Rwanda Project Team

RCI Executive Director and Board of Advisors

Ruth Coleman

Ruth Coleman

Executive Director | Relationship Coffee Institute

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.

Bong-Suh

Bong Suh

Advisor | Relationship Coffee Institute

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 Gelburd

Paul Gelburd

Advisor | Relationship Coffee Institute

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.

Gavin Johnson

Gavin Johnson

Advisor | Relationship Coffee Institute

Gavin has a strong history of managing non-profit organizations. Currently he serves as the Corporate Development Manager at Susan G. Komen in Portland, OR, where he maximizes fundraising efforts, in-kind opportunities, and other employee involvement initiatives. Previously he worked at Reed College as the Associate Director of its Annual Fund and with the Muscular Dystrophy Association in number of positions. He holds a BA in Journalism from Idaho State University.

Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda Staff

Christine Condo

Christine Condo

Coffee Value Chain Manager | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda

As the Coffee Value Chain Manager for Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda, Christine focuses on cooperative development, financial access and literacy, and supply chain management. Prior to joining the Sustainable Harvest® team, Christine worked with ACDI/VOCA on a USAID project, with Fair Trade USA, and with Root Capital. She has invested the past 10 years in her passion: transforming lives of people in the rural sector, especially through women’s economic emancipation.

Fabien Twahirwa

Fabien Twahirwa

Senior Agronomist | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda

Fabien Twahirwa is an Agricultural Engineer from ISTCE University. He has 10 years of experience in the coffee industry, planning and organizing coffee farming activities, developing coffee producers’ awareness for formation of cooperatives, training and developing curricula for coffee farmers, preventing coffee diseases and pests, and following up the quality of coffee at the coffee washing station. He joined Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda in 2015 as Senior Agronomist, based in Nyaruguru District.

Jean Aime

Jean Aime

Senior Agronomist | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda

Jean is the Senior Agronomist based in Kayonza District, providing Best Agricultural Practices trainings, Cooperative Management trainings, and Business Advisory services to the coffee washing station. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Agri-Business, a Diploma in Crop Production, and has participated in two cupping trainings and one roasting training. Prior to his employment with Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda, Jean Aime worked for six years as a Zone Coffee Extensionist with NAEB (National Agricultural Export Development Board), working closely with farmers in the Western province of Rwanda.

Ashlee Tuttleman

Ashlee Tuttleman

Social Enterprise Project Manager | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda

Ashlee is bringing the Premium Sharing Rewards program to life in order to return profits to farmers using innovative developmental methodology underpinned by sound business practice. She also promotes knowledge exchange along the coffee value chain by managing Origin Exchange and Let’s Talk Coffee® Rwanda. Ashlee’s experience in the social enterprise sector, especially in Rwanda’s agro-food industry, supports our project’s commercial success. Ashlee earned her M.A. in International Development at The New School and B.S. in International Business at Chapman University.

Ernest Nshimiyimana<

Ernest Nshimiyimana

Junior Agronomist | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda

Ernest is a Junior Agronomist based in Nyaruguru District, providing Best Agricultural Practices trainings, Cooperative Management trainings, and data collection at the coffee washing station. In addition to agronomist activities, Ernest is a member of the Premium Sharing Rewards Design Team, a program to return profits to farmers using innovative developmental methodology underpinned by sound business practice. Ernest holds a bachelor’s degree in Crop Production and an A2 Diploma in agronomy. Prior to joining Sustainable Harvest®, he worked in Duhamic-Adri and in Nyabihu District as a facilitator in farmer field schools.

Eric Nshimiyimana

Eric Nshimiyimana

Junior Agronomist | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda

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.

Serge Gatera

Serge Gatera

Junior Agronomist | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda

Serge is a Junior Agronomist with Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda, based in Kayonza District. Previously he worked with KOPAKABI and NYAMATETE coffee cooperatives, as well as with ServiceMag in data collection. He has an undergraduate degree in Rural Development and Agribusiness from the University of Rwanda, College of Agriculture Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine.

Jean Bosco Safari

Jean Bosco Safari

Senior Coffee Master Roaster and Cupper | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda

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).

Amani Rukundo Nshutiyamana

Amani Rukundo Nshutiyamana

Coffee Agronomist | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda

Amani is a Coffee Agronomist based in Kayonza District. Previously he worked for NAEB (the National Agriculture Export Development Board) as a Zone Coffee Extensionist in Kayonza, and for the Rwanda Agriculture Board in crop research and extension under the Crop Protection Program. Aman also worked with an agriculture extension platform called M-Ahwiii Ltd as a content developer. He has a bachelor’s degree in Crop Sciences from the National University of Rwanda.

Basile Ntabashimwa

Basile Ntabashimwa

Bookkeeper and Office Administrator | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda

Basile holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from the School of Finance and Banking in Kigali (SFB). He joined Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda in October 2014 as the bookkeeper and office administrator. Prior to joining Sustainable Harvest®, Basile spent five years in financial management and administrative positions within international NGOs and businesses.

Jospeh Mutabazi

Jospeh Mutabazi

Project Officer | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda

Joseph is the Project Officer, primarily focused on data collection for impact analysis, and is also responsible for mushroom agronomy training and honey value chain 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.

Jacques Gikundiro

Jacques Gikundiro

Cleaner and Guard | Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda

Jacques is a Cleaner and Guard at Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda. He joined the organization in February 2014; in the past he has worked as Security Guard for private companies. Jacques is an essential part of the coffee roasting team, hulling parchment, sorting green coffee, and brewing a great Chemex.