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Meet the Speakers of RT12.

Meet the participants of the plenary and parallel sessions on Zero Deforestation, Transparency and Scale, at RT12.

Opened RTRS Annual Conference David Hughes Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing Imperial College London

David Hughes

Dr. David Hughes is Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London, and Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University, U.K.

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David Hughes
Dr. David Hughes is Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London, and Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University, U.K. He is a much sought-after speaker at international conferences and seminars on global food industry issues, particularly consumer and retail trends. David has lived and worked in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa and South East Asia and has extensive experience as an international advisory board member with food companies and financial service organizations on three continents. For 20 years, he was a Non-Executive Director of Berry Gardens Ltd – a U.K. farmer-owned berry fruit business (£230 million turnover in 2015). With his American business partner, David established, grew and sold a branded fresh produce business which served supermarkets in the USA. Around the globe, he works with food and beverage supply chain companies – including farm input, growers, manufacturers and ingredient companies, retailers and food service firms – to assist them in management training, strategy and Board level decision-making. David’s views are frequently sought by TV, radio and the printed press.
Alejandro Diego Brown

Chairman of Fundación ProYungas. An ecologist and a specialist in biodiversity and sustainable development.

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Alejandro Diego Brown
Chairman of Fundación ProYungas. An ecologist and a specialist in biodiversity and sustainable development. Alejandro has more than 35 years of experience in biodiversity and sustainable development in subtropical forest ecosystems of Argentina and adjacent countries. During the first 20 years, he led ecology-related research projects in different forest ecosystems on the North of Argentina, contributing with the development of a large part of the information on biodiversity that is used for decision-making in areas such as conservation of nature and territorial planning (zoning) of such subtropical environments. For the last fifteen years, he has fully devoted his time to "translating" ecologic information into government and private decision-making on conservation and sustainable development. For this, in 1999, he created Fundación ProYungas, and has been the chairman since its origins to date. The main institutional purpose of ProYungas is to strengthen the link between production and the conservation of nature in high environmental value contexts.
Alejandro O´Donnell

Alejandro O’Donnell, Agronomist graduated from the Catholic University of Cordoba, Argentina in 1997.
Consultant, (specialist in no till system and precision agriculture) and producer.

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Alejandro O´Donnell
Alejandro O'Donnell, Agronomist graduated from the Catholic University of Cordoba, Argentina in 1997. Consultant, (specialist in no till system and precision agriculture) and producer. Aapresid, (www.aapresid.org.ar - Argentine association of producers in no till farming) Partner, Member of Executive Committee and a founding member of the Regional Group Aapresid Rio Cuarto. Manager of Siembras y Cosechas S.R.L., services and production company in rented land. Partner Manager of Frontera Agropecuaria, a company that since 2000 works in precision agriculture, its main activity is the implementation of variable rate technology on farms by using GPS technology and GIS tools Chair Professor of Geographic Information Systems, Universidad Empresarial Siglo XXI, Río Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina.
Alexander Ellebrecht

General manager

Alexander Ellebrecht manages ChainPoint Germany. He has extensive experience in sustainability, quality management and traceability along food and textile supply chains.

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Alexander Ellebrecht
General manager Alexander Ellebrecht manages ChainPoint Germany. He has extensive experience in sustainability, quality management and traceability along food and textile supply chains. Alexander’s expertise covers developing innovative business solutions in multiple global supply chain and sourcing networks. He has worked as an expert for governmental projects that envision to establish better sourcing strategies up to farm level, in Europe, Africa and Asia. Alexander holds a PhD in agriculture and is a Guest Lecturer at the University of Bonn on the topic of precision farming.
Anadir Regina Graça Paiva

Best known as Dudy Paiva, Mrs. Paiva is an agronomist, who has lived in Sorriso-MT since 1978. She was born in Ubatuba-SP, where she attended High School.

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Anadir Regina Graça Paiva
Best known as Dudy Paiva, Mrs. Paiva is an agronomist, who has lived in Sorriso-MT since 1978. She was born in Ubatuba-SP, where she attended High School. There, she met and married Luiz Fernando Ribeiro Paiva. Always involved in environmental-related matters, in 1985, she donated a truck loaded with cultivars for tree- planting of the municipality. She has already developed several voluntary services, among them, APAE - Associação de Pais e Alunos Excepcionais (Association of Parents and Handicapped Students), in Sorriso, an institution she presided over for almost 10 years. At present, she is VP of Clube Amigos da Terra, (CAT Sorriso), a not-for-profit association that develops different projects with a focus on sustainable agricultural production. The Santana farm, owned by the Paiva family, is one of the properties certified by the RTRS through the project Gente que Produz e Preserva, of the Clube Amigos da Terra de Sorriso.
André Guimarães

Mr. Guimaraes graduated in agronomy from the University of Brasília (UnB) and has a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University (USA).

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André Guimarães
Mr. Guimaraes graduated in agronomy from the University of Brasília (UnB) and has a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University (USA). He began his career at Imazon (Amazon Institute for Mankind and the Environment), where he served as senior researcher (1992-1993) and Executive Director (1994-1995), and is currently the Chairman of the board. Returning from Cornell, he has worked at the World Bank (1997-2000) as project manager of the Rain Forest Pilot Program (PPG7) and as an executive for the Prototype Carbon Fund (PCF). Mr. Guimaraes has also been a director at A2R Environmental Funds (2000-2002), a venture capital firm, where he designed and capitalized the Clean Tech Venture Capital Fund – CTF. Between 2002 and 2009, he was the executive director of the BioAtlântica Institute (IBio), a joint venture NGO among major Brazilian corporations and international NGOs – CI and TnC. More recently (2009-2011) he founded and served as the CEO of Brazil Forests, a company focused on forest management aimed at the conservation and restoration of natural resources. From 2012 until 2015 he served as the Vice President for Brazil and Vice President for Development at the America´s Division, both positions at Conservation International - CI. Mr. Guimaraes is currently the Executive Director of IPAM – The Amazon Environmental Research Institute, a Brazilian think tank focused on the Amazonian challenges for reaching deforestation zero and sustainable development.
Angela Booth

Angela graduated from Edinburgh University B.Sc. (Hons 1st class) Animal Nutrition and worked in a variety of roles within the UK feed industry including nutrition

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Angela Booth
Angela graduated from Edinburgh University B.Sc. (Hons 1st class) Animal Nutrition and worked in a variety of roles within the UK feed industry including nutrition, quality assurance, food safety, marketing, purchasing and supply chain management. She was recently Head of Alternative Proteins leading a developing business platform within AB Agri, a UK animal nutrition business, but has just moved to a new role as AB Agri Director of Feed Safety. Externally Angela is Chairman of the Agricultural Industry Confederation’s (AIC) Feed Sector Committee, a member of European Feed Manufacturer’s Council and Chair of the FEFAC Sustainability Committee. She was also invited by the Food Standards Agency to sit on the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs, advising the UK government on food safety matters.
Augusto Freire

President, ProTerra Foundation.Mr. Freire started working for Genetic ID in 2000 after meeting Dr. John Fagan in a conference in Southern Brazil. Since that time he has successfully led business development projects for Genetic ID in Brazil and South

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Augusto Freire
President, ProTerra Foundation. Mr. Freire started working for Genetic ID in 2000 after meeting Dr. John Fagan in a conference in Southern Brazil. Since that time he has successfully led business development projects for Genetic ID in Brazil and South America, has established a Genetic ID licensees in Brazil, and has simultaneously developed extensive business opportunities for Cert ID in Brazil, South America and India. In 2003, he was appointed CEO of CERT ID Certificadora Ltda. He also works internationally at the buyer-end in Europe, North America and Asia, in connection with other companies of the Global ID Group, to develop the pull-through market for products supplied by clients certified as Non-GMO and as sustainable. In 2005 Mr. Freire coordinated the development of the Cert ID ProTerra Standard for certification of agricultural commodities regarding sustainability, based on the Basel Criteria for Responsible Soy. Mr. freire has also led the studies and pilot audits for the Production Standard of the Better Sugar Cane Initiative BONSUCRO in six countries for several sugar and ethanol mills. With the creation of Sitchting ProTerra Foundation in the Netherlands he was appointed president and a board member of the Not-for-Profit organization. Mr. Freire has a BA degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. Before joining Genetic ID and Cert ID, Mr. Freire led his own consulting business for EMATER and other companies in the area of agribusiness in Southern Brazil and had worked in the industrial and intellectual property in Rio de Janeiro for 20 years.
Cid Sanches

Cid Sanches has a degree in Economy in ESALQ/USP and MBA in Cooperatives Management in FGV and MBA also in Agroindustrial Management in UFLA.

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Cid Sanches
Cid Sanches has a degree in Economy in ESALQ/USP and MBA in Cooperatives Management in FGV and MBA also in Agroindustrial Management in UFLA. He started his career in a Institute doing consultory for farmers and agribusiness companies. After moved to Aprosoja to lead the Projects team for help farmers and coordinating the planning department of the association. Now, Cid joined to RTRS to conecting certified farmers in Brazil with companies that want buy these credits aroun the world.
Daan Wensing

Is the Global Director of IDH’s Landscape & Deforestation Program and member of IDH’s management team. He leads the programs Strategy and Implementation across 9 countries and 12 landscapes,

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Daan Wensing
Is the Global Director of IDH’s Landscape & Deforestation Program and member of IDH’s management team. He leads the programs Strategy and Implementation across 9 countries and 12 landscapes, in combination with market mobilization in Europe for deforestation free commodities sourcing. Before joining IDH, Daan was the Managing Director of the Leaders for Nature business network and as Management Team member responsible for IUCN NL’s business and biodiversity program. Mr. Wensing is a trained biologist and economist.
Daniel Nepstad

Dan holds a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from Yale University. He has worked in the Amazon for 30 years studying the effects of climate change,

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Daniel Nepstad
Dan holds a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from Yale University. He has worked in the Amazon for 30 years studying the effects of climate change, policy, and land use on Amazon forests, and was the Founding President of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM). A world authority on REDD and low-emission rural development (LED-R), he was previously Senior Scientist at Woods Hole Research Center, and the Chief Program Officer of Environmental Conservation at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Dan is co-founder of Aliança da Terra, and was a founding board member of the Round Table for Responsible Soy (RTRS). Today he serves on the Board of Directors of Forest Trends, the Steering Committee of the Solidaridad Farmer Support Program, and the Science Committee of the Brazilian state of Acre’s REDD program. He has also served on the REDD Offset Working Group of California, the External Advisory Group of the World Bank Forest Section, and was a Lead Author of the IPCC 5th Annual Assessment report. He has published more than 140 scientific articles and three books.
Emma Keller

Emma Keller is Head of Food Commodities, WWF-UK

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Emma Keller
Emma leads WWF-UK’s work on agricultural commodities, specifically forest-risk commodities including soy, palm oil and cattle products where she spends her time engaging and influencing large UK companies to change their supply chain behaviour and commit to eliminating deforestation. Prior to joining WWF she was in Unilever’s sustainability team helping them to meet the goals of their ambitious ‘Sustainable Living Plan’. With Unilever, she also completed her doctorate on reducing the environmental impacts of agricultural supply chains.
Erin Logan

Erin has worked in a range of environmental fields, including ecological assessment, environmental aspects of chemical risk assessment and environmental exposure assessment.

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Erin Logan
Erin has worked in a range of environmental fields, including ecological assessment, environmental aspects of chemical risk assessment and environmental exposure assessment. Erin’s work at Proforest focuses on agricultural commodities and she has significant experience working with multi-national clients, such as Nestlé and General Mills on responsible sourcing of sugar, soy and palm oil. This involves policy development, supply chain mapping and assessment and continuous improvement at mill and supply base level. This work also involves interacting with sustainability initiatives, NGOs and the private sector. In addition to consultancy work, she has worked on the development of production and chain of custody certification standards for a range of agricultural commodities, including sugar (Bonsucro) and palm oil (RSPO). Erin has a BSc (Hons) in Geography and Biology and an MSc in Conservation Ecology.
Fabio Beltrame

Managing Director of Control Union Certificates Brazil. He is an Agronomy Engineer pos graduated in corporate sustainability (Insper) and Master in Business Administration (FGV).

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Fabio Beltrame
Managing Director of Control Union Certificates Brazil. He is an Agronomy Engineer pos graduated in corporate sustainability (Insper) and Master in Business Administration (FGV). Since 2006 working with agriculture certification with main focus on sustainability. He was the auditor of the first RTRS certification in the world in 2011 and performed audits in several sustainability standard in Latin America and Asia. Today he is a responsible for the department of certification in Control Union Brazil and participant of the discussion to improve the standard as RTRS and Bonsucro.
Fabíola Zerbini

Fabíola leads the TFA 2020 – Tropical Forest Alliance engagement in Latin America and the work of the Latin America Initiative, while based in São Paolo, Brazil – at TNC.

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Fabíola Zerbini
Fabíola leads the TFA 2020 – Tropical Forest Alliance engagement in Latin America and the work of the Latin America Initiative, while based in São Paolo, Brazil – at TNC. She is Lawyer, with PhD in Environmental Science at USP. She founded a non-governmental organization called Instituto Kairós in 2000 to work with responsible consumption associated with fair trade and solidarity economy movements in Latin America and Europe. In 2005 she was elected as secretary executive of FACES do Brasil, a platform to build a public Fairtrade system in Brazil, where she stayed until 2010 after been re-elected twice. In 2010, she started to work as director executive of FSC Brazil (Forest Stewardship Council), starting to work more close to forest sector, but keeping sustainable production/consumption as key area of actuation. 2016 she accepted the challenge in coordinate the regional initiative of Tropical Forest Alliance to foster zero deforestation commodities in the region.
Gisela Introvini

Gisela 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.
Guilherme Silva Raucci

Guilherme is dedicated to understanding how agricultural production chains can become more sustainable. He is part of the Eco-Efficiency team of Espaço ECO Foundation (FEE), a nonprofit organization instituted by BASF in Brazil in 2005. Recently, he has investigated the positive impacts brought by standards and certifications in the reality of producers and

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Guilherme Silva Raucci
Guilherme is dedicated to understanding how agricultural production chains can become more sustainable. He is part of the Eco-Efficiency team of Espaço ECO Foundation (FEE), a nonprofit organization instituted by BASF in Brazil in 2005. Recently, he has investigated the positive impacts brought by standards and certifications in the reality of producers and communities. Agronomic Engineer from ESALQ/USP and with a master’s degree in Sciences from CENA/USP, he has experience with projects related to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and life cycle assessments (LCA) of various products and processes.
Hanne Bang Bligaard

Hanneis Arla Foods Senior Specialist in Sustainable Dairy Farming. She is globally responsible for Arlas Foods Sustainable Dairy Farming Strategy.

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Hanne Bang Bligaard
Hanneis Arla Foods Senior Specialist in Sustainable Dairy Farming. She is globally responsible for Arlas Foods Sustainable Dairy Farming Strategy. As a dairy cooperative with farmer owners in seven North West European countries, Arla Foods is dedicated in continuously developing our responsibility throughout the value chain. Hanne is representing Arla Foods in the RTRS European Task Force. Hanne has a background in animal science and project management and has been at Arla Foods since 2013.
Hugo Byrnes

Hugo Byrnes is the Vice President Product Integrity for Ahold Delhaize. Before the merger in 2016 Hugo held a similar position in Ahold

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Hugo Byrnes
Vice President Product Integrity, Royal Ahold Delhaize, The Netherlands Hugo Byrnes is the Vice President Product Integrity for Ahold Delhaize. Before the merger in 2016 Hugo held a similar position in Ahold. Hugo is responsible for Ahold Delhaize’s food and non-food product policies, which cover product safety and responsible products. This includes social compliance, animal welfare and environmental issues. Hugo Byrnes has a Dutch Law degree from the State University Leiden, the Netherlands. He is a food lawyer whose career has focused on the food business and in particular on quality management and standardization. He started as a lawyer for the Dutch Dairy Commodity Board, responsible for the implementation of EU law and producing legislation on quality requirements. He then was Deputy Director for the Dutch Organization for Packaging and the Environment, an industry organization, involved with producing the Dutch Packaging Covenant. As Manager of Public Affairs Manager for Heineken, he was responsible for Heineken’s alcohol policy and environmental issues. He then held the position as Regulatory Affairs Manager for Iams Pet Food (Procter & Gamble), overseeing legal and public affairs issues for its European organization. From 2000 onwards he was the Director of The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Hugo Byrnes is chairman of the Soy Working Group as part of the Sustainability Steering Committee of The Consumer Goods Forum.
Ignacio Gavilan

In his role Ignacio leads the CGF’s Environmental Sustainability team that aims to position the consumer goods industry as a leader in protecting against climate change and reducing waste.

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Ignacio Gavilan
In his role Ignacio leads the CGF’s Environmental Sustainability team that aims to position the consumer goods industry as a leader in protecting against climate change and reducing waste. The CGF has a unique Sustainability Steering Committee comprised of leading retailers and manufacturers in addition to a number of Working Groups that drive forward the CGF’s sustainability agenda on topics such as Refrigeration, Food Waste, Circular Economy and the procurement of deforestation-free commodities, including a soy specific working group.   Ignacio brings more than 15 years’ experience in advising business on the practical, strategic, and commercial opportunities and risks of sustainability. Prior to his current role, he worked as Founder & Principal Consultant at Accipiter, a sustainability advisory service where he helped SMEs working in international markets to create strategic sustainability roadmaps. Past experience also includes senior roles at Anglo American, BP and McDonald’s.
Ineke van der Sluijs

Inke works as European representative of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2013. She advises companies on RSPO membership, certification, sustainable sourcing, and RSPO claims.

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Ineke van der Sluijs
Inke works as European representative of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2013. 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 that stimulate 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.
JOÃO JOSÉ PASSINI

Mr. Passini is an agronomist, graduated from the Universidade Estadual de Londrina (1986); he specialized in Rural Communications at the Institut de L’Élevage de Paris (1992) and has a Master in Science and Technology Management from the Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (1999).

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JOÃO JOSÉ PASSINI
Mr. Passini is an agronomist, graduated from the Universidade Estadual de Londrina (1986); he specialized in Rural Communications at the Institut de L’Élevage de Paris (1992) and has a Master in Science and Technology Management from the Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (1999). He began his professional career as a rural extensionist of Reforma Agrária at Empresa de Assistência Técnica e Extensão Rural de Santa Catarina, from 1987 to 1989. As of July 1989, he was transferred to the Instituto Agronômico do Paraná – IAPAR, where he coordinated different research projects on sustainable production systems for family agriculture businesses until March 2003, when he took over the management of the Department of Technological Promotion until March 2004. Between April 2004 and October 2012, he filled the position of Sustainable Rural Development Manager at Itaipu Binacional, within the framework of the Cultivando Água Boa Programme. Since October 2012, he became advisor of the Environmental Board and in July 2013 he was appointed for the position of Coordinator of the Economic and Social Development Project of the West of Paraná. As of August 2014, he also filled the position of Consultant for the Director-General of Itaipu Binacional, representing Brazil.
Johan den Hartog

Managing Director of GMP+ International . Agriculture engineering, BSc & Business Administration, MBA. Work experience regarding service providing to feed sector since 1979.

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Johan den Hartog
Managing Director of GMP+ International . Agriculture engineering, BSc & Business Administration, MBA. Work experience regarding service providing to feed sector since 1979. Involved in developing sectoral policy regarding feed safety, nutrition, environmental issues, in supply chain management, business strategy, and international business.
Joost van der Hoogte

Joost van der Hoogte joined Royal Bel Leerdammer in 2009 and was subsequently appointed to the position of Director of Operations. He is responsible for the production of Leerdammer brand cheese and all related issues like food safety, quality, environmental issues and sustainability.

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Joost van der Hoogte
Joost van der Hoogte joined Royal Bel Leerdammer in 2009 and was subsequently appointed to the position of Director of Operations. He is responsible for the production of Leerdammer brand cheese and all related issues like food safety, quality, environmental issues and sustainability. Joost van der Hoogte has a Dutch Engineering degree from the University Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands. From the beginning his career was focused on the food business, especially on packaging solutions. He joined the Board of the Dutch Dairy association in 2010 and has been appointed as treasurer of the Board at the same time. Joost van de Hoogte is a forefront runner if we are talking about sustainability. Within the Leerdammer organization he dares his people to initiate new sustainable ideas. Outside the organization he stimulates the Leerdammer milk suppliers to innovate in their businesses. Together with other dairy companies Van der Hoogte is committed to the sustainable dairy chain. As representative of the Bel Group, Van der Hoogte is working together with World Wide Fund for Nature to produce sustainable milk in providing non-soy feed for the cows.
Juliana de Lavor Lopes

Sustainability and Communications Director at Amaggi, her team was responsible for some of the company’s most important achievements, such as the Round Table for Responsible Soy (RTRS) certification and the Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) recognition.

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Juliana de Lavor Lopes
Sustainability and Communications Director at Amaggi, her team was responsible for some of the company’s most important achievements, such as the Round Table for Responsible Soy (RTRS) certification and the Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) recognition. She holds an International Relations degree from Estácio de Sá University, an MBE in Social Responsibility and the Third Sector from UFRJ, an MBA in Corporate Communication from UNESA/RJ, a Specialization in Sustainability Leadership from Berkeley University in California, and a Specialization in Leadership and Learning for Sustainability from the Organizational Learning Society founded by Peter Senge. She joined AMAGGI in 2006 as a Social Development Coordinator and was promoted to managerial position in 2009. In 2013, she took over the recently created Sustainability Board at AMAGGI and took on a leading role at the company’s Corporate Communications department in 2016.
Julieta Viglioni

Scheme Manager of Schutter Argentina SA. Julieta is Agronomy Engineer, graduated in the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina.

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Julieta Viglioni
Scheme Manager of Schutter Argentina SA. Julieta is Agronomy Engineer, graduated in the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina. Julieta joined to Schutter Argentina SA in 2011. She developed the Certification Unit Business in this company. She is Lead auditor in RTRS, GlobalGAP and TESCO Nurture. She is in charge of the coordination of the audits, training of auditors and the relationship with producers. Previously, was a responsible de Good Agriculture Practice, Sustainability and CSR in the Tecnovital SA, a company dedicated to export of blueberries. For 10 year, assist more than 50 growers.
Karin Kreider

She is the Executive Director of the ISEAL Alliance – the global backbone organization for the sustainability standards movement.  She is one of the world’s leading experts on ecolabels, sustainability standards and certification.

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Karin Kreider
She is the Executive Director of the ISEAL Alliance - the global backbone organization for the sustainability standards movement.  She is one of the world’s leading experts on ecolabels, sustainability standards and certification.  Before joining ISEAL in 2009, she was involved in the start-up of Rainforest Alliance, and worked there for more than 20 years, first as Associate Director of the organisation, and then as Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Programme.  Karin holds a BFA and an MBA from New York University and is based in London.
Kate Schaffner

Senior Program Officer on the Markets and Food team at World Wildlife Fund’s office in Washington, D.C., provides technical guidance for sustainability initiatives related to agriculture and commodity crop supply chains in the United States.

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Kate Schaffner
Senior Program Officer on the Markets and Food team at World Wildlife Fund’s office in Washington, D.C., provides technical guidance for sustainability initiatives related to agriculture and commodity crop supply chains in the United States. She also sits on the WWF network soy working group. She is a member of both the Metrics Committee at Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and the steering committee of the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative. She holds a M.S. in Agriculture, Food and Environment from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and a B.S. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Kristell Guizouarn

Holds the position of sustainable development director for AVRIL Since 2011.

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Kristell Guizouarn
Holds the position of sustainable development director for AVRIL Since 2011. Kristell Guizouarn is a graduate from the IFP (Institut Français du Pétrole) School in petroleum products and IC engineering. She holds an engineering degree in Agronomy with a specialization in Environmental Sciences and is a postgraduate in Agronomical Sciences. In 2005, Kristell Guizouarn joined Diester Industrie (SAIPOL), first European biodiesel producer. In 2007, she was appointed Research Development and Quality Manager. Kristell Guizouarn is involved in the standardization works at the French and international level for fuels, biofuels and sustainability issues. She chairs the Technical Working Group of the European Biodiesel Board. Since 2012, she also chairs the French biodiesel board Esterifrance. In September 2015, she received on behalf of the French magazine L’Usine Nouvelle the award of the Sustainable development woman 2015 as well as the award of the Woman of the Industry 2015.
Laura Jungmann

Laura Jungmann works with Ahold Delhaize operating companies to set and implement sustainable sourcing polices on a range of commodities for which we have global targets.

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Laura Jungmann
Laura Jungmann works with Ahold Delhaize operating companies to set and implement sustainable sourcing polices on a range of commodities for which we have global targets. These include soy, palm, cocoa, seafood, and others. Policies should mitigate main social and environmental risks associated with commodity production.  
Lena Meintrup

Project Manager, Forests

As manager of CDP’s forests program in Europe, Lena is responsible for engaging actors in the public and private sector on removing commodity-driven deforestation from company supply chains.

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Lena Meintrup
Project Manager, Forests As manager of CDP’s forests program in Europe, Lena is responsible for engaging actors in the public and private sector on removing commodity-driven deforestation from company supply chains. She joined CDP in 2013 to develop CDP’s information request on deforestation-related risk, sent to over 800 global companies on behalf of over 380 investors, and has worked to grow the program and awareness of these risks in Europe since then. Lena holds a MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Political Science from Michigan State University.
Leslie Leinders

Leslie leads the global sustainable sourcing agenda at Unilever, focusing on liquid oils, sugar, sweeteners and starches.

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Leslie Leinders
Leslie leads the global sustainable sourcing agenda at Unilever, focusing on liquid oils, sugar, sweeteners and starches. As such he is representing Unilever as an executive board member of RTRS.
Liam Flannigan

Is a Manager, Environmental Issues with the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). He currently leads the PRI’s Deforestation Engagement

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Liam Flannigan
Is a Manager, Environmental Issues with the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). He currently leads the PRI’s Deforestation Engagement, supporting investor engagement on deforestation risk across non-palm soft commodities. Liam has lived and worked in North America, Europe, and Australia and has experience in advisory, research, and strategic project roles across the extractive resources and financial services sectors. He holds a B.Comm from Queen’s University and is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA).
Lin Tan

Ph.D, Executive President of Hopefull Investment and Holding, China Tan works for Hopefull Group, a soybean importing and processing company in China.

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Lin Tan
Ph.D, Executive President of Hopefull Investment and Holding, China Tan works for Hopefull Group, a soybean importing and processing company in China. He is responsible for the company's overseas business and new development. He has experience living in China, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and the U.S. Tan got his bachelor's and master's degrees of agronomy from China Agricultural University, and a master's degree and doctorate of agricultural economics from The University of British Columbia and Beijing Forestry University. Tan spent nine years teaching and conducting research at China Agricultural University and has worked five years for consulting companies, China Food and Agricultural Services, in Beijing and Shanghai and on food and agricultural-research projects for multinational companies and international organizations. Tan is also an affiliated professor of China Agricultural University, teaching International Trade in Agricultural Products in the MBA program. He is a member of the Chinese Association of Agricultural Economists and the American Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Madeleine Eilert

Madeleine is the Global Responsible Sourcing Manager for cereals & grains, sugar and soy at Nestlé. In this role, she is responsible to map out Nestlé’s soy supply chains

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Madeleine Eilert
Madeleine is the Global Responsible Sourcing Manager for cereals & grains, sugar and soy at Nestlé. In this role, she is responsible to map out Nestlé’s soy supply chains back to origin and to verify compliance against Nestlé’s commitments, such as no deforestation, and Nestlé’s Responsible Sourcing Guideline for soy. She started her Nestlé career 15 years ago in logistics in one of Nestlé Germany’s factories followed by different roles in Procurement in Germany and Switzerland. In January 2013, Madeleine joined the Responsible Sourcing team working on Nestlé’s 12 priority categories. She has recently been appointed as Global Responsible sourcing manager for soy.
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.

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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.
Mathieu Lamolle

Senior Advisor, Sustainability Standards & Value Chain

Mathieu has over 10 years of experience in international trade, market access and sustainable development issues.

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Mathieu Lamolle
Senior Advisor, Sustainability Standards & Value Chain
Mathieu has over 10 years of experience in international trade, market access and sustainable development issues. He holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and Management from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS) and speaks English, French and Spanish. Mathieu has joined the International Trade Centre (ITC) in October 2007. He is senior advisor on sustainabiulity standards and value chains and he leads the development of the Standards Map global repository of sustainability standards, codes of conduct and audit protocols (www.standardsmap.org). He coordinates partnerships with private companies and NGOs on the use of Standards Map and provides technical assistance to develop sustainable sourcing strategies, helping companies to integrate sustainability in their supply chains and meet international markets’ requirements.
Mike Senior

At Proforest, Mike is a part of the ‘Upstream’ or production team, working primarily on environmental aspects of sustainability including High Conservation Value (HCV), High Carbon Stock (HCS) and GIS work.

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Mike Senior
At Proforest, Mike is a part of the ‘Upstream’ or production team, working primarily on environmental aspects of sustainability including High Conservation Value (HCV), High Carbon Stock (HCS) and GIS work. This involves conducting HCV/HCS assessments along with developing and supporting new, higher-level tools and approaches on HCV and HCS. Mike also co-leads Proforest’s geospatial risk assessment work for responsible sourcing of commodities including soy, palm oil and beef.   Mike has a background in applied tropical forest ecology and conservation biology, and has carried out extensive fieldwork in forest and oil palm environments in Latin America and Malaysian Borneo. His experience covers biodiversity monitoring, landscape conservation and sustainable agricultural and forestry policy, with a particular focus on the palm oil sector and the HCV approach. Mike has also worked on REDD+ and community-based monitoring of ecosystem services, and has a PhD in Tropical Forest Ecology from the University of York.  
Nicola Robinson

Nicola Robinson leads sustainable sourcing for McDonald’s in Europe, representing 37 European markets.

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Nicola Robinson
Nicola Robinson leads sustainable sourcing for McDonald’s in Europe, representing 37 European markets. In this role she is responsible for developing global strategies around sustainable sourcing, and supporting their implementation in collaboration with supply chain teams and suppliers. She also manages a number of McDonald’s agricultural programmes, including the McDonald’s Agricultural Assurance Programme which spans more than 500,000 European farms, and the Flagship Farms programme, which recognises some of the most progressive farmers in the McDonald’s supply chain to showcase existing best practice in sustainable farming. Nicola leads McDonald’s engagement at the SAI Platform Beef Working Group, where she has worked to leverage McDonald’s beef supply chain to support the development and testing of the SAI Platform’s Europe-wide standard for sustainable beef production. She also leads a cross-departmental global project team to define chicken sustainability for the 36,000 McDonald’s restaurants around the world. She is a qualified Veterinary Surgeon and holds a Masters in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.
Olaf Brugman

Olaf holds a PhD in Business Studies from the University of Nijmegen and an MA in Public Administration of the Technological University of Twente.

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Olaf Brugman
Olaf holds a PhD in Business Studies from the University of Nijmegen and an MA in Public Administration of the Technological University of Twente. Olaf is the Head of Sustainability at Rabobank Capital Markets, leading the sustainability competence of Rabobank Markets (debt capital management, green bonds, social bonds, green loans, among others). He has been an Executive Board Member of RTRS since November 2012, and is treasurer of the UN Global Compact Netherlands Network.
Pavel Boev

Chief Programme Coordinator at WWF Russia, Pavel is responsible for the markets and food workstreams. He is also member of the WWF Network soy working group.

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Pavel Boev
Chief Programme Coordinator at WWF Russia, Pavel is responsible for the markets and food workstreams. He is also member of the WWF Network soy working group. Recognizing Russia’s role as a major market for soft commodities, including soy, beef, and palm oil, Pavel is exploring opportunities to make Russian soy market more sustainable, which includes both the imported and the locally grown soy. Before Joining WWF in 2013, Pavel worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme and for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as Policy Officer focusing on agriculture and trade. Pavel has an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Bristol and a BSc in World Economy from the National Research University – Higher School of Economics.
Peter de Koning

Director of Mekon Ecology Ltd, which he started in 1998. Mekon Ecology provides consultancy services to a range of governments, institutions, partnerships and civil society organisations. Mekon Ecology hosts the Support Unit of the Amsterdam Declarations on deforestation-free import of agricultural commodities.

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Peter de Koning
Director of Mekon Ecology Ltd, which he started in 1998. Mekon Ecology provides consultancy services to a range of governments, institutions, partnerships and civil society organisations. Mekon Ecology hosts the Support Unit of the Amsterdam Declarations on deforestation-free import of agricultural commodities (esp. cocoa, palm oil, soy, beef, paper &pulp) and 100% certified palm oil by 2020. Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom signed the Declarations. Peter de Koning has over 25 years of experience in working in an international setting and developing countries, including residency in several countries (Cameroon, Brazil, and Bangladesh). Over the years he became a specialist in natural resource management aspects of rural development and agricultural supply chains with a focus on landscape-level sustainability challenges such as deforestation, climate change, food and water security. Throughout this period he was responsible for research, process management and the development of policies, programmes, public-private partnerships and funding mechanisms. He conducted various evaluations and impact assessments, both as a specialist as well as team leader.
Ruud Tijssens

Ruud Tijssens is born in Tilburg in 1963. From 1991 until 2001 he had several management functions at the Dutch dairy company Mona. As from 2001 he was General Director at CCL, later part of Cehave Landbouwbelang.

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Ruud Tijssens
Ruud Tijssens is born in Tilburg in 1963. From 1991 until 2001 he had several management functions at the Dutch dairy company Mona. As from 2001 he was General Director at CCL, later part of Cehave Landbouwbelang. In 2007 he became also director R&D and in 2008 he became also responsible for the corporate sustainability policy within the cooperation. After the joint venture between Cehave Landbouwbelang and Agrifirm in 2010, Ruud Tijssens is working at the Dutch based Agrifirm Group as director R&D and CSR. From January 2012 his main task was Director Corporate Affairs.   As of 2011 until he was Chairman of the Taskforce Sustainability of FEFAC and project leader on the transition of sustainable soy in the Netherlands.  Since 2012 he is chairman of a large research consortium (Feed4Foodure) from Dutch Feed Industry, Wageningen University and Research and the Dutch Government (so-called Topsector project). Since June 2013 Mr. Tijssens is appointed to President of the European Feed Association FEFAC.   Ruud Tijssens also is Chairman of the Dutch Animal Feed Research Association and member of the Innovation Committee of Dairy Campus. Besides that, he is board member of Nevedi, MVO and Secure Feed.
Ryan Sarsfield

Is the Latin America Commodities Manager with the Global Forest Watch Commodities team at the World Resources Institute.

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Ryan Sarsfield
Is the Latin America Commodities Manager with the Global Forest Watch Commodities team at the World Resources Institute. He focuses on the global soy and beef supply chains and seeks to reduce their environmental impact in Latin America through collaboration with corporate and NGO partners and the development of data and tools to boost transparency. Prior to joining WRI, Ryan worked at the intersection of forests and agriculture, focusing on the cattle and soy supply chains in South America, as well as forest policy, protected area management, and tropical ecology. Originally from Averill Park, New York, Ryan has lived and worked in Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and holds a B.S. in Biology from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Environmental Science from the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Rodrigo Spuri Tafner De Moraes

Rodrigo is the soy sector coordinator of the team of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Brazil.

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Rodrigo Spuri Tafner De Moraes
Rodrigo is the soy sector coordinator of the team of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Brazil. His activities focus on the Forest and Agriculture Collaboration (CFA) project, with focus on the soybean value chain and engagement of its main actors with the objective of increasing the transparency and level of the commitments related to zero deforestation and other sustainability criteria. Prior to joining the TNC, Rodrigo worked in the Sustainability Department of Bunge Brasil, being responsible for the implementation of the soy certification process in the company. Originally from São Paulo, Rodrigo lives and works in this same city, and has a bachelor degree in Environmental Engineering from UNESP and an MBA in Agribusiness, by ESALQ / USP, in finalization.
Sandra de Bruin

Sandra de Bruin was born on September 20th 1982 and currently lives in Leiden in The Netherlands.

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Sandra de Bruin
Sandra de Bruin was born on September 20th 1982 and currently lives in Leiden in The Netherlands. She studied Animal Management at the Van Hall Institute in Leeuwarden (The Netherlands), followed by a Master in (Agri-) Management at the Van Hall Institute in collaboration with the Greenwich University in London (United Kingdom). In 2008 Sandra started at Product Board Animal Feed as a junior policy advisor and worked on various topics in relation to the GMP+ Feed Certification scheme. In 2010 the GMP+ Feed Certification scheme became autonomous and transferred to GMP+ International. This year, the GMP+ Feed Certification scheme celebrates it’s 25 anniversary with over 16.000 GMP+ certified companies worldwide.   The focus of the GMP+ certification scheme is primarily on feed safety assurance in the whole feed chain, but since 2014 the scheme also includes an add-on certification module (GMP+ Feed Responsibility Assurance certification) for assuring the use of responsible feed ingredients, such as responsible soy. GMP+ FRA certification currently offers the possibility for companies to show the use of RTRS soy in feed delivered to dairy farmers participating in the Duurzame Zuivelketen (responsible dairy chain) and pig and poultry farmers. GMP+ International also provides an add-on RTRS chain of custody certification for companies that want to supply RTRS soy to customers. This add-on RTRS chain of custody certification is created together with RTRS and is equivalent to the own chain of custody certification of RTRS. Via the GMP+ FRA add-ons, companies benefit from combined audits.   Within GMP+ International Sandra works (as a project coordinator) on various projects, of which the GMP+ FRA certification.
Stefan Heinke

Is Senior Sustainable Development Manager at Crop Science, a division of Bayer. He holds a PhD in Environmental Law from the University of Bonn and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development from the University of London.

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Stefan Heinke
Is Senior Sustainable Development Manager at Crop Science, a division of Bayer. He holds a PhD in Environmental Law from the University of Bonn and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development from the University of London. He has been working in various positions in the agricultural input industry for more than 15 years. In his current position at Bayer he manages sustainability initiatives with a focus on Public Private Partnerships. He is married and has two daughters. Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. The aim is to be able to produce enough food, feed, fiber and renewable raw materials for a growing world population on the limited land available. This is one goal of the Crop Science division, which has businesses in crop protection, seeds and nonagricultural applications. Its strategy is built on three cornerstones: leading the way in innovation, increasing customer centricity and promoting and further developing sustainable farming practices.
Stephen Donofrio

Stephen is Senior Advisor to Supply Change, a Forest Trends initiative that enables users to track progress toward private sector commitments to remove deforestation from commodity supply chains.

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Stephen Donofrio
Stephen is Senior Advisor to Supply Change, a Forest Trends initiative that enables users to track progress toward private sector commitments to remove deforestation from commodity supply chains. In addition, he is an educator with Arizona State University, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and ISOS Group, is Principal & Founder of Greenpoint Innovations and is a member of various working groups and steering committees. Previously, Stephen was Vice President of CDP North America (Carbon Disclosure Project) and earlier worked as an Economist at the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX).
Tom Bregman

Senior Sustainable Finance Associate – Supply Chain Programme

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Tom Bregman
At the Global Canopy Programme Tom is responsible for engaging the finance sector on deforestation associated with the production of soft commodities. This involves developing an information system that enables financial institutions to benchmark their deforestation policies against their peers, and prioritise their engagement with companies most exposed to deforestation risks. Tom previously managed the Forest 500, an initiative that ranks key companies, financial institutions, and governments, based on their policies to end commodity-driven deforestation. Tom has a background in tropical forest ecology and holds a DPhil in Zoology from the University of Oxford.
Toby Gardner

Toby is a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) where he co-leads SEI´s Initiative on Producer to Consumer Sustainability and the newly launched Transparency for Sustainable Economies platform, Trase.

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Toby Gardner
Toby is a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) where he co-leads SEI´s Initiative on Producer to Consumer Sustainability and the newly launched Transparency for Sustainable Economies platform, Trase. Toby has fifteen years’ experience working on research and policy challenges facing the sustainable development of tropical landscapes. He is involved in 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).
Vincent van den Berk

Since September 2016 I’m the Policy Coordinator on deforestation and agro-commodities at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Hague, Netherlands.
As such involved in policy development around agricultural commodities that can be related to deforestation and the Netherlands food agenda.

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Vincent van den Berk
Since September 2016 I’m the Policy Coordinator on deforestation and agro-commodities at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Hague, Netherlands. As such involved in policy development around agricultural commodities that can be related to deforestation and the Netherlands food agenda. This includes FLEGT, forest and land governance, the discussions around the possible EU Deforestation Action Plan, the Amsterdam Declaration initiatives, etcetera. Main focus on soy and palm oil, and on backstopping the tropical forest agenda of the Netherlands Government; Between 2009 and 2016 I was the Head of the European Forest Institute Asia Regional Office EU FLEGT and REDD Facilities in Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. The regional office had to deliver on the implementation of the EU FLEGT Action Plan, the legal timber trade agreements processes, legislation developments etc. in the major timber producing and processing countries in the Asia – Pacific Region. Immediately before, between 2006 and 2009, I was the EU Advisor Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) at the EU Delegation to Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, seconded by the Netherlands Government to the European Commission, supporting a.o. the trade agreement negotiations on guaranteed legal timber between the EU and Malaysia and Indonesia. Before being seconded to Malaysia, before 2006, I worked at the Department of Nature, International Affairs, Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, The Hague, Netherlands
Facilitators
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.
Barbara Oliveira

Bárbara (PhD, MBA, LLM), Associate Consultant at Sustainability Lab, is a facilitator, process designer, change agent and conflict transformation mediator, strategic negotiator and host of meaningful conversations.

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Barbara Oliveira
Bárbara (PhD, MBA, LLM), Associate Consultant at Sustainability Lab, is a facilitator, process designer, change agent and conflict transformation mediator, strategic negotiator and host of meaningful conversations. Barbara is passionate about human connection and the potential that multistakeholder participatory approaches offer to create innovative and inclusive solutions for sustainable development challenges. Throughout her career, she has developed sustainable leadership models for international organizations, business leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers and young women leaders. She co-founded the Collaboration Laboratory focused on fostering a culture of facilitation and participatory decision making in Brazil and founded Ecosynergy – Facilitation and Capacity Building for Sustainability, based in Brazil and the Netherlands. Barbara is a Vital Voices Fellow, a Master Integral Coach and a public speaker in leadership, consensus building, sustainable development negotiations and creative collaboration approaches.
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