WFTO-Europe Board of Directors is currently composed of:

Juan José Martinez (Oxfam Intermón, Spain)

Charlotte Beacon (Traidcraft Exchange, UK)

Cassandre Maury (Les Jardins de Gaïa, France) – Co-opted in 2019

Jean-Christophe Galland (Malongo, France) – Co-opted in 2019

Manfred Winkler (Globo Fair Trade Partner, Germany)

Caterina Occhio (SeeMe, the Netherlands)


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.

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Nicla Elena Festa, Communication &  Advocacy Assistant

Hi everyone! My name is Nicla and I am Italian. I am the Communication and Advocacy Assistant at WFTO-Europe. I will mainly assist in the development and implementation of internal and external communication of WFTO-Europe Office. I recently graduated in law at the University of Trento with a final dissertation concerning labour standards in international trade and investment, in which I also presented the Fair Trade Movement and the WFTO. I also had the opportunity to study for a semester at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

I am very passionate about Fair Trade, indeed I am participating in the FTAO Young Fair Trade Advocates Program. I strongly believe we need to create a new business model more focused on people and their rights rather than profit. Hence, I am eager to contribute to this goal and to be part of the WFTO-Europe team.


Kamila Michowska, Project and Fundraising assistant

Hello! My name is Kamila and I come from Poznan, Poland where I study International Economic Relations at Poznan University of Economics. I am finishing the semester in Brussels in Sustainable Management, and I decided to make my Erasmus+ experience complete by joining WFTO for the internship. At WFTO-Europe I have a role of Project Management & Fundraising Assistant and my main tasks are conducting market surveys and research for our partners as well as tackling fundraising for our projects.

My scientific fields of interests are circular economy, donut economy, sustainable production and consumption. I find it crucial to create a modern day economy based not only on the revenue but also on the impact we have on the planet.



Gaëtan Laforge, Project and Fundraising Assistant

Bonjour! Nice to meet you, I am delighted to be the new Project & Fundraising Assistant at WFTO-Europe.

Having been raised in Brussels, I had the opportunity to work in various countries for multiple businesses across the sectors of health, logistics, digital marketing, and communications. I hold a Masters in Environment & Sustainable Development Studies from University College London and I am particularly interested in the linkages between climate change and our modern-day economy. I joined WFTO-Europe because I strongly believe that enterprises can build models where profitability, concern for the environment and social commitment work in harmony.

I will be responsible for co-creating knowledge and campaigns to raise awareness around fair trade whilst advocating for more equity in economic relationships at the European level. My role will also concern finding new gateways towards the implementation of our fundraising strategy whilst engaging in current projects with the partners of WFTO-Europe.


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