Grow, protect, and enhance supplies of quality coffee while improving the livelihoods of the families who produce it.
All of our projects are designed to enhance the livelihoods of the producers who are the stewards of both quality and productivity. If we lose them, we lose the game and future of the industry.
To create a toolbox of coffee varieties, genetic resources and accompanying technologies and to disseminate them strategically and collaboratively in producing countries to alleviate constraints to the supply chain of high quality coffee.
Our globe-spanning trials and projects in 21 countries are all designed to deliver:
We don't do this work alone. We collaborate with the best minds in coffee science, wherever they are. We have partnered with researchers from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), one of world-leading food security research organizations; CIRAD, a French academic institute that has made critical contributions to coffee research; and Kew Gardens, one of the world's premier botanical research centers, among many others.
Most of our research is done in the places where coffee is grown. We partner with local research institutions, coffee organizations, governments, and NGOs who can ensure maximum impact. We believe its essential to build the human and institutional capacity in these countries, and are working to foster the next generation of coffee scientists and expand the network of coffee research institutions in producing countries through collaborative research and training.
Our research is “precompetitive” and for the benefit of the entire coffee industry. As often as possible, scholarly works resulting from our research are published in open-access journals.
Vern Long is the Chief Executive Officer of World Coffee Research, the world’s first global, industry-driven collaborative agricultural R&D organization for coffee. A plant breeder by training, Long brings 25 years of experience in international agricultural research with a focus on smallholders, and deep expertise on genetic resources policy. Prior to joining WCR, Long served as the director of the Office of Agricultural Research and Policy at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Long has substantial experience convening diverse stakeholders — from industry, government and research institutions—to formulate a shared research agenda to address pressing challenges in agriculture. She received her PhD in plant breeding from Cornell University.
Director of Research
Dr. George Kotch started his career as a commercial plant breeder in 1987 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics. He served in several senior positions leading breeding teams at H. M Clause as Vice President of R&D (Americas & Pacific ) and Head of Global Vegetable Seed R&D at Syngenta. There, Dr. Kotch directed of all aspects of Syngenta’s global vegetable research and development program, covering 20 crops, from strategy development to global implementation and oversaw a team of over 800 employees. Dr. Kotch left the private sector to bring his skillset to enhance the capacity of Asian and African national breeding programs focused on agricultural innovation for food security. He was the head of breeding at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, before joining the Excellence in Breeding Platform which allowed him to help modernize CGIAR and National Breeding Programs in low and medium-low income countries. Along the way, created two start-up companies and assisted as technical advisory/fundraiser for a third, and served as visiting industry scientist at both UC Davis and N.C. State, helping to build public/private partnerships.
Salvador Urrutia Loucel
Latin America Director
Salvador Urrutia Loucel is the Latin America director for World Coffee Research, providing coordination and oversight of all activities in the region. Salvador earned his degree in Agricultural Engineering with a specialization in economics at the University Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas. In his 34 years of professional work, nearly 20 years have been in the cultivation of coffee. He has worked as a technician, as general manager in a local coffee company, and at the research institution PROCAFE. From 1999 to 2004, he was the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of El Salvador, where he supported the coffee sector with economic and production-focused programs and provided support to coffee institutions in El Salvador and across Central America. He lives in Santa Ana, El Salvador. Email: email@example.com
Whether she’s explaining the impact of climate
change to a room full of coffee roasters, or coffee genetics to a hedge fund
trader, or coffee brewing to her mom, the intersection of coffee, science, and communication is Hanna's passion. She is
the author of over 50 magazine articles on coffee, and of the book Left Coast Roast. (See some of Hanna's talks here and here and here). In her role as director of strategy and communications with WCR, she works closely with organizations across the coffee value stream to think about how to strategically align and communicate long-term sustainability investments. She is based in Portland, Oregon. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Administration & 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. Email: email@example.com.
Asia & Africa Director
Kraig H. Kraft is an agroecologist who has worked on rural development issues in Latin America for over 15 years. Prior to joining WCR, Kraig worked with Catholic Relief Services as their Regional Technical advisor for coffee and cacao in Latin America. Previously, Kraig worked with COSA – the Committee on Sustainability Assessment - where he led impact assessments of sustainability projects in coffee and cacao. He has served as a consultant on monitoring and evaluation in coffee and cacao projects for the International Finance Corporation (of the World Bank) and to Lutheran World Relief. Kraig is the co-author of a book on climate change and food traditions, Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail. Kraig is fluent in Spanish and has a M.S. in International Agricultural Development and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Ecology from the University of California, Davis. Kraig was always a fanatic coffee drinker but was really turned on to the variety and diversity of coffee when he started home roasting when in graduate school, purchasing green coffee from Sweet Marias. He still aspires to roast coffee someday.
Jorge C. Berny Mier y Teran
Breeding and Technical Manager
Jorge is the Breeding and technical manager at WCR. He holds a B.Sc. in
Agronomy from the Instituto Tecnológico de Conkal, a M.Sc. in
Agriculture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Ph.D. in
Horticulture and Agronomy and postdoc from the University of California at Davis. Between receiving his master's and doctoral degrees, he served as a researcher at INIFAP in Mexico.
His expertise includes genetic resources, plant breeding and cultivar
development. He lives in Yucatán, México. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
José María Gómez Vargas
Latin America Program Manager
is originally from Costa Rica, but considers himself as a “traveling
agronomist” since he has studied and worked in Guatemala, Honduras, the
United States, Switzerland, Brazil and El Salvador. José graduated from
the Pan-American School of Agriculture – Zamorano – with postgraduate
degrees in crop production and physiology from Iowa State University and
in integrated crop management from the University of Neuchâtel. He has
fourteen years of international experience in agriculture, data
development, monitoring, evaluation, extension and research.
Puerto Rico Country Agronomist
Remy Rodriguez has 10+ years experience in the coffee industry in PR and USA. He earned his degree as an Agronomist from the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez Campus, with specialization in soil fertility and natural resource conservation. He has worked as a consultant with different coffee producers, mills, nurseries, roasters and is also a board member to the local coffee producers cooperative (PROCAFE) in Puerto Rico. He is now proud to call himself a first generation coffee producer in the municipality of Guayanilla, PR.
Ana is the Accounting Manager of World Coffee Research and among her responsibilities are the analysis of financial information and the preparation of financial reports within the organization. She has a master's degree in accounting from Texas A&M university, is a Certified Public Accountant and is fluent in English and Spanish and has a working knowledge of French. She is excited about being part of the first collaborative agricultural R&D organization for coffee.
Contracts and Grants Manager
Kristin comes to WCR after managing R&D and policy programming for USAID where she oversaw the planning and execution of programs under the Feed the Future Research Strategy. Prior to joining USAID, Kristin was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar where she worked as a small enterprise development volunteer supporting farmers and artisans to expand their businesses. Kristin holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Iowa. Kristin is excited to join the team in support WCR’s mission.
Philippines Country Agronomist and Project Coordinator
Donnel Jun Tiedra is an agronomist who has worked in agriculture for the last 9 years in the Philippines. He has a BSc in Plant Breeding
and Genetics from University of Southern
Mindanao, and an Masters in Public Administration from Cor Jesu College. Prior
to joining WCR, he worked as Technical Advisory and Marketing Supervisor of Agriculture,
Food and Life Department at SGS Philippines. He also worked as Coffee
Agronomist for 6 years at Nestle Philippines. He was responsible for implementing
the Nescafe Plan, ensuring sustainable supply of good quality green coffee and
helping the Filipino coffee farmers increase their yield and income from coffee
farming. He also did multi-location trials for new clones of Robusta coffee to
assess performance on yield, pest and disease tolerance.
Nicaragua Country Agronomist
Jesslin Zeledón holds a degree in Administration of Coffee Farms and is currently
completing a Master's degree in Business Management. She has five years of
experience working on sustainable rural development projects. She also worked with small coffee producers and cooperatives, providing
technical assistance and developing experimentation processes to improve productivity, as well as improve quality of life.
Asia Regional Coordinator
Nuzul has spent more than 18 years working in both the private sector and non-profit organizations in Indonesia. His first experience in non-profit began 15 years ago when earthquake and tsunami disaster hit his hometown in Aceh on 2004. Since then he has managed several sustainable agriculture projects, which aimed to increase productivity and quality, as well as to promote alternative income streams for smallholders. These projects also aimed to strengthen farmer organizations in order to increase the income for smallholders in different provinces. His experience spans from on-farm smallholder support to national level coffee and cocoa initiatives in the region. In 2018 he was elected as chairman of General Assembly of Cocoa Sustainable Partnership in Indonesia. He is based in Banda Aceh. Contact: email@example.com
Square K. Nyasulu
Malawi Country Agronomist
Square K. Nyasulu is an agronomist at Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union, situated in Mzuzu city of Northern Malawi. He also works with WCR to establish and run OFTTs in Malawi. His major role at Mzuzu Coffee is to coordinate extension and training for over 2,600 farmers. His main interest is to foster sustainability of the coffee industry through technologies that mitigates the growing challenge of climate change.
Before joining Mzuzu Coffee, Mr Nyasulu worked as an Agronomist at the Tea Research Foundation where he helped to develop simple and efficient labor saving tea harvesting methods. He also worked at Agricultural Trading Company in Malawi and has a vast knowledge of agricultural input chain.
WCR Agronomist Peru
Jimmy More is the Country Agronomist for Peru. He holds a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Universidad Nacional Agraria de la Selva and a master’s degree in environmental management and sustainable development from the “Universidad Nacional Jorge Basadre Grohmann”, both in Perú. His research was focused on soil area and plant growth. He has worked in coffee projects and has experience training producers in coffee agronomy and nursery production.
Jean Paul Rugwiro
Rwanda Country Agronomist
Jean Paul has a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Science and an advanced diploma in Crop Production from the University of Rwanda, College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (CAVM). He has several years of very relevant experience in field data collection and in managing projects in coffee agronomy and processing with farmers and cooperatives.
Finance and Post-Award Coordinator
Jarrod has a degree in Finance from Texas A&M University and 15 years of finance and accounting experience, primarily with non-profit organizations. He is based in Texas and is very enthusiastic about helping farmers and their communities.
Julio is a research technician in charge of the supervision and control of activities at Flor Amarailla, the WCR Research Farm located in Santa Ana, El Salvador. Julio is Salvadorian and since childhood has lived in an agricultural environment. He has a bachelor degree in Food Science at Pan-American Agricultural School, Zamorano, and has a Master’s degree on Coffee Science and Economics at University of Udine, Trieste and Fondazione Ernesto Illy
Kenya Country Agronomist
Samuel has over 12 years of experience implementing projects with coffee smallholder co-operatives and large estates across all coffee growing regions in Kenya and Tanzania. He has worked in many aspects of the coffee industry, ranging from production, processing, trade and sustainability standards. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi
Corporate Partnership Manager
Alexa focuses on helping private sector companies expand their sustainability investments to include a new collaborative, multi-stakeholder tool, World Coffee Research. She is excited to engage more coffee industry partners in WCR's work, which will benefit millions of smallholder farmers in developing countries. Alexa has a range of experience in nonprofit fundraising and corporate investor relations, in both the U.S. and Europe. She has a degree from Babson College and is based in Munich, Germany. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Cecil Sinnott
Peter provides database management, oversight, and strategy to World Coffee Research. He graduated from McGill University with a focus in Remote Sensing, a field in which he invented and patented a method of agriculture monitoring. Peter previously supported the Coffee Board of India on several projects assessing specialty coffee certification for tribal farm communities. Email: email@example.com
Uganda Country Agronomist
Maureen Namugalu holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Land Use and Management from Makerere University. Maureen is the lead country agronomist for the WCR Global Coffee Monitoring Program in Uganda. She is an agronomist and soil scientist by profession, with strong agricultural production background. Maureen has worked with Café Africa Uganda in collaboration with UCDA and NaCORI for the last three years focusing on coffee agronomy, coffee extension services, and the assessment of coffee seedling survival rate of Arabica and Robusta coffee in Uganda. She established experimental research trials at the National Crop Resource Research Institute in collaboration with the University of Bonn. Maureen has also carried out independent research on soil conservation practices of coffee farming systems along a slope.
Jose Paiz has an engineering degree in forestry engineering and a specialization degree in agricultural production under controlled conditions. He comes to WCR with ten years of experience in agricultural and forestry farm management, especially in the cultivation of coffee, the use of forest plantations, and nurseries.
Business Manager Europe
Maud Nicolas joined WCR in late 2018. She provides overall administrative and financial coordination for the World Coffee Research in Europe and also assists the CEO. As WCR Europe’s Business Manager, she works closely with the Administration and Finance Director and accountant. She’s proud to join WCR and to contribute to the organization's development. She is based in Marseille, France. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sub-Regional Coordinator (Latin America South)
Elly Castro coordinates WCR's activities, programs, and projects
in the Latin America South region, covering Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama,
Peru, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico. Elly earned an agricultural
engineering degree in agricultural education from EARTH University in
Costa Rica and a master's degree in hydrology and water resources
management from Acala de Henares University in Madrid, Spain. He has
experience in coffee agronomy, nursery production, natural resources
management and field data collection and analysis. He is based in Nicaragua.
Nursery Development Program Manager
Emilia is responsible for all field activities related to the coffee seed and nursery sectors under the WCR Nursery Development Program. Emilia has an agricultural engineering degree in agronomy from EARTH University in Costa Rica, and a degree as a project manager specialist from the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica. She has a depth of experience and understanding of renovation programs and the coffee nursery and seed sector from her work in nurseries.
Project Agronomist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Sylvain Roulain is WCR’s project agronomist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He earned his degree as Agronomist from ISTOM in Cergy-Pontoise, France in 2016, and his coursework focused predominantly on international development and agronomic research through experimentation. Before starting with WCR, he worked with FREDON Martinique to study Mammea Apple.
Josue Omar Callejas
Sub-Regional Coordinator (Latin America North)
Josue Callejas coordinates WCR's activities, programs, and projects in the Latin America North region, covering Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. He earned his bachelor's degree in Food Science and Technology at Zamorano Agricultural Panamerican School in Honduras. He completed internship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was a research assistant in a microbiology laboratory, a graduation research project developed with Archer Daniel's Midland Company.
IMLVT Program Manager
Solene oversees the network of the International Multilocation Variety Trial. She obtained a master's degree in agronomy in France and has been working on seed production and breeding. Solene believes that understanding farmers constraints is a key driver for research activities and context adapted innovations. Email: email@example.com
Business Manager US
Koleen has 30+ years of experience in non-profit management and enjoys working as part of a team to keep no-profit organizations running smoothly. As WCR's Business Manager, she works closely with the Finance Team to handle billing and payments, contracts, and human resources. She is based in Portland, OR. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean Baptiste Kayigamba
Breeding Hub Technician
Jean Baptiste Kayigamba spent the last three years as a field facilitators for the Rwanda Agriculture Board’s coffee program, where he prepared and set up varietal trials, collected data, and managed the nursery. He holds a BA in Agronomy from University of Rwanda College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine.
Simon Martin Mvuyekure
East Africa Breeding Hub Advisor
Dr. Simon Martin Mvuyekure is WCR's Regional Coffee Breeding hub Coordinator for Africa. He holds a Msc. in crop protection from “Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and a Ph.D in plant breeding, from the University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa). For the last 13 years, he worked for Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB). His research focused on varietal development, coffee pests and disease management as well as coffee system agronomy. He contributed to the conception and management of outstanding coffee research projects aiming the sustainability of the coffee sector in Rwanda.
Since their establishment back in 2016, he is leading IMLVTs and the African Regional Breeding Hub hosted by Rwanda.
Chair of the Board
Vice President, Peet's Coffee & Tea
Doug Welsh is Vice President of Coffee for Peet’s Coffee & Tea. Peet’s was established in 1966 in Berkeley, California, fount of the farm to table renaissance in American foodways. Originator Alfred Peet brought the focus of the industry to the finest grades of Arabica coffee and the pursuit of roasting as a craft. As only the third Roastmaster at the pioneering company and leader of the quality movement.
Doug is responsible for coffee overall, from sourcing to the blending, roasting, and brewing of a superior customer experience. Among other international fora, he has served as a judge at Cup of Excellence, speaker at Symposium, and is past President of the Pacific Coast Coffee Association. Doug resides in Berkeley and holds degrees in Sociology and Law from the University of California.
VIce Chair of the Board
Vice President of Coffee Research & Development, J. M. Smucker Company
Jim Trout has more than 23 years of product development and innovation management experience, including 14 years in coffee. In 2008, Jim joined Smucker from The Procter & Gamble Company as part of the Folgers acquisition. In his current role, Jim oversees coffee research and development, the coffee innovation portfolio, as well as several strategic innovation partnerships. Prior to Smucker, Jim held numerous R&D management and staff roles at Procter & Gamble in the areas of process development, formulation, device development, and program management.
Jim’s career has focused primarily on the food and beverage industry, and has spanned several product categories including oils, coffee, and salted snacks. Jim currently holds 18 U.S. patents. He graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Jim lives near Cleveland in Broadview Heights, Ohio with his wife and three children. In his spare time, he is a board member of BioHio Research Park and volunteers with the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Liz Longstreet Darr
Executive Vice President of Strategic Sourcing, National DCP
Liz Longstreet Darr is the Executive Vice President of Strategic Sourcing at National DCP in Atlanta, GA, a $2 billion supply chain management company serving the franchisees of Dunkin’ Donuts. Liz started in the foodservice industry almost 20 years ago in restaurant operations, with the past 12 years spent in supply chain roles supporting multi-unit restaurant companies. She completed her undergraduate degree at Cornell University, and her MBA at Emory University.
Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University
Victoria Salin is Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University and since 2013, she has been Chair of the Intercollegiate Faculty of Agribusiness). Under her leadership, the Agribusiness program reputation grew to the 2019 ranking of first in the United States and third in the world among professional masters’ degrees in food industry management.
Dr. Salin’s research relates to food safety, traceability, and efficiency of enterprises involved in food distribution. Salin provides economic and financial research for the Scientific Advisory Council of the World Food Logistics Organization, an affiliate of the Global Cold Chain Alliance. Salin serves on the Board of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (an affiliate of the CGIAR international agricultural research system) (since 2016) and in this capacity monitors entrepreneurial ventures and other means to commercialize agricultural technologies to enhance food security in Africa. In 2020 Salin joined the Board of World Coffee Research.
Salin grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, a master’s degree from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in agribusiness finance and international trade.
Chairman, illycaffè SpA
Andrea Illy is the Chairman of illycaffè SpA and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer for over 22 years, until 2016.
Mr. Illy contributed to make the company famous for its innovation in espresso technology. He joined many boards and his writings are recognized in the coffee sector.
Mr. Illy, who used to define himself as a “humanist chemist”, firmly advocates for corporate responsibility as means to improve society and promotes culture and art.
Among his several recognitions, Andrea Illy was named Cavaliere del Lavoro by the President of the Italian Republic.
Secretary of the Board
Sustainability Director, Mercon Coffee Group
Since 2018, Giacomo Celi is the Sustainability Director at Mercon Coffee Group where he leads the global Corporate and Sustainable supply chains activities.
Giacomo has a strong background in different areas such as tropical agriculture, coffee procurement, international trade, corporate social responsibility and sustainable agro-supply chains.
With over 15 years of experience in industry, retail and consulting ranging from family-owned to start up and multinational groups, Giacomo knows well the international landscape in the coffee sector.
Vice President, Global Coffee Sustainability and Education, Starbucks
Kelly Goodejohn is Vice President, Global Coffee Sustainability and Education at Starbucks where she’s been working for over 14 years. As part of the company’s aspiration to be resource-positive, she leads the sustainability strategy for coffee, tea and cocoa, focused on ways in which Starbucks can reduce its environmental footprint in green coffee while also positively impacting our suppliers, farmers and their communities. In addition, her team is also responsible for creating engaging ways to connect the company’s more than 346,000 partners (employees) who wear the green apron with coffee, whether that be thru origin experiences, the Starbucks Digital Traceability web tool, or the Starbucks Coffee Academy.
Kelly has had the opportunity to work on many innovative projects at Starbucks including the $50M Global Farmer Fund, partnering with NGOs to advance women’s empowerment and advocating for industry collaboration through Conservation International’s Sustainable Coffee Challenge. She has built productive relationships with stakeholders to advance and scale the impact one can have including her board of director role at World Coffee Research and her Leadership Circle role within the Sustainable Food Lab.
With over 25 years of sustainability experience, Kelly has a relentless commitment to making a difference for all. She and her husband have two daughters and while they haven’t acquired a taste for coffee (yet) they have embraced the concept of sustainability and taking care of the planet.
Group President, Westrock Coffee Company
Elizabeth McLaughlin serves as the Group President at Westrock Coffee Company, the parent company of Westrock Coffee Roasting and S&D Coffee and Tea.
In her role, Elizabeth leads the combined sales, marketing, and client services teams, sustainability initiatives, and the innovation/product development and quality assurance programs.
Elizabeth’s first cup of coffee was in Rwanda in 2013 where she immediately went to visit upon joining Westrock Coffee. This is where Elizabeth fell in love with coffee, the families who cultivate this beautiful, delicious crop and the mission to build strong, ethical supply chains.
Prior to joining Westrock Coffee, Elizabeth owned and served as Chief Operating Officer of SIR Research, a consumer marketing research firm in Richmond, Virginia. She previously worked as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at PBM Products, a private label consumer products company. She began her career at Alltel Corporation with a role in investor relations, corporate communications, and regional marketing in Virginia and the Carolinas.
Chief Institutional Relations & Sustainability Officer, Lavazza
Mario Cerutti was born in Torino (Italy) in 1958. He graduated in Business Administration at the University of Torino and got an MBA from the University of Dallas. He has been working in Lavazza since 1986, currently he is Chief Institutional Relations and Sustainability Officer in Lavazza. He is currently President of the European Coffee Federation (ECF) – he served as president in ECF also from 2004 to 2007. He is currently serving as President of Italian Coffee Committee (CIdC - Comitato Italiano del Caffè) - the association of large Italian coffee companies - , as Chairman of the Coffee & Climate Steering Committee and as member of the board of the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC). He is board member of ICP (International Coffee Partners).
Treasurer of the Board
Vice President of Operations and Coffee Buyer, Java City
Shawn Hamilton is the Vice-President of Operations and Coffee Buyer for Java City, located in Sacramento, California. Since 1985, Java City has pioneered initiatives designed to enhance the global village, support the communities and protect the environment. Shawn has been involved in the Specialty Coffee industry since 1987. During his tenure he has worked in almost every facet of the industry from Barista, packaging, roasting, quality control, coffee buying, purchasing, futures and options hedging to executive management. He was instrumental in several mergers and acquisitions within the industry. His experience also includes a proven dedication to the industry and volunteering. Shawn has been a volunteer in Colombia to teach and evaluate cuppers for Coffee Corps, participates as a lead judge in the annual Cupping for Quality for the Rainforest Alliance, and has been a judge for Cup of Excellence. In addition, he is one of the founding members of the Roasters Guild and served for six years on the Executive Council. While on the Executive Council, Shawn served as Chairman and was instrumental in the creation of the overall structure of the Guild. He has also served on the Board of the Pacific Coast Coffee Association.
President, Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea
James McLaughlin is the president of Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea. Previously he served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, and Director of Green Coffee. James' work with coffee began in earnest in Taquaritinga do Norte, Brazil where he was the director of an organic shade coffee farm. Prior to that James was a corporate lawyer for Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He received his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.
Chief Sustainability Officer, Keurig Dr Pepper
Monique Oxender leads Keurig Dr Pepper efforts to Brew a Better World as its Chief Sustainability Officer. Monique joined Keurig Dr Pepper in 2012 and has navigated a path for integrated sustainability management. This journey travels directly through the intersection of world benefit and business value, informed by meaningful internal and external stakeholder engagement.
Prior to joining the company, Monique spent eight years with Ford Motor Company where she designed and developed a leading supply chain sustainability program spanning the company's $65B buy from 60 countries. Issues under her responsibility included human rights, indirect carbon and water footprints, and raw material transparency. In addition, she served as Chair of multiple industry workgroups for the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and represented Ford on United Nations Global Compact, US State Department, Department of Labor and OECD advisory groups.
With a background in secondary education and sustainability, Monique has an MBA and an MS from the University of Michigan.
Chairman of the Board, Community Coffee Company
Matt Saurage is Chairman of the Board and the fourth generation in the largest family-owned coffee brand in America. Saurage believes in coffee research, particularly that which focuses on origin and agriculture, and is pleased to be part of a research program that allows information to be shared broadly and freely within the coffee industry.
Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Royal Cup Coffee and Tea
Jim Smith is the Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Royal Cup Coffee and Tea headquartered in Birmingham, AL and represents third-generation leadership within the family-owned organization. Royal Cup was founded in 1896 and is dedicated to providing high quality coffees and fine teas to customers nationwide. As one of World Coffee Research’s founding members, Royal Cup continues to actively support the vision and shared responsibility to lead in industry-wide educational efforts to sustain and grow the supply of quality coffee not only for today, but for the generations to come. Jim also serves on Royal Cup’s Board of Directors.
Supply Director, Taylors of Harrogate
Keith Writer is the Supply Director and an experienced member of the leadership team responsible for creating long-term strategy and the day to day running of Taylors. With overall responsibility for all direct purchases including coffee, tea and packaging in addition to research and development and sustainability for the Taylors business.
With over twenty years of experience Keith has traveled extensively around the world seeking out the top quality teas and coffees enjoyed by Taylors of Harrogate customers, including bringing to market new organic teas, rare teas and coffees and a herbal range. Travel is integral to his job and he spends several months in the course of the year visiting suppliers and growers worldwide, creating and sustaining strong direct relationships that are key to the business' approach to sourcing. Keith is a past member Board member of the Ethical Tea Partnership, United Kingdom Tea Council and British Coffee Association.
Chief Marketing Officer, Tim Hortons Canada
Hope Bagozzi, one of Canada’s top marketing minds, joined Tim Hortons in January 2020 as the Chief Marketing Officer. A deeply respected and award-winning marketing leader, Hope brings deep experience in the QSR industry having also worked for 15 years with McDonald’s Canada, including leading the marketing team as Marketing Officer. As the recipient of Cannes Lions, Effies, Cassies and Marketer of the Year awards, Hope has been recognized for her work both in Canada and internationally and has also lent her expertise to industry and charitable boards, including for IAB Canada, the Effies and the Canadian Cannes Lions Advisory. She is currently a board member for the Tim Hortons Foundation Camps. Hope takes equal pride in developing buzz-worthy campaigns as she does in building teams, relationships and ideas that are driven by a philosophy of marketing with purpose – driving clarity around what a brand uniquely stands for.
Director for Corporate Responsibility at Tchibo
Nanda Bergstein is the Director for Corporate Responsibility at the German Coffee and Consumer retailer Tchibo. Since 13 years, she held several sustainability related roles in the company and is now -together with her team- responsible for managing Tchibo's transition towards becoming a fully sustainable business.
Nanda brings an in-depth understanding and broad outlook on global supply chains and consumer goods as well as coffee to the table. Her mission is to challenge the status quo, seeking out paradigm shifts and innovations to bring more human rights and environmental protection into global supply chains and products. Nanda is driven by scaling sustainability via sector initiatives and systemic approaches and to develop new approaches towards more sustainable consumption. This also entails engaging consumers for a stronger movement towards sustainability from the demand side.
Nanda graduated in International Relations at the Technical University of Dresden (BA) and Gender, Development and Globalisation (MSc) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
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Central American Hub
Beneficio Las Tres Puertas
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Santa Ana, El Salvador
Where else to find us
We have core scientific and administrative staff based in France, El Salvador, and Guatemala City. Our communications office is located in Portland, Oregon.
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