Annette Pensel brings more than 10 years of experience in the international coffee sector and in the field of development cooperation, including corporate sustainability, public-private partnerships, voluntary standards development and capacity building.
As the Director Sustainability Innovations of the former 4C Association (and the GCP Interim Executive Director since July 2016), Annette was central to the many successful partnerships formed throughout its history, most notably the development of Vision2020, which connected the public and private sectors and creates a common vision for the public and private sectors to work towards in producing countries; and the co-creation of the GCP together with the former Sustainable Coffee Program (SCP).
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Andreas comes to the Global Coffee Platform as an experienced computer engineer and IT-Systems administrator specializing in IT-Support, IT-Process Management and Compliance.
He built up his IT knowledge working in various industries for IT-Security, telecommunication and software development companies.
Over the last 4 years Andreas has worked with a payment service provider in a position as Systems Administrator and Operations Manager.
Andrés is responsible for supporting the production of various content pieces and communication products. He also provides editorial support on GCP website and the GCP Espresso.
Andrés has worked in both the private and public sector. He is currently writing his Master’s thesis for the International Media Studies Program at the Deutsche Welle Akademie, and has taken part in projects on independent journalism, new technologies and gender equality issues.
Andrés is a graduated Social Communicator-Journalist from the Externado University in Colombia. He speaks Spanish, English and German.
Angela coordinates all matters related to the human resources of the Global Coffee Platform (GCP) as well as supporting the governance processes of the GCP.
Angela graduated in Economics, Political Science and Latin American studies from the University of Cologne (Germany) and speaks German, English and Spanish. She is based in Bonn, Germany.
Caroline is responsible for liaising with existing and potential members of the Global Coffee Platform (GCP). Caroline worked with the food, beverage and pharmacy industry in sales and marketing. Her work experience is global, having supported businesses in the developing world in their start-up phase as well as Fair Trade products.
Caroline graduated in Business at the Free University Berlin. She speaks German, English and Persian, and is based in Bonn.
Cornelis is responsible for coordinating all regional offices of the Global Coffee Platform (GCP), including annual planning, monitoring, and budgets.
With a background in International Cooperation that focused on managing participatory and sustainable production, community organizing and public-private partnerships, Cornelis has worked over past 20 years in Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Cameroon.
Cornelis studied Tropical Agriculture and Rural Development, graduating in Social Forestry from Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and speaks Dutch, English and German.
Khiem is responsible for supporting the technical activities of the Global Coffee Platform (GCP) carried out in Vietnam and actively supports the provision of services to GCP members.
Previously, Khiem worked in the field of rural agricultural development, including the coffee sector. Having worked for the DakLak Department of Agricultural and Rural Development, Khiem coordinated numerous projects funded by Danida, GIZ and World Bank on schemes such as Rural Credit Development or the Participatory Planning Approach.
George is responsible for managing and strengthening the M&E function in the Global Coffee Platform (GCP). This includes overall development and management of the M&E program, defining intended change, organisational learning from the program, reporting and stakeholder liaison. Prior to joining the 4C Association, George was the Regional Certification Manager at Technoserve’s East Africa Coffee Initiative and before that he served as the acting General Manager of Africert Limited.
George holds an MSc in Environment and Resource Management from the Institute of Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universitiet, Amsterdam, and a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Nairobi (Kenya).
Gillian is part of the team responsible for strategic communication and stakeholder engagement within the Global Coffee Platform. She has over 8 years of experience in multi-stakeholder communication and social marketing both in the private and public sectors. Having lived and worked in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, her passion is in the power of communication to strengthen communities and individuals working to create positive social, economic or environmental change.
She holds a BFA in Graphic Design, has studies Economics and Public Policy at George Mason University and holds a Masters in Communication and Civil Society Development from the American University of Paris. Originally from the United States, she is a native English speaker, now also speaks Dutch, French, Spanish and is currently learning Arabic. She is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Guillermo is responsible for providing support services to all members of the Global Coffee Platform (GCP) and managing relationships with key stakeholders (government, coffee research institutes, cooperatives, exporters, etc.) throughout the region.
Guillermo worked in rural credit, after which he worked 14 years with Rainforest Alliance (RA) and SalvaNatura (Sustainable Agriculture Network), first led the audit and certification departments in El Salvador and supported the certification of coffee in Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Brazil. He has also led technical assistance and training to promote better trade links and financial opportunities for RA certified coffee growers (El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua).
He was a member of the International Standards Committee of the Sustainable Agriculture Network/RA, collaborating in the development of innovative standards for climate change, livestock, and voluntary standards of coffee roaster companies.
Guillermo is an agricultural engineer (National School of Agriculture and Politechnical University) and has a post-graduate degree in international trade at the University Francisco Gavidia (El Salvador). He speaks Spanish, Portuguese and English. He is based on the GCP Office of Latin America, currently in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Helena is responsible for supporting the technical activities of the Global Coffee Platform (GCP) carried out in Brazil and actively supports the provision of services to GCP members. She is also an Authorized Representative of Coffee Assurance Services, the operator of the 4C Verification System.
Helena has been working for the last 6 years in different positions related to sustainability in the public and private sector, and also as a consultant, with experience in responsible sourcing, payment for environmental services, legal compliance and water resources management. Over the last two years she has been working supporting the adequacy to sustainability standards and standards reviews. Her experience in this field is mostly related to sugar cane, soy, palm oil and livestock.
Helena graduated in Environmental Management from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and has a Master Degree in Applied Ecology. She speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish and is based in the GCP Brazil office.
Prior to joining the Global Coffee Platform (GCP), James was a researcher for the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), focusing on the socio-environmental impacts of international agricultural commodity exports on production regions as part of a Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) research project. James’s expertise stems from a professional background in international agricultural trade research, through working with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable development (ICTSD), and as a rural agricultural extensionist while serving in the United States Peace Corps.
James holds a Master’s degree from the University of Freiburg in Environmental Governance, and speaks English, Spanish, German and Paraguayan Guaraní.
John is responsible for a wide variety of administrative tasks that support the operation of the Global Coffee Platform (GCP) – including the payment and processing of invoices and Membership applications.
Previously, John was working as a Foreign Accounts Officer with Germany-based companies, Stern Verlag and VUB Printmedia.
John has an honors degree in Cultural Studies from Portsmouth Polytechnic (England) and is based in the Bonn Secretariat.
Josh is responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies to engage all coffee stakeholders and strengthen the international positioning of the Global Coffee Platform (GCP). Over the past 8 years, Josh has shaped the communications for various advocacy, community-based, start-up, and development organizations in Europe, Central America, South-East Asia and Australia.
Josh graduated in Communications and Political Science at the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia) and speaks English, German, and Spanish. He is based in Bonn, Germany.
Juan is responsible for the setting and maintenance of the Global Coffee Platform's (GCP) Baseline Common Code. He coordinates the Technical Committee’s work on the Code revision process, ensuring the process follows good practices in standard setting.
Previously, Juan worked with Fairtrade International where he was responsible for setting standards, principally in the Environmental Field. Juan also worked for 16 years with the Association of Colombian Flower Exporters developing strategies to improve social and environmental performance.
Graduating as a Microbiologist from the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), Juan also holds a Masters degree in Environmental Management from the Universidad Javeriana (Colombia). Juan is based in the Bonn office.
Lars is responsible for elaborating projects and the acquisition of external funding to put the Global Coffee Platform's (GCP) vision for greater sustainability into action. Prior to joining the 4C Association in 2007, Lars worked in international project management in India, Africa and Germany.
Lars has a degree in geography, development studies, and South Asian philology and has done extensive research on sustainable agriculture in India and Bangladesh.
Hoang provides service and support for members of the Global Coffee Platform (GCP), intensifies partnerships with public and private organizations, and increases the visibility of the GCP in the region.
Hoang has more than 16 years of experience working in the Vietnamese coffee industry, for state, private sector organizations and NGOs, including as an Inspector/Auditor and most recently as Chief of Research & Development for Vietnam Commodity Control & Certification.He has also worked on various donor-funded projects including: the Sustainable Coffee Program and for the International Coffee Partners’ “Promotion of Robusta”.
Hoang graduated from Polytechnic University (Vietnam) and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from HCMC University of Technology (Vietnam). He is based in the GCP Vietnam office.
Nathalia is responsible for providing support services to all Global Coffee Platform (GCP) members and managing relationships with key stakeholders (government, research institute, coffee business institution etc.) throughout Brazil.
Nathalia has been working for the last 8 years in different positions in environmental risk management, food safety standards and certification, sustainability projects, social projects, and farmer training and support in different agricultural sectors and regions in Brazil. She also worked in the Corporate Social Responsibility department for Rabobank International Brazil.
Nathalia graduated in Biological Sciences from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and specialized in Environmental Management. She speaks Portuguese and English and is based in the GCP Brazil office.
Nina is Central Services Officer of the Global Coffee Platform (GCP). Her core task is to support our management, governance and HR departments whilst also maintaining and developing the GCP operational office management activities.
Prior to joining GCP in May 2016, Nina gained professional experience in communications in both the public and private sectors, through international cooperation in Laos and as research assistant in India in the area of organic farming.
Nina holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from the Freie Universität Berlin and speaks German, English and Italian.
Since 2013 Paul has been working for IDH and the Sustainable Coffee Program with a focus on the African activities and overseeing globally the IDH funded Field Level Projects. Paul graduated in Organizational Anthropology by conducting an ethnographic research into which factors influence whether coffee farmers experience a sense of ownership towards their cooperative in South-West Uganda. Paul lives and works in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Thomas is responsible for managing the Global Coffee Platform's (GCP) finance systems and processes, including accounting, planning and controlling. He is also responsible for membership administration.
Thomas holds several certificates in accounting, was professionally active in the financial communications business in the past, and holds a university degree in the field of Communications Theory from the University of Cologne (Germany). Thomas speaks German and English and is based in Bonn, Germany.
Wahyu provides service and support for Global Coffee Platform (GCP) members, intensifies partnerships with public and private organizations, and increases the visibility of the GCP in the region.
Wahyu has worked for over 15 years in the private agricultural sector where he created invaluable links in important commodities including coffee, tea and spices.
Wahyu holds a bachelor degree in Agriculture from the Udayana University (Indonesia) and speaks Bahasa Indonesia and English. He is based in the GCP Indonesia office.