Silke has a BSc in International Agriculture. She worked at a forwarding agency in Hamburg, Germany, and from 2009 – 2018 as an organic and non-GMO inspector for all types of processing facilities, most of them in the USA. Silke was part of the team that developed the Compliance Program of the Fair Trade Sustainability Alliance and served on the FairTSA board for 7 years. As a consultant, Silke has supported numerous operations to get reinstated with their NOP certification and her services as internal auditor to certification agencies have been instrumental in maintaining organic accreditation. For more information, please contact email@example.com
Winfried has a Ph.D. in organic agriculture and long-standing experience as a consultant to organic certifiers, farms, businesses and other organizations. He co-created and is currently CEO of Fair Trade Sustainability Partners Inc.
Winfried works with an international network of organic certification agencies, producers and traders. He is available for strategic consulting, long-term solutions to sourcing and sustainable supply chains. He writes articles for US and German publications, can be contracted for speaking engagements and to chair or participate in panel discussions.
Winfried was instrumental in the development of the first ever B.Sc. program in Organic Agriculture in 1993/94. This course at the University of Kassel, Germany, later received a 1 Mio German Mark award for innovation in teaching and learning by The German Ministry of Education. Within that program he taught the very successful 1-year course "Conversion to Organic Farming". In this study course a group of students visited a farm to analyze all aspects relevant to conversion to organic. They researched options, discussed possible solutions with the the farmer families and developed a complete Conversion Plan.