Our Team

Livio Sarandrea, Lead Advisor and Team Leader of B+HR Asia

Livio Sarandrea is a Human Rights lawyer with 20 years of field experience in Southeast Europe, Africa and Asia, Livio has advised and managed programs on Business and Human Rights, in support of National Human Rights Institutions, Access to Justice, Conflict Prevention, Transitional Justice and Security Sector Reform for OSCE, DPKO/OHCHR and UNDP.

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Dr. Harpreet Kaur, Business and Human Rights Specialist, Project Manager

Harpreet has over 15 years of experience with a decade exclusively on business and human rights, highlighting corporate’s human rights impacts in Asia. Additionally, she has an extensive project management experience with a demonstrable record of research, advocacy and communications on thematic areas such as gender, governance, conflict resolution & peace building.  Harpreet previously held senior leadership and management positions at Ashoka University, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Conciliation Resources, BBC Media Action and consulted with various international organizations. She has spoken at various national, regional and international forums and published both in national & international media.

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Sean Lees, Business and Human Rights Specialist, Project Manager

Sean Lees is a lawyer and human rights specialist, with a background in trade policy and humanitarian affairs. Prior to his admission to legal practice, Sean worked for the Pacific Basin Economic Council and the East-West Center on Asia-Pacific trade and investment issues. He then expanded his field of interest, working with refugees and displaced populations as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, and then as a programme manager for the International Rescue Committee. Sean joined the United Nations in 2007 where he focused primarily on rule of law programming in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. 

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Kevin Lehmann, Project Officer Consultant

Kevin is an avid reader and enjoys conducting research. Prior to joining UNDP, he advocated for action on business and human rights as part of a non-governmental organization, gained private sector experience on human rights in international supply chains, conducted research on corporate responsibility for a pro-bono legal research project, and worked for an environmental technology start-up. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Laws in International Business Law, studied business administration, and is currently writing his thesis for a Master of Laws in Globalisation and Law. 

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Sungeun Choi, Business and Human Rights Specialist

Based in Dhaka, Sun coordinates project implementation of three countries in South Asia. Before joining the team Sun worked as a lead-coordinator for UNDP’s engagement with the Human Rights Council and the Universal Periodic Review. Before joining UNDP, Sun has worked in diverse sectors, including the Korean Government, the business sector, and international organizations (WFP, OECD). Sun holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a Minor in Business Administration.

Suparerk Wesarat, Event Coordinator Consultant

Suparerk supports the planning and organization of regional events and other activities. He coordinates with implementation partners to ensure the activities run smoothly. Prior to the UNDP, he worked with the International Organization for Migration and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand. He is interested in promoting the protection of human rights. Suparerk holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He enjoys hiking, painting, and reading history in his free time.

Belinda Hlatshwayo, Project Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Before joining B+HR Asia Belinda served as Women, Peace and Security Coordinator (UNDP), Researcher for the International Criminal Court Tools, and as a Researcher for the Judicial Services Commission of Zimbabwe. A lawyer by training, she has worked in Africa and Asia on inclusive governance, access to justice, gender-sensitive Results-Based Management and women’s empowerment. She holds a BA in French Language and Literature, a Bachelor of Laws, and a Master of Laws specializing in International Law.

Warunpon Wongtanyakon, Programme Associate

Warunpon has been working with UNDP for four years. She supported UNDP Thailand as a Project Assistant under the Social Innovation Project, Anti-Corruption and Being LGBTI in Asia programme. She also worked as a Team Assistant with the Transaction Services Team in the Bangkok Regional Hub.  Before joining the UN family, she worked at The Embassy of Austria in Thailand. Warunpon holds a master's degree in International Relations and a bachelor's in German language. 

 

Naphat Chatchavalkosol, Programme Associate

Naphat works to ensure effective delivery of the regional programme by managing data and supporting programme implementation. She supervises clerical and support staff of the Business and Human Rights Unit and perform assignments within the larger regional programme structure. She collaborates with other programme operations and project staff in UNDP BRH, UNDP Country Offices and UNDP HQ for resolving complex finance-related issues and exchange of information.

Anna Keller, Communications and Knowledge Management Officer

Anna has experience in supporting the communications activities of national and international non-profit, for profit and governmental organizations. She led the development of online communications and knowledge management platforms for humanitarian foundations, research institutes and UN entities. Holding a master’s degree in Communication and English language and literature, Anna is passionate about finding innovative ways of sharing information in an easy-to-access way. 

Country Focal Points

Bangladesh

Mehruna Chowdhury, Business and Human Rights Specialist

Mehruna has over twelve years of experience in research and policy advocacy in the areas of macroeconomic policy, labour rights and migration, gender and environmental issues. Her PhD thesis is based on social and environmental compliance in the supply chain of the apparel sector of Bangladesh. Mehruna has worked with ILO, BRAC and Centre for Policy Dialogue, one of the leading think-tanks in Bangladesh. She has several publications as book chapters, policy briefs and research reports. 

India

Nusrat Khan, Business and Human Rights Specialist

Nusrat is a lawyer by training with a master’s degree in Public International and Human Rights Law. She worked on UNDP’s Access to Justice programme and consulted the Ministry of Law & Justice of India as a Senior Legal Consultant on legal literacy and empowerment initiatives. Nusrat has also worked as a Human Rights Researcher with Amnesty International and a legal trainee with the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Nusrat is interested the translation of human rights research and advocacy into legal frameworks.  

Indonesia

Sagita Adesywi, Business and Human Rights Specialist

Sagita has experience working on a wide range of development initiatives including reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS in the workplace and wider communities, children’s rights and business, water and sanitation, and government transparency and accountability. Prior to joining UNDP, she worked with UNAIDS, UNICEF, ChildFund International, the World Bank and USAID. She holds a master’s in Globalization and Development, and is passionate about promoting respect for human rights through responsible business initiatives.

Malaysia

Puteri Noor Jehan Wan Abdul Aziz, Business and Human Rights Specialist

Jehan Wan Aziz is a public policy and international development practitioner, with a background in public sector reform, project management and human rights protection. Jehan began their career with the Government of Malaysia. They then shifted to project implementation in various thematic areas working with UNDP, IOM and the World Bank. Jehan holds master’s degrees in Public Policy and International Affairs with a specialization in Economic and Political Development in East Asia.

Mongolia

Ariunbileg Radnaa, Business and Human Rights Specialist

Ariunbileg has over 20 years’ experience in environmental management, development impacts on human health and environment, and public health and SME development working with international and national institutions such as the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia, World Bank, UNIDO and UNDP. She also has experience in engaging with the civil society and local communities. 

She holds an MSc in International Development and Environmental Analysis. 

Myanmar

Wint Yee Nandar Lwin, Business and Human Rights Specialist

Wint Yee has ten years of experience working with UNDP. Prior to joining the Business and Human Rights in Asia project, she worked with the Governance and Sustainable Peace Programme Unit. She has extensive experience in the areas of programme management, financial management, and reporting in the UN and the private sector. Wint Yee holds a master's degree in Public Administration and is currently writing her thesis for an Executive Master of Development Policies and Practices.  

Sri Lanka

Myanthi Peiris, Business and Human Rights Specialist

Myanthi has experience in resource mobilization, communications, and advocacy. At UNDP Sri Lanka she has worked in the areas of Peacebuilding and Reconciliation. Prior to joining UNDP, she was employed at World Vision in their Grants Acquisition team. Myanthi is a Chevening Scholar and holds a master’s degree in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nottingham. 

Thailand

Tarinee Suravoranon, Business and Human Rights Specialist

Tarinee has been working in the field of human rights for over eight years.  Previously, she worked as a sustainability consultant, specialized in human rights due diligence.  She had engaged with companies in Thailand and overseas on capacity building on business and human rights as well as establishment of internal human rights management system. Tarinee holds a master's degre in Public Policy with specialization on Social Policy and a BA in Political Science.

Vietnam

Phung Thi Thu Ha, Business and Human Rights Specialist   

Ha has more than nine years of experience in policy analysis, advocacy, government affairs and corporate responsibility. Prior to joining UNDP, Ha worked as a consultant at global and regional business advisory and government relations consulting firms in Vietnam and Singapore. Previously, she was a coordinator for the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) Secretariat, and a program assistant at the World Bank Viet Nam. Ha holds an MA in public management and a BA in international business administration.