Management group

Senior officials from the ILO and the IFC make up Better Work’s Management Group and act as a decision-making body that provides strategic direction and oversight to the Better Work programme. Working closely with Better Work’s Director and senior management team, the Management Group supports and guides the programme to ensure its strategic importance and effectiveness.

Management group


Chihoko Asada-Miyakawa

Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific


Manuela Tomei

Assistant Director-General for Governance, Rights and Dialogue


Wagner Albuquerque de Almeida

Director, Global Manufacturing‚ Agribusiness and Forestry (MA&F)


Tania Kaddeche

Director, ES&G Sustainability Advice & Solutions (CEG)

Advisory committee

A multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee advises the Management Group on the overall Better Work programme, especially on strategic direction and partnerships as well as key developments and trends in supply chains and labour standards. The committee is comprised of representatives from donor governments, international employers’ organizations and unions, as well as from international buyer partners and experts from academia, research organizations and think-tanks.

Representative organizations

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Alison Tate
Director of Economic and Social Policy

IndustriAll Global Union
Christina Hajagos-Clausen
Director for the Textile, Garment, Shoe and Leather Sector

International Organisation of Employers (IOE)
Jason Pegat-Toquet

US Council for International Business (USCIB)
Ewa Staworzynska
Director, Corporate Responsibility and Labour Affairs

Bangladesh Employers’ Organization
Farooq Ahmed
Secretary General and CEO

Stakeholder organizations

American Eagle Outfitters (AEO)

Michelle Tarry

VP, Responsible Sourcing & Sustainability

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia

Shannon White

Director, Multilateral Economic Cooperation Section

European Commission Directorate-General for International Partnerships

Beata Plonka

Policy Officer, International Labour Standards, Decent Work, Employment Policy

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Julia Schmidt

Senior Policy Officer


Mayank Kaushik

Sustainability Lead

Sustainable Economic Development Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the Netherlands

Florian van Altena

Senior Policy Officer

Swiss State Secretariat for Foreign Affairs (SECO)

Andrea Gysel

Deputy Head, International Labour Affairs

Bureau of International Labor Affairs, US Department of Labor

Laura H Van Voorhees

Senior International Relations Officer

Individual expert advisors

Stephanie Barrientos

Emeritus Professor

The Global Development Institute, School of Environment, Education and Development, The University of Manchester

Naila Kabeer

Professor of Gender and Development

Department of International Development/International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics

Aron Kramer

President and CEO

Business for Social Responsibility

Drusilla Brown

Associate Professor

Department of Economics, Tufts University

Project advisory committees

Better Work brings together national governments, unions and employers’ organizations to promote social dialogue. Each country programme establishes a tripartite Project Advisory Committee (PAC) composed of representatives from relevant ministries, employers and unions to guide programme direction and support ongoing operations and sustainability. This structure not only supports Better Work to be more effective but is a forum where all parties can work together to strengthen practices and policies that will improve working conditions and industry competitiveness.

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