Melanie is responsible for the day-to-day management and strategic direction of the 4C Association, monitoring performance, assuring accountability and building relationships with stakeholders. She has more than 15 years of experience in international cooperation, sustainability standards, corporate social responsibility and private sector collaboration. She worked in community/ business development and trade aid projects in Latin America and at Fairtrade Germany before joining the 4C project in 2003. During the development phase of the 4C Association, Melanie was responsible for project management on behalf of the European Coffee Federation in Amsterdam.
Melanie graduated in Economics, Political Science, and Latin American Studies at the Universities of Cologne (Germany) and Fortaleza (Brazil). She speaks German, English, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch and is based in Bonn, Germany.
Annette drives the success of the Collaboration Platform and oversees the regional teams in the various coffee producing countries. Annette has 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.
Having joined 4C during its project phase in 2004, Annette has worked and lived in Africa, Latin America and South East Asia building up the 4C Association’s network, structures and services at origin.
Annette graduated in Economics, Political Science and Latin American studies from the University of Cologne (Germany) and Tucuman (Argentina). She speaks German, English, Spanish, Portuguese and French and is now based in Bonn, Germany.
Having joined the 4C Association in 2008, Angela now coordinates all matters related to the human resources of the 4C Secretariat as well as the governance of the 4C Association.
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.
Betina joined the 4C Association in February 2015.
Over the last 10 years, Betina has been actively involved in the administrative issues of sustainability standards . Prior to joining the 4C Association, she worked for the Rainforest Alliance through its local NGO partner in Brazil, IMAFLORA, and previously with an international certification body dealing with the scopes of all organic certification norms, and several different good practices and food safety standards.
Before that, Betina worked in the citrus industry for ten years at Louis Dreyfus Commodities, where she was involved in the commercial area of trading orange by-products around the world. She has a degree in Business Administration from Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado in São Paulo, SP (Brazil).
Carmelo is supporting the 4C Secretariat with all administrational and operational issues related to Information Technology. Through working with Apple, Dell, Honywell, and TomTom, Carmelo has gained considerable international experience in the IT market, having provided helpdesk assistance in locations throughout Europe.
Carmelo has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Catania (Italy) and is able to offer IT assistance in Italian, English, Spanish, Dutch, French, and Portuguese.
Caroline joined the 4C Association in January 2015 as Key Account Manager. She focuses on liaising with existing and potential members. 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.
Since October 2013, Cornelis has been coordinating the Regional Offices in the respective coffee producing regions, including annual planning, monitoring, and budgets. He is also contributing to the strengthening of the 4C Association’s implementers and partners network.
With a background in International Cooperation that focused on managing participative 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.
George is responsible for managing and strengthening the M&E function in the 4C Association. 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).
Guillermo has been coordinating the activities of the 4C Association in Latin America since October 2013 and is responsible for providing support services to all 4C Members and managing relationships with key stakeholders (government, research institute, coffee business institution etc.) through the region.
Guillermo has worked for more than 14 years with the Sustainable Agriculture Network/Rainforest Alliance, working directly with SalvaNatura, a Rainforest Alliance partner. During this time he led the auditing and certification departments, and later led the technical assistance and training department to promote best market liaisons and financial opportunities to farmers.
Guillermo graduated as an Agronomist at the Politechnical University of El Salvador, followed by a post-graduate degree in international commerce. He speaks Spanish and English. He is based in the 4C Latin America office.
Gustavo Bacchi joined the 4C Secretariat as Verification Manager in November 2015. Gustavo joins our team at a decisive moment with a new Strategy taking shape, involving the spinoff of Verification Operations from the 4C Association planned for 2016.
As Verification Manager, Gustavo will play a key role in setting up the new Verification Operations Company and leading its future development. Gustavo, brings a wealth of professional experience, having worked for more than 25 years in the agribusiness sector, including12 years in the certification sector.
Among other professional experiences, he successfully set up, managed and diversified business for the Brazilian Office of the leading organic certification body BCS Öko-Garantie. He also has more than 1800 hours experience of auditing farm production and food processing companies (coffee, fruits, vegetables, sugarcane, mushrooms, spices, honey, cattle, dairy cattle, wild boar, swine and others) in Brazil, Chile, Bolivia and Angola.
Gustavo holds a Master of Science in Spatial Information Systems and Remote Sensing at Escola Politécnica, University of São Paulo and a Graduate degree in Agronomic Engineering at Escola Superior de Agricultura “Luiz de Queiroz”, University of São Paulo.
A national of Brazil, Gustavo is a native speaker of Portuguese, he is also fluent in English and Spanish and has a basic level of German. Gustavo is currently based in Brazil but will be relocating to Bonn, Germany, in January 2016.
Helena joined the 4C Association in October 2015 and provides support to members and units in Brazil.
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 4C Brazil office.
Since April 2013, John has been responsible for a wide variety of administrative tasks that support the operation of the 4C Association – 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 office.
Josh joined the 4C Association in January 2014 and is responsible for implementing communications strategies to engage all coffee stakeholders and strengthen the international positioning of the 4C Association. He also supports 4C Members in their communication efforts regarding the 4C Association. Over the past 8 years, Josh has shaped the communications for various advocacy, community-based, start-up, and development organisations 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 joined the 4C Association in June 2013 and is responsible for setting and maintenance of the 4C Code of Conduct. He coordinates the Technical Committee’s work on the Code Revision process, ensuring that the process follows both good practices in standard setting, and fulfills all 4C Standard Setting Procedures.
Before joining the 4C Association, 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 4C Association’s 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.
Having joined the 4C Association in June 2014, Hoang provides service and support for 4C Members, intensifies partnerships with public and private organizations, and increases the visibility of the 4C Association 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: IDH’s “National Sustainable Coffee Programme” 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 4C Vietnam office.
As a key part of 4C Association’s Verification Team, Mounia is responsible for handling verification requests, reviewing and monitoring 4C Units’ improvement plans, evaluating verification reports, and assessing annual verification updates. Mounia also leads the preparation and presentation of verifier trainings.
Mounia comes to 4C Association from FLO-CERT GmbH where she worked as a Certification Analyst within the North-West Africa Unit. Whilst with Fairtrade she also worked as an auditor and performed Fairtrade audits, mainly in West and North Africa.
Mounia holds a Master’s Degree in Translation and is fluent in French, English, German, Spanish and Arabic. She is based in the Bonn office.
Nathalia has been coordinating the activities of the 4C Association in Brazil since October 2013 and is responsible for providing support services to all 4C Members and managing relationships with key stakeholders (government, research institute, coffee business institution etc.) through the region.
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 4C Brazil office.
Nhu Hoa joined the 4C Association’s Verification Team in February 2015. Her main responsibilities include the handling of verification requests, analysing verification reports, following up on 4C Units’ compliance with the 4C Code of Conduct, and conducting 4C verifier trainings.
Before joining the 4C Association in February 2015, Nhu Hoa worked for both the corporate and government sectors in the areas of environmental, social and quality management, stakeholder collaboration, and contractor management. She has expertise in the areas of sustainable certification schemes and labelling, and is familiar with ISO9000, ISO14000, FSC chain of custody and SA 8000 standards through her work as an internal auditor as well as group certification manager.
Nhu Hoa holds degrees in biology, environmental management and sustainable development.
After three years as a Student Assistant in the Central Services Department, Oksana joined the 4C Secretariat in July 2014. Her core tasks involve the maintenance and improvement of operational and office management activities whilst also lending project support to departments of the 4C Secretariat as required.
Graduating with an MA in International Relations, focusing on Sustainable Development, from Bonn University (Germany), Oksana has trained in advanced project management and speaks English, German, Spanish, Russian and Latvian. She is based in the 4C Bonn office.
Thomas joined the 4C team in 2009 and is responsible for managing the organisation’s 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.
Verónica joined the 4C Association in March 2010. Since then, she has been creating, implementing and overseeing communications programs and tools to promote the organization and its members to both internal and external audiences.
Previous to joining the 4C Association, Verónica worked in the communication departments of Fairtrade International and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, where she gained substantial experience in communicating sustainability initiatives. She has also worked for the private sector, having started her career at a PR & Communication Agency in Madrid, Spain. She holds a first degree in Journalism from University of Santiago de Compostela, a Master in Corporate Communication & Advertising from University Complutense in Madrid and a Diploma for Graduates in International Development from the University of London.
Verónica speaks fluently English, French, Spanish and German and has a basic knowledge of Portuguese.
Khiem joined the 4C Association in May 2013 and is responsible for supporting the technical activities carried out in Vietnam. In close collaboration with the Manager Vietnam, he actively supports the provision of services to members of the 4C Association.
Prior to joining the 4C Association, 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.
Wahyu joined the 4C Association in October 2013 and provides service and support for 4C Members, intensifies partnerships with public and private organizations, and increases the visibility of the 4C Association 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 4C Indonesia office.
Prior to joining the 4C Association, 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