Chris Jochnick is a global land rights expert with decades of experience in international development. He joined Landesa as CEO in August 2015 after leading Oxfam America’s work on private sector engagement, including the successful “Behind the Brands” campaign. Jochnick is the co-founder and former director of two human rights organizations: Center for Economic and Social Rights and the Ecuador-based Centros De Derechos Economicos y Sociales.
Jochnick spent seven years working in Latin America, devoting much of that time to addressing threats to indigenous peoples’ land rights. He spent four years on Wall Street as an attorney with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former fellow of the MacArthur Foundation and Echoing Green Foundation. He teaches business and human rights at Harvard Law School and serves as Chair of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.