"We stand for future-focused farming that adapts to changing climate conditions and actively contributes towards protecting the climate."
Tobias Bandel
Founder
"Our customers are companies that want to make a social contribution towards protecting the climate while also remaining economically viable."
Michaele Kaiser
Clients & Partners
"Soil & More Impacts is a reliable and strategic partner for all companies with a connection to agriculture."
Malte Lehmann
Finance & Operations
From past to present
2020
Expansion of our digital
services
Big data and digitalisation have become buzzwords in agriculture too. We support our customers in benefiting from the enormous potential of digitalised data analysis. SMImonitor simplifies audits in the agricultural supply chain. SMIrisk shows climate-related risks and opportunities in agricultural commodity procurement.
2018
Paving the way for True Cost
Accounting
The "True Cost - From costs to benefits in food & farming" initiative was originated by Soil & More Impacts and the "TMG Think Tank for Sustainability". The aim is to make the true costs of food production visible in company balance sheets, thus accelerating agricultural transformation. Companies such as EY, GLS Bank, the Hipp Group, Martin Bauer, Lebensbaum and Misereor all participate in the initiative.
2007
Foundation of Soil & More
by Tobias Bandel and partners
The initial focus was on building composting systems to sensibly utilise harvest waste, build humus and store CO₂.
Very soon after this, we also applied our know-how to sustainability consulting. In doing so, we place a constant emphasis on observing the entire agricultural supply chain, collect primary data from farms, classify it and use it to develop strategies for sustainable agricultural practices.
Team
Committed by nature
Tobias Bandel
Founder

Trained as agronomist at the University of Hohenheim (Germany) Tobias worked more than 4 years as cultivation and export manager for fresh fruits and vegetables at the Sekem Group (Egypt). Apart from his trading activity, he was involved in various agribusiness projects in cooperation with the IFC/Worldbank and USAID, such as the development of traceability and communication tools to link small-scale farmers to export markets.
In 2007 Tobias co-founded Soil & More International. In his position as managing partner, he held the main responsibility for the technical and commercial development. His main focus was on soil fertility projects, emission reduction strategies  and impact assessment including true cost accounting.

Since 2018 the company markets under the name Soil & More Impacts. Clients benefit from Tobias’ excellent global network, his in depth farming knowledge and accordingly his unorthodox but pragmatic approach.

Tobias Bandel
Founder
Malte Lehmann
Finance & Operations

Malte completed his training as a hotel manager and then studied social economics with a focus on business administration. Before his apprenticeship he worked in the hotel industry in Spain and learned to love the country and this love still lasts today. After his studies he was involved in various projects in other European countries in the offshore wind sector. These included cost control on construction sites, “forensic project management”, i.e. evaluation of project data, preparation and follow-up of negotiations and court proceedings.

Malte has been COO at SMI since June 2020 and is responsible for the processes within the individual departments and the correctness of our figures.

We must not continue to exploit our earth. We must take responsibility for our actions and do everything possible to preserve the earth in its diversity.

Malte Lehmann
Finance & Operations
Michaele Kaiser
Clients & Partners

Michaele Kaiser joined SMI in April 2020 as Head of Sales and is the point of contact for our customers and partners worldwide.

Prior to her joining SMI, she has held a number of senior management positions with international corporations in Europe, Asia and USA, giving her extensive experience in Global Account Management, Business Development, Finance, Human Resources and Leadership. She has lived and worked in England, China and US.

When she is not advising our clients, she likes to spend her time in her home in Spessart, in her second home England and is eager to learn Chinese.

Michaele Kaiser
Clients & Partners
Sophie Wolters
Account Management

Sophie Wolters joined SMI in April 2021 as Account Manager and is the point of contact for our customers and partners worldwide.

Prior to her joining SMI, she has been working upwards the supply chain in a variety of positions in the food service and hospitality industry with a strong focus on project management, digitalisation and leadership. She has lived and worked in the Netherlands, France, Spain, Austria and the UK.

When she is not advising our clients, she is still invested in foods – cooking, gardening or as a member of Slow Food – to counter the calories she hikes, bikes and runs.

Sophie Wolters
Account Management
Philip Schierning
Account Management

Philip has been on board with Soil & More since May 2021. As part of the sales team, he helps drive the digital solutions and supports with his agricultural knowledge.

As a city kid with family connection to agriculture, he spent many summers in the field. Driven by the responsibility in agriculture and the sustainability debate, he studied organic agricultural science. He gained diverse experience along the value chain, from farms to research institutions to processors, regionally and internationally. Always having one hand in the soil and the other hand on digitals.

He firmly believes that truly sustainable actions are possible – and sees Soil & More as an important facilitator.

Philip Schierning
Account Management
Bianca Potapski
Human Resources

Bianca joined SMI in March 2020 as Human Resources Manager and is responsible for employee development, our recruiting and the well being of all colleagues at SMI.

Prior to that, Bianca was at home in the agency world for a long time and was responsible for human resources at a brand agency based in Hamburg, Berlin and Munich. It is important to her to continue to support her colleagues after the recruiting process and to be a reliable contact person.

Every employee has the need for appreciation and it is immensely important to convey this in a good way as a company.

When Bianca is not in the office, she likes to travel around Europe and enjoy the local products of the country.

Bianca Potapski
Human Resources
Julia Pollak
Marketing

Julia joined SMI in July 2020. She’s responsible for all measures reegarding marketing communications and public relations.

Working in environments on the agency and company side, Julia has more than ten years of experience for international and national companies. Most recently, she was responsible for the marketing of sustainable brands from the hygiene sector. Julia shares her professional experience as a lecturer with students from the University of Hannover.

Julia is convinced that sustainable business is possible in almost all areas and can also be economically worthwhile. In her free time she sits on the bike a lot and enjoys singing in a pub choir.

Julia Pollak
Marketing
Inka Sachse
Senior Agriculture Consultant

Inka joined SMI in 2014 to do supplier assessments & development. She offers consultancy and training on soil fertility, composting and climate resilience, leads natural fertilization and emission reduction projects, and looks after the growing Hamburg team.

She is an agronomist who has spent 20+ years in the international organic sector, focusing on production, certification, lobbying, product trade & quality, marketing and capacity building. Her motivation is to safeguard the environment by encouraging and enabling people to create sustainable, locally-adapted and diversified agricultural systems.

Whenever she’s not visiting farmers abroad, she is in her own field growing organic vegetables in Hamburg.

Inka Sachse
Senior Agriculture Consultant
Benjamin Kayatz
Impact Assessment Specialist

After working in academia for 5 years Benjamin joined Soil & More Impacts in early 2019. He supports our clients in environmental impact assessment, true cost accounting and data analysis.

Since studying natural science in Potsdam and Lund, Benjamin has worked on tools for water footprint assessments for the food and farming sector. At the University of Aberdeen he investigated changes in agricultural water use in India’s cereal production in relation to changes in agricultural practices, diets and climate. Benjamin is passionate about linking numbers and data science with his knowledge of water, soil and agriculture.

Benjamin’s motivation is to support a transition towards a sustainable food system. He does this by providing consumers, farmers, cooperatives as well as policy makers with the required statistics and evidence to take informed decisions.

Benjamin Kayatz
Impact Assessment Specialist
Sivan van Leerzem
Impact Assessment Specialist

Sivan joined Soil & More Impacts in 2019. He is responsible for impact assessment services and IT-based business intelligence tooling.

After graduating in development economics at Wageningen University in 2014, he worked for a short period in several impact advisory assignments after which he studied and worked in biodynamic farming in the Nordic for two years.

Sivan believes that ecology and economy cannot and should not be separated. A better understanding of the two can help to create more resilient agricultural production and food systems and thereby create sustainability, food security and long-term business viability.

Sivan van Leerzem
Impact Assessment Specialist
Eric Kowalewski
Impact Assessment Specialist

Eric joined Soil & More Impacts in 2019 as Impact Assessment Specialist to provide support with True Cost Accounting and Life Cycle Assessments and with extracting valuable insights from huge datasets to support analysis at clients’ level.

Having obtained degrees in Environmental Science and Land Reclamation and Restoration, Eric worked in the development cooperation sector with a focus on soil conservation and sustainable land management before his time at SMI.

Eric is passionate about innovative agricultural practices and sustainable food systems that can feed a growing human population while protecting biodiversity and our natural resource base.

Eric Kowalewski
Impact Assessment Specialist
Gyde Wollesen
True Cost Accounting Consultant

Gyde joined Soil & More Impacts in 2019. She is engaged in creating the link between the work in the field and the company’s books through True Cost Accounting. Her work ranges from connecting our TCA methodology to existing accounting standards to customized implementation for our clients. Additionally, she supports the team in sales & project management.

After graduating in Business Administration with a focus on International Trade she acquired a master’s degree in Global Sustainability Science. Prior to her position at SMI Gyde worked in the apparel industry for three years.

Gyde is motivated by the fact that everyone is talking about sustainability nowadays, especially if it comes to food and what impact it has on our earth. Providing valuable information, advice & tools to players in the industry is key for driving change.

Gyde Wollesen
True Cost Accounting Consultant
Maike Ladehoff
Impact Consultant

Maike joined Soil & More in 2015 and since then has led various large and small projects – from soil fertility workshops, CO2e balancing and true cost assessments to perennial projects on the agricultural level with the aim of developing social and ecological conditions in a sustainable way.

Maike is an environmental engineer with a focus on environmental assessment and holds a master’s degree in marine ecosystem sciences.

She is passionate about nature and is also enthusiastic about other people and cultures. She is convinced that only long-term sustainable changes in our consumption-oriented lifestyle will make our environment worth living in the future.

Maike Ladehoff
Impact Consultant
Julia Müller
Consultant TCA & Carbon Footprint

Julia supports our projects in the areas of CO₂ and TCA. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering with a focus on environmental assessment and previously worked for a consultancy in environmental and chemical management.
When she is not in the office, she likes to jump in the water and wrestle for the ball in underwater rugby.

She is passionate about actively advocating for sustainable solutions to the emerging challenges of climate change. Only if society learns to use the world’s natural resources responsibly will our livelihood and environment be preserved in the long term.

Julia Müller
Consultant TCA & Carbon Footprint
Martin Haustermann
Senior Consultant True Cost Accounting

Martin joined the Soil & More Impacts team in April 2021. He works predominantly in the areas of true cost accounting and carbon footprint. Martin worked in an environmental NGO for about five years after studying environmental engineering. There he worked on a wide range of sustainability topics from natural rubber to natural capital. A key topic from Martin’s NGO time is true cost accounting in different industries and companies (construction, tourism, plastics, hospitality).

In his spare time, Martin is currently working on a children’s audio play and exploring the natural world around him.

His vision is to work on methods that can make the complex topic of sustainability understandable in such a way that it can be taken into account in all areas of life. A particular concern is the consideration of biodiversity and species diversity.

Martin Haustermann
Senior Consultant True Cost Accounting
Dr. Rainer Nerger
Manager R&D and Agronomy

Rainer joined Soil & More in 2014. He is mainly responsible for R&D, knowledge management and project implementation in agriculture and agroforestry, especially in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. This includes on-site and remote assessments of soil fertility and raw material security. On the other hand, it comprises designing the scientific basis of the company’s projects, carbon sequestration projects and submodel development of a risk assessment tool.

Previous stations were at Perspectives Climate Change GmbH where he contributed on international carbon projects. After graduating at Technical University of Dresden (Germany) in Physical Geography (2005), he developed a science background at universities in Germany and Spain in soil science, soil carbon and sampling campaigns. In 2020, he successfully finished his PhD project about the detection of changes in agricultural soils of a German soil monitoring network.

Dr. Rainer Nerger
Manager R&D and Agronomy
Robin Pauschinger
Product Owner

Robin has spent the last few years working in the field of project management for various agencies in Hamburg and has successfully managed various national and international brands for the last five years as a project manager and Scrum Master. At SMI he has been coordinating all IT projects since April 2020. As Product Owner he develops the digital product landscape of Soil and More together with the entire team and is responsible for the further development of the digital tooling.

When he’s not in the digital world, he and his son are out playing.

Robin Pauschinger
Product Owner
Anne Bandel
Project Manager

Anne grew up in Northern Germany where she spend a lot of time at the farms of both her grandparents. Running over the green fields and feeding the pigs was always her favorite.

Anne studied communications and engaged herself in a student initiative for ethics in education and practices (sneep). Her working life started in a consultancy for corporate responsibility Schlange & Co., Hamburg, Germany. The team mainly develops sustainability strategies and reports for larger sized companies in Europe and conducts studies for German ministries and industries. With this experience Anne went to Egypt to work at SEKEM, a company that started 1977 to harvest herbs in the middle of the desert. Since then, the company has grown to a group of seven companies covering various supply chain steps of agriculture and its products. Anne was responsible for the sustainability management framework – the Sustainability Flower – and reporting on its basis. Here she found again her roots in agriculture.

Since 2012 the work on the Sustainability Flower, which is originally an initiative of various companies from the organic sector, has been continued within the Soil & More Foundation. Relocating back to Hamburg, Anne focused on using the Sustainability Flower as basis for farm and company analysis and reporting. She developed expertise in IT solutions and data processing. Today, she brings in this knowledge to Soil & More Impacts.

Anne Bandel
Project Manager
Marie Kleinert
Management Assistant

Marie completed a commercial apprenticeship in Northern Germany. After some practical experience in distribution in Germany and abroad, she studied Multimedia Production and worked part-time for a public television station. In 2008 she came back to Hamburg and worked for 10 years as a freelance production assistant for film productions. Besides she turned her hobby into her profession and started her own business with a dance school for dances from the swing era. Since then she has been organising large and small dance events in Hamburg. Most recently, she produced organic certified cotton products for a sustainably positioned advertising material distribution.

Marie has been with SMI since June 2020 and primarily supports the management in the areas of appointment and travel coordination, office management and office communication. Here she combines her many years of experience in organization, production and assistance with a sustainability oriented environment.

Marie Kleinert
Management Assistant
Tanja Doucet
Project Assistance

Tanja joined Soil & More Impacts in 2019. She supports the team with impact assessments, reporting and general project management.

She completed a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition and gained experience in product development. As she was interested in more than only the nutritional value of food, she started studying her master’s in Sustainability Science to learn about the origin of the raw materials and their cultivation.

The fact that our agriculture has a major impact on biodiversity and our climate, motivates Tanja to foster a more sustainable industry and to contribute in creating fertile soil for future generations.

Tanja Doucet
Project Assistance
Vitus Lehner
Digital Innovation Engineer

Vitus is with Soil & More Impacts since April 2020. He supports our projects in data processing, research and digitalization of processes.

During and after his studies of Business Informatics at the Technical University of Munich he was engaged in the development of information systems in various industries. With the beginning of his master studies in Sustainability Sciences he focused on ecologically and socially valuable digital products.

Today, global agriculture and forestry are facing enormous challenges – from growing world population to climate change. Vitus wants to take part in mastering these challenges.

Vitus Lehner
Digital Innovation Engineer
Greta Harbig
Software Engineer

Greta started at Soil & More Impacts in September 2020 in order to shape and develop the digital products.

Previously, she completed an interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Computer Science and Psychology and developed a passion for software, web and game development in various university projects.

Her motivation is to make a meaningful contribution to sustainable solutions in society by considering digital knowledge and the human factor in combination. She believes that intelligent technologies offer great potential for the current and future challenge of climate change, especially in the food and agriculture industry.

When Greta is not looking for solutions to combat climate change, she is active in sports or devotes herself to creative projects.

Greta Harbig
Software Engineer
Dima Rosmait
Software Engineer
Dima Rosmait
Software Engineer
Marcelo Drudi
Software Engineer
Marcelo joined Soil & More Impacts in 2020. He works in the development team helping to build our digital products by writing backend code and supporting our digital infrastructure.
He started working with coding and infrastructure in 2000, building and maintaining web based systems on companies in the Media, HR and E-commerce industries. He graduated in Computer Science and has a master degree in Industrial Engineering. Marcelo also has a short experience as a college professor.
On 2018 he decided to move to Germany, and now this beautiful country is his new home. On his spare time, Marcelo enjoys cooking, grilling and painting little miniatures.
Marcelo Drudi
Software Engineer
Lucas Jenss
Software Engineer
Software Engineer by day, Lucas has spent the last 10 years building software products ranging from websites to automotive firmware.
He joined Soil & More Impacts in early 2021 to support the development of the emerging digital product line, hoping that positive societal impact is indeed possible from within a technical development team!
At night, Lucas secretly becomes an amateur 3D artist, but don’t tell anyone 🙂
Lucas Jenss
Software Engineer
Patricia Rigorth
Finance & Controlling

Patricia joined Soil & More Impacts in 2017. As our “Administrator” she is responsible for all accounting and controlling tasks for the Dutch and German offices. In addition she supports the other team members with administrative and legal issues.

She has a Bachelor Degree in Business Economics with focus on Controlling and Information Management. During her career she has gained experience in Retail, Mail Order Business, Eventmanagement, Sales, Assistance and Accounting. She is a business all-rounder with a great affinity for structures and numbers.

During her study she realized that normal accounting totally disregards Nature, it’s limited resources and our impact on it. Our growth and money-based economy needs to change into a circular economy taking into consideration all externalities, to rebalance humans and nature.

Patricia Rigorth
Finance & Controlling
Lara Vallejo Roosdorp
Digital Innovation Specialist

In 2019 Lara joined Soil & More Impacts as part of the new “Business Intelligence and Apps” team, developing tools and applications for agile agronomic data capture. She also assists with customer service and product support by connecting data from farming practices. She is an agronomist with combined “boots-in-the-field” and academic experience, specialized in agriculture in Americas including crops such as coffee, sugarcane, and other row crops.

Her previous work involved R&D field research and database harmonization for DuPont and FMC in Latin America and Central America. She also worked in Quality Control & Assurance and SixSigma Process Improvements for developing SOP’s in agricultural laboratory projects in USA and Australia.

Lara earned a Master in Soil Biology and Soil Quality from Wageningen University, researching mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions derived from agricultural practices. The decision to live and work in Hamburg means she can devote herself to work maintaining soil resilience under a changing climate.

Lara Vallejo Roosdorp
Digital Innovation Specialist
Rebecka Oellermann
Impact Assessment Specialist

Rebecka joined us in April 2020 to support our clients in the area of impact assessment.

As a farm child and studied agricultural scientist, Rebecka supports the team with her agricultural knowledge of a practical and academic nature, especially in Impact Assessment. Previously, she worked first in agricultural policy in the German Bundestag and then as an agricultural market analyst in the international beer industry. Thanks to her voluntary work for the Organic Young Farmers Network, she is well connected in the organic scene.

Her motto: “Farming the fields of tomorrow!

Rebecka Oellermann
Impact Assessment Specialist
Partner & frameworks
Thanks to our worldwide partner network, we are very close to current developments in agriculture. We exchange ideas on a corporate, scientific and political level, and our well-founded approach is of course supported by following certain universally accepted frameworks and standards.
Our global network
Frameworks & standards we are commited to