SPEAKERS

Plenary Speakers

Robert Metzke

Mr. Metzke currently serves as Vice President and leads Philips’ activities in Sustainability where he focuses on strategy and policy development to realize the organization’s sustainability program, Healthy people, sustainable planet as well as delivering on its commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In his capacity as Chief of Staff, Mr. Metzke supports and advises the Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer by initiating and driving strategic programs and transformation initiatives across Innovation, Strategy, Design, IP&S and Sustainability. Mr. Metzke started his career at Philips in 2008 as Head of the Philips EcoVision program, leading development and worldwide implementation of Philips’ program for sustainable innovation (“EcoVision5”). Before joining Philips, Mr. Metzke worked at McKinsey & Company as consultant where he gained 5 years of experience in strategy and innovation in the high-tech, health-care and public sectors. In his previous role as General Manager of the global Group Strategy team, Mr. Metzke was responsible for building and managing Philips’ central strategy team, driving functional excellence in the strategy process and working with the Philips Leadership team to identify and solve strategic challenges for Philips. Mr. Metzke has a background in journalism, science publishing (Science/ AAAS) and academic research (physics), He is married, has three children and lives in the Netherlands.

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Chuleerat Thongtip


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Leanne Melnyk

Leanne Melnyk is Vice-President in Li & Fung’s Vendor Compliance and Sustainability Team in Hong Kong where she manages corporate policy, governance and partnerships. She is passionate about bringing sustainability and human rights innovations to scale in one of the world’s largest supply chains. Her background is in labor law with a focus on the fundamental principles and rights at work.  She has eight years experience at Better Work and the International Labor Organization in Geneva, Switzerland managing projects and research on global supply chains, non-discrimination, freedom of association and the eradication of child labor and forced labor. Key achievements include the design and launch of the Work in Freedom Program – a project that connects the private sector, governments and trade unions to combat modern day slavery of women in the domestic work and garment sectors. She has also co-authored several publications on improving working conditions in the domestic work and garment sector.

Leanne Melnyk


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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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Martin Wyss

Human mobility is the new normal, but the rights and obligations of individuals have not been harmonized with the rights and obligations of states and host societies, yet. I have worked for more than 30 years with asylum seekers and migrants in different parts of the world and I believe that in order to promote migration as a good by and in itself, contradictions inherent in the present migration management and refugee processing systems will have to be addressed. Nobody likes zero sum scenarios, everybody wants win-win, but in this case I believe that migration will be welcomed by majorities and seen as normal by almost all only if the right to asylum is explained, interpreted and applied again in the way it was originally conceived. Martin Wyss is the Chief of Mission of IOM Netherlands. He joined IOM in 1993 and has since served in 7 missions - as Chief of Mission in 5 of them. Read more here.

Martin Wyss


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Bernardo Cruza

EL CORTE INGLES is a leading department store and retail chain in Spain and Portugal.  He joined the company in 1986 and developed his career in the buying department.  This experience led him to address human rights and social compliance issues in global value chains. He also chairs the Steering Committee of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and is a Board member of the Foreign Trade Association (FTA).  He was deeply involved in producing sustainable changes in the Bangladesh garment industry and has taken part in the Rana Plaza Compensation Arrangement Committee and in the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. 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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Shahamin Zaman

Ms. Shahamin S. Zaman, an economist with over 20 years of development sector experience with international organizations including Harvard Institute for International Development ( HIID ), Ashoka Foundation, CIDA, Actionaid, UNDP, DFID and others across a wide range of sectors including private sector development, agriculture, gender, health & population and education. She has also led teams on fundraising, partnership development, international communications, resource mobilization, child sponsorship and research monitoring and evaluation.  She is an expert on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and private sector engagement, multi-stakeholder dialogues and policy advocacy. Her experience ranges in facilitating dialogues with donors, NGOs, INGOs. CSOs, trade bodies and private sector as well as Government. She is an advocate for CSR at the national, regional and international levels to promote responsible business practices for a sustainable future working closely with UNESCAP and the UN Foundation. As the focal point for UNGC,Bangladesh she has initiated multi-stakeholder discussions on the UNGC Principles including the  UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Food and Agriculture Business Principles, Women Empowerment Principles ( WEPs ),etc. She has been engaged at policy level for developing the National CSR Policy for Children in Bangladesh based on the CRBP and initiator of the National CSR Guideline for Bangladesh Government.  She has successfully advocated for companies to engage and implement the business and human rights agenda and women empowerment issues across the globe. Her work involves public – private dialogue and engagement towards sustainable development objectives. She is on the amfori Stakeholder Advisory Council, the board of the UN Working Committee for Labour & Human Rights; a member of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) Regional Steering Committee for South & Central Asia led by UN Secretary General; Chairperson of Solidaridad Network Asia, Member of International Solidaridad Board,  member of the SAI ( Social Accountability International ) Advisory Board, member of GRI Advisory Board of South & South East Asia, Chairperson of UNGC Local Network Asia – Pacific, member of Board of Governors of UCEP a national NGO working on education for underprivileged children and youth.

Shahamin Zaman


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Dr Emre Eren Korkmaz

Eren is a post-doctoral researcher at University of Oxford’s Department of International Development, a research fellow of St Edmund Hall and a British Academy Newton International Fellow. He is a political scientist and his current work focuses on the participation of Turkey-origin migrants in the public sphere via trade unions and explores this in a comparative perspective, drawing on the German, Dutch and UK cases. In addition to his research profile, Eren has extensive work experience in the field on the labour-market integration of Syrian refugees in Turkey. He was a migrant-refugee specialist at Ethical Trading Initiative’s Turkey Program between August 2016 and April 2017 working with corporations sourcing from Turkey, Turkish suppliers, trade unions, NGOs and authorities to propose policies to support decent and legal work for refugees. He also worked as a consultant for the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) between July 2017 and October 2017. He is the co-author of a BHRRC report, “What’s changed for Syrian refugees in Turkish garment supply chains?” that examines policies of transnational corporations towards Syrian refugees in Turkey. He was the co-organiser of the joint workshop  of Amfori and BHRRC “Company action to address exploitation of refugee garment workers” at St Edmund Hall in October 2017 to discuss the initial findings of the research. A critical aspect of his primary research and consultancy areas is to focus on the impact of the data-driven innovation and the social, ethical, and political aspects of the artificial intelligence. This consist of:

  • The role of artificial intelligence in the global supply chain management which is about the future of the industrial relations,
  • The actual and potential results of blockchain and AI-based humanitarian projects and digital identity initiatives on dealing with the refugee question
He is working with Prof R. Lambiotte/Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford for “The Turk Telecom Big Data Challenge” that shares the mobile phone data of 1 million Syrian refugees in Turkey and preparing a report on labour networks of refugees. He is also contributing to the research project “A Fairwork Foundation: Towards Fair Work in the Platform Economy/Digital Labour Project”. He regularly blogs for “Technology and Human Rights” team of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.
 

Dr Emre Eren Korkmaz


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Cyriel Kortleven

Cyriel Kortleven is on a mission in life: boosting the creative & improvisational mindset of leaders & professionals in change. Cyriel is a man who practises what he preaches - a veteran in the world of creativity and innovation, he has developed his impressive skills as an inspirational speaker by dreaming big and starting with tiny steps. Cyriel stimulates people to break their fixed-thinking patterns and inspires them to unleash their full potential. With almost 20 years hands-on experience in the domain of creativity and innovation, he spends an average of around 100 days a year on the 'road' (or in a plane) - he presented already in 23 different countries on 5 different continents. He is also author of 4 books. And the first Belgian Certified Professional Speaker (CSP) - only 750 CSP's in the world.

Cyriel Kortleven


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Caroline Rees

As the President and Co-Founder of Shift, Caroline leads our strategic development and drives our thought leadership work on key challenges and opportunities in advancing corporate respect for business and human rights. Caroline speaks extensively at events around the world and frequently facilitates dialogue and debate amongst companies, governments, investors and civil society. In recent years, Caroline has particularly focused on corporate reporting as a catalyst for improved human rights risk management and the development of the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework. More recently she has been a leading voice on the need to change our understanding of how the UN Guiding Principles and corporate respect for human rights should contribute to achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals. Caroline previously spent 14 years with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. From 2003 to 2006 she led the UK's human rights negotiating team at the UN and she ran the negotiations to establish the mandate of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on business and human rights. The success of this initiative led to Professor John Ruggie’s appointment and from 2007-2011 Caroline was a lead advisor on his team. She was deeply involved in the drafting of the Guiding Principles, and she led research and analysis on respect for human rights in the context of global supply chains, as well as consultations and field testing on different types of non-judicial grievance mechanisms for victims of corporate human rights impacts. From 2009 to 2011 Caroline was also the Director of the Governance and Accountability Program at the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School and she remains a Senior Program Fellow there. Caroline also sits on the Advisory Board for Wages in H&M Supply Chain, is a member of the independent Human Rights Steering Group that advises directors at Marks & Spencer on the company’s human rights performance, and she shares a chair with Shift Managing Director Rachel Davis on the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility Human Rights Advisory Committee. Caroline’s prior British foreign service career covers Iran, Slovakia, the UN Security Council in New York and the European Union in Brussels. Caroline has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Oxford University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Caroline is a British national and speaks English, French and German.  

Caroline Rees


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Professor Ian Goldin

Professor Ian Goldin was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School from September 2006 to September 2016. He is currently Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development and the Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change. He is a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Martin School and a Professorial Fellow at the University’s Balliol College. During his decade as Director the School established 45 programmes of research, bringing together more than 500 academics from across Oxford, from over 100 disciplines, and becoming the world’s leading centre for interdisciplinary research into critical global challenges. Professor Goldin initiated and was Vice-Chair of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, which brought together 19 international leaders from government, business, academia, media and civil society to address the growing short-term preoccupations of modern politics and business, and identify ways of overcoming today’s gridlock in key international negotiations. The Commission’s report, Now for the Long Term, was published in October 2013. From 2003 to 2006 he was Vice President of the World Bank, and prior to that the Bank’s Director of Development Policy (2001-2003). He served on the Bank’s senior management team and led the Bank’s collaboration with the United Nations and other partners as well as with key countries. As Director of Development Policy, he played a pivotal role in the research and strategy agenda of the Bank. From 1996 to 2001 he was Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and served as an advisor to President Nelson Mandela. He succeeded in transforming the Bank to become the leading agent of development in the 14 countries of Southern Africa. During this period, Goldin served on several Government committees and Boards, and was Finance Director for South Africa’s Olympic Bid. Previously, Goldin was Principal Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, and Program Director at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, where he directed the Programs on Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development. He has a BA (Hons) and a BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MA and Doctorate from the University of Oxford. Ian has served as a non-executive director on the boards of a number of leading businesses, including Old Mutual, Implenia AG, Metropolitan Life, and CDC Plc. His board positions include being the lead independent director and chairing investment, credit, risk, audit, strategy, remuneration, social responsibility and ethics committees. Ian has advised over 50 governments and 100 leading global businesses. His non-profit activities include being the Chair of the CORE-econ.org initiative to reform global economics and serving as a trustee of Comic Relief and other charities. Goldin has received wide recognition for his contributions to development and research, including having been knighted by the French Government, receiving an honorary doctorate from the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Romania and nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He has published over 50 articles and 20 books, including Globalization for Development: Meeting New Challenges (Oxford University Press, 2012), Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future (Princeton University Press, 2011), Divided Nations: Why global governance is failing and what we can do about it, (Oxford University Press, 2013), The Butterfly Defect: How globalization creates systemic risks, and what to do about it (Princeton University Press, 2014) and an edited volume, Is the Planet Full?  (Oxford University Press, 2014). His latest books are The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas (Oxford University Press, 2016), Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance (Bloomsbury, 2017), and Development: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2018).  

Professor Ian Goldin


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Dorothy Lovell

Dorothy Lovell is a Policy Analyst in the Responsible Business Conduct team at the OECD, supporting the OECD’s work on Due Diligence for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector. Previously Dorothy worked as Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Mulberry, where she developed company policy and coordinated the implementation of responsible business practices for the company across its own operations and supplier and contractor relationships. Dorothy is experienced in social and environmental risk assessment and due diligence across varied supply chain structures, and a range of social and environmental issues, including traceability and transparency, human rights, social impacts, animal welfare, upstream land use issues, restricted substances and manufacturing waste streams. Dorothy holds an MA in Human Rights from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a BSc in Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method from London School of Economics. See the OECD website.

Dorothy Lovell


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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.

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Breakout Session Speakers

Sally Hamers

Sally Hamers


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Anne van Lakerveld

Anne van Lakerveld works for Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). She guides several FWF member brands on implementing the code of labour practices and coordinates FWF’s living wage activities. Anne is an economic sociologist with a focus on sustainable supply chains. She previously worked on developing CSR strategies and CSR reporting for a variety of companies.

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Kajsa Nylander

Kajsa works as Sustainability Manager at Systembolaget focusing on strategic issues related to social responsibility as well as compliance of the Code of Conduct in the supply chain. She has a close dialogue with the Swedish importers regarding their needs for tools, capacity building and advice related to sustainability in order to ensure their ability to comply with the requirements. Previously Kajsa has been a sustainability consultant at Ernst & Young and Respect Sustainable Business supporting organizations in various industries to integrate sustainability into their overall strategies and day to day jobs, sustainability communication and reporting as well as risk management in the supply chain. She has also conducted social audits. Prior to that she worked as a consultant in international development projects related to organizational development, training and human rights, financed by the UN, World Bank and EU in different parts of the world.  

Kajsa Nylander


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Federico Burlon

Federico provides strategic ethical trade advice to global brands, establishes and delivers audit and compliance programmes, and manages multi-stakeholder factory improvement projects. He has strong experience in the construction, food and garment industries, and works across the UK, South America, the Middle East and Asia. In particular, he leads Impactt’s work to monitor the welfare of workers involved in 2022 FIFA World Cup construction projects in Qatar. Prior to Impactt, Federico was a Responsible Sourcing Manger at Tesco plc, where he worked with both food and procurement teams, supporting technical and buying colleagues in addressing labour standards issues. Federico holds a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Science from Macalester College, and has lived in Argentina, Italy, the US and the Netherlands. He speaks English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

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Mr Yan Dingyong

Mr Yan has been devoted to the development and promotion of high-power induction heating technology for energy conservation and environmental protection. He has worked in this industry for more than 10 years. As the first person who puts forward the concept of all-electric kitchen in China, his enterprise has made a contribution of reducing carbon dioxide emissions as much as 5.84 million tons in China.  He is committed to building a sustainable development supply chain system with the enterprise energy saving and low carbon development.  Mantru.e is the member enterprise of the China Federation of Industrial Economics.

Mr Yan Dingyong


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Maren Barthel

Maren has studied sinology, politics and economics in Trier and Taipei. She is looking back on more than 25 years of experience in the fields of sourcing, supply chain management and corporate responsibility and has lived and worked in China and Turkey for over 20 years. Maren has worked for KarstadtQuelle, the Otto Group and the CBR Fashion Group prior to joining ELEVATE in May this year.

Maren Barthel


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Irene Beers

Irene Beers is responsible for developing the SIM Knowledge Center providing consultancy and training to clients. She manages projects with many SIM retail and manufacturing clients in implementing their supply chain risk management/due diligence and monitoring strategies, in areas like social compliance, environmental protection, food safety and fraud. Next to this she has assisted the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) in setting up benchmarks for different industry scopes and she is heading a project with International Featured Standards (IFS) to develop a new product integrity standard. Irene has studied at Nijenrode Business University and has built up her working experience in the information industry. She is ISO 9001 Lead Auditor certified and completed the SA8000 Basic Auditor training.

Irene Beers


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Andrew Martin

As the Senior Manager Monitoring and Continuous Improvement at amfori Trade – Trade with Purpose, he is currently leading the Auditing and Capacity Building activities of amfori as well as heading up the Membership Office His career began with a 13-year spell with Courtaulds Textiles, where he held various positions focusing on business and product development, and sales and marketing; culminating in a strategic global role as Business Director and International Market Manager for Active. Then through his own Business Innovation, New Product Development and Sales/Marketing Consultancy he worked for 10 years with the Italian Textile manufacturer Eurojersey Spa, where he instigated their pioneering and ambitious programme for sustainability – The “SensitivEcoSystem”. As Director of Business Development/Fund-Raising from 2013 to 2014 he supported the work of the Gross National Happiness Centre, a thought-leading experiential learning facility in Bhutan. In this role he was also involved in delivering transformational learning journeys, including the successful ‘GNH in Business Exploration – The inner dimensions of business transformation – Creating the world we want’. From 2014 to 2015, incorporating core elements of the pioneering Tiimiakatemia® team coaching methodology, Andrew successfully led a new Masters course in Entrepreneurship as part of a business incubation programme at Falmouth University in the UK. He holds a BA degree in Philosophy and Theology, from Kings Colllege London, an MBA with distinction from the no.1 Sustainability focused MBA in the world at Exeter University, and also has a Postgraduate qualification in Team Coaching Development.

Andrew Martin


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Radboud Reijn

Radboud Reijn is the owner of Networks Matter http://networksmatter.eu, an EU public affairs and policy bureau that allows you to engage with decision makers, navigate the complex decision-making process of the EU and manage your relations with a diverse set of stakeholders. Networks Matter operates on the nexus between trade policy, labour and human rights, and is therefore capable to face the challenges of today head-on. Networks Matter does this by offering EU policy analysis and public affairs services that are issue driven. Issue driven means that we take your challenge as the starting point and offer advise accordingly. He is currently coordinating the GSP Platform, representing a group of human rights and development organizations, trade unions and other stakeholders seeking to advance human rights and labour rights; as well as promote civic space in the context of the trade preferences of the European Union.

Radboud Reijn


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Sarah Dekkiche

Sarah Dekkiche is Sustainability Policy Advisor at amfori – trade with purpose. In this function, she is responsible for driving the association’s sustainability policy positions and engagement with governments at national, EU and international level, especially on human rights due diligence related matters. Sarah also oversees amfori’s approach toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to joining the association in 2015, Sarah was working at CSR Europe and supported several companies in their CSR strategies. Sarah is an Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate from the Vlerick Business School in Belgium, and holds a French-German double diploma in political sciences from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lille (France) and the Westfälische Wilhems-Universität Münster (Germany).

Sarah Dekkiche


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Christophe Liebon

Christophe Liebon has been working with Intertek since 1998, where he currently is Vice President Business Assurance – Supplier Management. He holds a Master`s degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology and Food Engineering degree from INA Paris Grignon University in Paris. Christophe has been working in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility, Labour and Human Rights for the past 16 years. He is currently a member of the Steering committee of the Social and Labor convergence project, and an executive board member of APSCA (Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors). He is a former Food Safety and Pharmaceutical GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) auditor and consultant, as well as a former Social Compliance auditor.

Christophe Liebon


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Marieke Weerdesteijn

Marieke Weerdesteijn works at the secretariat of the Dutch Agreement on sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT), hosted by the Dutch Social and Economic Council (SER). The AGT is an multistakeholder agreement on International Responsible Business Conduct in the garments and textile sector, signed by 11 parties, representing industry associations, trade unions, NGOs and the Dutch government, as well as ~70 individual companies. Companies that sign the agreement commit to continuous improvement through the process of due diligence, with specific attention to 9 themes (ranging from working conditions, to environmental themes as well as animal welfare). For those topics that are difficult to address individually, the AGT offers a platform for developing collective action. Prior to working for the AGT secretariat, Marieke worked with the NGO Solidaridad as senior programme manager in the sustainable cotton and textiles team and with CREM as a consultant on sustainability in international value chains. https://www.internationalrbc.org/garments-textile

Marieke Weerdesteijn


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Tancrède Voituriez

I am PhD Economist and director of the Global Governance program at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). IDDRI is a non-profit policy research institute which helps stakeholders in deliberating on global governance of the major issues of common interest: action to attenuate climate change, to protect biodiversity, to enhance food security and to manage urbanisation. My research focuses on trade and green innovation, and on the causes of inertia in the implementation of sustainable development policies. I have been involved as coordinator or expert in numerous research projects on globalisation and sustainable development for the European Commission, the European Parliament, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. I have been lecturer at Sciences Po since 2005.

Tancrède Voituriez


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Donald Takaya

Donald Takaya is a business communications strategist and global integration lead at Edelman, where he helps brands integrate and scale their marketing and communications functions. With more than 65 offices worldwide, Edelman is a communications marketing firm with a strong heritage in business + social purpose, pairing CSR, social impact and sustainability expertise with business and stakeholder relevancy, to help deliver long-lasting shared value. Don has spent 10 years in PR consultancies, including eight years with Edelman in its Amsterdam, Sydney and Melbourne offices. Prior to that he spent six years in investor relations, NGO communications and social work.

Donald Takaya


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Kim Moolenaar 

As a senior policy advisor at the Directorate-General for Foreign Economic Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kim Moolenaar works on Responsible Business Conduct and Trade. Prior to her current position, she worked on sustainability and international water affairs for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. Together with the Dutch Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, to support the Dutch Prime Minister as a member of the UN/Worldbank High Level Panel on Water. In 2013, she acted as an advisor on Responsible Business Conduct for the Dutch Permanent Representative to the UN and WTO in Geneva. She holds a Master degree in Economic Geography from Utrecht University.

Kim Moolenaar 


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Dr. Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento

Dr. Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento is Director of the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO. Prior to this, Dr. Calzadilla was Director for the Technical Assistance and Training Services at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as well as the Secretary of the ISO Policy Committee on Developing countries matters (ISO DEVCO). With more than 25 years of international experience as a senior quality and standards expert, his involvement includes working in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Born in Bolivia, Dr. Calzadilla holds a Master’s Degree in industrial and process organization and a Doctor in economics, from the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria.

Dr. Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento


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Richard Boele

To say Richard is passionate about human rights is something of an understatement. Richard has spent most of his work life championing the causes of the vulnerable and under-represented in a way that few do, most aptly demonstrated in almost 15 years running his own human rights consultancy, Banarra. Today, as KPMG Partner for Human Rights & Social Impact Services, Richard draws on his cutting-edge social sustainability insights to help Boards and their chief executives navigate the inherent social risks associated with increasingly global and diverse operating contexts. His particular strengths are the social and governance dimensions of sustainability and leading large consultancy assignments in socially and politically complex environments. Richard understands the importance of teamwork. “When you’re looking to provide advice around difficult and grey areas such as social impact and human rights you have to take a team- based approach because the issues are just so complex. No single person has the solution. ”His goal is to see the corporate responsibility to respect human rights mainstreamed. “KPMG is a fantastic platform from which I can contribute to that.” When Richard is not at work, he is with his family helping to look after two children, one with disabilities.

Richard Boele


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Rona Starr

Rona Starr joined the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) in August 2016. She oversees the organization’s development and the advancement of APSCA’s mission to enhance the professionalism and credibility of the individuals and organizations performing independent social compliance audits. ​ Prior to joining APSCA, Rona worked for McDonald’s for 21 years in a variety of roles. She was part of the roll out of McDonald’s social compliance program within Asia in 2002; and became the global lead in 2009.  In 2010, she gathered the audit firms used by McDonald’s together to form an advisory board to focus on improvement within the industry.  From there, numerous projects were undertaken, which included the implementation of a train the trainer program for auditors where she travelled the world to ensure calibration and continuous improvement among the service providers – which included many of the now APSCA member firms. ​ Rona is an accomplished and globally networked business leader with the capacity to influence at all levels of an organization. A specialist in transformational environments, she has defined expertise in risk management across emerging markets, combining a track record of success in supply chain management, administration, international business coordination and workplace compliance. She has an MBA in Supply Chain & Logistics from the Australian Institute of Business.

Rona Starr


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Sandhya Sharma-Tosserams

Sandhya Sharma-Tosserams is Chemical Specialist at amfori since 2017. She manages chemical projects within the amfori BEPI team, including the monitoring and improvement of chemicals management systems in global supply chains. Before joining amfori, Sandhya worked as a Supply Chain Coordinator at Lubrizol, a Berkshire Hathaway owned US specialty chemical company. Before that, she was a Research Engineer at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) where she led chemical engineering projects and developed an environmentally friendly chemical additive to stabilize waste generated during the production of stainless steel (patent WO/2015/144903). As part of her early academic career, Sandhya worked in the field of crystal engineering at the University of Düsseldorf, where she also graduated in Business Chemistry (MSc). She is fluent in German, English and Hindi.

Sandhya Sharma-Tosserams


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Andrew Savini

For ten years, Andrew Savini has helped companies advance their sustainability goals, with a specific focus on developing and implementing sustainable supply chain audit, assessment and social/environmental improvement programs. To date, he has helped hundreds of companies worldwide. Andrew has lived in over 10 global cities, most recently Los Angeles, and has traveled to nearly 50 countries. He is a recognized thought leader on sustainable supply chains and responsible sourcing practices founded on quality, integrity and innovative ‘beyond audit’ approaches. Prior to joining ELEVATE, Andrew worked for multinationals such as Intertek and STR (now UL). He is well versed in multi stakeholder initiatives and accreditations in areas of social and environmental responsibility, including RBA (formerly EICC), APSCA, BSCI, ICTI Ethical Toy Program, SMETA, ICS, SA8000, EDGE, RJC, PSCI, WRAP and FLA. Andrew received degrees in both Economics and International Relations from Tufts University, and has received further education from the University of Hong Kong and Tsinghua University in Beijing.  

Andrew Savini


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Müge Tuna

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 and 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 and overtime in textile industry.  In 2014, she started to work as a consultant and also provided supplier trainings on labor conditions and workplace rules for amfori 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. Since July 2016, Ms. Müge Tuna is working as a Network Representative for amfori.  She owns is Aleph CSR Consultancy, Training Services Co. Ltd. supporting to companies in implementing social compliance.

Müge Tuna


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Christina Raab

As part of the ZDHC Management team, Christina is globally responsible for the implementation and strategic regionalisation of the ZDHC activities, including the ZDHC Academy and the Implementation HUB. Christina has more than a decade of experience of working at the interface between sustainability, sustainable development and innovation. Prior to joining ZDHC, Christina held leading positions at several forefront consulting firms where she worked with a variety of companies, industries and public institutions on holistic sustainability strategies and responsible value chains. Christina started her professional career at the environmental branch of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and has a PhD in materials chemistry.

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Jürg von Niederhäusern

In my position as Head of Social Standards and deputy Head of Sustainability & Quality Management at Migros, me and my team are the angle point between our purchasing activities and the suppliers of our retail business worldwide. As Migros is dealing with food and non-food products in all assortments, I have a broad expertise in different product groups. Transparency in the supply chain, due diligence and implementing sustainability standards and programs are core tasks. To represent Migros in different business associations and to be in dialogue with numerous stakeholder is a second key task (evtl. assignment) I’m responsible for. Through Migros’ Economic Policy Division, I’m in direct and continuous exchange with different Swiss governmental institutions such as the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs concerning e.g. new legislative frameworks or political developments. The department “Sustainability and Quality Management” manages Migros’ sustainability strategy and handles all kind of strategic and operational sustainability issues and projects, which integrate as well quality management and quality assuring. Based on the fast-growing online activities of Migros, transparency about product composition, origin of the raw materials and supply chain transparency are key issues. Our department is a key player in different IT projects which are at the heart of our updated online shops. Having the goal to remain one of the most sustainable retailers worldwide, we are embedded in a strong network in- and outside of our business area. As a holistic interpretation of sustainable business is crucial, I handle social, environmental and economic issues thus forging ahead with our business on strategic and operational level

Jürg von Niederhäusern


About

Alfred Beerli

As a responsible senior at a SME in Switzerland especially in the area of textile, I was often confronted with the topic of CSR and its implementation throughout the whole value chain. After our membership with BSCI in 2009 and afterwards our commitment as a member in Fair Wear Foundation, I would like to bring in my knowledge and experience to further develop and drive the topic of CSR in FTA

Alfred Beerli


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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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Dr Astrid Skala-Kuhmann

Dr Astrid Skala-Kuhmann is an international lawyer, expert in emerging markets and sustainabilityissues with focus on China. She presently acts as special advisor to Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, in particular on the Belt and Road Initiative. She also serves as Co-Dean for the “Zukunftsbrücke” (Sino-German Young Professional Campus, jointly implemented by ACYF and Mercatorfoundation/BMW Foundation) since 2016. Ms Skala-Kuhmann is a supervisory board member of Lenzing AG and Semperit AG, Austria since 2014. From 2012 to 2015 she held a position as director general of the GIZ department Global Partnerships – Emerging Economies. Previously, from 2005 to 2011, she served as the GIZ’s chief resident representative and country director in the P.R. China. She has long-term experience in Asia, in-depth knowledge in global-governance issues as well as a comprehensive understanding of Chinese policy-making and framework conditions. Ms Skala-Kuhmann began her career as an attorney-at-law with the international law firm White & Case (formerly Feddersen & Laule) in Frankfurt. She holds a Ph.D. in international environmental law and has been singled out through her career for several academic awards including a post-graduate scholarship by the Konrad Adenauer-Foundation, a research scholarship at Columbia University, N.Y., awarded by DAAD and a fellowship at the Harvard German Workshop on International Politics by the Drägerfoundation..

Dr Astrid Skala-Kuhmann


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Dr Wang Xiaoguan

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 12thHarmonious 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 Xiaoguan


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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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Gina Burgard

Gina Burgard is working as a CR Manager for Non-Food products for ALDI Nord in Essen/Germany. Herein, she mainly focusses on Sustainable Textiles as well as on Social and Environmental Compliance within the Non-Food supply chain. Before she joined ALDI Nord in 2015, she was working for a strategy consulting company in the field of Corporate Responsibility. She holds a Masters Degree in International Development Studies and a Bachelors Degree in International Management.      

Gina Burgard


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Frederic LECOQ

Long-standing player in the French retail market, Casino is now one of the world’s foremost food retailers. The Group has successfully applied its multi-format, multi-banner, multi-channel model in all host countries around the world. After a master's degree in Logistics and International Trade, Frederic joined the group in 2006, through one of its French BU: Monoprix to manage the Import Dept. before taking over social compliance after a few years. In 2016, he became the Global Compliance Program Director for the Casino group.

 

Frederic LECOQ


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Carole de Montgolfier

After a master's degree in Management in France and Spain, Carole de Montgolfier joined the Carrefour group in 1996 as a Group Financial Controller. In 2001, she became Non food merchandise controller for the Group Merchandises division. She joined the Group Sustainability Department in 2007 in charge of developing and coordinating the extra-financial reporting. Since 2011 she is in charge of social responsibility management in the Group supply chain. She is representing Carrefour in different business or multi-stakeholders initiatives  such as the Consumer Goods Forum – Social Sustainability Compliance Initiative (SSCI), the Initiative for Compliance and Sustainability (ICS) and the Amfori Member’s Advisory Committee (MAC).  

Carole de Montgolfier


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Dr. Sibyl Anwander

Sibyl Anwander joined the Federal Office of the Environment as Head of Economy and Innovation in 2015. Together with her team, she is responsible for the promotion of resource-efficient, clean technologies including the legislator framework for a fast and broad up-take in the market. Next to that, she is also a member of the strategic board for public procurement in Switzerland and is the leader of the sustainability advisory group. She also represents the administration in the national research program 73 on “Sustainable economy”. Previous to this role, Sibyl Anwander worked as Head of Sustainability and Public Affairs at the Swiss retailer Coop. She represented the company and served on the board of various national and international organizations in the field of Agriculture and of Sustainability. She was among others Chairwoman of the BSCI Steering Committee and one of the promoters of BEPI, today’s core sustainability pillars of amfori. Sibyl Anwander graduated as Agricultural Economist from ETH Zürich and wrote her PhD-Thesis on „Public acceptance of new Technologies in the Food Sector“ with a special emphasis on biotechnology.

Dr. Sibyl Anwander


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Madelaine Tuininga

Since 2016, she is head of unit of the unit in DG Trade responsible for trade and sustainable development. The unit covers a broad area of topics, including trade aspects of labour, environment, development and human rights. Activities include amongst others policy development, initiatives and negotiations in relation to these areas; negotiation and implementation of the EU's Trade and Sustainable Development chapters in Free Trade Agreements; the management of the EU's Generalised System of Preferences; the trade side of corporate social responsibility/responsible business conduct; the trade side of the SDGs.

Madelaine Tuininga


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Julian Wu

Julian Wu, chemistry and environment engineer, coming from the chemical analytics for textile trading business, ten years’ experience in consultation and implementation of brand solution dealing with restricted substances. He is Chemical and Environmental Compliance Manager at G.Gueldenpfennig GmbH (GP) in Germany. Since 2 years, he has been working on an internal factory rating system for supply chain development for an efficient resource allocation with GP.

Julian Wu


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Ferry Mulder

Ferry has 10 years of experience within the field of FMCG supply chain and project management. He started as QC of fish processing in Middle-South America and Fiji, followed by project management and supply chain management positions at Anova Seafood, Red Bull and Danone. Currently at SIM his main role is to manage the building & implementation of the blockchain projects. His aim is to help retailers and brands understanding their supply chains and using these insights to create positive change in environmental and social conditions.

Ferry Mulder


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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 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. Although Mike has a passion for technological innovation and its possibilities, he is particularly interested in how this can be used for socially and environmentally ethical ends, particularly within the context of 4th Industrial Revolution challenges and new possible responses to those challenges such as circular economy. His current work includes building training that brings these technical and human challenges together.

Michael Jordan


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Laura Balmond

Laura is a project manager in the Circular Fibres Initiative, and co-authored the report ‘A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future. Her previous projects include the report ‘Circular economy in India: Rethinking growth for long-term prosperity’ and supporting the New Plastics Economy initiative during its early stages. Laura also managed the Foundation’s contribution to the EU co-funded project ResCoM (Resource Conservative Manufacturing). Prior to joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Laura worked for Deloitte as a management consultant. Laura has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a Master's in Environmental Engineering from Imperial College London.

Laura Balmond


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Nico Ahn

Nico is a sustainability professional working on the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns in the business activities of Allianz Group. His work supports the reduction of ESG risks and promotes the capturing of new ESG-related business opportunities. Nico also coordinates reporting for all ESG topics in the Group Sustainability Report including the associated audit.

Nico Ahn


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Nienke Steen

Nienke has been working for almost 15 years in sustainability in fashion. She has had her own sustainable fashion brand and worked as a Corporate Responsibility Manager at Expresso Fashion. Nowadays Nienke advises Modint members- fashion brands and workwear - to improve in the field of corporate responsibility. Besides that she takes part in the steering group of the Dutch agreement and in the committee of experts of Fair Wear Foundation. Together with other experts she wrote a book about sustainable materials, the Sustainable Material Guide (SMG) for apparel companies. Her profession is her passion, working in a creative world and trying to improve together makes her day. She loves working on commercially successful concepts with a positive impact on society.

Nienke Steen


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Mercedes GARCÍA PÉREZ

Mercedes García Pérez is the Head of Division for Human Rights in the European External Action Service, under the Managing Directorate for Global issues. Her Division in in charge, among others, of dedicated human rights dialogues and consultations with third countries, mainstreaming of human rights policy concerns into EU external policies as well as the preparation of EU policy positions on human rights in both bilateral relations with third countries and in multilateral forums. It maintains close relations with civil society organizations from the EU and third countries working in the field of human rights and is in charge of programming financial assistance and support under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), as well as contributing to and participating in its implementation. Ms. García Pérez is an official of the European Union since 2003, and has also worked on Development and Africa policy issues. A lawyer by training, from 1998 to 2002 she worked as a Practising Attorney in EU law in Brussels. Until 2011, she was a Member of the Academic Council and teacher at the Institut Supérieur de Management Public et Politique in Paris. Ms. García Pérez holds an LLM on European Law from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and Degrees in Law and Literature (Universidad Complutense) as well as a Diploma in Advanced International Studies.

Mercedes GARCÍA PÉREZ


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Norma Tregurtha

Norma Tregurtha is the Director of Policy and Outreach at the ISEAL Alliance. Ms Tregurtha’s work is focused on interacting with key business groups, governments and NGOs to advocate for the use of credible standards. Ms Tregurtha also works closely with ISEAL members to coordinate and develop their collective response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda. The link between standards and legislation is also a special area of focus for Ms Tregurtha’s work. Ms Tregurtha’s expertise includes; emerging markets, government use standards, sustainable public procurement, the finance sector’s use of standards, the SDGs, as well as the relationship between standards and other sustainability tools such as life cycle analysis (LCA) or reporting initiatives.

Norma Tregurtha


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Ashok Yadav

Having vast experience of eighteen years I joined ESPRIT for sustainable business in supply chain. My career started after pursing post-graduation in Rural Development. I worked for the rights of children and women in various parts of India and Bangladesh. During my working tenure, I directed my efforts to assist the home-based weaver's community in Barabanki (Uttar Pradesh) and Phulia (West Bengal) for their upliftment. Having joined GoodWeave in 2015, I was involved in making child labour – bonded – forced labour free supply chain in the carpet and apparel sector. Further also to ensure safe workplace for women and ensure their active participation in management. Being a trainer and facilitator, I helped factories, NGOs, CBOs and other not-for-profit organizations to build their capacities through various trainings and workshops. I also played role of evaluator in many projects supported for disaster management in India and Bangladesh. Currently I am engaged with apparel and leather wear factories to make them social and environmental compliant as per international standards set by ZDHC, amfori and SAC.

Ashok Yadav


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Vasileios Rizos

Vasileios Rizos is a Research Fellow at CEPS and an expert in various aspects of the circular economy. His background on the circular economy blends experience at the DG Environment of the European Commission and the Confederation of European Paper Industries where he worked, among others, on producer responsibility schemes across Europe. His main research areas at CEPS include regulatory and market barriers to the circular economy, industrial sustainability, green value chains and resource efficiency indicators. Vasileios has various publications on these issues and he is also a reviewer for academic journals. He has served as co-chair of the Circular Economy Task Force of the Think20 (T20) network that supported G20 activities under the German presidency 2016-2017. He is also the coordinator of the CEPS Task Force on the Role of Business in the Circular Economy.

Vasileios Rizos


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Shi Wang

Shi WANG had worked as deputy director of EHS Center of Nanjing University since 2012. Experienced in environmental policy and regulatory designing, evaluation and research for government and enterprises, he served as expert for local and national environment protection departments. Also, He is very familiar on supply chain sustainability cooperation and capacity building improvement. He had led the largest supply chain EHS training program in the world in ICT industry of China. Since 2017, he had been invited as expert participating national/provincial environment inspections.

Shi Wang


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Wei Dong Zhou

Wei Dong Zhou is responsible for setting the strategic direction of all of the projects of Alliance of Green Consumption and Green Supply Chain(GCSG) as Executive Secretary-General. Also, he is Chief Advisor of The Sustainability Consortium in China. Mr. Wei Dong Zhou joins GCSG with more than 20 years of experience in Chinese government, non-profit organization management, CSR and sustainability strategy, philanthropy and state owner sector and multinational companies. Prior to joining GCSG Mr. Zhou worked for a private foundation in China as General Manager for one year, and for seven years prior to that, worked as BSR's China General Manager. At BSR, Wei Dong founded the China offices in Beijing and Guangzhou, providing advice and counsel to BSR's member companies and their sustainable supply chain partners for 8 years. Mr. Zhou graduated from Qingdao University of Science & Technology with his Bachelor's Degree in Machinery Engineering and later obtained his master’s degree in Asian Business Studies from the University of London (SOAS) in UK.

Wei Dong Zhou


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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 amfori, 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 amfori, 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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Anna Stancher

Anna Stancher has joined amfori 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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Mariam Al-Bouawad

Mariam joined GRI in 2014 and is currently the Coordinator Program Implementation, where she oversees content development for GRI’s programs in developing and emerging economies. Through this work, she supports companies and other stakeholders to better understand how sustainability reporting can help organizations understand and manage their sustainability impacts. Mariam holds a MSc in Environment and Resource Management from VU University Amsterdam and a BSc in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

Mariam Al-Bouawad


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Stuart Webster

Stuart Webster has worked in the CSR management and training arena for the past nineteen years, during this time Stuart has worked with many global brands, retailers, academia, factories, farms and audit companies on different social compliance projects. Stuart Webster is an International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA) Social Systems Lead Auditor and regularly conducts a range of IRCA certified training courses for managers, buyers and auditors in over 25 countries around the world, experiencing the different issues faced in these countries. Stuart Webster is a member of the Institute of Quality Assurance and has a post graduate degree in business process improvement and quality management. Stuart Is a registered IRCA Social Systems Lead Auditor since 2007.

Stuart Webster


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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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Jenny Edwards

Jenny leads SAI Platform’s Fruit & Nut Working Group, including the Doñana Berry Project, and manages the FSA Programme implementation support. She has extensive experience in implementing sustainable sourcing programmes, focusing on crops based global supply chains. She is an environmental specialist, with a background in soil and horticulture sciences and a MBA in Corporate Social Responsibility. Jenny has worked in the oil and gas, mining and agri-food industries, supporting companies' sustainable development initiatives. She has focused her work on creating and expanding sustainable sourcing of agricultural materials. Currently based in London, England, Jenny has lived in the US, Canada, France and the Netherlands.

Jenny Edwards


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Sabine Content

As Director of Corporate & Stakeholder Engagement, Sabine is responsible for all global corporate engagement, as well as raising awareness and building relationships between GRI and key partner organizations and stakeholders. This includes the GRI GOLD Community Program, GRI’s core network of supporters, made up of over 600 organizations in more than 60 countries. The Corporate & Stakeholder Engagement department, brings together a worldwide network of companies and organizations committed to GRI’s mission to empower decision makers everywhere through its sustainability standards and multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world.

Sabine Content


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Magali Barraja

Magali is a Manager at BSR in Paris. She 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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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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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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Natasha Mehta Majumdar

As amfori's Network Representative, India, 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 amfori trainings (pan-India). She speaks fluent English, Hindi, Marathi and some French.

Natasha Mehta 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.

Anouschka Jansen


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Stephanie Raymond

Stephanie Raymond is the Senior Environmental Coordinator at amfori 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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Stéphanie Luong

Stéphanie Luong is the Head of Communications at amfori. Prior to her role at amfori, 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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Dr. Pierre Michael Gröning

Pierre Gröning is Director Advocacy at amfori which brings together more than 2,200 retailers, importers and fashion companies with a combined annual turnover in excess of € 1,600 billion. amfori is the leading business association of global commerce to promote the values of open trade and sustainable supply chains. Dr. Gröning is responsible for developing amfori’s international policy strategy and is representing the association’s interest at government level and towards stakeholders. He is member of the European Commission Group of Experts on EU Trade Agreements, the jury of the EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award, and the Economic Diplomacy Board of the Diplomatic Academy of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BDA). In 2018, he was appointed Vice-Chairmen of the Policy Committee of the European Services Forum (ESF), the umbrella organisation for the European services sector. Before joining amfori in 2011, he was with a Brussels-based public affairs consultancy. Pierre Gröning, a French-German national, holds a Dual Degree in Political Science from IEP Lille and the University of Münster and a Master’s degree from the College of Europe. His doctorate thesis is on EU-India relations. He was awarded the honorary citizenship of the city of Bruges.

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