Speakers

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

ANUIESBusiness for Social ResponsibilityC&A Foundation | China Academy of Forestry | Equitable OriginFairtrade Africa | Global Canopy ProgrammeGlobal Infrastructure BaselGoodWeave International | HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation | IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative | InFITInter IKEA Group | International Trade Centre | ISEAL Alliance | LEAF | Lindt & Sprüngli (International) AGPANDORA Rainforest Alliance Responsible Jewellery Council | Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials | SV GroupSwiss Better Gold InitiativeSwiss State Secretariat for International Affairs | The Consumer Goods Forum | United Nations Development Programme | United Nations Industrial Development Organisation | U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyUTZ WWF Switzerland
 

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, Vice President IFOAM and Team Leader Rural Economy, 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.

Lucian Peppelenbos, Director of Learning and Innovation, IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative

Lucian Peppelenbos' pictureDr. Lucian Peppelenbos is Director of Learning and Innovation at IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative. IDH seeks to deliver impact in upstream supply chains by convening sector transformation programs in coalitions of trade and industry, government and civil society. Lucian is responsible for the development of strategies, metrics and insights that enable the program partners to learn, innovate, and increase impact. Previously, Lucian has worked at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and the Dutch Parliament. He started his career as a supply chain consultant based in Chile. Lucian has a PhD from Wageningen University and has published several books and papers on supply chain development in emerging economies.

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.

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.

Lara Koritzke, Director of Development and Communication, ISEAL Alliance

Lara Koritzke's pictureHaving joined ISEAL in 2011, Lara leads ISEAL's internal and external communication and works on building the organisation’s profile among international donor organisations and other stakeholders. Lara has worked for 11 years at Rainforest Alliance, one of ISEAL’s member organisations, where she was Director of Institutional Giving and developed global strategy for foundation, corporate, government and multilateral partnerships.

 

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.

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.

Claus Teilmann Petersen Vice President, Group Ethics at PANDORA A/S

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.

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.

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.

Thomas Hentschel, Global Program Manager, Swiss Better Gold Initiative

Thomas Hentschel's pictureMr. Thomas Hentschel is the Global Program Manager of the Swiss Better Gold Initiative and a world leading expert for responsible ASM (Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining) gold value chains. He pursued university studies in geography, geology, soil science and sociology. Since 1988, he is a permanent staff member of Projekt-Consult – during the last three years in the position of Managing Director. He has more than 30 years of working experience in the ASM sector and international cooperation. During his career, he has been working in the ASM sector of more than 30 countries, with a special focus on Latin America. 

Raymond Furrer, Head of Economic Cooperation and Development, Swiss State Secretariat for International Affairs

Raymond Furrer's pictureSince 1 October 2015 in charge of the Economic Cooperation and Development Division and Delegate of the Swiss Government for Trade Agreements. Before this, Head of the Swiss Business Hub in the Gulf Countries and since 1 April 2014 additionally Consul General of Switzerland in Dubai. Between April 2008 and August 2012 heading the Multilateral Cooperation Division. Before this, Senior Advisor of the Executive Director at the World Bank in Washington, head of the Bilateral Economic Relations with Asia at SECO, Head of a WTO section at the Federal Office for Foreign Economic Affairs, first Secretary of the Swiss Delegation of the OECD at Paris, as well as employments at the Asian Development Bank and at the private Sector.

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.

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.

Alison Kinn Bennett, Senior Advisor for Sustainable Products & Purchasing, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Alison Kinn Bennett's pictureAlison Kinn Bennett is a senior advisor for sustainable products and purchasing in the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. She founded two influential networks within EPA—the Green Building Workgroup and the Sustainable Products & Purchasing Network—which bring together policy and technical staff to advance comprehensive, market-based approaches to environmental and human health protection. Since 2001, Alison has served in EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program, representing EPA in the development of sustainability standards within ASTM International, NSF International, UL-Environment, and the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovations Institute, among others.  Currently, Alison's team is focused on assessing and recommending environmental performance standards and ecolabels for use in U.S. Federal purchasing—leveraging billions of dollars to support cleaner and greener supply chains.

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.

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.