It’s people that make a company. As we grow we’re always on the lookout for great people to join the team.
See which roles we’re recruiting for here.
Andrew, the inventor of IKAWA, grew up in coffee growing countries including Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Burundi.
Andrew is an engineer and industrial designer and developed the concept for IKAWA while studying Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art in London. He’s dedicated years of toil to making IKAWA a reality.
Head of Sales
Head of Marketing
Head of HR & Legal
Born in Jordan and raised in Dubai – Rena discovered speciality coffee when she tried her first vibrant, bright and complex Ethiopian V60. After that Rena, a trained chemical engineer, left the oil and gas industry to pursue her love of coffee and join the Pro sales team. Outside of work (and coffee shop hunting!), she enjoys sports including athletics ang gymnastics. Want to follow Rena’s coffee journey? Follow her instagram – @RenaBrews
Jacob joined IKAWA in 2021 from within the Speciality Coffee industry, having headed up wholesale at Atkinsons for 5 years. You may have already met Jacob at Coffee Festivals around the UK in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester as well as attending International Shows and competitions as part of his role with IKAWA.
Jacob is currently working out of sunny Manchester and shares custody of a 14 year old Jack Russell called Dotty.
Technical Support Manager
Production Team Leader
Software Development Manager
Timo brings an impressive technical background with him to IKAWA. He studied Mechanical Engineering at London South Bank University and worked as a Production Technician making submarines!
Timo was born and raised in Jinja, Uganda (“the most beautiful part of Africa”) and brought with him a love for sports. Since he moved to the UK, he’s been part of the National Baseball League playing for the London Pirates!
Warehouse & Production Operative
Supply Chain Manager
IKAWA Home Manager
Now Managing Director of Covoya Speciality Coffee Europe Ltd, and formerly of Schluter Coffee a coffee trading company specialising in East African speciality coffee. Phil was a founding member of Speciality Coffee Association of Europe and while based in Liverpool, works all over the world.
Phil has been involved with IKAWA from our early days and his knowledge of the coffee sector – and using IKAWA roasters across the business – has been invaluable.
Chris brings a wealth of experience from the manufacturing sector to his role as Finance Director on the IKAWA board.
During Chris’ career, he’s been Technical Manager, General Manager and Finance Director of RPC Group PLC which is now a global design and engineering company with centres of excellence worldwide and a turnover in excess of £2bn following floatation which he oversaw in 1993.
Founder, CTO and Chairman
Hikma has established a large product trading company in Ethiopia, after her studies in Computer Science and International Finance. She was introduced to IKAWA in 2021 and joined our board later that year. Beyond her professional pursuits, she’s a proud mother of two wonderful girls.
As a co-founder of IKAWA, Rombout joined forces with Andrew in the early days at the Royal College of Art, after previously studying at Stanford University and Imperial College London.
He now works independently as an award winning designer, engineer and researcher, and loves to develop new experiences that unleash unused human potential. Rombout has worked with Siemens, Merck and Proctor & Gamble and directed one of Philips’ open labs in Eindhoven where he’s based.