ICA Liverpool 2019
Alan McClay
Better Cotton Initiative

Alan McClay was appointed CEO of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in September 2015.

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. BCI is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future. Through BCI and its Partners, farmers receive training on how to use water efficiently, care for the health of the soil and natural habitats, reduce use of the most harmful chemicals and apply decent work principles. BCI Farmers implementing this system are licensed to sell Better Cotton.

Together with partners BCI provides training on more sustainable farming practices to more than two million cotton farmers in 21 countries. In the 2017-18 cotton season, licensed BCI Farmers produced more than five million metric tonnes of ‘Better Cotton’ – that accounts for around 19% of global cotton production.

Prior to BCI, Alan worked as a consultant advising firms and trade bodies on not-for-profit strategy and management, and on sustainable sourcing policies and standards. From 2004 to 2009 he was CEO of CIES – the Food Business Forum, an international platform for food retail businesses which has since merged with brand associations to become the Consumer Goods Forum, of which he was the first Managing Director. During his tenure at CIES, the organisation launched the Global Food Safety Initiative and the Global Social Compliance Programme. Alan also serves on the Board of the International Cotton Association. A British national, he holds degrees from the UK (Cambridge University and London Business School) and France (Sciences Po Paris).

Amy Jackson
Director of Membership
Better Cotton Initiative
As part of the Executive Group at BCI, Amy contributes to shaping and delivering the organisational strategy to transform the cotton sector for a more sustainable future. She is responsible for developing the strategy for the Membership team, overseeing member recruitment and engagement and the integrity of the BCI Chain of Custody. Amy has strong expertise in multi-stakeholder engagement and membership development, having held similar positions at the Ethical Trading Initiative and ISEAL Alliance, where she also led global consultations to develop the ISEAL Credibility Principles and the Claims Good Practice Guide. Amy started her career with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in commercial engagement, then moved to lead its global Chain of Custody programme.
Baofu Yang
Vice General Manager
China National Cotton Exchange
Mr. Baofu Yang majored in Cotton Processing and Inspection in Anhui Finance & Economics University, and obtained MBA degree at Tsinghua University of China. In 1989, he started his career in China Fiber Inspection Bureau until 1994. After that, he served as deputy chief in Cotton Inspection Division of China Cotton & Jute Bureau for 7 years. And then he joined China National Cotton Corporation and worked in both domestic and international departments for cotton business until 2008. After that, he joined China National Cotton Exchange until now, serving as vice general manager in charge of international business, customer service center, 3 major representative offices in China, and www.cottonchina.org.
Bill Kingdon
Managing Director
International Cotton Association

Bill Kingdon has lived and worked overseas for much of his professional life as a soldier and senior leader in UK Defence. Bill and his family have been based in Washington DC, Germany and Cyprus and enjoyed being part of those communities and cultures.

Bill learned the benefits of collaboration and partnering as a member of international teams all over the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia-Herzegovina. As brigade commander, Bill prepared large organisations for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the British Army in Germany; managed a varied and fascinating strategic portfolio as the chief operating officer for British Forces in Cyprus and provided the focus for collaboration between international organisations, the Afghan government, diplomats and NATO in Kabul.

Most recently, as a consultant, Bill led a team acting as a catalyst for cultural change within the British Army. Bill holds masters' degrees in law from Cambridge and defence studies from King's College, London.
Camille Cluzel
Louis Dreyfus Company

Camille is a cotton trader at Louis Dreyfus Company. She is a French national and studied at Dauphine University, Paris, where she graduated with a degree in Finance, and a master’s in International Affairs.

In 2014, she joined LDC, and in the 5 years which followed, worked her way through various departments and countries, eventually taking responsibility for trading the physical flow between the USA and Asia, notably China and Vietnam. Working for a market leader in the industry provides her with a unique opportunity to contribute to the presence and influence of women at every level of the cotton value-chain. She is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Eimear McDonagh
General Manager Export Marketing & Logistics
Namoi Cotton Alliance

Eimear joined Namoi Cotton in 1999 having previously held cotton marketing positions with Cotton Trading Corporation Pty Ltd. Eimear has been involved in the agricultural industry in various management capacities since 1992, both in Australia and in other countries. Eimear has been instrumental in successfully establishing the China, Southeast Asia and Subcontinent markets for Namoi Cotton, she is responsible for export sales, client management, quality and logistics from warehouse to spinning mill.

Eimear has over 20 years of specialised cotton industry experience and is currently a director of the Australian Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA) and of the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA).

Fangchun Zhang
CEO of Cotton China
COFCO International
Fangchun Zhang has 16 years of experience in cotton trading management in the largest Chinese State Owned Enterprise trading company. A leading member of the China Cotton Association terms negotiation team, Fangchun has also served as an Associate Director of the ICA representing China Mainland. With strong experience in the planning and implementation of business strategies, customer acquisition and cost efficiency, Fangchun has a keen market sense to orient purchase and risk management of cotton futures.
Fawzia Yasmeen
Strategic Sourcing and Procurement
Ispahani Group
Fawzia Yasmeen, an experienced Strategic Sourcing and Procurement professional from Bangladesh, has been leading the Supply Chain of Ispahani Group for more than two decades. Her career has spanned across multidimensional areas like supply chain, business development and agricultural development. She has gained deep knowledge and experience in both textile and agriculture over her careers tenure.
Yasmeen has been involved in various component of cotton value chain and witnessed the growth story of cotton consumption in Bangladesh. She has experience in agriculture value chain development in different areas like vegetables, rice, mango, etc. Yasmeen is one of the pioneers in commercially introducing bio-pesticides, helping Bangladesh take another step towards attaining a sustainable and environment friendly agro business. To help drive the development of the agriculture sector, she worked extensively with policy-makers.
Yasmeen took active part in women empowerment in agriculture business to support the country to a steady progress towards gender equality.
Joe Nicosia
Global Platform Head of Cotton
Louis Dreyfus Company

Joe Nicosia is the Global Platform Head of Cotton for Louis Dreyfus Company as well as a member of the Global Senior Leadership Team. Joe is also Executive Vice President of Louis Dreyfus Company LLC and Chief Executive Officer of Allenberg Cotton Co.
Joe graduated from Dartmouth College in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and the same year joined Louis Dreyfus Company as a grain trader in Minneapolis. In 1982 he transferred to Allenberg Cotton Co. and in 1985 assumed responsibility for cotton trading worldwide. Joe is active in several cotton industry associations and is a past Chairman and serves on the board of directors of the American Cotton Shippers Association (“ACSA”). Joe is also the long-time chairman of the Futures Committee of ACSA.
Joe served on the National Cotton Council’s board of directors from 2011-2013 and has been a NCC vice president since 2014. He has served on multiple NCC committees including current membership on the NCC’s Farm Policy Task Force and its Performance and Standards Task Force.

Kim Hanna
Founder & Director
TransGlobal Inspections LLC
Kim Hanna is a founding partner and director of TransGlobal Inspections LLC., a leading international inspection company specializing in raw cotton. Kim entered the cotton business over three decades ago as a secretary at Edward T. Robertson & Son Ltd. With the support of her husband and having one of the best mentors in the cotton inspection field, Frank Wakefield, Kim managed to juggle raising 5 children while learning the cotton industry from the bottom up. Developing strong relationships along the way, Kim has cultivated the trust and respect of her associates and other industry professionals. She is an advisor to the TCA, WCSA, SCA and ASCA Foreign Affairs Committees, an associate member of the ICA and participant in the Controllers Working Group and Women in Cotton Committee. In her leisure time, Kim loves to spend time with her family and friends on their boat aptly named “Luv-n-Life”.