Fred Kawuma, 57, has over 25 years of experience in the coffee industry, of which 22 as a CEO of various organisations, and is a visionary who has been involved in many initiatives in the coffee industry that have had national, regional and international impact. Graduated from Makerere University, Kampala, with B. Com (Hons). Obtained Master of Arts from Wheaton College, Il. USA and PhD (cand) in Organisational leadership of Regent University, Va., USA.
• He is currently the Secretary General of the Inter-African Coffee Organisation (IACO). His aspiration is to move African coffees to a new pedestal, and implement a new vision that includes production improvement, quality enhancement and transformation of the African coffee value chain, which are critical in building a brighter future for African coffees; • In the year 2000, he pioneered in the establishment of the Eastern African Fine Coffee Association (now transformed to African Fine Coffees Association -- AFCA), setting it up and serving as its first Executive Director. Admittedly, AFCA has changed the entire landscape in the promotion and creation of African coffees in the global market. This was particularly highlighted by the annual Africa Fine Coffee Conference & Exhibition which was his brain child, and which he launched in 2004 in Nairobi; • Beginning 1996, he, along with others, pioneered the joint promotion of African coffees at the Specialty Coffee Association Conferences & Exhibitions;
• In February 2004, he received commendation from Congressman Sam Farr (member of US Congress) on his work in the African coffee industry, and for pioneering the Africa Fine Coffee Conference & Exhibition; • His pioneering work in the setting up of the Uganda Coffee Trade Federation and his professionalization of the coffee trade in Uganda have left a lasting impact on Uganda’s coffee industry; • In the early 1990s, he worked in a team, on the establishment of the Uganda Coffee Development Authority, and set a foundation upon which the coffee sub-sector in Uganda has flourished.
In all the above, he played key roles in the negotiations, as well as procurement of funding and technical assistance, and establishment of projects to support the coffee industry, with the vision of benefitting coffee producers and improving the quality and quantity of African coffees. Since his direct engagement in coffee sub-sector assignments in 1990, Fred has developed deep knowledge of the coffee industry and a capacity to advise industry stakeholders on matters of production, processing and marketing, and related policy areas. This expertise has already proven to be an asset to IACO members as he embarked on several innovations and policy initiatives that he believes will transform the African coffee sector.