OAR Structure

The OAR is a neutral, non-profit organisation, with a multistakeholder Board of Directors representing civil society, the open data sector, factory groups, industry MSIs and brands.

Board Purpose

The governing body of the Open Apparel Registry exists to ensure that its mission is fulfilled, including the responsibility to:

  • Make strategic decisions involving technology, leadership and conflict resolution

  • Advise on the financial structure of the OAR, without compromising its mission

  • Ensure neutrality, equal representation and secure trust in the tool and the organization

  • Draw experience from a range of stakeholders

  • Ensure accountability of the OAR team and service providers

Board Members

Rola Abimourched is Senior Program Director at the Worker Rights Consortium, an independent labor rights monitoring organization. Prior to joining the WRC, Rola was an Investments Manager with Humanity United, where she led and managed a diverse portfolio of grants addressing forced labor and labor exploitation in the South Asia to Arab Gulf migration corridor. She specializes in issues related to migration, human trafficking, gender, and labor rights, and completed her master’s from Georgetown University.

Abhishek Bansal is Head of Sustainability at Arvind Limited and is leading various sustainability initiatives of the group. He is devising the strategy to reduce the Energy, Water, Carbon & Chemical footprint of the organization and leading several innovative practices in the apparel industry. Prior to this position he has worked in the Sustainability & Environmental Consulting domain for more than ten years. He has helped several large corporates to define the Sustainability Strategy and assisted in Implementation of various renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives. Abhishek is Board Member at ZDHC and had also serves as PMT member and Chair of Tool Development Team at SLCP.

Peter Burrows is the Chief Executive Officer for the Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC) and is responsible for all general finance and general management duties as well as establishing long-term FFC product portfolio, mission, strategy and operational goals in conjunction with the FFC Board of Directors.

Peter has decades of IT executive and general management experience in diverse industries including consumer goods, footwear and apparel, and high‐tech electronics and manufacturing industries. Peter is a well‐noted technology innovator and his systems work has been the subject of many articles and academic studies and the recipient of many distinguished awards.

Peter co-founded the FFC in 2004.

Jack Hardinges is a Policy Advisor at the Open Data Institute, working across a number of projects at the ODI to develop, test and communicate policy related to data and technology.

Jack joined the ODI in July 2014 and has delivered advisory projects with startup, multinational corporate and government clients. As a coauthor of Open Enterprise, Open Data Means Business and a number of other ODI reports, he has helped to develop the evidence base for the economic, societal and environmental impact of open data.

He also enjoys writing about the role of data in music, art and sport. Jack graduated with a BSc in Economics and Management Sciences, focusing on macroeconomic policy and scientific decision-making. He has previously worked in the UK, Asia and Africa.

Ismet Jarin is a Project Coordinator at the Awaj Foundation, who works to improve livelihoods and the quality of life for workers in the RMG sector in Bangladesh. With a particular focus on women, she strives to serve the development of underprivileged people in society.

Frank Michel is Executive Director of the ZDHC Foundation. Working with the ZDHC Board of Directors he is responsible for executing the strategic plan for growth, impact and scale of the organisation and the delivery of the roadmap-to-zero programme. By understanding synergies, how to multiply efforts and scale impacts, Frank is responsible for developing key partnerships, collaborations and other stakeholder relationships that support the achievement of the ZDHC Mission and Vision.

Frank’s earlier career years include managing industry associations and multi-stakeholder initiatives including technical advisory groups and environmental programmes for leading German retail trade organisation, managing start-ups, and leading positions in the GS1 organisation and its subsidiary company 1WorldSync at global level.

Paul Roeland is a longtime activist working on the intersection of open data, opensource and social change. After majoring in geophysics, he has worked for and advised a range of organizations working on sustainable development, opening up government and development data, and enhancing accountability. For the last 8 years, he's worked at Clean Clothes Campaign in Amsterdam as tech & outreach coordinator. He's also on the Board of two opensource foundations.

Sara Sticha is a Responsible Sourcing Manager at Target, leading efforts in transparency of Tier 2 factories specifically in fabric, trim and packaging. She also supports the development and oversight compliance of Tier 2 factories. She has 7 years of experience in adoption of the Higg Index throughout the supply chain as well as engagement with factories on performance improvement programs that elevate factory environmental efficiencies. Sara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Retail Merchandising with a focus on apparel manufacturing.

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