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Aarti Misal
Research Analyst

Aarti is involved in providing research support for Seafood Stewardship Index and Gender Equality and Empowerment Benchmark. Prior to her... »

Aarti Misal

Research Analyst

Aarti is involved in providing research support for Seafood Stewardship Index and Gender Equality and Empowerment Benchmark. Prior to her work for WBA, she was involved in research and analysis for the Access to Seeds Index. Her work experience includes providing market intelligence data for companies involved in Foods and Beverages, Seeds, Agricultural Commodities, and Agrochemical sector. She has also worked with several Seed companies based in India.

Aarti has comprehensive knowledge of Intellectual Property and Plant Variety Protection, Biosafety and Regulatory affairs and Agribusiness Consultancy. She believes that the private sector has a crucial role to play in achieving sustainable development. Aarti holds a master’s degree in Microbiology and has completed diploma courses in Patent Law and Business Management.

Amal El Basrhiri
Manager Finance and Operations

Amal joined the WBA in 2018. She is experienced in finance and risk management with a strong finance background and... »

Amal El Basrhiri

Manager Finance and Operations

Amal joined the WBA in 2018. She is experienced in finance and risk management with a strong finance background and holds a Master’s degree in Accounting and Control from VU University Amsterdam. She is responsible for Finance, Contract Management and will support the Operations Director on Governance Risk and Compliance. Before joining the WBA, Amal built up more than 9 years of audit and business experience. She started her career as a financial auditor with Deloitte in 2008, where she audited large (international) companies. Since 2012 she has worked as a financial controller at Pathé Theatres, Access to Medicine/Seeds Foundation and Index Initiative Foundation and as a senior consultant at Protiviti.

Angus Sargent
Research Analyst

Angus joined the WBA as a Research Analyst in 2019, and is focused on the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB).... »

Angus Sargent

Research Analyst

Angus joined the WBA as a Research Analyst in 2019, and is focused on the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB). He is responsible for conducting research and supporting internal system maintenance and outreach for CHRB. Angus is particularly interested in how the creation of benchmarks can help drive transparency within the corporate sector and improve sustainability practices within business. Prior to this role, Angus worked as a journalist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Western Australia, reporting on topics including politics, Indigenous affairs and the extractives industry. Angus holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Western Australia and a Masters in International and European Law specialising in human rights from Tilburg University, the Netherlands.

Camille Le Pors
Senior Researcher

Camille is a Senior Researcher at WBA focusing on the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB). She joined the CHRB in... »

Camille Le Pors

Senior Researcher

Camille is a Senior Researcher at WBA focusing on the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB). She joined the CHRB in October 2016, and is responsible for managing the research process, engagement with benchmarked companies and methodology development and reviews. Camille believes the great power and influence of business creates exciting opportunities for the protection of people and the planet – as long as they are channelled in the right direction.

Prior to this she spent time working with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre in London, the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and for an Overseas Member of French Parliament in London. Camille holds a BA in International Politics from King’s College London and a Masters in International Affairs with a focus on business and human rights from the IHEID, Geneva and Fudan University, Shanghai.

Carla Hommes
Lead Research Food & Agriculture

Carla is a Senior Researcher at WBA focusing on the Food and Agriculture Transition Benchmark. Her responsibilities cut across research for scoping,... »

Carla Hommes

Lead Research Food & Agriculture

Carla is a Senior Researcher at WBA focusing on the Food and Agriculture Transition Benchmark. Her responsibilities cut across research for scoping, methodology development and analysis to stakeholder engagement. Carla is passionate to turn knowledge into action to unlock the huge potential of a healthy, sustainable and inclusive food system. Before joining WBA, Carla worked with FReSH, a joint program between EAT and WBCSD designed to accelerate transformational change in global food systems. Carla has nine years’ experience as an economic and policy analyst and sustainability consultant with her latest focus being on advising forward thinking companies to assess and disclose their climate-related risks and opportunities in line with the TCFD recommendations. Carla is convinced that a sustainable strategy and innovation is not only vital to secure the future of any business but that of our lives on this planet.

Charlotte Reeves
Project Lead

As Project Lead for the Food & Agriculture team, Charlotte is overseeing the planning and delivery of the benchmark and... »

Charlotte Reeves

Project Lead

As Project Lead for the Food & Agriculture team, Charlotte is overseeing the planning and delivery of the benchmark and supporting with stakeholder engagement. Charlotte began her journey with the WBA as the Executive Assitant, using her position to perfect her organisational skills, obtain a high-level overview and develop an interest in organisational behavior and culture. She looks forward to applying the factors in a project-based capacity with the food team. Previously Charlotte completed a Masters in Anthropology at Utrecht University and taught the discipline at the Design Academy Eindhoven. She has held various social research internship positions.

Charlotte Hugman
Research Analyst

Charlotte develops the Climate and Energy Benchmark from a research perspective, working closely with WBA’s partner CDP. She is passionate... »

Charlotte Hugman

Research Analyst

Charlotte develops the Climate and Energy Benchmark from a research perspective, working closely with WBA’s partner CDP. She is passionate about bringing meaningful, comparable, and decision-useful information into the public domain to drive change in the private sector to achieve sustainable development.

Before joining WBA, Charlotte was a corporate lawyer primarily advising clients in the energy sector. She then studied for an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London, exploring systems thinking and the interlinkages of natural and social science-based solutions to sustainability challenges. Most recently, Charlotte worked for GRI on further developing its sustainability reporting standards. She also mapped the GRI Standards against the TCFD recommendations and other reporting frameworks' climate-related content for the Corporate Reporting Dialogue's Better Alignment Project.

Ciska de Hilster
HR Advisor

Ciska works as an HR advisor for WBA since October 2018. She has a background in organizational psychology and she... »

Ciska de Hilster

HR Advisor

Ciska works as an HR advisor for WBA since October 2018. She has a background in organizational psychology and she is all about making sure people are happy in their jobs. She is passionate about building HR for various growing compagnies together with its team. At WBA she will structure HR and it’s processes, from being involved in recruitment, contractual documentation, employee development to setting up everything for employees all around the world. For Ciska, what is most important in human resources is having attention for each other, being open, trusting each other and keeping it simple.

Claire Barraclough
Communication Advisor

Claire is a strong believer in sustainable finance and the role companies can play in building a sustainable future for... »

Claire Barraclough

Communication Advisor

Claire is a strong believer in sustainable finance and the role companies can play in building a sustainable future for all. Claire believes communication can play a vital role in building momentum and collaboration to support the SDGs for a more long term sustainable future.

Claire is an experienced global Communications Director specialising in corporate communications, strategy, messaging and sustainability. Claire was previously Communications Director, Europe at American Express, Head of Communications for the Church of Commissioners for England managing the divestment from fossil fuel companies and the engagement with Exxon for the Church of England. Claire was also a European communications adviser for Towers Watson Willis.

Claire set up her own communications consultancy business in 2015 and has since carried out corporate communications work for Kimberly Clark and sustainability work for Aviva.

Claire is fluent in French and German. She enjoys sports including skiing and tennis, travelling and European cinema.

Dan Neale
Lead Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

Dan leads the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), a pre-existing organisation that is integrating fully with the WBA. He has... »

Dan Neale

Lead Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

Dan leads the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), a pre-existing organisation that is integrating fully with the WBA. He has overall responsibility for producing methodologies and benchmark reports of key companies in high human-rights risk sectors, engagement with stakeholders to further the use of the data and methodologies, and handling the integration with the WBA. Prior to joining the CHRB in 2017, Dan spent five years as a social-performance consultant, mostly within the extractives and renewables sectors, developing and implementing social risk and impact management systems and plans in the UK, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. In a previous career, Dan spent almost a decade with the British military, with several years spent working in community engagement, civil-military coordination in conflict zones, stabilisation and training roles.

Danielle Burt
Lead Gender Equality and Empowerment Benchmark

Danielle leads the Gender Equality and Empowerment Benchmark. She drives everything from research into its initial scoping and framing, to... »

Danielle Burt

Lead Gender Equality and Empowerment Benchmark

Danielle leads the Gender Equality and Empowerment Benchmark. She drives everything from research into its initial scoping and framing, to the development of its methodology, to identifying and engaging a global community of gender experts and stakeholders. Prior to joining WBA, Danielle spent the first nearly 15 years of her career in the private sector. She worked with and for large, multi-national companies, including strategy consulting at McKinsey & Company and marketing at Nike. She has since shifted her focus to social impact, including working at Women Win, a non-profit focused on driving girls’ and women’s empowerment through sport. She believes business can play a critical role in driving social progress, and in particular in driving gender equality and empowerment.

Francesca Ballini
Social media & Event Lead

Francesca is passionate about differences: looking for different perspectives, mindsets, customs, opinions, shades, cultures, religions and more to discover. She... »

Francesca Ballini

Social media & Event Lead

Francesca is passionate about differences: looking for different perspectives, mindsets, customs, opinions, shades, cultures, religions and more to discover. She is always up for a cup of coffee and a good chat, on- and off-line. With a background in Intercultural Communication and Futures Literacy, Francesca is a forward thinker with a deep faith in humanity, she believes in the power of communication and the potential of technology. She likes to think of herself as a mediator for social transformation, which added to her chatty-spirit brought her to join the World Benchmarking Alliance as a Social Media and Event Lead, eager to get involved with the World towards the change we want to see, ready to do her part in making it happen.

Gabriella Knighton
Liaison Lead

Gabriella works closely with all relevant stakeholder groups, from donors to tentative new allies, to ensure knowledge sharing within and... »

Gabriella Knighton

Liaison Lead

Gabriella works closely with all relevant stakeholder groups, from donors to tentative new allies, to ensure knowledge sharing within and outside the community, and a strong sense of connection to the WBA mission. She is convinced that all sectors have a crucial role to play in achieving Agenda 2030 and the significance is in figuring out how, and how to make the process as inclusive as possible – sometimes the greatest ideas come from where you least expect it. Gabriella joins fresh off a treadmill of previous commitments at the Business and Sustainable Development Commission; Pensions and Investment Research Consultants; and the New Climate Economy, where she has also engaged key actors on the SDGs and ESG.

Gerbrand Haverkamp
Executive Director

Gerbrand is responsible for the direction and daily operations of the World Benchmarking Alliance. He believes that society won’t progress without companies... »

Gerbrand Haverkamp

Executive Director

Gerbrand is responsible for the direction and daily operations of the World Benchmarking Alliance. He believes that society won’t progress without companies that align their business with societal interest. All of us should therefore have something to say on how we want companies to shape our lives and the world around us. Based on these societal expectations we can rightly credit companies that lead while holding others accountable, encouraging both to do better. He originally founded and led Index Initiative, one of WBA’s founding partners, in that capacity he led the global consultation on the WBA. Before founding Index Initiative he worked for the Dutch Government in the areas of inclusive business, sustainable agricultural supply chains and food security.

Gonnie Been
Operations Director

Gonnie leads the WBA operation, including Communication, HR, Finance and IT. Gonnie is fascinated by the exponential technological possibilities and... »

Gonnie Been

Operations Director

Gonnie leads the WBA operation, including Communication, HR, Finance and IT. Gonnie is fascinated by the exponential technological possibilities and what it means for sustainable and organizational development. Therefore, Gonnie will also keep a close eye on the digital inclusion benchmark(s). Gonnie gained experience in communication, social innovation, CSR and HR with a focus on organizational- and leadership development. As last at Microsoft The Netherlands, where Gonnie was the driving force behind the new world of work transition of the organization. Before joining WBA, Gonnie started her own social enterprise – RabbleInc. – enabling organizations to infuse digital transformation into human development. Furthermore, she keeps different board functions.

Ido Verhagen
Lead Food & Agriculture Benchmarks

Ido is responsible for the development of WBA’s food & agriculture benchmarks that aim to support the transition towards a... »

Ido Verhagen

Lead Food & Agriculture Benchmarks

Ido is responsible for the development of WBA’s food & agriculture benchmarks that aim to support the transition towards a sustainable global food system. As executive director of the Access to Seeds Foundation, one of WBA’s allies, Ido has been responsible for setting up the Access to Seeds Index, ranking seed companies on their efforts to support smallholder farmer productivity. During his studies at the University of Amsterdam he became enthralled by the role of the private sector in development issues. The theme has been a common thread in his professional life ever since: as reporter for Dutch Radio 1, as programmer at the Amsterdam thinktank De Balie and as boardroom consultant working for companies like Philips, Heineken and KLM.

Jennifer van Beek
Research Analyst

Jennifer supports the research team in collecting data and developing the transformation benchmarks. Besides, she studies MSc International Development Studies... »

Jennifer van Beek

Research Analyst

Jennifer supports the research team in collecting data and developing the transformation benchmarks. Besides, she studies MSc International Development Studies (Research) at the University of Amsterdam. Previously she finished the MSc Global Business & Sustainability at Erasmus University. During her first master she became aware of the private sector’s role in overcoming sustainability challenges and committed to developing herself in this field. She started her second master to expand her knowledge beyond the private sector and to become more skilled in conducting scientific research. Due to their complex nature, she believes addressing sustainability issues requires thorough and reliable assessments to deliver the most impactful approaches. Moreover, she believes a sustainable future can only be achieved through transformative and systemic change ignited by cross-sector collaborations.

Jérôme Tagger
Senior Advisor

Jerome builds organizations that help the economy make proactive choices on long term social and environmental trends. He is a... »

Jérôme Tagger

Senior Advisor

Jerome builds organizations that help the economy make proactive choices on long term social and environmental trends. He is a senior advisor to UNEP FI and the World Benchmarking Alliance. Previously he was a Director at the Global Impact Investing Network and the founding COO of the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment.

Leesa Muirhead
Development and Strategy

Leesa leads the development and engagement with Foundations and Philanthropists at WBA. Leesa is passionate about orchestrating change, using systems... »

Leesa Muirhead

Development and Strategy

Leesa leads the development and engagement with Foundations and Philanthropists at WBA. Leesa is passionate about orchestrating change, using systems thinking to design and deliver solution-oriented approaches. Previous to WBA, Leesa has 20+ years experience working with purpose driven organisations, individuals and leadership to develop, implement and communicate sustainability, business ethics, social responsibility efforts and culture change. A visionary, gentle disruptor and pragmatic thinker, Leesa developed and piloted Pioneers for Change and published a Huff Post blog for 3 years. Committed to inspiring and challenging others to achieve their potential, Leesa sits on the Advisory Board for OneSqin, is a Mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and an accredited Coach.

Lisa Kos
Communications Lead

For Lisa it’s all about communication. Lisa loves to think about positioning and communication strategies. How do you show your... »

Lisa Kos

Communications Lead

For Lisa it’s all about communication. Lisa loves to think about positioning and communication strategies. How do you show your relevance? What makes a communication activity a success? Communication can be a puzzle, but it’s one she likes to solve. She mainly focusses on the positioning of the World Benchmarking Alliance. WBA is relevant to Lisa. She believes the SDGs can help everyone to find something that you can do to make the world a better place, but mainly hopes that companies will see this more and more as their responsibility. For her, communication is the art of bringing these insights to all the stakeholders of the WBA.

Lisanne Urlings
Lead Research

Lisanne leads WBA's organisation-wide research projects including WBA's systems transformations framework and Theory of Change. She is involved in the... »

Lisanne Urlings

Lead Research

Lisanne leads WBA's organisation-wide research projects including WBA's systems transformations framework and Theory of Change. She is involved in the development of various WBA benchmarks, particularly focusing on methodology development and translating research and input from stakeholders into clear metrics and actions for companies. Lisanne strongly believes business can and should drive and accelerate the positive change needed to put the world on a more sustainable and inclusive path and achieve the SDGs. She is passionate about research-based efforts that promote and drive this long-term change and impact. Prior to joining WBA and Index Initiative, one of WBA's founding partners, Lisanne worked at the Access to Medicine Index where she was responsible for methodology development and analysis and coordinated the development of company scorecards. She holds a MSc in Global Business and Stakeholder Management from the RSM Erasmus University.

Lourdes O. Montenegro
Lead Digital Inclusion Benchmark

Lourdes leads the development of the Digital Inclusion Benchmark, handling both research and engagement with a global community of experts... »

Lourdes O. Montenegro

Lead Digital Inclusion Benchmark

Lourdes leads the development of the Digital Inclusion Benchmark, handling both research and engagement with a global community of experts and stakeholders. Before joining WBA, she worked at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), where she coordinated a global expert group on ICT statistics, organized international meetings, trained developing country regulators, and contributed to ITU’s statistical publications. Lourdes is an economist with more than a decade of experience delivering data-driven and policy-oriented projects for industry clients like Microsoft as well as UN agencies and governments. She is currently completing a PhD at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, on regulation of network industries, with a focus on telecommunications competition, Internet interconnection and quality of service.

Marjolein Hodes
Communications Lead

Marjolein is a passionate communications expert, strong in the development and implementation of communication strategies, plans and campaigns. She has... »

Marjolein Hodes

Communications Lead

Marjolein is a passionate communications expert, strong in the development and implementation of communication strategies, plans and campaigns. She has broad experience in both internal and external communications and in both the public and private sector. Marjolein is a team player who is very involved with sustainability. Through engaging communications, she likes to give people a perspective to act on, in order to make the world a better place. Working with the communications team at WBA, this all comes together.
In her spare time she likes to take cultural trips, walk her Labradors, cook, garden and spend time with family in the French countryside. As a volunteer she guides newcomers to the acquisition of the Dutch language.
Apart from Dutch and English, Marjolein speaks fluent French and Spanish.

Matt Gwyn
Engagement & Content Strategist

Matt joined the World Benchmarking Alliance half way through their consultation phase. Working in a combined role of project, communications... »

Matt Gwyn

Engagement & Content Strategist

Matt joined the World Benchmarking Alliance half way through their consultation phase. Working in a combined role of project, communications and content strategy, he is interested in developing new ways of evaluating and articulating the social impacts of benchmarks. After working for the UK’s International Citizen Service in Nicaragua and Zimbabwe, Matt moved to the Netherlands to study a MSc in Cultural Anthropology. His research involved a qualitative study of environmental migrants in Bangladesh, examining the displacement experiences of those who had been forced to migrate from rural to urban areas due to flooding and river erosion.

Nathan Cable
Research Analyst

Nathan works in research, with a particular interest in sustainability along the food and agricultural value chain and a strong... »

Nathan Cable

Research Analyst

Nathan works in research, with a particular interest in sustainability along the food and agricultural value chain and a strong belief in the potential of benchmarking to positively influence the private sector worldwide. Prior to joining the WBA Nathan worked for the Access to Seeds Index, primarily focusing on the Eastern and Southern Africa region, and for his masters carried out first-hand research on the impact of land grabbing on the livelihoods and wellbeing of smallholder farmers in Tanzania. He also has previous research experience in GIS and remote sensing, and supported conflict resolution programs in South Sudan, Mauritania and Côte d’Ivoire while working for Concordis International

Nathan Felsenfeld
Research Analyst

Nathan conducts research to develop the Digital Inclusion Benchmark. He is passionate about how technology can be used as a tool for... »

Nathan Felsenfeld

Research Analyst

Nathan conducts research to develop the Digital Inclusion Benchmark. He is passionate about how technology can be used as a tool for social change and a driver of sustainable development. 

Before joining WBA, Nathan worked freelance in the tech startup scene on projects related to data analysis, product management, and data warehouse project management. He also spent a year running randomized control trials of health, microfinance, and education projects in India and interned at The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action lab while a graduate student. Nathan holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University SIPA. Before graduate school, Nathan was US Peace Corps Volunteer in Rural Ethiopia where he worked on small-scale agricultural projects.  

Nilson Rodrigues Lopes
Financial Controller

If it has anything to do with numbers there is a 99,9% chance that Nilson is involved. After obtaining a... »

Nilson Rodrigues Lopes

Financial Controller

If it has anything to do with numbers there is a 99,9% chance that Nilson is involved. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and working as an Accounting Consultant in Barcelona he returned to the Netherlands. As of August ’17 he joined the WBA team as their Financial Controller. Nilson is responsible for the delivery of finance services. Services such as financial reporting, budgets, forecasting or any other aspect of financial management. Always with a can-do mentality.

Patricia Handley
Executive Assistant

Patricia is Executive Assistant to the four Directors – Gerbrand, Gonnie, Richard and Pauliina. She co-ordinates travel and calendars... »

Patricia Handley

Executive Assistant

Patricia is Executive Assistant to the four Directors – Gerbrand, Gonnie, Richard and Pauliina. She co-ordinates travel and calendars and provides administrative support to all the team, as required.

Patricia has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Napier University in Edinburgh. She has many years’ experience as a Personal Assistant working for International companies in Amsterdam and prior to that in Scotland.

The move from corporate to non-profit is a big change for Patricia and she is enjoying learning more about sustainability. She believes that everyone can make small changes which can have a big impact on the environment and we should all do our bit to save the planet.

Pauliina Murphy
Engagement Director

Pauliina leads the WBA’s advocacy and outreach strategy for the WBA and its benchmarks, building and strengthening relationships with diverse... »

Pauliina Murphy

Engagement Director

Pauliina leads the WBA’s advocacy and outreach strategy for the WBA and its benchmarks, building and strengthening relationships with diverse stakeholders, including investors, civil society and governments, working to ensure that the Alliance is inclusive and relevant globally. Pauliina joined the WBA from Aviva, a global insurance company and asset manager, where she was Head of International Government Engagement. At Aviva, Pauliina drove forward international policy development and advocacy campaigns on sustainable finance and trade and investment, working closely with multi-lateral institutions such as the UN, G7 and G20. Pauliina ran the company’s global stakeholder and political engagement strategy, to change the rules at the highest level so that capital is deployed to drive sustainable growth. 

Pratik Desai
Strategic Engagement Lead

Pratik leads strategic engagement efforts for the WBA, working to grow and strengthen a diverse, balanced, and inclusive community of... »

Pratik Desai

Strategic Engagement Lead

Pratik leads strategic engagement efforts for the WBA, working to grow and strengthen a diverse, balanced, and inclusive community of global allies and partners who believe in and understand the potential of benchmarks to drive transformative change. Previously, he managed private sector engagement and policy efforts for the United Nations Foundation and held positions in program development, operations, and communications and outreach with TechnoServe, The White House, and the Council on Foreign Relations. A native of Gweru, Zimbabwe, Pratik is a graduate of Boston University, where he earned a B.A. in international relations and political science. He is passionate about the power of cross-sector partnerships and strongly believes that business has a critical role to play in advancing progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Richard Hardyment
Research Director

Richard is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the development of the WBA’s benchmarks. He believes that high-quality, targeted benchmarks can... »

Richard Hardyment

Research Director

Richard is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the development of the WBA’s benchmarks. He believes that high-quality, targeted benchmarks can drive innovation, shed light on best practice and accelerate progress on the SDGs. From designing methodologies to ensuring rigorous data collection, Richard works across the WBA’s teams and Allies to share innovations, build capabilities and ensure continuous improvement. Prior to joining the WBA, he worked as an adviser to companies on responsible and sustainable business strategies. He is a published author and has an MA from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from Imperial College, London.

Rik Beukers
Lead Research Seafood Stewardship Index

Rik works as research analyst on the development of the Seafood Stewardship Index, focusing on research methodology and data analysis.... »

Rik Beukers

Lead Research Seafood Stewardship Index

Rik works as research analyst on the development of the Seafood Stewardship Index, focusing on research methodology and data analysis. He has a keen interest in global economic development topics such as food production and international trade, and its effects on the natural environment. Prior to his work for WBA, Rik worked for almost 10 years at Wageningen Economic Research as economist. His main specializations were market and value chain research in the seafood sector and other agricultural sectors.

Samantha Ndiwalana
Research Analyst

Samantha conducts in-depth research and data analysis to support the development of the WBA’s benchmarks. She is passionate about innovative... »

Samantha Ndiwalana

Research Analyst

Samantha conducts in-depth research and data analysis to support the development of the WBA’s benchmarks. She is passionate about innovative approaches to inclusive sustainable development and believes that companies cannot be excluded from the development agenda. Prior to joining the World Benchmarking Alliance, Samantha worked for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab as a Senior Research Associate focused on youth unemployment. She also worked with the Building Bridges Foundation as a Project Manager and Researcher for the Road to Nairobi 2016 project from South Africa to Rwanda. Samantha holds a master’s degree in Quantitative Economics with a focus on Public Policy and Development from the Paris School of Economics.

Sanne Helderman
Senior Research Lead

Sanne is involved in the research for the Food and Agriculture Benchmark. Prior to this, she has been leading the... »

Sanne Helderman

Senior Research Lead

Sanne is involved in the research for the Food and Agriculture Benchmark. Prior to this, she has been leading the research for the Access to Seeds Index. After her graduation in International Law, she started her career at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she gained experience at the Netherlands Embassy in Khartoum, the Netherlands Permanent Representation to the UN in Rome and the multilateral (UN/IFI) department. She continued her career at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome, notably as Legal Counsel. Sanne believes that food solves almost everything. And that sustainable production and equal distribution of healthy food is the key step toward the future she wants.

Shamistha Selvaratnam
Research Analyst

Shamistha is an Australian coffee lover with a background in corporate law, specifically engaging with policy, law and practice to... »

Shamistha Selvaratnam

Research Analyst

Shamistha is an Australian coffee lover with a background in corporate law, specifically engaging with policy, law and practice to promote respect for human rights by businesses. Her adventurous spirit brought her to the Netherlands where she recently completed her Masters in European and International Human Rights Law.

As a Human Rights Research Analyst at WBA, Shamistha is involved in the development of the human rights layer of various WBA benchmarks, as well as the cross-cutting social transformation component. She strongly believes that businesses can be used as a force for good in society and that transformative change within businesses is needed in order to mainstream human rights on the corporate agenda so that the SDGs can be achieved.

Shelby Matevich
Product Owner

Shelby is responsible for maximizing the value of the technology and tools used and developed for the World Benchmarking Alliance.... »

Shelby Matevich

Product Owner

Shelby is responsible for maximizing the value of the technology and tools used and developed for the World Benchmarking Alliance. Effective and efficient data collection and analysis are an important part of benchmarking and it’s Shelby’s job to ensure this is possible. Shelby was previously project manager at the Access to Seeds Foundation and so has been working in the framework of industry benchmarking since 2016. She holds a MSc in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from Central European University (CEU) and prior to that pursued environmental studies at both the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and the School for Field Studies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Timothée Pasqualini
Research Analyst

Timothée is a Data Analyst at the World Benchmarking Alliance and studied environmental sciences and policy in an interdisciplinary fashion.... »

Timothée Pasqualini

Research Analyst

Timothée is a Data Analyst at the World Benchmarking Alliance and studied environmental sciences and policy in an interdisciplinary fashion. He graduated in 2015 with a Master of Science coordinated by the Central European University, University of Manchester, and University of the Aegean. Thanks to an internship at the World Food Programme in Panama and work on his master thesis on sustainable water management, he gained insight on modern agricultural issues. Timothée began his career as an innovation consultant for LGI Consulting in Paris, where he worked on various EU research projects. 

Vicky Sins
Lead Climate and Energy Benchmark

Vicky is responsible for leading the Climate and Energy Benchmark to support the decarbonisation of the economy and the Energy... »

Vicky Sins

Lead Climate and Energy Benchmark

Vicky is responsible for leading the Climate and Energy Benchmark to support the decarbonisation of the economy and the Energy transition. She believes in private sector contribution and responsibility by demonstrating how companies in high carbon-emitting industries are contributing to the Paris Agreement and SDG 13, with the aim to enable the required transformation to a low carbon economy. Vicky joined on May 1st 2019 after spending the past 14.5 years working for ABN AMRO Bank and the last 7 years with ABN AMRO Clearing Bank in charge of Energy & Commodity clients. Besides this she was heading up the Corporate Social Responsibility strategy for ABN AMRO Clearing forcing industry dialogue to increase transparency to support safe and orderly capital markets. She was part of the Investor Working Group of the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative and instrumental in setting up partnerships between ABN AMRO Clearing and Frontclear (a developing country capital market infrastructure builder). She has a Master degree in Financial Management and is an alumni to the Prince of Wales’ Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership.

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Aarti Misal
Research Analyst

Aarti is involved in providing research support for Seafood Stewardship Index and Gender Equality and Empowerment Benchmark. Prior to her work for WBA, she was... »

Aarti Misal

Research Analyst

Aarti is involved in providing research support for Seafood Stewardship Index and Gender Equality and Empowerment Benchmark. Prior to her work for WBA, she was involved in research and analysis for the Access to Seeds Index. Her work experience includes providing market intelligence data for companies involved in Foods and Beverages, Seeds, Agricultural Commodities, and Agrochemical sector. She has also worked with several Seed companies based in India.

Aarti has comprehensive knowledge of Intellectual Property and Plant Variety Protection, Biosafety and Regulatory affairs and Agribusiness Consultancy. She believes that the private sector has a crucial role to play in achieving sustainable development. Aarti holds a master’s degree in Microbiology and has completed diploma courses in Patent Law and Business Management.

Amal El Basrhiri
Manager Finance and Operations

Amal joined the WBA in 2018. She is experienced in finance and risk management with a strong finance background and holds a Master’s degree in... »

Amal El Basrhiri

Manager Finance and Operations

Amal joined the WBA in 2018. She is experienced in finance and risk management with a strong finance background and holds a Master’s degree in Accounting and Control from VU University Amsterdam. She is responsible for Finance, Contract Management and will support the Operations Director on Governance Risk and Compliance. Before joining the WBA, Amal built up more than 9 years of audit and business experience. She started her career as a financial auditor with Deloitte in 2008, where she audited large (international) companies. Since 2012 she has worked as a financial controller at Pathé Theatres, Access to Medicine/Seeds Foundation and Index Initiative Foundation and as a senior consultant at Protiviti.

Angus Sargent
Research Analyst

Angus joined the WBA as a Research Analyst in 2019, and is focused on the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB). He is responsible for conducting... »

Angus Sargent

Research Analyst

Angus joined the WBA as a Research Analyst in 2019, and is focused on the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB). He is responsible for conducting research and supporting internal system maintenance and outreach for CHRB. Angus is particularly interested in how the creation of benchmarks can help drive transparency within the corporate sector and improve sustainability practices within business. Prior to this role, Angus worked as a journalist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Western Australia, reporting on topics including politics, Indigenous affairs and the extractives industry. Angus holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Western Australia and a Masters in International and European Law specialising in human rights from Tilburg University, the Netherlands.

Camille Le Pors
Senior Researcher

Camille is a Senior Researcher at WBA focusing on the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB). She joined the CHRB in October 2016, and is responsible... »

Camille Le Pors

Senior Researcher

Camille is a Senior Researcher at WBA focusing on the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB). She joined the CHRB in October 2016, and is responsible for managing the research process, engagement with benchmarked companies and methodology development and reviews. Camille believes the great power and influence of business creates exciting opportunities for the protection of people and the planet – as long as they are channelled in the right direction.

Prior to this she spent time working with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre in London, the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and for an Overseas Member of French Parliament in London. Camille holds a BA in International Politics from King’s College London and a Masters in International Affairs with a focus on business and human rights from the IHEID, Geneva and Fudan University, Shanghai.

Carla Hommes
Lead Research Food & Agriculture

Carla is a Senior Researcher at WBA focusing on the Food and Agriculture Transition Benchmark. Her responsibilities cut across research for scoping, methodology development and analysis to... »

Carla Hommes

Lead Research Food & Agriculture

Carla is a Senior Researcher at WBA focusing on the Food and Agriculture Transition Benchmark. Her responsibilities cut across research for scoping, methodology development and analysis to stakeholder engagement. Carla is passionate to turn knowledge into action to unlock the huge potential of a healthy, sustainable and inclusive food system. Before joining WBA, Carla worked with FReSH, a joint program between EAT and WBCSD designed to accelerate transformational change in global food systems. Carla has nine years’ experience as an economic and policy analyst and sustainability consultant with her latest focus being on advising forward thinking companies to assess and disclose their climate-related risks and opportunities in line with the TCFD recommendations. Carla is convinced that a sustainable strategy and innovation is not only vital to secure the future of any business but that of our lives on this planet.

Charlotte Reeves
Project Lead

As Project Lead for the Food & Agriculture team, Charlotte is overseeing the planning and delivery of the benchmark and supporting with stakeholder engagement. Charlotte... »

Charlotte Reeves

Project Lead

As Project Lead for the Food & Agriculture team, Charlotte is overseeing the planning and delivery of the benchmark and supporting with stakeholder engagement. Charlotte began her journey with the WBA as the Executive Assitant, using her position to perfect her organisational skills, obtain a high-level overview and develop an interest in organisational behavior and culture. She looks forward to applying the factors in a project-based capacity with the food team. Previously Charlotte completed a Masters in Anthropology at Utrecht University and taught the discipline at the Design Academy Eindhoven. She has held various social research internship positions.

Charlotte Hugman
Research Analyst

Charlotte develops the Climate and Energy Benchmark from a research perspective, working closely with WBA’s partner CDP. She is passionate about bringing meaningful, comparable, and... »

Charlotte Hugman

Research Analyst

Charlotte develops the Climate and Energy Benchmark from a research perspective, working closely with WBA’s partner CDP. She is passionate about bringing meaningful, comparable, and decision-useful information into the public domain to drive change in the private sector to achieve sustainable development.

Before joining WBA, Charlotte was a corporate lawyer primarily advising clients in the energy sector. She then studied for an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London, exploring systems thinking and the interlinkages of natural and social science-based solutions to sustainability challenges. Most recently, Charlotte worked for GRI on further developing its sustainability reporting standards. She also mapped the GRI Standards against the TCFD recommendations and other reporting frameworks' climate-related content for the Corporate Reporting Dialogue's Better Alignment Project.

Ciska de Hilster
HR Advisor

Ciska works as an HR advisor for WBA since October 2018. She has a background in organizational psychology and she is all about making sure... »

Ciska de Hilster

HR Advisor

Ciska works as an HR advisor for WBA since October 2018. She has a background in organizational psychology and she is all about making sure people are happy in their jobs. She is passionate about building HR for various growing compagnies together with its team. At WBA she will structure HR and it’s processes, from being involved in recruitment, contractual documentation, employee development to setting up everything for employees all around the world. For Ciska, what is most important in human resources is having attention for each other, being open, trusting each other and keeping it simple.

Claire Barraclough
Communication Advisor

Claire is a strong believer in sustainable finance and the role companies can play in building a sustainable future for all. Claire believes communication can... »

Claire Barraclough

Communication Advisor

Claire is a strong believer in sustainable finance and the role companies can play in building a sustainable future for all. Claire believes communication can play a vital role in building momentum and collaboration to support the SDGs for a more long term sustainable future.

Claire is an experienced global Communications Director specialising in corporate communications, strategy, messaging and sustainability. Claire was previously Communications Director, Europe at American Express, Head of Communications for the Church of Commissioners for England managing the divestment from fossil fuel companies and the engagement with Exxon for the Church of England. Claire was also a European communications adviser for Towers Watson Willis.

Claire set up her own communications consultancy business in 2015 and has since carried out corporate communications work for Kimberly Clark and sustainability work for Aviva.

Claire is fluent in French and German. She enjoys sports including skiing and tennis, travelling and European cinema.

Dan Neale
Lead Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

Dan leads the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), a pre-existing organisation that is integrating fully with the WBA. He has overall responsibility for producing methodologies... »

Dan Neale

Lead Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

Dan leads the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), a pre-existing organisation that is integrating fully with the WBA. He has overall responsibility for producing methodologies and benchmark reports of key companies in high human-rights risk sectors, engagement with stakeholders to further the use of the data and methodologies, and handling the integration with the WBA. Prior to joining the CHRB in 2017, Dan spent five years as a social-performance consultant, mostly within the extractives and renewables sectors, developing and implementing social risk and impact management systems and plans in the UK, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. In a previous career, Dan spent almost a decade with the British military, with several years spent working in community engagement, civil-military coordination in conflict zones, stabilisation and training roles.

Danielle Burt
Lead Gender Equality and Empowerment Benchmark

Danielle leads the Gender Equality and Empowerment Benchmark. She drives everything from research into its initial scoping and framing, to the development of its methodology,... »

Danielle Burt

Lead Gender Equality and Empowerment Benchmark

Danielle leads the Gender Equality and Empowerment Benchmark. She drives everything from research into its initial scoping and framing, to the development of its methodology, to identifying and engaging a global community of gender experts and stakeholders. Prior to joining WBA, Danielle spent the first nearly 15 years of her career in the private sector. She worked with and for large, multi-national companies, including strategy consulting at McKinsey & Company and marketing at Nike. She has since shifted her focus to social impact, including working at Women Win, a non-profit focused on driving girls’ and women’s empowerment through sport. She believes business can play a critical role in driving social progress, and in particular in driving gender equality and empowerment.

Francesca Ballini
Social media & Event Lead

Francesca is passionate about differences: looking for different perspectives, mindsets, customs, opinions, shades, cultures, religions and more to discover. She is always up for a... »

Francesca Ballini

Social media & Event Lead

Francesca is passionate about differences: looking for different perspectives, mindsets, customs, opinions, shades, cultures, religions and more to discover. She is always up for a cup of coffee and a good chat, on- and off-line. With a background in Intercultural Communication and Futures Literacy, Francesca is a forward thinker with a deep faith in humanity, she believes in the power of communication and the potential of technology. She likes to think of herself as a mediator for social transformation, which added to her chatty-spirit brought her to join the World Benchmarking Alliance as a Social Media and Event Lead, eager to get involved with the World towards the change we want to see, ready to do her part in making it happen.

Gabriella Knighton
Liaison Lead

Gabriella works closely with all relevant stakeholder groups, from donors to tentative new allies, to ensure knowledge sharing within and outside the community, and a... »

Gabriella Knighton

Liaison Lead

Gabriella works closely with all relevant stakeholder groups, from donors to tentative new allies, to ensure knowledge sharing within and outside the community, and a strong sense of connection to the WBA mission. She is convinced that all sectors have a crucial role to play in achieving Agenda 2030 and the significance is in figuring out how, and how to make the process as inclusive as possible – sometimes the greatest ideas come from where you least expect it. Gabriella joins fresh off a treadmill of previous commitments at the Business and Sustainable Development Commission; Pensions and Investment Research Consultants; and the New Climate Economy, where she has also engaged key actors on the SDGs and ESG.

Gerbrand Haverkamp
Executive Director

Gerbrand is responsible for the direction and daily operations of the World Benchmarking Alliance. He believes that society won’t progress without companies that align their business with societal... »

Gerbrand Haverkamp

Executive Director

Gerbrand is responsible for the direction and daily operations of the World Benchmarking Alliance. He believes that society won’t progress without companies that align their business with societal interest. All of us should therefore have something to say on how we want companies to shape our lives and the world around us. Based on these societal expectations we can rightly credit companies that lead while holding others accountable, encouraging both to do better. He originally founded and led Index Initiative, one of WBA’s founding partners, in that capacity he led the global consultation on the WBA. Before founding Index Initiative he worked for the Dutch Government in the areas of inclusive business, sustainable agricultural supply chains and food security.

Gonnie Been
Operations Director

Gonnie leads the WBA operation, including Communication, HR, Finance and IT. Gonnie is fascinated by the exponential technological possibilities and what it means for sustainable... »

Gonnie Been

Operations Director

Gonnie leads the WBA operation, including Communication, HR, Finance and IT. Gonnie is fascinated by the exponential technological possibilities and what it means for sustainable and organizational development. Therefore, Gonnie will also keep a close eye on the digital inclusion benchmark(s). Gonnie gained experience in communication, social innovation, CSR and HR with a focus on organizational- and leadership development. As last at Microsoft The Netherlands, where Gonnie was the driving force behind the new world of work transition of the organization. Before joining WBA, Gonnie started her own social enterprise – RabbleInc. – enabling organizations to infuse digital transformation into human development. Furthermore, she keeps different board functions.

Ido Verhagen
Lead Food & Agriculture Benchmarks

Ido is responsible for the development of WBA’s food & agriculture benchmarks that aim to support the transition towards a sustainable global food system. As... »

Ido Verhagen

Lead Food & Agriculture Benchmarks

Ido is responsible for the development of WBA’s food & agriculture benchmarks that aim to support the transition towards a sustainable global food system. As executive director of the Access to Seeds Foundation, one of WBA’s allies, Ido has been responsible for setting up the Access to Seeds Index, ranking seed companies on their efforts to support smallholder farmer productivity. During his studies at the University of Amsterdam he became enthralled by the role of the private sector in development issues. The theme has been a common thread in his professional life ever since: as reporter for Dutch Radio 1, as programmer at the Amsterdam thinktank De Balie and as boardroom consultant working for companies like Philips, Heineken and KLM.

Jennifer van Beek
Research Analyst

Jennifer supports the research team in collecting data and developing the transformation benchmarks. Besides, she studies MSc International Development Studies (Research) at the University of... »

Jennifer van Beek

Research Analyst

Jennifer supports the research team in collecting data and developing the transformation benchmarks. Besides, she studies MSc International Development Studies (Research) at the University of Amsterdam. Previously she finished the MSc Global Business & Sustainability at Erasmus University. During her first master she became aware of the private sector’s role in overcoming sustainability challenges and committed to developing herself in this field. She started her second master to expand her knowledge beyond the private sector and to become more skilled in conducting scientific research. Due to their complex nature, she believes addressing sustainability issues requires thorough and reliable assessments to deliver the most impactful approaches. Moreover, she believes a sustainable future can only be achieved through transformative and systemic change ignited by cross-sector collaborations.

Jérôme Tagger
Senior Advisor

Jerome builds organizations that help the economy make proactive choices on long term social and environmental trends. He is a senior advisor to UNEP FI... »

Jérôme Tagger

Senior Advisor

Jerome builds organizations that help the economy make proactive choices on long term social and environmental trends. He is a senior advisor to UNEP FI and the World Benchmarking Alliance. Previously he was a Director at the Global Impact Investing Network and the founding COO of the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment.

Leesa Muirhead
Development and Strategy

Leesa leads the development and engagement with Foundations and Philanthropists at WBA. Leesa is passionate about orchestrating change, using systems thinking to design and deliver... »

Leesa Muirhead

Development and Strategy

Leesa leads the development and engagement with Foundations and Philanthropists at WBA. Leesa is passionate about orchestrating change, using systems thinking to design and deliver solution-oriented approaches. Previous to WBA, Leesa has 20+ years experience working with purpose driven organisations, individuals and leadership to develop, implement and communicate sustainability, business ethics, social responsibility efforts and culture change. A visionary, gentle disruptor and pragmatic thinker, Leesa developed and piloted Pioneers for Change and published a Huff Post blog for 3 years. Committed to inspiring and challenging others to achieve their potential, Leesa sits on the Advisory Board for OneSqin, is a Mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and an accredited Coach.

Lisa Kos
Communications Lead

For Lisa it’s all about communication. Lisa loves to think about positioning and communication strategies. How do you show your relevance? What makes a communication... »

Lisa Kos

Communications Lead

For Lisa it’s all about communication. Lisa loves to think about positioning and communication strategies. How do you show your relevance? What makes a communication activity a success? Communication can be a puzzle, but it’s one she likes to solve. She mainly focusses on the positioning of the World Benchmarking Alliance. WBA is relevant to Lisa. She believes the SDGs can help everyone to find something that you can do to make the world a better place, but mainly hopes that companies will see this more and more as their responsibility. For her, communication is the art of bringing these insights to all the stakeholders of the WBA.

Lisanne Urlings
Lead Research

Lisanne leads WBA's organisation-wide research projects including WBA's systems transformations framework and Theory of Change. She is involved in the development of various WBA benchmarks,... »

Lisanne Urlings

Lead Research

Lisanne leads WBA's organisation-wide research projects including WBA's systems transformations framework and Theory of Change. She is involved in the development of various WBA benchmarks, particularly focusing on methodology development and translating research and input from stakeholders into clear metrics and actions for companies. Lisanne strongly believes business can and should drive and accelerate the positive change needed to put the world on a more sustainable and inclusive path and achieve the SDGs. She is passionate about research-based efforts that promote and drive this long-term change and impact. Prior to joining WBA and Index Initiative, one of WBA's founding partners, Lisanne worked at the Access to Medicine Index where she was responsible for methodology development and analysis and coordinated the development of company scorecards. She holds a MSc in Global Business and Stakeholder Management from the RSM Erasmus University.

Lourdes O. Montenegro
Lead Digital Inclusion Benchmark

Lourdes leads the development of the Digital Inclusion Benchmark, handling both research and engagement with a global community of experts and stakeholders. Before joining WBA,... »

Lourdes O. Montenegro

Lead Digital Inclusion Benchmark

Lourdes leads the development of the Digital Inclusion Benchmark, handling both research and engagement with a global community of experts and stakeholders. Before joining WBA, she worked at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), where she coordinated a global expert group on ICT statistics, organized international meetings, trained developing country regulators, and contributed to ITU’s statistical publications. Lourdes is an economist with more than a decade of experience delivering data-driven and policy-oriented projects for industry clients like Microsoft as well as UN agencies and governments. She is currently completing a PhD at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, on regulation of network industries, with a focus on telecommunications competition, Internet interconnection and quality of service.

Marjolein Hodes
Communications Lead

Marjolein is a passionate communications expert, strong in the development and implementation of communication strategies, plans and campaigns. She has broad experience in both internal... »

Marjolein Hodes

Communications Lead

Marjolein is a passionate communications expert, strong in the development and implementation of communication strategies, plans and campaigns. She has broad experience in both internal and external communications and in both the public and private sector. Marjolein is a team player who is very involved with sustainability. Through engaging communications, she likes to give people a perspective to act on, in order to make the world a better place. Working with the communications team at WBA, this all comes together.
In her spare time she likes to take cultural trips, walk her Labradors, cook, garden and spend time with family in the French countryside. As a volunteer she guides newcomers to the acquisition of the Dutch language.
Apart from Dutch and English, Marjolein speaks fluent French and Spanish.

Matt Gwyn
Engagement & Content Strategist

Matt joined the World Benchmarking Alliance half way through their consultation phase. Working in a combined role of project, communications and content strategy, he is... »

Matt Gwyn

Engagement & Content Strategist

Matt joined the World Benchmarking Alliance half way through their consultation phase. Working in a combined role of project, communications and content strategy, he is interested in developing new ways of evaluating and articulating the social impacts of benchmarks. After working for the UK’s International Citizen Service in Nicaragua and Zimbabwe, Matt moved to the Netherlands to study a MSc in Cultural Anthropology. His research involved a qualitative study of environmental migrants in Bangladesh, examining the displacement experiences of those who had been forced to migrate from rural to urban areas due to flooding and river erosion.

Nathan Cable
Research Analyst

Nathan works in research, with a particular interest in sustainability along the food and agricultural value chain and a strong belief in the potential of... »

Nathan Cable

Research Analyst

Nathan works in research, with a particular interest in sustainability along the food and agricultural value chain and a strong belief in the potential of benchmarking to positively influence the private sector worldwide. Prior to joining the WBA Nathan worked for the Access to Seeds Index, primarily focusing on the Eastern and Southern Africa region, and for his masters carried out first-hand research on the impact of land grabbing on the livelihoods and wellbeing of smallholder farmers in Tanzania. He also has previous research experience in GIS and remote sensing, and supported conflict resolution programs in South Sudan, Mauritania and Côte d’Ivoire while working for Concordis International

Nathan Felsenfeld
Research Analyst

Nathan conducts research to develop the Digital Inclusion Benchmark. He is passionate about how technology can be used as a tool for social change and a driver... »

Nathan Felsenfeld

Research Analyst

Nathan conducts research to develop the Digital Inclusion Benchmark. He is passionate about how technology can be used as a tool for social change and a driver of sustainable development. 

Before joining WBA, Nathan worked freelance in the tech startup scene on projects related to data analysis, product management, and data warehouse project management. He also spent a year running randomized control trials of health, microfinance, and education projects in India and interned at The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action lab while a graduate student. Nathan holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University SIPA. Before graduate school, Nathan was US Peace Corps Volunteer in Rural Ethiopia where he worked on small-scale agricultural projects.  

Nilson Rodrigues Lopes
Financial Controller

If it has anything to do with numbers there is a 99,9% chance that Nilson is involved. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration... »

Nilson Rodrigues Lopes

Financial Controller

If it has anything to do with numbers there is a 99,9% chance that Nilson is involved. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and working as an Accounting Consultant in Barcelona he returned to the Netherlands. As of August ’17 he joined the WBA team as their Financial Controller. Nilson is responsible for the delivery of finance services. Services such as financial reporting, budgets, forecasting or any other aspect of financial management. Always with a can-do mentality.

Patricia Handley
Executive Assistant

Patricia is Executive Assistant to the four Directors – Gerbrand, Gonnie, Richard and Pauliina. She co-ordinates travel and calendars and provides administrative support to... »

Patricia Handley

Executive Assistant

Patricia is Executive Assistant to the four Directors – Gerbrand, Gonnie, Richard and Pauliina. She co-ordinates travel and calendars and provides administrative support to all the team, as required.

Patricia has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Napier University in Edinburgh. She has many years’ experience as a Personal Assistant working for International companies in Amsterdam and prior to that in Scotland.

The move from corporate to non-profit is a big change for Patricia and she is enjoying learning more about sustainability. She believes that everyone can make small changes which can have a big impact on the environment and we should all do our bit to save the planet.

Pauliina Murphy
Engagement Director

Pauliina leads the WBA’s advocacy and outreach strategy for the WBA and its benchmarks, building and strengthening relationships with diverse stakeholders, including investors, civil society... »

Pauliina Murphy

Engagement Director

Pauliina leads the WBA’s advocacy and outreach strategy for the WBA and its benchmarks, building and strengthening relationships with diverse stakeholders, including investors, civil society and governments, working to ensure that the Alliance is inclusive and relevant globally. Pauliina joined the WBA from Aviva, a global insurance company and asset manager, where she was Head of International Government Engagement. At Aviva, Pauliina drove forward international policy development and advocacy campaigns on sustainable finance and trade and investment, working closely with multi-lateral institutions such as the UN, G7 and G20. Pauliina ran the company’s global stakeholder and political engagement strategy, to change the rules at the highest level so that capital is deployed to drive sustainable growth. 

Pratik Desai
Strategic Engagement Lead

Pratik leads strategic engagement efforts for the WBA, working to grow and strengthen a diverse, balanced, and inclusive community of global allies and partners who... »

Pratik Desai

Strategic Engagement Lead

Pratik leads strategic engagement efforts for the WBA, working to grow and strengthen a diverse, balanced, and inclusive community of global allies and partners who believe in and understand the potential of benchmarks to drive transformative change. Previously, he managed private sector engagement and policy efforts for the United Nations Foundation and held positions in program development, operations, and communications and outreach with TechnoServe, The White House, and the Council on Foreign Relations. A native of Gweru, Zimbabwe, Pratik is a graduate of Boston University, where he earned a B.A. in international relations and political science. He is passionate about the power of cross-sector partnerships and strongly believes that business has a critical role to play in advancing progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Richard Hardyment
Research Director

Richard is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the development of the WBA’s benchmarks. He believes that high-quality, targeted benchmarks can drive innovation, shed light on... »

Richard Hardyment

Research Director

Richard is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the development of the WBA’s benchmarks. He believes that high-quality, targeted benchmarks can drive innovation, shed light on best practice and accelerate progress on the SDGs. From designing methodologies to ensuring rigorous data collection, Richard works across the WBA’s teams and Allies to share innovations, build capabilities and ensure continuous improvement. Prior to joining the WBA, he worked as an adviser to companies on responsible and sustainable business strategies. He is a published author and has an MA from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from Imperial College, London.

Rik Beukers
Lead Research Seafood Stewardship Index

Rik works as research analyst on the development of the Seafood Stewardship Index, focusing on research methodology and data analysis. He has a keen interest... »

Rik Beukers

Lead Research Seafood Stewardship Index

Rik works as research analyst on the development of the Seafood Stewardship Index, focusing on research methodology and data analysis. He has a keen interest in global economic development topics such as food production and international trade, and its effects on the natural environment. Prior to his work for WBA, Rik worked for almost 10 years at Wageningen Economic Research as economist. His main specializations were market and value chain research in the seafood sector and other agricultural sectors.

Samantha Ndiwalana
Research Analyst

Samantha conducts in-depth research and data analysis to support the development of the WBA’s benchmarks. She is passionate about innovative approaches to inclusive sustainable development... »

Samantha Ndiwalana

Research Analyst

Samantha conducts in-depth research and data analysis to support the development of the WBA’s benchmarks. She is passionate about innovative approaches to inclusive sustainable development and believes that companies cannot be excluded from the development agenda. Prior to joining the World Benchmarking Alliance, Samantha worked for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab as a Senior Research Associate focused on youth unemployment. She also worked with the Building Bridges Foundation as a Project Manager and Researcher for the Road to Nairobi 2016 project from South Africa to Rwanda. Samantha holds a master’s degree in Quantitative Economics with a focus on Public Policy and Development from the Paris School of Economics.

Sanne Helderman
Senior Research Lead

Sanne is involved in the research for the Food and Agriculture Benchmark. Prior to this, she has been leading the research for the Access to... »

Sanne Helderman

Senior Research Lead

Sanne is involved in the research for the Food and Agriculture Benchmark. Prior to this, she has been leading the research for the Access to Seeds Index. After her graduation in International Law, she started her career at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she gained experience at the Netherlands Embassy in Khartoum, the Netherlands Permanent Representation to the UN in Rome and the multilateral (UN/IFI) department. She continued her career at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome, notably as Legal Counsel. Sanne believes that food solves almost everything. And that sustainable production and equal distribution of healthy food is the key step toward the future she wants.

Shamistha Selvaratnam
Research Analyst

Shamistha is an Australian coffee lover with a background in corporate law, specifically engaging with policy, law and practice to promote respect for human rights... »

Shamistha Selvaratnam

Research Analyst

Shamistha is an Australian coffee lover with a background in corporate law, specifically engaging with policy, law and practice to promote respect for human rights by businesses. Her adventurous spirit brought her to the Netherlands where she recently completed her Masters in European and International Human Rights Law.

As a Human Rights Research Analyst at WBA, Shamistha is involved in the development of the human rights layer of various WBA benchmarks, as well as the cross-cutting social transformation component. She strongly believes that businesses can be used as a force for good in society and that transformative change within businesses is needed in order to mainstream human rights on the corporate agenda so that the SDGs can be achieved.

Shelby Matevich
Product Owner

Shelby is responsible for maximizing the value of the technology and tools used and developed for the World Benchmarking Alliance. Effective and efficient data collection... »

Shelby Matevich

Product Owner

Shelby is responsible for maximizing the value of the technology and tools used and developed for the World Benchmarking Alliance. Effective and efficient data collection and analysis are an important part of benchmarking and it’s Shelby’s job to ensure this is possible. Shelby was previously project manager at the Access to Seeds Foundation and so has been working in the framework of industry benchmarking since 2016. She holds a MSc in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from Central European University (CEU) and prior to that pursued environmental studies at both the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and the School for Field Studies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Timothée Pasqualini
Research Analyst

Timothée is a Data Analyst at the World Benchmarking Alliance and studied environmental sciences and policy in an interdisciplinary fashion. He graduated in 2015 with... »

Timothée Pasqualini

Research Analyst

Timothée is a Data Analyst at the World Benchmarking Alliance and studied environmental sciences and policy in an interdisciplinary fashion. He graduated in 2015 with a Master of Science coordinated by the Central European University, University of Manchester, and University of the Aegean. Thanks to an internship at the World Food Programme in Panama and work on his master thesis on sustainable water management, he gained insight on modern agricultural issues. Timothée began his career as an innovation consultant for LGI Consulting in Paris, where he worked on various EU research projects. 

Vicky Sins
Lead Climate and Energy Benchmark

Vicky is responsible for leading the Climate and Energy Benchmark to support the decarbonisation of the economy and the Energy transition. She believes in private... »

Vicky Sins

Lead Climate and Energy Benchmark

Vicky is responsible for leading the Climate and Energy Benchmark to support the decarbonisation of the economy and the Energy transition. She believes in private sector contribution and responsibility by demonstrating how companies in high carbon-emitting industries are contributing to the Paris Agreement and SDG 13, with the aim to enable the required transformation to a low carbon economy. Vicky joined on May 1st 2019 after spending the past 14.5 years working for ABN AMRO Bank and the last 7 years with ABN AMRO Clearing Bank in charge of Energy & Commodity clients. Besides this she was heading up the Corporate Social Responsibility strategy for ABN AMRO Clearing forcing industry dialogue to increase transparency to support safe and orderly capital markets. She was part of the Investor Working Group of the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative and instrumental in setting up partnerships between ABN AMRO Clearing and Frontclear (a developing country capital market infrastructure builder). She has a Master degree in Financial Management and is an alumni to the Prince of Wales’ Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership.