Gelkha Buitrago steers GCP’s work with the country platforms and programs, Collective Action Initiatives and measurement work. She also acts as Deputy Director. Gelkha brings several years of experience in sustainability, international development and multi-stakeholder set-ups.
Before joining GCP, Gelkha worked for almost 15 years in Fairtrade International, in different roles and areas of work including advocacy, policy and strategy development, new products and M&E. The last two years she was appointed as Director of Standards and Pricing overseeing the development and implementation of a diverse set of standards and price mechanisms in more than 70 countries as well as the assurance program. Previous to joining Fairtrade, Gelkha worked for the National Planning Department in Colombia on poverty issues and monitoring and evaluation of social programs.
Gelkha is an Economist and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia) and postgraduate certificate on Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge. She speaks Spanish, English and French and is based out of Bonn, Germany.