Take a look at our 2019 line-up !

Plenary Speakers

John Elkington

John is a writer, thought-leader and business strategist, a serial entrepreneur and, at heart, an environmentalist. He is the Founder and Chief Pollinator at Volans, a certified B Corporation driving market-based solutions to the future’s greatest challenges. John is also Honorary Chairman of SustainAbility, and sits on an A-Z of some 20 boards and advisory boards. He has written 19 books, and his latest is co-authored with Jochen Zeitz, former CEO of PUMA and now co-chair, with Sir Richard Branson, of The B Team. The book, entitled "The Breakthrough Challenge: 10 Ways to Connect Today’s Profits with Tomorrow’s Bottom Line" comes full circle from John’s 1997 "Cannibals with Forks", where he first introduced the Triple Bottom Line concept.

John Elkington


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Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva

Called ‘The Reinvention Guru’ (In Ventures magazine) and ‘The Queen of Reinvention’ (TEDx Navasink), Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva is a business owner, educator, speaker and author — specializing in reinvention. As an author, Nadya has written two books (“Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage” in 2011 and “Overfished Ocean Strategy: Powering Up Innovation for a Resource-Deprived World” in 2014) and contributed to five others. In an effort to reinvent corporate approaches to sustainability strategy, Nadya and her co-author Chris Laszlo coined the concept ‘embedded sustainability’, which was virtually non-existent when they started in 2009. Today, it produces 25+ million Google search results and has become a staple for corporate sustainability efforts.

Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva


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Tshering Tobgay

Tshering Tobgay is the president of the People’s Democratic Party. He was elected to lead the Party during its convention on 19 May 2012. He served as the leader of the opposition party in the National Assembly of Bhutan from 2008 to 2013, and as prime minister from 2013 to 2018. Tshering was a civil servant before he joined active politics. He began his career in 1991 with the Technical and Vocational Education Section under the Department of Education. In 1998 he established and headed the erstwhile National Technical Training Authority, and he served as a director in the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources from 2003 till 2007. As a civil servant, Tshering Tobgay improved and expanded vocational education and training in the country. He also founded and managed the Education Staff Welfare Scheme, and the Thimphu Youth Centre. In addition, he served in various boards including the Youth Development Fund, Council for Higher Education, and the University of Bhutan. Tshering was the first official to resign from the civil service to take part in active politics. He was responsible for establishing the People’s Democratic Party as Bhutan’s first registered political party.

Tshering Tobgay


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Bas Van Abel

Bas van Abel is an awarded social entrepreneur (ao. Ashoka Fellow, German Environment Award 2016), designer (ao. Dutch Design Awards) and innovator (ao Greentec Award). Open design is the driving force behind many of his initiatives, combined with his passion for building new relationships between people and products.
He is founder, former CEO and currently board member of Fairphone, a social enterprise which creates a phone to uncover complex production systems and change how products are made. Fairphone has been widely recognised with awards such as the UN Momentum for Change Award 2015, the European Business Award for the Environment 2016, and is a certified B Corp.
Prior to Fairphone, Bas was Head of Waag Society’s Open Design Lab, where he established Amsterdam's FABLab, a community maker space, and initiated the Instructables Restaurant, the world’s first open source restaurant.

Bas Van Abel


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Naga Munchetty

Naga Munchetty is known nationwide as a high profile journalist and broadcaster. She is currently one of the main presenters for BBC Breakfast and can be seen on the famous red sofa every week. It is also occasionally possible to see Naga at work at the other end of the day presenting BBC Newsnight. Her career as a journalist began at the Evening Standard and The Observer newspapers, and soon moved into reporting for Reuters Financial Television. Her love of financial matters, news and television led her to CNBC Europe where she became an Executive Producer. She has also worked as a Producer and Reporter for Channel 4 News, before becoming an anchor for Bloomberg Television. There she fronted a daily show and regularly grilled major CEOs and Central Bankers. In 2008 Naga moved to the BBC to front BBC2’s Working Lunch and subsequently the European Breakfast programme for BBC World News. Naga is also a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4, having presented Moneybox and Pick of the Week, She will soon be heard presenting an edition of the Saturday evening news and current affairs programme.

Naga Munchetty


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Jorg Snoeck

Captain of Retail, aka Jorg Snoeck, is the founder of RetailDetail, the leading communication and networking platform for all professionals in retail and FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) in the Benelux. By sharing knowledge and inspiration, RetailDetail has grown to become a vital partner in the world of retailing. Jorg Snoeck is on a personal mission to ensure more entrepreneurs and business can continue to thrive in the challenging and rapidly changing retail landscape. That’s why his aim is to enlarge the common brain of this industry in turmoil. Given his degree and background in marketing, his passion especially lies with the analysis of shopping behavior and the scrutiny of the changing consumer.

Jorg Snoeck


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Saïd El Khadraoui

Prior to joining the EPSC as adviser in the sustainable development team, Saïd El Khadraoui was a Member of the European Parliament from 2003 to 2014, where he was co-ordinator and spokesperson for the Group of the Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the Transport Committee and substitute member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. He has also been a Member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, in 2003, Deputy Major of Leuven from 2001 to 2003 and an official at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1999-2001 and 2014/2015).

Saïd El Khadraoui


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Dr. Katherine Trebeck

Katherine lives in Glasgow (her love of Scotland brought her from Australia over 13 years ago). She has over eight years experience as a policy wonk and researcher with Oxfam GB. Holding a PhD in Political Science, Katherine is Senior Visiting Researcher University of Strathclyde and Honorary Professor University of the West of Scotland. Her new book “The Economics of Arrival” landed 15 January.

Dr. Katherine Trebeck


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Dante Pesce

Dante Pesce is the Founder and Executive Director of the VINCULAR Center for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development, 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. His work involves interactions and projects with public sector organizations, private enterprises and business associations. 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. At a national level, he is a member of the Chilean Council on Social Responsibility for Sustainable Development which established Chile’s first National Action Plan 2015-2018. During the late 1980s he was actively engaged in the restoration of democracy in Chile and during the 1990s he was a grassroots NGO leader.

Dante Pesce


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Peter Corijn

He is a former Senior Executive with major international experience. Until mid 2017, he was in the C-Suite of Imperial Brands (“IBG” - a FTSE top 20 Company) as Chairman of the Operating Committee, Global CMO and President of several Divisions. He was also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Fontem, an IBG start-up (“Blu”). In 2017/18, he was Senior Advisor with McKinsey. Prior, he was Vice President at P&G, where he has held several CEO roles. His last assignment was as Vice President Shave Care (Gillette) for the CEEMEA region. Until 2005, he was Vice President P&G North West Africa. Peter has worked around the world and has lived in London, Bristol, Geneva, Casablanca, Jeddah and Warsaw. Peter is a sought after key note speaker and has done seminars and consulting work for Hersheys, P&G, Ageas, Evyap, Telepizza, IMD, Insead, Solvay Business School and several others. Peter is a true VUCA and Leadership expert. Not only does he have major experience in Emerging Markets, he has also honed his skills with intense trainings a.o. at TLDG at West Point, with General McChrystal’s “CrossLead”, and Special Forces such as Navy Seals.

Peter Corijn


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Heidi Hautala

Heidi Hautala is a Member of the European Parliament, where she was re-elected for her fourth mandate in May 2019. She previously held the post from 1995 to 2003, from 2009 to 2011 – when she chaired the Subcommittee on Human Rights – and from 2014 to 2019. During her third mandate, she was a Vice President of the Parliament and a member of the Committee on International Trade, the Committee on Development, and the Committee on Legal Affairs. She also served as vice-chair of the Greens-European Free Alliance. She was a co-president of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, and the chair of the Parliament delegation to Euronest. Ms Hautala has also served as Minister of international development and state ownership in Finland, and as a member of the Finnish Parliament. She holds a Master’s Degree in horticulture, and speaks six languages.

Heidi Hautala


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Bernardo Cruza

Bernardo Cruza is the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at EL CORTE INGLES, leading department store and retail chain in Spain and Portugal, a company he joined in 1986. Having developed most of his career in the buying department, this experience led him to address human and labour rights and social compliance issues in global value chains. As a result, he chaired for 4 years (2014-2017) the Steering Committee of the Business Social Compliance Initiative, BSCI, and is currently an amfori Board member. He has additionally served as a Board member representing El Corte Inglés in a number of both national and international initiatives, and currently sits on the Board of the SERES Foundation in Spain; the Sustainability Committee of AECOC; the Social Sustainability Committee of the Consumer Goods Forum; and the Bangladesh Transition Accord Steering Committee. In June 2016, he was part of the Spanish employers’ delegation at the 105th International Labour Conference, on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains. A graduate in Linguistics, Bernardo holds qualifications in sales and marketing, international trade, food safety, quality management systems, and corporate social responsibility.

Bernardo Cruza


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Dr Chao Liu

Dr Chao Liu is Deputy Director General at the Department of Legal Affairs of the China Council for the Promotion of International trade (CCPIT). Mr. Liu was previously the Third Secretary, Deputy Director, First Secretary of Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau in the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM, Former Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation), where he was responsible for coping with trade frictions between China and foreign countries, as well as trade remedy investigations. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Liu was accredited to Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office, the Mission of the PRC to the EU, as the team leader of TDI and TBT (SPS) Unit. During the practices in MOFCOM, Mr. Liu guided hundreds of trade frictions processing; and he was invited to be trainer of counselor training branch. In November 2014, Mr. Liu was transferred from MOFCOM to CCPIT to set up the new Legal Affairs Department there. In May 2015, he was appointed as Deputy Director General of the Department. In December 2015, he was appointed as the chief of CCPIT Enterprises’ Rights Protection Center as concurrent post. In his new positions, he is responsible for coordinating the coping with economic and trade friction, legal risk prevention, protection of the enterprises’ rights, foreign economic and trade negotiation, foreign-related commercial legal services, commercial mediation and arbitration, etc. At present, Mr. Liu is arbitrator of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC). Mr. Liu has published two individual monographs and several papers in both Chinese and foreign periodicals.

Dr Chao Liu


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Christian Ewert

Christian Ewert is the Director General of amfori. Prior to his role here, 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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Breakout Session Speakers

Mahnke Gruppe

Mahnke Gruppe


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Jonas van Vugt

Jonas van Vugt is currently graduating at the study Commercial Economics at Avans University in Breda. He has a passion for growth-marketing, branding, community management and visual design. His graduation project was about an eco-friendly product-launch strategy in India for the company ECOR Benelux, and at the same time he did a research for the research team at Sustainable Strategy and Innovation at Avans University.

Jonas van Vugt


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Maïté Herkens

Maïté Herkens has a passion for impact innovation; inspiring, designing, developing and managing IMPACT projects, from strategy to implementation. She dedicated her work on unleashing an organization's CSR innovation potential through collaboration. She supports the development of an organsization's ability to leverage stakeholders' competences generating novel ideas and fostering a collaborative ecosystem to solve social and environmental issues. She has over 20 years experience in Strategic thinking (corporate, marketing, CSR) out of which 15 in consulting for Big corporations to small but impactful NGO's.

Maïté Herkens


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Rynko van Diepen

Rhynko has worked in the UK in the hotel and catering business for 7 years. In 2001 he came back to the Netherlands and started working for Holland Casino. There he became a Casino manager and later a member of the strategic task force. In his last period working by Holland Casino, he was the sustainable officer. In 2009, Rhynko became an undertaker. A year later he started at Avans University of applied sciences as a lecturer and he joined the research team for Sustainable Strategy and Innovation. The research he did was mostly done with students. The results were in a some occasions presented in an International conference (New business modelling), like Toulouse, Graz and Sofia. Their research team published a book about Sustainable Business Innovation and an article about new ways of teaching sustainable transition that is happening now. Since 2013 he started a new company, Academy4sales, besides still working for Avans.

Rynko van Diepen


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Gina Burgard

Gina Burgard is working as a Corporate Responsibility Manager for ALDI Nord in Essen/Germany. Herein, she mainly focusses on Sustainable Textiles as well as on Social and Environmental Compliance within the supply chain. Among other things, she is responsible for coordinating ALDI Nord's Detox activities within the supply chain of textiles and footwear. Besides, she is also working on sustainable materials as well as water management in the supply chain and representing ALDI Nord in industry initiatives such as the German Textile Partnership, the Leather Working Group and amfori BEPI. Before she joined ALDI Nord in 2015, she was working for a strategy consulting company in the field of Corporate Responsibility.

Gina Burgard


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Ms. 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.

Ms. Yan Yan


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Elise Barbe

Elise joined Ontex in 2016, as Group Sustainability Specialist. She is responsible for leading the company’s sustainability program and ensuring the company reaches its stated sustainability targets.  Prior to Ontex, she worked as sustainability manager for IKEA Belgium, environmental advisor for the Flemish ministry & lecturer micro economics.

Elise Barbe


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Sarah Ditty

Sarah is Policy Director at Fashion Revolution, the world’s largest fashion activism movement campaigning for greater sustainability and transparency in fashion industry. She developed and leads the Fashion Transparency Index, an annual benchmark of the world’s 200 largest fashion brands and retailers ranked according to their level of transparency. Sarah led Fashion Revolution’s work on the Garment Worker Diaries, a year-long research study of the financial livelihoods and working conditions of female garment workers in Bangladesh, Cambodia and India. She is an appointed delegate to the European Commission’s flagship initiative on the garment sector, a member of the European Parliament’s Garment Working Group and has recently been a witness to the the UK government's Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into sustainability of the fashion industry. Sarah was previously Editor-in-Chief at the Ethical Fashion Forum, providing research and training to help fashion businesses of all sizes to grow sustainably and is one of the founders of its new venture Common Objective, an intelligent business network for the fashion industry. Before that she worked as a project coordinator at Worn Again, an innovation-focused company developing technologies for circular recycling of textiles. Sarah is a writer and speaker on sustainable fashion for media outlets including Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Huffington Post, BBC, The Guardian and Business of Fashion.

Sarah Ditty


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Nele Meyer

Nele is responsible for Amnesty International's advocacy on Business and Human Rights towards EU institutions and in that context was much engaged in the process around the Conflict Minerals Regulation. Prior to her work with Amnesty International, Nele worked as an advisor to the South African government on behalf of the German Development Cooperation on topics such as administrative justice and anti-corruption.

Nele Meyer


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Leanne Melnyk

Leanne Melnyk is Vice-President in the Fung Group’s Corporate Sustainability and Compliance Team in Hong Kong. She manages corporate policy, governance and programs related to labor and human rights, including the Fung Group Strategy to Eliminate Modern Slavery. She has a degree in International relations, a JD in law and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains.  With more than eight years experience at the International Labor Organization (in the Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labor and Better Work), she is passionate about bringing the public sector together with the private sector to tackle decent work deficits in global supply chains.

Leanne Melnyk


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Katja Freiwald

Katja Freiwald is Unilever´s Global Director Advocacy and Partnerships Gender Equality & and Enhancing Livelihoods in the company’s Chief Sustainability office. She has been working with Unilever for over 10 years and has built throughout her career a strong foundation of consumer and B2B marketing, sales skills and is blending this with her passion for sustainability and Bottom of the Pyramid market development. Her areas of expertise include inclusive business modelling, blended-finance, financial inclusion and broader women´s economic empowerment and livelihoods across value chains including sourcing , distribution, consumer marketing and society at large. In her current job Katja uses her marketing knowledge to the overall development of innovative business and partnership models delivering sustainable development for business and society. She has managed various multi-stakeholder partnerships at Unilever to create the greatest possible joint impact. She is passionate about people and loves to discover different parts of the worlds, new cultures and re-energizes preferable with friends and family.

Katja Freiwald


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Katharina Wortmann

Katharina Wortmann joined the ALDI SOUTH Group in June 2015 as a Manager to set up the social compliance management system for the textile supply chain. In her current role as Director Corporate Responsibility International, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the international CR supply chain strategy for the non-food segment and for integrating CR into core business operations. Prior to joining the ALDI SOUTH Group, Katharina held different positions in the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and the United Nations, where she worked closely with governments, international organizations and the private sector to drive sustainable development in both food and non-food supply chains.

Katharina Wortmann


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Anna Vetsch

Anna Vetsch is a Sustainability Manager at Coop Switzerland and Co-founder of fin-projects, a company working on sustainable and traceable leather supply chains. She has a master’s in Political Sciences and International Law.

Anna Vetsch


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Eglantine Eeckhout

Eglantine Eeckhout has been an impact expert since many years. Today she is a Change Facilitator at The Shift. The Shift is the Belgian network for sustainability that brings together more than 420 Companies, NGO, Universities, Public authorities to foster new business models and create a better economy and society. Prior to joining The Shift, Eglantine worked in London with social entrepreneurs, including with Ashoka. Eglantine previously worked in the banking industry as Head of Marketing, CSR Manager, Product Manager, Market analyst and Relationship Manager. Eglantine has a Master's degree in Management Sciences from the ICHEC Management School in Belgium and a Diploma in Advanced Sustainability from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. She has a special focus on social entrepreneurship, circular economy and redefining value.  

Eglantine Eeckhout


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Caroline Downey

Caroline is Executive Director of the UK-based INGO, Women Working Worldwide (WWW). WWW has been working to deliver gender equality in global supply chains in partnership with companies, governments, local grassroots organisations and NGOs for over 30 years. Major successes include company policy development and social dialogue to tackle sexual harassment, to Living Wage programmes and training guides on worker’s rights. Previous to WWW, Caroline worked on CSR, sustainability, education and behaviour change programmes and has experience of working in Africa, India and China, as well as UK and Europe. She has a BA in the Arts and an MSc in Environmental Management and these bring an additional dimension to her work on gender with WWW.

Caroline Downey


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Emese Brosz

Emese Brosz is the global CSR coordinator of Royal Agrifirm Group, she has a strong background in the international agri-food sector, having worked in responsible raw material procurement and sustainability for a large Switzerland-based agricultural cooperative whilst simultaneously acting as board member to several standard organizations for many years. Before that, she worked and lived in other European countries and was the CEE sales and marketing manager of a leading international group of laboratories. Emese Brosz is an agricultural engineer with an additional university degree in agricultural sciences and a DBA in Change management.

Emese Brosz


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Christine Bourge

Christine Bourge is CSR Manager at Anaïk, international SME and leader of emotional marketing. After many years in supply chain functions, Christine gradually becomes aware of impact on Humans and Environment when making decisions as a buyer. Then, she decides to bring a sustainable dimension to her practices. For more than 10 years now, she set sets CSR strategy of Anaïk that is now much more that sustainable procurement : operation solutions deployed in every department of the company to develop positive impact of its actitivty.

Christine Bourge


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Frank Omare

Frank Omare brings over 20 years of combined senior line management and ‘Big 4’ consulting experience in procurement & supply chain. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (FCIPS). Frank has a proven track record of developing transformational change programs and engaging the ‘hearts and minds’ of people at all levels in the organisation. Frank is passionate about sustainability and believes that Procurement is the best placed of all corporate departments to affect social change. Frank is a Mentor for the Prince’s Trust and an Advisory Board Member for Migrant Leaders. Frank works at SAP Ariba, an SAP Company which has the world’s largest cloud-based network for business commerce. SAP Ariba affords Frank the opportunity to leverage his procurement & supply chain experience to collaborate with customers to help them to understand the benefits of making an investment in leading-edge solutions that drive the recommendations to address complex, business issues. Going beyond the financial benefits, Frank's work helps customers to understand the value of digital transformation and to prioritise sustainability as part of their organisation’s values.

Frank Omare


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Francesca Giometti

Graduated from Sciences Po Paris in Environmental Sciences and Politics, Francesca became an expert in environmental and social issues after having spent several years in CSR with major international groups in retail and industry. After spending 3 years in Bangladesh, Francesca is now based in Lyon and is at the origin of the environmental monitoring approach proposed by AQM. With a very strong involvement in the field, with factories, partners, associations, international brands and distributors present locally, it wishes to participate (and make you participate) in a more sustainable supply chain.

Francesca Giometti


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Diederik Delen

As part of the Technology team, Diederik contributes to the roll-out of amfori's new sustainability platform. His +10 years of experience in product management, platform & design thinking helps amfori in building a flexible, user-friendly platform where processes are designed around valuable assets.

Diederik Delen


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Dr. Mandie Quartly

Helping Data Scientists and Business users gain timely and accurate insights from their data using the IBM Power platform. Mandie's background is Linux, Power Systems and High Performance Computing focused, specialising in the design and implementation of high performance Linux-based systems. Mandie has an MBA and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics

Dr. Mandie Quartly


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Louise Ayling

Louise works in the sweet spot between technical sustainability and communications, helping companies to define their strategy and then tell their story to multiple audiences with purpose, intrigue and credibility. Increasingly, her work involves finding new ways to deliver long-term value by integrating sustainability with core business objectives. Addressing the varied needs of multiple stakeholders – from investors and employees to customers and consumers – is a critical part of this. Passionate about human rights, Louise seeks out impactful projects, globally, that inspire genuine change. Her recent clients include HEINEKEN, WBCSD, Lidl, Maersk and Cargill.

Louise Ayling


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Dr. Jörg Schmidt

Jörg is a researcher, consultant and lecturer, with professional interest in a broad range of topics in ecology and the environment, human rights and social issues, and Corporate Social Responsibility. He has international working experience in diverse settings of the academic, regulatory and private sector. At the Center for Corporate Responsibility of the ZHAW School of Management and Law in Winterthur, Switzerland, his current focus is on strategic and operational corporate responsibility along global supply chains, impact studies of sustainability management instruments, and sustainability in the production of natural resources. Jörg holds a PhD in environmental sciences from ETH Zurich and an MSc in Biology from the University of Göttingen.

Dr. Jörg Schmidt


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Magali Barraja

Magali oversees a three-year project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, focusing on catalyzing private-sector action for women’s empowerment. Prior to joining BSR, Magali was part of the sustainability team at Kering. She has also worked for several European supply chain initiatives, including the Ethical Trading Initiative and the Business Social Compliance Initiative, advising companies on design and implementation of ethical trade strategies that deliver impact for supply chain workers. Through her work in the consumer products sector, Magali has gained extensive experience in social audit protocols, ethical strategy design and implementation, and impact evaluation. She speaks English, French, and German. Magali holds an advanced Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Geneva and a Master’s in International Affairs from the Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva. She also holds a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) of Aix-en-Provence.

Magali Barraja


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Salah Husseini

Salah Husseini is an Associate Director, Human Rights at BSR.  He leads BSR’s consulting and collaboration efforts on human rights for companies across industries and geographies. Salah’s engagements include developing human rights policies, training programs, and strategies; conducting human rights impact assessments; and implementing field-level projects.

Salah Husseini


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Paolo Pugno

With background of Agronomic Studies in Turin University, Paolo is currently the Compliance and Technical manager  of the  Greenfood Group. A large part of the work is to develop and educate the growers, especially smaller or new suppliers. He conducts dialogue with the producers especially in critical areas like in product management at farm level: fertilisation, irrigation systems, and in the use of pesticides. To verify all stages of production and ensures high food safety, and that compliance with regulations within the environment and social conditions, Paolo conducts numerous audits in South America, Africa and Asia. Key parameters in the supplier assessment are continuously monitored to ensure that previous deficiencies of the supplier have been fixed.

Paolo Pugno


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Sven Sielhorst

Mr. Sven Sielhorst is Systems Director at Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform). This is the global food and drink industry platform for developing sustainable agriculture solutions through member driven precompetitive collaboration. Thousands of farmers worldwide use SAI Platform systems such as the Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) to improve their sustainability performance in collaboration with the value chain. Sven holds a Master’s Degree in International Economics and Economic Geography from Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He has over fifteen year of international experience working on the intersection of sustainable value chains, agriculture, CSR and multi-stakeholder collaboration.

Sven Sielhorst


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Hannah Routh

Hannah is a partner with Deloitte China and leads the Sustainability and Climate Change advisory practice. She is an environmental and social specialist with over 20 years of experience in the field, of which the last twelve are in China. Hannah advises governments, organisations and companies across all sectors on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk within investments and business operations. Her work covers ESG integration, impact measurement and management, climate change policy and clean energy as well as responsible investment and green finance. As well as her day job, Hannah runs the Hong Kong Green Finance Association, where she chairs the 'Green Belt & Road' working group. She is a recovering physicist who has lived and worked in Europe, Africa and China.

Hannah Routh


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Eric Roosen

Sustainable choices available for all. That's the mission of Eric Roosen 53 Years Old. Since 20 years working in socks he created the healthy seas initiative. A journey from waste to wear. Selling the most sustainable socks made from abandoned fishnets taking out from the oceans. With these socks he created a sustainable true marketing story and the sustainable brand Healthy Seas Socks. With true cooperation throughout the full supply chain it open doors from big brands into various European retailers telling the story and selling beautiful products.

Eric Roosen


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Marcello Palazzi

Marcello Palazzi, BSc MSc MBA is an economist and entrepreneur for human progress.  For 35 years, he has focused on better enterprises, better entrepreneurs, better economies.  Entrepreneur in his tech family business since his 20s, Marcello co-founded Progressio Foundation in Rotterdam at the Erasmus University 30 years ago and has since led it to complete over 300 projects, ventures, initiatives and events involving thousands of progressive change-makers in 30 countries.
Marcello is also Global Ambassador for the B Corp Movement of 10,000 Certified B Corps and Benefit Corporations in 70 countries, which he co-founded and led in Europe inn 2014-2017, as well as chairman of SIX, the worldwide social innovation exchange and sits on other boards.
Marcello has studied at LSE, LBS, Erasmus University and has been a Fellow at Harvard (2013) and Stanford (2015).  During these last two periods, he focused on building the movement of B Corps that are leading the world towards the reinvention of business towards the pursuit of ‘impact + profit’, not profit maximisation alone at the expense of people and planet.  Entrepreneurship and Economics were always meant to be for the public good since the Greeks defined ‘oikonomia’ and Marcello’s mission is to ensure this becomes the dominant paradigm.

Marcello Palazzi


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Michael Jordan

Mike is Global Portfolio Manager for Technology Innovations within the Training department of the leading European Software Corporation, SAP SE.  This includes responsibility for Analytics software, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain services. 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. Mike also lectures in Data Science on the Exeter 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.

Michael Jordan


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Julian Lageard

Julian was born in England in 1968, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lancaster University and a Master of Science Degree from the University of London. He worked in the European Parliament from 1992-94 and subsequently for EPPA as a consultant in EU affairs. Since 2000, Julian has been based in the Brussels office of Intel Corporation and is Director, Government, Markets & Trade, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is Chairman of techUK’s Sustainable Supply Chain Group, Member and one of the founding strategic partners of the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) as well as Member of the OECD Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) for Responsible Minerals Supply Chains. He is also an active member of DigitalEurope, the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) and the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU).

Julian Lageard


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Matt Friedman

Matt Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with more than 29 years’ experience as a manager, program designer, evaluator and frontline responder. He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Mekong Club, an organization of Hong Kong-based private sector business leaders who have joined forces to help fight human trafficking in Asia. Mr. Friedman was previously Regional Project Manager at the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) in Thailand, an inter-agency coordinating body that linked the United Nations system with governments and civil society groups in China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.  Prior to this, he worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Thailand, Bangladesh and Nepal where he designed and managed country and regional human trafficking programs. Mr. Friedman also offers regular technical advice to numerous governments and corporations working to stop slavery, and is the author of 13 books.

Matt Friedman


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Irina Van Der Sluijs

Throughout her working live, Irina has been intrigued by finding synergies between stakeholders with different interests. The domain of corporate social responsibility has provided her with the opportunity to look into the ways international business can operate with a human face. She started out as a policy advisor for the Dutch government studying and promoting the normative framework for business initiated by the UN and the OECD in the mid to late 2000s. Then as a consultant, she helped public sector clients raising awareness for these guidelines and private clients with implementing them. In recent years Irina specialised in the right to a living wage for workers in the garment sector. Now as human rights advisor for ASN Bank, she has the privilege to support the social dimension of sustainable investments. By working with other financials, experts and civil society to encourage investee companies to integrate universal human rights in their supply chains.

Irina Van Der Sluijs


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Marsha Dickson

Dr. Marsha Dickson is President and Co-Founder of Better BuyingTM, a global initiative that provides Retailers, Brands, and Suppliers a cloud-based platform to obtain data-driven insights into purchasing-related activities. With this new transparency Better BuyingTM promotes sustainable partnerships and mutually beneficial financial results and additional outcomes. Dr. Dickson is also Irma Ayers Professor, Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, at the University of Delaware. She is a widely recognized global academic leader for her research, teaching, and practical engagement with global suppliers, retailers/brands, and sustainability groups. Through sustained engagement, Dickson has built thoughtful working relationships with leaders in corporate social responsibility and sustainability, buying groups, suppliers, industry associations, civil society organizations, and foundations.

Marsha Dickson


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Tomas De Groote

The Social Innovation Factory is a networking organisation of civil society organisations and social entrepreneurs that promotes, coaches and supports social innovation and social entrepreneurship. The organisation’s work is based on the belief that businesses and organisations, both for-profit and non-profit, have the power to create new strategies, products, services and concepts that provide answers to societal challenges, such as poverty, climate change, aging and loneliness. Since the beginning, there was a clear need for a more A to Z practical approach to assess social impact. That is why Tomas De Groote has coordinated since 2015 action research in this topic, with Impact Wizard as the direct result. It is a hands-on online roadmap to guide socially oriented organisations and businesses through a step by step process to assess, measure & improve their social impact. Today, Tomas is coordinating ‘PhilanthrImpact’, a stakeholder network of impact driven foundations and funds to develop a useful framework for impact driven grantgiving, together with academia, consultancy and the concerned grantees.

Tomas De Groote


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Stéphanie Luong

Stéphanie Luong is the Vice-President of Public Affairs for amfori, the leading business association for open and sustainable trade, which brings together over 2,300 retailers, importers, brands and associations from more than 40 countries. In this position, she leads a newly integrated team across stakeholder engagement and governmental affairs activities as well as marketing and internal/ external communications and the governance of the organisation itself. In this role, Stéphanie aligns a diverse portfolio of work against critical business objectives to support the strategic marketing and communications, intelligence gathering, alliance building and advocacy to the benefit of amfori, its mission and its members. With 15 years of experience in the association world, Stephanie led several roles in communications, public relations, industry advocacy, governance and organisational transformation before becoming VP Public Affairs.

Stéphanie Luong


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Ms Joyce Chau

Ms Joyce Chau joined amfori as the Country Representative of the organization in China in June 2011. She acts an intermediary between the Secretariat in Brussels, members, suppliers and local stakeholders in China. Her role is to promote free trade and sustainable supply chain through supporting sustainability activities related to business social compliance (BSCI), environmental performance (BEPI) and trade policy (ITP). In more than 20 years, Ms Chau has been working as a corporate communications practitioner for various organizations with focus on sustainability, CSR, and supply chain management. Her major expertise is in public affairs, stakeholder and media relations crisis and issues management, etc. Prior to joining amfori, she was the Senior Vice President of the HSBC Corporate Sustainability Asia Pacific Region Office, Dell China’s Corporate Communications Director and she also worked for HKSAR Government’ Innovation and Technology Commission, HK Airport Authority and GS1, a global supply chain standard organisation. She possesses a BSoSc in Communications and a Master of Arts in Translation.

Ms Joyce Chau


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Julieta Tourne

Julieta Tourne


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Valentina Bolognesi

Valentina is Social and Environmental Policy Advisor at amfori where she is responsible for contributing to amfori’s advocacy approach in the field of social and environmental sustainability and supply chain policies. Prior to joining amfori, Valentina worked on sustainability issues related to the tech sector ranging from responsible sourcing, substance restrictions, energy, material efficiency, waste, repair and refurbishment. Valentina holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and a Master degree in International Relations.

Valentina Bolognesi


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Alain Paumen

Alain Paumen is the Director Technology of amfori.  He is an ICT professional with more than 30 years of experience in the field of software development and has a proven track record of delivering high quality software that meets customers’ requirements.  Alain started his working career as a consultant in many different industries, ranging from governmental departments, retailers & brands to manufacturing and this on European and global level.  Some of his clients: Philips, IBM, L’Oréal, Procter & Gamble, Jansen Pharmaceuticals, Nespresso, Insurance Compagnies, Telecom providers all over Europe, Belgian & French Governmental departments in fields of Transportation & medical.

Alain Paumen


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Martin Horwitz

Martin holds a M.Sc in Sustainable Enterprising from Stockholm Resilience Center and a B.Sc in Business Studies from Buckingham University. After almost a decade with IBM, Martin have spent the past 10 years developing his in depth sustainable business knowledge. Today Martin shares his time between the world leading responsible supply chain management initiative amfori BSCI as trainer and country representative and as an independent senior advisor. Martin is also a EMS and QMS auditor and support companies implementing management systems such as ISOs sytems for EMS, QMS and OHSAS.

Martin Horwitz


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Eric Gravier

A true believer in and practitioner of the “making business and protecting the environment go hand-in-hand” concept.

Eric Gravier


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Raymond Williams

Raymond is working in amfori on process improvement, quality management, and supporting the amfori Academy. He likes to use data to surface insights and make better decisions.

Raymond Williams


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Eleonora Mazzanti

Eleonora has been supporting our members and their business partners since 2016, as part of the Membership team. She has recently joined the Capacity Building team where she coordinates amfori’s face-to-face training activities. Previous to working at amfori, she has gained work experience in intercultural education projects in Canada, France and Belgium.

Eleonora Mazzanti


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Adrian Poher

As Capacity Building Team Lead, Adrian has been part of amfori for more than 3 years and has vast experience in training design and facilitation, as well as innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of sustainability and supply chains. He looks forward to support and empower amfori members to become impact driven businesses!

Adrian Poher


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Isabel Castillo

Since 2016, we have increased our activity in Spain to meet the needs of our growing number of Spanish members. Our Network’s activities in Spain tackles both social and environmental supply chain challenges, where regular meetings aim to encourage participants to share information and good practices on improving their performance. Isabel also participates in different learning programs regarding CSR & Sustainability.

Isabel Castillo


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Pierre Strub

Owner of nachhaltigwirkt.ch, National Representative of amfori Network Switzerland and Head of the festival Ziel Zukunft Biennale (Destination: Future).

Pierre Strub


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Yakut Oktay

Yakut has been working in the social sustainability sector for 7+ years, in functions such as on-site assessment, programme coordination and management, and quality control. She has developed the amfori BSCI Audit Quality Programme, and supports the amfori team in managing the quality of the amfori BSCI audits globally. On top of her hands-on knowledge of the EMEA region, she manages and supports the technical projects in South Asia and South East Asia regions, and provides technical guidance on global social sustainability trends and emergencies. Recently, she is focusing on identifying the needs of the amfori social programmes in order to make them future-fit.

Yakut Oktay


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Stephanie Menendez

Stephanie Menendez is a Membership Account Coordinator at amfori, where she supports members and their business partners in their efforts to implement sustainability in their supply chains. Prior to this role, Stephanie gained work experience in Ecuador, Spain and Belgium working in eco-efficiency, waste management and ecolabelling. Her educational background is in environment and industrial ecology.

Stephanie Menendez


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Müge Tuna

Since July 2016, Ms. Müge Tuna has been working as a Network Representative for amfori (formerly known as Foreign Trade Association) and based in Istanbul. Ms. Müge Tuna is an international consultant and trainer in social compliance with fifteen years experience. With having worked in textile and apparel factories for 8 years, then in 2012, she started to work for an NGO as a lead auditor for EMEA region and conducted numerous audits in Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, Pakistan, Hungary and India. She had also assisted various projects on cotton supply chain risks, excessive overtime in textile industry and piloting ISDA Guidelines in hazelnut supply chain. In 2014, she started to work as a consultant and also provided supplier trainings on labor conditions and workplace rules for amfori (prior to FTA) in Turkey as an accredited trainer for amfori. During her work experience, Ms. Tuna has conducted extensive research on Turkey legal context for labor rights. She has also assisted various mediation sessions between companies and workers representatives on workplace disputes. She owns Aleph CSR Consultancy, Training Services Co. Ltd. supporting to companies in implementing social compliance

Müge Tuna


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Monique Gerson

Monique Gerson is a Business and Human Rights Specialist with a formal education in anthropology, psychology and sustainable business. Currently working as a Project Development Expert (Sustainability) for amfori, she is in charge of developing new services and partnerships to support members and their supply chain partners in their efforts to conduct effective human rights due diligence in their own business and supply chains. Prior to amfori, Monique has also gained experience in the corporate responsibility and sustainable supply chain arena on private sector, consultancy and NGO level where she has supported businesses in fostering transparency, decent work and fundamental principles and rights at work and in their supply chains.

Monique Gerson


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Norma Wouters-Snell

Norma has worked in CSR for ​10 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 owns Noble Achievers, a consultancy supporting companies across Europe (including Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Scandinavian countries). ​Together with her team she designs successful sustainability strategies and develops practical tools to ​help companies implement those strategies. In addition, she is the ​Network Representative for ​amfori in The Netherlands, supporting over 3​70 companies in implementing ​both amfori BSCI and amfori BEPI in their companies and throughout their supply chains.

Norma Wouters-Snell


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Natasha Majumdar

As amfori's country Representative, Natasha has a rich background in the area of sustainability. Natasha worked with Bloomberg LP for 7 years, she was their South Asia Manager. In 2011-2012 she worked to build Bloomberg’s sustainability database across Environmental, Social and Governance 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 and bonded labour, among many other key supply chain issues such as gender equality and women empowerment. Since early 2015, Natasha has assisted in rolling out amfori trainings and capacity building efforts (pan-India). She assumed the role of amfori Network Representative India in 2016. She speaks fluent English, Hindi, Marathi and some French.

Natasha Majumdar


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Anouschka Jansen

Anouschka Jansen is the Senior Manager of Environmental Programmes at amfori 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 amfori in 2014, Anouschka was a Sustainability Manager at Levi Strauss & Co., dealing with social and environmental sustainability.

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