Celia Ouellette / Founder and CEO / celia@responsiblebusinessinitiative.org

Celia has, for many years, consulted with and advised governments, and increasingly private businesses, on how to express their concerns over criminal justice issues in the US.

Prior to founding RBI, Celia was a human rights lawyer for more than a decade. Celia founded and directed The Powell Project, an organization dedicated to empowering and equipping capital defense teams with the knowledge and skills to level the playing field in death penalty cases. Prior to that Celia was a Staff Attorney at the UK human rights charity Reprieve. Before returning to London, she spent many sunny years practicing law in Southern California.

Celia holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oxford. She is licensed to practice law in New York, California and several federal jurisdictions. Celia is also a qualified UK Solicitor. Celia speaks English, French and Spanish and is a dual British and US national.


Laura Porter / Senior Consultant / laura@responsiblebusinessinitiative.org

Laura Porter is the currently the Executive Director of the 8th Amendment Project after serving as Director of Campaigns for the Fair Punishment Project and nearly a decade as Director of Campaigns and Strategy with Equal Justice USA. (EJUSA). Laura specializes in building relationships with victims, law enforcement, and conservatives. Prior to campaign work, Laura was a public defender for 12 years in New York and a legal analyst on television.

Advisors to RBI

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Jérémie Gallon / American Chamber of Commerce in France

A human rights lawyer by training, Jérémie Gallon is currently Managing Director of Amcham France. Prior to joining AmCham, Jérémie was senior political advisor to the Ambassador of the EU to the United States. In this position, he covered UN affairs, multilateral and global governance affairs, migration issues, and international human rights – including death penalty.

Earlier in his career, Jérémie Gallon was a lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Jérémie worked on numerous cases, in particular as legal counsel to the French State. Most recently, he worked for the World Bank in Serbia. Jérémie is also a nonresident Senior Fellow in the ‘Future Europe Initiative’ at the Atlantic Council. He specializes in France, the European Union and transatlantic affairs. In his previous positions, Mr. Gallon also worked as research assistant at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. He was also involved in the coordination of the B20 and the L20, the international business and labour summits held for the first time in parallel in Cannes during the G20 French Presidency. Jérémie Gallon regularly publishes op-eds in French and US top-tier media such as Le Figaro, The American Interest, The Huffington Post or L'Obs.

Jérémie Gallon graduated from Harvard Law School (LLM with International Human Rights Concentration), University Paris I Pantheon-La Sorbonne (JD), and earned his MA from HEC Paris. He is also a former student of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China. He is a member of the Paris Bar.

Dr. Ulrich Mans / Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Ulrich is an innovator, bridgebuilder and international affairs expert. He currently works as senior advisor on digital innovation for the Netherlands’ Innovation Attaché Network in Washington DC. Until recently, he was the Political and Legal Advisor at the European Union Delegation in the United States. He has more than 15 years of professional experience in international relations and innovation policy. He previously led a team for Leiden University’s Centre for Innovation, with a focus on digital innovation in the field of peace, justice and humanitarian response. He is co-founder of HumanityX, a university-led interdisciplinary support team for NGOs and UN agencies to initiate innovation trajectories through digital technologies. Related initiatives include the International Data Responsibility Group and the Hague Humanity Hub. His track record includes various organizations in the wider international relations sector, including the Clingendael Institute of International Relations, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), the United National Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Life and Peace Institute in Sudan, and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS).

Ulrich holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Amsterdam and an MA in International Development Studies from Radboud University Nijmegen.


Harriet Molyneaux / Hot Spots Movement

Harriet is the Head of Digital Engagement at Hot Spots Movement, a London-based research consultancy focused on the Future of Work where she helps organisations be prepared for the future of work, and enables them to develop future-proofed people capabilities that can play an integral role in advancement of strategic objectives. Her areas of focus are culture, future of work, inclusion and diversity, innovation, behaviour change and experimentation.
Harriet has worked large-scale strategic change projects across disciplines and global markets, in various industries including Professional Services, FMCG, Technology, Legal, Insurance and Pharmaceuticals. 



Carleen Pickard / Lush Cosmetics

Carleen works on social, environmental and animal justice campaigns for Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. Prior to Lush, she held several positions at the human rights group Global Exchange between 1997-2015, including Executive Director, Associate Director and Mexico Program Director. She was also an organizer and Political Co-Director at the Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest advocacy organization.

Carleen holds an MA in Anthropology and Development from the University of Sussex, UK, where she worked with Zapatista communities in Mexico resisting military occupation. She has worked in London, UK, Chiapas, Mexico, San Francisco, CA, Vancouver, BC and Ottawa, ON.


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Prof. Thomas H. Speedy Rice / Washington and Lee University School of Law

Prof. Rice is internationally recognized for his work in international legal reforms and human rights, specifically access to legal aid in criminal matters, in the fight against the death penalty, and teaching in international legal education reform.  He frequently collaborates with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and various USAID funded rule of law projects. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Death Penalty Focus. He is currently a Professor of Practice at Washington & Lee University School of Law’s Transnational Law Institute in Lexington, VA designing and teaching practicum courses promoting implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption; assisting the defense support services of the International Criminal Court and the Military Commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in Serbia on the European Court of Human Rights.

Mr. Rice is a past Fulbright Scholar to the Law Faculty of the University of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro, Visiting Professor of American Law at the University of Central England, Birmingham, England, a Distinguished Visitor at California Western School of Law in San Diego and a Rule of Law consultant for legal education reform in Serbia, Liberia, Ukraine and Albania. Mr. Rice has taught and lectured at numerous international schools and programs, including Italy, China, Hungary and over 30 other countries. In 2017 Prof. Rice was the co-recipient with Professor Xiumei Wang of the People’s Republic of China of the 2017 International Anti-Corruption Excellence (ACE) Award, awarded by The Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center (ROLACC Doha), under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, The Emir of the State of Qatar and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Anti-Corruption Section.


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Joshua Wiese / Criminal Justice Reform @ Virgin Unite

Josh designs, scales-up and runs initiatives that help solve problems. He supported a global group of hundreds of organizations and built and led a network of thousands of activists toward securing the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change. He has worked with The Elders, Oxfam, SustainUS, the Global Call for Climate Action, and currently works with Virgin Unite on Criminal Justice Reform.
He's advised Nobel Laureates and past Heads of State in their efforts to leverage emerging technologies to advance human rights around the world. Josh has over a decade of experience across the non-profit and private sector in strategy, communications, and management roles - spanning Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe & the Middle East.


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