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Claudia Coenjaerts, President and CEO (bio)
Seto Akinjiola, Human Resources Director (bio)
Jennifer Caruso, Associate Director, Business Accountability (bio)
Heeral Coleman, Director of Communications & Stakeholder Services (bio)
Kenan Ercel, Associate Director, Workplace Accountability (bio)
Jason Judd, Vice President of Programs (bio)
Richa Mittal, Director, Research & Innovation (bio)
Jean Appia, Research & Innovation Assistant, Côte d’Ivoire
Huaijun (Greta) Bi, General Manager - Shanghai office
Kevin Bosson, Agriculture Program Manager, Côte d’Ivoire
Sabrina Bosson, Associate Director, Agriculture Program
Alpay Celikel, Regional Manager, EMEA
Arim Chang, Participating Supplier Manager
Kuang-Chi Chang, Technical Advisor, Statistical Tools and Surveys
Francisco Chicas, SCI Assessor
Arina Chithavong, Accountability Program Associate
Michaela Corr, Licensee Program Manager
Lisa Ferguson, Accreditation Associate
Roxana Galusca, Research & Innovation Intern
Arno Gasteiger, Business Affiliates Program Manager
Deepti Goteti, Platform Manager
Cecila Guay, Administrative Assistant
Subhadra Gupta, CSO Engagement Associate
Thilibah Guytan, HR Intern
Ying Huang, Research Assistant
Cansin Leylim Ilgaz, Agriculture Program Coordinator
Chao Jiang, Research Assistant
Britta Klemmer, Technical Advisor on Research & Innovation
Andrew Korfhage, Communications Manager
Wanjing Lu, SCI Assessor
Sarah Mahoney, Visual & Digital Media Manager
KVS Mani, Agriculture Program Administrator
Allison Milne, Technical Advisor, Business Accountability
Samuel Myers, Program and Editorial Assistant
Anne Obi, Finance & HR Associate
Jingwen Peng, Eastern Hemisphere Accreditation Associate
Erin Phillips, Licensee Program Intern
Huizen Qian, Research & Assessment Manager
Jessica Rocha, University Program Manager
Tiffany Rogers, Accountability Associate
Maria R. Sabasa, Controller
Joe Shen, Regional Manager, East Asia
Evie Stephenson, Executive Assistant
Sene Tibebu, IT Help Desk Associate
Remy Tubongbanua, Membership & Accounting Associate
Muge Tuna, Assessor
Gulden Ulker, Assessor
Jessica Vasquez, CSO Engagement Associate
Roy Wang, SCI Assessor
Robert Washington, Senior Accountant
Zhenni Zhu, Administrator
Claudia Coenjaerts, President and CEO
Claudia Coenjaerts joined the FLA in January 2014. A native of Belgium with bachelors and masters degrees in sociology from Catholic University of Leuven, Claudia joined the ILO in 1991 as gender associate expert and consultant in Bangkok, Thailand, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She worked on issues related to child labor and women workers in Bangkok, and then was named director of the ILO office in Bangladesh, followed by appointment as director of the ILO office in Sri Lanka. In 2005 she relocated to Geneva as a senior specialist for socio-economic reintegration in the ILO crisis response and reconstruction program and then took on increasingly senior management positions in areas related to employment.
In January 2012 Claudia was named the deputy regional director for management, administration and operations in the ILO’s regional office for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Among her areas of special responsibility were youth employment and job creation in fragile states. Her areas of expertise include employment creation, youth employment, post-conflict job creation, international labor standards, child labor, workers’ rights, and gender equality. Back to top.
Seto Akinjiola, Human Resources Director
Seto Akinjiola comes to the FLA as a senior human resources professional with over thirteen years of progressive and comprehensive HR management experience including recruitment and retention, conflict resolution, change management, employee & labor relations, compensation & benefits and global hr management. Her specialty is primarily in the non-profit sector working with community-based and international development programs. Seto brings to the FLA multi-functional HR expertise including a deep understanding of critical business functions, executive planning, communications and leadership skills. She was previously the Director of Global HR Operations at Greenpeace US, Inc. and HR Director at Pan American Development Foundation. Seto obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Afro-American Studies and her Master’s degree in International Management, both from the University of Maryland. She’s worked and managed teams in over 10 countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. Back to top.
Jennifer Caruso, Associate Director, Business Accountability
Jennifer Caruso assumed oversight of the FLA’s Business Accountability team in 2015, having worked for the FLA since 2008 in both the collegiate licensee program and the accreditation program. She has more than ten years of experience with corporate social responsibility, including implementation of an apparel sector corporate social responsibility program, and due diligence investigation in the electronic sector. She holds a B.A. from McGill University and an M.A. in Policy Studies from the University of Washington Bothell. Back to top.
Heeral Coleman, Director of Communications & Stakeholder Services
Heeral Coleman oversees the FLA’s university program and its communications activities. Additionally, she serves as Project Manager for the new FLA technology platform that has been under development since late 2009. Heeral joined the FLA in March 2007 and brings 10 years of professional experience from her native India, including 4 years with Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in Mumbai. During her time at Ogilvy PR Mumbai, she was named team leader for the Technology and Corporate & Finance practice areas. Heeral holds an M.A. in International Policy & Practice from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University and an M.A. in Public Communication from American University in Washington, D.C. Back to top.
Kenan Ercel, Associate Director, Workplace Accountability
Kenan Ercel joined the FLA in 2009 and assumed oversight of the FLA’s factory-level due diligence program in 2014 after having worked as the organization’s Quality & Transparency Program Manager. He holds B.A. in Business Administration from the Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Before joining the FLA, Kenan participated in the very first round of social compliance audits organized by the monitoring organization, Verité in Turkey. Back to top.
Tess Esposito, Chief Finance Officer
Tess Esposito joined the FLA in May 2013. She oversees the finance and computer technology operations at FLA. She has more than 20 years of nonprofit and for profit experience in accounting, finance and administration with decision making responsibilities involving financial management, automated systems, budgeting and cost control, investments, computer technology, grants management, personnel and office management. Tess was most recently the Chief Financial Officer for the American Association of University Professors. She was previously the CFO for the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, and the Vice President for Finance and Administration at the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation. As CFO/Controller for various organizations in Asia and the Pacific, Tess traveled extensively in her capacity as a finance officer. As the Finance Officer/Controller for a major garment exporter in the Philippines, Tess directed the financial operations of the organization and it’s subsidiaries. Tess Esposito received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of the East in the Philippines and her MBA in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Arizona, USA. Tess also received a certificate in Japanese Management Program from Japan-America Institute of Management Science in Hawaii and Japan where she studied the management style, language, and culture of Japan. Back to top.
Jason Judd, Vice President of Programs
Jason Judd joined the FLA in February of 2015. He oversees the Business and Workplace Accountability programs and serves as chair of the technical working group charged with implementing the FLA's Fair Compensation Work Plan. Jason is an expert on economic policy and global labor rights, who has worked for 15 years in senior roles for the ILO's Better Factories Cambodia project, Digital Divide Data, Demos, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the AFL-CIO, and the Solidarity Center. His national and global policy projects have been featured in the New York Times, Financial Times, and on PBS. He is a former Fulbright Fellow and a graduate of Duke University. Back to top.
Richa Mittal, Director, Research & Innovation
Richa Mittal is responsible for managing FLA’s strategic (special) projects globally and has been based in Geneva, Switzerland, since 2009. She joined FLA at its Washington, DC, headquarters in 2003 as part of the Code Implementation and Monitoring Program. She relocated to India in 2004 as the FLA Regional Manager for South Asia and managed FLA activities for garment and footwear supply chains in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for four years. While in India, she developed the agricultural monitoring program (ENABLE) for FLA. Her expertise are in developing tracing, monitoring and remediation programs for A-typical supply chains that involve complex upstream linkages involving farms, home-based work, artisan clusters, mines and ecosphere retreats (safaris, marine parks, ecological parks). Richa holds an M.P.H. in International Health Epidemiology from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an M.S. in Human Ecology and Nutrition from the University of Delhi. Before joining FLA, she lived in Bangladesh, conducting research in the garment sector. She became well-versed with labor and social conditions in South Asia and later managed a health program for garment workers in Bangladesh that was jointly run by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the nonprofit Michigan International Development. Back to top.