2017 Global Sustainability Standards Conference

27th June 2017 | 28th June 2017 | 29th June 2017, World Trade Center, Zürich, Switzerland
Experts from multinational and national companies, standard-setting organisations, NGOs and government agencies will join us for the event

Conference speakers

For a list of Community Day speakers, click here

Alliance for Responsible MiningANUIES | Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)Business for Social ResponsibilityC&A Foundation | China Academy of Forestry | Chopard Group | Equitable Origin | Ethical Trading InitiativeFairtrade Africa | Fairtrade Max Havelaar | FiBL | Gap IncGerman Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development​ | GIZGlobal Canopy Programme | Global Coffee PlatformGlobal Infrastructure BaselGoodWeave International | HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation | Intact SystemsInFITInter IKEA Group | International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) International Institute for Sustainable Development | International Organisation for Migration (IOM) | International Trade Centre | ISEAL Alliance | LEAF | Lindt & Sprüngli (International) AG | NespressoPANDORA | Proforest | ProvenanceRainforest Alliance Responsible Jewellery Council | Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials | School of Oriental and African StudiesSolidaridad West Africa | SV GroupSwiss Better Gold InitiativeSwiss State Secretariat for International Affairs | Tata Sustainability Group | The Consumer Goods Forum | United Nations Development Programme | United Nations Industrial Development Organisation | UTZ | Valcambi Verité | Wageningen Economic Research | WWF Switzerland

Yves Bertran, Executive Director, Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM)

Yves Bertran's pictureYves is a geologist and consultant specialized in the small-scale and artisanal mining sector and its relationships with the industrial sector. He has been working in the mining sector for more than 20 years. He has worked over 15 years with training, technical assistance, health, safety and environmental issues in Artisanal and Small-scale Mining in many countries in both Francophone and Anglophone Africa, but he also has experience in Asia. His expertise has widened into various areas over the years, performing exploration programs for the industry, implementing environmental impact assessments, and advising on mining public policy. In the recent years, his interest has been focused on responsible mining practices and improvement of access to markets, through sustainable certification processes, the application of OECD due diligence concepts in the Great Lakes Region, and the establishment of CSR policies. highly involved on the ground in trying to build participative and informed programs with ASM communities for a change in practices and secured income, as well as advising on mining policies that foster formalization of this sector, he has been managing technical assistance and capacity building programs in Africa. He took over the position of Executive Director of ARM in December 2016.

Alfredo Martínez de la Torre, General Director, Higher Education-Business Foundation, Mexico National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES)

Alfredo Martinez de la Torre's pictureAlfredo is General Director of the Higher Education-Business Foundation (FESE, A,C.), an initiative of the National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES, A.C.). He works to create synergies with the government, entrepreneurs, and higher education institutions to create a better future for the younger generation. FESE helps to promote employability in recent graduates, bettering their possibilities of employment and supporting their entrepreneurship initiatives. Prior to that, Alfredo was the Director of Business Outreach for ANUIES and was previously the Director of the University-Business Center at the Autonomous University of Chiapas, where he developed relationships with the private and government sector to establish consulting and diagnostic services. Alfredo has a Master’s degree in in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego, C.A. with a specialty in Political Economy in Latin America.  

Kendra Pasztor, M&E Manager, Better Cotton Initiative​

Kendra Pasztor's pictureKendra joined BCI in 2013. She manages the collection, analysis, and presentation of Better Cotton results data and coordinates research and evaluation in collaboration with partners to measure the environmental and social impact of Better Cotton in the medium-long term. Prior to working on the development and promotion of sustainable cotton, she specialised in monitoring and evaluation in the humanitarian sector, specifically on the prevention and response to gender-based violence. She worked on a multi-stakeholder data management initiative with the UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Geneva and in partnership with UN agencies, local and international NGOs, and governments. She has also worked with the International Rescue Committee and Search for Common Ground. She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of the Pacific in California and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in New York.

Sven Sielhorst, Director of Global Programmes, Bonsucro

Sven Sielhorst is Director of Global Programmes at Bonsucro, the global change platform for sugarcane. Bonsucro aims to ensure that responsible sugarcane production creates lasting value for the people, communities, businesses, economies and eco-systems in all cane-growing origins. Prior to Bonsucro, Sven founded and managed the international sugarcane programme for Solidaridad, an international civil society organization aimed at improving the outcomes of agricultural commodity production. He has worked extensively with actors in cane-growing origins around the world, as well as in various cane related supply chains over the past decade. Before that, he worked as consultant at the intersection of natural resources management, corporate social responsibility and bio-energy. He has been on various Boards and advisory bodies related to sustainable agriculture, bio-energy and biotechnology. Sven holds a Master’s Degree in International Economics and Economic Geography from Utrecht University in his native country The Netherlands.

Jean-Baptiste Andrieu, Associate Director, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)

Jean-Baptiste Andrieu's pictureJean-Baptiste leads BSR’s consulting and collaboration efforts on human rights in EMEA, including Building Responsibly—BSR’s global initiative to help promote the rights and welfare of workers in the engineering and construction industry. He also supports companies from a wide range of sectors to conduct human rights impact assessments, develop policies and strategies, deploy training, and engage stakeholders and rights-holders. Previously, Jean-Baptiste was a staff consultant for Ergon Associates, a U.K.-based labor issues consultancy, where he focused on helping multistakeholder initiatives develop and implement their codes of practice and improve their assurance mechanisms. He also worked for the International Labor Organization in Dakar, investigating child labor issues in Senegal and Burkina Faso. Jean-Baptiste holds an M.A. in CSR Management from Paris XII University, an LL.M. in Employment Law from Pantheon-Sorbonne University, and an LL.M. in Labor Law and Industrial Relations from London School of Economics and Political Science.

Magali Barraja, Manager, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)

Magali Barraja's pictureMagali oversees a three-year project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, focusing on catalyzing private-sector action for women’s empowerment. Prior to joining BSR, Magali was part of the sustainability team at Kering. She has also worked for several European supply chain initiatives, including the Ethical Trading Initiative and the Business Social Compliance Initiative, advising companies on design and implementation of ethical trade strategies that deliver impact for supply chain workers. Through her work in the consumer products sector, Magali has gained extensive experience in social audit protocols, ethical strategy design and implementation, and impact evaluation. She speaks English, French, and German. Magali holds an advanced Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Geneva and a Master’s in International Affairs from the Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva. She also holds a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) of Aix-en-Provence.

Leslie Johnston, Executive Director, C&A Foundation

Leslie Johnston's photoLeslie Johnston joined C&A Foundation as its first Executive Director in August 2013, bringing then 17 years of management experience across multiple sectors, including smallholder agribusiness, entrepreneurship and corporate philanthropy. At C&A Foundation, Leslie has developed an ambitious global strategy that both complements the retail business’ sustainability objectives and improves the lives of all those – from farmer to customer – who are touched by the apparel industry. Prior to this role, she managed the Swiss-based Argidius and COFRA Foundations, committed to helping enterprising people to help themselves. As the Deputy Director for TechnoServe in West and Southern Africa, she co-managed a $20 million portfolio and a diverse team.  She also has top-tier management consulting experience, having worked for McKinsey & Company in DC and South Africa. Leslie currently serves on the boards of GoodWeave International and COFRA Foundation, the ANDE Executive Committee and TechnoServe’s Global Advisory Council.

Haiying Su, China Academy of Forestry

Haiying Su's pictureDr. Su is deputy secretary-General of Center for International Forest Products Trade of SFA. She has more than 10 years' research and field experience which focus on forest products market and policy, international forestry,especially for the research and promotion of sustainable overseas forest management and investment. She has good experience on Russian forestry research. She is team Leader of InFIT output 2-Facilitation of Guideline application. Since 2009, she was involved in the work on China Timber Legality Verification System and gained insight on the systems available for legality and even sustainability. And now she is the expert of SFA, providing support for Bilateral and multilateral negotiations on Combat Illegal Logging and Associated Trade. She also takes part as an expert for China in the APEC Experts group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade.

Diana Culillas, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Chopard Group

Diana Culillas' photoDiana Culillas is in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility activities at Chopard Group luxury watch and jewellery manufacturer and distributor, which employs some 2’000 employees across its 14 subsidiaries, 160 boutiques and 5 production sites. In this role since 2008, she has been implementing different CSR initiatives related to sustainable supply chain, environmental management and employee well-being. Her previous experience was within the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) where as a Communication Officer of the North Caucasus Delegation of the ICRC, she designed and deployed a variety of educational material on the subject of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in the context of Chechen war in Russia. Mrs. Culillas holds a Master of Arts in Marketing from the Northampton University in UK, with a major on sustainable supply chains within the luxury industry.

Sebastian Perez, Director of Operations for Latin America, Equitable Origin

Sebastian Perez's pictureMr. Perez is an award-winning social entrepreneur and Director for Latin America at Equitable Origin. He leads international teams in Latin America in responsible business associations, sustainability consulting firms and Human Rights-oriented non-for-profits in the design and implementation of social impact programs. He has also led sustainability and social innovation projects for communities and major corporations within the energy, mining and financial sectors, with a focus on stakeholder engagement and sustainable business practices. Sebastian has experience implementing these programs in large urban areas as well as small cities and remote rural locations with vulnerable communities and minorities. Sebastian has addressed more than 2000 business leaders as a sustainability standards trainer. He holds an MBA from The Andes University in Colombia.

Amy Jackson, Head of Membership and Services, Ethical Trading Initiative

Amy Jackson's pictureAs Head of Membership Services at the Ethical Trading Initiative, Amy leads her team in their work with the nearly 90 company members to assess the risks in their supply chains, foster collaboration and to design strategies to improve the rights of workers. She oversees company reporting and new member recruitment and, with the rest of the senior management team, contributes to the overall delivery of the ETI strategy to improve respect for workers worldwide. Previously, Amy was the Senior Manager, Learning & Membership at ISEAL Alliance where she led on ISEAL’s membership strategy, training and compliance programmes. Initially at ISEAL she ran major global multi-stakeholder consultations to define good practice, notably producing ISEAL’s Credibility Principles, its Claims Good Practice Guide and its Chain of Custody Definitions document. Before ISEAL, Amy led the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC’s) global Chain of Custody programme. 

Nyagoy Nyong’o, Executive Director, Fairtrade Africa

Nyagoy Nyong'o's photoNyagoy, a Kenyan, joined Fairtrade Africa as the Executive Director in December, 2013.  Prior to joining FTA, she worked at HAP International, Geneva, where she was the Certification Coordinator. Nyagoy has a wealth of experience in the Fairtrade sector (a Fairtrade auditor for 8 years) as well as hands-on management experience in the humanitarian and development sectors. In her earlier career, she was a University Lecturer and a researcher in Forestry. She has worked within multi-cultural environments with short-term missions to many African countries and has lived and worked in Ghana, Togo, Tanzania, Kenya, U.S. and Switzerland. Nyagoy holds a PhD in Forest Biology from Iowa State University. During her free time, Dr. Nyong’o volunteers her time to TWIGA Girls’ Education.

Markus Staub, Senior Project Manager International Cooperation, Fairtrade Max Havelaar​

Markus Staub's pictureSince 2016 Markus Staub is co-responsible for the support to Fairtrade certified Artisanal and Small Scale Mining organisations in Latin America, especially Peru. He joined the National Fairtrade Organisation Max Havelaar Foundation (Switzerland) end of 2000 to successfully manage the project for the introduction of cut flowers into the Fairtrade market. Prior to his current responsibility in Gold he focused on Standards and Impact related work across all product categories. Markus Staub studied Tropical Agriculture, has vast experience in organic vegetable production in a cooperative context and counts with a post degree in business administration.  

Julia Lernoud, Data and Information Manager, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)

Julia Lernoud's pictureJulia Lernoud is a Data and Information Manager of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL). For the last six years, she has been collaborating on the collection of organic market data worldwide and the production of the annual report “The World of Organic Agriculture”. Since 2014, she has been collecting key market data on Voluntary Sustainability Standards worldwide in FiBL and producing the “The State of Sustainable Markets” report, in partnership with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI).

Dan Fibiger, Director of Global Partnerships and Supplier Sustainability, Gap Inc​

Dan Fibiger's pictureDaniel Fibiger leads Gap Inc.’s global partnerships team, where he is responsible for designing and implementing the company’s stakeholder engagement strategies focused on labor and human rights. In his role on the supplier sustainability team, he helps lead a global field team of approximately 50 specialists who seek to improve working conditions in the facilities that manufacture Gap Inc. branded apparel. Prior to joining Gap Inc., Fibiger was Program Manager at the Responsible Sourcing Network, coordinating a multistakeholder network to end forced child labor in Uzbekistan's cotton sector. He was also a Research Fellow at the International Labor Rights Forum.

Sandy Harnisch, Senior Policy Officer, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Sandy Harnisch's pictureDr. Sandy Harnisch works as senior policy officer at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In the Sustainability Standards Division she is responsible for issues regarding sustainability standards in global value chains, sustainable consumption and sustainable public procurement. After her qualification to work as a lawyer in 2007, Dr. Harnisch started her professional career as legal officer at the United Nations’ Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). From 2008 to 2012 she worked as legal and policy advisor to various development organizations and civil society in public health-related projects with a number of African countries and Southeast Asia. She joined the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2013. Dr. Harnisch holds a degree in law. She obtained her PhD from the University of Goettingen, Germany after a longer research period in South Africa. 

Gerd Fleischer, Head, Agricultural Innovation and Sustainability Standards Section, GIZ

Gerd Fleischer's pictureGerd Fleischer is Head of Section for agricultural Innovation and sustainability at GIZ. He is agricultural economist with more than 25 years of professional experience in agricultural and rural development. He has been working for GIZ in Pakistan, Tunisia, east timor and China , including a secondment as policy advisor for sustainable agriculture at The World Bank. Currently, he oversees global programs in The area of agricultural research and Innovation, Value Chain development, agricultural trade and finance, food safety and sustainability Standards, and fisheries.

Sarah Lake, Head of the Drivers of Deforestation Programme, Global Canopy Programme

Sarah Lake's pictureSarah Lake is the head of the Drivers of Deforestation Program at the Global Canopy Program (GCP), which includes the Forest 500 and newly launched Trase initiative. She began at GCP in June of this year after working on Global Forest Watch at the World Resources Institute where she did private sector engagement on commodity drivers of deforestation. Sarah holds a PhD from the University of Colorado in economic and environmental sociology, with over a decade of experience in supply chain governance and its impact on the environment.

George Watene, Program Manager, Global Coffee Platform

George Watene's picture

George is responsible for facilitating the development of the Sustainablity Progress Framework. This is a common framework to measure progress for the coffee sector.  As well as managing and strengthening the M&E function in the Global Coffee Platform (GCP). As M&E Manager for the former 4C Association he facilitated overall development and management of the M&E and learning program.  He also practices, part time small-holder coffee farming on a small potion of the family farm. Prior to GCP , he facilitaded adoption of sustainable practices at the East Africa Coffee Initiative and before that audited for variuos standards at Africert Ltd. Giving him more than 10 years of experience in coffee and sustainability management. George graduated in Environment and Resource Management from the Institute of Environmental Studies (IVM), and also holds a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Nairobi 

Hans-Peter Egler, Chief Executive, Global Infrastructure Basel

Hans-Peter Egler's pictureHans-Peter Egler is the CEO of Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB), a leading global non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting sustainable infrastructure financing practices and fostering market-based sustainable development around the world. Hans-Peter has long standing expertise in international cooperation, management and project innovation. Before joining GIB he led the Trade Promotion Division of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). Prior to that Hans-Peter was also responsible for investment promotion activities and infrastructure financing for Latin America and Africa. From 1992 to 1994 Hans-Peter was Deputy Country Director of Swiss Development Cooperation in Bolivia. He started his professional career in 1988 as responsible project manager for the introduction of the first office automation system in the Federal Administration. From 1990 to 1992 he was Deputy Head of Division for Latin America in charge of bilateral trade and investment issues.

Nina Smith, Executive Director, GoodWeave International

Nina Smith's photoNina Smith is founding Executive Director of GoodWeave International, which works to end child labour in the carpet industry in South Asia and replicate its market-driven model other sectors. She has developed and led GoodWeave operations, which include market engagement; product certification, inspection and monitoring of informal supply chains; removal and rehabilitation of child labourers, and a range of worker protection programs. Ms. Smith was formerly the executive director of The Crafts Center and a crafts export consultant to the Tibetan Government-in-Exile in Dharamsala, India. She currently serves the board of the Fair Labour Association and is a practitioner affiliate of the Social Enterprise Graduate Degree program at American University.

Frank Eyhorn, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Agriculture, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation

Frank Eyhorn's pictureFrank Eyhorn, PhD Environmental Sciences, is specialized in sustainable agriculture and value chain development with smallholders applying voluntary sustainability standards. He conducted elaborate research on the impact of organic farming and fair trade on the livelihoods of smallholders in India, West-Africa and Central Asia and elaborated various training materials on the subject. From 2000 to 2005 he coordinated organic farming projects in Asia at the Research Institute of Organic Farming (FiBL). Since 2006, Frank is working with HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in the Rural Economy Team. In this function he worked on sustainable commodity value chains in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, India, Laos, Nepal, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. He currently leads a project to develop sustainable rice value chains in India and Thailand in collaboration with Coop Switzerland, and is involved in a project on increasing water productivity in cotton and rice. Since 2011 Frank is serving on the World Board of IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements), since 2014 as Vice-President. He is a member of the Impact Committee of the Sustainable Trade Initiative IDH.


Thomas Lorber, CEO and Co-Founder, Intact Systems

Thomas Lorber's pictureThomas is CEO and co-founder of Intact Systems, a leading provider of integrity management solutions for standard setters, inspection & certification bodies, and brand owners. Based on many years of experience in audit and certification management, supply chain integrity, sustainability, and IT, Thomas helps people to develop a better understanding of how IT systems can assist them in both enabling growth and increasing their impact.

Junzuo Zhang, Team Leader, China-UK Collaboration on International Forest Investment & Trade Programme (InFIT)

Junzuo Zhang's pictureDr. Zhang has university advanced degrees in Agriculture and Rural Development studies and Human Geography. She has more than 30 years work experience with research and development programs in the fields of policy and institutional analysis, natural resource management, sustainable livelihood development, M&E and capacity building. Also, 15 years professional experience in managing large-scale international aid programs in China, covering the fields of timber legality and responsible investment and trade, sustainable environmental resources for increased economic growth, natural forest management, and environmental development and poverty reduction - design, development of appropriate strategies, approaches and methodologies, system development and establishment for numerous pilot and demonstration projects. 

Greg Priest, Head of Sustainability Policy, Inter IKEA Group

Greg Priest's pictureGreg has been a key figure in the development of IKEA Group sustainability strategy, “People and Planet Positive”.  He leads the development, integration and compliance of sustainability approaches, policies and standards including the IKEA supplier code of conduct, IWAY. An ongoing priority is the integration of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights with a special focus on issues related to the ethical recruitment of migrant workers, living wage and children’s rights. Greg is also responsible for Inter IKEA’s external engagement on sustainability and for developing partnerships to support the company’s social and environmental goals. Greg has been working in the sustainability area for the past 18 years, with both a consumer facing and supply chain focus. He has been on the board and advisory group of several global sustainability related initiatives. Greg is Canadian and lives in Sweden with his wife and son. He has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, with a major in Business Sustainability.

Deborah Vorhies, Managing Director, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

Deborah Vorhies' pictureDeborah Vorhies is ICTSD’s Managing Director. She holds an MBA and earlier degrees in law and finance. Prior to joining ICTSD, Mrs. Vorhies spent six years with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) (World Bank Group), developing and managing its Biodiversity portfolio. She also worked as Coordinator of the Trade and Environment Programme of the United Nations Environment Programme and was the Development Director of MANGO - Management Accountancy for Non Governmental Organization. Mrs. Vorhies is a citizen of South Africa.

Vivek Voora, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Vivek Voora's pictureVivek Voora works with the Economic Law & Policy and Water programs at IISD. Formerly as project manager and now as an associate, he has over ten years of experience working on a broad range of sustainable development projects which includes research on greening supply chains and voluntary sustainability standards. In addition to his continued contributions to advancing sustainable development, he is currently pursuing his PhD on the intersection between voluntary sustainability standards and the water, energy and food security nexus within the Environmental Sciences and Policy program at Central European University.

Lara White, Senior Labour Migration Specialist, International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

Lara White's pictureLara White is the Senior Labour Migration Specialist for the Labour Mobility and Human Development (LHD) division of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), based in Geneva, where she provides technical and policy guidance related to temporary and permanent labour migration. She also acts as the division’s primary liaison with the private sector and other governmental, intergovernmental or civil society stakeholders on the protection of migrant workers’ rights throughout the labour migration process, including the promotion of ethical labour recruitment practices. In this capacity, she is one of the principle architects of the International Recruitment Integrity System (IRIS), a voluntary multi-stakeholder certification process for international labour recruiters. Before joining IOM, Lara worked for the Government of Canada, bringing with her extensive experience in policy development and implementation of labour market programs administered by Economic and Social Development Canada (ESDC).  Most recently she was manager of the operations unit of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), charged with the national implementation of federal legislation, regulations and policies governing the program.  Prior to this, she was the senior policy analyst for the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP), a bilateral managed migration program designed to facilitate the movement of temporary foreign workers in the Canadian agricultural sector.  Additionally, she has worked in several divisions of the Employment Insurance program as a policy analyst, adjudicator and training development officer.

Mathieu Lamolle, Senior Advisor, Sustainability Standards & Value Chains, International Trade Centre (ITC)

Mathieu Lamolle's pictureMathieu Lamolle 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. 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.

Rob Skidmore, Chief of Sustainable and Inclusive Value Chains, International Trade Centre (ITC)

Rob Skidmore's pictureRob Skidmore is Chief of Sustainable and Inclusive Value Chains at the International Trade Centre (ITC) where he leads three programmes: Trade for Sustainable Development, Empowering Women to Trade and Empowering Poor Communities to Trade. Each of these programmes focuses on building market-driven solutions to achieve development outcomes with a special emphasis on achieving scale through innovative use of technology. Flagship initiatives include Sustainability Map, Shetrades and the Ethical Fashion Initiative. Prior to his current position, Rob led sector development across industries at ITC with a personal focus on coffee and services. In another life, Rob managed private sector development initiatives for US-based consulting firms including PwC, DAI and Abt Associates, and worked as a butcher. He holds an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a BA from the University of Wisconsin.

Karin Kreider, Executive Director, ISEAL Alliance

Karin Kreider's pictureKarin Kreider 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.

Patrick Mallet, Director of Innovations, ISEAL Alliance

Patrick Mallet's picturePatrick has worked with ISEAL since its founding and served as the first Executive Director until 2005. He spent the first few years building trust and a common vision between the founding members and then spearheaded the development of ISEAL’s first Code of Good Practice. Patrick focuses on developing a shared understanding of how standards and certification can be more effective, and supporting members and emerging initiatives to develop and improve their programs.

Norma Tregurtha, Director, Policy and Outreach, ISEAL Alliance

Norma Tregurtha's pictureNorma Tregurtha is the Policy and Outreach Director for the ISEAL Alliance – the global association for sustainability standards. Norma joined the ISEAL Policy and Outreach team in 2010 and is responsible for engaging with key emerging market business groups, governments and NGOs to advocate for the use of credible standards in global supply chains. In addition to emerging markets, Norma’s portfolio includes demonstrating how standards can be used by the finance sector to improve ESG integration and impact investing. Linking sustainability standards to global policy dialogues such as the SDGs and modern slavery also falls within Norma’s remit. Prior to joining ISEAL, Norma was based in Johannesburg where she worked as senior agribusiness specialist for a grant-making agency aimed at supporting pro-poor, private sector development through implementing the “making markets work for the poor” approach. Norma has a masters degree in economics from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Joshua Wickerham, Policy and Outreach Manager, ISEAL Alliance

Joshua Wickerham's pictureJoshua manages ISEAL’s work in China. He also researches trends affecting sustainability initiatives, assurance in emerging economies, and other aspects of policy and outreach work. Joshua has worked as an advisor to ISEAL since 2010, first on business engagement strategy and then on developing and advising ISEAL’s work in China. Before joining ISEAL, he consulted for UNEP, UNCTAD, WWF, ITC, BigRoom, GIZ, and numerous sustainability standards and initiatives, mainly in Asia, but also in Latin America. He first started working with standards related to CSR reporting assurance and stakeholder engagement from 2007-2010 as China Representative for AccountAbility. Joshua holds a Master of International Relations from the University of California San Diego and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.

Kathryn Green, Sustainability Manager, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming)

Kathryn Green's pictureKathryn is the Sustainability Manager at LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming). LEAF focuses on encouraging more sustainable farming practices and building public trust and understanding of food, farming and the environment. At the core of LEAF’s work is Integrated Farm Management (IFM) which Kathryn has a key role in developing and advocating with farmers, advisors, scientists and the wider industry. Within LEAF’s work to enable market opportunities for farmers is LEAF Marque, an independently verified environmental assurance scheme recognising more sustainable farming. This is complemented by an on-line management tool for farmers called the LEAF Sustainable Farming Review which supports the implementation of IFM. Public engagement includes LEAF Open Farm Sunday. Kathryn graduated from the University of Cambridge in Biological Natural Sciences and has practical agricultural experience.

Piera Waibel, Head Raw Materials & Sustainability, Lindt & Sprüngli (International) AG and Managing Director, Lindt Cocoa Foundation

Piera Waibel's picturePiera has been researching about and working with Sustainability Management for over 15 years - with a focus on inclusive business solutions for agricultural and rural development. In her position at Lindt & Sprüngli and the Lindt Cocoa Foundation, she is responsible for the implementation of all activities related to sustainable raw material procurement. Previously, she has worked as Global Manager for Agriculture at the Fair Labor Association; on an ‘Affordable Housing’ project in Latin America; as Senior Consultant for an international group of consultancy firms specializing in Sustainability Management; and as Sustainability Analyst for a Zurich-based asset management company. Piera holds a PhD and Master’s degree in Economics & Business Administration from the University of Zurich.

Julie Reneau, Sustainability Strategy and Stakeholder Relationship Manager, Nespresso

Julie Reneau's pictureSince 2013, Julie Reneau has been actively involved in the establishment of the sustainability strategic framework of Nespresso from sourcing to capsule recycling. Julie Reneau is responsible for the execution of the climate goals and ambitions with a specific focus on the integrated landscape actions and the deployment of a massive agroforestry program in the coffee sourcing regions. She is also in charge of reporting of the company non-financial performance, and exploring the valuation of Nespresso actions on natural and social capital. As a stakeholder relationship manager, she ensures the quality, consistency and authenticity of sustainability messaging amongst the key opinion leader and employee audience. Prior to this mission, Mrs Reneau spent 18 years at the Nestlé group in the cocoa sector, from Research to Procurement (physical and financial) in both consuming and origin countries. In her previous job at Nespresso, mrs Reneau adapted the Nespresso AAA Sutainable Quality Program™ to cocoa sourcing and implemented it in Brazil and Madagascar. Passionate with the connection between flavors and terroir, she started her career in 1996 at the Nestlé Product Technology centre, York in sensory science. Mrs Reneau, a French native, holds a master degree in Agronomy.

Claus Teilmann Petersen Vice President, Group Ethics at PANDORA 

Claus Teilmann Petersen's pictureClaus has hands-on experience in developing and implementing PANDORA´s ethics programme, covering PANDORA’s integrated value chain – from design and sourcing, through jewellery crafting to marketing and sale. Originally a labor market expert, Claus now musters 20 years of global experience working for manufacturing companies, national and local government, trade associations and trade unions.  Finally, Claus serves as industry chair on the multi stakeholder standards setting committee of the Responsible Jewellery Council.

Ruth Nussbaum, Director, Proforest

Ruth Nussbaum's pictureRuth Nussbaum is the Co-founder and Director of Proforest, a non-profit group working in sustainable resource management. She is a member of the board of the Climate and Land Use Alliance and of Unilever’s Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board. Ms. Nussbaum has extensive experience of supporting companies in developing and implementing responsible production and sourcing programs, advising governments and NGOs on responsible natural resource management and facilitating international and national multi-stakeholder processes to develop principles, standards and safeguards. She has also managed a global forest certification program and written a range of guides and books.

Thibaut Schaeffer, Blockchain Engineer, Provenance

Thibaut Schaeffer's pictureThibaut Schaeffer is a software engineer based in Paris, France. He has been involved in the blockchain ecosystem since mid-2015, as a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley. Here, he started experimenting with Ethereum in its early days. Thibaut joined Provenance in the spring of 2016 as a blockchain developer, to run research and development in the fields of decentralised systems, data science and IoT. His work has contributed greatly to the development of the Provenance app, a software platform enabling greater brand transparency by connecting the supply chain with the consumer. Powered by mobile, blockchain and open data, the social enterprise startup completed an international pilot tracking tuna fish through Southeast Asian supply chains in 2016 - the same year it added The Co-op, the UK’s largest consumer cooperative, to its roster of brands. Thibaut’s role ensures that cutting-edge blockchain technology integrates seamlessly with the Provenance consumer platform, striking a balance between security and usability.

Ana Paula Tavares, Executive Vice President, Rainforest Alliance

Ana Paula Tavares's pictureAna Paula Tavares has been with Rainforest Alliance for 15 years. A native of Brazil, she has dedicated her career to protecting the world’s most threatened ecosystems and ensuring sustainable livelihoods for farmers, forest workers and their families. She represents the Rainforest Alliance at international conferences, collaborates with government and intergovernmental agencies in the development of sustainable development projects, helps Rainforest Alliance division vice presidents define projects and shares cross-organizational responsibilities with the president. Prior to joining the Rainforest Alliance, Ana Paula was a founding partner at New Frontiers Group, a financial services group in São Paulo, Brazil that promoted investment funds for biodiversity, sustainable forestry, carbon sequestration and renewable energy.

Anne-Marie Fleury, Standards and Impacts Director, Responsible Jewellery Council

Anne-Marie Fleury's pictureAnne-Marie has worked on environmental, social and corporate governance in the mining sector, specializing in collaborative approaches. Before joining the Responsible Jewellery Council as Director of Standards and Impacts, she spent nearly 10 years with the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) working to define good practices in sustainability and engaging in multi-stakeholder dialogue on many key issues such as biodiversity impacts, community development, water management, free, prior and informed consent and legacies. Her experience ranges from direct community consultation to strategic approaches to stakeholder engagement and the development of working partnerships between industry, governments, NGOs, UN groups and the financial sector.

Rolf Hogan, Executive Director, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

Rolf Hogan's pictureRolf leads the work of the RSB Secretariat on behalf of the RSB Board of Directors. He ensures effective strategies, partnerships and finances are in place to fulfill the RSB mission. 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 represented WWF at the Convention on Biological Diversity and led the Protected Areas for a Living Planet – an ambitious program to enhance protected areas systems across 25 countries. Rolf also worked with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on the evaluation and monitoring of natural areas included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Florian Schaefer, Research Officer, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Florian Schaefer's pictureFlorian T. Schäfer is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London, from where he also obtained his PhD. His main research interests are the political economy of industrialisation and agrarian change, the development of entrepreneurship and labour markets, and empirical research methods. Much of this research focuses on Ethiopia, where Florian has lived and worked for several years.


Rosemary Addico, Oil Palm Program Manager, Solidaridad West Africa

Rosemary Addico's pictureRosemary Addico works for Solidaridad West Africa as the Oil Palm Program Manager for Ghana working with all actors in the oil palm supply chain especially smallholder farmers.  Rosemary believes that smallholder farmers play a major role in the agricultural sector in Africa and must be supported to meet market standards and improve productivity. Rosemary is currently preparing 2,000 independent smallholder oil palm growers in Ghana towards RSPO certification.  Rosemary has been working with smallholder farmers and certification standards since 2005.  Rosemary is an approved RSPO Lead Auditor, a member of the Ghana RSPO National Interpretation Task Force and represents smallholders on the RSPO Principles and Criteria Review Taskforce. Rosemary holds Master of Philosophy in Economics.  Her passion is improving the lives of the most vulnerable in society, especially smallholder farmers.

Dörte Bachmann, Sustainability Manager, SV Group

Doerte Bachmann's pictureDörte Bachmann is Sustainability Manager at SV Group, a leading force in Swiss canteen catering. She is responsible for the implementation and advancement of the proprietary sustainability programme ONE TWO WE, which includes the collaboration with many external partners. Dörte Bachmann holds a PhD in plant ecology from ETH Zurich. Before joining SV Group, she gained experience in life cycle assessment by supporting the development of a method to assess the impact of agricultural production on soil quality. She also worked for the Swiss organisation foodwaste.ch, where she was involved in several awareness-raising campaigns. Last but not least, she was part of the Sustainability Office at ETH Zurich.

Olivier Demierre, Board Member, Swiss Better Gold Initiative

Olivier Demierre's pictureOlivier Demierre is a Swiss Certified Accountant since 1992. Olivier was active in audit and business advisory for 15 years until mid-1998, for the most part with Arthur Andersen as well as with Swiss Bank Corporation. He then took operational responsibilities as COO of Société Générale Paris, Zurich branch until the end of 2000. In 2001, he joined the MKS Group (MKS is a leading precious metal refining, trading and manufacturing Group based in Geneva and present in 15 countries) , first as COO of a joint venture between JP Morgan, AngloGold and MKS (between 2001 and 2003) , then as SVP Special Projects leading group development projects (such as the set-up of a new refinery in India that is fully operational since 2012). In November 2012, Olivier was appointed SVP Corporate Social Responsibility. In that capacity, Olivier leads various ASM metal responsible sourcing initiatives for the Group and participates actively in a number of responsible sourcing initiatives and forums.

Manfred Borer, Country Director, Swisscontact Indonesia

Manfred is the Indonesia Country Director and Director of the Sustainable Cocoa Production Program (SCPP) at Swisscontact. In this role, he is in charge of implementing all Swisscontact projects in the country. Under his leadership, Swisscontact supports 130,000 cocoa smallholder cocoa farmer households by in 12 provinces in Indonesia to strengthen traceable and transparent supply chains by 2020. In 2013-2015 Manfred chaired the Sustainable Cocoa Partnership CSP, which is the Indonesian Public Private Partnership Platform. He has led the Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture PISAgro cocoa working group since 2013 and is a member of the consultative board to the world cocoa economy at the ICCO in London. He has a degree in business process engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland.

Ivo Germann, Head of Operations, Economic Cooperation and Development, Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)

Ivo Germann's pictureIvo Germann is Head of Operations of the Economic Development Cooperation Directorate at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). Prior to his current function, he was the Head of the Private Sector Development Division at SECO. In this capacity, he also led the institutionalization process of the Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets (SIFEM) – the Swiss Development Finance Institution – and served on its Board of Directors. From 2000 to 2007, he held various positions in the Macroeconomic Support Division at SECO. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Germann worked as Principal Economist at the Chief Economist Office of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. Mr. Germann holds a degree in economics from the University of Zurich.

Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, State Secretary, Swiss State Secretariat for International Affairs

Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-FleischFrom 2007 Federal Council Ambassador and Delegate for Trade Agreements, Switzerland's chief negotiator at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as well as member of the SECO Board of Directors and in addition to the WTO responsible for the OECD and free trade agreements as head of the World Trade Division in the Foreign Economic Affairs Directorate. Previously, from 1999 to 2007, head of the WTO sector. From 1995 head of section in the WTO section of the Federal Office of Foreign Economic Affairs FOFEA. 1992/1993 she worked at the World Bank (Washington D.C., USA) as assistant to Switzerland's Executive Director's. From 1990 to 1995 scientific adviser in the Legal Service and International Investment and Technology Transfer Service in the FOFEA. 1989 gained her MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, F). 1988 Junior Consultant at McKinsey in Zurich. 1987 gained her law degree at the University of Berne qualifying as an attorney.

Monica Rubiolo, Head Trade Promotion, Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs

Monica Rubiolo leads SECO’s work to ensure that trade in developing countries trade is socially responsible, environmentally friendly, inclusive and thereby sustainable. This includes supporting framework conditions for sustainable trade, enhancing international competitiveness and market access of SMEs and producers alike and strengthening a resource-efficient private sector in partner countries. Monica obtained her PhD from the University of Tübingen, Germany and has published extensively on issues related to economic development. She was Assistant Professor at the Catholic University in Cordoba (Argentina) and has also taught at the Universities of Tübingen (Germany) and Bilbao (Spain). She has worked in Taipei, Taiwan and at the European Institute of Latin American Studies (IRELA) in Madrid. She joined SECO in 2003 focusing on issues related to public financial management and financial sector support, leading between 2009 and 2016 SECO’s Macroeconomic Support Division. 

Shankar Venkateswaran, Chief, Tata Sustainability Group

Shankar Venkateswaran's pictureSince January 2014, Shankar Venkateswaran is the chief of Tata Sustainability Group which has been tasked with providing guidance, thought leadership and support on sustainability and corporate responsibility activities of the $ 100 billion Tata group of companies.  A mechanical engineer and an MBA, Shankar has about 35 years of experience of working in the corporate and social development sectors. He started his career in mainstream management consulting before going on to set up Partners in Change, a pioneering non-profit specializing in corporate sustainability and CSR. He has also set up the India office of the American India Foundation and served as its Executive Director, India and was a Director of the think-tank and consultancy firm, SustainAbility, before joining PwC as Director, Sustainability. Shankar has held board and advisory positions with several non-profits and academic institutions in India and overseas. He served as a member of the guidelines drafting committee for the National Voluntary Guidelines for Responsible Business notified by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India and was a part of a two-member panel updating these guidelines in 2016.

Didier Bergeret, Director of Social Sustainability, Global Social Compliance Programme, The Consumer Goods Forum

Didier Bergeret's pictureDidier Bergeret is the Director of Social Sustainability and the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) at The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a global CEO-led industry network comprising both retailers and manufacturers to drive positive change. The main focus of his work is to develop collaborative and practical solutions for the industry to advance responsible and sustainable supply chains. He notably supports the implementation of the first industry resolution to fight forced labour in global supply chains recently launched by the CEOs of the CGF Board. With professional experience in both private and public organisations, Didier’s expertise lies in building key partnerships to foster sustainable business performance, NGO management, procurement and consulting services for private and public actors. 

Andrew Bovarnick, Global Head, Green Commodities Programme, Lead Natural Resource Economist, United Nations Development Programme

Andrew Bovarnick's pictureAs the Global Head of UNDP’s Green Commodities Programme (since 2009) and UNDP’s Lead Natural Resource Economist, Andrew heads up a global team of advisors developing national-level projects on sustainable agricultural commodity production, in partnership with governments and global buyers. Andrew Bovarnick has over 20 years’ experience in international environment, agriculture and economic development issues, for both the public and private sector. Andrew’s areas of experience within sustainable development are sustainable agriculture and commodities production, institutional capacity building, policy reform, farmer and SME finance, supply chain partnerships and economic valuation of ecosystem services. Field experience covers over 40 countries. Education: BA at Oxford University, MA at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Bernardo Calzadilla Sarmiento, Director of Trade, Investment and Innovation, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)

Bernardo Calzadilla's pictureBefore becoming the director of Trade, Investment and Innovation Department at UNIDO, Dr. Calzadilla was the Director of Trade Capacity Building Branch at UNIDO as well as a Senior Quality and Standards expert. He also served as a former UNIDO Deputy Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organizations at UNIDO office in Geneva. Dr. Calzadilla was Director for the Technical Assistance and Training Services at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as well as the Secretary of the ISO Policy Committee on Developing countries matters (ISO DEVCO). At this position, in collaboration with ITC, he coordinated the development of the ‘ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Systems’ which is a training tool for setting-up, implementation and certification of a food safety management system in small businesses according to ISO 22000:2005.  Born in Bolivia, Dr. Calzadilla holds a Masters Degree in industrial and process organization and a Ph.D. in economics, from the University of Business Management and Economics of Vienna (Austria). He has followed IRCA certified auditor’s courses on ISO management systems standards, specialized quality management courses at AOTS Japan and specialized training on trade policies at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Han de Groot, Executive Director, UTZ

Han de Groot's pictureAs Executive Director, Han de Groot leads UTZ’s global strategy. With a strong vision and passion for sustainability, he has overseen the growth of UTZ to become the world’s largest certification program for coffee and cocoa. Han has dedicated his career to sustainable development. After studying economics at the University of Wageningen, he worked for more than 12 years at Oxfam Novib, eventually leading the organization’s work in Eastern and Southern Africa. In 1998 Han joined the Dutch government, where he worked for many years in the departments including the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.

Noura Hanna, Workers Rights and Livelihood expert, UTZ

Noura Hanna's pictureNoura has joined UTZ Certified in December 2012. In her role as Workers Rights and Livelihood expert, she is leading UTZ work to address major sustainability challenges affecting workers and farmers in the supply chains and countries where UTZ is active. Noura is currently co-chairing the Global Living Wage initiative, an initiative that brings together six of the world's most influential sustainability standards aiming at improving workers’ wage levels in certified supply chains. Before joining UTZ, Noura has worked at Oxfam Novib managing development programs in multiple countries in Asia and Africa and covering a wide range of developmental and human rights issues.

Kaushik Ramakrishnan, Program Manager First Mile, UTZ

Kaushik's pictureKaushik Ramakrishnan is responsible for a program that aims to get closer and deliver more impact to Coffee, Cocoa and Tea farmers using technology and better farm data. He has over 14 years of experience as a consultant at the intersection of technology and sustainable development. He has worked with technology consulting organizations such as Ericsson and Infosys, where his focus has been on using internet-of-things technologies to deliver impact in areas such as resource efficiency, sustainable supply chains and management of enterprise-wise sustainability programs.

Britta Wyss Bisang, Program Director, UTZ

Britta Wyss Bisang's pictureAs Program Director, Britta has strategic oversight of the UTZ certification standards and their implementation and impact around the world. This includes responsibility for the UTZ Academy, which extends high quality training to all UTZ stakeholders through a global network of trainers and an online learning platform. In addition, Britta is responsible for the delivery of a major new program focused on sector level change in issues like child labor, climate change and living wages. She joined UTZ in 2007 after working for many years on the audit side of certification, and she is an expert in the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable farming. Britta is the Chair of the Board of Directors for ISEAL.

Simone Knobloch, Chief Operating Officer, Valcambi sa

Simone Knobloch's pictureSimone Knobloch holds a Master Degree in Chemistry and a post-graduation Specialization in Polymer Science. He served as Management System Manager for different companies focusing on Quality, Environment, Health and Safety and Compliance. Advisor and Lead Auditor from 2009, he joined Valcambi in 2013 in the Quality Management team. Since October 2014 he is appointed as COO of Valcambi.


Philip Hunter, Programme Director, Verité

Philip Hunter's picturePhilip serves as a Programme Director at Verité, where he bridges research, training and advocacy with a thematic expertise on labour migration, forced labour and the rights of migrant workers in supply chains. He leads Verité’s advisory work with the United Nations, International Labour Organisation and Global Forum on Migration and Development. Prior to joining Verité, Philip worked with the ILO and authored several resources on business and social responsibility. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

Ruerd Ruben, Coordinator Food Security, Value Chains & Impact Analysis, Wageningen Economic Research

Ruerd Ruben's pictureRuerd Ruben is professor and coordinator of the research programs on food security, value chains and impact assessment at Wageningen Economic Research, The Netherlands. His research concerns the prospects for smallholder participation in tropical food value chains, the effectiveness of rural cooperative organizations and the impact of fair trade certification in value chains. Ruerd lived and worked for 14 years in Central America where he was engaged in programs of land reform, cooperative development and smallholder agriculture. He coordinated multidisciplinary research and training programs at Wageningen University on food security and sustainable land use in several sub-Saharan countries and was a visiting research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, D.C. He was the director of the independent Policy and Operations Evaluation (IOB) department at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and professor in Development Effectiveness and Director of the Centre for International Development Issues (CIDIN) at Radboud University Nijmegen

Thomas Vellacott, Chief Executive Officer, WWF Switzerland

Thomas Vellacott's pictureThomas Vellacott is CEO of WWF Switzerland, a position he has held since 2012. He holds degrees in Arabic and Islamic studies from Durham, in International Relations from Cambridge and in Business Administration from IMD. Before joining WWF, Thomas worked in private banking for Citibank and as consultant and engagement manager for McKinsey & Co. At WWF Switzerland, Thomas built up partnerships with the private sector and subsequently took on the role of Programme Director, responsible for national and international nature conservation. WWF Switzerland has 290,000 supporters and forms part of WWF's global network. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.