Board members are elected by the nonprofit group’s membership to three-year terms, and the board itself is responsible for shaping the direction of the organization and its staff, which is now overseen by executive Debbie Hill, who took over for ACE and CoE co-founder Susie Spindler late last year.
In addition to the new board appointments, longtime ACE associate and former board chair Kentaro Maruyama, founder of Japan’s Maruyama Coffee, has been appointed to ACE’s director emeritus position.
“We are delighted to welcome these new ACE board members, who bring a wealth of global experience, enthusiasm and creativity to our board,” Hill said in an announcement this week. “We appreciate their commitment to ACE and I look forward to working with them over the next three years.”
Without further ado, here are the board’s new members. Most of these names will be extremely familiar to entrenched coffee industry professionals, and their lists of individual accomplishments in coffee extend well beyond what’s shown here:
Dr. Flavio Borem
Agronomist with a Ph.D in Plant Production and full professorship at Federal University of Lavras.
Founder, The Coffee Collective, Denmark. Co-author of “God Kaffe.”
Dr. Alon Halevy
Google Research, United States. Author of “The Infinite Emotions of Coffee.”
Founder, Coffeelab Limited, India. Licensed Q- and R-grader and the first professional female coffee taster in Asia.
Wataru & Co Ltd., Japan. Juror for more than thirty CoE competitions, director General/Manager of the Coffee Department for Wataru.
Starbucks Coffee Trading Co., Switzerland. Head green buyer for the Starbucks Reserve line.
Founder and managing director of Campos Coffee, NSW, Australia.