Mr. Stefan POPPE
Vice Chair HCM
Stefan is an International Logistics professional, with a strong soft commodities background.. After Finishing his Maritime Law and Logistics studies in Antwerp ( Belgium ) , he started his professional career in 1997 by joining the shipping company Contship Shipping lines in their Barcelona office ( Spain ). In 1998 he joined Molenbergnatie Spain, a specialized 3PL logistics company specialized in soft commodities. Headquartered in Antwerp, Molenbergnatie is one of the market leaders for handling coffee and cocoa in different ports all over the world. In that environment, Stefan took on different assignments in the group, from Country Manager Spain to Commercial Group Director. In that role he had to change to visit, over the years, Vietnam and other coffee and cocoa producing and receiving countries on a regular basis. After 18 years working for the same group, he enjoyed a 9 months holiday break, before returning to his big love for coffee, and joined Volcafe at the end of 2013. Volcafe ( which is part of the ED& F Man Group ) is one of the 3 largest coffee trading companies in the world. Stefan initiated and rolled out their project to build their biggest coffee mill in the Volcafe group, before taking on the General Management of that operation. The factory is situated near HCMC in Dong Nai Province in Vietnam ,the second biggest coffee producing country in the world . Stefan joined the Beluxcham in 2016, and became a board member in 2017.