Cocoa Advisory Team
To maximize the benefits of your support, Cocoa Care has established honorary relationships with a number of key individuals who have agreed to share their experience and provide advice and guidance to "Cocoa Care" programs as we seek to provide the best possible support to cocoa farmers, their families and communities at minimum cost.
Our Cocoa Care Advisory Team brings together extensive experience in agriculture, science and technology, business management and combines many years of experience designing and implementing agricultural research and development projects and cocoa sustainability programs throughout Asia.
Name: Mr Noel Janetski
Residence: Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
Current Position: Technical Advisor for Business Development at PT Koko Smart
PreviousPositions: PT Mars Symbioscience Indonesia, PT Effem Indonesia, Mars Confectionery Australia
Noel Janetski has been involved with cocoa and chocolate for more than 30 years, in research and development and various business development and management roles. He has lived in Indonesia for the past 18 years and is fluent in the Indonesian language.
He was instrumental in the development of one of the largest ongoing cocoa sustainability activities in Indonesia and a key driver in the formation of the Indonesian Cocoa Sustainability Partnership, which encouraged all cocoa industry stakeholders engaged at farm level to clearly identify the critical farm issues, best practice solutions and best practice farmer engagement processes.
Noel brings a wealth of cocoa sustainability and business experience to guide the cocoa care program for utmost efficiency and effectiveness
Noel is currently Technical Advisor for PT Koko Smart, his family business, and supports "Cocoa Care" with programs development, farmer liaison, local logistics, monitoring, reporting and problem solving.
Noel has kindly agreed to support our question and answer service which you can access via our contacts page.
Name: Dr. Peter Horne
Residence: Canberra, Australia
Current Position: Research Program Manager (Livestock Production Systems), Principal Regional Coordinator (Indonesia, Philippines and East Timor): Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
PreviousPositions: Research Program Manager: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Indonesia / Asia
Dr Peter Horne is Research Program Manager for Livestock Production Systems (LPS), for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The LPS program aims to build a better understanding of the biological, social and economic aspects of smallholder livestock systems. Peter is also the Principal Regional Coordinator for Indonesia, East Timor and the Philippines, identifying strategic directions and providing oversight for ACIAR's program in this region, together with managing stakeholder relations both in Australia and in Indonesia, East Timor and the Philippines.
Peter has spent most of his career in Asia involved in agricultural research-for-development, with a particular focus on forages and livestock systems. Prior to joining ACIAR he was Manager of Support for Market-driven Adaptive Research - a research program in Eastern Indonesia aimed at improving the efficiency and productivity of smallholder agricultural value chains. Peter has also worked as a researcher for CIAT, CSIRO, North Carolina State University and University of New England. He has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Sciences from Griffith University and a PhD in Tropical Forage Agronomy from University of New England, Australia
Name: Mr Ross Jaax
Residence: Jakarta, Indonesia
Current Position: Chief of Party ACDI/VOCA, AMARTA II (Agricultural Market and Support Activity II)
Previous Positions: Operations Officer: IFC - International Finance Corporation, Program Manager for AppLab Indonesia: Grameen Foundation
Ross Jaax is an internationally recognised authority and practitioner in sustainable agriculture and economic development with almost a decade of experience with cocoa farming communities in Indonesia, The Philippines and Vietnam.
He has managed large scale economic development programs for international NGO’s throughout Asia and has an intimate knowledge of the issues, needs and desires of regional cocoa farming families.
Ross has proven capability to lead multi-disciplinary and multi-national teams to achieve project results and can speak Indonesian, Portuguese and Vietnamese languages
As technical advisor to "Cocoa Care" Ross brings a wealth of relevant cocoa farming knowledge and valuable experience with internet based data collection and farmer interface systems that will be employed to further reduce overhead and monitoring and reporting costs.
Name: Dr. Sikstus Gusli
Residence: Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
Current Position: Professor at Hasanuddin University, Management team at Cocoa Sustainability Partnership
Dr. Gusli has been heavily engaged with cocoa development in Indonesia (problem and strategic issue identification, program planning, implementation and supervisions), research and cocoa farmer empowerment since 1998. He has been the technical supervisor and program coordinator of ASKINDO’s cocoa farmer empowerment since 2000, involved with management of the Cocoa Sustainability partnership since 2006, team leader of cocoa development program advisory board of the province of West Sulawesi since 2007, consultant for IFC (2012-2013) on technical matters/agronomy, focusing on fertiliser application and crop management and the director of Research Center for Natural Resources and Marine Resources of Hasanuddin University.
His work at Hasanuddin University has focused on cocoa innovation programs and development since 2005. He was instrumental in convincing the government of West Sulawesi and the national government to provide financial support and run strategic cocoa programs, such as the West Sulawesi Cocoa Initiative Program (run since 2007), facilitated the policy decision process so that West Sulawesi focuses on cocoa to stimulate its economic development, and facilitated the national program called “National Initiative for Cocoa Production and Quality Improvement” for 15 provinces in Indonesia. Furthermore, through a cooperative program between West Sulawesi government, Hasanuddin University and Directorate General of High Education, he leads a cocoa program aimed to trigger district economic development, in which zero waste system and integrated sustainable cocoa production are introduced.
In addition to working in cocoa programs, Dr. Gusli is an active professor in soil physics at Hasanuddin University. He earned his Bachelor of Soil Science from Hasanuddin University in his home city, Makassar, a Master of Science in Soil Physics from the University of New England, and his PhD from the University of Adelaide.