The applications were reviewed by the official Evaluation Committee, which was selected after a call for applications. You can view the profiles of the people who make up the Committee, here below.


Christina has worked in policy and business development for the last twenty years in Greece and abroad at the Hellenic Parliament, various Ministries and foreign embassies as well as prominent businesses in the field of sustainability and innovation. She has been involved in forming sustainable development strategies and organizing business development projects that range from ESG finance to renewable energy to the blue economy. Christina holds an MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and a BA in English and Greek from the University of Athens. Fluent in Greek, English, Spanish, Italian; understands French and Chinese.

Elen Carys Jones

As a freelance consultant, Elen provides support, advice and guidance to all sectors in order to help them understand how to be globally responsible. Including sustainable certification systems, lifecycle systems, decarbonisation ethical investment and divestment. Elen uses the four elements principle of Sustainable Development, balancing the economic, environmental, social and cultural needs of our planet. She has experience of supporting organisations to access grants to deliver international sustainable developments on fair trade and climate change and is currently supporting a Fairtrade certified coffee co-operative in Uganda to access UK markets, to improve livelihoods, education, health and climate change adaptation.

Gabriella Gyori

Sustainable Procurement and Supply Chain Advisor

Gabriella is a procurement professional specialized in social and environmental responsibility in supply chains and within procurement processes. She has a solid experience in planning and managing tender procedures and developing contracts. She obtained international experience by working with public and private sector organisations, such as the EU, Climate KiC Coaches Network and WWF. Her professional focus is the development of sustainable procurement strategies, supplier due diligence programs and resource efficient, circular supply chain practices. Gabriella is a lawyer by training, emerged herself in the world of procurement and holds an executive degree in responsible business management. She has also received a professional certification in innovation management. She is currently based in Berlin.

Magdalena Śliwińska

Assistant Professor at the Poznań University of Economics and Business (PUEB), Institute of International Business and Economics

Magdalena specializes in the European economic integration, EU competition policy, international trade policy and the impact of Fair Trade on the functioning of the EU internal market. She is currently leading a project investigating the special features of Fair Trade market and the changing role of government in the face of the growing role of grassroots socio-economic initiatives. Her most recent publications include Fair Trade Movement and Market Development for Decent Work and Economic Growth (2020) and Fair Trade phenomenon - limits of neoclassical and chances of heterodox economics (2019). During her study at the PUEB she stayed for one year in Germany (University of Hamburg ) and one year in the Netherlands (Erasmus University Rotterdam). She is Polish native speaker and is fluent in English, Dutch, German and Russian.

Sébastien Leclef

Belgian Fair Trade Federation

Sébastien Leclef – Belgian Fair Trade Federation Sébastien Leclef is a Board Member at the Belgian Fair Trade Federation (BFTF). He also works for the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) in Brussels on a program aiming at improving African cities capacities in tackling climate changes: the Covenant of Mayors for Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA). He was the Vice President of CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research, an economic research institute in Warsaw, Poland, until 2012. In 2013, Sebastien joined the Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO), in Brussels, to coordinate the “Vote for Fair Trade” campaign, a coalition of 22 European Fair Trade organisations. In 2016, Sebastien joined the World Fair Trade Organization – Europe (WFTO-Europe) office to serve as Interim Regional Coordinator, where he contributed to launch the “Trade Fair Live Fair”, focusing on the topics of sustainable consumption and living wage. Sebastien is a graduate in Political Sciences from the Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium, 2005). He speaks English, French and Polish. Laura holds a degree in Development Economics with further specializations in Organic agriculture, Food Law, social auditing and Multidimensional Poverty.

elke tillmann

Elke Tillmann is a sustainable development expert working on projects in supply chain management. She gained experience in regional development and public transport organisations on cross border mobility, socio- economic urban development, innovation and demographic change. This often involves identifying initiatives that foster cooperation among stakeholders. Elke studied applied geography at the Technical University Aachen and management at the University of Leuven. During her studies she stayed in Spain, the US and Chile. With her academic interest in trade and sustainability standards she also participated in seminars organised by the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies. Fair Trade is Elke’s passion. Already more than 20 years, she is engaged in Fair Trade, also serving as a board member of umbrella organisations of worldshops first in Germany and now in Belgium.

Laura Ruggeri

Technical Manager at Fairtrade Italia

She developed an international experience in the field of corporate social responsibility and voluntary certifications for sustainability. Since 2013 she has been working in the Fairtrade certification system, focusing on auditing, supply chain analysis, product certification and recently also on M&E and impact assessment. Laura holds a degree in Development Economics with further specializations in Organic agriculture, Food Law, social auditing and Multidimensional Poverty.


Fair Trade Advocacy Office

Alice Sinigaglia is an international economics graduate, with an Executive Master in International and EU Affairs. She has over 10 year experience on EU policies and projects, in particular on sustainable development, trade, and social affairs. Since 2015, she has followed the implementation of the EU trade and development cooperation policies, as well as coordinated projects aiming to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda at local level. Since 2020, she also works as consultant on projects aiming to contribute to a fair and circular economy through public procurement.

Matthew Anderson

Senior Lecturer in Business Ethics Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth

Matthew Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in Business Ethics at the University of Portsmouth. He received his PhD in Social and Economic History from the University of Birmingham in 2009. He was the Co-convenor of the 2018 Fair Trade International Symposium. Matthew’s research interests focus on the intersection between civil society and business. His main research outputs, to date, have investigated the role of the Fair Trade movement and have explored the key drivers behind the mainstreaming of an alternative business model. He is currently investigating the role of civil society advocacy as a driver of political and regulatory change in relation to Fair Trade and Circular Economy.

Peter Defranceschi

Peter Defranceschi has been working for over twelve years for ICLEI, an international organisation of local governments committed to integrated sustainable development. He is heading the ICLEI Office in Brussels representing urban sustainability issues vis-à-vis the European institutions and other strategic stakeholders. Since he joined ICLEI, Peter has been working on International and European projects related to sustainable public procurement, climate change (mitigation and adaptation), biodiversity, water, mobility, food and migration. He has given over 50 trainings on sustainable public procurement. Several international projects looked at social considerations in public procurement, with a particular focus on fair trade. Peter has a law degree and a specialization on human rights and democratization. Before joining ICLEI he has been working in international organisations in the field of human rights in Latin America and Europe.

The EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award is an initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade implemented by the International Trade Centre.