Moraes MEP was elected to the European
Parliament for London in 1999 and again in
2004 where he led the London List of candidates.
He was one of the first Asian MEPs and London's
first ethnic minority MEP. Claude was previously
Director of JCWI, the national migration and
refugee charity and Chief Executive of the
Immigrants' Aid Trust. Before that, he was
a national officer at the TUC, a representative
to the European TUC in Brussels, House of
Commons adviser to MPs John Reid and Paul
Boateng, and a CRE Commissioner. With a legal
background, he has campaigned and written
widely on human rights issues including recently
co-authoring the 'Politics of Migration' (Blackwells).
In the European Parliament he is Labour spokesperson
on Employment and Social Affairs and a member
of the Justice and Home Affairs Committee.
For further information on Claude´s background
or biography further details can be found
on his website at www.claudemoraes.net/biography.html
Paul is the Chief Executive at Traidcraft,
the UKĂs leading fair trade organisation. Traidcraft,
based in Gateshead, consists of a trading company
(Traidcraft plc, with an annual turnover of Ł16
million), and an overseas development charity (Traidcraft
Exchange with an annual income of some Ł2.5 million).
Traidcraft plc sells the widest range of fairly
traded craft and food items in the UK, distributing
them through its webstore, extensive network of
activists and through retail and wholesale channels.
Traidcraft Exchange supports producers in the developing
world through projects, consultancy and campaigning
Paul, aged 45, is married with three young daughters.
His wife, Sarah, is a GP with a particular interest
in tropical medicine. They live just south of Durham.
After graduating from St John's College, Oxford
in 1983, where he studied Modern History, Paul joined
Barclays Bank. Over the following nine years he
held a variety of management positions in Barclays,
specialising in strategic planning and retail sales
and obtaining an MBA from Henley Management College.
In 1992 he was appointed General Secretary of SPCK
- the oldest Anglican mission agency, which runs
a substantial publishing business, a chain of bookshops
and an international grants programme. He joined
Traidcraft in 2001.
is also chair of the European Fair Trade Association,
a director of the William Leech Foundation, a tutor
and SCR member at St ChadĂs College in Durham University,
and a governor of the Choristers School, Durham.
previous roles have included being a member of the
Church of EnglandĂs Board of Mission, a trustee
of the Church of England Pension Fund, and a trustee
of the All Saints Educational Trust.
Thomas joined Triodos in May 2006 with responsibility
for structuring venture capital investments in social
businesses and brings a particular interest in fair
trade finance. Whitni worked in investment banking
at JP Morgan for six years in New York and London,
structuring leveraged finance for management buy-outs.
She arranged senior debt, mezzanine and high yield
debt for private equity clients for over 15 transactions
in wide ranging sectors such as pub chains, paper
manufacturing and automotive parts.
Most recently, Whitni was Head of Access to Finance
at the New Economics Foundation where she led the
think tank's research and consultancy work on improving
access to finance for financially excluded individuals
as well as social businesses. She worked closely
with Twin Trading for 18 months exploring how best
to finance fair trade companies. Whitni also worked
for a year in the microcredit field in Mexico.
has co-authored a number of publications including:
Basic Bank Accounts: The case for a universal service
obligation, Ethical Finance: Challenging the mainstream
or marginal alternative? Unlocking the Potential:
A guide to finance for social enterprises and wrote
a chapter on Finance for Fair Trade for the book
Fair Trade. She has served on the board of the European
Microfinance Network and the steering group for
the Campaign for Community Banking Services. Whitni
is a dual national of Britain and the US and lives
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