Committed to making a difference and doing the right thing, Salahudin has chosen a path that allows him to do just that, within an area that he has the expertise for.

Salahudin Yaacob joined the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2011 as its Technical Director. Salahudin brings with close to 20 years of experience with a number of reputable private and non governmental organizations. Prior to joining RSPO, Salahudin worked for SGS the world largest certification body. His role was to manage the country affiliate’s Natural Resource Certification Section operating the forestry and oil palm certification programme. He is a qualified Lead Auditor for forest management and chain of custody certification under the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) and MTCC (Malaysia Timber Certification Council) certification schemes with more than 20 years experience at national, regional and international levels. He is also involved in RSPO and ISCC (International Standard for Carbon Certification) certification since the start of those certification schemes. He has verified and audited various forestry and oil palm companies and its processing facilities in SEA countries, China, India, Europe, Africa and Latin America.

Salahudin holds a Masters of Philosophy in Environmental and Natural Resources Management from University Malaya. Trained as botanist, he has worked towards the promotion of responsible management of the environment and natural resources across the region involving private business establishment, government agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO).

Through his many years of experience, Salahudin has gained a strong foothold of the audit system as well as the overall management and operation of certification scheme, assurance, oversight and its M&E. Salahudin is also a committee member of a number working groups at national and international levels that focused on eco-labelling, forest certification and oil palm certification. During his free time Salahudin enjoys reading, sports and outdoor activities.