SAI Platform today announces Dionys Forster as its new Director General. Dionys brings to SAI Platform over 20 years’ experience as a dynamic and respected leader in agri-food value chains.
Working previously as the Raw Material Sourcing Lead at Nestlé SA, Dionys developed sourcing strategies from field to factory, leading on the business’ sustainable agriculture impact assessment tools and innovative raw material sourcing. His wealth of knowledge in agri-food value chain management and implementation of applied agriculture research and development programmes in biodiversity, soil, water, GHG emission reduction, and inclusive growth will support SAI Platform in delivering on our ambitious strategy, tools and programmes.
At Nestlé SA, Dionys directed the company’s Sustainable Agricultural Initiative, the Agripreneurship Programme and the recently created Regenerative Agriculture Farm Assessment Framework. Prior to his involvement at Nestlé, he led an international applied agricultural and environmental consortium research across different geographies. While working at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) he investigated organic versus conventional production systems and was instrumental in building up international plant breeding projects for low external input agriculture. At the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG) Dionys was working on topics of circular economy, in particular on organic waste recovery and reuse in peri-urban agriculture.
Dionys Forster graduated in International Agriculture from the Bern University of Applied Sciences in 2001. He received his doctorate in the field of natural resource conservation from the University Rostock in 2010. For his research and development projects he successfully raised funding from private and public organisations. Lately, together with his consortium partners under the lead of the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE) he received funding for an EC Green Deal project on Climate Neutral Farms (ClieNFarms).