Event Details

October 23 - 24, 2019


Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 3
Berlin, 10178 Germany

Ghana farmer drying beans | Photo: Mwangi Kirubi

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Join the World Cocoa Foundation for the 2019 Partnership Meeting in Berlin, Germany, on October 23-24. This year’s Partnership Meeting theme is “Drivers of Change”. Stay tuned for the agenda and more details.


The Partnership Meeting is made possible by our generous sponsors:



Cocoa Reception



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Joseph Boahen "JB" Aidoo CEO, Ghana Cocoa Board

JB Aidoo was appointed to the position of CEO, Ghana Cocoa Board in January 2017. Mr. Aidoo served from 2000-2006 as Regional Minister for Ghana’s Western Region under the administration of former President John A. Kufuor, and from 2000-2012 as a Member of Parliament with the New Patriotic Party from the Western Region. He has been a researcher at the Institute for Land Management and Development at the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi (Ghana), where he has researched and written extensively on issues related to land tenure and cocoa.

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Michel Arrion Executive Director, International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)

Michel Arrion was appointed Executive Director of ICCO in October 2018, where he will serve a five-year term in the post. A Belgian national, Mr. Arrion is an EU civil servant who has served as Ambassador of the European Union in various African countries such as Nigeria, Rwanda, and Côte d'Ivoire.

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Felix Finkbeiner Founder, Plant-For-The-Planet

Felix Finkbeiner launched the children and youth initiative Plant-for-the-Planet in 2007 at the age of nine, with the support of children from over a hundred countries. Inspired by the story of Wangari Maathai, Mr. Finkbeiner developed the idea that children could promote climate justice by planting a million trees in every country. In May 2018, the German President awarded him with the Federal Cross of Merit to honor his commitment for climate justice. Mr. Finkbeiner is currently attaining his PhD at ETH Zurich, where he is researching forest restoration potential on a global scale as well as the question of which areas should be prioritized to maximize the impact of bio-sequestration in addressing the anthropogenic climate crisis.

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Maria Flachsbarth Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ

Maria Flachsbarth, a doctor of veterinary medicine from University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, became a member of the German Parliament in 2002. In March 2018, she became Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. Since 2006, she has been deputy chair of the CDU in the state of Lower Saxony, and since 2007, she has chaired the CDU district association for Hanover. From 2002 to 2013, she served on the Parliamentary Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. From 2009 to 2013, she chaired a Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry on the envisaged radioactive waste disposal facility at Gorleben, and she was the special representative for churches and religious communities of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group. Then from the end of 2013 to March 2018, she served as Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture.

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Brahima Yves Koné Director General, Conseil du Café Cacao

Brahima Yves Koné has been Director General of the CCC since August 2017. He is an agronomist engineer, CEO of the company Cocoa Products Côte d'Ivoire (PROCACI/UNICAO), president of SOTRA, and honorable member and president of the economic and financial affairs committee of the National Assembly, and officer of the national order and commander of the Order of Agricultural Merit.

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Rick Scobey President, World Cocoa Foundation

Rick Scobey is President of the World Cocoa Foundation, where he leads the strategic development of the organization. Mr. Scobey serves as the primary spokesperson on behalf of member companies, and leads the direction of the cocoa industry on sustainability priorities. He brings to WCF more than 30 years of rural development and poverty reduction expertise at the World Bank Group.

Stay tuned!

The agenda for the 2019 Partnership Meeting will be announced soon.


The 2019 Partnership Meeting will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin, located at Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 3 D-10178 Berlin, Germany.

Partnership Meeting attendees may book their hotel room using THIS LINK to receive an exclusive WCF discounted rate of €159 per night for a standard room and €174 for a premium room (additional taxes and surcharges may apply). Rooms include free Wi-Fi.


Attendees must book their own travel and accommodations. The hotel is located in the Berlin city center on Alexanderplatz, accessible from both the Tegel and Schönefeld Airports.

Please check to see if you require a visa to travel to Germany. Email registration@worldcocoa.org if you need a visa letter.

Public Transportation

The hotel’s location is well-connected, with many public transport options close by:

Bus and Trams
Bus numbers 100 and 200 and tram numbers M4, M5 and M6 depart just around the corner at the Spandauer Strasse / Marienkirche stop (50 meters from the hotel).

Metro Stations
The S-Bahn is a short walk away, with the nearest stops at either Alexanderplaz (S5, S7, S75, U8, U2, U5, Regional Express train, Airport Express train) or Hackescher Market (S5, S7, S75).

Train Stations
The nearest stations are Ostbahnhof (2.4 km) and Hauptbahnhof, Berlin’s Central station (3 km).

The hotel has a free electric car charging station for all hotel guests and a public garage with 616 parking spaces. The Radisson Blu Berlin is located in the Green Zone, so if you’re arriving by car, you will need to obtain an environmental badge in order to park there.

Photo by Radisson Blu
Photo by Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin
Photo by Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin
Photo by Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin
Photo by Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin

2018 Partnership Meeting

The 2018 WCF Partnership Meeting explored “The New Frontiers of Cocoa Sustainability” in São Paulo, Brazil. Learn more.

2017 Partnership Meeting

The 2017 WCF Partnership Meeting discussed the theme “Accelerating Sustainability through Technology and Innovation” to move forward the sustainability agenda for the cocoa sector in Washington, D.C.

2016 Partnership Meeting

The 2016 WCF Partnership Meeting was focused around “People, Planet, Profit in a Changing World” and was held in partnership with le Conseil du Café-Cacao in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

2015 Partnership Meeting

The 2015 WCF Partnership Meeting took place in Washington, D.C. around the theme “Proud of our Past, Focused on our Future”.

2014 Partnership Meeting

The  2014 WCF Partnership Meeting took place in Copenhagen, Denmark with the theme of,“Connecting Sustainability, Standards and Certification”.

2013 Partnership Meetings

The 2013 WCF Partnership Meetings took place in Washington, D.C., with the theme of, “Meeting Tomorrow’s Demand: Productivity, Quality, and Farmers’ Livelihood” and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

2012 Partnership Meetings

The 2012 Partnership Meetings took place in Washington, D.C. and Zurich, Switzerland with the theme of, “Innovations in Cocoa Sustainability: People, Planet, Profit”.

2011 Partnership Meetings

The 2011 Partnership Meetings took place in San Francisco, USA with the theme, “Celebrating the Diversity of Cocoa Origins”, and Accra, Ghana with the theme of, “People, Planet, Profit: Envisioning the Future of Cocoa in Africa”.

2010 Partnership Meetings

The 2010 Partnership Meetings took place in Utrecht, Netherlands and Washington, D.C. with the theme, “Marking a Decade of Cocoa Sustainability”.

2009 Partnership Meetings

The 2009 Partnership Meetings took place in Washington, D.C. with the theme, “The Smallholder Cocoa Farmer in a Globalized World”, and Brussels, Belgium with the theme of, “Building the Capacity for a Sustainable Cocoa Sector”.

2008 Partnership Meetings

The 2008 Partnership Meetings took place in Guayaquil, Ecuador with the theme, “Lessons from Latin America – Invigorating the Cocoa Sector”, and Hamburg, Germany with the theme of, “Strategies and Practical Measures for Transforming the Cocoa Sector”.

2007 Partnership Meetings

The 2007 WCF Partnership Meetings took place in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Washington, D.C., with the theme of, “Sustainable Cocoa Farming: Building Tomorrow’s Best Practices Today”.

2006 Partnership Meetings

The 2006 Partnership Meetings took place in Brussels, Belgium with the theme, “Achieving and Measuring Sustainable Success at the Farm Level”, and Washington, D.C.

2005 Partnership Meetings

The 2005 Partnership Meetings took place in Brussels, Belgium and Washington, D.C. with the theme, “Challenges & Opportunities for Cocoa in Economic Development and Prosperity”.

2004 Partnership Meetings

The 2004 Partnership Meetings took place in Brussels, Belgium and Washington, D.C.


Partnership Meeting Summaries

  • 2018 Partnership Meeting Summary (English)
  • 2018 Sumário Executivo do Partnership Meeting (Português)
  • 2017 Partnership Meeting Summary
  • 2016 Partnership Meeting Summary
  • 2015 Partnership Meeting Summary
  • 2014 Partnership Meeting Summary
  • 2012 Partnership Meeting Washington, D.C. Day 1 Summary
  • 2012 Partnership Meeting Washington, D.C. Day 2 Summary