upon the services of independent experts specialised in areas relevant to its work. When the experts work on Global Diligence projects, they are bound by our policies on confidentiality and privacy

Alex Batesmith:

International human rights / international criminal law / training and mediation

Based in Manchester, UK Languages : Native English, excellent French, basic German and Spanish

Alex was one of the founding partners of Global Diligence LLP. He has twenty years’ experience as an international and domestic criminal lawyer and consultant in national and international human rights, criminal law, transitional justice and rule of law issues. He works for both public and private clients, including governments, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, in three main fields of expertise: national and international human rights law and regulation (including sustainability and business and human rights); justice sector capacity building (including access to justice) in developing or transitional justice environments; and post-conflict justice (including international criminal law and international humanitarian law). He is a law lecturer at Liverpool University and a qualified mediator.

Duncan Campbell:


Based in London Languages : Native English

Duncan Campbell is a commercial lawyer and a founding member of the CEDR Chambers, the UK’s leading mediation practice. He has decades of experience in dispute resolution in industry both as in-house counsel and as a mediator of high-value international projects in the public and private sectors. Duncan was previously General Counsel of IBM UK and a member of the management board, where he was responsible for managing High Court litigation and settling legal disputes. During his assignments in Paris for IBM Europe, Duncan was ‘Europe, Middle-East, and Africa’ counsel for all IBM’s industry sectors. After leaving IBM, Duncan spent over 10 years as Legal Adviser at the Confederation of British Industry.

Christophe Gargot:

Human rights / international development / Myanmar

Based in Paris Languages : Native French, fluent English

Christophe Gargot has twenty years of experience in the assistance of international NGOs and private companies in international contexts. His international aid and development experience in senior roles includes: country director for Solidarités International in Myanmar, South Sudan and Pakistan; head of mission for Médecins du Monde in the Ivory Coast; and consultant for Avocats sans Frontières in Burundi, the Open Society Justice Initiative in Cambodia, and the International Justice Tribune in Paris. He has particular expertise in human rights, new governance and political analysis. Christophe managed a team of 200 people and an annual budget of € 5 million for Solidarités International in Myanmar, covering four states including Rakhine and Kachin.

Santiago Porto:

Business and human rights/ extractive industries

Based in Barcelona Languages: Native Spanish, Fluent English, French and Portuguese.

Santiago´s focus has been on fostering collaborative engagement with the private sector to advance human rights and development. Santiago’s past posts include private sector advisor to the Spanish aid agency (AECID), an advisor for the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and programme director of the Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices (CRJP). He has also managed numerous public-private partnership projects with the UNDP in Mozambique and in the extractive industry in India (bauxite and coal) and Venezuela (gold) with Business Partners for Development – Natural Resources Cluster (BPD), and in global health with the Gates Foundation. Santiago has direct experience working for the business sector as corporate responsibility senior manager for the Vodafone Group and as a consultant evaluating corporate responsibility programmes in Colombia, Madagascar, Peru and in Central America in the mining, water and sanitation and agriculture sectors.


Fredrik Wesslau:


Based in Brussels Languages : English, French and Swedish

Fredrik Wesslau has extensive experience working in conflict diplomacy and crisis management for the United Nations, European Union, and OSCE. He has worked on a range of conflicts: Georgia, Iraq, Kosovo, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Sudan/South Sudan. His particular specialisation is in peace negotiations and mediation, public diplomacy and outreach, and handling the politics of separatism and secessionism. Most recently he was heading a team of counter-piracy experts operating off the Horn of Africa. Fredrik Wesslau is the author of The Political Adviser’s Handbook – a standard text for political advisers and political affairs officers involved in peacemaking. He has previously worked as a journalist writing mainly for the International Herald Tribune.

Liliya Akhmadullina


Based in London Languages : Native Russian, fluent English, Basic Portuguese

Liliya has extensive experience working with human rights and analysing companies’ compliance and anti-bribery programmes. Her international experience includes legal and policies consultancies to the United Nations Development Programme and Transparency International. She also worked for government organisations and consultancies in Russia, Czech Republic and the UK. Liliya is qualified to practice law in the Russian Federation and is currently working towards her legal qualification in the UK.