The RESP Secretariat is composed of a team focused on the daily progress of the institution’s work program, maintaining member relationships, representing RESP externally, and operational management, including human resources, budget administration and fundraising.
The Secretariat leads the compilation, analysis and facilitation of information developed by the International Working Groups. It is responsible for providing adequate tools and channels to share and transfer this knowledge between members of RESP and between RESP and other stakeholders.
Eduardo Escobedo, Executive Director
Eduardo is responsible for ensuring the continued relevance, effectiveness, and leadership of RESP in the delivery of its mission. Eduardo reports directly to the Executive Committee of RESP.
Prior to founding RESP, Eduardo held a number of positions in international organisations, government and companies, including in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), and General Electric.
Eduardo holds a B.Sc. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM) and a M.A. in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of the University of Geneva. He also holds post-graduate diplomas from the University of Vienna, the University of Geneva and IESE Business School.
Matteo Ghedini, Traceability Work Stream Lead
Matteo is responsible for leading the Traceability Work Stream.
Prior to joining RESP, Matteo created and led the Sustainability Department for the Labelux Group, the holding company of the luxury brands Jimmy Choo, Bally, Belstaff and Zagliani. He developed the sustainability strategy and led the execution of broad-based, brand portfolio-wide initiatives in key areas like stores, product and supply chain, suppliers’ engagement, risk management, training and leadership development.
Matteo is an Italian national and holds an Engineering degree from the Universita di Bologna and an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid.
Alejandra Garcia Naranjo, Conservation and Sustainable Use Specialist
Alejandra provides scientific and management support to the work of the production systems and impact and monitoring work streams.
Before joining RESP she spent almost 10 years working for the National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), CITES Scientific Authority of Mexico. In her position as deputy director of the Scientific Authority she represented Mexico at CITES international meetings and provided scientific advice in order to guarantee imports and export of CITES species into or from Mexico were not detrimental for their survival in the wild.
Alejandra is a Mexican national and obtained her degree in Biology for the Faculty of Science of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She holds a Master’s degree in Management and Conservation of species in trade from the International University of Andalucia, Spain (UNIA).
Michelle Shaw, Animal Welfare Specialist
Michelle is responsible for leading RESP's animal welfare programme.
Prior to joining RESP, Michelle worked as a campaign manager for the Humane Society of the United States covering the issues of animal cruelty, environmental impact, and labeling requirements of animal fur usage within the fashion industry. She also spent time focusing on policy issues relating to the poisoning of wildlife from lead hunting ammunition.
Michelle is an American national and obtained her law degree from Florida A&M University College of Law. She also holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida.
Andina Auria Dwi Putri, Indonesia Project Coordinator
Auria is responsible to provide oversight to the development and implementation of RESP's projects in Indonesia.
Prior to joining RESP, Auria worked as a Senior Research Officer for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). She led the data management work under the Global Comparative Studies of REDD+ project, as well as wrote few scientific papers covering issues of REDD+ in Tanzania and Indonesia, gender and household energy.
Auria is an Indonesian national. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication science and master’s degree in environmental science both from the University of Indonesia.