Ms.

Alexandra Guáqueta

Chair; Adjunct Lecturer at the School of International Studies at Flinders University

UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises

Dr. Alexandra Guáqueta (D.Phil. International Relations, Oxford) is an Adjunct Lecturer at the School of International Studies at Flinders University and has worked for over a decade on business and human rights, peace-building, Latin American regional security, drug trafficking, and democratic norms diffusion. She is currently Chair of the UN Working Group on Business on Human Rights, which was elected by the Human Rights Council in 2011 to promote the global implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Alexandra worked for Oxy (2002-2004) on the implementation of new human rights standards and was Social Standards and International Engagement Head at Cerrejón (2008-2011) focusing on social standards, local and international stakeholder engagement, labour rights, and indigenous peoples’ rights. At Cerrejón she road-test the operational-level grievance mechanism effectiveness criteria proposed by the Ruggie mandate. She was Academic Director of Ideas para la Paz (2004-2008), Senior Associate of the Economic Agendas in Civil Wars Program of the International Peace Institute (2001-2002) and Coordinator of the Regional Security Cooperation Program of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung-Colombia (2004-2008). Ms. Guáqueta serves in the Board of Trustees of Shift and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Human Rights. She has authored more than 30 academic and policy publications.