The Global Coffee Platform maintains an open and participatory governance structure. Grouped into stakeholder groups – Producer, Trade, Industry, and Civil Society - all members are equally represented in every governance organ and have equal decision-making powers.
Juan Esteban Orduz has worked in the coffee industry for the last 13 years alongside the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia (FNC).
He is the current President of the Colombian Coffee Federation, Inc. the subsidiary for North America of the FNC. As such, his experience includes international cooperation with foreign governments, donors, foundations and multilateral entities such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank. Mr. Orduz has also acquired vast knowledge in international trade - the FNC is an exporter and the U.S. is the biggest coffee consuming market.
As a Board member of the Global Coffee Platform, Mr. Orduz will make the most of his experience and networks in global coffee policy and trade.
Ishak K. Lukenge has been involved in several steps of the coffee production chain, which include coffee farming, buying, processing, exporting and roasting. He has been President of the Uganda Coffee Federation and also served on the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (2003-2008).
Mr. Lukenge is a founding member of the African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) and his Busaanyi Farm is a member of the Global Coffee Platform. Through this involvement, he has been able to actively participate on several occasions in the African Coffee Sustainability Forums.
As a Board member of the Global Coffee Platform, Mr. Lukenge will be an active advocate of better economic conditions for coffee farmers throughout AFCA member countries via the already existing National Platforms and the new ones to be created within the framework of Vision 2020.
Alexandre Vieira Costa Monteiro has been a 4C Association Council Member since 2013. He has over 27 years of experience working for Cooxupé, the largest coffee cooperative in the world and the largest coffee green exporter in Brazil, where he is Agronomist, Social & Environmental Manager.
Over the last 15 years, Mr. Monteiro has been responsible of coordinating sustainability programs such as the 4C Entry-level Standard, Nespresso, C.A.F.E. Practices, Nescafe Plan, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ. He has coordinated a total of 150 agronomists to support 10.000 producers in the implementation of continuous improvements throughout the fields.
As a Board member of the Global Coffee Platform, Mr. Monteiro will represent coffee producers worldwide, and support them in the implementation of sustainable practices.
Le Duc Huy has been a member of several bodies that include the 4C Association’s Mediation Board, the UTZ Product Advisory Committee (PAC), the Landscape Steering Committee in Lam Dong (ISLA/IDH), and the Spices/Pepper Task Force (IDH).
Huy is the Vice General Director at Simexco Daklak Ltd, the first exporters of 4C Compliant Coffee in Vietnam. As Vice Chairman of Buon Ma Thuot (Daklak) Coffee Association, he has developed sustainable programs in Daklak, the largest production area in Vietnam, and established Buon Ma Thuot Roasters Association.
As a Board member of the Global Coffee Platform, Mr. Le Duc represents the Vietnamese coffee industry and will give national activities a global scope.
Gilbert Sindjou is a coffee grower that has been working in sustainability for the past five years in relation to various commodities. He is currently Sustainability Manager for the multinational coffee trader SCTA/Sucafina and has actively represented a member of the previous Council of the 4C Association throughout 2014.
As a Board member of the Global Coffee Platform, Mr. Sindjou will support the development of the GCP as a fundamental player and building block in the sustainable coffee sector. One of his aims is to ensure an integrated supply chain that delivers a measurable impact to brands and consumers, provides a sustainable income to producers through productivity improvement, and enables a resilient supply chain.
Linda Butler has more than 30 years of experience in the coffee sector - including buying and trading, interaction with governments and NGO platforms. She is Nestlé’s Coffee Sustainability Manager, a member of the Sustainable Trade Initiative’s (IDH) Steering Committee, and is on the board of the Swiss Coffee Trade Association (SCTA).
As a founding member of the 4C Association, Nestlé has been represented by Ms. Butler, who was previously the Vice Chair on the Council. This has included being part of the driving force building and shaping of the association before it became an official entity. She has also participated in the Sustainable Coffee Platform throughout its development.
As a Board member of the Global Coffee Platform, Ms. Butler will continue to drive the broad agenda and outreach on sustainability that affects the coffee sector in the pre-competitive arena.
Cornel Kuhrt has been working in the coffee sector since 1980 in several positions that include the German Coffee Association. She is the Senior Manager Coffee/Corporate Responsibility at Tchibo GmbH and has been actively engaged in initiatives such as Coffee & Climate, International Coffee Partners, the 4C Association, and the Sustainable Coffee Platform.
Ms. Kuhrt was actively involved in the 4C Association by supporting the development of the 4C Code of Conduct and as a member of the 4C Council. She has also been a member of the Vision 2020 task-force and Chair of the M&E committee.
As a Board member of the Global Coffee Platform, Ms. Kuhrt will bring her experience of working with smaller and medium size companies and contribute to setting up global work-streams and supporting the alignment of existing activities.
Civil Society Representatives
Han de Groot is the Executive Director of UTZ, which has provided him with many opportunities to engage with the coffee sector at different levels: farmers, farmer-organizations, supply chain, roasters and retail. Additionally, he is involved in driving sustainability in a number of others sectors like cocoa, tea, palm oil and rice. Han was previously a member of the 4C Council and is also a member of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge Advisory Council.
As a Board member of the Global Coffee Platform, Mr. de Groot will work towards the development of the GCP as a stimulus and facilitator for farmers to engage in more sustainable production methods, and act as a platform for many other sector players.
Marcel Clement is the Director of Market Transformation Europe, Middle East, Africa and Japan at Rainforest Alliance. Mr. Clement has a Master Degree in International Business and over 15 years of experience in coffee. His experience ranges from providing support to cooperatives to advising the Guatemala Coffee Board (ANACAFE), Trading Coffee for Holland Coffee and currently acting as Global Coffee Champion for the Rainforest Alliance which makes him responsible for this commodity within the organization.
Mr. Clement has been actively involved with the 4C Association since its beginning and has acted as Council Member from 2012-2015. During this period he participated in the Vision 2020 task-force ensuring proper alignment between the main sustainability standards.
As a Board member of the Global Coffee Platform, Mr. Clement will contribute with his capacity to work in multi-stakeholder forums.
John Schluter has over 15 years of experience in coffee purchasing, processing, and exporting in Eastern Africa, as well as 23 years of experience in trade based activities in Europe.
Since 2006, he is the founder and Chief Executive of the NGO, Café Africa. He has also been the Chair of the 4C Association’s Technical Committee from early 2013 and a member of the 4C Council from late 2013. He is also a member of the Internal Strategy Task Force and Strategy Working Group (2014/2015). Before this, he was Board member of MCTA (Nairobi), CTF (London), and SCTA (Geneva).
As a Board member of the Global Coffee Platform, Mr. Schluter will bring his experience working with several African producing countries to build the GCP relationship with the producing world.
Additional Seats (Like-minded Organizations)
Ted van der Put is since 2010 Program Director and Executive Board member of IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH). In his over 20 years of senior executive and corporate management experience, he has provided board level leadership to a wide variety of sector transformation initiatives, including in coffee, tropical timber, aquaculture and sustainable landscapes. The red line in his professional career has been a passion for long term value creation.
Since 2012, he has chaired the Sustainable Coffee Program (SCP). He has also traveled and engaged in producing countries, with public and private sector partners, producers, exporters, CSO’s, local authorities and government. As a Board member of the Global Coffee Platform (GCP), Mr. van der Put will bring his substantial experience and networks from both the Sustainable Coffee Program and IDH as well as his understanding around the leadership requirements as an ambassador for the GCP.