Komala Ramachandra is a Senior Researcher in the Business and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. Her current research focuses on inequality and predatory corporate practices that affect the poor. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Komala was a staff attorney and later the South Asia Director at Accountability Counsel, where she supported communities to defend their human rights and natural resources. She worked on cases in Peru, Mexico, India, and Nepal, holding international companies and banks accountable for harm they had caused. She has been 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. She has a BA in economics and political science from Northwestern University and a JD from Harvard Law School.