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Phillip Di Bella Travels from Brisbane, QLD

Phillip Di Bella


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  • Customer Service
  • Engagement
  • Entrepreneur
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  • Franchise
  • Leadership
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Phillip Di Bella is a Director at the Di Bella Group of Companies.

Phillip Di Bella is a highly respected business entrepreneur with a unique ability to visualise and commercialise what many others never see.  Though initially known for the establishment of Di Bella Coffee, which became Australia’s largest speciality coffee company, Phillip’s entrepreneurial spirit has brought success to other businesses such as International Coffee Traders, Abbotsford Road Specialty Coffee in New York, and more recently The Coffee Commune.

Not satisfied with simply focusing on building his own successful businesses, Phillip has dedicated much of his time to supporting the growth and development of other businesses.  Often referred to as an “Entrepreneur in Residence”, Phillip regularly lends his strategic thinking to businesses such as BDO Consulting, helping their clients overcome challenges, see new opportunities, and then supporting the commercialisation of these solutions.

Phillip has further extended his commitment to the coaching and mentoring of other businesses through the establishment of The Coffee Commune - a business dedicated to the long-term development, sustainability and success of the broader coffee industry for all participants. Through The Coffee Commune Phillip enthusiastically shares his experience and knowledge of the coffee industry and continues his passion for encouraging improvement and inspiration in others.

Phillips’s entrepreneurial capabilities and contribution to the broader community have been acknowledged in many forums over the years.  During the early years of Di Bella Coffee he was listed in the 2006, 2007 and 2009 Business Review Weekly Fast 100, and received numerous accolades including Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Customer Service Awards and Business Owner Awards.  Phillip was also the world’s youngest recipient of an Italian knighthood, bestowed with the 'Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity' for contribution to the Italian Community.  

Phillip has always been deeply committed to serving his hometown. His roles within the Brisbane community have included Director of Brisbane Marketing and Chair of the CBD Economic Development Board.  Phillip's significant local involvement was recognised in 2009, and then again in 2014, when he received the Lord Mayor's Corporate Citizenship Award.  Phillip is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of International Business and Asian Studies at Griffith University, in recognition of his exceptional success in his field and his outstanding contribution to the profession and community.

Though an indomitable force in the business world, Phillip is equally committed to helping others. He contributes to numerous charitable organisations and is closely affiliated with the Pyjama Foundation, where he founded an annual recreational camp for children and their carer’s.

In March 2021 Phillip opened his new venture The Coffee Commune, giving a community of coffee and hospitality professionals, coffee enthusiasts, businesses, and suppliers the opportunity to learn from each other and accelerate their business.

Underscoring everything that Phillip does is his drive for ongoing growth, development, and improvement - to be the best he can be and to help others achieve this too.

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