Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian

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Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian, JNP Coffee owner and manager, advances the global specialty coffee industry and farmers in her native Burundi, Africa, by producing, promoting and trading the specialty coffee grown there. With an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School and a 20-plus-year international career, she entered the coffee industry in 2012. A strong advocate for women coffee farmers in Burundi. Jeanine supports high-quality production through premium incentives for high-scoring coffee, lessons in financial literacy and leadership skills. Founder of nonprofit Burundi Friends International, Jeanine is committed to educating Burundi’s people for the economic empowerment of self-sustaining coffee communities.

Relevant Experience

I am a woman, licensed Q. Grader, born and raised in East Africa and now a long-time US citizen. I am a great supporter and advocate for women coffee farmers in Burundi. I am the founder and executive board member of Burundi Friends International, a nonprofit registered in the US that operates in Burundi. I serve on the SCA Sustainability Council as a volunteer. I am a supporter and partner with the International Women Coffee Alliance (IWCA). I have appeared in several trade publications, including Roast Magazine in January 2018 and Coffee Talk in August/September 2018. I presented at the New York Coffee Fest in 2017 and 2018. I will be the keynote speaker for the IWCA Breakfast at the AFCA (African Fine Coffee Association) in Kigali, Rwanda on February 14, 2019. I am a resident of Massachusetts, which is a good central location for work as the NE regional coordinator. My vision is to raise the visibility of the SCA on the East Coast, increase membership and support for local activities through education and help bridge the consumer/ producer divide with origin stories.