SAI Platform Conference
24 - 27 April 2017, Beijing, China

Catharinus Wierda is Global Programme Manager Dairy for Solidaridad. With almost 50 years of experience in facilitating the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound and profitable supply chains, Solidaridad has been a pioneer in the field of sustainable economic development. We are a civil society organization focused on international market-based solutions working through nine regional expertise centres in 50 countries and across 13 global sectors.

Catharinus is responsible for global strategy, providing support to our regional offices as we develop new dairy programmes and build partnerships with companies. The son of a dairy farmer has more than 20 years’ experience in the dairy sector, both in The Netherlands and abroad. Before joining Solidaridad he worked for Wageningen UR, Beemster Cheese and Ben&Jerry’s, the Dutch Dairy Association and the Dutch government. Next to his work for Solidaridad, he is entrepreneur and founder of a new small (and sustainable) cheese brand ‘De Fryske’.