The Board of The Alliance for Organic Integrity (AOI or the Alliance), is excited to announce the appointment of
Konrad Hauptfleisch as Executive Director. This appointment is the next step of growth and development for the
AOI’s focus is to strengthen the organic assurance system globally, and is proposing and promoting a range of solutions and tools to achieve improved integrity in the growing organic marketplace.
Konrad has over 15 years’ experience in the organic sector, and is well-known in the movement for his last 8 years as manager and lead trainer at the Organic Academy of IFOAM-Organics International. Previous to that, he was deeply involved not only in standards development, policy and advocacy, but also working closely with farmers and farmers’ market communities, and ensuring their compliance with requirements for marketable quality and organic integrity. He is an accomplished facilitator and communicator, and will be active in building partnerships with organizations throughout the sector that share the Alliance’s integrity-driven mission.
Alliance President, Francis Blake, said, “Organic integrity is key to the survival and sustainable growth of the organic market, and more organic is a vital component in improving the health of people and the environment, which is needed today more than ever. We are delighted that we are welcoming Konrad to lead the Alliance forward at this critical time.”
Konrad said, “This is both a challenge and something of a dream job, helping this new organization establish its presence and achieve its important goals. I am looking forward to working with interested parties and potential partners to maximize our collective impact – together, we are better able to ensure a positive future for organic –the benchmark for truly sustainable agriculture.”
The Alliance for Organic Integrity are proud that their founding Partners are IFOAM-Organics International and the IOAS.