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Management

(ITGA Treasurer)

Mr. Benicio A. Werner
(ITGA Treasurer)

Born in Brazil, BENÍCIO ALBANO WERNER is the son of farmers, producers of tobacco. His father, Harry Antonio Werner, was the founder of the Tobacco Growers' Association of Brazil (AFUBRA), which is today chaired by Benício. At the International Tobacco Growers' Association (ITGA), he has always acted as Brazil's delegate since its foundation. In May of 2006, he assumed the presidency of ITGA, serving for six months the period of interim presidency, after which he was elected president of the international entity for management of 2006/08. He took over the ITGA vice-presidency in 2012/14.

Av. 1º de Maio, 99, 1D, Apartado 5
6000-086 Castelo Branco, Portugal

Tel.: + 351 272 092 583
Email: itga@tobaccoleaf.org


Department:
(Vice President)

Mr. José J. Aranda
(ITGA Vice President)
International Tobacco Growers' Association

José Javier Aranda belongs to a family of farmers with roots and tradition in the Lerma Valley. His ancestors were among the first Virginia tobacco producers in the Province of Salta. He currently serves as 1st member of the Cámara del Tabaco de Salta, founding organization of the ITGA (International Tobacco Growers' Association) and secretary of the Cooperativa de Productores Tabacaleros de Salta Ltda. which today is the main collector of the Republic Argentina.
His experience as a leader is based on sixteen years of action in the representative entities of the Salta producers. He is married to Cecilia Abeleira with whom he has four children: José Víctor, 19 years old; Sun, 17; Malena 15 and Lucas, 12.

Av. 1º de Maio, 99, 1D, Apartado 5
6000-086 Castelo Branco, Portugal

Tel.: + 351 272 092 583
Email: itga@tobaccoleaf.org


Department:
(Chief Executive)

In the first instance, all enquiries regarding the ITGA should be directed to:

Mr. Antonio Abrunhosa
(Chief Executive)

António Abrunhosa took over the family farming business 1981. His professional experience includes working for the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture. António is the founder and first President of a Regional Association of Sheep and Goat farmers and of the Portuguese Federation of Sheep and Goat farmers. A tobacco farmer himself, António was elected President of the Portuguese Tobacco Growers Association (APT) in 1993. Over a fouryear period he occupied the office of Treasurer of the European Union Tobacco Growers’ Association (UNITAB) and worked as Rapporteur to the European Parliament of the ‘Report on the Situation of the European Union Tobacco Sector’. António is Chief Executive of the ITGA, a position he has held since 1999.
António is a graduate in Economics and holds a post-graduate degree in European Union Economics.

International Tobacco Growers' Association

Av. 1º de Maio, 99, 1D, Apartado 5
6000-086 Castelo Branco, Portugal

Tel.: + 351 272 092 583
Email: itga@tobaccoleaf.org


Department:
(ITGA President)

Mr. Abiel M. Kalima Banda
(ITGA President)

Has been a tobacco grower since 1985
Served as the Secretary General for Small Agriculture Credit Administration (SACA)
Tobacco farmers Councilor for TAMA Area 12 comprising Nkhotakota and Salima Districts since 1998
Member of Finance Committee in TAMA Council from 2007 to 2011
Rose to the position of presidency of TAMA in elections of 2017
Treasurer General for Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM), 2010 to 2013
Vice President for Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM), 2013 to 2016
Managing Director for Chisambo & Dziwazako Estates, from 1985.
Sugarcane growing from 2018 – Diversifying alongside tobacco

International Tobacco Growers' Association
Av. 1º de Maio, 99, 1D, Apartado 5
6000-086 Castelo Branco, Portugal

Tel.: + 351 272 092 583
Email: itga@tobaccoleaf.org


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