Board of Governors
The RSPO is managed by a Board of Governors comprised of 16 members, designated by the General Assembly for 2 years.
To ensure an efficient and progressive management, the Board of Governors is supported by 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.
* Malaysia, Indonesia, Smallholders, rest of world.
Board of Governors
Chief Executive Director, United Plantations Bhd
Global Engagement Manager, Commodities and Finance, WRI
Vice Chair/Treasurer, RSPO;
President, Global Sourcing & Trading, AAK AB
Managing Director for Sustainability and Strategic Stakeholder Engagement Golden Agri Resources
José Roberto Montenegro Baide
President, Tropical Oil Division – Agro America;
General Manager of AgroCaribe
Sustainability Manager, Wilmar International Limited
Principal Scientist, Procter & Gamble
Representative & Facilitator, Retailers’ Palm Oil Group
Deputy Director, Both ENDS
Senior Policy Advisor, Forest Peoples Programme
Director Sustainable Sourcing, Unilever
Kamal Prakash Seth
Global Palm Oil Lead, World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) International
Chapter Lead TCF Agri, Asia Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.
Narno Sayoto Irontiko
Manager, Asosiasi Petani Sawit Swadaya Amanah
Advisors to the Board of Governors
Prof. Bungaran Saragih
Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation
Alternate Board of Governance
Managing Director, Univanich Palm Oil PCL,Thailand
Director of Sustainable Supply Chain, Musim Mas
Dr. Surina Ismail
Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA), Group Head of Sustainability, IOI Corporation Bhd
HUTAN – Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme (KOCP)
Mohamad Fadhil Hasan PhD
Corporate Affairs Director, PT Inti Indosawit Subur (Asian Agri Group)
Sustainable Palm Oil Manager, AAK Netherlands B.V.
Martin van Vaals
Senior Sustainability Expert, Rabobank
Sander Van den Ende
Regional Director of Environment & Conservation Department, SIPEF
Palm Oil Technical Advisor, Business and Biodiversity Programme, Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
VP, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Olam Gabon – Plantations
Secretary General, Federasi Serikat Buruh Kehutanan, Perkebunan dan Pertanian Serikat Buruh Sejahtera Indonesia (Hukatan)
Advisor, Gapoktan Tanjung Sehati
Head of CSR and Sustainability, Ferrero
Chairman and Executive Secretary, Kaleka
Sustainable Sourcing – Palm, Cargill Incorporated