Nick Attends DEVEX Career Forum 2015

My takeaway from the forum featured on front page of their report, upper right. (click on image below.)





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Nick’s Updated Curricula Vitae

Nick Hahn speaking at FIT symposium on Sustainable Fashion



John Nicholas Hahn

East Haddam, Connecticut 06423 USA

P: (01) 203.570.3666

F: (01) 860.540.1152




SECTOR EXPERIENCE: Agribusiness: textile fibers, fruits, vegetables, nuts, spices, other.


I’m an independent consultant in agribusiness, specializing in SME capacity building and value chain competitiveness.

My concentration is textile fibers; cotton, wool, alpaca, silk and coir with satellite experience in fruits, vegetables, spices, nuts, aquaculture and forestry. I work with small stakeholder farmers and processors to form associations and sustainable industry clusters to leverage collective strengths and become more competitive in the marketplace.

I’m a co-founder of New York based Cotton Incorporated (, a successful 501C3 non-profit representing the American cotton industry, “Cotton, The Fabric Of Our Lives”

My independent consulting practice, Hahn International, Ltd. was founded in 1997 as a platform to engage the global development community; I’ve been retained for short to long-term technical assistance on public and private sector projects in 13 countries over the past 18 years.


  • February 2015, International Conference (COIR Kerala 2015) Kerala, India. Preliminary discussions with coconut farmers, processors and government officials about commodity branding and marketing.
  • January 2013-Agricultural Competitiveness Initiative, Baku Azerbaijan (USAID ) Tasked with SME capacity building for three commodities: Pomegranates, Hazel Nuts and Aquaculture.
  • August/September/October 2013- DFID (Department for International Development) funded Afghanistan Business Innovation Fund (ABIF) USA Based Advised on viability of cotton startup business plans qualifying for UKAID


  • September 2011-February 2013-Alpaca United (Private Sector) Tasked with organizing, managing, branding and marketing the NA Alpaca Fiber industry from fiber through finished apparel and home textile products.
  • September 2008-July 2011-Pure Brazil Cotton Initiative (Private Sector) Tasked with organizing Brazilian cotton textile chain into a sustainable cluster from farm through finished products including apparel and home textiles.
  • November 2006-December 2007-Competitive Armenia Private Sector Project, CAPS (USAID) Organized tourism, fruits, and vegetables into competitive Clusters providing the structure and impetus for SME groups to manage collective solutions to common problems and mitigate constraints to competition in world markets
  • August-December 2005 -The Competitiveness Initiative- (USAID) Aid and support government of Montenegro to “privatize” and enhance competitiveness of forestry and wood products industries
  • March-June 2005-The Competitiveness Initiative, Lahore Pakistan-(USAID) Study, evaluate, recommend and implement a program of industry competitiveness in support of the Pakistani cotton textile industry.
  • September-November 2004-Center for Marketing and Analytical Research, Almaty Kazakhstan. (KZ Government funding)-) Identify key stakeholders within the KZ cotton-ginning-textiles-apparel industries, Identify and understand weakness and gaps in their value chains, and recommend action steps to correct and enhance their competitiveness in world markets.
  • September-November 2003-The Competitiveness Initiative, Bangkok Thailand-(USAID ) Organize Silk industry cluster for “branding” the commodity and positioning Thai Silk as the premier “luxury” fiber in world markets.
  • June-September 2002-The Competitiveness Initiative, Colombo, Sri Lanka (USAID) Organized the coconut fiber (coir) industry into functional cluster providing producers with leverage in world markets and potential for increasing net price per hectare received by farmers and increased margins for processors and customers.
  • January 1997-March 1999-New Zealand Wool Board, Wellington, NZ. (NZ Govt) Advised on NZ wool marketing and branding. Contributed to decision to separate from International Wool Secretariat and form national association with NZ Fern-mark logo.
  • January 1971-January 1997-Cotton Incorporated, New York, NY (Private Sector) Hahn co-founded Cotton Incorporated, ( a leading non-profit trade association created to enhance competitiveness for US cotton farmers and upstream segments of their value chain, served as President and CEO until1997.
  • August 1967-January 1971-Dan River Textile Mills, Danville, VA & New York, NY (Private Sector) Entry level management training, promoted to Manager Menswear Fabrics, New York Office.
  • September 1964-July 1967-Colonial Woolen Mills, Cleveland, Ohio. (Private Sector) Management training in this family owned company until it was sold in 1967.



  • Presentations 1995, 96, 97 World Economic Forum (Textile sub-section), Davos Switzerland
  • Presentation 2002, Sri Lankan Coir Conference, Colombo Sri Lanka
  • Presentation 2001, ITMF (International Textile Manufacturers Federation, Annual Meeting, Cape Town, So Africa.
  • Presentation 1999, ICAC (International Cotton Advisory Committee) Lima, Peru
  • Presentation 1990, Cornell Univ School of Business, Cornell, NY USA
  • Publication 2014: Fibre2Fashion, global textile & apparel trade journal, cover story on textile market potential for sub-Saharan African companies certified by AGOA
  • Publication 2014; Fiber2Fashion interview on future of India and their textile/apparel industries
  • Honor 1996, Textile Man of Quarter Century, Textile World Magazine
  • Published a novel, Under The Skin, written between assignments over three year period. Story based upon experience in Uganda.






  • 2004 Columbia University, New York, USA (fund-raising for non profits)
  • 1997 Harvard Business School, London, UK (Agribusiness Seminar with Prof Ray Goldberg)
  • 1961 University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind USA (BA Candidate, English)

REFERENCES (available)


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The HINDU TIMES covers COIR Kerala 2015 and Hahn’s Presentation


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Hahn Interviewed on India Fiber2Fashion (click the image)


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Cover Story by Nick Hahn, Nov 2014: US Market, most lucrative option for African textile & apparel industry.

Cover story v1-2 (click link)


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