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.
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.
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
PIERS CORBYN MSc (Astrophysics), ARCS, FRAS, FRMetS
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.
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.
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 Africaâ€‘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.
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).
Rencontre Scientifique FSOV
Director of Black Sea Trading, Ameropa (Switzerland)
Central Europe Market Outlook
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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.
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.