Ria Stout is the Chief Regional Officer for the Rainforest Alliance. Based in our Guatemala City office, she leads the organization’s regional teams, from providing strategic direction to steering the integration of regional and country activities and teams of the former Rainforest Alliance and UTZ.
Stout joined the Rainforest Alliance in 2004. In previous years, she oversaw the setup of Rainforest Alliance’s agriculture auditing capacity in Africa and Asia and the launch of traceability and royalty systems. As a certified and passionate project management specialist, she developed and implemented a project quality assurance and control program for all our field programs.
Prior to working for the Rainforest Alliance, Stout was a co-founder of Fundación Utz Kapeh, which later evolved to UTZ, and which in early 2018 merged with the Rainforest Alliance. Before moving to Guatemala in 1999, she worked at Cordaid in the Netherlands. She holds a Master’s in Social Anthropology and Sociology of Non-Western Societies from the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Academy of Journalism in Zwolle, the Netherlands.