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SPEAKERS

Plenary Speakers

Julie Gichuru

Julie Gichuru is an entrepreneur and media personality with investments in media, fashion retail and entertainment sectors. Julie is an Independent Director on the Boards of Brand KENYA Board and Acumen Communications Ltd and is a Fellow and Trustee of the Africa Leadership Initiative EA. Julie’s career in the media over the past 15 years has seen her work across the fields of broadcast, print and digital media. Julie has also pioneered an impressive number of television shows, from the first Kenyan investigative TV series, The Inside Story on KTN to various current affairs shows at NTV including political and current affairs programs Showdown, On the Spot, You The Jury and The People’s Voice, and the celebrated news program Sunday Live and peace and reconciliation program Fist to Five at Citizen TV. Also included in this list is the celebrated post election peace specials Voices of Reason. Through ARIMUS Media Limited Julie now oversees the production of quality African content such as Africa Leadership Dialogues, high school debate platform Great Debaters Contest and entertainment series Maisha. The Footprints Africa Foundation (FAF) has been established by Anthony and Julie Gichuru to help empower and grow healthy, dignified and informed societies in the region. FAF believes in giving people a chance to make a mark, to leave a footprint of positivity on the world. Website: www.footprintafrica.org

Julie Gichuru


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Arancha González

Arancha González, an expert in international trade issues with 20 years of experience, serves as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), the joint development agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation. Before joining ITC, Ms. González served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the Aid for Trade initiative and served as Mr. Lamy’s representative (Sherpa) at the G-20. Prior to working at the WTO, Ms. González held several positions at the European Commission, conducting negotiations of trade agreements and assisting developing countries in trade-development efforts. Between 2002 and 2004, she was the European Commission spokeswoman for trade and adviser to the European Union Trade Commissioner. She co-chairs the World Economic Forum (WEF) Agenda Council on the Future of Trade and Investment.

Arancha González


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Amy Hall

As Director of Social Consciousness and a member of the Leadership Forum for women’s clothing designer EILEEN FISHER, Amy supports the company’s efforts to practice “business as a movement.”   Amy collaborates internally and externally to guide the company toward ever-increasing human, environmental and economic sustainability, including co-leading the company’s Vision2020 work.  Amy played an instrumental role in shepherding the company toward its highly-anticipated B Corporation Certification. Amy came to EILEEN FISHER in 1993, following a fundraising career with Asian-American cultural, educational and social service organizations in New York City.  Her educational background includes a B.A. from Georgetown University, an M.A. from Teachers College-Columbia University, and a sustainable MBA from Green Mountain College.  She currently chairs the advisory board of Social Accountability International and serves on the boards of Made-By, the American Sustainable Business Council, and the New Conversations Project of Cornell University.  Amy teaches “Sustainability in Fashion Merchandising” at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and is a frequent guest speaker on CSR and Sustainability-related topics.

Amy Hall


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Stef Kranendijk

Stef currently runs and co-owns a company called FlareOut, which aim is to eliminate flaring in the Oil Industry, as such saving 53% CO2 per platform whilst boosting cash flow for the industry. In addition he recently has become Affiliate Partner at SYSTEMIQ (www.systemiq.earth) a specialist firm for innovation and investment in the natural resource space, promoting the Circular Economy.   His most recent achievement (2007-2015) is the way he, together with excellent people, turned as Chairman, CEO and co-owner leading European carpet tile manufacturer Desso from a regular commodity company into the most innovative, creative and sustainable (Cradle to Cradle) branded player in the Industry. As a result, investors in Desso saw 2 to 8 or 20 times their total investment back. Since January 2015 Desso is owned by strategic buyer Tarkett, Europe’s largest floor company, that also embraces the Circular Economy concept. Stef is a regular speaker about the profit and market share building Circular Economy concept at the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Commission and before that at  London Business School, IMD Lausanne, Rotterdam School of Management, and on several occasions at the World Economic Forum in Davos.   Today he is Member of the Board  (previously Chairman) of Dutch Sustainable Business  (De Groene Zaak), an association of 200 leading Dutch companies from all sectors that put sustainability in the heart of their business strategies. He was until recently Chairman of the National Maritime Museum, Het Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam and he serves in other Boards among which the Board of the Concertgebouw Fund in Amsterdam.   Prior to his independent entrepreneurship, he held board positions of a variety of companies and was President Europe Middle East & Africa (1998-2000) of Stanley Works, an American S&P 500 firm. Before that he was 19 years with Procter & Gamble assuming senior leading positions as Regional Vice President Central & Eastern Europe (1997-1998), Vice President & General Manager  P&G Germany (1994-1997) and Managing Director P&G the Netherlands (1991-1994).   Stef is an alumnus of Rotterdam School of Management (Master Business Administration) and University of Groningen (Bachelor Economics).

Stef Kranendijk


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Dr. Janez Potočnik

Dr. Janez Potocnik is a member and Co-Chair of International Resource Panel hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme. He is also the Chairman of The Forum for the Future of Agriculture and a Member of the European Policy Centre’s Advisory Council.

 

Prior to this, he served as the European Commissioner for Environment from 2010 until 2014. Before then, from 2004 until 2010, he was Member of the European Commission, he was responsible for the Science and Research.

 

Dr. Potocnik graduated with honours from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana. He continued his studies at the same University where he did his Master’s degree in 1989 and a Ph.D. degree in 1993. In May 2008 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by London Imperial College. In March 2009 he received the honorary degree from Ghent University (Belgium). In September 2013 he received the United Nations’ 2013 Champions of the Earth Award.

Dr. Janez Potočnik


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Nasreen Sheikh

Nasreen Sheikh grew up in a small village near the Indian Nepalese border where women have no rights and lives disadvantaged lives. After leaving her village at the age of 12 years, old she moved to Kathmandu where she was employed as a child laborer in a sweat shop. Here she produced goods for export for several years. She was able to escape this life with the help of teacher and friends and now dedicates her energy on the women who need help most. She aims to educate as many women as possible teaching them workplace skills and raising awareness of their rights. In 2013, she opened a store in Nepal called Local Women’s Handicrafts and has built a training centre for women.

Nasreen Sheikh


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Christian Ewert

Christian Ewert is the Director General of the Foreign Trade Association (FTA). Prior to his role at FTA, Christian worked as President and CEO of ICTI CARE Foundation, the International Council of Toy Industries' (ICTI) programme to promote social compliance in the supply chain producing for the toy and children's products industry. Christian previously worked as the Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board of Zapf Creation, Europe's leading manufacturer of branded play & function and collector dolls and doll accessories. For more than 10 years he held the position of Managing Director and Chairman of North Sails Lanka which is the leading manufacturer of products for the windsurfing industry, operating two factories and employing more than 1000 staff. Christian had previously held the position of the CEO of Mistral Sports, the market leader in the windsurfing industry.

Christian Ewert


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Darrell Doren

Darrell Doren is the Senior Director Sustainability at the Foreign Trade Association (FTA). Since 2015 Darrell has led FTA’s Sustainability division. Prior to his role at FTA, Darrell worked in Hong Kong as the Global EHS & Global Social Compliance Director for Avery Dennison, a US-based global manufacturer and distributor of pressure-sensitive adhesive materials, apparel branding labels and tags. Previously, Darrell worked for the Ford Motor Company managing purchasing and supply chain sustainability for the Asia Pacific & Africa regions. He holds an MBA with a focus in Operations Management and Mandarin Chinese.

Darrell Doren


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Dr. Pierre Michael Gröning

Pierre Gröning is Head of International Trade Policy at the Foreign Trade Association (FTA). Here he is responsible for developing the FTA’s international trade policy strategy and is representing the association’s interest at the EU level and towards the WTO. Before joining FTA in 2011, he was with a Brussels-based public affairs consultancy. Pierre Gröning, a French-German national, holds a Master’s degree from the College of Europe in Bruges and a PhD on EU-India relationship from the University of Münster. He has published a number of articles on international trade issues and free trade agreements.

Dr. Pierre Michael Gröning


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Parul Sharma

Parul is Counsel and Head of CSR Compliance at Vinge Law Firm. Parul has many years’ experience of CSR in the supply chain, human rights and anti-corruption in high risk markets. For a number of years Parul has been ranked as one of the most influential CSR experts in the Nordic region.  Parul is also the Principal at the Academy for Human Rights in Business, which has provided training on CSR related issues to more than 400 companies. Parul has also worked at, inter alia, EU Commission DG Aid, Amnesty Business Group and Sandvik AB. Parul has also been appointed as Chairman of the Swedish Government’s delegation for implementation of the UN’s Agenda 2030 and its Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Parul Sharma


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Breakout Session Speakers

Lena Bergendahl

Worked as a textile engineer in the clothing industry for almost 2 decades and since 2007 for ICA Group, the leading retail company with focus on food and health in Sweden. Have comprehensive experience in the area of environmental and social compliance issues for a more sustainable business within the supply chain. Always felt a strong commitment to improve the working environment within our supply chain and  strive to get the suppliers to understand that CSR is an investment for them. “ My incentive is not only to gain increased productivity and higher quality , it is also to  improve working condition and to make peoples ordinary life better”

Lena Bergendahl


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Kari Brandt

Working in the textile industry since 1997, with a technical background, experienced in quality and production management, purchase and CSR. Started in Laurie A/S in 2008. In Laurie we feel obligated to give our customers the choice to buy clothes without harmful substances and produced under the best possible conditions. Since our very beginning in 1987 our mantra has been; “it’s got to feel right”. Not only the comfortable feeling of well-being our clothes should provide when worn, but in everything we do. We take pride in having close and long term relationships with our producers as well as long lasting products. We have worked towards being Reach compliant since 2007, and did in 2016 take it to the next level and completed Oeko-Tex certification of our full range ladies wear collection.

Kari Brandt


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Veronica Rubio

Veronica Rubio is a Lawyer specialised in international trade and human rights. For the last 17 years she has worked promoting sustainable supply chains, social corporate responsibility and small farmers’ access to the international fair trade markets. She has solid experience in developing certification standards and Code of Conducts. Notably in 2008 she led the development of the Social Certification Standard for Rainforest produces commissioned by the Brazilian Government in the Amazon region and in 2014 she led the development of BSCI Code of Conduct and related concept materials towards the creation of BSCI 2.0

Veronica Rubio


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Norma Wouters-Snell

Norma has worked in CSR for 9 years as a CSR manager, trainer and consultant. She has extensive experience of sustainability in the retail sector managing both environmental sustainability and social compliance projects. She now owns Noble Achievers, a consultancy supporting companies across Europe (including Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Scandinavian countries) in designing successful sustainability strategies and developing practical tools to implement those strategies. In addition, she is the national coordinator for the Foreign Trade Association in The Netherlands, supporting over 300 companies in implementing socially responsible supply chain approaches (through the Business Social Compliance Initiative) and managing stakeholder engagement

Norma Wouters-Snell


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Lorenz Berzau

Lorenz Berzau is Coordinator of the FTA Sustainability National Contact Group Germany since January 2016. Previously Lorenz has been working for more than ten years in FTA as BSCI Managing Director. Before this he coordinated the AVE Sector Model Social Responsibility, a joint platform of German and Dutch companies similar to BSCI. Lorenz grew up in Germany and Belgium and is a lawyer by education. He is also Managing Director of Cocomply, a consultancy focusing on providing support to companies improving social compliance in their global supply chains.  

Lorenz Berzau


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Daniel Hopp

Since 2003 I’m Managing Director of Hopp KG. I lead my business responsibly since the first day I joined my father’s company. Even in the nineties we never dealt with goods that without having them tested for harmful substances. When we encountered social risks, we adopted our first code of conduct. It was never a question, if we would inspect our factory partners. We did this from the very first day before REACH, DETOX or BSCI were even built. For us as family business this always was a natural attitude towards our partners.

Daniel Hopp


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Lauren Burke

Lauren is a senior account director at Flag Communications, a leading communications consultancy that specialises in sustainability and corporate responsibility. She leads stakeholder engagement, reporting and communications campaigns for brands including Nike, McDonald’s and Hyatt Hotels. Prior to joining Flag Lauren worked in corporate affairs roles for Nestlé and Unilever, where she gained experience in public affairs, issues management, corporate communications and community engagement.

Lauren Burke


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Gothami Silva

Minister (Commercial & Economic Affairs), Embassy of Sri Lanka to the European Union, Brussels As the head of the Commercial & Economic Affairs Division of the SLEMB, Gothami coordinates all bilateral trade & investment promotional activities covering Belgium & Luxemburg, and collaborates internally and externally to conduct SL’s representation at the EU in areas, i.e. trade, economic development, fisheries, agriculture, IPR and trade related aspects of environment and labour. After joining the Department of Commerce of Sri Lanka in 1988, Gothami was inducted in to her professional diplomatic career, which spans over nearly 30 years. Gothami played an instrumental role in shepherding SL’s trade policy at all levels (bilateral, regional & multilateral), while serving in India (Bombay), Switzerland (Geneva), Australia (Sydney) and Italy (Rome), before taking over her assignment in Brussels in 2014. Gothami held many prestigious posts in the past and was the first female Sri Lankan diplomat ever to have become the Chairperson of two prestigious bodies operate within the UNFAO - the Committee of Commodity Problems (CCP) and the Group of Seventy-Seven & China (G-77) - consequently in 2011/12 and 2013/14. Her educational background includes a B.A. (Honours in Econometrics) from University of Peradeniya (SL), and a Post-Graduate Diploma on Trade Policy & WTO Agreements from the training institute of the World Trade organization (WTO - Geneva). Her latest assignments included the removal of IUU fishing ban on Sri Lankan fish exports to the EU successfully in 2016, regaining of EU- GSP+ Trade Concessions by Sri Lanka and lodging SL’s application for protection of ‘Ceylon Cinnamon’ as a geographical indication in the EU in 2017. Being a highly regarded technocrat of the GOSL, Gothami’s expertise lies in an array of areas, i.e. trade negotiations, agriculture, industrial tariffs, rules of origin, contingent remedies, IPR (geographical indications, patents & trade marks), TBT/SPS measures and trade related aspects of labour and environment. The articles and publications authored by her in these areas are testimonies of her in-depth knowledge and exposure gained in the international arena. She has also been a frequent guest speaker on these trade related topics in various forums.    

Gothami Silva


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Dr. Dirk Von Czarnowski

Qualified with multinational business environment experience over 15 years, working for global operating companies. Almost 20 years of experience in testing/auditing business and consultation to production industries. Good knowledge of business practices and set-ups within Turkey, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, India and Bangladesh. Designing and developing tailor-made solutions for textile and footwear industry. Recent examples: Implementation of two new quality control systems for well-known apparel / footwear trademarks: Mould prevention assessment, environmental services: wastewater management, zero discharge road map.

Dr. Dirk Von Czarnowski


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Margaret G. Wachenfeld

Margaret is an international lawyer and senior policy adviser.  She is Managing Director of Themis Research & Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Human Rights and Business. Previously, Margaret was Director of Research & Legal Affairs at IHRB.   Margaret started her career as legal counsel to the Danish Institute for Human Rights. After practicing law in a commercial firm for eight years, she joined the International Finance Corporation to work on environmental and social dimensions of IFC transactions and later served as human rights advisor at IFC and EBRD, followed by six years as senior policy advisor to UNICEF.

Margaret G. Wachenfeld


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Anis Radianis

With 20 years of IT experiences in business intelligence and analytics, Radianis expertise in managing data along with their advance technology has been seen as valuable asset for companies he works before like Coca-Cola, Levi Strauss, 3M & many others. His passion with data and technology brought him to join FTA in 2015 as Business Intelligence Manager with vision to transform the raw data into valuable insight for a better world. Using latest development in artificial intelligence and big data, Radianis is currently working in his doctoral research to leverage these technology in the sustainability area. As a result, some notable research findings and innovative application in sustainability will be presented during the conference. Radianis is an Indonesian origin who live in Belgium having academic background in economics, IT architecture and business administration

Anis Radianis


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Jef Wintermans

Since November 1st, 2016 Jef Wintermans (1960) is working as Coördinator of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments & Textiles (AGT) at the AGT Secretariat hosted by the Social and Economic Council (SER) in The Hague, the Netherlands. Before joining SER, Wintermans worked at Modint, the Dutch branch organisations for the apparel and textile industry since 2002. His main points of interest, besides International Responsible Business Conduct, were trade policy, standardisation and research & development. Previously, Wintermans worked for the Dutch branch organisation for the textile manufacturing industry VTN (1995–2002), the Dutch Central Employers Organisations VNO-NCW in their shared Brussels office (1992 -1995) and in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament (1989–1992). Following a career as officer in the Royal Netherlands Navy (1978-1988), Wintermans obtained a master degree in Political Science, International Relations, in 1990 and a post graduate diploma in European integration in 1989. Jef is proud father of two children. His passion lies with sailing. He became instructor at a sea sailing school in 2012.

Jef Wintermans


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Marie Cloherty

With over 10 years spanning business development, account management and team development, Marie changed paths to concentrate on Corporate Responsibility with Acre. Over the last 3 years, Marie has specialised in placing mid & senior-level professionals into key, global sustainability and CR roles across corporate, social enterprise and service-side environments. Her areas of skills acquisition expertise span sustainable supply chains, circular economy, diversity & inclusion, modern slavery and environmental management. Her long-term commercial experience has not only effected successful growth within our clients businesses, it has ensured continued growth of Acre’s business.

Marie Cloherty


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Anna Vetsch

Anna Vetsch holds a Master of Arts in International relations and law. Before starting working at Coop I worked for several NGOs's in the sector of human rights and migration.

Anna Vetsch


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Anne LE ROLLAND

Anne LE ROLLAND started her career in the freight forwarding business where she worked as import/export manager for 8 years. She decided then to settle her own company in 1995, initially called MODSYS (specialized in fashion business) and now ACTE International (since 2008), a Global Supply Chain Management servicing company. FTA member, she was one of the early bird in sustainable trade and participated to the launch of the BSCI. In 2002, Anne LE ROLLAND settled WethicA (Worldwide Ethic Alliance), a company specialized in CSR and social audit. WethicA was merged with ACTE International in 2007 when the market became mature enough to understand that supply chains could not be sustainable without CSR. Since then, Anne LE ROLLAND has worked as trainer, consultant, and speaker on Global Supply Chain and sustainable development worldwide. She decided in 2013 to become an accredited trainer and auditor in corruption prevention, Practical, open minded, efficient, she is used to manage multi-cultural groups. CEO of an international SME, she knows how to work with all company sizes.

Ms. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

Ms. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro (Italy) was appointed as Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2014, to promote the prevention of trafficking in persons in all its forms, and to encourage measures to uphold and protect the human rights of victims.

Ms. Giammarinaro has been a Judge since 1991. She served as a Pre-Trial Judge at the Criminal Court of Rome, and currently serves as a Judge in the Civil Court of Rome. She was the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings of the OSCE, and served in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice, Freedom and Security in Brussels, where she was responsible for combating human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children.

She drafted the EU Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims. As the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons she has also dedicated the last four years of her mandate to exploring the risks of human trafficking in the global economy, the response of global businesses, existing strategies to combat abuse, and the immediate and long-term steps necessary for business leaders to take effective and sustainable action. As part of this work, she has recently launched a project that aims to engage the private sector in combatting trafficking in persons in supply chains.

Ms. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro


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Virginie Pelletier

Virginie Pelletier is global head of sustainability for the Corporate and Institutional Banking (CIB). She is responsible for driving the development of the sustainability product and service offering including innovative solutions in responsible investing, green & social bonds, renewable energy financing and supply chain financing. As part of her mission, Mrs Pelletier has overlooked the creation of BNP Paribas Group's Green Bond Program. In 2016, she has defined and launched a global Sustainable Finance program involving over 200 staff across BNP Paribas CIB. Recognizing BNP Paribas as a pioneer on Sustainable Financial services, the Group was granted the award of the "Most Innovative Investment Bank for Climate Change and Sustainability" by The Bankers in October 2016. Virginie joined Paribas in 1994 and has since worked across a number of different countries and business lines advising European investors on a wide range of investment solutions for all asset classes ranging from equities to fixed income and forex. With over 20 years’ experience in CIB, Virginie helped BNP Paribas develop and promote investment solutions across Europe for both retail distribution and institutional investors. Virginie holds a MBA from the University of Paris Dauphine and a CIIA diploma, equivalent to the CFA.

Virginie Pelletier


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Jonathan Ivelaw-Chapman

As CEO of Sedex Group, Jonathan has overall responsibility for ensuring that Sedex sets and achieves its strategic objectives, with a clear view to meeting the needs of Sedex members worldwide. He works closely with the Sedex board as well as with the senior leadership team within Sedex to maintain the organisation’s position as the leading ethical and sustainable procurement solution for forward-thinking companies. He has considerable experience of working with businesses at different stages of the supply chain. He is an expert in corporate technology, large scale data analytics, and operational general management, and has worked across a number of industries and vertical markets in his varied career in supply chain management. In the 15 years before joining Sedex he has worked extensively within large organisations, giving him a clear view of the supply chain issues facing companies and the corporate and social responsibility that comes with a being reputable and sustainable brand. Companies he has worked with include SAP, Centrica, Deutsche Telekom, Glaxo SmithKline (GSK), Rexam, T-Systems, Ebiquity Plc and, more recently, EMCOR Group Plc and Sedex Group as both independent non-executive director for technology then as CEO.

Jonathan Ivelaw-Chapman


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Prof. Cai Ning

Prof. Cai Ning, Professor of College of Public Administration, Zhejiang University, Chairman of the Zhejiang CSR Promotion Association, Vice Chairman of Research Association of China Industrial Economy. Prof. Cai graduated as a Ph.D. of Management Engineering in Zhejiang University in 1996. He used to be a Professor in School of Economics, Zhejiang University and Deputy Dean in Business School, City College of Zhejiang University respectively, taught Strategic Management. His research interests are Industrial Cluster and Strategic Alliance of Corporation and Nonprofit organization. He is currently the Director of Institute of Government and Enterprises, the Vice Chairman of Research Association of China Industrial Economy and the Chairman of the Zhejiang CSR Promotion Association. The Zhejiang CSR Promotion Association was officially established on 18 December 2015 under the guidance from Zhejiang Province Economic and Information Commission and Zhejiang Provincial CSR Joint Meeting Office. The Association is responsible to promote the development of CSR in Zhejiang and has signed a 2-year MoU with FTA and China WTO Tribune to promote CSR best practices in Zhejiang province.

Prof. Cai Ning


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Yan Yan

Ms Yan Yan was graduated from Tianjin University in 1991 and she worked in Institute of Textile Information (former name of or currently known as Chinese Textile Information Center) the same year. She is currently the Vice Director of Chinese Textile Information Center (CTIE), and the full-time director of Office for Social Responsibility of China National Textile & Apparel Council (CNTAC), in charge of Social Responsibility and trade promotion. In her business career, she has been involved in several projects on the innovation of textile trade service development and played an important role in some key projects, such as Fabrics China Project. She led the team to adhere to an innovation-oriented way, and actively explore the promotion of social responsibility well suited to Chinese textile context. In the joint efforts of her leadership and team members, the promotion of Social Responsibility achieved a smooth progress; the system construction of CSC9000T has being perfected.   CNTAC was the first industry organisation established collaborations with FTA since 2007 in the areas of CSR training and stakeholder engagement.    

Yan Yan


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Lin Bo

Ms. Lin Bo has engaged in research and consulting work for 12 years. She has participated in writing the renowned CSR writings such as GoldenBee Responsible Competitiveness Best Practices (2008-2015), and China CSR Development Report. She has provided project consultation, report preparation, social responsibility management promotion, social responsibility training, social responsibility index system construction and other services for many Chinese state-owned enterprises and multinational enterprises with a wealth of practical experience. Ms. Lin Bo has also participated in the formation of relevant national and industrial social responsibility standards, and she is a member of the Expert Committee of Guidance on Social Responsibility of Information and Communication Technology Industry and IPC Supply Chain Social Responsibility Management System Guidance. As a social responsibility expert of ICT and transportation industry, she has provided services for more 30 relevant enterprises. Ms. Lin Bo holds the bachelor degree of Journalism and Law from China University of Political Science and Law, and an on-the job graduate degree of Development & Education from Chinese Academy of Sciences. Now, she serves as Deputy General Manager of GoldenBee CSR Consulting

Lin Bo


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Dr Wang Xiaoguang

Dr Wang xiaoguang, Ph.D. in Management, researcher. Director of China Federation of Industrial Economics Corporate Social Responsibility Promotion Center, Secretary-General of China Industrial Corporation Corporate Social Responsibility Think-Tank. Dr Wang graduated as a Ph.D. of Corporate Management from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). He participated in SASSC documents formulation, including “Guidance on State-owned Companies Fulfill CSR” and “Plan for Implementation of the 12th Harmonious Development Strategy”. He took part in 3 national CSR standard formulation. He took lead in China Information and Communication Technology Industry CSR Guidance, China Electronic Information Association CSR Guidance. He led and participated in more than 10 projects of UNDP, ILO, UNGC, MOST, (Ministry of Science and Technology of the People´s Republic of China), MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People´s Republic of China), CASS.

Dr Wang Xiaoguang


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Hu Yan

Ms Hu Yan, Chairperson of Chinese Electronics Standardization Association, has long been engaged in the development of ICT industry and research work of the standardization, particularly in global sustainable trade and corporate social responsibility. Leading the development of more than 40 standards, received plenty of science and technology awards from the Chinese government; and enjoy the State Council special government allowances. She also served as the President of the China Electronics Standardization Institute, Director of Testing Branch of China Certification and Accreditation Association and other duties.

Hu Yan


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Malik Duhaut

As a Regulatory Affairs Advisor, Malik keeps FTA members informed on trade policy developments, especially related to consumer and environment protection. He is knowledgeable on chemicals, waste, energy and other environmental issues at the policy level after years working for PlasticsEurope. Malik holds a degree in politics from the University of Kent, a Master’s degree in European Affairs from Sciences Po Lille and a Master’s degree in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges.  

Malik Duhaut


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Milan Pajić

Milan Pajić graduated from the European Documentation and Research Centre at the University of Malta with Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts diplomas in European Studies. After the studies, he worked for three years as an EU Funding Consultant and Project Manager in Malta. In 2011, he moved to Belgium to follow a Master of Arts course at the College of Europe in Bruges. Prior to joining the Foreign Trade Association in 2015, he worked as an Economic Policy Advisor at the South Korean Mission to the European Union in Brussels.

Milan Pajić


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Telmo Vieira Prazeres

Telmo Vieira Prazeres is currently a Scientific Officer at the Classification and Prioritisation Unit of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). He has been working on substances in articles, including on the current update of the Guidance, and on risk management options analyses (RMOAs). Between 2010 and 2013, he has worked at the General-Inspectorate of Agriculture, Sea, Environment and Spatial Planning (IGAMAOT), a Portuguese Enforcement Authority for REACH and CLP Regulations. Previous to joining the IGAMAOT, he has also worked as researcher in the areas of polymer chemistry and physics and materials science, including nanomaterials. He holds a PhD from the Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon, Portugal) and a Master of Science (MSc) from the University of Waterloo (Canada), both in Chemistry, and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) from the University of Aveiro (Portugal) in Analytical Chemistry.

Telmo Vieira Prazeres


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Natasha Mehta Majumdar

As FTA's Country Representative, Natasha has a rich sustainability background. Natasha worked with Bloomberg LP for 7 years. In 2011,2012 she worked to build Bloomberg’s sustainability database across ESG parameters.  In 2013, she co-funded her own social compliance consultancy. Here she gained insights into on-the-ground working conditions. She is experienced in assessing compliance across health & safety, compensation & benefits, occupational hazards, fire safety, child labour among bonded labour, among many other key supply chain issues. Since early 2015, Natasha has assisted in rolling out FTA trainings (pan-India). She speaks fluent English, Hindi, Marathi and some French.

Natasha Mehta Majumdar


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Martha Anker and Richard Anker

Martha Anker and Richard Anker have been working together on measuring living wages for the past 12 years. They have published a 2017 book on living wages (Living wages around the world: Manual for measurement) that describes a new methodology they developed to measure living wages in specific locations in countries. They have written living wage reports and estimated living wages using this methodology for 10 countries for a major multinational company and 6 countries for the Global Living Wage Coalition as well as supervised living wage studies and estimates for an additional 19 locations in 13 countries for the Global Living Wage Coalition. Richard Anker is retired from the International Labour Organization after 30 years of service where he was a senior economist. He is currently a senior research associate at the Political Economy Research Institute in the University of Massachusetts. He has published books on a wide range of topics including poverty, gender inequality, occupational sex segregation, female labor force participation and invisibility of women workers, economics of child labor, economics of reproductive behavior, economic-demographic relationships, rapid assessment methodologies for household and community surveys, and social dimensions of globalization. Martha Anker is retired from the World Health Organization after 25 years of service where she was a senior statistician/epidemiologist. She has published books and papers on a wide range of health and labor market related topics including rapid assessment statistical methodologies, women and infectious and epidemic prone diseases, female labor force participation, and national surveillance systems for emerging infectious diseases.

Martha Anker and Richard Anker


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Stephanie Raymond

Stephanie Raymond is the Senior Environmental Coordinator at the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) where she supports the implementation of the Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI), contributing towards increased environmental performance in international supply chains. She manages projects related to sourcing of sustainable raw materials, measuring and mitigating carbon emissions in the supply chain and capacity building for BEPI members and producers. Stephanie has extensive experience working in sustainability and responsible supply chains, specifically within the food and agriculture industry. She has a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of London and a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science, from the University of Carleton in Ottawa, Canada.

Stephanie Raymond


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Maylis SOUQUE

Maylis SOUQUE is the Secretary General of the French OECD NCP for Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) and Senior Advisor on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the Directorate General of the Treasury of the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance. She organizes the work of the French NCP which is a tripartite body (Trade Unions, Business Organization, and Government) set up to promote the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Being a non-judicial grievance mechanism, the NCP offers a platform for dialogue to parties to resolve CSR and RBC conflicts and issues statements when closing the cases. Maylis Souque contributed to the French NCP Report on Due Diligence in Garment Global Supply Chain in 2013. Beside CSR/RBS, Maylis SOUQUE is a civil-military crisis management specialist, and expert for situations of fragility in conflict and post-conflict countries with a strong focus on economic governance, development policies and multilateral development banks. She worked previously at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at The European Commission and at the DG Treasury. Ms. SOUQUE holds a Master’s Degree in International Public Law from the Pierre Mendès France University of Grenoble, France.

Maylis SOUQUE


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Jennifer Schappert

Jennifer Schappert leads the OECD’s work on responsible supply chains in the garment and footwear sectors. Within this role, Jennifer lead the development of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector, which sets out a common understanding of due diligence in the sector. This OECD Guidance was developed through an intensive multi-stakeholder process, endorsed by business, trade unions and civil society and approved by 46 governments. Following the launch of the Guidance on 8 February, Jennifer is leading the OECD’s implementation platform to boost industry capacity, support the alignment of government and industry initiatives with OECD Guidance, and support implementation through analysis. Prior to the OECD, Jennifer was a manager at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) where she managed a workplace-based training program for workers in the garment, footwear and ICT supply chains operating in 9 countries across Asia and Africa.

Jennifer Schappert


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Monique Gerson

Monique Gerson is an anthropologist by training with a specialisation in international development and additional qualification in corporate responsibility and sustainable business. As the Social System Officer at the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) Monique works on various projects related to sustainable supply chains from methodologies of members’ performance measurement and strategic partnerships in the non-food sector to modern slavery. Prior to joining the FTA, she has gained experience in the development sector and corporate responsibility landscape at aid agency, consultancy, corporate brand and NGO level.

Monique Gerson


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Sandra Gallina

Joined the European Commission in 1988. She is today Director for DG TRADE Directorate D “Sustainable Development; Economic Partnership Agreements - African, Caribbean and Pacific; Agri-food and Fisheries”. She is also the Chief Negotiator for the EU-Mercosur FTA. She joined DG TRADE in 2001. Until 2009 she was EU Lead Negotiator for Non-Agricultural Market Access in the WTO Doha Round and in that capacity she defined and presented EU policy or the Doha Development Agenda on non-agricultural market access negotiations. She was later appointed as Head of Unit in charge of the Economic Partnership Agreements with the ACPs. Before joining DG TRADE she worked in the Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union - DG TAXUD and at the end of the 1990s she represented the EU in the WTO negotiations for the Harmonization Work Programme under the Uruguay Round Agreement on Rules of Origin (ARO).

Sandra Gallina


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Stéphanie Luong

Stéphanie Luong is the Head of Communications for the Foreign Trade Association (FTA). Prior to her role at FTA, Stéphanie worked for the communication and PR agency, Publicis Consultants, where her major client was Le Cercle de L’industrie, an association representing the major French companies from all sectors of industry. Stéphanie is French and she has a background in law, having studied Public Law before receiving a Master’s in European Law.

Stéphanie Luong


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Stéphane Content

Stéphane is graduated in Chemistry and got his PhD in 1998 from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. His work enabled the development of substances potentially active for cancer photo-therapy. He also did a post doctoral stay for 2 years in the US, at UCSD. His work contributed to the development of sensors for landmines detection. He then worked for 11 years at Procter & Gamble in analytical, product design and process development department for the development of liquid detergent. He joined Cefic in 2011 and supported CES, Silicones Europe for 2 years and then ECPI until March 2016. He then moved to Product Stewardship in Cefic, working on Value Chain Outreach.

Stéphane Content


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Jessica Ground

  • Responsible for Schroders’ ESG integration strategy and implementation across geographies and asset classes with over 19 years’ experience
  • Chair of Schroders’ Corporate Governance Committee
  • Joined Schroders in 1997 as a Graduate Trainee
  • Extensive analytical experience covering financials and utilities on a pan-European and global basis
  • Board Member of the Investor Forum
  • Associates of the CFA Society of the UK
  • BA Degree in History, Bristol University

Jessica Ground


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Mohammed Zahidullah

Mohammed Zahidullah is the Head of Sustainability at DBL Group – one of the largest companies in the apparel and textile industry in Bangladesh which supply to large brands globally. Zahid has been with DBL Group for 15 years where he has gained diverse experience in the fields of Social & Environmental Sustainability, Corporate Strategy & Management Consulting. In this role, Zahid works to promote social responsibility for Bangladeshi garment workers by implementing inclusive business models that include producers, suppliers, distributers and even consumers. Through a wide range of programmes aimed at improving the lives of workers, particularly women, Zahid regularly works with a broad range of stakeholders, including UN agencies. He is currently managing several sustainability projects, including initiatives to empower women in supply chains. Zahid has 23 years of experience in the apparel, textiles, sporting goods, ceramic tableware and electronics industries. He conducts all his work with the fundamental belief that “Reward of doing good, is nothing but good”.  

Mohammed Zahidullah


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Julia Haake

Julia Haake, PhD in economics, is Director of International Business Development of oekom-research, one of the world’s leading sustainability rating agencies, after having led oekom’s Paris office since 2011. She is in charge with client relations and acquisition in international markets. She is also oekom’s lead person of Sustainability Bond Services, including second opinions for issuers of green bonds. Julia studied economics at Kiel University, La Sorbonne in Paris and Versailles University. She started working on sustainability issues in 1993 as a researcher in environmental economics at Wuppertal Institute and then Versailles University, where she worked on various French and international research projects as well as her PhD thesis related to business and industry action for dematerialization and environmental sustainability. In early 2001, she joined O2 France, a French consulting company specialized in ecodesign and sustainability company strategies. From 2003 to early 2008, she worked for La Poste first as Group Head of Environment and then Director Sustainable Development in the Mail Department. In 2008, she joined WWF as Director for Business Relations. Her role there was to build up and steer partnerships with companies willing to participate through voluntary and ambitious strategies in the global reduction of humankind’s environmental footprint. She was also in charge with WWF France’s global CSR work, carrying out research work, publishing studies and coordinating lobbying work. At WWF she managed a team of 16 people. Julia Haake is co-author with Basile Gueorguievsky of the book L’Entreprise Légère, published by Delachaux & Niestlé in August 2010.

Julia Haake


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Patricia Carrier

Patricia is the project manager of the Modern Slavery Registry at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. She has previously worked as a researcher on human rights issue at various organizations in London including Amnesty International, Interights and the UN supported Principles of Responsible Investment. She is a lawyer from Chicago and a qualified solicitor in the UK and Wales.

Patricia Carrier


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Anisha Rajapakse

Anisha has been leading the work on Stakeholder Engagement at the FTA since December 2015. In this role, she mobilizes FTA’s broad multi-stakeholder network to engage closely with businesses aimed at leveraging its collective strength to build the pace and scale of responsible trade whilst promoting sustainability and human rights. Apart from FTA-led initiatives, Anisha proactively establishes long-term strategic partnerships built on trust and mutual synergies to enable activities that translate rhetoric into action. Namely, to facilitate transformative change in global supply chains and ensure safe jobs in dignified working conditions. By establishing an approach that is responsive rather than reactive, Anisha has been instrumental in developing the FTA’s partnerships and relationships with stakeholders globally. FTA’s Stakeholder Engagement department has brought together its members and stakeholders to share knowledge through open and interactive dialogue in order to collaboratively tackle complex supply chain issues, including labour exploitation, forced labour and migration, gender-based violence and empowerment of women in supply chains. Anisha has a background in international development with over 20 years of progressive global expertise with a strong focus on employing rights-based programmatic approaches in tackling global inequalities. She has extensive field knowledge and experience across Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific – as well as in conflict and post-conflict countries. Over the years, Anisha has held senior roles at inter-governmental, international and regional organizations, UN agencies and governments, including the Commonwealth, National AIDS Trust, GIZ and the Government of Sri Lanka. Anisha holds a Masters degree in International Development and a Diploma in Journalism, and is also an Alumni of INSEAD Business School in Social Entrepreneurship

Anisha Rajapakse


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Flavia MICILOTTA

Flavia is Executive Director at Eurosif, the pan-European sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) membership organisation whose mission is to promote sustainability through European financial markets with a membership network reaching €8 trillion in total assets. As a member of the High Level Group on Sustainable Finance set up by the European Commission, Flavia is working with her peers on a blueprint for sustainable finance as part of the Capital Markets Union. Flavia has over 16 years’ experience in responsible business management and responsible investments. As a sustainability consultant and qualified environmental auditor at EY and Deloitte, she assisted companies embed sustainability in their business models and go beyond the remits of social and environmental compliance. Focused on issues ranging from climate change and adaptation, to supply chain management and responsible investments, Flavia worked with several European banks and asset managers to help them streamline their Responsible Investment approach. A founding member of the UN Global Compact in Belgium, Flavia has developed much of her career working with companies to improve their transparency and accountability through material and forward-looking sustainability reporting

Flavia MICILOTTA


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Anna Stancher

Anna Stancher has joined the FTA Systems team in November 2016 in her role as Social Programmes Manager. She supports the System team on Modern Slavery, Sustainable Wine Initiative and on the adaptation of the System manual. Previously she worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Her expertise lies in the promotion of agricultural value chains with a focus on food crops such as rice and vegetables and private sector development. Her responsibilities included donor relations and project management for technical assistance projects funded by the Walmart Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her regional experience covers Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia. She was posted in Cambodia for three years and also had several assignments in Nigeria. She holds a Master of Science degree (MSc) in International Development from the University of Manchester. Anna is an Italian native speaker and is fluent in English, German and Spanish.

Anna Stancher


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Lisa Süss

Lisa Süss is responsible for FWF’s work in India, verification activities as well as FWF’s Workplace Education Programme. Before joining FWF at their headquarters in Amsterdam in 2015, she worked for a German development agency in various capacities. She is experienced in multi-stakeholder dialogue and cooperation between the private and public sector in global supply chains. Süss holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Sustainability Management. Gender equality and violence prevention have been a focus of FWF’s work for many years. Since 2013, FWF provides factory-level training focusing on the prevention of gender-based violence and the establishment of anti-harassment committees. With the support of the EU delegation in India, FWF is currently piloting a new training programme in South India. The programme aims to reduce economic discrimination against women in garment factories by providing training focused on improving the working relations between line supervisors and workers and building supervisory skills of female workers.

Lisa Süss


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Tulika Bansal

Tulika Bansal works as Senior Adviser at the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) where she provides expert advice on human rights due diligence to leading multinational companies in various sectors including the food and beverage, extractives and tourism sectors. She has been involved in the development of impact assessment methodologies, including DIHR’s human rights impact assessments (HRIA) Guidance and Toolbox. Together with UNICEF she developed the ‘Children’s Rights in Impact Assessments’ Tool, which offers companies guidance on how to integrate children’s rights into its existing human rights impact assessments, and has contributed to other resources on children’s rights and business. Tulika previously worked as a researcher on labor rights for the Dutch Trade Union Confederation (FNV Mondiaal) in the Netherlands and as a researcher and trainer for an NGO based in Chiang Mai, Thailand focusing on the human rights impacts of large-scale investment projects in Myanmar. In India, she worked on corporate accountability with Cividep, a Bangalore based NGO, where she focused on labour rights in the Indian garment sector. In addition, she worked for the World Food Programme in Madagascar. Tulika is a guest lecturer on Children’s Rights and Business at the Youth Law department of Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Tulika Bansal


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Didier Bergeret

Didier Bergeret is Director of Social Sustainability and the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP). The main focus of his work is to develop collaborative and practical solutions for the industry to advance responsible supply chains. He notably supports the implementation of the first industry resolution to fight forced labour in global supply chains recently launched by the CEOs of the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum. With professional experience in both private and public organisations, Didier’s expertise lies in building key partnerships to foster sustainable business performance, NGO management, procurement and consulting services for private and public actors. From an educational background in Political Science and International Economics in France, Germany, Spain and the UK, his international experience and language skills serve him well in his daily work.

Didier Bergeret


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Félix Romero Cañizares

Félix is an expert in sustainability, market development and natural resources management. Since 2014, he works as global Key Account Manager at FSC International, nowadays with a special focus on the development of FSC market in textiles and rubber industries. He joined FSC International in 2012, as Regional Director for Europe. Prior to join FSC International, he worked for 10 years at WWF Spain where he was Head of Forest Unit. Representing WWF he also was Chairman of the Board of Directors at FSC Spain. Since 2010, he is also a teacher of the International Master on Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility at EOI Business School (Madrid). With almost 20 years of professional experience, Félix is MSc in International Development Aid and NGO management, MSc in Foreign Businesses and International Relations, BSc in Environmental Science and BSc in Forestry.

Félix Romero Cañizares


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Andy Cartland

Andy founded Acre in 2003, a leading recruitment business helping to catalyse social and environmental change. The organisation has significantly out-performed the UK recruitment sector over the past ten years and in 2014 was awarded Recruitment Agency of the Year at the UK Recruiter Awards for innovation, transparency and positive disruption. Outside of Acre, Andy has co-founded some of the UK's most successful and innovative online product comparison businesses, has acted as an advisor for the ICRS, a professional institute for Sustainability professionals, and is the Deputy Chair of Global Action Plan, a charity that brings people together and inspires them to take practical environmental action.

Andy Cartland


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Oliver Cupit

Oliver is an expert on timber legality and due diligence for legal timber sourcing. Drawing on experience working with companies in Europe and Asia, he is supporting NEPCon’s efforts to provide business solutions for responsible sourcing and supply chain management in line with new legislation and market requirements.

Oliver Cupit


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Eric Van Labeck

Eric Van Labeck has been active in the SRI field since 2007 when he joined the Macif Group. Previously, Eric was Managing Director of employee compensation solutions companies, affiliates of banking and insurance groups. Eric Van La Beck is a graduate of the Institute of Political Sciences (IEP) in Paris and in 2016 was awarded the professional certificate of governance by the IFA (Institut Français des Administrateurs).

Eric Van Labeck


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Alison Tate

Alison Tate is the Director of Economic and Social Policy of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), based in Brussels, Belgium. The ITUC is the global peak body of labour unions and represents 180 million workers in 162 countries. She has experience in national and global policy areas across economics, international trade and investment, social policy, human and trade unions rights, sustainable development, climate change, migration, labour standards compliance, responsible investment and corporate social responsibility. Her current role includes representing unions in bodies including the United Nations, the G20 and international financial institutions. She has served on advisory boards of foundations and academic, community-based and international organisations. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee of Better Work (a partnership between the International Labour Organisation ILO and International Finance Corporation IFC), the UNDP Civil Society Advisory Committee, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and IDDRI - Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations. Alison has degrees in economics and political science. Alison was the 2014 Moynihan NGO Fellow at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, USA.  

Alison Tate


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Katryn Wright

Katryn is of Director at GBI, where she has worked since 2009. Katryn leads the strategic development, design and implementation of activities that leverage the knowledge and experience of GBI’s core community to and guide other business leaders, and support diverse stakeholders to develop solutions to business-related human rights challenges. She also plays an active role in ensuring the health and sustainability of the initiative, and contributing to is longer-term strategic direction. Over the past few years, she has built partnerships to advance business awareness, commitment and action on human rights in diverse industries and geographies around the world – including in China, South Africa, the Gulf, Indonesia and many others. She represents GBI on the UN Global Compact Human Rights Working Group. Katryn holds an MSc in International Politics with distinction from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and holds a BSc in International Relations from the University of Southampton

Katryn Wright


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René Estermann

René has been CEO of myclimate since 2006. He holds a Masters in Agricultural Economics from ETH Zurich and has more than 20 years’ experience in national and international sustainability projects for the private and public sector and NGOs. René is a Board member of myclimate Germany, myclimate Japan, along with the Swiss Clean-Tech Agency act.

René Estermann


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Christophe Liebon

As Vice President of Business Assurance – Supplier Management based in Stockholm, Christophe supports Intertek Supplier Management global portfolio of clients in identifying, managing and mitigating their supply chain risks. Christophe has been working in the field of Responsible Sourcing, Environmental Sustainability, 2nd and 3rd party certification for Social, Security, Quality and Environment for more than 18 years and held successive positions within Intertek where he supported client’s supply chain risk management strategy from the design to its implementation on a global basis. Prior to that,  he was a SA8000 qualified auditor, as well as a quality and GMP auditor. He holds a Masters Degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Paris University of INA Paris Grignon.

Christophe Liebon


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Ian Spaulding

Ian Spaulding is recognized globally as a preeminent thought leader and authority on supply chain social, environmental and business performance. As the ELEVATE CEO, Ian is committed to disrupting industry norms through new paradigms, technologies and data analytics to improve sustainability and supply chain performance. As a subject matter expert on supply chain and sustainability initiatives, Ian is regularly featured as a speaker at major events and in a range of top-tier media outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Bloomberg and CNN. Previously, Ian worked at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), KPMG and Sears Holdings. At Sears Holdings, he was the Director of Global Compliance where he pioneered the largest effort to promote greater transparency and continuous improvement among thousands of manufacturing facilities globally.

Ian Spaulding


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Mattias Forsberg

Mattias Forsberg has built up the CSR work and in particular the work on Child Rights and Business of Save the Children Sweden. He has in depth experience engaging with the corporate sector, in particular in Asia, and has a background in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, The Swedish Prime Minister’s Office, the Swedish Trade Council, the Ministry of Education, and in development cooperation.

Mattias Forsberg


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Duangarthit Nidhi-u-tai

Duangarthit Nidhi-u-tai is Minister (Commercial), Head of Office of Commercial Affairs, at the Royal Thai Embassy to Belgium and Luxembourg. He has been working at the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand for more than 25 years, during which, he was the Director of Thai Trade Center in The Hague and Head of Commercial Office at the Royal Thai Embassy to the Netherlands, and had been a member of Thai delegation at the Mission of Thailand to the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland. He represents Thailand Ministry of Commerce on the matter of trade in particular with the European Union. He has been active in promoting ethical trade schemes to Thai producers and exporters especially in the food sector.

Duangarthit Nidhi-u-tai


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Dexter Galvin

Dexter runs CDP’s program to enable major multinationals and governments to achieve sustainable supply chains, influencing over $2 trillion in annual procurement spend. Dexter's supply chain experience is extensive having worked in time-critical logistics prior to joining CDP in 2008. Passionate about harmonising reporting standards, he has lead on driving standardisation in environmental reporting. In 2013 he launched a major new initiative called Action Exchange to accelerate emissions reductions in corporate supply chains.

Dexter Galvin


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James Harrison

James Harrison is Associate Professor and Reader in the School of Law at the University of Warwick. He is also Co-Director of the Centre for Human Rights in Practice and co-editor of Lacuna Magazine. His core research interests focus upon human rights law, labour law, international economic law and environmental law. He has written extensively on human rights and labour norms and standards and their application to multinational corporations and to international economic laws and institutions. He has also undertaken extensive work on methodologies for conducting human rights impact assessments. He is currently working on a research project investigating the impact of Trade and Sustainable Development Chapters in EU trade agreements. Before becoming an academic, James was a practising solicitor at one of the UK’s leading human rights law firms (Bindman and Partners). He has also worked as a consultant for a number of international organisations including the Council of Europe, the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, Amnesty International, Article 19, the Canadian Council for International Cooperation and the Scottish Human Rights Commission.

James Harrison


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Houtan Homayounpour

Houtan Homayounpour is the Technical Specialist on Forced Labour. Based at the ILO Headquarter in Geneva, Switzerland. He provides daily support to field colleagues on technical cooperation projects combatting forced labour and human trafficking, and is the focal point for private sector engagement, as well as donor relations. He is also a member and the 2013 chair of the UN Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT). Previous to joining the ILO, he worked at the Canadian Ministry of Health in Ottawa. Mr. Homayounpour holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) with a concentration in Marketing & International Management from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Master of Science (MSc) with a specialization in International Negotiation from Groupe École Supérieure de Commerce de Rennes.

Houtan Homayounpour


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Anouschka Jansen

Anouschka Jansen is the Senior Manager of Environmental Programmes at the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) where she heads the Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI) supporting enhanced environmental performance in international supply chains. Anouschka brings 17 years of experience in supply chain sustainability, with a particular focus on the textile industry. Prior to joining FTA in 2014, Anouschka was a Sustainability Manager at Levi Strauss & Co., dealing with social and environmental sustainability.

Anouschka Jansen


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Michael Jordan

Mike is currently responsible for all training related to Analytics software, Data Science and Machine Learning for the leading European Software Corporation SAP SE. For the last 25 years he has worked in a variety of educational roles as a trainer, high school teacher and training consultant. He has provided customer and internal training in a range of topics including, but not limited to data warehousing and analytics. Latterly his role has been to consult and build global training programs within SAP, including a program to ensure software development techniques are secure and the development of an innovative open-source training program. Mike also lectures in Data Science on the One Planet MBA at the University of Exeter in the UK. There he teaches how to use data analytics techniques within the context of business, environmental and social problems. Additionally he supports students working on real-world projects where data analytics techniques can be used within those contexts

Michael Jordan


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Daniel Kammerer

Daniel heads the Consulting & Solutions department at myclimate and is as a member of the myclimate Management Committee. He has around 15 years' professional experience in corporate sustainability and serves on the board of the Swiss resource-efficiency network Reffnet.ch. He holds an PhD and Masters in Environmental Sciences from ETH Zurich.

Daniel Kammerer


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Anne van Lakerveld

Anne van Lakerveld is an economic sociologist focusing on sustainable supply chains. Before joining FWF she worked on developing CSR strategies and CSR reporting for a variety of companies. At FWF, Anne conducts verification activities for several brands, is the country manager for Bulgaria and coordinates FWF’s living wage activities.

Anne van Lakerveld


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Erin Lyon

Erin is responsible for ELEVATE’s Client Services team in Europe and is based in London. She recently moved from CSR Asia, now part of ELEVATE, where she was an Executive Director for over 10 years and based in Singapore. CSR Asia and its mission-driven commitment has been instrumental in shaping the very essence of what social responsibility means in Asia. Erin has advised multinational and Asia-based companies. While based in Singapore, her clients included Shell, Oxfam, DFAT, UNFPA, UNICEF, Asia Pacific Breweries, The Malaysian Stock Exchange, City Developments Limited, Perfetti Van Melle, Marina Bay Sands, Aviva, and the Singapore Petroleum Company, with projects including strategy, reporting, stakeholder engagement, social impact assessment, community investment, ISO26000 and sustainable supply chains. Erin works with clients to assess the changing regulations and voluntary agreements that are developing in Asia, Europe and globally and the impact they have on operations. She is a corporate lawyer by training and has worked for the international law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer both in Europe and Asia.

Erin Lyon


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Ajoy K. Misra

Mr. Misra has been with Tata Group for over 30 years. Before becoming a part of Tata Global Beverages Limited, he held with distinction several leadership roles at the Taj Group of Hotels, including that of Head of Global Marketing & Sales, Area Director in the Sri Lanka and Maldives regions, and General Manager of various regions and properties of Taj. Mr. Misra is a Civil Engineering graduate from BITS Pilani and holds an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.

Ajoy K. Misra


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Dr. Leon Mol

Dr Leon Mol was educated as an agronomist at Wageningen University. He started his career by an international, technical and commercial job in the potato sector. Later, Leon was employed as Agronomist at Albert Heijn (The Netherlands) working on long term availability and sustainability of fresh fruit & vegetables, flowers and plants, with a main activity on getting implemented social audits in high risk countries. In his current role, Leon is Director Product Safety & Social Compliance of Ahold Delhaize. The (global) scope of the activities includes product safety, social compliance and also animal welfare.

Dr. Leon Mol


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Patrick Neyts

Patrick Neyts is a Senior Advisor and Managing Partner of VECTRA International. Patrick has held senior management positions within Environment, Health and Safety and Corporate Responsibility in the pharmaceutical, life sciences and also at a major textile company who was the first multinational to implement a code of conduct. He advices regularly to Fortune 1,000 firm’s CEOs on labour and Human Rights in supply chains. Patrick has effected significant pragmatic change within the value chains and its stakeholders on labour and human rights as well environment, health and safety in more than 40 countries. Patrick has been at the forefront of the intersection of migration and worker/Human rights in the value chain before this become a “hot button”. Patrick believes that “enabling people positive impact in value chains is not a job but a passion”

Patrick Neyts


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Dante Pesce

Dante Pesce is the Founder and Executive Director of the VINCULAR Center for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development at the Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile, working in 14 Latin American countries in outreach, capacity building and advisory services related to sustainability and responsible business practices, including business and human rights, sustainability reporting, corporate sustainability strategy. He has actively collaborated in the development of international standards such as ISO26000, OECD Guidelines for multinational corporations and GRI G3, G3.1 and G4. Mr. Pesce is Special Advisor on Public Policy to the United Nations Global Compact, a Member of the Stakeholder Council to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and a member of the Strategic Advisory Group within ISO26000.

Dante Pesce


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Leontien Hasselman – Plugge

Leontien has over 15 years of experience in the field of sustainability and impact measurement. She started at the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and has worked for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for ten years specializing in measuring non-financial performance and impact in global supply chains. Currently as the CEO of SIM, her main aim is helping retailers and brands in the FMCG sector understanding their supply chains and using these insights to create change in environmental and social conditions.

Leontien Hasselman – Plugge


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Mandie Quartly

Mandie Quartly is the worldwide lead for Machine Learning and High Performance Analytics software in the IBM OpenPOWER Ecosystem team. The focus of her role is the creation and growth of strategic relationships with key software organisations looking to enable organisations to gain timely insights from their big data using IBM's POWER hardware platform. Mandie has a background is Linux, Power Systems and High Performance Computing focused, specialising in the design and implementation of high performance Linux-based systems. Mandie has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics.

Mandie Quartly


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Jade Saunders

Jade Saunders has been an associate fellow of the Energy, Environment and Development Programme at Chatham House since 2002, working extensively on forest governance and the FLEGT Agenda. She is currently a senior policy analyst at Forest Trends in Washington DC. Between 2007 and 2010 she was a policy analyst in the FLEGT Facility, responsible for policy analysis and strategic advice and support on governance and trade matters to the European Commission in the negotiation and implementation of FLEGT VPAs (a series of bilateral trade/aid agreements between the EU and timber-producing developing countries). She has also worked on environment, development and trade issues in a number of other sectors including global textile supply chains, natural resources and conflict, marine governance, the trade in illegal ozone-depleting substances, sustainable tourism in least developed states and climate change. She has degrees in international history and politics (BA, University of Leeds), and social anthropology (MSc, University College London).

Jade Saunders


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Franzjosef Schafhausen

Franzjosef Schafhausen is the Managing Director of E.U.K Consulting and is serving as Senior Advisor at ewi Energy Research & Scenarios since August 2016 (Chair of the advisory board). After studying business administration, public finance and economics at the University of Cologne he worked as Managing Director of the Institute of Public Economics at the University of Cologne. In 1982 he changed to the Environment Agency, Berlin and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Bonn. From 1987 to 2016, he worked for the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, last as Head of the Directorate-General “Climate Policy, European and International Policy”. In addition to his position at the BMUB, he was a member of the UNFCCC Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) from 2005 to 2009 and has been lecturer at Freie University at Berlin between 2007 and 2016. Now he is a lecturer at the University of Cologne and the German University of Administration at Speyer.

Franzjosef Schafhausen


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Peter Paul Van de Wijs

Peter Paul van de Wijs is an independent corporate communication, and stakeholder engagement strategist . Over the past 20-years he has helped businesses and non—governmental organisations capture the opportunities and manage the reputation risks linked to stakeholder expectations. He is the former Vice President, Communication and Engagement at the LEGO Foundation, ran his own consultancy focused on reputation and sustainability, was a member of the Executive Team of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and held various leadership positions at The Dow Chemical Company.

Peter Paul Van de Wijs


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Norma Tregurtha

Norma Tregurtha is the Policy and Outreach Director for the ISEAL Alliance – the global association for sustainability standards. Norma joined the ISEAL Policy and Outreach team in 2010 and is responsible for engaging with key emerging market business groups, governments and NGOs to advocate for the use of credible standards in global supply chains. In addition to emerging markets, Norma’s portfolio includes demonstrating how standards can be used by the finance sector to improve ESG integration and impact investing. Linking sustainability standards to global policy dialogues such as the SDGs and modern slavery also falls within Norma’s remit. Prior to joining ISEAL, Norma was based in Johannesburg where she worked as senior agribusiness specialist for a grant-making agency aimed at supporting pro-poor, private sector development through implementing the “making markets work for the poor” approach. Norma has a masters degree in economics from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Norma Tregurtha


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Lara White

Lara White is the Senior Labour Migration Specialist for the Labour Mobility and Human Development (LHD) division of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), based in Geneva, where she provides technical and policy guidance related to temporary and permanent labour migration. She also acts as the division’s primary liaison with the private sector and other governmental, intergovernmental or civil society stakeholders on the protection of migrant workers’ rights throughout the labour migration process, including the promotion of ethical labour recruitment practices. In this capacity, she is one of the principle architects of the International Recruitment Integrity System (IRIS), a voluntary multi-stakeholder certification process for international labour recruiters. Before joining IOM, Lara worked for the Government of Canada, bringing with her extensive experience in policy development and implementation of labour market programs administered by Economic and Social Development Canada (ESDC).  Most recently she was manager of the operations unit of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), charged with the national implementation of federal legislation, regulations and policies governing the program.  Prior to this, she was the senior policy analyst for the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP), a bilateral managed migration program designed to facilitate the movement of temporary foreign workers in the Canadian agricultural sector.  Additionally, she has worked in several divisions of the Employment Insurance program as a policy analyst, adjudicator and training development officer.

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