Puvan Selvanathan


Puvan J Selvanathan is an expert in business and human rights and risk management. He created the Bluenumber Foundation to promote a rights-based approach to digital identity, data and property rights, especially in global networks and supply chains. He was formerly a UN Special Mandate Holder on Business and Human Rights appointed by the UN Human Rights Council (Geneva), Head of Food & Agriculture at the UN Global Compact Office (New York), and then Head (New York Office) of the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of the UN and WTO. Before joining the UN, Puvan was Group Chief Sustainability Officer at Sime Darby, a Malaysian diversified conglomerate. An Architect by profession, Puvan holds an MBA and a doctorate in Corporate Strategy and Sustainability.