National Organization Committees

Each participating cocoa-producing country establishes a National Organization Committee that oversees the participation of cocoa producers from their country. They may consist of representatives of one or more stakeholder groups such as: Research and development institutions, National cocoa boards, Quality control centers, NGOs and Export promoting institutions. National Organization Committees play a crucial role in ensuring that high-quality samples are selected and sent to the Cocoa of Excellence Programme representing the cocoa diversity of the country.

Below are the contacts details of the National Organization Committees for the 2019 Edition. Many are in the process of being confirmed. For more information please contact the CoEx Programme coordination.

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AUSTRALIA

Yan Diczbalis
Principal Horticulturist
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries - Centre for Wet Tropics Agriculture,
Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Tel : +61 (0)7 4220 4128, Mobile : +61 (0)407 120779
Email: yan.diczbalis@daf.qld.gov.au

Philippa Tyler
Consumer & Sensory Scientist
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries - Crop & Food Science
Block 10, 39 Kessels Road, Coopers Plains, Brisbane, QLD 4108
Australia
Tel : +61 (0) 7 3708 8847
Email: philippa.tyler@daf.qld.gov.au

BELIZE

Contacts 2019 to be confirmed

BENIN

Contacts 2019 to be confirmed

Bolivia

Roger Mendoza Aro, Consultor de Cacao Chocolate Tropical
Confederación de Productores y Recolectores Agroecológicos de Cacao de Bolivia - COPRACAO BOLIVIA
Av. Abecedario Nº 220, entre la Av. Los Pinos y la Calle Laureles
Cochabamba, Bolivia
Tel: 591-63970761
Email: copracao.bolivia2013@gmail.com
Email: tropicalchocolate@gmail.com

Tania Aslla Sanchez, Coordinadora proyecto Cacao HELVETAS
SWISS INTERCOOPERATION
Calle Rosendo Gutierrez 704 (Sopocachi)
Casilla postal: 2518, La Paz, Bolivia
Tel/Fax: (591-2) 2419565 / 2410735, int.134
Cel: 591-71524735
Email: tania.aslla@helvetas.org

Brazil

Neyde Alice Bello Marques Pereira, MsC. (Coordinator)
Antonio Zugaib (Vice-Coordinator)
CEPLAC/CEPEC/SETEA
Comissão Executiva do Plano da Lavoura Cacaueira - CEPLAC
Centro de Pesquisas do Cacau - CEPEC
Seção de Tecnologia e Engenharia Agrícola - SETEA
Km 22, Rod. Ilhéus - Itabuna
CEP 45-600-970, Ilhéus, Bahia, Cx Postal 07
Brazil
Tel:+ 55 (73) 3214-3230 or + 55 (73) 3214-3235
WhatsApp: + 55 (73) 99132-7174
Emails: nalice.bello@gmail.com and neyde_alice@yahoo.com.br

CAMEROON

Contacts 2019 to be confirmed

 
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CHINA

Dr. Qin Xiaowei
Associate Professor
Spice and Beverage Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS)
Xinglong Tropical Botanical Garden, Wanning City, Hainan, 571533,
China
Tel : +86 18889513862
Email : qin_xiaowei@163.com

Colombia 

Carlos Muñoz Vanegas
Secretario Técnico
Consejo Nacional Cacaotero
Calle 31 No. 17-27
Bogotá, D.C. Colombia
Cell: +57-313-409-3684
Email: carlosa.munoz@minagricultura.gov.co

Eduard Baquero López
Presidente Ejecutivo
Federación Nacional de Cacaoteros - FEDECACAO
Calle 31 No. 17-27
Bogotá, D.C. Colombia
Tel: +57-571-327-3000
Email: presidencia@fedecacao.com.co

CONGo, republic of

Contacts 2019 to be confirmed

Congo, DRC

Thibault d’Huart
Rue de la Combe, 4
CH-1260 Nyon, Switzerland
Tel: +41 21 311 19 01
Fax: +41 21 311 19 00
Email: tdh@tropicore.com
www.tropicore.com
 

Costa Rica

Juan Pablo Büchert
Cámara Nacional de Cacao Fino de Costa Rica
National Fine Cocoa Chamber of Costa Rica
CANACACAO
San José, Costa Rica
CR direct: +(506) 8827-8538
Email: juanbuchert@gmail.com
www.canacacao.org
www.facebook.com/CanacacaoCostaRica

Côte d'Ivoire

Mr. ME Kouakou, Point Focal
Coordonnateur du Programme d’Appui aux OPA
Le Conseil du Café Cacao
Immeuble Caistab, 17 BP 797 Abidjan 17, Côte d’Ivoire
Tel : 225 20 20 27 87 / 225 02 56 65 80
Email : mkouakou@conseilcafecacao.ci

Mr. DIBY Félicien, Point Focal Adjoint
Coordonnateur Adjoint du Programme d’Appui aux OPA, Conseil du Café-Cacao
Tél : 225 20 20 28 61 / 225 07 01 37 19
Email : diby.felicien@conseilcafecacao.ci

DOMINICA

Mr J. Lloyd Pascal, Head, Export Promotion & Development Department
Gregoire Thomas, General Manager
Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA)
Bayfront, P.O.Box 173, Roseau
Commonwealth of Dominica
Tel: +1 767 448 3494
Cell: +1 767 245 1612
Fax: +1 767 448 6308
Emails: lpascal@dexiaexport.com & gthomas@dexiaexport.com
Facebook: Dominica Export Import Agency

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

2019 contacts to be confirmed

Ecuador

Dr Rey Loor
Estación Experimental Tropical Pichilingue
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias
INIAP – EET-Pichilingue
Km5 vía Quevedo al Empalme
Mocache, Prov. Los Ríos, Ecuador
Tel: 593-52-783128 / 953-52-783044 / 593-52-784522
Fax: 593 052-784522
Email: rey.loor@iniap.gob.ec

Merlyn Casanova, Directora Ejecutiva
Asociación Nacional de Exportadores de Cacao (ANECACAO) 
Av. Miguel Alcivar y Victor Sicouret
Edificio Torres del Norte, TorreB, Local 6
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Telefax: (593-4) 2687264
Celular: (593-9) 98864639
Emails: gerencia@anecacao.com y presidencia@anecacao.com
https://www.facebook.com/anecacao.ecuador
https://twitter.com/Anecacao_Ecu

El Salvador

Jairo Andrade
COP - Alianza Cacao
Catholic Relief Services - CRS
73 Av. Sur N° 221, Col Escalón
San Salvador, El Salvador C.A.
Tel: (503) 2207-6900
Email: jairo.andrade@crs.org
Website: crs.org or crsespanol.org

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EQUATORIAL GUINEA

2019 contacts to be confirmed

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FIJI

John Oakeshott
R&D Coordinator
The Pacific Community (SPC)
Vatoa Road, Narere, Suva,
Fiji
Tel : +679 337 9515
Email : johno@spc.int
Website : www.spc.int

 
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GABON

Ismaël Ondias Souna
Directeur Général
CAISTAB GABON (Caisses de Stabilisation et de Péréquation du Gabon)
Immeuble Gabon 2000
B.P. 768 Libreville, Gabon
Tel : +241 01 48 30 00 / Fax: +241 01 48 30 02
Email: ismael.ondias@outlook.com
www.caistab-gabon.com

Audran Ossyba
Directeur
Caisse Café/Cacao
Immeuble Gabon 2000
BP 768 Libreville, Gabon
Tel: + 241 764 545
Fax: + 241 071 700 28
Email : audran@hotmail.com

 

Ghana

Dr Yaw Adu-Ampomah
Deputy Chief Executive (A&QC)
Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod)
Cocoa House, P.O. Box 933, Accra, Ghana
Tel: +233 (21) 66 17 52 / +233 (21) 66 17 86 (d/l) or 17 57
Mob. +233 24 3825389
Email: y_aduampomah@yahoo.com

Stephen Yaw Opoku
Physiology/Biochemistry Division
Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana
Box 8, New Tafo-Akim, Ghana
Tel:   +233 24 4632762
Fax   +233 27 7900029
Email: syopoku@yahoo.co.uk
website: crig.org.gh 

Guatemala

Mr. Peter Schellenberg, President
Comité de Cacao y Chocolate - AGEXPORT Guatemala
Oficinas Centrales
15 avenida 14-72 zona 13, Ciudad de Guatemala
PBX: (502) 2422 3400, Tel: (502) 52050796
Email: peter.schellenberg@unionexport.com

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HAITI

Guito Gilot
Manager FECCANO
Fédération des Coopératives Cacaoyères du Nord
Cap-Haitien, Haïti
Tel : 00 509 3775 - 2514
Mail : feccano.haiti@yahoo.fr

Sardou Jean-Denis
Coordonnateur technique
Agronomes et Vétérinaires sans Frontières (AVSF)
18 rue Bellevue - Pacot, Port-au-Prince, Haïti
Tel bureau : 00 509 28 16 07 88
Tel portable : 00 509 48 90 08 48
Email : s.jean-denis@avsf.org
www.avsf.org / www.ruralter.org

Aline Etlicher
Responsable Opérations Cacao
Produits des Iles SA
Acul du Nord, Haïti
Tel : 00 509 3680 0853
Email : aetlicher@pisa.ht

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HAWAII

Daniel O'Doherty
Dylan Butterbaugh
Hawaii Cacao Foundation
315 Uluniu Street, Suite 203
Kailua, Hawaii
96734, USA
Tel: +1 808 777 0548 (Daniel) and +1 808 343 3040 (Dylan)
Emails: cacao4hawaii@gmail.com (Daniel) / dylan@manoachocolate.com (Dylan)

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HONDURAS

Ing. Aníbal Ayala, Gerente General
Asociación de Productores de Cacao de Honduras (APROCACAHO)
Municipio de Choloma, Departamento de Cortés
Honduras C.A.
Tel: +504 2669-3400/ 3912
Cell: +504 9991-5643
E-mail: cacaohonduras@aprocacaho.com
Website: www.aprocacaho.com

INDIA

Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director
ICAR - Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) 
Kasaragod-671 124, Kerala, India
Tel Office: +91-4994 232333, 91-4994- 232893, 232894, 232895
Mobile No: +91-9446535932
Email: directorcpcri@gmail.com                                                                                                     

Dr. S. Elain Apshara, Principal Scientist
Horticulture Section  
ICAR - Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) 
Regional Station, Vittal    
Karnataka- 574 243, India
Tel Office: +91-8255-239238      
Mobile No: +91-9449809566
Email:  elainapshara@gmail.com

Dr. Venkatesh N. Hubballi 
Director & Transparency Officer
Directorate of Cashewnut & Cocoa Development (DCCD)
Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India
Department of Agriculture, Co-operation & Farmers Welfare
8th & 9th Floor, Kera Bhavan, SRV High School Road, 
Cochin- 682 011, Kerala State, India
Tel Office: +91-484-2377151 - Fax: +91-484-2377239
Mobile No: +91-9895122719
Emails: dccd@nic.in  ; venkatesh_hubballi@yahoo.co.in 

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INDONESIA

Agung Wahyu Susilo
Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute
Jl. PB Sudirman 90
Jember 68118
Indonesia
Email: soesiloiccri@yahoo.com

JAMAICA

Contacts 2019 to be confirmed

LIBERIA

Contacts 2019 to be confirmed

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MALAYSIA

Dr Datin Norhaini Udin - Director General
Mr. Haya Ramba - Director of Cocoa Upstream Technology Division
Dr. Sabariah Samsudin - Director of Cocoa Downstream Technology Division
Mr. Aizat Japar - Research Officer
Lembaga Koko Malaysia (Malaysian Cocoa Board) 
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah,
Malaysia

Emails: 
norhaini@koko.gov.my
hayaramba@koko.gov.my
sabariah@koko.gov.my 
aizat@koko.gov.my

MARTINIQUE

Kora Bernabé
Présidente de VALCACO
VALCACO - Association des producteurs de cacao de Martinique
Chez le PARM, 375 impasse petit morne
97232 Le Lamentin, Martinique
Tel: +596 696 44 26 30 ou +596 696 85 30 22
Email : kora.bernabe@gmail.com

Katia Rochefort
Directrice du PARM
PARM - Pôle Agroressources et de Recherche de Martinique
Impasse Petit-Morne No 375
97232 Le Lamentin, Martinique
Tel : 0596 42 21 78
Fax : 0596 42 21 92
Email : katia.rochefort@parm.mq
www.parm.mq

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MEXICO

Dr. Carlos Hugo Avendaño Arrazate
Investigador Titular
Responsable Programa de Cacao
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias (INIFAP)
Campo Experimental Rosario Izapa
Programa de Investigación en Cultivos Industriales Perennes
Km. 18 Carretera Tapachula-Cacahoatán
Tuxtla Chico,  C.P. 30870, Chiapas, México
Tel.: 01800 088 2222 Ext 86411
Email: avendano.carlos@inifap.gob.mx

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NICARAGUA

Carolina Aguilar
Deputy Regional Director, Quality and Growth LAC
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF
700 Light St
Baltimore, MD 21230, USA
Tel: 410-230-2806
Email: Caguilar@lwr.org
www.lwr.org

Claudia Pineda
Gerente de Programas LWR Nicaragua
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF
Colonial Los Robles, de donde fue El Chamán
1 cuadra arriba, 1 cuadra al lago,
mano izquierda, casa esquinera # 77
Managua, Nicaragua
Telefax: (505) 2277-4748
Email: cpineda@lwr.org

NIGERIA

HRM Oba Dokun Thompson
The Oloni of Eti-Oni
Eti-Oni Development Group
Oloni’s Palace
Gureje Square, Eti-Oni
Osun State, Nigeria
Tel Nigeria: +234 803 483 3337
Tel UK: +44 7534 316 150
Email: oloni@eti-oni.com

Adaeze Udo Ekwueme
CEO
Tel Nigeria: +234-7055-860735
Tel UK: +44-7703-753848
Email: ceo@eti-oni.com
www.cocoafestival.com

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Mr. Naithel Wartovo
Export Quality Assurance Manager
Cocoa Board of Papua New Guinea
Balavu Street, PO Box 532
Kokopo, ENBP, Papua New Guinea
Tel: +675 982 9083, Fax: +675 982 8712
Email: naithelwartovo20@gmail.com and quality.manager@cocoaboard.org.pg

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PERU

Ing. Augusto Sayán Gianella
Director General
Dirección General Agrícola Ministerio de Agricultura y Riego – MINAGRI
Jr. Yauyos Nº 258, Lima, Perú
Tel. Central: (51-1) 209-8800 Anexo: 4011
Email: asayan@minagri.gob.pe

Ing. Jorge Moreno Morales
Director de la Dirección Agrícola
Dirección General Agrícola Ministerio de Agricultura y Riego - MINAGRI
Jr. Yauyos Nº 258, Lima, Perú
Tel. Central: (51-1) 209-8800 Anexo: 4030
Email: jmoreno@minagri.gob.pe

Ing. Carmen Rosa Chávez H.
Especialista
Responsable Cadena Cacao & Chocolate
Dirección General Agrícola Ministerio de Agricultura y Riego - MINAGRI
Jr. Yauyos Nº 258, Lima, Perú
Tel. Central: (51-1) 209-8800 Anexo: 4031
Cell: +51 998559543
Skype: crchavezh
Email: cchavez@minagri.gob.pe

PHILIPPINES

Mr. Valente Turtur
Chairman, Philippines National Cacao Industry Council
President, Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao, Inc. (CIDAMI)
Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines
Tel:  (082) 330-6068
Cell: +63998-9980249
Email: cidami.center@gmail.com

PUERTO RICO

Eduardo Cortés
Cortés Hermanos (Chocolate Cortes)
Calle Manuel Camuñas
San Juan, 00918, Puerto Rico
Tel: 787-754-7040
Email: ecortes@chocolatecortes.com

Viviana Medina
Project Manager, Task Force Representative Puerto Rico
World Coffee Research
Cond. Tierra del Sol, Apt 198,
Humacao, 00791, Puerto Rico
Tel: 787-431-0100
Email: vmedinarodriguez49@gmail.com or viviana@worldcoffeeresrarch.org

SAMOA

Saena Penaia Tialino - Interim Chair of SKIA
Lemauga Hobart Va’ai - Secretariat of SKIA
SKIA - Samoa Koko Industry Association (Incorporated)
P.O. Box 2014
1st Floor, Sanalele Complex,
Saleufi, Samoa
Tel: (685) 31090, Fax: (685) 31089, Cell: (685) 7748426
Emails: melzi.plantation@gmail.com ; ceo@samoachamber.ws

 
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SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE

Severino Neto do Espírito Santo
Directeur Scientifique
CIAT/STP - Ministerio de Agricultura
CP nº 375 - S. Tomé
São Tomé e Príncipe
Tel : 00239 9903963 ou 00239 2223343
Email: santosev@yahoo.fr

SIERRA LEONE

Ms Isatu Haja Kabba
Acting Executive Secretary
Produce Monitoring Board
Delco House, 2nd Floor
10 Lightfoot Boston Street
Freetown
Sierra Leone
Mob: 232 76391900
Email: hajrazkabba@gmail.com or hkabba@producemonitoringboard.sl

 

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SOLOMON ISLANDS

Patterson Siliota
Commodities Export Marketing Authority
Commonwealth Street, Honiara City.
P. O. Box 1087, Honiara
Solomon Islands
Telephone: 677 22340 / 677 22528 / 677 7415369
Email: Patterson.siliota@cema.com.sb

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St Vincent and the Grenadines

Andrew Hadley
General Manager
St Vincent Cocoa Company (SVCC)
Cruise Ship Terminal, Kingstown
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Phone +1 784 533 1500
Email: andrew.hadley@svgcocoa.com

Wilf Marriott
Cocoa Sales, Sustainability & Social Media Manager
St Vincent Cocoa Company (SVCC)
Tel: +1 779 546 6224
Email: wilf.marriott@svgcocoa.com
www.svgcocoa.com

 

TANZANIA

Simran Bindra, Co-Founder
Kokoa Kamili
Tel: +255 (0)783563780
Email: info@kokoakamili.com
www.kokoakamili.com

 THAILAND

THAILAND

Assoc. Prof. Sanh La-ongsri, Ph.D.
Faculty of Agricultural Production, Maejo University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Kanokked La-ongsri
President and owner MarkRin Chocolate Co., Ltd.
222/1 Moo 9 San Sai Noi, San Sai
Chiang Mai, 50210, Thailand
Tel: +66(0)957522770 (Thai/English), +66(0)859146963 (Thai), +66(0)948303760 (Thai), +66(0)801306236 (Thai)
Emails: markrin.chocolate@gmail.com, shc_swang@yahoo.com
https://www.cocoathailandcenter.com

 
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TOGO

Gouthon Enselme, Secrétaire Général
Comité de Coordination pour les Filières Café et Cacao (CCFCC)
Immeuble Direction du Conditionnement et de la Métrologie Légale (DCML)
Zone Portuaire
BP: 8582 Lomé Togo
Tél : +228 22 27 09 45
Fax: +228 22 27 09 65
E-mail: ccfcctogo@gmail.com ou genselme@yahoo.fr

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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Leon Granger – CEO, CDCTTL / Chairman of the National Organization Committee
Gabriella Gonzales – Manager Marketing, Business Development & Communications, CDCTTL / Member of the National Organization Committee
Cocoa Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago – CDCTTL
#16 Mulchan Seuchan Road
Chaguanas
Tel.: 1 868 672 2559 / 1 868 672 1580 / 1 868 671 1001
Email: Leon.granger@cdcttl.co.tt
Email: Gabriella.gonzales@cdcttl.co.tt

 
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UGANDA

Jeff Steinberg
Founder & Managing Director
Latitude Trade Company
Plot 2 Lower Kakiiza Road, Fort Portal
Uganda
Tel : +256 783185287
Email : jeff@latitudetrade.co
Website : www.latitudetrade.co

 
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VENEZUELA

Clímaco Álvarez, Investigador del INIA-Miranda
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agrícolas (INIA)
Sector Tapipa, Municipio Acevedo
Estado Miranda, Venezuela
Cell: 0058- 0412-0809014
Email: climacoa@hotmail.com

Gabriel Arocha Yovera, Coordinador
Instituto Nacional de Sanidad Agricola Integral (INSAI)
Cacagua, Municipio Acevedo
Estado Miranda, Venezuela
Cell: 0058-04123269899
Email: garochayovera@gmail.com

Hector Silva, Presidente
Sociedad Mercantil Exportadora de Miranda
Chacao, Municipio Chacao
Estado Miranda, Venezuela
Cell: 0058 0414- 3428772
Email: hectorjsilvah@gmail.com

Carber Gonzalez, Directivo
Agrotech
Cacagua, Municipio Acevedo
Estado Miranda, Venezuela
Cell: 0058- 0424- 1714075
Email: carbergonzalez@yahoo.com

VANUATU

Sandrine Wallez
ACTIV Association
Stella Mare Sub-Division
P.O. Box 5125
Second Lagoon, Port Vila
Vanuatu
Email: activassociation@hotmail.com
Tel : +678 22 554
www.activassociation.org

VIETNAM

Dr. Pham Hong Duc Phuoc
Vice Chairman of The Vietnam Cocoa Development Coordinating Committee
6 Quarter, Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc District
Ho Chi Minh City,
Vietnam
Tel: (848) 3724 5527
HP: (84) 9139 20173
E-Mail: phdphuoc@gmail.com


*Photo from L. Hook, Bioversity*