Carnegie Peacebuilding Conversations

Harriet Lamb



CEO of International Alert

Harriet joined International Alert in late 2015 and leads its work across 25 countries and key themes, from gender relations to the role the private sector can play in supporting peace.

Before joining Alert, Harriet was CEO of Fairtrade International from 2012–2015 and Executive Director of the UK-based Fairtrade Foundation from 2001–2012, seeing Fairtrade sales grow from £30m to £1.3bn in 2011. Fairtrade now reaches 1.5 million farmers and workers and works with over 4,000 companies.

Harriet previously worked with NGOs with a focus on international development and peace. She lobbied for the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Sales, against export credits for arms sales to repressive regimes, and for more and better aid. She worked with refugees in Britain and on low pay issues, and lived in India for six years, including with a rural development NGO.

Harriet’s book, ‘Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles’,was published in 2008. Her awards include a CBE in the New Year Honours List 2006, Credit Suisse Business Woman of the Year and Cosmopolitan Eco-Queen.

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