SAI PLATFORM ANNUAL EVENT 2021
Recognising the value of agriculture for a thriving future
9-11 JUNE 2021
Virtual event

Speakers

Abhijeet Swarma

Project Manager (Shubhmint project), Tanager

Abhijeet is a management graduate. He has over 10 years experience in project design, management and implementation. Currently, he is the program manager for Shubhmint project funded by Mars, Symrise and GIZ. Previously, Abhijeet worked with Accion on financial literacy and inter loaning for joint liability groups . He is based in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.

    Adrian Greet

    Director General, SAI Platform

    Adrian is a sustainability practitioner who recognises that true success for sustainability is achieved through collaboration, transparency and innovation. As a member of the Executive Committee for over 7 years and most recently as President, Adrian led the work on SAI Platform’s Vision, Mission and Strategies. Now in the role of Director General, Adrian is driving these strategies and developing the organisation to reach a sustainable future for agriculture on a global scale. During a career of over 33 years with Mars Incorporated, Adrian has led positive change across various areas and in many roles: most recently as one of the leading architects of the Mars Sustainable in a Generation Plan. He is an experienced public speaker and a highly experienced manager, who takes a value-driven approach to creating a culture, ethos and team that thrive on improvement and empowerment. Adrian holds a BSc. Honours degree from London University in Mathematics and Physics. He is a member of the board of governors for the Dairy Sustainability Framework, the Advisory board for the Quantis Geofootprint Tool, the Advisory Board for the Surrey University Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability and an Ambassador for the Positive Innovation Club.

      Alan Johnson

      Senior Operations Officer, IFC

      Alan Johnson is a Senior Operations Officer in IFC’s Agribusiness Advisory Services based in Hanoi, Vietnam.  He is the global lead for Stronger Smallholder Supply Chains, a program aimed at linking smallholder producers to the commercial supply chains of IFC agribusiness clients.  The program includes several supply chain projects in Africa and Asia based on a variety of commodities.  He is also the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Agribusiness Market Ecosystem Alliance (AMEA), a Netherlands-based Foundation dedicated to improving professionalism amongst smallholder farmers.  Alan has a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England in Australia where he was a Commonwealth Scholar.

        Alfonso Chico de Guzman

        Farmer, President, AlVelAl

        Alfonso Chico de Guzman, President of Asociación Alvelal, an initiative for large escale ecosystem restoration in the south of Spain. Manager of La Junquera, an organic certified farm where they have been implementing regenerative agriculture practices, such as ponds, swales, planting hedges, reforestation, green manure and compost.

          Andrew Griffiths

          Head of Value Chain Sustainability, Nestlé

          Andy is Head of Value Chain Sustainability for Nestlé’s UK&I businesses, responsible for the development and delivery of the Environmental Sustainability strategy both within the operation and across the value chain. He has worked for Nestlé UK&I for over 20 years, originally in operational and engineering roles. He is both a chartered environmentalist  and IEMA fellow, as well as a chartered engineer (IET). He is focussed on bringing together the engineering expertise, operational experience and environmental insights of the organisation alongside collaborative partnerships with academia and key delivery partners to develop and implement robust and effective sustainability programmes. Andy co-developed the LENs (Landscape Enterprise Network) model with 3Keel, to enable effective shared interest investment, at scale, into the regeneration of multifunctional landscapes.

            Arianna Giuliodori

            Secretary General, World Farmers' Organisation

            Ms. Arianna Giuliodori was appointed Secretary General of the World Farmers’ Organisation, WFO, in December 2017. After her degree in Communications Sciences, Ms. Giuliodori got a Master in Economics and Rural Development at Siena University in Italy. Farmers and Agriculture have always been part of her working life: she spent 10 years serving at the Italian farmers’ organisation Coldiretti, first in Rome and then in Brussels, acting as Economic Officer, Secretary General of Young Farmers, Head of the President’s Technical Secretariat and finally as Senior Policy Advisor at the European Representation. Four years’ experience in an American multinational research and consulting company in Paris and an executive MBA at Sorbonne University complete her profile, giving her a strong business-oriented approach. In her present position as WFO Secretary General, she has been strongly promoting a solid governance of the association and a wide set of international partnerships to ensure that the farmers can fully play their fundamental role in the Sustainability challenge.

              Ben Summers

              Director, The Innocent Foundation

              Ben Summers joined innocent drinks in 2016 to lead the company’s work on sustainable agriculture. This has included innovative projects on specific issues, he was co-chair of the Ferdonana water efficiency project, alongside rolling out the Farm Sustainability Assessment across all ingredients. A passion woven through all his work is to create tangible value for everyone involved and to utilise this collective experience, knowledge and energy. A recent collaboration with a leadership programme for farmers helped accelerate sustainability improvements in a historically challenging supply chain. He’s currently seconded to be the director of the innocent foundation, and is enjoying the opportunity to ‘borrow’ great examples of where the charity sector has contributed to positive change in agriculture.

                Claire Bury

                Deputy Director-General for Food Safety and Sustainability, DG SANTE, European Commission

                Claire Bury is currently Deputy Director-General in DG Health and Food Safety with responsibility for food safety and sustainability. She is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. She was previously Deputy Director-General for the Digital Single Market in DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology and Director of Modernisation of the Single Market in Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.   Before that, she was Head of Unit for Company Law, Corporate Governance and Financial Crime in Directorate General Internal Market and Services, and Deputy Head of Cabinet to Internal Market Commissioners Charlie McCreevy and Frits Bolkestein.   An English barrister by training, she worked in the Commission's Legal Service and, before coming to Brussels, in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

                  David Pendlington

                  Global Sustainable Sourcing Director, Mars Wrigley

                  Dave has a technical agronomy background, he has worked on the commercial implementation of sustainable sourcing for 20+ years. Dave joined Mars in 2015, from Unilever and is currently Global Sustainable Sourcing Director at Mars Wrigley. Dave’s team business partners in Mars commercial, supporting the execution of sourcing strategies, in service of the Mars Sustainable in a Generation Plan, for: palm, sugar, mint, dairy, paper/fibre, peanuts, coconuts, hazelnuts and vanilla.  

                    Duncan Pollard

                    Founder, Duncan Pollard & Associates

                    Duncan is the founder of Duncan Pollard & Associates, a consultancy for business, civil society, communities and academia. It offers support, coaching and guidance on all things sustainability related. Duncan divides his time between paid and pro-bono consultancy; working with a local charity on climate change and food waste; and enjoying the national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty in the North of England. Duncan initially worked in the forest industry, with time spent in South America establishing pulpmill projects; and in the UK working on operational and sustainability standards. He then worked for almost ten years at WWF International; firstly in the Forests for Life programme, and then leading a worldwide team of 100 people leading work on energy, water, forests, oceans, species and international policy. For ten years until mid-2020 Duncan worked at Nestlé, latterly as VP, Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement. He led the development of Nestlé’s operational approach to sustainability, including responsible sourcing, climate, biodiversity, plastic packaging, livelihoods, food systems, and new ways of measuring societal value creation. An important strategic approach involved engagement and collaboration with non-governmental organisations and other outside stakeholders.

                      Elijah T. Perkins

                      Purchasing - Field Agent, Norwest Ingredients, LLC

                      Elijah Perkins has been involved in the family-owned company Norwest Ingredients, LLC since 2012 holding various positions. The company currently buys and sells various essential oils with a special focus on supplying superb quality peppermint and spearmint oils. Located in the heart of the Columbia Basin of Washington State, Norwest is coordinating the first group of peppermint and spearmint farmers to engage in SAI Platform's FSA, and it has been both a challenge and a privilege. Currently a member of the Washington State Mint Commission, Elijah also grows Scotch Spearmint and provides a unique perspective on agriculture. As buyer for Norwest, he gets to travel all over the USA and Canada visiting with mint growers.

                        Emilie Stephenson

                        Head of Force for Good UK & I, innocent drinks

                        Emilie Stephenson is innocent’s UK Head of Force for Good. Since joining in 2006, Emilie has held a number of leadership roles across the business and, today, she leads innocent’s ‘Force for Good’ function in the UK, which focuses on the brand’s commitment to people and planet. Emilie became a fan of innocent after discovering them as a student at Cambridge University when they sponsored her end-of-year ball. After leaving the dance with as many bottles she could carry, Emilie joined the team a few years later to lead the successful launch of innocent in France. Since then, Emilie has worked across innocent’s sales & marketing teams, both in France and the UK, leading on the launch of new products and campaigns including the London 2012 Olympics. In 2021, Emilie became innocent's Force for Good -  the brand's UK voice for their many nutritional and sustainability initiatives, including their  commitment to reducing its carbon footprint per bottle by 50% by 2030 and building its state-of-the-art new carbon-neutral Blender in Rotterdam.

                          Francesco Tramontin

                          Vice President EU Institutional Relations and Group Public Policy Center, Ferrero

                          Since November 2020, Francesco leads the newly created Group Public Policy Center and EU institutional relations teams for the Ferrero Group, the Italian family-owned company , amongst the leaders in the sweet packaged food market, producer of many brand icons that are loved generation after generation, including Nutella, Ferrero Rocher, Tic Tac and Kinder. His focus is promoting the company external engagement strategy on sustainability, responsible marketing and health and nutrition. Francesco worked previously for the global snack company Mondelez International in Brussels (2014-2020), where he was responsible for Global Public Affairs and in the company’s European headquarters in Zurich (2012-2013) and global HQ in Chicago (2008-2012), where he was respectively responsible for the European business’s sustainability journey, and the coordination of the company’s positions on sustainability issues and relationships with NGOs and external partners. Francesco first joined Mondelēz International (then Kraft Foods) in 2005 in its Brussels public affairs office, where he focused on environmental, trade and agricultural policy, as he had in his previous positions with Cargill and Eridania Beghin-Say.

                            Hamish Taylor

                            Senior Advisor on Sustainability, Symrise

                            Graduated in Chemistry (University of Edinburgh), Hamish has worked extensively with Symrise since establishing his own strategic consulting company, Shinergise Partners in 2007. Prior to that he spent 20 years with Quest International (Unilever/ICI) in a series of international Sales & Marketing roles, living in Japan for over 7 years and 5 years in the USA. He was a member of the Symrise global Flavor Division Leadership Team from 2010-2015 and for the past nine years has co-led the development of their Flavor Division Sustainability strategy. He helped found the Sustainable Vanilla Initiative (SVI), inviting IDH (the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative) and Sustainable Food Lab (the US based NGO) to co-convene the stakeholders on either side of the Atlantic.  He continues to represent Symrise on the SVI Steering Committee.

                              James Ede

                              Sustainability Manager- Europe, Middle East and Africa, Cargill Starches, Sweeteners & Texturizers

                              James recently joined Cargill in 2018. He previously held a position in the Kellogg Company in corporate sustainability. In his current role he is responsible for setting and managing the delivery of the Cargill Starches, Sweeteners and Texturizers Sustainability Goals 2025. The goals focus on 3 pillars People, Plant, Product delivering responsible sourcing, reducing emissions and plant based solutions for the industrial market. He studied in the UK in East Anglia and across northern England. His career has principally focused on embedding sustainability within agri food systems and brands by advising farmers, building value with customers, shaping public policies and building corporate programmes. He has held a number of diverse roles before joining the Cargill, in the private and public sectors and trade associations. They included a National Park Ranger on Hadrian’s Wall, a farm environmental adviser for the UK government and Assistant Director in the UK National Farmers Union office in Brussels.

                                Jan Kees Vis

                                Global Director Sustainable Sourcing Development, Unilever

                                Jan Kees Vis is currently the Global Director Sustainable Sourcing Development at Unilever.

                                He joined Unilever in 1985, in Research & Development. For more than 10 years he worked on Environmental Life Cycle Analysis, Environmental Management Systems, environmental auditing, standard setting, training, reporting and preparation of policy proposals on environmental issues. From 2001 to 2010, he was Global Supply Chain Director Sustainable Agriculture. In 2010, his job changed to Global Director Sustainable Sourcing Development, making him responsible for developing and maintaining sustainability standards and assurance mechanisms for all of Unilever’s raw and packaging materials purchases. Jan Kees has been involved in multiple board positions including the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, the Sustainable Food Laboratory, the Roundtable for Responsible Soy, and Cool Farm Alliance. He is also a member of the Programme Coordination Board of the IDH Initiative Sustainable Landscape (ISLA). Jan Kees Vis was trained as a chemist and received a PhD in Heterogeneous Catalysis in 1984.

                                  Katharine Teague

                                  Head of Advocacy, AB Sugar

                                  Katharine Teague is currently Head of Global Advocacy at AB Sugar. Katharine oversees AB Sugar’s global advocacy and sustainability strategy. She is responsible for AB Sugar’s global outreach on energy, trade, sugar & health and regulatory affairs. In 2018, Katharine launched AB Sugar’s new sustainability approach, Global Mind, Local Champions with ambitious 2030 Commitments that reflect what customers and communities care about in the end to end sugar supply chain. Katharine has worked in both the private sector and non-governmental sector. She started her career at Dennis Publishing working in sales and strategy for the IT Group, later joining Reed Elsevier and ExCeL London in the travel industry, finally ahead of joining AB Sugar she worked for Christian Aid. In this role she lead the policy and advocacy strategy on themes such as climate change, tax, ethical sourcing, human rights and the role the private sector plays in development globally.

                                    Laurence Briand

                                    Sustainable Development Manager, Symrise

                                    Laurence Briand has been working as a sustainable development manager for Symrise since 2012. She's been the architect of Symrise's key multi-stakeholder partnerships sharing knowledge and expertise across different value chains; her energy and enthusiasm fuels Symrise's direct engagement with suppliers and farmers to promote sustainable agriculture and she is co-responsible for the Madagascar operations team. She has worked for 13 years for AFDI, an agri-agency, member of AgriCord, that supports farmers' organisations around the world in their social, economic & political development plans .

                                      Rob Meyers

                                      PepsiCo, Sustainability Director

                                      Rob has been with PepsiCo since 1997 and is currently a Director in PepsiCo’s Global Sustainable Agriculture Group managing implementation of the Sustainable Farming Initiative across the global supply chain.

                                      The Sustainable Farming Initiative encourages growers to operate in ways that reduce environmental and social impacts, while maintaining economic strength and viability through a continuous improvement process. Rob has played a key role in developing PepsiCo’s sustainable agriculture strategy and programmes since their inception in 2008 and is currently serving on the Executive Committee of SAI Platform. Prior to joining the Global Sustainable Agriculture Group Rob was a Sustainability Director in PepsiCo’s Global Operations function delivering productivity and minimising risk for PepsiCo’s global enterprise and supply chain. In this position, Rob was responsible for PepsiCo’s ReCon (“Resource Conservation”) programme, maintaining global environmental metrics systems and reporting, and directing PepsiCo’s Environmental Sustainability Council, a global and cross-divisional team of environmental professionals. Prior to joining PepsiCo Global Operations Rob worked for PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division in various Environmental and Energy Engineering positions. Rob holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Akron (Ohio, USA) and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati (Ohio, USA).

                                        Sarah Mock

                                        Agriculture and rural issues writer and researcher, Freelance

                                        Sarah Mock is a freelance agriculture and rural issues writer and researcher. She's spent her career in the US and abroad; doing research and work in both the public and private sectors, most recently as RFD-TV's Washington Bureau Chief. She grew up on a farm in Wyoming, studied technology and international affairs at Georgetown University, and when she's not chasing farm stories, she's working with Sylvanaqua Farms to help build an alternative agriculture system. Twitter: @sarah_k_mock.

                                          Shazia Hussenbux

                                          Global Sustainable Sourcing Lead, Oatly

                                          Shazia joined Oatly in 2020, amidst the Covid-19 crisis but this has not stopped her might to elevate and drive sustainable sourcing at Oatly, as the Global Sustainable Sourcing Lead and part of the Global Sourcing team. Shazia is a globetrotter and originally from Mauritius. She spent some years in Asia before moving to Sweden in 2012 where she kickstarted her career in corporate sustainability and found her passion in sustainable sourcing. In 2020, she was named one of Sweden’s Sustainability Talents of and under the age of 33 by Sustainability-focused Swedish magazine, Aktuell Hållbarhet.

                                            Sven Sielhorst

                                            Systems Director, SAI Platform

                                            Sven leads the development and delivery of systems that help agricultural supply chain partners to assess, improve and communicate on-farm sustainability performance.

                                            He leads the Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) programme and supports the European Roundtable for Beef Sustainability (ERBS) Framework development. Previously, Sven worked as a sustainable sourcing consultant and CSR specialist before moving to Solidaridad, an international NGO where he set up and managed a global programme to help transform the global sugarcane industry. He was closely involved in the creation and expansion of Bonsucro, the global change platform for sugarcane. Sven holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and Economic Geography from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, where he graduated at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development.

                                              Trey Hill

                                              Owner and Manager, Harborview Farms, Rockhall, Maryland

                                              Trey Hill is the owner and manager of Harborview Farms in Rock Hall, Maryland. A fourth-generation grain farmer, he and his family sustainably produce corn, wheat, and soybeans for the Mid-Atlantic region. A graduate of Perdue University with a degree in Farm Management and Economics, Hill has been committed throughout his career to innovative agriculture sustainability. At Harborview Farms, he and his team are breaking new ground with innovative and creative farming techniques—combining the wisdom of traditional practices with forward-thinking, environmentally conscious solutions that are shaping the future of the agricultural industry. Guided by the belief that the right farming practices can improve the quality of our lives, land, and waterways, Hill sees the opportunity for change and transformation in each new season. Hill is drawing from that deep environmental ethic and his multigenerational farming legacy as Harborview Farms grows towards the future. Hill and his wife, Cheryl, have two children.