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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 Goldsmith

Billy Linstead Goldsmith

National Coordinator, Fair Trade Campaigns, USA

Billy Linstead Goldsmith came to Fair Trade Campaigns from an eight year career in community... ...

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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.

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 Colleen Tait

Colleen Tait

Community Engagement Officer, Scottish Fair Trade Forum

Colleen has been the Community Engagement Officer at the Scottish Fair Trade Forum since 2016. She...

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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. 

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 Katharina Beelen

Katharina Beelen

Belgium Sustainable Food Coordinator

Katharina is the programme advisor for Veco Belgium (Vredeseilanden): she coaches catering kitchens... ...

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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.

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 Luis Heller

Luis Heller

Administration 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... ...

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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.

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 Tadeusz Makulski

Tadeusz Makulski

Poland Fair Trade Towns Coordinator, WFTO - Europe Board Member

Tadeusz is a Fair Trade Expert of the Polish Fair Trade Association; a member of the... ... ...

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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.

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 Tatsuya Watanabe

Tatsuya Watanabe

Japan Fair Trade Towns Coordinator

Tatsuya has been the national coordinator of the Fair Trade Towns movement in Japan since its... ...

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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.  

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