The Team

MANAGING DIRECTOR SOCIAL FABRIC ASSOCIATION

Helka Mäki studied dressmaking for two years, and completed a Master of Arts in the University of Helsinki and became a textile handicraft and computer skills teacher. She manages the Social Fabric Association and especially likes creative projects.

FOUNDER

Heather Kirk is a Canadian who has a background in ecological research. She wanted to increase the impact of her day-to-day work, and so she developed the idea of Social Fabric as a vehicle to bring people together to create new ideas. She is interested in innovation and social impact.

TAILOR

Sekou Cisse is a tailor from Ivory Coast and joined the Social Fabric team in October, 2016. He has a lot of experience in making men’s shirts, and has a good eye for color. He likes to learn new skills, and especially enjoys to sew product series.

APPRENTICE TAILOR

Javid Atai is a sewer from Afghanistan. He began his apprenticeship in summer 2018 at Social Fabric. He already worked as a sewer for several years in Iran and he loves to sew (elegant) dresses for women.

AOZ GEP-PARTICIPANT

Fatemeh Razaqe is a tailor from Afghanistn. She joined Social Fabric through the AOZ-GEP Program in March 2018. She used to study sewing at the University in Iran. She loves to sew any kind of clothing, but her favorit actvitiy is to create robes.

AOZ GEP-PARTICIPANT

Kouassi Amoussou is a tailor from Togo, where he has been working in this industry for 8 years. The past 20 years he has spent here in Switzerland. During this time he worked as a tailor and in gastronomy, in companies such as Feinschliff, Rosi’s Taschen, Ibis Hotel, Imagine Restaurant. He is specialized in sewing clothes for women. He joined Social Fabric through the AOZ-GEP Program in December 2018.

FUNDRAISING AND COMMUNICATION

Deyshawn Moser is an Ecological Economist who is interested in factors that promote a sustainable wellbeing economy: linking business sustainability to environmental and human well being. He holds a Bachelor‘s degree in Economics and Politics from the University of British Columbia and Master’s degree in Ecological Economy from University of Edinburgh. He supports Social Fabric in Fundraising, communications and social media marketing.

SALES MANAGER AND CUSTOMER RELATIONS

Justine Portenier has completed a Bachelor in economy and social sciences at the University of Basel and is currently studying public management and policy at the University of Lausanne. She supports Social Fabric in sales and relationship management, and loves telling partners and customers about Social Fabric.

PROJECT MANAGER AT SOCIAL TECH

Tobias Langer has a background in business and is responsible for the project Social Tech. He is interested in social and societal issues.

PROJECT MANAGER SOCIAL TECH

Mohammad Nweylati holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Damascus University Syria and he is a Business Development Manager. He started his internship at Social Fabric in October 2018 and is part of the project “Social Tech”. He is helping to set up and run this project.

TAILOR AND COURSE INSTRUCTOR

Pablo Reiniger has been working as a tailor for more than 10 years. He currently works at Prada and Salvatore Schito’s couture boutique in Zürich. Pablo is a course instructor at Social Fabric.

Board Members

Dominique Bourqui is a PhD in Law, a serial entrepreneur 10+, as well as a business coach and consultant working with her clients on developing their Entrepreneurial Mindset, gaining clarity and becoming a doer to shape their professional future.

Jörg Haase is head of finance at Tamedia group. Oversees more than $1 billion in annual revenue. Provides input to Social Fabric Association on the topics of process management and finance.

Megan McGill has a strong interest in the circular economy of textiles. She completed her MBA at HSG St. Gallen, and manages projects at the C&A Foundation.

Melanie Gajowski worked in finance for many years, before making a transition to the impact domain. She currently works as an Innovation Manager at WWF.