Fair Trade Experts

The following experts are available to discuss the Fair Trade solutions being showcased at the WTO’s 5th ministerial meeting in Cancun, Mexico.

Policy and Education:
  • Mark Ritchie, President, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Previously the Executive Director of the Center for Rural Studies and as a trade policy analyst for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Mark brought Fair Trade Certification to the United States in the early 1990s and founded one of the first 100% Fair Trade Certified coffee companies in the US. He served on the U.S. Trade Representative's Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee from 1995-2002.
  • Kari Hamerschlag, Senior Associate for Fair Trade, at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), has worked in international development and advocacy for fifteen years. Previously, she worked as the National Campaign Manager for TransFair USA, the third party certifier for Fair Trade Certified products.
  • Liam Brody, Oxfam International, a global development agency funding projects in more than 100 countries, including the worldwide campaign, What’s In Your Coffee? to create public awareness about the international coffee crisis.
  • Jacqueline DeCarlo, Executive Director, Fair Trade Resource Network, a clearinghouse and consumer education organization. Jackie has published author on migration issues and has worked and traveled in Latin America and Africa.
  • Alysa Gravitz, Executive Director, Co-Op America, a consumer and business membership based organization promoting Fair Trade and social and environmental responsibility among consumers and businesses. She can speak to consumer and social responsibility business issues.
      Phone: (202) 872-5307

  • Chris O'Brien, Director, Co-op America Business Network and Associate Director of Fair Trade Federation, an association of Fair Trade retailers, wholesalers and importers. Can speak to the Fair Trade Trends report soon to be released.
      Phone: (202) 872-5307

  • Rick Peyser, Director of Public Relations, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters - Since signing an agreement with TransFair USA in 2000 to purchase and sell Fair Trade Certified coffee, GMCR has increased percentage of Fair Trade coffee sales each year up to 12% of total coffee pounds sold so far in fiscal year 2003, which includes more than 40 double-certified Fair Trade Organic coffees.
  • Paul Katzeff, CEO and Roastmaster, Thanksgiving Coffee Company, a roaster of Fair Trade, Organic and specialty coffees. As a pioneer in the Fair Trade movement, Mr. Katzeff co-founded the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), now the industry’s leading advocate for sustainable coffee.
  • Juantia Fox, Ten Thousand Villages, one of the largest Fair Trade wholesale importers and retailers in the US and Canada, with more than 200 boutiques in the US and Canada.