Former Chairman, Cereal Millers Association (Kenya)
IAOM MEA 2018 - Conference Chairman
Group Managing Director of Unga Holdings Limited (headquartered in Nairobi) since September 2000. Unga Holdings Limited, an equity partnership between Unga Group Plc and Seaboard Corporation, operates flour and animal feed milling operations, along with 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 the former Chairman of the Cereal Millers Association and a Director of the National Cereals and Produce Board; he is a past Chairman of the Eastern Africa Grain Council and the Kenya National Food Fortification Alliance.
Director, Sohar Flour Mills (Oman)
IAOM MEA Regional Director
Ali Habaj 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 23 years in management roles, he possesses rich experience of which he led Oman Flour Mills Co. SAOG and Atyab Investments from 2000 to 2017. During Habaj’s tenure in OFM, the company’s workforce grew from 220 to 1,500 employees. It was under his leadership that Atyab Investments was created, an investment arm focused on value addition through downstream industries. This is evidenced by a notable achievement in revenue growth from 60 Mn USD in 2010 to 220 Mn USD in 2016. Atyab Investments built Oman’s largest industrial bakery and successfully turned around the country’s major poultry farms- broiler and layer facilities. In addition to this, Atyab Investments is setting up new milling and Grain silo facilities in Industrial Port of Sohar. During the first half of this financial year the group’s profits grew by 47% compared to previous year and this robust growth will be seen in the second half as well. The company will continue with its 5-year vision of investing US $1 Billion in the food sector. He continues to be involved in the industry thru his role as Executive Board Member and Consultant. He is an active member of the Young President Organization (YPO) holding the office as an Education officer 2014-2015 & Chairman for 2015-2016.
Chief Technical Officer, Buhler AG (Switzerland)
INNOVATING TO FEED 9 BILLION PEOPLE IN 2050: PROVIDING ADEQUATE, SAFE, NUTRITIOUS AND AFFORDABLE FOOD IN A SUSTAINABLE MANNER,
Ian Roberts graduated in Chemical Engineering and obtained a PhD in Process Engineering from the University of Wales (Great Britain). From 1997 to 2009, he held various management positions at Nestlé, acting among other positions as internal management consultant at Swiss headquarters, as Director of Innovation for Nestlé Mexico, and as Director of the Chocolate Centre of Excellence in Switzerland. He has been Chief Technology Officer at Bühler since 2011. Furthermore, he is a board member of the academic institutions Wyss Institute and IFNC-EPFL. Ian Roberts was awarded European CTO of the Year 2016 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers. Ian Roberts was born in 1970 and is British.
CEO, Cereal Millers Association (Kenya)
Master of Ceremony
Paloma Fernandes is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cereal Millers Association since 2007.The Cereal Millers is an association that represents the grain milling industry comprising of varied wheat, maize, and other cereals millers in Kenya with a reach over 35 million consumers in Kenya. Paloma holds a BA (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Goa. She is a member of the steering committee of the Accelerated Value Crop Development (AVCD), a member of the National Food Safety coordinating Committee – NFSCC, Member of the Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme – KCEP and a former director of the National Biosafety Authority – NBA. She is passionate about food safety and works with the CMA to provide safe and affordable food to the consumers.
Executive Director Said Salim Bakhresa & Co Ltd (Tanzania)
IAOM MEA Regional Leader of the Year
Abubakar Said Salim Bakhresa is the Managing Director of Bakhresa Malawi Limited, Bakhresa Grain Milling (Mozambique) Limitada and Bakhresa SA (Pty) Limited, Azam Media Group, AzamPay Tanzania Limited, Bagamoyo Sugar Limited. He’s the Executive Director of Said Salim Bakhresa & Co Ltd. He is also holding directorial position in several Group Companies.
Abubakar Bakhresa 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.
Bakhresa Group has spread its wings beyond Tanzania and is one of the largest wheat miller in the region with a group milling capacity of more than 1.5 million tons per annum. The group has invested in state of the art technology and is providing consistent quality products at affordable prices to its customers. The Group’s brand name “Azam” is very popular across the region. The Bakhresa Group’s vision ensured food security in the countries it has presence.
Abubakar Bakhresa is spearheading the next phase of Bakhresa Group’s growth to be driven by technological innovation in the form of digitalization of the economy by launching AzamPay App to facilitate Digital Payments, Digital Business Services, E-Commerce and Digital Supply Chain Management.
Milling and Baking Technologist, US Wheat Associates, Inc. (Morocco)
Technical Session Moderator
Tarik Gahi joined US Wheat in Casablanca, Morocco on January 1, 2015 as a Milling & Baking Technologist where he is involved in the development, service, and expansion of the technical side of the market for US wheat and wheat products. Tarik conducts in-house milling/baking activities to reinforce the superior end-use characteristics, of HRS, HRW, SRW, SW, and durum wheat compared to competitor origins. Prior to USW, Tarik graduated from the IFIM (the Moroccan Milling School) in 2002 and subsequently joined Al Ghurair Food group in Dubai, UAE as a shift miller from Sept 2002 to Oct 2008, before joining Seaboard West Africa Limited in Freetown, Sierra Leone as Operation manager. Two years later, Tarik decided to come back to Morocco, joining one of the major mills in Morocco Moulins Fassia as a head miller/Operations manager. Tarik Gahi is a Moroccan citizen born in Beni Mellal in 1982, married with one lovely son, Ali Jamal.
Scientist & Product Manager, Temp-Air, Inc. (USA)
HEAT TREATMENTS – AN EFFECTIVE AND VIABLE ALTERNATIVE TO CHEMICAL FUMIGATION FOR STORED PRODUCT INSECTS IN FLOUR MILLS, WAREHOUSES AND STORAGE STRUCTURES
Dr. Raj Hulasare is working as a Product Manager and Senior Scientist in TEMP-AIR based in Burnsville, MN. He brings with him more than 25 years’ experience in processing, handling, and preservation of stored products. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Engineering from India with Masters and PHD in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. Dr. Hulasare has conducted several joint research projects with multidisciplinary teams in Canada and the USA in the areas of grain quality preservation and post harvest storage technologies. He has actively worked with researchers at Oklahoma State, Purdue and Kansas State Universities on use of heat as an effective alternative to chemical fumigants for structural fumigation. Dr Raj has collaborated with Dr. Subi on heat treatment and its comparison with other fumigants for structural fumigation as a part of USDA project. He has successfully performed heat treatments in the milling industry of North America, Greece, India and Philippines.
Milling Expert, Buhler AG (Switzerland)
THE INTELLIGENT MILL - THE FUTURE STARTS TODAY!
Martin Ellegast holds an engineering degree in mechanical engineering/process engineering and an Executive MBA. During his studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Constance, he became acquainted with Bühler as an intern and wrote his thesis about the company. He has been permanently employed at Bühler since 2005. Ellegast got to know the company from the bottom up, first in project management in grain milling, then in Bühler Yokohama / Japan during a two-year stay abroad, followed by sales for England and South Asia. In 2015, he took over the management of the bakery and ingredient handling business unit. As manager of sales and marketing for grain milling Ellegast will combine his knowledge of a graduated engineer with his MBA skills in marketing and sales in an ideal way.
Sales Manager Europe and South East Asia, Brabender (Germany)
NEW METHODS FOR RAW MATERIAL CHARACTERIZATION
Alexandra Petz made 2011 an Apprenticeship as a technician in the pharmaceutical company Novartis in Germany. During this period she worked with high-dose painkillers and hormones for cancer patients and took the possibility to change to the site in Johannesburg (Sa) for a certain time. In 2015 she made her Bachelor Degree in Food Science at University Weihenstephan, Munich. The Bachelor Thesis was written in a cooperation with Zotter Chocolate Manufacture (AT) about microbiological Processes in roasted cacao beans. It followed a Master Degree in Food Engineering in 2016. The Master Thesis was successfully created at company IO Consultants (De) about Meat Substitutes. For ´Brabender GmbH` (De) she is working since 2016 and part of the sales engineer team for the Food branche. Her responsibilities are the European and South East Asian Markets.
Plant Manager, Miller Milling Company (USA)
SOLAR POWER IN THE MILLING INDUSTRY
Damon Sidles graduated from Kansas State University in 1991, with a degree in Milling Science and Management. Upon graduation, he joined ConAgra Mills in various locations. In 1997, he started working for Miller Milling in Fresno, CA and took over as the Plant Manager in 2000. Sidles has been an active member of the IAOM since 1993 and has served as a member of the IAOM Technical Committee since 2000 and most recently the Education Committee in 2018. He served as Treasurer of the association from 2012-13, Vice President from 2013-14, and President from 2014-15. He also served as President of the International Milling Education Foundation (IMEF), a philanthropic partner of the IAOM. Sidles currently serves on the board of the California Wheat Commission.
Sales Director, Brabender (Germany)
NEW SOLUTIONS TO AUTOMATE AND OPTIMIZE QUALITY CONTROL AND LAB ANALYTIC
Mr. Jürgen Willmann, Sales Director Food Division at Brabender GmbH & Co. KG, is the first contact for all customers in the food industry. He has a degree in Process Engineering from the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Since more than 19 years he was working in several sectors of the material handling and food industry business. The last 5 years he was responsible for the Near, Middle East and Africa region as Sales Director dealing with food plants in the field of bakery, confectionery, mixing and cereal plants. Since October 2016 he took over the Sales Department for the Brabender Food Division.
Doctor Emeritus, INRA-National Institute for Agricultural Research (France)
A Reverse-Engineering Approach to Improve Pasta Quality
Joël Abécassis is a milling engineer qualified by ENSMIC (Paris) and Doctor Habilitated in process engineering of Toulouse University. He is in position of emeritus scientist at National Institute for Agricultural research (INRA) in Montpellier (France). He has a great experience in cereal processing as well as in the management and coordination of multidisciplinary research projects. Since 30 years, his research focuses on cereal quality and cereal processing. He has published over 100 technical papers in International journals on durum wheat and pasta, soft wheat and biscuit, corn products and on 5 exploited patents. He is involved in many scientific councils in France and acted as the president of ICC (International Association for Cereal Science and Technology) in 2013-2014.
Noodle Expert, Buhler Ltd (China)
Fried Instant Noodle and Air Dried Noodle Processing Technology
I was graduated at Zhengzhou Grains and Cereals University of China in 1992. Principal studies is Food Science and Analysis. I worked on instant noodles more than 20 years, involving instant noodle technology research and production management, recipe study of flour and function of the additivities in noodle processing. I have working experience in Africa over 10years. As plant manager at Honeywell Flour Mills Plc.in Nigeria, in charge of fired instant noodle production, quality control, product development, and noodle equipment management. I am always studying the latest technology on the fried and air dried instant noodles field, and always pay close attention to noodles industry developing in the world.
Head of R&D, Mühlenchemie GmbH (Germany)
CONTROL OF WHEAT AND FLOUR QUALITY IMPROVES PROFITABILITY
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, at the University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, since 2013 and at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, since 2015 and has contributed more than 160 articles, posters and lectures and one book to the field of food science.
Director, Food Fortification Initiative (USA)
HEALTH AND ECONOMIC IMPACT OF FORTIFICATION AND THE MILLERS’ ROLE IN INCREASING HIS CUSTOMERS’ NUTRITIONAL INTAKE
Scott J. Montgomery is Director of the Food Fortification Initiative (FFI). He brings 30 years of cereal grain industry expertise to the leadership position. Scott received a bachelor’s degree in milling science and management from Kansas State University in 1980. He worked for Cargill Incorporated from 1980 to 2010 where he quickly moved into the wheat flour milling business in North America. This was followed by global operations responsibility for Cargill’s wheat and maize milling operations and ultimately citrus operations in every region of the world. He retired from Cargill in 2010 as Vice President, Global Procurement Leader. After retiring from Cargill, Scott joined the FFI staff as the Industry Liaison. He was named the FFI Director in 2011.
FMTT Moderator & Keynote Speaker | International and Pet Business Director, Trouw Nutrition GB (UK)
THE GLOBAL VISION OF ANIMAL FEED TECHNOLOGY
Roderick Prince is the International and Pet Business Director at Trouw Nutrition GB where he has Management Board responsibility for all products exported from the company’s site in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. He is also the leader of Trouw Nutrition Pet Team Europe which supplies leading global and regional Pet Food manufacturers across the whole of Europe including Russia. This team services brands in Europe with a value which exceeds $12bn. Brand assurance and food safety is at the heart of the company’s manufacturing ethos. Roderick was instrumental in Trouw Nutrition GB receiving the human food standard ISO22000: 2005 and Sedex 4-Pillar accreditation in 2013. He has a BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science, an MSc in Agricultural Management and is a Member of The Institute of Export.
Business Director, Bios AgriCorp Ltd. (Finland)
MYCOTOXIN CONTROL: A MULTI-DIMENSIONAL APPROACH
Dr. Ajay W Deoghare presently is working as the Business Director of Finland based Bios AgriCorp Ltd, a global technology company for Agriculture, Animal Health and Food sectors. Bios AgriCorp mission is Protecting Promoting and Encouraging Life, which is centered on innovation, research and development. Dr. Ajay is a competent technocrat in the agribusiness sector, and an innovator. He holds a degree in Veterinary science and a Masters Degree in Business Management. Prior to this he had worked with Roche and BASF.
Animal Nutrition Expert, Buhler AG (Switzerland)
Healthy Animals without Antibiotic; PARTICLE SIZE OF FEED FOR BROILERS TO REACH MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE
Susanne Steghöfer works as Animal Nutrition Specialist in the Business Unit “Feed”. She obtained her bachelor degrees in nutritional science and her master degree in food technology from the Technical University of Munich. After her position in the nutrition group of the Corporate Technology Department, she joined the R&D Technology Group of the Business Unit Feed to focus on animal nutrition.
Vice Chair, Cereal Millers Association | Managing Director, Maisha Flour Mills (Kenya)
WHAT´S NEW SESSION MODERATOR
Kamaldeep Singh Phull, Managing Director of Maisha Flour Mills Ltd and Kenya Steel Fabricators Ltd since 2004. Maisha Flour Mill Ltd, based in Kiganjo, Kenya is a wheat mill and animal feed manufacturing facility set up in 1993. Kenya Steel Fabricators Ltd, is a steel fabrication and mechanical engineering facility based in Nairobi, Kenya, since 1988 and has been closely involved in the milling industry in East Africa since. Kamaldeep holds a BSc degree in Manufacturing Management & Business Studies form Middlesex University, London and is also a graduade diploma holder from the renown Swiss Milling School, St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is also the current Secretary of the Cereal Millers Association, Kenya and the Chair of the Technical committee.
Sales Manager, Henry Simon (UK)
HENRY SIMON – INCLITEC BRAN FINISHER
Peter joined Henry Simon in 1980. After spending several years in the customer service department and the drawing office learning plant layout, he moved to the technical department to learn flow sheet and diagram design. He was involved in the start-up of flour milling plants around the world (China, Egypt, UK, Europe etc.), he then used his acquired technical skills to move into machine and plant sales. Peter worked for several years in Japan and South Korea with Henry Simon/Robinson Milling Systems and later Satake after the purchase of RMS. He also worked for more than 10 years in USA successfully selling many mills in US and Canada (working for CETEC, representing Golfetto and subsequently Ocrim). Returned to UK in 2004 as Satake Sales Manager for rice, flour and maize milling in EMEA region. More recently also responsible as General Manager for the colour sorting division, developing sales and service networks. Peter was also instrumental in aligning Satake and Alapala to relaunch Henry Simon.
Head Miller and Technologist, Buhler DMCC (UAE)
Focus on efficiency, sanitation and energy consumption
Abdelkrim Alahiane worked in flour milling business since 2005 for different flour mills in Morocco, Libya, and UAE & Nigeria. After graduating from the Swiss Milling School in 2014, he joined Buhler as head miller and feed technologist, responsible of plants and single machines commissioning, performing existing plants as well as millers training either in-house or at the African Milling School.
Export Director, Chopin Technologies (France)
CREATION OF A MILLING PERFORMANCE INDEX (MPI) BASED ON THE BEHAVIOR OF WHEAT DURING LABORATORY MILLING
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.
Product Manager Business Development Grain, Perten Instruments (Sweden)
INFRAMATIC 9520 - THE NEW DEDICATED NIR INSTRUMENT FOR FLOUR AND SEMOLINA
Ola Envall has 25+ years of experience in Food&Grain Business. He has worked in many different positions in Marketing, R&D, Business Development, Quality, Supply and Management in Grain/Milling/Pasta/Baking and Pastry/Feed operations. He has a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering and a technical certificate from Swiss Institute of Feed Technology/Milling in Uzwil.
Business Manager, Sangati Berga (Brazil)
MIXERS SYSTEMS AND AUTOMATIC MICRO DOSERS FOR FLOUR
Mr. Rogerio Silveira Cintra, graduated in Mechanical Engineering, MBA and Post-graduate in Business Management, graduated from CETREM Brazil in Technology of cereal milling, among other technical graduations, was a member of the technical staff of ABIMILHO (Brazilian Association of the Corn industries), professor of Postgraduate in the Business Administration course at FGV University, having worked in large companies in the cereals milling sector like Cargill, Bunge, others ... and currently in the position of Business Manager of Sangati Berga S / A.
Chairman, AsconAfrica Group (South Africa)
NEW INNOVATIVE SILO AND INTAKE STRUCTURES SAVE CAPITAL COSTS AND OPERATIONAL COSTS WHILE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCING RISK OF MALFUNCTION AND WATER INGRESS
Dermot Knight is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 40 years experience in infrastructure development. Formerly CEO of Scott Wilson Africa Ltd, he is now Chairman of the Ascon Africa Group. Most of Dermot’s career has been associated with the grain industry, particularly since 2007 following the MBO from Scott Wilson (see below). Dermot was born in Zimbabwe, and qualified as an Engineer at the University of Cape Town. He undertook Business courses at the universities of Cape Town and Oxford. His experience has been principally in Africa, with occasional project work abroad in the UK and Australia.
Director, HHO Consulting (South Africa)
NEW INNOVATIVE SILO AND INTAKE STRUCTURES SAVE CAPITAL COSTS AND OPERATIONAL COSTS WHILE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCING RISK OF MALFUNCTION AND WATER INGRESS
Allan Benn is a civil engineer with 28 years experience working on structural design in Southern Africa and the UK. He is a technical director with HHO Consulting Engineers in Cape Town, responsible for building structures. He has designed, altered, repaired, and assessed silos, mills, warehouses and industrial structures in Southern Africa. His civils experience include foundations, piling, geotechnical investigations, water treatment works, and sewerage works. Allan graduated from the engineering faculty at Cape Town University, specialized in structural engineering at Johannesburg University (WITS) and took business studies through the Open University (UK). He tutors the design project for the final year students at Cape Town University.
Product Manager of Milling Solutions, Buhler AG (Switzerland)
Digitalization in Milling industry
Ralph Wagner, born on 28.11.1978 in St.Gallen, Switzerland, is a qualified mechanical engineer, working at Bühler since 2007. After various responsibilities within the Milling division, he is responsible for a comprehensive product portfolio of Bühler since 2015 as product manager in the Business Unit Milling Solutions. Ralph Wagner is a graduate of the Swiss Milling School and holds a master's degree in Business Administration.
Biochemist, Director of Sales and Marketing, Eye-Grain Aps (Denmark)
NEW TRENDS IN MONITORING STORED WHEAT WITH CO2 SENSING
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 18 years he has been involved in application of the newest scientific discoveries and industrial solutions in the grain processing industry. Peer Hansen was the first to develop in-bin Moisture Monitoring and also in-bin Spoilage detection with CO2 measurements. Peer Hansen has also been involved in grain chilling technology and developed systems 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’s new laboratory under the Crop-Protector organization in Copenhagen cooperates with scientist from around the world, and he encourages both scientists and grain processing industry to participate in new science for the improvement of food chain supply quality. Specially to eliminate the risk of Mycotoxins like aflatoxins etc.
Technical Manager, AGI - FRAME (Italy)
MAINTAINING GRAIN QUALITY IN STORED GRAINS THROUGH GOOD MANAGEMENT & WELL DESIGNED AERATION SYSTEMS
Francesco Selva is 31 years old engineer holding the position of Technical manager at FRAME srl Italy, a division AG Growth International. He is the head of FRAME Technical department and coordinates a team of more than 10 people. He is responsible for overall projects planning and management, engineering/CAD design, supplier selection and R&D activities. He has a solid background in structural engineering thanks to 6 years’ experience within FRAME technical division following to a Master Degree in Structural Engineering achieved in 2012 at the Alma Mater Studiorum University, Bologna. He is still collaborating with University of Bologna for research projects and holding occasional classes. He had also experienced abroad, at UCSD University of California – San Diego, to take part at BNCs project: one of the most important seismic full-scale test in recent years. Furthermore, he has recently presented the paper “Overall Consideration/Benefits of Metallic Silos” at conferences IAOM 1st Sub Saharan Forum, Kenya 2015 & IAOM
MEA Annual Meeting, Dubai 2015.
Sales Department, Mulmix (Italy)
SILO TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT AND CONTROL SYSTEMS
Export Manager focused in analysing evaluating and operating new markets, managing Agents, Sales Channels and Key Customers, belonging to different cultures and Areas. Background in different sectors: agribusiness, metal and mechanical industry. Since 2017 in Mulmix, involved in deepening existing markets and discovering new business opportunities.
Sales Manager, Fawema (Germany)
THE PAPER CHAIN: WHY PACKAGING RETAIL FLOUR IN PAPER BAGS MAKES PERFECT SENSE
With over 30 years´ experience within the international packaging industry, Mark is well-known to millers in Africa, the Middle East and beyond. The knowledge and experience gained in some of the world´s most challenging environments has enabled Mark to fine-tune the skill of identifying the right packaging solution for a particular requirement in a specific geographical area. Offering truthful and well-informed advice to a potential customer is, and always must be, at the top of the list of priorities for any salesperson and this is even more important in Africa.
Senior Technical Service Manager, BillerudKorsnas (Sweden)
HOW THE PACKAGING MATERIAL PROPERTIES INFLUENCE THE SPEED OF A FLOUR FILLING LINE
Lars Bergstrom is a 63 year old engineer who have worked in the paper and packaging industry during his whole professional career. During the last 15 years Lars Bergstrom mainly have worked directed to dry food packaging.
Trading Moderator & Keynote Speaker | President & Founder, AgResource Co. (USA)
TRUMP TARIFFS & DECLINING WORLD WHEAT EXPORT STOCKS OFFERS DYNAMIC WORLD GRAIN MARKET IN 2019
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.
Board Member & Past President France Export Cereales (France)
French Market Outlook
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, position that he held until June 2018. 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).
Regional Vice President, Europe & MENA, US Wheat Associates, Inc. (Netherlands)
US Market Outlook
Ian Flagg is the Regional Vice President of USW Associates Rotterdam for Europe, Middle East, and North Africa based at the regional headquarters in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Before 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.
General Manager Trading & Marketing, GrainCorp Ltd (Australia)
AUSTRALIAN MARKET OUTLOOK
Don Campbell is General Manager, Trading & Marketing for GrainCorp Ltd, Australia’s largest listed Agribusiness. He has 30 years of experience in Trading and Management roles in three major commodity groups (Grain, Cotton and Vegetable Oil) across regional and multinational platforms. He holds a Bachelor in Applied Science, majoring in Agricultural Marketing.
Trader, Ameropa (Switzerland)
BLACK SEA MARKET OUTLOOK
Sebastien graduated Commercial engineer from the Belgian University of Leuven in 1999. After his study, he started with the Ameropa fertilizer trading team, where he exported the NPK’s fertilizers from Black Sea/Baltic to Central and Latin America. In 2006, he joined the Ameropa Grain team in Lausanne, where he has been developing the Middle East and Eastern African market. He has been supplying various mills to the MENA area with different type of wheat from various origins with a focus on Black Sea, where Ameropa recently launched a new terminal in Constanta.
Head of Business Development, Copenhagen Merchants (Estonia)
Baltic Sea Market Outlook
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.
Director Agribusiness Sub-Sahara Africa, Bunge SA (Switzerland)
AFRICAN MARKET OUTLOOK
Jean CHARZAT is Director Agribusiness Sub-Sahara Africa, BUNGE SA based in Geneva. Bunge is a 200 years old company, listed on the NYSE. BUNGE processes softseed and tropical oils, grains and sugarcane and has assets in more than 30 countries. Jean CHARZAT has been in the commodity trading business since 1983 when he graduated in Master of Science in Agriculture by AGROSUP, Dijon, France. He also completed in 2000, MBA in Finance at ESCP EAP, Paris, France. He has worked as Trading and Export manager for various french cooperatives till 2008, when he joined BUNGE.
Director, Terraxis Commodities SA (Switzerland)
MEDIATION: AN ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCESS
Solicitor, Davies Battersby Solicitors (UK)
A GUIDE TO ENGLISH ARBITRATION PROCESSES: LMAA (VOYAGE) & GAFTA/FOSFA (COMMODITIES)
Patrick Battersby is a partner at Davies Battersby solicitors in “the City” of London. He qualified in Auckland, New Zealand and graduated BA/LLB. He qualified as a solicitor in England in 1990. His firm specialises in shipping, soft commodity and international transport of goods disputes generally. He has considerable experience in dealing with technical problems arising with in transit soft commodity cargoes at sea to ensure the cargo is delivered without deterioration as well as securing claims by way of vessel arrests and other means in various jurisdictions. Patrick and his business partner Guy Davies both have 25 years of expertise in these areas. The firm’s clients are based on North and East Africa, the Middle East, Russia and the Black Sea, Turkey, North Europe and the Far East. Patrick has conducted something like 150 arbitration disputes on GAFTA, FOSFA and LMAA terms over the 25 years he has been based in London.
Co-Founder & CEO, Cerealia (Switzerland)
The advent of Blockchain and revolutionary transformations it can bring to all aspects of grain trading
Andrei is an experienced trader and broker, with a demonstrated history of results and achievements in grains, oilseeds and veg. oils trade, with a focus on Black Sea area. During his 20 years career he has worked on every stage of agribiz supply chain: from setting up and structuring trade finance -to- originating commodities from farmers - to- organising inland transport and port logistics - to chartering the vessels - to selling goods to the final consumers all over the world -to-setting up, together with partners, his own trading company and propelling it from scratch to one of the most reliable and efficient suppliers of grains in small vessels to Med destinations. He also participated in many Blockchain workshops and other events and have a deep knowledge and understanding of Distributed Ledger Technology and its applications (such as smart contracts, tokenization, stablecoins) for commodity trading and other sectors of real life. Currently he has a chance to combine these true passions, of agri-commodities’ trading and blockchain, in the form of my current dynamic start-up CEREALIA, Switzerland.
CTO and Co-Founder, Cerealia (Switzerland)
The advent of Blockchain and revolutionary transformations it can bring to all aspects of grain trading
M.Sc. Computer Science, well versed in Software Design, Decentralized Systems, Data Mining and Analytics. Robert is recognized as a thought leader in emergent technology (Blockchain), startups and sustainable economy disruption. Professionally, Robert is doing R&D in a data intelligence, fintech, crypto-economics area and ICO auditing. Robert also has been a CTO of Swiss agri-commodities information platform AgFlow, he has a deep knowledge and understanding of agribusiness supply chains and issues from which this sector currently suffering. He is a Founding Member of Swiss Blockchain Association and DevChain Geneva and part of the Swiss Fintech Association.
IAOM International President, IMEF Past President, Miller Milling Company (USA)
Jeff has been an active member of IAOM since 1994. Jeff has served as the Central District Chairperson and on the IAOM board of directors from 2006-2012, representing the Central District. He has been on the Employee Relations Committee since 2011. While serving as IAOM Vice President last year, he was also the 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. Jeff is a native of Wichita, Kansas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in milling science and a master’s degree in agribusiness at Kansas State University, in Manhattan, Kansas. Following graduation in 1994, he joined Cereal Food Processors, Inc., and has held positions of Head Miller, Milling Superintendent, Plant Manager, and Director of Plant Administration while working at the company’s facilities in Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City, Utah, Kansas City, KS, and Mission Woods, KS. In 1997, Jeff served as Milling Superintendent at Grain Millers, Inc. in St. Ansgar, Iowa for one year. Since the acquisition and formation of Grain Craft in 2014, he held the position of Director of Milling, until joining Miller Milling in June 2017.