Debora fulfils two roles within Preferred by Nature. Debora is our Programme Manager for sustainable agriculture supply chains in which she is responsible for managing the supply chain programmes of Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture, the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) and Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). She is also responsible for the coordination and execution of Preferred by Nature's services in the Netherlands as a Market Development Representative.
Being part of important processes to keep our forests standing means the world to me. Certification of sustainable forest management but also agriculture, as one of the main drivers of deforestation, is one of the tools we have right now to achieve this goal
Debora has a wide range of certification experience from various certification schemes, including FSC, PEFC, Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture (former SAN), RSPO, Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) and Preferred by Nature own LegalSource system. As a certification expert, she is regularly involved in a variety of assignments including analytical work, projects, training and development of Preferred by Nature's timber legality tools and systems.
Prior to working at Preferred by Nature, Debora's professional experience encompasses seven years as Senior Forestry Consultant at FORM International, where she was engaged in PEFC conformity assessments and involved in international projects on FLEGT and FSC certification. Her past work record also includes FSC auditing work and advisory services for companies preparing for FSC Chain of Custody certification.
She holds a Master's degree in Tropical Forestry from the Dutch Wageningen University and Research Centre. She has passed Preferred by Nature's FSC Lead Auditor and LegalSource Auditor courses.
Debora joined Preferred by Nature in 2011. Prior to this, she had been providing auditing services on behalf of Preferred by Nature since 2008.
- Business management
- Service promotion and market development
- FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody certification
- SAN / Rainforest Alliance Chain of Custody certification
- LegalSource evaluations
- Expertise on the EUTR and FLEGT
- Sustainable forest management standards and their implementation
- MSc in Tropical Forestry
- Countries worked in: the Netherlands, Ghana, Suriname, Georgia, Ukraine
- Languages spoken: Dutch and English