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Secretariat Leadership Team
10 Jan 2023

Volker Andresen

Volker Andresen is a seasoned business development executive from Germany who joined the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) as Technical Director in 2012 and assumed the position of Sustainability Director in 2021. Volker led the development of IFA’s product stewardship certification (Protect & Sustain), regular benchmarks on employee safety, production emissions and energy efficiency, as well as reports on the sustainable management and use of phosphogypsum. More recent projects include the development of a decarbonization roadmap for ammonia production which was presented at COP26 and the launch of IFA’s Sustainable Fertilizer Academy ( On top of his technical and sustainability tasks, Volker coordinated IFA’s activities in the former Soviet Union for seven years before turning his regional focus to China. Prior to IFA, Volker held senior-level positions at IBM, Survey Sampling International and the World Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association. He has a master’s degree in economics.