“Balance the Challenge. From cocoa to chocolate – Strategy. Sustainability. Success.”

 About 200 international business leaders and key stakeholders came together for the 1st CHOCOVISION conference to discuss opportunities and issues facing the cocoa and chocolate industry going forward. The conference was held under the theme “Balance the Challenge: From cocoa to chocolate - Strategy, Sustainability, Success.” 

Activist and musician Sir Bob Geldof and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus inspired participants with remarkable keynote speeches. “The biggest challenges in the world today can only be overcome when the big players - governments, corporations and NGO’s - find a way to work together strategically,” Sir Bob Geldof said in his speech. At the end of the three-day conference, William Guyton, President of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), announced the establishment of  CocoaAction, a global platform for building a rejuvenated and economically viable cocoa sector through increased cooperation between industry members and the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

Keynote Speakers

Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
Sir Bob Geldof Singer, Songwriter and Political Activist


More than 30 high-level speakers discussed topics such as: rising demand, supply constraints, lack of sustainability in the cocoa sector, rise of new chocolate consumption markets, changing consumer needs and behavior.

Juan Carlos  Ardila Colcocoa / Cafexport
Vinita Bali Britannia Industries
Jerome Barra Firmenich
John P.  Bilbrey The Hershey Company
David Bosshart Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
John Chuang Petra Foods Ltd.
Alexandre Costa Cacau Show
H. Sona Ebai African Cocoa Initiative
Professor Claudio Ferri University of L’Aquila
Anthony Fofie Ghana Cocoa Board
Jim Goldman Godiva Chocolatier
Dr. Lee Choon Hui Malaysian Cocoa Board
Andreas Jacobs Barry Callebaut AG
Barbara Janom Steiner Canton of Grisons
Harriet Lamb Fairtrade Foundation
Guillaume Le Cunff Nestlé Nespresso
Lazare Essimi  Menye Republic of Cameroon
John Morris KPMG
Solange N’Guessan UCAS
Mireille Perrin Decorzent WWF International
Barry Parkin Mars, Inc.
Joe M. Prendergast Credit Suisse
Bharat Puri Mondelēz
Urs Rohner Credit Suisse
Haig Simonian The Financial Times
Juergen Steinemann Barry Callebaut
Dieter Weisskopf Lindt & Sprüngli
Prof. Muhammad Yunus 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate


CHOCOVISION 2012 would like to thank the following partners for their support:

Barry Callebaut

Premium Partner
Credit Suisse

Knowledge Partner

Contributing Partner
Firmenich SA

Cooperating Partner
IOI Loders Croklaan

Media Partner
The Financial Times

Media Partner
Sweets Global Network
Confectionery Production