Ms Czymoch is an experienced international moderator, presenter, facilitator and media coach, who is passionate about spreading solutions for the future of humanity and life on this planet. Conny´s core topics comprise sustainability, the global goals, resource efficiency, mobility, climate action, agriculture and food, development cooperation, the labour market, international supply chains, corporate responsibility, human rights and human trafficking.
With her long journalistic career in print, radio and TV, today, Conny moderates international conferences, live on stage and / or digitally, equally in English and German. Regular customers include almost all German Federal Ministries, the ILO, OECD, UN, World Bank, EU, foundations and think tanks, NGOs, as well as business organisations.
Graduated in Economics and Banking Sciences, she specialized as an expert in the business system and was accredited as skilled professional certified for design, management and reporting of European projects, working for public and private bodies.
From 2007 to 2017, she worked as an expert in the management of economic resources, for monitoring, reporting and information systems of training projects managed by the Centre for Employment, Guidance and Training.
In 2018, she was elected as a Senator of the Italian Parliament, becoming a member of the Budget Committee and of the Commission of Inquiry on Banking and Financial System.
In 2021 she has been elected State Secretary of Ministry of Labour with responsibility for Vocational Education and Training, Welfare and Immigration Policy.
Nicola Bonucci is a Partner in the Global Trade and Investigations & White Collar Defense practices at Paul Hastings, based in the Paris office. Previously, Mr. Bonucci served as the Director for Legal Affairs for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He has been one of the most prominent international voices in anti-corruption and anti-bribery, having led the OECD’s efforts in this area for more than two decades. In advising clients, Mr. Bonucci draws on his international experience with compliance programs, investigations, and anti-corruption issues across various legal systems, as well as his deep knowledge of intergovernmental and multilateral processes.
Sharan Burrow is the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, representing 200 million workers in 163 countries and territories with 332 national affiliates. The ITUC’s primary mission is the promotion and defense of workers’ rights and interests, through international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning, and advocacy within the major global institutions.
Katherine joined the Living Wage Foundation as Director in March 2016. The Living Wage Foundation oversees the Living Wage movement in the UK and accredits employers who pay all direct staff and regular contractors the real Living Wage. Since Katherine joined, the number of Living Wage employers in the UK has grown to 10,000 including 50% of the FTSE 100 and thousands of small firms. The Foundation has also launched a new benchmark Living Hours and is developing a Living Pension.
Before joining the Foundation, Katherine was Assistant Director at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, and previously was head Head of Education and Skills at Policy Connect.
Katherine is a trustee of the Good Business Charter in the UK and a Commissioner for the Business Commission to Tackle Inequality for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice holds a chair of public international law at the Department of Law, Queen Mary University of London. Since 2019 she has been elected an Associate Member of the Institut de Droit International and in 2021 she was awarded the Doctorate Honoris Causa of the University of Neuchâtel.
She specialises in international environmental law; the law of treaties; and indigenous peoples. She publishes widely on these subjects. Professor Fitzmaurice was invited as a Visiting Professor to and lectured at various universities, such Berkeley Law School; University of Kobe; Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I). During 2013-2015, she was involved in a multi stakeholder project funded by the EU Commission on environmental crime. She is also a Nippon Foundation Professor of Marine Environmental Law at the IMO International Maritime Institute at Malta.
Sandra Hassan holds a Bachelors of Civil Law from Université Laval and a Master’s degree in taxation from Université de Sherbrooke. She also holds a Licence in common law (magna cum laude) from the University of Ottawa.
Prior to joining the Public Service of Canada, Ms. Hassan worked in the private sector from 1991-2000. She began her public service career in the Department of Justice in 2000, and held positions such as Executive Director and General Counsel, Department of Finance; Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Finance and Assistant Deputy Minister, Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada.
She was appointed Deputy Minister of Labour and Associate Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada in March 2021.
Hubertus Heil has been Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs since March 2018. Having studied political science, he is particularly committed to using his office to give everyone the chance to lead a self-determined life, while providing protection and security in times of change. Since December 2019, Hubertus Heil has been Deputy Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), of which he has been a member since 1988. Since 1998, he has also represented the Gifhorn-Peine constituency in Lower Saxony with a direct mandate in the German Bundestag.
He is married and has two children.
Born in 1961, she is the French Government representative to the International Labour Organisation Governing Body and to the G7-G20 for Labour, Employment and Social Protection policies. She chairs, since 06/2019, the Global Partnership against Child Labour, Forced Labour, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery (Alliance 8.7).
She was appointed by the President of the French Republic Knight of the Légion d’Honneur in July 2021. She was Deputy Director of the Minister of Labour’s cabinet (2016-2017), and Counsellor to the President of the French Parliament, in charge of social policies (2017-2018). In 2012, she joined the General Inspectorate for Social Affairs, the national audit, evaluation and inspection office. PhD in History and Sociology of Science, University of Paris – Denis Diderot & Ecole polytechnique.
John H. Knox
John H. Knox is the Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law at Wake Forest University. He graduated from Stanford Law School with honors in 1987, and worked at the U.S. Department of State and at a private law firm before joining academia in 1998. From 2012 to 2018, he served as the first UN Independent Expert, then the first Special Rapporteur, on the human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. In 2018, in his final report to the Council, he presented Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment. He is on the board of the Universal Rights Group and on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law.
Thomas König is the China Director at the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). He is the co-author of “So Schafft Man China” (How to make it in China) now in its second edition at Springer publishing house. He has served at the European Council on Foreign Relations in London and Paris, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research in Geneva, the European Chamber of Commerce in China Beijing and the Delegation of German Industry in Shanghai.
Thea Lee was appointed Deputy Undersecretary for International Labor Affairs on May 10, 2021. She heads the International Labor Affairs Bureau, which safeguards dignity at work, at home and abroad – by strengthening global labor standards, enforcing labor commitments among trading partners, promoting racial and gender equity, and combating international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking.
Lee has been advocating for workers’ rights, both domestically and internationally, for over thirty years. She was president of the Economic Policy Institute, a progressive pro-worker Washington think tank, from 2018 to 2021 and an international trade economist at EPI in the 1990s. From 1997 to 2017, Lee worked at the AFL-CIO, as deputy chief of staff, policy director, and chief international economist.
Katja Müller-Fahlbusch is an expert on the Middle East and North Africa and works as MENA desk officer at Amnesty International Germany. Previously, she worked at the GiZ and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Tunis, Bamako, Berlin and Bonn. She graduated from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg with a dual degree in Political Science and Economics.
Martha E. Newton joins the International Labour Organization as the Deputy Director-General for Policy on September 1, 2020.
Previously, Ms. Newton was the Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs at the United States Department of Labor, helming the Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs and leading the formulation of international economic, trade and labor policies and programs focused on international child labor, forced labor and modern slavery.
Ms. Newton was also previously a Director of the Administration of Children and Families Division at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, where she coordinated the health and human service response for human trafficking victims and refugees.
In addition, Ms. Newton has served the Executive Director of an NGO focused on the rescue and rehabilitation of forced laborers in the fishing sector in Ghana, and as Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Halifax International Security Forum.
Udo Philipp has been State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) since 15 December 2021.
Udo Philipp studied economics and political science in Paris and at Harvard. He started his professional career in 1989 at Dresdner Bank in Munich, after which he worked for LEK Consulting and Treuhandanstalt Dresden and Berlin. In 1993, he became Personal Assistant to the Minister at the Federal Ministry of Economics in Bonn. From 1995, he worked in managerial roles for various companies. From March 2019, he was State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance of the State of Schleswig-Holstein.
Caroline Rees is the President and Co-Founder of Shift, the leading center of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. She leads organizational strategy and development and drives thought leadership work on key challenges and opportunities in advancing corporate respect for human rights.
Prior to founding Shift, Caroline was a lead advisor to Prof. John Ruggie during his work to develop the UN Guiding Principles as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General. From 2009 to 2011 she was Director of the Governance and Accountability Program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Corporate Responsibility Initiative. Caroline previously spent 14 years as a British diplomat where her career covered Iran, Slovakia, the UN Security Council, European Union and UN Human Rights Council.
Didier Reynders is European Commissioner for justice responsible for rule of law, data protection and other fundamental rights, as well as consumer protection, a position he has held since December 2019. Previously, he held several high-level political positions in Belgium including minister of defence, minister of foreign affairs, foreign trade and European affairs, minister of finance and deputy prime minister.
From 2004 to 2011, he served as chairman of the Mouvement Réformateur (liberal party alliance). He was elected member of the Belgian Parliament in 1992. Prior to this, he was president of the National Railway Company of Belgium and the National Society of Airways. Reynders has been a guest lecturer at the universities of Liège, Brussels and Louvain until he became European Commissioner. He holds a degree in law from the University of Liège.
Dr Lothar Rieth holds the position of Head of Sustainability (direct report to the CEO) of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, the third biggest utility company in Germany. He is currently responsible for sustainability management, reporting, sustainability reporting at EnBW and chairs EnBW’s CSR Committee. He is at present member the Econsense Steering Committee (Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business), has assisted EnBW’s CFO in his work in the TCFD and the EU-Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and has been appointed to the Sustainable Finance Committee of the Federal Government in June 2019.
He studied administrative science and political science in Germany (University of Konstanz, University of Tuebingen) and Rutgers University, NJ (US).
Olivier De Schutter
Olivier De Schutter, a professor at UCLouvain and SciencesPo (Paris), is the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. He was a member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights between 2015 and 2020 and the Special Rapporteur on the right to food between 2008 and 2014. Prior to those assignments, he was Secretary-General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).
Dr Carsten Stender is head of Directorate-General VI “European and International Employment and Social Policy” at Germany’s Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS). He had previously been in charge of a unit at Germany’s Federal Foreign Office responsible for political coordination for the Vice-Chancellor. Dr. Stender has many years of experience in his field as Head of the SPD Chairman’s Office and Head of Office of the SPD General Secretary. He has also worked as policy advisor, head of a minister's office, party mobilization manager, and as a legal adviser to the Executive Committee of his party.
He studied law, passing his state examinations with honours and writing his dissertation on legislative techniques. Dr. Stender also holds master’s degrees in political science and public management. He is married to an Austrian book designer and is the father of a six-year-old son.
Ana María Suarez Franco
Dr Suárez Franco is the coordinator of FIAN International's accountability work and the organization's permanent representative to the UN in Geneva. She participated in the processes of elaboration of the Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations, the negotiation processes of the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants, as well as in the current negotiation process towards a Binding Instrument on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with regard to Human Rights.
Dr Suarez Franco has worked closely with communities affected by violations of their right to food in various regions worldwide, supporting them to monitor the implementation of the right to food, develop case strategies and use accountability mechanisms in the UN Human Rights System and the Inter-American Human Rights System.
Roberto Suárez Santos
Roberto Suárez Santos was appointed Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) on 26 October 2018, having held the post of Deputy Secretary-General since December 2012.
Prior to joining the IOE, Roberto was ILO Programme Director for the promotion of youth employment in the Maghreb region. He previously worked at the Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Organisations. He was BUSINESSEUROPE’s Vice President for Labour Affairs for several years, Vice-President of Business at OECD’s Employment and Labour Affairs Committee, and a member of various follow-up committees for the European Social Fund and the EU Economic and Social Committee.
Roberto’s experience extends to academia, having served as associate professor of European Social Law at both the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Spain.
Roberto is a lawyer with experience in European and international labour law, as well as in international relations.
Nobunao Tagaya has been the Senior Assistant Minister for International Affairs of the Ministy of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) since 2021.
He has served for 35 years at MHLW, where he was appointed as Director, Regional Bureau Administration Division - Minister's Secretariat between 2013-16; Deputy Director-General of the Minister's Secretariat - Ministry of Finance between 2016-17; Executive Director, Organization for Technical Intern Training (OTIT) between 2017-19; and Deputy Director-General for Employment of the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities, Employment Security Bureau - MHLW in 2019.
He holds the Bachelor of Law from the University of Tokyo.
Lilian Tschan studied administrative sciences at the University of Potsdam from 1999 to 2005. During this time, she spent a semester at the University of Perugia as part of the Erasmus program. She completed her studies with a diploma. Afterwards she was manager for political communication in the capital office of Serco GmbH from 2005 to 2007. From 2007 to 2009, she was personal assistant to the Secretary General of the SPD, Hubertus Heil. From 2009 to 2011, she worked in Heil's Bundestag office. She then served as Commissioner for Labor and Social Affairs and for Family and Health in the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the Federal Government from 2011 to 2014. From 2014 to 2018, she was Head of Division for Cabinet and Parliamentary Affairs at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. From 2018 to 2022, she was head of the management staff at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.
On February 1, 2022, Lilian Tschan was appointed State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.
Mr. Max Tuñón is the head of the ILO Office in Doha. The ILO has been working closely with the Government of Qatar on a comprehensive labour reform agenda since 2018.
From 2016 to 2018, Mr Tuñón was the Labour Migration Specialist for South Asia, based in the ILO Office in New Delhi. There he supported policy formulation on the governance of labour migration, including through research, capacity building and consultative platforms with governments and social partners.
From 2009 to 2016, he was based in the ILO Regional Office in Bangkok, managing the TRIANGLE project on strengthening recruitment and labour protection in Southeast Asia.
He has also worked for four years in China, with a focus on rural-urban migration and youth employment.
Mr Tuñón is a national of the United Kingdom and Panama. He has a BA in Business Studies, from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, and an MA in Social Development from the University of Sussex.
Lene Wendland is Chief of the Business and Human Rights Unit in UN Human Rights and leads UN Human Rights’ thematic work on business and human rights. She was part of the team of former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie, and contributed to the development and drafting of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Lene directs the UN Human Rights’ Accountability and Remedy Project, which aims to enhance accountability and access to remedy in cases of business involvement in human rights abuses.
She also directs the UN Human Rights B-Tech Project, applying the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to key human rights challenges related to digital technologies. Lene was a member of the FIFA Independent Human Rights Advisory Board (2017 – 2020), and is currently a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Human Rights (2020-2022), and of the Advisory Council of the Geneva Centre for Business and Human Rights. She represents UN Human Rights in the Governance Committee of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights, and as a technical advisor to the Board of the International Cocoa Initiative.
Lene holds a Masters degree in law from the University of Copenhagen.
Michael Windfuhr has been Deputy Director of the German Institute for Human Rights since 2011, and a member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights since 2016. Since 2017, he has been chair of the Business and Human Rights Working Group of the multi-stakeholder CSR Forum, which advises the German Government on business and human rights.
He is a member of the independent complaints mechanism of the development banks of Germany, France and the Netherlands (DEG, FMO, Proparco).
Previously, he worked as head of the human rights team at the German NGO Brot für die Welt (2006-2010) and held various positions at FIAN International between 1986 and 2006.
Michael Windfuhr studied political science, German studies, geography and philosophy in Heidelberg.