Speaker Line-up

Management Session | 6th Nov.

Martin Schlauri
Managing Director Business Unit Grain Milling, Buhler AG (Switzerland)

Martin 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 took over the management of the grain milling training center offering professional training to milling personnel from all over the world. Since 2000 Martin is heading Bühler’s worldwide grain milling activities.
Hassine Labaied
CEO & Co-Founder, Saphon Energy (Tunisia)
Entrepreneurship in Green Economy

Hassine has over 12 years of experience in the banking industry within top financial institutions. He has a solid background in business development, risk management and strategic planning and he has a wide network across the MENA region. Prior to co-founding Saphon Energy with inventor, Anis Aouini, Hassine was a Director at Citibank based in Dubai where he was in charge of managing the top tier local corporate team. Hassine holds a BA from IHEC Carthage and an executive MBA from London Business School. Saphon Energy is a Tunisia-based cleantech company specialized in developing a breakthrough innovation named “The Saphonian”, the Zero-Blade wind convertor. The Saphonian, invented by Anis Aouini, is a radical new way to generate efficient, cost-effective and storable green energy. 
Saphon Energy
@TEDGlobal 2012
Keynote Speaker
CEO of innovation research lab, Tomorrow (USA) 
Designing the 21st Century Business
Mike helps to prepare business leaders for what's next. Rather than focusing on the distant future, Mike takes an anthropological approach - scanning the near horizon for disruptive technologies and consumer innovations on the verge of hitting critical mass, and then translating these into usable business strategies.

Mike is a leading authority on emerging technologies and markets. He previously ran the market leading consumer insights house Jupiter Research in the Asia Pacific, and held senior strategy roles at News Corporation in both the Australian and Asian markets.

In his current role at Tomorrow, Mike has advised the CEOs and senior management teams of companies such as BBC Worldwide, Fujifilm, Richemont, MSN, Star TV, Televisa, Globe Telecom, Philips, Merck Pharmaceuticals and HSBC.

The Divergence (Keynote Speech)
Dr. Hischam El-Agamy 
Executive Director, IMD (Switzerland)

Since 1999, Dr. Hischam has been an Executive Director at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), the leading global business school based in Switzerland. An expert in family business, competitiveness of nations and management development; Dr. Hischam has organized several conferences and forums in Europe, the Middle East, North and Southern Africa, India and SE Asia focused on strategy, entrepreneurship and family business transformation. He authored several articles in these fields and was awarded the case writing award from the European Foundation for Management Development in 2002 and 2005.

Leading Business Today in Emerging Economies: what kind of leaders shall drive the business to success? 
Managers and business leaders create and stimulate the growth; they are the engine of growth. They have more critical roles to play in the emerging economies where their tasks have to address sometimes big challenges such as poverty, economic volatility, poor infrastructure, corruption, weak public governance and competitions from well established companies from developed countries. Dr. Hischam will share their insights and research on these topics: 
- Forces shaping business decitions of leaders 
- What kind of business leaders do emerging economies need? How can enterprises in these economies win the war for talent? 

Tharawat Family Business Forum 
The Huffington Post Blog Entries
  James Bannister
Senior Account Executive, Wildfire by Google (Germany)
Making Social Media Measurable 

James is a Senior Account Executive at Wildfire by Google working with EMEA clients on social media campaigns across all market verticals. He has over 2 years experience in the DACH market, advising clients on how they can increase their social media ROI, boost lead generation, and ultimately sales. Prior to that James worked in Private Wealth Management before entering start-up world with Wildfire in Silicon Valley.

Frank Braeken
Chief Investment Officer, Amatheon Agri Holding (UAE)
Former Executive Vice President for the Africa Region, Unilever | Former Executive Vice President for the China Region, Managing Director Unilever Foods France, and Chairman of Unilever Andina
Unlocking the Potential of Africa 

After an early stint with Procter and Gamble, Frank spent 25 years with Unilever, living and working in eight (8) countries and four (4) continents. His last role was Executive Vice President for the Africa region, with responsibility for its E 2.5bln operations. Prior roles included Executive Vice President for the China region, Managing Director Unilever Foods France and Chairman of Unilever Andina. He has extensive experience in consumer goods marketing and in particular in emerging markets. He is currently an Operating Director with Simbi Capital as well as Director of Braeken & Lim. In both roles he remains very closely involved with Africa, helping investors and companies succeed on the continent. 

As a Non-Executive Chairman of Harvest Africa, he is helping the company to deploy Vietnamese know-how to develop commercially sustainable large and small scale rice farming in West Africa. His interest in agriculture follows on from his co-Chairmanship of SAGCOT, the Tanzanian Presidents led Public/Private sector initiative to develop sustainable agriculture in the country's Southern corridor and from his his advisor and facilitator role in the G8 led Grow Africa programme. Other roles include Business Chairman of the Enterprise and Parliamentary Dialogue International, a UK Parliament endorsed initiative to support the private sector/ public sector interaction. 

He is a Belgian national, but sees himself, by design, as a world citizen. He currently lives with his wife and three (3)
 children in Dubai. 

Technical Session | 7th Nov.

Melinda Farris 
Executive Vice President, International Association of Operative Millers Headquarters (USA)

Melinda has served as executive vice president since June 2007, and was IAOM's director of communications from 2004-2007. As executive vice president, she is responsible for implementing board policies, manging the association's overall operations and staff, as well as IAOM's in-house publications. Prior to joining IAOM, she was communications manager for the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia. She lived in Russia for nearly 9 years, working on educational and professional exchange programs for American and Russian non-government organizations. 
  Peter Lloyd 
Regional Technical Director, US Wheat Associates, Inc. (Morocco) 
SRC in Functionality Testing for Flour

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.

Philippe Taeschler 
Head of Sales EMEA, Buhler Grain Milling Department (Switzerland)
Efficient Milling: Premium Finished Products

Philippe Taeschler fulfilled different functions in the Swiss Machine Industry before starting as a project engineer in Bühler’s Grain Milling department in 1997. Afterwards he accumulated experience in international assignments, which started in 2000 as Sales Engineer for the British grain milling market. In 2004, he was assigned as Sales Manager for the Central America Region, based in Mexico from 2004 until 2007 and afterwards as Sales Manager for Iberia, based in Spain from 2008 until 2011. He returned to Switzerland in January 2012 and took over his actual function as Head of Sales Grain Milling for the EMEA Region. Philippe Taeschler has a Bachelor degree of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences St.Gallen and an executive MBA in International Management from Kalaidos University Zürich.

  Dr. Irfan Hashmi 
Technical Advisor, Grain Corp Operations Limited (Australia)
Heat Treated Flour

Dr. Irfan Hashmi, a seasoned professional having a doctorate degree with hands-on experience of successfully establishing a food quality technical center and a gold refinery. He had his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering, form N.E.D. University of Engineering & Technology-Pakistan, Masters in Process Engineering, from the University of Tennessee-USA and PhD in Bio-Processing, from the Victoria University-Australia. He has over 25 research articles and technical paper presentations in international conferences and periodicals. A PhD student in Mauritius has completed her research in flour fortification under his supervision. Irfan had worked in the UAE over for 20 years and had relocated to Australia in 2011. He is currently working at GrainCorp Operations-Australia as Technical Advisor. He is a longtime IAOM & AACC member. He has been instrumental in organizing several IAOM-MEA district conferences. He has served as the Chairman of the IAOM-MEA Education Committee from 2007-10. At present he serves as a council member of Wheat Classification Council of Australia. He has also been invited by the US Wheat Associates & American Soybean Association to give lectures and to conduct trials on different products in USA and other countries.

  Dr. Lutz Popper
Head R & D, Muelenchemie (Germany) 
Grist Cost Optimization through Improvement of Rheological and Technological Properties of Flour for Noodle and Pasta Production

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 125 articles and lectures to the field of food science.

  Pietro Barbalarga 
Commercial Director Grain Milling, Omas (Italy)
The Mycotoxins on Wheat and their Impact on the Bakery 

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. 
  Matloob Ahmed 
R&D Head and Plant Head, Emirates Grain Product Company LLC. (IFFCO Group) (UAE)
Smart Milling: Miller Prismatic View 

In 1994, Matloob completed his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from one of the highly renowned institute of India – Aligarh Muslim University. In 1995, he studied Milling Technology from International School of Milling Technology, Mysore (CFTRI), India. Matloob started his career in Milling 1996 with one of the largest flour mill in GCC region – Grain Silo Flour Mill, Jeddah plant, KSA. In 2002 he moved To emirates grain product (IFFCO) as production manager  with over 17years of hands on experience in 10.5 Million Mt of operations with all variety of wheat across the globe. As of now, He is associated as Plant Head and R&D Head, with Emirates Grain Product Company LLC under IFFCO Group, UAE. Matloob has been contributing for the nourishment of the Industry by inspiring and by sharing his knowledge & experience with many operators across the globe and by consulting companies for innovation & improvisation of the milling processes.

  Keynote Speaker
Head of Packaged Food Research, Euromonitor International (UK) 

Lamine Lahouasnia is the Head of Packaged Food at Euromonitor International. In his current role, Lamine leads Euromonitor International’s packaged food research programme and is directly responsible for shaping Euromonitor International’s quantitative research across 80 markets. In Lamine’s previous role as a senior member of Euromonitor’s Retailing Team. he specialized in modern grocery formats and researched the world’s leading retailers of packaged food.

The Changing Role of Wheat in Our World 
Alongside corn and rice, wheat is one f the most widely produced and consumed products in the world. Wheat is so integral to many consumers' diets that its abundance is often associated with higher standards of living and its prices can have the power to create and topple goverments. But whilst it is most commonly known for producing our daily bread, the grain is increasingly being used in a number of other products, from biscuits to cat food. With a growing number of people being diagnosed with celiac disease, there have been a spate of diets recommending the removal of refined carbohydrates and those in the wheat industry will need to think about alternative consumer needs of the grain.
  Quentin Johnson
Coodinator, Training & Technical Support Group, Flour Fortification Initiative (Canada)
Detection and Measurement of Iron Compounds in Fortified Flour 

Quentin has been working in the milling and baking business since 1972 in the UK and Canada. Since 1997, he has provided technical consultancy services on wheat and maize flour fortification to the Flour Fortification Initiative. In addition he has provided technical consultancy support on flour fortification to more than 85 countries, international development partners (UNICEF, WFP, GAIN, MI, HKI) and the flour milling industry at the global level.

  Dr. Irina Matveeva 
EMEA Baking Technology Manager, Novozymes A/S (Russia)
Use of a New Xylanase Family GH8 in Milling and Baking 

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 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 2000 Dr. Irina 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 account manager. Since 2009 she was promoted to the of the Baking Technology Manager providing trainings, technical service and support for baking and milling industries’ sections for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

What's New Session | 7th Nov.

Prof. Dr. M. Hikmet Boyacioglu 
IAOM MEA Education Commitee Chairman
Group R&D Coordinator & Cereal Food Institute Director, Doruk Group Holding (Turkey)
Head of Food Engineering Department, Okan University (Turkey)

Boyacioglu received his B.Sc. & M.Sc. degrees in Food Engineering and Cereal Processing Engineering, respectively from Ege University, Izmir, Turkey.  His Ph.D. degree is in Cereal Science (minor in Food & Nutrition) from North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA. His entire working experience about more than 30 years involves conducting scientific research in the area of cereal science, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and consultancy work in domestically and internationally. He was contact person of International Association of Cereal Science and Technology, ICC in Turkey for many years and has been professional member of Institute of Food Technologies, IFT and of American Association of Cereal Chemists, AACC International as well as National Delegate of Turkey and Technical Committee Member in “AIBI – International Association of Plant Bakers AISBL” since 2005 and Chair of Education Committee of International Association of Operative Millers, IAOM, MEA District since 2010. Dr. Boyacioglu has published more than 100 articles in cereal science area and one chapter titled soy ingredients in baking.

  Habeeb Azmath
Technical Sales Manager, Millrite Ltd. (UAE)
Use of Technical Fibers in Preventing Dust Explosions

Habeeb is the Technical Sales Manager for Millrite, a Dubai-based leading supplier of Filter Bags & Milling Spares. As a MBA, he started his career in filtration in the year 2007, and moved to Dubai to join Millrite in 2010. Since then, Millrite has sold over 150,000 filter bags to almost all the flour mills in the GCC countries and are expanding in partnership with one of the largest felt manufacturing companies in Western Europe and England. With manufacturing facility in Dubai, Millrite is capable to offer quicker delivery times and immediate technical support. 

Ralf Neumann
Customer Solutions Director Baking Enzymes, AB Enzymes (Germany)
Enzymes for Wheat Conditioning 

Since 2010 Ralf is working as Customer Solutions Director Baking Enzymes at AB ENZYMES. He joined AB ENZYMES after being responsible for R&D and Marketing at several European and Global Bread Improver Houses. As an educated baker, food technologist and  MBA he has a widespread experience in the innovative use of enzymes and new processes. Customer Solutions at AB ENZYMES is globally working on new and innovative enzyme applications for the baking, biscuit and milling industry.

  Dr. Irfan Hashmi 
Technical Advisor, Grain Corp Operations Limited (Australia)
Recent Developments in Wheat Quality & Classifications in Australia 

Dr. Irfan Hashmi, a seasoned professional having a doctorate degree with hands-on experience of successfully establishing a food quality technical center and a gold refinery. He had his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering, form N.E.D. University of Engineering & Technology-Pakistan, Masters in Process Engineering, from the University of Tennessee-USA and PhD in Bio-Processing, from the Victoria University-Australia. He has over 25 research articles and technical paper presentations in international conferences and periodicals. A PhD student in Mauritius has completed her research in flour fortification under his supervision. Irfan had worked in the UAE over for 20 years and had relocated to Australia in 2011. He is currently working at GrainCorp Operations-Australia as Technical Advisor. He is a longtime IAOM & AACC member. He has been instrumental in organizing several IAOM-MEA district conferences. He has served as the Chairman of the IAOM-MEA Education Committee from 2007-10. At present he serves as a council member of Wheat Classification Council of Australia. He has also been invited by the US Wheat Associates & American Soybean Association to give lectures and to conduct trials on different products in USA and other countries.
  Andrea Nicolini
Area Manager for North Africa, Europe & Latin America, Ocrim SpA (Italy)
Build the Mill 

Andrea  studied at Milan University and has a degree in Political Science, International Law. He's been working  in Ocrim commercial department since 2008 as Area Manager for North Africa (French language countries), Europe (France, Belgium, etc.) and some areas of Latin America (Chile, Argentina). 

  Markus Löns
Senior Sales Director Food, Brabender GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Rheology: Smaller, Quicker, Precise

Markus 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.

  Stéphane Cochet
Export Director, Chopin Technologies (France)
Rheo F4

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 Board. He graduated with a Bachelor of Technology in ENSMIC (French Milling School) in 1993. Last year, he finished his Master for International Management in Essec Business School Paris – Singapore.

  René Bontemps 
General Manager, Fischbein SANV - Bruxelles (Belgium) 
Sewing System

René (58) 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, a world class manufacturer of bag closing equipment by sewing, sealing, gluing and combined means, with manufacturing plants in Statesville (N.C. – USA), Suwanee (GA – USA), Hampton (VA – USA), Jonesboro (AR – USA), London (UK) and overseas sales Headquarters in Brussels (Belgium). His sales and market development responsibilities are covering now Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania, with a growing turnover and a two digits EBITDA.
  Mark Wild
Sales Manager for Africa & the Middle East, Fawema GmbH (Germany)
New Fawema Flour Packing Machines

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.
  Charles Loubersac D'Hotel
Director General/ Managing Director, Perten Instruments (France)  
Whole Grain & Wheat Flour in One Instrument

Charles is in charge of the French subsidiary of Perten Instruments, including French territories, Northern Africa and French speaking Africa. Perten has in France an efficient network for Service & Applications on Perten devices. This is a tremendous task that allows Charles to go to any flour miller laboratory throughout the world, work with the largest food corporations & talk to the most experienced cereals chemists in the most prestigious Universities & institutes. Charles has a degree in Political Sciences, and also finished Master in Agribusiness in Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.

Marcel Ramseyer
Product Manager Grain Milling, Bühler AG (Switzerland)
New Atta Flour Process

Mr. Marcel Ramseyer joined Bühler in 1998 as an apprentice in design engineering. After completing his additional studies as media technician he worked for over ten years as plant layout designer and project engineer in several engineering departments in the business units grinding & dispersion and pasta & extruded products.Marcel Ramseyer obtained an executive master in business administration degree in international marketing from the University of Applied Science in Zurich. He joined the grain milling product management in 2010.

Trading Session | 8th Nov.

Simon Arnold
Managing Director-Grain, Quadra Commodities SA (Switzerland)

Simon started his career with J Soufflet in 1978 and left to join Tradigrain in 1987 where he occupied several European trading positions before becoming responsible for the group's barley trading worldwide and business development/marketing for the group. In 2001, he left Tradigrain to create Seagrain SA which he has owned and ran until recently when he was appointed Managing Director of Grain for Quadra Commodities SA. Quadra Commodities is a Swiss-based fast growing international trading house with offices in Geneva, Singapore Melbourne and Beijing.
Chris Whitwell
International Sales & Marketing Manager, GrainCorp (Australia)
Australian Market Outlook

Chris is International Sales and Marketing Manager for GrainCorp in Sydney. He has over 20 years experience in trading and marketing agricultural commodities. After graduating from the University of London Chris spent ten years in London and Paris trading sugar to a variety of destinations in Africa, Central Asia and SE Asia. He then joined the AWB Limited in Melbourne, marketing wheat principally to the Middle East. In 2008 Chris joined GrainCorp in Sydney, with the remit of helping to develop the Group's exports of Wheat, Barley, Canola, Sorghum and pulses in the post single desk environment.

Keynote Speaker
American Journalist & Best-selling Author (USA)

Author Paul Roberts writes and lectures frequently on the complex interplay of economics, technology, and the natural world. His most recent book, the End of Food, (2008), was described by Michael Pollan as the best analysis of the global food economy you are likely to find." The End of Food follows the successful publication of Roberts's first book, The End of Oil (2004), which the New York Review of Books called perhaps the best single book ever produced about our energy economy and its environmental implications.

Roberts has delivered lectures and keynotes to a variety of organizations, including the World Economic Forum (Davos), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the World Affairs Council.

A journalist since 1983, Roberts has also written for The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The (UK) Guardian and his work has appeared in Slate, USA Today, The New Republic, Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor, Rolling Stone, and Outside magazine.

Exporting Anxiety: what the changing food politics of the US, Europe, and other big grain exporters mean for the Middle East and Africa
With imported grain playing an ever-larger role in Middle East and Africa, regional governments and companies alike must keep an increasingly close eye on the internal food politics of the big exporters. In Europe and the Americas, domestic policy disputes over biofuels, crop subsidies, commodity speculation, genetic engineering, and even climate change are already creating profound, if unintended, effects on global prices--and these effects will only sharpen as global markets tighten. Further, if history is any guide, big exporting nations may ultimately seek to use grain shipments as a foreign policy tool, especially in such geopolitically important regions as Middle East and Africa. As Paul Roberts demonstrates, accurately forecasting the political climate of the big exporters will be even more essential for decision-makers in the Middle East and Africa. 

The End of Food (2008) 
The End of Oil (2004)
Pioneer of Long Range Weather Forecasting
Managing Director & Founder, WeatherAction (UK)

Piers is the leading pioneer of reliable and applicable long-range weather forcasting--using solar-lunar magnetic techniques. He is Founder & Managing Director of WeatherAction long range weather & climate forecasters which applies his techniques to forecast weather developments and extreme weather events of importance to the energy, agriculture, insurance, retail, holiday, sport and other commercial activity from months ahead across the world.

His techniques have advanced over the years and his long-range forecasts in the last three years have completely outperformed standard meteorology and all other approaches from months ahead. He is a strong protagonist of evidence-based science and a 'Climate Realist' and says climate change is a natural process which is becoming largely predictable and there is no evidence for the man-made climate change. He is a renowned international speaker on long-range weather forecasting and climate change. 

In May 2013, Piers gave a ground-shaking presentation to the Grain and Feed Trades Association (GAFTA) Conference in Geneva. He was named by American Thinker Magazine as Climate Predictor of the year 2010.

  Vincent Peterson
Vice President of Overseas Operations, US Wheat Associates, Inc. (USA)
US Market Outlook 

Vincent is the Vice President of Overseas Operations at U.S. Wheat Associates, Inc. (USW) from June 2004. Vincent has been working for USW since 1985. Vincent served USW for eleven years directing operations in Europe and the Former Soviet Union and the three years managing export market development programs in the Middle East and East Africa. Vincent also served as USW's Vice President of Marketing in Washington, DC from 1988 to 1993.

As an Executive and Export Grain Merchandiser with Garnac Grain (Andre, Lausanne, Switzerland) and Domestic Grain Procurement Manager and Merchandiser with General Mills before joining USW, Vincent brought a dozen years of practical trade and commercial experience to USW. Additionally, his past industry leadership positions include having been elected President and Board Member of both Portland Merchants Exchange and Pacific Grain Export Association.

Jean-Benoit Gauthier
Director, Trading & Sales (Europe, Africa & Middle East), CWB (Canada)
Canadian Market Outlook

Jean-Benoit started at the CWB in 1985 as Market Analyst for the Africa‑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 Langlois-Berthelot
President of France Export Céréales (France)
French Market Outlook

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 arabic 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 Normandi (near Caen, Calvados). 

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  Hans Stoldt
Director of Black Sea Trading, Ameropa (Switzerland)
Central Europe Market Outlook

  Reinier van Hanswijck
Senior Trader, Glencore (Netherlands)
Black Sea Market Outlook

Reinier  is a Senior Trader focused on marketing and has been working in grains for the last 10 years with Glencore. He started on the European markets and later went on to trading & marketing in Africa & Middle East.

  Colin Tutt
General Manager Global Food Supply Chain, CBH Group (Australia)
Port Access and Shipping of Australian Grain—an Insight 

Colin's career commenced in 1974 as a CBH receival point operator and he has held various positions within CBH before becoming General Manager Operations in 1995.  In his role, Colin was responsible for overseeing CBH's world-class storage and handling operations including grain receivals; road and rail transportation; grain storage, sampling and caretaking; freight for shipping; engineering services; and shipping freight.  In July 2013 Colin was appointed to the new role - General Manager Global Supply Chain; to support the growth, development and efficiency of the CBH Group supply chain.  With extensive experience in West Australian grain supply chains, Colin also has previous experience at Viterra in Canada providing him with an insight into a different, competitive, supply chain.  

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