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Agenda Overview

Day One: Tuesday 10th March 2015

14:00 - 17:30 Asia-Pacific Millers Workshop - Latest Developments in Grain Procurement



17:30 Welcome Networking Reception 



Day Two: Wednesday 11th March 2015

08:15 Registration and morning refreshments

09:00 Chairman’s opening remarks 



  1. Greg Harvey, Managing Director and Chief Executive, Interflour Holdings Ltd

    09:15 Asia at the centre of the world: World grain outlook for 2015/16 and how does this match Asian demand?



  • Production updates for the key grain producing regions: Understanding crop cycles, quality and yield
  • How have shifts in Asian demand affected global supply?
  • The impact of energy policy on the oilseed and grains sector
  • From bullish to bearish: Is the grain market at a substantial crossroad?
  1. Emily French, Founder, Consiliagra

10:15 Morning refreshments and networking break 11:00 The great wheat interplay: Where are Asian demand and global supply drivers for wheat pushing the market?

  • How does changing Asian demand and the emergence of new food trends affect supply of wheat to the region?
  • How has the geopolitical situation in the Black Sea Region played out in the global wheat markets? Can Black Sea wheat still be a complimentary product to Australian wheat?
  • Has a poor wheat harvest in Europe had a knock on affect?
  • Is Australian wheat still king in Asia or are flour millers and other consumers becoming more price sensitive/product aware?
  1. Moderator: Greg Harvey, Managing Director and Chief Executive, Interflour Holdings Ltd
  2. Dr Larisa Cato, Wheat Quality Technical Markets Manager, Aegic
  3. James Foulsham, Wheat Trading Manager, CBH Grain
  4. Andrew Young, Managing Director, Plum Grove

11:45 Flour millers’ perspectives: Understanding the evolving procurement strategies of Asian millers

  • Regional flour millers’ demand outlook and supply needs
  • Price and quality competiveness of global originators: What flexibility do millers have in their procurement strategies?
  • New market strategies: Growing demand from flour millers in Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia
  1. Moderator: Mohamed Riyal, Chief Financial Officer, Serendib Flour Mills (Pvt) Ltd .
  2. Nick Gomersall, Commercial Director – Head of Procurement, Interflour
  3. Günhan Ulusoy, CEO, Ulusoy Flour Mills

12:30 Networking lunch 

13:40 Afternoon chairperson’s opening remarks

  1. James Dunsterville, CEO & Co-Founder, Agflow

13:45 Soybean update: Is the world’s largest destination market for soybeans stalling?

  • How has the supply balance in the top three producers (US, Brazil and Argentina) changed in recent years
  • Are we still seeing negative crush rates or has Chinese demand rallied?
  • How does the interplay between soybeans and other oilseeds play out in supply outcomes?
  • Is animal feed demand in emerging Asian countries driving up demand further?
  1. Rael Chapaval, Broker, America Corretora de Mercadorias Ltd

14:30 Feed millers’ perspectives: Trends and strategies in using grains and oilseeds in animal feed

  • What are feed mills looking for in supply of corn and soy?
  • Analysing projected meat consumption levels for developed and developing Asian countries?
  • What do feed buyers need from a finance perspective? Are the right products at hand?
  1. Dr. Neoh Soon Bin, Managing Director, Soon Soon Group
  2. Dr. Desianto B. Utomo, Ph.D., Secretary General, Indonesian Feedmills Association (GPMT), Vice President, Feed Technology Division, Charoen Pokphand Indonesia
  3. Dao Manh Luong, CEO, Austfeed Vietnam Corporation

15:15 China and COFCO’s internationalisation strategy


  • Breaking down China’s grain demand: Who needs what and why?
  • What is China’s strategy for fulfilling its ever increasing grain and oilseeds demand: Foreign direct investment vs partnerships and joint ventures
  • How will the strategic joint ventures and partnerships of COFCO affect traders’ ability to service the Chinese market?

16:00 Afternoon refreshments and networking break 16:30 Black Sea supply outlook: Is the region ready to step up to feed Asia?

  • Uderstanding Black Sea origination: Logistics, price, quality and consistency
  • What implications does the political unrest in the region have on global agricultural markets and trade and what is the likely outcome of these developments?
  • Is demand for Black Sea wheat still price dependent?
  1. Viktor Korobko, Director, Veles Agro
  2. Marina Vergoun, Executive Manager, LLC Artis-agro Export

17:15 How do changing freight dynamics affect procurement strategies in the region?

  • Drivers and trends in global ocean freight rates: What is the knock on affect to supply and price of grain in the region?
  • Outlook for supply and demand of vessels and how will changing routes affect what and where end-users are buying?
  • Analysing the growth of containerised business for imported grain to Asia
  1. Moderator: Alessio La Rosa, Director, Freight, Noble Agri
  2. Carl Lorenz, Sales Director for Malaysia and Singapore, Maersk Line
  3. Voytek Chelkowski, Managing Director, Seamind Pte Ltd
  4. Alex Haubert, Manager, Ocean Freight, Amaggi


18:00 Chairman’s closing remarks followed by cocktail reception 



Day Three: Thursday 12th March 2015

08:30 Morning refreshments 08:45 Chairman’s opening remarks 09:00 Traders’ panel: Staying afloat in an era of consolidation


  • What effect will consolidation of trading houses have on the market?
  • Is it still logical to invest in assets?
  • What strategies are the panellists using for accessing emerging countries in Asia?
  • The importance of origination strategies
  1. Luke Mason, Head of Grains - Asia, Concordia Agri Trading Pte Ltd
  2. Michael Jester, Managing Director, Peter Cremer

10:00 MIR162 – 1 year on

  • How have regulations affected trade with the US? 
  • Knock on effects of trade uncertainty on soy products, DDGS and sorghum
  • How have legal ramifications panned out?
  • What is the risk appetite for US corn deals to China?
  1. Christopher Swart, Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

10:45 Morning refreshments and networking break 11:15 Analysing the production and pricing implications of global meteorological trends

  • Outlook for global weather conditions
  • Regional spotlight for key growing regions:
    - South America
    - North America
    - Australia
    - Black Sea
  • Looking forward: How will weather conditions and cycles play out in the next 10 years?
  1. Kyle Tapley, Senior Agricultural Meterologist, Weather Services, MDA Information Systems LLC

11:45 Processed grain by-products and co-products

  • Understanding the opportunities for using grain by-products and co-products in animal feed
  • Analysing the demand for grain by-products in the feed industry
  • How to manage price risk of these products
  • How has regulation affected Asian demand and risk?
  1. Kevin Roepke, Regional Director, South and Southeast Asia, U.S. Grains Council



12:15 Close of conference followed by champagne brunch sponsored by Asia Pacific Grain Traders
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