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.


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 colour. He likes to learn new skills, and especially enjoys to sew product series.

AOZ GEP-Participant

Fatehme Razaqe is a tailor from Afghanistan. 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 activitiy is to create robes.

Javid Atai

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.

Tailor and Coach

Carola Ruckdeschel studied theater costume design and has worked for many years as a tailor and designer. She has worked for well-known brands such as Prada and Armani. She is interested in the craft of tailoring, and in creative design.


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.

Sales Manager

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.

Projectmanager Social Tech

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

Fundraising and Communication

Rahel Bertschinger has completed her Bachelor in Sustainable Tourism and International Development at the University of Applied Sciences in Chur. She supports Social Fabrics in fundraising, communication and social media marketing activities. Rahel is a highly motivated and creatively committed person with a great interest in sustainability who is ready to “take the extra mile” for a more sustainable future.

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.