New FWF Director Alexander Kohnstamm—Welcome!

date: 08/02/2018

FWF is very pleased to announce the name of its new executive director, Alexander Kohnstamm. Alexander has a lot experience working at NGOs and international businesses.

His most recent job was director of external affairs at PharmAccess Foundation, an organisation dedicated to connecting more people in Sub-Saharan Africa to better healthcare. Before that, he was the executive director of Partos—the Dutch platform for development organisations.

However, Alexander’s career did not start in the development sector: he first worked as a marketing manager at Sony Europe and the Mitsubishi Group. This experience will be beneficial when interacting with FWF members: European garment brands.

Common ground
The FWF team looks forward to working with Alexander. ‘I’m sure he will be an excellent representative of FWF,’ says Chair of the FWF Board, Anita Normark. ‘We chose Alexander because he is smart, engaged and enthusiastic. He has supply-chain experience, speaks fluent English and German, and is used to working with a wide range of stakeholders.’

Alexander is eager to start his new position. ‘In my experience, development goals can only be reached if key stakeholders find common ground and collaborate despite their inherent differences. Specifically, we need to work together on private solutions for social issues. I believe the members, stakeholders and professionals involved in FWF have uniquely positioned the foundation to lead the industry in improving supply chains.’

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