ProTerra Foundation, Executive Director

We inform that Veronica Rubio, Executive Director of the ProTerra Foundation, has decided to leave the organisation at the end of this month of May.

The Board of the ProTerra Foundation regrets and respects this decision. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Rubio for her excellent professional work and dedication in the past months and look forward to the cooperation with her as an external consultant.

The new Executive Director of Proterra Foundation is going to be announced in the second half of July 2019”

Alexia Stumpf

Alexia Stumpf

ProTerra Foundation, Administrative Manager

Alexia organizes all administrative duties and works closely with the financial department of the ProTerra Foundation, communicating actively with Network Members and developing new opportunities within the industry. 


The ProTerra Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic development of the ProTerra Foundation, overseeing day-to-day activities, finances and ensuring compliance of internal guidelines and assuring credibility of the Standard and the certification process.

Augusto Freire

Augusto Freire

ProTerra Foundation, Chairman of the Board

Director, Global Sustainability Market
FoodChain ID Group
Porto Alegre, Brazil & Augsburg, Germany

Brad Riemenapp

Brad Riemenapp

President & CEO

FoodChain ID Group
Fairfield, IA, U.S.A.

Emese Brosz

Emese Brosz

Coördinator CSR

Royal Agrifirm Group
Agrifirm Group BV 
The Netherlands

Florian Faber

Florian Faber

Executive Director

ARGE Gentechnik-frei
Vienna, Austria

Jochen Koester

Jochen Koester

President AgroTrace S.A. Geneva, Switzerland

Willem Piet van den Berg

Willem Piet van den Berg

Board Member

Maasland, The Netherlands


A vital element to ensure the robustness of the ProTerra certification programme is the Certification and Standard Committee which is responsible for:

  • Periodical revision and updating of the ProTerra Standard; adhering to the ISEAL Guidelines for Standard Setting
  • Approval of certification bodies
  • Proper implementation of the ProTerra Certification scheme and the integrity program
  • The correct handling of complaints related to the implementation of the ProTerra Certification scheme

The Certification and Standard Committee consists of representatives from organisations of the agricultural value chain (including consumers, retailers, distributors, manufacturers of consumer products, traders, processors of raw agricultural commodities as well as agricultural producers).

Members of the Certification and Standard Committee:

  • Fabiana Reguero, Socio-environmental Manager, Amaggi Group, Brazil
  • João Shimada, Research Associate, Earth Innovation Institute, USA
  • Verginia Guazzelli, Quality System Director, FoodChain ID Brazil
  • Deise Caron, Quality System Manager, FoodChain ID Brazil
  • Dr. Alice Correa Ferlin, external consultant to the Certification and Standard Committee

Download: Terms of Reference – ProTerra Certification and Standard Committee


Alexia Stumpf
Administrative Manager

Tel: +35 191 5874439
Skype: alexia.stumpf

Augusto Freire

Cel: +55 51 9117-8541
Tel: +31 30 3200228
Tel: +49 17610175341

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