Regina Ordowski (Dipl.-Ing. agr.)
During her agronomy studies at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, Regina participated in government-supported research that took her to China for the first time. She was then involved in further research projects and inspection jobs in a number of countries, in the global North and South. When she later joined a large certification body, she was one of the first to implement international organic standard certification for Chinese producers. She has since worked as certifier, trainer, standard manager and coordinator for several organic and sustainability standards, before co-founding SRS in 2017, where she functions as general manager.
Tanja Schmidt (M.Sc.agr., Dipl.oec.troph.)
Tanja holds a degree in nutrition science and home economics from the University of Giessen in Germany as well as a Master of Agricultural Science from the University of Göttingen where she studied tropical and subtropical agriculture. During her studies she gained research experience in Peru. She has more than 15 years professional experience in various sectors of certification and standards management. Her tasks included certification of organic operations, team leadership and training for international organic standards and GLOBALG.A.P. In 2020 she joined the SRS team as quality and competence manager.
Martina Melapie (Dr. agr.)
After successfully completing a degree in tropical/subtropical agronomy at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic, Martina went on to graduate studies in international organic agriculture at the University of Kassel, Germany, giving her a broad background in many forms of agriculture. During her doctoral studies, she focused on nutrient use efficiency in urban gardening of West African cities and later joined the Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences of the University of Kassel, where she worked as research assistant and project coordinator for 5 years. Before co-founding SRS in 2017, she joined a certification body, where she was mainly involved in organic certification of Chinese operations according to different standards and contributed to the coordination of the working group. At SRS she is in charge of the Certification Department.
With a wealth of experience administrating and managing the services offered by certification bodies, she gained over 10 years working as administrative officer in General Department. Karin is responsible for all administrative issues including bookkeeping and other financial affairs, offer and contracting services, CoI and TC issuance. The maintenance of IT is an additional task. In 2017, she co-founded SRS and assists the General Manager as well as the Certification and Customer Service Department.
Alexandra zum Felde (Dr. agr.)
After studying environmental biology and organic agriculture at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Alexandra specialised in biological pest control during her graduate studies at the University of Bonn in Germany. She has a very broad background in tropical and organic agriculture. She later worked as plantain agronomist at IITA in Nigeria, as lecturer and research assistant at the Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, University of Kassel and most recently as a freelance agricultural consultant, editor, reviewer and translator. At SRS she works in the Certification Department and is Scheme Manager for GLOBALG.A.P.
Taku Uchiyama (M.A. Philosophy)
After receiving his B.A. in literature from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, Taku Uchiyama came to Germany to continue his post graduate studies of philosophy at the University of Göttingen. In 2018, he joined the SRS team to support us with offering JAS certification services. He continues using his Japanese language skills to support and work in the Technical Department.