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The Secretariat, also known as the RSB Team, is responsible for the day-to-day management of RSB activities. It ensures the ongoing development of RSB’s sustainability framework, as well as its promotion and implementation through certification and policy.

RSB is headquartered at the International Environment House 2 in Geneva, Switzerland, with staff from five continents.

Meet the team 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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Nicola Noponen

Technical Director

Nicola is responsible for the development of new RSB standards and procedures, and the continuous improvement of existing ones. This involves interaction with RSB’s membership, scientific experts, and stakeholder community to ensure that the RSB standards rely on solid science and state-of-the-art practices in standards development. Nicola also leads RSB’s engagement with the chemicals 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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Hannah Walker

Outreach & Engagement Director

As Outreach & Engagement Director, Hannah is responsible for all outreach and engagement activities at the RSB, as well as a member of the leadership team. 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. She also leads RSB’s […]

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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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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 Manager

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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Alex Ehrenhaus

Sustainable Feedstock Expert

Alex is RSB’s Sustainable Feedstock Expert, working closely with RSB’s Technical Director and Programme Director to develop sustainable feedstock availability assessments, guide RSB partners to increase sustainability performance of their supply chains, and further develop the RSB Principles & Criteria for sustainable feedstock production. Based in Germany, Alex moved with his family from Argentina, where […]

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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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Carolina Grassi

Policy & Innovations Manager

Carolina is RSB’s Policy & Innovations Manager. A biologist with a PhD in genetics and an MBA in Business Management, Carolina has dedicated her professional career to helping to achieve a balance between environmental protection and economic growth by establishing a sustainable and low-carbon circular economy. She has spent much of her career working in […]

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Sam Hansen

Finance & Administration Manager / Data Protection Officer

Sam manages RSB’s finances and performs budget preparations, financial monitoring and controlling, and accounts payables and receivable. He also manages RSB’s certification and membership processes and supports the organisation of RSB Events. Additionally, he assists in general administrative, HR, and IT-related work for the organisation and supports RSB governance. Prior to RSB, he was a […]

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Andreas Knoell

Impacts Programme Manager

Andreas is RSB’s Impacts Programme Manager. He is leading the design of RSB’s Impacts & Incentives Programme, including the development and implementation of tools, indicators and pilots. Andreas is also responsible for establishing RSB’s Impact Monitoring Platform whilst supporting stakeholder engagement and developing communication materials. Based on a broad education with degrees in Wood Science […]

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