Speakers Day 4

Mary Ann Castillo, Secretary General, Metalworkers Alliance of the Philippines (MWAP), and President, Nexperia Workers Union

Mary Ann Castillo is the President of Nexperia Workers Union - NAFLU - KMU. She is also the Secretary General of Metal Workers Alliance of the Philippines (MWAP), an affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union. Mary Ann has worked in Nexperia, formerly NXP and Philips, for 27 years. Apart from her work in the local union, she leads in organizing contractual workers and non-unionized workers in the electronics industry in the country.

Tomáš Formánek, Chairman, Foxconn CZ Trade Union, Czechia

Tomáš has been employed at Foxconn CZ since 2003. Until 2005 he worked as Group Leader. From 2006-2009 he worked as Supervisor, and since 2010 he is Chairman of the trade union.

Cristian Martin, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Cristian has over 20 years' experience in public procurement. His career has included various roles for the NHS, Commonwealth Secretariat, a public procurement consortium and a number of senior procurement roles in the UK higher education sector. He is currently Director of Procurement for the London School of Economics and Political Science. At present he is focused on raising the standard of procurement whilst meeting the ever expanding challenges of responsible procurement in a world that is ever more digital through proper category planning and maximising the use of technology. He holds an MSc in strategic procurement management and is MCIPS chartered.

Christophe Ramont, City of Ghent, Belgium

Christophe Ramont has been working in the department of international relations  for the city of Ghent in Belgium, an Electronics Watch affiliate, for the last five years. Through Gent Fair Trade – a collaboration between the city of Ghent and Oxfam worldshop Gent – there has been a focus on fair textiles for the last two  years.  Ghent Fair Trade organizes a popular Fair Fashion Fest, building capacity together with the fair fashion pioneers in the city and collaborating with different stakeholders to promote fair fashion. "But we cannot ask from our citizens if we don't lead by example," says Ramont. "The city also buys textiles: outfits for different colleagues within the organisation, safety gear for certain professions, linen for social services controlled by the city." The city is not only asking for a fair trade label where possible, but is also entering into dialogue with their textile suppliers to increase  transparency in their supply chain.