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OPENING CEREMONY & PANEL DISCUSSION: "Feeding The Fastest Growing Economies of East Africa"

Munit Mesfin
M.C. | Artist | Creative Director (USA/ Ethiopia)

Munit Mesfin is an Ethiopian-American artist, creative director and professional moderator who resides and works in the US and Ethiopia. With a background in Economics and Government from Smith College in Northampton, MA, Munit has, over the past ten years, used her skills, knowledge and platform, to work on her passion for sustainable development, gender empowerment and positive social change. She is currently a Creative Director for Music for Yegna, an innovative musical radio drama that is part of the Girl Effect movement that strives to empower girls and shift the perceptions society has about them so that they can have the opportunity to realize their full potential. She also works as a professional moderator and consultant for events large and small, including concerts, festivals, conferences, workshops and fundraisers, in Amharic and English. Some of her previous clients as a Moderator include SNV, UNDP, UN Women, UNICEF, ACDI-VOCA, Huawei, ILRI, EP-Nuffic, the 13 th World Congress on Public Health, Ethiopian Soil Week, Emirates Airlines and many more. 

Opening Speech - Conference Chairman
H.E Dr. Mebrahtu Meles
State Minister of Industry (Ethiopia)

Mebrahtu Meles currently serves as a State Minister of Industry in Ethiopia. He has 20 years of work experience in government offices with the private sector out of these more than 15 years in management up to senior and executive level. He has extensive experience in managing and organizing different regional, federal private sector supporting institutions, programs and projects in private sector. He has received PhD in the Area of Research Private Sector Development and has been awarded a Master’s in Economics and Management in Agro-Industrial Complex.

Welcome Speech - IAOM MEA Regional Director
Ali Habaj
CEO, Atyab Investments & Oman Flour Mills Co. SAOG (Oman)

Ali Habaj is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Atyab Investments & Oman Flour Mills Co. SAOG. He holds an M.B.A in Marketing from the University of Bristol, UK and a General Management Program for top executives from Harvard University, USA to add to his credentials. Having worked in Oman for over 22 years in management roles, he possesses rich experience of which he has been driving Oman Flour Mills Co. SAOG and Atyab Investments since 2000. Taking over as the CEO, he has managed to diversify the flour & feed company into value added Food Industry including Industrial Bakery and poultry business. The company has grown three fold over the last decade under his leadership & guidance. It has a significant presence in the grain and the food value chain across the GCC region.As part of Atyab Investments, Ali Habaj is also the Chairman for both Modern Poultry Farms and Sohar Poultry Company. He is an active member at the Young President Organization (YPO) holding the office as an Education officer 2014-2015 & Chairman for 2015-2016.

Moderator, Panel Discussion: "Feeding the Fastest Growing Economies of East Africa"
Martin Schlauri
Managing Director, African Milling School, Buhler MEA (Kenya)

Mr. Martin Schlauri joined Bühler in 1980 after graduating as a milling technologist. After completing assignments in process development and plant commissioning, he was made responsible for the flour milling business in various countries and gained widespread experience in the Italian market as general manager of Bühler’s flour milling department in Milan. Back to the headquarter in Switzerland, Martin Schlauri took over the management of the grain milling training center offering professional training to milling personnel from all over the world. Since 2000 Martin Schlauri was heading Bühler’s worldwide grain milling activities. This position he held until October 2014. Martin Schlauri has been newly assumed the management of the African Milling School located in Nairobi, Kenya as well as special tasks in Key Account Management in the Bühler Group.

Panelist, "Feeding the Fastest Growing Economies of East Africa"
Abubakar Said Salim Bakhresa
Executive Director Said Salim Bakhresa & Co Ltd (Tanzania)

Abubakar Said Salim Bakhresa is the Managing Director of Bakhresa Malawi Limited, Bakhresa Grain Milling (Rwanda), Bakhresa Grain Milling Limitada (Mozambique) and Bakhresa SA (Pty) Limited. He’s the Executive Director of Said Salim Bakhresa & Co Ltd. Mr. Abubakar holds a B.Sc in Business Administration, majoring in Finance from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. USA. He is primarily involved in the wheat milling businesses of the Group and looks after the wheat procurement for the Group.

Panelist, "Feeding the Fastest Growing Economies of East Africa"
Nicholas (Nick) Hutchinson
Group Managing Director, UNGA Holdings Ltd.; Chairman of the Cereal Millers Association (Kenya)

Group Managing Director of Unga Holdings Limited (headquartered in Nairobi) since September 2000. Unga Holdings Limited, an equity partnership between Unga Group Limited and Seaboard Corporation, operates flour milling operations in Kenya and Uganda, animal feed milling operations in Kenya and a specialty bakery in Kenya. Nick holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Horticulture from the University of London and has many years of business management experience working for Monsanto Company in East Africa, Europe, North America and South Asia. He is current Chairman of the Cereal Millers Association and the Kenya National Food Fortification Alliance; he is a Director of the National Cereals and Produce Board and a past Chairman of the Eastern Africa Grain Council. 

Panelist, "Feeding the Fastest Growing Economies of East Africa"
Ayele Gebreamlak
Director: Commercial and Contract Farming, Agricultural Transformation Agency (Ethiopia)

Ayele Gebreamlak is a Director for Commercial and Contract Farming Program at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA). Ayele has several years of experience both at Government and NGOs and has diverse knowledge on Planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of rural development and food security, water supply and sanitation, energy, and pro poor eco truism programs  and projects. He has served at LVIA, CSLUF, Italian development Cooperation, MoANR, Amhara Region Investment office and the then Ministry of Coffee and Tea Development. 
Ayele have MA Degree in Management of Development (MoD), Specialization in International Agriculture from Larenstein University, Wageningen, The Netherlands. He have also received BSc degree in Agricultural Economics from the then Alemaya University of Agriculture. 

Panelist, "Feeding the Fastest Growing Economies of East Africa"
Esubalew Kefale
Project Manager, Ahadukes Food Products S.C. (Ethiopia)

Esubalew Kefale has served under various capacities in food processing sector. He has been Production Manager, Production and Technical Manager, Project Manager, Project Coordinator, Milling Consultant for different flour mills, biscuit plant and pasta projects. Presently he is a Project Manager of Ahadu Food Products SC a position he has assumed during the last four (4) years. In this capacity he is responsible for technology and plant machinery and equipment selection, planning and implementation of the whole project which among others include equipment and material procurement, manpower recruitment, plant erection and commissioning.

Panelist, "Feeding the Fastest Growing Economies of East Africa"
Erick Sile
Senior Advisor Agricultural Finance, New Partnership for Africa´s Development NEPAD (South Africa)

Erick Sile joined NEPAP in November 2014 as Senior Advisor Agricultural Finance to support the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) at NEPAD. He is a 15+ years professional who previously worked for the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) as Regional Technical Advisor, helping to promote financial inclusion. As Program Manager and Project Director at the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), he worked in several countries in Africa developing policies and procedures, implementing various methodologies of reaching out to the unbanked. Prior to WOCCU, Erick worked as Senior Consultant at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting in the Advanced Technologies Practice Area in Atlanta, GA where he provided consulting services to Fortune 500 companies across the US and Europe. Erick holds an MBA in Finance and Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.



Technical Session Moderator
Peter Lloyd
IAOM MEA Education Committee Chairman | Regional Technical Director, US Wheat Associates, Inc. (MENA)

Principally a technical miller, but also experienced in quality control and training, Peter currently looks after a wide array of technical promotions throughout the Middle East, East and North African Region visiting mills in those countries and troubleshooting storage, phytosanitary or other issues. Peter joined USW in 1991 as Director General of the USW funded Egyptian Milling School. Following this, he became the chief analytical miller with the Tri-State and USW funded Wheat Marketing Center in Portland, Oregon. From 1998 – 2002 he served as Director of the USW Miller Outreach Program in Casablanca, Morocco.. Following a sabbatical year as Technical Manager for the Al Ghurair Foods Group in Dubai, Peter moved to Tunis in June of 2004 where he looked after technical issues throughout the North African Region returning to Morocco in 2009 to serve as Regional Technical Director for the Middle East, East and North Africa Regions of US Wheat Associates in charge of the regional Technical Outreach Program.

The Comparison of Compact & Standard Mills
David Fraser
Area Sales Manager, Buhler (Kenya)

David Fraser joined Bühler South Africa in 2009 as an engineer in the milling department. After graduating from University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he developed his career in Project Management and Milling technology. He was based in the Buhler office in South Africa and managed milling projects in various countries of Southern Africa. In 2013 he moved to the Buhler office in Kenya where he took over the sales responsibilities in Ethiopia and other East African countries. Having grown up in Zimbabwe on his family farm and spending most of his life in various African countries, David brings valuable “African” experience throughout the value chain (Farm to Fork).

Ozonization - A New Technology to Disinfest Mills
Peer Hansen
Technical Director, Igrain (Denmark)

Peer Hansen is a Biochemist from University of Copenhagen. His career spans 30 years of dedication to science and creation of industrial applications based on frontier science. During the past 15 years he has been involved in application of the newest scientific findings in industrial solutions in the grain processing industry. Peer Hansen has also been involved in grain chilling technology and made systems available for very hot climates, where chilling may be needed the most. Possibly, Peer Hansen has become most known for his research into elimination of infestation in stored grain with Ozone. This research was conducted together with scientists from Aarhus University, Denmark. Peer Hansen won the Innovation Award at the recent VICTAM show in Thailand for his series of new Ozone Generators focusing on practical application. Peer Hansen’s new laboratory under the Crop-Protector organization in Copenhagen cooperates with scientist from around the world, and he encourages both scientists and industrial opinion leaders to participate in new science for the betterment of the food quality supply.

Flour Correction & Falling Number Reduction Enter a New Phase with the Introduction of an Innovative Amylase
Dr Irina Matveeva
EMEA Baking Technology Manager, Novozymes (Russia)

Dr. Irina Matveeva graduated from Moscow State University of Food Processing in 1980 with the specialty of engineer-technologist of baking, confectionery and pasta industries.Dr. Irina Matveeva has more than 30 years’ worldwide experience in bread-making and milling technologies science; she is the author and co-author of three books, more than 250 scientific publications and 20 patents. Following the Ph.D. in bread-making technology in 1983, and then the Doctorate Scientific Degree in 1993, she accepted the positions of Senior Scientific Researcher, Lecturer, Associate Professor, and Professor in Moscow State University of Food processing. Dr. Matveeva has been acting in ICC representing Russia since 1996. Since from 1999 Dr. Irina Matveeva started her career in Novozymes A/S Company acquiring the responsibilities over the baking and milling segments for technical service and support in Russia and other CIS countries followed by position of EMEA Baking Technology Manager providing trainings, technical solutions and support for customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Nutritional and Technical Improvement of Flour for Bread and Pasta
Dr Lutz Popper
Head R&D, Muehlenchemie GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)

Lutz Popper read food technology at the Berlin University of Technology, followed by research and instruction activities at the Institute of Food Technology. In his Ph.D. thesis he treated the extraction and application of anti-microbial enzymes. Since December 1993 Popper is with Muehlenchemie, as head of research and development, and since 2009 also as scientific director of the Stern-Wywiol Group. He is an external lecturer for food technology at the Kiel University of Technology since 1997 and has contributed 160 articles and lectures to the field of food science.

Pasta Processing & the Contribution of Extrusion Technologies
Marco Loschi
Product Manager Business Unit Pasta & Noodles, Bühler AG (Switzerland)

Marco Loschi joined Bühler in 2015, after working for 17 years with Barilla G. e R. F.lli S.p.A (Italy), the world’s largest pasta manufacturer. After graduating from University in Food Science and Technology, he developed his career in Research and Development, across different businesses and product technologies, both in Italy and in the United States, where he completed two assignments for a total of 6 years. Before joining Bühler, Marco Loschi was Sr. Manager of R&D Industrialization Pasta and Meal Solutions for Barilla.

Optimizing Wheat Mill Co-Product Value in Broiler and Layer Production
Vaughn Studer
CEO & Co-Founder, Engrain LLC (USA)

Vaughn Studer is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Engrain LLC. Prior to forming Engrain, Mr. Studer served on the staff of Kansas State University and played an integral role in the development of the Hal Ross Flour Mill, the International Grains Conference Center and the O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Center on the Grain Science & Industry campus. Studer leads Engrain in its strategic vision and execution of the company’s research and development efforts. Studer is a trained technical nutritional physiologist and holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science and industry from Kansas State and a master’s degree in dairy science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has also earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska.

Gluten Saving and Water Absorption on Wheat Flour
Pierre-Edouard Molina
Managing Director, Eurogerm South Africa (South Africa)

Pierre-Edouard Molina has 9 years experience in the Milling and Bakery sector. After graduating from Ecole Ingenieur Purpan (EIP) in France, he joined Eurogerm in Morocco in 2008 as Deputy Director, focusing on technical developments and sales in the country. Then he was promoted to Export Area Manager, other Africa and Southern America. He became Managing Director of Eurogerm South Africa, a new Eurogerm branch based in Durban in 2013.


Gluten Aggregation Kinetics as a Tool for Predicting Wheat Quality and End-Use
Markus Löns
Senior Sales Director Food, Brabender (Germany)

Markus Löns joined Brabender® in 2002 as sales director for the food department. Before this he graduated as Engineer for Food Technology, specializing in flour and grain, and has worked some years at the Leibniz University Hannover, Germany, as the head of the research and training laboratory baking & sweets. The first years Markus worked worldwide at Brabender® as sales specialist for lab equipment, especially rheology, moisture, milling, and viscosity. In 2012 Markus took over the leadership of the food department as Senior Sales Director Food.


What´s New Session Moderator
Nicolas Tsikhlakis
CEO and Vice Chairman, Modern Flour Mills and Macaroni Factories (Jordan)

Nicolas Tsikhlakis is CEO and vice chairman of Modern Flour Mills and Macaroni Factories in Amman, Jordan. He is also founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of Good Harvest Investment Company.  Mr. Tsikhlakis holds a BS degree in Biology from the University of Miami and a Masters degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of Jordan. In addition, he studied milling engineering at the Swiss School of Milling, one of the most important international training centers for grain milling technology and attended Lutzern Baking Institute in Switzerland. He has acquired additional expertise in Commodity Price Management, Grain Marketing and Export, Wheat Grading and Inspection (US Department of Agriculture), Grain Storage and Handling (US Wheat Associates) and Commodity Price Management (Chicago Board of Trade). He is a member of the Association of Operative Millers (AOM) and the American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC). He serves on the Board of Directors of the IAOM (International Association of Operative Millers) - Middle East and East Africa District. He is also a member of the Technical Committee and Chairman of the Union of Grain Millers Cooperative in Jordan and a member of the Jordanian Nutrition Higher Council. He served on the board of directors of GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and on the Executive management team of FFI (Flour Fortification Initiative). He serves on the board of the jordan Restaurant Association.

Leonardo Hightech Rollermill: Save 50% of Electric Power
Pietro Barbalarga
Commercial Director Grain Milling, Omas (Italy)

Pietro comes from an Italian family with tradition in milling started by his grandfather. After graduating as milling technologist from Torino, he went on to proceed with assignments in process designs and plants commissioning worldwide. He was appointed Sales Area Manager for Northern Europe, and later on moved to South East Asia and Oceania. In 2004, Pietro joined Omas, and became Commercial Director four years later. He also became Omas shareholder in 2012. His technical and commercial expertise is instrumental in the role he plays in Omas´ worldwide activities.

LabMill by CHOPIN Technologies - New Laboratory Mill Designed to Evaluate Wheat Milling Performance
Stephane Cochet
Export Director, Chopin Technologies (France)

Stéphane has 20 years of experience in the grain and milling industry. He has been the Export Director of Chopin Technologies for 10 years now and also a member of the Chopin Board. He graduated with a Bachelor of Technology in ENSMIC (French Milling School) together with a Master for International Management in Essec Business School Paris – Singapore.

Processing Local Grains for Genuine Staple Food
Raphael Krucker
Head of CS & Business Development MEA, Buhler DMCC (UAE)

Following an apprenticeship as milling engineer at Bühler and graduating in mechanical engineering in St. Gallen, Raphael Krucker continued his executive education at the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland during 2010 as well as at the WITS Business School in South Africa where he graduated in 2013 the Management Advancement Programme. From 2001, he worked in various project management positions, including Asia and Europe. He started working as Area Sales Manager in 2006 for African countries and took responsibility as Head of Sales in 2010 for the East and Southern African region. Since 2014 he is in charge as Head of Customer Service and Business Development Middle East and Africa Region

Brabender MetaBridge - Smart Software for Interconnected Communications
Philipp Deiters
Sales Manager Africa and Sales Manger Food Extrusion, Brabender (Germany)

Philipp Deiters, Sales Manager Africa and Sales Manger Food Extrusion at Brabender, is the first contact for all customers in the food industry. Beside the technical sales support his duties include visiting customers as well as organizing laboratory courses and exhibitions in Africa. He has a Master Degree in Chemical Process Engineering at Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT) with focus on food extrusion processes.

Amazing Savings with the New Vacuum Filling for Flour
Christian Helwig
Area Manager ME, Rovema (Germany)

Christian Helwig is 60 years old, married and has 2 daughters. With a degree in industrial engineering, he is looking back on 28 years in the packaging machinery industry. He has experience in managing, selling and consultancy positions within this sector.

Fully-Automatic Packing Machinery´s Benefits in Flour Mill Commercial Performance
Mark Wild
Sales Manager, Fawema GmbH (Germany)

Mark has over 25 years' experience in automated packing systems for handling flour and other food products. He is happy to offer sound advice on all aspects of packaging automation and is able to deliver sensible, logical and cost-effective solutions to anybody seeking modern technology within their flour packing facilities throughout Africa and the Middle East.

Demands in the Complete Value Chain for Grain Bags
Lars Bergström
Senior Technical Service Managaer, BillerudKorsnas (Sweden)

Lars Bergström is 62 years old and has since 2002 worked as Technical Customer Service Manager for BillerudKorsnas in the field of Bag Solutions mainly for the dry food packaging industry. Before 2002 Lars Bergström worked for Valmet Corporation mainly in the field of R&D and as Project Manager for supply of paper machines.

Optical Fluting Test
David Balaguer
Sales Director, Fundiciones Balaguer (Spain)

David Balaguer Sales & Marketing  Director from Fundiciones Balaguer SA-Balaguer rolls during last 10 years. He has been serving the company for 20 years. Married, two daughters, university degree on economics  & marketing.

Couscous: A Versatile Process & Product
Mohamed Lammi
Sales Manager MEA, Clextral (France)

Mohamed Lammi is Clextral's Sales Manager MEA. He has 20 years of experience in global sales. He has also served as Project Manager in various regions. Mohamed has a Masters Degree in Technical Instrument and Optical from the University of Saint Etienne, and Mechanical and PLC Engineer Degree from Energy and Material High School of Orleans. Clextral is French company specialized in extrusion processing line and turnkey line for food industries ( snacks, breakfast cereals, co-extruded biscuits, ingredients, encapsulated flavours, etc.. Couscous and pasta and Feed industries (fishfeed and petfood). Clextral is manufacturing a wide range of twin screw extruders, dryers , coating unit,etc.) 

Rapid Asssesment of Sprout Damage Using the New Fast Falling Number Prediction Method
Martin J Hallin
Product Manager, Perten Instruments AB (Sweden)

Martin Hallin is a Swedish citizen living in Stockholm, Sweden. He holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering 1985 from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He has 10 years of experience in the vegetable oil industry prior to Perten Instruments employment. Martin has been with Perten Instruments since 1995, and he has held various positions within Perten Instruments in both Area Sales Management and the Marketing department. He has since served for approx. 10 years as Product Manager for the full Rheology range including the Falling Number products.

Dynamic Angular Positioning (DAPS) System
Temel Harmankaya
Business Development Director Food Process Engineer, Selis Co. (Turkey)

Temel Harmankaya  is business development director of The Selis Company , Grain Milling Systems manufacturer firm located in Eskisehir, Turkey. He serves as managing day-to-day operations, working with existing clients and winning new accounts with his engineering backround. Harmankaya is a graduate from the university with bachelor of science in food process engineering and Masters Degree in Business from Heriott-Watt Business school in the U.K . He launched his career in London in different companies before he  continue his career in Selis Company.

Energy Efficiency
Mauro Pizzamiglio
Technical and Sales Director, Alapala (Turkey)

Mauro Pizzamiglio has more than 40 years of experience in the field of flour milling. He has  served for 10 years as Project Manager in various regions for one of the most important international companies in this field and in 1990 he was appointed Sales Area Manager for Middle East and North Africa. Almost two years ago, he jointed Alapala Group as Technical and Sales Director.

TRADING SESSION & PANEL DISCUSSION: "Regional Review: The Modern Middle East"

Moderator, Panel Discussion: "Regional Review: The Modern Middle East"
David McKee
Grain Industry Consultant (USA)

David McKee is a food industry specialist who has delivered grain policy analysis, project planning, feasibility and technical studies, cereals value chain research, industry assessments, marketing strategies and other services to a wide range of companies, governments, and international organizations. His consultancy is Key International LLC, based in Seattle, USA. As an independent contributor, he has published over 60 articles in World Grain magazine and other publications. His professional background includes a stint in international banking with Bank of America followed by several years in the global brewing industry in the US and Germany.

Trading Session Moderator & Keynote Speaker
Dan Basse
President & Founder, AgResource Co. (USA)

Daniel Basse is President of AgResource Company. AgResource Co. is a domestic and international agricultural research firm located in Chicago, which forecasts domestic and world agricultural price trends. AgResource Co. provides information/research to; farmers, elevators, soy and corn processors, wheat millers, food companies, trading companies, importers, exporters and meat packers. AgResource's research is sold around the globe in 81 nations.

Mr Basse is an economist that has been in the commodity business since 1979. Raised on a dairy/grain farm in Waukesha, Wisconsin, MrBasse has a keen sense of production agriculture. Mr Basse graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1979 and has worked with Professional Farmers of America, Brock Associates and the ag research division of GNP Commodities in Chicago. In 1987, Mr Bassefounded AgResource Company to serve the needs of the US and world agricultural community. Mr Basse is a member of Farm Foundation and the Commodity Market Council.

Panelist, "Regional Review: The Modern Middle East"
Patricia Bakalian
CEO, Bakalian Flour Mills - SIDUL SAL (Lebanon)

Patricia Sarkis Bakalian is the CEO of Bakalian Flour Mills, a fourth generation, family-run business, in Lebanon. Since 2009 she has lead the company through an extensive restructuring phase. She holds an MSc in Entrepreneurship and Management from Cass Business School, London, with a thesis in family business: sustainability, development and growth.

Panelist, "Regional Review: The Modern Middle East"
Essa Al Ghurair
Chairman, Essa Al Ghurair Investment LLC (UAE)

Mr. Essa Al Ghurair graduated from the San Diego State University in California USA with Business Administration.  He serves as the Chairman of Al Ghurair Resources, a major supply chain provider and a key player in the field of agricultural commodities. He oversees the diverse business activities which include the manufacturing and marketing of, edible oils and legumes; and in the trading of food grains, oils and meals. Specializing in industrial manufacturing and commodities trading in international markets, combined with extensive experience has led Mr. Essa Al Ghurair to be a leading figure in industry circles. Essa Al Ghurair Investment LLC (EGI) was founded in the year 2000. EGI is now a Holding Company, comprising of Four Main Business units – Foods, Real Estate, Investment & Venture Capital and Business Development. He also is the Director at National Cement Co. PSC, Chairman at the Tharawat Advisory Board, Tharawat Family Business Forum and he is a Board Member in the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Panelist, "Regional Review: The Modern Middle East"
Gunhan Ulusoy
Chairman, Turkish Flour Industrialists´ Federation (TFIF), Chairman BoD, Ulusoy Flour (Turkey)

Gunhan Ulusoy graduated from Bogazici University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business on 2003, and completed his Master's Degree in the field of Agricultural Economy in Ondokuz Mayis University on 2014. He took the position of General Manager in Ulusoy Un Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. for which he is a company partner of, between 2004-2010. He has continued his career as the Chief Executive Officer between 2010-2015, and has been elected as the Chairman of the Board for three years in the general meeting held on March 2015. Ulusoy Flour now has 5% share of total Turkish flour export with its two factories located in Samsun and Corlu. Total wheat milling capacityis 900 mtons/day. This capacity will increase to 1500 mtons/day with third factory whose construction will be finished in 2016. Ulusoy Flour opened to public on November 2014 and became the first listed flour milling company in Istanbul Stock Exchange. 

At the same time, Gunhan Ulusoy is continuing his duties of Black Sea Region Association of Flour Industry Chairman of the Board; Black Sea Grain, Pulses and Oilseeds Exporters' Association Vice Chairman of the Board; and Samsun Commodity Exchange Vice Chairman of the Board. 

Gunhan Ulusoy attended many national and international conferences and meetings, in which most of them he was participating as a speaker. Some of them were Global Grain Geneva, Global Grain Singapore and International Grain Round at Gelendzhik and ICBC, ?stanbul. He will also represent his speech at the event of International Grain Council in June 2016. 

During the General Assembly Meeting of Turkish Flour Industrialists' Federation (TFIF), held in Ankara on May 2nd, 2015, he has been elected as the Chairman of the Executive Board of TFIF

Panelist, "Regional Review: The Modern Middle East"
Walid Diab Ghanem
CEO, Egyptian Millers Co.; Vice President, Egyptian Milling Association (Egypt)

Walid Diab Ghanem is the CEO of Egyptian Millers Company, a family-owned business that was founded in 1935. Ghanem, who graduated from Cairo University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, has been running the company for 27 years. He is also the Vice President of the Egyptian Milling Association. 

Panelist, "Regional Review: The Modern Middle East"
Seyed Mohammed Reza Mortazavi
Director, Federation of Iranian Food Industries (Iran)

Born in a millers family, Mr Mortazavi is the third generation of millers who started his activities in Milling business since 1980. The family have had  a major role in creating the Iranian association of millers and young Mohammad continued the family role in the association of Iranian millers entering the Federation of Iranian Food Industry association in creating new frontier in his activities. 10 years of effort as the board Director of Tehran House of Industries &  Mines and 35 years of experience in Milling society and Food Industry allows him to share all his knowledge in Iranian business atmosphere with the honored participants.

Australian Market Outlook
Nick Poutney
Regional Manager, M.East, Africa & Japan, GrainCorp Limited (Australia)

Nick is a Senior Trader with GrainCorp responsible for managing all the bulk grain exports into the Middle East, Africa and Japan. Nick is also the Head trader for the GrainCorp Pulse business (specialising in peas, beans and lentils). Based in Sydney, Nick has 15 years of international grain trade experience with Australian Wheat Board, Viterra and GrainCorp, including 8 years positioned in Geneva.

US Market Outlook
Ian Flagg
Regional Director Europe & MENA, US Wheat Associates Inc. (Netherlands)

Ian Flagg is the Regional Director of USW Associates Rotterdam for Europe, Middle East, and North Africa based at the regional headquarters in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Beforer accepting his current position, Flagg was the Assistant Regional Director in Cairo, Egypt, the market analyst at the headquarters of Arlington, VA, and was deputy director of the West Coast, Portland, OR, where he was responsible for the liaison work between the grain trade and state wheat commissions. He chaired the foreign visits of trade delegations and met the needs of 16 overseas offices. Flagg joined US Wheat Associates in 2005. Prior to joining USW, Flagg has worked as a Research Assistant at the North Dakota State University. Flagg holds and MS degree in agribusiness and applied economics from the same university. 

French Market Outlook
Jean-Pierre Langlois-Berthelot
President, France Export Céréales (France)

Jean-Pierre is member of the board of the French Association of Wheat Producers (AGPB). In 2007, he was elected as President of France Export Céréales. He is also member of the board and member of the Scientific Council of the Technical Institute for arable crops called "Arvalis" (technical institute run and financed by French farmers in charge of applied research on agriculture). He has a post graduate degree in agro-sciences from Institut National Agronomique de Paris. A member of the agro-producers´ Cooperative of Creully, he grows main crop productions (cereals, oilseeds, protein crops, flax for fiber, sugar beet) on 120 ha of land in Normandie (near Caen, Calvados).

Baltic Sea Market Outlook
Indrek Aigro
Broker for Grains, Copenhagen Merchants (Denmark)

Indrek Aigro is a broker for grains since 2007. He works for Copenhagen Merchants which is one of the largest grain & oilseed brokers in Europe. Before CM, Indrek Aigro was working as a grain trader for Kesko Agro. He specializes on the Baltic Sea exports, a new origin for quality wheat. During the last decade he has witnessed a fast transformation of the Baltics market from importing countries into major exporters. In his presentation he will give us an insight to the real quality and supply from this part of the world.

Wheat Logistics in East Africa: Ethiopia & Beyond
Shujjat Alikhan
Vice President, International Marine & General Services (UAE)

Mr. Shujjat Alikhan joined IMGS in 2014 after working globally as a management consultant with Ernst & Young and the Boston Consulting Group. Shujjat's focus, both academically and professionally, has been performance optimization and business strategy. Assisting global multinationals such as Nestle, ADM and Maersk over his career, Shujjat with IMGS now focuses on working with clients throughout Europe and Africa to assist them with best-in-class bulk cargo management, maritime advisory and terminal operations. IMGS operates in over 65 ports globally and works with various NGOs, governments and trading houses to ensure the efficent handling of wheat, fertilizers and all other dry bulk. Since 2015, Shujjat has had a central role in assisting suppliers to the Government of Ethiopia with the optimization of it is wheat imports through the Port of Djibouti.  Shujjat is an MBA from Ivey Business School in Canada and the School of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

Wheat Price Volatility: Assessment & Overview of Solutions Available to Millers
Jérémie Girod
Managing Director, Terraxis Commodities (Switzerland)

Mr. Jérémie Girod is a Commodity Trading Adviser with over 10 years’ experience as a Grains & Oilseeds trader (Noble Resources & the US farm cooperative CHS), and over 15 years’ experience in the future and option markets. He has managed various Grains & Oilseeds physical, future and option trading books. He started his career as a risk & back office manager and subsequently became an option market maker on Swiss Index stocks. Jérémie is also a lecturer in commodity derivative trading at the HES-SO University of Applied Sciences Switzerland & the ISFB (Institute for Studies in Finance & Banking). Jérémie is a certified Technical Analyst (CFTe, 2013) and derivatives trader (Eurex, 2001). He holds a Masters in Economics from the Université Paris II Panthéon (1995).

Milling Wheat Procurement in the Information Age
Siavosh Arasteh
Managing Director, AgFlow (Switzerland)

Siavosh Arasteh is Managing Director of AgFlow, an innovative trade intelligence platform serving the global grain, oilseeds and edible oils trade. Born in Geneva, Siavosh studied Business Management (BSc) and International History (MSc) at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He later served customers across the grain supply chain with traditional information services (newsletters, bespoke analysis, consulting projects). As a result of this experience, Siavosh and his colleagues developed a new approach to modernise the trade intelligence landscape, which provided the foundation of AgFlow, in which SGS made a strategic investment in July 2016. Siavosh has presented in front of audiences in the past (TEDx) and also have spoken on TV channels (BBC) regarding grain markets. 

Proprietary Crop Sourcing for Greater Milling Functionality
Nicole Rogers
CEO, Agriprocity (UAE)

Nicole Rogers hails from one of the largest and oldest farming operations in Canada. Nicole grew up as part of her family's various agri-trading and marketing businesses including,, North America's first agriculture sector focused web platform. In 2008, Nicole moved to Dubai to serve as Canada's Trade Commissioner for Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. In 2013, Nicole transitioned into the private sector and today is CEO of Agriprocity, a company focused on direct crop origination from Canada, Australia, the U.S.A. and Africa. Nicole is a private sector delegate on the United Nations (FAO)'s Near East Food Security panel, a founding member of the Dubai Food Trade Advisory Group (in partnership with the Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre), sits on the advisory board of Global AgInvesting, and is a global agri innovations partner of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Closing Speech - IAOM President
Brad Allen
IAOM President 2016-2017 | VP & Operations Lead, Ardent Mills (USA)

IAOM President Brad Allen is vice president and operations lead for Ardent Mills in Denver, Colorado. Brad has been an active member of IAOM since 1996.  He has served as a member of the IAOM Employee Relations Committee since 2002. While serving as IAOM vice president last year, he was also president of the International Milling Education Foundation (IMEF), a philanthropic partner of IAOM that funds a variety of educational programs related to the grain milling industry. In 1996 Brad joined ConAgra Mills as an operations manager for their flour milling operations in Alton, Illinois; Chester Illinois; and North Kansas City, Missouri plants. From 2000-2014, he served as vice president of manufacturing for ConAgra Mills. In 2014 he was appointed vice president and operations lead for Ardent Mills – a premier flour milling company that combined the operations of ConAgra Mills and Horizon Milling, a Cargill-CHS joint venture. Brad is also a member of AIB International’s board of trustees.

Brad is a native of Independence, Missouri. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Central Missouri State University, in Warrensburg, Missouri, and an executive MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1981 he joined Cargill Animal Nutrition. Over the subsequent 14 years, he held several management positions in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Mentone, Indiana, for Cargill.


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