World Coffee Conference 2023

Theme: Sustainability through Circular Economy and Regenerative Agriculture

Sustainability is one of the critical concerns in the coffee industry. Various challenges impact sustainability in the coffee sector such as climate change, increasing cost of production, and volatile prices. The goal of WCC 2023 is to address these challenges and exchange ideas and knowledge regarding the circular economy and regenerative agricultural practices.

The keynote speakers and leaders will emphasize the best practices and technologies to promote regenerative agriculture and farmers’ well-being & prosperity while ensuring compliance with the changing regulatory framework and financial durability.

Session 1 : Circular Economy & Regenerative Agriculture – Perspectives for global coffee sector

26th September 2023 | Time: 11:00 – 13:00 | Plenary Hall

Arupendra Nath Mullick, TERI, Vice-President at The Energy and Resources Institute​ (India)

Session Chair

Michelle Burns, Executive Vice President- Global Coffee, Social Impact & Sustainability, Starbucks

Circular Economy in Coffee from Bean to Cup Through Regenerative Agriculture, Innovations in Agronomy and Meaningful Partnerships
Michelle Burns

Harald Friedl, CEO, Green Leadership (Netherlands)

Circular Economy & solutions for the agricultural sector – lessons for the coffee sector
Harald Friedl

David Rennie, Deputy Executive Vice President, Head of Nestlé Coffee Brands (Switzerland)

Circular economy and its impact on small coffee growers

Mario Cerutti, Chief Institutional Relations & Sustainability Officer at Lavazza Group Turin, Piedmont (Italy)

Hernan Mason, Head- Inclusive Agribusiness Systems, International Trade Centre (ITC) (Switzerland)

Andrea De Marco, Project Manager, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) (Austria)

Circular Economy in coffee and establishment of a knowledge hub for the coffee sector
Hernan Mason
Andrea De Marco

Prof. Gunter Pauli, Author & Economist (Belgium)

Regenerative agricultural approaches – solutions for the coffee sector

Session 2 – Financing Mechanisms and opportunities for the coffee sector

Date: 26th September 2023 | Time: 14.30 – 16.30 | Plenary Hall

Dr. P.G. Chengappa, Former Vice Chancellor, UAS Bengaluru and Economist ​(India)

Session Chair

Prof. Rocco Macchiavello, Professor, London School of Economics​ (United Kingdom)

A proposal for a Coffee Facility/Fund - Investment needs for sustainability & resilience in the Coffee Sector

Emanuele Santi, Development Economist and Political Scientist (Luxembourg)

A proposal for a Coffee Facility/Fund - Options for blending financing mechanisms

Andrea Illy, Chairman, Illycaffè (Italy)

Private sector financing to de-risk Coffee investment

Oscar Schaps, Global Head Of Coffee, StoneX (USA)

Public Policy and Development Finance Structures

Jennifer Faust, Founder & Managing Partner, Faust Global Partners LLC (USA)

Wrapping up the Presentation on the Creation of Coffee Fund

Dr. K S Mahesh, Chief General Manager, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) (India)

Additional Panellists

Session 3 – Coffee Quality & Speciality Coffees

Date: 26th September 2023 | Time: 14.30 – 16.30 | Seminar Hall 1

Yannis Apostolopoulos, CEO, Speciality Coffee Association (SCA) (USA)

Session Chair & Presenter:Commodity Coffee to Speciality Coffee - A Transition

Dr. Christophe Montagnon, CEO, RD2 Vision

Breeding for quality, quality profiles of best coffee

Ilvana Weiler, Trainer and Consultant, PROBAT Training Center

Art of roasting, Brewing Techniques & Enhancement of Quality of Coffee

Sunalini Menon, President, M/s Coffeelab Limited

Indian Coffees
Quality profiles of Indian Specialty and Fine Coffees

Dr. Mandappa I.M., Divisional Head- Coffee Quality, Coffee Board of India (India)

Indian Coffees
GI Coffees of India

Dr. Emanuele Oliveira,Federal Institute of Espírito Santo(Brazil)

Advanced techniques for Chemical Research of Specialty Coffees

DM Purnesh, President, Specialty Coffee Association of India (India)

Anuj Agrawal, Head of LDC Coffee (India)

Gilbert Gatali, Executive Director, African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) (Rwanda)

Additional Panellists

Session 4 – Environmental Sustainability and Climate change

Date: 27th September 2023 | Time: 09.00 – 11.00 | Plenary Hall

Prof. P. Balachandra, Chief Scientist Indian Institute of Sciences (India)

Session Chair

Raina Lang, Senior Director, Sustainable Coffee, Conservation International (USA)

Climate change & its impact on various sections of Coffee Value Chain

Salvador Urrutia Loucel , Latin American Director, World Coffee Research

Breeding for Climate resilient Varieties

Dr. Madhuri Nanda, Director - South Asia, Rainforest Alliance (India)

Impact of Eco labelling on sustainability of coffee farms – An overview (20 min)

Dr. Aaron Davis, Kew Gardens (United Kingdom)

The use of alternative coffee species in an era of accelerated climate change

S.Sudheendra Managing Director, NKG India Coffee Pvt Ltd

Prof. Sunil Nautiyal, Director, GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment (NIHE), India

Additional Panellists

Session 5 – Start–ups & Innovations - Product Development & Packaging

Date: 27 September 2023 | Time: 11:30 – 13:00 | Plenary Hall

Prof. Rakesh Mohan Joshi, Director, Indian Institute of Plantation Management

Session Chair

Prof. Fábio Moreira da Silva, Federal University of Lavras (Brazil)

Technology breakthroughs in coffee farming

Brianna Dickey, Founder and CEO, Crop Conex, USA

Supply Chain Technology for Trading Innovations

Marcus Velezmoro, Business Development Manager-Global Coffee & Aroma Protection, Syntegon (Germany)

Eco-efficient packaging/environmental friendly packaging for Coffee

Germán Alberto Bahamón Jaramillo, National Federation of Colombian Coffee Growers (Colombia)

Use of technology in coffee production

Prof. Aldemar Moreli, Federal Institute of Espírito Santo (Brazil)

Innovative methods for youth engagement

Navrathan Katariya, Director-Innovation, Entrepreneurship - IoT & AI, National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) (India)

Additional Panellist

Session 6 – Challenges in Coffee Trade

Date: 27 September 2023 | Time: 14.00 – 16.00 | Plenary Hall

Gerardo Patacconi, Head of Operations, International Coffee Organization (United Kingdom)

Session Chair

Mario Cerutti, Chief Institutional Relations & Sustainability Officer at Lavazza Group Turin, Piedmont (Italy)

Ramesh Rajah, President, Coffee Exporters Association of India (CEAI) (India)

Dr. Enselme Gouthon, President, African and Madagascar Robusta Coffee Agency (ACRAM) (Togo)

Panel 1:Impact of changing regulatory framework and barriers on global coffee trade

Dr. Michael Bucki, Counsellor, Head of Section from Delegation of the European Union to India(India)

Panel 1:Impact of changing regulatory framework and barriers on global coffee trade

Trishul Mandana, Managing Director, Volcafé (Switzerland)

Juan Esteban Orduz, President, Colombian Coffee Federation (USA)

Panel 2:Strategies and solutions to overcome global price volatility

Amit Pant, Senior Vice President, Tata Coffee(India)

Mandeep Singh Tuli, Procurement Head, Nutrition and Ice-cream, South Asia, Unilever

Panel 2:Strategies and solutions to overcome global price volatility

Session 7 – Living Income, farmers’ prosperity - Livelihood challenges and opportunities

Date: 27 September 2023 | 16.30 – 18.00 | Plenary Hall

Paul Stewart, Global Director - Coffee Technoserve (Jordan)

Session Chair

Dr. Stephanie Daniels, Senior Program Director, Agriculture & Development, Sustainable Food Lab (USA)

Living Income benchmarks, Closing the living income gap, Measuring farmers prosperity

Sanjay Khajuria, Director Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Nestle India Limited

Supporting Sustainable Farming by Working with Coffee Farmers

Dr. Y. Raghuramulu, Rtd. Director of Research of Coffee Board of India (India)

Empowering Tribal Coffee growers in India/ Araku case study

Nishanth Gupta, Strategic Liason Walmart Foundation in India

FPO/Cooperatives in Improving the Sustainability of Coffee Production

Saurabh Sinha, Senior Manager Lead- South India Programs, IDH

Deepak Kaul, Senior Vice President and Head EMEA & India, Olam Food Ingredients (India)

Wrapping up the Presentation on the Creation of Coffee Fund

Session 8 – Growing importance of Robusta & Coffee blends

27 September 2023 | 09.00 – 11.00 | Seminar Hall 1​

Sunalini Menon, President, M/s Coffeelab Limited

Session Chair

Amir Hamza, Chairman, African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA)

Scope of mixed beverages with  Robusta blend

Kailash Natani, Managing Director, Sucafina (India)

Sourcing opportunities, Industry trends and forecast of Robusta Coffee

Wendy Mohammad, Technical Project Officer Agriculture, SNV (Indonesia)

Synergy between Roasters and small grower

Prof. Lucas Louzada Pereira, D.Sc. - Federal Institute of Espírito Santo (Brazil)


Session 9 – Coffee Consumption

Date: 27 September 2023 | Time: 11.30 – 13.00 |Seminar Hall 1

Shri G V Krishna Rau, IAS (Retd)., Former Chairman of Coffee Board of India (India)

Session Chair

Benson O. Apuoyo, Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA), Coffee Directorate Nairobi

Indian Domestic market & emerging opportunities

Dr. Bruno Mahler Mioto, Consultant, Heart Institute (Brazil)

Coffee & Health

Kelly Goodejohn, Vice President, Global Coffee Sustainability & Education, Starbucks

Starbucks case study

Dr. Khoa Dang LE - PhD, General Research Manager, Western Highlands Agro-Forestry Science Institute (WASI)

Orientation towards Green Growth and Sustainable Development

Session 10 – Coffee social sustainability challenges

Date: 27 September 2023 | Time: 14.00 – 16.00 | Seminar Hall 1

Gert van der Bijl, Senior EU Policy Advisor, Solidaridad (Netherlands)

Session Chair

Maria Munaretto, Technical Officer, International Labour Organization’s Vision Zero Fund (Italy)

Massimiliano Leone, Senior officer, Communication and Advocacy International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO) (Italy)

Occupational health and safety-global campaign

Niriksha Shetty, Chief of Programs: Central support team India, Precision Development (PxD) (India)

Enhancing digital education to empower coffee professional at origin

Felix Kwame Yeboah, Assistant Professor Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University (USA)

Youth/Next Gen

Emi Beth Quantson, CEO and Founder, Kawa Moka Coffee Company​


Marjolaine Chaintreau, Investment Specialist, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Better Than Cash Alliance

Session 11 – Partnerships, trading & knowledge platforms

Date: 27 September 2023 | Time: 16.30 – 18.00 |Seminar Hall 1

Hernan Manson, Senior Officer- Sector Competitiveness, International Trade Centre (ITC) (Switzerland)

Session Chair

Annette Pensel, Executive Director at GCP (Germany)

GCP - a successful model

Dr. Massimiliano Fabian, CEO, Demus

SISSI Research program: Informative tools to support industrial symbiosis & circular economy

Niels Haak, Director, Sustainable Coffee Partnerships, Conservation International

SCC Commitment hub

Vivek Gaur, Country Manager, ECOM India (India)

Coffee Trading Platform

Boubaker Ben Belhassen, Food and Agriculture Organization