Dr. Sanath Kumaran K.CEO of the Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC)
Sanath is at present the Acting CEO of the Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC), an independent organisation responsible for the development and implementation of the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) Certification Scheme in Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak. Previously, he was the Senior Manager at MPOCC for the Supply Chain Unit that is tasked to manage and develop the Supply Chain Standard, Accreditation Programme, Dispute Resolution Committee, Technical Working Committee on MSPO Standards and Experts Working Group on the Supply Chain Standards development. He possesses vast experience in the palm oil and forest industry for the past 20 years, and a true environmentalist and advocate for sustainable development mainly due to his field of studies and career.
Prior on joining MPOCC, Sanath served with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) as the Head of Impacts and was responsible for all sustainability and impacts reporting of RSPO members, managing complaints and keeping track of the latest research related to the sustainability of the oil palm industry.
Sanath graduated with a B. Agric. Sc from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia in 1990. He started worked with Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd. as a Trainee Assistant Manager, and later moved to Golden Hope Plantations as an Agronomist working on rubber and oil palm. After 5 years with the plantation sector, he moved to further his studies to obtain his MPhil in Environmental Management. He then joined WWF-Malaysia and Wetlands International for a duration of 10 years, working on many projects related to certification, protected area management, hydrology, wildlife assessment and wetlands management.
After completing his PhD, he worked as a consultant for 8 years supporting many oil palm and forestry companies to become certified in Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Cambodia. He has published his work in several international journals and contributed to book chapters.