Team

The Team

Tailor

Zaid Tesfay is a tailor from Eritrea. She works for Social Fabric since March 2017. She gained her first experience in a handcrafts atelier. Her favorite activity is to sew pouches and pillows.

Project Manager

Lisa Marti completed a Bachelor in social sciences and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Bern. She supports Social Fabric in merchandising sales, crowdfunding and german classes for refugees. She likes to be active for social, intercultural and sustainable issues and to change the world little by little.

Project 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.

Tailor

Bijoux Ndinga is a tailor from Congo, and joined the Social Fabric team in September, 2016. She studied couture tailoring, and also has experience in industrial sewing. She very much likes to work on clothes.

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

Tailor

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.

Project Manager

Helka Mäki studied dressmaking for two years, and then became qualified as a textile handicraft and computer skills teacher. She manages Project ReThread, 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.

Board Members

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.