MENU menu

Nina Smith

CEO, GoodWeave

Skoll Awardee


Nina Smith is the founding Chief Executive Officer of GoodWeave International. Since 1999, she has developed and led GoodWeave towards its mission to end child labor in global supply chains. A longtime advocate for children’s rights and an expert on supply chain transparency and responsibility,, Nina has spoken about these issues at the Skoll World Forum, The World Economic Forum, Harvard University, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the American Bar Association, TedX–Dhaka, and other fora. Nina is winner of the Skoll and Schwab Awards for Social Entrepreneurship and also received the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s EXCEL Award for excellence in chief executive leadership.

A fair trade advocate and expert for two decades, Ms. Smith previously served as executive director of The Crafts Center and as a crafts export consultant to the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, India, where she oversaw the development of market-driven product lines and artisan training. She has also served as a president and board member of the Fair Trade Federation, and on the board of The Tibet Collection. Currently she sits on the board of the Fair Labor Association, and is a practitioner affiliate of the Social Enterprise Graduate Degree program at American University.

Related Content

Nina Smith - GoodWeave, June 15, 2017
Millions of children are forced into labor each year. Consumers at the end of the supply chain often know nothing of the lives of those who made the product; it's…
Nina Smith - GoodWeave, June 10, 2016
Made by Children. Instead of Made in China or Made in India, what if this was the label inside the neatly stacked sweaters on a department store shelf? For most…