Michael H. Posner Professor, NYU Stern School of Business; Director, Stern Center for Business and Human Rights Panel 6
Michael H. Posner is a Professor at NYU Stern School of Business, and the Co-Founder and Co-Director of NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, the first center on business and human rights at a business school. Previously Posner served as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the State Department from 2009-2013. As Assistant Secretary, Posner traveled extensively, representing the U.S. Government to foreign officials and representatives of civil society in numerous countries including China, Egypt, India, and Russia. Posner has been a prominent voice in support of human rights protections in global business operations in the manufacturing supply chain and the promotion of free expression and privacy rights on the Internet. From 1978 to 2009, he led Human Rights First, a New York-based human rights advocacy organization. Posner received his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law.