Simone Rocha is a Brazilian human rights, international humanitarian aid and mining specialist, with 25 years of experience in non-profit and corporate sectors. She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes at the International Relations Department of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (since 2009). Her international experience includes positions at both HQ and fields level such as fact-finding, research, policy-advocacy and project and team management in 19 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Since 2018 Simone has been the Latin America Advisor for the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights. She is also a member of the Business and Human Rights Working Group at the Brazilian chapter of the Global Compact (since 2012) and is a Member of the Advisory Committee – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Speaking Out Case Studies (2020).
Simone has worked for many years for MSF where she did extensive field work in conflict settings and held inter alia the position of Executive Director for MSF Brazil (2005-2010) and on the Board of Directors of MSF Spain (2010-2012) and MSF Brazil (2015-2018). From 2012-2015 Simone was Human Rights Manager for Vale S.A.. She has carried out numerous human rights due diligence assignments for other mining and infrastructure companies in Brazil and internationally including for Norsk Hydro, Kinross, Lundin and BHP Billiton (Renova Foundation). She also supported BHP on human rights and socioeconomics for three years in the aftermath of the Samarco mining disaster in Mariana, Brazil.
Simone holds an MA in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; a Political Science Diplôme – Certificat d´Études Politiques Institut d´Études Politiques de Paris – France; and a BA in Social Communications – Journalism from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A native Portuguese speaker she also speaks fluent English, French and Spanish.
Areas of Expertise
- Human Rights Due Diligence
- Human Rights Impact Assessments
- Context analysis and crisis advisory
- Fact finding
- Humanitarian affairs and protection in crisis
- Training and Capacity Building