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WCR Think + Drink

About This Webinar

Join us for our annual gathering and report-out to the coffee community about WCR's progress over the prior year and a preview of what's ahead—adapted for the virtual world we are living in. Highlights include a tour of the experimental-F1-hybrid-harvest at our research farm in El Salvador, the results of a wide-ranging global consultation on shared R&D priorities, and an update on our 2020-2025 strategy.

This year, we are joined by WCR's founder, Tim Schilling; our CEO, Vern Long; and our communications director, Hanna Neuschwander. With special guest Doug Welsh, VP of Peet's Coffee & Tea. And introducing WCR's new scientific director, George Kotch.

You make the [time-zone-appropriate] drinks, we'll provide the thinks!

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
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CEO, World Coffee Research
Vern Long is the Chief Executive Officer of World Coffee Research, the world’s first global, collaborative agricultural R&D organization for coffee. A plant breeder by training, Long brings 25 years of experience in international agricultural research with a focus on smallholders, and deep expertise on genetic resources policy. Prior to joining WCR, Long served as the director of the Office of Agricultural Research and Policy at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she managed a global program portfolio of >$140 million per year. Long bring deep experience in convening diverse stakeholders — from industry, national governments, CGIAR international agricultural research centers, university scientists, and farmers—to formulate a shared crop research agenda to improve productivity among smallholder farmers. She received her PhD in plant genetics from Cornell University.
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Founder, World Coffee Research
Timothy Schilling is the founder of World Coffee Research, the world’s first global, collaborative agricultural R&D organization for coffee. A scientist and development expert, Dr. Schilling was the first to bring widespread attention in the coffee industry to the fact that coffee is an orphan crop: grown in poor countries, consumed in rich countries, and researched in neither.
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Research Director, World Coffee Research
Dr. George Kotch started his career as a commercial plant breeder in 1987 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics. He served in several senior positions leading breeding teams at H. M Clause as Vice President of R&D (Americas & Pacific ) and Head of Global Vegetable Seed R&D at Syngenta. There, Dr. Kotch directed of all aspects of Syngenta’s global vegetable research and development program, covering 20 crops, from strategy development to global implementation and oversaw a team of over 800 employees. Dr. Kotch left the private sector to bring his skillset to enhance the capacity of Asian and African national breeding programs focused on agricultural innovation for food security. He was the head of breeding at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, before joining the Excellence in Breeding Platform which allowed him to help modernize CGIAR and National Breeding Programs in low and medium-low income countries. Along the way, created two start-up companies and assisted as technical advisory/fundraiser for a third, and served as visiting industry scientist at both UC Davis and N.C. State, helping to build public/private partnerships.
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Vice President, Peet's Coffee & Tea
Doug Welsh is Vice President of Coffee for Peet’s Coffee & Tea. Peet’s was established in 1966 in Berkeley, California, fount of the farm to table renaissance in American foodways. Originator Alfred Peet brought the focus of the industry to the finest grades of Arabica coffee and the pursuit of roasting as a craft. As only the third Roastmaster at the pioneering company and leader of the quality movement. Doug is responsible for coffee overall, from sourcing to the blending, roasting, and brewing of a superior customer experience. Among other international fora, he has served as a judge at Cup of Excellence, speaker at Symposium, and is past President of the Pacific Coast Coffee Association. Doug resides in Berkeley and holds degrees in Sociology and Law from the University of California.
Webinar hosting presenter Hanna Neuschwander
Director of Communications, World Coffee Research
The intersection of coffee and science is Hanna's passion. She writes regularly and speaks globally about the future of coffee and coffee agriculture. She is the author of over 50 magazine articles on coffee, and of the book Left Coast Roast. She is based in Portland, Oregon.
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