Sebastian Teunissen

Managing Director
Solidaridad North America

Sebastian Teunissen is the Managing Director of Solidaridad North America. Solidaridad invented fair trade coffee and the concept of Fair Trade labeling. It also changed the banana market by introducing the first sustainable banana brand in the world. Solidaridad, with a network of regional affiliate offices, is an international NGO with more than 45 years of experience creating sustainable supply chains from producer to consumer, based on the belief that fair and sustainable trade can be a powerful catalyst to reduce poverty, build communities, and protect the environment.

For more than 13 years Sebastian ran the international programs at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. He has managed an importing and distributing company in Japan and served in the Department of Finance of the Government of Papua New Guinea. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Vinhos Barbeito (Madeira) Lda., a Portuguese winery.