International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) Global Board of Directors announces Dr. Sarada Krishnan will be new Executive Director
“Women are the backbone of a family and community,” said Dr. Sarada Krishnan (pictured) | Photo credit: IWCA
As Executive Director, Dr. Krishnan will oversee IWCA programs, fundraising, and events while executing strategic plans for organisational growth and success.
Dr. Krishnan brings with her an extensive background in coffee research and cultivation, including a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from India, and a Master of Science in Horticulture from Colorado State University. Her doctorate research at the University of Colorado focused on the conservation genetics of wild coffee in Madagascar.
Dr. Krishnan currently serves as the Director of Horticulture and Center for Global Initiatives at the Denver Botanic Gardens. She has also served on several local, national, and international boards and committees, including projects with the USDA National Genetic Resources Advisory Council and as Vice President of Programs for Women First International Fund.
In addition to her research and professional experience, Dr. Krishnan also owns coffee plantations in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica and was a founding member of the IWCA Jamaica Chapter.
“Women are the backbone of a family and community. Empowering women will lead to positive change. I am thrilled to lead IWCA and contribute to the empowerment of women in coffee by enabling success throughout the entire value chain through programs and partnerships,” Dr. Krishnan said.
Founded in 2003, the IWCA works to identify new opportunities for leadership development, amplified market visibility, and critical partnerships to benefit coffee producing members of the IWCA Global Chapter Network across 27 countries.