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Agenda Overview

Day One: Tuesday, 11th November 2014


08:00 CME & Advance Trading workshop registration only 09:00 Risk Management Workshop hosted by CME Group and Advance Trading Inc 

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14:00 Global Grain Geneva conference registration opens 18:00 Champagne Welcome Reception sponsored by ABN AMRO

Day Two: Wednesday, 12th November 2014


08:00 Registration & Breakfast
09:00 Chairperson's opening remarks 
  1. Jonathan Grange, Broker, Vicorous SA
09:15 The Heavyweight debate

  • Analysis of the key market trends driving grain and oilseed prices
  • The impact of supply side factors
    • Political
    • Logistical
    • Weather patterns
  • What trends are we seeing in yield and demand?
    • Agrifeed forecasts
    • Changing food consumption patterns
    • Industrial use
  • On the Spot: The Heavyweight Debate price forecasts
  1. Moderator:  Stefan Vogel, Head of Agri Commodity Market Research and the Global Sector Strategist for Grain & Oilseeds, Rabobank International
  2. Emily French, Managing Director, Consiliagra
  3. David Hightower, Founding Principal, The Hightower Report
  4. Andree Defois, President,  Stratégie Grains / Tallage
11:00 Morning refreshments & networking 12:00 Black Sea Panel: Focus on Russia and Ukraine
  • What are the present and future political & physical risks affecting production and trading in the Black Sea?
  • Are producers and traders in the Black Sea region suffering from a lack of credit from banks?
  • Is the infrastructure, both internal (rail, road, storage) and port facility capabilities in place to allow for more exports ?
  • Have the investments into the region been profitable? What is the future for these investments and are there still investment opportunities in agriculture in Russia and Ukraine?
  • Are the sanctions imposed upon and introduced by Russia affecting the domestic and/or exports?
  • Comment on EU, Danube and Kazakhstan
  1. Moderator:  James Dunsterville, Chairman, Agflow
  2. Swithun Still, Director, Solaris Commodities S.A.
  3. Stephen Pickup, Group Managing Director, Agrokultura AB
  4. Marina Vergoun, Executive Manager, LLC Artis-agro Export
  5. Thomas von Rymon,   General Manager Global Grain, ADM
12:45 Trends in international trade finance
  • Assessing the liquidity, pricing and structuring of finance for global grain deals
  • What changes are we seeing in financing patterns for grains?
  • How have new sources of liquidity from funds and alternative investors changed the grain financing landscape?
  1. Moderator: Patrick Eberhardt, Partner, Eversheds
  2. Marc Staal, Head TCF Agri Europe, Rabobank International
  3. Hardi Wilkins, Global Head of Risk and Trade Compliance, Export Trading Group
  4. Andy Howell, Assistant General Manager, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Ltd.

13:30 Lunch

14:40 Afternoon chairperson's welcome remarks 

  1. Alain Butler, Senior Advisor Soft Commodities, BNP Paribas

14:50 Freight - vessel demand and availability

  • What shifts will we see in the seaborne trade from 2015
  • Fleet supply balance
  • Where are prices heading?
  • Is shallow water scrapping outpacing new build capacity?
  • Who will take advantage of the re-opening of the Panama Canal?
  • Trends in port infrastructure & impact of infrastructure bottlenecks
  1. Moderator:  Martin Olsen, CEO, Softmar, a division of Triple Point Technology
  2. Alex Haubert, Chartering Manager, Amaggi
  3. Zhongyi (John) Su, CEO, Erasmus Shipinvest BV
  4. Bas van Steijnen, Director, ICAP Shipping
15:45 China's grain game
  • What does China's overseas strategy mean for world markets?
  • Forecasting soy import requirements
  • Changing consumption patterns
  • The impact of the latest agricultural reforms in China
  • How is the landscape changing between State Owned Enterprises, private enterprises and international players?
  1. Moderator:  Alain Butler, Senior Advisor Soft Commodities, BNP Paribas
  2. Zhu Yufeng, Managing Director, Hanfeng Huayu (Beijing) International Trade Co. Ltd.
  3. Emily French, Managing Director, Consiliagra
16.30 Afternoon refreshments & networking break 

17:00 How will South America compete?
  • Responses to the low price environment, logistical and currency challenges in the region
  • Brazil's greatest obstacle: Logistics
  • How are regional farmers adapting their strategies and what are they planting?
  • Predictions for the safrinha in Brazil
  1. Moderator: Christopher Gadd, Head of Agriculture Desk Analytics,  Macquarie Bank
  2. Maria Jose Capelle, Commercial Manager, Crops, Adecoagro
  3. Marcos Rubin, Senior Partner and Analyst, Agroconsult
  4. German Bosch, Agronomist, Cosur
  5. Migel Biegai Jr, Derivatives Strategist, Granopar Commodities
17:45 Champagne Cocktail Reception

Day Three: Thursday 13th November 2014

09:00 Chairperson's opening remarks
09:15 Strategies and opportunities in the evolution of grain markets
  • The market evolution: New entrants, strategic partnerships, and changing finance strategies
  • Does private infrastructure and storage offer strategic advantage?
  • What are the long-term structural shifts in the grain market?
  • What factors are driving purchasing decisions for mills?
  • How does technology support new strategies and help seize new opportunities?
  1. Moderator:  Djamal Djouhri, Council member, Gafta
  2. Greg Harvey, Managing Director and Chief Executive, Interflour Holdings Ltd
  3. Suzanne Larsson, Global Head Agri Commodities Clients, ABN AMRO
  4. Felix Thoma, Solutions Director CPG and Industrials, Triple Point Technology

10:15 Global weather and the future of the agricultural markets: Production and pricing impacts

  • Outlook for global meteorological trends
  • The impact of weather variables on key harvests
    • Black Sea
    • South America
    • USA
    • Canada
    • Australia
  • Mitigating weather related risk: available tools and strategies
  1. Moderator: Corey Cherr, Head of Agriculture & Weather Research and Forecasts, Lanworth at Thomson Reuters
  2. Bernard Belk, Head Food and Agriculture, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
  3. Kyle Tapley, Senior Agricultural Meteorologist, MDA Weather Services
11:00 Morning refreshments & networking 11:30 Canadian Grain Trade Strategy
  • Life after the deregulation in Canada:
    • Production costs
    • Use of infrastructure
    • Market competitiveness
  • The importance of CETA for Canadian grain exports
  • Removal of CWB monopoly
  • Growth in soybeans and corn
  1. Gary Stanford, President, Grain Growers of Canada & Director of Alberta Wheat Commission

12:00 Key challenges for commodity traders: Threats of derivative regulation & opportunities in technology

  • Current and new regulation
    • EMIR/Dodd-Frank and similar regulation being rolled out in other countries (Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, etc.
    • MIFID II: A potential huge issue for EU based operations
  • 'State of the Union': Current system landscape in commodity trading and opportunities for many firms to make a step forward reducing risks and costs, and to optimise their processes to get to a better run business
  1. Michiel Mannaerts, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers SA
13:00 Chairperson's closing remarks followed by Champagne Brunch sponsored by Swiss Re Corporate Solutions and Swiss Grain Traders group

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