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GoodWeave International Management Team and Staff
GoodWeave International Board of Directors
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Nina Smith is the founding executive director of GoodWeave International, which works to end child labor in the carpet industry in South Asia and replicate its market-driven model in new industries. Since 1999 she has developed and led GoodWeave operations, which include market engagement; product certification, inspection and monitoring of informal supply chains; removal and rehabilitation of child laborers, and a range of worker protection programs.
Ms. Smith is an advocate for children’s rights and an expert on addressing labor rights violations in manufacturing supply chains. She has presented globally on these issues at events organized by Harvard University, the American Bar Association: Rule of Law Initiative and Stanford Graduate School of Business, TEDx Dhaka among others. She is a 2005 winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, acknowledging her work to employ market strategies for social change, and in 2012 she received The Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s EXCEL Award for excellence in chief executive leadership.
A fair trade advocate and expert for two decades, Ms. Smith was formerly the executive director of The Crafts Center and a crafts export consultant to the Tibetan Government-in-Exile in Dharamsala, India, where she oversaw the development of new market-driven product lines and artisan training. Ms. Smith currently serves the board of the Fair Labor Association, and has previously served other boards including the Fair Trade Federation and The Tibet Collection. She is a graduate of Tufts University, and is a practitioner affiliate of the Social Enterprise Graduate Degree program at American University.
Beth Gottschling Huber is GoodWeave’s deputy director. Mrs. Huber has more than 15 years of experience working with handcraft businesses in the Central and South Asia region, including seven years managing Aid to Artisans' programs in Asia. She has also consulted for a range of organizations including UNESCO, CARE and DAI. In addition to her nonprofit work, Mrs. Huber served as director of operations for the communications and design firm Free Range Studios. She holds an MA in International Development from American University.
Brenna Kupferman is GoodWeave’s Director of Development. She has more than 20 years’ experience in fundraising, non-profit administration, strategic planning, and international development. Prior to joining GoodWeave, Brenna was Director of Development for ActionAid USA, where she worked for more than 13 years, raising support from institutions and individuals and provided training and mentorship to staff from more than 45 countries around the world. She holds an undergraduate degree from Bennington College and an ESL Teaching Certificate from the University of Akron.
Fazel Wasit is GoodWeave’s Afghanistan country director. He brings nearly 20 years of professional experience, including senior-level management, communications, and relationship development. Prior to joining GoodWeave, Mr. Wasit held a number of leadership positions across government, civil society, and business sectors, including Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan; Investment Director of the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency; Advocacy Manager at the Afghan Civil Society Forum; and Spokesperson for the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture. Fluent in English, Dari, Pashto and Urdu, Mr. Wasit has traveled widely in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Mr. Wasit is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in management (expected 2015) at Kabul University, where he previously earned a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. He is also pursuing an executive M.B.A. from the Indian Management School and Research Centre in India (expected 2014).
Manoj Bhatt is GoodWeave’s India country director. Mr. Bhatt has nearly two decades of professional experience in social organizing, advocacy, and environmental conservation. Prior to joining GoodWeave, he founded and directed Research, Avocacy and Communication in Himalayan Areas (RACHNA), a network of NGOs working to build green communities by empowering local entrepreneurs and businesses. Mr. Bhatt is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Ashoka Innovators for the Public Fellowship Award; Ford Foundation International Fellowship; and Climate Change Leader Award under the British High Commission’s Leadership for Environment and Development program. Mr. Bhatt holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Master’s in Political Science and Bachelor of Science degree from Garhwal University in India.
Lubha Raj Neupane is GoodWeave's Nepal country director. Prior to joining GoodWeave, Mr. Neupane worked as National Program Coordinator for Disaster Preparedness Network Nepal and Executive Director of Humanitarians’ Trust for Children Nepal. With extensive leadership experience, Mr. Neupane is seasoned in developing social auditing procedures, coordinating and consulting with diverse stakeholders, facilitating labor standards processes, and has technical expertise in implementing education programs within brick kilns where his efforts saw significantly reduced dropout and child labor rates in target brick factories. Mr. Neupane holds dual Master’s degrees from Tribhuvan University (rural development) and Tri-Chandra Multiple College (sociology and anthropology) in Nepal. He also earned a Bachelors of Education from Gramin Adarsha Multiple College, focusing on economics, as well as a Bachelors of Arts in economics and sociology from Tri-Chandra Multiple College.
Scott Welker is GoodWeave’s director of business development. Scott has an extensive background in international brand management, business development and operations. While living abroad as the Area Market Manager for BAT, he developed distribution channels within emerging markets across the globe. Most recently Scott managed all aspects of a multimillion-dollar e-commerce entity. He has also provided operational and marketing expertise to a number of national and international nonprofit organizations on a volunteer basis.
Cyndi Janetzko is GoodWeave’s director of operations. Previously an independent consultant with background in green products marketing, investment fund development and strategic planning, Cyndi has experience readying smaller socially responsible businesses to compete in the private sector and attract both capital and clientele. Beginning in 1997, she was a member of the Environmental Enterprises Assistance Fund (EEAF) fundraising team to capital the fund, then developed its project origination strategy and marketing materials. While there, she was instrumental in the organization of Terra Capital Investors, a biodiversity fund for Latin American small business.
Vilas Pathikonda is GoodWeave’s director of research and strategy. He manages pilot programs in industries outside of carpets and leads the planning process for GoodWeave’s approach to new sectors. Prior to joining GoodWeave, he consulted as an economist for the World Bank focusing on the dynamics of economic development via entry into global value chains. Previously, he advised on polling and research strategies for political campaigns and corporate brands at Penn, Schoen and Berland. He has also been a research fellow at the International Labor Rights Forum. He holds a BA in Economics from Duke University and a MA in International Economic Policy from Columbia.
Kate Francis is GoodWeave's director of international partnerships. Previously with The Asia Foundation's Women's Empowerment Program, Kate provided technical and program development support to the Foundation's 17 offices in Asia, focusing primarily on such issues as human trafficking, women's rights and security and gender mainstreaming. Kate also served as a university instructor in China, and worked to increase international reproductive health funding as a government relations fellow at Population Connection, a US-based nonprofit. She holds a M.A. in International Development Studies with a concentration in women's studies from George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, and a B.A. from the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota.
Mathew John is the director of GoodWeave’s Central Inspection Division, and as such heads the organizations supply chain certification, verification and worker organizing activities. Mr. John has 30 years of experience in the areas of workers’ rights in the informal labor sector and children’s education and protection. He was involved with the establishment of GoodWeave’s original supply chain monitoring system (then RugMark) – one of the world’s first labor rights monitoring systems in the world, and has devoted his life to combating worker exploitation in India and neighboring countries. Mr. John has worked for GoodWeave for nearly a decade – first from 1995 to 1999 and then from 2008 until present. In between those periods he was the Officer on Special Duty at the Krishnamurti Foundation India at its Rajghat Education Centre in Varanasi, India where he led operations.
Biko Nagara, international standards and policy officer for GoodWeave, has a master's in International Affairs from Stanford University with a focus on social, environmental and economic development. His experience working for leading research institutes and national nonprofit organizations ranges from grassroots organizing and advocacy around environmental issues to the administration of civic leadership trainings and public health programs. While working at the United Nations Secretariat, he focused on human rights and civil society, reporting on developments and current events for the UN Chronicle. He also wrote on the topic of sustainable development for the Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World and has extensive experience in website development and graphic design.
Caroline Turnbull is GoodWeave's Business Development Associate. Prior to joining GoodWeave, Caroline was the sales manager for an Organic and Fair Trade tea importer in Brooklyn, New York. She managed retail accounts and worked closely with marketing teams in order to grow the company from a start-up to a national brand. With a BA in International Studies from Colby College, she has worked and traveled extensively in South Asia, where she completed an internship with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. Caroline's business experience, paired with her passion for ethical and sustainable sourcing, make her a strong addition to the GoodWeave team.
Stefanie Colish is GoodWeave’s Program Associate. She joined GoodWeave upon completing a fellowship in Bangalore, India working with waste workers to create a more efficient value chain. Previously, Stefanie worked for the Fair Labor Association on implementing their code of conduct across global supply chains and completed her graduate externship with Social Accountability International, specifically working with Social Accountability Accreditation Services. Stefanie is passionate about international development and has focused on ethical supply chain monitoring and social enterprise through her work and volunteer experience. She holds an MA in International Relations from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Erin Phelps is GoodWeave’s program assistant. Originally from Bellevue, Washington, she graduated from Pomona College in California with a BA in Sociology. As a Fulbright Student Researcher, Erin spent a year in Nepal conducting qualitative research on the impacts of parental labor migration on Nepalese youth in partnership with the Nepal Institute of Development Studies. Prior to joining the GoodWeave team, she interned at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service working on Grassroots Mobilization among refugees, migrants, and faith communities. She has also interned with Adhikaar, a nonprofit that promotes human rights and social justice in New York City’s Nepali community. Erin is a regular contributor to The Migrationist, a collaborative international migration blog.
Claude Fontheim is the CEO of Fontheim International LLC, and serves as chairman of GlobalWorks Foundation. Claude advises companies on international trade and business; government relations; and corporate social responsibility issues. His work includes environment, energy, labor, human rights, health, and economic development issues. Claude is the chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council Project On The Global Economy and Trade; serves on the Executive Committee of the Alliance to End Hunger, the board of directors of New DEAL, and the advisory board of the U.S.-Bangladesh Advisory Council. He is also a senior advisor to the Business Council for Global Development LLC and is chairman of the Trade, Aid and Security Coalition. He has served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, on the U.S. Trade Representative’s Trade Advisory Committee on Africa, and the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. Claude received his JD, MPP and BA from the University of Michigan, and was the managing editor of Michigan’s international law publication.
Kul Chandra Gautam is a former assistant secretary general of the United Nations and the former deputy executive director of UNICEF. For more than three decades, his work for these agencies included socio-economic development, humanitarian assistance, human rights, and international diplomacy. He also worked to coordinate interagency collaboration, as well as public/private partnerships, for children’s rights and human development among U.N. agencies, donors and civil society organizations. As a senior UNICEF official, the issue of how to deal with hazardous and exploitative child labor was a natural policy concern for Kul, who was first introduced to the work of GoodWeave in 1997 while serving as UNICEF’s special representative in India. He received his higher education in international relations and development economics at Dartmouth College, Princeton University and Harvard University.
Patricia Hambrick is president of the Hambrick Group where she develops marketing strategies and solutions for fast-paced Internet and Fortune 500 companies. Pat has served in senior marketing positions at companies such as Saucony, L’Oreal and Clairol with her most recent corporate job as group vice president Global Marketing for Reebok Ltd. In 1999 she started The Hambrick Group, whose clients roster includes The Gillette Company, Microsoft Home Entertainment, Bose, Bag Borrow or Steal, Timberland, and the business enterprise for tennis star Andre Agassi, AEI. Pat also teaches in the MBA program at Boston University.
Rev. Pharis J. Harvey retired as executive director of the International Labor Rights Fund and as co-chair of the Child Labor Coalition in 2001. He continues his work on labor issues through the Fair Labor Association, where he is a member of the board and chair of the monitoring committee, and as senior program consultant for Stolen Childhoods, a feature-length film on child labor. An ordained minister of the United Methodist Church, Rev. Harvey previously served as executive director of the North American Coalition for Human Rights in Korea, and in a number of teaching and research positions in East Asia on behalf of the United Methodist Church and the Christian Conference of Asia. He is author of Trading Away the Future: Child Labor in India’s Export Industries (1994) and was honored in 1996 by the receipt of the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award for “Lifetime Achievement” in advancing the rights of workers.
Barbara Hawthorn, president and CEO of Barbara Hawthorn Interiors, Ltd., has managed and designed award-winning projects throughout the U.S. for over 25 years. Her firm encourages “design with a conscience” incorporating “green” design that promotes good health and cost savings over the years. Barbara graduated from the Fieldston School and Vassar College with Phi Beta Kappa honors, earned a Masters of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and received a prestigious Ford Foundation Fellowship. Dedicated to enhancing the educational opportunities for children, Barbara serves on the Executive Committee of the Women's Leadership Group for The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the Host Committee for the Heart of America Foundation, in addition to her work with GoodWeave. Barbara was named Hall of Fame Designer in Home & Design in 2009 and Professional Woman of the Year 2011-2012 by The National Association of Professional Women, among other honors.
Edward Millard is director of sustainable landscapes for Rainforest Alliance, an ISEAL Alliance full member. He leads the capacity building and partner development work that promotes application by farmers of the Sustainable Agriculture Standard, which now includes new criteria for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Rainforest Alliance works through national partner organizations specializing in tropical agriculture, many of which are members of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), which owns and manages the Standard. Edward is a graduate in business administration with 30 years of work in improving market opportunities for producers in tropical countries. He was a business development manager for Oxfam Fair Trade for 14 years and Conservation International for 11 years. In both roles he spent extensive amounts of time in Africa, Asia and Latin America supporting small-scale producers to improve their competitiveness and open new markets. He has published three books and several articles on small-scale business development, and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Enterprise Development and Microfinance journal (UK). Edward is the vice chair of the GoodWeave International Executive Board and GoodWeave UK board member.
Regatte Venkat Reddy is the national convenor of MV Foundation, India, which works towards the abolition of child labor in all its forms and the mainstreaming of formal schooling for all children. Under his leadership since 1992, the MV Foundation program has expanded to 10,000 villages covering 13 districts in Andhra Pradesh and several other states in the country, resulting in over 1 million children being withdrawn from work to attend schools. Through the creation of village-based Child Rights Protection Forums and a strategy for involvement of Gram Panchayats and government school teachers through the Teachers Forum for child rights, these programs have given leadership to hundreds of villages in promoting children's right to education. The MV Foundation has also fostered replication of this model by providing training and building alliances with governmental and non-governmental organizations throughout India, Nepal and Morocco. Venkat is actively involved with a number of national children’s rights and anti-child-labor campaigns. He is a member of several national and state advisory boards and committees, including India’s Ministry of Labour and the state Government of Andhra Pradesh, and serves as a trustee of the NGO Hand In Hand India. He has travelled widely as a resource person for multilateral agencies such as UNICEF, HIVOS and Stop Child Labor Campaign. Venkat is treasurer of the GoodWeave International Executive Board, a member of the GoodWeave India Board of Trustees and Board liaison to the GoodWeave International Standards Committee.
Marc Triaureau is the CFO at Voxiva, a global pioneer in delivering interactive mobile health services and leverages the world’s 5 billion mobile phones to communicate, interact, and engage people to help them live healthier lives. Voxiva is recognized by Fast Company as one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the world for its leadership in pioneering mobile health solutions, and ranked #3 on the list of most innovative companies in the mobile industry. Prior to joining Voxiva, Marc held multiple financial leadership roles with companies in software technology and professional service sectors, including Diligence, an international business intelligence consulting firm; Get Well Network, a US-based interactive patient software firm; and Cataligent, an enterprise project management ASP software spin-off of Arthur D. Little. Marc holds a Bachelor’s in Finance from the University of Connecticut, a Master’s in Finance from Colorado State University and an MBA from INSEAD in France.
Dan Viederman is executive director of Verité, a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that people worldwide work under safe, fair and legal conditions. In doing so, Verité conducts social audits to bring transparency to workplaces around the world through a network of staff and partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The organization trains employers, corporate staff and the workers themselves on rights, responsibilities and risk, as well as methods for enhancing work so that workers prosper. Dan received the 2007 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship for his work with Verité. Prior to joining Verité, he headed up the offices of the World Wildlife Fund and Catholic Relief Services in China. He is a graduate of Yale University, the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and Nanjing Teacher’s University.
Nancy Wilson is president and CEO of Relief International, an international relief and development organization with current programs in 26 countries around the world. She is the former director and associate dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, a program working to integrate a public service ethic into all aspects of the Tufts' student experience. Nancy has over 20 years experience in non-profit and for profit management, in the U.S. and overseas, including direct management and bottom-line responsibility. Prior to Tufts, she served briefly as executive director of the Africa Foundation, directing the implementation of a new organizational strategy. Before that, she completed five years in an international management consulting firm, where she became partner. She successfully started a new practice area in the firm, growing to a profitable team of 30 consultants within 18 months, directed and managed teams working across all industries and a wide range of consulting fields: strategy, customer relationship management, supply chain, cost reduction, human resources, change management and finance. Nancy holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University.
Pat Zerega, a corporate responsibility consultant, is the former director of corporate responsibility for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Trained as a rehabilitation counselor, Pat has worked with people with disabilities within the manufacturing industry as well as developing programs for people living with HIV. She continues to focus on issues surrounding supply chains, HIV and globalization.
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