Helka Mäki studied dressmaking for two years. She completed a Master of Arts at the University of Helsinki and became a textile handicraft and computer skills teacher. She manages the Social Fabric Association, including projects and courses, and especially likes creative projects.
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 especially interested in innovation and social impact.
Javid Atai is a sewer from Afghanistan. He began his apprenticeship at Social Fabric in summer 2018. He was working as a sewer in Iran for several years and he particularly loves to sew (elegant) dresses for women.
Fatemeh 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 favorite activity is to create robes.
Kouassi Amoussou is a tailor from Togo, where he was working in the sewing 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.
Lena Meret Stüdeli is a language specialist with a background and special interest in the effective communication of sustainability topics and climate change. She holds a Bachelor‘s degree in Translation from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences and a Master’s degree in Applied English Linguistics from Stockholm University. She supports Social Fabric in communications and social media marketing.
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.
Tobias Langer has a background in business and, alongside Mohammad Nweylati, is responsible for the IT project Social Tech. He has a strong personal interest in social and societal issues.
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, together with Tobias Langer, is responsible for the IT project Social Tech.
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.
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.