Our People


Our diverse and highly committed global team is the key to achieving our goals.

The key to our success is our team. We are a multicultural group of about 250 employees, mostly made up of local experts working in coffee-producing countries. Our headquarters are based in Germany, and the organization is active worldwide. What drives us is our dedication to making a real difference by strengthening the self-determination of farmers. We provide help for self-help; we build equal partnerships and strive for long-term solutions.

Our team is characterized by an inspiring mixture of idealism and pragmatism. Values such as trust, dedication, and loyalty guide our activities. These values do not only lead to a strong identification with the organization, but also to positive team spirit. » Contact Page

Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees sets our foundation's strategy and steers our operations. With their background, experiences and networks they are crucial factor to the prosperous development of our foundation.


Michael R. Neumann

Pablo García Camacho

Dr. Ulrike Murmann
Foto: Oliver Fantitsch/Kirchenkreis Hamburg-Ost

Prof. Dr. Stefan Tangermann

Olaf Tschimpke

Annemieke Wijn

Berry Marttin

Executive Management

Our Executive Management runs the day-to-day operations. Their diverse skill set and extensive experience ensure high-quality work in all of the foundation's activities.

Michael Opitz
Managing Director

Jens Sorgenfrei
Managing Director

Jorge Tiemeier
Member of Executive Management

Headquarters Team

Stine Albrecht
Program Manager coffee&climate

Anja Castorff
Project Controller

Fri Dessy
Project Accountant Asia Pacific

Britta Deutsch
Program Manager Knowledge Management

Dr. Alexander Ergenzinger
Financial Controlling Manager

Aaron Greite-Scheuerman
Communications Manager

Jesko Johannsen
Team Leader Communications

Flemming Kohn
Team Member Communications

Claudia Lemgau-Klimek
Financial Accountant

Cornelia Magnussen
Project Accountant West Africa

Sven Magnussen
Financial Accounting Manager

Janka Rokob
Program Manager Youth

Walter Reichmann
Project Accountant Latin America

Marion Schenk
Human Resource Manager/Legal Counsel

Johannes Thoma
Executive Management Assistant

Kathrin Titze
Human Resource Manager - (Parental Leave)

Tobias Voigt
Monitoring & Evaluation Manager

Carlo Wessel
Team Member Monitoring & Evaluation