19 July, 2021

RTRS Executive Board 2021-2023

The purpose of this communication is to inform you about the results of the written based voting procedures set forth in Article 18 of RTRS Statutes for the elections of Executive Board members nominated to fill in vacant seats for the period 2021-2023 in accordance with the requirements set forth in Article 27(9) et seq. of RTRS Statutes.

For the Producers constituency, the following members were elected to the Executive Committee for the period 2021-2023: Yogesh Dwivedi of Madhya Bharat Consortium of Farmers Producer Company Limited – MBCFPCL (India); Gisela Introvini of Fundação de Apoio a Pesquisa do Corredor de Exportação Norte-FAPCEN (Brazil); Damien Lecuir from French Soy Producers[1] (France); Enrique Molas from Productores de Soja Paraguay[2] (Paraguay) and Juan Quaine from Salentein Argentina B.V. Argentina.

For the Civil Society Organizations constituency, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), represented by Giovana Baggio, was reelected for the 2021-2023 period. And Thomas Maddox (CDP Worldwide) was ratified for the 2020-2022 period.

Members elected from the Industry, Trade and Finance constituency were Gerhard Adam (Bayer AG), Maria do Carmo Ferrante (Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.) and Kobus Pienaar (Woolworths Holdings Limited South Africa).

From the same constituency, the following members continue in office for the period 2020-2022: Lieven Callewaert (Alliance4Soy[3]) and Jorn Schouten (ACT Group B.V.).

At the Executive Board Meeting held last July 9, Lieven Callewaert (Alliance4Soy) was elected RTRS President, for the period 2021-2022. Gisela Introvini (FAPCEN), Thomas Maddox (CDP Worldwide) and Jorn Schouten (ACT Group B.V.) were appointed as vice presidents of the RTRS Executive Committee. Besides, Maria do Carmo Ferrante (Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.) was appointed Treasurer of the Association

About the RTRS Executive Board

The three constituencies are equitably represented: Producers; Industry, Trade and Finance, and Civil Society Each constituency has a maximum number of 5 representatives, which makes a total of 15 members, all of them with the same voting rights, and elected by the General Assembly on an annual basis, in their role of representatives for a two-year period.

Lieven Callewaert, new RTRS President

Lieven Callewaert is an agronomist with an MBA from the Vlerick School of Management in Belgium. He has developed his professional career in Europe in the food and feed sector. From 2001 to 2009, he served as CIO of Groupe Avril (formerly Glon-Sanders), a leader in the agri-food sector in France and was R&D expert for the EU Commission. Since 2010, he has been engaged in building strategic partnerships for GMP+ International in the area of animal feed safety and sustainability assurance (GMP+FSA) and was in charge of managing the start-up in France of ChainPoint BV, an international ICT supplier of sustainability monitoring systems. In 2014-2017, he was the RTRS European Representative and fulfilled missions for many other roundtables such as RSPO, Bonsucro and Textile Exchange. When the Alliance4Soy group was created, in June 2018, he joined RTRS Executive Committee, and was appointed RTRS Vice President in early 2019. He also chairs the Collaborative Soy Initiative (CSI).

With 12 members, the new set-up of the Executive Board is as follows[4]:


  • Yogesh Dwivedi.

Madhya Bharat Consortium of Farmers Producer Company Limited – MBCFPCL


  • Gisela Introvini

Fundação de Apoio a Pesquisa do Corredor de Exportação Norte – (FAPCEN)


  • Damien Lecuir.

French Soy Producers.


  • Enrique Molas

Productores de Soja Paraguay.


  • Juan Quaine

Salentein Argentina B.V.


Civil Society Organizations

  • Giovana Baggio

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)


  • Thomas Maddox.

CDP Worldwide.

United Kingdom

Industry, Trade and Finance

  • Gerhard Adam.

Bayer AG


  • Lieven Callewaert



  • Maria do Carmo Ferrante.

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

The Netherlands

  • Kobus Pienaar.

Woolworths Holdings Limited South Africa.

South Africa.

  • Jorn Schouten

ACT Group B.V.

The Netherlands


[1] Group including RTRS member organizations: GAEC NOURY and CUMA de la Vallée de la Trouille.

[2] Group including RTRS member organizations: Colonización y Transformación Agraria S.A. (CYTASA), Iruña S.A.I.C., Kimex S.R.L. and Agrosoy S.A.

[3]  Group including RTRS member organizations: Arla Foods; Unilever, Friesland Campina, Mars Inc, VION NV, DMK Deutsches Milchkontor GmbH, HKScan Oyj, Lantmännen, Lantmännen and Vandenmoortele NV

[4]  RTRS Executive Committee members listed by constituency and in alphabetical order.

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