Andrea Saldarriaga is Co-Director of the Iran Business Responsibility project. She is trained as an international lawyer, and her practice has focused on international investment law and responsible business. After many years in private practice with companies and international law firms, including with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Andrea launched her practice as an independent consultant in 2007. Since then she has worked on a range of projects with international organisations, the private sector, not-for-profit and academic institutions in her areas of expertise. She currently serves as a member of the roster of experts to the Project Complaint Mechanism at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and is a visiting fellow at the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Andrea also teaches courses on responsible business practices at ESSEC Business School in Paris and ESCP Business School Europe.
Andrea Shemberg is Co-Director of the Iran Business Responsibility project. Andrea is a common law and international lawyer with more than 13 years of experience in international standards for responsible business practices. From 2007 to 2011, Andrea served as Legal Advisor to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, John Ruggie (SRSG). She led the SRSG’s process to realise the Principles for Responsible Contracts and advised the SRSG on a range of international law issues, assisting the SRSG in developing the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. She began her legal career as a management-side employment and labour law lawyer with a commercial law firm. Andrea currently serves as Co-Chair of the Global Business Initiative and is a Visiting Fellow at the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Deputy Director and Head of Research
Karen Kramer is Deputy Director and Head of Research for the Iran Business Responsibility project, leading the research and analysis of the Iranian business, regulatory, economic and political environment for IBR. Karen also directs the Publications division for an international NGO focused on the Middle East, where she leads the research and writing of reports and briefings. Previously, Karen taught political science, international relations and Middle East politics and economics at the State University of New York at Purchase. She has worked as a private consultant on Middle East politics and business for many years, advising and producing reports for political risk consultancies, business, think tanks and NGOs on the region. She has published on the Middle East in scholarly journals and international publications and provided commentary and analysis to the media. Karen also served as Executive Editor at the MidEast Report, a leading publication on Middle East politics, economics, business and energy.
Gerald is the managing partner of Pluto & Associates, a boutique advisory firm focused on global public policy and corporate responsibility. He previously held positions in the United Nations and the Swiss administration, notably leading the program on business and human security at the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and serving as the Special Adviser to the Secretary General’s Special Representative on business and human rights, Professor John Ruggie, from 2005 to 2011. In this role he was closely involved in the development and drafting of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Gerald also worked in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General in New York, advising the senior leadership on UN engagement with the private sector. He left the public service in late 2015 to found Pluto. Gerald serves in his personal capacity on the advisory board of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI), on the SRI Advisory Board of Candriam (formerly Dexia), a European asset management company, and until 2017, on the Governing Board of ACCESS Facility, a global non-profit organization that promotes non-judicial grievance mechanisms to prevent and resolve conflicts between companies and communities. He has a MA in international law from the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute for International Studies, and was a research fellow with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Good Practice Advisor
Kristina Bogos is the Good Practice Advisor for the Iran Business Responsibility project. She has conducted extensive research and fieldwork on labour and other responsible business issues in the Middle East. Previously, Kristina worked as a consultant with Equidem Research & Consulting, where she carried out research on a broad range of responsible business issues for migrant workers in the Arab Gulf. She has also worked on labour issues and corporate due diligence in supply chains for major internationals NGOs. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Quartz, Middle East Eye and Mic, among other global media outlets. Kristina holds a Master’s degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University. She speaks Arabic and Greek.