Events & Talks

Below is a list of my upcoming and recent talks and events on cocoa and chocolate. Hope to see you at one or more.

UW Bothell IAS Professor Kristy Leissle at a signing for her book Coca
At my US Cocoa book launch, University Bookstore, Seattle; photo by Marc Studer


October 25, 2019
African Studies Association of Africa Conference, United States University–Africa, Nairobi, Kenya
“Chocolate: Made of Africa,” paper presentation on Manufacturing panel

October 5, 2019
African Cocoa & Chocolate Expo, Accra Tourist Information Center, Accra
Panel moderator, “Innovations in Cocoa Cosmetics & Skincare” (10am)
Panel moderator, “Innovations in Cocoa: Into the Future” (2pm)

July 17, 2019
International Youth Diplomacy Conference, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra
Opening Plenary, Diplomatic Lecture
“Skills and Resources Needed to Transform Cocoa Beans across Sub-Saharan Africa: A Curb to Youth Unemployment”

April 9, 2019
Cross-Sector Collaboration for Sustainable Supply Chains, St. Anne’s College, Oxford
Presented by Acumen and Business Fights Poverty
Session: “Reimagining the Cocoa Value Chain – Learning from the Disruptors,” hosted by Yasmina Zaidman

February 21, 2019
Chocoa, Amsterdam, Netherlands
“Reality Check: Confronting the Limits of Transparency, Technology, and Price in Trading Cocoa,” co-presenting with Emily Stone

February 14, 2019
National Chocolate Day, The National Theatre forecourt, Accra
Chocolate and cocoa exhibition

Next Discover Chocolate  series begins January 2019
Mint Club, Meridian Apartments, Accra
January 29, 2019  101: Chocolate Explained
February 5, 2019  201: Single Origin Flavors
February 12, 2019 301: Made in Ghana

December 4, 2018, 11am

Mint Club, Meridian Apartments, Accra
Discover Chocolate 301: Made in Ghana

November 27, 2018, 11am
Mint Club, Meridian Apartments, Accra
Discover Chocolate 201: Single Origin Flavors

November 13, 2018, 11am
Mint Club, Meridian Apartments, Accra
Discover Chocolate 101: Chocolate Explained

October 11, 2018, 11:15am
FCCI Chocolate Conservatory, Boston, MA
Expert panel: Impact and business practice in specialty cacao

October 8, 2018, 7pm
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA
“How to Write a Book about Cocoa Politics, Plus US Callebaut RUBY Chocolate Launch,” co-hosted with Bill Fredericks, Chocolate Man

October 8, 2018, 3:30pm
University of Washington, Allen Library, Petersen Room
“A Chocolate Tasting, Plus Some Cocoa Politics,” fundraiser for UW Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies

October 5, 2018, 7pm
Chocolopolis, Interbay, Seattle, WA
“The Politics of Cocoa, Plus Ghana Chocolate Tasting,” featuring chocolates made in Ghana and currently only available for sale in Ghana
Limited space remaining, click here for tickets

September 30, 2018, 11:30am
Big Chocolate Show, New York, NY
“From Bar to Source: Tasting African Single Origin Chocolate”
Limited space remaining, click here for tickets

September 30, 2018, 2pm
Big Chocolate Show, New York, NY
“The Best Chocolate You’ve Never Tried: Gola Rainforest, Sierra Leone by Dandelion Chocolate,” featuring samples of Gola Rainforest cocoa beans & Dandelion Gola chocolate
This talk is free with admission to the Big Chocolate Show. Click here for show tickets.

September 26, 2018, 9am
Radisson Hotel, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
“Branding for Success,” hosted by IESC for Women in Trade association

September 21, 2018, 9am
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
“Cocoa and Chocolate Markets: A Global Overview,” hosted by IESC for cocoa and chocolate industry meeting

September 15, 2018, 2:30pm
Meeting Minds: Oxford Alumni Weekend, Oxford, UK
“Bean to Bar Chocolate Tasting”

September 14, 2018, 4pm
Meeting Minds: Oxford Alumni Weekend, Oxford, UK
“Cocoa: Indulgent Treat or Political Tool?”