Dr. Haroon Bhorat is a professor of economics and director of the Development Policy Research Unit, DPRU, at the University of Cape Town. His research interests cover the areas of labor economics, poverty, and income distribution. In 2009, Bhorat was awarded a Tier 1 Research Chair under the National Research Foundation: South African Research Chairs Initiative within the theme of economic growth, poverty, and inequality. He has co-authored two books on labor market and poverty issues in South Africa, and has published widely in academic journals. He has also served on a number of government research advisory panels and consults regularly with international organizations such as the ILO, World Bank, and the UNDP. Bhorat is the Ministers appointee on the Employment Conditions Commission, ECC, and a part of the Advisory Panel of Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. He has his Ph.D. in economics from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
Mark B. Taylor is a researcher and analyst with twenty years experience in policy studies, journalism, and investigation. As a researcher at the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies in Oslo, Mark mostly conducts research into regulatory and policy responses to violence and conflict, in particular the ways in which law is applied to nonstate actors (armed groups, warlords, business). Mark is a former managing director at the Fafo Institute, a co-founder of the Red Flags initiative on corporate accountability, and has worked as a human rights advocate and analyst for nongovernmental organizations and the United Nations. Mark is also a visiting research fellow at the Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa. In addition to his work at Fafo, Mark is a senior advisor to Global Witness, London, and the editor of www.lawsofrule.net. He holds a B.A. (honors) in religious studies from McGill University, in Montreal and an LL.M. (cum laude) in public international law from Leiden University, The Netherlands, where he has just started a mid-career Ph.D. in public international law. A list of selected publications can be found here.
Pia Bungarten joined the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, or FES, Washington in 2009 as the representative to the U.S. and Canada. Prior to her current assignment, she was at FES headquarters in Berlin, serving first as head of the Department of Western Industrialized Countries, then as director of the Division of International Dialogue. Pia Bungarten’s work focuses on foreign policy and international cooperation. Her area of expertise is transatlantic relations, where she has substantial experience including her work as director of the New York Office of the FES. She also initiated the Global Atlanticists Network, a bipartisan network of German and U.S. lawmakers and key policy advisors. The network furthers the U.S.-EU strategy debate on key international and domestic policies, ranging from nuclear proliferation and Middle East policy to immigration and integration issues. Pia Bungarten holds a B.A. in American studies from Amherst College, an M.A. in political science from the University of Munich, and an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Knut Panknin joined the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, or FES, Washington as a program officer in June 2004. His work focuses on transatlantic labor relations as well as programs on conflict and democracy assistance in the Middle East and South Asia. Prior to his position at the FES, he worked in a European study program at the Center for European and North American Studies at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Knut Panknin received his M.A. in political science, focusing on U.S. foreign and domestic policy, linguistics, and philosophy from the University of Göttingen. International Labor Rights Forum.
Antonio Estella de Noriega, the head of international relations and cooperation, is a law graduate from the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid and holds a master’s degree in communitarian law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles as well as a Ph.D. in law from the European University Institute of Florence in 1997. He is a tenured professor at the Universidad Carlos III and the Professor Jean Monnet in European Integration. His specialization and research fields are law, the policy of the European Union, and transatlantic relations. His professional and political experiences include his work as academic coordinator of the study services of the Fundación Alternativas, adviser to the International Secretariat of the PSOE, and the minister of justice. Likewise, he coordinated the electoral program of the PSOE in 2008 in relation to transatlantic relations.
Carmen de Paz Nieves is the head of IDEAS International Network and has worked on poverty reduction, economic management, and human development (social protection, migration, and labor markets) in international organizations like the World Bank and the World Health Organization, and in different regions of the world. She has also worked as an economist in Rumania and Peru for the Spanish embassies in those countries. She graduated in law, administration and management from the Universidad Carlos III, and she also studied at the University of Maastricht, Holland. She holds a master’s degree in public policies and public administration from the London School of Economics.
Will Straw is the Associate Director for Strategic Development at the Institute for Public Policy Research, or IPPR. He leads IPPR’s international partnership work and his main research areas include growth, globalization, and immigration. Straw’s other expertise includes community organization, online activism, constitutional reform, and inequality. Straw is an experienced media performer, with regular slots on Sky News and BBC News, among others. He writes regularly for “Comment is Free,” “Left Foot Forward,” and “Progress Online.” His writing has also appeared in The Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Politico, and American Prospect, among others. He is the founder of Left Foot Forward, Britain’s No 1 left-wing blog, where he worked as editor until December 2010. He is now a Visiting Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he worked from 2008 to 2009 as Associate Director on Economic Growth, leading the Center’s work on the U.S. stimulus package, globalization, and innovation. Previously, Will worked for four years at Her Majesty’s Treasury, primarily on enterprise and growth policy. He is a former Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University and former president of the Oxford University Student Union.
Jeffrey Becker joined ILRF in the summer of 2010, and serves as the research coordinator for the Global Policy Network, as well as program manager for the organization’s work in China. Jeffrey holds a Ph.D. in political science from the George Washington University, and his research examines the rise in labor protests among migrant workers in China. Jeffrey has taught Chinese politics for Penn State University and classes on the political economy of trade at the George Washington University’s honors program. His research has previously appeared in edited volumes on Chinese politics, as well as The Journal of Chinese Political Science.
Reema Nanavaty is director of economic and rural development for the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA). Since being elected by 284,000 members of SEWA as their general secretary in 1999, Reema has expanded SEWA membership to new heights of 1.3 million, making SEWA the single largest union of informal sector workers in India. Reema also initiated and negotiated the first ever NGO-government of India-IFAD loan to rebuild lives of 60,000 earthquake affected women member of SEWA. Similarly, she is running the post-conflict reconstruction package for 40,000 SEWA members affected by 2004 riots. She sits on various government and multilateral agency committees. Reema is currently expanding the activities of SEWA’s Trade Facilitation Centre—a SEWA and IFC partnership— into Global Grassroots Entrepreneurs Trading Network, a network of initiatives and individuals aiming at making women’s voice and contribution central to world trade decisions. She is also spearheading a green energy social impact bond initiative to provide 200,000 rural women and their household’s access to renewable energy tools such as cook stoves, solar lights, and biogas.
The Just Jobs Network has been established with seed funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.