Background and Qualifications

I graduated as Agricultural Engineer specialized in Intensive Agricultural Production in 1996. I also passed all required subjects of a Master in Environmental Sciences, but never had the opportunity to finish the thesis. As a student I worked in the area of vegetable tissue culture. After graduation, I carried out research in Entomology and Horticulture Protection at university and in a research station (INIA). Afterwards, I worked in the Certification Program of Propagation Material of the Ministry of Agriculture (Uruguay), monitoring pests and diseases within the national Integrated Fruit Production Program, and as a field advisor for groups of fruit and wine growers. Between 2003 and 2008, I worked in a Certification Body as Product Manager for fresh produce standards and was qualified as an auditor for those standards too (GLOBALG.A.P., Chilegap, USGap and Tesco Nature’s Choice). At the same time, I received qualification as a Management Systems Auditor (ISO 9000 and ISO 14000), Food Safety Systems Auditor (GMP, HACCP and BRC) and as a trainer.

Role at GLOBALG.A.P.

Since 2008 I have been working for the Integrity Program at GLOBALG.A.P. and later also began working as an ISCC Integrity Assessor and GLOBALG.A.P. trainer. Afterwards, while I kept performing these tasks, I supported the Capacity Building and Standard Management Department, providing technical support for standards and training material development, reviewing standards applying for benchmarking and National Interpretation Guidelines. I have also supported good agricultural practices projects, especially in Latin America (e.g. localg.a.p.), and coordinated the Latin American Certification Body Committee.

On the Personal Side

In my free time I volunteer for an NGO that supports organizations that give educational opportunities to Uruguayan children in need, as I believe education is the most powerful tool to build equal societies and for each human being to develop its own potential. During my holidays I like to go to the beach. I like to be in contact with nature and enjoy the sense of freedom the ocean provides.