Our Team

Fairtrasa's global team consists of passionate social entrepreneurs with wide-ranging expertise, including in sustainable agriculture, small-scale farmer development, Organic food, community development, logistics, quality control, finance, international markets, and social business. If you're interested in joining or learning more about our team, please write to us through the contact form.

Patrick Struebi, Founder & CEO
Patrick founded Fairtrasa in 2005 after a personal epiphany led him to devote his life to social entrepreneurship. He has since grown Fairtrasa into a recognized leader in the farmer development space and a top provider of organic and fairtrade fruit worldwide. For his work as a pioneering social entrepreneur, Patrick was selected an Ashoka Fellow, an Endeavor Entrepreneur, a Yale World Fellow, and a Schwab Fellow, and was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation, the abc* Foundation, Univision, and Visionaris. In 2014, he was chosen as a New Champion by the World Economic Forum, joined the Clinton Global Initiative, and began an ongoing column on social entrepreneurship at Huffington Post. Patrick is currently Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. Read more
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Supply & Farmer Development

José Maria Cubero Parejo

Sourcing Manager Fairtrasa

Jim Ruiz

Director of Fairtrasa Peru

Francis Mendez Lemus

Director of Fairtrasa Mexico

Rudis Colon

Director of Fairtrasa Dominican Republic

Luis Enrique Cristobal

General Manager Dona Dorotea
Sales
Leon Hijweege

Leon Hijweege

Sales Manager
Roelant Komen

Roelant Komen

Sales Manager
Friso Sterk

Friso Sterk

Sales Manager
Matthieu Mandon

Matthieu Mandon

Sales Manager
Alvaro de Mingo Castro

Alvaro de Mingo Castro

Manager of Coordination and Logistics
Erik Rustenburg

Erik Rustenburg

Financial Manager Fairtrasa Holland B.V.
Central Services

Sandeep Sachdeva

Group Chief Finance Officer

Ben Huyghe

COO LatAm

Christoph Weisbach

Logistics and Quality Control Manager
Jorge Angela

Jorge Angela

Financial Accountant/Controller
Advisory Board

Christina Ulardic

Head of Market Development Africa, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Andreas Hubmann

Head of Tax and Equity-based Compensation, Glencore

Petra Staudenmaier

Head of Marketing and R & D, ARYZTA Food Solutions Schweiz AG
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