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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 also 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.

Dr. Leïla Choukroune :

Business and Human Rights / training

Based in Paris and Maastricht Languages : Native French, fluent English and Chinese

Dr. Leïla Choukroune (Doctorate in International Law from Paris Sorbonne Law School, Lawyer Paris Bar) teaches international economic law at Maastricht University Law Faculty and Graduate School of Governance. Her research deals with the interactions between trade, investment and human rights with a special interest for the emerging world and Asia, China and India in particular, where she has lived and visits very frequently. Dr Choukroune’s publications appear in international academic journals and books as well as in the global media. She has performed consultancy work for a variety of international organisations and donors on a global basis and is an independent adviser to several multinational companies. Prior to joining Maastricht, Dr. Choukroune was assistant Professor at HEC Paris Law Department, Lecturer at Paris Sorbonne Law School and researcher at the French Centre for Contemporary China Studies (CEFC) in Hong Kong.

Ruben Dao :

Human rights / field work / work with local communities

Based in Beijing Languages : Native French, fluent English and Chinese

Investigates and documents issues relating to rural and urban development, environment, ethnic minorities, refugees and more generally human rights in Asia. His investigations and reporting are systematically built on detailed interviews and field research. The last 20 years have taken Ruben from the ship breaking yards in Chittagong to villages in Northern Laos investigating the forcible displacement of ethnic minorities, from the Burmese State of Rakhine where there have been ethnic conflicts between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims to jailed asylum seekers in Sydney, from the Sino-Korean border where North Korean refugees live in limbo to the mega city of Chongqing where high-speed development involves forced relocation of urban residents. His work has been widely published both by media (in Europe and in Asia) and NGOs (such as Greenpeace, FIDH, Médecins Sans Frontières, Reporters Without Borders, Geopolitical Drug Watch).

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.

Emmanuel Jacomy :

International litigation /investment law

Based in Singapore Languages : Native French, Fluent English

Emmanuel is a qualified lawyer in France and Cambodia, and a Solicitor in England and Wales. He has worked in a leading international law firm and as a consultant for the OECD, both in Paris and Singapore. Since 2010, Emmanuel has been representing civil parties before the Extraordinary Chambers of the Cambodian Courts (ECCC). Emmanuel specialises in international litigation and is well versed in handling complex investment issues. He has advised and represented several multinational corporations in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe at both the negotiation and litigation stage.

Carine Jaquet :

Business and human rights / CSR / stakeholder engagement

Based in Yangon Languages : Native French, Fluent English, Burmese and Nepalese

Carine has fourteen years’ experience in managing humanitarian and development programmes and advising Civil Society, UN agencies, governments and companies in Asia. She has a particular focus on Myanmar, where she has been based for the last six years. She headed the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Kachin State. She has advised business on CSR, supported stakeholders engagement and impact assessments. Carine holds MAs of Political Sciences (La Sorbonne – Paris) and Intercultural Communication (HEC Group – Brussels). She has also studied at Yangon University (YUFL) and speaks Burmese fluently. As an Associate Researcher at the Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia (IRASEC – Bangkok), she has published academic papers and media pieces on political analysis, civil society, forced displacement and ethnic conflict.

Elsa Le Pennec:

Human rights / conflict zones / field work / training

Based in Paris Languages : Native French, Fluent English and Spanish, Fair Turkish

Elsa Le Pennec is an international human rights lawyer with twelve years of field experience. She has worked with the United Nations in the context of conflicts, post-conflicts and complex emergencies in Haiti, Iraq, Central African Republic and Sudan/Darfur and with international human rights NGOs in Geneva and Turkey. She has worked as a Human Rights Officer in UN peace missions with the UN Department of Peace keeping Operations (DPKO), Department of Political affairs (DPA), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and as a child protection officer with UNICEF on issues including mass human rights violations, large scale cases, protection of civilians, gender equality and women rights, prevention and response to sexual violence, child protection including children affected by armed conflicts. Elsa has an extensive experience in training State authorities, local lawyers and human rights defenders on issues related to the rule of law, human rights monitoring and reporting, child protection.

Elaine Mitchel-Hill:

Business and Human Rights / Sustainability / Women’s Rights

Based in Manchester & London Language : Native English

Elaine Mitchel-Hill has twenty-five years’ experience working with corporates, brands and NGOs in the UK & overseas, embedding sustainability, developing CSR and driving ethical communications. Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) trained, Elaine drives and manages reporting for a range of transnational organisations across different sectors with complex supply chains. She undertakes Human Rights Impact Assessments across the globe, incorporating the UN Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights and the Protect-Respect-Remedy Framework, Children’s Rights & Business Principles and Women’s Empowerment Principles. Elaine is a member of the UNGC UK Network Advisory Group, and works for UN Women National Committee UK, heading up corporate development activity. She has a deep understanding of women’s rights and the scope and relevance of women’s empowerment in relation to issues of sustainability.

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.

Dr Jayne Rodgers :


Based in Leeds Languages: Native English, conversational Spanish

For the last 20 years, Jayne has researched, taught and written across the field of international communication in Europe, the Americas and Asia. She has presented papers and organised conferences and workshops on conflict, civil society and global and local media in places as far apart as Porto Alegre, Honolulu, Barcelona and Hong Kong. Since 2010, she has been a freelance consultant engaged by corporate clients in the development and delivery of ethical policies and CSR practices. She holds a PhD and Masters from the University of Leeds in the UK.

Kyaw Min San :

Myanmar rule of law / human rights assessments / stakeholder dialogue

Based in Yangon Languages : Native Burmese, Fluent English

Kyaw Min San is a qualified lawyer in Myanmar and a member of both the Yangon and Bago Bar Associations. He has practiced as a trial lawyer since 2006 dealing with criminal and civil matters. He is the Founding Partner of ‘Justice For All’, a law firm based in Yangon and Bago, and a founding member of the countrywide Myanmar Legal Aid Network. Kyaw Min San has provided legal advice to national and international actors -including the National League for Democracy (legal aid team of Bago) and Justice Base – on issues such as legal reform, access to justice, and human rights. He is currently the legal advisor to a renowned local NGO, Pyoe Pin, on a DFID funded project aimed at promoting the rule of law. Kyaw Min San is widely published on Myanmar’s legal issues, and is a regular speaker at international conferences. He holds an LLB from University of Dagon and an LLM (Master of Laws in Human Rights) from the University of Hong Kong.

Jeanne Sulzer :

International Criminal law / human rights / field work / training

Based in Paris Languages : Native French, Fluent English

Jeanne has fourteen years’ practical experience in the fields of human rights, rule of law and international criminal law with a special expertise in victims issues (access to justice and reparation). After four years at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), she provided strategic and legal advice to the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) on pro bono human rights cases and projects in Haiti. As International Justice Director of the International Federation for Human Rights, she organised and trained lawyers and human rights defenders on a wide range of issues including constitutional and criminal reform, ICC implementing legislation and rule of law. Jeanne was a member of the delegation of Burundi at the Conference establishing the International Criminal Court. Jeanne is qualified to practice law in France and in Cambodia (ECCC).



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.