GLOBAL COFFEEPLATFORM

Addressing the biggest sustainability issues together

Our Team

Annette Pensel

Executive Director

Annette Pensel

Executive Director

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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).

Thomas Müller-Bardey

Finance & Operations Director

Thomas Müller-Bardey

Finance & Operations Director

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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.

Gelkha Buitrago

Director Programs and Corporate Partnerships

Gelkha Buitrago

Director Programs and Corporate Partnerships

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Gelkha Buitrago steers GCP’s work with the country platforms and programs, Collective Action Initiatives and measurement work. She also acts as Deputy Director. Gelkha brings several years of experience in sustainability, international development and multi-stakeholder set-ups.

Before joining GCP, Gelkha worked for almost 15 years in Fairtrade International, in different roles and areas of work including advocacy, policy and strategy development, new products and M&E. The last two years she was appointed as Director of Standards and Pricing overseeing the development and implementation of a diverse set of standards and price mechanisms in more than 70 countries as well as the assurance program. Previous to joining Fairtrade, Gelkha worked for the National Planning Department in Colombia on poverty issues and monitoring and evaluation of social programs.

Gelkha is an Economist and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia) and postgraduate certificate on Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge. She speaks Spanish, English and French and is based out of Bonn, Germany.

Caroline Glowka

Manager Member Relations & Corporate Partnerships

Caroline Glowka

Manager Member Relations & Corporate Partnerships

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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.

Melissa Salazar

Program Manager – Countries

Melissa Salazar

Program Manager – Countries

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Melissa is responsible for coordinating and supporting GCP’s work with the National Coffee Platform network. Before working at GCP, Melissa worked for the Aga Khan Foundation in West Africa, and Olam International in Cote d’Ivoire. Melissa holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po Paris, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Smith College in Massachusetts. She also speaks English, French and Spanish and is based out of Bonn, Germany.

Mary Petitt

North America Ambassador

Mary Petitt

North America Ambassador

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Mary Petitt has more than 30 years of experience in the coffee industry and international business. Over her career, Mary has served in multiple management and marketing leadership roles. She has actively championed the power of collaborative leadership, market knowledge and customer service to successfully position and realizes sustainable business initiatives in both the commercial and specialty coffee sectors. She is a Past President of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and former Trustee of the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI). She served as Executive Vice President of the Colombian Coffee Federation Inc., was Strategic Advisor to Mitsui Foods, Inc. and has been a consulting coffee advisor to the United Nations/International Trade Centre Women and Trade Programme.

She is a member of ICE Futures U.S. Board of Coffee ‘C’ Graders has been a CQI ‘Q’ Coffee Grader and has enjoyed years of volunteer service with the National Coffee Association (NCA), the Coffee Association of Canada (CAC) and the SCAA. Mary began her career in 1983 as a green coffee trader with Cargill, Inc.

Andreas Terhaer

Manager IT & Data Programs

Andreas Terhaer

Manager IT & Data Programs

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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 and now he is the Program Manager for Measurement.

Claire Mathieson

Communications Manager

Claire Mathieson

Communications Manager

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Claire is a communications and knowledge management specialist with more than 12 years experience in print, radio, online, and communication for development. She brings a wealth of knowledge having worked as an independent consultant in the sustainable development sector in developing countries. Claire has a particular interest in knowledge brokering and is a keen supporter of building knowledge links, stimulating cross-organizational learning, and building on existing knowledge.

Claire is based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Pia Prangenberg

Operations and Governance Officer

Pia Prangenberg

Operations and Governance Officer

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Pia provides executive support to the Executive Director in a one-on-one working relationship. She also serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors and senior management team of GCP. She is involved in a variety of special projects, always keen to further improve workflows and organizational processes.

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, Canada, USA). Among others, she worked as Operations Manager for a social enterprise based in Munich, 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 of Arts degree in North American Studies, Political Science and International Law from the University of Bonn and speaks German, English and French.

Maria Vitória Simião França

Student Assistant Operations

Maria Vitória Simião França

Student Assistant Operations

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Maria studies Portuguese and English at the University of Cologne and has been working with the GCP Secretariat in Bonn since 2018. As student Administrative Assistant she provides administrative and clerical support to ensure efficient operation of the office. Her tasks include filing, generating reports and presentations, setting up for meetings, and reordering supplies. In addition, Maria works closely with Thomas, GCP’s Finance & Operations Director, and also supports the Global Team. Maria is keen on deepening her knowledge about sustainability and the coffee sector, and speaks Portuguese, English, German and French.

Abishek Kumar

Student Assistant

Abishek Kumar

Student Assistant

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Abishek is pursuing master’s degree in Computer Science at University of Bonn and is responsible for measurement support in GCP. He is also working on finding suitable methodologies for end-to-end data flow and reporting system. Abishek has 3 years of experience in Data Analysis, Data Warehousing and ETL Process Development in the finance sector.

George Watene

Program Manager

George Watene

Program Manager

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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 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).

Mai Xuan Thong

Field Technical Officer

Mai Xuan Thong

Field Technical Officer

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Thong has joined GCP as Field Technical officer in April 2020. Thong has more than 30 years of experience working in the agriculture sector, of which he spent 17 years in the coffee sector working in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Prior to joining GCP he worked for the provincial agricultural extension center for many years as well as for various international development programs, including DANIDA, Hanns R. Neumann foundation, and IDH. At GCP his responsibilities include the implementation of GCP Progress, technical advice on NSC and other technical issues, collaboration with private sector on technical training, and development of GCP network with partners and members.

Yididya Enkuberhan Fisseha

Administrative Assistant Ethiopia

Yididya Enkuberhan Fisseha

Administrative Assistant Ethiopia

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Yididya joined GCP Ethiopia in March 2020 as an Administrative Assistant. Yididya has more than 10 years of experience as an assistant. Thanks to her marketing background she has gained extensive experience in organizing exhibitions, market assessments, deployment of market strategies, attaining customer satisfaction. Yididya has also carried out various projects in the medical sector such as ”Pagume le Tena” which is a very well-known humanitarian aid project in Ethiopia. Yididya has a Bachelor of Art degree in Business Administration from Addis Ababa University College of Commerce.

Dr. Chala Erko Arganea

Country Manager Ethiopia

Dr. Chala Erko Arganea

Country Manager Ethiopia

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Chala holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics, University of Leipzig, Germany. He has also conducted a post graduate study at the Centre for Rural Development/SLE, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. Chala has over two decades of experience in the areas of Project Management & Rural Development. His invaluable experience is in the coffee subsector of Ethiopia and East Africa which includes supports to producers and exporters. His work as a Fair Trade Social auditor in East Africa and Liaison Officer for Ethiopia and North Africa has given him unique opportunties to involve in the development and support of various agricultural value chains. Chala worked for the government of Ethiopia, Ministry of Coffee & Tea Development as a Farm Management Team Leader and an International NGO (Welthungerhilfe) as a Deputy Regional Manager. He also supported national and international organisations as a consutlant in the areas of project evaluation, capacity building, enhancing PPP and market linkage. From 2012 onwards he has undertaken consultancy assignments from various local and international organisations. Assignments from German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval), GIZ, the World Bank, GFA Consult, Berenschot consult, Triodios Facet Bank and ILRI among others. Chala is well versed with policies and procedures of various donors including the EU, USAID and BMZ. Furthermore, his knowledge of the legal and policy environment of the Government of FDRE and his very good network provides him unique chances to succeed in his assignments.

Doan Thi Nhung

Program Officer Vietnam

Doan Thi Nhung

Program Officer Vietnam

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Nhung is an experienced Program Officer with a demonstrate history of working in non-governmental organization management industry. She is skilled in Project Management, Communication, Government Relations. She is responsible for coordinating project team activities throughout various project life-cycle, identifying and managing project risks, analyzing data, and identifying trends and inefficiencies to prevent problems from arising and implementation of mitigation and contingency plans.

Samsong Emong

Samson Emong

Country Coordinator Uganda, Café Africa Uganda

Samson Emong

Country Coordinator Uganda, Café Africa Uganda

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Samson Emong brings 10 years of experience working in the Uganda coffee value chain. He  joined Café Africa in February 2015 who are the secretrait of the Uganda Coffee Platform and is in charge of convening and communcating with stakeholders of the platform. He is also the GCP coordinator in Uganda and is in charge of implementing the country plan for GCP in Uganda with the objective of ensuring platform maturity. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies and a Masters’ degree in Business Administration.  Samson is highly commended for his networking skills.

Guillermo Alvarado Downing

Country Manager

Guillermo Alvarado Downing

Country Manager

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Guillermo Alvarado joined GCP on January 27, 2020 as Honduras Program Manager, he brings into GCP extensive experience in rural development. Has worked as project officer and senior advisor for IICA Honduras, USAID Honduras, Millenium Challenge Account Honduras, was Minister of Agriculture of Honduras between 1999 and 2002 leading the recovery of the Honduran agriculture sector from Hurricane Mitch, Excecutive Director of the International Regional Animal and Plant Health Organization (OIRSA) for Central America, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Belize and Panama. He is a graduate from El Zamorano and has a BSc and MSc in Food and Resources Economics from the University of Florida, and training in policy management at the Harvard Institute for International Development, in international trade at the CBI from the Netherlands, and Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.

Paramita Mentari Kesuma

Executive Director, Sustainable Coffee Platform of Indonesia (SCOPI)

Paramita Mentari Kesuma

Executive Director, Sustainable Coffee Platform of Indonesia (SCOPI)

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Paramita Mentari Kesuma has more than 15 years of working and organizational experience in strategic programme management, stakeholders engagement, administrative & project management, and sustainable development issues across private sector, NGO and Government agencies. Mentari joined SCOPI in December 2019. Previously, she had served in the Peatland Restoration Agency of the Republic of Indonesia (as sub-consultant from UNDP/UNOPS), WWF-Indonesia, and Deloitte Indonesia. She holds a Master of Management degree from BINUS Business School (Jakarta) and double –degree in Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University of Technology (Perth) & Bachelor of Economics from BINUS International University (Jakarta). She won the “Miss Indonesia Earth-Water 2008”, “None Favorite Jakarta Kepulauan Seribu 2005”(Miss Jakarta) and hosted an eco-travel TV show called “Jejak Petualang”. She enjoys spending time with her two kids, scubadiving, travelling, writing and painting.

Pedro Ronca

Country Coordinator Brazil

Pedro Ronca

Country Coordinator Brazil

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Pedro Ronca is an agronomist by the Superior School of Agriculture “Luiz de Queiroz” (ESALQ-USP), post graduated in Coffee Agribusiness by FIA/USP and in Coffee Economics and Science by the University of Trieste / illycaffè, Italy. Agronomic consultant in coffee production, experienced in planning, conducting and managing projects in properties with sustainable production systems, in post-harvest and specialty coffee production and market strategy.

Pedro has extensive experience in auditing for sustainability certifications. He is also a farmer in the South of Minas Gerais. Pedro currently manages the Global Coffee Platform (GCP) in Brazil and coordinates the CocoaAction Brazil initiative, in partnership with the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF).

Pham Quang Trung

Program Manager Vietnam

Pham Quang Trung

Program Manager Vietnam

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Strategic Collaboration

Through our MoU, GCP and ICO collaborate to increase awareness of sustainability in the coffee sector in the broader work of ICO. GCP brings private sector and Civil Society perspectives, as well as lessons learned and successes from its work with country platforms and Collective Action and co-investment initiatives that improve the enabling environment for sustainable coffee production and address major sustainability gaps in collaboration, which is disseminated amongst ICO´s networks to improve practices in the sector.

IDH has been a strategic partner of GCP since its creation in 2016, supporting sustainability platforms and their programs in key coffee producing countries including Brazil, Honduras, Vietnam, Indonesia and Uganda. IDH and GCP share a vision to ensure that coffee production leads to improved livelihood, that coffee is grown in resilient production ecosystems, that communities with a stake in the coffee sector are profiting and that the sector as a whole is profitable.

GCP´s strategic cooperation agreement with the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through GIZ, has enabled and supported the creation of a new Country Coffee Platform in Kenya. In 2019-2020 this collaboration will extend to the preparations towards a new Country Platform in Ethiopia, engaging and supporting Ethiopian stakeholders on their sustainability journey. GCP and GIZ also collaborate to advance public and private sustainability efforts, and to contribute to 100% sustainably sourced coffee for the German market that meets at least the level of the Baseline Coffee Code.

The 5 year strategic partnership agreement between Rainforest Alliance and GCP pursues the strengthening of Country Platforms and their secretariats as facilitators of multi-stakeholder dialogues and collective action in different coffee producing countries. At a global scale, the two organizations will continue to identify opportunities to support Collective Action Co-investment Initiatives (GCP Collective Action Initiatives) among local and global coffee stakeholders and GCP Members based on country & global priority issues.

GCP has partnered with ISEAL over several years to support taking the Baseline Coffee Code and the Sustainability Framework to the next levels, using best practice regarding equivalence systems and through developing robust measurement indicators and metrics for sustainability. ISEAL’s Innovation Fund has been supporting GCP’s work on the Coffee Data Standard, being taking foward in the Delta Project, which includes both the coffee and cotton sectors.

The African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) is a regional non profit, non political, member-driven association representing coffee sectors in 11 member countries

Through our MoU, GCP and the Sustainable Coffee Challenge have been working collaboratively on the Sustainably Framework, which seeks to provide clarity and inspiration on how the sector can advance sustainably towards Vision 2030. The Framework has been operationalised with aligned metrics through GCP´s Coffee Data project.

GCP and the Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (Hivos), in its role as the SAFE Platform manager, agreed to work together to address some of the main sustainability issues in Latin American coffee producing countries. The collaboration between both organizations identifies the SAFE Platform with its regional co-funding portfolio as attractive mechanism to support GCP’s work with Country Platforms and to involve more GCP Members in local actions to benefit coffee farming families, increase productivity and profitability, and disseminate best practices regarding coffee sustainability.

The Coffee Quality Institute’s Partnership for Gender Equity (CQI-PGE) launched the Engagement Guide for Gender Equity in Coffee and the Common Measurement Framework, two tools which work in tandem to address industry questions and take action on gender equity issues within the coffee value chain. Both tools were funded by the Global Coffee Platform and build on considerable stakeholder input in their design over the past years.

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