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
Co-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.
Tensie Whelan, President Rainforest Alliance
Co-Chair Sustainable Food Lab Advisory Board
Tensie Whelan serves as president of the Rainforest Alliance. She has been involved with the organization since 1990, first as a board member, and then later as a consultant, becoming the executive director in 2000.
Whelan has been working in the environmental field for more than 25 years, during which time she served as the vice president of conservation information at the National Audubon Society and executive director of the New York League of Conservation Voters. Whelan also worked as a journalist and environmental communications consultant in Costa Rica, and was the managing editor of Ambio - an international environmental journal based in Stockholm.
Whelan serves on the boards of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition and Social Accountability International, is a member of the advisory board for corporate social responsibility at Fortis, as well as the sustainable agriculture advisory board for Unilever, sits on the governing body of the U.N. Foundation’s World Heritage Alliance, and is the co-chair of the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Food Lab. She holds an M.A. in International Communication from American University's School of International Service and a B.A. in Political Science from New York University. Whelan's published work includes one of the first books on ecofriendly tourism, Nature Tourism: Managing for the Environment (1991, Island Press).
Ben & Jerry's
Manager of Natural Resources
Andrea Asch leads the environmental program for Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. Ben & Jerry’s is a wholly owned subsidiary of Unilever. Andrea has been responsible for guiding Ben & Jerry's environmental well-being since the company first created the position in 1992. She has fostered a wide range of environmental initiatives and projects that include waste minimization programs at the manufacturing plants, major packaging innovation endeavors, global climate change initiatives and campaigns and the development of Caring Dairy a global sustainable agriculture initiative for dairy farmers.
Ms. Asch holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental conservation and environmental education from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree in environmental science and hazardous waste management from Indiana University.
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.
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).
Director of Sustainability
Shauna Sadowski is the Director of Sustainability at Annie’s, Inc., an organic and natural foods company based in Berkeley, CA. In her role, she leads the company’s sustainability efforts, with a particular focus on engaging with supply chain partners to understand and improve social and environmental impacts throughout the supply chain. Her projects seek to ensure transparency and accountability from ‘farm to fork,’ with the ultimate goal of contributing to a more sustainable food system. Prior to joining Annie’s in 2010, Shauna worked on sustainability issues within the food sector at Clif Bar and Company, Fork in the Road Foods, and Business for Social Responsibility. Before transitioning to an emphasis within the consumer products sector, she worked with a variety of industries through management consulting roles at the Corporate Executive Board and Arthur Andersen. Her commitment to sustainability stems from her early years of growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. Shauna received her BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a MS in Agriculture, Food and Environment from the Friedman School at Tufts University. She serves on the board of the Sustainable Food Trade Association. Shauna lives in San Francisco with her husband, daughter and zany Boston Terrier.
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. He has written numerous articles for publication and is the author of Reaping Profits while Restoring the Environment: Lessons from Central America (VDM 2009). Mr. Shriver directed a Title II food security program for CRS Nicaragua from 2004-2007, and from 2007-2010, 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 (1999-2005) as Central America Director for the Hurricane Mitch response as well as Associate Director for Latin America, and from 1995-99 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.
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.