Derek joined QCS in 2018 and has enjoyed working with the Ecuador and Dominican Republic offices of QCS. Before arriving to QCS, Derek completed a Master’s of Sustainable Development Practice with a focus on sustainable food systems at the University of Florida. Derek also has worked as a Production Supervisor in the wine bottling industry, and as a Ground Supply Officer in the United States Marine Corps. The role of international organic and sustainable agricultural certifications has been very fulfilling to support environmental protection while working within the global food system. Derek enjoys working with various actors in the supply chain, from the farmers to the importers and the retailers, all with the same goal in mind of making a better and more sustainable future.
Publications: “Moving Towards Sustainable Rice Production in the Northwest Dominican Republic”. Natural Resources Vol. 9 No. 12. December 29, 2018.
Belen studied Agroindustry. Her experience includes being part of an exchange program in the United States where she learned about sustainable agriculture and volunteering in a high school working in organic gardens with students. Belen worked in a NGO for rural development in the communities around the volcano Chimborazo. She then studied Agroecology in Spain.
Belen likes working for QCS because there is an opportunity to grow personally and professionally. She also meets different people and works on projects that are really interesting. She believes that small acts and decisions can make a big difference especially when it comes to caring for the environment. She believes agroecology is a response to the challenges faced today with the increasingly limited resources.
Maríareceived a degree in Engineering in Foreign Trade from Polytechnic School of Chimborazo (ESPOCH) in Ecuador. Her experience includes working at the BCS ÖKO Garantie regional office and responsibilities including the Certificate of Inspection for Import of Products from Organic Production and Flows of Export Volumes for the projects of: Ecuador, Perú, Colombia, Uruguay and Paraguay. She also worked at BCS ÖKO Garantie Ecuador and was responsible for external training and events.
María likes working for QCS because it is a fair alternative for organic producers and QCS prides itself in high standards and customer service. She loves her family with all her heart and that includes her dogs. She enjoys traveling, especially time spent outdoors.