CEO, International Alert
Harriet Lamb became CEO of International Alert in November 2015 having previously been CEO of Fairtrade International (FLO) and Executive Director of the Fairtrade Foundation. She guided the Foundation through a period of staggering growth, which saw estimated sales of Fairtrade products in the UK increase from £30m in her first year to £1.3bn in 2011. The number of products in the UK carrying the FAIRTRADE Mark grew from 80 to more than 4,500 licensed products. A flourishing grassroots social movement has also grown across the UK with over 500 Fairtrade Towns – where a commitment to Fairtrade has been made by the council, shops and businesses – and thousands of Fairtrade schools, universities and faith groups.
Harriet also worked as Banana Coordinator at Fairtrade International. She also worked with several other non-governmental organisations, always with an interest in international development issues, and lived 6 years in India. Her book ‘Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles’ (published in February 2008) was updated in 2014.
Harriet was awarded a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the New Year’s Honours List 2006, in recognition of her work in building Fairtrade in the UK, and has won many other prestigious awards, including Credit Suisse Business Woman of the year.