Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Professor of Business and Society, New York University’s Stern School of Business
Michael Posner is the Jerome Kohlberg professor of ethics and finance at NYU Stern School of Business and Director of the Center for Business and Human Rights. Posner served in the Obama Administration from September 2009 until March 2013, as the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Prior to that Posner was the longtime Executive Director and President of Human Rights First, a U.S.-based human rights advocacy organization. He was also a visiting lecturer at Yale and Columbia law schools. Posner has played a major role in shaping U.S. policy from inside and outside of government on issues ranging from refugee and asylum law and policy, to national security and human rights,
to Internet freedom, and most recently on a range of business and human rights issues. Michael chairs the board of the Fair Labor Association, which addresses supply chain labor issues in the apparel, athletic footwear and agriculture sectors.