Nelleke van Amstel is a research associate at the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights. With a background in international humanitarian law and human rights law, she brings a decade of experience in implementation of human rights standards within various international and non-governmental organizations. Prior to her position at GCBHR, Nelleke worked as Programme Manager as the Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) where she engaged with companies, civil society, and governments to better human rights compliance in complex security settings and facilitated the creation of the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA) for private security service providers. She also held positions at the Unit for Relations with Arms Carriers at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the legal department of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has a Master of Advanced Studies from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and a Master of International Law from the University of Groningen.
Pascale Chavaz is a research associate at the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights. She supports Prof. Dorothée Baumann-Pauly and her team in all aspects of the Center’s activities from research and communication to teaching and administration. Before joining the GCBHR, she had mostly worked in the academic world and civil society in the field of ethics, socially responsible investing, and philosophy. She co-authored a book on Sovereign Wealth Funds and their regulation (Globethics, 2016). Pascale also works as a freelance certified coach and neuro-linguistic programming master practitioner. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Linguistics from the University of Geneva, and a Master’s degree in Applied Ethics from Sherbrooke University.
Serra Cremer Iyi is a consultant at the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights. Trained as a corporate lawyer with a background in M&A and project finance, Serra brings her experience representing businesses and advising senior management to the interdisciplinary field of business and human rights. Prior to her position at GCBHR, she worked as an adjunct professor of U.S. law, a local counsel for the International Refugee Assistance Project, and a managing director at Executive English Coaching. Serra continues to work as a global communication coach to executives at multinational corporations. She is a member of the New York Bar Association and holds a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law and a double major Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from New York University.
Dr. Berit Knaak is a postdoctoral researcher at the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights. She completed her Ph.D. in Management with a focus on integrating business and human rights at the University of St.Gallen in 2020. Her research evolves around business perspectives on human rights and approaches to facilitate corporate engagement with human rights issues. In her work, Berit focuses on resilience and ethical supply chains, companies’ impact in their ecosystems, and on children’s rights, among others in a collaboration with UNICEF. Berit builds on a dual background in economics and in human rights law, holding a Master of International Business from Maastricht University and an LLM degree in International Human Rights Law from the National University of Ireland. During her time as doctoral researcher, she served as a fellow for the Business and Human Rights Journal.
Molly Penet is an intern at the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights. She supports the team in research.
Her field of interest is business and human rights related to firm responsibility and embedding sustainability in mainstream practices.
She completed a Bachelor in Management and is currently studying for a Master in Strategic and International Management at the GSEM.