March 8, 2024  At Sucafina, we are passionate about supporting women into leadership, decision-making, and business – one of the key action areas of International Women’s Day (IWD) this year.  

To celebrate IWD and this year’s theme, #InspireInclusion, we interviewed 4 inspiring alumni of Sucafina’s Spark Program, a 3-year program that prepares high-potential employees with management and leadership skills to help them take on new challenges. Throughout the program, learners have access to online training material from Harvard Business School and receive one-on-one mentorship and coaching with highly qualified coaches. Read on to learn more about our Sparks’ career journey and inspirations and their advice for the next generation.


“Be true to yourself, set your goals, and create a narrative that reflects your values and aspirations. Your journey in the coffee industry is unique, and your story can inspire others.”

Tatiana Diaz Barragán,

Coffee Trader and Commercial Position Manager  Florida, USA

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“Stay resilient, keep pushing, have an ‘it is possible’ mindset, and have fun while doing it.”

Betiel Medhanie

East Africa Logistics Manager  Kampala, Uganda

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“Be passionate, stay curious, and do not underestimate the power of your unique perspective. Your voice is never too small and diversity of thought is the key to innovation.”

Nhan Nguyen

Freight Specialist  Geneva, Switzerland 

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“We are making strides but there is much to do to create a more equal playing field and there is a lot of work to be done to create that equality.”

Danna Wasserman

Specialty Trader  New York, USA

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