Vanúsia Maria Carneiro Nogueira first woman to be appointed as executive director of the ICO

The International Coffee Council has appointed Vanúsia Maria Carneiro Nogueira, from Brazil, as the new executive director of the International Coffee Organisation as of 1 May 2022.

With more than twenty years of professional experience in the coffee sector, Nogueira is the first woman to be elected to the position in ICO’s history, setting a milestone in terms of the long-awaited recognition of the leading role played by women in the entire coffee value chain.

The successor of José Sette hails from a fifth-generation Brazilian coffee family and has worked in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and the United States. In addition to holding the position of executive-director of the Brazil Specialty Coffee Association (BSCA) since 2007, the new ED of the ICO has also been a board member of the National Coffee Council (CNC), the Rainforest Alliance, and the Alliance for Coffee Excellence, as well as an advisory council member of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA).

During the Special Session of the Council held on 9 and 10 February, members of the Organisation expressed their high appreciation also for the Vietnamese candidate, Tran Kim Long, recognising his solid professional experience in the field of international development and valuing the commitment of the Vietnamese government with the Organisation.

Nogueira’s vision for the future of the ICO will focus on strengthening the sector coordination and partnerships to tackle priority issues such as ensuring a living and prosperous income for all farmers, market transparency, implementing global policies and financing mechanisms, increasing the sustainability of production and supply processes, as well as expanding consumption.

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