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NCA 2019 Speakers

NCA Convention 2019 Speakers

NCA speakers are selected for their ability to entertain, inform, and inspire.


See an overview of the NCA 2019 Educational Programming, or skip to one of the following categories:


Keynote Speakers

Big names with big stories.

Featured during the morning General Sessions, these individuals were selected for their ability to inspire, connect, and entertain.

This year's speakers highlight the need for resiliency in the face of challenges (or crossroads) — an essential trait of leadership today. 


Shannon Huffman PolsonShannon Huffman Polson

Author, “The Grit Project,” and one of the first U.S. Army Women Apache Helicopter Captains and Pilots

Leading from Any Seat:  Stories from the Cockpit & Lessons from the Grit Project


Joel SartoreJoel Sartore

Nature Photographer and National Geographic Magazine Contributor 

Grizzlies, Piranhas and Flesh-Eating Pigs


Steve BattistaSteve Battista

Former Sr. Vice President, Brand, Under Armor, Inc.

Building Your Brand, Telling Your Story, Protecting Your House.


Coffee Industry General Sessions

Get a first look into the latest market research, with expert analysis into what's ahead. Open to all attendees.


Scott ClemonsScott Clemons, Chief Investment Strategist

Brown Brothers Harriman

Coffee Economy: The Big Picture 

National Coffee Data Trends 2019, What it Means to the Industry

Get an exclusive, first-hand look into the 2019 NCA National Coffee Data Trends report. Get expert analysis on the historical context and emerging trends shaping the fourth-wave future. Featuring:

  • Mark DiDomenico, Datassential
  • Kyle Newkirk, S&D Coffee & Tea, Inc.
  • Andi Trindle Mersch, Philz Coffee
  • Jonathan White, White Coffee

Specialty Coffee Cupping

Whether you are a seasoned Q-grader or have never tried slurping coffee from a spoon before, Convention attendees are invited to join local Atlanta coffee roasters Blue Donkey Coffee for a special selection of excellent coffee on Friday, March 8. Featuring:

  • Ed Lane, Blue Donkey Coffee
  • David Lane, Blue Donkey Coffee

NCA Scientific Leadership Council

The NCA Scientific Leadership Council (SLC) leads the industry in understanding the latest research on coffee, caffeine, and health. Sponsored by NCA member companies, all SLC delegates have demonstrated remarkable achievements both in their field professionally and as outstanding members of the coffee community. 

This year, the SLC will host their first-ever NCA Science Fair on Friday, March 8. Convention attendees are warmly invited to stop by during this extended session to understand why this work is critical to the future of the coffee industry, ask questions, and meet the experts. (Visit the NCA 2019 Educational Programming page to learn more)

  • Scott Hawks, Tata Global Beverages, Inc. —Food Safety & FSMA
  • Sindhu  Pillai, S&D Coffee & Tea, Inc. — Food Safety & FSMA
  • Sylvester Mosley, Coca Cola Company — Food Safety & FSMA
  • CJ Sinko, Mars Drinks — Coffee & Health
  • George  Dowdie, Starbucks Coffee Company — Coffee & Health
  • Khaled Abou-Zeid, QUSAC Decaf, Inc.— Caffeine & Decaffeination
  • Alberto  Azeredo, Keurig Dr Pepper, Inc. — Caffeine & Decaffeination
  •  Dora Jaramillo, Farmer Brothers Company — Caffeine & Decaffeination
  • Dagan Allardyce, Keurig Dr Pepper, Inc.  — Diacetyl & Worker Safety
  • Tyler Youngquist, J.M. Smucker Company — Diacetyl & Worker Safety
  • Daud Khan, Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee, Inc. — Cold Brew
  • Nalini Kamireddy, Farmer Brothers Company — Cold Brew
  • Alan Leviton, Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard University — Meet our Experts
  • Candace Doepker, ToxStrategies, Inc. — Meet our Experts
  • Brian  Schaneberg, Starbucks Coffee Company — Meet our Experts

Educational Breakout Sessions


Rob Bouvier, Bouvier Insurance
Insurance Basics for Coffee Roasters


Alex Costakis , Hitwise
How to Use Audience Data to Find & Attract Coffee Lovers


Lindsey Irvin, Bouvier Insurance
Insurance Basics for Coffee Roasters


Andrew Sargent, Catholic Relief Services
Labor Concerns at Origin


Miguel Zamora, Rainforest Alliance
Labor Concerns at Origin


The IWCA Networking Reception

All NCA Convention attendees are invited to register for this ticketed event to benefit the International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) on Saturday, March 9.

Meet colleagues from across the industry, enjoy lunch, and join the conversation on a critical industry issue. Panel speakers will share insights and updates on the IWCA's important work empowering women in coffee communities at origin. Featuring:

  • Victoria  Zimmerman, McDonald's
  • Nathalie Gabbay, RGC Coffee
  • Matthew Daks, NDCP, LLC
  • Emanuele Kellem, IWCA Global Board of Directors

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