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.
Born in Cádiz, her first connection with Fair Trade began in 1990 with the opening of the first fair trade store in the city, the teaching of Solidarity workshops in Andalusia, and the edition of “Cuadernos de la solidaridad” with the NGO “ASPA”.
In 1999 she began to work as ancivil servant in the City Council of Córdoba, specifically in the Department of Citizen Participation where she develops programs and projects of education in values (solidarity, responsible consumption, gender …) in educational processes linked to the social entities of the districts.
From 2008 she is responsible for Education programs in the Department of International Cooperation developing awareness education projects, humanitarian action and the coordination of Fair Trade Towns Program.
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.
Sergi Corbalán studied law and International Politics in Spain, Switzerland and Belgium. He counts with 18 years’ experience in various private sector and civil society European and Global networks on EU and Global policy and advocacy.
In 2008 Sergi became Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office, based in Brussels. The Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) speaks out on behalf of the Fair Trade movement for Fair Trade and Trade Justice with the aim to improve the livelihoods of marginalised producers and workers in the South. The FTAO is a joint initiative of Fairtrade International and the World Fair Trade Organisation (Europe and Global). Through these three networks the FTAO represents an estimate of 2.5 million Fair Trade producers and workers from 70 countries, 24 labelling initiatives, over 500 specialised Fair Trade importers, 4,000 World Shops and more than 100,000 volunteers.
Kristina Klecko coordinates the campaign Fairtrade-Universities at Fairtrade Germany. She encourages students to stand up for fairness and supports their activities all around Germany.
DARIO SOTO ABRIL
CEO Global, Fairtrade Internacional
Darío joined Fairtrade in February 2017 as the Global CEO for the Fairtrade system. He is committed to giving Fairtrade a central role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, delivering maximum impact for farmers and workers across the world.
Darío has a long history of working with producers, civil society, governments and business to achieve inclusive economic growth and social inclusion. He grew up in Colombia before moving to the United States. Prior to joining Fairtrade, he worked for The Trust for the Americas and the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC. Darío has previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Bogotá and New York. He is a licensed attorney both in Colombia and in the State of New York. He holds an LLM degree from Tulane University and a Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Tamara Cabezas Gutiérrez
Expert in International Cooperation for Development and NGOs. She is specialized in Education for Development and Solidarity.
She works in the Spanish NGO SED (Solidarity, Education and Development) based in León and she´s the Vicepresident of the Castilla y León NGOS Platform and member of the Steering Comitte for León, Fair Trade Town, since the beginning till now.
President for the Union Regional de Organizaciones Campesinas del Litoral, UROCAL, Ecuador. Cacao and fruit producer in the Asociación de Pequeños Productores Agropecuarios 10 de Febrero. Rural Comunity Promoter and productive processes leader for farmers. Founding member for the Fundación Nacional de Defensa de Derechos Humanos, FUNDEHU, and also for the Fundación PRODUCCIÓN Y BIENESTAR PROBIEN.
In 2013, she received the recognition of “Best Entrepreneurial Citizen in Organizational Strengthening” of the Autonomous Municipal Decentralized Government of the Chilla canton. In 2016, she was elected secretary of the Network of Popular and Solidarity Economy of El Oro province. In November of 2017, as president of UROCAL and producer of cocoa, she participated in the RED CACAO event in the Dominican Republic. She was elected as Chair of the SPP Committee of Ecuador in the assembly workshop of the SIMBOLO DE PEQUEÑOS PRODUCTORES SPP Ecuador developed in Machala on November 30 and December 1, 2017.
Small coffee producer, Bachelor in Business Administration with specialization in International Market, General Manager of PRODECOOP and 25 years with cooperatives in coffee.
Linked to coffee as a value chain, sustainability, gender and generational transversality, agroecology, food security and sovereignty, integral quality, market.
Representation positions have positioned and defended the interests of organized small producers, providing added value to organizations where they participate, especially in Fair Trade.
She is currently the vice president of the Board of Directors of CLAC, President of PACHAMAMA COFFEE, Board Member of Fair Trade America and Board of Directors CSF.
Kylie brings over seven years of community organizing and non-profit experience to Fair Trade Campaigns USA, previously working with Global Exchange and The Sierra Club. At Global Exchange she took on a variety of roles including Community Rights Program Associate, Fair Trade Cocoa Campaign Coordinator and Fair Trade Store Sales Associate. At Sierra Club, she worked in the Executive Office providing support to C-level staff and the Board of Directors. In her current role as Campus & Community Engagement Coordinator with Fair Trade Campaigns, Kylie works with colleges and universities and municipalities across the U.S. to advocate for Fair Trade and drive institutional purchasing of Fair Trade products. Kylie is knowledgeable and passionate about Fair Trade, climate and energy issues, human rights, and social and economic justice. Kylie graduated from The University of California at Santa Cruz with a BA in Community Studies and Politics and holds a Certified Nonprofit Professional Credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She also lived in Thailand for five years and speaks conversational Thai and Spanish.
President of WFTO LA (World Fair Trade Organization Latin America). Much of her working life has been dedicated to the support in marketing and technical and productive consulting to different groups of artisans in Chile, always related to Fair Trade.
Through her organization, Pueblos del Sur, which she is a founding member, she has developed various efforts to strengthen the artisanal world in Chile, working mainly in the implementation of public policies to benefit the world of small artisan producers in his country.
He has also dedicated a large part of his personal life to the collection and systematization of documentation for the recovery of the history that marks Villa Grimaldi, as well as in the organization of activities for the dissemination of the history and functioning of this center as a place of tortures, kidnappings and extermination during the period of Dictatorship that was lived in Chile.
Currently she participates in the National Bureau of Public Policies of the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, through the DAES (Division of Associativity and Social Economy).
Gudrun Schlöpker has been working for Fairtrade since 2006 in different positions. First with “Sello de Comercio Justo” in Spain, and since 2014 as manager for international relations and workers rights employed by Fairtrade Germany.
She has been actively pursuing that Fairtrade should be co-producer owned system. This major change decision has been taken by the Fairtrade international General Assembly in 2012 and that has given very positive results up to date. Gudrun is part of politics and development team in Fairtrade Germany and has a special focus on workers rights and the relationships with the Fairtrade producer networks in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She has a deep knowledge of the current project and strategic work of the Fairtrade system.
Responsible Technician of the Cooperation and Solidarity Area of the University of Córdoba (Spain). She will coordinate the workshop of Universities interested in promoting a mobility network that encourages the participation of university students in Fair Trade organizations and projects at international level. 11 years of experience in University Development Cooperatio, promoting projects on Education for Development, Research and Studies on Development and Interuniversity Cooperation. Providing talks and training courses about Development, Agenda 2030, Policy Coherence, External Debt, Responsible Consumption, Cooperation, Volunteering, etc., and publication of communications and research on these topics. Previous experience of 2 years in the IDEAS-Fair Trade Cooperative promoting awareness campaigns, and 4 years of experience in Latin America (Chile, Guatemala, Cuba and Honduras) in Cooperation projects in rural development and gender, promoted by NGDOs and UNDP.
Forestry Engineer and master’s degree in international cooperation for the implementation of the millennium goals.
Hace veinte años comencé una aventura creando una marca con la idea de crear y hacer algo diferente.
Esa diferencia se había de marcar también en la forma en que producíamos y ya en el año 2004, y con todas las dificultades, errores y aprendizajes, pasamos de tocar solo las fibras a actuar en toda la cadena de valor y a certificarlo. Tocar solo un aspecto de toda la cadena no deja de ser un engaño cuando somos parte de la segunda industria más contaminante del planeta y la cadena de valor más larga de cualquier industria.
Nadie dijo que fuera fácil pero para nosotros se convirtió en una motivación tan fuerte como lo era la propia vida de la marca pese a los años de crisis y un mercado saturado e híper competitivo.
Hoy en día tenemos mucho camino recorrido pero mucho por recorrer siendo conscientes de que somos parte de una historia consumista donde sostenibilidad y moda tienen un difícil encaje.
Computer Technician in Business Management. Expert in International Development Cooperation by the University of Oviedo. Cooperating in rural development projects with young people in Honduras for 5 years. Since 2005 and currently fair trade technical for the Aragonese Federation of Solidarity.
Eva Mª Vicente has a deep experience in awareness raising and social mobilization, she has been working for 15 years with different social movements and organizations. Her work has focused on the areas of raising awareness and campaigning, advocacy and social mobilization. Also, she has collaborated with various networks and cooperatives of Social and Solidarity Economy in Spain and Brazil. She was formed as a Local Development Agent and also in Social and Solidarity Economy. Also, she has experience in groups facilitation, participatory methodologies and community dynamization. Currently she works as a thechnical program manager of the IDEAS program ‘Fair Trade Neighbourhoods’ in Madrid.
These program came from the Fair Trade Towns campaing and is focussed in bringing fair trade to the Madrid neighborhooods. IDEAS has started to develop this program from 2017 and until this moment there are 3 different neighborhoods involved. And in the framework of this project, it has developed several activities with neighbors, shops, local authorities and other local actors with the aim of awareness raising and achieve social mobilization for supporting fair trade and sustainlable consumption in this neighborhoods.
Lisa Herrmann es la Coordinadora de la Campaña de Ciudades por el Comercio Justo y responsable del desarrollo e implementación de las estrategias de campaña para mejorar las relaciones de Fairtrade Alemania con la ciudadanía y agentes clave de la campaña de Ciudades por el Comercio Justo, Centros Educativos y Universidades por el Comercio Justo, empresas o representantes del sector de la empresa privada. El objetivo general es reunir el máximo apoyo entre todos los agentes implicados a favor del Comercio Justo.
Benoit is the director of Fair Trade Lebanon, to the creation of which he has actively contributed in 2006. Involved since 30 years in the field of international solidarity, he shared his career between France and Lebanon. Fair Trade Lebanon initiative was based on the observation that Lebanese women of rural communities have strong but underemployed skills and potential. The founders decided to use fair trade as a means to promote local expertise in food processing and to generate revenues for disadvantaged rural communities by creating marketing opportunities for small producers and women processing cooperatives. In 12 years, Fair Trade Lebanon has developed a wide range of products resulting from traditional know how, including olive oil, wine, preserves, jams, distillates… which are sold through the fair trade networks of outlets in Europe, the USA, Australia, Japan and in some Gulf countries, as well as on the Lebanese market. Fair Trade Lebanon is collaborating with 50 production units – mainly cooperatives – providing jobs to 1.400 producers, including vulnerable communities (Lebanese and refugees) 12 products obtained the FLOCERT certification, and 12 are organic certified. Since 2014, Fair Trade Lebanon has developed a network of nine Fair Trade Towns in Lebanon and it organized the 10th International Fair Trade Town conference in one of them, Baskinta, in 2016.
Bachelor in Political Science and senior technician in environmental health. Since June 2006, he´s been part of IDEAS, where he develops several jobs in the Responsible Purchasing Department, such as research on the possibilities of social and ethical purchase in public and business contracting. Currently coordinating the Social and Cooperation Department and promoting responsible purchasing. He has also co-authored several publications on responsible purchasing and consumption; some titles stand out as Manual of Responsible Purchasing in Developing Countries.