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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

George Deslandes

Certification Manager

George leads the RSB certification team processing certifications, conducting due-diligence on certification applicants and assisting with the finance & administration of RSB certifications.  He has experience working for standards setting organisations through his time at the Responsible Jewellery Council and […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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, […]

Read More

Carolina Grassi

Policy & Innovations Manager - Latin America // Sector Lead: Ground Transport

Carolina is RSB’s Policy & Innovations Manager. A biologist with a Ph.D. 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 […]

Read More

Sam Hansen

Finance & Administration Manager // GDPR Compliance 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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Yitatek K. Yitbarek

Project Manager - Ethiopia // Sector Lead: Energy

Yitatek is RSB’s project manager in Ethiopia where 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 the industrial […]

Read More