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Agenda Overview

Pre-Event Day: Monday, April 29, 2019

6:15PM Registration and Networking Drinks Reception

Day 1: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

8:00AM Networking Breakfast & Coffee
9:00AM Welcome Remarks
9:15AM Keynote Address: International Outlook and Fundamentals:
  • Analysing the carry estimates for the 2019/2020 Campaign
  • Analysing the planting estimates for the 2019/2020 Campaign
  • An outlook on the fundamentals for production and consumption for the 2019/20 campaign
Andrée Defois, President, Stratégie Grains / Tallage
10:00AM Panel Discussion: A View From the Top: The changing role of the Trader in the Region
  • Trading geopolitics: How can you trade smart in this era of uncertainty?
  • How are regional and international policies shaping trade flows?
  • With difficult to achieve profitability margins, how do traders work to ensure operational efficiency?
  • Is 1% profitability sustainable? What is the best way to survive?
  • M&A in the trading industry and the milling industry: is integration a positive for all market players?
  • Transformation: is this the inflection point of the market?
  • As the grain and oilseeds markets are maturing and the industry is evolving in order to respond to difficult trading years. How are the traders able to adapt in order to survive?
Moderator: Anish Jain, Chief Treasury Officer, Export Trading Group (ETG)
Gregory Souris, Managing Partner / Broker, Actava Trading DMCC
Sorin Francois Vasloban, Board Member, Quorum Capital
Swithun Still, Director, Solaris Commodities SA
11:00AM Networking Coffee Break
11:30AM Presentation: Macroeconomic Outlook
  • A look at current status of global economy: Continued decline or is there a change of pace coming?
  • Analysing FX fluctuations: the ruble, the reis and the dollar
  • What are the trends and the prospects for the global economy over the next two years?
  • How has the drop in oil price has impacted economies in the MENA region?
Marc Ostwald, Global; Strategist & Chief Economist, ADM Investor Services International
12:00PM Panel Discussion: Food Security in the Region: What are the key challenges for the future?

This panel discussion hosted in conjunction with the Food Security Alliance of Abu Dhabi

  • With an increasing middle class and meat consumption:
    • Will the investment by flour and feed millers be good enough to keep up with the demand?
    • Will the importation of barley as a direct feed decrease to the increase of material for animal feed production?
  • Private and public partnerships: How can the public and private sector work together to ensure a stable food supply?
  • How does stringent labelling issues elsewhere impact supply in the region?


Moderator: Ahmad Hijazi, General Manager -Animal Feed & Oats Cereals, Al Ghurair Foods
Edward Hamod, CEO, Emirates Food Industries
Nizar Kayali, Category Director - Feed, Agthia
12:45PM Networking Lunch Break
2:15PM An Update on the Pulses Market
Denis Plenkin, Agropa Trading LP
2:45PM Panel Discussion: MENA: The Future Trading Hub for Sub-Saharan Africa and India
  • Opportunities across sub-Saharan Africa: the rise of patisseries and the need for high protein wheat
  • Overcoming barriers to entry when looking to grow in sub-Saharan Africa
  • The role of local content when working in Africa: what you need to know and what you can do to ensure it is implemented effectively
  • Pulses: the new focus for India?
Moderator: Ivanna Dorichenko, Managing Director, Tradaide
Denis Plenkin, Agropa Trading LP
Gurpreet Dhaliwal, Global Head Cash Trading (Grains and Oilseeds), Olam Middle East LLC
Arvind Arora, Director, Export Trading Group (ETG)
3:30PM Networking Coffee Break
4:00PM Presentation: The Outlook for the Black Sea Production Campaign 2019/20
  • An update on the Black Sea’s region wheat production (including EU, Ukraine, Russia)
  • Will the region, especially Russia, be able to sustain or increase production subject weather happenings
  • How will the Russian and Ukraine governments handle any decrease in production due to weather (export restrictions)?
Dmitri Rylko, General Director, IKAR
4:30PM The Fall of the Europeans (excluding Black Sea) on the Export Stage: Will Europe be left in Limbo?
  • After last year’s long hot summer, can prices bounce back?
  • Where can the European exporters not from the Black Sea look to export?
  • With rising export prices of Russian wheat. Is the Russian domination set to continue?
  • With Algeria looking further afield, can France return to be a main exporter to the region?
Moderator: Dmitri Rylko, General Director, IKAR
Okan Ozan Ozturk, Managing Director, Agrozan Commodities DMCC
Ivanna Dorichenko, Managing Director, Tradaide
Andree Defois, Grain Analyst, Tallage -Stratégie Grains
5:30PM Networking Drinks Reception

Day 2: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

8:30AM Networking Breakfast and Coffee
9:30AM Government Keynote Address
Faten Raad, Counsellor to the Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Lebanese Republic
10:00AM Panel Discussion: Government Buyers Panel Discussion

This panel discussion is held in conjunction with Mediterranean Agricultural Market Information Network

  • Private and public partnership: What are government bodies doing to work with key stakeholders in the market?
  • What lessons can be learnt from successful private and public partnerships in other regions?
Moderator: Pascal Bergeret, Director, CIHEAM-IAMM
Faten Raad, Counsellor to the Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Lebanese Republic
David Gasc, Facilitator, MED-Amin Network, CIHEAM-IAMM
10:45AM Networking Coffee Break
11:15AM Panel Discussion: The View from the End Users: How long can the capacity expansion continue?
  • Can Egypt sustain the continued growth of imports? Does it have enough capacity?
  • Iranian imports: will they be able to recover from the sanctions?
  • A look at changing consumption patterns and their impact on procurement strategies
  • Blending and quality control: how do you establish and measure the quality against procurement?
  • An evaluation of the Middle East domestic milling capacity and a comparison with the Turkish capacity: will it ever get to the same heights?
  • Crushing margins: will they ever rise?
Moderator: Gregory Souris, Managing Partner / Broker, Actava Trading DMCC
Edward Hamod, CEO, Emirates Food Industries
Mandeep Singh Bindra, Head-procurement Grains, Emirates Grain Products Co
12:00PM Panel Discussion: Derivatives, Risk Management and the Evolution of Hedging Tools
Iago Carvalho, Head of EMEA OTC Desk, ED&F MAN Switzerland Ltd
12:30PM MENA Traders Club Sponsored Lunch
2:00PM End of Day 2 and Close of Conference


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