Speakers and Teachers

2019 speakers and teachers coming soon. Please see 2018 list below. 


Daniela Nowitzki 
When: Conference Area
When: 3 & 5 September
Daniela Nowitzki, trainer at the PROBAT Training Center in Emmerich, Germany, looks back on several years of experience in organising and conducting internal and external coffee training courses. In her time as a trainer she has gained extensive knowledge in the fields of green coffee, quality control, cup tasting, sensory and – of course – roasting, as well as in optimising roasting machines and profiles. Daniela is member of the Roasters Guild and a SCAE certified trainer. In the year 2013 she won the ‘SCAE Award for Excellence – Passionate Educator’.


David Veal SCAE

David Veal

Former Executive Ambassador of SCA
Where: Conference Area
When: 4 September
David has spent most of his career working in the coffee industry, with brands such as Rombouts, Douwe Egbert and Lavazza, and running his own distribution company in the UK for 18 years. During that time, he was Chairman of the Beverage Standards Association, and helped organise and judge the UK barista competitions for SCAE, and then after selling his business he became Executive Director of Speciality Coffee Association of Europe, a post which he has held for seven years. Since the merger with Specialty Coffee Association of America into SCA David has also been acting as Executive Ambassador for the new association working with the partners, and is currently responsible for engagement in Africa, coordinating several projects in Rwanda, including the purchase of land for a women’s cooperative with IWCA, and a project in Nyere Province in Kenya with Grounds for Health, as well as organising field trips for coffee professionals to producing countries.

Emma Haines
London School of Coffee
Where: Coffee Workshop Area
When: 3 & 4 September
Independent SCA Coffee Trainer at Caffeina Consulting, Food Safety Trainer & Cafe Consultant. Emma has worked in hospitality and catering training for the last ten years. For the last five years, she has focused on coffee training, in particular specialty coffee training and how to incorporate specialty elements into commercial environments. She works all over Europe and beyond, and is a resident trainer at London School of Coffee. She has a strong passion for inclusivity, as reflected in her role on the SCA Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity Taskforce. Ensuring that the ability to grow to love coffee and turn it into passion is available to all, regardless of background is key to Emma’s delivery of training.




Justine Mudde
Euromonitor International
Where: 4 September
When: Conference Area
Justine Mudde is a Research Analyst at Euromonitor International specializing in the Drinks and Tobacco industries. In her current position, Justine works closely with a team of analysts to identify the key trends affecting consumer markets across Western Europe and makes strategic estimations for market sizes, company shares and industry forecasts.





Jane Pettigrew 
UK Tea Academy
Where: Conference Area & Tea Workshop Area
When: Every day
Jane has worked in the tea industry for over 30 years. She teaches tea masterclasses all over the world and has written 16 books on tea. In 2014 she was voted Best Tea Educator at the World Tea Awards and in January 2016 was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Tea Production and Tea History in the UK’s New Year Honours list.



 Julian Dixon


Where: Conference Area
When: 3 September
Julian Dixon is a vice president at INTL FCStone. He has been advising commercial coffee traders the best way to manage their risk for over 20 years, including over a decade with the Neumann Gruppe.

Mick Wheeler 
Former SCA President
Where: Conference Area
When: 5 September
Mick Wheeler has worked with the PNG Coffee Industry for more than 40 years, although has taken on a variety of other roles including that of SCAE Executive Director (2004 to 2011). He has spoken at numerous conferences including the SCAA, SCAE, and the ICO World Coffee Conferences. He has also worked as a consultant for a number of organisations such as FAO, ITC – where he is one of the co-authors and moderators of “The Coffee Guide” (www.thecoffeeguide.org), The Common Fund for Commodities and the World Bank. He is also the author of a number of publications on coffee and cocoa. In 2017 he was awarded an OBE for his services to the PNG coffee industry.





Susie Spindler
Alliance of Coffee Excellence & Cup of Excellence
Where: Conference Area & Coffee Workshop Area
When: 3 & 4 September 

Susie Spindler was a Founder of the Cup of Excellence® competition and auction program in 1999 and was Executive Director of The Alliance for Coffee Excellence(ACE)-the non-profit organization that owns Cup of Excellence until 2015. She was asked to return as Executive Director in early 2016 and guided the program until 2017. She is now an Executive Advisor and honorary board member of ACE. Spindler began her career in coffee at a time when soft drinks were the beverage of choice in the morning and coffee was barely identified by country and almost never by farm or variety. At that time she created several successful coffee programs for the International Coffee Organization that helped jump start specialty coffee in the USA. She has also been a founder and marketing director of an endangered wildlife facility, president of a small advertising agency and heavily involved in consumer product marketing research. She holds a graduate degree in international marketing and management.

Sean Elder 
James Aimer Ltd
Where: Coffee Workshop Area
When: 5 September
Sean Elder is a SCA Diploma holder and an Authorized SCA Trainer in Introduction to Coffee, Barista Skills and Brewing. Sean ran his own coffee shop until 2017 when he decided to gain new skills in blending, tasting and roasting coffee and is currently gaining SCA certification in Roasting. Sean is Head of Blend Development & Training for James Aimer Ltd in Dundee, Scotland and has been instrumental in designing a new Coffee and Tea Academy as part of James Aimer’s continued drive to improve the quality of coffee and tea consumed in the out-of-home market.

Andrew Christoffelsz

Gebrüder Wollenhaupt GmbH

When: Tea Workshops
Where: 4 September
Tea Trading Department at Gebrüder Wollenhaupt GmbH – a German based family business since 137 years which is worldwide active in sourcing and marketing teas. More than 30 years Tea Industry experience. Expert Tea Taster. High level of Specialized Knowledge on Origins, Tea Qualities, Growing and Production.





Marco Sinram 
Gebrüder Wollenhaupt GmbH
Where: Tea Workshop Area
When: 4 September
Head of Tea Trading Department at Gebrüder Wollenhaupt GmbH – a German based family business since 137 years which is worldwide active in sourcing and marketing teas. + 30 years of commitment and know-how in the tea industry. Distinguished tea taster and longstanding, experienced purchasing manager at Wollenhaupt. Highest level of specialized knowledge in the fields of tea quality, tea growing and tea culture. Expert in the tea business. His many trips have made him a connoisseur of all major growing regions.




Howard Barwick 
Olam Speciality Coffee
Where: Conference Area
When: 5 September

A 10 year coffee professional, Howard has worked almost all positions along the coffee chain (except farming!) as a barista, trainer, roaster, green buyer & trader. A former top 3 finalist in both the UK Barista Championship & UK Brewer’s Cup competitions as a competitor & again as a roaster, contributed to over 30 individual Great Taste Awards in the last 5 years & holder of numerous SCA certifications as well as the new CQI processing course, his enthusiasm for, and broad experience in speciality coffee is enthusiastically shared.
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