ASI Standards Committee

The ASI Standards Committee (SC) was first convened in 2016 and is comprised of representatives elected by all ASI members from the Production and Transformation, Industrial Users and Civil Society membership classes, plus 2 nominated representatives from the Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum.  Elections are held every two years.

The Committee meets regularly and minutes of the meetings are published below.

Committee Composition

Click the Committee members’ names on the left to see their bio.

The bios are presented alphabetically by last name. The relevant membership or participation class they represent is noted in each bio.

(Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum – First Representative)
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) – Secretary for Tribal Affairs

Father Nicholas Barla, a graduate in law and business administration, is a native of Sambalpur in Odisha, eastern India. For the past 24 years, he was engaged in various issues, affecting the lives of the tribal people in Odisha, especially in Rourkela and Sambalpur.

(Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum – Second Representatives)

Note: IPAF have nominated 4 alternates to rotate participation in their second seat on the Standards Committee.

1. Marie-Josée Artist, Indigenous Village Leaders (VIDS) in Suriname

Marie-Josée is a representative of the Association of Indigenous Village Leaders (VIDS) in Suriname.  She has also worked as a lecturer in cultural anthropology, and a project co-ordinator at Skanfonds, a Dutch Fund which provides opportunity to people in vulnerable positions to participate in society, so that their quality of life improves.

2. Gina Castelain, Wik Projects – Managing Director

Gina Castelain is a Wik and Wik Way woman, whose traditional country includes the Aurukun wetlands. Her mother, Norma Chevathun, was a prominent indigenous leader in the 1980s-90s and one of the original Wik native title claimants. Gina is Managing Director of Wik Projects which operates two local indigenous businesses.

3. Robeliza Halip, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact – Institutional Support Service Section Head 

Ms. Robeliza Halip belongs to the Kalanguya tribe of Ifugao and the Kankanaey tribe of Mt. Province in the Cordillera Region, Philippines. Prior to joining AIPP, she has been actively involved in human rights work in the Cordillera Region and has likewise been involved in the government working as the information officer of the provincial government of Ifugao and consequently the consultant on Indigenous Peoples Affairs of the Chairman of the National Cultural Communities Committee in the 15thCongress. Her educational background is in biology.

4. Samin Ngach, Cambodia Indigenous Youth Association – IPHRDA Project Coordinator

Samin is a Project Coordinator for Indigenous Human Rights Defender and Advocacy (IPHRDA) programs for the Cambodia Indigenous Youth Association (CIYA). CIYA works to build capacities concerning the human rights concept, advocacy and laws relevant to Indigenous peoples; it gathers data and documents Indigenous peoples’ human rights violations concerning issues such as mining and dams.

(Production & Transformation)
Constellium – Marketing Director, Packaging and Automotive Rolled Products unit 

Catherine Athènes joined Constellium in October 2011. After leading the creation of the company’s sustainability council and spearheading production of its first sustainability report, she was nominated as leader of the Sustainability Council of Constellium in October 2012.

Catherine has 20 years of international experience in corporate strategy, marketing, sales and sustainability. She began her career as a strategy consultant, and then spent nine years working at Pechiney, a major French aluminium and packaging company that was subsequently bought by Alcan. As the marketing director of a packaging subsidiary, she led new product development targeting the cosmetics industry. She then moved to speciality papers with Arjowiggins, heading the sales and marketing team of that company’s medical division, with a particular focus on the fast development in Asia. After a one-year sabbatical in the USA, during which she was active in non-profit projects, Catherine joined Constellium.

Catherine is graduate of the French Business School, HEC Paris.

(Production & Transformation)
EGA – Sustainability Manager

Steven has experience across all major environmental disciplines and has assessed human/labour rights according to international requirements.
  • Steven started his career in 2003 undertaking environmental and community impact assessments for infrastructure projects in the UK.
  • By 2008 Steven was overseeing a team of technical environmental specialists and held responsibility for environmental management and sustainability reporting for a regional government contract.
  • In 2013 Steven moved to Qatar to develop environmental and sustainability reporting requirements for a national development programme including identification of appropriate metrics to define sustainability performance.
  • In 2015 Steven moved to the UAE and began work on projects across the globe. Experience included assessment, auditing and due diligence of Environmental and Social compliance for projects in UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Turkey.

Steven joined EGA as the Sustainability Manager earlier in 2018 with responsibility for leading the design, implementation, execution, monitoring and improvement of EGA’s Sustainability Strategy.

(Industrial Users)
BMW Group – Global Purchasing Manager Non-Ferrous and Precious Metals 

Karl Barth is responsible Purchasing of Non-Ferrous and Precious Metals. His team´s responsibility includes the international purchasing of aluminium for BMW Group.

(Industrial Users)
Nespresso – Sustainability Project Manager 

Christophe Boussemart is currently working on the development of the 2014-2020 Nespresso sustainability program, which focuses on agroforestry in coffee farms and regions, capsule recycling rates, responsible sourcing of raw materials and end-of-life management for coffee machines (under the Circular Economy program).

Christophe has worked on coffee systems at Nespresso for 12 years. He began by inventing and developing coffee and milk systems (machines, capsules, packaging) in the R&D department. With a strong interest in improving the environmental performance of the company, he then started to work on different projects, particularly related to coffee machine energy reduction solutions and used capsules collection and recycling programs in countries where Nespresso capsules are sold.

In 2008, he became responsible for Nespresso’s environmental performance monitoring and improvement efforts, focusing on used capsules collection and recycling capacity, coffee machine energy consumption reduction and carbon footprint reduction.

(Civil Society)
IUCN – Deputy Director, Business and Biodiversity Programme

Giulia’s current / recent responsibilities include the management of the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel, the development of the recommendations for responsible business operations in and around KBAs, and the development of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s performance standard.

Previously, Giulia worked for the United Nations Environment Programme, where she was the coordinator of UNEP’s tourism work.

Giulia has a master of science degree from the London School of Economics in marine policy (1993), a master’s in environmental engineering from the Turin Polytechnic (1991), a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA (1990) and the Laurea in geography from the Università di Genova, Italy (1997).

(Representing Industrial Users)
Council for Aluminium in Building – Technical Director

  • materials scientist educated to PhD-level, specialising in aluminium and lightweight composite materials
  • currently providing technical leadership to UK trade association members in relation to standards and regulations, concerned mainly with building facade products and components
  • Justin is currently the General Secretary for FAECF, the European Federation of National Window and Curtain Walling Manufacturers’ Associations, founded in 1968.
  • £multi-million research programme formulation, management, assessment and exploitation, specialising in advanced engineering materials R&D, measurement and standards best practice
  • knowledge transfer/ knowledge exchange best practice, including the provision of materials information, advice and guidance through manning helplines and writing technical publications, including newsletters, guides, regular magazine columns and books

(Civil Society)
Chimbo Foundation – Executive President 

I am a biochemist/biologist, have a PhD in aquatic ecology and have in my scientific career also several taxonomic publications on my name; have been a civil servant for two Dutch Ministries; worked as a consultant in the field of landscape planning and international environment (a.o. coal transport) for DHV Consultants; worked in South Africa with Stewart Scott Consultants; I have had a political career (a.o. vice president of the Dutch labour party, member of the provincial parliament of North Holland and member of the European Parliament); I have been the managing director renewables and executive vice president sustainability at Nuon NV; and one of the directors of the State Forestry Service of the Netherlands.

I have served on advisory committees (environment; development aid; sustainability; CO2 trading) of the Dutch Government.

I have been president of several NGO’s (FOEI Netherlands, Stichting AAP etc.); member of the works council of DHV consultants; and member of the Council of the University of Wageningen.

At the moment I am executive president of Chimbo Foundation; president of the executive board of Daridibó (Guinea Bissau); and executive president of FRES (Foundation Rural Energy Services).

I am a member of IUCN-CEM.

(Civil Society)
WWF – Senior Advisor Sustainable Business 

Justus is Manager Sustainable Business & Markets at WWF Germany, based in Berlin.  He has expertise in the Circular Economy, knowledge of standards setting and metrics, and a background in international management and cooperation. Justus founded and managed a renewable energy company while obtaining his Masters of Science (International Management). He has experience at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has worked in insurance, consulting and sales, and is now working for WWF on the Circular Economy and Planetary Boundaries.

Maria Lee is the Coordinator of the W+ Standard (, which quantifies the impact of projects on women’s empowerment. Maria holds a Master’s degree in socio-economics and international development from the University Pierre-Mendes-France (Grenoble-France). Her experience spans working across diverse development projects with non-government organizations, civil-society networks and international organizations in, West Africa, Europe and Asia. Her professional career has focused on rural development, youth employment and child labour in agriculture and gender equality.

(Civil Society)
Fauna & Flora International – Senior Advisor

Thomas has degrees in environmental and human sciences (BSc., Ph.D.) and business (MBA) and has worked on the interface between business and the environment for 15 years.

He has worked variously for the Zoological Society of London, the World Bank, the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and for WWF and spent most of the last decade based in South East Asia. He joined FFI in 2015 and works across the mining and energy, agriculture and conservation finance teams.

His interests include the natural capital approach to environmental management, the development of industry standards for sustainability and the development of green economies.

(Representing Civil Society)
Independent Anti-Corruption Expert

Jean-Pierre Méan is a lawyer admitted to the bar in Quebec/Canada and in Switzerland. He has been General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of SGS, an international inspection and verification company based in Geneva/Switzerland, from 1996 to 2008, with an interruption in 2002 and 2003 when he was Chief Compliance Officer of the European Bank for Development and Reconstruction (EBRD). He has presided the Swiss Chapter of Transparency International and spearheaded the issue of the 2011 Edition of the Rules on Combating Corruption of the International Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the ISO Committee working on an Anti-Bribery Management Systems Standard (ISO 37001) and was the Convenor of the Working Group that issued the Technical Specification on Competence requirements for auditing and certification of anti-bribery management systems. He is now the Convenor of the ISO Working Group in charge of  ISO 37001 support and issuing a Handbook.

(Production & Transformation)
Rio Tinto Aluminium – Environment Manager and Expert

My current position is to lead the Environment function for Canadian and European sites, regrouping 8 aluminium smelters and a total of 17 sites of the Al primary production sector. I am responsible for environmental performances, legal compliance, strategies and guidance in matter of environment to sites and to the management of RTA. I am representing RTA on the Aluminium Association of Canada, on the Industrial Environment Council of Quebec, and is Board member of a Museum. I am associated professor at University of Quebec at Chicoutimi; in 2014, was the provincial Scientific President of “Expo-Science”, a scientific competition regrouping 3000 students within Quebec. I am constantly in relation with external stakeholders, including environmental authorities, members of communities and neighbours. I participate to the elaboration of an agreement with a First Nation community.

Being passionate by the sustainable development of communities, First Nations and people, especially those where we operate, listening to concerns and questions of external stakeholders, and always searching for win-win solutions, the ASI is deeply connected with my personal beliefs and values.

(Production & Transformation)
Alcoa Foundation – President

Rosa is holder of a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Vigo (Spain), a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Escuela de Organización Industrial of Madrid (Spain), an Executive MBA of the Haute École de Comerce (University of Geneva) and she is finalizing her master´s degree in Commodity Trading at the Geneva Business School (University of Geneva). Rosa is involved in diversity and inclusion activities inside and outside of Alcoa (Alcoa Women Network leader for Europe and Board Member of Career Woman Forum in Geneva) and Ethics and Compliance practice (Integrity Champion for Government Affairs Organization)

(Civil Society)
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)  – Director of COMBO Project

  • Background in protected area management, including community management and law enforcement, and supporting design and application of practical biodiversity mitigation plans.
  • Director of COMBO Project, WCS (2016-2019) supporting development of mitigation capacity in four African countries.
  • Central Africa Marine Program Director, WCS (2014-2015) aiding design and implementation of Gabon’s marine spatial plan and regional marine conservation initiatives.
  • Principal Consultant, The Biodiversity Consultancy (2012-2014) advising mining and other projects.
  • Technical Advisor, Northern Plains Project, Cambodia, WCS (2007-2012) managing Kulen
  • Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary and Preah Vihear Protected Forest.
  • Project Director, Lac Tele Community Reserve, Republic of Congo, WCS (2004-2007) managing part of the world’s largest swamp forest, its people’s livelihoods and its 10,000 gorillas.
  • PhD in Zoology, University of St Andrews (2000-2004).

(Industrial Users)
Tetra Pak – Senior Materials Engineer Aluminium Foil, Supply Chain Organization

Tina Björnestål joined Tetra Pak in January 2009. She is the Sustainability Leader for Aluminium Foil in the Technology Team of Base Materials and has been leading the ASI certification as well as the CO2 emission reduction initiative with Tetra Pak’s suppliers.

Tina has 18 years of international experience in metal manufacturing & development, equipment sourcing & project management, supply strategy development & supplier management, production process & organizational auditing. Her career started in 2000 at Boliden Mineral AB with a focus on copper electrolyses, followed by a materials research project at Sandvik AB. In 2004, she joined Siemens’ Industrial Turbomachinery Group focusing on technical supplier support and strategic purchasing. Tina successfully led 150+ system and process audits at Tetra Pak’s capital equipment suppliers. She drove continuous improvement, conducted and developed training materials, e.g. Environmental Basics.

Tina graduated as Master of Advanced Material Science and Engineering from Luleå Technical University.

(Industrial Users)
Schüco – Head of Quality Planning & Quality Supplier Management

Stefan Rohrmus graduated in Industrial Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in 1996.

Participant in the International Traineeship of Daimler (Automotive Industry). Various positions as Quality Manager within Daimler in fabrication plants and the Headquarter.

In Schüco International KG for 10 years, first as Quality Manager for Management Systems, since 2010 as Head of Quality Planning & Supplier Management.

Fluently in English, Spanish and French. Work experience abroad in Argentina and Spain.

Intercultural Competence. Strong interested in sustainability strategies.

Schüco International is a building envelope specialist and one of the market leaders for window, façade and door systems. The amount of energy required by buildings is essentially determined by the building envelope. Façade products will play a key role in future energy-neutral buildings.

(Civil Society)
Nomogaia – Executive Director

Kendyl is the Executive Director of NomoGaia, a non-profit research organization specializing in corporate human rights due diligence. She is also a principal consultant at Spective Solutions, conducting Human Rights Impact and Risk Assessments in mining, petroleum, manufacturing, agriculture, food and beverage, technology and finance industries. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, an MA in Journalism from the University of British Columbia, and a BA in History from Princeton University.

(Production & Transformation)
Hydro – Manager, LCA & Sustainability

Jostein Søreide is responsible for Aluminium Stewardship in Hydro, and works in Hydro’s Climate Office which is responsible for Hydro’s climate strategy and carbon accounting. He holds a MSc in environmental technology and chemistry and has 20 years of experience working in Hydro on environmental and sustainability related topics. A big part of his responsibility has been work in international, external settings, and he was responsible for establishing the Sustainability Committee in European Aluminium, for which he was the Chairman from 2010 to 2014. Søreide has also been working actively with Social Responsible Investors for 15 years. He has been Hydro’s representative in the SSG of ASI, and was also participating in the predecessor of ASI, Responsible Aluminium. During the standard setting phase of ASI, Jostein was elected the industry co-chair of the SSG.

(Production & Transformation)

Alexey is the main responsible person to implement the ASI standard at RUSAL, (largest aluminium company outside China in terms of primary aluminium production output). He is a practitioner of the topics covered by the Performance Standard and/or Chain of Custody standards.

In addition, Alexey has extensive experience in many topics relevant to ASI in an international environment:

  • Lead Author of the International IPCC guidelines development;
  • Management system certification audits in accordance to international standards ISO/OHSAS in Det Norske Veritas;
  • Experience in multi-stakeholder processes with International Aluminium Institute;
  • Management systems implementation in accordance to the international standards;
  • Experience in audits and assurance (incl. legal compliance audits).

(Industrial Users)
Arconic – Global Director of Environment, Health and Safety

Marcel van der Velden was named Global Director EHS in January 2017. In this capacity Marcel oversees Internal Audit, Sustainability, Health and EHS Management systems. Marcel joined Arconic in 2002 after a career in several Health and Safety positions within industrial sectors in the Netherlands.

Within Arconic Marcel assumed increasing responsibilities in Internal audit and EHS and was promoted to the Global EHS Audit director role in 2011. Between 2012-2015 Marcel relocated to the corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh PA, USA.

In preparation for the separation of Alcoa Inc, Marcel obtained responsibility for corporate EHS matters in Europe including REACH. Marcel is based out of the Netherlands office.

(Representing Civil Society)
Responsible for IT, sustainability and projects, IGORA

Rolf Varis is in charge of IT, sustainability and projects at the IGORA Cooperative for Aluminium Recycling. IGORA has been coordinating the recycling of aluminium packaging in Switzerland since 1989. Communicating with the public, the authorities, the recycling industry and retail businesses is an important element of its activities. IGORA has been responsible for Ferro Recycling since 2012 and is a founding member of the IGSU interest group for a clean environment, which was established in 2007. IGSU is committed to stamping out littering and keeping Switzerland clean. On behalf of Nespresso IGORA is involved in the collection of used aluminium capsules in Switzerland.

Rolf Varis joined IGORA in 1995 and was project manager of the first sustainability study on aluminium cans, dishes and tubes. The study was carried out by EMPA, Carbotech and IBF and emphasizes the vital role that aluminium recycling and public education are playing. Rolf was a member of the oekobal task force and of the EAA study groups PWG LCA and WG Product Stewardship.

The Recycling Map is a project that Rolf initiated and continues to oversee. The online Recycling Map shows over 15,000 collection stations for 40 different items. Collecting recycling materials is made easy for the people of Switzerland with and mobile apps.

Rolf studied Business Economics and Administration and completed post-graduate studies in environmental sciences at the University of Zurich. He has 15 years experience in database development.

(Civil Society)

Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) – Project Manager Migrant Workers and Work With Dignity

Neill manages all aspects of the IHRB Migrant Workers programme and helped oversee the development of the Dhaka Principles for Migration With Dignity – a set of human rights based principles that offer a clear framework for understanding the recruitment and employment of migrant workers worldwide. The current focus for the programme is ethical recruitment and in particular the payment of recruitment fees by migrant workers. IHRB are working with others to promote increased due diligence by business and establish the principle of “employer pays” (the cost of recruitment) as the norm across all industry sectors and locations.

Neill previously worked as part of the Campaigns Team at The Body Shop International where he was involved with a number of environmental and human rights campaigns.