Vikki Brennan, CEO. Vikki comes from an ethical procurement and human rights background and now focuses on harnessing the power of business for development outcomes. Prior to assuming her role at Proudly Made in Africa, Vikki was Head of Signatory Engagment at the Bangladesh Accord Foundation in Amsterdam, working with international brands and trade unions to improve factory safety standards in Bangladesh. She has previously held roles at high street retailer Primark and food multinational Associated British Foods in London, moving through the ranks from fashion buying to Senior Ethical Trading Manager. Vikki is a graduate of modern languages and speaks French and Spanish. She holds an Mphil (Hons) in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin and is a certified SA8000 lead auditor. She sits on the board of IDEA and is currently their company secretary.
Feena Kirrkamm, Programme and Sourcing Manager. Feena is a specialist in new business development, value chain building and brand management. With over 14 years of experience in commercial procurement, managing multi-million dollar portfolios for international fashion brands such as Primark and Pepe, Feena comes to PMIA with a passion for producer relations and a deep knowledge of business in a developing world context. Along with huge commercial successes, she has also led smaller brands through their start-up phase to grow their market footprints. Feena has worked with grassroots NGOs in India as well as Suas in Dublin, giving her a unique perspective on the nexus between business and development. She is also a certified SA8000 auditor.
Dr. David Nyaluke, Proudly Made in Africa Fellow in Business and Development, based at University College Dublin College of Business. Prior to joining us, David was a teaching fellow of International Development at Kimmage Development Studies Centre and Maynooth University, focusing on the role of business, NGOs and state in development and on Africa and the international system. Through this work, he has built strong relationships with several NGOs in the Irish development education sector. David holds a PhD from Dublin City University which investigated trajectories of political and development transformation of African states from independence into the 21st Century. In addition to research and teaching, he nurtures interest in extra-curricular activities promoting student engagement in active local and global citizenship. He sits on the board of Development Perspectives.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Proudly Made in Africa’s joint Irish/UK Board of Directors brings together expertise in both development and business.
Sylvia Gavigan is the Ugandan Consulate General to Ireland, working on economic development programmes and supporting Irish investors expanding their businesses into Uganda. Sylvia has vast experience in both African business and education, having lectured for over 18 years at the National College of Ireland on these themes and running successful entrepreneurship programmes between Ireland and Uganda. She has previously sat on the board at Gorta and is currently working towards her PhD at Dublin Institute of Technology, themed around female entrepreneurship in emerging African markets.
Stuart Parkinson has extensive experience in senior operations and management positions including purchasing, manufacturing, call centre set-up and driving operational improvements. He has worked, over the past 25 years, in both the Software and Chemical sectors for Microsoft, ICI, Unilever and Astra Zeneca. Over the past two years Stuart has also been a Parent Company facilitator for the Plato organisation (A non-profit organisation which works with SMBs to help SMBs Owner Managers to build successful businesses for the future). Stuart is passionate about studying and applying the knowledge in practice! He holds a BSC Hons in Industrial Management, is a qualified Business Coach and also holds various Diplomas from Applied Project Management, Emotional Intelligence to Organisational Behaviour (UCC).
Margaret Carr is the Research Engagement Manager/Public Affairs Officer for Cancer Research UK in Northern Ireland. She has over 30 years’ experience in retail in the USA and Ireland. For 12 years, Margaret served as the Fair Trade Manager for Oxfam Ireland where she coordinated Oxfam’s work on Fairtrade and had direct responsibility for sourcing food and craft products from over 30 developing countries. In the course of her work, Margaret has spent considerable time working with small craft producers in Tanzania, as well government and business officials in order to increase awareness of and commitment to Fairtrade.
Justin Kilcullen is Co-Chair to the Global Council of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness, and chair of its Finance Committee. He served for twenty years as CEO of Trócaire (Caritas Ireland). He worked in Tanzania, designing low cost housing, in Belfast working on inner city housing, and for the UNHCR constructing refugee camps for Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees. Subsequently he worked for four years in Laos as country director before being appointed CEO in 1993. Justin also played a prominent role in the Development Effectiveness process.
Albert Tucker is a leading figure in the fair-trade movement and overseas development. The former Managing Director of Twin Trading, Albert advocates for small-scale producers and citizens in global trade and policy. For 20 years, Albert was a Trustee of Comic Relief. He currently serves as the Director of Social Business Network and non-executive Director of the Big Lottery funds. Albert also sits on a number of UK boards including Common Purpose and the Lorna Young Foundation.
Ria Kearney is an Associate Director at Anthesis Group, a global sustainability services and solutions consultancy, where she is primarily focused on building the Group's sustainable apparel and textiles programme. Previously, she held sustainability positions at MADE-BY, Primark and Tata Global Beverages. Prior to joining Tata, Ria built experience of alternative models of business and trade within a diverse range of organisations in the UK and abroad including The Ethical Tea Partnership, BT and The Township Trust. She is a graduate of Common Purpose and holds an MA (Hons) degree in International Business and Languages from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.
James Harold is a communications and development professional with over ten years' experience in the not-for-profit sector. Previously, he has held positions wit IOM - the United Nations Migration Agency and ORBIS International. He is an experienced fundraising and development manager and has tailored solutions for industry leaders including Davy, CRH, KPMG, Matheson and Avalon to complement their CSR goals. James is currently Head of Communications at Ireland's largest approved housing body, Clúid Housing. He holds an M.Phil in European Studies and a BA in French and Spanish, both awarded by Trinity College, Dublin. His current focus is on media relations, digital communications, business development and Government relations.