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Hans Theyer, Executive Director
Born and raised in Chile, Hans worked in the financial sector before receiving a British Council scholarship that allowed him to pursue an MBA in the London Business School. After returning to Chile, Hans worked at a startup before joining Microsoft for 7 years, both in Chile and their headquarters in Seattle, WA.
In 2009, after working extensively in rural settings in India and other countries of South East Asia, Hans moved to a development non-profit, Agros International. Using his experience at Agros as a platform, he set up a consulting firm (Washington state’s first B Corp) that assisted companies to weave social impact into their business strategy.
Hans joined Fairtrade America in June 2013 as the organization’s first employee, defining himself as a “sales guy” for farmers and their families. He has been instrumental to establishing the Fairtrade International values in the United States and cares passionately about rural and generational poverty and finding a way out for farmers.
Werner Kiene, Chair of the Board of Directors
Dr. Werner Kiene, an Austrian citizen, is an international development practitioner. He has worked in several leadership positions with the Ford Foundation, German Development Assistance, the United Nations and the World Bank. During his assignments, he has concentrated on design, implementation and assessment of sustainable development initiatives and, increasingly, on the governance structures and accountability required to ensure their success.
After more than two decades with the Ford Foundation and with German Development Assistance (GTZ), both at their headquarters and in the field, Mr. Kiene became the founding Director of the Office of Evaluation of the United Nations World Food Programme (UN-WFP / Rome). After holding several positions, he was Chairman of the World Bank’s Inspection Panel from 2007 to 2009.
Mr. Kiene completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, and holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Michigan State University. He is member of professional associations devoted to assessment and accountability issues and is engaged in Board and advisory functions of several organizations involved in international development.