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Agenda Overview

Day 1: Tuesday, November 8, 2016

8:30AM Risk management workshops

INTL FCStone and Advance Trading Inc will each be running risk management workshops on Tuesday 8th November.

If you would like more information, or to register for either of these workshops, please visit our 'Risk management workshops' tab near the top of the page.  

5:30PM Champagne welcome reception hosted by AOS Trading DMCC

Day 2: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

8:00AM Registration desk opens
9:00AM Chairperson's opening remarks
Karel Valken, Global Head Trade & Commodity Finance Agri, Rabobank
9:15AM Global grains and oilseeds outlook: analysing key market drivers for the coming year
  • Reflecting on the last year – global supply, demand and price implications
  • Looking forward – production assessments for key regions and demand forecasts
  • Pricing outlook – what does the future hold for global grains and oilseeds prices?
  • Will growing global fuel demand become a bullish development for corn and soybean oil prices?
David Hightower, President, The Hightower Report
10:00AM Thin ice: drinking to avoid a hangover
  • Global economy - risks abound
  • Interest rates - how low can they go?
  • Central banks – of problems and solutions
  • Brexit - different perspectives
  • Populism - why it matters and won’t go away
  • China - backlash prone
Jan Lambregts, Global Head of Financial Markets Research, Rabobank
10:30AM Morning refreshments and networking break hosted by SCCF
11:15AM Senior traders’ panel: strategic outlook for the grains and oilseeds trading powerhouses
  • Strong dollar, its effect on US exports and the implications for the wider market
  • How has and will ‘Brexit’ affect business for traders?
  • Geopolitical events and their impact on global trade flowsWhat opportunities are there for other trade flows?
  • Major industry challenges in the short and long termWhat might this mean for smaller trading businesses?
  • What opportunity will there be for consolidation going forward?
Moderator: Karel Valken, Global Head Trade & Commodity Finance Agri, Rabobank
David Ohayon, Senior Head, Grains & Value Chain Platforms, Louis Dreyfus Company
Stefano Rettore, President, CHS International
Kevin Brassington, Global Head of Grains & Oilseeds, COFCO Agri
Daan Vriens, CEO, BayWa Agri Supply & Trade
Zsolt Kocza, Managing Director EMEA Grains, Cargill Intl
12:00PM The future of trade finance in an age of technological innovation and regulatory restrictions
  • To what extent are banks embracing the next generation of trade technologies such as blockchain?
  • How can the use of these technologies help mitigate trade risks?
  • What associated challenges must large banks overcome in this new era? 
  • Basel III – is the relaxation of some capital requirements regulations attracting renewed attention in the sector?
Suzanne Larsson, Global Head Agri Commodities, ABN AMRO
Louis-Jerome Monnier, Manager - Origination & Structuring - Agribusiness, BNP Paribas
Karel Valken, Global Head Trade & Commodity Finance Agri, Rabobank
12:40PM Recovering money, saving money - some legal considerations
  • Counterparty risk – KYC and negotiating terms
  • Protecting your claim – notice and time limits
  • Securing your claim – avoiding a pyrrhic victory
  • Enforcement – show me the money!
Darren Wall, Partner - Marine, Trade and Energy Group, Hill Dickinson LLP
1:00PM Networking lunch hosted by Hill Dickinson LLP
2:15PM Spot pricing in the Black Sea seaborne wheat market
  • Pricing mechanics in the Black Sea milling wheat market
  • What is a robust spot price assessment and how can market participants benefit from it?
  • Exploring the potential for cash-settled regional wheat futures
  • Market evolution - how does wheat compare with other major commodity markets?
Andrei Agapi, Managing Editor, APAC Agriculture, S&P Global Platts
2:30PM Will Black Sea grain continue to be competitive in the market in a time of low prices?
  • Production and export volume expectations from the region for the coming year
  • Is Black Sea grain quality a continued issue?
  • Pricing outlook – how will increased competition from other regions influence prices?
  • Analysing the impact of sanctions and other geopolitical issues on trade flows
  • Potential export taxes and their implications for players in the region
Moderator: Jonathan Grange, Partner, Sunstone Brokers
Oleg Kryukovskiy, Head of Trading, GTCS Trading DMCC
Dmytro Furda, Trader, Nibulon SA
Matt Ammermann, Commodity Risk Manager- VP Eastern Europe/Black Sea Region, INTL FCStone
Swithun Still, Director, Solaris Commodities SA
3:15PM Global weather outlook for agriculture
  • Overview of La Niña and what it may mean for global crop production
  • Weather expectations for the South American growing season
  • Early look at next year’s Northern Hemisphere growing season
Kyle Tapley, Senior Agricultural Meteorologist, MDA Weather Services
3:45PM Afternoon refreshments and networking break hosted by SCCF
4:15PM Canadian grains quality overview 2016
  • Evaluation of Canada’s export supply chain
  • Overview of Canada’s grading standards
  • What steps are the industry taking to ensure quality?
  • A close look at productions, distribution and new crop quality
Fraser Gilbert, Senior Strategic Business Development - Agricultural Services, SGS Group Management SA
4:45PM Ocean freight in crisis: an era of risks and opportunities for grain buyers
  • Ocean freight markets in crisis - a historical overview
  • Where is the grain freight market heading?  Supply and demand analysis and forecast
  • Managing the risks and capturing opportunities - a grain trading company perspective
Moderator: Voytek Chelkowski, Managing Director, Seamind Pte Ltd
Alessio La Rosa, Global Head of Freight, COFCO Agri
Alex Haubert, Manager, Ocean Freight, Amaggi SA
Ben Wilkes, COO - Dry Bulk, d'Amico Shipping Pte
Giacomo De Ferrari, Commercial Director, United Bulk Carriers International
5:45PM Champagne reception hosted by AOS Trading DMCC
6:00PM Presentation by AOS Trading DMCC - booths 7 & 8

AOS Green Hub: Egypt

  • AOS value proposition for the future of grain processing
  • The benefit of multi-grain processing facilities
  • Importance of investment in regional social infrastructure
  • The advantages of the vertical supply chain in grain processing

Day 3: Thursday, November 10, 2016

8:15AM Morning refreshments hosted by SCCF
8:55AM Chairperson's opening remarks
Alain Butler, Senior Advisor Soft Commodities, BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA
9:00AM European traders panel: exploring supply chain opportunities
  • Market drivers for the coming year
  • What major challenges are being faced?  Adapting strategies to overcome these challenges
  • New investments throughout the supply chain – where are they occurring?
  • Are European trading companies looking towards different regions for investments?
  • Will we see further consolidation in the supply chain?
Moderator: Alain Butler, Senior Advisor Soft Commodities, BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA
Jean-Francois Lepy, Managing Director, Soufflet Negoce
Harm de Wilde, Head of Research, Cefetra BV
9:30AM Chinese governmental stockpiling policy changes and implications for the market
  • Demand review for soy, corn and wheat
  • Government policy reforms – how are corn and soybean stocks being utilised?
  • Will deteriorating quality mean grains can only be used for ethanol production?
  • What may be the impact on feed grain imports?
  • Will the government sell soybean stockpiles and increase domestic production?  What impact might this have on US and South American exports?
Bell Chen, Senior VP of Asian Markets, RJ O'Brien
10:00AM Risk management panel: mitigating exposure in the market
  • What strategies can be adopted by producers, merchandisers and end users?
  • Utilising a portfolio approach with a blend of different tools
  • How is legislation affecting private and public companies?
  • Customisation of products – OTC, futures, options
Moderator: Jeffrey McPike, Manager, Global Marketing, McDonald Pelz
Paul Dubravec, Vice President, Commodity Risk Management/Merchandising Consultant, Advance Trading Inc
Jaime Nolan Miralles, Vice President OTC & Advisory EMEA, INTL FCStone
Bernard Belk, Global Head Food & Agriculture, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
10:45AM Morning refreshments and networking break hosted by SCCF
11:15AM South America logistics and infrastructure development: supplying the domestic and export markets
  • New government and private sector infrastructure projects – progress and expectations
  • Which regions are suffering the worst supply bottlenecks and how can these be alleviated?
  • What is to become of the proposed railway connecting Mato Grosso with the South of Brazil?  Is this plan likely to come to fruition?
  • How can Brazil optimise cargo use by bringing in fertilizers and other commodities as return freight?
Arthur Neto, Director, Alphamar
Marcelo Neri, CEO, Alphamar
12:00PM Iran: developments from a country seeking to reach its potential in the global marketplace
  • Current Iranian policies and their impact on the agriculture industry
  • Overview of grain production, exports, imports and distribution network
  • Macroeconomic situation since the lifting of international sanctions
  • What does this mean for the development of grains trade with Iran?
Kaveh Zargaran, Chairman of Agriculture Commission, Tehran Chamber of Commerce
12:30PM Indian drought and implications on the country’s import/export balance
  • Analysis of Indian grains production in 2016 and forecast for 2017
  • Domestic grains and oilseeds demand
  • Wheat import expectations for the 2016/2017 season
  • Will the government have to further cut import taxes?
Rajnikant Rai, COO, ITC Ltd - Agribusiness Division
1:00PM Champagne brunch, hosted by the Swiss Grain Traders Group and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

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