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Richard Tipper

Richard Tipper is Executive Chairman of Ecometrica.

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Richard Tipper
Richard has an academic background in agriculture, forestry and environmental change. His post-doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh examined the economics of carbon uptake by forests and the life cycle of bioenergy. He has worked as a consultant and advisor to various government departments and multinational companies on climate strategies relating to land use, agriculture and bioenergy. He served as a Lead Author on the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was recognised as a contributor to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He co-founded Ecometrica in 2008 to take advantage of satellite and cloud computing technologies to improve environmental monitoring. He currently serves as Executive Chairman, with a particular interest in developing Earth Observation systems for climate change resilience.
Alex Ehrenhaus

Alex Ehrenhaus is Country Manager International Soy Programme Coordinator at Solidaridad.

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Alex Ehrenhaus
Alex Ehrenhaus is an Agronomical Engineer from the Faculty of Agronomy of the University of Buenos Aires. He also holds several post-graduate degrees including Specialization in Agribusiness and a Master’s Degree in Design of Policies and Social Programmes. Alex has extensive experience in agribusiness sustainability, having both worked in crop production and having implemented several best corporate responsibility practices in the private sector and for which he has received several awards. Additionally, Alex has acted as Executive Board member of the Round Table for Responsible Soy and led the organization as its President. Currently he is leading as Country Manager for Solidaridad Network in Argentina and Bolivia, playing an active role in catalyzing sector wide improvements in sustainability performance through producer support, policy advocacy and facilitating several technological innovations at different commodity sector levels.  
Berry Marttin

As a member of the Rabobank Managing Board, Berry Marttin is responsible for International Rural & Retail Banking, Leasing, Sustainability, Rabobank Foundation and Banking for Food Inspiration Center RG (B4FIC).

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Berry Marttin
As a member of the Rabobank Managing Board, Berry Marttin is responsible for International Rural & Retail Banking, Leasing, Sustainability, Rabobank Foundation and Banking for Food Inspiration Center RG (B4FIC). Berry Marttin joined Rabobank as a management trainee after earning his degree in Business Administration in his native Brazil. Over the course of his career at Rabobank he has gained extensive experience as a banker in both the Wholesale and Rural & Retail Banking business across the world. Before joining the Managing Board in 2009, Berry Marttin moved to the Netherlands in 2004 to become Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rabobank Amsterdam. In his current role within Rabobank's Board, Berry meets farmers, farm inputs suppliers, food producers, retailers and many other agribusiness stakeholders from around the world. Being a farmer in Brazil himself, Berry is very much in touch with the world of primary production and his insights and passion for food and agriculture have been instrumental in designing the global Banking for Food strategy for Rabobank.
Heleen van den Hombergh

Heleen van den Hombergh has been working at IUCN Netherlands Committee as learning coordinator and advisor agrocommodity governance, mainly on soy/plant protein, palm oil and biofuels.

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Heleen van den Hombergh

Heleen van den Hombergh is a forestry scientist by training with a PhD in environmental/political science. She was responsible for international environment/trade networks on at Oxfam Novib (2002-2007) and since 2007 has been working at IUCN Netherlands Committee as learning coordinator and senior advisor agrocommodity governance, mainly on soy/plant protein, palm oil and biofuels.  She heads the team Greening the Economy at IUCN NL.

Heleen has been involved in responsible soy since 2012, as active member of the Dutch Soy Coalition, side kick for the Dutch Soy Transition, advocate for quality of sustainability norms in company and government policy. Together with the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality she convenes the new Dutch Soy Platform Initiative, that strives for further uptake of responsible soy in the Netherlands and European partners particularly in the framework of the Amsterdam Declaration Partnership. As a next step to the earlier dutch Soy Barometer -which monitored the progress in responsible sourcing of soy in the Netherlands- IUCN NL, together with IDH, commissioned the first Soy Monitoring Europe (European Soy Monitor).

At the RT Heleen will present its results, flanked by two other reports that shed light on actual progress in the European uptake of responsible soy: an analysis of what legality entails in 3 main producing countries, and a benchmarking study of soy standards including RTRS and other FEFAC SSG compliant standards focused on the issue of deforestation/conversion and biodiversity.

Ruaraidh Petre

Ruaraidh Petre Executive Director, Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

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Ruaraidh Petre
Ruaraidh Petre Executive Director, Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Ruaraidh is Scot with a background in animal production and commercial farming and ranching in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. He has an MSc in Tropical Animal Production and Health from Edinburgh, and also studied agriculture in Edinburgh specialising in livestock. After his time in farm management, he worked in India on dryland farming systems, followed by Pakistan and Afghanistan where he directed a veterinary training and support program covering much of Afghanistan. He then moved to Netherlands, where he worked with a consulting firm securing financial support for agricultural development in Africa, Asia and South America. This was followed by a move in 2007 to Southern Africa where he directed a regional farmer support programme, securing access to markets for small scale producers. At that time he became involved in the formation of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef from 2010 onwards and was the first president of the organisation until 2012. He is now based in the Netherlands again and is the Executive Director of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, where he has overseen the development of global principles and criteria for sustainable beef, and is now working with national roundtables to create extend the work of GRSB into all major producer countries.
Wei Peng

Wei Peng is Head of Sustainability at COFCO International.

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Wei Peng

Wei Peng is Head of Sustainability at COFCO International. Wei is responsible for developing and leading CIL’s sustainability strategy and programs, as well as stakeholder engagement and partnerships. Prior to joining COFCO International, Wei worked with UNEP Finance Initiative, a partnership between United Nations and the global financial sector to advance sustainable finance. Wei holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in International Trade and Economics.

Jaap Petraeus

Jaap Petraeus is Corporate Manager Sustainability at FrieslandCampina.

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Jaap Petraeus
Jaap Petraeus is Corporate Manager Sustainability at FrieslandCampina. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the corporate sustainability policy of one of the largest dairy cooperatives of the world. He has large international network in Dairy Sustainability. Jaap is the deputy chair of the SAI Dairy Working Group, he is the chairman of the Dutch Dairy Energy and Environment group and chairman of the raw material scarcity group of the Dutch Employer Association VNO-NCW. In 2018 Jaap was elected as one of the three best CSR Managers in the Netherlands.
Lucian Peppelenbos

Lucian Peppelenbos works with APG Asset Management as Senior Responsible Investment and Governance  Specialist.

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Lucian Peppelenbos
Lucian Peppelenbos works with APG Asset Management as Senior Responsible Investment and Governance  Specialist. The focus of his work is on integrating climate-related risks and opportunities in the investment process. In addition, Lucian leads company engagement on the climate transition, and collaborates with peer investors and public institutions on climate-related policies. Lucian is a socio-economist by training and his professional career has focused on corporate responsibility. Prior to joining APG he was Director Innovation at IDH-The Sustainable Trade Initiative, a public-private partnership that co-invests with corporates in sustainable commodity supply chains. Amongst other things, he was responsible for the program in Brazil investing in deforestation-free supply chains of beef and soy. Previously, Lucian worked as a supply chain consultant for companies operating in emerging markets, and as a policy advisor in the Dutch Parliament. He earned a PhD in social-economic sciences at Wageningen University, and has published various books and articles. Lucian worked and lived for many years in Latin America and worked across various countries in Africa and Asia.
Inke van der Sluijs

Inke is the Head of European Operations of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

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Inke van der Sluijs
Inke is the Head of European Operations of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). In her role, she advises companies on RSPO membership, certification, sustainable sourcing, and RSPO claims. Further, she supports the RSPO Standing Committee Trade & Traceability, works with the supply chain accredited certification bodies, and the National Initiatives on sustainable palm oil in Europe. She enjoys the collaboration with all players to achieve full market transformation. Her previous position was at the Dutch Product Board for Margarine, Fats and Oils (MVO), where she worked as a policy advisor on sustainable development. Inke received her PhD in biology and worked in ecology, conservation, and sustainability projects.
Bas Rüter

Bas Rüter is Director of Sustainability at Rabobank  as of March 2012. He is responsible for the sustainability strategy, the sustainability policy framework, reporting and sustainable business development within Rabobank Group.

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Bas Rüter
Bas Rüter is Director of Sustainability at Rabobank  as of March 2012. He is responsible for the sustainability strategy, the sustainability policy framework, reporting and sustainable business development within Rabobank Group. As part of his function he is responsible for the partnerships with WWF, UN Environment including the 1 bln USD pledge for forest protection and sustainable agriculture, chair of the finance working group of the Climate Smart Agriculture program of the WBCSD and member of Rabobanks’ Ethics Committee. Before joining Rabobank he worked 17 years for Triodos Bank, during the last seven years as managing director of Triodos Investment Management. Bas holds a Master of Science degree in biology of Wageningen University.
Ani Heinrich Sanders
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Ani Heinrich Sanders
Ani Heinrich Sanders, a native of Rio Grande do Sul-RS, married Cornélio Adriano Sanders at the age of 20, then left all her relatives to begin her new life in Dourados-MS. She gave birth to their three children, Gregory, Greicy and Gueberson, and they remained in the city for 20 years, working in grain and seed production. She moved to Minas Gerais in 1998, in search of opportunities to expand her business into the cerrado region of the state. That was when they acquired the Ouro Branco farm - the first big step towards becoming what is now known as Grupo Progresso. There was no shortage of challenges to overcome. Driven by a pioneering spirit, in 2001 they once again sought to expand the family business into new frontiers and took a family tip to visit the state of Piauí for the very first time. They decided the region would be suitable for grain and cotton production and, on August 10, 2001, they acquired the Saponga farm, which today is called Fazenda Progresso. Ani, a very devoted person, managed to raise and educate her three children. All three have now graduated and actively participate in Grupo Progresso. “Dona Ani” (as she is affectionately known) is the Administrative Superintendent of Grupo Progresso and is responsible for the lovely gardens adorning all the Group's farms. In our fields and farms, we cultivate not only seeds, but also our dreams and those of 400 employees who work to ensure the growth of Grupo Progresso.
Charton Jahn Locks

Charton Jahn Locks is Chief Operating Officer of Aliança da Terra foundation.

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Charton Jahn Locks
Environmental Engineer (Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul) with an MBA in Project Management (Fundação Getúlio Vargas) and a Masters in Forestry Sciences (University of Brasília). He worked on Aliança da Terra foundation, was a member of the RTRS principles and criteria development group, worked for 5 years in the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, mainly with sustainable wood production, returned in 2019 to Aliança da Terra where he currently occupies the position of COO, supporting the construction of clean supply chains for different products, especially beef and soy.
Rolf Hogan

Rolf Hogan is RSB’s Executive Director.

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Rolf Hogan

As RSB's Executive Director, Rolf Hogan has led the expansion of the RSB's best-in-class standard and certification scheme from its original focus on liquid biofuels to cover biomaterials such as bioplastics and other products derived from biomass and non-biogenic advanced feedstocks.

With an academic background in both natural and social sciences, Rolf has 20 years' experience with the non-profit sector and global environmental policy. He led a multi-country program on protected areas for WWF International and represented the organisation at the Convention on Biological Diversity. He also worked for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) advising the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

Martin Koppert

Martin Koppert is Director of the “Agri” division (agricultural crops and microbials) and Member of the Board at Koppert Biological Systems

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Martin Koppert
Since April 2018 Martin Koppert is Director of the "Agri" division (agricultural crops and microbials) and Member of the Board at Koppert Biological Systems. As director “Agri” he is directly responsible for the marketing & sales in outdoor markets and the production and R&D of the microbiologicals. In 2014 he started as Business Intelligence manager, later as the Corporate Business Development manager. After his studies he worked with Rabobank International from 2009 on, first as a Corporate management trainee, later as Financial Analyst for the Wholesale Clients the Netherlands. In 2014 he left to join the family business. Martin Koppert has a Master of Science (MSc) in Business Administration of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. His specialization is in Finance & Investments.
Ângelo Pereira de Sousa

Ângelo Pereira de Sousa is Mayor of Sebastião Leal, a city in the state of Piauí (Brazil)

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Ângelo Pereira de Sousa
Ângelo Pereira de Sousa is Mayor of Sebastião Leal, a city in the state of Piauí (Brazil). He was born in Campina Grande (state of Paraíba) and moved to Piauí in 1989 to start a rainfed rice farm. Mr. de Sousa holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UFPI (the Federal University of Piauí) and has been married to Lendinalva Veloso de Sousa (a native of Piauí) since 1990. He was Municipal Secretary of Health from 2005 to 2008. He was then elected Deputy Mayor in 2008 and Mayor in 2012. In 2016, he was reelected Mayor with 80% of the municipal vote. In Mr. de Sousa's notable political career, he has carried out Community Assistance work with agricultural communities in the Municipality, organized families into Community Associations and sent bills to the Piauí State Government to procure agricultural tractors, rural electricity, cisterns for use as Rainwater reservoirs, rice processing machines and other items.
Vincent van den Berk

Vincent van den Berk represents the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in the Amsterdam Declarations Partnership.

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Vincent van den Berk
Since august 2016, Vincent is working at the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality where he - amongst others -  coordinates  policies and government actions related to sourcing sustainable palm oil, soy, and other agricultural commodities that are related to driving deforestation in the (sub)tropics, but are also of strategic importance for the Netherlands agriculture and food sector. He represents the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in the Amsterdam Declarations Partnership. Before august 2016 he worked 11 years for the EU on illegal logging and deforestation in the Asia Pacific region
Julio Fernandez Speroni

Julio Fernandez Speroni is a Senior Consultant

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Julio Fernandez Speroni
Julio Fernandez Speroni is a Senior Consultant that lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from where he assists local farmers together with his interdisciplinary team to successfully implement the R.T.R.S Standard in the Humid Pampas of Argentina.  Graduated in Agricultural Business at Iowa State University in 1998, obtaining fluency in English, Spanish and basic Portuguese.  Julio counts with a rich experience in precision agriculture, row crops production, cattle breeding and specially grain trading in leading argentine companies.  Being a Cargill scholar he had the opportunity to study in Beijing at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, obtaining a global vision of the soybean market & production.    
Mike Barrett

Dr. Mike Barrett, Executive Director of Science & Conservation, WWF UK.

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Mike Barrett
Dr. Mike Barrett trained as a geologist before specialising in hydrogeology. He worked for 8 years in groundwater resources, with a focus on water and sanitation both in the UK and East Africa. He then joined the UK Civil Service and over a 12 year period worked in both the Environment and Finance Ministries, also spending a year in 2004 working for the Prime Minister’s Commission for Africa. During this time, his focus was primarily on biodiversity, international forestry, and climate change policy. In November 2013 he joined WWF UK as Director of Science and Policy, before becoming the Executive Director of Science and Conservation in 2018.
Fernando Sampaio

Fernando Sampaio is Executive Director of the PCI Strategy (Produce Preserve and Include) of the Government of the State of Mato Grosso in Brazil.

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Fernando Sampaio
Fernando Sampaio is an Agronomist graduated from ESALQ (University of São Paulo) in 1997, specializing in meat market at ESA Angers in France. He developed his career in the European meat market at Societe des Viandes Bretagne Anjou, in France from 2000 to 2001, and at Meat Import Zandbergen Brothers, in the Netherlands, from 2001 to 2008. He started at the Brazilian Beef Exporters Association - ABIEC - as Sustainability Coordinator from 2009 to 2010, and became its Executive Director from 2011 to 2016. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Brazilian Roundtable for Sustainable Livestock - GTPS - from 2012 to 2014 and its President from 2015 to 2016. Fernando was also on the board of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef - GRSB - and Vice Chair of the Sustainability Committee of the International Meat Secretariat - IMS. Since October 2016, he is Executive Director of the PCI Strategy (Produce Preserve and Include) of the Government of the State of Mato Grosso in Brazil.  
Jeffrey Milder

Jeffrey Milder is the Rainforest Alliance’s Director of Global Programs

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Jeffrey Milder

He works to incorporate best available scientific evidence into the organization’s sustainability standards, programs, and overall strategy. He also leads the Evaluation & Research team, which is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the effects of the Rainforest Alliance’s certification programs and field projects on people and the environment. Milder serves on numerous scientific and policy working groups on sustainability standards and evaluation, including the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) International Standards Committee, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Ecosystem Services Procedure working group, and evaluation and research initiatives of the ISEAL Alliance, WWF, and others.

Prior to joining the Rainforest Alliance, Milder served as the director of research for EcoAgriculture Partners and has also advised governments and conservation organizations on sustainable development initiatives in North America, Latin America, and Africa. His research has focused on the evaluation of sustainability strategies including voluntary certification standards, integrated landscape management, payments for ecosystem services, and silvopastoralism (diversified cattle-crop-tree farming systems). He has published widely, including in leading scientific journals such as NatureConservation Biology,BioScienceBiological ConservationEcology & Society, and the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability.

Milder earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a B.A. in Earth Sciences from Harvard University. He has held research posts at Cornell University, Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Justin Adams

Justin Adams, Executive Director, Tropical Forest Alliance.

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Justin Adams
Justin has spent over 25 years championing innovation and sustainability in the private and public sector to address the challenge of climate change, biodiversity loss and sustainable livelihoods. He joined The World Economic Forum to lead the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) in November 2018.  As the leading global platform focused on reducing commodity-driven deforestation the TFA is catalysing public private partnerships across key tropical forest countries in Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia. Prior to the TFA he spent 5 years as the Global Managing Director for Lands at the Nature Conservancy where he launched and led all the organisation’s work on Natural Climate Solutions and set up the nature4climate partnership. Before joining The Nature Conservancy, Justin spent 20 years in the private sector with senior roles in the renewable energy and agriculture sectors including setting up BP  Ventures investing more than $150M in cleantech companies.  He was an advisor to the World Bank 2012-2014 supporting the design and fund-raising for the $300M BioCarbon Fund. He served on the board of multiple cleantech companies in the period 2006-2015 and was a Fellow at the Smith School, University of Oxford from 2012-2018.  He is a business graduate from Bath University
Peter Van der werf

Peter is a Senior Engagement Specialist for Robeco’s Active Ownership department and covers the consumer staples, healthcare and chemicals sector.

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Peter Van der werf

Peter is a Senior Engagement Specialist for Robeco's Active Ownership department and covers the consumer staples, healthcare and chemicals sector. Specific areas of expertise are agribusiness, palm oil & soy, supply chain management, nutrition, access to medicine and Sustainable Development Goals. He is member of the Advisory Committee of the Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI) working groups on Sustainable Palm Oil and Deforestation and is Technical Advisory Group member for ZLS-SPOTT. Peter gained over four years of professional experience in business development in frontier markets before joining Robeco in 2011. Peter holds a master's degree in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University with a minor in Entrepreneurship.

Toby Gardner

Toby Gardner is a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and Director of the Transparency for Sustainable Economies initiative, Trase.

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Toby Gardner

Toby is a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and Director of the Transparency for Sustainable Economies initiative, Trase. Toby has twenty years’ experience working on research and policy challenges facing the sustainable development of tropical landscapes. His current work in Trase is focused on improving the transparency of forest-risk commodity supply chains and identifying ways in which supply chain information can help drive progress towards sustainability goals by private, public and civil society sector actors.

He has contributed to a number of international environmental policy processes including as a Coordinating Lead Author and Liaison Expert for the global assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Before joining SEI Toby was a research fellow at the University of Cambridge for five years, and helped found and coordinate the Sustainable Amazon Network, a multi-institutional research network working on sustainable land use in Pará. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and in 2012 was awarded the biannual British Ecological Society’s Founders’ Prize for significant contributions to the science of ecology. Toby holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh (BSc, 2001) and the University of East Anglia (MSc, 2001; PhD, 2007).

 
Johnny Brom

Johnny Brom is the founder and chief investment officer of Sail Ventures, a boutique investment firm based out of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Johnny Brom

Johnny Brom is the founder and chief investment officer of Sail Ventures, a boutique investment firm based out of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He leads a small team of investment and ESG professionals who manage the &Green Fund, a private long-term sub debt fund focused on financing sustainable deforestation-free primary commodity production in tropical forest countries.  The Fund is open-ended and anchored by the Norwegian government, with the Unilever Group the first corporate investor.

Johnny started his career in South Africa with JP Morgan, before joining Element Investment Managers. He subsequently moved to Toronto, and acted as an advisor to institutional investors on their alternative asset portfolio; before taking up a development financing role in the Netherlands. He started Sail Ventures in 2017.

Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst

(Español) Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst lidera la División Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza de la Agencia Federal Alemana para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (BfN).

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Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst
Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst heads the Division for International Nature Conservation at the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). She holds a Master degree in International Agricultural Development from the Technical University of Berlin and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim, Germany. On the basis of research and development projects, BfN supports the German Ministry for Environment to develop and implement strategies and policies to safeguard biodiversity and ecosystem services within Germany, but also in other parts of the world. In this context, Bettina currently coordinates a project that identifies policies for sustainable consumption with soy being one major case. Before joining BfN in 2004, Bettina coordinated research projects and lectured at various research institutions in Southern Africa, Brazil and Germany. The topics she worked on included smallholder agriculture, resource management (water, soils and tropical forests), food security and more recently The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB).
Danielle Carreira

Danielle Carreira has over 10 years’ experience in the sustainable finance field.  In her current role, as Senior Manager of Environmental Issues, she leads the PRI’s work on deforestation.

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Danielle Carreira
Danielle Carreira has over 10 years’ experience in the sustainable finance field.  In her current role, as Senior Manager of Environmental Issues, she leads the PRI’s work on deforestation. Previously with the Natural Capital Financial Alliance – a joint project of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative and the Global Canopy she was responsible for the management and implementation of work programmes that helps financial institutions meet commitments to understand and integrate natural capital considerations in financial products and services. Danielle was previously an Account Director at Trucost, responsible for the management and delivery of research projects for the finance sector on a broad range of key thematic environmental issues.  She has previously worked at FTSE Russel engaging with global companies around environmental, social and governance issues.  Danielle holds an MA in International Finance and a BSc in Economic Sciences.
Marina Born

Marina studied Economics and International Relations in the US and has spent most of her working career in São Paulo, Brazil. Thus, she is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.

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Marina Born
Marina Born studied Economics and International Relations in the US and has spent most of her working career in São Paulo, Brazil. Thus, she is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. She has worked in the world of digital IT and Communications in multinational companies such as Reuters and Getty Images. She set up her business, present in different countries, representing Getty Images in the Latam region. Since 2010, Marina has been increasingly involved in her family-owned agricultural and breeding businesses. Her passion for such activities result from her interest in food and from her background and life experience in the countryside. Being the mother of four daughters, she is extremely aware of the importance of sustainability. Thus, for the last 10 years, she has supported the initiative of Caldenes Group of applying for the RTRS Certification and for its recent Recertification. Her aim is to help drive her family businesses to work in an orderly manner from the economic, environmental and social perspective so as to develop quality products, in line with market demands.
Marcelo Visconti

RTRS Executive Director Marcelo studied Agricultural Engineering at the University of Buenos Aires, including a Marketing and Sales Excellence Programme at INSEAD, France.

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Marcelo Visconti
RTRS Executive Director Marcelo studied Agricultural Engineering at the University of Buenos Aires, including a Marketing and Sales Excellence Programme at INSEAD, France. He brings to RTRS extensive experience in both marketing and developing agribusiness markets having held leadership positions at Syngenta as COO Slovakia and Head of Global Soybean Marketing.
Eduardo Lago Filho (Ted Lago)

Ted graduated in Business Management with a MBA in Financial and Strategic Planning for PUC – Rio de Janeiro.

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Eduardo Lago Filho (Ted Lago)
Ted Lago graduated in Business Management with a MBA in Financial and Strategic Planning for PUC - Rio de Janeiro. He worked as Operations Director of the Coca-Cola Bottling Franchise and he became Vice-President of the Lago Holding Group in 2001. As a member of the Latin American Network for Just and Sustainable Cities, he founded the Social Observatory of São Luis. Member also of REDE AMÉRICA and fellow of the AVINA FOUNDATION.  Nowadays, Ted Lago is CEO of EMAP, Maranhão Port Authority Company that manages Port of Itaqui, in State of Maranhão, Brazil.
Luiz Carlos Iaquinta

Luiz Iaquinta is the Quality, Certification, Healthy and Safety and Environmental Director at Fazendas Bartira.

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Luiz Carlos Iaquinta
Luiz Iaquinta is the Quality and Sustainability Director at Fazendas Bartira, a Brazilian agricultural company and subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management with 30 years of operating expertise in cattle, sugarcane, soybean, corn and rubber trees. Luiz has more than 15 years of experience in internal audit, compliance, certifications and sustainability initiatives developed on Real State, Beverage and Textile Industries and Consultancy firms. He is currently leading the project to certify several agriculture production units in six different Brazilian estates, totalizing more than two hundred thousand hectares under scope, including proximally eighty thousand hectares of soy production.
Oswaldo Carvalho

He is the Director of the Earth Innovation Institute in Mato Grosso.

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Oswaldo Carvalho
He is the Director of the Earth Innovation Institute in Mato Grosso. He joined the organization in 1996, and focusing on the study of changes in the use of land in biodiversity in the Amazon area. He is a biologist, graduated from the State University of Londrina- Parana, with a post-graduation in Environmental Sciences from the University of Pará, Brazil, and is a Doctor in Biodiversity Management, from the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.
Jorn Schouten

Jorn works at ACT Commodities and he works closely with RTRS to facilitate the participation of more companies in the scheme.

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Jorn Schouten
Jorn Schouten works at ACT Commodities, which offices are located in Amsterdam, Shanghai and New York. From these locations, ACT serves more than 6,000 customers all over the world, helping companies to achieve environmental compliance and meet their voluntary environmental goals. ACT Commodities has been a member of RTRS since 2014 and board member since 2017. Within ACT, Jorn is responsible for the activities within the RTRS, RSPO (Palm) and Bonsucro (Sugarcane) schemes and he works closely with the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) to accelerate and facilitate the participation of more companies in the scheme, especially trough credit trading. Jorn studied for a Bachelor Degree of Business Administration in Hospitality Management  at Glion Institute of Higher Education, a reputed hospitality management school in Switzerland.
Madeleine Eilert

Madeleine Eilert is the Global Responsible Sourcing Leader for cereals, sugar and soya at Nestlé

 

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Madeleine Eilert
Madeleine Eilert is the Global Responsible Sourcing Leader for cereals, sugar and soya at Nestlé where she oversees the responsible sourcing of these commodities. In her role, she maps Nestlé’s cereals, sugar and soya supply chains and ensures that the company’s sourcing practices are in line with Nestlé’s Responsible Sourcing Standard as well as international social and environmental standards. Madeleine started her career in Nestlé 18 years ago, working in operational logistics before moving into procurement roles in Germany and Switzerland. She joined the Responsible Sourcing team in  2013, focusing on responsible sourcing and traceability activities across Nestlé’s global priority commodities. Since 2017 she leads the responsible sourcing activities for cereals, sugar and soya. Madeleine is a nature lover and is passionate about supporting social development projects that enhance living standards of local communities.
Gisela Introvini

Gisela Introvini is an agronomist specializing in seed production.

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Gisela Introvini
Gisela is an agronomist specializing in seed production. She worked in large cooperatives, in the state of Paraná, south of Brazil. She presided over the Comissão Sementes e Mudas Estado do Maranhão-MAPA/MA (Committee of Seeds and Seedlings of the state of Maranhão - MAPA/MA). At present, she is superintendent of Fundação de Apoio a Pesquisa do Corredor Exportação Norte - FAPCEN (Foundation for the Support of Research in the North Exports Corridor - FAPCEN); she presides over the Organizing Committee of the largest agribusiness event in the state of Maranhão - AGROBALSAS; she presides over Task Force Brazil and, as an executive member of RTRS, she represents rural producers of the states of Maranhão, Piaui and Tocantins - MATOPI.  
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James Allen

Is Executive Director of Sustainability LAB, a Brazilian strategy consultancy.

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James Allen
Is Executive Director of Sustainability LAB, a Brazilian strategy consultancy. James has worked with the British and Brazilian governments (DfID and Itamaraty), with a variety of corporates in the agriculture, mining, and chemical sectors, and with several international NGOs. The focus of his work has been facilitation of multi-stakeholder dialogues, monitoring and evaluation of social and environmental programmes, and business strategy development in the fields of social investment, sustainability and biodiversity. James holds an MPhil. degree in Development Studies from the University of Sussex and an undergraduate degree from the London School of Economics.
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