Ana joined the Resource Centre in 2016. She is Programme Manager of the Civic Freedoms & Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) work at the Resource Centre. The programme explores the role of business in these spheres. As part of her role, she has been co-coordinating the Business Network on Civic Freedoms & HRDs for the past 6 years. Ana sits on the steering groups of several civil society coalitions, such as the Alliance for Indigenous, Land and Environmental Defenders and the Zero Tolerance Initiative, which she was also the coordinator of in 2020. Before joining the Resource Centre, Ana worked as a manager of a fair trade/community development program with the NGO Mosqoy, working with indigenous communities in the Peruvian Andes. Prior to that, Ana was an advocacy assistant in the EU advocacy team of Human Rights Watch in Brussels, a research assistant for the Slovenian Human Rights Ombudswoman, and a fellow at the EU Delegation to the UN and at the Slovenian Mission to the UN. Ana holds a Masters degree from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC), Italy, and Lund University, Sweden. She has a BA in International Development and International Relations from Saint Mary's University, Canada. Her mother tongue is Slovenian; she also speaks fluent English and Spanish, intermediate French and Serbo-Croatian, and a little bit of Italian. Ana is a national of Slovenia.
Ana Zbona will participate in the World Justice Forum working session Building Partnerships Across Society to Protect Civic Freedoms and Democracy: Experiences of the Business Network on Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders