ASEAN Coffee Symposium 2018

ASEAN Coffee Symposium 2018
ASEAN: The New Frontier for Coffee

 

23 March 2018, Friday
Marina Bay Sands Singapore

 

The ASEAN Coffee Federation (ACF) will be organising the inaugural ASEAN Coffee Symposium (ACS) 2018 on 23 March 2018 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. 

With the theme of “ASEAN: The New Frontier for Coffee”, this symposium comes at an opportune time to dive deep into the coffee industry of the region with thought-provoking topics such as role of women in coffee, social enterprise and sustainability. A high-energy panel discussion with several key members of ACF including Mr. Victor Mah, President, will also be conducted. 

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Registration Fees

Early Bird (until 15 Feb) • S$50.00

ACF Affiliated Members • S$50.00

Baristas / Students • S$50.00

Regular / Public • S$75.00

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Programme

Time Programme

09:00AM

Delegate Registration

09:25AM

Opening Remarks
Mr Victor Mah

President, ASEAN Coffee Federation & Singapore Coffee Association

09:30AM

Panel Discussion • ASEAN: The New Frontier for Coffee

Moderator: Mr Justin Metcalf, Managing Director, Aurigin Pty Ltd

Panelists:

  • Mr Victor Mah
    President
    ASEAN Coffee Federation & Singapore Coffee Association

     
  • Mr Syafrudin
    President
    Specialty Coffee Association of Indonesia

     
  • Mr Victor Leong
    Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association

     
  • Mr Meechai Amornpathanakul
    President
    Barista Association of Thailand

     
  • Ms Carol Litdang
    President
    Lao Coffee Association

     
  • Vietnam Coffee & Cocoa Association
     
  • Philippine Coffee Board
     
  • Mr Min Hlaing
    Secretary General
    Myanmar Coffee Association

10:30AM

ASEAN Women in Coffee

Ms Pacita Chit Juan
President & Co-Chair, Philippine Coffee Board,
Philippines

11:00AM

Global Coffee Production At Risk: Next Frontier in a Changing Climate?

Dr Dave D'Haeze
Regional Manager - Asia Pacific
Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung Asia Pacific, Vietnam

11:30AM

Traceability - Our Humanity Connected

Mr Arthur Kuruletwa
Global Coffee Director - Traceability and Coffee Origin Experience
Starbucks Coffee Company

12:00PM

Role of Financial Institutions in Enhancing a Sustainable and Traceable Coffee Supply Chain

Mr Ade Rangkoto
Anapana Pte Ltd

12:30PM

Coming soon!

01:00PM

Networking Luncheon

02:00PM

End of Programme

*Programme is subject to changes without prior notice at the discretion of the Organiser.

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Our Speakers

ASEAN Women in Coffee

Ms Pacita Chit Juan
President & Co-Chair, Philippine Coffee Board,
Philippines

Abstract:

Women play an important role in coffee production and processing. ASEAN women have played a big role in preparing quality coffee and in assuring traceability and sustainability, two key elements in differentiating the work of women in coffee communities in ASEAN and other origins. International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) has promoted opportunities for women in the coffee business. From trainings at farm level to competitions in barista and green coffee cupping, IWCA promotes #shetrades in cooperation with the International Trade Center(ITC) to give women in coffee the value potential their crop deserves.

About:

Social Entrepreneur. Green Advocate. Coffee Crusader and Advocate for Women Empowerment  through business.

She has started many businesses and among them are : a coffee shop chain, a Filipino quick service restaurant, a farm to table restaurant and a natural and organic store called ECHOstore(www.echostore.ph), which now has 9 branches and is on its 9th year.

She also co-founded GREAT WOMEN Showroom and Café which now plans to expand to the ASEAN region (www.greatwomenasean.com).

She is the Chair of the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines (WomenbizPH) and the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN). She also is the Founder of the PH chapters of International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) ,the Women Corporate Directors (WCD), and Slow Food Manila. She now also serves as Councilor for the Slow Food International Congress representing Southeast Asia.

She is also President and Co-Chair of the Philippine Coffee Board,Inc.(PCBI),(www.philcoffeeboard.com) ,a member of the ASEAN Coffee Federation.

She writes for Starweek magazine, the Philippine Tatler’s Traveller magazine and online portal ph.asiatatler.com, and writes a weekly commentary in www.manilaspeak.com

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Global Coffee Production At Risk: Next Frontier in a Changing Climate?

Dr Dave D'Haeze
Regional Manager - Asia Pacific
Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung Asia Pacific, Vietnam

Abstract:

In the situation of a global coffee supply shortage of up to 30mln bags (60kg) anticipated by 2020, the industry has to find complex solutions for increasing productivity in the developing coffee growing countries.

Lots of decision makers from public and private sectors still actively invest in traditional coffee origins where farmers already reach up to 3 Mt per ha, whereas for filling up the supply gap it would be more sensible to start investing in unexplored areas such as Indonesia and the Philippines.

If producers start massively applying Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in Indonesia, increase GAP adoption rates and continue the coffee rejuvenation program in Vietnam and if public and private donors start investing in the Philippines to boost productivity and triple the coffee area, the three tigers of South East Asia will be able to increase their overall production by 26mln bags.

Without re-inventing the wheel ASEAN countries can collaborate in sharing methods of agro-climatic coffee zoning, enabling policies to create income-stimulating environments, exchanging and testing of new coffee varieties, partnering up to develop a regional coffee roadmap instead of isolated national strategies, and raising public sector awareness towards investments in struggling areas and not just reach only for the low hanging fruit. In that way, South-East Asia can become a frontrunner towards matching the coffee production with the growing global demand. 

About:

Dr. D’haeze first came to Vietnam in 1998 when coffee expansion was in full swing. In 1999 he cooperated with the Western Highlands Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute (the former Coffee Research Institute) to develop a research program on improving the irrigation efficiency for Robusta coffee production in the Central Highlands.

In 2004 Dr. D’haeze got a PhD at the Katolieke Universiteit Leuven and joined the Foundation Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS). A few years later he published a National Coffee Sector Program to improve the competitive position of the Vietnamese coffee industry, and a manual on Good Agricultural Practices for Robusta, which has been sold at 60,000 copies and is currently translated to other languages.

Since 2006 Dr. D’haeze has been working as Regional Manager for HRNS Asia Pacific in charge of designing and implementing various Public-Private Partnership projects and programs to promote sustainable coffee/cocoa production in the Asia Pacific region. Dr. D’haeze has been a member of ASEAN Coffee Federation since 2013.

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Traceability - Our Humanity Connected

Mr Arthur Kuruletwa
Global Coffee Director - Traceability and Coffee Origin Experience
Starbucks Coffee Company

Abstract:

Since our beginning, Starbucks has had personal relationships with the farmers that produce the highest-quality coffee we offer our customers. We have made investments that support coffee farming families such as a commitment to provide low-interest rate loans to coffee farmers, open-source agronomy support through our nine Farmer Support Centers and the development of C.A.F.E. Practices with Conservation International nearly 20 years ago resulting in 99% of our coffee being ethically sourced.

We have worked beyond our own supply chain and, with Conservation International, are leading a global effort to make coffee the world's first sustainable agricultural product called the Sustainable Coffee Challenge

We are taking the next bold step in the world’s most rigorous standards of ethical sourcing—C.A.F.E Practices—by announcing a commitment to pilot next generation advanced product tracking and traceability technologies that provide authentic digital proof that our coffees meet the highest standards of integrity, quality and social impact in the coffee world.  By digitizing the full coffee journey, we empower farmers, partners and customers to engage directly with one another.

About:

Arthur Karuletwa is the Global Coffee Director of Traceability and Coffee Origin Experience at Starbucks Coffee Company. He is a social intrapreneur passionate about poverty reduction initiatives through coffee.

Arthur discovered his love for coffee 15 years ago at a green coffee classification, distribution and sample roasting facility in Seattle WA. He then moved to Proctor & Gamble’s Millstone Coffee, where he led NW distribution in channel development. 10 years after the 1994 genocide, he returned to his native home, Rwanda, to play a role in the economic and social recovery of a post genocide era, as a consultant under the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce, specifically, the Rural Sector Support Project; an IMF funded initiative.

Arthur founded the first Rwandan state of the art roaster-retail establishment called Bourbon Coffee to enhance local consumption and specialty coffee awareness.  

His work has been featured as top 20 investment ideas on CNN Money in Africa.

Pioneered the development of Rwanda Trading Company, a private company established by Westrock Coffee in Little Rock, AR and Rwanda, as the Vice President of Green Coffee Procurement, leading marketing and importing of exclusive Rwandan Coffee globally.

Arthur currently leads the development and implementation of Starbucks end-to-end traceability system he co-developed in over 25 countries making the connection from the farmer to the customer. Arthur is also a 2009 Legatum Fellow at MIT-Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Role of Financial Institutions in Enhancing a Sustainable and Traceable Coffee Supply Chain

Mr Ade Rangkoto
Anapana Pte Ltd

Abstract:

The presentation will talk about how banks and financial institutions traditionally assess the risks involved around the commodity supply chain and how these assessments will impact on financing costs which will depend upon a few factors (balance sheets, collaterals, etc.) therefore for coffee growers who are typically small holders, famers sitting at the bottom of the pyramid are facing difficulty to access financing which is quite important for them in order to keep on producing a more sustainable and high quality coffee output.

The credit ratings of traditional banks and financial institutions tend to look at the size (balance sheet lending) rather than focus on the underlying transaction of coffee supply chain since they are yet to be involved in the ecosystem of coffee supply chain to help understand the risks and finding the mitigants.

By involving financiers through a coffee supply chain platform, it will hopefully create future financing product innovation to enhance the coffee supply chain ecosystem to be more sustainable.

The presentation will also touch about “Leveraging Blockchain to Establish Coffee Chain of Custody” which will be presented by Dr Phillip Lutton and Indi Soemardjan at Block Chain Conference in Singapore.

About:

Ade Rangkoto has more than 20 years’ experience in the Banking and Finance industry, covering the ASEAN region where his strength is in Structured Trade and Commodity Financing. He has a vast network worldwide from Corporate and Institutional clients, Export Credit Agencies / Exim Banks, Multilateral Agencies, Private Equities, etc. He is passionate about the Specialty Coffee industry especially in ASEAN, having worked with farmers, traders and café owners, and he has been judging at the National Barista Championships both in Singapore and Indonesia. Currently he is working with a group of friends in developing a farm to cup coffee trading platform with a financing module to be added.

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For enquiries, please contact ASEAN Coffee Federation Secretariat Office:
Ms. Chloe Tan • chloe@cems.com.sg
Tel: (65) 6278 8666 ext. 152 • Fax: (65) 6278 4077
1 Maritime Square #09-43 HarbourFront Centre, Singapore 099253