Jennifer is currently the Vice President of the IWCA (International Women’s Coffee Alliance), an organization with 20 chapters in 22 countries throughout the globe whose mission is to empower women to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives for all.  In this role, she leads strategic development initiatives to utilize the IWCA platform and its reach to create inclusive, and equitable supply chains that benefit women as a critical pathway in making coffee the first sustainable agricultural product in the world. She spent the last 17 years in the world’s second most valuable exported commodity in positions spanning channel, brand and market expansion, supply certification/authentication, impact assessment, and business development. Her focus is to increase the value of and generate mutual benefit from responsible sourcing by helping companies define and communicate their sustainability story, introduce new products, increase trace-ability, minimize risk, and assess the impact of investments/interventions. Jennifer is most excited about her involvement on Conservation International’s Sustainable Sourcing Collective Action Network and working with companies like PGE, COSA, SCA and the ITC to develop and launch gender equity principles in coffee. She is often the voice for the IWCA and specialty coffee industry and has been invited to speak about the benefits of inclusion and women’s empowerment at events with the US Navy, WTO, ITC and UN Women. Jennifer recently spoke at the first International Women and Trade Forum hosted by the ITC and the European Commission on the development of an Inclusive Trade Policy impacting global trade agreements across nations.

Jose Sette is the new appointed Director for the International Coffee Organization. He has more than 15 years of experience at senior management level in international commodity bodies and trade associations. Over 30 years of experience in international trade. Execution, analysis and supervision of economic studies, especially of agricultural commodity markets.  Supervision, including fundraising, of international development projects. Organization of conferences, fairs and seminars in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe. Speaker at international conferences in more than 20 countries. Management experience in complex multicultural organizations. Skills in selecting, motivating and forming teams.
International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) (Washington, USA) The ICAC is the designated international commodity body for cotton. · Position: Executive Director · Period: Jan/2013-2017
International Coffee Organization (ICO) (London, UK) The ICO is the designated international commodity body for coffee. · Position: Executive Director ad interim (Nov/2010-Oct/2011) and Head of Operations (Nov/2007-Oct/2010; Nov/2011-Dec/2012) · Period: 2007-2012
JS Radial Consultoria e Assessoria Ltda. (Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil) Consultancy specialized in providing services to trade associations and in matters relating to international trade. · Position: Managing partner. · Period: 2005-2007
Federation of Trade of the State of Rio de Janeiro – Fecomércio-RJ (Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil) Trade association representing the trade of goods and services in the State of Rio de Janeiro with 62 member associations. · Position: Superintendent for Development. · Period: 2003-2005
JS Radial Consultoria e Assessoria Ltda. (Rio de Janeiro, RJ) Consultancy specialized in providing services to trade associations and in matters relating to international trade. · Position: Managing partner. · Period: 2000-2003
Brazilian Association of Coffee Exporters (Santos, SP, Brazil) Trade association representing the Brazilian green coffee export sector. · Position: Secretary General. · Period: 1996-1999
Inter-Continental de Café S/A (Rio de Janeiro, RJ) Exporter of green and industrialized coffee. · Position: Head of Economic Research Department and coffee trader. · Period: 1987-1996.
Inter-American Development Bank (Washington, DC, USA) Multilateral development bank. · Position: Researcher in the International Economics Division, Economic and Social Studies Department. · Period: 1982-1986
Instituto Brasileiro de Café (IBC) (Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil) Government agency responsible for regulating the Brazilian coffee sector. · Position: Head of International Treaties Division, Department of Studies in Coffee Economics. · Period: 1979-1982.

Ric Rhinehart was named as the executive director of the Specialty Coffee Association of America in July 2008. Prior to this position he was the chief operating officer of Groundwork Coffee Co., a specialty coffee roaster and tea purveyor based in Los Angeles, California. Prior to joining Groundwork in 2002, he was the president of R2 Consultants, a management consulting firm specializing in the coffee and tea industries. Ric previously held the position of coffee & tea specialist at Cafe Au Lait, Inc. where he was a minority partner. Prior to this he worked extensively for Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in the food and beverage departments.

Ruth Ann Church is President and Chief Relationship Officer at Artisan Coffee Imports, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan ( In addition to importing specialty green coffee, Artisan offers a Sustainable Coffee Supply Chain consulting service to roasters who want to analyze opportunities for more efficiency and higher quality at origin.  Ruth Ann is also a Q Grader and SCAA certified Instructional Development Professional.  She volunteers as a board member of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) Research & Impact Assessment committee.

In 2012, she founded Victoria147. A platform of formation, incubation, acceleration and networking that focuses in the development and empowerment of executive and business women in Mexico. Currently, she is part of the editorial counsel of The Hoffington Post Mexico where, besides writing a monthly column, she also maintains a printed column in the Fernanda Magazine (Revista Fernanda). Ana Victoria recently participated in the business panel for the program Shark Tank Mexico, project co-produced by Sony Pictures Television. She was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico in its 2016.5 Edition. In 2015 she was selected by New York’s Fortune Magazine as well as the Embassy to the United States for her trajectory and social impact. Ana Victoria has formed part of the consultive counsel of more than 40 entrepreneural companies.

He was born and raised in Southern California. He graduated in 1966 from Sciences, from the United States Military Academy. During the first twenty years of his career in the coffee industry, he served as vice president of marketing for Lingle Bros. Coffee Inc., a company that was started in 1920 by his grandfather in Los Angeles, California. Lingle was an active member of the National Coffee Associations Out of Home Market Committee from 1974 to 1990. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Coffee Service Association of America and was appointed as an honorary member in 1990 of that association. Lingle was one of the founders of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), and in 1991 he was elected Executive Director of the Association. Under the leadership of Lingle, the SCAA has carried out a great many activities, and has grown enormously, since in 1991 the association had only 350 members, and in 1995 it had more than 2,400.

Ted Lingle was Executive Director of the SCAA, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI).

In 1975, Lingle developed the Conductivity Meter for coffee, which is an electronic instrument used to measure soluble solids in the coffee beverage. In 1985, Lingle published his book Coffee Cuppers Handbook in order to explain the science and chemistry behind the techniques used in coffee picking. In 1995, Lingle published another book, entitled Coffee Brewing Handbook, in order to promote excellence in the preparation of the coffee rate.

In 1998 Lingle was awarded the National Medal of Merit by the Colombian Federation of Coffee Growers for its scientific efforts to improve coffee quality

In 1993, Grace founded Deli Café, a coffee exporting company internationally known for providing the best coffees of Central America. In order to serve the new markets composed of third and fourth wavers, in 2004 she founded Nature’s Best Coffee, S.A., an exporting company that delivers 87 plus coffees.

With an experience of over 30 years in the coffee business, Grace has been a member of the Board of Directors at the Costa Rican Coffee Institute (ICAFE), founder member of the Specialty Coffee Association of Costa Rica (SCACR) and president for over five years, also past president of SINTERCAFE and founder, past president, of the IWCA Chapter in Costa Rica. Immediate Past President of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) and now chairing the IV IWCA Convention to be held in Colombia, October 2015.

Kellem Agnew Emanuele leads Attēgo’s focus on maximizing positive environmental and societal impact for projects, regional stakeholders, and across value chains in multiple industries and sectors. Kellem has spent 15 years engaging stakeholders, including private, public, and non-profit organizations, to identify both shared priorities and the innovative approaches essential to achieving them.

Her ability to identify, facilitate, and develop cross-cutting solutions  is built from her diverse experience across industries. Kellem’s previous experience includes defining and delivering resources to improve operational efficiency in industrial motor systems, generating significant cost savings, and reducing environmental impact. She has led collaborative regional planning efforts focused on achieving economic growth through projects and processes that also prioritize environmental and societal progress.

Kellem holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) specializing in Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park; and BA degrees in Environmental Studies and Spanish from Bucknell University. She also has a certificate in Sustainable Leadership from Presidio Graduate School, and a certificate in Business Essentials from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kellem is an active volunteer with the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA), serving as both Peru Chapter Facilitator and Board of Directors co-Vice President, focusing on Strategic Development.

Founder and CEO of Elan Organic Coffees, Karen Cebreros is recognized as a pioneer in the global certified organic and sustainability movements. After visiting her first coffee farm in Peru and founding the company in 1989, she began visiting other producing countries to source the highest quality certified organic coffees. Since then, she’s travelled to farms throughout South and Central America, India, Indonesia, and Africa to identify and build relationships with growers, millers, and exporters. With twenty-five years of experience at the cupping table, Karen has been involved in cuppings and served as a judge for five Rainforest Alliance certified coffee evaluation programs around the world.

Karen’s commitment to environmental sustainability and improving the lives of coffee farming families began shortly after her first meeting with growers and has continued throughout her career.  An early supporter of Coffee Kids, she served two terms on the nonprofit organization’s board of directors.  Karen has also contributed to Grounds for Health and Cup for Education.  Elan was among the first participants in the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center Coffee program that promotes bird-friendly, shade-grown coffees.  She was also a founder of the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Sustainability Committee and is a longtime member of the Organic Coffee Coalition a division of the Organic Trade Association.  Karen has also shared her expertise as a Coffee Quality Institute Coffee Corps volunteer, traveling to farms in 5 countries.

Karen’s current passion is IWCA (International Women’s Coffee Alliance) which she cofounded in 2003. She took the first all-women’s coffee tour to Nicaragua to visit Sopexcca a women’s coop.  As a result 21 International coffee chapters have been developed on four continents.

As a serial entrepreneur, Karen’s latest venture is Earth’s Choice is a company with three divisions. The divisions include:  First importer to exclusively import women’s coffee.;  Microcredit unions in four countries. and branding a new roasted women’s coffee for corporate America.

Raquel Santos Soares Menezes – Professor at Viçosa University, Rio Paranaíba Campus, in Administration Courses, People Management Area.

Doctor, Master and Bachelor in Administration of Organizations.

Before being a profesor, had worked as Business Consultant at IBM of Brazil, and as export asistant at CRV Lagoa, a dutch company of cattle genetics in Brazil, and as intern in other companies.

Since her doctoral thesis, has being researching gender in management and gender in work relations, having publishied articles, book chapters and give lectures around this theme in many events, specially related to women in coffee.

In last years, had also researching and implementing projects related to people management in coffee farms.

Nicole has more than 10 years working in the implementation and the adequacy of projects geared towards environmental conservation, social inclusion and the wellbeing of workers in small rural properties and big agricultural and forestry companies.

She was part of the IMAFLORA team, doing audits for several chains of productive agricultural value, from production and commercialization to the final client.

With Solidaridad Brasil, 3 years ago, today she is responsible of coordinating the initiatives of coffee programs and the gender chains of production.

Forest Engineer, graduated from ESALQ/UP (BRAZIL)

Claudia is an Agroindustry Engineer from the University La Gran Colombia and specialist in University Market EAFIT. In 2014 she obtained an MBA at the Universidad de los Andes. She joined the National Coffee Federation (Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros) since 1999 and occupied positions as Auxiliary of Industrial Processes, Specialty Coffee Analyst, Specialty in Risk Management, Specialty in Market Strategy, Specialty in Planning and Innovation and Specialty in Sales. Her work in the coffee guild, has allowed her to acquire a broad experience in planning, training marketing, commercialization, contract management, public relations and international relations and develop competencies for project leaderships, from their planning to their execution, control and management of resources and information. Since October 2016 she is the Coordinator of the Equity program for the Federation which is part of the integral strategy of the organization, closing barriers and looking for the biggest generations of major income for the coffee population.