Efficient governance is one of the greatest values of the RAS. We are a nonprofit, open and transparent organization that involve multiple actors to ensure greater impact of our activities.
The SAN works through a participatory, multi-stakeholder decision making process. This structure enables credible consensus building and encourages democratic, inclusive and transparent discussions.
You can read more details on the objectives and the governance bodies of the SAN in its statutes.
The Sustainable Agriculture Network works using a participatory, decision-making process with the stakeholders. This structure enables credible consensus-building and encourages democratic, inclusive and transparent discussions. Internally our organization encourages the participation of diverse members ranging from small agricultural producers to agroindustry and civil society organizations.
Our governing bodies are:
Members of the Board of Directors and General Assembly
- President: Jonathan Barnard
- Vice-president: Laura Prada
- Treasurer: Elsa Matilde Escobar
- Alcides Andrade
- Hando Hain
- Lucia Jurado
- Miguel Araujo
- Melanie Bayo
- Nigel Sizer
- Paul Matiku
- Romeo Domínguez
- Executive Director: Andre de Freitas
International Standards Committee (ISC)
The ISC is the committee of international experts for the creation of environmental, social and agricultural standards for agricultural and cattle certification. It develops or reviews SAN’s standards and means of verification together with the Secretariat. Its integration is under review.
|Name||Region||Stakeholder Category||Topic of Interest|
|PhD. Jeff Milder||International||SAN representative (Rainforest Alliance)||Biodiversity conservation|
|Jonathan Barnard||Europe & Africa||SAN representative (RSPB)||Biodiversity conservation|
|PhD. Luis Fernando Guedes Pinto||Latin America||SAN representative (Imaflora)||Farm productivity and profitability|
|Dorianne Beyer||North America||ISC founding member||Family well-being and livelihoods|
|Gail Smith||International||ISC founding member||Natural resources conservation|
|Olaf Paulsen||Europe||ISC founding member||Family well-being and livelihoods|
|PhD. Elmé Coetzer||Africa||External expert||All impact areas|
|PhD. Nolan Quirós||Latin America||External expert||Farm productivity and profitability|
|PhD. Paul Jepson||North America, Europe & Africa||External expert||Farm productivity and profitability|
Technical Operations Committee (TOC)
The TOC defines the technical content of farm, group and chain of custody certification policies, and accreditation requirements for certification bodies and auditors. It advises on communication systems, tools and necessary guidelines for the effective implementation of these and of SAN standards. The TOC is made up of two working groups.
|Policy Group||Chain of Custody Group|
|Global: Jon Jickling||Producer country Auditor: Benedictus|
|Asia: Mallika Shoshamma Mathew||Consumer country Auditor: Christian Rahbek|
|Latin America: Tharic Galuchi||SAN expert: Claudia Cortes|
|Africa: Morris Githaiga Gitahi||Rainforest Alliance expert: Emily Donovan|
|Smallholders: Simon Odhiambo Achieng|
|Plantation: Rudy Amador|
|International Standards Comittee: Olaf Paulsen|
|Traceability/CoC: Emily Donovan|