The 5th Fairtrade Debate at Middlesex University on 21st November 2019


You are all invited to the 5th Annual Fairtrade Debate at Middlesex University on Thursday 21st November 2019. The evening starts with a reception celebrating Fairtrade’s 25th Anniversary from 17;30 – 18:30.


The Debate question this year is “Fairtrade – what’s the point? 



The Fairtrade Debate was started by West London Fairtrade Boroughs, a sub-regional network of Fairtrade London boroughs (Brent, Harrow, Hounslow, Ealing, Kingston & Richmond). The Debates are open to the Fairtrade community and anyone interested in Trade Justice, International Development and Ethics.


In 2015, the Debate was held in Ealing and the question was “Where is Fairtrade going?” In 2016, it was held in Brent with the question “Does Fairtrade have a future?” In 2017, the Debate was held at UCL with the question “Is Effective Ethical Campaigning Possible with so many Ethical Labels?” In 2018, the Debate was and the Debate question was: “Is Fairtrade Political?”


The Panel will tackle the question from different perspectives. Councillor Ayfer Orhan Mike Gidney, CEO of Fairtrade Foundation, Dr Doirean Wilson of Middlesex University is a senior lecturer and diversity lead for Middlesex University London. She is also Chair of the University’s high profile `EDUBATE` current affairs panel discussion series, which she launched, and is a Visiting Professor of Religion & Multiculturalism at the Joint Council of Churches for All Nation’s School of Theology, Leadership and Management. Additionally, she is a member of the University’s Gender and Diversity Research Cluster. Ian Bretman was head of commercial relations at the Fairtrade Foundation from 1997 to 2001 and then deputy director until 2008. He then served as the executive vice-chair of Fairtrade International until 2012. He currently works as an independent advisor to the three Fairtrade Producer Networks in Africa/Middle East, Asia/Pacific and Latin America/Caribbean.Dr Adotey Bing-Pappoe is a Ghanaian political economist currently senior lecturer in economics at the University of Greenwich. His research interest are worker’s cooperatives, Development and Industrial policy, regional integration, and income and wealth inequality

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