RCI Executive Team and Board of Advisors
As the Relationship Coffee Institute’s Executive Director, Ruth Coleman is responsible for overseeing the organization’s operations and managing strategic relationships. Previously, she worked with California State Parks, the California Legislative Analyst office, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, Africa. She is a graduate of Occidental College and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Chief Financial and Operating Officer
DeeAnn brings 30 years of professional experience to the position of Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for overseeing daily operations of the Relationship Coffee Institute, providing strategic leadership in addition to financial and operational direction to the organization and program teams. DeeAnn has a broad professional background in social enterprise, nonprofits, and international business with experience in corporate sales, acquisitions, high-growth startups, and international project development.
Bong Suh advises on our strategic project efforts at the Relationship Coffee Institute, bringing an extensive background in business, e-commerce, law and finance. He has an undergraduate degree in Business from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and a law degree from University of California’s Berkeley School of Law. He founded the internet company BuyDirect and served as its Chief Executive Officer. He also served as a mergers & acquisition banker at Robertson, Stephens & Company and Morgan Stanley & Co., as well as Senior Vice President of corporate development at CNET Inc. and Beyond.com.
Paul has over 30 years experience advising, funding and starting commercial and non-profit businesses. After earning his MBA from Columbia University, he joined the technology strategy practice at Booz Allen. He was a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s M&A practice in NYC, and practice leader of GE’s private equity investing activities based in Stamford, CT and San Francisco. He was a founder or lead funder of several businesses including Education Finance Partners, AdPerk and several non-profits. Paul is interested in social enterprises and commercial businesses that find a way to support non-profit social services with cash and expertise while also sustaining their for-profit activities.
Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda NGO Staff
NGO staff focuses on implementing training on best agricultural practices, cooperative management, data collection, and more, in order to ensure the program’s impact on its beneficiaries.
East Africa Regional Director | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda NGO
As the East Africa Regional Director, Christine leads all program activity for Sustainable Harvest®-Rwanda. Prior to joining the Sustainable Harvest® team, Christine worked with ACDI/VOCA on a USAID project, with Fair Trade USA, REDI (Rwanda Economic Development Initiative), and Root Capital. She has invested the past 14 years in her passion: transforming the lives of people in the rural sector, especially through women’s economic development.
Director | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda NGO
As Director, Jean d’Amour oversees the implementation of all program activities for Sustainable Harvest®-Rwanda. He has more than 17 years of experience in agronomy, including eight years in coffee value chain development. Before joining SH-R, he was working with Wagenningen University on a project of improving the sugarcane value chain in Rwanda’s Nyabarongo valley. Jean d’Amour holds a bachelor’s degree in Rural Development & Agribusiness, an A1 diploma in Crop Production, an A2 diploma in Agriculture, and is a master’s degree candidate in Project Management.
M&E and Technology Manager | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda NGO
Richard is responsible for managing the development and execution of systems to track and report on the impact Sustainable Harvest®-Rwanda delivers to its program beneficiaries. He has a strong background in technology and management of development projects. Prior to joining Sustainable Harvest®-Rwanda, he did tech consulting for Vitae Homes, a California-based real estate firm, and before that, spent seven years in technology, business analysis, and M&E roles at Grameen Foundation. Richard is an alumnus of the International Institute for Local Development in Capetown, South Africa, in Result Based M&E, and a graduate of Makerere University in Information Technology.
Operations Manager | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda NGO
Rene is responsible for the internal workings and management of the Sustainable Harvest®-Rwanda office in Kigali. He is a resource for all staff members in terms of human resources, field visit logistics, procurement, office equipment, and field staff need. In addition, Rene leads and manages the planning and execution of the annual Let’s Talk Coffee® Rwanda event. Before joining Sustainable Harvest®-Rwanda, Rene worked with U.S Embassy Kigali and later with One Acre Fund as External Relations Manager, overseeing the development of relationships with donors.
Data Manager | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda NGO
Joseph is Sustainable Harvest®-Rwanda’s Data Manager, primarily focused on M&E systems, where he is responsible for managing data collection activities, ensuring quality control of collected data, and contributing to M&E system development. He has an undergraduate degree from the Higher Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in Rural Development and Agribusiness. Joseph worked for the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda for three years in data collection projects (including the National General Census and the National Agriculture Survey) as a team leader at the district level.
Accountant & Office Administrator | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda NGO
Caleb is the accountant and office administrator at Sustainable Harvest®-Rwanda, responsible for maintaining, verifying, recording, and reporting the company’s financial activity. He also oversees and ensures smooth office operations. Before joining Sustainable Harvest®-Rwanda, Caleb worked in the hospitality industry and with USG-funded projects in Rwanda, including Jhpiego Corporation and Constella Futures Group. He is a graduate of School of Finance and Banking in Rwanda, and is currently a CPA candidate.
Regional Manager, Southern Province | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda NGO
Fabien joined Sustainable Harvest® in 2014 as Senior Agronomist, based in Nyaruguru District, before becoming Regional Manager of Southern Province. He has 11 years of experience in the coffee industry, including nine years at the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) as a zone coffee Extensionist responsible for planning and organizing coffee farming activities, developing coffee producers’ awareness of formation of cooperatives, and preventing coffee diseases and pests. He has a degree from ISTCE University.
Regional Manager, Eastern Province and part of Gasabo District | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda NGO
Jean Aime is the Regional Manager of Eastern Province based in Rwamagana District, providing best agricultural practices trainings, cooperative management trainings, and quality control and business advisory services to coffee washing stations. Prior to his employment with SH-R, Jean Aime worked for six years as a zone coffee extensionist with the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB), working closely with farmers in the Western Province of Rwanda. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Agri-Business, a diploma in Crop Production, and has participated in many cupping trainings and three roasting training.
District Coordinator, Gakenke District | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda NGO
Ernest is District Coordinator in Gakenke District, supervising the implementation of SH-R priorities and working closely with local government, women leaders, and cooperatives to meet project milestones. Previously at SH-R, Ernest worked in Nyaruguru and Kayonza Districts as Junior Agronomist, providing training on best agricultural practices and cooperative management, as well as conducting data collection. Ernest holds a bachelor’s degree in Crop Production and an A2 Diploma in Agronomy. Prior to joining SH-R, he worked at Duhamic-Adri and in Nyabihu District as a facilitator in farmer field schools.
Junior Agronomist | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda NGO
Eric is a Junior Agronomist based in Nyaruguru District, providing Best Agricultural Practices trainings, helping smallholder cooperatives become more business-minded, and training in management of coffee washing stations for producing specialty coffee. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rwanda in Soil and Water Management. Prior to his current position with Sustainable Harvest®, Eric was a Field Agronomist Advisor for coffee washing stations (CWS) with SNV. He has done cupping, management, and leadership trainings and enjoys innovation and working with rural communities in Rwanda.
Regional Manager, Northern Province | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda NGO
Amani is SH-R’s Regional Manager for Northern Province, overseeing coffee program activities, coordinating agronomy program planning, providing expert knowledge to the strategic vision undertaken by program directors, and overseeing timely and effective implementation of the agronomy training program and additional value chain training. He holds a master’s degree of Development Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Crop Sciences. Prior to joining the SH-R team, Amani worked as a zone coffee extension officer at the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) and Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB).
Driver | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda NGO
Egide is the driver of SH-R, where he’s responsible for ensuring the transportation of staff and upkeep on the company car. Before joining SH-R, Egide was an employee of Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) Inkotanyi for seven years as personal driver of the Executive Secretary. Egide is a decorated driver, with A and B driver’s licenses and various mechanical engineering trainings.
Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda LLC Staff
The LLC team is devoted to creating market opportunities for the amazing-quality coffee grown through the program, as well as promoting specialty-coffee culture as a whole in Rwanda.
Social Enterprise Director | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda LLC
Adam originally comes from Canada and started his career in coffee in 2005 with a small roastery outside of Toronto. In the last 12 years he has focused on specialty coffee for the hospitality industry, with experience managing operations in Europe, Asia Pacific, China, and now East Africa. As the Director of Social Enterprise, Adam leads the social-enterprise team as they navigate creating products for the local market and delivering world-class services. Adam is also responsible for exploration and growth strategies in the value-addition markets of the remarkable coffee from Rwanda.
Social Enterprise Deputy Director | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda LLC
As Deputy Director of Social Enterprise, Sylvere oversees the LLC’s operations and ensures business growth. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics and business management from the National University of Rwanda. Before joining SH-R, Sylvere spent five years as Business Development Manager at Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), a social enterprise developing a women-led franchise model to manufacture and distribute affordable, high-quality, and eco-friendly sanitary pads across Rwanda.
Social Enterprise Wholesale Account Coordinator | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda LLC
As Wholesale Account Coordinator, Micheline manages and provides customer support to new and existing accounts. She coordinates and executes activities that support the SH-R LLC social enterprise’s key accounts along with promoting the Question Coffee™ brand in Rwanda. Micheline joined the team after spending three and a half years with the international in-flight catering company ASL Rwanda EPZE in Kigali as their customer liaison. She received a bachelor’s degree in Business Computing specializing in E-Marketing from APIIT in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Senior Coffee Master Roaster and Cupper | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda LLC
Jean Bosco is a senior coffee master roaster and cupper for Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda with 14 years of experience in coffee. He has worked for Rwanda specialty coffee roasters as well as Stumptown Coffee Roasters in the United States. He has done a cupping training organized by the USAID Pearl project and attended barista school for coffee in the United States. He has a level A2 in Biology and Chemistry from Huye District (EAB).
Logistics Coordinator | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda LLC
Janvier is responsible for the coordination of logistics at SH-R LLC / Question Coffee™ in Rwanda. He is also a senior transport coordinator/driver. Prior to joining SH-R LLC, Janvier was a transport coordinator at National Unity & Reconciliation Commission. Before that, he worked as a private driver at National Commission of Science and Technology, African Development Consultants under USADF. Outside of SH-R, Janvier is on the audit committee of a cooperative of transportation called CODACE that works all over Rwanda. He holds a certificate in Computer Hardware and Networking from Tumba College of Technology and a certificate in Motor Vehicle Mechanics from Kavumu Driving School in Nyanza (Southern Province).
Question Coffee™ Cafe Manager | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda LLC
As manager of the Question Coffee™ Cafe in Kigali, Dan serves coffee from Rwandan women farmers trained through Sustainable Harvest®-Rwanda, telling customers about the inclusive supply chains that produced their coffee. Dan has worked in coffee for nearly 10 years—including as a barista and roaster—and is passionate about telling customers the story behind their coffee.