Our People

The Board oversees the strategic direction and investment policy of the Foundation. It meets three to four times a year, where it reviews and selects the project proposals submitted to the Foundation. Our Board members bring a wealth of expertise and insights to the Foundation and its work.


Graham Sharp
Chairman

A British national, Graham was one of the founders of Trafigura in 1993, retiring from Trafigura's operational activities in 2007. He now dedicates most of his time to philanthropic endeavours, for the Trafigura Foundation and other personal projects.

Graham graduated from St. Johns College (Oxford) in 1983 with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Engineering, Economics and Management.

Andrew Vickerman, Vice Chairman
Andrew Vickerman
Vice Chairman

Andrew has been a member of the Trafigura supervisory board since 2010. He has been heavily involved with community work in developing countries throughout his career and held overall responsibility for various foundations and community trusts while with Rio Tinto, one of the world’s leading mining companies.

Robert Gillon
Treasurer

Robert joined Trafigura in 2006 in the London office as a middle distillate risk manager. In 2007 he started trading the global paper book for distillates, before becoming Co-Head of the Distillates Desk in 2012 and taking additional responsibility for the naphtha desk in 2013. Prior to joining Trafigura, Robert worked on the S&P Tanker desk at Arrow and on the Physical Naphtha desk at Tullett Prebon.

Robert has a Geography degree from Nottingham University.

Sabine Simkhovitch-Dreyfus
Member

Sabine is attorney-at-law and currently a practicing lawyer and partner at Cabinet Mayor, a law firm in Geneva. She brings 30 years of experience in corporate and contract law and arbitration with some of Geneva's most prominent law firms. Sabine studied law and political science in Bern, Geneva and Jerusalem.

An advocate at heart, Sabine is currently Vice President of the Swiss Federal Commission against Racism and of the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities.

Craig Smallbone – Member
Craig Smallbone
Member

A British national, Craig joined Trafigura in 2007 as HR Manager for Europe, and moved in 2012 to the Geneva Office as Global Head of Resourcing. Before joining Trafigura, Craig worked as HR Manager for several charities, such as the British Lung Foundation and Scope.

He is an accomplished sportsman and regularly runs marathons, always in support of good causes. His unfailing commitment to engage into such initiatives makes Craig a true asset to the Foundation in the development of staff engagement activities at global level.

The executive team takes care of the day-to-day management of the Foundation. We evaluate and select proposed projects, administer the different grants, and make sure the funds donated are used transparently and adequately. We provide guidance to Trafigura employees worldwide in relation to their philanthropic endeavours.


Vincent Faber
Executive Director

A Geophysicist Engineer by background, graduated from the French Petroleum Institute near Paris, France, Vincent started his career in the oil business. At the age of 30, he gave a new orientation to his professional life and followed the humanitarian path, which ended up taking him to a countless number of countries, including some of the most dramatic war and conflict zones of the last decades. Vincent has occupied top executive positions with some of the world's leading NGOs and international organisations, such as Médecins sans Frontières and International Aids Society. Thanks to his dual corporate and NGO background, Vincent strongly believes that fruitful synergies can be found between both worlds and that by joining forces, they can have a positive impact on individuals and communities.

Celine Yvon
Head of Programmes

Céline has a 15-year track record in international cooperation. She specifically worked on innovative approaches to foster human development and peacebuilding in conflict or post-conflict countries such as Iraq, Libya, Azerbaidjan or the Central African Republic. Céline started her career at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs before joining the private sector where she specialised in change management processes.

Céline holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and a Certificate in Innovation & Sustainability from Harvard University. Céline also has a musical background.

Damien Rizet
Programme Manager

While achieving a Bachelor and Master Degree in Forensic science from the University of Lausanne, Damien worked for the Irish Justice department in the Biology and Chemistry section of the Police laboratory. He then get involved with the Swiss project Solar Impulse from its first flight aboard in 2011 and headed the logistic support unit until the completion of the round the world solar flight in 2016. Damien develop expertise in delivering high-end projects in various country such as in the UAE, Oman, India, Myanmar, China, Japan, USA, France, Spain, Morocco or in Egypt.

Nathalie Bernstein
Administrative Assistant

With a professional background and training in the hospitality and leisure industry, Nathalie has also accumulated extensive experience at Trafigura since 2008, where she started as administrative assistant to the CFO and the structured finance and trade finance teams.

Having joined the Trafigura Foundation in the summer of 2012, Nathalie supports the executive team, who greatly benefits from her organisational skills, solid knowledge of software and database platforms, and fluency in English and French.

Federica Poletti – Communication Manager
Federica Poletti
Communication Manager

Before joining the Trafigura Foundation, Federica worked as Marketing and communication manager in the energy sector (ForGreen), and as Communication manager for European projects (the European Capital of Culture) and NGOs focused on sustainable development and education (Centre for London, La Dante Alighieri Institute). She has expertise in corporate communication and corporate social responsibility.

Federica has graduated in Philosophy at the University of Padova and at the Sorbonne in Paris, and holds a Master degree in European Studies from the London School of Economics. She speaks fluently French, English and Italian.