Bonny is Executive Director of Work Better Innovations, a research consultancy with a community service mission working on new ideas for a responsible economy; Research Fellow with the Institute for Human Rights and Business; and Advisory Board Member of the INGO Human Rights at Sea. She wrote her PhD in Law on human trafficking and China, at the Irish Centre of Human Rights of the National University of Ireland, Galway, and is an expert on human trafficking and contemporary slavery.
Bonny has a professional background in international diplomacy. She has worked with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Peacekeeping Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, UN Mission in Liberia and UNESCO. In 2004, she was part of the UN legal team that worked on the Cyprus peace talks. Bonny was an election observer for the referendum on East Timor’s independence and also for the OSCE in the Republic of Georgia and Albania.
Bonny is a practitioner-scholar. She taught human rights at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. She later served as the Programme Director of the international summer school on business and human rights at the University of Zurich. Bonny also taught at Sciences Po Paris and was a visiting scholar at the Centre of International Studies at Cambridge University, where she interviewed Chinese irregular migrants and worked on a research project that set out policy recommendations for inclusive, community policing in England.
Bonny is a graduate of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and University of Georgia in the US. She is a President Truman Scholar, Gates Cambridge Fellow and a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. Bonny is based in the UK. She consults on ESG regulatory developments in Asia and is a strong advocate for the responsible recruitment of migrant workers. Her book chapter on the Abolition of Slavery in China has been published in an edited volume on studies in global slavery on Slavery and Bonded Labor in Asia, 1250–1900 (ed,. Leiden: Brill 2021).
International human right, migrant rights, labour rights; international development; corporate social responsibility; ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) regulatory developments in Asia; business and human rights; slavery; human trafficking and labour exploitation; and Taiwan in international context.
You can find Bonny Ling's podcasts and videos below:
October 2021, Institute for Human Rights and Business and Fair Square Webinar: “Fair Recruitment in Review - Philippines to Taiwan: Falling Through the Cracks?,” .
June 2021, Lecture Commemorating Juneteenth, the Abolition of Slavery in the U.S., University of Portsmouth, UK. Lecture: “The Abolition of Slavery: Past and Present Echoes,” .