The RSB Secretariat is responsible for the day–to–day management of RSB activities.

It ensures the ongoing development of the RSB Standard as well as its promotion and implementation through certification and policy.

The RSB’s main office is located in Geneva, Switzerland, and staff are based in Africa, Europe, North America and South America.

Elena Schmidt

Executive Director

Elena is RSB’s Executive Director. Elena Schmidt joined the RSB in 2015 and has served as the RSB Standards Director since that time, before taking over as Executive Director.   Prior to joining the RSB, she was Head of the […]

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Arianna Baldo

Programme Director // Sector Lead: Aviation

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 […]

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Nicola Noponen

Technical Director // Sector Lead: Chemicals & Polymers

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 […]

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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 […]

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Andreas Knoell

Impacts Programme Manager

Andreas is RSB`s new Impacts Programme Manager. He is leading the design of RSB’s Impact Monitoring and Incentive Programme including the development and implementation of tools, indicators and pilots. Andreas is also responsible for establishing RSB’s Impact Monitoring Platform whilst […]

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Anja Mayer

Executive Assistant

Anja is RSB’s Executive Assistant, working directly with the Executive Director and supporting the RSB in different initiatives.   Prior to joining RSB, Anja worked for the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin and the German embassy in Moscow with a […]

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Aléz Odendaal

Membership & Events Officer

Aléz is RSB`s new Membership & Events Officer. She will work closely with RSB’s Outreach & Engagement team to support RSB’s membership community via streamlined and effective communications tools and strategies, global event engagement, and an effective foundation of databases, […]

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Smriti Paul

Learning Designer

Smriti is RSB’s new Learning Designer. Smriti will play a key role in the design and content management of RSB’s e-learning courses, which will offer content on the biocircular economy to university students and corporate teams, with the goal to […]

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Cris Robertson

Marketing & Communications Officer

Cris is RSB’s Marketing & Communications Officer, a role in which he works to develop and implement RSB’s communication strategy with stakeholders, who he supports to share their commitment to RSB’s mission to drive the just and sustainable transition to […]

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Adriana León Soler

Legal Officer

Adriana is RSB’s new Legal Officer. As a corporate lawyer and certified compliance officer with more than 5 years of experience working with prestigious operational and law firms, Adriana has a strong track record of supporting both national and international […]

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Simone P. Souza

LCA GHG Expert

Simone is RSB’s Life-Cycle Assessment GHG Expert and works on various RSB projects. She is an environmental engineer who holds a PhD in Energy Planning from University of Campinas (UNICAMP), in association with the Biorenewables National Laboratory (LNBr). She has […]

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Yitatek K. Yitbarek

Regional Manager - Africa // Sector Lead: Energy

Yitatek is RSB’s Regional Manager for Africa. Based in Ethiopia, his work focuses on developing a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) roadmap and managing engagement with key local and regional stakeholders who will play a role in driving the development of […]

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