Born in Uruguay, raised in England, returned to Montevideo for High School, won agriculture scholarship to Cornell University in USA. Worked for 40+ years in the tropical and temperate produce industry, on five continents and 28 countries, plus brief technical visits to more. Earned MBA and Master of Environmental Sciences degrees, also accredited ISO 14000 and SA 8000 auditor. From 1999 to 2014 was certification manager of the Fyffes group coordinating food safety, worker welfare and environmental programs.
Volunteered for the first Eurepgap technical committee in Oslo in 2000, continued as producer delegate to the technical committee and working groups until elected to the board of directors in 2008, resigning in 2015. Participated in GLOBALG.A.P.’s smallholder initiative, and the crop protection, microbiology, and water management working group.
As a Fyffes employee, helped smallholder groups in nine countries strengthen their cooperative administration and raise internal control standards to the level necessary for successful GlobalGAP certification and recertification, and compliance with other industry and private standards. Since retirement has volunteered as lecturer on food safety and tropical agriculture while completing a doctoral degree. Main interests are water and soil management which are the keys to food security.