Board of Directors

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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)

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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.

Barbara 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. Barbara earned a J.D. from George Washington University, and a B.A. from George Mason University.

Maarten van Dijk (Treasurer)

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Maarten van Dijk is CEO at SkyNRG. He has been involved in the company right from the start in 2010. Previously, he was responsible for Business Development and Sustainability, focusing on regional supply-chain development. These supply-chains are well known as SkyNRG’s BioPorts.

Maarten is chairing SkyNRG’s independent Sustainability Board, is currently in the Board of Directors of the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials and is in the advisory board of the Carbon War Room’s Renewable Jet Fuel program. Maarten studied chemistry at Utrecht University, where he graduated with majors in renewable energy technologies and in business economics. Before joining SkyNRG, he worked for Spring Associates, dedicated to business development, modeling and due diligence in the clean tech sector. In this function he was involved in the development of the biofuel strategy for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

Arturo Barrit (Director)

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.

Salvador Feranil (Director)

SalvadorFeranilSalvador 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.

Kevin Fingerman (Director)

Dr. Kevin Fingerman is an Assistant Professor in the department of Environmental Science and Management at Humboldt State University and a Fellow of the International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy (IINAS). His research has investigated the broad-based environmental and social impacts of energy technology and policy choices. In particular, he has studied the life cycle water and greenhouse gas impacts of bioenergy systems as well as policy design to improve the environmental and social performance of fuels. Kevin has served in a consulting capacity on bioenergy sustainability issues for several California regulatory agencies, the Organization 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 Global Bioenergy Partnership housed at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. While there, he provided support to the governments of Indonesia and Colombia in evaluating the environmental and social impacts of their biofuel industries, and in formulating policies to address those impacts. Kevin earned his Ph.D. in Energy & Resources from the University of California, Berkeley and is a published author on various bioenergy topics.

Jill Kauffman Johnson (Director)

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.

Sriram Srinivasan (Director)

Sriram Srinivasan photoSriram Srinivasan has more than 25 years of in-depth experience in various areas including finance and strategy. He worked with various companies in the Tata Group in India for more than 14 years and was seconded to JOil, a Singapore-based joint venture of Temasek, Tata and other companies, in September 2009, as GM (Strategy & Marketing). He took up the role as Chief Financial Officer in 2011, and played a key role in formulating strategic tie-ups and business initiatives. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer at JOil and is overseeing strategy, finance, marketing and operations.

Before moving to JOil, Sriram was heading the biofuels division of Tata Chemicals Ltd., and was instrumental in setting up various agro-climatic research sites for Jatropha in India and Africa. He also played a lead role in setting up a bioethanol plant in India and in participating in various international projects. Sriram is based in Singapore and has spoken in various international bio-energy forums and earned an MBA from a leading Indian university.

For more information about stakeholder engagement, please consult the website of the ISEAL Alliance.