Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the management of the RSB and represents the Association towards third parties. Details of the composition and the functioning of the Board can be found in the Articles of Association.The reports from Board of Directors Meetings and Teleconferences can be downloaded here.

Barbara Bramble (Chair)


Barbara J. Bramble heads the International Climate and Energy Program at the National Wildlife Federation. Over two decades at NWF, she has led strategic advocacy programs to improve U.S. policy regarding climate change, and to place sustainable development in the center of economic decision-making. She facilitated international civil society networks to promote environmental reforms at the World Bank and other multi-lateral development banks; and to build consensus with industry leaders on voluntary certification systems for sustainable forest products, biofuels and agricultural commodities.

Ms. Bramble was a key organiser of the International NGO Forum at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and the Rio + 5 Conference in 1997. More recently, she worked with Mexican NGOs to enhance their advocacy and environmental education skills.

She has served on the boards of several non-profit organisations in Mexico, Brazil and the U.S., and is a past chair of the board of the Forest Stewardship Council of the U.S. Before joining NWF, she served as legal advisor to the Council on Environmental Quality in the Executive Office of the President of the US, and as an environmental lawyer in private practice. Her J.D. is from George Washington University, and B.A. is from George Mason University. Ms. Bramble has lived in Latin America for almost 5 years and speaks both Spanish and Portuguese.

Khoo Hock Aun (Vice-Chair)

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Mr. Khoo 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 was Senior Advisor (Regional Strategy and Business Development) 2004-2006 for the South East Asia operations of D1 Oils plc and has developed a strategic interface with related Government agencies in South East Asia overseeing the policy for biofuels and renewable energy.

The Cosmo Biofuels Group supplies both the upstream and downstream technologies for its project partners on the ground and monitors the quality aspects so that they adhere to international standards. The Group approaches its plantation projects holistically with firm commitments to the sensitivity and welfare of local farmers and workers, the protection of local environment and the sustainability of the business in the country concerned. Cosmopolitan Synergies Sdn Bhd is the trading arm of the Group in transactions involving oilseeds, crude oil feedstock and refined methyl ester undertaking offtake agreements with farms and plantations.

Mr Khoo Hock Aun graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Agribusiness) from Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang in 1978 and was a Nuffield Foundation Study Fellow in 1988 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 commercialise and finance innovation in the field of life sciences. He has managed, in a period spanning over two decades, a number of trade associations both in Malaysia and South East Asia.

Maarten van Dijk (Treasurer)

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Maarten van Dijk is responsible for Business Development and Sustainability at SkyNRG. SkyNRG is a joint venture of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, North Sea Group and Spring Associates. SkyNRG’s mission is to help create a sustainable future for aviation through actively developing a sustainable production chain for alternative aviation fuels. Before SkyNRG’s founding, Maarten was involved in creating KLM’s sustainable jet fuel strategy, focusing on feedstock and technology. He studied Chemistry at Utrecht University and graduated with a Master’s degree in Science & Business, specializing in renewable energy.

Willemijn van der Werf (Director)

Willemijn van der Werf is the Global Sustainability Director at LanzaTech. She is based in the Netherlands and is also responsible for the Government Relations in Europe. Willemijn has several years of experience in the sustainability field of biofuels. Prior to joining LanzaTech, she was responsible for the sustainability accomplishments of the Biofuels program at KLM and managed the partnership of KLM with the dutch wing of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WNF).

In her role at LanzaTech, she closely interacts with the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), the global certification scheme for sustainability criteria for liquid fuels. Willemijn will also support in developing LanzaTech’s strategy for EU engagement, be the interface to the European Commission and lead participation in processes to qualify LanzaTech products for EU mandates and incentives.

Arturo Barrit (Director)

Mr. 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.

Likewise, Mr. Barrit has participated in numerous UN sponsored conferences and meetings. He is also the SAICM Focal Person representing NGO – Trade Union in the Philippines. He has already 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.

Helena Chum (Director)

Helena Li Chum – 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. The laboratory has 2200 staff in Golden, Colorado. Trained in physical and industrial chemistry at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dr. Chum has, for the past 33 years of her career, been at the Solar Energy Research Laboratory (SERI), now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), working in fields of biomass, bioenergy, biofuels, and sustainable development not only in the United States, but globally as well. 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. She has directed (1) analytical chemical research and the development of standards and reference materials for biomass, including sustainability aspects; (2) process research, including thermochemical processes of pyrolysis and gasification for many years; and (3) sustainability research of integrated agriculture, forestry and bioenergy.

Eleven years of research covered other aspects of chemical sciences and engineering. 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 the Bioenergy status, published last year, as a part of the Renewable Energy Resources and Climate Change. Dr. Chum is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of the American Chemical Society, and of 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, along with Alison Goss Eng, of the U.S.DOE. Part of her career addresses binational and multinational R&D collaborations, principally with Brazil, but also with China, Canada, the U.K., and other countries.

Salvador Feranil (Director)

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 not-for-profit 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 through a scholarship grant from the Royal Government of Netherlands. 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.

Charlotte Opal (Director)

Charlotte was the founding Head of the RSB Secretariat, serving from 2006-2009. Since leaving the RSB she has worked as a strategy consultant for various non-profits including TFT – The Forest Trust, an organization working to eliminate deforestation from supply chains. She currently represents TFT on the High Carbon Stock Approach Steering Group, a global multi-stakeholder effort to identify forests which need to be protected from conversion to plantations.

Charlotte co-authored the world’s first textbook on Fair Trade and served on the Standards Committee for Fairtrade International (FLO) from 2006-2011; she is still active in Fair Trade standards development for the agriculture, fisheries, and textile sectors at Fair Trade USA. She earned an MBA and MPhil in Development Studies while a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, and a BA in Economics from Wake Forest University.

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