Mr R Gnanasekran, NAPP Chair
Mr. R Gnanasekran is an MBA graduate and has been working with Stassen Natural Foods as a senior executive since 1989. He is also trained in FLO CERT certification system, ISO 22000 and JASS. He comes from a famer’s family and has gained organic and Fairtrade experience of 30 years. He currently holds the following honorary positions of General Secretary of international meditation & Spiritual Centre, Justice of peace, Member of public service commission , Chairman of Fairtrade NAPP Sri Lanka and Member of Wildlife and Nature protection society Sri Lanka
Mr. Pravakar Meher,
Mr. Pravakar hails from a very non descript town Titilagarh in Orissa. He is second generation family working in cotton sector .With a humble beginning his father initial started a cotton ginning factory in nineties. Later when the family business started dwindling he thought to support his father but quickly he realized that he has to leave his well paid MNC job and comfortable life in city to toil in the soil and work with the marginalized farmers.
Being an engineering graduate and having good exposure of technology not only helped him to turn around his family business fortune but he also brought drastic changes in his area by encouraging farmers to go for the native varieties of cotton and adopting Organic practices that led to better yield and quality of cotton fiber .It immensely helped the marginalized farmers in realizing better returns on their produce.
One of his dream is to enable farmers to become part of sustainable value chain by creating an ecosystem within the industry that works for the weakest link in supply chain.
Ms Rakhat Borbieva, Treasurer
Ms. Rakhat Borbieva has been an active member of Fairtrade certified cotton and walnut producer organization “Bio Farmer” since 2015. The organization has been Fairtrade certified since 2009.
She has a diploma in Law and English language and also holds a graduation degree in Jurisprudence/law and foreign language. She has been trained on Skill developments in Organic farming, Global G.A.P. Certification Standard and Fairtrade System in 2017.
She is also trained in HACCP – Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point and Value Chain of Walnut in the framework of GIZ-Germany Project- “Community-based Walnut Forest and Pasture Management” in Southern Kyrgyzstan. The Project promotes biodiversity, conservation and poverty reduction in the region. She works in Agricultural Commodity Service Cooperative “Bio-Farmer” as an inspector of Internal Control System in Kyrgyzstan.
Members in Alphabetical Order:
Mr Adi Armiyadi,
Mr. Adi Armiyadi was born and raised in the Gayo Highlands of Aceh Indonesia. He was born to parents who worked as a smallholder farmer and coffee trader, therefore, the coffee business became his professional choice by birth
He worked as an Internal Control System at KBQ Baburrayyanand for 03 years and is the current Secretary of the Coffee Cooperative. He is also the Chairman of the Indonesian Fairtrade Producers Association and a board member of NAPP Board. He dedicates his time to support NAPP’s vision and to improve the market capabilities of Fairtrade producers.
Mr Bijumon Kurien,
Mr. Bijumon Kurien is the President of the Manarcadu Social Service Society, an SPO in Kerala, India where he has been a member for more than 15 years. His SPO has been Fairtrade certified since 2009, and produces Coffee, Cocoa, Herbs & Spices, Fruits and Nuts.
Bijumon has a Business Administration diploma and a graduation degree in Chemistry. He has also been trained on Skill developments in Organic farming (Lacon / Control Union India ) spices value addition (Spices Board, CFTRA), coffee practices( Coffee Board), effective international Marketing and strategic planning of Producer at SES, Germany& PUM Netherlands
Mr. Biranchi Pradhan,
Mr. Biranchi Pradhan has completed his Masters in Economics. He works as a farmer in a Fairtrade Certified Contract Producer for Cotton- Om Organic Cotton Pvt. Ltd in India. He was selected as the Board Member in 2018.
Mr. Detlev Grimmelt,
Independent Board Member
Mr. Detlev Grimmelt has worked for global and national food-companies for more than 25 years.
After completing his studies in business administration, Detlev started his business career in Marketing functions followed by different sales functions and he could prove his experience as general manager.
Having been working for the German Fairtrade market organization since 2011, initially as commercial director, Detlev was appointed in 2014 as Board member. In this role, Detlev is responsible for commercial relations, supply chain management and finances.
Mr. Edirisinghe Arachchillage Nandakumara,
Mr. Ediri Singhe Arachchillage Nandakumara is the President of Small Organic Growers Association, Sri Lanka. He manages the organic tea cultivation and ensures the human resource department works in compliance with the requirements of the international certification system such as Fairtrade Labelling Organization.
Mr. Muniraju K Shivanna,
Mr. Muniraju K Shivanna is a post graduate in Environmental Science from University of Bangalore, India with over 12 years of hands-on horticultural / agricultural crop management expertise (including Organic and Fairtrade Standards.He worked as a Board member and Treasurer for Association of Indian Fairtrade
Producers (National Network) from 2014 to 2018, initiated YICMBR project to involve youth monitoring system for sugar cooperatives in India, and also served National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in evaluation organic projects and impact studies.
He has also worked with Department of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka INDIA for the promotion of Organic Agriculture and establishment of 14 Farmer Federation.
Mr. Nguyen Huu Ha,
Mr. Nguyen Huu Ha is a graduate in Business Administration. He has 25 years of experience in agriculture especially coffee. He is currently the Co-director of Thuan An Fairtrade Agricultural Co-operative in Vietnam and also the executive Board Member of Pacific Asian Coffee.
Ms. N. P Preethi ,
Ms. N.P. Preethi She has a Diploma in Commercial Practice and 10 years of good experience working with Certification bodies. She has been working with a Fairtrade certified producer organization – Mother India Farms since 2015. Currently she works as the Coordinator for Certifications, related to organic projects of Mother India Farms for observing all organic standards- NPOP, NOP, EU, Naturland, Biosuisse, KRAV, JAS, Demeter, Fairtrade certifications. She also manages the ‘ Women Grievance team’ for addressing grievance of women labourers working at Mother India Farms.
Mr Prakash Sangave,
Mr. Prakash Sangave has completed his Masters in Social Work. He has 32 years of experience in grapes production and exports. He has been working and also the Board Member of the first Fairtrade certified producer organization in grapes and raisins in India, for the last 13 years. Currently he is working Board member of AIFP and also serving his 2nd term as the NAPP Board Member.
Ms Pham Thi Huyen Anh,
Ms. Pham ThiHuyen Anh is the Chairwoman of Fairtrade Small Producer Organisation- Po Ko Fair Agricultural Cooperative (PôKô Farms) in Kon Tum, Vietnam, certified since 2009. She represents the younger generation of PôKô Farms and has supported and worked for the cooperative for approximately 10 years in multiple roles.
She is a graduate in International Trade from Vietnam Foreign Trade University. She has also been trained on Accounting (University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City), Sustainable Agriculture (Community Development Centre), Internal Control System (UTZ), Women empowerment (CECEM and Oxfam project), Marketing coaching program (Trade for Development Centre (TDC)) and Sustainable Branding and Copywriting (Plato Brand Academy).She is young, dynamic, creative and loves to encourage farmers, especially for women development.
Ms. Rahmah was born in Indonesia. She is a graduate with a passion for coffee and therefore pursued the coffee business as her career. As a woman venturing into a business dominated by male she had to face many challenges and difficulties during the initial stage of developing her business. Eventually, she succeeded in establishing her own company – “KETIARA COFFEE” led by women farmers in 2009 which got Fairtrade certified in 2013. Her strong leadership eventually led her to travel around the world to explore and gain more knowledge on coffee business and she got into coffee exports in the year 2011. Ms. Rahmah represents women leadership across NAPP Board and expects more women to be self-sustained in the coffee world.
Mr Sandrico Cornelio,
Mr. Sandrico Cornelio is a small farmer at a Fairtrade Certified Small Producer Organization for sugarcane- Nakalang Padilla Farm Workers Association, Philippines. He has been a smallholder sugarcane farmer for many decades, and represents the small producers in the Fairtrade system at NAPP.
Mr Titus Gerard Beverly Pinto,
Mr. T.G.B. Pinto is the Director on the Board of – ‘The United Nilgiri Tea Estates Company Limited’ with an experience of 39 years in Plantation. He has been Chairman of The Nilgiri Planters Association and Planters Association of Tamil Nadu, India for 2 years and presently on the Executive Committee of The United Planters Association of Southern India which is the 1st tea Company to be certified by Transfair Germany.
Mr. Zhao xinrong,
Mr. Zhao Xinrong is the Vice Chair of Fairtrade China Small Producers Organization and Secretary General of Shaoxing Shangyu Graham Tea Farmers Association in China. He holds a diploma in Agriculture and Law.
Mr. Zhao Xinrong has been engaged in the production and sales of organic tea since 1999, and Fairtrade certified tea since 2011. At present, he is committed to supporting local tea farmers in planting and production of organic teaand benefiting small producers through Fairtrade business development plan, so as to promote the sustainable development of tea industry.