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Agenda Overview

Registration & Welcome Drinks Reception: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

5:00PM Registration & Networking Drinks Reception

Day 1: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

8:00AM Registration & Networking Breakfast
9:00AM Welcome Remarks
9:15AM Opening Keynote: Key Fundamentals from the last Year and for the year to come

“Given the current state of ‘Era of Trump’ there is something to talk about on a daily basis”

-Emily French, President, Consiliagra 

Listen to Emily give her latest analysis and what impacts these developments will have on the Asian and international markets.

Emily French, Managing Director, ConsiliAgra
10:00AM A View from the Top: International Outlooks and Updates from the Trade
  • Trade war and Geopolitics: How can you trade politics?
  • An overview and update on global trade deals and their impact on agriculture
  • There continues to be significant M&A of millers and trading houses. What impact will this M&A have on the broader market?
  • Is India going to play a stronger role in the world Grain market?
  • Is the current situation in wheat the beginning of the next Arab Spring?
  • Is Argentinian wheat a realistic or sustainable alternative for Black Sea Wheat in Asia?
  • Crossroads of the trade routes: How are the origins competing in Asia? Where are they losing value?
  • Transformation: is this the inflection point of the market? The grain and oilseeds markets are maturing and the industry is evolving in order to respond to the tough years. Is there a need to adapt in order to survive?
Moderator: Emily French, Managing Director, ConsiliAgra
Frederik Groth, Managing Director APAC (excl. China), COFCO International
Jeffrey McPike, Manager, Global Marketing, McDonald Pelz
11:00AM Networking Coffee Break
11:45AM Presentation: Finance and FX: Are we looking at another economic crisis on the horizon?
  • The extent of a possible global market correction and likely triggers
  • Direction of US dollar fiscal policy and impact on South East Asian economies
Michael Every, Head of Financial Markets Research, Asia Pacific, Rabobank
12:15PM Panel Discussion: Investments in Asia: Infrastructure & Milling Capacity
  • Fund and money inflows: as the U.S economy hits a high for CY2018, what does money flow look like for alternative investments and commodities in general?
  • What are the end users doing? Continued investment in building and improving new mills, but there are currently negative margins, how long can this continue?
  • What are the long term plans of the South East Asian milling community?
Moderator: Michael Every, Head of Financial Markets Research, Asia Pacific, Rabobank
Franky Welirang, CEO (Chairman - Indonesian Wheat Flour Mills Association), PT Bogasari Flour Mills
Laurent Lambert, President Director, PT. Tereos FKS Indonesia
1:15PM Networking Lunch Break
2:30PM Weather Outlook: What’s in store for the Northern Hemisphere growing season?
  • Reviewing the 2018-19 El Niño so far and what to expect in the coming months
  • Expectations for the balance of the South America growing season
  • Will Australia finally receive enough rain to end the long-term drought?
  • Updates on the forthcoming growing season in North America, Europe and Black Sea
Kyle Tapley, Senior Agricultural Meteorologist, Radiant Solutions
3:00PM Australia and the Black Sea: Who will win out in the 2019/2020 production year?
  • What is going to slow Russian exports - price or government? If price what level considering prices are already near record in ruble terms?
  • Will business shift back Australia after the new crop?
  • Relationship between Asian buyers and Black Sea Region: Can Australia compete?
  • Australia – can it compete with the black sea? Will a falling harvest and the need to continue to export, how can it match those figures?
  • Understanding the infrastructure and long-term outlook for the black sea region
  • Will Russia gain wheat access into Saudi and Algeria this year? Don’t they have enough demand already? What impact will this have on the Asian market?
Ivan Vikulov, Quorum Capital
Brett Donoghue, Director, Agracom Pty Ltd
Oleg Kryukovskiy, Head of Trading, GTCS Trading DMCC
Nikolay Gorbachov, President, Ukrainian Grain Association
4:00PM Networking Coffee Break
4:30PM Protein Industries Canada Supercluster: Innovation for the Grains and Oilseeds Market
  • What is the Protein Industries Canada Supercluster?
  • What impact is it going to have on the broader gloabl supply and demand? 
Kelley Fitzpatrick, Principle, NutriScience Solutions
4:45PM Panel Discussion: Global Supply and Demand: What does the next 12 months hold?
  • Increased M&A in the miller industry: how is that going to impact overall demand?
  • World feed demand: as biofuels stagnate in the U.S. and in some cases in Europe. What is the outlook for global feed demand?
  • Given the strength of feed demand in South East Asia. What is the animal trend and the challenges that will curb the demand (pollution, sustainability, traceability?
  • Government intervention in origin countries: how can you mitigate it and trade against it?
  • How much wheat and soy bean supply can come from South America? Considering not only Brazil, but also Argentina?
  • The view from Canadian producers: how the crop is looking from their side of the world?
Thomas Deevy, Risk Manager, Cerealcom Dolj
Carlos Trigo, Manager, Graneles Sudamericanos
Sumit Gupta, Business Manager, Gargaon, India, McDonald Pelz
Kelley Fitzpatrick, Principle, NutriScience Solutions
Henry Putra, Purchasing Manager, PT. Crown Flour Mills
6:15PM Networking Drinks Reception at the Singapore Cricket Club

Day 2: Thursday, February 28, 2019

8:30AM Networking Breakfast
9:30AM Keynote Address: The Outlook for China
  • How is the current trade war with the US is leading to China diversifying its supply?
  • Forecasting future supply and demand from South America and from the US
  • How are changing tastes in China will impacting the long term demand trends?
  • Understanding the impact of increasing environmental scrutiny
10:00AM China: the domestic flow and what proposition does it hold for outsiders?
  • E15 US will be difficult. But what about E10 in China by 2020?
  • In the average-long term, China become an exporter, will they be able to follow a similar path of Russia?
  • Is the attenuation impact of US beans going to Argentina as “middle point” switching? Is that something sustainable for Chinese politics?
  • China lately are importing mainly Beans or Sbm. Are they able to keep their crushers running on a sustainable basis?
  • What’s transport like from Black Sea to China, including through Kazakhstan, post US trade tariffs?
  • What investment is needed? How well equipped are they to capitalise long term?
Moderator: Rodrigo A Gomes de Oliveira, M.Sc, Director - Head Of Strategy, Agro Financeira
10:45AM Networking Coffee Break
11:15AM Romania an Evolving Region
Thomas Deevy, Risk Manager, Cerealcom Dolj
11:45AM A Snapshot: Modernising Global Trade

Trading houses are investigating ways to standardize and digitize global agricultural commodity trade operations for the benefit of the entire industry. ADM, Bunge, Cargill, Louis Dreyfus Company, COFCO International are also seeking broad-based industry participation to promote global access and adoption. This session will give you the opportunity to:

- Learn about their intentions

- Discuss how broad participation from the industry can drive greater reliability, efficiency and transparency enabling to better serve customers and consumers

- Put your questions to the project leaders

Confirmed Speakers: Senior Representatives from: ADM, Bunge, Cargill, Louis Dreyfus Company, COFCO International

12:45PM Networking Lunch Break
1:45PM Presentation: Transport, Logistics and Freight Costs: How are terminals going to cope with the change in trade flows? Can they cope?
  • Outlook for the next 6-12 months for the freight market
  • How do you see Shipbroking evolving? Will niche brokers highly specialized be the only ones surviving? Is the way forward to reassess the shipbrokers role?
  • 20/20 Sulphur regulations
  • Freight rates/fuel regulations impact on freight rates: How will the new emission regulations in shipping (Jan 2020) affect the grain trade flow?
Jayendu Krishna, Director, Drewry Maritime Services Pte (Asia) Ltd
2:15PM Panel Discussion: Panel Discussion: Risk Management: Has it just become managing the bottom line?
  • Addressing the various ways to manage the risk of climate change and major weather events
  • Customisation of products – OTC, futures, options
  • How is politics impacting risk? A look at the growing impact of the geopolitics of twitter
Paul Bloemendal, MD, Arcadia Agri Pte Ltd
Hasan Basri Zulkhan, Product Quality Control, PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk
3:00PM Technology & Innovation Spotlights
4:00PM Close of Conference

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