Ana Zbona' Bio
Ana Zbona has been managing the Civic Freedoms & Human Rights Defenders programme at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre since 2016. The project explores the role of business in these spheres, and is known for its database of attacks on human rights defenders, working on business-related human rights issues. During the part five years, Ana held positions in steering groups of key civil society coalitions, such as Vuka! and Defending Land and Environmental Defenders coalition, and is also currently serving as a facilitator of the Zero Tolerance Initiative. She is one of the associates in the JustLabs initiative, and has lectured as a guest lecturer on business and human rights at the Global Campus of Human Rights. Before joining the Resource Centre, Ana worked as a manager of a fair trade/community development program with the NGO Mosqoy, working with indigenous communities in the Peruvian Andes. Prior to that, Ana was an advocacy assistant in the EU advocacy team of Human Rights Watch in Brussels, a research assistant for the Slovenian Human Rights Ombudswoman, and a fellow at the EU Delegation to the UN and at the Slovenian Mission to the UN. Ana holds a Master’s degree from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC), Italy, and Lund University, Sweden. She has a BA in International Development and International Relations from Saint Mary’s University, Canada. Her mother tongue is Slovenian; she also speaks fluent English and Spanish, intermediate French and Croatian, and a little bit of Italian. Ana is a national of Slovenia.