WFTO is democratically run by its members on a one-(full guaranteed)member-one-vote basis. The Board and President are elected by the members, who also vote on the strategy, budgets and updates to our Fair Trade Principles, together with any other major change to the organisation.
Roopa Mehta leads Sasha Association for Craft Producers (India), an exemplary WFTO member selling fashion and home products around the world. Her association with Fair Trade began in 1978 and she moved over full time to Sasha in 1985. She has served on the board of Fair Trade Forum India and the Asia WFTO board. She was voted on to the WFTO Global board as an independent board member in May 2011. Roopa completed an Economic honours course, followed with an MBA degree from Delhi University. She began her career with a leading Indian chain of hotels and moved on to be an Executive Director of a company producing and retailing high-end women’s clothing using traditional dyeing, printing and embroidery techniques.
Pieter Swart is the WFTO Africa and Middle East representative to the board. Pieter works for Turqle Trading (South Africa).
Luis is the WFTO Latin America regional representative to the board. Luis works for Allpa (Peru).
Sophie Tack is the WFTO Europe regional representative to the board. Sophie works for Oxfam Magasins du Monde (Belgium).
Sunil Chitrakar is the regional representative for WFTO Asia. As the CEO of the Organization, he provides leadership at Mahaguthi Craft with Conscience. He is also the Vice President of Fair Trade Group Nepal and Federation of Handicraft Association of Nepal. For over 4 years, Sunil has been a faculty Member at School of Management, Tribhuvan University where he earned his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Marketing.
Chris Solt is the WFTO Pacific representative to the board, based in the United States. As Executive Director of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF), Chris leads the strategic, administrative, and programmatic aspects of the FTF, a trade association of fair trade enterprises in the US and Canada, which is also a fair trade network member of the WFTO. Prior to joining the FTF, Chris spent over ten years with Ten Thousand Villages US, developing the capacity of their retail network of fair trade stores, and leading training seminars, events, and conferences. Chris earned a BA in Social Science at Cleveland State University, and a Master’s Degree in Organisational Leadership with a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources from Southern New Hampshire University.
Giorgio Dal Fiume
Giorgio Dal Fiume is an independent board member. He was a President of WFTO-Europe from 2010 until 2017 and has been involved in Fair Trade since 1992. He worked as a President of Ctm Altromercato (Italian FT importer) from 1998 to 2007, visited and audited dozens of Fair Trade organisations. He coordinated “Terra Equa”, Festival on Fair Trade and Social Economy and is an author of several articles and publications on Fair Trade and Intercultural issues.
Swapan Kumar Das