Ulrike Sapiro is Sustainability Director at The Coca-Cola Company in Europe, leading sustainability strategy, programs and partnerhips across the Company's strategic priorities, including water stewardship, circular economy, sustainable agriculture, women empowerment and communities.
In her role, Ulrike aims to use the power of the Coca-Cola system to create scale and positive impact, to inspire change and to forge collaboration along the value chain. She is advising international and European policy and governmental affairs, supply chain management, commercial, communications and external partnerships. She is currently President of the SAI Platform and is or has been involved in WEF's New Vision for Agriculture, CSR Juice Platform, and the European Water Partnership, as well as various trade associations.
Ulrike has been with Coca-Cola since 2007. Previously, she held various Corporate Affairs positions dealing with water resources, public infrastructures and development policy. Ulrike holds a Master's Degree in Political Science.
Jan Kees Vis was trained as a chemist and received a PhD in Heterogeneous Catalysis in 1984. 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 for Unilever. 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, and holds or has held board positions in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, SAI Platform, 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).
As Global Sustainability Programme Director at Mars, Incorporated, Adrian Greet is responsible for managing Mars’ sustainability programs across the whole value chain from farmers through to consumers. He works with the business unit’s to drive innovation and best practise across all areas of sustainability (social, economic and environmental).
Across more than 30 years with Mars, Adrian has worked in a diverse set of roles and in each has been able to drive improved strategy and to be a catalyst for change. Adrian holds a BSc. Honours degree from London University and is the current Chair of the Advisory Board for Surrey University Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability Programme.
Paul Gardner is Vice President for Sourcing Direct materials for Danone worldwide. He is responsible for the sourcing of materials, supplier relationship management, as well as integrating Danone's sustainability ambitions into all sourcing solutions.
In this role, Paul is looking to build on the scale and size of Danone, and integrate many of the project investment tools such as the Danone ecosystem, Danone communities and the Livelihoods fund for family farming, to enable measurable impacts across the agricultural supply base for Danone. Involved already in more than 20 such projects, Paul is pleased to join the SAI Platform Executive Committee.
Paul joined Danone in 1999, holding positions in manufacturing before taking a number of global sourcing positions within Danone. Paul has a Masters degree in Chemical engineering, and worked previously for both Kraft foods and Nestlé before joining Danone.
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 our 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 programs since their inception in 2008 and is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform.
Prior to joining the Global Sustainable Agriculture Group Rob was a Sustainability Director in PepsiCo's Global Operations function delivering productivity and minimizing risk for PepsiCo's global enterprise and supply chain. In this position, Rob was responsible for PepsiCo’s ReCon (“Resource Conservation”) program, maintaining global environmental metrics systems and reporting, and directing PepsiCo's Environmental Sustainability Council, a global & cross-divisional team of environmental professionals.
Prior to joining PepsiCo Global Ops 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).
Ghislain Pelletier is a Corporate Vice President for Agriculture with McCain Foods Limited. He obtained his B.Sc. in Agronomy from the Université Laval in 1982 and is a member of the New Brunswick Institute of Agrologists.
Ghislain Pelletier was brought up on a potato farm in New Brunswick, Canada. He started his Professional Agrologist career with the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture in 1982 as a Potato Production Specialist. He joined McCain Foods in April 1991 as a potato agronomist in USA initially then transferred to Argentina from 1992 to 1996, where he conducted a feasibility study for supplying quality potatoes for a McCain factory in the Mercosur region.
Ghislain Pelletier returned to Florenceville, New Brunswick, Canada in 1996 as Senior Regional Agronomist with McCain Foods Canada. In 1998 he was appointed Director International Agriculture Projects managing potato procurement feasibility projects in several emerging market countries. In his current role as Global Vice President Agronomy, he is accountable for developing company-wide sustainable agriculture programs and agronomy R&D initiatives to, among other things, implement sustainable agriculture practices within the supply chain.
Kate Stein is the Head of Technology for the Fresh Food Trading area of Marks & Spencer. She has worked with M&S for 17 years and started her career on their graduate programme. Within M&S, Kate has worked as a technologist and technical manager across chilled and ambient food areas. She has also managed the technical centre and in addition was responsible for the auditing function and the governance of M&S Foods.
She is currently responsible for setting the technical agenda across protein, delicatessen, fish, produce, horticulture and dairy and now has a broader role across the M&S food business. She is currently developing a raw material strategy for Marks & Spencer which aims to identify sourcing risks to the business.
Kate shares SAI Platform’s definition of sustainable agriculture: the efficient production of safe, high quality agricultural products, in a way that protects and improves the natural environment, the social and economic conditions of farmers, their employees and local communities, and safeguards the health and welfare of all farmed species. Through her work on the M&S food sustainability programme and technical raw material strategy, Kate has watched with interest SAI Platform’s work to date and how the company has collaborated in the Platform’s strawberry and beef projects. She is a strong advocate for working in collaboration with other like-minded organisations to drive sustainable change.