Fairtrade International and Leadership Team
Fairtrade International (FLO) is run in a way that enables its members and other stakeholders to contribute to overall strategy and standard setting. The Leadership Team manages day-to-day operations and strategic direction of the global Fairtrade system.
Fairtrade International employs about 70 staff members at our head offices in Bonn, Germany, plus a team of more than 50 liaison officers who work around the world.
All members and certified producer organizations participate in Fairtrade International’s decision-making through representatives on the Board of Directors and the Fairtrade General Assembly.
Harriet Lamb, Chief Executive
Harriet Lamb began her Fairtrade career as Banana Coordinator at Fairtrade International before joining the Fairtrade Foundation in 2001. During her time at the Foundation, she oversaw a growth in sales from 37 million euros in 2001 to nearly 1.5 billion euros in 2011. Her work has taken her around the globe to spend time with farmers and workers and understand the challenges and impacts of Fairtrade.
Harriet is the author of “Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles,” published in 2008, and has won numerous awards for her contributions to sustainable development and business. Throughout her career, social justice has been a connecting thread. Harriet has worked with farmers and landless labourer cooperatives in India, campaigned on issues such as the national minimum wage in the UK, and the establishment of an EU code of conduct on arms sales.
Ruben Faust, Director of Finance
Ruben Faust joined Fairtrade International in January 2013. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Cologne, Germany. He began his impressive career as an auditor for Ernst and Young.
Prior to joining Fairtrade, Ruben gathered a wealth of experience as both a freelancer and during 17 years working for the Coca-Cola Company. He served in a variety of roles of increasing significance. Before joining the Fairtrade family, Ruben led as Finance Director for France, and subsequently Finance Director of the Scandinavian Division on key strategic projects for the Coca-Cola organization. With an internationally rounded skill set Ruben is responsible for Finance, IT and General Services at Fairtrade International.
Caroline Hickson, Director of Brand and Communications
Caroline, the Director of Brand and Communications, brings in major knowledge in brand development and strategic communications, together with significant senior management experience. She has over twenty years of experience in NGO and not for profit marketing, fundraising and communications across the USA, Ireland and the UK. Prior to joining Fairtrade International, Caroline spent seven years in positions of increasing responsibility at Concern Worldwide, Ireland’s largest INGO, in the areas of brand development, strategic communications and fundraising. There she oversaw a department raising € 40 million annually. During a period of organizational restructure she became Director of Public Affairs, leading teams for fundraising, communication, web, and active citizenship.
Caroline is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, with a BA in History and Spanish, and she recently achieved a first class honours grade in her Masters in International Relations from Dublin City University, which she completed while working full time.
Martin Hill, Director Global Account Management
Martin joined Fairtrade International in a senior capacity as Director, Global Account Management. Martin has an impressive background with an outstanding career to date in which he has held several senior positions in retail. He brings a huge wealth of experience from over 25 years with the ethically oriented UK Co-Operative Group where he worked as Chief Officer of the South-East region’s retailing division.
Before coming to Fairtrade International Martin was Commercial Director for the Fairtrade Foundation making significant progress in raising the profile and penetration of Fairtrade products within mainstream retailing. Martin has also been a key figure in the licensing successes of the Fairtrade Foundation. He played a leading role in capturing large-scale certification commitments from significant transnational companies such as Cadbury, Tate and Lyle, Ben & Jerry’s and Nestle, a huge step toward taking Fairtrade mainstream.
Andreas Kratz, Director of Strategy and Standards
Andreas is Director of Strategy and Standards at Fairtrade International. His work focuses on developing international Fairtrade Standards, including amendments to existing ones. Those standards are a tool for delivering Fairtrade’s desired impacts. He is also creating new strategies for the Fairtrade system to be fit for future. Before joining Fairtrade International, he gathered more than 10 years of experience as a quality manager with Ecocert, an organic certification organization. At Ecocert he built up a team of trained auditors and certification staff and installed a quality management system that ensured multiple accreditations.
Andreas holds an Agronomist Engineering degree from Georg August University in Göttingen, Germany. When he is not working, he can be found gardening or enjoying garden harvest with family and friends.
Renate Siemon, Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development
Renate is Director Human Resources and Organisational Development at Fairtrade International. Prior to joining Fairtrade International, she worked for the Deutsche Telekom Group in different HR functions. As a professional lawyer she started off as advisor on labour law in the real estate company of the group. Renate then changed into the group’s headquarter to the department of Human Resources Strategy and Board Member support, being responsible for the development of the group-wide HR strategy. As head of Human Resources Management at T-Systems Business Services she and her team of 15 HR managers supported the leaders of the organisation in all questions regarding their employees, including skills and development, resource management, recruiting, performance management and personnel costs.
Renate was able to use her skills in supporting the leaders in managing the change process with their employees after founding T-Systems Business Services in 2005 from three former companies of Deutsche Telekom AG. Renate studied law at the Westfalische Wilhelms-University in Munster.
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