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Madeleine Brasser

Advisor inclusive Value Chains Oxfam Novib

Madeleine Brasser is an advisor on inclusive value chains notably on palm oil, rice and shrimp. She has been developing and managing projects in the area of land rights and palm oil in Indonesia, in close collaboration with local partners such as TuK, Walhi and Sawit Watch. She has contributed to the development of an innovative business model FAIR company community partnership that has been piloted in Sumatera, together with Indonesian partners SPKS, JKPP, Asppuk and with private sector partners. Madeleine has contributed to the establishment of a national palm oil platform in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has been involved in ongoing human rights advocacy work in the palm oil sector in Central America and Africa. In her work she has been promoting gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.

Within the RSPO structures Madeleine has been active in the P&C taskforce and she is co-chair of the Human Rights Working Group. Before joining Oxfam, she worked for ILO and UNDP in various African and South East Asian countries, for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Free University of Amsterdam and the Wageningen University and Research. The assignments varied from managing projects on environmental planning, participatory rural planning to conducting evaluations of Dutch funded programmes on irrigation and nutrition. Madeleine is a social anthropologist and was trained at the University of Leyden and the Wageningen University and Research.