Norma is ISEAL's Senior Policy Manager
Since joining ISEAL in 2010, I have focused on interacting with governments, NGOs and business groups across the world to advocate for the use of credible standards. More recently this work has pushed in the direction of sustainable public procurement and the unique role that standards play in supporting this. A further aspect of my work is to monitor global policy discussions and here I connect with ISEAL members to coordinate and develop their collective response, with the biofuels sector being a special area of focus. Responding to cross-cutting issues that affects all standards systems - climate change, water and land use - is also something that rests with me.
I worked for the DFID-funded ComMark Trust – a grant-making agency aimed at supporting pro-poor, private sector development through implementing the “making markets work for the poor” approach. As manager of ComMark’s Regional Standards Programme (RSP) I worked with Southern African agribusinesses, supermarkets, government bodies and standards systems to incentivise them to tackle the problems associated with international standards compliance. Prior to that I worked at the Department of Agricultural Economics, Stellenbosch University South Africa where I was responsible for implementing the department’s industry and community outreach programme. I have a Masters degree from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Ask me about:
How governments use standards, sustainable public procurement, biofuels, standards and climate change as well as the relationship between standards and other sustainability tools such as life cycle analysis (LCA).
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