Michael Opitz is Managing Director of the Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung, a foundation promoting sustainable development in the coffee sector. Before joining the Neumann Kaffee Gruppe in 1992, he has worked for the GIZ. During his professional life he has worked in a variety of agricultural projects in Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Ethiopia, among others. Now based in Hamburg, he steers the activities of the Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung, with the vision of strengthening the livelihoods of coffee communities through empowerment. Mr. Opitz holds an MSc in Agricultural Economics from Wye College of London University.