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Speakers

 

Carlos Mera joined Rabobank’s Agri Commodity Market Research team in January 2015 as a senior commodity analyst, having spent over seven years at Neumann Kaffee Gruppe. Carlos has visited over a thousand coffee farms and is an experienced crop forecaster. Carlos holds a BSc economics from University of Buenos Aires and a MSc Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

Kimberly is Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Gender Program Advisor for the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) where she is spearheading the Partnership for Gender Equity and other strategic alliances for the organization. Previously, as the Director of Producer Services and Relations at Fairtrade International in Bonn, Germany, she held responsibility for producer capacity building services for over one million producers in 63 countries. Her efforts with Fairtrade over nearly ten years were instrumental in securing high value market linkages for producer organizations with traders, manufacturers and retailers in the US, Canada and Europe. She is a past board member of the SCAA, member of the Sustainability Council, Co-Founder and past-President of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) and Co-Founder of the JavaJog for a Cause which in 3 years has raised nearly $70,000 to invest in coffee women in producing countries.

 

Keith Flury is Volcafe’s Head of Coffee Research. He has been a researcher for 13 years, focusing primarily on soft commodities. He has worked in the retail, banking, trading and consultancy aspects of the coffee business. His first interaction with the coffee market was as a barista at Café Roma in Davis, California. From there he branched into the development industry after studying International Agriculture Development at UCD. Understanding how farmers can access markets and reap more of the supply chain margin was the focal point of studies. Diving more into the economics of the market Keith received his MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim in Germany and Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Covering all aspects of the coffee market while working with F.O. Licht in Germany he came to understand the market and retail forces. After this he worked at BNP Paribas as an Agricultural Strategist in London, supporting the brokerage desk and with Rabobank International helping build strategy and analysis in the soft markets. Currently at Volcafe he is charged with understanding the supply and demand dynamics that impact price as well as the industry as a whole.

 

Mark DiDomenico has been following trends in the Foodservice Industry for 25 years.  He started his career with The NPD Group, analyzing restaurant traffic trends and foodservice manufacturer shipments.  From there, he transitioned to the manufacturer side, providing insights guidance for the foodservice divisions of Kellogg USA and Sara Lee. 

In 2011, Mark transitioned back to the supplier side, joining Datassential, another leading insights provider for the foodservice industry.  As Director, Business Development, Mark is leveraging his significant experience helping foodservice operators and manufacturers develop critical insights for their strategy, sales, marketing and new product development efforts, across all menu categories. 

​Mark has presented insights and trends at conferences and meetings for several organizations, including International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, The Research Chefs Association, Hillphoenix’s Supermarket Sense, the National Coffee Association and CSP Information Group (FARE and Foodservice Directory Magazines).  Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.  

 

Mark Williams is a Senior Vice President in Brown Brothers Harriman’s Private Banking division and oversees the Northeast Regional and Food & Beverage lending groups.  Prior to relocating to Boston in 2014, Mr. Williams spent eight years in the New York office where he led a team that financed and advised commodity importers, exporters, and processors, with a particular concentration in green coffee.  Mr. Williams joined BBH in 2003 in its Investor Services division.  He holds a B.A. in music from Middlebury College and an MBA in Finance from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College.  Mr. Williams serves on the board of directors of the Green Coffee Association and the advisory board of the Cutler Center at Babson College.  

 

Mr Keizo Sato is a Managing Director in Wataru & Co., Ltd, (a leading specialty coffee importer in Japan) and oversees all purchases and sales division of the company.

Mr Sato joined  Nichimen Coporation (general trading house in Japan) soon after graduating university in 1975 and worked there for 28 years as a chief coffee trader dealing mainly east African origins and other arabicas.

Then he Joined WATARU in 2003 and has boosted specailty coffee business in Japan market until now.

 

Brian Loughman is a Vice President of Atlantic (USA) LLC, a Division of ECOM, based in New York City where he works on the Coffee Trading Desk.  He has been with the ECOM Group since 1991, spending two years at ECOM’s Mexico City office of AMSA. He started his career in the coffee division of ACLI International in 1981 after graduating from Yale College with a Bachelor’s degree in Asian History. He has served for 8 years on the Board Of Directors of the Green Coffee Association including two years as Chairman. He has served on various committees of the GCA as well as serving for almost 30 years as an Arbitrator.