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GoodWeave International Board of Directors
GoodWeave UK Board of Directors
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Nina Smith is the founding Chief Executive Officer of GoodWeave International. Since 1999, Ms. Smith has developed and led GoodWeave operations, which include market engagement; standard-setting, 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, Stanford Graduate School of Business and TedX Dhaka among others. She is a winner of the The Schwab Foundation’s 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award and the 2005 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, acknowledging her work to employ market strategies to tackle the worst forms of child labor and slavery. She is also a recipient of 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 was also president and board member of the Fair Trade Federation and has served on the board of The Tibet Collection. Currently she sits on the board of the Fair Labor Association and is a practitioner affiliate of the Social Enterprise Graduate Degree program at American University. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Tufts 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.
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.
Mathew John is the Director of GoodWeave’s Certification 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.
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.
Pashtoon Atif is GoodWeave’s Afghanistan Country Director. Pashtoon has nearly ten years professional experience in the humanitarian field, with his work focused in organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme, USAID and international NGOs in Afghanistan and Sudan. Prior to joining GoodWeave, Pashtoon worked for a USAID-funded project that worked to promote stabilization and good governance in Afghanistan. He has also managed projects in the sectors of water and sanitation, education, support for internally displaced people and reintegration of ex-combatants in the past. In addition, he consulted for NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) to support its pre-deployment trainings during which he briefed participants on the rule of law, alternative livelihoods and international organizations in Afghanistan. Moreover, he was on the board of Arghand Cooperative, an Afghanistan-based agriculture cooperative that produces high-end skin-care products out of legendary Afghan fruits, nuts and herbs for sales in western markets. Pashtoon holds a B.A. degree in International Relations from Tufts University.
Anoop Agarwal is a Senior Program Manager based in the Washington DC office at GoodWeave International. Anoop has over 7 years of experience working in International Development, at the grassroots level and with The World Bank Group. Previously, Anoop spent 5 years working in Monitoring & Evaluation with The World Bank Group, along with 2 years in Corporate Finance working at Bank of America. He supported a pilot initiative with the Social Protection, and Labor team to develop Agro-processing Value Chains in Tanzania and Mozambique. Anoop also previously managed the M&E results for the Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Services (MAS) and Infrastructure portfolio at IFC and led an evaluation of the tourism sector in the Maldives.
Anoop enjoys conversations on international business, politics and sports, especially relevant to his alma maters—University of Michigan and Georgetown University.
Kate Francis is GoodWeave's Senior Advisor. 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.
Cara Hagan is GoodWeave’s Business Development Associate. With experience ranging from investigating sweatshop labor to managing and planning supply chains in Ecuador and El Salvador, Cara is committed to the value of socially responsible supply chains. Having worked with a professional training on social enterprise management, she is passionate about helping entrepreneurs to change the traditional role of business and maximize their social impact. Cara earned an MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Study at Monterey, with a specialization in Sustainable Supply Chain Management.
Fay Handley specializes in marketing and public relations for the interiors and home decorating sector in the UK and has over 25 years experience working in this field. She established the marketing consultancy Dixon Handley Marketing, following a successful career working for UK and global corporations, including Marketing Director for Avery Guidex and Head of Marketing for the carpet manufacturer Woodward Grosvenor. Fay was a Board Member of GoodWeave UK from 2004 to 2008, before taking on the role of communications for the UK office.
Carlos Lange-Prollius joined GoodWeave to expand licensing in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Carlos brings more than 25 years of experience in copywriting and editing for advertising and publishing. Since 2007, Carlos has dedicated his public relations work to humanitarian projects with a special focus on children. Carlos holds a master’s degree in linguistics from Heidelberg University in Germany.
Biko Nagara is the Senior Program Officer, Certification Standard Systems at GoodWeave. He coordinates the development of standards, organizational policies, certification systems oversight, and the monitoring and evaluation program globally. Prior to joining GoodWeave in 2007 he worked for a number of nonprofit organizations and research institutes ranging from grassroots organizing and advocacy on environmental issues to administration of civic leadership trainings and public health programs; as well as reporting for the United Nations Secretariat’s flagship publication the UN Chronicle and the Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World on sustainable development, human rights and civil society. He holds a master's degree in International Affairs from Stanford University with a focus on social, environmental and economic development.
Alina Ruzmetova is the Online Marketing and Media Associate at GoodWeave, where she manages communications and media partnerships. An experienced copywriter, graphic designer and online communications professional, Alina previously worked with the U.S.-Russia Business Council , the U.S. Healthful Food Council and as a consultant with the Harlem Children’s Zone, CarbonFund and Mobility Labs. Originally from Uzbekistan, she graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Studies and Economics.
Jessica Tsang is GoodWeave’s Strategic Partnerships Officer. She is involved with GoodWeave’s fundraising and grant management, and also supports the Chief Executive Officer. She has several years of experience in fundraising and educational travel. Previously, she worked in the finance industry, proving administrative and research support to a team of investors. Jessica received her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher school, where she focused on the issues of human trafficking and gender analysis. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Jessica is passionate about combating human trafficking and fighting for gender equality.
Amanda Berlan is a Senior Lecturer in Ethical Business at Coventry University. She has extensive research and consultancy experience in the field of child rights and has worked on issues including child labour, education, child malnutrition, gender, child trafficking and birth registration. Her current work also investigates how to improve methods for interviewing/engaging with children in developing countries in order to promote better practices in this area.
Jonathan Blagbrough is an independent researcher, policy advisor, writer and advocate on child exploitation and protection issues (with a particular focus on child domestic work). Following 15 years managing Anti-Slavery International’s child labour programme, Jonathan has been an independent consultant working with more than 40 large and small NGOs, local groups, international bodies and funding agencies, including: Anti-Slavery International; Children's Investment Fund Foundation; Children Unite; Comic Relief; EveryChild; the International Labour Organization; Save the Children; and Stars Foundation. He has published a number of academic articles on child labour and slavery, alongside a variety of research, evaluation and learning reports and practitioner handbooks.
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; is 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. Mr. Fontheim 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 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 has been creating marketing strategies and solutions for fast-paced Internet and Fortune 500 companies. Recent clients include The Gillette Company, Microsoft xBox 360, eDiets.com, and the business enterprise for tennis star Andre Agassi, AEI. Early in her career, Pat led the development and successful launch of Finesse shampoo, conditioner and styling products for Helene Curtis. Today the Finesse line generates over $250 million in annual sales and the company has been sold to Unilever. After Helene Curtis, Pat served in senior marketing positions at L’Oreal and Clairol. In 1991, Pat moved into athletic footwear, joining Hyde Athletic Industries as Vice President of Marketing and Sales with responsibilities for North America and helped increase sales of the flagship Saucony brand by over 150%. In 1994 Pat joined Reebok as Group Vice President, Global Marketing. Pat created Reebok’s brand strategy for the 1996 Olympics and launched the revolutionary DMX Series 2000 footwear.
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.
Terry Hudghton is Head of University Marketing for The University of Manchester. The University is an internationally renowned, research-intensive institution with a long record of groundbreaking achievements and a proud egalitarian history. It’s also the only UK university to hold social responsibility as one of its core goals.
Leslie Johnston joined the C&A Foundation as Executive Director in August 2013, bringing 17 years of management experience across multiple sectors, including smallholder agribusiness, entrepreneurship and corporate philanthropy. Prior to this role, she managed the Argidius and COFRA Foundations. As the Deputy Director for TechnoServe in West and Southern Africa, she co-managed a $20 million portfolio and a diverse team working to help African farmers and entrepreneurs improve their bottom line. She started her career with McKinsey & Company and holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy and French (double major) from University of California at Berkeley.
Edward Millard is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Rainforest Alliance, an ISEAL Alliance full member. In this position, he identifies and develops external relationship opportunities with donors, companies and other key stakeholders to grow Rainforest Alliance’s work promoting sustainable land management and secure livelihoods in high biodiversity countries. 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.
David Ould retired as Director of Anti-Slavery International in May 2006. He was responsible for Anti-Slavery International's campaign on bonded and other illegal labour in the south Asian carpet industry from 1992 and was involved in much of the early support work for RUGMARK. He was on the Board of the Ethical Trading Initiative, a UK based group that brings together companies, trade unions and NGOs to set common standards for companies trading in the South and to work together to trial different approaches to the monitoring and verification of these standards. He has written widely on RUGMARK and also on how companies can recognise and take action on the problems of forced and illegal child labour.
Prior to joining Anti-Slavery International he worked for BP in various management and policy roles.
Regatte Venkat Reddy is the National Convener 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. He is 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 the Managing Director of Humanity United, focused on efforts to engage entrepreneurs and tech innovators in pursuit of new tools to scale improvements for vulnerable workers in global supply chains. Before joining Humanity United he was CEO of Verité, a leading non-profit organization working against global forced and child labor through in-depth research and corporate engagement. In recognition of Verité’s impact, he won the 2007 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011. He has also managed China offices for World Wildlife Fund and Catholic Relief Services. He is a graduate of Yale University, the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and the Chinese language program at Nanjing Teacher’s University.
Nancy Wilson has served as CEO of Relief International since March 2014.Prior to her time at Relief International, she spent 10 years of leadership at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. Under her leadership, the college became a national model for university civic engagement and building citizen participation skills among students of all schools, degrees and fields of study. Nancy has over 20 years of experience in non-profit and for profit management, in the U.S. and overseas, including direct management and bottom-line responsibility. 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 teams working across all industries, and managed teams working across a wide range of consulting fields. 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. She is responsible for advocacy in the area of corporate social responsibility to the corporate world and broader society. In addition, she serves as Senior Director of Shareholder advocacy at Mercy Investment Services, Inc. Previously, she was a private practice counselor for two years, served as Director of the AIDS Interfaith Care Teams for the Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania, and the Director of the Christian Service Department of the Archdiocese of Detroit. 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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