Management Entity

Tim Schilling, Executive Director

Dr. Timothy Schilling - Executive Director, World Coffee Research

Dr. Schilling is the Executive Director of World Coffee Research (WCR), a non-profit, collaborative research and development program to grow, protect and enhance the supplies of quality coffee while improving the livelihoods of the families who produce it. The program is funded and driven by the global coffee industry, guided by producers, executed by coffee scientists around the world and managed by the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture of the Texas A&M University System. Dr. Schilling is also a plant breeder and agricultural development specialist with strong market orientation and experience in agribusiness and has worked in agricultural research and development in Africa, Latin America and Central Asia for over 30 years.

leo Dr. Leo LombardiniDeputy Director, World Coffee Research

Dr. Lombardini is the Deputy Director of World Coffee Research. As an Italian, his enthusiasm for coffee has always been part of his life. As an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University in the Department of Horticultural Sciences, he has conducted research in plant physiology, especially in relation to gas exchange and environmental stresses, and teaches courses regarding the origin of most common and less common horticultural commodities, the social and economic aspects related to their cultivation, and the issues associated with their international trade. Lombardini had research projects in Guatemala and Costa Rica in collaboration with the Borlaug Institute and the AGETC program.

siaskaSiaska CastroAdministration and Finance Director

Siaska provides overall administrative and financial coordination for the World Coffee Research Program as well as financial planning, coordination and reporting, fund raising accountability and management, and international research contract and grant management. She works with the Board of Directors and is their liaison for financial and administrative work.

She grew up in The Netherlands and is fluent in English, Dutch, Portuguese and French.



Emma Bladyka - WCR Industry Liaison

Emma Bladyka serves as liaison between coffee industry representatives and World Coffee Research. She is also currently the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Coffee Science Manager. She holds a M.S. in Botany from the University of Wyoming and B.A. from Hampshire College with a concentration in Ecology. Her experience in a variety of laboratory and field research projects in botany, ecology, and climate change science has given her a solid foundation to apply to coffee. She has always been committed to science education and is dedicated to acting as a translator for the coffee industry. She is also helping with implementation of a Coffee Sensory Program for World Coffee Research.

Jennifer RumfordJennifer RumfordCommunications Coordinator

Jennifer is responsible for all communication, public relations, and marketing affairs at WCR’s main office.





One Response to Management Entity

  1. Iván Alvarez Viñas says:

    Good afternoon

    Attention: Mr. Tim Schilling

    Excited I had read the article at The Wall Street Journal about You. Definetly you’re The coffee’s Indiana Jones, I think it has been a tremendous journal.

    The coffee folow thru my blood since long time ago. My Grand Grandfather establish a coffee farm in middle of 1920′s and my Grandfather continue with the tradition, untill his death on 1988. The farm still belong to the family, but isn’t been cultivated, is almost virgen since 24 years ago. The Nature is so prefect that the trees still continue giving coffee.

    The variety is an arabic, but I don’t know the name. I had tasted coffee from Colombia, Panamá, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Brazil, but sincerely; nothing as dominican coffee.

    I don’t know if WCR Team had been at Dominican Republic, if not I extend a cordial invitation to visit our coffee’s plantations, it is one of our most important commodities.

    With my best & kind regards

    Iván Alvarez Viñas
    Agronomist Engeneer
    Panamerican School of Agriculture
    Zamorano, Honduras, C. A.

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