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Agenda Overview

Tuesday 10th November

17:00   Champagne welcome reception sponsored by Rabobank


Day 1 – Wednesday 11th November

07:45 Registration and morning refreshments


08:45 Chairman’s opening remarks

  1. Karel W. Valken,  Global Head Trade & Commodity Finance Agri - Global Head Grains & Oilseeds, Rabobank International


The experts’ outlook

  • Industry renowned experts reflect on this year and deliver you your must have knowledge for the 2015/2016 season

09:00 Global grains and oilseeds outlook


  • The 2016 outlook for grains presents a less significantly bearish view than was present at the beginning of 2015! Extreme weather in the US and Europe has brought production concerns,  and this could be followed by a severe El-Niño event in the year ahead that could adversely affect growing conditions in Asia and Australia. Combined, these events suggest that major lows have already been forged in grains.
  • This session will dissect the various supply and demand factors affecting grains and oilseeds and give views for the present and forthcoming growing seasons. It really is a must-see presentation for everyone who wants a clear picture of how the next 12 months could pan out.
  1. David Hightower, President, The Hightower Report 


10:15 Morning refreshments and networking break



11:00 Global macroeconomic outlook

  • World crude prices have plummeted, the dollar continues to be strong and the trading world is awash with sanctions and regulations. This session will highlight the key macroeconomic, financial and geopolitical issues for commodity traders to track.
  1. Elwin de Groot, Senior Market Economist, Financial Markets Research, Rabobank International


11:45 Global meteorological outlook

  • An El Niño situation has already been confirmed for this year and there is an 85% chance this will last through to the winter growing seasons of 2015-2016. What have we seen in recent El Niño years and where does this leave the key grain growing regions this time round?
  1. Kyle Tapley, Senior Agricultural Meteorologist, Weather Services, MDA Information Systems LL


12:30 Networking Lunch



The Global Grain Markets

13:45 Black Sea Grain Quality 2015 – Challenges and Opportunities v 2014

  1. Irina Sarycheva, Customer Care and Technical Governance Manager, Russia, SGS


14:00 Examining the position of Black Sea countries in the global agri-market

  • What factors affect production and export potential of countries in the region?
  • Are Black Sea assets attractive for investors? Is it the end of short term gains and are long term strategies for investment needed?
  • The role of Black Sea countries in global and local food markets
  • How affected have logistics and trade routes been by sanctions and conflict in the region? Is supply still stable?
  1. A presentation from Sergey Feofilov will be followed by a panel discussion addressing key issues in the black sea region
  2. Moderator: James Dunsterville, Chairman, Agflow
  3. Sergey Feofilov, Director General, UkrAgro Consult
  4. Hans Stoldt, Director, Ameropa
  5. Swithun Still, Director, Solaris Commodities S.A.
  6. Irina Sarycheva, Customer Care and Technical Governance Manager - Russia, SGS
  7. Matt Ammermann, Commodity Risk Manager- Vice President CIS/Black Sea Region, INTL FCStone



14:45 Positioning China within the international grain community

  • Where Chinese demand for grains is currently and where is it going?
  • How will an agreed curtailment of support mechanisms and subsidies affect Chinese import demand?
  • Analysing Chinese crushing capacity, supply stocks and demand for soybeans
  1. Zhang Zhi Dong, Senior Researcher, China National Grain & Oils Information Centre



15:15 European wheat origination outlook: Is the world’s largest producer and exporter of wheat living up to expectations?

  • The export potential of Poland and the Baltic states
  • How has volatility in weather patterns affected EU wheat production?
  • Quality not quantity: What are buyers looking for in European originated wheat?
  1. Moderator: Stefan Vogel, Head of the Agri Commodities Markets Research Team and Global Sector Strategist for Grains & Oilseeds, Rabobank International
  2. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Schumacher, General Manager Agricultural Markets and Strategy, BayWa AG
  3. Zbigniew Ohler, Commodity Broker, Z.Ohler
  4. Robertas Lapinskas, General Manager, Agrorodeo


16:00 Afternoon refreshments and networking break 



Financing and Investing

16:30 Financing the global grain trade in an era of low prices

  • How committed are banks to the commodity space?
  • How do regulations and sanctions affect the ability of traders and producers to access finance? Is it strangling the market? How can banks balance the risk in the deal?
  • Risk sharing in commodity finance: What options are funds and other financial institutions offering to share risk and get deals done?
  1. Karel W. Valken, Global Head Trade & Commodity Finance Agri - Global Head Grains & Oilseeds, Rabobank International
  2. Suzanne Larsson, Global Head Agri Commodities Clients, ABN AMRO


Risks and Regulations

17:00 Navigating global trading and derivatives regulations

  • What are the key issues and concerns in global derivatives regulations?
  • How could these regulations affect your business model and your hedging abilities?
  • What do you practically need to do to address these regulations?
  1. Michiel Mannaerts, Director, PwC


17:30 Risk mitigation in a volatile climate: Evolving hedging strategies, techniques and tools

  • How to develop income enhancing actions in the grains hedging marketplace
  • Analysing long term solutions to a price recovery in grain
  • Are the right tools available for companies’ risk management
  • “Hedging the hedge”
  1. Andrei Agapi, Senior Grains Analyst, Platts
  2. Bernard Belk, Head Food and Agriculture, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
  3. Paul Dubravec, Vice President, Advance Trading, Inc
  4. Joel Lou, Managing Director, Allegro Development
  5. Moderator: David Hightower, President, The Hightower Report 


18:15 Chairman’s closing remarks followed by champagne reception sponsored by ABN AMRO


Day 2 – Thursday 12th November

08:30 Morning refreshments


08:45 Chairman’s opening remarks



Freight and Logistics

9:00 Drivers and trends in global ocean freight rates: What is the knock on effect to supply and price of grain globally?

  • How is the composition of global fleet developing?
  • Understanding how vessel demand is changing and what effect this has on the movement of grain
  • Analysing market indicators to see where the freight markets are heading
  • Hedging exposure to freight market risk
  1. Moderator: Voytek Chelkowski, Managing Director, Seamind Pte Ltd
  2. Alex Haubert, Chartering Manager, Amaggi
  3. Alessio La Rosa, Global Head of Freight, Noble Agri


9:45 Brazilian origination: An overview of new logistics projects in the North of Brazil and where the bottlenecks still lie

  • How do different Brazilian origination areas vary in logistical capabilities?
  • New projects announced by the government and the private sector
  • The importance of fertilizer commodities as return freight
  1. Marcelo Neri, Managing Director, Alphamar
  2. Arthur da Anunciação Neto, Manager, Alphamar


10:30 Morning refreshments and networking break


Consumption and end user focus

11am Global end users’ perspectives: How are procurement strategies evolving in an era of increased volatility?

  • Global demand outlook: Will consumption meet supply? Is the right supply available
  • How do global consumption patterns dictate procurement strategies for feed and flour millers?
  • Assessing the impact of changing market dynamics on millers
  • How prepared are end users for a potential upswing in global commodity prices?
  1. Moderator: Alain Butler, Senior Advisor Soft Commodities, BNP Paribas
  2. Djamal Djouhri, Chief Executive Officer, Al Ghurair Resources
  3. Greg Harvey, Managing Director & CEO,  Interflour Holdings Ltd.
  4. Günhan Ulusoy, CEO, Ulusoy Flour Mills


11:45 The Iranian agri-business sector: Strategies and opportunities

  • Understanding the current JCPOA and what it means for business in Iran
  • As government intervention in the food supply chain reduces what opportunities will there be for the private sector entering the market?
  • Insight into the banking sector: Getting deals done
  1. Ali Ghane, Vice President of Operations & Board Member, Overseas Trade Development Corporation C.F.Z.
  2. Merzad Jamshidi, CEO and Managing Director, IAOM Middle East Africa
  3. KFF Mills, District Chairman, IAOM Middle East Africa


12:45 Chairperson’s closing remarks followed by Champagne Brunch sponsored by Swiss Grain Traders group and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions


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