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FT Commodities - The Retreat

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Speakers include:
Igor Sechin

Igor Sechin


Charles Li

Charles Li

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

Dato' Kho Hui Meng

Dato' Kho Hui Meng



Following the success of its inaugural event, The Financial Times is delighted to announce The Retreat is returning to Singapore and taking place at the Capella, Sentosa Island on Monday 7 September 2015, preceded by a Welcome Reception and BBQ on Sunday 6 September.

This exclusive event is designed to facilitate an informal and relaxed discussion among 150 delegates from commodities trading companies, oil, metals and food producers and consumers, governmental officials and senior financiers.

Focusing on key topics such as China’s economic slowdown, global supply and demand imbalances and the outlook for Asia’s energy markets, this year’s agenda also features specific discussions on markets such as liquefied natural gas in Asia and precious metals.

Facilitated by Neil Hume, Commodities Editor for the FT, the panelists will discuss the latest trends, challenges and opportunities for the industry, in light of lower commodity prices and tepid global growth, as well as calling upon attendees to voice their opinions on these topics and other issues.

fallback Add to my Calendar 09/06/2015 18:00:0009/07/2015 17:05:00trueFT Commodities - The RetreatFollowing the success of its inaugural event, The Financial Times is delighted to announce The Retreat is returning to Singapore and taking place at the Capella, Sentosa Island on Monday 7 September 2015, preceded by a Welcome Reception and BBQ on Sunday 6 September.This exclusive event is designed to facilitate an informal and relaxed discussion among 150 delegates from commodities trading companies, oil, metals and food producers and consumers, governmental officials and senior financiers.Focusing on key topics such as China’s economic slowdown, global supply and demand imbalances and the outlook for Asia’s energy markets, this year’s agenda also features specific discussions on markets such as liquefied natural gas in Asia and precious metals.Facilitated by Neil Hume, Commodities Editor for the FT, the panelists will discuss the latest trends, challenges and opportunities for the industry, in light of lower commodity prices and tepid global growth, as well as calling upon attendees to voice their opinions on these topics and other issues.FT-Commodities---The-Retreatc4f015d75f7392a796980f2379d38cdfMM/DD/YYYY

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Igor Sechin

Igor Sechin


Igor Sechin is the Chief Executive Officer of Rosneft. He was born in 1960 and graduated from Leningrad State University in 1984 with a PhD in Economics.

Mr Sechin was Deputy Head of the Executive Office of the President of the Russian Federation from 2000 until 2004 and then Aide to the President of the Russian Federation from 2004 until 2008. He was then Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation from 2008 until 2012.

From 2004 to 2011 Mr Sechin was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rosneft, since 2012 he has been President of Rosneft and Chairman of Rosneft’s Management Board and since 2013 has been Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Rosneft.

He also holds a seat on the boards of several organizations including ROSNEFTEGAZ, LLC National Petroleum Consortium, PJSC Inter RAO, CJSC SPIMEX, SARAS S.p.A., Pirelli & C. S.p.A. and he is also Chairman of the Hockey Club CSKA Supervisory Board.

Charles Li

Charles Li

Chief Executive
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

Charles Li has served as Chief Executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) since 2010. In this role, Mr Li has orchestrated some of the most significant strategic initiatives in HKEX’s history, including the expansion into fixed income, currency and commodities through the acquisition of the London Metal Exchange in 2012 and the launch of OTC Clear in 2013, as well as enhanced mutual market access with Mainland China through Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect and other cooperation.

Mr Li’s career in financial services spans over 20 years. Before joining HKEX, he was Chairman of JP Morgan China, prior to which he was President of Merrill Lynch China. Before joining Merrill Lynch in 1994, Mr Li practiced law in New York with Davis Polk & Wardwell and Brown & Wood. Before moving to the US for his studies, he had worked as an offshore oil worker in the North China Sea, and as a newspaper editor-reporter for China Daily from 1984-86. Mr Li obtained a BA degree in English literature from Xiamen University of China in 1984, a MA degree in journalism from the University of Alabama in 1988, and a JD degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1991.

Dato' Kho Hui Meng

Dato' Kho Hui Meng

Head of Asia

Dato' Kho Hui Meng has been President of Vitol Asia Pte Ltd. since 1999, Director of Vitol Group’s holding company since 2002 and Chairman of  Viva Energy Holding Pty Ltd., Australia (previously Shell Downstream Australia) since its incorporation in August 2014.

Dato’ Kho joined Vitol in Singapore in 1987 after a career in Esso Singapore (1980-1986) and Diamond Shamrock Singapore (1986-1987). He started his career at Vitol Singapore as a trading manager.

Dato’ Kho was appointed as a Director to the International Enterprise Singapore (IES) board in 2011 by the Minister of Trade & Industry and conferred  the title “Dato” by His Royal Highness Sultan of Pahang, Malaysia on his 74th birthday.

Dato’ Kho graduated in 1980 from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST), England with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemical Engineering. Born in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia in 1958, he has been a naturalized Singapore citizen since 2006.

Jean-Sébastien Jacques

Jean-Sébastien Jacques

Chief Executive Officer
Rio Tinto

Jean-Sébastien Jacques was appointed Rio Tinto chief executive in July 2016. He is also a director on the Rio Tinto board.

Mr Jacques was born in France in 1971. He joined Rio Tinto in October 2011 as the president, International Operations for the Copper group, where he led a senior team and managed interests in the Palabora Mining Company in South Africa, Northparkes Mines in Australia, Kennecott Eagle Minerals in Michigan, Pebble Mine in Alaska and Sulawesi in Indonesia.

Mr Jacques was appointed to Rio Tinto’s Executive Committee in February 2013 when he was made chief executive of the Copper group. In February 2015 he also assumed responsibility for the company’s coal assets in his expanded role as chief executive of Copper & Coal, leading a business with nine international operations and two growth projects. Mr Jacques led the transformation of the Copper & Coal group, delivering a step- change in both safety and cash performance whilst re-shaping the portfolio to focus on a core of the highest quality assets. He also had responsibility for two growth projects, Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia and Resolution in the USA, both of which saw significant progress during his tenure in that role.

Some of the key achievements under Mr Jacques’ leadership of the Copper & Coal group were the delivery of the first shipment from the Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia, divestment of the Palabora, Northparkes, Eagle and Bengalla mines and the withdrawal from the Pebble project in the USA.

The signing of the Oyu Tolgoi Underground Mine Development and Financing Plan in May 2015 which paved the way for the further development of the Oyu Tolgoi mine is testament to Mr Jacques’ commitment to establishing and maintaining strong external relationships. His leadership in negotiations with the Government of Mongolia demonstrated a commitment to finding solutions that deliver long-term benefits for all parties. In addition to providing country leadership for Rio Tinto in Mongolia, Mr Jacques had responsibility for leading the company’s engagement in Indonesia, Chile, PNG and Peru.

He is also highly respected for his thought leadership across a wide range of geopolitical and economic issues within the mining industry and more broadly. Mr Jacques has been chairman of the International Copper Association since late 2014.

Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Mr Jacques spent more than 15 years working in various roles across Europe, South East Asia, India and the US. He covered a wide range of operational and functional positions for the aluminium, bauxite and steel industries and more significantly, served as group director, Strategy for Tata Steel Group from 2007 to 2011.

Mr Jacques lives in London with his family and holds a Master of Science from École Centrale Paris.

Raj Chawla

Raj Chawla

Chief Operating Officer - Asia
Mercuria Energy

Raj Chawla is currently Chief Operating Officer Asia at Mercuria Energy Trading (since Oct 2014). In his prior role, he was Managing Director and Head of Commodities for JPMorgan in China. Mr Chawla was based in Shanghai for two years overseeing a commodities franchise across physical metals, oil, commodity linked financing and investor products. He spent 15 years at JPMorgan including Chief Operating Officer for the Asian commodities business out of Singapore and Chief Operating Officer in New York playing a key role of JPMorgan’s build out of the Energy business in North America. Other professional experience includes stints trading options on COMEX and trading interest rate derivatives at BNP Paribas in New York.

Mr Chawla obtained a Master’s degree from Columbia University in 1997 and attended the Senior Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2014.

Roger Bounds

Roger Bounds

Global Head of LNG

Roger Bounds leads a global team responsible for Shell’s LNG strategy and portfolio, market access, the provision of commercial advice, gas advocacy and communications strategy.  Mr Bounds was formerly General Manager Global LNG (2010-2012) and prior to that Vice President New Business Development for the Asia Pacific LNG market and Director, Shell Coal Seam Gas (2008 - 2010).  In his time with Shell, he has been a key player in building Shell’s leading global LNG production, marketing and trading positions.

Mr Bounds holds a Bachelor of Economics and Commerce from Monash University and a Master of Commerce from Melbourne University and worked in the Australian and Victorian Governments before joining Shell in 1993.

Hadi Hallouche

Hadi Hallouche

Head of Natural Gas, LNG, Naphtha & Condensates Trading
Trafigura Group Pte Ltd

Hadi Hallouche is the Head of Natural Gas, LNG, Naphtha & Condensates Trading at Trafigura.

Prior to joining Trafigura in 2011, Mr Hallouche spent 7 years in Royal Dutch Shell in various LNG strategy, origination and trading roles based in The Hague and Dubai, last of which was leading Shell’s LNG trading business in the Middle East and India.

Mr Hallouche holds a PhD in Economics and has notably published with the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies research on natural gas cartels. He has since retained various academic affiliations internationally and in his native Algeria. He is fluent in English, Arabic and French.

René Van der Kam

René Van der Kam

Head of Industrial Metals

René van der Kam is Head of Industrial Metals for Gunvor Group. Prior to Gunvor, Mr van der Kam was a director of base metals at Noble Group. Mr van der Kam started his career at Metallgesellschaft in the mid-90s, and has held global metal trading positions at Enron, Sempra and JP Morgan, in London and Singapore.

Paul Gardner

Paul Gardner

Global Head of Structured Commodity Finance
Westpac Banking Corporation

Paul Gardner has over 25 years of experience in cross border structured finance, spanning Latin America, Europe and Asia. He started his career with Lloyds Bank in London before moving to New York and San Francisco with Bank of America in their structured trade and project finance groups. In 2001 he co-founded a boutique investment bank in Denver Colorado specializing in distressed debt and work out situations, before moving to Asia as the Head of Project, Commodity and Export Finance for ABN AMRO. Following the acquisition of ABN AMRO by RBS, Mr Gardner became the regional head of the combined Project, Commodity and Export Finance Teams at RBS.

In January 2010, Mr Gardner joined Deutsche Bank as Managing Director and regional head of the Structured Trade and Export Finance group as well as the Structured Commodity Finance groups. In May 2013, he took up the position of Global Head of Structured Commodity Finance with Westpac Banking Corporation and is currently based in Singapore. He also sits on Westpac’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and leads its flexibility stream. Mr Gardner is a sought-after speaker at international commodity conferences and regularly comments on commodity and trade finance matters in the media.

Philip Klapwijk

Philip Klapwijk

Managing Director
Precious Metals Insights

Philip Klapwijk has over 25 years experience analysing the gold, silver and PGMs markets. Most of this time has been with GFMS (formerly Gold Fields Mineral Services), the leading specialist consultancy on the global precious metals markets, where latterly he was the company’s Executive Chairman. In August 2011 Thomson Reuters acquired GFMS and until February 2013 Mr Klapwijk was the group’s Global Head of Metals Analytics, responsible for all precious and base metals markets analysis and research. Since March 2013 he has been Managing Director of Precious Metals Insights Limited, a boutique precious metals markets consultancy.

Mr Klapwijk is a frequent speaker at conferences on precious metals and commodities and the print and electronic media regularly quote his views on the gold, silver and PGMs markets. He holds degrees in Economics from the London School of Economics and the College d'Europe, Bruges.  

Michael Lim

Michael Lim

Global Head of Structured Trade Finance

Michael Lim established ANZ’s Structured Trade & Commodity Finance team in 2009 and is responsible for structured inventory financing and structured commodity finance. From a zero start in 2009 the team now consists of 20 professionals across Asia Pacific, has won 10 deal of the year awards and closed transactions in 11 countries.

Prior to joining ANZ, Mr Lim was the Head of Structured Trade Finance Asia Pacific for HSBC based in Hong Kong. He also has a strong risk background having previously held Credit Risk approval responsibility for HSBC’s Specialised Lending Businesses across the Asia Pacific in addition to various geographic responsibilities.

Mr Lim has over 25 years of banking experience with the past 15 years focused on trade, commodities and structured finance.

Shekhar Bhandari

Shekhar Bhandari

Senior Executive Vice President and Business Head - Global Transaction Banking and Precious Metals
Kotak Mahindra Bank

Shekhar Bhandari heads Global Transaction Banking and Precious Metals at Kotak Mahindra Bank. He oversees the entire transaction banking business, trade services, payments and cash management, structured business, Government banking and precious metals. Mr Bhandari started his career with Kotak Mahindra Group in 1996. In his innings of over 18 years at Kotak, he has held diverse positions of increasing responsibility across various group companies such as Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd, Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company and Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance.

Mr Bhandari led the development and execution of a turnaround project “Turning Point” for Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance, undertaken in conjunction with McKinsey, to rollout change management processes at the branch, regional and national levels. This project has put the insurance business among the top three in agent productivity in the industry.

Mr Bhandari set up the entire compliance and secretarial functions at Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance. He has also successfully established the foreign exchange and derivatives business at Kotak Mahindra Bank. His expertise lies in areas of structuring, foreign exchange, precious metals, derivatives, treasury, economy, trade, cash management, risk management, distribution and marketing of financial products, among others. He is a regular speaker at various industry forums on the above topics.

Mr Bhandari has completed his Chartered Accountancy (All-India 25th rank). He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, an Associate Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and a Graduate Member of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India.

Seth Kleinman

Seth Kleinman

Managing Director, Global Head of Energy Strategy

Seth Kleinman is Managing Director and Global Head of Energy Strategy, covering all aspects of global oil and gas markets. His team advises clients, whether corporate, institutional investors or hedge funds on Energy-related investments across all geographies and time horizons. Prior to joining Citi in 2011, he was Head of Oil Analysis for Glencore in London, and prior to that he worked at Hess Energy Trading and Morgan Stanley in New York and PFC Energy in Washington DC.

Paul Ward

Paul Ward

Anglo American Marketing (Singapore)

Paul Ward leads Anglo American’s Singapore marketing operations - one of the group's two marketing hubs, the other being in London. Mr Ward has extensive experience of commodity trading and risk management, from the design and implementation of commodity trading functions to commercial risk, regulatory compliance and sales & marketing gained across the energy, oil & gas and mining industries. Anglo American has centralised its sales and marketing activities in recent years, while also enhancing capability in areas such as thermal coal, risk and freight to ensure all related commercial opportunities stemming from the group’s global and diversified mining footprint are capitalised upon. Prior to joining Anglo American, Mr Ward was a partner at PwC, leading the commodity trading team.

Arnoud Balhuizen

Arnoud Balhuizen

President, Marketing
BHP Billiton

Arnoud Balhuizen has been the President of BHP Billiton Marketing since May 2013. BHP Billiton Marketing manages the Group’s revenue line and is responsible for the sale and distribution of all products, the development of the Group-wide view of the markets and the management of associated risks.

Mr Balhuizen started his career with Billiton in 1994 working for the Billiton Marketing & Trading division in the Netherlands. He held the roles of General Manager Marketing for Copper Cathodes, Vice President Iron Ore Marketing and Vice President Petroleum Marketing before becoming President Marketing. Mr Balhuizen successfully led the evolution of the iron ore pricing methodology, the positioning of iron ore sales to support increased production and the integration of BHP Billiton’s North American marketing activities following the acquisitions of the shale oil and gas businesses.

Since 2013 Mr Balhuizen has been leading the Marketing organisation's drive on productivity focusing on product and resource value maximisation, by enabling a simpler and a more diverse and inclusive organisation.

Amrita Sen

Amrita Sen

Chief Oil Analyst
Energy Aspects

Amrita Sen is the Founding Partner and Chief Oil Analyst at Energy Aspects. She leads Energy Aspects’ analysis and forecasting of crude and products markets. Her specialism is in energy commodities, particularly oil and oil products, with extensive knowledge of the industry for over 10 years.

Ms Sen also has expertise in thermal coal and freight markets and investment flows into the commodities markets. Her deep understanding of the complex relationships within the global energy sector and her wealth of industry contacts allow for a unique perspective on market outlook. She holds an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University, a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick, and is pursuing a PhD in Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Ms Sen is a fellow at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies and was formerly Chief Oil Analyst for Barclays Capital. She is frequently featured in leading media outlets, including the Financial Times, BBC News, Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, and Sky News and is regarded as a leading authority on oil markets. 

Jeremy East

Jeremy East

Managing Director, Head, Metals Trading & Commodities, Northeast Asia and Greater China
Standard Chartered

Jeremy East is Managing Director, Head, Metals Trading & Commodities for Northeast Asia and Greater China, based in Hong Kong. In this role, his responsibility covers metals trading, hedging, financing and investment solutions covering both physical and derivative products. Having joined Standard Chartered in 2006, Mr East has built up the bank’s commodity inventory financing business, which has focus on metals, energy, soft commodities and agricultural products. The business has on-the-ground presence in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, London and New York, focusing on serving its franchise client base located mainly in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He relocated to Hong Kong in 2014, to drive the growth of the metals business in Asia.

Today, Standard Chartered is a Category 2 member of the London Metals Exchange (LME), member of the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) and market making member of the London Platinum and Palladium Market (LPPM). The bank is the first international member of the Shanghai Gold Exchange.

Mr East has over 25 years of trading and marketing experience in the metals industry. Before joining Standard Chartered, he was Global Head of Precious Metals at Commerzbank and also board member of Argor Heraeus – the major Swiss gold refinery, listed and approved by the LBMA, where he developed a physical precious metals franchise in India, Turkey and in Russia and CIS. Prior to that, Mr East started his career with Philipp Brothers, then the largest commodity trading company in the world, where he stayed for 20 years, trading base and precious metals. After the closure of Philipp brothers in 1990, he joined Salomon Brothers to run the precious metals business in London, and later relocating to join Phibro Energy.

Mr East is an International Advisor to the Shanghai Gold Exchange and a member of the Management Committee and The Membership Committee of the London Bullion Market Association.

Kris van Broekhoven

Kris van Broekhoven

Global Head of Commodity Trade Finance

Kris van Broekhoven is Global Head of Commodity Trade Finance at Citi. The business has teams in London, Singapore, Houston, New York and Johannesburg financing commodity traders, producers and processors, on a bilateral or syndicated basis.

His career began in 1994 at KBC Bank NV in Belgium where he had various assignments related to foreign trade. In 1999 Mr van Broekhoven moved to KBC Bank London where he was appointed Head of Structured Trade Finance in Central & Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. He joined Deutsche Bank AG in May 2002, where he helped build a Structured Commodity Trade Finance platform, most recently as EMEA head.  He moved to his current position at Citi in August 2012.

Matthias  Obert

Matthias Obert

Head of Power and Gas
Singapore Exchange

Matthias Obert is Head of Power & Gas at SGX. He is responsible for the development of the energy business within SGX and joined in October 2013. Prior to SGX, he worked with RWE Supply & Trading as Senior Investment Manager Principal Investments as well as Chief Operating Officer Sales & Origination. Before this, Mr Obert was a Consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in the energy, materials and wholesale banking sectors. 

Mr Obert holds a diploma in industrial engineering as well as a doctorate degree from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA.

Jeremy Goldwyn

Jeremy Goldwyn

Non-Executive Director
Sucden Financial

Jeremy Goldwyn has over 25 years' experience of the commodities and metals industry in both futures and physicals. He first joined Sucden Financial in 2004, having previously headed up ScotiaMocatta's base metals unit and then establishing his own consulting business. During his time with Sucden Financial, Mr Goldwyn was initially based in the firm's headquarters in the City of London and as Global Head of Industrial Commodities and took overall responsibility for the firm's corporate metals and energy brokerage business. He has been instrumental in the company's expansion in the Asia Pacific Region, with a specific focus on China.

Mr Goldwyn joined Sucden Financial's Board of Directors in 2012.

Jean-François Lambert

Jean-François Lambert

Founding and Managing Partner
Lambert Commodities

Jean-François Lambert is Founding Partner of Lambert Commodities, providing bespoke commodity trade and structured finance solutions to producers, traders and investors.

Capitalising on his 34-year international experience, he is also adviser on industry trends, on strategic positioning of clients and on regulatory issues. Prior to that, Mr Lambert was Managing Director, Global Head of Commodity and Structured Trade Finance for HSBC Group. Under his 6-year stewardship, HSBC became one of the major financial players supporting commodity supply chains. He was notably instrumental in expanding HSBC’s geographical presence to over 15 countries with a team of 160+ front line specialists. He also initiated institutional investor participation in commodity trade financing under a balanced co-investment model.

In previous roles with HSBC, Mr Lambert served as Global Head of Structured Trade Finance for 4 years, particularly along commodity supply chains; Global Head of Trade and Supply Chain Business Development and Head of Eurozone Trade
Services for 6 years overall, where he was leading and developing traditional trade services, supply chain and structured trade businesses.
Mr Lambert has also held a number of senior positions at Crédit Commercial de France. He headed the short-term international financing activities of the Bank for 6 years. Additionally, he served as Deputy and thereafter General Manager of Hong Kong Branch for 7 years, as well as Senior Manager of Greek Branch for 4 years.

Mr Lambert holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Université Paris IX Dauphine. He is a reputed Basel 2&3 expert and key industry voice on regulatory impact on Commodity and Trade. He currently writes a monthly column for TFR Magazine and is a regular speaker on the international professional conference circuit. Mr Lambert teaches a Commodity Market Dynamics Course at Sciences Po, an international research university in Paris and is also the author of the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) Trade Academy course on Advanced Commodity Finance. He also regularly speaks at the London Business School.

Helena Wisden

Helena Wisden

Senior Trading Manager
Cheniere Energy

Helena Wisden joined Cheniere in early 2011 and has worked in both the short term and long term parts of the LNG marketing business. As Senior Trading Manager she originates and executes short term LNG transactions and is helping to develop Cheniere’s future trading strategy.

Ik Wei Chong

Ik Wei Chong

Partner and Chief Representative
Clyde & Co

Ik Wei Chong’s main areas of practice are dispute resolution with a particular focus on the international trade, transportation, and insurance sectors. He is recognised by Chambers Asia Pacific as "crucial to the team’s success in China". Mr Chong regularly advises international companies on their contractual disputes and issues in China. He is active in managing cross-border multi-jurisdictional litigations and arbitrations in Asia Pacific including China, Hong Kong and Singapore. He has extensive experience in advising and representing clients in international and regional arbitration, including at the ICC, LCIA, LMAA, SIAC, HKIAC and CIETAC. Mr Chong is recommended and recognised by various directories including Asia Pacific Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific and Legal Media Group’s Guide to Leading Practitioners: China as one of the leading individuals for shipping, insurance and dispute resolution work in China. He is also an arbitrator of the China Maritime Arbitration Commission and often provides commentaries for various publications in relation to his core areas of expertise. Mr Chong is admitted to practise in Hong Kong, England & Wales and Singapore. He is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Bahasa Malaysia. Mr Chong also sits on Clyde & Co's Asia Pacific and Global Management Boards.


Moderators (3)

Neil Hume

Neil Hume

Natural Resources Editor
Financial Times

Neil Hume is the Natural Resources Editor of the Financial Times. Prior to this he was Commodities and Mining Editor, a role he had held since September 2013. He covers the global trade of natural resources, such as iron ore, coal, copper and wheat as well as the political, social and economic aspects of the commodities industry and trading houses. Mr Hume joined the FT as senior stock markets correspondent in 2006. He also helped found FT Alphaville, the FT’s award-winning markets blog. He became editor of Alphaville in 2010 before being appointed the FT’s Australia correspondent in 2012. In addition to editing Alphaville, Mr Hume has written a weekly column for the FT, he won best scoop article at the M&A International Media Awards in 2008 for his story on InBev’s takeover of Budweiser. Prior to joining the FT, he spent six years on The Guardian’s business desk. Mr Hume graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in History and Politics.

David  Sheppard

David Sheppard

Energy Editor
Financial Times

David Sheppard is Energy Editor at the Financial Times. He joined the FT as Deputy Commodities Editor in April 2016, following an 8 year career at Reuters covering oil markets and the Middle East from London, New York and Iraq.

A Gerald Loeb award winner, he helps coordinate the FT's coverage of oil and commodity markets, as well as focusing on trading houses and investment banks in the sector.

Henry Sanderson

Henry Sanderson

Metals and Mining Correspondent
Financial Times

Henry Sanderson is Metals and Mining Correspondent for the Financial Times in London. He previously worked in Beijing as Deputy Bureau Chief and correspondent for Bloomberg News, where he co-authored a book about China Development Bank, China's Superbank. He has a Master's degree from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from Leeds University. 

Agenda - 6th Sep

  • 6:00pm
    Welcome BBQ and Drinks Reception

Agenda - 7th Sep

  • 8:00am
  • 9:00am
    Opening keynote address and Conversation

    Charles Li, Chief Executive, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Commodities Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:45am
    Asia's energy landscape: Special focus on China

    China has been the main driver of global oil demand growth for the past decade and recently overtook the US as the world’s biggest crude oil importer. It is also playing a growing role in the international energy trade as its state-backed traders expand further into the oil trading hubs of London, New York, Houston and Singapore. How are China’s demands changing and influencing global markets, especially those in Asia? A panel of experts will discuss.

    Raj Chawla, Chief Operating Officer - Asia, Mercuria Energy
    Ik Wei Chong, Partner and Chief Representative, Clyde & Co
    Dato' Kho Hui Meng, Head of Asia, Vitol
    Seth Kleinman, Managing Director, Global Head of Energy Strategy, Citi
    Amrita Sen, Chief Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects

    Moderator: David Sheppard, Deputy Commodities Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
  • 11:00am
    A View from the Top

    Igor Sechin, CEO, Rosneft

    Moderated by Neil Hume, Commodities Editor, Financial Times
    (Please note that this session will be simultaneously translated in Russian and English)

  • 11:45am
    Commodity trade finance: Navigating turbulent times

    The past year has seen rising volatility and falling commodity prices, especially in key markets such as energy. In this session, a group of experts will examine how banks operating in the region  are navigating these uncertain times and what it means for the commodities trading industry, which relies on huge bilateral and syndicated loans to finance their operations. Panelists will discuss the implication of the Quingdao warehousing scandal in China, the impact of recent regulatory changes on the region’s banks as well as key markets and opportunities for the year ahead. 

    Paul Gardner, Global Head, Structured Commodity Finance, Westpac Banking Corporation
    Jean-François Lambert, Managing Director, Global Head of Commodity & Structured Trade Finance, HSBC
    Michael Lim, Global Head of Structured Trade Finance, ANZ
    Kris Van Broekhoven, Global Head of Commodity Trade Finance, Citi

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Commodities Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:30pm
  • 1:45pm
    Keynote address and Conversation

    Jean-Sébastien Jacques, CEO, Copper and Coal, Rio Tinto

    Moderated by Neil Hume, Commodities Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:15pm
    The shifting flows of global LNG trade

    Asia has dominated the start of global LNG trade but can it retain its advantage as an increasing number of export projects come online around the world and as consolidation in the trading sector alters the landscape.

    Roger Bounds, Global Head of LNG, Shell
    Hadi Hallouche, Head of LNG Trading, Trafigura
    Matthias Obert, Head of Power and Gas, Singapore Exchange
    Helena Wisden, Senior Trading Manager, Cheniere Energy

    Moderated by David Sheppard, Deputy Commodities Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:00pm
    Commodity spotlight: Base v bulks

    Bulk commodities such as thermal coal and iron ore have been hit hard by the slowdown in Chinese growth and relentless supply growth. Base metals such as copper, zinc and aluminium have proved to be more resilient and in some cases face supply constraints due to a shrinking pipeline of new projects. A panel of expert market practitioners discuss the market trends and the outlook for these key commodities.

    Arnoud Balhuizen, President, Marketing, BHP Billiton
    Jeremy Goldwyn, Non-Executive Director, Sucden Financial
    René van der Kam, Head of Industrial Metals, Gunvor
    Paul Ward, CEO, Anglo American Marketing (Singapore)

    Moderated by Henry Sanderson, Commodities Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:45pm
  • 4:15pm
    Commodity spotlight: Gold

    The centre of gravity in the gold market is shifting. As western investors have cut their exposure, bullion has been flowing east to Asia. China and India are now the largest jewellery and physical investment markets and exerting a greater influence on pricing. In this panel key industry figures will examine what this means for the gold industry and London’s status as the centre of global gold flows.

    Shekhar Bhandari, Senior Executive Vice President and Business Head - Global Transaction Banking and Precious Metals, Kotak Mahindra Bank
    Jeremy East, Managing Director, Head, Metals Trading and Commodities, Northeast Asia and Greater China, Standard Chartered
    Philip Klapwijk, Managing Director, Precious Metals Insights

    Moderator: Henry Sanderson, Commodities Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:00pm
    Closing remarks from the Chair followed by a cocktail reception

    Neil Hume, Commodities Editor, Financial Times


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Liberty House an international metals and industrial group, specialising in commodities as well as the manufacture of steel, aluminium and advanced engineering products. Headquartered in London, it also has strategic global hubs located in Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong, and an extended network of operations covering more than 30 countries. Its current turnover is approaching $6.8 billion and it employs over 4,000 people globally. The group serves customers in the metals and steel manufacturing industries as well as in automotive, construction, marine, power generation, aerospace, motorsport, yellow goods, agriculture and mining.

Clyde & Co is a leading global law firm with a pre-eminent reputation in all aspects of international trade and commodities. With over 1,800 lawyers operating from 50+ offices and across 6 continents, our international reach means we can provide specialist knowledge in multiple jurisdictions and we have a leading reputation for our work in new and challenging markets. With a full service offering in the main regional trading hubs, we are able to serve our clients’ needs in all time-zones, at any time of the day. We are internationally recognised as market leaders in the commodities sector and ranked as the top commodities law firm in legal directories. Our end to end supply chain experience gives our advice a particular depth of understanding and this is underpinned by our legal knowledge across our contentious and non-contentious practices. Our commitment to the commodities sector and our deep understanding of our clients’ businesses across their value chain means we can provide unique perspectives grounded in real experience.

HSBC is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations. With around 4,400 offices in both established and emerging markets, we aim to be where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, and, ultimately, helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitions.

We serve around 48 million customers through our four Global Businesses: Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Global Private Banking. Our network covers 72 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, North America and Latin America.

Listed on the London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda stock exchanges, shares in HSBC Holdings plc are held by about 213,000 shareholders in 131 countries and territories.

KPMG is committed to helping businesses transform for tomorrow by bringing innovative approaches and deep expertise to the challenge of Brexit. Given the ongoing market uncertainty and potential wide-sweeping changes that lie ahead, we believe that businesses need to prepare fully to maximise opportunities and remain agile to secure competitive advantage in a post Brexit world.

In the UK, KPMG employs 16,300 people across 22 offices across the country and we are part of a global network operating in 153 countries and territories around the world. Providing audit, tax and advisory services we combine our multi-disciplinary approach with deep industry knowledge to help clients meet challenges and find opportunities each and every day. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity.

At Spencer Stuart, we know how much leadership matters. We are trusted by organizations around the world to help them make the senior-level leadership decisions that have a lasting impact on their enterprises. Through our executive search, board and leadership advisory services, we help build and enhance high-performing teams for select clients ranging from major multinationals to emerging companies to nonprofit institutions.

Privately held since 1956, we focus on delivering knowledge, insight and results through the collaborative efforts of a team of experts — now spanning 57 offices, 30 countries and more than 50 practice specialties. Boards and leaders consistently turn to Spencer Stuart to help address their evolving leadership needs in areas such as senior-level executive search, board recruitment, board effectiveness, succession planning, in-depth senior management assessment and many other facets of organizational effectiveness.

Founded in 1993, Trafigura is one of the largest physical commodities trading groups in the world. Trafigura sources, stores, transports and delivers a range of raw materials (including oil and refined products and metals and minerals) to clients around the world. The trading business is supported by industrial and financial assets, including 49.3 percent owned global oil products storage and distribution company Puma Energy; global terminals, warehousing and logistics operator Impala Terminals; Trafigura's Mining Group; and Galena Asset Management. The Company is owned by over 700 of its 8,000 employees who work in 80 offices in 41 countries around the world. Trafigura has achieved substantial growth over recent years, growing revenue from USD12 billion in 2003 to USD 171.5 billion in 2019. The Group has been connecting its customers to the global economy for more than two decades, growing prosperity by advancing trade.

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Singapore Exchange (SGX) is the Asian Gateway, connecting investors in search of Asian growth to corporate issuers in search of global capital. SGX represents the premier access point for managing Asian capital and investment exposure, and is Asia’s most international exchange with about  40% of companies listed on SGX originating outside of Singapore. SGX offers its clients the world’s biggest offshore market for Asian equity futures, centred on Asia’s three largest economies – China, India and Japan.

In addition to offering a fully integrated value chain from trading and clearing, to settlement and depository services, SGX is also Asia’s pioneering central clearing house. Headquartered in Asia’s most globalised city, and centred within the AAA strength and stability of Singapore’s island nation, SGX is a leading Asian counterparty for the clearing of financial and commodity products.

Asia First brings a much needed consolidation platform a ‘one-stop shop’ for financial services organisations and professionals. The platform provides one place to go to buy and manage financial intelligence products, including publications, research, training, events and news, from the numerous providers in Asia and globally. 

Asia First is a technology-based platform, delivered through the web to users and supported by strong servicing. It can help individuals, SME’s or the largest banks, asset managers and insurance companies and other financial services organisations.

Asia First is also distinct and innovative in the way it combines both a front-end store-front that enables users to see the wide range of products available to them from third party providers, with a procurement platform customised to the needs of financial organisation and that provides tools to manage products across multiple users, locations and regions.

The platform enables users and organisations to take full control of the process of acquiring and managing financial intelligence products but also removes the work time and therefore the costs involved in dealing with multiple product providers.

Buying financial intelligence products will never be the same. 

Commodities Now: The print and online resource for the traded commodity markets. Since 1997 we have been developing our expertise and market connections to provide commodity market professionals and the wider investment community with dedicated research and intelligence on the commodity complex. As well as the published magazine, our online presence –– provides updated news, key press releases, data, charts, research and reports dedicated to these markets. Commodities Now covers: Power & Energy, Industrial & Precious Metals, Agriculture & Softs, Renewable Energy, Emission Markets, Commodity Logistics, Legal, Regulatory Policy, Research & Specialist Technology.

International Enterprise (IE) Singapore is the government agency driving Singapore’s external economy. It spearheads the overseas growth of Singapore-based companies and promotes international trade.

Trade has always been the backbone of Singapore’s economy. In addition to promoting export of goods and services, IE Singapore also attracts global commodities traders to establish their global or Asian home base in Singapore. Today, Singapore is a thriving trading hub with a complete ecosystem for the energy, agri-commodities and metals & minerals trading clusters.

STSA (Swiss Trading and Shipping Association) is the leading professional association for the trading and shipping of commodities in Switzerland. It was founded in 2006 under the name of GTSA (Geneva Trading & Shipping Association). It has become STSA a Swiss professional association on October 2014 regrouping the regional associations as an umbrella organization. The association currently represents the 150 member companies of the three regional associations, from leading ones to smaller "niche" specialists.

Drawing its force from its member base, the Association shall represent the interests of the commodity trading industry, freighting of goods & financing, and services related to it, in Switzerland.

The Association works in the interest of its members in cooperation with the authorities and puts its competences at the disposal of communal, cantonal and federal institutions.

The Association contributes to the promotion of Switzerland as a center of worldwide know-how in the domain of international trade, and shipping and their financing.

Therefore, STSA offers its members a unique platform, on which commodity trading companies can cooperate with their partners along the logistic chain.

FT Commodities Retreat 2014

Details of the Commodities Retreat 2014 can be found HERE.

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