Staff

The Fair Labor Association is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in Europe and China. Our team is diverse, experienced, and cares deeply about protecting workers’ rights. Contact us.

Executive
Claudia Coenjaerts, President and CEO (bio)
Seto Akinjiola, Human Resources Director (bio)
Heeral Coleman, Director of Communications & Stakeholder Services (bio)
Yu-Lan Duggan, CSO Engagement Director
Ockert Dupper, VP, Programs (bio)
Tess Esposito, Chief Finance Officer (bio)
Richa Mittal, Director, Research & Innovation (bio)

Staff
Huaijun (Greta) Bi, General Manager - Shanghai office
Kevin Bosson, Agriculture Program Coordinator Côte d’Ivoire
Sabrina Bosson, Manager, Strategic Projects
Jennifer Caruso, Accreditation Program Manager
Alpay Celikel, Regional Manager, EMEA
Rohini Chandrasekaran, Agriculture Program Coordinator
Arim Chang, Participating Supplier Manager
Kuang-Chi Chang, Technical Advisor, Statistical Tools and Surveys
Franklin Chavarria, Regional Manager, the Americas
Francisco Chicas, SCI Assessor
Michaela Corr, Licensee Program Manager
Kenan Ercel, Associate Director, Workplace Accountability
Lisa Ferguson, Accreditation Associate
Arno Gasteiger, Business Affiliates Program Associate
Deepti Goteti, Platform Manager
Betsy Greer, Communications Associate, Accountability Program
Cecila Guay, Administrative Assistant
Subhadra Gupta, CSO Engagement Associate
Dang Thi Hai Ha, Vietnam Project Manager
Ying Huang, Research Assistant
Chao Jiang, Research Assistant
Evre Kaynak, Eastern Hemisphere Coordinator
Britta Klemmer, Technical Advisor on Research & Innovation
Andrew Korfhage, Communications Manager
Reuben Levy, Senior Program Manager, Business Affiliates
Yuanyuan Li, SCOPE Analyst
Wanjing Lu, SCI Assessor
Sarah Mahoney, Visual & Digital Media Manager
KVS Mani, Agriculture Program Administrator
Allison Milne, Associate Director, Business Accountability
Samuel Myers, Program and Editorial Assistant
Jingwen Peng, Eastern Hemisphere Accreditation Associate
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
Anne Terraz, Administrative Assistant
Sene Tibebu, IT Help Desk Associate
Remy Tubongbanua, Membership & Accounting Associate
Muge Tuna, Assessor
Gulden Ulker, Assessor
Astrid Valencia, Latin America Engagement Manager
Roy Wang, SCI Assessor
Robert Washington, Senior Accountant
Glorify Zekila, Application Support Associate
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.

 

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.

 

Ockert Dupper, VP, Programs
Ockert Dupper joined the FLA in August 2012. Before that, he was Professor of Law at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, where he taught labor law and social security law. He was also the co-director of the Centre for International and Comparative Labour and Social Security Law (CICLASS). He has published widely on a number of topics, including employment discrimination, affirmative action, the extension of social protection, unemployment insurance, and the rights of migrant workers. He regularly consulted to the International Labour Organization (ILO), and as a consultant to the Institute for Social Law and Policy (ISLP) and the International Institute for Social Law and Policy (IISLP), he has been involved in a range of social security-related projects for various South African government departments and agencies. He received his BA from the University of Stellenbosch, his LLB from the University of Cape Town, and his LLM and SJD from Harvard Law School, where he was a Fulbright scholar. He also spent a year at the Harvard University Center for Ethics and the Professions as the Edmond J Safra Faculty Fellow in Ethics. Back to top.

 

Tess Esposito, Chief Finance Officer
Tess Esposito joined 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.

 

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.