4C Services Advisory Board
Andreas Feige, Member of the Board
Andreas Feige holds an M.A. in Mechanical Engineering of the University of Aachen. He has gained management experience in various industrial companies before joining Arthur D. Little Int. Inc. and later Booz Allen Hamilton as a partner.
As Managing Director of ISCC and Meo Carbon Solutions he worked extensively on the topics of renewable resources with focus on sustainability and deforestation free and fully traceable supply chains.
Currently he is deeply involved in smallholder development and the implementation of innovative online tools and mobile apps which are applied for proving impact and compliance with sustainability commitments and have the potential to lift smallholder farming practices to a new level. Since 2018 Andreas is also a board member of 4C Services.
Dr. Jan Michael Henke, Member of the Board
Jan has studied International Economics at the University of Tübingen in Germany. He has worked for four years at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in the research area of environmental and resource economics. During that time he also acquired his PhD from the University of Potsdam in Germany. After that he joined Meo Carbon Solutions, a management consultancy focussing on renewable resources, sustainability, climate change, greenhouse gas emission calculations and sustainability certification.
While working with Meo, Jan was involved from the beginning in the development of GRAS Global Risk Assessment Services where he acts as Managing Director and ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification).
Jan is working on topics of renewable resources, sustainability, renewable energies, climate change, land use and land use change, greenhouse gas calculations and certification. The regional focus of Jan’s work is Europe, the Americas, Africa and South East Asia.
Dr. Norbert Schmitz, Member of the Board
Norbert Schmitz has studied business administration at the University of Cologne in Germany where he also acquired his PhD.
He has worked several years for a leading European management consultancy before setting up Meo Carbon Solutions, a Germany based management consultancy focussing on sustainability. While working with Meo, Norbert developed in a multistakeholder initiative ISCC, International Sustainability and Carbon Certification.
Norbert also initiated the development of GRAS, Global Risk Assessment Services, a web-tool to facilitate risk assessments and land use change verification.
In addition, he is member of national and international committees such as the he advisory board on Economics of Climate Change coordinated by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation.
Michael von Luehrte, Member of the Board
Michael von Luehrte – currently Secretary General of the SCTA (Swiss Coffee Trade Association) – started his career in commodities 1981 with Jacobs Suchard in Germany/Switzerland and spent four years in Brazil, managing the local Taloca trading and procurement office. After Jacobs Suchard was acquired by Kraft Foods in 1990, Michael worked across different agricultural commodities.
After 25 years in various procurement, market research and risk management roles in Switzerland and the US, Michael joined Noble Group as Global Head of Agricultural Research in 2007 for coffee, cocoa, sugar+ethanol, oilseeds+grains and cotton as an integrated part of the Lausanne/Geneva based trading teams.
After COFCO took over Noble Agri in 2014, Michael helped to set up the Corporate Responsibility function as an additional responsibility. In addition to his current position as Secretary General of SCTA and board member of 4C Services, he is also involved in commodity consultancy projects.
Dr. Rafaël Schneider, Member of the Board
Rafaël studied geography at the University of Freiburg i.Br./Germany. As scientific employee he specialized on geomorphology and obtained his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) for his research on human impacts on the geo-biosphere.
He gained extensive experience in rural development through several years of working in West Africa. Rafaël started his career in development cooperation as senior advisor in a DED-GTZ-Program on rural development in Natitingou (Benin). Then he moved to N’Djaména (Chad) where he took over the sector coordination at the German Development Service (DED).
Today, he works for Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e. V., a private organisation acting in the area of development cooperation and humanitarian aid. As deputy director of the policy division he addresses development strategies related to global food security, rural development, agriculture and value chains and the Human Right to Food. His engagement for the implementation of the Food Security Standard (FSS) is particularly noteworthy. Rafaël initiated the FSS which is a practical approach to address food security in sustainability certification.