Board of Governors

The RSPO is managed by a Board of Governors comprised of 16 members, designated by the General Assembly for two (2) years.

To ensure an efficient and progressive management, the Board of Governors is supported by four (4) Standing Committees. Each Standing Committee is comprised of members from the Board of Governors (including Alternate Board of Governors) as well as RSPO Members. The Board of Governors is also supported by advisors.

The first Board of Governors was elected at the inaugural General Assembly held on 6 October 2004. Through staggered voting, within each sector, half the Board of Governors is re-elected every year, at the Annual General Assembly of members of the members of the assembly. When a seat is due for election any member in good standing from the particular sector may offer themselves to be elected. Incumbents may offer themselves for re-election or may continue if there are no nominations within their respective categories for the Board of Governor seats.

Number of seats
Number of seats
Oil Palm Growers
Banks / Investors
Palm Oil Processors and / or Traders
Environmental / Nature conservation NGOs
Consumer Goods Manufacturers
Social / Development NGOs

* Malaysia, Indonesia, Smallholders, rest of world.

Board of Governors

Anne Rosenbarger (Co-chair)

Global Engagement Manager, Commodities and Finance, WRI

José Roberto Montenegro Baide (Co-chair)

President, Tropical Oil Division – Agro America;
General Manager of AgroCaribe

Tim Stephenson (Vice-chair/Treasurer)

President, Global Sourcing & Trading, AAK AB

Ku Kok Peng

Malaysian Palm OIl Association (MPOA);
Chief Sustainability Officer, Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK) Berhad

Olivier Tichit

Director of Sustainable Supply Chain, Musim Mas

Kuan-Chun Lee

Principal Scientist, Procter & Gamble

Julian Walker-Palin

Representative & Facilitator, Retailers’ Palm Oil Group

Paul Wolvekamp

Deputy Director, Both ENDS

Marcus Colchester

Senior Policy Advisor, Forest Peoples Programme

Martin Huxtable

Director Sustainable Sourcing, Unilever

Kamal Prakash Seth

Global Palm Oil Lead, World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) International

Narno Sayoto Irontiko

Manager, Asosiasi Petani Sawit Swadaya Amanah

JT Lee

Director, Environmental and Social Risk Management (ESRM), Sustainable Finance Team, Standard Chartered Bank

Anita Neville  

Chief Sustainability & Communications Officer, Golden Agri-Resources 

Advisors to the Board of Governors

M.R. Chandran

Honorary Member

Prof. Bungaran Saragih

Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation

Alternate Board of Governance

Harry Brock

Chief Executive Officer, Univanich

Dr. Surina Ismail

Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA), Group Head of Sustainability, IOI Corporation Bhd

Harjinder Kler

HUTAN – Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme (KOCP)

Mohamad Fadhil Hasan PhD

Corporate Affairs Director, PT Inti Indosawit Subur (Asian Agri Group)

Sander Van den Ende

Regional Director of Environment & Conservation Department, SIPEF

Eleanor Spencer

Palm Oil Technical Advisor, Business and Biodiversity Programme, Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

Quentin Meunier

VP, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Olam Gabon – Plantations

Nursanna Marpaung

Secretary General, Federasi Serikat Buruh Kehutanan, Perkebunan dan Pertanian Serikat Buruh Sejahtera Indonesia (Hukatan)

Rukaiyah Rafik

Advisor, Gapoktan Tanjung Sehati

Mario Abreu

Head of CSR and Sustainability, Ferrero

Bernadinus Steni

Chairman and Executive Secretary, Kaleka

Laila Wilfred

Sustainable Sourcing – Palm, Cargill Incorporated

Imogen Jamie

Associate Director, Environmental and Social Risk Management (ESRM), Sustainable Finance Team, Standard Chartered Bank

Sougata Niyogi

Chief Executive Officer, Godrej Industries Limited

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