Ms. Isabelle Durant (Belgium) took office as Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD on 3 July 2017. Ms. Durant had a distinguished career in Belgian and European politics. She held the offices of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Transport and Energy and Senator in the Belgian Government.
She also served as Vice-President of the European Parliament and Presidency of the European Union Council of Ministers of Transport. Ms. Durant also has a wealth of experience collaborating with civil society and the private sector, notably as the Vice-President responsible for relations between the European Parliament and civil society. Ms. Durant has also held posts as a senior consultant on the empowerment of women in local government for the UNDP and as a member of the Brussels-Capital Region in the Parliament of Belgium.
Giorgio Dal Fiume
Giorgio Dal Fiume is involved in Fair Trade since 1992. After 9 years as President of the Italian Fair Trade importer “Ctm altromercato” in 2007 it became member of the WFTO-Europe Board of directors, and President of this Board from 2010 to November 2017. Currently is member of the Equo Garantito Board, the Italian national Fair Trade platform, and for Ctm altromercato is Training and Fund Raising manager. In November 2015 for Equo Garantito and Ctm altromercato organized and coordinated in Rome the public conference “Wave of Justice” dedicated to the relation between Fair Trade and the migrant issue.
Giorgio was in contact since 2000 with the International Fair Trade Town Campaign (IFTTC), and it was part of the team that in 2004 launched this Campaign in Italy, to which over 100 Italian cities (including Rome) have joined. Then Giorgio attended several international meeting of the IFTTC, including the lasts in Lebanon (2016) and Germany (2017), coordinting in both occasion some workshop. In 2017 the lFTTC Steering Committee asked to me to represent them in the Multidisciplinary Technical Committee in charge to set up the Fair and Ethical Trade Award project, established by the European Union.
Carol Wills has been involved with Fair Trade since the 1970s (when it was called “Alternative Trade”). For many years the worked for the Oxfam GB Bridge Programme of support for, and purchasing from, marginalised producers all over the world. From 1997 to 2005 she was the Executive Director of IFAT (which later became the World Fair Trade Organisation). She was then made an Honorary Member.
For ten years Carol worked as a Fair Trade consultant for WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment Globalising and Organising) where she co-wrote “Trading our Way Up -Women Organising for Fair Trade” and “Building Capacity for Change: Developing Women’s Leadership and Business Skills”. Most recently she has coordinated WFTO’s Gender Research as part of the Trade Fair Live Fair Project.
Carol is the immediate past Chair of the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition. She continues to be part of the Steering Committee.
Bruce Crowther is an experienced activist who began campaigning for Oxfam in 1984. He formed the Garstang Oxfam Group in 1992 and was Chair until 2002. The Oxfam Group was instrumental in making Garstang, UK the worlds’ first Fair Trade Town in April 2000 (officially recognised in November 2001 by the Fairtrade Foundation). Garstang also developed a community link with the Fairtrade cocoa farming community of New Koforidua in the Ashanti region of Ghana, where Bruce has been made a sub chief for the village.
Bruce worked part-time on Fairtrade Towns with the Fairtrade Foundation from 2003 to 2012 and spent a proportion of his work time on helping to inspire and support the development of Fair Trade Towns internationally. Bruce helped to set up the Fair Trade Way six day walk connecting Fairtrade Towns between Garstang and Keswick in the North West of England and in April 2011 ceased working as a vet to set up the FIG Tree International Fair Trade Visitor Centre as a social enterprise in Garstang, which is soon to convert to a members owned cooperative.
He now serves as Executive Director for the FIG Tree supporting the international Fair Trade Towns movement, running Fair Trade workshops and making and selling FIG Tree bean to bar chocolate.
She has developed her professional career at the Madrid City Council where he joined the opposition as a senior technician in 1984. She has more than 30 years of experience in public management at the local level, which she has developed in the areas of Environment, Economy and Health, Safety and Emergencies. She has collaborated in various municipal programs and plans focused on environmental control, urban sustainability and the defense of consumer rights. In these areas, she has participated as an expert in European projects and working groups, both national and international, as well as in numerous courses, conferences and conferences. Since September 2015, she has been the General Director of the Municipal Consumption Institute, a body within whose remit is the promotion of Fair Trade and the promotion of sustainable consumption in the city of Madrid.
Luis is member of the global board of WFTO and WFTO LA. He´s part of the International Fair Trade Towns Steering Committee, representing the regional campaign of the SPP, CLAC and WFTO LA alliance. Working at Allpa since 2004 and working at WFTO and WFTO LA has made him aware of the struggle of Fair Trade organizations to be more modern, efficient and socially responsible to approach producers, artisans, clients and partners. Working in Fair Trade Towns at a national, regional and global level is a great challenge, but bringing the global organization closer to our Latin American region and thus presenting the position of producers and artisans is a very important task. It is talking about progress and integration of the so-called North and South. The regions have different characteristics, which makes each one unique; but in the end the objective is to make towns more committed to Fair Trade as a social movement worldwide.
Dr. Rudi Dalvai is an economist by academic discipline; He joined the FT movement in 1985; from 1987 to 1989, he was managing director of EZA, the Austrian FTO. From 1990 until now, he is working in Ctm-Altromercato, a FTO in Italy, of which he is a founding member. Now he is responsible in Altromercato for a innovative Fair Trade tourism project. He was vice president of Transfair/faitrade Italy and member of FLO Cert. “Coffee Register Committee”. From 2001 to 2007, he was chair of IFAT/WFTO. Since more than 25 years, he is working in the field of Fair Trade standard setting and the development of a global guarantee and certification system for Fair Trade. 2011 he has been elected president of WFTO and since 2015, he is a board member of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) in Brussels.
As a student got involved in socio-cultural activities to protest discrimination and social exclusion result I could closely observe and analyze various facets of socio economic exclusion/ marginalization and the scope for further intervention for betterment! It was the beginning of a vision based on hope and change! Was also involved in extra curricular activities and won several recognitions including the prestigious Nehru Award for national integration and development. In several travels out of India she had the opportunity to meet some Fair Trade Organizations and study other subjects as arts and arquitecture.. In the 90´s she became very active and campaigned on the issue of child labour and participated in Global March against child labour.
Currently she´s Tara´s Project director, where she is very involved in developing programmes like Product Development sessions, Health awareness programmes, “Back to School Campaign,” Pulse Polio Programme, Tsunami Relief Sale, Social Development Fairs, Environment Awareness Programmes, Right to Water Programmes, National Handicrafts Fair, Make Trade Fair Campaign, Micro-Credit/Saving programmes, “Fair Trade Run” at Delhi Marathon, AIDS awareness campaigns and Socio-economic Programmes for urban Slum Dwellers.
Enrich Sahan – WFTO
Erinch Sahan is the Chief Executive of the World Fair Trade Organization, who’s members are 400 Fair Trade social enterprises in 70 countries. Erinch also spent seven years at Oxfam, where he founded and led Oxfam’s Future of Business Initiative, which piloted and promoted business models that structurally give greater power and priority to workers and farmers. During his time at Oxfam, Erinch also led several teams and initiatives, including Oxfam’s private sector team, the food and climate justice campaign team, and Oxfam’s work scoring the food companies in the Behind the Brands campaign. Alongside this work, Erinch has also lectured at various universities across the UK. Prior to joining Oxfam, Erinch worked in business, including as a market strategy manager at Procter & Gamble and in government, as a development advisor to Australia’s trade negotiation team in Indonesia. He holds both law and business degrees and has worked across Asia and Africa.