Who We Are
Twin is a non-profit organisation which owns a trading company. This structure allows us to combine trade, marketing, programmes and advocacy to build market systems that create better livelihoods for farming groups growing coffee, cocoa and nuts. Twin is all about connecting actors along the value chain, and facilitating meaningful, global partnerships between buyers, donors and farmer cooperatives; with a shared vision of using trade to enable sustainable and vibrant farming communities to develop and prosper.
A world where trade benefits everyone engaged in it; where business respects and supports the people and ecosystems it touches; where smallholder farmers have the power to shape their own business and community development.
To harness and shape the market to deliver social, environmental and economic development for smallholder farming communities in developing countries.
Twin and Twin Trading
Patrick Barker, Interim Managing Director
I am Twin and Twin Trading's Interim Managing Director, and have extensive experience in governance and performance management in both the private and charitable sectors. I have worked across numerous geographies and cultures, including India, Angola and Iraq. My past responsibilities have included: capability building for finance staff in the South Sudan Ministry of Health, training on economic evaluation for BP’s eastern hemisphere businesses, managing BP’s investment policy, and directing economics for a $45bn project to bring gas to Europe.
Christine Kanu, Head of Finance & Resources
My role involves providing critical decision support and strategic insight as part of the senior management team for both Twin and Twin Trading.
I manage a small team of talented professionals, leading on all aspects of financial management, planning and control as well as overseeing IT, HR and facilities management. I am a fully qualified accountant with extensive experience in both the 3rd and private sectors, specialising in change management, financial planning and forecasting, financial strategy and risk management.
Cennet Saglam-Kidner, Finance & Treasury Manager
I am the Finance Manager for Twin Trading, working closely with the trading team and the charity. I joined Twin from Lab 49, where I was an Assistant Accountant. Prior to this I worked for Helix Property Advisors and Oxford House College in Finance. I made the move to Twin as I liked the idea of working for a non-profit organisation rather than a big corporation.
Liz Foggitt, Communications Manager
I plan and deliver the communications activities at Twin. This includes working closely with both the programmes and trading teams. I love that my role helps to unite project work with coffee cooperatives in East Africa and Latin America with the opportunity to sell coffee to international markets. I have worked in communications for eight years in for-profit and not-for-profit organisations. I have also volunteered in Zimbabwe with the International Citizen Service. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Cardiff University.
Mirka Mesarosova, Finance Officer
I joined Twin in January 2018 as a Maternity Cover. Having worked in fast paced, high pressured finance environments for the past 9 years, I felt Twin would be an exciting challenge. I hope to lend my experience to this excellent team. Prior to joining Twin I worked freelance in multiple and demanding roles around finance. Originally from Slovakia I moved to Ireland before finding my way to England with my partner and our son Thijs.
Manuela Bustamante, Office Coordinator
My role at Twin is to support the team in multiple ways and ensure the smooth running of the office. Previously, I worked in an educational centre looking to fulfill students’ potential by pursuing a vocational route outside the traditional school environment. I was born in Antioquia, Colombia where coffee is traditionally produced and hence I feel very happy to be part of an organisation that aims to improve the quality of life of producers and their communities. I have a BA in Communication and Audiovisual Languages from the University of Medellin, Colombia.
Twin Producer Partnerships Programme
Cristina Ruiz, Head of Programmes - Coffee, Cocoa & Nuts
I manage Twin’s producer support work in East Africa, West Africa & Latin America through our programmes: coffee, cocoa and nuts. I manage a diverse and enthusiastic team in London and Kigali and I am part of the senior management team that provides direction and define strategies. I have been working on humanitarian contexts for 20 years and I strongly believe in working together to achieve long-lasting change and defy the structures that keep people poor; also that trade can be an excellent instrument to achieve this.
Hannah Ward, Senior Programme Manager - Coffee
I lead on Twin’s programmes and partnerships with coffee producers in East Africa and Latin America and work closely with producer organisations, donors and industry partners to ensure positive outcomes for smallholders and their communities. I have 10 years’ experience in the international development sector with a focus on sustainable livelihoods and agriculture-based value chain programmes. Prior to Twin I was with VSO working on public-private partnerships. I hold a Masters in International Development and Social Policy, focusing on social development.
Chloé Rotureau, Programme Officer - African Coffee
I support the delivery of coffee projects in East Africa by monitoring activities, tracking budgets, and coordinating with the regional staff. Our projects focus on improving gender justice, promoting sustainable agriculture practices, while supporting producer organisations in marketing their coffee internationally. After graduating with an MA in Crisis Analysis and Humanitarian Action in France, I spent 4 years in Mexico working with NGOs, coordinating projects with communities of smallholder farmers, and building the capacity of teams for improving performance and impact.
Mattia Guglielmi, Head of Region (Rwanda)
I am responsible for a broad range of activities that vary from strategy definition to program delivery management and from leading the team in the region to business development. What I love most about my job is the blend between the strategic and the hands on approach which is very unique in my role. Prior to Twin I had different roles in the FMCG industry and I strongly believe in the value of working throughout the value chain to improve the livelihood of producers as well as the benefit for consumers. I currently live in Kigali with my wife Roberta and my sons Tommaso and Federico.
Sylvia Baguma, MEL Coordinator (Rwanda)
My role is to monitor the progress of Twin’s projects and gather evidence to support our model at every stage of intervention. Before joining Twin, I worked for the African Development Bank’s independent evaluation department and have also conducted a number of evaluations and designed results frameworks for various projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, including for Livelihoods and Enterprises for Agricultural Development funded by USAID. I graduated from Cardiff University with an Msc in International Economics, Banking and Finance.
Luc HAVYARIMANA, Quality and Certification Manager (Rwanda)
I provide technical assistance to producer organisations by complying with specialty coffee quality standards along the supply chain from harvesting, processing wet and dry mill to exporting excellent quality SCAA green coffee. I have 19 years experience in sustainable coffee supply chains working with private and NGOs as Certification Manager. I joined Twin because of its strategy focuses on quality and certification development for smallholders organisations with an orientation on marketing rather than big companies in coffee supply chain.
Eric Rukwaya,Commercial and Logistics Manager (Rwanda)
I am responsible for East African logistics, providing support for our farmers’ cooperatives, partners, end customers and facilitating export operations to ensure smooth execution of physical business. In my most recent position, I was a Sales & Marketing Manager at a wholesale state-of- the art roasting company in Kigali. I love supporting coffee farmers and working with their families to move out of poverty.
Desire Ninsiima, Finance & Admin Officer (Rwanda)
My role is to support the team in Kigali to ensure the smooth running of day to day activities. Prior to Twin, I worked as an Operations Personnel and Finance Assistant in different corporate companies but I always had a desire to be part of a project that impacts society and directly works to improve the lives of people around me, thus I am delighted to be part of Twin. I graduated from the National University of Rwanda with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.
Evode Uwanyirigira, Programme Officer (Rwanda)
My role as a Programme Officer is to provide technical support in planning, implementation and monitoring of African coffee projects. I work with staff and associates to ensure that the activities being implemented are aligned with the project and programme goals. I have experience in project accounting and finance, working with health and advocacy projects. I graduated with an MSc in Strategic Project Management and Business Administration from Heriot-Watt University, Politecnico di Milano and Umeå University.
Diane Nyirarukundo, Programme Support Officer (Rwanda) - Mat Leave
My role is to support the regional team in the coordination of African coffee projects including monitoring the associates work plans and tracking the budget. I have 5 years experience in working with community development programmes, project management, research, monitoring and evaluation of projects. Previously, I worked in donor supported projects by AU, EU, UNDP, UNICEF, and USAID across Africa. I hold a Master’s Degree in Monitoring and Evaluation.
Adorata Uwamariya, Sustainable and Agriculture Officer
I provide training on good practices and sustainable agriculture standards, and support certification processes. I have 12 years' experience working with institutions and NGO’s such as Technoserve, Global Communities, Sustainable Harvest and Care International Rwanda. I have supported smallholder farmers involved in commodities such as coffee, maize, beans and horticultural crops in implementing good agricultural practices, linking their produce with the market and improving their income.
Rika Fontana, Business Management Advisor
I support smallholder farmers organisations producing coffee, cocoa, and nuts to strengthen their capacity to become sustainable businesses. I am passionate about preparing emerging market entrepreneurs for finance, while also connecting them to key stakeholders that can enhance their growth. I started my career in Advertising in Italy and then moved on to work in the humanitarian sector in Kenya, Chad and Haiti as a Project Manager. I hold a MSc in Economics with reference to Africa from SOAS University and a BA in International Economics and Management.
Felicity Butler, Senior Programme Manager - Cocoa & Nuts
I lead Twin’s programmes in West Africa and provide strategic management, technical assistance and market access to cocoa and nuts producer organisations. My expertise is in gender and sustainable agriculture. I am seasoned in how the Fair Trade industry operates from ground up as well as in engaging with the relationship between business, policy and academia. Prior to Twin, I completed my doctorate research with The Body Shop and ESRC on women’s unpaid work in Fair Trade supply chains. I also hold a Masters in Practicing Sustainable Development.
Lydia Dance, Support Officer - Cocoa, Nuts & Coffee
I support the delivery of cocoa, nuts and coffee projects by monitoring activities and budgets, coordinating reporting and liaising with our project partners. I have a range of experience in programme support and project coordination in the not-for-profit sector, having worked and volunteered with international organisations in the fields of global health, women’s rights and education. Prior to joining Twin, I coordinated a DfID and ESRC-funded research project with Leonard Cheshire and UCL.
Beverley Storer, Fundraising Manager
My role is to lead, plan, coordinate, and facilitate fundraising activities with producer organisation partners to continue the delivery of Twin’s mission. I have over 18 years’ experience in international development with a focus on institutional funding for humanitarian interventions, for NGOs such as HelpAge International, CAFOD and Humanity Inclusion. I strongly support Twin’s holistic approach to development, unlocking the power of trade to ensure sustainable impact for smallholder farmers and producer organisations around the world and I am excited about sharing this approach with our existing and new supporters.
Suzanne Fogg, Strategic Review / Programme Manager
When I started at Twin in 2014 I managed the programme of work in cocoa and nut value chains with producers in Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana and Sierra Leone. I am now managing the Future Fit programme and developing Twin's 2030 strategy. I’ve been working on agricultural development and rural livelihoods in Africa and Asia for over 15 years. I’m particularly interested in capacity building and organisational development, governance and local economic development and I am passionate about facilitating change across sector partnerships.
Twin Trading and Marketing
Matt Earlam, Head of Trading & Marketing
My role involves creating prices for buyers and sellers of coffee and cocoa and various types of risk management. Customer relationship management and problem solving to ensure smooth execution of physical business are also key duties. I have twelve years experience in soft commodities working in various roles, geographies, products and systems. I earned Masters Degrees in Agricultural and Applied Economics and Business Administration. I was excited by the Twin opportunity given its strong track record for using trade to create development and the calibre of Twin colleagues.
Maire Reier, Senior Trader & Marketer
My role is to buy certified green coffee and sell to buyers in UK, mainland Europe, Asia and the USA. I'm a qualified Q Grader and have a background in specialty coffee, working in specialty coffee shops for around 10 years. Six of these were spent at Monmouth Coffee, where in addition to shop operations, I was in charge of roasted coffee stocks and staff training in tasting. Before joining Twin, I decided to go for a year-long trip to Latin America. I was based in a coffee cooperative in Nicaragua for seven months to gain a better insight into their operations and to cup for them during the harvest season.
Natasha Smitter, Logistics & Certifications Manager
I come from freight forwarding background mainly in project work for companies from the Oil & Gas Industry, with 2 years in Santiago, Chile and 4 years in the UK. At Twin, I am part of an amazing team that aims to improve people’s quality of living, I am responsible for managing the logistics supply chain of our contracts, monitoring operations as well as providing guidance and support to both our producers and end users ensuring also company compliance with regulations and certifications.
Andrea Otte, Marketer & Trader
Over the past fifteen years, I have held over a half dozen positions in the coffee industry, from roaster to educator, cafe manager to green coffee buyer. In my most recent position I headed up a wholesale roasting company in Chicago as their Director of Coffee, where I also earned my certification as a qualified Q grader. At Twin Trading, I am responsible for the quality analysis program, providing support for our producer partners as well as our end customers.
Natalia Ramirez, Coffee Quality Officer
I am a microbiologist with postgraduate studies in quality control management. I have a passion and love for coffee, which I have inherited from my family, coffee producers in Huila, Colombia. I spent my childhood around coffee plantations and have been lucky enough to have seen the coffee process from farm to cup. My role in Twin is to provide quality control support for the trading team, client and producer support and contract administration.
Florian Cross, Trade Admin Officer
I have been working in coffee for almost 5 years now, having started my career as a barista in East London. I have since worked for a roastery in the logistics department and spent an extended period in Brazil and Colombia working on coffee farms and learning about the production side of the industry. I act as a bridge on the quality side between our customers and the producer organisations we represent, as well as run our own quality control operations here in London.
Jacob Hesse, Trade & Marketing Officer
I work with cocoa producers to establish sustainable and long lasting relationships with buyers in Europe and the US. I am also in charge of cocoa quality analysis at Twin and provide feedback to cocoa producers and buyers. I have a master's degree in development studies with a focus on climate change and sustainable development. Before joining Twin, I gained experience as a consultant at Ernst & Young working in Argentina and the UK.
Luke Wepukhulu, Programme Coordinator Associate (Uganda)
I am responsible for the successful development and implementation of Twin programmes in Uganda including maintaining records, liaising with consultants and partners, collating internal reports and monitoring expenditure against budgets. I have worked in coffee for a long time and understand the Uganda Arabica coffee sector well. I have acquired different certifications for Gumutindo, Mt Elgon Agroforestry Communities Cooperative Enterprise Ltd and Mountain Harvest SMC Ltd since 2009. I am a Horticulture graduate from Makerere University in Uganda.
Kristy Leissle, Cocoa Research & Marketing Associate
I work with PO's in Sierra Leone, Uganda, and other origins to maintain high quality crops, and liaise with producers and buyers to communicate priorities for quality and sustainability. I also promote these origins to chocolate consumers and in the craft and premium market segments. Since 2004, I have researched and published on the chocolate industry, with focus on West African cocoa production, gender analytics, and the fast-growing craft chocolate markets in North America and Europe.
Hannah Davis, Programmes Associate
Formerly Twin’s Programme Manager for Cocoa and Nuts, I now support Twin’s cocoa programmes from my new home in Guernsey. I advise on programme development with producer organisations in origin countries as well as assisting with fundraising, monitoring, evaluation and coordination with supply chain partners and donors. I have worked with smallholder farmers growing cocoa, coffee and nuts across Africa and Latin America providing capacity building support on organisational governance, business management, gender justice, climate change adaptation and access to markets.
James Astuhuaman, Associate (Peru)
I have supported Twin on the design and management of coffee projects in South America since 2013. I monitor and measure the progress of activities and also act as a facilitator in training partner’s cooperatives members, using different methodologies and tools. After graduating with an Agronomy Engineering degree in Lima, I spent time in USA as an intern at an organic farm. Back in Peru I worked as an auditor in a certification body and as a Project Manager for National and International funds. I have significant experience in value chain development and knowledge on the coffee and cocoa sectors.
Becca Morahan, Associate
I support Twin’s work on gender justice and Price Risk Management with coffee, cocoa and groundnuts farmers. I first worked for Twin and Twin Trading in 2000-2007, as part of the coffee trading team and on training for staff and producer partners. Since 2010, I have been working as an independent consultant, focusing on capacity building with producer organisations in tea, coffee and cocoa. I specialise in participatory methodologies, including GALS (Gender Action Learning Systems) and Participatory Video. I have been a Twin Associate since 2012.
Patrick Cyusa, Business Management Associate (Rwanda)
I have worked in business development as a Trainer, Programme Manager and Operations Director for various non-profit organizations and businesses for the past 8 years. In these roles I designed curriculum and business management tools for companies in various sectors notably agriculture, retail and ICT. At Twin, I work with producer organisations to enhance their sustainability through better management practices and market strategies. I hold an MBA in Project Management from Oklahoma Christian University.
Pascasie Nyirandege, Associate (Rwanda)
My focus as a Twin Associate is gender justice and Fairtrade and organic certification. I coordinate pilot projects of the Gender Action Learning System (GALS) and work primarily in Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC, providing capacity building for producer organisations. In 1998, I started work as a Gender and Food Security Officer at Action Aid, and then went on to be a Liaison officer for Fairtrade International (FLO).
Andy Carlton, Associate (Uganda)
I am based in Africa, working with Twin's African partners in coffee, cocoa, and nuts. My main current activity is capacity building of co-operative staff in business systems. My background is in co-operative development, going back to co-operatives that I helped to set up in the early 1980s. From 1984 I was a business advisor to co-operatives in the UK for ten years, then from 1994 the same role as a volunteer with co-operatives in Zimbabwe for two years. I joined Twin as an Associate in 1997.
Jean Claude Muzima, Associate (DRC)
I am a Twin Associate working mainly in the Kivu region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a focus on business basics capacity building for coffee cooperatives. Our work in the region aims to unlock the enormous potential of premium quality coffee production to deliver sustainable development for rural producer organisations, many of which have been affected by conflict.
David McCullough, Board Chair
I am CEO of The Abbeyfield Society, a charity dedicated to providing the highest standards of housing, care and support for older people. Previously, I spent six years as Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service and six years as Deputy Chief Executive of Oxfam, after working extensively in the private sector as Director and Managing Director in banking, IT and High Street retail. I am passionate about development through trade, and have also held non-executive roles on the boards of the Fairtrade Foundation, Cafédirect and Good Energy.
As Chief Sustainability Officer at the Speciality Coffee Association, I provide leadership to the coffee community in matters of sustainability throughout the value chain. I have been working in coffee for over 11 years, beginning as a barista and later joining SCAA member company Counter Culture Coffee where I led their sustainability programs as Coffee Buyer and Sustainability Manager. I have been a member of the SCAA Sustainability Council since 2013, and hold the distinction of being a three-time SCAA Symposium speaker.
I am an independent researcher and consultant specialising in market systems, fair and ethical trade, and inclusive and sustainable development, with extensive field experience in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Some of my recent assignments include: advising on gender for a market systems development programme in Northern Ghana, assessing the impact of Fairtrade on trading relationships, and researching women's participation and leadership in cooperatives in India, Kenya and the Dominican Republic. I previously spent nine years working at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.
Elmer Reynaldo Peña Silva
As Commercial Manager of Cenfrocafé cooperative in Peru, an organisation of more than 1,900 coffee farming families, I am in charge of price risk management, buying and selling. I have extensive experience in growing coffee crops and hold a Business degree with a major in Corporate Finance. I have worked at Cenfrocafé for the last 12 years, and I am proud to represent an organisation with a solid reputation for sustainable development on four levels: economic, institutional, environmental and social.
I am CEO of Practical Solutions International, a consultancy specialising in providing technical expertise for the food chain. I oversee all operations which support producers to meet the requirements of UK retailers, provide guidance to suppliers to meet retailer standards, and provide strategic guidance to retailers in development of technical policies. I have many years’ experience in fair trade development and supporting companies to gain Fairtrade certification, and of pesticide strategies to reduce residues. I previously spent 16 years with Sainsbury's in various food and non-food technical management positions.
As former CEO of Mzuzu Coffee, a Fairtrade-certified Producer Organisation in Malawi, I have extensive knowledge of coffee-based farming systems under smallholder management and international coffee trading. I have many years’ experience of lobbying and advocacy, corporate governance and finance as well as management of member-based organisations. I also hold various positions including Board Director of the Auction Holding Commodity Exchange of Malawi, board member of the African Fine Coffee Association (AFCA) and the NBS Bank of Malawi, council member of Action Aid Malawi and Chairman of Mzuzu International Academy.
I am an independent consultant working in the coffee value chain, and have extensive experience in cooperative development and marketing initiatives, and general development programming and management. I have worked in SE Asia, the S Pacific, Central Asia and E Africa, most recently as Chief of Party in DR Congo. I have significant previous experience in the finance industry, having worked in senior positions at Bank of America and Robertson Stephens investment bank.
I am an economist with particular expertise on dryland Africa, and former director of the International Institute for Environment and Development. My work combines field research, policy analysis and advocacy, with particular focus on climate change, property rights, global governance and natural resources. I specialise in current and future policy thinking on all aspects of the environment and development agenda, particularly building alliances with those in the frontline of sustainable development, and on land rights in Africa and all regions.