The Sustainable Food Lab is led by an Advisory Board drawn from the Food Lab member organizations and provides oversight to the Lab, establishes budget priorities, assists with fundraising, and shares the Food Lab stories with a broader audience.
The Food Lab Advisory Board:
Jan Kees Vis
Chair Sustainable Food Lab Advisory Board
Global Director Sustainable Sourcing Development, Unilever
Jan Kees Vis was trained as a chemist and received a PhD in Heterogeneous Catalysis in 1984. He joined Unilever in 1985, at the Unilever Research Laboratory in Vlaardingen, the Netherlands. He held several positions there, then moved to the foods business. For more than 10 years he worked on Environmental Life Cycle Analysis, Environmental Management Systems, environmental auditing and standard setting, environmental training, environmental reporting and preparation of policy proposals on environmental issues.
Since beginning of 2001, he is Global Supply Chain Director Sustainable Agriculture for Unilever.
Jan Kees has been involved in, and holds or has held board positions in, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform, Sustainable Food Laboratory and the Roundtable for Responsible Soy.
Lisa Boyd, Target
CSR, Sustainability, Stakeholder Engagement and Communications
Lisa leads Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Stakeholder Engagement and Communications. In this role she is responsible for working with buyers, supply chain managers and other key partners to develop policies that support the responsible growth of Target’s Grocery business. She also chairs the Sustainability Executive Committee of the Food Marketing Institute. Prior her role at Target, she held positions in Corporate Social Responsibility, Reputation Management, Community Relations and Communications. Lisa received her B.A. Communications from the University of Minnesota.
David Bright Oxfam GB
Senior Adviser and Team Manager, Business and Markets.
David has over 10 year’s experience of international trade, agricultural and SME development focusing on rural enterprise and market development to overcome poverty. Working across Africa, Asia and Latin America, David’s current work encompasses many of Oxfam’s engagements with Business, whether as SME’s or multi-national companies. Currently leading on new strategic engagements related to agriculture, such as developing smallholder based supply chains, brokering corporate partnerships and developing the Enterprise development programme that invests a mix of intelligent finance in poverty reducing rural enterprises globally. A regular speaker on the private sector’s role in sustainable development, authoring various publications, the most recent being “Think Big. Go Small”, co-written with SFL. As well as being an adviser to SFL, is an executive director of a sustainable cotton consultancy, having previously worked on business development for 12 year’s in the commercial sector, for British and French companies.
Senior Director, Environment Sustainability, oversees enterprise-wide environmental programs
Working across business units and functional areas, Kathy leads the development of environmental initiatives that drive operational excellence, employee engagement, and client and customer satisfaction. Through recent animal welfare commitments, on-going external stakeholder engagement, and ARAMARK’s innovative Sustainability Internship Program, in partnership with the Student Conservation Association, Kathy directs ARAMARK’s overall commitment to environmental sustainability. Kathy has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia’s (UVA) School of Architecture; worked at the University's Office of the Architect, managing UVA’s first Sustainability Assessment Report; and previously worked at the National Wildlife Federation, American Rivers, and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
Director of Business & Product Development
Elicia Carmichael is the Director of Business & Product Development at Root Capital, a specialized agricultural lender operating in Africa, Latin America, and Indonesia. Elicia is based in Root Capial's regional office in San José, Costa Rica and leads a global team to expand the organization's impact by serving SGBs in new industries and segments. She also manages Root Lab, Root Capital’s innovation platform, which incubates new products and services to benefit smallholder farmers. Prior to joining Root Capital, Elicia served as the Director of Strategy and Development for a boutique market research firm and as Executive Director of an NGO serving post-conflict communities. Elicia earned her MBA from Cornell University, where she was a Park Leadership Fellow, and her BA from Colby College.
Starbucks Coffee Company
Kelly currently overseas Starbucks Ethical Sourcing division which includes program oversight of C.A.F.E. Practices, Cocoa Practices and Supplier Social Responsibility program for manufactured good. These programs are implemented throughout Starbucks global procurement organizations and apply a comprehensive set of environmental, social and economic best practices to guide responsible buying practices. Prior to joining Starbucks she worked at Nordstrom where she developed a social responsibility program to promote ethical sourcing of private labeled merchandise and promoted supply chain environmental practices. Kelly graduated from the University of Washington and currently sits on the Community Advisory Board for Dress for Success, a YWCA-affiliated program.
Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
Britt is the Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture at Stonyfield Farm. She holds a Master of Science in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from Tufts University. Prior to joining Stonyfield, Britt spent five years as an agricultural policy specialist for Environmental Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. Together with Stonyfield co-founder and chair Gary Hirshberg and Dr. Charles Benbrook, she is the co-author of Label It Now, a book that makes the case for labeling genetically engineered foods. Britt serves on the boards of the Sustainable Food Trade Association and the New Hampshire Conservation Law Foundation. She has worked on organic farms in Maine, Massachusetts, and Colorado. She is also an avid fiddle player and member of the New Hampshire based Hickory Horned Devils.
Director of Markets Transformation for North America
Alex Morgan is the Director of Markets Transformation for North America for the Rainforest Alliance. He leads and manages a team that works with companies across the different sectors of our work – agriculture, forestry, tourism and climate – to source sustainably produced goods and services. He works extensively in coffee and cocoa, but also in other industries and sectors. Alex works with companies to develop and execute sustainable sourcing programs, including supply chain management, marketing initiatives and internal education. He manages the cultivation of new business relationships and oversees stakeholder engagement and awareness building within the NGO community, government agencies and activist groups. He also works with companies already participating in Rainforest Alliance Certification to increase and deepen their engagement in the program and to assist them in effectively communicating the Rainforest Alliance mission to their customers.
Ben & Jerry's
Global Values Led Sourcing Manager
Cheryl is the Global Values Led Sourcing Manager for Ben & Jerry’s, based in South Burlington, Vermont. Values Led Sourcing is Ben & Jerry’s approach to ingredient procurement which embeds Ben & Jerry’s commitment to Linked Prosperity throughout the value chain. Cheryl brings extensive experience in new product commercialization within an international foods manufacturing environment and received her MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Coffee Supply Chain Outreach Manager
Colleen Popkin is the Coffee Supply Chain Outreach Manager for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR). Colleen manages grantmaking to social and environmental projects with the goal of improving the quality of life of farmers and workers in GMCR’s agricultural supply chain. Currently, this represents a multi-million dollar portfolio of 100+ projects in 15+ countries with 45+ grantee organizations, through a fund made possible by GMCR’s annual donation of a percentage of its profits.
Prior to joining GMCR, Colleen was a Senior Manager with Accenture, the global business and technology consulting firm. During her 10+ years consulting, Colleen provided support to multinationals and governments before transitioning to work exclusively with the international development sector on a not-for-profit basis with Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP).
Global Director of Agricultural Development
John is the Global Director of Agricultural Development for Anheuser-Busch InBev, where he leads the Global Barley Research organization - a team of global scientists focused on developing new varieties that improve yield, disease resistance and brewing quality in key supply markets. John also heads AB InBev’s SmartBarley program www.smartbarley.com, a global portfolio of development initiatives dedicated to improving productivity, farm profitability and environmental stewardship through disseminating new technologies and improved practices to farmer suppliers. His teams’ research and development initiatives span AB InBev’s global supply chain, focused on strengthening existing barley supply markets in the Americas and Europe while helping develop new markets in Asia and Africa. John holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from NC State University. Based in Leuven, Belgium, John grew up on a cattle farm in western North Carolina.
Catholic Relief Services
Latin America and Caribbean Technical Advisor for agro-enterprise and climate change
Jefferson Shriver is the Latin America and Caribbean Technical Advisor for agro-enterprise and climate change with Catholic Relief Services, based in Managua. He has worked in rural development in Central America for the past 16 years with three different non-profit organizations. His technical experience and expertise includes sustainable agro-enterprise and payment for environmental services. Mr. Shriver directed a Title II food security program for CRS Nicaragua, and served as Chief of Party for the agricultural value chains project ACORDAR in Nicaragua. Previous to his work with CRS, Mr. Shriver worked with Lutheran World Relief as Central America Director for the Hurricane Mitch response as well as Associate Director for Latin America, and with the Mennonite Central Committee working in the areas of microfinance and rural livelihoods. As RTA, Mr. Shriver has helped CRS design new programming and win multiple grants in coffee, cocoa, mango, honey, banana, and passion fruit value chains. He has also supported CRS to cultivate and deepen relationships with private sector companies in the food industry for agro-enterprise and climate change collaboration. Mr. Shriver received his BA in International Studies from Whitworth University, and his MA in Global Environmental Policy from American University.
Director of Sustainable Development
Anna joined SABMiller in 2012 as Head of Water and Food Security Policy, and now she is Director of Sustainable Development. She works closely with colleagues in local business units, procurement and technical functions to develop and implement strategies for sustainable agriculture, and leads engagement on agriculture with external stakeholders such as the WEF New Vision for Agriculture, UN bodies and NGO partners. Prior to joining SABMiller, Anna was Head of Development, Cocoa Partnership at Kraft Foods. She led the multi-stakeholder Cadbury Cocoa Partnership from its establishment in 2008 until 2012, developing the Partnership in Ghana with the Ghanaian government, UNDP, and NGOs including CARE International, VSO and World Vision.
Denis Trémorin Pulse Canada
Director of Sustainability
Denis grew up in the historically and agriculturally rich Red River Valley of Manitoba and joined Pulse Canada in 2010 as Manager, Sustainable Production. In this role, Denis is responsible for measuring outcomes related to the body of farm stewardship practices that have been adopted and continue to grow in Canada. Denis is a soil scientist and professional agrologist. Prior to working at Pulse Canada, Denis spent four years as a nutrient management specialist in the livestock sector, and two years at the University of Manitoba conducting greenhouse gas research related to nutrient management in agricultural soils. Pulse Canada is a checkoff-funded association of growers of peas, lentils, chickpeas and dry beans. Canada is the world’s largest exporter of pulse crops. Pulse Canada has partnered with the Cool Farming Options project at the Sustainable Food Laboratory, where the Cool Farm Tool is being used to assess greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation opportunities for navy bean production, as well as a rotation of pulses, canola (rapeseed) and cereals.
Global Sustainability Director
Kate Wylie is the Global Sustainability Director for the food and drink company Mars Incorporated. She leads the corporation’s sustainable supply chain strategy and sits on Mars’ Sustainability Executive Steering Group. For over a decade Kate has championed sustainable development within businesses both large and small, ranging from eBay to The Carbon Neutral Company.
Kate is a Visiting Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford University, holds a first class honours in Economics from Manchester University, sits on the Advisory Board for the Sustainable Food Lab and is a Trustee of a London-based youth development foundation.
Head of Product & Smallholder Policy
Roberto joined Syngenta in March 2014 to support the strategic direction of Syngenta in product policies, building and maintaining relationships with key NGOs, IGOs, industry groups and representative bodies, and developing implementation plans with global, regional and territory functions to enable the delivery of Syngenta’s sustainability commitments. Before Syngenta, Roberto worked for over 15 years with Dole Food Company, playing strategic roles in finance, production, logistics and sustainability. Roberto held the position of Director of Sustainability for Dole worldwide where he had the opportunity to participate in several initiatives and projects with different stakeholders including Rainforest Alliance, WWF, Fairtrade International, the Water Footprint Network, the World Banana Forum and many others.