Sedex Conference Speakers
The Sedex Conference is the largest responsible sourcing conference in London. This event brings together over 700 CEOs, practitioners and government representatives from a range of business sectors all over the world.
Sedex Conference speakers drive the debate, offer insight, expertise and best practice knowledge in responsible sourcing. If you are a business leader in a Sedex member organisation or ethical trade practitioner, we invite you share your story, lead the discussion and inspire our audience, and become a speaker in one of our conference sessions.
If you would like to become a speaker, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lea Esterhuizen, Founder and CEO, &Wider
Lea is founder and CEO of &Wider (a direct worker reporting company operating globally). She is a professional methodologist who has been designing systems to gather data at scale on sensitive topics from often hard-to-reach populations, for more than two decades. Lea’s work has covered 23 geographies. Her specialism is taking complex realities and designing scalable methods to encourage participation, gather data, and deliver simple actionable results for actors keen to enhance the sustainability of their own business and/or their supply chains. Founded in 2014, &Wider’s unique selling point is their focus on insights that include the most vulnerable workers, so that clients and suppliers get the full picture.
Neill Wilkins, Programme Manager, Migrant Workers, IHRB
Neill specialises in the human rights challenges faced by migrant workers and the companies who recruit and employ them. He has undertaken a number of initiatives with the apparel, construction and hospitality sectors and the international employment industry to promote responsible recruitment. Neill also helped oversee the development of the Dhaka Principles for Migration with Dignity, a key framework for responsible business practice relating to migrant workers.
Neill is responsible for the strategy and day to day management of the IHRB migrant workers programme along with matters relating to forced labour, trafficking and other abuses of workers rights. Currently, much of his focus is on promoting responsible recruitment and the prohibition of recruitment fees being paid by migrant workers.
Ynzo van Zanten, Chief Evangelist, Tony's Chocolonely
Tony’s Chocolonely isn’t your average chocolate company, but a chocolate company with a huge mission; to end modern slavery and exploitation in the cocoa industry. With amazing chocolate recipes they set the example and show that chocolate can be made in a more responsible way; in taste, packaging and the way they build long term relationships with cocoa farmers and the way they handle an open and transparent value chain. Ynzo van Zanten, Tony’s ‘Choco Evangelist’ will tell the story of Tony’s roadmap towards 100% slave free chocolate and how everyone can join this movement.
Leslie Johnston, Executive Director, C&A Foundation
Leslie Johnston joined C&A Foundation as its first Executive Director in 2013, bringing over 20 years of management experience across multiple sectors. There, she led the development of the foundation’s first global vision and strategy and currently oversees team of over 50 people in nine countries and a grant budget of over EUR 50 million working to improve lives and livelihoods of the women and men who work in the apparel industry. Leslie currently serves on the boards of Fashion for Good B.V., the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA), COFRA Foundation, GoodWeave International, CottonConnect, and the Organic Cotton Accelerator.
Ian Allard, Senior Sustainability Manager, MACE
Ian is currently a Senior Sustainability Manager within Mace’s consultancy business. He joined the company in December 2016, bringing expertise gained from a career in environmental & sustainability management within parks (DCMS), services and electronics sectors.
Ian has over 9 years’ experience working in sustainability management and has been involved in everything from high-level strategy to on-site delivery of solutions that span a number of different sectors.
As a Senior Sustainability Manager at Mace, Ian is the sustainability lead for our approach to Modern Slavery and our National Grid ISS programme. Here he leads their approach to making embodied carbon savings and green infrastructure improvements. Ian was previously the lead for our construction commercial offices business. Ian is responsible for proposing, championing, implementing and reporting social and environmental best practice so that our client’s projects achieve and exceed the requirements set; helping to drive sustainable design and realise carbon and opex savings.
David Pettet, Social & Human Rights Senior Manager, RB
As RB’s Social & Human Rights Senior Manager, David is responsible for leading the strategic direction and overseeing the operational management of RB’s social/human rights programme globally. Over the five years, he has worked for RB, he has led the creation of a dedicated Human Rights team and the role out of RB’s supply chain due-diligence programme globally, gaining on the ground experience in a number of geographies including the Middle East, Brazil, North and South Asia. He is purpose driven and is starting to explore how a more proactive and holistic view of social/human rights across the entire value chain of the company can be taken.
He has a BSc in Environmental Economics from the University of York and MSc in Sustainability for the University of Leeds. He has also on the AIM-Progress leadership team.
Professor Stephanie Barrientos, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester
Stephanie Barrientos is Professor of Global Development at the University of Manchester. Stephanie has researched and published widely on gender, agribusiness and employment in global value chains; trade and labour standards; corporate social responsibility, fair and ethical trade. She has undertaken research in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. She led research commissioned by Cadbury Mapping Sustainable Cocoa Production in Ghana and India, which informed Mondelez Cocoa Life (US$400m) programme. She has advised a large number of companies, NGOs, government and international organisations including Body Shop, Cadbury/Mondelez, DFID, Marks & Spencer, Nike, Oxfam, WIEGO, ILO, and UNCTAD. Stephanie held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2013-16) to write a book: Capturing the Gains: Gender and Work in Global Value Chains published by Cambridge University Press later in 2019. She is Research Lead on the DFID programme (2017-22) Work and Opportunities for Women (WOW) in global value chains
Benjamin Michael Gatland, Executive Director, Partner Africa
Benjamin has more than a decade worth of experience in supply chain sustainability, specifically ethical trade, responsible sourcing and implementation of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.
Currently, he is the Executive Director of Partner Africa where he is responsible for spearheading their research, consulting, training and auditing work across the 42 African countries they work in.
Benjamin has personally worked in 15 African countries, and lived in Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Sudan and South Africa (where is he currently based). He has worked with numerous multinationals such as the Coca Cola Company, Diageo, Walmart, Unilever, ABInBev, Heineken, World Bank and Anglo-American. Services have included supporting training of African suppliers, carrying out in-depth research into forced labour, child labour and land rights, investigation and remediation into human rights violations in supply chains and developing strategies for ongoing monitoring.
Paul Williams, Ethical Trading Controller, Princes Limited
Paul is responsible for leading the strategic direction, as well as overseeing the operational implementation, of Princes’ global ethical trading and human rights programme.
Over the past three years, he has launched a number of internal engagement and capacity building initiatives and has led on Princes’ engagement with the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), Food Network for Ethical Trade & Stronger Together – taking Princes from Foundation-stage to Full ETI members within 13 months.
In another life, Paul managed the procurement of products ranging from fresh produce through to canned tuna and tinned tomatoes.
A fluent Spanish speaker, he is exploring how a more holistic view of human rights across the entire supply chain can be used to address root cause issues.
Magali Martowicz, Human Rights expert
Magali Martowicz is a human-rights expert with over 10 years of experience in improving working conditions in global value chains.
Magali works very closely with CSR managers, buyers, suppliers, sites managers and workers to advance workers’ rights globally. Her work spans a lot of topics and areas: setting innovative strategies, sites’ assessment, researching complex and advanced topics, implementing impactful improvement projects in small and medium-sized sites and empowering workers, especially women workers. She has practical and first-hand experience of the impacts of businesses on human rights in over 10+ countries across Asia, Europe and Africa, where she has personally interacted with over 700 workers.
Henry Le Fleming, Assistant Director, PwC
Henry is an Assistant Director and environmental and social impact data specialist in PwC’s sustainability and climate change team. Henry specialises in techniques to collect and model the sustainability performance of complex value chains.
He has extensive experience of working with clients/organisations such as Kering, Sainsbury’s and Coca Cola European Partners He employs best in class life cycle assessment, economic input-output modelling, trade flow modelling, material flow analysis and direct data collection to deliver results for clients.
Henry has a strong understanding of the integration processes and tools needed to deliver sustainability risk analysis tools to time and budget. His is exploring the use of AI, distributed ledgers and agent-based modelling to the environment and social challenges.
Amy Metcalfe, Head of Programmes, ShareAction
Amy Metcalfe is the Head of Programmes at responsible investment charity ShareAction, where she leads the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI). Launched in 2017, the WDI is backed by 120 institutional investors, with $13.5m assets under management, who are asking for greater workforce transparency from global corporations.
The WDI is the first platform to gather comprehensive workforce information across both direct operations and supply chain, covering themes including governance, workforce composition, health and safety, worker voice, learning and training. In 2018 the WDI received data from 90 corporations, headquartered in 16 countries and covering 11 sectors. These disclosures cover 8.3 million direct operations workers in more than 100 countries, and in excess of 1 million firms in those companies’ tier 1 supply chains.
Charlotte Williams, Head of Children's Rights and Business Unit, UNICEF UK
Charlotte Williams is the Head of the Children’s Rights and Business Unit at UNICEF UK. Her role involves leading a team to support and advise companies on how best to integrate children’s rights considerations into policies, business practices and global supply chains. The CRB division sits across the Partnerships Directorate which seeks to build collaborative programmes to improve the lives of children around the world, and the Advocacy Directorate, which seeks to influence UK Government policy on all issues relating to children’s rights and business.
Prior to joining UNICEF UK, Charlotte worked for six years in grocery retail, with a focus on environmental and social food supply chain impacts.
Colleen Theron, Director, Ardea International
Colleen is a tri-qualified solicitor and founder of Ardea International, a specialist company that provides sustainability, business and human rights and modern slavery expertise to enable companies to meet both their legal obligations and develop voluntary best practice standards. She is a fellow of IEMA and a research fellow of the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery, St Mary’s Twickenham.
Colleen’s indefatigable passion for combating human trafficking, led her to help found the not-for-profit organisation Finance against Trafficking. Colleen lectures on business and human rights and environmental issues at Birkbeck School of Law and has been appointed a Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Modern Day Slavery, St Mary’s Twickenham. Her book ‘Strategic Sustainable Procurement: law and best practice‘ is published by Routledge. She recently published a chapter ‘Modern Slavery and Transparency in Supply Chains- the Role of Business’ In The Modern Slavery Agenda: Policy, Politics and Practice in the UK’.
Rachel Berkelmans, Product Manager, DQS CFS
Rachel Berkelmans is Product Manager Social Compliance & Ethics at DQS CFS, the branch of the DQS Group that focuses on sustainability and consumer safety. As Product Manager, Rachel works to ensure that DQS continues to deliver social audits in accordance with the highest international standards, as well as to further improve social auditing practices. As of 2017, she is also the manager of the ProGASA-project, which focuses on gender awareness in social auditing. She joined DQS in August 2016, bringing a wealth of experience in environmental education & sustainability.
Sylvain Mansotte, CO-Founder and CEO, Whispli
Sylvain has over 20 years experience in Procurement, Supply Chain, M&A and more recently Governance, Risk and Compliance.
He has worked in various industries including Construction, Mining, Oil & Gas, Automotive, Electrical Equipment and Banking.
Sylvain is the Co-founder and CEO at Whispli, a secure, anonymous two-way communication and Case Management SaaS platform.
Whispli was born after Sylvain uncovered one of the largest corporate frauds in Australia a few years ago and realised at the time that existing whistleblowing channels had never been created with the whistleblower in mind. This resulted in very few reports received by Organizations, with most of them not being investigated due to the challenges to communicate with informants to seek more evidence or provide feedback.
Samuel Cliff, Senior Manager Ethical Trading, WorldWide Fruit
Samuel heads the Worldwide Fruit Ethical Trading Programme which encompasses twenty-one countries worldwide. He manages labour standards in factories and farms across the Worldwide Fruit supply chain which includes the production and packing of Apples, Avocados, Pears, Soft-fruit and Stone-fruit. Previously, Samuel has worked for UK retailers John Lewis & Waitrose, with roles in Ethical Trading and Corporate Social Responsibility, and has spent time living and working in South Africa for the Waitrose Foundation. An active member of several Ethical Trading working groups, Samuel is a keen advocate of collaboration to drive continuous improvement across global supply chains.
Marcio Nappo, Director of Corporate Sustainability, JBS
Márcio Nappo, economist, is the Director of Corporate Sustainability at JBS Brazil.
He has a solid professional experience in food and agribusiness industry with the focus on the development and management of corporate sustainability strategies, sustainable supply chains, agro-commodities certification, risk management on social and environmental issues and dialogue and engagement with key stakeholders.
Prior to joining JBS, he held leadership positions in sustainability at US multinational ADM (Archer Daniels Midland), UNICA – the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association and ABIOVE – the Brazilian Vegetable Oils Industry Association.
Marcio holds a Master’s degree in Economics at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV/SP) and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at University of São Paulo (FEA/USP).
Dr Aiden McQuade, Special Advisor, Anti-Slavery International
Dr Aidan McQuade was CEO of Anti-Slavery International from 2006 to 2017, and prior to that worked extensively in the development and humanitarian response for 13 years, including 5 years leading humanitarian operations for Oxfam GB in response to the brutal civil war in Angola.
He is an experienced researcher on business and human rights, with a PhD on the subject of ethics in professional practice. He is also an acknowledged expert on slavery and forced labour, with an honorary OBE for his work on elimination of modern slavery. His work has included extensive and sustained engagement with international businesses on establishing anti-slavery policies and practices in cocoa and garment supply chains, groundbreaking work that has exposed the caste and gender aspects of modern slavery, and innovative work, particularly in Myanmar and Bangladesh, on slavery as a development and humanitarian issue.
Mark Robertson, Senior Vice President, ICTI Ethical Toy Program
Mark Robertson is Senior Vice President at the ICTI Ethical Toy Program, the leading responsible sourcing program for the toy and entertainment industry. Mark leads on the development of Ethical Toy Program’s worker well-being programs, stakeholder engagement and communications. His role includes supporting and advising member companies to achieve their responsible sourcing objectives through the Ethical Toy Program, as well as facilitating industry roundtables to drive collaboration.
Mark is passionate about sustainability, and a firm believer that being more responsible creates better businesses. Before joining the Ethical Toy Program, Mark worked at Sedex where he led the organization’s marketing, communications and partnership outreach. Prior to that Mark was Head of Communications at responsible investment research firm EIRIS Vigeo. Mark is a graduate in Environmental Science and is a qualified Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Dr Marsha Dickson, President and Co-Founder, Better Buying
Dr. Marsha Dickson is President and Co-Founder of Better BuyingTM, a global initiative that provides Retailers, Brands, and Suppliers a cloud-based platform to obtain data-driven insights into purchasing-related activities. With this new transparency, Better BuyingTM promotes sustainable partnerships and mutually beneficial financial results and additional outcomes. Dr Dickson is also Irma Ayers Professor, Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, at the University of Delaware. She is a widely recognized global academic leader for her research, teaching, and practical engagement with global suppliers, retailers/brands, and sustainability groups. Through sustained engagement, Dickson has built thoughtful working relationships with leaders in corporate social responsibility and sustainability, buying groups, suppliers, industry associations, civil society organizations, and foundations.
Hena Jamshed, Co-Founder and CEO, Global Sustainability UK
Hena Jamshed – Co-Founder & CEO of Global Sustainability UK ( GSUK) has worked over 20 years across public and private sectors. Hena is a Global Trainer for Sedex and has delivered speaker sessions in various International and National Conferences. Global Sustainability UK is the outcome of her dedication for achieving Social Sustainability in Business sector. GSUK provide expertise spanning around Social Accountability, Ethical Code of Conduct, CSR, Due Diligence, Labour standards Assurance System, and Modern Slavery. GSUK in her leadership has started branching out Globally with an office in Pakistan to bridge the gap between buyers and suppliers. GSUK passionately works to establish sustainable supply chains by providing training and capacity building programs, empowering buyers and suppliers to achieve sustainability, support businesses to map and understand supply chain risks to reach compliance for Social standards across the globe.
Gillian Haythornthwaite, Director, nGaje
Gillian runs her own independent HR Consultancy business – nGaje consulting (formerly HRAngill), which specialises in Ethical Compliance and HR Support / Expertise. Her clients include major food manufacturing and produce suppliers, high street retailers, financial services and logistics companies.
As Group Ethical Compliance Consultant for Bakkavor, Gillian supports the business internally to manage its ethical compliance, build ethical capability internally, assess the risk of modern slavery and drive action plans to tackle potential areas of risk.
Gillian is also the Head of Policy for the ALP. In this role, she is focused on supporting members and developing policies that address issues important to labour providers. The key focus currently is around labour shortages due to Brexit as well as the response to the new Immigration white paper.
Alongside her consultancy work, Gillian runs an online tools business – nGaje (formerly Magik). This aims to provide businesses of all sizes with access to online engagement tools at affordable prices to enable businesses to connect and get feedback from their people more effectively including employee surveys and polls.
Previous to this, Gillian worked for Geest / Bakkavor. Her last role was the Group Head of HR, which she held for 7 years. Bakkavor is a leading international food manufacturing company specialising in freshly prepared foods and produce.
A business studies graduate and Fellow of the CIPD with over 30 years of HR experience, Gillian has held many HR roles at both operational and group level.
Fiona Place, Associate Director, Anthesis Group
Fiona has responsibility for Anthesis risk management practice. She is an experienced international project manager who has particular expertise in supply chain risk management and corporate strategy.
Her work has spanned Fortune 500 corporations across extractives, ICT, automotive and retail sectors, among others. Fiona brings a thorough understanding of risk management, ‘hotspot’ analysis and custom mapping of key socio-environmental issues to the role. She also has experience of working on behalf of NGOs on corporate social responsibility programs in Africa and Asia. Fiona holds a BSc (Hons) in Geography and Management Studies and MSc in Sustainability.
Virginie Mahin, Global Social Sustainability and Human Rights lead, Mondelez
Virginie Mahin leads the social sustainability agenda for Mondelēz International, the global snacking company behind chocolate and biscuit brands such as Milka, Cadbury, Oreo and LU. As chair of the company’s cross-functional Human Rights Working Group, she steers the company’s approach to human rights due diligence and embedding of the UN Guiding Principles into the company’s systems and practices. Within the company’s sustainable cocoa program, Cocoa Life, she leads the child protection approach and efforts to holistically address child labour and its root causes within the cocoa growing communities that make up the company’s supply chain.
Antoine Heuty, Founder and CEO, Ulula
Antoine Heuty is the founder and CEO of Ulula- a software and analytics platform helping to create more transparent and responsible supply chains. He is an experienced leader with experience from the public, private and third sector and a track-record designing and delivering innovative policy and practical solutions in over twenty countries. Antoine is the former Deputy Director of the Natural Resource Governance Institute – a leading international organization promoting the effective, transparent and accountable management of natural resources. He was a Public Finance Economist with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). He has authored various articles on transparency, social innovation, resource governance and economic development. He has also published and appeared in the Financial Times, Le Monde, CNN International, the BBC and other media. He has graduate degrees from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, Oxford University and Columbia University.
Sonia Cordera, Program Manager, IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative
Sonia Cordera is Program Manager at IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative, where she is responsible for the development and management of the Fresh and Ingredients program. Her role includes organizing retailers, traders and producers to mainstream sustainable production and trade, developing the program strategies regarding working conditions and living wages, gender equality and benchmarking sustainable standards, as well as managing the implementation of projects in Africa and Latin America. Prior to joining IDH, Sonia worked at SIM Supply Chain as a data analyst, mapping and monitoring customers’ supply chains on social compliance and food safety. Sonia contributed to the revision of the Ahold Delhaize list of accepted social standards in 2014. Deeply interested in international politics and economics, Sonia holds a PhD in History of International Relations from Florence University and a Master of Science in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University.
Caroline Emberson, Research Fellow, University of Nottingham
Caroline joined the University of Nottingham in March 2017, where she works as a Research Fellow within the Rights Lab ‘Unchained supply’ project. Here she engages closely with practitioners to better understand, and to effect change in, modern slavery supply chain risk. Caroline is currently involved in mapping the supply chains of Brazilian timber and beef products supplied to the UK, activities that build upon her supply chain management experience as both an academic and a practitioner.
David Camp, Chief Executive, Stronger2gether
David Camp is Chief Executive of allianceHR. allianceHR delivers collaborative programmes to drive systemic human rights improvements in global supply chains. Our programmes include:
Stronger Together, a multi-stakeholder collaborative initiative supporting organisations to tackle modern slavery within their businesses and supply chains.
Fast Forward, a next generation, labour standards improvement programme to uncover hidden exploitation and drive collaborative continuous improvement in supply chains.
Association of Labour Providers, a trade association promoting responsible recruitment in the UK consumer goods supply chain.
Clearview, a global responsible recruitment certification scheme for labour providers.
Responsible Recruitment Toolkit, a one-stop capacity-building online toolkit to support supply chains to embed and report responsible recruitment practices
Rob McWilliam, Director of Technical Services, Earthworm Foundation
As the Director of Technical Services at Earthworm Foundation, Rob McWilliam is responsible for delivering various programmes that support member companies achieve their commitments to end deforestation in supply chains. One such programme is a partnership developed with Airbus D&S that integrates earth observation data, machine learning techniques and supply chain data to identify where action is needed to address deforestation.
Sam Ludlow Taylor, Ethical Trade Manager, Waitrose & Partners
Sam Ludlow Taylor is an Ethical Trade Manager at Waitrose & Partners, a role she held for 10 months prior to which she has 10 years experience working in the ethical trade industry.
Sam began her career as a Merchandiser at Home Base and then Debenhams, and moved into ethical trade during her time there. From here she took a step into a supply chain role working for a UK based clothing agent principally looking after Tier 1 factories and then for a soft drinks brand where the focus was on Tier 1 factories and also raw material and commodities sourcing.
Drawing on experience from the buying/merchandising side, the supplier/agent side and the retailer and brand sides of the business have been critical to Sam’s development of the Waitrose & Partner’s ethical trade work focusing on partnerships with the supply base to drive the ethical trade agenda forward together.
Elena Fanjul-Debnam, Vice President of Labor Solutions, Workplace Options
Based in Singapore, Elena is the Vice President of Labor Solutions at Workplace Options. She leverages her background in social enterprises to lead the Labor Solutions global team in developing high-quality human resource technology tools designed specifically for manufacturing environments. Labor Solutions is currently active in over 17 countries and serving more than a million workers.
Before joining Workplace Options, Elena worked with several leading organizations in Indonesia to design and develop sustainable business solutions to address development challenges. Elena spent eight years in Indonesia, arriving in 2010 as Fulbright Scholar. Prior to living and working in Indonesia, Elena worked in analytics in the US.
Juliet Edington, Buyer Programme, Better Work
Juliet has been with the Better Work programme since 2009. Now based in the UK, she leads the programme’s work with global brands and retailers in support of business practices that drive transformational change in labour conditions and competitiveness across supply chains. Based on Ho Chi Minh City for over a decade, Juliet was part of the leadership that developed the Better Work global factory service model and established the Vietnam programme. Prior to joining Better Work Juliet was working directly with factories and brands in South East Asia on ethical supply chain solutions having previously been Head of Projects for the Ethical Trading Initiative.
Nikhil Hirdaramani, Director, Hirdaramani Group
Nikhil Hirdaramani is a Director of the Hirdaramani Group which is a 4th generation family business based in Sri Lanka. Its main business interest is the manufacture of apparel in its facilities spread across Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Ethiopia. The group has in recent years diversified into other sectors such as Hospitality, Sustainable Power and Retail.
Nikhil, in his 20 years experience has been involved in marketing and supply chain, developing and managing relationships with many customers and suppliers from various markets such as Europe, USA, India and Japan. In recent years Nikhil has taken a leading role in the group’s sustainability initiative, which has become a key aspect of the overall group’s strategy. Mihila, one of its newer facilities in Sri Lanka is the 1st ever carbon neutral facility in Asia.
Nikhil is a strong advocate in sustainability. He has been the chairperson at the Sri Lanka Sustainability Forum, which is part of the annual Sri Lanka Design Festival, bringing together stakeholders from across the supply chain to discuss current issues.
Nikhil has previously served as a director on the board of the American Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka and Sedex in the UK and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and as a council member for the industry-led Social and Labor Convergence Project.
Michelle Goddard, Responsible Sourcing Executive, Mr Price Group
Born and educated in South Africa, I have more than 25 year’s working experience in a wide range of roles within manufacturing and retail, starting off as a work-study officer in a large facility producing branded underwear.
In 1996 I joined Mr Price Group as a buyer and subsequently held senior positions in sourcing, product development and quality assurance. I then lived in Asia and travelled extensively as a buying agent for various retailers.
I re-joined the Group in 2012 and was made Responsible Sourcing Executive in 2018 to provide guidance, oversight and support to divisional teams and suppliers regarding the implementation of the Group’s ethical standards and practices. The role includes the facilitation and monitoring of the activities of our Responsible Sourcing working group, as well as the facilitation of independent research studies and projects such as direct worker reporting.
Tobias Streich, Director of Business Development, SGS and Transparency-One
Tobias Streich joined Transparency-One as Director of Business Development, Europe in 2017, leading conversations with key clients and ecosystem partners. He combines many years of experience working hand in hand with suppliers in developing countries as well as procurement departments for the outsourcing service industry.
Tobias has specialised in supply chain transparency as a service for 6 years. In this session, he will explain how SGS and Transparency-One have helped leading companies gain insight into their supply chains down to the raw material source, enriched by Sedex data. Transparency-One and SGS have partnered on a combined program of software and services to identify multi-tier supply chains and validate compliance data, such as certificates, questionnaires, or code of conducts, with successful engagements across multiple industries.
Bas van den Brink, Sustainability Manager, Intersnack
Bas van den Brink has almost 15years of experience in the field sustainability.
Currently he is the sustainability lead at Intersnack Procurement, which is the central procurement organisation of Intersnack group. Intersnack is a savoury snack Company with operations across Europe.
Before joining Intersnack , Bas van den Brink has worked for 10years for The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and supported various sectors and companies in their sustainability journey.
Prior to that Bas worked in the field of International trade and export promotion.
Eugenio Zambrano, Director of Finance, Berries de los mimbrales
Born in Seville (Spain) in 1970, Eugenio did a Degree in Economics and I started a PHD in Local Economy.
He worked as Financial Manager for five years in the furniture industry, another four years in media and press, and finally 16 years as General Manager in Los Mimbrales. Los Mimbrales is a company dedicated to agriculture, beggining with citrus fruits, it has dedicated the last three year to berries.
Eugenio has more than 25 years of experience in business management in all sectors, from industry to agriculture, and including services.
Michael Waas, Global Vice President, TerraCycle
Michael Waas is Global Vice President of Brand Partnerships at TerraCycle, where he oversees award-winning corporate partnerships that make it possible to recycle the non-recyclable. Michael has managed programs with P&G, Colgate-Palmolive, L’Oreal, General Mills, Clorox, PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, Mondelez, Kimberly-Clark and many more.
TerraCycle’s programs have engaged tens of millions of consumers in 20+ countries, recycled billions of pieces of waste, and donated more than $10 million to schools and non-profit organizations. Through these programs, TerraCycle has pioneered recycling solutions for some of the world’s most challenging waste streams, including cigarette butts, flexible films, coffee capsules, chip bags, water filters, cosmetic packaging and more.
TerraCycle announced Loop, a new platform developed in conjunction with P&G, PepsiCo, Nestle, and other leading brands, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2019. Loop aims to eliminate waste by creating a circular platform that enables leading CPG companies to develop durable products and packaging.
Michael joined TerraCycle in 2008 after meeting TerraCycle founder Tom Szaky through the StartingBloc fellowship. He holds a BS in Music and Political Science and an M.A. in Political Science from Central Michigan University.
Stephen Birkbeck, Founder, Mt Romance
Stephen founded Mt Romance and studied business for 15 years. In 2005. Stephen’s integration of social, ethical and environmental thinking into business led to many successes such as winning a string of major awards for business excellence; Ernst Young 2004 WA entrepreneur of the year – life sciences – Inaugural Inductee into the WA Hall of Fame – named 2011 Australian Export Hero (supported by Senator Jean-Pierre Leleux, France) along with being the first Australian to export cosmetics to France (1993) and subsequently the first Australian to penetrate the French luxury perfume sector (1998).
Stephen has devoted his life to the Indigenous Communities Desert Sandalwood Vision as a consultant and sandalwood oil pioneer and has worked with the Martu people of this area since 1980.
Aisha Aswani, Ethical Trading Manager, Co-op
Aisha is responsible for defining the strategic direction and leading the Food Ethical Trade programme at the Co-op covering 2000 supplier sites in 70 countries. She has 18 years of experience working on responsible sourcing issues in both food and non-food supply chains. Prior to joining the Co-op in 2007, she worked at John Lewis and Safeway as Responsible Sourcing Manager and spent over a year working with homeware and garment suppliers in India on improving working conditions.
Aisha has been a Board Director of Sedex since 2015 where she has held the positions of Chair Nominations Committee and Deputy Chair of the Sedex Stakeholder Forum. She has played an active role in supporting the creation of Sedex, Stronger Together, the Food Network for Ethical Trade and collaborative ethical trade supplier forums in key sourcing countries. With her experience of working for retailers, brands, suppliers and non-governmental organisations in a range of different sectors, she is well placed to understand a wide range of perspectives and uses this knowledge to find pragmatic and sustainable solutions to issues.
Magali Barraja, Associate Director, BSR
Robin Bishop, Impactt
Robin Bishop is a corporate social responsibility and communications practitioner who has worked in roles across the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Dubai.
Currently Head of Strategic Engagement at Impactt, a leading ethical treatment trade consultancy, she is responsible for driving strategic growth of the organisation. Prior to this role Robin was the Head of Europe, Supplier Management for Intertek.
Robin developed and implemented the private sector facing platform for The Mekong Club, a Hong Kong based not-for-profit, which unites and mobilises the private sector to disrupt and end modern slavery.
Before The Mekong Club, Robin was the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Community Business, a leading social enterprise which supports companies in Hong Kong to take a more responsible approach to business. From this work, Robin was invited to represent Asia at the United Nations-private sector collaboration, Impact 2030.
Prior to her career in corporate social responsibility, Robin was an award-winning public relations practitioner and in 2006 was the recipient of the United Kingdom’s Chartered Institute of Public Relation’s ‘2006 Best Not-for-Profit Campaign’ for her work on infant mortality.
David Croft, Bureau Veritas
Marie Dawe, Angus Soft Fruits
Steve Gibbons, Director, Ergon
Steve is a co-founder of business and human rights consultancy Ergon Associates and has over 25 years’ experience in labour and human rights issues.
He has consulted to major international institutions, multinational companies, not-for-profit organizations and trade unions, including the ILO, World Bank Group, EBRD, the European Commission, London 2012 and the ETI. He has worked in more than 25 countries across sectors including oil and gas, sports, mining, retail, agribusiness, hospitality, finance, and clothing and merchandise supply chains.
Steve has particular expertise in devising and implanting human rights due diligence for projects and clients ranging from those with complex supply chains to those organising a FIFA World Cup (in 2026). He is a member of the Independent Complaints Mechanisms of the Dutch, French and German development banks.
Before Ergon, Steve was head of employment law at Incomes Data Services, the UK’s largest labour relations research centre. He is a UK-qualified lawyer, a regular conference speaker and was the co-founder of the online training company for lawyers, CPDCast®.
Louise Herring, Secretariat, Food Network for Ethical Trade
Louise Herring is an ethical trade and human rights specialist with over fifteen years’ experience working for private, non-governmental and not-for-profit organisations.
She has run her own consultancy firm since 2015, predominantly working for global retailers, brands and food companies. She established and currently runs the Food Network for Ethical Trade on behalf of its members. She designed and delivered Sainsbury’s Ethical Trade strategy between 2010 and 2014 for over 2,500 global Food and non-Food suppliers and has also worked for Comic Relief, Accenture, Marie Stopes International and the World Economic Forum.
Mark Hodge, Shift
Kevin Hyland O.B.E., CEO, ChildFund Ireland
Kevin Hyland OBE served as the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner from 2014 to 2018 and has become a leading voice in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking both in the UK and internationally. Prior to his position as IASC, Kevin spent 30 years in policing including a period as head of the Metropolitan Police’s human trafficking unit.
Kevin was instrumental in the establishment of the Santa Marta Group, a strategic partnership between international law enforcement agencies, civil society, governments, NGOs and Church leaders endorsed and supported by Pope Francis. He was the author and coordinated the inclusion of target 8.7 within the UN 2030 SDG’s. In 2018 he was appointed as the Chair of the Institute of Human Rights and Business, Leadership Group and elected as Ireland’s representative to the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.
He is a trustee of the Passage, Europe’s largest homeless charity and Rahab, a London based NGO who support sexually exploited and trafficked women and girls.
Steve Kenzie, Executive Director, UN Global Compact
Steve has managed the Secretariat of the UN Global Compact Network UK since 2008, providing support for UK-based endorsers of the UN’s corporate sustainability framework.
He was previously a Programme Director at the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) leading projects across a wide range of responsible business issue areas. Prior to joining IBLF, Steve was the founder and Managing Director of a successful retail sports equipment business in Canada.
He has a B.Comm from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Business & Environment from Imperial College London.
Lucy Keohane, Franchise Director, Waves
Henrietta Lake, Founder and Director, Lake Advisory
Henri Lake has been at the forefront of teams working to improve labour practices in global supply chains since 2000. She has worked in more than 20 countries and developed her expertise through programmes in factories and on farms in China, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Thailand and West Africa that are regarded as pioneering in her field. With a focus on building supplier capabilities to identify and address their own challenges, often through improved worker engagement and the intelligent use of data, she has led efforts that link improvements in labour rights to business profitability.
Henri has headed the responsible sourcing teams at both Primark and Sainsbury’s in the UK, and helped design and implement Nike’s new model of worker-centred supplier engagement and performance monitoring. Her work ranges from strategic consulting and organisational change to innovations in the ‘beyond compliance’ space, such as enabling disruptive technologies in the workplace and implementing worker performance incentive schemes. She serves as an advisor to the investor driven Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI), run by ShareAction, which helps institutional investors benchmark companies’ performance on the management of workforce risks and opportunities in their own businesses and supply chains. She also advises the Global Sustainability Network (GSN) and is co-organiser for the next meeting in London, hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. She leads the research and new work on purchasing practices for the Industry Summit, a group of the major global footwear and apparel brands.
Henrietta graduated from Oxford University and obtained her PhD in political science from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the USA. Her doctoral research examined the business benefits of improved working conditions, focusing on how advanced human resource management (HRM) systems and work organisation impact factory productivity. Previously, Henrietta was a financial journalist at The Mail on Sunday and then The Times.
Erin Lyon, Director, ELEVATE
Dylan McNeill, Director Supplier Sustainability, Philips
Janet Mensink, SLCP
Janet holds almost 20 years’ experience in Sustainability and Apparel. With an academic background in environmental science, she started her career as in consultancy. After that, she moved to Solidaridad, where she held a number of different roles. As International Program Manager Sustainable Cotton&Textiles of the Solidaridad Network, she was responsible for high-level projects in the supply chain, as well as initiatives promoting sustainable market development and direct partnerships with brands and retailers. The role included strategy setting, stakeholder engagement and grant management.
Since end 2015 she is director for the Social&Labor Convergence program (SLCP), a multi-stakeholder initiative, which aims to implement a Converged Assessment Framework that supports stakeholders’ efforts to improve working conditions in global supply chains.
Janet has served several boards and councils. This included Council member of the Better Cotton Initiative and member of the Index Development Council for SAC. Janet is passionate about apparel and understands the complexity within the supply chain and the diversity of people associated with it . She is committed to working in the area of business and social and environmental responsibility.
William Pickett, Partner, Carnstone
Will is a Partner at Carnstone Partners Limited – a management consultancy that specialises in sustainability and corporate responsibility. He has experience working with companies in the FMCG, retail, pharmaceutical, and energy sectors, helping them to address a wide range of issues – from responsible sourcing, to sustainability performance management. Will’s interests lie in using data and technology do this more effectively – designing data collection methods, developing practical tools, and presenting complex analysis in engaging ways.
Will currently manages an initiative called Everyone’s Business, an initiative founded with Next, Sainsbury’s, M&S and Pentland. Everyone’s Business is a progressive web application that engages commercial teams on ethical trade.
Will holds a BEng, and an MSc in Sustainability.
Tristanne Searle, Senior Marketing Manager, Tableau
Rona Starr, Executive Director, APSCA
Rona Starr joined the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) in August 2016. She oversees the organization’s development and the advancement of APSCA’s mission to enhance the professionalism and credibility of the individuals and organizations performing independent social compliance audits.
Prior to joining APSCA, Rona worked for McDonald’s for 21 years in a variety of roles. She was part of the roll out of McDonald’s social compliance program within Asia in 2002; and became the global lead in 2009. In 2010, she gathered the audit firms used by McDonald’s together to form an advisory board to focus on improvement within the industry. From there, numerous projects were undertaken, which included the implementation of a train the trainer program for auditors where she travelled the world to ensure calibration and continuous improvement among the service providers – which included many of the now APSCA member firms.
Rona is an accomplished and globally networked business leader with the capacity to influence at all levels of an organization. A specialist in transformational environments, she has defined expertise in risk management across emerging markets, combining a track record of success in supply chain management, administration, international business coordination and workplace compliance.
She has an MBA in Supply Chain & Logistics from the Australian Institute of Business.