Nicholas (Nick) Hutchinson

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 current 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. 

Ali Habaj

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.

Ian Roberts

Chief Technical Officer, Buhler (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.

Tarik Gahi

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.

Dr. Raj Hulasare

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.

Martin Ellegast

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.

Jessica Wiertz

Head of Food Application Laboratory, Brabender (Germany)

NEW METHODS FOR RAW MATERIAL CHARACTERIZATION

Jessica Wiertz is a food technologist with specialization in bakery and sweets technology. Her position as the head of the food application laboratory at Brabender GmbH & Co. KG comprises rheological and food extrusion applications. Jessica started her career as a plant quality manager in an industrial bakery plant of Lieken Brot- und Backwaren GmbH. Afterwards, she worked as an scientific assistant in the food technology lab of Osnabrueck University of Applied Sciences. Since 2016 she is joining the Brabender Food Division team.

Damon Sidles

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.

Juergen Willmann

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.

Joel Abecassis

Emeritus, 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.

Liu Jun

Noodle Expert, Buhler Ltd (China)

Fried Instant Noodle and Air Dried Noddle 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.

Dr Lutz Popper

Head of R&D, Mühlenchemie GmbH & Co. KG (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.

Scott Montgomery

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.

Roderick H Prince

International and Pet Business Director, Trouw Nutrition GB (UK)

FMTT Moderator & Keynote Speaker

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.

Dr. Ajay W Deoghare

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.

Susanne Steghofer

Animal Nutrition Expert, Buhler AG (Switzerland)

Healthy Animals without Antibiotic

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.

Kamaldeep Singh Phull

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.

Abdelkrim Alahiane

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.

Stephane Cochet

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.

Ola Envall

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.

Rogerio Cintra

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.

Eng. Dermot Knight

Chairman, AsconAfrica Group (South Africa)

NEW INNOVATIVE SILO AND INTAKE STRUCTURES SAVE CAPITAL COSTS AND OPERATIONAL COSTS WHILST 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.

Eng. Allan Benn

Director, HHO Consulting (South Africa)

NEW INNOVATIVE SILO AND INTAKE STRUCTURES SAVE CAPITAL COSTS AND OPERATIONAL COSTS WHILST 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.

Ralph Wagner

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. 

Peer Hansen

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.

Francesco Selva

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.

Marco Cortella

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.

Mark Wild

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.

Lars Bergstrom

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.

Dan Basse

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.

Don Campbell

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.

Jean-Pierre Langlois-Berthelot

Board Member, French Association of Wheat Producers (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).

Ian Flagg

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.

Indrek Aigro

Broker for Grains, 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.

Jean Charzat

Director Agribusiness Sub-Sahara Africa, Bunge SA (Geneva)

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.

Jeremie Girod

Director, Terraxis Commodities SA (Switzerland)

MEDIATION: AN ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCESS

Jérémie Girod has been a commodity trader and marketer for the last 13 years. After having first started his career as an option trader, he decided to enlarge his scope of activities within the commodity industry and joined Noble Resources in 2005, and then CHS in 2009, to trade and market Grains and Oilseeds into the MENA region. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Terraxis Commodities SA, a trading advisory firm whose primary role is to bring commodity market intelligence and tactical trading expertise to its client to strengthen their competitive advantage within the grain industry. Jérémie is a Gafta Qualified Arbitrator and Mediator (2018), a certified Technical Analyst (CFTe, 2013) and derivatives trader (Eurex, 2001). He holds a Masters in Economics from the Université Paris II Panthéon(1995).
Patrick Battersby

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.