Sandra Uwera is announced as the new global chief executive officer, replacing former interim Nyagoy Nyong’o

Fairtrade International has announced the appointment of a new global chief executive officer, Sandra Uwera.

Uwera steps into the role following the departure of Dr Nyagoy Nyong’o, who served as interim global CEO until 31 March 2022.

“I am delighted and honoured to lead Fairtrade as it builds on its leading role in confronting the greatest challenges of our time, from climate change and poverty to gender equality,” Uwera said.

“For many people around the world, Fairtrade means a fairer future for farmers, a more sustainable future for our planet, and a better future for consumers committed to making a difference,” she continued. “This is the Fairtrade vision I look forward to growing alongside the millions of Fairtraders who support our mission.

Uwera, a Rwandan national, comes to Fairtrade with a wealth of experience in Eastern and Southern Africa, most recently serving as CEO of Comesa Business Council.

“We are thrilled to have Sandra at the helm of Fairtrade at such an important juncture in our organisation’s history,” said Lynette Thorstensen, chair of Fairtrade’s board. “With her exceptional talent and vision, we expect Sandra’s leadership to build on our ambitious global strategy, hone our strategic direction, and deepen our impact around the world.

“We are especially pleased to have hired a citizen from a vital Fairtrade farming region who will be based there, working from Fairtrade Africa’s offices in Nairobi, Kenya.”