CEO, International Alert
Harriet joined International Alert in late 2015 and leads our work across 20 countries and key themes, from gender relations to the role the private sector can play in supporting peace.
Before joining Alert, Harriet was CEO of Fairtrade International from 2012–2015 and Executive Director of the UK-based Fairtrade Foundation from 2001–2012. She guided Fairtrade through staggering growth, which saw UK sales of Fairtrade products increase from £30m to £1.3bn in 2011. Fairtrade now reaches 1.5 million farmers and workers, works with over 4,000 companies and is a flourishing grassroots social movement worldwide.
Harriet previously worked with other NGOs, always with an interest in international development and peace issues. At the World Development Movement (now Global Justice Now), she campaigned for the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Sales, against export credits for arms sales to repressive regimes, and for more and better aid. She was also part of the team that led a successful judicial review of the UK government’s use of aid for the Malaysian Pergau dam as a sweetener for arms sales. Before this, she worked with refugees in Britain and on low pay issues, and lived in India for six years, including time working with a rural development NGO.
Harriet’s book, ‘Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles’, was published in 2008. Her awards include a CBE in the New Year Honours List 2006, Credit Suisse Business Woman of the Year and Cosmopolitan Eco-Queen.