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 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. Prior to joining the RSB, she was Head of the TÜV SÜD Certification Body for Climate and […]

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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 // Sector Lead: Textiles & Fibres

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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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 […]

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Blanca de Ulibarri

EU LCA Project Manager

Blanca is RSB’s new 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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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Loradé Sofowote

Executive Assistant

Loradé is the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director at the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB).   Loradé is a Nigerian-born Canadian with a Secretarial Diploma, a Bachelor of Business Administration and an M.A. in International Human Resources. She has […]

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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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