The GCR Leaders Symposium, taking place on 5 March at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, will welcome industry leaders from around the region to discuss pressing issues facing the coffee industry. Anthony Cottan, Director of Starbucks’ Indonesian franchisee PT Sari Coffee Indonesia, will provide his perspective on running the US-coffee giant’s rapid expansion in the South-East Asian nation. Starbucks is looking to open more than 700 stores in South-East Asia over the next three years, with 100 set to open in Indonesia. “We are still on track to open about 30 to 35 new stores in Indonesia every year,” Cottan told GCR in a cover story that will be released in the March/April 2014 edition of the magazine. “We are proud that we can be in 12 cities across Indonesia and maintain the same standards that would apply to any Starbucks across the globe,” says Cottan. “So what you experience in Balikpapan should be the same, if not better, than London.” The GCR Leaders Symposium will also be welcoming Nespresso inventor Eric Favre, who will be presented with the GCR Coffee Leaders Lifetime Achievement Award. Other presenters will include the Founder of Toby’s Estate Coffee Toby Smith, Singapore Barista Champion and Owner of Strangers Group of Businesses Ryan Tan, Country Director Indonesia for the 4C Association Wahyu Wibowo, CEO of Mocoffee Pascal Schlittler and others. A limited number of tickets are still available, please contact Steve.Roberts@primecreative.com.au. For media information or passes please contact Christine.Grimard@primecreative.com.au.