Speakers 2017

These are the speakers who presented at the Electronics Watch Annual Conference 2017, in order of appearance in the programme.


Kan Matsuzaki is Director ICT, Electrical and Electronics, Shipbuilding and Shipbreaking at IndustriALL Global Union in Switzerland. In 1998 he joined Japan Council of Metalworkers' Unions (JCM), an umbrella organization representing the unions in Japan's metal industry such as Automobile, Steel, Shipbuilding, Machinery, Electrical and Electronics. In 2010, he was appointed as Director Shipbuilding-Shipbreaking at International Metalworkers' Federation(IMF) and in 2012, he was also appointed as Director ICT, Electrical and Electronics when IndustriALL Global Union formed in 2012, representing over 50 million members from more than 140 countries across supply chains in mining, energy, and manufacturing sectors at the global level. As an international trade unionist, his mission is to support building democratic trade union and to defend workers' rights in both ICT, Electrical and Electronics, and shipbuilding and shipbreaking sector. He is also responsible for promoting sustainable industrial policy in those sectors.

Heather White is a first-time documentary director. From 2011-2014 she was a Network Fellow at Harvard Universityʼs Edmond Safra Center for Ethics. She is the founder and former Executive Director (1995-2005) of www.verite.org, an award-winning non-profit organization recognized for its groundbreaking leadership in the areas of global supply chain monitoring and factory social audits.

Kristian Hemström is working with the political sustainability goals in Stockholm County Council, e.g. through the procurement process to stimulate the development of more environmentally friendly products to the health care and to strengthen the social sustainability in supply chains, e.g. by monitoring supplier compliance to the County Council's Code of Conduct.

Dr Olga Martin-Ortega is a Reader in Public International Law at the School of Law, University of Greenwich. She  leads the BHRE Research Group. She has been researching business and human rights for over ten years. She has also undertaken extensive research in the areas of post-conflict reconstruction, transitional justice and international criminal law. Prior to joining the University of Greenwich Olga was Senior Research Fellow and member of the Management Team of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict at the University of East London. She has a PhD in International Law from the University of Jaen and a Law degree from the University of Sevilla (Spain). Olga is a member of the Board of Trustees of Electronics Watch and a member of the Board of Directors of the  London Universities Purchasing Consortium. She is a founding member and acted as the first coordinator of the European Society of International Law Interest Group on Business and Human Rights. She is a founding member and member of the Advisory Board of the Business, Conflict and Human Rights network.

Fahmi Panimbang is a labour activist with LIPS (Lembaga Informasi Perburuhan Sedane/Sedane Labor Resource Center) in Indonesia. His recent publications include Resistance on the Continent of Labour: Strategies and Initiatives of Labour Organizing in Asia (editor) (AMRC, 2017), and 'Labour Strikes in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia, 1998-2013' in Strikes and Workers Movements in the 21st Century (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming 2018). Fahmi co-edited Labour Rights in High Tech Electronics: Case Studies of Workers' Struggles in Samsung Electronics and its Asian Suppliers (AMRC, 2013). He graduated from Driyarkara School of Philosophy in Jakarta, Indonesia and earned his MA in sociology at Sungkonghoe University in Seoul, South Korea.

Deepika Rao has been working for Cividep India for the last two and a half years. Cividep India conducts research on working and living conditions of workers employed in global supply chains. It publishes findings and collaborates with other labour support NGOs to advocate for improvement in conditions at workplace, wages and social security, reduction in harassment and discrimination in factories supplying to major global brands. It is currently active in the garment manufacturing industry in Bangalore, electronics and leather manufacturing industries in Tamil Nadu and tea and coffee plantations in Assam and Karnataka. Deepika holds a Bachelors in Marine engineering and a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship. Her previous work experience has been of working on merchant oil tankers as a maintenance engineer.

Andy Hall moved to live in Thailand in 2005 after taking leave from a PhD in corporate criminal responsibility undertaken at Melbourne and Cardiff Universities, where he also tutored students for several years in law, sociology and criminology. During almost 12 years in Thailand, Andy became an internationally recognised human rights defender, migrant worker rights specialist and campaigner working on migrant worker rights, empowerment and modern day slavery issues in global supply chains, particularly with impoverished and exploited migrant workers from Myanmar. In addition to his key role since 2009 as an international affairs advisor to the Migrant Worker Rights Network (MWRN) in Thailand, Andy also founded the Human Rights and Development Foundation's (HRDF) Migrant Justice Programme in 2007, was a foreign expert in migration at the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR) at Mahidol University from 2011 to 2013 and during 2013 was an advisor to the Myanmar government under an EU funded migration project. Andy decided to leave Thailand in November 2016 due to an evident increase in risks to his person and ability to work effectively from employers launching criminal prosecutions against him as a result of his advocacy campaigns responding to worker abuses. Andy is currently continuing his advisory work to civil society and business organisations on issues of migrant worker rights in global supply chains.

Dimitri Kessler received a doctoral degree from the University of WI, Madison in the sociology of economic development, where his studies centered on Chinese development and workers' rights. Following extensive fieldwork in the electronics sector in Taipei & Beijing, he moved to Hong Kong in 2005 working widely with NGOs including British, Dutch, U.S. & Swiss code of conduct groups. In 2012, he founded the Economic Rights Institute, which supports alliances in the pursuit of solutions to foster the conditions for better work.

Casper N Edmonds, Head of Unit – Mining, Manufacturing & Energy, International Labour Organization. During the past seventeen years, Casper has worked for the United Nations and the World Bank Group on some of the most important global development agendas of our time:  achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, promoting inclusive and green growth, and advancing decent work. Working in the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Sectoral Policies Department, he coordinates and oversees the ILO's support to governments, employers and workers in addressing employment and labour challenges and opportunities in mining, manufacturing and energy. He is also coordinating the department's work on electronics and e-waste as well as on responsible business conduct and cross-border social dialogue, as part of the ILO's work to promote decent work in global supply chains. As an experienced programme manager, Casper co-led International Finance Corporation's (IFC) Sustainable Investing program as well as its engagement in the IFC-ILO Better Work program - two unique, innovative and successful multi-stakeholder alliances to promote green and inclusive growth. At the outset of his career, he lived in Kathmandu for two years and developed the ILO's first Time-Bound Programme to Combat the Worst Forms of Child Labour. Casper was born in Denmark, holds a British passport and lives in Switzerland.

Liz Cooper is Research and Policy Manager in the University of Edinburgh's Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability. She manages a programme of work on fairness in trade and sustainable procurement, working closely with the Procurement Office, academics, students, and external partners. The University has been a member of Electronics Watch since 2014, and has policy commitments on fair trade, conflict minerals, and modern slavery. Before working at the University, Liz worked for a number of years on fair trade and livelihoods initiatives in Senegal and India, and completed an MSc in Business and Community.

Dr. Huong Ngo is a human rights and development expert in Vietnam. Her PhD is in Human Rights and Peace Studies from Mahidol University (Thailand). She holds Masters degrees in Public International Law (LLM) and Human Rights (M.Phil.) from the University of Oslo, and in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines. Dr Ngo currently is lecturer on Human Rights Laws in the School of Law, Vietnam National University, Hanoi. She was Chair of the Capacity Building Committee of the Southeast Asian Human Rights and Peace education programme (SHAPE-SEA) in Thailand from 2014 to 2016. She is the co-founder of the Center for Development and Integration Vietnam (Vietnamese NGO). Dr Ngo has also worked at the Asian Development Bank, NORAD and other NGOs in Vietnam

Dr Gale Raj-Reichert is a Lecturer in Economic Geography at the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London. Gale's research interests are on labour governance of global production networks in developing countries. Her current research focuses on how changing relationships and power dynamics between firms in the electronics industry, governments, non-governmental organizations and trade unions affect negotiations, strategies and activities around labour governance in Malaysia and China. Gale's fieldwork is based in the US, EU, Malaysia, Singapore, China and Hong Kong. Gale's publications include papers in Regulation and Governance, Geoforum (two papers) and Competition and Change. Her research has also had an impact in policy communities, notably through her work with the International Labour Organization. She is currently working on a book Improving labour conditions in the global electronics industry: an exploration of governance in a global production network to be published by Oxford University Press.

Robert Stumberg (via recording) is a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he directs the Harrison Institute for Public Law.  The Institute is a teaching and service program that works with public officials and nonprofit organizations.  His current research centers on transparency of government purchasing, following on publication of Turning a Blind Eye: Respecting Human Rights in Government Purchasing (ICAR 2014).  In addition to work on procurement reform, he also contributes to policy projects of the Harrison Institute that help governments cope with the impact of trade agreements on governing, adapt to climate change, and develop community food systems.  His education includes:  BA, Macalester College; JD, Georgetown University; LLM Georgetown University.

Albert Geuchies is contract manager at the purchasing centre of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. For this he was employed by Atos as delivery manager and contract manager for a large number of clients. The Dutch government is committed to category management and one of the categories, datacenter hardware, is designed and implemented by the mentioned purchasing centre. In 2016 the category started with a pilot involving international social conditions in the award phase. A number of obligations have also been included in the program of requirements. The challenge for Albert is to oversee and comply with contractual obligations by the contracted parties. In addition to his work as a contract manager, Albert has a seat in the international social conditions workgroup of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Emma Nicholson serves as Head of Development and Sustainability at APUC and serves on the Board of Trustees for Electronics Watch. She has significant procurement experience in both public and private sectors, covering research, contracting, negotiation, supply chain management, supplier quality management, risk management and strategic development, as well as being an SA8000 trained auditor. Emma has worked within defense and renewable energy industries and the Scottish Parliament prior to heading up Development and Sustainability at APUC.  Emma led the first sectoral consortia membership of Electronics Watch, gaining support from all 44 APUC higher and further education members and has led the development of APUC's Sustain supply chain audit website.

Edwin Christiawan was born in Semarang Central of Java, Indonesia. He graduated from the Politeknik Industry Niaga Bandung (Electrical) and Politeknik ITB Bandung (Mechanical). Since 2010 he works fulltime for the union at PT Epson in Batam, Indonesia. He also serves as Secretary of Claims and Occupational Health and Safety at the Federation of Indonesian Metal Workers Union (FSPMI) focusing on the electronics and electrical sectors.

Dr. Marek Čaněk is specialised in the political and social regulation of labour migration in the Czech Republic, labour and political rights of (im)migrants and citizenship. He has been involved in multiple civil society organisations in Czechia and other countries. Until summer 2017 he was the director of MKC Prague. Currently he works in the Central European Organising Center.

Nicole Vander Meulen is a Legal and Policy Associate at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR). She is an international human rights lawyer, admitted to practice in the state of New York. Nicole leads ICAR's procurement reform program, organizing the International Learning Lab on Public Procurement and Human Rights and engaging in advocacy on the integration of human rights into public procurement stemming from ICAR's seminal report, Turning a Blind Eye? Respecting Human Rights in Government Purchasing. Nicole also heads ICAR's work on labor rights in global supply chains. She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center (GULC) and holds Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and International Development Studies from Calvin College.

Björn Claeson is Director of Electronics Watch. Based in Sweden, Björn has more than 15 years experience addressing public procurement and labour rights in global supply chains.  He cofounded the US national advocacy network SweatFree Communities, which has been instrumental in dozens of state and local campaign successes aimed at using taxpayer money to protect workers' rights in global supply chains.  He helped set up a US national network of public sector buyers, the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium, to encourage public sector buyers to address labour rights in global supply chains collaboratively. Björn also served as Senior Policy Analyst with the Washington DC based International Labor Rights Forum, authoring several reports on labour rights and safety in Bangladeshi apparel factories.   He is trained in cultural anthropology with a Ph. D. from the Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Opi Outhwaite is Senior Lecturer in Law at the School of Law, University of Greenwich. Her research focuses on governance, health and the environment including accountability of multinational corporations and public and private governance and regulation. Opi has published widely in her research areas, has undertaking numerous outreach and dissemination activities and also teaches in these areas. She has undertaken research and consultancy for governmental and non-governmental bodies including as a member of the Electronics Watch Advisory Group and for the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and equivalent bodies in Tanzania and Belize. Opi is Managing Editor of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law journal and participates in several networks for international environmental law and business and human rights.

Ted Smith is Founder and former Executive Director of Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, a grass roots environmental coalition formed in 1982 in response to environmental pollution caused by electronics manufacturing in Silicon Valley, California. Ted is also co-founder and Chair of the steering committee of the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, and co-founder and Coordinator of the International Campaign for Responsible Technology (ICRT), an international network committed to working for the development of sustainable, non-polluting technologies.  Ted is also co-editor of "Challenging the Chip: Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry" published by Temple University Press, 2006. In 2015, Ted was a co-convener of  an international initiative  which led to the development of the "Challenge to the global electronics industry" which has been endorsed by many civil society groups and labour unions around the world.

Sheung So is the Chair of Electronics Watch Board of Trustees. 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.


Andy Davies is a career procurement professional with 30 years' experience in both public and private sectors and an advocate for promoting respect for human rights in public procurement.  After graduating in architecture at the University of Westminster, he spent 10 years with London Underground, specialising in energy procurement and leading a project to bring private finance into the operation and renewal of LU's power supply network.  Spells with both the fire and police services saw Andy develop a specialism in collaborative procurement, which he brings to the job as Director of LUPC, where he has also founded a professional, shared procurement service for smaller HE institutions in the capital.  Andy is a member of the Steering Group of the International Learning Lab on Public Procurement and Human Rights, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and has an MBA from Kingston Business School.