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Officers and Staff

WCF officers and staff provide leadership for the organization and are based in North America, Europe, and West Africa.

Officers

Barry Parkin, WCF Chairman 

Chief Sustainability Officer and Health & Wellness Officer, Mars, Inc.

Christine McGrath, WCF Vice-Chair

Vice President Global CGA, Sustainability & Well-being, Mondelēz International

Steven Retzlaff, WCF Treasurer/Vice-Chair

President Global Cocoa, Barry Callebaut

Terence O'Day, WCF Secretary

Chief Supply Chain Officer and Senior Vice President, The Hershey Company

See the full WCF Board of Directors here.


Senior Management

Richard Scobey, President

Richard Scobey was appointed President of the World Cocoa Foundation in July 2016. As President, Mr. Scobey leads the strategic development of the organization, serves as the primary spokesperson on behalf of member companies, and leads the direction of the cocoa and chocolate industry on sustainability priorities. He brings more than 35 years of rural development and poverty reduction expertise, extensive knowledge and experience in managing large and complex programs, mobilizing public and private financing, and building partnerships and networks for impact. He has a particularly strong professional connection and commitment to the Africa region, where he has worked for more than 18 years. Download bio >>

Timothy S. McCoy, Vice President, Member and External Relations

Tim McCoy oversees all of WCF’s public relations and communications efforts, including WCF’s annual Partnership Meeting and its relations with key stakeholders in producing countries and sister organizations around the world. Tim brings nearly 20 years’ experience in international affairs and political and economic development programs, primarily in Africa. Download Bio

Jean-Yves Couloud, Ivory Coast Country Representative/ Représentant Résidant Côte d'Ivoire

Jean–Yves Couloud has spent the last 21 years in Rural Development through various projects funded by World Bank, FIDA, WFP, USAID, WCF, etc. As the World Cocoa Foundation Program Coordinator in Cote d’Ivoire, he facilitate the relationship between the Côte d’Ivoire government & the organization based in this country, provide backstopping to the implementation of all WCF programs in Cote d’Ivoire. Download Bio

Jill Harris, Chief Financial Officer

Jill Stasz Harris serves as the Chief Financial Officer at the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) based in its Washington, D.C. office. Jill’s work centers on advancing WCF as a strong and high performing organization via functional alignment and support of vision, strategy, and action.  Download Bio

Paul F. Macek, Vice President, Programs 

Paul Macek is the Vice President, Programs for the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), where he manages WCF flagship’s portfolio of projects and programs. He brings with him nearly 20 years’ experience in community based development and humanitarian work. Download Bio

Adam Mayaki, Director, Operations, Finance and Compliance

Adam Mayaki is the Director of Operations, Finance and Compliance at WCF. He has more than nine years of experience in project management, budget controls, field and home office operations, financial reporting, and financial management. Download Bio

Suzanne Ndongo-Seh, Director, Cocoa Livelihoods Program

Suzanne is the Director of WCF’s Cocoa Livelihoods Program and is based in its Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire office. Download Bio

Staff

 

Edwin Afari, WCF Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, West Africa

Edwin Afari is an Agricultural Economist and a Specialist in
Monitoring and Evaluation, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with 12 years’ experience in research, teaching, project analysis & management. He has additional experience in data analysis & management. Download Bio

Nene Akwetey-Kodjoe, Project Coordinator, WCF African Cocoa Initiative

Nene Akwetey-Kodjoe is the WCF/ACI Project Coordinator. He manages all technical reporting and for the project and provides project management backstopping support to the Chief of Party. Prior to joining WCF Nene worked for almost 8 years on development projects for USAID’s West Africa Trade Hub as Technical Coordinator for Export Business Development, Finance Program Coordinator and Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist and for JICA’s West African Centre for International Parasite Control as Senior Research Assistant. Download Bio

Rachel Offeiba Amaning, Finance and Administrative Assistant

Rachel O. Amaning serves as a Finance and Administrative Assistant at the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), where she’s responsible for bookkeeping of the Ghana office and assisting the finance manager on a daily basis. Download Bio

Akua Amoah-Boateng, Finance Manager, WCF African Cocoa Initiative

Akua Amoah-Boateng is the Finance Manager for WCF's African Cocoa Initiative and manages Administration in the Accra Office.  Download Bio

Emily Auerbach, Executive Assistant

Emily Auerbach serves as Executive Assistant at the World Cocoa Foundation, where she supports the executive leadership team and collaborates with project teams. Download Bio

Ethan Budiansky, Director, Environment

Ethan Budiansky is a development professional with experience in natural resource management, international development and program management, specializing in agroforestry, sustainable agriculture, and agribusiness development. Download Bio

Elizabeth Burst, Accounting Associate

Elizabeth Burst serves as the Accounting Associate with Operations and Financial team at World Cocoa Foundation. She provides operational and financial support; monitoring and managing day-to-day finance activities along with support for audit, budget, and year end preparation. Download Bio

Josephine Dadzie, Field Associate

Josephine Dadzie works on the day-to-day administrative work for WCF/ECHOES and other WCF education projects as well as assists in their implementation. She brings over 7 years experience of office and project administration having worked for Tieso Ghana Ltd, Constructs llc and Knutsford University College, Ghana. Complementing her administrative experience are over 5 years of youth development work as a part-time volunteer Director for event management for The HuD Group, an international youth development organization.  Download Bio

Nira Desai, Director, Strategy, Policy, and Learning

Nira Desai serves as the Director of Strategy, Policy, and Learning, where she leads WCF’s overarching strategy on cocoa sustainability. CocoaAction brings the world’s leading cocoa and chocolate companies together to accelerate sustainability and improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers.  Nira brings more than 12 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, where she has specialized in building strategic communications and managing multi-stakeholder initiatives. Download Bio

Njankoua Wandji Dieu-Ne-Dort, Country Coordinator, Cocoa Livelihoods Program (Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon)

Njankoua Wandji Dieu-Ne-Dort serves as the Country Coordinator for the Cocoa Livelihoods Program (Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon) at the World Cocoa Foundation. His primary responsibility is overseeing in-country coordination of the program activities through facilitation and backstopping provided to both Matching Grantees and other implementing partners. Download Bio

Zoë Genova, Membership and Outreach Associate

Zoë Genova serves as Membership and Outreach Associate at the World Cocoa Foundation, where she provides support for membership services and outreach. She also supports communications and marketing, media outreach, social media, and event coordination. Download Bio

Falguni Guharay, Latin America Program Consultant, Climate Smart Cocoa

Falguni Guharay joined World Cocoa Foundation as Latin America Program Consultant for the Climate Smart Cocoa Program funded by USAID which aims to address the challenges of climate change in cocoa-producing landscapes by increasing private sector investment and engagement. The four-year Program has a geographical focus in West Africa (Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia) and Latin America (Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua). Download Bio 

Jennifer L. Golden, Director, Monitoring & Evaluation 

Jennifer Golden serves as the Director for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) at the World Cocoa Foundation. She oversees M&E strategy and communications, and leads a team responsible for working with partners to implement M&E on WCF programs. Download Bio

Manuel Kiewisch, M&E Information Systems Manager

Developing and maintaining WCF’s monitoring and evaluation data system is Manuel’s main role as the organization’s Information Systems Manager. He strengthens WCF through his experience of monitoring and evaluation systems and technical proficiency in information management technologies. He has a background of international development work in East and West Africa. Download Bio

Tehua Koffi, Grants Manager, Cocoa Community Development Fund

Prior to joining the WCF Cocoa Community Development Fund he worked in Côte d’Ivoire for Cargill, Armajaro ADM and Fairtrade.  Download Bio

Koffié Kouakou, Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus (CSSV) Coordinator

Koffié Kouakou serves as the Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus (CSSV) Coordinator for the CSSV Program in West Africa. He is in charge of organizing CSSV activities in collaboration with national research and academic institutions. He is based in WCF’s Abidjan office. Download Bio

Fabrice Kouassi Jr, Administrative and Operations Assistant

Fabrice Kouassi serves as the Administrative and Operations Assistant at the World Cocoa Foundation, where he provides administrative and office support, and oversees the office’s equipment and technology systems. Download Bio

Gaël Lescornec, Partnerships Advisor

Gaël Lescornec serves as the Partnerships Advisor at the World Cocoa Foundation. Based in Geneva, she is responsible for resource mobilization and partnership development in Europe. She brings over 15 years of experience working in international development and managing multi-stakeholder partnerships and processes with the ultimate aim of achieving impact on people’s lives. Download Bio

Vincent Frimpong Manu, Ghana Country Coordinator, Cocoa Livelihoods Program

Vincent is the Ghana Country Coordinator for WCF’s Cocoa Livelihoods Program (CLP) He is based in WCF’s Accra, Ghana office. Download Bio

Jackie Marks, Communications & Marketing Manager

Jackie Marks is the Communications & Marketing Manager for the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), overseeing media outreach, website content, social media, branding and membership relations. She is also responsible for event management including organizing the annual WCF Partnership Meeting. Download Bio

Aaron Mead-Long, Program Associate, West African Programs

Aaron Mead-Long is a Program Associate, West African Programs at World Cocoa Foundation in their Washington office. He provides support to programs within the CocoaAction strategic framework, particularly in the area of community development in West Africa. Download Bio

Crescence Virginie Mfegue, Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus (CSSV) Program Manager - West Africa

Mfegue Crescence Virginie serves as the Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus (CSSV) Program Manager in West Africa at WCF. Dr. Mfegue is in charge of leading a multicomponent Research and Development program aimed at developing tools for the control of CSSV and the protection of cocoa farms. She is based in WCF’s Abidjan office. Download Bio 

Sander Muilerman, West Africa Program Manager, Climate Smart Cocoa

Sander Muilerman serves as the program manager for the World Cocoa Foundation’s Climate Smart Cocoa Program in West-Africa, with the aim to increase private sector engagement and investments in climate-smart strategies for more socio-economic and environmental sustainability in the cocoa sector. As a rural development and agricultural innovations expert, he has over ten years of field experience in the Sub-Saharan tropical forest zone. Download Bio

Patience Akwen Nambo, Gender Specialist, Cocoa Livelihoods Program

Patience is the Gender Specialist for the Cocoa Livelihoods Program at the World Cocoa Foundation. In her role, she focuses on mainstreaming gender considerations in project activities for the Cocoa Livelihoods Program. Download Bio

Theresa I. Rodriguez, Finance and Accounting Manager

Theresa Rodriguez works as Finance and Accounting Manager for World Cocoa Foundation at the headquarters in Washington D.C. She is responsible for audit, budget, and monthly close coordination; program financial management; business development budget support; invoicing and receivables management; and other various financial management tasks. Download Bio

Virginia Sopyla, Director of Southeast Asia, Latin America & Research   

Virginia Sopyla is Director for Southeast Asia, Latin America & Research for WCF.  She directs WCF’s activities in these two important growing regions and oversees WCF’s two fellowship programs with the United States Department of Agriculture/Foreign Agricultural Service – the Cocoa Borlaug Fellowship Program, and the Cocoa Cochran Fellowship Program.  These fellowship programs include all three major cocoa-growing regions of the world – West Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Download Bio

Hermann Tanon, Finance, Accounting and Administrative Assistant

Hermann Tanon is the Administrative and Operations Assistant at World Cocoa Foundation in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He provides general office management and support and oversees staff equipment and systems. Download Bio

Matthew Travis, Operations Manager

Matthew Travis is the Operations Manager at the World Cocoa Foundation. He oversees the daily functions of the office and provides operational support for the DC team. Download Bio

Baaba Wood, Administrative Assistant, WCF African Cocoa Initiative

Baaba Wood is the administrative Assistant for the WCF’s African Cocoa Initiative Project. She provides administrative support to the Chief of Party and other members of the team. Her expertise in office administration, information and records management and customer service comes from years of experience with institutions such as North Ridge Lyceum, the Buyasoul Foundation and the Information Services Department, Ministry of Information. Download Bio

Victoria Woolner, Program Associate, CocoaAction

Victoria Woolner is the CocoaAction Program Associate at the World Cocoa Foundation. She provides support to WCF’s CocoaAction strategy, with a particular focus on community development programming in West Africa. Download bio

Marie-Claude Zando, Senior Advisor, CocoaAction

Marie-Claude Zando is Senior Advisor to CocoaAction based in WCF's Abidjan office. 

 

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