Kathryn Dovey

Executive Director, Open For Business

Kathryn is Executive Director of Open For Business - a global coalition of companies building the economic and business case for LGBT+ inclusion.

Previously Kathryn was based at the OECD where she led on supporting the National Contact Points for Responsible Business Conduct across 49 governments. NCPs promote responsible business conduct and receive cases as non-judicial grievance mechanisms. Kathryn joined the OECD in 2014 to work at the Global Forum on Tax Transparency where she supported developing countries in the fight against international tax evasion and established the Africa Initiative on tax transparency.

In 2009, Kathryn co-founded the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, an organisation of major multinational companies from diverse industries to share understanding and implement the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights. In 2007, she created Entreprises pour les droits de l'homme, an organisation of large multinational companies headquartered in France, to better understand human rights in a business context.

Over the past decade, Kathryn has provided responsible business conduct expertise to governments, business and civil society in a wide range of countries including Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, India, Jordan, Liberia, Myanmar and Russia.

From 2012-14 Kathryn was a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Human Rights and in 2014, she was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the WEF. She has lived and worked in Canada, France, Portugal and Russia. Kathryn has an LLM from McGill University, Montreal, Canada and an LLB in English and French Law from King’s College London and Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

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