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The global food value chain initiative for sustainable agriculture

Executive Committee

  • Jan Kees Vis

    President

    Global Director Sustainable Sourcing Development, Unilever

    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).

  • Rob Meyers

    Vice President

    Sustainability Director, PepsiCo

    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).

  • Paul Gardner

    Treasurer

    Vice President Direct Materials, Danone

    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.

  • Rozanne Davis

    Head of  Sustainability, innocent drinks

    Rozanne currently is Head of Sustainability at innocent drinks, leading on sustainability across our business. She is responsible for exploring new ways of providing sustainable pathways for our supply chain, how to manage impact in a positive way, building external connections for collaboration, and designing and engaging business, and ultimately drinkers, in a longer term strategic view on sustainability.

    She initially started out as a chemical engineer – after deciding dodging pools of phosphoric acid on a chemical plant was not the future, she studied horticulture, probably inspired by being raised on a farm in Southern Zimbabwe. She spent some years as an agronomy adviser to citrus farmers in the eastern part of South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique, learning about the many practical challenges facing farming, often within a confusing regulatory and market landscape, but also noticing the inherent creativity within and innovative nature of many farmers, who know their land so well.

    She joined innocent drinks 11 years ago, initially to start up the technical team focusing on fruit sourcing, and until recently have been the Head of Fruit, responsible for all aspects of ingredient sourcing, including longer term security of supply and sustainable sourcing. As part of this, she led on strawberry water project in Spain, which was the trigger for forming the Doñana Berry Group that SAI Platform now hosts. Within SAI Platform, she was part of the group who designed the FSA 2.0, and was on the Verification and Integrity Committee who worked up the initial foundations of governance for the FSA. She is currently the chair of the Fruit & Nut Working Group, and on the FSA Steering Committee.

  • Robert Erhard

    Agricultural Raw Materials Sourcing Specialist, Nestlé

    A Swiss national, who was born and raised in Asia, from early days Robert discovered his passion for agriculture and spent many summer holidays farming before turning his passion into his profession. With degrees in International Agriculture (University of Bern) and teaching (Cambridge), he further specialized in sustainability and worked extensively with the Response Inducing Sustainability Evaluation (RISE) tool, one of the first agricultural sustainability assessment tools, before joining Nestlé. He is currently studying for a MBA with the Open University (UK).

    He began his Nestlé career in China in 2003, and subsequently worked in positions as technical specialist and milk district manager before taking on the role of Corporate Head of Fresh Milk and Agricultural Services in the Greater China Region. This position included overall responsibility for operations and strategies for safe food supply chains, milk district transformation or “Agripreneurship”. In 2013, he was responsible for the planning, construction and operation of the Nestle Dairy Farming Institute (DFI) in China for which he was the End-to-End project and start-up manager.

    In September 2015, Robert was appointed as the Agricultural Raw Material Sourcing Manager for the Global Nestle business and is the functional champion in Nestlé’s fresh milk sourcing activities across the world. The role includes development / implementation of sustainable sourcing strategies, Information Technology development in agriculture, value creation at farm level and LEAN farming systems. In the Spring of 2016, Robert was appointed as ‘Chair’ of the Dairy Working Group in the Sustainable Agricultural Initiative Platform (SAI Platform). The group is operationalizing the Dairy Sustainability Framework in a B2B approach and has a strong collaboration and participation of its members.

  • Steve McLean

    Head of  Agriculture & Fisheries, Marks and Spencer

    Steve McLean is Head of Agriculture & Fisheries Sourcing for the food business of Marks & Spencer. He joined M&S in 2008 as Agriculture Manager for red meat and dairy supply chains and was appointed Head of Agriculture & Fisheries in 2012. In 2017, Steve added raw material supplies across the M&S food business to his responsibilities. Prior to joining M&S, Steve was Chief Executive of the British Texel Sheep Society, a manager with the ANM Lamb Marketing group, and a development officer with the Highlands & Islands Sheep Health Society.

    He is currently responsible for raw material sourcing across the M&S food business globally. Part of Steve's responsibilities include establishing and delivering sustainable agriculture and fish programmes and leading the development of global sourcing strategies for livestock and fish proteins encompassing more than 12,000 individual farming & fishing businesses around the world.

    Steve is also a trustee of the Princes Countryside Fund and a Chartered Scientist. He is passionate about sustainable agriculture and shares SAI Platform’s definition that sustainable agriculture is about 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. He recognises that most of the challenges around sustainable agriculture are pre-competitive and is a strong advocate for working in collaboration with other like-minded organisations to drive sustainable change.

  • Ghislain J. Pelletier

    Vice President Agronomy, McCain Foods 

    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.



  • Tamás Sarkadi 

    Global Category Procurement Manager, Kerry Group

    Tamás Sarkadi is a Global Category Procurement Manager with over 15 years' experience in the FMCG sector. He began his career at Bonbonetti, a Central European confectionery group owned by Roshen Corp. During his time there he gained a great insight into soft commodity markets i.e. vegetable oils, sugar, cocoa and milk derivatives and got his first exposure to sustainability (UTZ, Fairtrade). 

    He relocated to Ireland 6 years ago with his family when he got hired by Kerry Group, a global leader in Taste & Nutrition, to become the company’s first global procurement category manager. His current areas of responsibility cover herbs, spices, dehydrated vegetables and colours. Designing and establishing transparent, compact and safe supply chains have always been at the centre of his category strategies. Sustainability has emerged from being a ‘nice-to-have’ to an integral and crucial part of his every day work over the years. 

    He loves to travel to origin in order to understand all stakeholders’ interests, right from the farm level and throughout the value chain. He is the chairman of the Standards Committee of the Sustainable Spice Initiative.