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Officers and Staff

WCF officers and staff provide leadership for the organization and are based in North America, Europe, and West Africa.


Nicko Debenham, WCF Chairman

Director – Head of Cocoa, Armajaro Trading Ltd.

Barry Parkin, WCF Co-Vice Chairman 

CSO, Mars, Inc.

Juergen Steinemann, WCF Co-Vice Chairman

CEO, Barry Callebaut 

Scott Walker, WCF Secretary/Treasurer

President, ADM Cocoa

Senior Management

Bill Guyton, President

Bill Guyton, the President of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), is an internationally recognized expert with nearly 25 years of experience in sustainable development. He acts as a primary spokesman for the international chocolate industry on issues related to a sustainable cocoa economy and quality of life of independent family cocoa farmers.  Download bio

Holly Houston, Director of Operations and Finance

Holly Houston is the Director of Operations and Finance for the World Cocoa Foundation.  She has worked with WCF for over four years in the areas of accounting, operations, financial & grant management.  She has also been part of the program management team since the inception of the Cocoa Livelihoods Program.  She worked in the non-profit healthcare investment banking sector at Citigroup in New York for over three years prior to joining the Foundation. Download bio

Paul F. Macek , Senior Program Director, West Africa 

Paul Macek is the Senior Program Director for West Africa for the World Cocoa Foundation, where he manages WCF flagship’s portfolio of projects and programs. He brings with him nearly 20 years’ experience in community based development and humanitarian work. Download bio

Timothy S. McCoy, Senior Advisor, Outreach

Tim McCoy serves as senior advisor for outreach at the World Cocoa Foundation, where he manages WCF’s strategic outreach to the public and private sector. He brings nearly 20 years’ experience in international affairs and political and economic development programs, primarily in Africa. Download bio

Finance & Operations

Katie Denman, Office and Special Events Coordinator

Katie Denman is the Office and Special Events Coordinator for the World Cocoa Foundation. Prior to joining the World Cocoa Foundation, Katie developed her passion for sustainability and the environment through media and research internships at organizations including the Defenders of Wildlife, PRETOMA, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Sea Turtle Conservancy, and the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles. Download bio

Adam Mayaki, Grants and Finance Manager

Adam Mayaki is the Grants and Finance Manager at WCF covering the ACI and CLP II projects.  He has more than nine years of experience in project management, budget controls, field and home office operations, financial reporting, and financial management. Download bio

Preeti Parulekar, Accounting & Financial Analyst

Preeti Parulekar is the Accounting and Financial Analyst for the World Cocoa Foundation.  She provides financial & grant management support across WCF programs and tracks cocoa futures market statistics and economic benchmarks. Prior to joining WCF, she worked in non-profit financial & grant management and developed her interest in market and trading statistics as a data intern at NASDAQ. Download bio

WCF Cocoa Livelihoods Program (WCF CLP)

Chantal Amissah, Administrative Assistant, WCF Cocoa Livelihoods Program

Chantal Amissah is the Assistant Administrator for the World Cocoa Foundation’s Cocoa Livelihoods Program (WCF/CLP). Download bio

Ethan Budiansky, Deputy Director, WCF Cocoa Livelihoods Program

Ethan Budiansky is a development professional with experience in natural resource management, international development and program management, specializing in agroforestry, sustainable agriculture, and agribusiness development. Download bio

Mina Lassey, Program Associate, WCF Cocoa Livelihoods Program

Mina H. Lassey is a Program Associate for the WCF Cocoa Livelihoods Program (WCF/CLP).  Prior to working with CLP, she worked as the monitoring and evaluation specialist for Conservation International’s Cocoa Agro-forestry Program supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development.  Download bio

Josephson Odamtten, Database Manager, WCF Cocoa Livelihoods Program

Josephson Odamtten is the Database Manager for the World Cocoa Foundation’s Cocoa Livelihoods Program (WCF/CLP). Josephson joined the WCF/CLP monitoring & evaluation team in Accra, Ghana in June 2010. Download bio


Charlie Feezel, Education Program Director, WCF ECHOES

Charlie Feezel has worked in international development, primarily in Africa, since he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burundi in 1983. He worked in more than a dozen African countries and trained over 3,000 volunteers in education, business development and culture crossing skills.  He has experience in program design and management, monitoring and evaluation, workforce development, education and economic growth. Download bio

Josephine Dadzie, Administrative Assistant, WCF ECHOES

Josephine Dadzie works on the day-to-day administrative work for WCF/ECHOES and other WCF education projects as well as assists in their implementation. She brings over 7 years experience of office and project administration having worked for Tieso Ghana Ltd, Constructs llc and Knutsford University College, Ghana. Complementing her administrative experience are over 5 years of youth development work as a part-time volunteer Director for event management for The HuD Group, an international youth development organization.  Download bio

Kodzo (Korch) Korkortsi, Education Specialist

Kodzo M. Korkortsi is the Education Specialist for WCF ECHOES Program (WCF-ECHOES). He coordinates and supports the implementation WCF’s ECHOES Program activities. He is based in WCF West Africa Office in Accra, Ghana. Download bio

Laura Ostenso, Manager of Special Programs and Evaluation 

Laura Ostenso is a manager of Special Programs and Evaluation at the World Cocoa Foundation. She focuses on community development, mobile technology, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E).   Download bio

WCF African Cocoa Initiative (WCF ACI)

H. Sona Ebai, Chief of Party, WCF African Cocoa Initiative

Sona Ebai has spent the last 25 years in integrated Rural Regional Development Planning and Commodities be it in policy design and implementation or outreach and governance. He comes with impeccable credentials that have made him, in addition to hard work and a solid academic background, almost a household name in the world cocoa economy. Download bio

Nene Akwetey-Kodjo, Project Coordinator, WCF African Cocoa Initiative

Nene Akwetey-Kodjoe is the WCF/ACI Project Coordinator. He manages all technical reporting and for the project and provides project management backstopping support to the Chief of Party. Prior to joining WCF Nene worked for almost 8 years on development projects for USAID’s West Africa Trade Hub as Technical Coordinator for Export Business Development, Finance Program Coordinator and Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist and for JICA’s West African Centre for International Parasite Control as Senior Research Assistant. Download bio

Akua Amoah-Boateng, Finance Manager, WCF African Cocoa Initiative

Akua Amoah-Boateng is the Finance Manager for WCF's African Cocoa Initiative and manages Administration in the Accra Office.  Download bio

Takyi Sraha, Technical Advisor, WCF African Cocoa Initiative

Mr. Takyi Sraha is a Technical Advisor with WCF/ACI for Cocoa Value Chain Strengthening and managing all aspects of the project that seeks to improve the sub-regional and national systems that supply agricultural inputs to cocoa farming systems. Takyi holds an M.Sc in Agroforestry and B.Sc (Hons) in Biological Sciences all from University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. Download bio

Baaba Wood, Administrative Assistant, WCF African Cocoa Initiative

Baaba Wood is the administrative Assistant for the WCF’s African Cocoa Initiative
Project. She provides administrative support to the Chief of Party and other
members of the team. Her expertise in office administration, information and records management and customer service comes from years of experience with institutions such as North Ridge Lyceum, the Buyasoul Foundation and the Information Services Department,
Ministry of Information. Download bio

WCF Fellowships, Programs, Research

Jean-Yves Couloud, Program Coordinator / Coordonnateur de Programmes

Jean – Yves Couloud has spent the last 21 years in Rural Development through various projects funded by World Bank, FIDA, WFP, USAID, WCF, etc. As the World Cocoa Foundation Program Coordinator in Cote d’Ivoire, he facilitate the relationship between the Côte d’Ivoire government & the organization based in this country, provide backstopping to the implementation of all WCF programs in Cote d’Ivoire. Download bio

Tehua Koffi, Grants Manager, Cocoa Community Development Fund

Prior to joining the WCF Cocoa Community Development Fund he worked in Côte d’Ivoire for Cargill, Armajaro ADM and Fairtrade.  Download bio

Virginia Sopyla, Associate Director of Southeast Asia, Latin America & Research   
Virginia Sopyla is WCF Program Manager responsible for Southeast Asia, research, and fellowship programs.  Southeast Asia programs primarily focus on Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.  Research and fellowship programs include countries from all three major growing regions – Africa, the Americas, and Southeast Asia. Download bio

Valerie Beard, Program Assistant: Southeast Asia, Latin America & Research
Valerie Beard is Program Assistant for Southeast Asia, Latin America & Cacao Research programming at the World Cocoa Foundation.   Download Bio 

Communications & Outreach

Jackie Marks, Communications & Marketing Manager

Jackie Marks is the Communications & Marketing Manager for the World Cocoa Foundation, overseeing media outreach, social media and branding. She is also the lead organizer for WCF's twice yearly Partnership Meetings. She is based in WCF’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

Geert Waelkens, WCF European Union Liaison

Monitoring & Evaluation

Edwin Afari, WCF Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, West Africa

Mr. Edwin Afari is an Agricultural Economist and a Specialist in
Monitoring and Evaluation, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with 12 years’ experience in research, teaching, project analysis & management. He has additional experience in data analysis & management. Download bio

Steve Farone, Business Manager, Cocoa Measurement and Progress Initiative
Steve Farone is the Business Manager for WCF’s Cocoa Measurement and Progress (CocoaMAP) Initiative. CocoaMAP is a sustainability information hub for the cocoa industry.  Steve brings 20 years of experience in the nonprofit, government, and business sectors with expertise including sustainability assessment and corporate social responsibility reporting, information management and reporting tools, geographic information systems, and decision support software systems. Download bio


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