The Global Advisory Council

Michael Ristaniemi

Legal Counsel | Metsä Group | Helsinki

Michael Ristaniemi is a Finnish-American in-house counsel. He is currently Legal Counsel at Metsä Group and is based in Helsinki, Finland. He has several years of experience of working both in-house and at leading Finnish and international law firms. He is currently finalizing a PhD in antitrust, as a part of which he spent the 2017-2018 academic year at Berkeley Law as a Visiting Scholar. Michael has particular legal interests in antitrust, corporate governance and the role of business in society. He has collaborated with BISI in revising the UN Global Compact Guide for General Counsel on Corporate Sustainability. Michael also assisted Berkeley Law arrange a symposium on corporate responsibility in Helsinki and facilitated Berkeley Law’s cooperation with Finnish legal and compliance communities. 

Ayn Woodward

Associate Attorney | Goodwin Procter LLP | San Francisco

Ayn Woodward is an Associate Attorney in the San Francisco office of Goodwin Procter LLP. She is a technology buff and legal nerd, and has aimed her career at ensuring that law and technology move forward together to create a better world. Through her internships with the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition and the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, she gained a keen insight into the power of corporations to affect society. She built upon this experience as a student at Berkeley Law, where she researched how regulatory and governance structures should be used to best support sustainable corporate growth. She also served as an editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and fought to enforce the rights of children in the foster care system as a member of the school’s Foster Youth Project. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, and remains an avid people-watcher to this day.

Juan E. Ibañez

Founder and Director | Corporate Sustainability Program | Chile

Juan is the founder of the “Corporate Sustainability Program” at the Universidad Catolica Law School in Chile, where he works with GC from several Latin America companies to incorporate best practices on governance, sustainability, human rights and compliance. Juan has a Master in Laws (LL.M.) from UC Berkeley and approved the NY Bar Exam. In 2017, Juan organized the first international workshop for GG on corporate sustainability in Latin America, and then have initiated activities in Colombia. Prior to his current position, Juan was the Executive Director of the Chile California Council, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization. As a lawyer in Chile, Juan initiated his career in corporate law and then became a partner at a boutique law firm where he represented clients on antitrust cases and dispute resolution.

Marie von Falkenhausen

Ph.D. Candidate | Berlin

Marie is a German lawyer and researcher in the Business & Human Rights space. She has a particular legal interest in the new roles and responsibilities of business in a globally interconnected economy and society. Marie is currently working on her Ph.D. about the possibilities of a tort liability for human rights violations in the supply chain. Her research focuses on duties of care and mandatory human rights due diligence in German law. Marie studied international and German law in Germany, France and Hungary before obtaining an LL.M. degree at Berkeley Law in 2018. After her LL.M., she worked with the Shift Project in London, researching the role of corporate culture and corporate governance in fostering respect for human rights. Marie is now based in Berlin.


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