Our staff facilitate our strategic development and manage RBA activities on behalf of all members.
Tel: +1 571.858.5722
Chief Executive Officer
Rob Lederer is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), a nonprofit coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains.
He has guided the RBA since 2013, driving industry action in the areas of forced labor, conflict minerals, human rights and sustainability, and expanding partnerships with governments and civil society worldwide. During that time the RBA has grown tremendously in size and reach, more than doubling its membership.
Rob has more than three decades of experience managing industry associations, helping them to achieve strategic objectives. Additionally, he was the mayor of Fairfax, Virginia, USA, for 10 years, providing leadership and vision to the city.
Tel: +1 571.858.5726
Vice President of Operations
Before joining the RBA, Deborah Albers was the principal social strategist in corporate responsibility at Dell Inc., leading the work on social responsibility and stakeholder engagement. She was responsible for the long-term strategy and risk associated with responsible sourcing, global regulation and industry engagement on social issues. Deborah previously led the Dell On-Call organization globally, helping customers solve complex software issues. She was with Dell for 16 years. Prior to joining Dell, Deborah helped launch a technology startup in Silicon Valley, California.
Tel: +1 571.858.5727
Vice President of Human Rights and Environment
Bob is a 16-year veteran of Hewlett Packard and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, with over 10 years in sustainability. He was most recently the Director, Global Social & Environmental Responsibility at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, leading a team of professionals in human rights, supply chain responsibility and conflict minerals, among other issue areas. Bob also served on the RBA Board of Directors for nearly four years and was Vice Chair in 2016. He holds an MBA from the University of Arizona, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.
Tel: +1 571.290.5427
Vice President of Membership and Stakeholder Engagement
Prior to joining the RBA, Hamlin Metzger was the Senior Director of Human Rights for Best Buy, a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services. He was responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s Human Rights strategy, programs and governance. In addition, he led Best Buy’s Responsible Sourcing and Conflict Minerals programs.
From 2012-2018, Hamlin served on the Board of Directors at the RBA, and in 2018 he served as the Chair of the Responsible Minerals Initiative’s steering committee. In 2010, Hamlin was named a First Mover Fellow by the Aspen Institute and, in 2018, he was selected as a Policy Fellow by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Tel: +1 571.290.5433
Executive Director of the Responsible Labor Initiative
Anna brings a wealth of leadership experience in human rights and international development, having spent 15 years in the nonprofit sector building partnerships to prevent modern slavery, support education and promote women’s economic empowerment. She most recently served as Executive Director of the Global Battery Alliance in 2021, supporting its transition from an initiative of the World Economic Forum to an independently run organization. Prior to that, she served as Global Vice President, Corporate and Government Affairs at the human rights NGO International Justice Mission (IJM) where she led the global strategy for engaging public and private sector actors to address human trafficking in global supply chains. In this role she facilitated the formation and launch of the Global Survivor Network, an international group of survivors of slavery and violence now leading advocacy movements across three continents.
Anna served on the Advisory Board for the RBA's Responsible Labor Initiative (RLI) during its launch in 2017-2018; and the multi-stakeholder RLI Steering Committee from 2019-2021. She was a founding member of the Global Battery Alliance in 2017, serving on the Executive Board (2017-2019); and was Chair of the Markets Policy Working Group for Delta 8.7 (2020-2021).
Tel: +1 571.290.5732
Vice President of Responsible Sourcing
Jen has 20 years of experience designing and leading proactive, global, multi-stakeholder partnerships and strategies at the intersection of human rights, sustainability, and natural resources. Her work has particularly focused on the mining and minerals sector. She has worked on a range of projects to improve environmental and human rights performance and impacts across supply chains from source to product, including benefits to local communities where development and production of natural resources occur. Jen worked with tripartite partners to design, launch and facilitate the first decade of the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade. She also has expertise in supply chain mapping, research and joint fact finding; multi-stakeholder standards and standards-setting processes; and, creation of other due diligence and responsible sourcing tools and guidance.
Tel: +1 571.858.5734
Senior Director of Member Services
Christine has been at the RBA since 2013, the year staff was first hired, and came from the Fair Labor Association (FLA), where she launched a program for hundreds of university licensees to initiate or improve their compliance programs through online tools and in-person and online training. Since joining the RBA, she has worked with members in a variety of areas including RBA Online, member compliance and training, and launched the RBA’s online Learning Academy in Spring 2014. Christine actively works with new member prospects, and onboards new members and staff. She has an MBA from the University of Maryland, with a focus on international business, entrepreneurship and CSR. Christine holds teaching and training credentials and received the Society for Human Resource Management - Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designation in early 2017.
Tel: +1 571.858.5721
Senior Director of Communications
Jarrett has more than 15 years of experience directing strategic communications initiatives for technology companies, trade associations and nonprofits. Prior to joining the RBA, he held communications positions in agencies and corporations. His areas of expertise include public and media relations, public affairs, message development, digital communications, and research. Jarrett has an MA in Political Science (International Relations) from Villanova University and a BA in Communications (Journalism) from Temple University.
Tel: +1 571.858.5735
Senior Director of Information Technology
Ken brings 16 years of wide-ranging IT experience covering software engineering, database administration, network/telecom deployments, and enterprise systems management. He has worked in the Department of Defense, K-12 education software, and industrial controls engineering fields, providing a breadth of experience across many trades. As a PMI-certified project manager, his experience initiating, planning and supervising large projects assists the RBA in integrating the various tools and data needs required by our members and their suppliers. Ken has a master’s degree in information systems from the University of South Alabama.
Tel: +1 571.858.5737
Senior Director of Data Analytics
Jack is a seasoned data scientist with a broad range of experience in data analytics, machine learning and database administration. A 16-year veteran of the electronics and telecommunications industries, he worked in business intelligence, research and membership for the Consumer Technology Association. Earlier, Jack served in government affairs for Alcatel-Lucent. He earned his Bachelor of Science in International Affairs from Georgia Tech and his MBA from George Mason University.
Tel: +1 571.290.5437
Senior Director of Standards and Assurance
Marianna has more than 12 years of experience in human rights and compliance issues in supply chains, including human trafficking, conflict minerals, and raw materials traceability. Her expertise includes leading global collaborative projects, program management, policy analysis, standards and audit tool development, training, capacity-building, and research. Previously Marianna managed the raw materials and extractives auditing and advisory services program at UL's Responsible Sourcing group, including assessments using Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), and Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFSP) standards. Marianna has a Master’s in International Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin. She speaks English, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese.
Tel: +39 347 6353969
Fabiana Di Lorenzo, Ph.D.
Fabiana is a responsible sourcing and human rights expert with extensive background in business, minerals and metals. Prior to joining the Responsible Business Alliance, she worked for the International Labour Organisation, the UK government and Levin Sources consultancy where she advised blue-chip companies and SMEs, OEMs, investment firms, governments, international organisations and standard setters. Fabiana holds a PhD in Law from King’s College London in the UK, an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the same institution, an MA in International and Human Rights and a BA in International Development and Economy from the University of Turin in Italy. She is also a member of the DIIR (German Institute for Internal Audits).
Tel: +32 489 44 33 08
Senior Director of Public Policy and European Affairs
Before joining the Responsible Business Alliance, Bart worked for Samsung Electronics as European Manager for Sustainability. Earlier, Bart held roles in public and nonprofit sectors, including as an advisor at the French National Assembly, UN Youth Representative for Sustainable Development, and advisor on strategy development and stakeholder engagement to several international organizations. He holds bachelor and master degrees in Law from Brussels Free University as well as a masters degree in Conflict and Development from Ghent University. Bart speaks English, French, Dutch, Italian and Spanish.
Juan Carlos Martinez
Director of Audit Operations
Juan Carlos has more than 29 years of experience in the electronics industry, with 10 of those years in sustainability. Prior to joining the RBA, he was the supply chain social responsibility project executive at IBM Corp., where he led a series of process improvements, data analytics and capability-building programs in IBM’s supply chain. Juan Carlos holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a master’s degree in social development from Universidad Panamericana in Mexico.
Tel: +1 571.858.5733
Director of Events and Internal Operations
Laura came to the RBA with a background in both corporate and social event planning. She has been responsible for a wide variety of events, including conferences, launch events, weddings and galas. Laura has a bachelor's degree in communications and marketing from American University and speaks Spanish and Portuguese, as well as English. Laura also holds a certification in government meeting planning.
Tel: +1 571.858.5733
Director of Training Services
David Yeung is a CSR professional with more than 20 years of experience in support of international CSR programs. He was the former CEO of Benchmarks Ltd, an auditing and consulting company based in Hong Kong and China. Earlier David was a senior manager with Hanesbrands Inc, and Li and Fung Ltd. He setup his own training development business in 2011, and has provided critical training services to the CSR industry for major brands and retailers for over 8 years.
Tel: +852 54848878
Director of Audit Assurance
Andy has been working in the corporate social responsibility field for more than 15 years. He has led sustainability programs for various MNCs in a broad spectrum of industries, including retailers and vendors in the electronics, toys, apparel and footwear sectors, as well as for an auditing firm. Before joining the RBA Andy was the supply chain responsibility program manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, where he led a series of supply chain capability-building programs. Andy has a Master of Social Science (Corporate Environmental Governance) from The University of Hong Kong.
Tel: +1 571.858.5724
Director of Environment and Circularity
Dan has four years of regulatory experience with the EPA in the Dallas regional office, where he oversaw state level monitoring and registration programs for overly polluted waterbodies under the Clean Water Act. Additionally, he coordinated state run programs for monitoring health risks at public beaches. He joined RBA in 2016 after completing a Masters of Environmental Management at Yale, where he concentrated in corporate resource management and risk. At Yale, Dan worked and interned for several multinational corporations to evaluate the performance and environmental impact of their operations. Dan also has a Bachelors in environmental science from the University of Notre Dame.
Director of Responsible Sourcing
Alex has more than 10 years of experience in responsible sourcing, human rights issues in supply chains, and economic development. Her experience includes strategy development, group facilitation, project management, analyzing value chains and conducting risk assessments. She previously worked as the Human Rights and Supply Chain Responsibility Program Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She has also held positions with UL’s Responsible Sourcing group, the World Bank, and ACDI/VOCA. She holds an MS from Georgetown University and a BA from the College of William and Mary.
Tel: +1 571.290.5428
Director of IT Operations
Bobby has more than 20 years of IT experience in leadership and problem solving for systems development, information assurance and business process improvement. Prior to joining the RBA, he supported the U.S. Department of the Navy providing leadership in planning, managing and/or supporting a wide range of IT systems from small to enterprise level. Bobby is a PMP-certified professional who holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems and a master's degree in business administration from the University of South Alabama.
Tel: +32 493 338560
Director of Audit Operations - Automotive
Yakut has 10 years of experience supporting membership organizations. Before joining RBA, she worked at amfori and Fair Labor Assocation in diverse roles, including on-site assessments in the EMEA region, audit quality management, due diligence program management, and IT product ownership.
Tel: +60 126898198
Khai Yau Chua
Senior Program Manager
Khai started his career at HP in 2000 before moving on to work in public and international organizations. In the nine years prior to joining the RBA, he has been working on areas related to human, labor, migrant and refugee rights in IOM and UNHCR. Khai is an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on Trafficking in Persons and has an MA in International Relations from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and a BSc in Computer and Information Sciences from the National University of Singapore.
Tel: +6012 304 1806
Ka Ea Lim
Senior Program Manager
Ka Ea is trained in law and has more than 13 years of work experience in the field of civic education and human rights with non-governmental organisations in Malaysia and the United Nations in Timor-Leste and Afghanistan. She has also volunteered for the Ethiopian Red Cross Society and Foundation for International Development/Relief in Cambodia. Prior to joining the RBA, she worked as a Project Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights. She is an alumna of the American Council for Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).
Tel: +44 (0)7984366045
Senior Audit Program Manager - Minerals
Sandra has more than 10 years of experience in client relations and supporting vendors and brands on ESG performance improvement. She has experience in the minerals and CSR space, driving supplier management and audit program management at audit service providers (UL and Intertek), including managing RMI and VAP audit program delivery for well over a decade. The development and support of clients’ supply chain compliance programs were her key focus areas. Sandra engaged supply chain partners across a variety of industries, such as electronics, minerals and retailers. She was also responsible, together with key leaders, for expanding resources and capacities in new markets and countries. Sandra resides in England, is a native Portuguese speaker, fluently speaks English and Italian, and has working proficiency in Spanish.
Tel: + 86 1065350291
Tel: +60 125480056
Mann Chyun Sim
Senior Account Manager
Mann Chyun comes to RBA with over seven years of experience in supply chain environmental compliance, providing environmental reporting and consultation services in the electronics, automotive and medical sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science from the National University of Malaysia.
Tel: +1 571.858.5738
Neil’s background is in marketing and communications, previously promoting the transportation and logistics industry for a nonprofit association. He specialized in multimedia production, marketing campaign development, and content strategy. Neil has a bachelor’s degree in public administration and policy from George Mason University.
Tel: +1 571.858.5739
Database Project Manager
Ross' background includes 20 years of experience in IT support and publishing. Prior to joining the RBA, he was with The Gannett Company, where he honed his skills in software scripting, data management, and process automation. Earlier, he served on the Planning Commission for the City of Fairfax, Virginia.
Tel: +60 102209066
Surya Herny Mahdzir
VAP Program Manager
Herny has more than 8 years administrating quality and operational audits in the IT sector prior to joining the RBA. She is ITIL v3 Foundation certified and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Technology from the University of Surrey, UK.
Tel: +1 571.858.5725
Manager of RMI Member Services
Gavin has experience in database management, vendor auditing, and Internet-based research. He previously interned at Washington, D.C. nonprofits focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Gavin has a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami in Biology and Ecosystem Science/Policy.
Tel: +1 571.290.5441
RMI Quality and Training Manager
Diana joined the RBA's Responsible Minerals Initiative as a Program Specialist with more than 10 years of experience conducting supply chain assessments, quality assurance, and capacity-building experience in over 15 countries. She was previously the Verification Manager for the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, where she was instrumental in creating an industry standard for social and environmental programs in apparel and footwear supply chains. Her previous work experience includes Patagonia's Social and Environmental Responsibility Program, where she worked closely with their supply chain to implement Patagonia's social and environmental responsibility initiatives and programs. Diana holds an MBA in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is fluent in Spanish and English.
Tel: +32 499 88 1268
RMI Project Manager
Anna joined the RBA's Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) in 2021. Previously she worked for a business association specialized in sustainability for business, where she assisted retailers and vendors across multi-industries to implement and innovate their due diligence systems. Earlier she worked as a technical advisor and consultant for the UN and GIZ on private-sector driven economic development projects. Anna holds an MSc in Industrial Strategies and Trade Policies from the University of Manchester, UK.
Tel: +1 571.977.4811
IT Service Manager
Dana has a background in business systems analysis and administration. Her experience includes project coordination, requirements gathering, testing and end-user training. Prior to joining the RBA, Dana supported the U.S. Department of the Navy, providing support for a wide range of mission-critical IT systems. She holds a bachelor's degree in Information Systems Management from University of Maryland Global Campus.
Tel: +86 19912468417
Quality Assurance Manager
Cici has more than 10 years of experience in global supply chain management, including supplier social compliance audit, supplier capability building, 3TG smelter engagement, supplier CMRT management, and internal business control and risk management. Before Joining the RBA, Cici was the Asia Pacific Program Manager for the IBM Supply Chain Social Responsibility team. Cici holds a master's degree in business administration from Sun Yat-sen University.
Tel: +6012 470 1629
Asia Compliance Manager
Ronnie has been working in the corporate social responsibility field for more than 20 years. He was the former northern region branch manager, APAC regional security program manager and national social compliance manager for an auditing firm based in Malaysia in the past 10 years and has led the social compliance team in the past 15 years. Prior joining the RBA, Ronnie was an APSCA-registered auditor for an auditing firm and actively conducted social compliance audits for various retailers and industries.
Tel: +86 19926695446
Quality Assurance Manager
Cinlla has 12 years of responsible supply chain experience in NPO, brands, retailer and global trading companies, with in-depth knowledge of social and ethical compliance. Before joining the RBA, Cinlla worked at ICTI Ethical Toy Program, responsible for accredited audit firm management, audit quality monitoring, factory capacity building, program support and supplier engagement. She received a Bachelor of Economics from Guangdong University of Finance & Economics, and a Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management from Ara Institute of Canterbury (New Zealand).
Tel: +852 98698334
Quality Assurance Manager
Whitney has more than 15 years of experience in the corporate social responsibility field. She has been overseeing the social compliance and sustainability program for various industries (apparel, fabric, printing), including retailers and vendors, as well as an auditing firm. Whitney’s roles covered the development of corporate audit policies, management of internal and external audits in social compliance, environment, quality, and security fields, involvement of business performance and evaluation. She has a Bachelor of Social Science from Hong Kong Baptist University.
Tel: +1 571.290.5442
Maddy came to the RBA from the Texas Association of Health Plans, where she helped manage their many members and supported policy and advocacy efforts. She graduated with a B.A. in both Plan II and Sustainability Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was Editor-in-Chief of Apricity Magazine. She additionally held internships with both Austin Energy Green Buildings and Austin Area Sustainability Indicators.
Tel: +1 571.977.4813
Events and Membership Coordinator
Prior to joining the RBA, Adriana was an early childhood educator. She freelanced as an events assistant, which led to her career change. Adriana holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Tel: +1 571.290.5438
RMI Quality Assurance Specialist
Prudence has a diverse background working in relief and development agencies in Washington, D.C. and across the African continent. Prior to joining the RBA, she worked as consultant with the Revenue Development Foundation. In this role, Prudence provided technical and advisory services to governments in developing countries focused on implementing public administration systems that improve compliance, transparency and increase revenues from the natural resource sector. She has also held positions with Zurcom International Ltd. and IBG Global as an international trade advisor, and as a disaster relief loan specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Prudence received her MS in International Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas and a BA in International Studies from the University of North Texas.
Tel: +86 189 2607 7375
RMI Program Specialist
Prior to joining the RBA, Eric worked more than 13 years in ethical supply chains. He worked in audit quality monitoring, report quality control, capability building, program management of onsite assessment and stakeholder engagement for a nonprofit organization in the toy industry, and in audit assessment for brand companies, retailers and a trading company in hard goods, garment and fashion accessories industries. Eric received a Bachelor of Education from Jiaying University.
Tel: +6017 653 1990
VAP Program Specialist
Charles spent most of his early career days in data science and working in different industries. He has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics with Computing from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Malaysia) and speaks mostly English, Chinese, Malay and basic-level Japanese.
RMI Audit Program Coordinator
Prior to joining the RBA, Shelita managed the social compliance program at Bentex Group Inc. She was responsible for upholding Bentex Group Inc.’s commitment to responsible business conduct in addition to its licensor and retailer partner standards for compliance. More recently, Shelita was the Global Compliance Analyst at LL Flooring, where she served as a key contributor to the development of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility program and vendor training resources. She holds a BA in Corporate Communications from Baruch College and received a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) designation in 2020.
Tel: +1 571.858.5432
Software Support Technician
Kyle has a diverse background in customer relations, project management and information technology. Prior to joining the RBA, he was a program manager with the American Gastroenterological Association. Kyle has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and is a CompTIA-certified IT Technician.
Tel: +1 571.977.4810
Software Support Technician
In addition to his role at the RBA, Jacob is an adjunct instructor at a community college and teaches 3D modeling, 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality, 360 video, and video production. He was previously a business consultant developing digital marketing strategies for various clients. Jacob earned his bachelor's degree in Business Technology Administration from the University of Maryland, and is a certified project manager.
Chee Keong Lai
Chee Keong has more than 20 years of experience in sustainability programs including supplier assessment, corporate social responsibility and green supply chains. His experience also includes validation and verification of carbon emission reduction projects on behalf of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UFCCC), and environmental, occupational safety & health and quality management systems audits, training and consultancy. Chee Keong has extensive international experience and exposure in countries in Asia Pacific and Europe. He was based in Beijing for 6+ years from 2008 to 2014.
Tel: +1 571.858.5731
Senior Accounting Manager
Anastasiia came to RBA with a background in forensic accounting, audits, financial data analysis, and financial research. She was previously an accountant for The QED Group and holds a master's degree in finance from Taras Shevshenko University of Kyiv, Ukraine. Anastasiia speaks English, Ukrainian, Russian, and entry-level Spanish.
Tel: +1 571.290.5433