Our Team

Located in Bonn, Germany, the Head Office of IFOAM - Organics International takes care of day-to-day operational actives ranging from membership management and organic program implementation to the organization of leadership courses. The Head Office consists of the following departments:

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Governance Department 

Executive Director

Thomas Cierpka, Deputy DirectorDeputy DirectorOffice Coordinator

Norman Oehlandt

Financial Controlling

Omkar Gopalakrishnan, Executive Director AssistantED AssistantMembership Coordinator

Simon Kufferath, ITIT Officer

IT Assistant

Project Finance & Administration Coordinator

Capacity Development

Head of Capacity Development

Head of Capacity Development

Latin America Coordinator

Senior Academy Coordinator


Shakhnoza KurbanlievaSenior Program Officer

Programs Coordinator

Alejandro EspinozaProject Coordinator


Project Coordinator


Policy and Guarantee Department

Head of Policy & Guarantee 

Head of Global Policy 

Chief Food Security Campaigner

Flávia Castro

Organic Policy & Guarantee Specialist

Federica VariniOrganic Policy & Guarantee Specialist

Cornelia KirchnerOrganic Policy & Guarantee Specialist


Head of Communications & Engagement

Niamh Holland-Essoh, Communications Coordinator  Head of Communications & Outreach

Patrick German, Digital Communications AssistantDigital Communications Coordinator         

Digital Media Coordinator

Communications Coordinator

Visual Communications Designer

Head Office Contact Details

IFOAM - Organics International
Charles-de-Gaulle-Str. 5
53113 Bonn

Phone: +49-228-92650-10
Fax: +49-228-92650-99    
e-mail: headoffice [at] ifoam.bio