Liza, Director of Global Strategy and Innovation at Cotton Connect has 20 years experience working with the private, public and NGO sectors across Asia, Europe and Latin America. She joined Cotton Connect in July 2014 from her recent role as Executive Director for the Intelligence Centre for Sustainable Markets (CIMS), based in Costa Rica, a small and dynamic non-profit research organisation focused on sustainable agricultural value chains. During this time she worked with clients such as Nestle Nespresso, Walmart, Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade USA to better understand, manage, and assess impacts on, their smallholder farmer supply chains. Prior to this she worked in London as Director of Supply Chain Strategy for a leading sustainability consultancy, Corporate Citizenship, advising global FMCG companies such as Mars, Kraft, Cadbury, Unilever and Diageo. Before joining Corporate Citizenship she worked as Private Sector Advisor for Save the Children UK, where she sat on the Board of Directors for the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). She began her professional career in China, initially in procurement for a European brewer, Carlsberg, in Guangdong province, moving into consumer market research as Associate Director for Market Behaviour Ltd (MBL), a British research agency working in Greater China, and latterly as Chief Representative and Director of US Public Affairs agency APCO Batey Burn, based in Beijing, advising companies on investment and sustainability strategies in China. She initiated the first joint AmCham-British Chamber conference on corporate responsibility in China in 2001. Liza is a graduate of Chinese Politics and East Asian Studies has a MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London. She speaks Mandarin and Spanish.