Uniting high-level experience in leading world institutions.
The COSA Board members are uniquely accomplished in nearly every facet of sustainability and guide COSA’s strategic perspectives and the pragmatic innovations to help organizations around the world achieve tangible impacts.
Mark Halle is Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development where he previously served as Executive Director, IISD-Europe.
He began his career in the field of international negotiations, serving in the diplomatic secretariat of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe and he then spent five years with UNEP where he worked on its major publications including the World Conservation Strategy (with WWF and IUCN), that fundamentally changed the way nature conservation was approached, abandoning the earlier notion that conservation and development were necessarily in opposition to one another.
Halle then moved to WWF International, serving for three years as assistant to HRH The Prince Phillip (a past president of WWF) and helping to establish and direct the WWF program in China.
In 1984 Mark moved to IUCN to help establish the Conservation for Development Centre which he later directed and that established the foundation for IUCN’s current extensive worldwide presence and its Global Policy and Partnerships program. Mark resides in Switzerland.
Dr. Chantal Line Carpentier
Dr. Chantal Line Carpentier is the Chief of UNCTAD in New York. Prior to her role in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, she was actively involved in the successful negotiations of the SDGs for the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. During her tenure with DESA, she served as the Major Groups coordinator to enhance non-state actors engagement with the UN. She facilitated the participation of more than 10,000 non-state actors – a record – in the UN Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable development. She was also the DESA focal point for sustainable consumption and production, food security and sustainable agriculture.
Prior to her UN career, she served as Head of the Trade and Environment Program of the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation from 2000 to 2007, as policy analyst for the Wallace Institute, and as post doc for IFPRI in the Brazilian Amazon. She is a 2006 Yale World Fellow and regularly publishes on the relationships between sustainable development policies, trade and agriculture including a co-authored book on Ethical Investing. Her interests include competitive marathons and ironman events and she retains a black belt in karate.
Han de Groot
Han de Groot is the former CEO of Rainforest Alliance. He led the merger with UTZ Certified, where, as Executive Director for seven years, he built the standard into the world’s largest sustainability program for coffee and cocoa.
Prior to that, he spent a decade in the public sector principally in the European Commission (Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) and the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food, where he set up an inter-departmental program on Biodiversity. In his early career, he worked at Oxfam Novib on issues of social justice and poverty alleviation.
Han served on the Supervisory Board for Hivos Triodos Fund, a joint initiative of Triodos Bank and Hivos that funds innovative financial institutions active in the underdeveloped markets of developing countries. He was Board Chair for a Dutch Foundation serving underprivileged children in The Hague and has also served on the board of Global Coffee Platform.
Han holds a Master’s Degree in Development, Agricultural, and Macro Economics from Wageningen University. He lives in the Netherlands where he enjoys boating with friends and family.
Karimah Hudda is the Global Sustainability Lead – Procurement for Mondelēz International, driving strategic sustainability initiatives across the company’s operations. Working cross functionally, she manages multiple stakeholders and represents Mondelēz on the board of the Packaging Consortium, the Grocery Manufacturers Association Sustainability Committee, and the Food & Consumer Products of Canada Sustainability Committee.
Karimah has global experience in sustainable agriculture, responsible sourcing and sustainability strategies with a range of private sector and not for profit organizations. She has held key leadership roles in Fairtrade and with sustainability consulting firms across Asia, Europe and North America.
Jessica Morris is Senior Vice President & Partner at FleismanHillard, one of the largest global PR networks. Her career has spanned positions in NGOs including the British Refugee Council, the Institute of Transportation and Development Policy and Shelter; government, where she was head of corporate social responsibility for the UK’s HM Revenue & Customs; and corporations, where she was Managing Director of Fishburn’s New York before joining FleishmanHillard. She was the founding Chair of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation and serves on the governing body of OmniWomen and the communications advisory board of Human Rights Watch.
She was an Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International Public Affairs.
Monika Weber-Fahr is the Chief Knowledge Officer and Senior Manager of the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group. She has served as the Global Business Leader for Environmental and Social Sustainability Business Advisory Services in the International Finance Corporation (IFC) where she was responsible for IFC-wide strategy and quality assurance in the areas of climate change, labor & social capital, and biodiversity.
She holds a PhD in Business Economics.
Mary Williams is the former Chairman of Starbucks Trading Company, co-owns a farm in Guatemala and has served on diverse Boards of Directors ranging from the Rainforest Alliance to her own health and education foundation.
Besides being one of the driving forces behind the success of Starbucks, she was one of the first women senior executives in a male dominated industry and is recognized as one of the world’s most astute coffee cuppers (tasters) who is credited with several terms that are now part of the standard lexicon of the industry.
Eugenia Dantz is the former Treasurer of a US-based Savings and Loan Association and is a manager for Fantes Inc. a notable online and physical retailer whose global client list includes a who’s who of food and culinary professionals.
Richard Rogers is Managing Director of Rogers MacJohn a firm that helps companies move beyond traditional CSR to become primary agents for delivering societal and shareholder value. He has been recognized for brokering high-value, effective partnerships across public and private organizations that merge social impact into business strategy. Richard leverages insight and experience from over 20 years in industry, management consulting, and philanthropy at industry-leading organizations.
While Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Richard developed and managed a $400m portfolio of grants and corporate co-investments. He previously worked at McKinsey, Kroll, and Kraft Foods. He has advised multinational corporations such as Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart, and Mars in addition to government agencies such as USAID, BMZ, DFID, and the Nigerian, Ethiopian, and Tanzanian Ministries of Agriculture. He has also worked closely with social-sector organizations such as the Rockefeller Foundation, GIZ, TechnoServe, Sustainable Food Lab, and the Shared Value Initiative led by Michael Porter and Mark Kramer of Harvard Business School. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida.
Jason Potts (1967-2018) was a founding Board member of COSA. In one of his many publications he expressed a vision for a new global economy founded on the principles of respect and responsibility for our common well-being. It spoke well of his view and his humanity.
“Building this new economy will require many things but … How can we speak of sustainable consumption if the livelihoods of those producing the goods are not protected? How can we speak of sustainable production if consumers have no idea what the effects of their decisions on the ground are? How can we speak of sustainable trade if commercial relationships are not, first and foremost, relationships of care and respect between human beings?”
While at the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Canada, Jason initiated the renowned “State of Sustainability Initiatives” and also co-founded international organizations and programs that include the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade and the Sustainable Commodity Initiative (UNCTAD-IISD).
We honor him in memoriam as a devoted member of the COSA Board from its inception.
Daniele Giovannucci is the co-founder and Board Chair of the Committee on Sustainability Assessment. His enthusiasm for a pragmatic approach to sustainability and development stems from 15 years as a business executive in food-related firms prior to a decade as Senior Consultant to the World Bank (Markets and Agribusiness Thematic Team) where he was an early advocate of market mechanisms to drive sustainability.
Since 1992, he has worked on the sustainability issues of developing nations in more than 30 countries and managed agribusiness projects with cumulative budgets exceeding one billion dollars. Today, he is a passionate advocate for eliminating ignorance in sustainability discussions and the democratization of data (as knowledge).
Over the last 15 years, Mr. Giovannucci has led or contributed to the strategies of a number of major development institutions and eleven governments. He chaired the global teams formulating the strategic input on Food and Agriculture for the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development and is a member of the UN Forum on Sustainability Standards.
Experts and Advisors
The independent and internationally recognized of COSA's advisory panel and scientific committee have included some of the words scientists, firms, and partitioners. Their support at COSA's inception set the standard for the rigorous and objective COSA research and enables us to better understanding sustainability and serve the common good.