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Black Sea Forum

Briefing Day: Black Sea Forum – The Surprising Season of 2018/2019


9:00am- 9:15am: Welcome Remarks


9:15am- 9:45am: Presentation: The Crop in Numbers

The black sea region has had a surprising season. Siberian harvest is at -30% YoY, although a month ago it was -80%. Clarity in this era of volatility and uncertainty is crucial. This presentation will look at the surprising season in numbers to try and provide clarity.

Andrey Sizov Jr., Managing Director, SovEcon


9:45am- 10:30am: Outlook on the Region: Looking at this year’s Production

  • An analysis of the reduction in production this year. Can anything be done to mitigate it next year?
  • A look at planting choices and variable costs against price
  • Does the price and volatility of effect the ability for small trading houses to compete?

Confirmed Speakers:

Andrey Sizov, Managing Director, SovEcon           

Nikolay Gorbachov, President, Ukrainian Grain Association

Simon Cherniavsky, CEO, Myriya Agroholding

Oleg Kryukovsky, Head of Trading, GTCS Trading DMCC

Moderator: Svetlana Maylsh, Black Sea Agriculture Markets Analyst, Thomson Reuters   


10:30am – 11:15am: Networking Coffee Break


11:15am- 11:45am: Presentation: Making sense of Blockchain and Smart-Contracts.

  • What is a Blockchain? Why does this matter? Blockchain by Numbers
  • A look at Blockchain adoption in Dubai, Switzerland, China
  • The reality of international trade in a world with blockchain

Robert Zaremba, Co-Founder & CTO, Cerealia


11:45am- 12:45pm: Potential Future Changes of Trading in the Region

  • Swaps and Futures: A look at the new CME black sea contract
  • Cryptocurrency: Is it a one off deal or the new normal?
  • How is the growing use of blockchain going influence change in the region? Will it have any impact?

Confirmed Speakers:

Moderator: Svetlana Maylsh, Black Sea Agriculture Markets Analyst, Thomson Reuters

Ivan Cherevko, Managing Director, Cardiff Trading           

Ivan Vikoulov, Managing Partner, Quorum Capital Ltd.


12:45pm- 2:00pm: Networking Lunch Break


2:30pm- 3:00pm: Presentation: 2018 Wheat Crop Quality Results

  • How has Black Sea grain quality improved in the past ten years?
  • What is the current capability across different grades?
  • To what extent is R&D being invested in to improve quality?

Irina Sarycheva, Customer Care and Technical Governance Manager, Russia, SGS Group Management SA


3:00pm- 3:00pm: A Suprising Season in the Black Sea Region

Thomas Deevy, Risk Manager, Cerealcom Doji


Infrastructure & Logistics Challenges in the Region, are the new investments going to help?

  • A look at internal logistics, silo capacity, storage security
  • Evaluating the risks of port congestion and how to improve the domestic grain movement
  • Can the use of blockchain effect logistics in the region?

Confirmed Speakers:

Moderator: Dr. Rouben Indjikian, Lecturer in Commodities and Trade Finance, Webster University Geneva  

Thomas Deevy, Risk Manager, Cerealcom Doji

Swithun Still, Director, Solaris Commodities


3:30pm – 4:00pm: Networking Coffee Break


4:00pm – 5:00pm: Roundtables: A closer look at: production, consumption, storage-logistics and ports for each micro-region


Black Sea (Russia & Ukraine)

Balkans (Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia)

Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Turkey)


5:00pm-7:30pm: Networking Drinks Reception followed by the Global Grain Awards Gala Dinner



Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors


Swiss Grain Traders


Media Partners