Our Team

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Yukti has a degree in history and law from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi and Harvard Law School. She has more than five years of work experience across various sectors including Mining Regulation, Climate Change, conducting Human Rights Due Diligence, Corporate Social Responsibility, Stakeholder Mapping and Community Engagement. She has previously worked with Centre for Science and Environment (New Delhi), Centre for Responsible Business (New Delhi) and Context Consulting (London). She is an elected member of the Zila Parishad from Fatehabad, Haryana. She has recently assisted the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India in drafting the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.

Yukti Choudhary

Director

Ritu Priya

Ritu Priya

Ritu Priya has done her LLB from Delhi University and LLM degree from London School of Economics with specialization in International Human rights law.  She has more than five years of experience working in the field of gender and rule of law. She has specialised knowledge at analysing businesses through a gender perspective. She focuses on assessing the impact of trade, investment and tax on women. At the same time, she assesses businesses in their role in empowering women, both economically and socially. She has previously worked with the Government of Afghanistan and carried out organizational assessment of Attorney General Office of Afghanistan. Currently she coordinates gender sensitization training session for prosecutors , judges and police with the help of grassroot NGOs.

Consultant

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Josephine Van Zeben

Advisor

Prof. Dr. Josephine van Zeben is Chair of the Law Group at Wageningen University and Research. She has written extensively on European, American and international environmental law as well as on constitutional and administrative law. She is particularly interested in the interaction between local, regional and international governance, and the position of private actors and civil society organisations in the regulation of complex questions such as climate change. Her work aims to incorporate lessons learned from other disciplines, such as the life sciences, into the legal system. Before coming to Wageningen, she was a Tutorial Fellow (associate professor) at Worcester College (University of Oxford) for five years, specialising in EU law, UK constitutional and administrative law. She also spent several fellowships at the Ostrom Workshop in Indiana, Harvard Law School, and New York University as a Hauser Global Scholar.  

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Nadia Bernaz

Nadia Bernaz is Associate Professor of Law at Wageningen University (the Netherlands), and Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Lille (France). She holds a PhD in international law from Aix-Marseille University (France). She has been teaching business and human rights since 2010, and is on the managing committee of the Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum, an organization with more than 300 members teaching business and human rights at over 150 institutions in 40 countries. Dr Bernaz is the author of Business and Human Rights. History, Law and Policy (Routledge, 2017) and has published her research in Human Rights Quarterly, the Journal of Business Ethics, Business and Society, and the Business and Human Rights Journal. She founded and runs Rights as Usual, a blog dedicated to business and human rights, and is on Twitter @NadiaBernaz.

Advisor

Praveena Mahla

Praveena Mahala

Praveena Mahala has pursued an M.Phil. in Development Practice at Ambedkar University. Following her interest, she has been engaged in community work across tribal spaces. She is particularly interested in working with tribal communities of Central India across questions of development and ecology. Her formative training has been from Miranda House where she studied Economics followed by M.A. in Development Studies at Ambedkar University. At present, she is working on a Project based in Uttar Bastar Kanker which delves into the relationship of tribal communities with forest land, in the social, economic, and traditional context. Alongside this, she is also exploring the issues pertaining to Human Rights and the local communities' access to legislative provisions under PESA (1996) and FRA (2006). 

Consultant

Hafsa Sayeed

Hafsa is a Ph.D Scholar at IIT Bombay. She has completed her M.Phil from TISS, Mumbai and her M.Sc Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune.  She has a B.A Honours in Economics from University of Delhi. She has previously worked with Prof. Jean Dreze in Jharkhand, and her inspiration for working in rural India stems from that. She has extensive field work experience, and her recent project was TISS-Chatra. She worked closely with the District Magistrate Office in regard with the developmental scope of the aspirational district. She displays outstanding skills at understanding economic and administrative requirements of rural areas. 

Hafsa Sayeed

Consultant