Speakers

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Ulrich Weigl

Head of Trade and sustainable Development Unit, European Commission

Mr. Ulrich Weigl is heading the bilateral Trade and Sustainable Development unit in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade. The unit is responsible for the negotiation and implementation of Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) commitments in bilateral trade and investment agreements. This includes policy development like the recent review of the implementation and enforcement of such TSD commitments. The unit is also responsible for the application and monitoring of the EU’s Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP). Mr. Weigl joined the unit in autumn 2020. Before that, Mr. Weigl worked for the EU Commission, DG Trade on trade topics like Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures, bilateral trade relations with South Korea, non-tariff agreements of the WTO, and trade defense (TDI). Mr. Weigl also represented the EU on trade matters in China (2016-2020) and South Korea (2001-2005).

Ulrich Weigl

Head of Trade and sustainable Development Unit, European Commission

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Ulrich Weigl

Head of Trade and sustainable Development Unit, European Commission

Mr. Ulrich Weigl is heading the bilateral Trade and Sustainable Development unit in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade. The unit is responsible for the negotiation and implementation of Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) commitments in bilateral trade and investment agreements. This includes policy development like the recent review of the implementation and enforcement of such TSD commitments. The unit is also responsible for the application and monitoring of the EU’s Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP). Mr. Weigl joined the unit in autumn 2020. Before that, Mr. Weigl worked for the EU Commission, DG Trade on trade topics like Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures, bilateral trade relations with South Korea, non-tariff agreements of the WTO, and trade defense (TDI). Mr. Weigl also represented the EU on trade matters in China (2016-2020) and South Korea (2001-2005).

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Linda Kromjong

President, amfori  

Linda Kromjong became President of amfori per 1 January 2022. In this role she continues creating positive impact by supporting business to enhance responsible  conduct  in  their  supply  chain. amfori’s view is that  trade should deliver social, environmental, and economic benefits for everyone.  

From October 2018 through December 2021,she served as Global Labour & Human Rights Directorate Samsung Electronics. In this role she focused on establishing the company’s labour  &  human  rights  framework to drive corporate  and  supply  chain  improvements and  on  strengthening  the company’s relationships with key international policymakers and opinion formers.  

Prior to her role at Samsung, Linda Kromjong was Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers  (IOE)  in  Geneva from 1  May  2015to  1  October  2018. Before  the IOE, she  was  the Vice-President, Labour Relations International & Human Rights for Deutsche Post DHL. Linda started her career in  the  Hospitality  Industry with  Sodexo in  the  Netherlands  and  has  many years of experience in  senior positions in general management, HR, Labour Relations and Business & Human Rights. She  currently  serves as a Member  of  the  Stakeholder  Board of  the Association  of  Professional Social Compliance  Auditors  Inc.  (APSCA).  She  was  a  member  of  the  UN  Global  Compact Advisory Board from 2015 to 2018.  

Linda Kromjong is a Dutch national and completed Hotel Management School and Business Management studies in the Netherlands. 

Linda Kromjong

President
amfori

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Linda Kromjong

President, amfori  

Linda Kromjong became President of amfori per 1 January 2022. In this role she continues creating positive impact by supporting business to enhance responsible  conduct  in  their  supply  chain. amfori’s view is that  trade should deliver social, environmental, and economic benefits for everyone.  

From October 2018 through December 2021,she served as Global Labour & Human Rights Directorate Samsung Electronics. In this role she focused on establishing the company’s labour  &  human  rights  framework to drive corporate  and  supply  chain  improvements and  on  strengthening  the company’s relationships with key international policymakers and opinion formers.  

Prior to her role at Samsung, Linda Kromjong was Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers  (IOE)  in  Geneva from 1  May  2015to  1  October  2018. Before  the IOE, she  was  the Vice-President, Labour Relations International & Human Rights for Deutsche Post DHL. Linda started her career in  the  Hospitality  Industry with  Sodexo in  the  Netherlands  and  has  many years of experience in  senior positions in general management, HR, Labour Relations and Business & Human Rights. She  currently  serves as a Member  of  the  Stakeholder  Board of  the Association  of  Professional Social Compliance  Auditors  Inc.  (APSCA).  She  was  a  member  of  the  UN  Global  Compact Advisory Board from 2015 to 2018.  

Linda Kromjong is a Dutch national and completed Hotel Management School and Business Management studies in the Netherlands. 

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Caroline Bouisset

Chair of the Board of amfori / Director, Fristads

Caroline Bouisset

Chair of the Board of amfori / Director, Fristads

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Caroline Bouisset

Chair of the Board of amfori / Director, Fristads

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Dante Pesce

Executive Director, Vincular Center at Catholic University of Valparaíso-Chile

Dante is a Founder and Executive Director of Vincular Center at Catholic University of Valparaíso-Chile, former member of the UN working group on business and human right, former and current member of Advisory groups to GRI, AMFORI, UNPRI, DHL, among others. He is also a member of WEF global future council on Humans Rights

Dante Pesce

Executive Director, Vincular Center at Catholic University of Valparaíso-Chile

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Dante Pesce

Executive Director, Vincular Center at Catholic University of Valparaíso-Chile

Dante is a Founder and Executive Director of Vincular Center at Catholic University of Valparaíso-Chile, former member of the UN working group on business and human right, former and current member of Advisory groups to GRI, AMFORI, UNPRI, DHL, among others. He is also a member of WEF global future council on Humans Rights

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Benafsha Delgado

Senior Programme Manager

Benafsha Delgado joined the UN Global Compact Network UK in 2015 and is the Senior Programme Manager where she leads on their Business & Human Rights workstream. She is responsible for managing the Network’s programming on modern slavery and global supply chains, human rights due diligence, including their Modern Slavery and Child Labour Working groups and activities on climate and human rights. Previously, Benafsha worked at Aviva plc, where she was involved in drafting their modern slavery strategy. She was also employed by the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets Authority and the Prince of Wales’ International Business Leaders’ Forum (IBLF) where she was Programme Coordinator of the Business Standards team and worked as a researcher and assisted the development of the Guide to Human Rights Impact Assessment and Management tool. Benafsha has an MA in Human Rights from University College London and a BA in American Studies from Kings College London.

Benafsha Delgado

Senior Programme Manager

UN Global Compact Network UK

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Benfasha Delgado

Senior Programme Manager

Benafsha Delgado joined the UN Global Compact Network UK in 2015 and is the Senior Programme Manager where she leads on their Business & Human Rights workstream. She is responsible for managing the Network’s programming on modern slavery and global supply chains, human rights due diligence, including their Modern Slavery and Child Labour Working groups and activities on climate and human rights. Previously, Benafsha worked at Aviva plc, where she was involved in drafting their modern slavery strategy. She was also employed by the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets Authority and the Prince of Wales’ International Business Leaders’ Forum (IBLF) where she was Programme Coordinator of the Business Standards team and worked as a researcher and assisted the development of the Guide to Human Rights Impact Assessment and Management tool. Benafsha has an MA in Human Rights from University College London and a BA in American Studies from Kings College London.

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Magnus Kjellsson

International Secretary, Unionen

Magnus Kjellsson has the last years been working as head of international affairs and
international secretary with sustainability and social dialogue related to international
business. Previous he worked at the Swedish governments office in the international
department of the Swedish labour ministry. He is now responsible for these issues at
Sweden’s largest trade union, Unionen. He is today working together with several
Swedish multinational companies and stakeholders on respecting the basic human
rights in the supply chains and ensuring these rights in practise. He is also vice
president of the Swedish ETI and a national board member of the NCP-point for
responsible business conduct.

Magnus Kjellsson,

International Secretary, Unionen

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Magnus Kjellsson

International Secretary, Unionen

Magnus Kjellsson has the last years been working as head of international affairs and
international secretary with sustainability and social dialogue related to international
business. Previous he worked at the Swedish governments office in the international
department of the Swedish labour ministry. He is now responsible for these issues at
Sweden’s largest trade union, Unionen. He is today working together with several
Swedish multinational companies and stakeholders on respecting the basic human
rights in the supply chains and ensuring these rights in practise. He is also vice
president of the Swedish ETI and a national board member of the NCP-point for
responsible business conduct.

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Thomas Radal

EU representative, Ulula   

Thomas is currently working as Europe Representative of Ulula, helping organisations to understand how to best use the Direct Worker feedback technology & Grievance management platform to monitor their supply chain’s impacts.  

Before joining Ulula, for nearly 10 years, Thomas worked in Asia as a Sustainable sourcing leader, he visited more than 250 factories across different countries & sectors. He led different strategic projects across sourcing regions to improve working conditions and reduce supply chains’ environmental impact. 

Thomas Radal

EU Representative
Ulula 

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Thomas Radal

EU representative, Ulula   

Thomas is currently working as Europe Representative of Ulula, helping organisations to understand how to best use the Direct Worker feedback technology & Grievance management platform to monitor their supply chain’s impacts.  

Before joining Ulula, for nearly 10 years, Thomas worked in Asia as a Sustainable sourcing leader, he visited more than 250 factories across different countries & sectors. He led different strategic projects across sourcing regions to improve working conditions and reduce supply chains’ environmental impact. 

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Erika SOK

Senior Programme Expert, amfori 

With a double master degree in Sustainable agricultural practices and International Project management, Erika has been working in programme design and roll out in supply chain for more than 10 years. Responsible for auditing operation, then Services and Programmes at amfori, she is now overseeing the internal HREDD alignment of current tools as well as developing additional solutions to support member in their due diligence journey.  

Erika Sok

Senior Programme Expert
amfori

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Erika SOK

Senior Programme Expert, amfori 

With a double master degree in Sustainable agricultural practices and International Project management, Erika has been working in programme design and roll out in supply chain for more than 10 years. Responsible for auditing operation, then Services and Programmes at amfori, she is now overseeing the internal HREDD alignment of current tools as well as developing additional solutions to support member in their due diligence journey.  

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Guggi Laryea

Senior Stakeholder Engagement and Partnerships Manager, amfori 

Guggi Laryea manages amfori’s relationships, partnerships and broader co-operation with stakeholders, including amfori’s Stakeholder Advisory Council. His team also leads amfori’s work on several thematic areas including gender, climate change and living wages.  

Prior to joining amfori Guggi spent over 10 years with the World Bank Brussels Office where he was responsible for World Bank’s relations with civil society actors in Western Europe, the European Parliament, and partnerships with the private sector to support job creation for youth in emerging economies.   

Guggi Laryea

Senior Stakeholder Engagement Manager
amfori

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Guggi Laryea

Senior Stakeholder Engagement and Partnerships Manager, amfori 

Guggi Laryea manages amfori’s relationships, partnerships and broader co-operation with stakeholders, including amfori’s Stakeholder Advisory Council. His team also leads amfori’s work on several thematic areas including gender, climate change and living wages.  

Prior to joining amfori Guggi spent over 10 years with the World Bank Brussels Office where he was responsible for World Bank’s relations with civil society actors in Western Europe, the European Parliament, and partnerships with the private sector to support job creation for youth in emerging economies.   

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Harald Nitschinger

Co-founder and Managing Director, Prewave  

Harald graduated in International Management at FH Johanneum. Before founding Prewave in 2017 he worked as Technical Consultant & Presales Specialist at Netconomy.  

Prewave is a global, AI-based supply chain intelligence platform that provides analysis services the proprietary AI algorithm uses publicly available data from local news, social media and other databases to understand and report on risks impacting suppliers and raw materials at every stage of the supply chain. In total, sources in more than 50 languages, over 100 risk categories for clients such as Porsche, Kärcher or Audi.  

Harald Nitschinger

Co-Founder & General Manager
Prewave

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Harald Nitschinger

Co-founder and Managing Director, Prewave  

Harald graduated in International Management at FH Johanneum. Before founding Prewave in 2017 he worked as Technical Consultant & Presales Specialist at Netconomy.  

Prewave is a global, AI-based supply chain intelligence platform that provides analysis services the proprietary AI algorithm uses publicly available data from local news, social media and other databases to understand and report on risks impacting suppliers and raw materials at every stage of the supply chain. In total, sources in more than 50 languages, over 100 risk categories for clients such as Porsche, Kärcher or Audi.  

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Jeske van Seters

Associate Director, Sustainable African economies and climate action

Jeske van Seters is Associate Director, Sustainable African economies and climate action cluster and a member of the ECDPM management team.

Her current work activities relate mainly to public-private dialogue and cooperation, responsible business conduct in regional and global value chains and financial instruments for private sector development.

Previously, she was Deputy Head of ECDPM’s Food Security Programme (2012-2016) and Policy Officer Development Policy and International Relations (2008-2011). Jeske conducts policy-oriented research, provides independent advice and facilitates dialogue. She engages with a broad range of actors, including policy-makers and development practitioners in Europe and Africa, as well as private sector and civil society representatives.

Prior to joining ECDPM in 2008, Jeske worked for UNDP in Djibouti, the Directorate General Development of the European Commission in Brussels, CDR-ULA in Costa Rica and SEO Economic Research in Amsterdam. Jeske holds Masters Diplomas in Development Economics from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne.

Jeske van Seters

Associate Director Sustainable African Economies and
Climate Action

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Jeske van Seters

Associate Director, Sustainable African economies and climate action

Jeske van Seters is Associate Director, Sustainable African economies and climate action cluster and a member of the ECDPM management team.

Her current work activities relate mainly to public-private dialogue and cooperation, responsible business conduct in regional and global value chains and financial instruments for private sector development.

Previously, she was Deputy Head of ECDPM’s Food Security Programme (2012-2016) and Policy Officer Development Policy and International Relations (2008-2011). Jeske conducts policy-oriented research, provides independent advice and facilitates dialogue. She engages with a broad range of actors, including policy-makers and development practitioners in Europe and Africa, as well as private sector and civil society representatives.

Prior to joining ECDPM in 2008, Jeske worked for UNDP in Djibouti, the Directorate General Development of the European Commission in Brussels, CDR-ULA in Costa Rica and SEO Economic Research in Amsterdam. Jeske holds Masters Diplomas in Development Economics from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne.

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Kathy Roussel

Public Affairs Director, amfori

As a member of the leadership team, Kathy contributes to building the organization strategy and is responsible for the implementation of the vision outlined for amfori by its members and the Board of Directors. Since joining amfori, Kathy has been successfully advocating for open and sustainable trade.  

Graduated in both Political Sciences and European Law, Kathy has more than 17 years of experience in Public Affairs. In her past role, she was running the Brussels representation office of AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board), also acted as the Secretary General for the CDL, a European Platform of national agri-food promotion organisations (now merged with Trade Promotion Europe).  

 

 

Kathy Roussel

Public Affairs Director Ad Interim
amfori

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Kathy Roussel

Public Affairs Director, amfori

As a member of the leadership team, Kathy contributes to building the organization strategy and is responsible for the implementation of the vision outlined for amfori by its members and the Board of Directors. Since joining amfori, Kathy has been successfully advocating for open and sustainable trade.  

Graduated in both Political Sciences and European Law, Kathy has more than 17 years of experience in Public Affairs. In her past role, she was running the Brussels representation office of AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board), also acted as the Secretary General for the CDL, a European Platform of national agri-food promotion organisations (now merged with Trade Promotion Europe).

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Solveig Steinbrenner

Head of sustainable supply chain management

Solveig Steinbrenner began her professional career at HUGO BOSS in 2005 and worked in various roles in the area of supply chain management. After several years in leading positions, she became responsible as Head of Product & Vendor Sustainability at HUGO BOSS from 2013 until 2018.

From 2018 to 2022, Solveig Steinbrenner was the Head of Social Compliance & Sustainability at the TriStyle Group, the holding company of the mail order business companies of Peter Hahn GmbH and Madeleine Mode GmbH as well as the TriStyle Sourcing Limited with locations in Hong Kong, Portugal, and Turkey.

In July 2022, she rejoined HUGO BOSS as the Head of Sustainable Supply Chain Management. Solveig Steinbrenner is responsible for driving the HUGO BOSS supply chain towards sustainability with the focus on vendor sustainability, labor conditions, social compliance, environmental aspects as well as product safety & chemical management.

Solveig Steinbrenner

Head of Sust. Supply Chain Management, Global Corporate Responsibility & Public Affairs

Hugo Boss

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Solveig Steinbrenner

Head of sustainable supply chain management

Solveig Steinbrenner began her professional career at HUGO BOSS in 2005 and worked in various roles in the area of supply chain management. After several years in leading positions, she became responsible as Head of Product & Vendor Sustainability at HUGO BOSS from 2013 until 2018.

From 2018 to 2022, Solveig Steinbrenner was the Head of Social Compliance & Sustainability at the TriStyle Group, the holding company of the mail order business companies of Peter Hahn GmbH and Madeleine Mode GmbH as well as the TriStyle Sourcing Limited with locations in Hong Kong, Portugal, and Turkey.

In July 2022, she rejoined HUGO BOSS as the Head of Sustainable Supply Chain Management. Solveig Steinbrenner is responsible for driving the HUGO BOSS supply chain towards sustainability with the focus on vendor sustainability, labor conditions, social compliance, environmental aspects as well as product safety & chemical management.

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Stijn Vandenreyken

Data Lead, ACA Group 

Stijn started his career as a business intelligence consultant, focusing on helping customers to gain more insights by improving their analytics platforms. Driven by the passion for data analytics, he managed a team of +50 BI & data specialists for more than 15 years with a strong focus on customer satisfaction and delivering quality results. Exploring the market to find the best solution for his customers gives him energy. He prefers to customize proven solutions and methodologies to a customer’s fit asset as each solution should be tailored to become highly efficient. 

 

Stijn Vandereyken

Data Lead
ACA Group

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Stijn Vandenreyken

Data Lead, ACA Group 

Stijn started his career as a business intelligence consultant, focusing on helping customers to gain more insights by improving their analytics platforms. Driven by the passion for data analytics, he managed a team of +50 BI & data specialists for more than 15 years with a strong focus on customer satisfaction and delivering quality results. Exploring the market to find the best solution for his customers gives him energy. He prefers to customize proven solutions and methodologies to a customer’s fit asset as each solution should be tailored to become highly efficient. 

 

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Franzis Wimmer

Stakeholder Engagement Advisor, amfori

Franzis advises the organization on the strategic engagement of amfori’s key stakeholders including international organisations, civil society and trade unions. In his role, he is responsible for identifying and forging strategic partnerships to advance amfori’s mission to create a global trade framework that uses natural resources responsibly and benefits everyone.  

Franzis also leads amfori’s work on gender equality and living wages and manages the amfori Members Advisory Council, which provides strategic advice to the amfori Board of Directors in close liaison with the amfori Network Chairs and Stakeholder Advisory Council.  

Before joining amfori, Franzis worked for different international non-profit associations, such as CSR Europe and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, to advance sustainability in both the private and public sector. Franzis holds a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies and a Master of Science in Sustainability Science and Policy from the University of Maastricht. 

Franzis Wimmer

Stakeholder Engagement Advisor
amfori

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Franzis Wimmer

Stakeholder Engagement Advisor, amfori

Franzis advises the organization on the strategic engagement of amfori’s key stakeholders including international organisations, civil society and trade unions. In his role, he is responsible for identifying and forging strategic partnerships to advance amfori’s mission to create a global trade framework that uses natural resources responsibly and benefits everyone.  

Franzis also leads amfori’s work on gender equality and living wages and manages the amfori Members Advisory Council, which provides strategic advice to the amfori Board of Directors in close liaison with the amfori Network Chairs and Stakeholder Advisory Council.  

Before joining amfori, Franzis worked for different international non-profit associations, such as CSR Europe and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, to advance sustainability in both the private and public sector. Franzis holds a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies and a Master of Science in Sustainability Science and Policy from the University of Maastricht. 

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Aubree Evangelista

Membership Lead, amfori

Aubree leads amfori’s Membership Team that is the first point of contact for amfori members and business partners and the “voice of members” within amfori.  

Aubree graduated with a master’s degree in European Affairs from Sciences Po Paris, with a focus on international relations and sustainable development. Prior to joining amfori, Aubree was working in the financial services and banking industry and gained experience in the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the Secretary-General of the European Commission. 

Aubree Evangelista

Membership Lead
amfori

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Aubree Evangelista

Membership Lead, amfori

Aubree leads amfori’s Membership Team that is the first point of contact for amfori members and business partners and the “voice of members” within amfori.  

Aubree graduated with a master’s degree in European Affairs from Sciences Po Paris, with a focus on international relations and sustainable development. Prior to joining amfori, Aubree was working in the financial services and banking industry and gained experience in the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the Secretary-General of the European Commission. 

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Bruno Güemes

Environmental Progamme Manager, amfori

Bruno Güemes

Environmental Programme Manager
amfori

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Bruno Güemes

Environmental Progamme Manager, amfori

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Fatemeh Ghaderinezhad

Data Analyst, amfori 

Fatemeh graduated from Ghent University with Ph.D. in Statistics in June 2021. She is currently a Data Analyst at amfori, demonstrating a track record of driving innovation in research. Her eagerness to analyze data thoroughly help maximize its impact in order to improve the stakeholder’s sustainability. Her AI and Machine Learning skills help discover insights from data, model data, and present findings using Python. 

 

Dr. Fatemeh Ghaderinezhad

Data Analyst
amfori

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Fatemeh Ghaderinezhad

Data Analyst, amfori 

Fatemeh graduated from Ghent University with Ph.D. in Statistics in June 2021. She is currently a Data Analyst at amfori, demonstrating a track record of driving innovation in research. Her eagerness to analyze data thoroughly help maximize its impact in order to improve the stakeholder’s sustainability. Her AI and Machine Learning skills help discover insights from data, model data, and present findings using Python. 

 

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Diederik Delen

Senior Technology Manager, amfori

Diederik Delen

Senior Technology Manager
amfori

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Diederik Delen

IT Manager, amfori

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Dr Charline Daelman

Senior Sustainability Expert, amfori  

Charline leads the Strategy & Innovation team as well as the Speak for Change Program at amfori. 

Before joining amfori, Charline worked as a Business and Children’s Rights Expert (UNICEF), Gender & Human Rights Consultant (Enabel) and Associate Attorney (SQ-Law). She was an Assistant Lecturer in Human Rights at the University of Leuven and Guest Lecturer in Investment, Business & Human Rights at the University of Pretoria and TEC Monterrey. She holds a LLM from the University of Essex and a PhD from the University of Leuven. 

Dr Charline Daelman

Senior Sustainability
Expert

amfori

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Dr Charline Daelman

Senior Sustainability Expert, amfori  

Charline leads the Strategy & Innovation team as well as the Speak for Change Program at amfori. 

Before joining amfori, Charline worked as a Business and Children’s Rights Expert (UNICEF), Gender & Human Rights Consultant (Enabel) and Associate Attorney (SQ-Law). She was an Assistant Lecturer in Human Rights at the University of Leuven and Guest Lecturer in Investment, Business & Human Rights at the University of Pretoria and TEC Monterrey. She holds a LLM from the University of Essex and a PhD from the University of Leuven. 

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Raymond Williams

Capacity Building Lead, amfori 

Raymond is responsible for delivery of training courses for amfori members, business partners and auditors. With a background in training programme management in the private sector, he focuses on the people aspects of change and project management. Raymond’s volunteering experiences in refugee education motivated him to exchange the banking sector in Ireland for the field of human rights and sustainability, joining amfori 4 years ago in Belgium.

Raymond Williams

Capacity Building Lead
amfori

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Raymond Williams

Capacity Building Lead, amfori 

Raymond is responsible for delivery of training courses for amfori members, business partners and auditors. With a background in training programme management in the private sector, he focuses on the people aspects of change and project management. Raymond’s volunteering experiences in refugee education motivated him to exchange the banking sector in Ireland for the field of human rights and sustainability, joining amfori 4 years ago in Belgium.

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Valentina Bolognesi

Senior Social Policy Advisor, amfori

Valentina is Senior Social Policy Advisor at amfori where she is responsible for contributing to amfori’s advocacy work in the field of social sustainability and supply chain policies with a special focus on human rights due diligence.
Prior to joining amfori, Valentina worked on sustainability issues related to the tech sector including responsible sourcing, substance restrictions, energy, material efficiency, waste, repair and refurbishment.
Valentina holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in international relations.

Valentina Bolognesi

Senior Social Policy Advisor

amfori

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Valentina Bolognesi

Senior Social Policy Advisor, amfori

Valentina is Senior Social Policy Advisor at amfori where she is responsible for contributing to amfori’s advocacy work in the field of social sustainability and supply chain policies with a special focus on human rights due diligence.
Prior to joining amfori, Valentina worked on sustainability issues related to the tech sector including responsible sourcing, substance restrictions, energy, material efficiency, waste, repair and refurbishment.
Valentina holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in international relations.

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Lara Hutt

Project Manager, GIZ

Lara is a Project Manager at the Secretariat of the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles where she is responsible for projects and partnerships surrounding the topic of grievance mechanisms and access to remedy. Since summer 2018 she has been working for the German development agency, the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, which on behalf of the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development hosts the Textiles Partnership. The Partnership, a multi-stakeholder-initiative that brings together actors from government, civil society and the economy, places a special focus on the implementation of human rights and environmental due diligence.
Lara holds a master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice (Global Campus of Human Rights). During her studies, she specialized in human rights due diligence.

Lara Hutt

Project Manager

GIZ

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Lara Hutt

Project Manager, GIZ

Lara is a Project Manager at the Secretariat of the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles where she is responsible for projects and partnerships surrounding the topic of grievance mechanisms and access to remedy. Since summer 2018 she has been working for the German development agency, the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, which on behalf of the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development hosts the Textiles Partnership. The Partnership, a multi-stakeholder-initiative that brings together actors from government, civil society and the economy, places a special focus on the implementation of human rights and environmental due diligence.
Lara holds a master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice (Global Campus of Human Rights). During her studies, she specialized in human rights due diligence.

 

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Hanna Helgesdotter

Sustainability Manager Human Rights and Global Relations, Systembolaget 

Hanna has been working for Systembolaget, the Swedish state-owned retail monopoly for alcoholic beverages and one of the world’s larger buyers of wine, beer and spirits, for the last seven years within the Sustainability Department. The department is responsible for ensuring responsible purchasing practices and sustainability work throughout Systembolaget’s global agricultural supply chains, from primary production to the Systembolaget stores. 

Her current role is Sustainability Manager Human Rights and Global Relations, where she leads Systembolaget’s strategic work with the UNGPs and supply chain stakeholder engagement. This includes roles in global collaboration with unions, vice-chair of amfori’s MAC and board member of Ethical Trade Initiative Sweden.  

Please read more and connect at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hanna-helgesdotter-48a896164/     

Hanna Helgesdotter

Global Relations and Human Rights Sustainability Manager
Systembolaget

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Hanna Helgesdotter

Sustainability Manager Human Rights and Global Relations, Systembolaget 

Hanna has been working for Systembolaget, the Swedish state-owned retail monopoly for alcoholic beverages and one of the world’s larger buyers of wine, beer and spirits, for the last seven years within the Sustainability Department. The department is responsible for ensuring responsible purchasing practices and sustainability work throughout Systembolaget’s global agricultural supply chains, from primary production to the Systembolaget stores. 

Her current role is Sustainability Manager Human Rights and Global Relations, where she leads Systembolaget’s strategic work with the UNGPs and supply chain stakeholder engagement. This includes roles in global collaboration with unions, vice-chair of amfori’s MAC and board member of Ethical Trade Initiative Sweden.  

Please read more and connect at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hanna-helgesdotter-48a896164/     

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Peter Carlson

Communications Associate, Green Climate Fund

Peter is the Communications Associate of the Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM) where he focuses on increasing the visibility of the IRM’s work to key stakeholders. Prior to joining the IRM, Peter was part of the communications team at the Global Partnership for Education, focusing on digital campaigns and media and the OECD, managing communications for the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) and the Environment Directorate.
Peter holds Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and French from Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po Paris.

Peter Carlson

Communications Associate

Green Climate Fund

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Peter Carlson

Communications Associate, Green Climate Fund

Peter is the Communications Associate of the Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM) where he focuses on increasing the visibility of the IRM’s work to key stakeholders. Prior to joining the IRM, Peter was part of the communications team at the Global Partnership for Education, focusing on digital campaigns and media and the OECD, managing communications for the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) and the Environment Directorate.
Peter holds Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and French from Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po Paris.

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Müge Tuna Kurt

Network Representative (Turkey), amfori

Ms. Müge TUNA KURT is an international consultant and trainer in social compliance with 20 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 consultant and lead auditor for EMEA region and conducted numerous audits in Türkiye, 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 USDA 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 in Turkey as an accredited trainer for amfori.
During her work experience, Ms. Tuna Kurt 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 Kurt is working as a Network Representative for amfori based in Türkiye.  She owns Aleph CSR Consultancy, Training Services Co. Ltd. supporting to companies in implementing social compliance.

Müge Tuna Kurt

Network Representative (Turkey), amfori

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Müge Tuna Kurt

Network Representative (Turkey), amfori

Ms. Müge TUNA KURT is an international consultant and trainer in social compliance with 20 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 consultant and lead auditor for EMEA region and conducted numerous audits in Türkiye, 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 USDA 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 in Turkey as an accredited trainer for amfori.
During her work experience, Ms. Tuna Kurt 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 Kurt is working as a Network Representative for amfori based in Türkiye.  She owns Aleph CSR Consultancy, Training Services Co. Ltd. supporting to companies in implementing social compliance.

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Gert van der Bijl

Senior EU Policy Advisor, Solidaridad

Gert van der Bijl is Senior EU Policy Advisor for Solidaridad, an international development
organization focused on market-based solutions, working through 8 regional expertise
centres with people working in 40 countries and across 13 global sectors. Gert holds a
Master’s Degree in Development Economics from Wageningen University.
Before joining Solidaridad he worked 20 years in Dutch agriculture, for the Dutch Young
Farmers Union (NAJK), the Centre for Agriculture and Environment (CLM) and for the
Ministry of Agriculture as coordinator innovation policy.
From 2009 until 2021, Gert first coordinated the Solidaridad soy programme and later the
Solidaridad livestock and leather programme. Since 2021 he is responsible for
Solidaridad's EU policy influencing, focusing mostly on advocating for inclusion of
smallholders and workers in EU policies such as the EU deforestation regulation and the
Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence legislation (CSDDD).

Gert van der Bijl

Senior EU Policy Advisor, Solidaridad

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Gert van der Bijl

Senior EU Policy Advisor, Solidaridad

Gert van der Bijl is Senior EU Policy Advisor for Solidaridad, an international development
organization focused on market-based solutions, working through 8 regional expertise
centres with people working in 40 countries and across 13 global sectors. Gert holds a
Master’s Degree in Development Economics from Wageningen University.
Before joining Solidaridad he worked 20 years in Dutch agriculture, for the Dutch Young
Farmers Union (NAJK), the Centre for Agriculture and Environment (CLM) and for the
Ministry of Agriculture as coordinator innovation policy.
From 2009 until 2021, Gert first coordinated the Solidaridad soy programme and later the
Solidaridad livestock and leather programme. Since 2021 he is responsible for
Solidaridad's EU policy influencing, focusing mostly on advocating for inclusion of
smallholders and workers in EU policies such as the EU deforestation regulation and the
Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence legislation (CSDDD).

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Marius Lang

Head of Social Standards, Migros

Marius Lang is Head of Social Standards at Migros. He is responsible for the department and its strategic development with teams in Zurich, Delhi and Hongkong. Beside social compliance tasks, the department manages a variety of projects on farm and factory level with the aim to contribute to sustainable development. Marius’ expertise includes social compliance management, human rights, corporate sustainability, responsible purchasing practices and supply chain management.

Marius Lang

Head of Social Standards, Migros

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Marius Lang

Head of Social Standards, Migros

Marius Lang is Head of Social Standards at Migros. He is responsible for the department and its strategic development with teams in Zurich, Delhi and Hongkong. Beside social compliance tasks, the department manages a variety of projects on farm and factory level with the aim to contribute to sustainable development. Marius’ expertise includes social compliance management, human rights, corporate sustainability, responsible purchasing practices and supply chain management.

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Noortje Crabbendam

Associate, Benelux & France Business Development, Carbon Trust

Noor supports European businesses on their Route to Net Zero. Advising companies to build a climate strategy around measuring, managing and reducing carbon emissions. By having previously worked on technical projects team within the scope 3  footprinting team at Carbon Trust, she has a particular focus on value chain footprinting. Noor also leads the knowledge management on the impacts of European climate policy on corporates, in particular legislation related to the EU green deal e.g. EU Taxonomy and CSRD.

Noor Crabbendam

Associate, Benelux & France Business Development, Carbon Trust

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Noor Crabbendam

Associate, Benelux & France Business Development, Carbon Trust

Noor supports European businesses on their Route to Net Zero. Advising companies to build a climate strategy around measuring, managing and reducing carbon emissions. By having previously worked on technical projects team within the scope 3  footprinting team at Carbon Trust, she has a particular focus on value chain footprinting. Noor also leads the knowledge management on the impacts of European climate policy on corporates, in particular legislation related to the EU green deal e.g. EU Taxonomy and CSRD.

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Simon Geale

Chief Procurement Officer, Proxima

As Chief Procurement Officer at Procurement and Supply Chain consultancy Proxima, Simon is accountable for driving product and service innovation, market and media relations.
His job means that he works with and advises executives, procurement teams and vendors on all things procurement now and next.
He is a two-time failed tech entrepreneur, master shapeshifter in PowerPoint, and regular commentator in the media. As a father of two young girls when not working he spends his time moonlighting as a taxi driver, dinosaur or being ridden around his house like a horse.

Simona Geale

Chief Procurement Officer, Proxima

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Simona Geale

Chief Procurement Officer, Proxima

As Chief Procurement Officer at Procurement and Supply Chain consultancy Proxima, Simon is accountable for driving product and service innovation, market and media relations.
His job means that he works with and advises executives, procurement teams and vendors on all things procurement now and next.
He is a two-time failed tech entrepreneur, master shapeshifter in PowerPoint, and regular commentator in the media. As a father of two young girls when not working he spends his time moonlighting as a taxi driver, dinosaur or being ridden around his house like a horse.

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Marius Lang

Head of Social Standards, Migros

Marius Lang is Head of Social Standards at Migros. He is responsible for the department and its strategic development with teams in Zurich, Delhi and Hongkong. Beside social compliance tasks, the department manages a variety of projects on farm and factory level with the aim to contribute to sustainable development. Marius’ expertise includes social compliance management, human rights, corporate sustainability, responsible purchasing practices and supply chain management.

Marius Lang

Head of Social Standards, Migros

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Marius Lang

Head of Social Standards, Migros

Marius Lang is Head of Social Standards at Migros. He is responsible for the department and its strategic development with teams in Zurich, Delhi and Hongkong. Beside social compliance tasks, the department manages a variety of projects on farm and factory level with the aim to contribute to sustainable development. Marius’ expertise includes social compliance management, human rights, corporate sustainability, responsible purchasing practices and supply chain management.

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Margarita Lysenkova

Senior Manager, Global Reporting Initiative

Margarita Lysenkova joined Global Reporting Initiative in 2019 and has been instrumental in the development of the new Sector Program, where she has led the pilot project for the development of the Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fishing Sector Standards and assisted with the Oil and Gas Sector Standard work. With a professional background in corporate, United Nations, and non-for-profit sectors across four countries, Ms Lysenkova’s expertise spans international labor standards and sustainability.
She has previously worked for the International Labour Organization in Geneva and in a financial reporting role with a Belgian multinational. Margarita is currently Senior Manager within the GRI Policy department.

Margarita Lysenkova

Senior Manager, Global Reporting Initiative

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Margarita Lysenkova

Senior Manager, Global Reporting Initiative

Margarita Lysenkova joined Global Reporting Initiative in 2019 and has been instrumental in the development of the new Sector Program, where she has led the pilot project for the development of the Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fishing Sector Standards and assisted with the Oil and Gas Sector Standard work. With a professional background in corporate, United Nations, and non-for-profit sectors across four countries, Ms Lysenkova’s expertise spans international labor standards and sustainability.
She has previously worked for the International Labour Organization in Geneva and in a financial reporting role with a Belgian multinational. Margarita is currently Senior Manager within the GRI Policy department.

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Ursula Woodburn

Programme Director, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Ursula Woodburn is a Programme Director and manages the Cambridge Institute for
Sustainability Leadership Brussels office. Through her role she drives further
corporate engagement on the long-term climate strategy and building a sustainable
European economy. She manages the Corporate Leaders Group Europe, the We
Mean Business EU Policy Group and the EU Green Growth Partnership, which
creates a common space for governments, businesses and parliamentarians to
collaborate in support of a greener EU economy.
Ursula joined CISL from Weber Shandwick Brussels, where she led the sustainability
practice. She previously worked in the European Parliament for an environmental
NGO and subsequently on Brussels public affairs and strategic communications
experience across energy, climate and transport sectors. 
Ursula has a Masters in Development and Governance from the University of
Antwerp and studied Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

Ursula Woodburn

Programme Director, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

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Ursula Woodburn

Programme Director, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Ursula Woodburn is a Programme Director and manages the Cambridge Institute for
Sustainability Leadership Brussels office. Through her role she drives further
corporate engagement on the long-term climate strategy and building a sustainable
European economy. She manages the Corporate Leaders Group Europe, the We
Mean Business EU Policy Group and the EU Green Growth Partnership, which
creates a common space for governments, businesses and parliamentarians to
collaborate in support of a greener EU economy.
Ursula joined CISL from Weber Shandwick Brussels, where she led the sustainability
practice. She previously worked in the European Parliament for an environmental
NGO and subsequently on Brussels public affairs and strategic communications
experience across energy, climate and transport sectors. 
Ursula has a Masters in Development and Governance from the University of
Antwerp and studied Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

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Bruno Mattia

Director of Business Development – France and Southern Europe  

Bruno joined Trustrace early 2022 to bring our business in France and Southern Europe to the next level and to bring his expertise in the Fashion Market. He developed his whole carrier in Tech companies and during the last 15 years, he focussed on answering the Fashion market challenges through Saas and Enterprise Software solutions.

TrusTrace is a collective thought of four engineers and many partners who are trying
to change how we shop, eat, dress, and reduce our impact on our environment. TrusTraces’ aim is to build a future where our activities have a low carbon footprint, and we value the human capital behind the products.

Bruno Mattia 

Director of Business Development – France and Southern Europe

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Bruno Mattia

Director of Business Development – France and Southern Europe  

Bruno joined Trustrace early 2022 to bring our business in France and Southern Europe to the next level and to bring his expertise in the Fashion Market. He developed his whole carrier in Tech companies and during the last 15 years, he focussed on answering the Fashion market challenges through Saas and Enterprise Software solutions.

TrusTrace is a collective thought of four engineers and many partners who are trying
to change how we shop, eat, dress, and reduce our impact on our environment. TrusTraces’ aim is to build a future where our activities have a low carbon footprint, and we value the human capital behind the products.

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