The Global Coffee Platform has appointed a new chair of its board, Carlos Brando.
Carlos Brando is a well-known figure in the coffee industry. He trained as a civil engineer and was a Fellow in Urban and Regional Studies at MIT, whose PhD programme he attended. He is Director of P&A Marketing, which has led him to consult for the International Coffee Organization, Sustainable Trade Initiative, World Bank and many other companies and institutions.
Mr Brando has co-ordinated coffee projects in more than 50 countries on five continents including all the main coffee growing areas of Brazil. He sat on the boards of UTZ and Ipanema Coffees, is a member of the Coffee Quality Institute’s board of trustees, and in 2017 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA).
The GCP board consists of 14 members representing some of the most important actors in the coffee sector – producer organizations such as the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia and Brazil’s Coffee National Council, represented by Cooxupé, trade and industry companies such as Olam International, Volcafé, Nestlé, and Jacob Douwe Egberts, and civil society organizations such as Conservation International and Rainforest Alliance.