- Kim Elena Ionescu 2019
- Chief Sustainability Officer
- Specialty Coffee Association (SCA)
- Global Session
In her role as Chief Sustainability Officer of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), Kim Elena Ionescu raises awareness, develops strategy, and leads action to address the social, environmental, and economic challenges facing the coffee industry, with a particular focus since 2018 on the global coffee price crisis.
Prior to joining the SCA in 2015, Kim spent a decade buying coffee and directing sustainability for Counter Culture Coffee in North Carolina, USA, where she resides with her husband and two daughters.
And although these days she is more likely to be found working behind desks and podiums than cupping tables and espresso machines, Kim believes that sustainability must be firmly embedded in every stage of the coffee value chain.