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).
As Deputy Director, Jenny oversees the relationships in Africa and Indonesia as well as the work streams on Economic Viability of Coffee Farming, Gender & Youth and the development of the Global Progress Framework.
Jenny is seconded part-time from IDH the Sustainable Trade Initiativewhere she is the Program Director Coffee, which focuses on improving farmer livelihoods through innovative investment programs together with strategic supply chain partners. She also previously managed the Sustainable Coffee Program, a public-private facility that aimed to bring global, sustainable, coffee production practices to scale, from its inception in 2012 until its integration with the Global Coffee Platform in 2016. Her other previous work experience includes Senior Manager Learning & Innovation at IDH, working in the private sector, and for NGOs.
Jenny holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management with a Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons I) in Operations Research from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 our company, 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.
Jenni is responsible for supporting the implementation of the Communications Strategy, as well as creating content for the GCP website, newsletter and social media channels.
She has previously worked in digital communications for cultural and heritage organisations in Poland, Greece and the UK. Jenni studied Government at the London School of Economics (UK) and speaks English and Spanish. She is based in Bonn, Germany.
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.
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 Javeriana University (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 Membership and Central Services Officer of the Global Coffee Platform (GCP). Her core task is to foster and develop our global network of members, whilst also supporting our management, governance and administration.
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.
Pia supports the GCP's Executive Director and Executive Team. She also coordinates and supports key governance functions and processes (e.g. Board, Advisory Board).
Pia has gained extensive office and project management experience through her previous jobs in the social, public and private sector, both in Germany and abroad (Australia, Tanzania). Among others, she worked as Operations Manager for an online portal for IT donations, coordinated the visitor program of a charity funded school in Tanzania and managed daily operations at the student administration office of an Australian university.
She holds a Master's of Arts degree in North American Studies, Political Science and International Law from the University of Bonn and speaks German, English and (little) French.
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.
Lien is responsible for supporting the Vietnam Coffee Coordination Board (VCCB) Office and ensure its smooth operation.
She also supports the promotion of membership to Vietnamese companies and organizations, contributes to further development and maintenance of a relevant network of institutions and individuals, and provides support to the organization of events, workshops, and communication activities.
Prior to joining our company, Lien was the Project Officer at ActionAid International in Vietnam, and before that she acted as an Assistant to Country Representative cum Project Officer of French Red Cross. She has rich experience in disaster relief, water and sanitation and forest management.
Lien holds a Master degree in International Development from Flinders University in South Australia, and a BA in Business English from Foreign Trade university in Vietnam.
Ricardo is Student Assistant at the GCP, he is responsible for the office management and supporting his colleagues in multiple tasks and projects. He is currently studying for his Bachelor Degree in Latin American Studies and Social Sciences at the Cologne University.
Last year, he took part on a DAAD Scholarship Program at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina and worked as a volunteer for INADI (Institute against discrimination) where he supported the public relations department and helped organise Gender Studies and Indigenous Rights Workshops. He speaks, German, English and Spanish.