Team

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.

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.

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 Universtiy in Iran. She loves to sew any kind of clothing, but her favorit activitiy is to create robes.

AOZ-GEP-Participant

Abdul Mohamed is a tailor from Ethiopia. He participates in the GEP-Program of AOZ and joined Social Fabric in February 2018. He likes to learn and likes to sew backpacks.

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.

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.

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.

Spokes person and project manager

Lisa Marti completed a Bachelor in social sciences and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Bern. She supports Social Fabric in communication, partnerships, events and  volunteer coordination of the refugee projects. She likes to be active for social, intercultural and sustainable issues and to change the world little by little.

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.