COO named among Top 100 Women

08 March 2011

FLO Chief Operating Officer Tuulia Syvaenen has been recognized as one of Finland’s Top 100 Women.

Helsingin Sanomat, the Nordic region’s largest newspaper, conducted the poll in honour of International Women’s Day. Readers sent in nominations and the newspaper selected finalists. The women selected are exceptionally successful in their career or are role models who have worked to benefit others.

Tuulia has been COO at Fairtrade International since 2009. As COO, Tuulia oversees FLO’s operations side including producer services, standards, communications, product management and market development. She joined FLO from her post as Executive Director of Fairtrade Finland. The Helsingin Sanomat paper noted that Tuulia finds time to balance her career with family life and reading crime novels.

“It’s important to me to use my working hours doing something that makes a difference. I’ve spent enough time in the South to know that Fairtrade makes a difference,” Tuulia said.

The Fairtrade system has a number of women in leadership roles. Five of the nine members of FLO’s Leadership Team are women. Among the Fairtrade producer networks, Merling Preza is Board President of the CLAC (Latin America Coordinator) and Aruna Anand is CEO of the Network of Asian Producers (NAP).

A number of national Fairtrade organizations are also headed by women, including:

  • Lily Deforce, Max Havelaar Belgium
  • Geneviève Krol, TransFair Luxemburg
  • Judith Kyst, Fairtrade Mark Denmark
  • Harriet Lamb, Fairtrade Foundation UK
  • Kaori Nakajima, Fairtrade Label Japan
  • Pirjo Virtaintorppa, Fairtrade Finland
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