Int. FTTs Steering Committee
When the number of national campaigns increased to 24 the International Fair Trade Towns Steering Committee was set up primarily to ensure networking and communication between the national Fair Trade Town coordinators. The Steering Committee members represent a wide range of Fair Trade Organisations and geographical locations. The initial members of the committee were approved by the assembled National Coordinators at the International Fair Trade Towns conference in Poznan (2012), Poland after a call for volunteers to serve and the first Steering Committee meeting took place the following year in February 2013.
The current members of the International Fair Trade Towns Steering Committee are listed below:
Billy Linstead GoldsmithNational Coordinator, Fair Trade Campaigns, USA
Billy Linstead Goldsmith came to Fair Trade Campaigns from an eight year career in community... ...more
Billy Linstead Goldsmith came to Fair Trade Campaigns from an eight year career in community organizing in the environmental movement where he recruited, trained and developed hundreds of grassroots organizers and facilitated campaigns at the national, statewide and local levels. As the first full time National Coordinator of Fair Trade Campaigns in the U.S., he has worked closely with the wide range of stakeholders in the U.S. and international Fair Trade movement, and collaborated with them to build an inclusive campaigns movement via the "Big Tent" approach outlined in the International Fair Trade Towns Guidelines. In his 7 years in this role, he has seen the U.S. movement grow to include Fair Trade Colleges & Universities, Fair Trade Schools and Fair Trade Congregations.
Billy lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife, Rachel and their new son, Jack.close
Catja KaloudisProject Manager of Fairtrade City, Fairtrade Region and public procurement in Sweden.
Catja Kaloudis has a background in education and labour law and became aware of fair trade through... ...more
Catja Kaloudis has a background in education and labour law and became aware of fair trade through the global children’s well in 2004. She worked for 8 years training fellow teachers and head masters on global issues as part of Teachers Union Lärarförbundet and went on to train 700 Fairtrade Ambassadors in Sweden. Since then she has produced educational materials on both Fairtrade and Fair Trade and is also on the board of The Organisation of Swedish Fair Trade Retailers which has 57 WFTO World Shops and Fair Trade Cafes as members.
Catja became a training manager at Fairtrade Sweden in 2014 and since 2015 has worked with the 75 Fairtrade City municipalities, Regions and on public procurement at Fairtrade Sweden.
Catja has three children and enjoys sewing and knitting. But most of her free time is spent in Corfu, Greece. Greece does not yet have a National Fairtrade Organization but has got an activ group in Athens which is an important start!close
Colleen TaitCommunity Engagement Officer, Scottish Fair Trade Forum
Colleen has been the Community Engagement Officer at the Scottish Fair Trade Forum since 2016. She...more
Colleen has been the Community Engagement Officer at the Scottish Fair Trade Forum since 2016. She first became interested in Fair Trade when she took a module in economic development as part of her languages degree at university. This interest led her to gain work and volunteering experience with a range of community and international development organisations in Scotland and abroad. In her spare time, Colleen can usually be found in a swimming pool, on the running track or on her bike somewhere across Scotland.close
Katharina BeelenBelgium Sustainable Food Coordinator
Katharina is the programme advisor for Veco Belgium (Vredeseilanden): she coaches catering kitchens... ...more
Katharina is the programme advisor for Veco Belgium (Vredeseilanden): she coaches catering kitchens in businesses, schools and healthcare institutions in order to guide them towards sustainable food and sustainable procurement. A fair trading system is the basic condition for a sustainable food system. Katharina is a Fair Trade Ambassador in Belgium, member of the Flemish Fair Trade Towns Steering Committee and member of the local fair trade steering group of the city of Leuven.
Since 2010 she is member of the board of Netwerk Bewust Verbruiken; a Belgian consumer’s organization that promotes sustainable and fair consumption.close
Luis HellerAdministration Manager, Allpa, Peru and WFTO and WFTO LA Board Member
I am Luis Heller, Administration Manager in Allpa, a Peruvian WFTO member. I am also a board member... ...more
I am Luis Heller, Administration Manager in Allpa, a Peruvian WFTO member. I am also a board member of WFTO and WFTO LA.
Before Allpa, I worked in the corporate world as an Administrator for many years. I decided to change things in my life, move on and work in the Fair Trade world; I think it was the correct decision.
Working in Allpa for 12 years and working in WFTO and WFTO- LA has made me aware of the struggle that a Fair Trade organization goes thru to be more modern, efficient and more socially responsible in order to get closer to the producer/artisans, clients and colleagues. Indeed, it is hard work done with a team effort approach: sharing ideas of innovation, following the principles of our organization WFTO, and the commitment to provide high quality products to our customers from the Fair Trade or conventional market.
I accepted the position in WFTO LA and the WFTO Board to learn more from our movement and bring our ideas to it.
I see our work in Fair Trade Towns and now on the Int. Fair Trade Towns Steering Commitee as a challenge to make our region and the global organization closer to make our objectives as only one. Our regions have different particularities and that is what make us unique; but at the end, we only have one Main Objective: to make Fair Trade and Fair Trade Towns globally stronger.
Our job in the global south, in this case LA is in partnership with CLAC, SPP and WFTO LA. It is very important to bring the position of producers and artisans to the table of progress and integration of North and South. To me we are a global movement, not north and south separate; but, one social movement.close
Tadeusz MakulskiPoland Fair Trade Towns Coordinator, WFTO - Europe Board Member
Tadeusz is a Fair Trade Expert of the Polish Fair Trade Association; a member of the... ... ...more
Tadeusz is a Fair Trade Expert of the Polish Fair Trade Association; a member of the Board of Directors for WFTO-Europe; the WFTO Board representative for the International Fair Trade Towns Campaign; coordinator of the program Have a Heart adoption” of "Maitri" Movement Poland (sponsorship of orphans and children from poverty stricken families in Africa); Master’s degree in Political Science and is an entrepreneur with 20 years experience.close
Tatsuya WatanabeJapan Fair Trade Towns Coordinator
Tatsuya has been the national coordinator of the Fair Trade Towns movement in Japan since its... ...more
Tatsuya has been the national coordinator of the Fair Trade Towns movement in Japan since its formation in 2010 and is a Founder/Board Member of Fair Trade Forum Japan. He also serves as a vice-representative of Japan Ethical Initiative, in charge of making the 2020 Tokyo Olympic/Paralympic Games "ethical" by promoting ethical procurement by the authorities concerned. He is a professor at Tokyo University of Economics, specialised in International Development Assistance (Fair Trade, in particular) and Non-profit Studies.