The Donau Soja Organisation consists of a non-profit association, a 100% non-profit subsidiary (Donau Soja GmbH), and offices in Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine.

For details concerning the structure of the Donau Soja Organisation, please refer to the Donau Soja Statutes.



The Donau Soja organs are the General Meeting, the Board, the Steering Committee (Presidium), the Treasurer, the Secretary, the Auditors, the Advisory Board, and the Scientific Advisory Board.



The Ordinary General Meeting is the "members' meeting" and is to be held annually, within nine months after the fiscal year has ended. 


BOARD 2021-2023

The Board may consist of up to 13 persons and currently has 13 members. The Board meets six times a year and is responsible for decisions regarding the Donau Soja Guidelines as well as for projects and strategies.  

Matthias Krön (Chairman)

Donau Soja (AT)

Johann Schlederer (Deputy Chairman)

Verband Österreichischer Schweinebauern (Austrian Pork Farmers Union) (AT)

Johann Blaimauer (Deputy Chairman)

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria (AT)

Stephan Dorfmeister

Donau Soja (AT)

Francois Paybou

Lidea Seeds (FR)

Ruud Tijssens

Agrifirm (NL)

Josef Willim

BAG Ölmühle (BAG Oil Mill) (AT

Lukas Wiesmüller

Spar Österreich (AT)

Giorgio dalla Bona

Cereal Docks (IT)

Piero Ciriani

Soia Italia (IT)

Carsten Lentz Storm

Sodrugestvo (RU)

Rudolf Bühler

Bäuerliche Erzeugergemeinschaft Schwäbisch Hall (Farmers Union Schwäbisch Hall) (DE)

Michaela Meyer

Edeka Südwest (DE)

Treasurer: Stephan Dorfmeister

Auditors: Ernst Ternon und Ernst Gauhs



The Steering Committee (Presidium) settles suggestions offered by the Board. They may be accepted or rejected. The Steering Committee currently consists of 13 persons from businesses and organisations.


Anna Seiwerth

Magyar Szoja (HU)

Florian Faber

ARGE Gentechnik-frei (Platform for GMO-Free Food Products) (AT)

Michael Gohn

Fritz Mauthner (AT)

Katrin Matheis

Lidl Stiftung (DE)

Adolf Marksteiner

Landwirtschaftskammer Österreich (AT)

Joachim Eder

Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft (DE)

Michael Duspiwa

Fixkraft-Futtermittel (AT)

Michael Wurzer

Zentrale Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Österreichischen Geflügelwirtschaft (ZAG, Central Consortium of Austrian Poultry Farmers) (AT)

Amos Ramsauer

Agriprotein (DE)

Josef Fraundorfer


Mladen Jovanovic

Victoria Logistic (RS)

Jakub Lunter

Alfa Bio (SK)

Maksym Pavlyuchenko

Agrarian System Technologies (UA)





Donau Soja Association has two advisory boards covering two different task areas, an Advisory Board as well as a Scientific Advisory Board.



The Advisory Board supports and counsels the Association in decisions of content and consists of 9 persons from both the private business sector and civil society. 


Helmut Gaugitsch   

Umweltbundesamt (Austrian Environmental Agency) (AT)

Gunter Schall

Austrian Development Agency (AT)

Branko Jevremov

Agri Business Parnter (RS)

Daniele Marcomin

Agroholism (IT)

Martin Greßl

Agrarmarkt Austria (AT)

Vyachesla Kolosvetov

Astarta-Kyiv (UA)

Thomas Resl


Ursula Bittner

Greenpeace (AT)

Karl Fischer

Soja aus Österreich (AT)

Natasa Pucar

Studen & Co Holding GmbH (RS)

Natalia Hordiichuk

Ukrainian Food Valley (UA)

Benedikt Haerlin

Zukunftsstiftung Landwirtschaft (Foundation for Agriculture of the Future) (DE)




The purpose of the Scientific Advisory Board is to provide the Association with independent scientific advice to support the full range of Donau Soja's activities. This includes an advice on how Donau Soja should plan its own scientific investigations and take position on wider scientific matters. The overall goal is to support evidence-based decision making. The Scientific Advisory Board consists of 9 persons from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds, including from universities and research institutes. Its composition is designed to integrate different research disciplines and backgrounds relevant to the development of sustainable cropping systems using soya and the development of related value chains.

Donal Murphy Bokern

Volker Hahn

Universität Hohenheim (DE)

Johann Vollmann

BOKU University Vienna- Universität für Bodenkultur (AT)

Werner Sitzmann

Research Institute of Feed Technology (DE)

Patrice Jeanson

Lidea (FR)

Helmut Feitzlmayr

Landwirtschaftskammer Oberösterreich (AT)

Reinhard Puntigam

University Rostock (DE)

Thomas Nemecek

Agroscope (CH)

Jegor Milandinovic

Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops (RS)

Werner Zollitsch

BOKU University Vienna- Universität für Bodenkultur (AT)

The following association and commercial authorised signatories have been registered as of April 2014.



Managing Director:       DI Klaus Palmetzhofer