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Margaret Wachenfeld

Director of Legal Affairs
Institute for Human Rights and Business

Margaret Wachenfeld

Margaret Wachenfeld started her career as legal counsel to the Danish Institute for Human Rights. After practicing law in a commercial firm, focusing on environmental and corporate responsibility issues, she joined the International Finance Corporation (IFC) (World Bank Group) to work on environmental and social dimensions of project finance transactions. Margaret later served as human rights adviser at the IFC where she was deeply involved in the process leading to incorporation of human rights issues into the first round of IFC Performance Standards. More recently, Margaret was senior policy adviser to UNICEF, covering a wide range of child rights issues.   Margaret has a bachelor of arts in biology from Wellesley College, a juris doctor and masters of international and comparative law from Duke University School of Law and a PhD in human rights law from the University of Copenhagen.