Our vision

 

A future where African communities thrive, sustained by value-added processing of their own natural resources. With fair access to market for Africa, international businesses and citizens will relate to the continent in a way that moves beyond aid.

Our values are:

  • Equal Partnerships
  • Shared Learning
  • Accountability
A social enterprise promoting Africa’s finest food and fashion producers globally

our mission

 

To generate employment opportunities in the African food and fashion sectors by building the capacity of African producers to market their products internationally.

  • Source – we source ready-to-retail African products
  • Connect – we connect international trade partners to African businesses
  • Promote – we promote sustainable trading of African goods and its positive impact
  • Educate - we educate on the importance of value added trade in poverty reduction

why africa

 

  • Resources

  • Quality

  • Transparency

  • Community impact

Feena Kirrkamm

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Dr. David Nyaluke

Vikki Brennan

Programme and Sourcing Manager

CEO

Development Education Officer

​Vikki comes from a background in responsible procurment and human rights. Prior to her role at Proudly Made in Africa, Vikki was Head of Signatory Engagment at the Bangladesh Accord Foundation, the world’s first international legal agreement between fashion brands and trade unions, created in response to the disaster at Rana Plaza. She has previously held roles at high street retailer Primark as a fashion buyer and Associated British Foods as a Senior Ethical Trading Executive. Vikki holds an Mphil (Hons) in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin and is a certified SA8000 lead auditor. She sits on the board of the Irish Development Education Association.

Feena is a specialist in new business development, value chain building and brand management. With over 14 years of experience in commercial procurement, managing multi-million dollar portfolios for international fashion brands such as Primark and Pepe, Feena comes to PMIA with a passion for producer relations and a deep knowledge of business in a developing world context. Along with huge commercial successes, she has also led smaller brands through their start-up phase to grow their market footprints. Feena has worked with grassroots NGOs in India as well as Suas in Dublin, giving her a unique perspective on the nexus between business and development. She is also a certified SA8000 auditor.

David ​is the Proudly Made in Africa Fellow in Business and Development at University College Dublin. Prior to joining us, David was with the Kimmage Development Studies Centre and Maynooth University, focusing on the role of business, NGOs and state in development and on Africa in the international system.  Through this work, he has built strong relationships with several NGOs in the Irish development education sector. David holds a PhD from Dublin City University which investigated trajectories of political and development transformation of African states from independence into the 21st Century.  He currently sits on the board of Development Perspecitves.

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Are you a buyer looking to source ethically and sustainably from a new market? 

Are you an African producer looking to export to new markets? 

Are you an educator seeking new ideas and resources on trade justice or value addition?

If this is you, we want to speak to you!

Contact us today on info@proudlymadeinafrica.org 

 

 

Sustainable Development Goals

 

Proudly Made in Africa is committed to the sustainable devlopemnet goals

and our work particularly focuses on goals 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, and 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Registered Charity 18389

Board of Directors 

Meet the team 

Ugandan Consulate General to Ireland, working on economic development programmes and supporting Irish investors expanding their businesses into Uganda.  Sylvia has vast experience in both African business and education, having lectured for over 18 years at the National College of Ireland on these themes and running successful entrepreneurship programmes between Ireland and Uganda.  She has previously sat on the board at Gorta and is currently working towards her PhD at Dublin Institute of Technology, themed around female entrepreneurship in emerging African markets.

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has extensive experience in senior operations and management positions including purchasing, manufacturing, call centre set-up and driving operational improvements.  He has worked, over the past 25 years, in both the Software and Chemical sectors for Microsoft, ICI, Unilever and Astra Zeneca. Over the past two years Stuart has also been a Parent Company facilitator for the Plato organisation (A non-profit organisation which works with SMBs to help SMBs Owner Managers to build successful businesses for the future). Stuart is passionate about studying and applying the knowledge in practice! He holds a BSC Hons in Industrial Management, is a qualified Business Coach and also holds various Diplomas from Applied Project Management, Emotional Intelligence to Organisational Behaviour (UCC).

Research Engagement Manager/Public Affairs Officer for Cancer Research UK in Northern Ireland. She has over 30 years’ experience in retail in the USA and Ireland. For 12 years, Margaret served as the Fair Trade Manager for Oxfam Ireland where she coordinated Oxfam’s work on Fairtrade and had direct responsibility for sourcing food and craft products from over 30 developing countries. In the course of her work, Margaret has spent considerable time working with small craft producers in Tanzania, as well government and business officials in order to increase awareness of and commitment to Fairtrade.

Sylvia Gavigan 

Stuart Parkinson 

Margaret Carr 

Communications and development professional with over ten years' experience in the not-for-profit sector. Previously, he has held positions wit IOM - the United Nations Migration Agency and ORBIS International. He is an experienced fundraising and development manager and has tailored solutions for industry leaders including Davy, CRH, KPMG, Matheson and Avalon to complement their CSR goals. James is currently Head of Communications at Ireland's largest approved housing body, Clúid Housing. He holds an M.Phil in European Studies and a BA in French and Spanish, both awarded by Trinity College, Dublin. His current focus is on media relations, digital communications, business development and Government relations. 

James Harold 

Ria Kearney 

Albert Tucker 

Justin Kilcullen  

Associate Director at Anthesis Group, a global sustainability services and solutions consultancy, where she is primarily focused on building the Group's sustainable apparel and textiles programme. Previously, she held sustainability positions at MADE-BY, Primark and Tata Global Beverages. Prior to joining Tata, Ria built experience of alternative models of business and trade within a diverse range of organisations in the UK and abroad including The Ethical Tea Partnership, BT and The Township Trust. She is a graduate of Common Purpose and holds an MA (Hons) degree in International  Business and Languages from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.  

Leading figure in the fair-trade movement and overseas development. The former Managing Director of Twin Trading, Albert advocates for small-scale producers and citizens in global trade and policy. For 20 years, Albert was a Trustee of Comic Relief. He currently serves as the Director of Social Business Network and non-executive Director of the Big Lottery funds. Albert also sits on a number of UK boards including Common Purpose and the Lorna Young Foundation. 

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Co-Chair to the Global Council of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness, and chair of its Finance Committee. He served for twenty years as CEO of Trócaire (Caritas Ireland). He worked in Tanzania, designing low cost housing, in Belfast working on inner city housing, and for the UNHCR constructing refugee camps for Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees. Subsequently he worked for four years in Laos as country director before being appointed CEO in 1993. Justin also played a prominent role in the Development Effectiveness process.

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