GES has a team of dedicated research analysts and engagement specialist coming from different background and specialising in a variety of topics related to the environment, labour rights, human rights and corruption. To supplement and elevate our work GES also contracts highly experienced professionals and academics to join GES Advisory Board. The members of the board are all specialists within their respective fields and review GES’ conclusion of confirming that a company can be associated to a violation of international norms, as well as provide input to GES position papers. With the aim of providing the most accurate and transparent analysis, GES is in a constant process of recruiting new expertise to its advisory board.

The list below presents some but not all of the current members of GES Advisory Board.

Kaj Elgstrand

Principal Occupational Safety & Health Advisor

During 25 years Mr Kaj Elgstrand has directed, planned, taught and evaluated advanced training courses in Sweden as well as in many other countries. These courses and training programs have been directed towards specialists in occupational health services (physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, behavioural scientists, safety and hygiene engineers) and labour inspectors, and organised by national research institutes, universities, governmental authorities as well as international organisations. Mr Elgstrand has stimulated teachers and students to put a lot of efforts in these training activities, favouring interactive methods for the practical application of knowledge and skills.

During 15 years, Mr Elgstrand has been the founder and program manager of three long-term international collaboration programs: one collaboration program together with Swedish and Polish institutes and enterprises, a second with governmental authorities and universities in southern Africa (Botswana, Mocambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia), and a third with universities in Central America (Belice, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama). These three programs have included components of applied research, training and actions for change to improve safety and health at work.

Since 2011 he is working part-time as a consultant in occupational health at the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at Uppsala University.

Joerg Hartmann

Principal Environmental Advisor

Mr Joerg Hartmann works as an independent sustainability consultant, for power and water companies, banks, government agencies, and NGOs. He has worked in over 40 countries, has led many water and natural resource project appraisals and assessments, and served on expert panels. He provides advice on all aspects of sustainable water infrastructure development, from project selection and design, to stakeholder engagement, permitting, and access to finance. He was part of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum, which developed the Protocol, and is now an accredited lead assessor and has applied the Protocol in over 20 hydropower projects. From 2011 to 2013, he chaired the global multi-stakeholder Governance Committee of the Protocol. He is also an accredited consultant and trainer with the Alliance for Water Stewardship.

Previously, from 2007 to 2011 he led WWF’s global hydropower and water security work, at the policy level and through WWF’s river basin programs. From 1996 to 2007, he worked for Germany’s development bank KfW, as a project and program manager first in Eastern Europe and then in Latin America. In his last three years at the bank, he was KfW’s country director for Tanzania and chaired the water donors group, which pooled investment resources to reach Tanzania’s MDGs on water. He holds a PhD in environmental and development economics and lives in Colorado in the United States.

Hans Morten Haugen

Principal Human Rights Advisor

Mr Hans Morten Haugen holds a Phd in law and a MA in political science (both from University of Oslo) and is Professor at VID Specialized University in Oslo, Norway.

His PhD thesis was titled The Right to Food and the TRIPS Agreement – With a Particular Emphasis on Developing Countries’ Measures for Food Production and Distribution (Brill, 2007).

His other book in English (Republic of Letters Publishing, 2012) is titled Technology and Human Rights: Friends or Foes? Highlighting Innovations Applying to Natural Resources and Medicine.

He has written more than 85 peer-reviewed book chapters and articles, emphasizing technology, ethics and law, conflicts over land, conflict regions and natural resources, and inclusive development, including the role of the churches.

John Nielsen

Principal Environmental Advisor

Mr John Nielsen’s 30 years of experience as an environmental professional comprises 10 years as a researcher in the government sector and 20 years as an environmental consultant servicing the petroleum, mining, infrastructure, agribusiness and government sectors.  He focuses on facilitating environmentally responsible planning, decision-making and operational performance.

His expertise has been used for the environmental planning and assessment, operational management and compliance verification for small and large-scale mining, oil and gas, infrastructure and industrial projects within Australia and internationally.

His professional experience includes:

Bluewater Environment – Director and Principal Environmental Advisor
December 2004 to Present

Providing environmental impact assessment, risk management, auditing and compliance, and advisory services to private industry clients in Australia and overseas.


Iluka Resources Limited – Senior Environmental Advisor
January 2016 to January 2017 (12-month contract)

Providing environmental impact assessment, risk management, compliance and advisory services across Iluka’s Australian operations and across the exploration, operations, and rehabilitation and closure business units.


Sustainability Pty Ltd – Principal Environmental Advisor (sub-contractor)
December 2004 to Present

Providing environmental impact assessment, risk management, auditing and compliance, and advisory services to government and private industry clients in Australia and overseas.


IRC Environment – Partner and Principal Environmental Advisor
January 1999 to September 2004

At IRC Environment, he consolidated his business leadership and management skills, managing a business comprising up to ten environmental consultants and an annual turnover of over 2 million dollars.

Kinhill Engineers Pty Ltd Senior Marine Biologist
January 1997 to January 1999

At Kinhill, he established his credentials in delivering high quality, technically defensible information to clients, on time and on budget, to support the planning and assessment of petroleum and infrastructure development projects.


Csiro – Division of Marine Science – Experimental Scientist
June 1992 to June 1996

At CSIRO, he consolidated his knowledge of ecological principles, research methodology, statistical analyses, scientific reporting and communication, which was foundational to my later success as a consulting environmental scientist.

Melanie Reed

Principal Corruption Advisor

Ms Melanie Reed holds a juris doctorate (JD) degree, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University, and a PhD in international relations from Tufts University. She has 14 years of experience in the areas of corruption, government ethics, fraud, white collar crime, and international trade, and she regularly provides advice to government bodies, private companies, non-governmental organisations, and public international organisations on these issues. Her research focuses on changing norms about foreign bribery, particularly among multinational enterprises.

Tonia Sulkhova

Principal Occupational Safety & Health Advisor

Ms Tonia Sulkhova spent about 20 years executing occupational Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), Sustainable Development and Security in global corporate and project roles for multinational oil and gas companies (BP, Shell, Talisman Energy and Western Zagros) and led functional HSE teams in the US, Canada, Peru, Colombia, UK, Norway, Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia and Papua New Guinea.  

Since 2015 Ms Sulkhova has led her own consulting company that provides a wide range of consulting services in safety culture and leadership, HSE management systems, risk management, personal and process technical safety, crisis management preparedness, – aimed to assesses and to enhance clients’ HSE culture and performance. Her company also delivers accredited NEBOSH, IOSH, Energy Institute courses and develops bespoke HSE training. The main clients are large multinational and national companies within the oil and gas, metal and mining, chemical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage and manufacturing companies in North America, Russia and CIS, those which are interested in achieving stronger and more sustainable HSE performance. 

Ms Sulkhova also serves as a Trustee and non-executive Director on NEBOSH Board of Directors (National Examinational Board of Occupational Safety and Health, UK, – one of the largest awarding body offering globally-recognised HSE qualifications).  As an independent trustee Ms. Sulkhova provides governance and assurance to ensure that NEBOSH complies with its legal obligations, manages key risks and financial resources effectively and sets and delivers adequate strategies to meet its objectives – the preservation of health in workplaces worldwide by the promotion of high standards of health, safety and environmental protection at work through study and competence in risk management.  

Ms Sulkhova is a US Certified Safety Professional and a Canadian Registered Safety Professional. She is a professional member of American and Canadian Societies of Safety Engineers (ASSE, CSSE).  She holds a M.Sc. Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University, US, and a M.Sc. Degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Northern Arizona University, US .

Susanne Sweet

Principal Environmental Advisor

Ms Susanne Sweet is an Associate Professor at Stockholm School of Economics and a research manager at Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets.  Her research covers a broad range of topics on corporate sustainability and responsibility.  In 2004 she, together with three doctoral students, founded Sustainability Research Group, SuRe, that in 2007 received the Globe Award for “For an outstanding and tangible research in the field of CSR.”  

Her PhD thesis from year 2000 looked at various industries transformation towards improved environmental practices as a result of the Montreal Protocol, a UN treaty regulating the use of chemicals that were harmful to the ozone layer. She has also studied the potential for market developments for recycled materials and participated in a working group that evaluated different scenarios and policies for recycling and producer responsibility.

Ms Sweet is currently on the management team and conducts research in a large cross-disciplinary research program on sustainable fashion, Mistra Future Fashion, aiming to a systemic change of the Swedish fashion industry leading to sustainable development of the industry and wider society.  She is also doing research on the CSR related concept of community engagement and is performing studies on the mining industry in South Africa, Sweden and Australia in cooperation with Dr. Rebecca Lawrence, Department of Sociology, Stockholm University and Dr. Håkan Tarras-Wahlberg, SuRe-affiliated researcher.  She is also a member and co-founding partner of NCCR, Nordic Centre for Corporate Responsibility, who jointly conducts research with a Nordic focus.

She is on the editorial board of the journal Business Strategy and the Environment and appears as a reviewer in leading sustainability journals. She was a member of the Reference Group for CSR, Globalt Ansvar, Foreign Ministry Sweden (2008-2012), she is a board member the SSE Research Board, a former board member of the Greening of Industry Network and on the Academic Advisory Board of Sparbanksakademin. As part of her interest connecting research and practice she has been co-organizing several conferences and workshops on CSR and sustainability, for example, ”Misum stakeholder workshop”, March 2015; ”Sustainable Business in a Sustainable World” in 2012 (with SEI, SRC & af Jochnick foundation), “Climate Change – Business Opportunities” 2008 (with IFL & Mistra).

Håkan Tarras-Wahlberg

Principal Environmental Advisor

Mr Håkan Tarras-Wahlberg holds a BSc degrees in Geology and Oceanography (Cape Town) and MPhil and PhD degrees in Geography (CANTAB). He has more than 20 years of work experience as a researcher, expert and consultant in the natural resource sectors, encompassing the wider fields of environmental management, and socio-economic development. He has led and/or been contributed to numerous projects and investigative initiatives funded by multi- and bilateral agencies, as well as by organisations in the private sector. His work has taken him to a wide range of countries and environments in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Melanesia and Africa. In addition to working as a consultant, Håkan also a researcher at the Stockholm School of Economics where his work focuses on CSR and the concept of “Social License to Operate” in the mining sector.

Mr Håkan Tarras-Wahlberg has been a member of the GES Advisory Board since 2008, and has been retained mainly to review cases that involve mining and mineral processing related projects. In addition to such cases, his background and experience is useful for reviewing aspects related to wider issues of: environmental and social impact assessment processes; surface water management; indigenous peoples rights; CSR, and environmental policy.

Robert Tennent

Principal Environmental Advisor

Dr. Robert B. Tennent, B.For.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D., was formerly Project Leader of St Lucia’s National Forest Demarcation and Bio-Physical Resource Inventory project, and formerly Project Manager of Cambodia’s Independent Monitor, Forest Crime Monitoring and Reporting project. He is also the principle consultant of Quantitative Forestry Services, providing a wide range of consulting services since 1995. He was formerly employed at the New Zealand Forest Research Institute as a science manager, where he gained over 20 years experience in forestry research. He has conducted forest research in a wide range of forest mensuration areas, with an emphasis on forest management information systems, GIS, growth modelling, inventory, and database development. He has considerable experience in the development of software systems for microcomputers, including the development of inventory results databases, growth simulators, an allowable cut generator based on a matrix growth model, as well as log monitoring and forest crime monitoring databases.

Dr. Tennent has carried out consultancies in New Zealand, Asia, the South Pacific, and Africa, including
REDD, FLEGT, forest information systems development, tropical rainforest growth modelling, volume
prediction, and tropical forest inventory. His consultancy work and his research programmes have given him considerable experience in the supervision, training and management of field team personnel.

Dr. Tennent coordinated the research activities of approximately 30 researchers while working at the New Zealand Forest Research Institute. He is a former columnist for the New Zealand computer magazine Bits & Bytes. He served on the judging panel for the New Zealand Software Awards, and was a member of the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board, where he was appointed to the Science Research Distribution Committee.

His professional experience include:

2010 – continuing. Technical Training Manager & Deputy General Manager, SGS PNG Ltd. Based in Port Moresby.

1995 – 2010: Principle consultant, Quantitative Forestry Services, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2008 – 2009. Project Leader, National Forest Demarcation and Bio-Physical Resource Inventory Project, St Lucia. Responsible for project management plus design and implementation of a national forest timber inventory. Responsible for oversight of a national biodiversity assessment and cadastral boundary survey.

2003 – 2006. Project Manager, Independent Monitor, Forest Crime Monitoring and Reporting, Cambodia. Responsible for the management of a World Bank funded project designed to monitor the Royal Government of Cambodia’s efforts in fighting forest crime, including the development of an annual forest change map showing loss of forest cover, developed using Arc Info GIS.

1972 – 1995: Scientist, New Zealand Forest Research Institute, Rotorua New Zealand.

  • Program Manager. Responsible for the management of three research programmes, comprised of 30 scientific staff.
  • Manager, New Zealand Forest Stand Growth Modelling Cooperative. Responsible for the
    management of New Zealand research into growth modelling.
  • Senior Scientist. Responsible for the development of forest management software, including data
    storage, crop valuation, forest estate planning, forest operation scheduling, forest inventory control, with links to harvest prediction and GIS components. Responsible for a range of forest mensuration research projects, including growth modelling, inventory, and sample plot data collection.

Oscar Tiberg

Principal International Law Advisor

Mr Oscar Tiberg is specialised in transportation law, insurance law and international trade law. He has a wide range of experience as legal counsel, insurance lawyer and in-house counsel. He has worked with and for both very small and very large companies and has acted in court as well as arbitration proceedings both in Sweden and elsewhere. He also has significant experience from contract negotiations and drafting. In his role as in-house counsel, he has often been involved with company formation and other matters of general corporate law. He is also well versed in competition law. Because of the international character of the transportation industry, English was for a long time Oscar’s main working language. 

Oscar Tiberg is currently a partner at Chouette Advokatbyrå AB where he started in 2008 and his responsibilities include representing clients in legal proceedings relating to transport, sale of goods, insurance and tort law; advising insurers, banks and insurance intermediaries on matters relating to coverage, liability and recovery possibilities; advising transport buyers on matters relating to carriage of goods by all modes of transport; as well as advising carriers and freight forwarders in transport-related matters. Away from his day job, Oscar has for many years regularly taught maritime law and marine insurance law at the University of Stockholm. 

Further activities:

2016 – present
Swedish representative in the ICC Commission on Commercial Law and Practice

2014 – present
Member of the expert group working on the ICC Guide on Transport and the Incoterms 2010 Rules

2013 – present
Representative of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and ICC Sweden in the negotiations concerning a revision of the Nordic Freight Forwarder’s General Conditions for Transport, NSAB 2015

2011 – present
Member of the Swedish experts’ forum on cargo securing of goods in transit – SAGIT

2009 – 2010
Member of the group translating the URDG 758 into Swedish

2008 – 2010
Member of the Swedish reference group for the revision of the Incoterms 2010, including translation of the Incoterms into the Swedish language

2008 – present
Member of ICC Sweden’s national committee on Commercial Law and Practice

2001 – present
Lecturer in transport and marine insurance law at Stockholm University

Karl Westerlund

Principal Environmental Advisor

Mr Karl Westerlund holds a BSc (Honours) in Geochemistry, and MSc and PhD degrees in Geology from the University of Cape Town. He started off his career as a diamond and kimberlite researcher in the late 1990’s and worked as a consultant in the diamond exploration industry for five years.

Over the last 15 years Karl has worked mainly within mineral sector development projects funded through bilateral and multilateral development partners, as an expert and project manager, while he is also engaged in environmental and social studies as well as mineral exploration work for the private sector. Thus, he has very wide experience from consulting for both governmental clients and private sector in diverse areas such as strategic mineral sector studies; mineral sector and environmental policy and law; institutional development; local, regional and countrywide environmental and social impact assessments; development of regulatory guidelines; artisanal and small scale mining studies; mineral sector promotion; establishment of geochemical laboratories; mineral exploration, etc.

Karl’s experience includes the management or co-management of some ten large multi-disciplinary development projects with project implementation times ranging from 1-3 years. He has worked in highly varying environmental and social contexts, with working experience from some 15-20 countries, predominantly in Africa and Asia.