Komala Ramachandra is a Senior Researcher in the Business and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. Her research focuses on economic inequality in the US and predatory practices that impact people living in poverty, such as criminal justice fines and fees, payday lending, and medical debt. She advocates globally on a wide range of issues related to corporate accountability, including workers’ rights, supply chains, deregulation, and human rights due diligence. She also coordinates work across the organization on development finance, from multilateral institutions like the World Bank to bilateral aid, and represents Human Rights Watch on the steering committee of the Coalition for Human Rights in Development.
Before joining Human Rights Watch, Komala was a staff attorney and later the director for South Asia at Accountability Counsel, where she managed cases on human rights, labor, and environmental abuses. She supported communities in Peru, Mexico, India, and Nepal to hold international companies and banks accountable. She engaged in policy advocacy around the world, seeking to ensure that national laws and institutional policies support transparency, accountability, and access to remedy. Prior to this, Komala lived and worked with mining affected communities in Oaxaca, Mexico, and with agricultural workers in Telangana, India.
Komala serves on the board of directors of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and Source International. She has a BA in economics and political science from Northwestern University and a JD from Harvard Law School.