Board of Trustees
Sheung So – Labour Education and Service Network (LESN) – China (Hong Kong) – Chair
Formerly the Chief Executive of LESN, and currently its Senior Trainer and Program Coordinator, Sheung has extensive experience working on labour issues in China. Her expertise includes labor dispute hotlines and support services, empowerment programme design and execution, labour rights and worker representation training for workers, student worker rights, vocational school curriculum development and teacher trainings, and Corporate Social Responsibility projects with companies and multi-stakeholder initiatives.
Michael Gibson Kilner – London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) – UK – Treasurer
Involved with the ICT industry since the early 1990s, Michael has extensive experience in socially responsible procurement of ICT in industry and the public services. He currently serves as Senior Contracts Managers at the LUPC, responsible for telecommunications, computers, IT hardware, and printers. His earlier positions include IT Buyer for Hertfordshire County Supplies, Senior IT Buyer for a leading PC and Notebook system-builder, and Procurement Manager of Fujitsu ICL.
Pauline Overeem – Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) – Netherlands – Secretary
Pauline is senior researcher at the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For years, Pauline served as international coordinator of GoodElectronics, a network of civil society organisations and individuals concerned about human rights and sustainability issues in the global electronics supply chain. Now, as a researcher, she focuses on the textile, garment and electronics sectors. She has many years' experience on development cooperation, human rights and corporate accountability, working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Oxfam Novib, and the India Committee of the Netherlands. Pauline studied Contemporary Asian History and holds a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Pauline shares her seat on the board with Esther de Haan.
Esther de Haan – Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) – Netherlands
Esther is researcher and part of the management team at SOMO, focusing on supply chain responsibility in different industries such as garments, electronics and extractives. She has published widely on topics such as operational level grievance mechanisms, migrant worker rights, and corporate accountability. Esther holds a Master's degree in International Relations with a focus on the pharmaceutical industry and a minor in Communication Science and Statistics, and a postgraduate diploma in HIV/AIDS Management from the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa). Esther shares her seat on the board with Pauline Overeem.
Daisy Arago - Center for Trade Union & Human Rights (CTUHR) - Philippines
Daisy is an activist and a labour and human rights defender, has supported electronics worker organising and built civil society coalitions in the Philippines for many years. A Political Science graduate, she is a researcher and trainer and has been executive director of the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights for 16 years. She runs training programmes on feminist participatory action research for the labour and climate justice program of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), and is also a member of the Asia Monitor Resource Centre Regional Council. Daisy has been involved in the International Solidarity Mission on Mining, the Electronics Watch risk assessment on the ICT industry in the Philippines, and has organised many labour rights seminars, forums, and conferences.
Jim Cranshaw – UK
Recently retired from his work as Labour Rights Campaign Manager for People & Planet, Jim was involved with the Electronics Watch project from its inception. Jim led several strategic project areas, including business planning, technical model development, and development of governance. Jim has been a senior campaigner on labour rights at People & Planet for six years, and helped to co-direct the organisation, at times leading on finance, communications and strategy. Jim has supported students across the UK in campaigning on workers rights for eight years and brings experience in grassroots organising.
David Foust – Labour Rights expert – Mexico
Former Coordinator of CEREAL, a centre dedicated to promote and defend worker rights in the electronic industry in Mexico. He was also CEREAL's international liaison and, before that, he was a volunteer for the Centre, helping with workshops with workers, translations and public relations. He was a member of Good Electronics' steering committee for three years. David has a PhD in Sociology, he is a professor and researcher at ITESO, a university settled in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Huib de Langen - University of Groningen - Netherlands
Huib is Head of Procurement at the University of Groningen and has extensive experience in procurement. He has a thorough understanding of the electronics industry, having held managerial positions in sales, procurement and logistics at multinationals including Philips and Kendrion, as well as several smaller companies. In Groningen, he worked for eight years as managing director of DSW,organisations that create employment opportunities for disadvantaged people, enabling them to more easily enter the labour market. The University of Groningen became a member of Electronics Watch on Huib's initiative.
Olga Martin-Ortega – University of Greenwich – UK
Olga joined the University of Greenwich in 2012 as Reader in Public International Law, and leads Greenwich's Business, Human Rights and Environment Research Group. She previously held positions at the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, School of Law, University of East London, and Napier University (Edinburgh). Her research areas include business and human rights, focusing on the roles and responsibilities of multinational corporations in the protection and respect of human rights and the tools of International law to hold them to account when they participate in human rights violations. Olga is Chair of the Board of the Interest Group on Business and Human Rights, European Society of International Law, and a member of the Academic Commission advising the Spanish Government on the drafting of the Spanish National Implementation Plan on Business and Human Rights.
Kathleen McCaughey - Region Stockholm - Sweden
Kathleen McCaughey has law degrees from both Canada and Sweden. She has worked for over twenty years with human rights and environmental issues for non-governmental organizations. She presently works with human rights, workers' rights and anti-corruption in public procurement for Region Stockholm, including the Region's electronics supply chains.
Michael McLaughlin - Advanced Procurement for Universities & Colleges - UK
Michael McLaughlin has 18 years' experience of working in procurement roles in both the private and public sectors. He spent 9 years working in international manufacturing environments, in electronics and then automotive, before moving to the education sector. He is currently leading the Information Services Procurement Category at APUC, one of the founding members of Electronics Watch. Michael aims to achieve best value when creating framework agreements on behalf of the education sector in Scotland. He is an advocate of collaboration, sustainable supply chains and circular procurement.
Sanjiv Pandita - Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV) - Hong Kong
Sanjiv has a long history of engaging on workers' rights issues in the electronics industry. He is a well-known activist and expert in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health and has won international awards, including from the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, and recognition as one of the 50 most influential Environmental, Health and Safety leaders in 2008. His writings on grassroots workers' movements and workers' health issues have been published widely. He works with grassroots groups across Asia on hazards along the supply chain and the need to organise workers in the industry. Sanjiv played an important role in the establishment of the Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV), a unique grassroots health and safety network in Asia.
Gopinathan Kunhithayil Parakuni – Civil Initiatives for Development and Peace (CIVIDEP) – India
Gopinathan is a founding member and has been General Secretary of Cividep since its inception in the year 2000. He has worked in English daily journalism, and with civil society organisations concerned with the rights of Dalits, women, marginal farmers and informal sector workers. Gopinathan did his Masters in Social Work, with Personnel Management and Labour Welfare as specialisations.