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The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, founded in November 2012 and hosted by the Aspen Institute, is a collaborative effort of over 70 artisan businesses, artisan support organizations, corporations, government agencies, and other partners who are working together to promote the full potential of the global artisan sector.  

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise was created to elevate the importance of the artisan sector, support and grow artisan businesses, and share best practices in a collaborative learning community. 


Advisory Board

Advisory Board


Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez is a Quechua weaver and scholar, and the founder of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC). She was born in Chinchero, a village in the southern highlands of Peru. Her ancestors are Inka. In response to the disappearance of ancient weaving techniques, Nilda founded CTTC to support weavers from several highland villages who have revived these skills and traditions. Nilda’s mission is to explore and preserve traditional weaving techniques. For Andean peoples, losing the ability to weave could mean losing a vital link with their history and culture. 


Head of the Ethical Fashion Initiative of the International Trade Centre (ITC), Simone Cipriani oversees the promotion of trade and incubation of creative micro-enterprises within marginalized communities in Africa and Haiti. After gaining experience working in the leather industry in Italy, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, China, Tunisia, and Morocco, Cipriani relocated to Ethiopia working for UNIDO to set up service centers for the local leather industry. In 2009, he joined the International Trade Centre and founded the Ethical Fashion Initiative. The Ethical Fashion Initiative has created a hub for creative manufacturing and production in countries such as Ghana and Uganda, using fair trade labor and ethical fashion practices. A passionate advocate for fair trade and equal employment, Cipriani regularly speaks at international trade organizations and conferences. The Ethical Fashion Initiative has partnered with Vivienne Westwood, Sass & Bide, Stella McCartney, and others. 


In 2007, Betsy Dietel joined Bill and Tory in founding Dietel Partners. She manages a diverse grant-making portfolio that is international and domestic in scope and works closely with multiple families on their philanthropic interests. Betsy’s combined career in nonprofit management, environmental sustainability, and community organizing spans 30 years, much of it focused on launching and building organizations that help promote community resiliency. She was the founding Executive Director of Lake County Community Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust’s first affiliate, and Conserve Lake County; a land trust which preserves and protects a unique public-private 5,800 preserve in northern Illinois that includes the internationally acclaimed Prairie Crossing, the nation’s first planned conservation development. 

Jackie duff | The coca-cola company

Jackie Duff is responsible for driving the global success of the Coca-Cola Company's '5by20' initiative to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020. Since joining the Coca-Cola company in 2007, Jackie has developed innovative strategic partnerships, including the development of global partnerships with D&G, Adidas, and the first-ever licensing and sustainability legacy for the 2012 Olympic games. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Jackie held marketing roles at Unilever, Associated British Foods (ABF) and Dr Oetker Group, she brings significant worldwide experience to her role and leadership in driving innovative business solutions.

willy foote | root capital

Willy Foote is the Founder and CEO of Root Capital, a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses. Willy began his career on Wall Street as a financial analyst in Latin American corporate finance. Before founding Root Capital in 1999, he worked as a business journalist in Mexico, where he discovered the challenges faced by cooperatives and small producers who lacked access to credit and markets. 

Randall kempner | aspen network of development entrepreneurs (ANDE)

Randall Kempner is Executive Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Randall has nearly twenty years of experience in the field of national and international economic development. Most recently, he served as Vice President for Regional Innovation at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. Prior to joining the Council, Randall was co-founder of OTF Group, an international consulting firm that advises regions and nations on how to create competitive advantage. His work has appeared in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Innovations journal and Stanford Social Innovation Review. 

Jacquelyn Mayfield | Mayfield Consulting

Jacquelyn Mayfield is the founder and president of Mayfield Consulting Ltd. She brings a range of experiences in business, government, health care, and legal settings to her work as a career and leadership consultant to the legal, private wealth management, entrepreneurial startup, and nonprofit sectors. Over the last 18 years, she has designed and implemented a series of effective approaches to attorney recruitment, development, and outplacement. Ms. Mayfield also consults with senior leaders in design and execution of programs for women that empower and enhance leadership in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. She currently consults with Evercore Wealth Management, Roar Africa LLC, and Omega Institute. She is a current board member of the U.S. Board of Women Without Borders, the International Center for Research on Women, Roar Africa LLC, and serves on the Stewardship Council of the Omega Institute. 


The first woman President and CEO of PBS, Pat Mitchell most recently served as president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media; she is now a Senior Advisor to the organization. Mitchell is also the former President of CNN Productions, where she executive produced hundreds of hours of documentaries and specials. Mitchell currently advises foundations and corporations on issues of women’s empowerment and leadership development as well as media and governance. She is the Chair of the Women’s Media Center and Sundance Institute boards, a founding board member of V-Day, a member of the board of the Acumen Fund, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 


Reema Nanavaty leads the Self Employed Women’s Association’s (SEWA) economic and rural development activities reaching out to seventeen million women and their families across India. Since 1989, she has pioneered revival, restoration and innovation of rural livelihoods from district to global level. Reema has been recognized across India and in the neighboring cities as a champion of making livelihoods of the poor women reach markets they deserve, including artisans, salt pan workers, farmers, and other laborers. Her efforts have created a more dynamic local economy and a fairer and equal society for thousands of SEWA sisters. 


Born in Rwanda’s Eastern Province, Joy Ndungutse spent her childhood and early adult years in exile due to political instability in her country. She grew up in a refugee camp in Uganda, continuously exposed to the tremendous hardships that women endured with patience and empathy. After graduating from high school, Ndungutse moved to Arusha where she was trained as a secretary. She worked in multiple countries, including the USA, for 15 years, where she took design classes in the evenings and became involved in humanitarian projects. When she moved back to Rwanda afte­r the genocide, she trained local women in rural areas and designed baskets that these women could make using traditional weaving skills and techniques. Today, Joy is Vice Chair and Country Director for the New Faces New Voice Rwanda Chapter and Advisor to Girl Hub Rwanda.  


Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen, a nonprofit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of poverty. Prior to Acumen, Jacqueline founded and directed the Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. She also co-founded Duterimbere, a micro-finance Institution in Rwanda. Jacqueline currently sits on the advisory boards of Sonen Capital and the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative. She serves on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees and the board of, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Sustainable Development.


Jim Pickup is the General Counsel of the Aspen Institute and President and CEO of the Middle East Investment Initiative (MEII). He is also a founding partner of Impact Capital Strategies, a consulting firm focused on impact investing. Building on the conviction that a sound economic base is one clear path to social and political stability, MEII leverages public and private resources to deliver sustainable financial solutions to foster long-term economic development in the Middle East and North Africa. At the Aspen Institute, Jim serves as the organization’s primary attorney. He is also a member of the Aspen Institute’s Middle East Strategy Group and was an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow. 


Catherine Russell currently serves as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. Prior to assuming this position in August 2013, she served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden focusing on military families and higher education. During her tenure at the White House, Ambassador Russell coordinated the development of the Administration’s strategy to prevent and respond to gender-based violence globally. She previously served as a Senior Advisor to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on international women’s issues. During the Clinton Administration, Russell served as Associate Deputy Attorney general. She has also served as Staff Director of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senior Counsel to Senator Patrick J. Leahy. 


Melanne Verveer is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She most recently served as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, a position to which she was nominated by President Obama in 2009. She coordinated foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women, traveling to nearly 60 countries. President Obama also appointed her to serve as the U.S. Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. She was previously the Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO that she co-founded to invest in emerging women leaders. During the Clinton Administration, she served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady. She also led the effort to establish the President’s Interagency Council on Women, and was instrumental in the adoption of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.