WFTO-Europe staff currently includes:
Mikkel Kofod Nørgård, WFTO-Europe Coordinator
My name is Mikkel Kofod Nørgård, I am from Denmark and since September, 2020 I am WFTO-Europe’s Coordinator. From September 2018, I was WFTO-Europe’s Junior Project Officer. I am coordinating the European branch and am responsible for developing and implementing our fundraising strategy. Should you, as a member of our network, have any questions or requests do not hesitate to contact me. Similarly, I am always interested in hearing about your needs and difficulties as a Fair Trade organisation, since I firmly believe our fund-raising activities should focus on meeting the needs and building capacities for our members.
Concerning my background, I have a bachelor’s degree in Japan Studies, and a Master’s in International Studies from University of Aarhus in Denmark. Throughout my studies of international relations, Asia, and international political economy, I have focused particularly on inequality on both national and international level. It is clear to me that poverty and the stark gap in state of development between many countries are structural problems born from a highly flawed world economy and trade system. Therefore, I was extremely happy for the opportunity to intern here at WFTO-Europe in the Autumn of 2016, where I learned about an existing and feasible alternative model: Fair Trade. Particularly, I am very keen on Fair Trade’s commitment to constant improvement, empowerment of the marginalised, and striving for decent and transparent working conditions and fair payment for workers and producers. While Fair Trade is naturally most urgent for many communities in the global South, the strengths of this alternative model for world trade can and should benefit everyone across the world. This will be my approach to working here at WFTO-Europe.
Paola Plaku, Project Management & Fundraising Assistant
Océane Zarcone, Communication & Membership Outreach Assistant
Hello everyone, my name is Océane Zarcone, I’m from France, and I am the new Communication and Membership outreach Intern from February to July 2021. During my time here, I will be mainly assist with the development and implementation of WFTO-Europe’s internal and external communication, manage Social Medias, and work with Membership and Monitoring.
Throughout my university course, I have completed an European Undergraduate Degree in Political Science at the Catholic University of Lille (France). As part of my degree, I spent an exchange semester in Siena (Italy), where I followed courses from a Master’s Degree in European studies, with courses such as European Human Rights Protection, and Environmental Economics.
During my bachelor, I had the opportunity to complete two internships, the first among a Communication agency, and the second among the European Commission, at the DG Mare in the HR Unit.
I am now currently in my final year of a Master’s Degree in European and International Studies in Aix-Marseille University (France). During my Master’s Degree, I spent another exchange semester in Madrid (Spain). My degree offers comprehension over the European institutions and the funding system, the decision-making and law-making process. It made me gain a lot of knowledge about the institutional and political mechanism that composes the EU.
Both my experiences and academic background led me to take part into working in Communication for WFTO-Europe. Indeed, it is a great pleasure for me to work for raising awareness around the Fair Trade movement and the Fair Trade principles.
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