RSB Assembly of Delegates (AOD)

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The RSB Assembly of Delegates (AoD) is the highest decision-making body of the RSB. Each Membership Chamber elects up to three Delegates, thus giving each chamber the same weight and influence in decision-making. The Assembly of Delegates meets once a year and its responsibilities include:

  • approval of standards;
  • election of the RSB Board of Directors;
  • appointment of Auditors and approval of financial reports;
  • changes to the articles of association;
  • procedures that concern the membership including rights, obligations and dues.

The current AoD includes the following Delegates:

Chamber Name Organisation
Chamber 1 Khoo Hock Aun (Chair) Cosmo Biofuels Group (Malaysia)
Chamber 1 Elias Tana Moning Outreach Bioenergy International (Indonesia)
Chamber 1 Sam P. Huttenbauer Great Plains Oil & Exploration LLC (USA)
Chamber 2 Jill Kauffman Johnson TerraVia (USA)
Chamber 2 Samantha Hampton Sunchem Biofuel Development (South Africa)
Chamber 3 Thomas Rötger (Chair) IATA (Switzerland)
Chamber 3 Darrin Morgan Boeing (USA)
Chamber 3 Ian Cruickshank South African Airways – SAA (South Africa)
Chamber 4 Arturo Barrit (Chair) ALU-TUCP (Philippines)
Chamber 4 Olivier Genevieve Sucre Ethique (France)
Chamber 4 Homero Fuentes COVERCO (Guatemala)
Chamber 4 Omara Amuko National Union of Farm and Plantation Workers (Uganda)
Chamber 5 Salvador Feranil (Chair) Philippine Network of Rural Development Institutes (Philippines)
Chamber 5 Abubakar L. Datun Rural Development Institute of Sultan Kudarat (Philippines)
Chamber 5 Laxman Neupane Centre for Empowerment and Development (Nepal)
Chamber 6 Alix Grabowski WWF (USA)
Chamber 6 Ibrahim Hafeez Rehman TERI (India)
Chamber 6 Jayant Sarnaik Applied Environmental Research Foundation (India)
Chamber 7 Andrew Pozniak (Chair) Green Aviation International Association (UK)
Chamber 7 Helena Chum National Renewable Energy Laboratory (USA)
Chamber 7 Kevin Fingerman Humboldt State University (USA)
Chamber 7 Meshack Odera Muga Kenya Forestry Research Institute – KEFRI (Kenya)

Chamber 1

Khoo Hock Aun (Chair), Cosmos Biofuel Group (Malaysia)

Khoo photoKhoo Hock Aun leads the Cosmo Biofuels Group which is actively engaged in establishing jatropha curcas plantations, biodiesel downstream processing and trading activities in the Asia Pacific region. He is presently developing markets and partnerships for an oilseed-to-biodiesel supply chain based on the Group’s proprietary processing technology. He has also developed a strategic interface with related Government agencies in South East Asia overseeing the policy for biofuels and renewable energy. Khoo graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Agribusiness) from Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang and was a Nuffield Foundation Study Fellow with the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, United Kingdom where he examined developments in biotechnology: the institutional basis for innovation, the role of government policy and the various approaches to commercialize and finance innovation in the field of life sciences.

Elias Tana Moning, Outreach Bioenergy International (Indonesia)

Dr. Elias Tana Moning is the Director of Outreach International Bioenergy, founded in 2007, located in Indonesia. Via community groups, he has introduced the social-entrepreneurship concept of “Planting Jatropha Plus 3, that is Jatropha with Fast-growing Teakwood, Vetiver Grass and Polinating Bees – in marginal land in Flores Island of Eastern Indonesia. The social-entrepreneurship approach is carefully chosen to be the vehicle of this program for achieving social-economic community improvements through profits making sustainability. Jatropha PLUS3 is chosen for NOT FOR FOOD land areas. Dr. Moning is also a concept writer of production of wood pellet and torefied wood pellet (TOP) using short rotation forest (SRF) system with Eucalyptus urograndis, one of fast growing eucalyptus hybrid species, as feed stock for this TOP production.

Sam P. Huttenbauer, Great Plains Oil & Exploration LLC (USA)

Sam HuttenbauerSam Huttenbauer is the CEO of Great Plains Oil and Exploration, a renewable energy corporation which is the leading developer of camelina-based biofuels and biochemicals. He has deep functional expertise and leadership ability across the supply chain, from new product introduction, product development, sales and marketing, procurement, to manufacturing and distribution. Prior to Great Plains, Sam was the President of Agragen Plant Sciences, a company which pioneered the use of camelina for a wide variety of chemical, pharmaceutical and feed uses and for which he currently serves on the Board of Directors. He is also on the Board of United Fuel Growers, a next-generation feedstock producer. Sam earned a Masters in Business and B.A. degree, both from Harvard University.

Chamber 2

Jill Kauffman Johnson, TerraVia (USA)

Jill Kauffman Johnson is the Vice President of Global Sustainability and External Affairs at TerraVia (formerly Solazyme). TerraVia is a next-generation food, nutrition and specialty ingredients company that harnesses the power of algae. She leads strategy and execution of TerraVia’s sustainability agenda, stakeholder engagement, and related public policy activities to support and enhance the company’s mission to make products that are better for people and the planet.

Prior to TerraVia, Jill was with California Environmental Associates (CEA) and founded the Sustainable Business practice working with clients to assess their operations to help green supply chains, improve operational efficiency, and reduce costs. She was the co-founder and Executive Director of the non-profit, Chemical Strategies Partnership. Jill also helped to guide the launch of numerous nonprofit organisations including ClimateWorks Foundation, Trust for Conservation Innovation, Institute for Industrial Productivity, Global Buildings Performance Network, and the Roots of Change (ROC) Fund.

Prior to joining CEA, Jill was the founding Director of the Pacific Coast Regional Office of the Ocean Conservancy (formerly the Center for Marine Conservation). She also served as a market analyst for recycled plastic at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University and a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University.

Samantha Hampton, Sunchem Biofuel Development (South Africa)

Samantha HamptonSamantha Hampton is Head of Business Development and Sustainability at Sunchem Biofuel Development South Africa (Sunchem SA). She has an undergraduate and masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town as well as a further masters degree in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Engineering from Stellenbosch University. Sunchem SA are leading the global development of the novel Energy Tobacco crop Solaris, and Samantha has been involved with managing the trial, pilot and now expansion phases of the project in South Africa since 2012. Following completing the RSB auditor course in 2014, Samantha has also managed the RSB certification of the Solaris project under the Sunchem SA umbrella in 2015. It has been the first project registered with the RSB in South Africa.

Chamber 3

Thomas Rötger (Chair), International Air Transport Association (IATA) (Switzerland)

ROETGER ThomasThomas Rötger joined IATA in 2008 as Assistant Director Environment Technology. One of his main activities is to implement IATA’s strategy for the deployment of aviation biofuels. He is a member of the UN International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) working groups on emissions, on sustainable alternative fuels and on environmental impact science. He is rapporteur of the Environment and Energy working group in the Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe (ACARE). From 1988 to 2008 he worked at Airbus in Toulouse and Hamburg, with a focus on environmental topics such as noise and emissions reduction. He studied physics and chemistry in Heidelberg, Hamburg and Grenoble and holds a doctoral degree in physics.

Darrin Morgan, Boeing (USA)

EPFL Join Forces to Lower Sustainability Certification Costs K65207-02Darrin Morgan leads strategy development and execution for Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ Sustainable Aviation Fuels Program as Director. He is a co-founder of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG). Morgan has also served as founding co-chairman of the world’s first global algae-for-energy trade association, the Algal Biomass Organization and co-founded, with Etihad Airways, the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium, which focuses on halophyte biomass development.

Ian Cruickshank, South African Airways  (USA)

Ian CruickshankIan Cruickshank heads up South African Airways (SAA) Group Environmental Affairs with the goal of ensuring that the SAA Group is the most environmentally sustainable airline group in the world by initiating real change throughout the organizations to fundamentally change the way the SAA Group does business and effect real change in South Africa. During his time at SAA, Ian served in a number of management roles, most notably Project leader for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Ian is Chairman of the IATA IEnvA Working Group and a member of the IATA Environment Committee and represents the SAA Group’s interest in all matters relating to environmental sustainability.

Chamber 4

Arturo Barrit (Chair), Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) (Philippines)

Arturo R. Barrit, is chief of the Environmental Protection and Safety Office of the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP). As such he is in charge of the trade union’s environmental and sustainable development programs. He conceptualized the trade union’s environmental program before the holding of the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. He introduced the trade union’s involvement on reforestation program called ‘The Tree Farm Lease Agreement (TFLA)’. This is one of the tenurial rights of the government and the first of its kind wherein a union was awarded a 25-year lease reforestation program by the government which started in 1996.

Arturo has participated in numerous UN sponsored conferences and meetings. He is also the SAICM Focal Person representing NGO – Trade Union in the Philippines and has submitted a project proposal under the SAICM Quick Start Program on chemicals for the agricultural workers belonging to the ALU-TUCP. He is also a Board of Trustee of an NGO for farmers called “Mag-uugmad Foundation based in Cebu City, Philippines.

Olivier Geneviève, Sucre Ethique (France)

Olivier Geneviève is an economist trained at University of Lyon 2 (France) and University of São Paulo (Brazil). He is a professor in international trade at INSEEC (Lyon). As a specialist of social conditions in the sugar/energy sector, he founded Ethical Sugar in 2003. As a member of Bonsucro since 2006 and RSB since 2008, Ethical Sugar is regularly publishing reports about the sugar/energy sector, with regards to socio-environmental impacts. Since 2004, Ethical Sugar is organising multi-stakeholder meetings, including in Brazil, with labor unions, companies and NGOs about social conditions in the sugarcane sector. Ethical Sugar also has an observer status at the International Sugar Union, with an accreditation from UNCTAD and IEA as specialist on social questions in the sector of agro-energies.

Homero Fuentes, Commission for the Verification of Code of Conduct (COVERCO) (Guatemala)

Jorge Homero Fuentes Aragón is the founder and director of COVERCO, a Guatemalan NGO dedicated to providing objective and credible information about work conditions. Homero was general coordinator of the regional project Continuous improvement in the Central America workplace, a global alliance of USAID, and a number of private and public sector organisations. Homero has worked with the LO/FTF Council, a Danish trade union council for international development co-operation, a pilot project with the Regional Maquila Program, and the establishment of the Regional Institute of the Labour Market. He also coordinated the socio-political programme for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Guatemala. Homero has lectured on Global Labour and Coorporate Social Responsibility in training centres, institutions and universities, has conducted research on labour relations in Guatemala and Central America and with COVERCO has conducted social audits in Mexico, Central America and Colombia. Homero is a member of the NGOs of the Fair Labor Association and the Workers Rights Consortium in the USA. He is a national and international advisor on social policy related to the labor market and a mediator for labor conflicts in the public and private sectors of Guatemala.

Omara Amuko, National Union of Farm and Plantation Workers (NUPAWU) (Uganda)

Omara Amuko is director of Education and Training at NUPAWU, which is an affiliate of the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF), an international trade union organisation that represents Farm and Food Workers worldwide. At the IUF, Omara serves as the Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Coordinator. His work involves representing IUF at international forums such as the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), in particular on promoting the implementation of Chapter 19 of Agenda 21 on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development. Omara is the Focal Point for Workers and trade unions in the SARD, supporting pilot efforts and building the capacity of rural communities, disadvantaged groups and other stakeholders to improve access to resources and fostering fairer employment conditions in agriculture. Omara was involved in the development of the Common Code for the Coffee Community project which created the Common Code for the Coffee Community Association, or 4C Association in 2006. Omara currently serves on the Technical Committee representing Civil Society.

Chamber 5

Salvador Feranil (Chair), Philippine Network of Rural Development Institutes (PhilNet-RDI) (Philippines)

Salvador Feranil is a founding member of the Philippine Network of Rural Development Institutes (PhilNet-RDI) and has been with the movement of development activists and network of nonprofit organisations since its establishment in the 1990s. He finished his Masters in Development Studies at the Erasmus University International Institute of Social Studies in Den Haag. He is concurrently the Vice Chair and Managing Director for Mindanao under PhilNet-RDI and has been instrumental in the network’s policy studies, advocacy on agrarian reform and rural development, institutional development initiatives, and projects development at the grassroots level. He also serves as consultant for various international donors, government agencies, non-government organisations, and private companies in exploring and evaluating development initiatives that benefit rural poor communities in coconut, banana, sugarcane and oil palm plantations. As an independent Consultant, his more recent engagements were in the conduct of Social Impact Assessment of Oil Palm Plantations and in the promotion of Inclusive Business among Small Rice Farmers, with both projects located in Agusan del Sur, a province in the Southern part of the Philippines.

Abubakar L. Datun, Rural Development Institute of Sultan Kudarat (RDISK) (Philippines)

Abubakar L. Datun, based in Tacurong City, Philippines is current Executive Director of the Rural Development Institute of Sultan Kudarat (RDISK), Inc. RDISK is a nonprofit organisation working for the improvement of the lives of the smallholders. He has worked with RDISK for almost 15 years starting as a researcher/ organiser. As Executive Director, he is directly responsible to manage the over-all operation of the organisation and represents the organisation on behalf of its governing board in dealing with both local and international funding partner, government agencies and institutions. He also leads external resource mobilization initiatives to generate funding support for the implementation of the organisation programs and services for smallholders in the rural areas.

Laxman Neupane, Centre for Empowerment and Development (CED) (Nepal)

Laxman Neupane, Manager for Centre for Empowerment and Development (CED) Nepal based in Bhaisepati, Lalitpur, Nepal joined CED Nepal in 2013 working for the Governance, Human Development and Sustainability Program, and is promoting sustainable smallholder biofuel in Nepal. Before joining CED Nepal, he worked on a sustainability of access & benefit sharing (ABS) and biological resources project in Nepal. Laxman has experience in renewal energy (biogas, micro hydro power), community forests, irrigation, and environment management. Laxman was board director to government owned largest commercial bank (Rastraya Banijya Bank Ltd.) in Nepal where Laxman brought policies to financing renewal energy program. Laxman has worked with grassroots communities in areas of irrigation, micro hydro, biogas and forests. Laxman received advance research and training experience on sustainability science from University of Basel, Switzerland; MBA from Lincoln University, CA, USA, postgraduate in GIS/Rural Development from Netherlands, post graduate in Economics from Nepal. He has received training on Advance International Economic and Financial Planning for Rural Development from Israel, Microfinance for Micro-Enterprise Professionals from USA and International Value Chain Development from Kathmandu.

Chamber 6

Alix Grabowski, WWF (USA)

Alix WWFAlix Grabowski’s work as Program Officer of Packaging and Material Science with WWF covers all aspects of packaging and material sustainability concerns, including bioplastics and biomaterials. She endorses using a systems approach to packaging and material decisions, balancing all impacts and tradeoffs to achieve real environmental benefits. Her work on bioplastics contributes to the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA), a coalition convened by WWF that seeks to help guide responsible sourcing of feedstocks for biobased plastics in order to encourage a more sustainable flow of materials, helping to create lasting value for present and future generations. Alix holds a BS and MS in Packaging from Michigan State University, where her graduate studies focused on Life Cycle Inventory Data Quality for Bioplastic Feedstocks.

Ibrahim Hafeez Rehman, TERI (India)

A post-graduate in chemistry and a social scientist by training, Ibrahim Rehman has extensive experience in projects and activities related to rural development in general, dissemination of rural energy technologies, natural resources management, and watershed development in particular. He has worked with bilateral agencies, corporations and NGOs on issues of poverty alleviation. His key areas of focus include involving and consolidating grassroot institutions, undertaking initiatives pertaining to market development for clean energy technologies in rural areas and implementing replicable models of efficient management of natural resources at the grassroots level. He is a co-author of three books and has written several papers/articles in reputed journals and magazines. A 2000 British Chevening scholar, Ibrahim is presently a Director with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, responsible for the Action Programmes Division.

Jayant Sarnaik, Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF) (India)

Jayant Sarnaik, based in Pune, Maharashtra, India is founder member and joint director of the Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF), a conservation NGO. He has been active in the field of sustainable bio-fuels since 1998. In the early phase of his involvement, he along with his colleagues successfully developed and piloted indigenous technology for complete treatment and recycling of wastewater from molasses based ethanol distilleries. He holds the Indian patent for the same. About 10 years ago, he started looking at sustainable utilization of native oilseed species for decentralized production of bio-fuels in the Western Ghats- a biodiversity hotspot. For his concept of mainstreaming biodiversity for sustainable bio-fuel production he received the IUCN’s practitioner fellowship in conservation and sustainability. He is currently engaged in small holder certification and industry uptake of the RSB standard in India.

Chamber 7

Andrew Pozniak (Chair), Green Aviation International Association (UK)

SONY DSCAndrew Pozniak is a director of Green Aviation International Association, a small nonprofit UK-based organisation founded in 2008. His background includes more than 20 years in the aviation industry with British Airways and IATA where he gained extensive operations and project management experience. As part of the world’s largest carbon emissions compliance scheme, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, he provides carbon emissions management and compliance reporting for several leading airlines and corporate jet operators and keeping them aware of developments in aviation biofuels. Andrew also presents, organizes and moderates conferences and seminars concerning aviation carbon emissions. He is a working group member with the RSB since 2010, a member of ISSP (International Society of Sustainability Professionals), an associate member of IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment) and a member of the Royal Geographical Society.

Helena Chum, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (USA)

Dr. Helena Li Chum is a Research Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, one of ten in this group, reaching the highest scientific leadership of the only national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office. Trained in physical and industrial chemistry at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dr. Chum has been at the the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), working in fields of biomass, bioenergy, biofuels, and sustainable development globally. She has developed and led groups of researchers in the development of technologies for the conversion of biomass and a variety of organic wastes into fuels, including hydrogen, chemicals, electricity, and high value materials. Her experience has been tapped by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences/Engineering jointly with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Engineering, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to review Bioenergy status. Dr. Chum is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, and the International Academy of Wood Science. She is a U.S. representative in the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 38 on GHG emissions of biomass and bioenergy systems.

Kevin Fingerman, Humboldt State University (USA)

Dr. Kevin Fingerman is an Assistant Professor in the department of Environmental Science and Management at Humboldt State University. His research has investigated broad-based environmental and social impacts of transportation energy. In particular, he has worked on the life cycle water and greenhouse gas impacts of bioenergy systems and policy design to improve the environmental and social performance of fuels. Dr. Fingerman served in a consulting capacity on bioenergy sustainability issues for several California regulatory agencies, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Packard Foundation, Friends of the Earth International, and several private sector entities. Prior to his current post, he worked in Rome for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, providing support in the design of biofuel policies to the governments of Indonesia and Colombia. He holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley’s Energy & Resources Group.

Meshack Odera Muga, Kenya Forestry Research Institute - KEFRI (Kenya)

Meshack photoMeshack has been employed by KEFRI since 1990 and is now a Principal Research Officer charged with problem analysis, project development and management, science writing, formulation of policy briefs, information dissemination, monitoring and evaluation, training, partnerships and networking. He has participated in the development and coordination of at least seven donor funded projects funded by FAO, SIDA, Ministry of Finance of Finland, ADB, Nordic Development Fund and UK-AID. Additionally, he has conducted local and International consultancies with various organisations such as: World Bank, IGAD, WWF East Africa Regional Office, FAO/SNV-Southern Sudan among others. Meshack has been involved in training of more than 500 extensions service providers and community members. He has more than 70 publications including 18 peer reviewed papers. Meshack earned an MSc in Wood Science from the University of Melbourne and a post graduate diploma in designing sustainable forest landscapes from Helsinki University.

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