Taking A Stand
Chris Jochnick
Chief Executive Officer

Chris Jochnick is a global land rights expert and social entrepreneur with decades of experience in international development. Chris joined Landesa as CEO in August 2015 after leading Oxfam America’s work on business and development, including shareholder engagement, value chain assessments, and collaborative advocacy initiatives, such as the successful “Behind the Brands” campaign. Jochnick is the co-founder and former director of two pioneering non-profit organizations: Center for Economic and Social Rights and the Ecuador-based Centros De Derechos Economicos y Sociales.

Jochnick spent seven years working in Latin America, devoting much of that time to addressing threats to indigenous peoples’ land rights. Before Oxfam, Jochnick worked as a corporate attorney with the Wall Street law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison, on corporate governance and social responsibility issues.

Jochnick is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former fellow of the MacArthur Foundation and Echoing Green. He teaches a course on business and human rights at Harvard Law School.

He is Chair of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and on the Steering Committee of the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice. He is a member of the advisory council of the International Land and Forest Tenure Facility and the Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU Stern School of Business. He has published scholarly articles widely and has edited two books. Jochnick lives in northern California with his wife and four children.

Bennett Freeman
Board Member
Institute for Human Rights and Business

Bennett Freeman is the lead author of Business and Human Rights Center’s “Shared Space Under Pressure: Business Support for Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders”.  He has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and directed the Department's bilateral human rights diplomacy around the world and led the development of the global human rights standard for the oil and mining industries.

Carla Fredericks
First Peoples Worldwide
Carla Fredericks is Director of the American Indian Law Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School and Director of the First Peoples Investment Engagement Program, University of Colorado Leeds School of Business. She founded Milberg LLP's Native American practice and directed the firm's civil/human rights litigation and maintains an active pro bono practice focused on complex and appellate litigation and Native American affairs and is chair of the Board of Trustees for the Mashantucket Pequot (Western) Endowment Trust and an enrolled citizen of the Mandan Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation of North Dakota.
Nicole Karlebach
Global Head, Business and Human Rights
Oath: A Verizon Company
As the leader of the Business & Human Rights Program for Oath: A Verizon Company, Nicole drives efforts to respect and promote privacy and free expression across Oath’s media and technology brands and works to identify innovative solutions to human rights challenges. Nicole previously led the Yahoo Business & Human Rights Program. Prior to joining Yahoo, Nicole worked as an attorney at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in New York; as an international policy fellow at Human Rights First examining issues of business and human rights and national security law, and policy; and as a human rights consultant to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Nicole also worked at the UN in the Office of the Legal Counsel and at the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Special Department for War Crimes in Sarajevo.

Nicole received her LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law, her J.D. from Boston College Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Politics and Sociology from Brandeis University.
Inès Osman
Co-Founder & Director
MENA Rights Group
Inès Osman is a French-Algerian human rights lawyer and is the co-founder and director of MENA Rights Group, a legal advocacy NGO which strives to promote and protect universal human rights and freedoms in the Middle East and North Africa through litigation and monitoring. She and her team provide legal counseling to victims of abuses and lobby for legal and policy reform in the MENA region. Previously, she worked as a lawyer for several years in international courts and human rights NGOs. Inès received her B.A. in International Relations from the University of Geneva and an LL.M. in Public International Law from the University of Leiden.