Talia Sanhewe is an award-winning reporter, television producer and Managing Director of Talia Productions, an innovative television production company based in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and since 2010 has served as a jury judge for the International Emmy Awards in New York, judging the Current Affair category. Talia was previously a network reporter for CNBC Africa, the continents first Pan-African business channel. Her work experience includes the BBC World Service, CNN International, Forbes Africa Magazine and Oprah Magazine.
As President, Alan Tracy coordinates the global export market development program for U.S. Wheat Associates, Inc. He also maintains close contact with trade and foreign government representatives, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other partner organizations to promote all six classes of wheat in more than 100 countries around the world. Prior to joining U.S. Wheat Associates, Inc., Tracy´s prior roles are Secretary of the Wisconsin Department Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Special Assistant to the President for Agricultural Trade and Food Assistance in the White House, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Inspection Services, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs and Commodity Programs, General Sales Manager, and President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. Tracy earned a Bsc. degree in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in International Business from the University of Wisconsin
South Africa’s Rock Star in Public Speaking, Vusi Thembakwo was awarded 3rd place for public speaking within the top 3 in the world at the English Speaking Union International Competition. Vusi is the youngest JSE director in South Africa. He influenced a sum total of capital of R4,32bn through his various board appointments & directorships. His main expertise includes sales, strategy and leadership. Vusi is the only South African speaker to speak by invitation at the World Bank. He has delivered 209 presentations in 2013 alone and has travelled to 17 countries over the past 2 years. Appointed Non Executive Director of RBA Holdings Ltd. from March 2013 to Present, Vusi is also the Managing Director at MOTIV8 Advisory from July 2009 to present.
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
Michael Jordaan, Venture Capitalist and wine enthusiast traded in his corporate stripes last year for more casual attire when he stepped down as CEO of First National Bank, one of SA’s largest banks with a customer base of nearly nine million. With more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector and nearly a decade at the helm of the bank, Michael oversaw the move away from traditional banking toward rewarding ecosystem-centric solutions for customers, and led FNB to be named the “World’s Most Innovative Bank” in the 2012 BAI-Finacle Global Banking Innovation Awards, held in Washington DC. The former Banker now heads up a private investment company, Montegray Capital, investing in disruptive business models enabled by technology. Michael lends a strategic-hand to various businesses, including the mobile messaging company Mxit, Wines of South Africa (WoSA) and is a non-executive Director on the JSE Limited. He is also the recipient of the CNBC Africa Business Leader of the Year for Southern Africa award.
Dr Beau Lotto is an American neuro-scientist
Jesmane Boggenpoel has over 13 years of work experience, mainly in investments, private equity and as an entrepreneur. Ms Boggenpoel is the Head of Business Engagement, Africa for the World Economic Forum and is based in Geneva, Switzerland. She has worked for Brait Private Equity and in the corporate finance departments of Anglo American and KPMG. She co-founded an investment holding company and was an executive director and shareholder from 2005 to 2007, during which time she executed two investment transactions in the financial services and information technology sectors. Boggenpoel has served on several boards and committees in South Africa, including Land Bank, Land Bank Insurance Company and Senwes.She is presently a non-executive board member of Cell C and Chairperson of its audit committee.
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´s research is sold around the globe in 81 nations. Mr. Basse is an economist who has been in the commodity business since 1979. Raised on a dairy/grain farm in Waukesha, Wisconsin, he has a keen sense of production agriculture. Having graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1979 Mr. Basse has worked with Professional Farmers of America, Brock Associates and the ag research division of GNP Commodities in Chicago. In 1987, Mr Basse founded AgResource Company to serve the needs of the US and world agricultural community. He is also a member of Farm Foundation and the Commodity Market Council.
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. 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. Patrick has conducted something like 150 arbitration disputes on GAFTA, FOSFA and LMAA terms over the 25 years he has been based in London.His approach to problem solving is to work to reach a prompt commercial solution to a dispute based on the premise, clients like to resolve rather than litigate disputes and swiftly moving on with their businesses.
Nick is a Senior Trader with GrainCorp responsible for managing 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.
Dr Ali Ghanbari was born on 24th June 1955 in Koohrang,Iran. He earned his PHD in Economics (Development) in 1993 at Tarbiat Modarres University, then immediately served as University Professor. Among the important positions he´s held are: Governor of Farsan (1980-81), Consultate of Governor of Charmahal & Bakhtiary State (1981-82), Governor of Kohkilooyeh & Booyer Ahmad State (1982-86), Consulate of prime Minister (1986-88), Deputy of Jahad Minister (1988-91), Member of Parliament (1996-2004), Teacher of Tarbiat Modarres University (1993-2011), Member of Board of GTC (2011 to present). Dr Ali Ghanbari is currently Deputy of Minister of Jahad Agriculture and General Manager of GTC. He has written and translated several books and papers on the economics field; meanwhile, he is conducting and supervising several research projects and theses in his field of studies.
Michael Krueger is the founder and President of The Money Farm. The Money Farm is a grain marketing advisory service located in Fargo, North Dakota, that works with individual farmers, country elevators and others associated with agriculture. He is also a senior analyst for World Perspectives, a Washington, DC, based international agricultural consulting company, and has traveled extensively internationally as a speaker at various farm and grain industry meetings and seminars, including the Middle East, Africa, Australia, Asia, South America and Latin America. Mr. Krueger has also worked on numerous consulting projects in the US as well as overseas. He is a licensed commodity broker clearing through ADM Investor Services. Mr. Krueger is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. Mr. Krueger began his career with Cargill, Inc., holding a number of management and merchandising positions.
Ian Flagg is the Regional Director of USW Associates Cairo for the Middle East, East and North Africa based at the regional headquarters in Casablanca, Morocco. Beforere 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.
Jean-Benoit started at the CWB in 1985 as Market Analyst for the Africa and Middle East region. In 1987, he moved to work in Sales as Marketing Manager for the Pacific Rim area & the Americas and became Senior Manager for Europe, Africa and the Middle East in 1992. Jean-Benoit is currently Director, Trading & Sales ( Europe, Africa, Middle East) at the CWB.
Jean-Pierre is the Deputy Secretary of the French Association of Wheat Producers (AGPB). In 2007, he was first elected as President of France Export Céréales and then later re-elected. He is also a board 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 Intitut National Agronomique de Paris. A member of the agro-producers´ Cooperative of Creully, he grows main crop productions (cereals, oilseeds, protein crops, flax or fiber, sugar beet) on 120 ha of land in Normandie (near Caen, Calvados).
Anthony graduated from Monash University in Melbourne with a degree in Economics in 1993. In 2001 he was recruited by AWB Ltd moving from tankers to dry cargo ocean freight. There he held several senior roles and was instrumental in positioning the ocean freight division of AWB as a market leading freight trader and ship operator through the most dynamic period in the history of the dry cargo ocean freight market. In 2010 he joined Quadra Commodities as a director and Chartering Manager, co-founding the Australian operations of the Swiss based commodity trading companies activities in Melbourne. Anthony is a member of the Baltic Exchange and a Baltic Exchange accredited ocean freight arbitrator.
Andrew commenced his career in the grain industry with AWB nearly 20 years ago and has a lifetime experience in Agriculture. Within AWB he held a number of senior trading , marketing and leadership roles across Australia, Asia and the Middle East. The commencement of wheat deregulation in Australia prompted Andrew to move to ABB Grain as Manager International Marketing to build and manage their wheat export business in 2007. With ABB’s subsequent acquisition by Viterra Inc. and Glencore Grain B.V. Andrew’s career continued to progress and his roles extended most recently to Business Manager for Wheat and Pulses based in Adelaide and Melbourne, before relocating with his family to The Netherlands in January 2014. From 2011 to 2014, Andrew was also played an active role as a member of the Wheat Classification Council which is responsible for maintaining Australia’s wheat variety classification system as part of Wheat Quality Australia.
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.
Joel Abecassis is in position of senior 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 also involved in coordinating activities at national level (INRA cereal group) and as the chairman of the scientific board of ARVALIS, the French technical institute for arable crops. He is also the French representative and President of ICC (International Association for Cereal Science and Technology).
Dr. Jeff Gwirtz earned his B.S. in Milling Science and Management in 1979 and joined Cereal Food Processors as an Assistant to the Milling Superintendent. Jeff became a Production Assistant in 1981 and joined R&D at Ralston Purina Company´s headquarters in St. Louis as a Food Technologist in 1982. Jeff was promoted in 1987 to Sr. Project Leader for extruded cereals. In 1989 he returned to the Grain Science and Industry Department at Kansas State University as an instructor and later promoted to assistant professor in 1998. Jeff started JAG Services Inc. in 2003 and returned to Grain Science and Industry as associate professor in 2006. He has authored or co-authored over 84 outreach articles, 8 referred articles, 6 book chapters or appendices presented at over 125 short courses, training sessions and conferences in 18 countries. Dr. Jeff returned to JAG Services Inc. full time in 2011 to provide consulting, training, and research services to help customers achieve their goals and maximize the return on their capital investment.
Mr. Herman Roux started his millers apprenticeship in 1996 and was working for leading milling companies until 2009. During these years he finished his apprenticeship and worked as a miller, head miller and the last five years as a production manager. Mr. Herman Roux joined the Buhler JHB group in 2009 as a milling technologist responsible for process development and plant commissioning. During this period he commissioned many plants in the Sub-Sahara and gained many experience for this area. He graduated from the Swiss School of Milling. Currently Herman Roux is working as the Deputy Head of Technology in Buhler Johannesburg, South Africa. The Technology department in Buhler Johannesburg is responsible for all technology and technical inquiries in the Sub-Sahara region.
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.
Dr. Irfan Hashmi is originally from Pakistan. He had his higher degrees from Pakistan, USA and Australia, then worked in the US and Middle East for over 20 years before relocating to Australia a few years ago as Technical Advisor at GrainCorp Operations-Aust
Dr. 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 Gruppe. He is an external lecturer for food technology at the Kiel University of Technology since 1997 and has contributed more than 135 articles and lectures to the field of food science.
Pinar Hosafci studied Development Economics at School of Oriental and African Studies (London), before joining Euromonitor as a Food Analyst. She has developed research and consultancy expertise in the global packaged food market where she specializes on bakery and other cereal-based products such as pasta and snacks and is particularly interested in the Middle East and Africa region. Pinar monitors key industry trends and forecasts and is responsible for producing insightful strategic analysis on the global bakery market. Pinar is a regular contributor to Sosland’s Publishing’s Bakery & Snacks International portal and is also consulted by global media about consumer demands and industry trends in bakery. With a background in agricultural economics and previous experience in United Nations, Pinar uses her knowledge to create quality data and written content on a range of topics including market trends, growth strategies and product innovation.
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.
Born in Italy on 13 December 1957, Domenico graduated with a degree in Agricultural Science in 1982. After his graduation until 1986 he collected his first work experience in countries like Somalia and Pakistan where he worked as an U.N. Official at F.A.O. From 1986 until 1991 he was employed as an Agronomist for the preparation and execution of agro-industrial projects in third world countries at GIZA Engineering spa, Italy. His next engagement was Sales Manager at Ballarini Socama spa, Italy (1991-1994). Since 1994 Domenico Pellizzi has been the Sales Manager for Africa & Middle East at PETKUS Technologie GmbH, Germany, which has been manufacturing machines for every individual application since 1852 and is one of the world’s leading suppliers of seed & grain handling and processing technologies.
Mr. Claude Inauen joined Buhler in 2005 after graduating from the University of Applied Science with a Bachelor degree in mechanical engineering. After having worked for 4 years in R&D for Grain Milling, he joined the grain milling engineering where he gained widespread experience in plant design. After completion of his consecutive master in Business Administration and Engineering, he worked for a while in the quotation department. He graduated in 2011 from the Swiss Milling School as a milling technologist. Claude Inauen was relocated 3 years ago to Buhler South Africa and is working as an Area Sales Manager in charge for diverse countries in southern Africa. He recently took over the role of a team leader in Sales.
Darren Robey is the International Market Manager for the Grain, Milling and Edible Oils segment with FOSS based in Denmark and in that role is responsible for Foss’ sales and marketing activities in those segments across the globe. Darren came to Foss 3 years ago after 18 years working in the grains industry in Australia in roles ranging from research agronomy to post harvest grain quality. Among these roles Darren spent 8 years working with the then Australian Wheat Board and later as the Technical Manager for AWB’s newly developed storage and handling company “GrainFlow”. After leaving AWB in 2006 Darren spent 5 years with SGS in senior management roles with their Australian agriculture business gaining significant exposure to grain quality management in an international trade perspective. Darren holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management as well as a Masters Degree in International Business
After Norbert Schurna´s formal education and training as a baker, he immediately worked in several bakeries then qualified as a Baker Technologist. He then worked for about 15 years in the lab of a flour mill before joining Brabender. Norbert initially worked as a specialist for NIR/NIT products. In 2012, he took over as Technical Sales Engineer in charge of sales for lab equipment, especially rheology, moisture, milling, and viscosity.
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.
Richard has worked for Perten Instruments AB for 8 years. He is the Area Sales Manager for the Middle East Asia, Southeast Asia, English-speaking Africa and the UK.
He lives in Stockholm, Sweden and Richard is based at the Perten Instruments head office when he is not out travelling. For over 50 years Perten Instruments has been a leading supplier of advanced analytical instruments. Welcome to visit him and his colleagues at booth G13-14. Analysis with value!
René is a Master of Sciences in Engineering (Ingénieur Civil – Polytechnique - Université Libre de Bruxelles – Belgium) and got also a complementary Master in Management and a Post-Graduate in International Trade, both from the Solvay Business School (U.L.B.). He has a broad background in international trade (timber, steel) and in the packaging sector with various sales and management functions in several European and American companies active in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He is now General Manager of Fischbein-Saxon Ltd in London as well as Vice President – General Manager Eastern Hemisphere Business Unit of Fischbein LLC. His sales and market development responsibilities are covering now Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania, with a growing turnover and a two digits EBITDA.