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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 included the development of decarbonization roadmaps for ammonia production at both the global and country levels, the establishment of IFA’s Sustainable Fertilizer Academy (, as well as the promotion of strategic topics like biodiversity and best AI practices to the membership.

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 has held senior-level positions at IBM, Survey Sampling International, and the World Liquid Gas Association. He has a master’s degree in economics and is the son of a farmer.