8th Consultative Forum on Coffee Sector Finance

Representatives of the ICO Member Governments from both exporting and importing countries had the pleasure of hosting the 8th Consultative Forum on Coffee Sector Finance on Tuesday, 18 September 2018, held as part of the 122nd Session of the International Coffee Council in London, UK.

Chaired by Mr Kirill Matrenichev (Russian Federation), the 8th Forum brought together experts from the private and public sectors to exchange ideas on ‘Harnessing technology and innovation for investments in the coffee sector’.

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Forum Programme 

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Panel 1: Technical innovations

Moderated by Ms Nancy Cheruiyot from the Commodities Fund (Kenya), Panel 1 focused on technical innovations, with presentations from: 

Mr Thorsten Beck - Professor for Banking and Finance, CASS Business School, City University of London

Mr Richard Counsell - CEO and Founder, Stable

Mr Daniel Jones - CEO and Founder, bext360

Dr Yenugula Raghuramulu - Director of Research, Central Coffee Research Institute (India)


Panel 2: Innovative financial instruments

Moderated by Mr Alexander Borisov, Vice Chairman of Rusteacoffee Moscow, Panel 2 focused on innovative financial instruments, with presentations from:

Ms Michaela Seimen Howart - Sustainable Debt Strategist, UBS

Mr Andrey Kuleshov - Strategy & Development Adviser, Common Fund for Commodities

Mr Nick Silver - Co-found, Climate Bonds Initiative

Mr Herbert Lust - Vice-President Global Public Partnerships & Managing Director (Europe), Conservation International