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OUR TEAM

Our team comes from around the world, bringing their expertise and passion for ethical manufacturing to EAA’s work. Prior to joining EAA our team worked with brands such as ASOS, GAP, George, M&S, and Levi’s.

Keren Pybus

CEO and Co Founder

 

As Co-founder and CEO of Ethical Apparel Africa, Keren brings over 20 years of experience in sourcing, merchandising, and retail operations. Her passion for ethical manufacturing drove her to start the business with Paloma to develop a model that proves that living wages and worker empowerment are not mutually exclusive with cost-competitive product and profit.  Keren has worked all over the world including living in Bangladesh for 3 years, setting up and running the George sourcing office. She has worked with both large retailers such as Walmart UK/South Africa and with small scale artisan suppliers. She is based in London, speaking frequently at conferences and developing the EAA strategy and international networks.

Paloma Schackert (née Pineda)

COO and Co Founder

 

Paloma’s drive to create tangible impact through business led her to found EAA with Keren in 2015. As a management consultant at Bain & Company, Paloma focused on process optimization, organizational restructuring, and growth strategy for multi-billion-dollar companies. Prior to Bain, her work in monitoring & evaluation for international NGOs in West Africa and India gave her a firm belief in the power of job creation for women. She is thrilled to contribute to building a sustainable industry in West Africa, unlocking its potential to become a world-class manufacturing hub. From her base in New York and West Africa Paloma oversees implementation of the EAA Operating Model while traveling frequently to develop partnerships.

Pauline Watine

Social Impact and HR Director

Pauline has over 10 years experience in international development across West Africa, India and France including working with the ILO, Oxfam, Freedom from Hunger and myAgro. She is passionate about building the capacity of our partner factories and their workers to create sustainable jobs at scale. Pauline is based in France with frequent travel to West Africa where she develops, oversees and is accountable for EAA's social compliance, program evaluation, talent recruitment and development.

Carly Beischer

Sales and Partnerships Director

 

Carly joined EAA after over 10 years’ working in product development, sourcing and supply chain management. Her experience includes running her own fashion brand and working with suppliers to manufacture for the UK high street.  From her base in the UK she leads the West African Sales and Brand Partnership team to develop long-term mutually beneficial relationships between factories and brands. As an advocate of collaboration and innovation she is excited every day to be working for EAA where business is being used as catalyst for lasting change.

Paul Allen

Technical Director

 

Paul joined EAA as its mission and model embodied his passion for transparency, honesty, integrity, and social responsibility. He is passionate about developing local talent to realise their potential. He brings with him over 40 years of experience in the industry, including 15 years’ managing manufacturing and sourcing operations for Levi’s. Paul has worked across more than 15 countries in diverse roles, from starting operations in a new manufacturing region to implementing new Lean systems to drive efficiency improvements.  Paul is based in Ghana where he manages the technical team and EAA’s factory partnerships.

Zeinah Zeadally-Rughoobur

Senior Partnerships Manager

 

Zeinah brings to EAA 8 years’ experience in risk assessment, sourcing, product development, and critical path management gained from working at a leading factory in Mauritius. She also specialises in supply chain management and logistics processes. Zeinah shares EAA’s vision for developing ethical businesses that produce quality product while ensuring workers are respected. This combined with the challenge of a new environment led her to Benin, where she manages sourcing and account management for EAA clients.

Aasif Ruhomaun

Senior Technical Manager

 

Aasif brings over 25 years of garment manufacturing experience to EAA gained from developing product and managing production for large, international retailers plus running his own factory in Mauritius.  He is a particular expert in pattern development, product engineering and planning systems. He is passionate about passing his skills to to local employees so all workers within the factory, regardless of their level, are able to progress in their careers and improve their earning potential.   

Kamil Abubakari

Social Impact Manager

Kamil has worked in the private and public sectors across consultancy and international development roles to build businesses towards and beyond compliance. He finds his work at EAA to be engaging and challenging, and appreciates working in a team where everyone is driven to achieve growth.  From his base in Ghana he works closely with EAA partner factories, NGOs and development agencies to design, implement and evaluate compliance and empowerment programs.

Elorm Yankah

Brand Partnerships Manager

 

Elorm is passionate about developing the fashion industry in her home country of Ghana.  Whilst living and working in the US she developed strong client relations and marketing skills. To her, EAA represents an opportunity to be one of the people on the ground laying building blocks in a budding industry. Now based back in Ghana, Elorm is the key link between our brand and factory partners focusing on sales, sourcing, critical path and communications.

Yasir Mahmood

Technical Manager

 

Yasir has worked on product for some of the largest brands in Europe and the USA including Gap, Inditex, Target and H&M.  He brings specialist skills in productivity, efficiency and continuous improvement to EAA.  His knowledge is helping our partner factories to widen their technical skills and continually improve their facilities. Yasir is based in Ghana where he is excited to help develop the industry and share his knowledge.

Glen Osei Topen

Operations Manager

Glen joined EAA following experience working in Canada and Ghana in supply chain, logistics, business development and procurement roles.  He loves that in his work at EAA he is constantly developing, in line with the company’s core value of always striving for excellence.  Glen’s knowledge and experience enables us to provide our clients with strong logistics support. He also manages finances and accounting, handles local procurement and supports the growth of partnerships with development agencies.

Hanitra Randriamandratoson

Industrial Engineer

 

Hanitra brings over 15 years of knowledge from manufacturing in Madagascar.  She has particular experience in work study and lean manufacturing.  Hanitra is based in Benin and is passionate about working with the Benin team to improve systems and reduce waste.  She loves to also learn from others in order to extend her own knowledge and grow together.

Prosper Dzokoto

Technical Assistant

 

Following experience working in Ghana as a driver, car mechanic, and carpenter, Prosper was an ideal candidate to join EAA and train as a Technical Assistant. After receiving significant training from the EAA technical team in sewing machine mechanics and quality control processes, Prosper is now helping to pass on his learning to others. He is based in Ghana and supports the technical team in factory development, quality control and mechanical training.

Hanitra Randriamandratoson

Industrial Engineer

 

Hanitra brings over 15 years of knowledge from manufacturing in Madagascar.  She has particular experience in work study and lean manufacturing.  Hanitra is based in Benin and is passionate about working with the Benin team to improve systems and reduce waste.  She loves to also learn from others in order to extend her own knowledge and grow together.

Prosper Dzokoto

Technical Assistant

 

Following experience working in Ghana as a driver, car mechanic, and carpenter, Prosper was an ideal candidate to join EAA and train as a Technical Assistant. After receiving significant training from the EAA technical team in sewing machine mechanics and quality control processes, Prosper is now helping to pass on his learning to others. He is based in Ghana and supports the technical team in factory development, quality control and mechanical training.

Justin Hendrix

Strategy & Partnerships Consultant

 

Justin is a Bain & Company management consultant and current MBA candidate at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, passionate about the intersection between business and social impact. Inspired by EAA's vision, Justin works with EAA part-time to engage in and drive projects related to public-private partnership, technical capacity building, due diligence and cotton supply chain integration.

ADVISORY BOARD

 

The below individuals have been instrumental advisers to EAA on our journey so far. 

John Connors

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John plays a key role advising EAA on growth strategy, leveraging his wealth of experience in investment, finance, and business operations.

 

John is a managing partner at Ignition, which he joined in 2005 following a distinguished career as a software-industry executive. John spent sixteen years at Microsoft in several high-level, strategic roles including serving as the company’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer. John is currently a member of several boards of directors including Nike, Splunk, and FIREapps. John was named to the 2013 Forbes Midas List, a ranking of the world’s top venture capital investors, and to Business Insider’s 2013 list of top enterprise technology VCs.

Alan Kirk

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Alan brings to EAA deep expertise in global sourcing strategy development and execution.

 

Alan Kirk is a veteran of the Apparel and Footwear Industry. Originally from Scotland, Alan has spent the past three decades working in Product Development and Global Sourcing for large UK and US companies. Alan knows how to build brands, develop quality product and source all kinds of product for the best value worldwide. Alan is currently CEO of a US-based Global Sourcing and Product Development Company based in Seattle WA. Prior to this he has worked for Mast Industries (sourcing division of The Limited Inc), Lands’ End, Eddie Bauer, Filson and The Billabong Group.

Anna Ellis

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Anna advises EAA on brand partnerships and strategy, leveraging her long career in the industry and her passion for growing industry in her home country Ghana.

 

Anna’s 20+ years of experience in the clothing industry has spanned retail, wholesale, supply and manufacture.  Beginning her career in merchandising at Debenhams, she later focused on the supplier side, managing accounts of major high street retailers before moving to New York and overseeing multi-million dollar production for international brands including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and the Gap.

Jan Forest

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Jan provides invaluable guidance to EAA in the realm of customs and international trade law.

 

Jan has over 35 years of experience as a customs lawyer, working for the US government, in private practice, and as a consultant in developing countries. She has worked all over the world on issues such as trade capacity building, WTO compliance, trade policy reform, and customs reform. She specialises in areas such as rules of origin, customs valuation, classification, sanctions, textile quotas, and trade legislation. Most recently Jan has focused on working with companies in Africa to determine eligibility for duty-free treatment under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

Doroteya Vladimirova

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Doroteya brings to EAA expertise in cutting-edge research on social entrepreneurship and circular economy.  

 

Doroteya is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Industrial Sustainability, Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) at the University of Cambridge, where she leads research on value innovation and new business models for a sustainable future. She is the lead researcher on the Horizon 2020 SCALER project, which is driving the circular economy agenda forward. Her work bridges the gap between research and practice as she advises leading global businesses on their transition towards sustainable business models.

Auret Van Heerden

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Auret founded the Swiss consulting company Equiception in 2014. It provides consulting and training services on all aspects of sustainable value chains, including investment zones, human resource development & management, labor relations, and social plus environmental sustainability. He has public and private sector clients in many industries including apparel and footwear.  He also teaches on a number of Exec Ed programs.
Before that Auret was the President and CEO of the Fair Labor Association in Washington DC from June 2001 to December 2013. From 1996 to 2001 he was responsible for the Special Action Programme on Social and Labor Issues in EPZs at the  ILO in Geneva.

 

His 40 years of experience in value chains in different sectors and countries equips him to advise public and private sector clients plus
engage with stakeholders to build partnerships and alliances.

JOIN OUR TEAM

 

For career-related queries, please see our careers page for job details or contact talent@ethicalapparelafrica.com