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Agenda Overview

Registration & Welcome Drinks Reception: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

5:00PM Registration & Networking Drinks Reception

Day 1: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

8:00AM Registration & Networking Breakfast
9:00AM Welcome Remarks
9:15AM Opening Keynote: Key Fundamentals from the last Year and for the year to come

“Given the current state of ‘Era of Trump’ there is something to talk about on a daily basis”

-Emily French, President, Consiliagra 

Listen to Emily give her latest analysis and what impacts these developments will have on the Asian and international markets.

Emily French, Managing Director, ConsiliAgra
10:00AM A View from the Top: International Outlooks and Updates from the Trade
  • Trade war and Geopolitics: How can you trade politics?
  • An overview and update on global trade deals and their impact on agriculture
  • There continues to be significant M&A of millers and trading houses. What impact will this M&A have on the broader market?
  • Is India going to play a stronger role in the world Grain market?
  • Is the current situation in wheat the beginning of the next Arab Spring?
  • Is Argentinian wheat a realistic or sustainable alternative for Black Sea Wheat in Asia?
  • Crossroads of the trade routes: How are the origins competing in Asia? Where are they losing value?
  • Transformation: is this the inflection point of the market? The grain and oilseeds markets are maturing and the industry is evolving in order to respond to the tough years. Is there a need to adapt in order to survive?
Moderator: Emily French, Managing Director, ConsiliAgra
Kelley Fitzpatrick, Principle, NutriScience Solutions
Jeffrey McPike, Manager, Global Marketing, McDonald Pelz
Frederik Groth, Managing Director APAC (excl. China), COFCO International
11:00AM Networking Coffee Break
11:45AM Presentation: Age of Rage

Michael will give his analysis on the recent World Economic Forum in Davos where world and business leaders appear to be in retreat from a rising tide of intolerance, populism and geopolitical tensions. These are complex, controversial, and correlated phenomena, which individually and collectively are set to have a huge impact on both businesses and markets. Join us to dive into the drivers of these issues in order to work out how best to handle this “Age of Rage”.

Michael Every, Head of Financial Markets Research, Asia Pacific, Rabobank
12:15PM Panel Discussion: Investments in Asia: Infrastructure & Milling Capacity
  • Fund and money inflows: as the U.S economy hits a high for CY2018, what does money flow look like for alternative investments and commodities in general?
  • What are the end users doing? Continued investment in building and improving new mills, but there are currently negative margins, how long can this continue?
  • What are the long term plans of the South East Asian milling community?
Moderator: Michael Every, Head of Financial Markets Research, Asia Pacific, Rabobank
Franky Welirang, CEO (Chairman - Indonesian Wheat Flour Mills Association), PT Bogasari Flour Mills
J Y Chow, Senior VP, Food & Agri Sector Coverage Asia Pacific, Mizuho Bank
1:15PM Networking Lunch Break
2:30PM Weather Outlook: What’s in store for the Northern Hemisphere growing season?
  • Reviewing the 2018-19 El Niño so far and what to expect in the coming months
  • Expectations for the balance of the South America growing season
  • Will Australia finally receive enough rain to end the long-term drought?
  • Updates on the forthcoming growing season in North America, Europe and Black Sea
Kyle Tapley, Senior Agricultural Meteorologist, Maxar
3:00PM Australia and the Black Sea: Who will win out in the 2019/2020 production year?
  • What is going to slow Russian exports - price or government? If price what level considering prices are already near record in ruble terms?
  • Will business shift back Australia after the new crop?
  • Relationship between Asian buyers and Black Sea Region: Can Australia compete?
  • Australia – can it compete with the black sea? Will a falling harvest and the need to continue to export, how can it match those figures?
  • Understanding the infrastructure and long-term outlook for the black sea region
  • Will Russia gain wheat access into Saudi and Algeria this year? Don’t they have enough demand already? What impact will this have on the Asian market?
Moderator: Emily French, Managing Director, ConsiliAgra
Oleg Kryukovskiy, Head of Trading, GTCS Trading DMCC
Brett Donoghue, Director, Agracom Pty Ltd
Sorin Francois Vasloban, Board Member, Quorum Capital
4:00PM Networking Coffee Break
4:30PM Protein Industries Canada Supercluster: Innovation for the Grains and Oilseeds Market
  • What is the Protein Industries Canada Supercluster?
  • What impact will this initiative have on innovation?
Kelley Fitzpatrick, Principle, NutriScience Solutions
4:45PM Panel Discussion: Global Supply and Demand: What does the next 12 months hold?
  • Increased M&A in the miller industry: how is that going to impact overall demand?
  • World feed demand: as biofuels stagnate in the U.S. and in some cases in Europe. What is the outlook for global feed demand?
  • Given the strength of feed demand in South East Asia. What is the animal trend and the challenges that will curb the demand (pollution, sustainability, traceability?
  • Government intervention in origin countries: how can you mitigate it and trade against it?
  • How much wheat and soy bean supply can come from South America? Considering not only Brazil, but also Argentina?
  • The view from Canadian producers: how the crop is looking from their side of the world?
Moderator: Thomas Deevy, Risk Manager, Cerealcom Dolj
Frank Terhorst, Head of Crop Strategy and Portfolio Management, Bayer Crop Science
Gurpreet Dhaliwal, Global Head Cash Trading (Grains and Oilseeds), Olam Middle East LLC
Carlos Trigo, Manager, Graneles Sudamericanos
Sumit Gupta, Director, McDonald Pelz
6:30PM Networking Drinks Reception at the Singapore Cricket Club

Join us for networking and beautiful views at the Singapore Cricket Club

Day 2: Thursday, February 28, 2019

8:00AM Networking Breakfast
9:00AM Presentation: Transport, Logistics and Freight Costs: How are terminals going to cope with the change in trade flows? Can they cope?
  • Outlook for the next 6-12 months for the freight market
  • How do you see Shipbroking evolving? Will niche brokers highly specialized be the only ones surviving? Is the way forward to reassess the shipbrokers role?
  • 20/20 Sulphur regulations
  • Freight rates/fuel regulations impact on freight rates: How will the new emission regulations in shipping (Jan 2020) affect the grain trade flow?
Jayendu Krishna, Director, Drewry Maritime Services Pte (Asia) Ltd
9:30AM Presentation: Asia Changing landscape across the Grain and Oilseeds Value Chain
  •  What will be the prevailing business model for traders and millers ?
  •  Do we see further convergence and integration along the supply chain?
  • How the cross borders tie-ups will continue to shape the Agri flow?
  • Market consolidation and its impact on concentration risks
  • New market disruptions and alliances on the horizons
J Y Chow, Senior VP, Food & Agri Sector Coverage Asia Pacific, Mizuho Bank
10:00AM Presentation: The Consolidation of the Northern Ports of Brazil in the Export Flow of Domestic Production
Rene Silva, Chief Operating Officer, HSBA
10:30AM Networking Coffee Break
11:15AM Romania an Evolving Region
  • Has it reached its Full Potential?
  • Is there Room for Growth?
  • Where can it come from?
Thomas Deevy, Risk Manager, Cerealcom Dolj
11:45AM A Snapshot: Modernising Global Trade

Trading houses are investigating ways to standardize and digitize global agricultural commodity trade operations for the benefit of the entire industry. ADM, Bunge, Cargill, Louis Dreyfus Company, COFCO International are also seeking broad-based industry participation to promote global access and adoption. This session will give you the opportunity to:

- Learn about their intentions

- Discuss how broad participation from the industry can drive greater reliability, efficiency and transparency enabling to better serve customers and consumers

- Put your questions to the project leaders

Confirmed Speakers: Senior Representatives from: ADM, Bunge, Cargill, Louis Dreyfus Company, COFCO International

Nicolas Janssens, Global Head of Operations Grains & Oilseeds, COFCO International
Adrian Gasparian, Director of Commodity Distribution - Asia, ADM Asia Pacific Trading Pte Ltd
Petya Sechanova, Trade Execution Leader, Cargill Intl SA
Vincent Minna, Director of Global Trade Commodity Solutions, Bunge SA
Robert Serpollet, Global Head of Trade Operations, Louis Dreyfus Company
12:45PM APAC Traders Sponsored Lunch
2:00PM Close of Conference

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