Board of Directors
Robert Rigby-Hall is Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer for NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) a global semiconductor company with operations in more than 25 countries, 26,000 employees and revenues in excess of US$4 billion. With over 25 years of global experience as an HR leader for large global corporations; he is unique in his field in that he has run businesses and lived and worked internationally in the UK, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the United States.
Robert is involved in industry organizations and is a speaker at business conferences around the world, including the Beijing International Publishing Forum, Financial Services Technology Expo, Annual Recruitment Learning Conference, Net Impact Conference, The Human Resource Forum, Global Roundtable on Advanced Management Education Reform, The Vatican / U.S. Department of State – Building Bridges to Freedom, and CEO Connections.
He sits on the Advisory Boards of Kiddy & Partners, Qualigence and The Economist Education. He is the past Chair of Boys Town of New York; past Chair of the Somaly Mam Foundation; and Co-Chair of the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking. In 2010 he was awarded the “Business Leader Award” by the UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking & UN Global Compact.
He attended Portsmouth University in the United Kingdom and completed the Harvard Executive Development Program and the Kellogg Certificate in Corporate Board Governance at Northwestern University. Robert has three school-age children and lives in Singapore.
Dawn Conway is the Senior Vice President of Global Content Licensing.
As Senior Vice President of Global Content Licensing for Cision US, Inc. based in Chicago, Dawn is responsible for acquiring and retaining all content in support of Cision’s global businesses, including news monitoring and media database services.
She is an attorney and member of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the ABA Center for Human Rights, ABA Task Force on Human Trafficking and the National Association of Women Lawyers. Dawn is the recipient of the 2011 Nomi Network Corporate Social Responsibility Award.
She is a frequent speaker on the role of business in combating human trafficking. Her recent public speaking engagements include Human Trafficking: Why Companies Should Care sponsored by the U.S. Council for International Business, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the International Organization of Employers; Global Women’s Initiative: creating the ripple effect sponsored by Womenetics; The Role of Business in Human Trafficking, Social Entrepreneur Conference hosted by the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Business; CSR and Human Trafficking What Every Business Needs to Know and the World Justice Forum III; Human Trafficking and The Rule of Law.
Dawn is the co-author of Doing Well by Doing Good “CSR for Bars” published in the Spring 2012 Bar Leader Magazine, an ABA publication. Prior to joining Cision, Dawn held key leadership positions with LexisNexis in corporate responsibility, global licensing and business development.
Mr. David Arkless is ManpowerGroup’s Global President of Corporate and Government Affairs, a position he attained December 2008. Mr. Arkless joined Manpower Inc. in 1992.
Mr. Arkless is a world-renowned expert on labor market trends and has widespread experience of helping countries to develop their labor market strategies. In 2011, he became Vice President of Ciett, the international confederation of private employment agencies. He is responsible for governmental and international affairs, and as such has been called to advise the governments of China, Mexico, Vietnam, Serbia and Singapore, as well as to the US Department of State, the European Union and the cities of Shanghai, Tianjin, Dalian and El Paso/Juarez regarding skills, talent, employment and social policy. In May 2010, he became Vice President of the China International Council for the Promotion of Multinational Corporations (CICPMC) in Beijing and is an advisor and supporter of the All Party Political Group on East Asia, empowering the Asian diaspora in the UK society and building links between the East Asian and UK business communities. Mr. Arkless also manages ManpowerGroup’s strategic relationships with high-profile organizations such as the World Economic Forum, where he is one of the founding members of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Skills Gap. He also supports partnerships with the European Policy Centre and the Clinton Global Initiative, and is an Ambassador for the Centre For Social Justice, an independent think tank based in the UK.
His global areas of social contribution involve, amongst others, being a highly influential campaigner in the fight to end human trafficking and giving refugees real hope for the future through training and work. Mr Arkless is President of the Board of End Human Trafficking Now, the leading global organization empowering the business community to eradicate human trafficking and modern day slavery, and is Co-Chairman of the Business Coalition Against Trafficking and co-founder of the Washington Business Ending Slavery and Trafficking organization, launched in the first quarter 2012, a not for profit focusing on mobilizing small to medium sized enterprises against trafficking in the US. He has also been at the forefront of ManpowerGroup’s involvement in www.ninemillion.org, a UN initiative to provide education to the 9 million young refugees all over the world. Mr. Arkless is also a founding member of the Demand Abolition Advisory Council, based in the United States. Additionally, Mr. Arkless serves as an Advisory Board Member of both the International Organization for Migration and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He also serves as a Board Member of Education For Employment, the pre-eminent US-based foundation that helps unemployed young people and the long-term unemployed in the Middle East and Africa. He is also a board member of the Club of The Hague. In 2011, Mr Arkless joined the advisory board of PNB-NAPEO a public-private partnership that exists to better link young entrepreneurs and business leaders in the United States and the Maghreb. Earlier this year, he was voted onto the Board of the Arab International Women’s Forum – an organization empowering women and working on inclusion in the Arab world as well as building bi-lateral business links between the Arab world and British business.
He serves as a regular speaker at high profile events including the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations, European Parliament, UK Parliament & House of Lords Select Committees, US Congressional and Senate committees, and at various internationally renowned business schools. Mr Arkless also leads ManpowerGroup’s involvement with the United States Council on Competitiveness and provides regular expert appearances in national and global media such as the BBC, CNBC, and CNN. Mr Arkless received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Durham, UK and has completed executive programs at INSEAD, IMD, and the San Jose College of Business. Mr Arkless is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London.
Letty Ashworth is currently the Manager of Global Diversity for Delta Air Lines, Inc., the world’s largest airline. As manager of Global Diversity, Letty has oversight of the strategy and implementation of diversity initiatives for the company. As part of the broader HR group, she works closely with recruiting, marketing and community affairs. She also has oversight of the company’s Employee Network Groups and an external Diversity Alliance comprised of corporate, non-profit and educational representatives from the Atlanta community.
Daniel T. Bross
Dan Bross, Microsoft’s Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, has over twenty-five years of experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. With a background in public policy and government and public affairs, Dan has led government affairs and policy teams at both the federal and state levels for two Fortune 100 companies.
He joined Microsoft in 1998 and in 2002 led a cross company virtual team that developed Microsoft’s global Citizenship Program. Today, Dan leads a team with Citizenship responsibilities focused on issues management, reporting, stakeholder engagement and strategic relationship management.
In addition to his corporate experience, Dan has management and program development experience in the nonprofit sector. During his tenure as Executive Director AIDS Council, the nation’s leading AIDS advocacy organization, he chaired a broad national coalition of health and human service organizations and non-governmental organizations and served as an advisor to President Clinton’s Domestic Policy Advisor on the structuring and staffing of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy.
He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Dan currently is currently a member the Board of Trustees of Catawba College; the Executive Leadership Forum of Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship; Co-Chair of The Conference Board Committee on Corporate Political Spending and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Net Impact.
Ambassador Mark P. Lagon
Mark P. Lagon is Professor in the Practice of International Affairs, and Global Politics and Security Chair, at the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University. He is also Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is Founding Counselor of GBCAT and serves on its Board of Directors.
Lagon was previously Executive Director and CEO of the leading anti-human trafficking nonprofit, Polaris Project, which operates the U.S. Government’s national anti-trafficking hotline (1-888-3737-888).
From 2007 to 2009, with rank of Ambassador, Lagon directed the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) at the U.S. Department of State. As such, he chaired by statute the Senior Policy Operating Group coordinating all U.S. agencies efforts to combat human trafficking domestically and internationally.
From 2004 to 2007, Lagon served in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary, where he had lead responsibility for United Nations-related human rights and humanitarian issues, UN reform, and outreach.
Lagon previously served as a member of the Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Policy Planning Staff, where he focused on UN, democracy and human rights (2002-2004).
From 1999 to 2002, he was on the senior staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with responsibility including the United Nations and human rights.
Previously he won a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship, where he specialized on U.S. policymaking toward in China (1998-1999); served at House Republican Policy Committee (1997-1998); worked for former UN Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick as her principal aide at the American Enterprise Institute.
Dr. Lagon is currently a Member of the Leo Nevas Task Force on Human Rights of United Nations Association; the Board of Directors of the Council for a Community of Democracies, as well as the Advisory Boards of ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) and The Stanley Foundation.
He is author of the book, The Reagan Doctrine: Sources of American Conduct in the Cold War’s Last Chapter, and dozens of published essays on human trafficking, human rights, the UN, and U.S. policy making, notably regarding China. He is co-editor with Anthony Arend of the forthcoming book, Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions. He has a Ph.D. from Georgetown University and an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College.
Thomas Niemann is the Social Sustainability Manager in the Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters department at Ford Motor Company. He has been at Ford since December 1999. Thomas’ previous positions within Ford include Sustainability Reporting Manager; Manager, Executive Chairman’s Office; and Program Manager, Environmental Outreach and Strategy.
Thomas is responsible for the Company’s Policy Letter 24 regarding Code of Human Rights, Basic Working Conditions and Corporate Responsibility, which includes assessment and compliance; identification of emerging issues (e.g., conflict minerals) and stakeholder engagement.
Thomas, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, holds Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Communications from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).
John E. Pepper, Jr.
Mr. Pepper spent a 40 year career in various positions at Procter & Gamble, including Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from 1995 – 1999 and Chairman of the Board from 2000 – 2002. He served as Director of Procter & Gamble from 1984 – 2003 and President from 1986 – 1995.
John E. Pepper, Jr. currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Board of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and was CEO from January 2006 – May 2007. Mr. Pepper served as Chairman of the Board of the Walt Disney Company from January 2007 through March 2012 and had served as a member of its board since January 2006. He also served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Yale University from January 2004 to December 2005.
Pepper also serves on the Board of the Stellar Restaurant Group (Boloco) and was a co-founder and currently is a member of the Executive Committee of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative.
Pepper graduated from Yale in 1960, where he served on the Board of the Yale Daily News. He served as Fellow of the Yale Corporation from 1995 – 2003, including two years as Senior Fellow.
A native of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Mr. Pepper holds honorary doctorate degrees from Yale University, Xavier University, Mount St. Joseph College, St. Petersburg University (Russia), the Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati and St. Joseph’s University.
Mr. Pepper and his wife Francie have four children and reside in Wyoming, Ohio.
Ed Potter is currently Director, Global Workplace Rights for The Coca-Cola Company.
He is currently the Chairman of the Labor and Employment Policy Committee, U.S. Council for International Business and a member of President Obama Administration’s Consultative Group focusing on forced and child labor in agriculture.
He is currently a member of the National Advisory Committee on Free Trade Agreements. Since 1997, he has held the role of the U.S. Employer Delegate of the International Labor Organization (ILO).
In 1998, Ed was the employer spokesperson for the negotiation of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Since 2005, he has held the role of the employer spokesperson for the ILO Committee on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations, which holds countries accountable for their obligations resulting from the ratification of ILO conventions.
He has an extensive background in international labor, workplace rights and employment law issues, with 26 years’ experience as attorney.
He holds a BA, Economics, Michigan State University and a Master’s, Labor Economics and Collective Bargaining from Cornell University. He holds a law degree from American University.
Nigel is responsible for managing the LexisNexis relationships with international legal associations and leading industry groups, including the International Bar Association, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, the Union Internationale des Avocats and Lex Mundi. Nigel has previously managed key industry relationships with state, local and national bar associations across the US.
In recent years, Nigel’s role has included partnering with global associations on various CSR and rule of law projects, including programs and initiatives to help combat human trafficking.
Nigel is a Vice-Chair to the American Bar Association Section of International Law Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and International Corporate Counsel Committee, and liaison to the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights Human Trafficking Project Advisory Committee. Nigel is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), in New Hampshire.
Nigel joined LexisNexis in 1984. Prior to his relocation to the U.S. in June 1993, Nigel had a successful career as an Area Manager for Butterworths in the U.K. with responsibility for sales of legal and tax information. Nigel holds a BA in Legal Studies and was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in the U.K. where he spent ten years working in private practice and with a local government legal department, prior to joining Butterworths.
Director—Responsible Business Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Americas
As Director of Responsible Business at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Ms. Schultz is responsible for all aspects of social, ethical and environmental responsibility for a portfolio of more than 600 hotels in the Americas. Her duties include hotel training, communications, environmental measurements; and support for the International Tourism Partnership, World Childhood Foundation, and The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism (The Code); for which she currently serves on the Board of Directors.
Ms. Schultz has championed anti-trafficking initiatives within Carlson, developing and launching robust human trafficking awareness training for employees and sharing that training within the industry.
She has joined with others in law enforcement, government, non-profit and private sectors to bring awareness of human trafficking to Minnesota Congress and Senate members, and participates on the US Department of Transportation’s Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking committee. She has spoke on the topic of human trafficking for organizations such as the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Harvard Kennedy School and Georgetown University among others.
A native of Forest Lake, Minnesota, Ms. Schultz holds a bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls.
Dirk J. Vande Beek
Dirk J. Vande Beek is Senior Vice President, Corporate and Government Affairs for Travelport. In this role, Dirk provides strategic direction and manages relationships with governments and international organizations through strategic and tactical global public affairs programs. Dirk also directs Travelport’s Corporate Social Responsibility and philanthropic programs and projects.
Dirk joined Travelport from CA, formerly Computer Associates Inc., where he was instrumental in creating and managing its government relations function. Previously, Dirk served as Vice President of Public Relations for The Coca-Cola Company, where he developed and implemented global public relations strategies. Dirk also served as Global Manager of Public Relations at the Halliburton Company.
Dirk’s experience in Washington D.C. includes serving as the Director of Communications and Press Secretary for Vice President Dick Cheney in the 2000 Presidential Campaign, as well as Deputy Director of Communications for the 2001 Presidential Inaugural Committee. From 1988-1993, he was Senior Assistant to the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He also served in the Communications Department in the U.S. Department of Labor.
In 1993, Dirk was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal for his service to the U.S. Federal Government.
Dirk holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.