Arumugam Arutselvan – Associate Consultant and Liaison Officer (Sri Lanka)
Arumugam Arutselvan works on strengthening producer networks in Sri Lanka. Arutselvan became part of the Fairtrade system when he became the secretary for a Fairtrade Premium Committee of the Adisham Socio-Economic Development Organization part of the Watawala Plantations. After which, he became a Fairtrade Officer and gained knowledge in Hired Labour – Multi certification setup. He has also been part of the Fairtrade Producer Association of Sri Lanka as the coordinator for national networks.
Arutselvan has experience of working with tea plantations for over 17 years, including Lankem Plantations, Sunshine Holdings and Richard Peiris Group. As a Quality Assurance Officer, Arutselvan has sound organizational knowledge and interpersonal skills. He’s also trained in ISO 22000 (FSMS) & HACCP, ISO 9001 (QMS), SLSI/SLTB Tea Product certification, Ethical Tea Partnership and Rain Forest Alliance.
Aziz Rasulov – PSR, Central Asia
Aziz Rasulov is working to support smallholder farmers and workers in the Central Asia region. Aziz has worked in various management positions for development projects in agriculture and water management in Central Asia. He has over a decade of experience working with UNDP, ICARDA, IWMI, GIZ and other organisations.
Aziz has studied agriculture and economics of water resources at the Faculty of Economics and Management of Water Resources, Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Melioration. An engineer-economist, Aziz did an international master program at the EU University and has an MBA from the University of Hamburg. Aziz was part of the research program for PhD students at Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Melioration, Uzbekistan and was part of a six-months research programme at the Colorado State University, Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, in Fort Collins, CO. USA.
Dhanesh PR – NAPP CFO Team
Dhanesh is a commerce graduate and is currently pursuing a Company Secretary professional course.
Erwin Novianto – Principal, Southeast Asia
Erwin Novianto manages the producer support services and programmes that strengthen the national producer network, partnership, and advocacy work across the Southeast Asia region. His expertise includes ethical certification, organisation development, co-operative management, adult education training, and project management.
Before joining NAPP, Erwin spent seven years with Fairtrade International, as Regional Manager for Southeast Asia and China where his supervised producers service relations in the region. Erwin has worked as a consultant, trainer, and project co-ordinator with international and local NGOs, government bodies in Indonesia and ethical traders from Europe on supply chain development, co-operative education, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable tourism
Erwin is a social worker graduate from Padjadjaran University, Indonesia. He has a Master in Social Developments from Ateneo De Manila University, Philippine, and intensive training on Agriculture Cooperative and Cooperative Management from MKM Malaysia, IDACA, Japan, and IRMA, India.
Felix Wjesinghe – Senior Consultant – HLO and SPOs, Sri Lanka
Felix Wjesinghe worked for over eight years as a liaison officer for the Producer Services and Relations unit of Fairtrade International. His work with Fairtrade involved certification advisory as well as organisational capacity building of Hired Labour plantations and Small Producer Organizations in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the Philippines. He’s now with NAPP as Senior Consultant – HLO and SPO, Sri Lanka.
Felix has worked in middle and senior management positions in government and semi-government institutions. He has extensive management experience working with both workers as well as small farmers. He has conducted research trials in sugar cane water management techniques and on the high value export crops and the findings of which were shared with farmers in the Mahaweli settlements of Sri Lanka.
Felix has trained in participatory rural appraisal, participatory technology development, organizational development and participatory sustainable farm planning and has implemented them in the Mahaweli systems of Sri Lanka while working for the Promoting Multifunctional Household Environments (PMHE) project, a bi-lateral project of the Dutch and Sri Lankan Governments. Felix served as a consultant with ETC Lanka Private Limited which was a part of ETC International, Netherlands from Year 2000 and was involved with Fairtrade development work. Felix has a diploma from the School of Agriculture, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
Ganapathy Raju – Principal India, and Standards and Pricing, Textiles and Producer services
With over eight years of experience in the Fairtrade System, Ganapathy Raju brings with him a rich knowledge of producer services to his present role. Four of the producers from his region have won Fairtrade International Awards in their respective category.
If three words can describe his career interest, he says it is “rural community development.” This he has done through community forestry with VIKSAT, a NGO based in Ahmedabad in the late ’80s. A legacy he cherishes is the standing regenerated forest of 10,000 hectares in the tribal district of Bhiloda in Gujarat. Raju has also rallied 3,000 herbal gatherer families to form a public limited company called the Gram Mooligai Co which provides livelihood security to these families by collecting and selling herbs to established herbal companies.
An alumnus of the IIT group of schools, Raju also studied at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand. He recharges his batteries by jogging and yoga and follows his motto, “keep running.”
Jun Zhao – Senior Associate, NAPP China
As Senior Associate, Jun Zhao provides supports and assistance to producer groups, including information transfer and liaison, capacity building, and delivery of other services. He also engages stakeholders to promote NAPP in China.
Jun has been working in rural and agricultural development for over two decades with a focus on farmer co-operatives, value chain, food safety and poverty reduction areas. Prior to joining NAPP, Jun worked for six years with the World Bank China as a rural development specialist, where he was responsible for a range of rural and agricultural development projects, including food safety, environment management, poverty reduction, and policy studies. Before this, Jun worked for 12 years with the Ministry of Agriculture, China as a project officer.
Jun holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics, Nanjing Agricultural University.
M.V. Iresha Sanjeewanie – Producer Support Consultant and Senior Associate for Sri Lanka
M.V. Iresha works with the Small Producer Organizations in Sri Lanka, Support them to get FLO certification and stay certified. Prior to joining NAPP, Iresha worked with Fairtrade International for one year, as the Liaison Officer for Sri Lanka. Before this, Iresha spent over seven years as the Manager Compliance and Standards the for McCallum Group of Companies in Sri Lanka, as the Overall in charge of the International standards for exports and certifications. She also worked as the Fairtrade Officer for McCallum Nurseries Private Limited, which is a Fairtrade certified cut foliage and ornamental plants exporter. As a selected Fairtrade Officer, Iresha was part of the Internal Audit Panel, formed by Fairtrade NAPP Sri Lanka to help producers in the country comply with relevant standards.
Prior to these, she has been active in several research studies and projects. Iresha is an Applied Science Graduate (Natural Resources Management) from the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka and has a Masters in Environmental Science from University of Colombo with Environmental Law and Standards, EIA, Risk Assessment, Economics and Demography.
Kuldeep Singh Chauhan – Program Lead (National Networks)
Kuldeep Singh Chauhan is a development professional with more than six years of managerial experience in international non-government organizations. Kuldeep has been with Fairtrade NAPP for the last three years. He leads the programmatic engagement with the national networks of producers in the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to joining Fairtrade NAPP, Kuldeep worked in the South Asia regional office of Leonard Cheshire Disability as Regional Manager responsible for sustainability of operations in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Before that Kuldeep worked with Oxfam India in different capacities starting as a consultant and finishing the term as Head of region, Pune.
Kuldeep is an Engineer from University of Pune and MBA in Marketing and Human Resource Development, Indian Business Academy.
Mariam Thomas – Program Lead Products and Markets
Mariam Thomas comes with over 13 years of experience in the development sector. She has been with Fairtrade NAPP for the last three years. She leads the programmatic engagement with the product networks of producers in the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to joining NAPP, Mariam worked for four years with recognized artisan groups, organisations and crafts people across India and offering them greater access to urban markets through Kala Madhyam, a social entrepreneurship venture founded on the principles of Fair Trade. She was also responsible for driving sales, promoting the organization, raising funds, identifying strategic partners and scaling up the reach and impact of the organization’s crafts bazaar to make it one of the most recognized crafts events in Bangalore. Before this, Mariam worked on children’s issues with organisations such as Centre for Child and the Law (a unit of National Law School of India University), Ministry of Community Youth and Sports (MCYS) Singapore and Child Relief and You (CRY). Across these organisations her role included policy and advocacy, assessment frameworks, programme development, capacity building, networking and partnerships, events and communication.
Mariam is a science graduate from Mount Carmel College and Masters in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), one of the most reputed social science institutes in India.
Meenakshi Gairola – Partnership Lead
Meenakshi has over 13 years of experience in various roles in corporate and development sector. She started her career with the Tata group as a Supply chain consultant. After a decade in the IT industry she moved to the development sector to manage outreach for a Bangalore based NGO, Unnati – SGBS Trust. She had the opportunity to work with underprivileged youth, understand their psyche and effectively reach out. She was very successful in raising funds for the NGO and establish partnerships with Government agencies and private sector.
Meenakshi moved to the Philippines, where she worked as a Researcher for Asian Institute of Management, Manila. There she worked on a DFAT project to propose policy that could guide foreign investment in the Mining sector in the ASEAN region. She worked closely with the Board of Investments, Philippines and 10 major international mining companies. She moved back to Bangalore and before joining NAPP, worked on a short project for Social Venture Partners India.
Meenakshi holds an MBA from S. P. Jain, Mumbai and a Master’s degree in Technology from BITS, Pilani, India, both premier league institutes in India.
Nalini Sampat – Associate, India
Nalini Sampat is in charge of producer support activities in Karnataka. She has worked as a NGO professional for over a decade on project planning and implementation including assessing project viability, sustainability, resource mobilisation, advocacy, documentation and research.
Nalini has worked with a multinational certification body and worked as a compliance auditor including brand protection. During this period, Nalini gained experience in systems in manufacturing facilities in the garment, food, ancillary units of Ford, bottling plants, shoe and leather industries. She has independently set up systems in various facilities such as shoe manufacturing, plastic extrusions, garments, etc. She has conducted an independent impact study of the training program on gender equity conducted by the Social Accountability International as part of their ongoing program RAGS.
As Managing Trustee of CSR Assist, she is responsible for leading a team of professionals in meeting the CSR goals of companies. She is a permanent member and Ex-Secretary, Administration for Common Wealth Association for Mentally Handicapped and Development Disabilities (CAMHADD), 2002-2003. Nalini is a trained SA 8000 Advanced Lead auditor, WRAP approved auditor, Coca Cola approved auditor, Ford approved auditor, and C-TPAT auditor. She has completed the CBR Planning and Management course from the International Institute of Rehabilitation Management, Lisbon, Portugal and has completed a Master Trainers Training in Inclusive Education.
Rohini Chandrasekaran – Associate, India
Rohini Chandrasekaran is a sustainable compliance professional who conducts audits and trainings for various stakeholders across the global supply chains of factories and agriculture farms in South Asia. Rohini has more than a decade of experience in the development sector, where she has worked with grass root organisations, companies, and NGOs including the Tata group, Rallis India Limited, the International Resources for Fairer Trade (IRFT) and the Fair Labour Association (FLA).
Rohini has worked on training and updating the code of conduct for various brands on agriculture sustainable standards, country level research and assessment studies, task and risk mapping studies for different agriculture crops on human rights issues, impact assessment studies, stakeholder engagement, and identification of service providers. She has worked with the Better Cotton Initiative as an associate trainer and master trainer in India and Pakistan and has worked in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Silence, China, Indonesia and has research experience in Romania, Hungary, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina and Ivory coast.
Rohini holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the Tamil Nadu Agriculture University and a Master’s Degree in Social Entrepreneurship from Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
Senthil Nathan – Chief Markets Officer
Senthil Nathan is the the Chief Markets Officer handling the market-facing role for the Asia Pacific region for the Network of Asia Pacific producers. Senthil brings experience of more than 12 years of sales and marketing roles across different MNCs.
Prior to joining Fairtrade, Senthil headed the Organized Trade & Tropicana business for PepsiCo India in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana, where led all Foods and Beverages business under the PepsiCo’s globally significant project “Better Together”, and drove the business of key brands like Lays, Pepsi, Quaker and Tropicana etc. In his ten years at PepsiCo, Senthil was instrumental in planning and executing the company’s sales and distribution strategies across various markets in India. He is credited with successfully working in few of the strongest and most challenged markets of PepsiCo India such as Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Punjab, Telengana and Andhra Pradesh. Prior to Pepsico, Senthil has worked with General mills and ConAgra Foods.
Senthil’s deeply passion for development issues stems from his humble beginning in a small village in South India. Born to an economically backward farming family, has personally seen most of the sustainability challenges in his own life. This career change towards this commitment, belief that Fairtrade has a strong value proposition led him to join NAPP.He is also the Cofounder of ‘Itsmyright’; which worked on two of the Million Development Goals of providing primary education and nutrition for 60 slum children in Jalandhar district Punjab. Senthil has an MBA from the Faculty of Management, Alagappa University.
Shakir Hussain – Senior Associate, Pakistan
Shakir Hussain manages the Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan region for NAPP, where he provides support and assistance to Fairtrade-certified producers for compliance with Fairtrade Standards. He also engages with potential producers who want to become part of the Fairtrade system.
Shakir has worked with the International Labour Organization (ILO) as Lead Trainer on Elimination of Child Labour Project in Pakistan. After which, he worked with the British Council Pakistan on the Active Citizen Project and has served as the National Training Co-ordinator in UNDP Pakistan. Shakir has strong knowledge about facilitation skills, training design, negotiation and communication skills, and project management.
Shakir has a Master’s in psychology and is interested in industrial and consumer psychology. Apart from that, he is a certified safety expert with an OHSAS 18001 diploma. When not on the field, Shakir enjoys travelling, hiking, reading and playing snooker.
Subhra Prakash Tudu – Associate Principal, NAPP
Subhra Prakash Tudu works at NAPP as the Associate Principal where he is in-charge of the Fairtrade certified support services in the North East India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar. He also leads the Risk Management in India+ region. He has been working as Liaison Officer for Fairtrade International from 2011 to 2015, supporting producer facing programs in North East India, Nepal and Bangladesh, strengthening small farmer’s organisation and ensuring their market access, working with business entities to foster well-being of their workers and sustainable agricultural practices. He has been actively engaged to advocate rights and social justice of the marginalised for over 18 years.
Subhra is a development practitioner, working in areas of PME, Trainings, Research, RBA and Project Management, addressing issues of livelihood, land rights, rights to identity, child rights, human trafficking, conflict, production practice and market access for small farmers, governance etc. Subhra has served as Independent Consultant, Business Development Trainer and supply chain research for Traidcraft – UK projects in South Asia, Trainer and Independent Consultant on Peace & Reconciliation for Lutheran World Service India Trust in its North-East India Project, Supply Chain Research for Pi Foundation – Pants for Poverty Brand – UK, Project end Evaluation of Norwegian Aid supported project implement by SYNOD of Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jharkhand, India. Prior to join Fairtrade International, Subhra worked with Church of North India, in the Church mission on poverty eradication for over 13 years.
Sumedha – Principal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Central Asia
Since 2011, Sumedha has been the Regional Managerial consultant for the Producer Services and Relations Unit, covering Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Central Asia. Sumedha is also the Managing Director of ETC Lanka (Private) Limited, a not for profit Sri Lankan management and development consultancy company which was part of ETC International, based in the Netherlands.
Sumedha has trained in monitoring and evaluation, training the trainers in participatory rural appraisal, participatory village development planning, participatory monitoring and evaluation, related participatory approaches and Total Quality Management (TQM), in Bolivia, Thailand, USA, India and Nepal.
He has over 30 years of experience in the field of community and rural development. Sumedha has worked on programme evaluation assignments for CARE, World Vision, World University Services Canada, Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka, Upper Water Shed Management Project of the Sri Lankan Department of Animal production and Health, PLAN International, Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA); Action Contre La Faim, World Food Program, and several private sector organizations.
He holds a certificate in Dairy Management and is a graduate of the Management Development Course conducted by the Training Resource Group USA, and a Certified Trainer in Total Quality Management, Course conducted by Team Technologies USA.
Sureel Singh – Senior Associate, Supply Chain, India
Sureel Singh manages supply chain for all Fairtrade-certified operators in India. He brings in a rich and diverse experience in ethical international certifications, statutory labour compliances, worker and trade union relations, certification advisory, standard compliance, sustainability, producer capacity building and support, product support, community-based organisational development, network development with the donors, entrepreneurship training, training module development, economic empowerment project implementation, and first party audits of certified operators as part of preparation of actual audits.
Sureel Singh has over 13 years of experience in the corporate and social sector. He has conducted sustainability workshops and organisational development projects with over 200 organisations, ranging from small producers to some of the largest organization in the world.
As part of his MBA programme, Sureel majored in Marketing with a minor in Human Resource. He is also an ISO 9008 certified Auditor and SA8000 certified consultant.