Speakers of the 2019 Exchanges


Access and Benefit Sharing Exchange:

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Cuc Nguyen

Biodiversity Conservation Agency, Viet Nam

MA. Nguyen Dang Thu Cuc is currently the Head of Division for Genetic Resources and Bio-safety Management. Her major was life sciences (bachelor) and development studies (master), graduated in the HAN University of the Netherlands and the Graduate Institute of Geneva, Switzerland respectively. She started working at the Biodiversity Conservation Agency under Vietnam Environment Administration, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment since 2009. The major roles involve: drafting and implementing legal documents on national biodiversity strategy, access and benefit sharing related to genetic resources, and biosafety management of genetically modified organisms; play role as national competent authorities to the Nagoya Protocol on ABS and the Cartagena Protocol and its supplementary protocol on redress and liability. In the field of ABS, since after adoption of the national legislation on ABS (Decree 59/2017/ND-CP), the division has now been in charge for reviewing a number of dossiers requesting for IRCC and export permission. 


Geetha Nayak

Team Leader, Indo-German ABS Partnership Project

Dr. Geetha Nayak is the Team Leader for the ABS Partnership Project at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in India implemented in partnership with Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the National Biodiversity Authority, Government of India. Since 2014, she has been working on projects to implement ABS both at national and state level in India. Her work involves facilitating dialogues between regulators and users for ABS compliance and capacity building of providers to establish ABS good practice. She holds a PhD degree in Ecology from Pondicherry University, India and is a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA.

Julien Le Masson

Sourcing & Purchasing Manager at Cosmo International Ingredients (France)

Julien is Sourcing & Purchasing Manager at Cosmo International Ingredients, which is the R&D platform of Cosmo International
Fragrances, established in France in 2012 in order to create tailored-made and innovative natural ingredients for the perfume
industry. He joined the company in August 2018 and is responsible for setting up sustainable and ethical supply chains as per the UEBT
standards, Cosmo being a member of the association since 2016. Ingredients are sourced worldwide, with a particular focus on Peru and
Colombia where Cosmo International Ingredients has local offices. Julien holds an engineering degree in Agronomy  from the Institut
National Agronomique Paris-Grignon, with a specialization in quality management in plants production and supply chains.

Lu’lu’ Agustina

Deputy Director for Biosafety, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia

Lu’lu’ Agustina is currently Deputy Director for Biosafety on Directorate of Biodiversity Conservation. Her major is agriculture (bachelor) and development studies (master), graduated in the Gadjah Mada University for both. She started working in Ministry of Environment since 2001 as staff in Biodiversity Conservation Unit. Her major roles related to biosafety, genetic resources management and the implementation of Convention on Biological Diversity. She was active involved on the negotiation of the International Regime on ABS and also the preparation of the instrument for the ratification of Nagoya Protocol. She was a member of the team for formulating draft of legislation, regulation and guidelines that intended to the implementation of Nagoya Protocol.


María Julia Oliva

Deputy Director & Senior Coordinator for ABS and Policy, UEBT

Maria Julia Oliva is Deputy Director & Senior Coordinator for ABS and Policy at the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) since 2009. In this capacity, she provides training, advice and technical support for UEBT members and partners on issues such as equitable trade practices and access and benefit sharing. Julia has held several positions in international organizations and published widely on the interface between sustainability, trade and intellectual property. She is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and the Board of Directors of IP-Watch, an independent reporting service on intellectual property issues. She has a law degree from the University of Mendoza and a Masters of Laws (LL.M) in environmental law, cum laude, from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.


Morten Walløe Tvedt

Senior Research Fellow, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI)

Tvedt is associate professor at the University College in Molde, Norway, and a senior research fellow at the FNI. He is an internationally recognised expert and has extensive practical expertise on ABS, focusing on intellectual property and contract law. He is the co-author of the book on “Drafting Successful Access and Benefit-Sharing Contracts,” published in 2017.


Olivier Rukundo

Consultant, ABS Capacity Development Initiative

Mr. Olivier Rukundo is an international legal advisor on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), working with various organizations including the ABS Capacity Development Initiative, FAO, UNDP on the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS and related international instruments. From 2011 – 2014 he was Programme Officer for the Nagoya Protocol at the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity, where he managed a GEF Medium Size global project aimed at providing legal and technical assistance to countries for the ratification and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol. From 2007-2010, he served as legal and technical advisor to the African Group during the negotiations of the Nagoya Protocol. Mr. Rukundo holds an LL.M in International Law and Intellectual Property Law from the University of Turin, a BCL ( Civil Law) /LLB (Common Law)  from McGill University, and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from University of Northern Iowa.


Santiago Carrizosa

Global Advisor on ABS, UNDP

Dr. Santiago Carrizosa is the Global Advisor on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS) for UNDP and a Senior Technical Advisor on biodiversity and ecosystems for the Latin American and Caribbean region. Since 2012 to date Santiago has promoted the development of the global portfolio of ABS projects for UNDP. Prior to joining UNDP, Santiago worked with the National Department of Planning of Colombia and the University of California at Davis where he lectured on access and benefit-sharing policy development. He has also advised governments on biodiversity policy development and has published extensively on a wide variety of issues including sustainable use strategies, ABS, bioprospecting models, and M&E indicators. Santiago has over 20 years of experience in project management, environmental policy, and economics. He holds a Ph.D. and a Masters in Natural Resources Management, with emphasis on Environmental Policy and Economics from the University of Arizona (USA).


Sascha Liese

Manager Corporate Sustainability, Symrise

Sascha Liese is a business & biodiversity expert with an academic background in biology, environmental systems science and sustainable development. He works as Corporate Sustainability Manager with Symrise, a globally leading flavor, fragrance and cosmetic ingredient manufacturer headquartered in Germany. Since 2016, Sascha has been responsible for the development, implementation and continuous improvement of the biodiversity and ABS management system at Symrise. Sascha is member of the International Fragrance and Flavor associations’ Nagoya Protocol Task Force and board member of the German Biodiversity in Good Company Initiative.


Suhel al-Janabi

Co-Manager, ABS Capacity Development Initiative

Suhel al-Janabi is Co-Manager of the ABS Capacity Development Initiative inter alia in charge of working relations with African Governments, the private sector and the donors of the initiative. He is also Executive Director of GeoMedia – a consultancy on environment, development and communication – and a member of the Informal Advisory Committee on Communication, Education and Public Awareness of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Mr. al-Janabi holds an MSc after studying geography and ecology. 


Thomas Greiber

Federal Agency for Nature Conservation

Mr Greiber works for the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz – BfN) where he is heading Division I 1.3 which serves as the German Competent Authority for the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol. He holds a law degree from the University of Cologne Law School and a Master of Laws in International Environmental Law from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. Mr Greiber has authored and edited several publications on ABS and other environmental law and policy topics. In particular, he was the lead editor and co-author of the IUCN Explanatory Guide to the Nagoya Protocol which provided critical support to Governments in the early ratification process of the Nagoya Protocol.


Xiaoou Zheng

Researcher, UEBT

Xiaoou Zheng works part-time on access and benefit sharing. She is a lawyer with a Master's Degree in Environmental Law, and currently a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh.

Ethical Sourcing of Natural Ingredients Exchange:

Andrea Rommeler

Strategic Procurement, Martin Bauer GmbH & Co. KG

Andrea is part of the strategic procurement department at Martin Bauer. She is responsible for ecological sustainability in the sourcing of raw material (e.g., Resource Assessments, Biodiversity Action Plans). She is a graduated biologist specialized in ecology and botany.


Bas Schneiders

Head International Strategic Sourcing, Weleda

Bas Schneiders has long experience in procurement, sustainability management and sales in sustainable, ethical food and fast moving consumer good industries. Since 2001 Bas has been working for Weleda, since 2010 as Head International Strategic Sourcing & Corporate Sustainability. Since 2012 he is part of the UEBT Board of Directors; Bas currently acts as the Board President.  

Cyril Lombard

Botanical resources and economic development, consultant

During the past 30 years Cyril has been involved in the research, development and launch of products derived from numerous southern Africa plant species such as marula, ximenia and baobab. His work has also involved setting up producer networks, associations and cooperatives, and facilitating the commercial linkages to global companies in the health and natural products sectors. From 2000 to 2016 Cyril had key roles in PhytoTrade Africa, including Market Development, R&D and CEO from 2013 to 2016 - during which he served on the board of directors of the Union for Ethical Biottade. Since then Cyril has raised funds for the development of the biotrade sector, and provided project advisory services to GIZ and the ABS Capacity Development Initiative. Cyril provides evaluation and advisory services to bioscience institutions in South Africa, and is a research associate at the University of Johannesburg.

Cathrien de Liagre Böhl

Sector Lead Herbs & Spices, Rainforest Alliance

Cathrien is lead for Herbs and Spices at the Rainforest Alliance, responsible for defining plans and recommending impactful strategies toward the goal of realizing responsible supply chains for herbs and spices. After joining UTZ in 2014, Cathrien worked on improvement of the tea program, and the development and introduction of the herbal tea program in partnership with UEBT. Cathrien has extensive experience in working on responsible agricultural value chains in both the business environment and the non-profit sector. She started her career in marketing positions with various companies in the fast moving consumer goods industry. Cathrien grew up in the Netherlands and holds a master’s degree at Wageningen University in land and water management and nature conservation, as well as an executive economic master’s degree from TIAS Business School.


David Hircock

Executive Director Corporate Affairs, Estée Lauder Companies

David Hircock, has worked extensively around the globe as a respected expert on issues related to human rights, conservation of biodiversity and working with Indigenous Peoples. Particularly related to the supply chains of raw materials and services. A passionate advocate for human rights, David has worked closely with Kailash Satyarthi’s – Nobel Peace Laureates teams in India since 2005 committed to the eradication of child labor and slavery.


Gabriela Salinas Lanao

Knowledge Sharing Advisor

Based in Perú, Gabriela supports UEBT in building and implementing its knowledge sharing strategy. She is a facilitator and trainer of trainers specialised in participatory methodology and active learning. Gabriela has, since 2011, supported UEBT in designing and carrying out training processes, as well as in developing resources and material. She holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies, from the International Institute of Development Studies (ISS) in The Hague.

Gaston Vizcarra Kennedy 

Co-Founder and President of Candela Peru

Gaston Vizcarra Kennedy is Co-Founder and President of Candela Peru, a fair trade export organization with 25 years of existence and Vice Chair of the Peruvian Institute of Natural Products. He focuses on elaborating export trading strategies, developing value added products and building sustainable value chains based in non traditional raw materials from the Amazonian Rainforest, which are offered to niche markets around the world.

Jo Webb

Global Ethical Trade Manager

Jo is responsible for the development and implementation of The Body Shop Ethical Trade programme. Jo is an ethical trade professional with over 15 years’ experience in supply chain sustainability; risk assessment; capacity building; and stakeholder engagement across a range of sectors. She has led thought leadership activities for Thomson Reuters Customer & Third-Party Risk and is the former Head of Stakeholder Relations for SEDEX (a not-for-profit membership organization for responsible supply chains). As the inaugural project manager for the AIM-PROGRESS responsible sourcing initiative she led the work stream for an FMCG industry collaboration on supply chain engagement on responsible sourcing. As a former Non-Executive Director of UN Global Compact UK, and member of their Supply Chain Sustainability, Anti-Corruption and Modern Slavery Working Groups, she is passionate about responsible business and the role that companies, civil society and individuals can play in driving improvements in the standards for workers, society and the environment worldwide.


Julia Santander

Managing Director Investments, EcoEnterprises Fund

Julia Santander is Managing Director of Investments at EcoEnterprises Fund, where she is in charge of the group’s pipeline development, investment structuring and portfolio management in the Andean region, Mexico and Brazil. With a background in strategy consulting, corporate development and mergers and acquisitions, Julia firmly believes in the power of the private sector to create lasting positive impacts through sustainable business models that build inclusive and equitable value chains, lift rural communities out of poverty and incentivize the sustainable use of natural resources and the conservation of our Earth’s biodiversity. Julia is proud to be co-leading EcoEnterprises Fund’s capital raise for its third fund under management, that celebrated its successful initial closing in 2018, guaranteeing that EcoEnterprises Fund will continue to build on its 20-years trajectory and multiply the palpable impacts achieved with its first two funds. Julia holds a Master in International relations, economics and business administration from the University of Passau in Germany with a specialization on Latin American economies.


Kate Larsen

Founder, SupplyESChange Initiative & Modern slavery prevention Advisor

Kate Larsen is an Advisor on Human Rights and worker conditions with over 15 years experience working in and with large firms and initiatives. Kate speaks Chinese, and worked in Environmental Resources Management China 2004-6, then was the first Burberry Corporate Responsibility Manager Asia building the ethical trade and sustainability programme from 2006-12. Following this work with the luxury, apparel and cosmetics sector she consulted to clients included Kering, European retailers, and presented to The Body Shop China suppliers. Kate was then Director Responsible Sourcing for a large retailer, then delivered projects in Human Rights Watch and on Modern Slavery. She was then Principal Consultant ERM London advising on ESG (Environmental Social Governance), and training companies on Modern Slavery Act responses and Human Rights Due Diligence. Kate founded SupplyESChange initiative and advisory to advocate better policy whilst supporting businesses improving supply chain worker conditions. Kate holds an MSc in Environmental Management from Imperial College.


Dr Kiran Mohanan

Enterprise Development Manager, Conservation Finance and Enterprise, Flora and Fauna International

Kiran is a  trained veterinary doctor with field experience in rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in India. After management studies, started working for farmer cooperatives and rural banking looking at financial inclusion and innovative financing models. Currently he leads FFI’s sustainable sourcing project across its global portfolio, working closely with companies interested in developing ethical supply chains that benefit forest and its people.

Léa Mazzina

Responsible Sourcing Manager, LVMH Recherche Parfums & Cosmétiques

Léa Mazzina is Responsible Sourcing Manager at LVMH Recherche, the Research and Innovation center for LVMH's Perfumes and Cosmetics brands. She is in charge of the Responsible Sourcing and Biodiversity Strategy. Léa has been working in the luxury cosmetic industry since 2008. She has deep experience in sourcing and purchasing natural ingredients worldwide for cosmetics and fragrances, as well as practical experience in dealing with international partners on setting up and managing responsible and traceable supply chains worldwide in line with sustainable and ethical practices. She holds an Engineer’s degree in Tropical Agronomy with a specialization in International Trade and Development, as well as a Master’s degree in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management.

Linda Pessler

Strategic Procurement, Martin Bauer GmbH & Co. KG

Linda is in in charge of strategic procurement at Martin Bauer. She joined the company 9 years ago as a team member in charge of developing the company’s own sustainability standard. She is now in charge of managing Martin Bauer’s sustainability standard as well as UEBT membership and UEBT/UTZ herbal tea certification programme. Linda is also part of UEBT standard and Assurance Committee. She manages the company’s suppliers qualification and act as an auditor for the company’s own standards since 2013. She holds a Mater degree in business administration.


Lorena Jaramillo, Economic Affairs Officer


Lorena has been involved with BioTrade since 2001 at the international level with UNCTAD and also in her home country Ecuador as the Director of the national BioTrade Programme. She has worked on developing and implementing sustainable development projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America regarding biodiversity, sustainable trade and business development. During her career of over 20 years, Lorena has written several papers related to sustainable development, value chain development, sustainable sourcing and post-conflict recovery. She is an Economist, specialized in Sustainable Development, of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador and holds an MBA from the HEC, Geneva University, Switzerland. 

Mauro Costa

Senior Supply Manager of Brazilian Sociobiodiversity, Natura

Mauro Costa has undergraduate in Agronomy and Master in Tropical Agriculture. Throughout 18 years of his professional career, he has worked at NGOs, Government Units, Universities, Companies and Research Centers, always valuing relationships, developing people and creating sustainable business opportunities. A few of his specialties are development of extension services, research and development with Indigenous Peoples, Traditional and Family Agriculture, Fair Trade, establishment of new supply chains and so on. Mauro has been working at Natura for 12 years and he is part of the Supply Board as a Senior Supply Manager of Brazilian Sociobiodiversity. At this role, he is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of Sociobiodiversity Chains, and management of new and current commercial and institutional relationships with Communities and other partners.

Nils Yannikos

Sustainability manager, Worlée NaturProdukte GmbH

Nils Yannikos is the sustainability manager at Worlée NaturProdukte GmbH. He has been with Worlée since 2016 and is focusing on implementing sustainability standards along the supply chains, mainly in the countries where Worlée's raw materials originate from. Nils holds a B.Sc and M.Sc degree in agricultural ecology from the University of Rostock, Germany, and a PhD in soil science with a focus on greenhouse gas emissions from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. 

Rodrigo de Próspero

Standards and Assurance Coordinator

Now based in our Amsterdam office, previously Rodrigo worked for UEBT in Brazil on technical and membership issues for UEBT’s Latin American members. Rodrigo has worked as sustainability coordinator at Natura Cosmetics in Brazil, at the Secretariat for the Environment of Sao Paulo, and as an organic auditor.


Sebastien Tissot

VP Sustainable Sourcing Strategy, Natural Ingredients, Firmenich

Sebastien Tissot works with Firmenich since 2004. Since 2013 he is the Vice President of Firmenich's Sustainable Sourcing Strategy for Natural Ingredients. In this role he is responsible for the design and implementation of the company's strategy for the long term supply of Natural Ingredients. He oversees the design of projects at source involving farmers, suppliers, external partners with the purpose of enabling sustainability strategies of Firmenich and of our most strategic clients.

Serge G. PODA

Co-founder and Manager, Agrifaso

Serge is co-founder and current Manager of AGRIFASO, a company in Burkina Faso that produces with more than 7000 smallholder farmers, certified organic, RA, UEBT UTZ, Shea Butter, Hibiscus, Ginger, etc. Previously, Serge worked at the Central Bank of West African States as a macroeconomist in charge of monetary surveillance and public debt monitoring. Serge Holds a Master in Monetary Policy and Endogenous Development of The West African Inter-University Program".


Simona D’Amico

M&E and Biodiversity Expert

Simona manages UEBT’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) program and supports UEBT members’ efforts on biodiversity conservation and restoration. Simona holds a PhD in Rural Sociology from Wageningen University. She has worked on European research projects on policies for organic farming and sustainable food systems, as well as the valorisation of agrobiodiversity through sustainable agrifood chains.

Rik Kutsch Lojenga

Executive Director, UEBT

Rik Kutsch Lojenga is the Executive Director of the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) since its creation in 2008. He is charged to reach out to private sector in both developing and developed countries to promote sourcing with respect of biodiversity. Prior, Mr. Kutsch Lojenga worked for over a decade with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), where he was involved in the creation of the BioTrade Initiative and helped to conceptualize the idea of UEBT. Rik Kutsch Lojenga grew up in the Netherlands, where he earned a Master’s degree in business and environmental economics.

Ulrich Feiter

CEO of Parceval Pharmaceuticals

Ulrich started Parceval in 1992 in South Africa after having worked at companies like WALA and Weleda in Germany as well as in South Africa. Parceval cultivates and sources botanical raw materials for processing to herbal medicines as well as cosmetic ingredients in their GMP factory, both for local as well as international markets. Ulrich has worked in many African countries setting up sustainable supply chains for a variety of European clients in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industry. Based on the extensive experience in African local communities, Ulrich recognised the need to create the capacity in communities to enable them to participate more actively in the supply chain. To achieve this aim he recently started the Samara Foundation which links local communities and international businesses to achieve social and economic upliftment and development in the spirit of the Nagoya Protocol.

The 2019 Beauty of Sourcing with Respect Conference Exchange is made possible with the support of:

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The ethical sourcing exchange session was organised with the support of, among others, the BioTrade Facilitation Programme: Linking trade, biodiversity and sustainable development. UNCTAD and UEBT gratefully acknowledge the financial contribution of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs - SECO.