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FTIS 2012


While the agenda for the event continues to be developed, the Organisers are very pleased to confirm the attendance of the following speakers at the Fair Trade International Symposium 2012. We are making more confirmations all the time, so do check back regularly to see the developments. 


Dorothea Kleine

Senior Lecturer  

Department of Human Geography at the University of London

Dorothea Kleine is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has published widely on Fair Trade, including her 2005 book Surfen in Birkenstocks, on the potential of the internet for Fair Trade. She was Project Manager of the EPSRC Fair Tracing Project (www.fairtracing.org) which gives consumers and producers more information about the value chains in which they operate. She is currently the Principal Investigator on the ESRC-DFID Choices project which focuses on ethical consumption and public procurement in Chile and Brazil (www.sustainablechoices.org).

Eitan Stern 

Project Coordinator

Eitan Stern is the co-founder of Concerned Consumers: a consumer watchdog aimed at fostering sustainability and transparency within the food and retail industry, as well as eLabel: an integrated network of websites and mobile applications which deliver product specific information to consumers where it counts most; in the supermarket aisles, while shopping.

Eitan is a Law graduate of the University of Cape Town. He grew up immersed grass roots activism. He has worked on advocacy campaigns over many years, including the Treatment Action Campaign and coordinating emergency legal rights workshops for refugees during the South African xenophobia crisis in 2008.


Marie-Christine Renard


Department of Rural Sociology of Chapingo University in Mexico

Marie-Christine was born in Belgium and is a professor and researcher at the Department of Rural Sociology of Chapingo University in Mexico. She is sociologist from the University of Louvain in Belgium, studied a Master degree in Social Anthropology in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a Ph.D. in Rural Studies (Sociology) at the University of Toulouse le-Mirail in France. She has carried out research on peasants and Indian movements in Chiapas, on the coffee commodity chain and market, on quality certification in agrofood and on Fair Trade.

Kusemererwa Saul Balisima 

Field Manager 

Mr. Kusemererwa Saul Balisima is a Field Manager of a small farmer owned factory. He has been working with the farmers for five years. Prior to that, he worked as a trainer with private sector development and consultancy centre. In the same company he coordinates several projects including Geo fair-trade Project and Climate change projects. He has a background in Agriculture and project management.

André Luiz Reis


Costas cooperative in Brazil

André Luiz Reisis a third-generation coffee producer with a huge experience in agricultural production. He is the manager of Costas cooperative in Brazil and was the one who first brought the idea of Fairtrade certification for the cooperative. He is now chairman of the cooperative producing Fairtrade certified speciality coffees. Andréis looking greatly forward to this visit to the UK in April.

André Luiz Reis will be presenting one of the GeoFairTrade case studies from Brazil.

Lijin Jacob Tom

Operations Manager


Lijin Jacob Tom has been operations manager for Elements working with Fair Trade Alliance Kerala (FTAK), the FLO registered producer group with over 4,000 farmers in India since 2007. Primarily responsible logistics, he has also gained experience in procurement, processing and marketing of Fair Trade and Organic cashew, coffee, spices and coconut products. Seeing Fair Trade annual growth of FTAK from $1.1 Million in 2007 to $2.9 Million in 2011.

Lijin is going to be at the FTIS/GFT representing FTAK the Indian case study for the GFT project.

Ian Bretman

Executive Vice-Chair of the Board

Fairtrade International

Ian Bretman’s involvement with fair trade dates back to 1985 when he led the marketing team at Oxfam Trading. He subsequently spent ten years as Deputy Director of the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK, helping to achieve the Fairtrade Mark’s breakthrough into the mainstream consumer market. Ian was a driving force behind the extension of the Mark to new product categories and led the Foundation’s work on development of the Windward Island Fairtrade banana programme and the UK launch of Fairtrade roses.

Ian has been a member of the Board of Fairtrade International (FLO) since May 2006 and was part of the task force that prepared Fairtrade’s current global strategy. He has been Executive Vice-Chair since 2008, responsible for strengthening governance and accountability to key stakeholders and was responsible for extending membership of the Fairtrade system to the Producer Networks in Africa, Asia and Latin America/Caribbean in 2006, and for the recent governance reform that will increase their ownership of the system to 50%.

Outside of Fairtrade, Ian’s career extends over nearly 40 years in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, including management roles in travel, oil, engineering and publishing. Ian has been a member of the Institute of Fundraising since 1988 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2004. He is a member of the Soil Association’s Standards Board and has worked as a trustee of several charities, most recently HOPE for Children and the David Williams Rwanda Foundation.

Ian will be drawing on his experience to reflect on some of the most recent issues in the fair trade movement as he contributes to summarising the symposium on Wednesday afternoon.

Alex Nicholls

Tenured Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship

Said Business School, Oxford University

Dr Alex Nicholls MBA is the first tenured lecturer in social entrepreneurship appointed at the University of Oxford and was the first staff member of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in 2004.Based at the Said Business School, his research interests range across several key areas within social entrepreneurship and social innovation, including: the nexus of relationships between accounting, accountability, and governance; public and social policy contexts; social investment; and Fair Trade.

Alex is the co-author of a major research book on Fair Trade (with Charlotte Opal, Sage, 2005) and the editor of a collection of key papers on social entrepreneurship (Oxford University Press, 2008). Both represent the best selling and most cited academic books on their subjects globally.

Alex is an Honorary Fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham and also acts as a non Executive Director of a major Fair Trade company.

Alex will be drawing on his experience and knowledge during a confirmed talk at the event.

Brad Hill

Fairtrade Strategic Development Manager

The Co-operative

Brad has been at the Co-operative Group all his working life. Having spent time in buying, trade and product marketing, in 1998 he was asked to help develop the Co-operative's 'responsible retailing' agenda and translate the 'co-operative difference' into a consumer message. Policies were subsequently developed that put the Co-operative's ethical stance firmly in the consumers' minds with notable personal success in areas such as community support, animal welfare, environmental issues and Fairtrade.

 Brad has been championing Fairtrade ever since, with a personal passion that has developed as strongly as the Co-operative's Fairtrade reputation. As well as driving the business strategy for Fairtrade, which reached sales of £135M in 2010, he has also been an active Fairtrade campaigner. Brad was instrumental in helping Manchester and his hometown of Salford achieve Fairtrade Town status and has helped local primary schools adopt the Co-operative’s Fairtrade schools pack, which he developed. Further afield, Brad has been an advocate for Fairtrade in the commercial advancement of Fairtrade across Europe, Central America and SE Asia.

As Fairtrade has become more mainstream, Brad has begun to extend The Co-operative’s support agenda, instigating standalone projects with producer groups in countries such as Chile, Panama, Kenya and Ghana. Such social development projects aim to go beyond Fairtrade and maintain The Co-operative’s position in fair and ethical trade leadership, while impacting positively on thousands more people.

Brad will be talking on the title of:

‘The Co-operative – supporting producers through Fairtrade and beyond’

John Riches

Fair Trade Entrepreneur

Just Trading Scotland

After involvement in the apartheid struggle in the 1970s, John returned to the UK in the 1980s to set up a Trust and a shop, the Balmore Coach House, to fund development projects through fair trade activity. Five years ago, the shop began to import Eswatini jams and sauces with great sucess. Reaching the limits of the shops capacity  (commercialising £100 000+ worth of products), John was instrumental in setting up Just Trading Scotland; which has subsequently diversified into other produce, including Kilombero rice from Malawi.

John will be drawing on his significant experience to talk about the sucesses and problems of developing fair trade supply chains with African producers.

Neil la Croix

Director of Sustainable Supply Chains

Kraft Foods Europe Services

Neil is currently Director of Sustainable Supply Chains Kraft Foods, where he is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to secure a long term supply of the ingredients required by Kraft Foods ensuring quality and quantity while delivering commercial value.

Previous to this, Neil was Head of Supply Chain at Green & Black's. Here Neil was responsible for all aspects of the supply chain from ingredient procurement, sustainable and ethical sourcing, cost of goods, project management, management of contract manufacturers and delivery to customers.

Neil will be talking about Kraft's Cocoa Partnership work in Ghana and Dominican Republic.

Sergi Corbalán

Executive Director

Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO)

As Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office, Sergi Corbalán is responsible for the Fair Trade movement political advocacy work before the European Union. The mission of the FTAO is to speak out for Fair Trade and Trade Justice as well as to coordinate advocacy efforts of the Fair Trade movement in Europe on EU policies and EU input into Global policies. The FTAO is a joint initiative of Fairtrade International, the European Fair Trade Association and the World Fair Trade Organization-Europe. More information under: www.fairtrade-advocacy.org

Sergi has over 10 years experience on EU and Global affairs, having worked for a variety of civil society and industry actors, on policy and legal topics linked to consumer protection, trade and sustainable development. He is a Law graduate (Universitat Pompeu Fabra – Spain and Université de Genève - Switzerland), with a Masters of Arts in International Politics (Université Libre de Bruxelles – Belgium). He has also studied International Trade and Economics at the World Trade Institute, Berne, Switzerland.

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