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Ani Setiyoningrum

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Ani Setiyoningrum is a Business Development Manager at Barry Callebaut Asia Pacific. She oversees the implementation of sustainability programs in Indonesia, to meet the standard and expectation of relevant parties involved. Her other main task is supporting sales and commercial team to raise awareness of customers in Asia Pacific on the importance of sustainable products and how it can create impact for the community and planet. She is also actively engaged in the Cocoa Sustainability Partnership and government outreach in Indonesia.

Ani had worked in the area of raw-material Sourcing, Procurement, Supply Chain and led the team for implementation of Sustainability programs on ground. The experience has shaped her knowledge on various issues, from cocoa beans trading and supply chain structure, dealing with customers, until off-farm and on-farm problems. She enjoys working for Barry Callebaut, a company with diverse employee backgrounds which allows her to learn and respect people from various unique cultural backgrounds. Integrity is one of her keywords which she applies to both her personal and working environment.

Ani is originally from Bandung and lived in the outskirt several kilometers away from the factory where she’s based, when not travelling. She enjoys cooking simple foods, music, reading, watching movies and hanging out with friends and family.

[ November 19, 2019 by charis 0 Comments ]

Gricha Safarian

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Gricha Safarian, Shareholder and Managing Director of Puratos Grand-Place Indochina, has been in the B-to-B chocolate business for over 30 years, being one of the founder of OCG Cacao Group (acquired by Cargill after 5 years of successful operation) and founder of Grand-Place Chocolate, head quartered in Belgium.

Gricha and his team have been involved in the introduction and development of cocoa plantations in Vietnam since 2008 with a number of sustainable cocoa sourcing programs. Gricha’s latest achievement was to set up the Cacao Trace program and standard including innovative incentives for farmers as well as developing a full “pod to bar” model that is giving a strategic place to the fermentation of the beans in the overall process of chocolate.

Gricha has graduated from Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) with a master degree in Political Sciences and International Relations, has attended several courses on sustainable strategy and supply chain at Harvard Business School and is a LEAD Alumni from Stanford Graduate School of business with a Certificate in Corporate Innovation.

[ November 19, 2019 by charis 0 Comments ]

Simon Bakker

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Simon Bakker is the CEO of Kennemer Foods International, a Filipino agribusiness focused on the growing of crops on a sustainable basis with fair income sharing for all, with expertise in value chain development, farm management and the creation of collaborative community models.

Today, Kennemer is known for the sustainable growing and sourcing of fermented cacao and is the Philippine’s leading supplier of cacao beans to the international market. Starting with 200 farmers in its Grower Program in 2012, Kennemer has now engaged more than 15,000 farmers in more than 30 provinces and planted 15 million cacao trees.

Through its inclusive business model, the company provides end-to-end support to smallholder farmers including access to financing, good quality inputs, technical assistance and a guaranteed market. By intercropping with coconut and other trees, Kennemer has been able to engage farmers at scale to improve yields, to increase and sustain smallholder farmers’ incomes and to expand the footprint of Philippine cocoa without cutting down trees. Kennemer aims to engage 30,000 farmers and plant 40 million trees by 2025.

[ November 19, 2019 by charis 0 Comments ]

Megan Willis

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Megan Willis is a sustainability and social impact specialist with expertise in agriculture supply chains in emerging markets. She currently leads sustainability programming in the Asia-Pacific region under the Cargill Cocoa Promise, ensuring that major chocolate brands meet their sustainability commitments while supporting cocoa farmers to earn higher incomes through sales of certified sustainable products.

Prior to joining Cargill, Megan served as a diplomat under the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she oversaw agriculture value chain upgrading and rural financial services programs in Senegal, South Sudan, and Myanmar.

Megan holds her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University – School of Advanced International Studies and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.

[ November 19, 2019 by charis 0 Comments ]

Fay Fay Choo

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Fay Fay Choo is the Asia Director for Cocoa Sustainable Sourcing for Mars, Incorporated. She has 23 years of supply chain and strategic sourcing experience in the food industry and in the past five years has been directly responsible for sustainable cocoa development in Asia, where Mars has an extensive program covering plant science research, technology transfer and certification with tens of thousands of farmers in Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.