Meet the 2015 WFTO Conference speakers

We are happy to inform you that we have received positive confirmation from the invited guests to speak during the 2015 WFTO Conference in Milan. Find below brief descriptions of the confirmed speakers.

Please note: WFTO conference programme (including workshops topics and schedule) will follow soon. Watch this space for more conference updates.

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Franciscus VanderHoff Boersma

Franciscus VanderHoff is a long-time Fair Trade advocate and honorary member of WFTO. He started his career in the Fair Trade Movement as a Dutch Missionary in Mexico. During his mission, he saw the plight of Mexican coffee producers who were taken advantage of by unscrupulous middlemen who paid low prices for their high-quality coffee beans. VanderHoff, with the help of Dutch organisation Solidaridad, launched the Max Havelaar Fair Trade Label in 1988 to market the coffee beans internationally at a fair price. This was the beginning of Fair Trade labelling, the idea of differentiating fairly traded products from conventionally traded ones. The initiative received positive outcome. The coffee produced by Mexican farmers was sold in Dutch world shops and some retailers across the Netherlands.  

Franciscus VanderHoff and Nico Roozen [Photo: Hein van Leeuwen for Solidaridad via Bloomberg]

Palagummi Sainath

Palagummi Sainath is an award-winning photojournalist who specialises in subjects like poverty, rural life and other social issues such as the impact of globalisation in India. His work in journalism earned him prestigious awards like the Ramon Magsaysay Award, often referred to as the ‘Asian Nobel,’ and Amnesty International’s Global Human Rights Journalism Prize. Sainath will join us in the conference and share his thoughts and ideas in the conference in Milan. Know more about Sainath here:     

Palagumi Sainath [Photo:]

Paul Singer

Professor Paul Singer is a Brazilian sociologist and economist from Austrian origin. His main fields of research include urbanization, solidarity economy and economic development in Latin America, especially Brazil. Since 2003 until today, he has been Secretary of the Brazilian Ministry of Labour and the National Secretariat for Solidarity Economy. Throughout his career he has provided a framework for the development of the Brazilian regional economy. In 2013 he was a guest of the World Fair Trade Week in Rio de Janeiro.

Prof. Paul Singer [Photo: Cecília Bastos/Jornal da USP]



By Michael Sarcauga & Natalia Báez

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