The Board oversees the strategic direction and investment policy of the Foundation. It meets three to four times a year, where it reviews and selects the project proposals submitted to the Foundation. Our Board members bring a wealth of expertise and insights to the Foundation and its work.

Andrew Vickerman, Vice Chairman
Andrew Vickerman

Andrew has been a member of the Trafigura supervisory board since 2010. He has been heavily involved with community work in developing countries throughout his career and held overall responsibility for various foundations and community trusts while with Rio Tinto, one of the world’s leading mining companies.

Robert Gillon
Vice Chairman

Robert manages Trafigura’s Power and Renewables Trading Division. He joined Trafigura in 2006 and in the last decade he covered different roles and took increasing responsibilities within the company, including being appointed to company’s Management Committee in 2016.

In 2020, Robert moved to focus his time on helping set up the new Power and Renewables Division. Robert also chairs Trafigura’s Climate Committee, which guides the company’s strategy relating to climate change.

Last but not least, Robert has a long history of personal engagement in philanthropy and sits on the boards of several NGOs. Robert joined the Trafigura Foundation Board in 2013.

Pierre Lorinet - Chief Financial Officer and Management Board member
Pierre Lorinet

Pierre Lorinet was Chief Financial Officer and Management Board member of Trafigura from January 2007 until September 2015. Following his departure from the role in September 2015 Pierre joined Trafigura’s Board of Directors in December 2015 and has also joined the Board of Directors of Trafigura subsidiary Impala Terminals and of Trafigura investment Puma Energy Holdings Pte Ltd.

In addition, Pierre is a Member of the National Arts Council of Singapore, a Director of the Oyun Foundation and a Director of the Lycee Francais of Singapore.

A French national, Pierre holds a Masters degree in Business from ESCP Europe in Paris and an MSc in Finance from Lancaster University.

Shirley Zhu Lingna

Shirley Zhu Lingna is General Manager of Trafigura Investment (China) Co. Ltd since 2015. Shirley joined the company in May 2001 as a junior trader, helping develop the copper, lead and zinc trading desks. In 2012 she was appointed as the trading manager overlooking all commodities to focus on the domestic business. In 2015 Shirley was appointed General Manager of the China region, managing about 200 members of staff and responsible for developing Trafigura’s business throughout China.

Shirley is a Chinese national. She graduated from DongHua University with a degree in international trade. Shirley has a personal interest in environmental issues and leads the Shanghai Charity Committee, the local corporate volunteering group that organises charitable activities for the most vulnerable in the Chinese society.

Craig Smallbone – Member
Craig Smallbone

A British national, Craig joined Trafigura in 2007 as HR Manager for Europe, and moved in 2012 to the Geneva Office as Global Head of Resourcing. Before joining Trafigura, Craig worked as HR Manager for several charities, such as the British Lung Foundation and Scope.

He is an accomplished sportsman and regularly runs marathons, always in support of good causes. His unfailing commitment to engage into such initiatives makes Craig a true asset to the Foundation in the development of staff engagement activities at global level.

Isabelle Irani

A finance graduate from Lehigh University, Isabelle has a wealth of experience in venture capital and asset management. She started her career at Lehman Brothers, in equity research, after which she joined Advent Venture Partners, a venture capital firm.

Isabelle was also a portfolio manager at LK Advisers (the Mittal Family Office) investing in public and private equity. She then co-founded an emerging market hedge fund with over $250 million under management, investing in developing markets. In 2013, Isabelle founded Sumerian Partners, a philanthropic advisory group utilising a business-based approach, where she helps philanthropists and social enterprises deliver measurable and lasting social impact.

The executive team takes care of the day-to-day management of the Foundation. We evaluate and select proposed projects, administer the different grants, and make sure the funds donated are used transparently and adequately. We provide guidance to Trafigura employees worldwide in relation to their philanthropic endeavours.

Vincent Faber
Executive Director

A Geophysicist Engineer by background, graduated from the French Petroleum Institute near Paris, France, Vincent started his career in the oil business. At the age of 30, he gave a new orientation to his professional life and followed the humanitarian path, which ended up taking him to a countless number of countries, including some of the most dramatic war and conflict zones of the last decades. Vincent has occupied top executive positions with some of the world's leading NGOs and international organisations, such as Médecins sans Frontières and International Aids Society. Thanks to his dual corporate and NGO background, Vincent strongly believes that fruitful synergies can be found between both worlds and that by joining forces, they can have a positive impact on individuals and communities.

Celine Yvon
Head of Programmes

Céline has a 15-year track record in international cooperation. She specifically worked on innovative approaches to foster human development and peacebuilding in conflict or post-conflict countries such as Iraq, Libya, Azerbaidjan or the Central African Republic. Céline started her career at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs before joining the private sector where she specialised in change management processes.

Céline holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and a Certificate in Innovation & Sustainability from Harvard University. Céline also has a musical background.

Damien Rizet
Programme Manager

While achieving a Bachelor and Master Degree in Forensic science from the University of Lausanne, Damien worked for the Irish Justice department in the Biology and Chemistry section of the Police laboratory. He then get involved with the Swiss project Solar Impulse from its first flight aboard in 2011 and headed the logistic support unit until the completion of the round the world solar flight in 2016. Damien developed expertise in delivering high-end projects in various country such as in the UAE, Oman, India, Myanmar, China, Japan, USA, France, Spain, Morocco or in Egypt.

Programme Officer

Prior to joining the Trafigura Foundation, Amanda spent several years in the non-profit sector, working in human rights, peacebuilding, migration and development. She has experience managing and supporting research, advocacy and capacity-building projects for countries including Syria, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman. Amanda’s exposure to urban poverty in her home country of Brazil has always motivated her professional aspirations to support opportunities for all individuals and communities to thrive.

Amanda holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations from the Royal Holloway University of London.

Federica Poletti – Communication Manager
Federica Poletti
Communication Manager

Before joining the Trafigura Foundation, Federica worked as Marketing and Communication Manager in the energy sector (ForGreen), and as Communication Manager for European projects (the European Capital of Culture) and NGOs focused on sustainable development and education (Centre for London, La Dante Alighieri Institute).

Driven by her passion for the exploration of different multimedia communication tools and community development, she offers expertise in corporate communication and corporate social responsibility.

Federica graduated in Philosophy at the University of Padova and holds a Master's degree in European Studies from the London School of Economics. She speaks fluently French, English, Spanish and Italian.

Ksenia Pons
Grant Administration Officer

Before joining the Trafigura Foundation, Ksenia worked for seven years in Trafigura in the HR Department. Prior to that she worked at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva and Procter & Gamble in Moscow.

Ksenia strongly believes in humanitarian work and is eager to contribute her skills and experience to the objectives of the Foundation.

Ksenia holds a Master's degree in Human Resource Management from King’s College London and a Bachelor's degree in Finance from Moscow University.