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Board of Directors


RSB’s Board of Directors is responsible for the management of RSB.

The Board of Directors also represents RSB at various functions and conferences, and reflects its commitment to the ethics and principles it stands for. Regular meetings are held where board members collaborate and decide on changes to policy, as well as the effective management of the RSB’s activities.

Meet the Board below.

Elena Schmidt

Executive Director

Elena is RSB’s Executive Director. Elena Schmidt joined the RSB in 2015 and served as the RSB Standards Director until taking over as Executive Director. Prior to joining the RSB, she was Head of the TÜV SÜD Certification Body for Climate and Energy. Elena has extensive experience with sustainability programmes and a strong record of […]

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Hannah Walker

Deputy Executive Director

Hannah Walker is RSB’s Deputy Executive Director, supporting RSB’s Executive Director and its growing team. She is also responsible for all outreach and engagement activities at the RSB, where she oversees the development of RSB’s membership community, the creation of events throughout the year and the roll out of RSB’s communication and marketing activities. Prior […]

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Amparo Arellano

Standards & Certification Director

Amparo Arellano is RSB’s Standards & Certifications Director, where she leads the Sustainability Foundations team. She is responsible for the development and strengthening of the RSB sustainability certification framework, ensuring that RSB provides stakeholders with a robust and credible certification framework that drives tangible positive impacts across various industries. Amparo is passionate about sustainability and […]

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Arianna Baldo

Programme Director

Arianna is based in Cape Town, South Africa and is RSB’s Programme Director, as well as leading our work in the aviation sector. She coordinates RSB’s sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) projects and partnerships, and engages stakeholders globally to support the industry’s sustainability and decarbonisation goals through RSB membership, certification and advisory services. She has 15 […]

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Alex Ehrenhaus

Projects Director

Alex is RSB’s Projects Director, working closely with the Executive Director and the wider Leadership Team to review and design strategies, goals and milestones that are instrumental to developing RSB’s Advisory Services. Alex first joined RSB as our Sustainable Feedstock Expert, and was then promoted to the Leadership Team as Projects Director, starting January 2024. […]

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Gill Alker

Book & Claim Manager

Gill is RSB’s Book & Claim Manager and is responsible for the implementation and expansion of RSB’s innovative book and claim programme, which aims to expand the outreach of sustainable biomaterials and accelerate the decarbonisation of hard-to-abate sectors, such as shipping and aviation. With over two decades of experience, Gill has been actively involved in […]

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Alba Cánovas

Sustainability Manager

Alba is one of RSB’s two Sustainability Managers. She is a Chemical Engineer, completing her MsC in Environmental Engineering and PhD in Production Engineering, with a focus on food waste. Alba has dedicated her career to becoming an expert in the circular economy, and LCA tools and metrics. She has achieved many exciting milestones already […]

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Frederico Blanco

Junior Certification Manager

Frederico Blanco Scheinpflug is RSB’s Junior Certification Manager. He works closely with RSB’s Certification Lead to maintain and grow the RSB certification system through certification management, oversight, and accreditation management support for operators and certification bodies. Frederico completed his mechanical engineering degree at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, followed by a specialisation […]

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Rose Craft

Finance & Administration Officer

Rose is RSB’s Finance & Administration Officer, working across general administration and financial processes for the team. Prior to joining RSB, Rose worked for the European Leadership Network and The Pankhurst Trust (Inc. Manchester Women’s Aid), supporting on operational development, grants management and finances. Outside of work, Rose is an artist, with a passion for […]

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Blanca de Ulibarri

EU LCA Project Manager

Blanca is RSB’s EU LCA Project Manager where she will focus on the funding and implementation of EU projects, and developing the RSB EU RED certification system. With over 12 years of professional experience, she is also an experienced researcher in the fields of bioenergy, renewable energy, climatic change, sustainable development and environmental sciences. Previously […]

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George Deslandes

Certification Lead

George leads the RSB certification team processing certifications, conducting due-diligence on certification applicants and helping companies through their certification journey. He has experience working for standards setting organisations through his time at the Responsible Jewellery Council and ResponsibleSteel where he worked in operations and membership. George has an MSc in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at […]

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Max Eichelbaum

Digital Solutions Manager

Max is RSB’s Digital Solutions Manager, leading the development and implementation of our new and refined digital services and platform initiatives. Based in Montreal, Canada, he also supports RSB’s engagement with stakeholders in North America. Prior to joining RSB, Max worked as an aviation stress engineer sizing lightweight composite airplane structures in Germany and France. […]

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