Ministerial Meeting on Responsible Business Conduct


Pichamon Yeophantong

UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights



Dr Pichamon Yeophantong is the Chairperson of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights. She is also Head of Research and Associate Professor at the Centre for Future Defence and National Security, Deakin University. Pichamon currently leads the Responsible Business Lab and the Environmental Justice and Human Rights Project, which are funded by an Australian Research Council Fellowship. As a political scientist, Pichamon teaches and publishes field-based research on business and human rights, and the political economy of sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific. She advises a range of civil society organisations, NGOs and government agencies on human rights, security and investment issues, including Jubilee Australia Research Centre, Oxfam, and the Australian Water Partnership. Prior to joining Deakin, Pichamon held academic positions at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Princeton University, and the University of Oxford. She holds a PhD and MA from the Australian National University and a BA from Thammasat University. In recognition of her work with local partners on initiatives to support the resilience of women leaders and environmental human rights defenders in Southeast Asia, Pichamon was awarded the 2018 Australia 'Future Leader' Prize by the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.