Director, Business and Human Rights

Arvind Ganesan, director of Human Rights Watch’s Business and Human Rights Division, is involved in research, advocacy, and policy development for Human Rights Watch on issues involving business and human rights, including the extractive industries; freedom of expression and information through the internet; labor rights; trade; corruption; sanctions; and advancing international human rights standards on business.

Ganesan has developed industry standards to ensure companies and other institutions respect human rights. He is a founder of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights for the oil, gas, and mining industries and is a founding member of the Global Network Initiative for the internet and telecommunications industries. He has also helped to develop standards for international financial institutions such as the World Bank, and regularly engages governments in an effort to develop mandatory rules or strengthen existing standards, such as the Kimberley Process.

Ganesan’s work has covered countries such as Angola, Azerbaijan, Burma, China, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, India, Indonesia, and Nigeria. He has written numerous reports on business and human rights issues for Human Rights Watch. He is widely cited in media on issues related to human rights and business.

Before joining Human Rights Watch, Ganesan worked as a medical researcher. He attended the University of Oklahoma.