About Us

Our Governance

The ProTerra Foundation is legally registered in the Netherlands as a Foundation (Stichting).

Companies sharing its vision and the mission can join the ProTerra Network™ and support the organisation by sharing their good practices and providing strategic advice.

The daily business of the ProTerra Foundation is managed by its Secretariat and directly supervised by the Board of Directors. Besides, the ProTerra Foundation has set the Stakeholder Council as its advisory body.


The daily business of the ProTerra Foundation is managed by its Secretariat and directly supervised by the Board of Directors.

Emese Brosz

Emese holds responsibility for the day to day running of the company and its strategic direction. Managing Director

Alexia Stumpf

Alexia organizes all administrative duties and works closely together with Emese Brosz, Managing Director.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is composed by individual professionals with proven experience in sustainability and food and feed supply chains. They supervise the work of the Secretariat and lead the organisation towards its vision and mission.

Augusto Freire

ProTerra Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO of Value Chain Consulting – sustainability monitoring, reporting and verification, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Brad Riemenapp

President & CEO
FoodChain ID Group
Fairfield, IA, U.S.A

Jochen Koester

President & CEO | AgroTrace S.A.
Geneva, Switzerland
VLOG | Berlin, Germany

Willem Piet van den Berg

Board Member
Atlas specialist; researcher and trainer
Maasland, The Netherlands

Stakeholders Council

The Stakeholders Council is the governance body with strategic advisory role. It provides both the Board of Directors and the Secretariat with recommendations and expert advice on specific topics that help companies to embed their sustainability strategies and give consumers assurance of their work done through the implementation of the ProTerra Standard in the food and feed supply chain.

Trygve Berg Lea

Sustainability manager Skretting
Trygve Berg Lea is sustainability manager in the fishfeed company Skretting with headquarters in Stavanger, Norway. Skretting is part of Nutreco – a global leader in animal nutrition and fish feed. He has worked with different aspects of fish nutrition for the last 30 years. His primary interest has been working with implementing new research findings into new products and knowledge support for the aquaculture industry. He now leads the work in Skretting within the area of sustainability and is a member of the Nutreco sustainability platform. He is a member of the IFFO RS advisory board and GlobalGAP aquaculture technical committee. He has participated in developing what became the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) salmon standard and is today a member of the steering committee of the ongoing development of an ASC feed standard. Mr. Lea graduated from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in 1981.

Bastiaan Meuleman

Sustainable sourcing expert at Colruyt Group After finishing my bachelor studies in Urban Planning at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands, I chose to follow my passion and expanded my knowledge by taking up the master Urban Environmental Management. During my 6 months Erasmus in Valencia and a research, concerning the interviewing of inhabitants regarding waste separation in Montpellier, I learned to live and work in another region and professionalized my French and Spanish. My thesis and internship focused on technologies to treat waste (water), to gain valuable resources and reduce the impact of those streams on the environment. I learned to apply technologies, visions and trends in relation to waste (water) management, sustainable use and storage of energy and trafficm management.

After my graduation in 2014, I took a new challenge by moving to South America. My Erasmus experience contributed to my work in Spanish in Ayacucho, Peru, where I worked with local Peruvians guiding them as a wastewater expert in their daily struggle to minimize the impact on their beautiful country and on the other hand providing them with safe drinking water. After my return to Belgium, I started working for the Belgian retailer (Colruyt Group) as a project manager in construction.

After three years, it was time for something else and I seized the opportunity to start working on our environmental sourcing team. Since October 2018, I am responsible for the sustainability program for several product group such as soy in food. I am determined to give our customers an even higher choice in sustainablem products and set up chains with respect for all actors in it.

Sabine Fortmann

Sustainability Manager Sourcing EMEA Sabine Fortmann is the Sustainability Manager Sourcing EMEA at Barry Callebaut. In this role, she is responsible for the sustainable sourcing of non-cocoa ingredients in the EMEA region. Before joining Barry Callebaut, Sabine has worked in the life sciences industry on various sourcing and sustainability related topics and holds an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid.

Sandra Schouten – Kraaij

EHS coordinator Cefetra B.V

Sandra Schouten – Kraaij is EHS coordinator, sustainability and quality officer at Cefetra B.V. (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) for almost 5 years. Cefetra is part of the business unit BayWa Agri Supply & Trade and together they trade 26 million tons of agricultural commodities each year.
Cefetra is playing a leading role in the implementation of certified responsible soya for the European feed industry. Over the last years I have been involved in building a large certification program for responsible soya from South America, with various project on the ground in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.


Ralf Kenkel

Managing director MEGA Tierernährung The company MEGA Tierernährung GmbH & Co. KG is a part of the PHW-Group. MEGA Tierernährung GmbH & Co.KG is one of the biggest german producer for poultry feed. One of our biggest customer is WIESENHOF. WIESENHOF is also part of the PHW-Group. At our five plants in Germany we produce 1,2 Mio tons of feed per annum. PHW – a group of innovative companies which are among the leading enterprises in the markets of Nutrition, Health, Agriculture. The PHW Group comprises 35 independent companies which cooperate in the segments of poultry specialities and poultry production, including the WIESENHOF® brand for poultry products; animal nutrition and health; and also human nutrition and health. Outstanding quality and product safety require continuous investments. The investment volume of the PHW Group in the fiscal year 2016/2017 exceeded 191,3 million euros, with an additional 2,3 million euros going into research and development. The headquarter of the PHW Group is in Rechterfeld / Lower Saxony in Germany. All national and international activities of the Group are coordinated from here.The PHW Group’s customers are served by qualified staffs worldwide. With 35 associated companies and around 6.800 employees, the PHW Group generates a turnover of approximately € 2.48 billion per annum. This places the PHW Group among the largest companies in Lower Saxony and among the most important in the German food and agriculture industry. The business sectors operate internationally.

Juliana Lopes

Sustainability Communications and Compliance Board Born in Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Juliana de Lavor Lopes is currently responsible for AMAGGI’s Sustainability, Communications and Compliance Board.

She is also an executive at the André and Lucia Maggi Foundation, the institution responsible for the company’s Private Social Investment. Juliana joined AMAGGI in January 2006 as a Social Development Coordinator. In 2009 she was promoted to a managerial position. In 2013, she took over AMAGGI’s recently created Sustainability Board. A proof of the company’s commitment to sustainable development and also of the confidence in Juliana’s work. In 2016, she also took on a leading role at AMAGGI’s Corporate Communications department. By the end of 2017, Juliana took over the new AMAGGI’s Compliance Directorship. She holds a degree in International Relations from the Estácio de Sá University, an MBE (Master Business Economics) in Social Responsibility and the Third Sector from UFRJ, an MBA in Corporate Communication from UNESA/RJ, a Specialization in Sustainability Leadership from Berkeley University in California, and a Specialization in Leadership and Learning for Sustainability from the Organizational Learning Society founded by Peter Senge. Her team was responsible for some of the company’s most important achievements, such as the ProTerra and the Round Table for Responsible Soy (RTRS) certifications, as well as the Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) recognition. Juliana also represented AMAGGI throughout the process of elaborating the Business Principles for Food and Agriculture in the UN Global Compact and is currently a coordinator at the UN’s Brazilian Global Compact, Food and Agriculture Thematic Group (GT).

Standards and Certification Committee

A vital element to ensure the robustness of the ProTerra certification programme is the Certification and Standard Committee which is responsible, among others, for the periodical revision and updating of the ProTerra Standard, the monitoring of certification bodies, the proper implementation of the ProTerra Certification scheme and the correct handling of complaints related to the implementation of the ProTerra Certification scheme.