Melanie Rutten-Sülz joins Bonsucro’s Board of Directors

14th February 2018

Bonsucro welcomes Melanie Rutten-Sülz to Bonsucro’s Board of Directors as Chair of the Governance Committee.

“I’m honoured and excited to be serving on Bonsucro’s Board of Directors, and contribute with my multi-stakeholder platform, sector transformation and sustainability experience to Bonsucro’s further development, to deliver on its ambitious and powerful mission, transform the sugarcane sector and accelerate change for the benefit of producers, communities, businesses, economies and eco-systems in all sugarcane origins.”

Melanie is a mission-driven and results-oriented transformational thinker and leader, and a passionate global citizen. She has a strong background in multi-stakeholder convening, organisational development and sustainable agriculture and supply chains (in coffee), having successfully lead the development of the Common Code for the Coffee Community as well as the 4C Association and its successor, the Global Coffee Platform. She has also been serving on the Board of Directors of the ISEAL Alliance for three years.

Currently, she is the Secretary General of Youth For Understanding, a leader in intercultural exchange and educational programs for more than 60 years, and leading its Global Office in Brussels to coordinate and service 55+ member organizations across six continents.

Melanie has a Master degree in Latin American Studies, Economics and Political Sciences from the University of Cologne, Germany, and the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil. She is originally German, has lived and worked also in Brazil, Guatemala, Peru and the Netherlands, and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.