A leading expert on credible standards, Kreider has worked in large-scale partnerships with producer groups, multinational companies, governmental and intergovernmental agencies, and with international and local NGOs. As Scaling Up Director, she led ISEAL’s strategy to increase the impact and uptake of sustainability standards globally. She currently manages the flagship ISEAL-SECO project to improve public procurement practices around the world and support emerging economy leaders in Brazil, India and China to achieve sustainability goals in their countries through the use of high quality standards.
Prior to joining ISEAL in 2009, Karin was a member of the senior leadership team at Rainforest Alliance, including roles as Deputy Director and later based in its Costa Rica office as Director of the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Programme and the Sustainable Agriculture Network. She holds a BFA and an MBA, both from New York University. She was born and raised in the US and is now based in ISEAL’s London office.
Kreider will succeed Dr. Sasha Courville, who provided leadership to ISEAL for the past seven years, including building ISEAL membership and expanding the organisation’s learning community to encompass a broad range of stakeholders.
“Karin Kreider will be an effective leader for ISEAL at this time of transformative growth and to lead the new strategic direction for our alliance,” said Rik Kutsch Lojenga, ISEAL Board Chair and Executive Director of the Union for Ethical BioTrade. “She has been a long time advocate and expert in effective sustainability standards, and she has global experience with a range of stakeholders through her many years working in sustainable development.”
“I am honoured to be selected as the next Executive Director of ISEAL,” said Kreider. “ISEAL and its members have shown that we are effective drivers of sustainability in a range of sectors. I am looking forward to working with our excellent staff, our full and associate members and other partners to further demonstrate our sustainability impacts so that we may increase the effectiveness and adoption of credible standards for the benefit of all.”
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