David M. Neumann (49) is the Group CEO of Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG), the world-wide largest Green Coffee Service Group with 48 companies in 28 countries.
After having finished his academic training in law and economics as well as a traineeship in the headquarters of a leading German private Bank in Germany, Mr. Neumann began his professional career at NKG in 1992. After an intense training and trading period with NKG's subsidiary Rothfos Corportation in New York, he moved on to take key operative responsibilities in the Groups companies in Bogota and Hamburg.
In 2004 Mr. David M. Neumann took the helm of NKG from his father and founder of the group, Mr. Michael R. Neumann and has, with his colleagues all around the world, developed NKG into the undisputed world market leader for all topics around green coffee.
Mr. Neumann is married with two children and is a collector of photography.
Majka Burhardt has 15 years of experience producing multi-stage international ventures focused on current issues of cultural and global significance.
She is the author of Coffee Story: Ethiopia (Ninety Plus Press/Shama 2011) and Vertical Ethiopia: Climbing Toward Possibility in the Horn of Africa (Shama, 2008) and executive producer of the film Waypoint Namibia.
A widely published magazine writer, Ms. Burhardt is a frequent speaker on the intersection of adventure, culture, and environment and has worked extensively in Africa examining the overlap among the three realms. Burhardt’s work has been featured on national news programs and radio shows, and in magazines and newspapers throughout the world.
Ms. Burhardt holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, and received her BA in anthropology from Princeton University.
Luis E. Campos is a small coffee producer that also dedicates to poultry fattening and livestock.
He has been an agricultural extensionist for over 11 years and for the last 8 years he has been the president of Café de Altura de San Ramón S.A.
He is also the vice president of the Specialty Coffee Association of Costa Rica.
He has an Agronomical Engineering degree from the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica.
Vera Espindola is the Latin American Coordinator for UTZ Certified, responsible of reinforcing and expanding the coffee, cocoa and tea programs in the region.
She has a Masters Degree on Economics and Rural Development, specialized on the analysis of the supply chain of tropical products.
She has experience on international commerce of certified products, sustainable rural development and productivity taking into accounts the environment.
She’s been with UTZ for 5 years were she is in charge of different projects related to coffee.
Carlos H. J. Brando, an engineer with graduate work at the Ph.D. level at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is a director and a partner of coffee consulting, marketing and trading company P&A International Marketing, which exports Pinhalense coffee machinery to over 80 countries on the 5 continents and consults for the International Coffee Organization, the World Bank and companies and institutions in Brazil and other countries.
Carlos is a member of the boards of UTZ Certified, in Holland, Coffee Quality Institute, in the USA, Ipanema Coffees and the Santos Coffee Museum, in Brazil.
Keith Flury is a Senior Commodity Analyst with Rabobank International in London.
He is focused on the soft commodities forecasting and analyzing the coffee, sugar, cocoa, and cotton markets.
Keith was formerly with F.O. Licht in Germany and prior to that position he was an analyst at Nidera in Rotterdam.
Keith holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis and a Masters in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim in Germany.
Michael Opitz is Chairman of the Board of Management in the Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung, a foundation established by Neumann Gruppe and affiliates for promoting sustainable development in the coffee sector.
Mr. Opitz holds an MSc in agricultural economics from Wye College of London University. Before joining the Neumann Kaffee Gruppe in 1992, he has worked for the German Development Organisation GIZ.
Mr. Opitz’ professional life is marked by a variety of agricultural projects and consultancies in amongst others Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Ethiopia, during which he collected remarkable experience in the hands-on implementation of development work in general and coffee in particular.
Now based in Hamburg, he steers the activities of the Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung, following the vision of strengthening the living situation of coffee communities through a sustainable and long-term oriented business approach.
Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung is a foundation with non-profit status and a leading project implementing agent in the coffee sector.
It disposes of an ample international network with partners and development organizations having 23 ongoing projects reaching currently more than 80,000 farmers and their families directly.
Juan Esteban Orduz was recently appointed President of the Colombian Coffee Federation, in New York after ending a year as fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University (2002-2003).
Previous to that, he was Minister, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Colombia to the United States in Washington, C.D. (1998-2002).
An attorney and specialist in finance, he has been Legal Vice President of Cemex, S.A. in Colombia, and associate attorney at Consultores Juridicos y Economicos (legal and economic counselors), working on trade and investment issued in Colombia.
He was advisor of Mr. Andres Pastrana (President of Colombia, 1998-2002) during his presidential campaign and before that he was Consul General of Colombia in Frankfurt, with jurisdiction in Hessen, Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland.
Prior to that, he served as advisor of the Minister of Economic Development.
Mr. Orduz earned a law degree from El Rosario University in Bogotá, and received a Colegial de Numero academic distinction; he also earned a postgraduate degree in Finance at Los Andes University in Bogotá.
Mr. Orduz is currently a Board member of the National Coffee Association, the Coffee Quality Institute and has one son.
Ric Rhinehart is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Specialty Coffee Association of America.
Prior to taking on this position he was the President of a Los Angeles, California based roaster and retailer.
Mr. Rhinehart has over the past twenty years held executive positions in several coffee & tea firms. He has served as a Director and Vice President for the Specialty Coffee Association of America, as a Director for Coffee Kids, the Coffee Quality Institute, World Coffee Research, and World Coffee Events.
He was a founding member of the American Premium Tea Institute, where he served on the Board of Directors and as President. Ric and his wife, Wendy Rasmussen, live in Garden Grove, California with their four children.
Albert Scalla, INTL FCStone LLC Executive Vicepresident, counts with a large experience on Futures Operations, Options and Structured Products in commodities international stock markets.
Mr. Scalla joined Hencorp Groupe and later on INTL FCStone more than 20 years ago, and he has been an important pillar in the company for the development of Risk Management programs, for all participants in coffee, sugar, cacao and palm oil markets; from producers to final consumers.
Albert Scalla has been speaker in many international forums of the coffee industry, talking about Risk Management in producing countries as well as in consumer ones.
Albert received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Finance from the Florida International University, USA. He is also President of the Pacific Coast Coffee Association.
After the degree in Engineering, she worked for some years as a consultant and immediately after started her career with Lavazza.
The entire professional journey in Lavazza has been in the green coffee sector; some years ago she started working at the Coffee Buying Dept. as Director, in charge of the coffee purchasing and logistic from the producing countries to the various Lavazza factories.
Doug Welsh is Vice President and chief quality expert for Peet’s Coffee & Tea.
The Roaster-Retailer was founded in 1966 in Berkeley, California and is a pioneer of the specialty movement, trading exclusively in the top grades.
Mr. Welsh is responsible for strategic positioning, purchasing, and quality control of coffee.
He presently serves on the Board of Directors of World Coffee Research and is past President of the Pacific Coast Coffee Association.
Mark is the Vice President in Brown Brothers Harriman’s Merchant Banking group.
He manages a commodity lending team with a portfolio of thirty active borrowing clients, one-third of which are green coffee merchants.
In addition, Mark oversees BBH’s New York Banking Cash Management group.
Mark began his career at BBH in 2003 in its Investor Services’ U.S. Mutual Funds division and joined the Merchant Banking group in 2006.
Mark holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an MBA in Finance from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College.
BBH is America's oldest and largest privately-held bank, originally founded as an Irish linen importer in 1818.
BBH's Merchant Banking group finances and advises family-owned and operated trading companies.
Miguel directs the Coffee Innovation Project as part of Fair Trade USA’s Fair Trade for All initiative.
This initiative aims to bring the benefits of Fair Trade to farm workers and independent small farmers in coffee.
Before Fair Trade USA, Miguel worked in Central America and Ecuador supporting small-scale farmers and in agricultural projects.
Miguel began working at Fair Trade USA in 2006. His work has focused on strengthening Fair Trade supply chains and creating opportunities between U.S. buyers and coffee-growing communities around the world.
He is currently a member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Sustainability Council, holds an Agricultural Engineer degree from Zamorano University in Honduras and a Masters in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University.