Peter-Erik Ywema is an analytical chemist by education and holds an MBA in Strategic Sustainability Consultancy. He has been a consultant, researcher and interim manager since 1990 focusing on the implementation of pragmatic sustainability concepts in companies and policy for governmental institutions. In the early nineties he was amongst the researchers that developed life cycle assessment as a tool to better understand real and significant environmental impacts.
He has founded two successful consultancies, Core Management and Quintens, both based on the conviction that the only lasting and profitable businesses will be the ones where sustainability - people, planet and profit - are equal elements of the core business.
Peter-Erik has gathered experience from his work for several companies, intermediate organisations, governments and NGOs. The development of SAI Platform is a logical and challenging continuation of his career.
Jane is a specialist in the agri-food industry with over 20 years’ experience in three areas: export marketing in the food and drink sector; management consultancy; European public affairs and lobbying. Over recent years she has worked pre-dominantly in the agri-food sector and has a thorough understanding of the challenges it faces. Prior to this she spent 10 years working with PwC, Dublin on their business advisory team. Her assignments included organisational reviews, change management and strategic planning projects for clients across a range of industries.
Jane has joined the SAI Platform as Operations Manager in January 2016 and is responsible for ensuring that the organisational set-up and processes adapt successfully to the rapidly evolving environment in which the organisation operates.
A native of Australia, Brian Lindsay received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Agriculture from The University of Western Sydney. Brian is now based in the United Kingdom. Here, he was responsible for the completion, industry launch and management of the National Dairy Farm Assured Scheme (now Assured Dairy Farms), the UK quality assurance scheme for milk. He previously served as Head of Farm Management for DairyCo, the UK levy Board for dairy farmers. He was responsible for the identification and commissioning of key research priorities for the British dairy farmer. Brian was also responsible for the establishment and management of the DairyCo Extension Team, who have the responsibility of bringing the outcomes of research to the dairy farmer at the earliest opportunity in a form that they can apply. In May 2009, Brian resigned from DairyCo and has launched a private livestock agriculture consultancy business.
Currently, Brian leads SAI Platform's work on sustainable dairy production with a special focus on reducing green house gas emissions from dairy production. In parallel, Brian also serves as the Chair of the International Dairy Federation Standing Committee on Environment.
Jenny is an environmental specialist, with a background in soil and horticulture sciences and a MBA in Corporate Social Responsibility. She has worked in the oil and gas and food and beverage industries, supporting companies' sustainable development initiatives. She has focused her work on creating and expanding sustainable sourcing of agricultural materials. Jenny is originally from the US and Canada and is now based in the Netherlands.
Jenny is the project manager for SAI Platform's Arable & Vegetable Crops Working Group, the Fruit & Nut Working Group, and the Farm Sustainability Assessment Committee, as well as the associated project activities.
Yael holds a master's degree in Cultural Management and B.A in Baroque Music. She has experience in several Brussels-based NGO's as an Office Manager, where she gained experience in conference and meeting organisation, database management and communication. Previously, she worked in Rome as a Conference Coordinator for the World Youth Orchestra (YWO) where she was acting as the focal point for the orchestra members and international relations.
She started her career in Jerusalem as head of the classical music department at Tower Records, where she was the Head of sales and customer relations. She is fluent in English, Italian, French and Hebrew.
Joe graduated from Imperial College (UK) in 2012 with a degree in Biology and an MSc in Environmental Technology specializing in pollution management. It was there that he gained a real appreciation of agriculture, ecology, plant sciences and LCA. Before joining SAI Platform, Joe worked for Unilever helping the company to develop and implement its sustainable sourcing program. He had a key role in driving the integrity of the program, and took the lead on metrics and impact quantification.
At SAI Platform, Joe supports the role-out of the ambitious FSA tool, focusing on a variety of FSA related activities including benchmarking.
Marco holds a double degree in International Relations and European Affairs at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Bordeaux and the University of Turin, specializing in Communications. He previously worked as a Communication Assistant for the Fondation Agir Contre l’Exclusion, a French foundation based in Paris dealing with CSR projects, and for the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bangalore as a Market Analyst and Event Manager.
He joined SAI Platform in 2015 to lead and implement the social media strategy, and support internal and external communications. He is also responsible for the coordination of SAIRISI, a project on sustainable rice farming in Italy.
Martina has joined SAI Platform for a period of 5 months to help with the development and communication of the FSA tool. She is currently an Ambassador on the Irish Food Board’s (Bord Bia) Origin Green Ambassador programme. This is an innovative and unique programme whereby ten people are selected to undertake a 2-year Masters in Business Sustainability. As part of the programme, Martina is carrying out a number of internships in the area of sustainability to build her knowledge and apply her own experience in a practical environment.
Martina, started her career in finance and systems development in the telecoms and private healthcare industries, in Ireland and Australia. During that time she completed a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies and IT and became a part-qualified CIMA accountant which led to her role as Finance Manager for a group of five private hospitals in the greater Melbourne area.
On returning home to Ireland, Martina changed course and opened a boutique Chocolate Café and so began her career in the food industry. During this time she developed a strong interest in sustainable food production which has lead to her participation in the Origin Green programme.