Malin Oud

Malin Oud

Director of the Stockholm Office and China Programme Director

Phone: +46 (0)76 830 6088

Malin Oud, Director of the Stockholm Office and China Programme Director

Malin Oud has over 20 years’ professional experience in the field of human rights, rule of law and sustainable development with her work focusing primarily on China. She has worked for international organisations, government agencies and multinational corporations, covering diverse issues such as freedom of expression, democracy, and business and human rights. She is currently the Director of RWI’s Stockholm Office and China Programme, having initially joined the Institute over twenty years ago as Director of the Beijing Office.

Oud is an adviser to the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, a member of the Advisory Boards of Mercator Institute for China Studies and the Hong Kong-based NGO China Labour Bulletin, and was in 2023 appointed by the Swedish government to serve in the Expert Group for Aid Studies. In 2011-2016, Oud founded and managed the consultancy Tracktwo. Prior to that, she managed initiatives for democracy and freedom of expression at the Swedish International Development Agency. From 2001 to 2009, she was based in Beijing as the Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s China office director.

Oud’s current research interests include China’s ambitions as international norm entrepreneur and standard-setter at the UN, and she is co-editor and co-author of the publication The Decoding China Dictionary, a guide for policy-makers on China’s interpretation and understanding of key terms in international relations and development cooperation. She is an experienced public speaker, moderator, and expert commentator in Swedish media and international policy forums. Oud studied Chinese language, social anthropology and international human rights law in Lund, Kunming, and London, and holds an MA in International Development from Melbourne University.

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Keywords: Business and human rights, human rights and the environment, human rights and development, China

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