Board of Directors

Carla D. Martin : Executive Director and Board Member

Carla D. Martin, PhD, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute and a Lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Carla is a social anthropologist whose current research focuses on ethics, quality, and politics in cacao and chocolate and draws on several years of domestic and international ethnographic experience. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Transition Magazine, Social Dynamics, The Root, US History Scene, Sodade, The Savannah Review, and edited volumes. She lectures widely and has taught extensively in African and African American Studies, critical food studies, social anthropology, and ethnomusicology, and has received numerous awards in recognition of excellence in teaching and research. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of Transition Magazine. Find her online at and @carladmartin.

Chloé Doutre-Roussel : Board Member

Chloé Doutre-Roussel is an author, consultant, educator, and internationally recognized expert with more than 35 years of experience in fine cacao and chocolate. A former buyer at Fortnum and Mason, shop manager at Ladurée, author of The Chocolate Connoisseur, and creator of Chloe Chocolat in Paris, she has also worked with El Ceibo, a cooperative of cocoa farmers in Bolivia, to launch a vertically integrated tree to bar to bonbon brand. Chloe is a regular juror at the Academy of Chocolate Awards (AOC) and at the Northwest Chocolate Festival. She is member of honor of the AOC, founding member of the Academia del Chocolate of Ecuador, member of the Advisory Board of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA), and co-chair of the Chocolate Committee for the Good Food Awards. Find her online at and her Facebook page.

Peter Giuliano : Board Member

Peter Giuliano is the Director of Symposium for the Specialty Coffee Association. In 1988, he began his career in coffee as a barista in San Diego. Since then, Peter has worked in a variety of coffee occupations, including roaster, cupper, manager, trainer, and coffee buyer. Peter became involved in the Specialty Coffee Association of America as a volunteer over a decade ago, when a workshop taught at SCAA headquarters inspired him to become more involved as a volunteer and trainer. Since then, Peter has been deeply involved in SCAA training programs, serving as Training Committee Chair from 2005-2007. He has been a volunteer for the Coffee Corps and other CQI programs, teaching cupping, roasting, and marketing programs. He is a proud member of the Roasters Guild, and was a founder of its Executive Council, sitting on the Council from 2001-2007 and serving as its chair in 2004. Peter has dedicated himself to coffee education and advocacy, and the recognition of extraordinary coffee and coffee professionals worldwide. Find him online at and @petergiuliano.

Kathryn Sampeck : Board Member

Kathryn E. Sampeck is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Illinois State University and a 2015-2016 Central American Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and Fellow at the Afro-Latin American Institute at the Hutchins Center of Harvard University. Sampeck is a specialist in the archaeology and ethnohistory of Spanish colonialism. Her current research project, “Black Market: Early Colonial Cacao Wealth, Contraband Economy, and Afro-Central Americans in Colonial Guatemala,” examines the role of Afro-Central Americans and their daily lives in one of the most extreme colonial environments in Latin America, the birthplace of chocolate. Her writing has appeared in American Antiquity, Historical Archaeology, The International Journal of Historical Archaeology, Mesoamérica, Ancient Mesoamerica, The Journal of Latin American Geography, and Ethnohistory. She has received fellowships from the John Carter Brown Library and the John D. Rockefeller Library at Colonial Williamsburg and grants from the National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Social Science Research Council, Fulbright program, and Cherokee Preservation Foundation. Find her online at and @kathrynsampeck.

Christina Xu : Board Member

Christina Xu is an organizational designer and ethnographer based in New York. Recently, she has taught courses on entrepreneurial design through Orbital and SVA’s Interaction Design MFA program, run interim operations for Everybody at Once, and conducted ethnographic research with PL Data. She serves as an advisor for Orbital, a supportive space for independent creators in the Lower East Side, and the NYC Data & Society Research Institute. Previously, she ran Breadpig, a sidekick service for independent creators, where she advised on and produced $2 million worth of crowdfunding campaigns; served as the global coordinator for Awesome Foundation, an international group of guerrilla philanthropists; co-founded ROFLCon, an internet culture conference/convention that ran from 2008-2012; and wrote a thesis on the history of interfaces and protocols for instant messaging. Find her online at and @xuhulk.


José López Ganem : Project Manager

José López Ganem is a Cacao Grader Intensive Instructor and Project Manager at the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute. His professional experience is focused on sensory training and food management, from early exposure to restaurant service to professional product knowledge in wine, spirits, sake, tea, and chocolate. In cacao, he has developed significant expertise in designing sensory opportunities for professionals and consumers. José also holds a strong commitment to understanding the needs of different stakeholders, guiding FCCI-government partnerships for several of its projects. He holds a B.A. in Food Business Management magna cum laude from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Find him on Twitter at @JoseLGanem.

Fatima-Zohra Hakam : Marketing Manager

A lifelong chocolate lover, Fatima-Zohra Hakam is the Marketing Manager leading FCCI’s marketing strategy, social media content, and communications campaigns. She holds an MBA and B.S. in marketing and leadership management  from Bentley University. Fatima-Zohra is from Rabat, Morocco, and holds a deep interest in the current state of cacao production and sourcing in West Africa. Find her online at LinkedIn LinkedIn.

Cacao Quality Advisory Board


Cristina Liberati : Advisor

Cristina Liberati is the Grant Projects Coordinator at Equal Exchange in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Her work was instrumental in the co-development of the Equal Exchange/TCHO Cooperative Development Project quality, productivity, and capacity protocols with cacao producer partners in Peru, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic. She previously worked as TCHOSource Program Manager and Flavor Lab Manager at TCHO Chocolate. Find Cristina online on LinkedIn.

Ivan Pereira : Advisor

Dr. Ivan Pereira is Professor do Ensino Básico, Técnico e Tecnológico at the Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia Baiano in Brazil. A food scientist by training, he has worked on several innovative projects in cacao and chocolate including the development of a mobile chocolate factory, implementatio of novel methods for cacao quality evaluation, and the divulgation of digital tools for chocolate maker food safety and traceability. Find Ivan online on LinkedIn.