William Rook

William Rook

Acting Deputy Chief Executive


A qualified lawyer, William has particular business and human rights expertise in extractive industries, with the construction sector, and throughout the lifecycle of mega-sporting events.

Current Work

As Acting Deputy Chief Executive of the Centre, William oversees the Centre’s strategic direction and manages day-to-day operations. William co-managed the process towards the creation of the Centre as IHRB’s joint Programme Lead for the Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights, responsible for overseeing engagements with sports governing bodies and host governments.

William is also IHRB’s focal point for the Middle East, leading IHRB’s regional outreach and activities in the Gulf, liaising closely with embassies, state entities and major companies across the region, convening briefings on corporate engagement with issues such as worker welfare, responsible recruitment and risks around human trafficking and forced labour in supply chains.

Previous Experience

William has been involved in responsible mega-sporting events since 2009 when he worked on the CSR programme of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He has a law degree (First Class Honours) from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), a Masters in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a postgraduate diploma in legal practice. William then trained and qualified as a Solicitor with Slaughter and May in London. Before joining IHRB William worked in the Business and Human Rights Research Group at the University of Greenwich, researching CSR in extractive industries, mining-induced displacement and resettlement, public procurement, and electronics supply chains.