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RTRS elects new executive board

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Lieven Callewaert is the new RTRS President.

The executive board of RTRS is elected from different constituencies. The elections for the vacant seats for the period 2021-2023 recently took place. In the executive board meeting Lieven Callewaert (Alliance4Soy) was elected RTRS President.


Lieven Callewaert is an agronomist born in Belgium. He has developed his professional career in Europe in the food and feed sector. 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).


At the Executive Board meeting 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.

The elections for the vacant seats for the period 2021-2023 recently took place and resulted in a newly elected members in the different constituencies.


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 (France); Enrique Molas from Productores de Soja Paraguay (Paraguay) and Juan Quaine from Salentein Argentina B.V. Argentina.

Civil Society

For the Civil Society Organizations constituency, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), represented by Giovana Baggio, was re-elected 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) and Jorn Schouten (ACT Group B.V.).

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.

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