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Energy, Commodities

FT Commodities Global Summit 2016

Life After the Super Cycle

Lausanne |  - 
Speakers include:
Marco Dunand

Marco Dunand

Mercuria Group

Matt		 	 Jansen

Matt Jansen


Igor  Sechin

Igor Sechin



Now in its fifth year, the Financial Times returned to the Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne this April for our industry-leading FT Commodities Global Summit.

After a decade of rapid growth in China and emerging market industrialisation, the commodity trading industry now confronts a very different landscape. China is not just slowing, but changing, from the world’s factory to a more consumer-led economy. The oil market is enduring a prolonged downturn and the timing of any recovery remains uncertain. Some traders are thriving and finding new opportunities in this new environment but they have all been challenged by rapid changes in their markets.

The leaders of some of the world’s biggest trading houses and resources companies gathered to debate these topics and other issues facing the oil, metals and grains industries. Now in its fifth year the conference has established itself as the pre-eminent gathering of senior commodity executives, traders and financiers.

fallback Add to my Calendar 04/11/2016 18:30:0004/13/2016 13:20:00trueFT Commodities Global Summit 2016Now in its fifth year, the Financial Times returned to the Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne this April for our industry-leading FT Commodities Global Summit.After a decade of rapid growth in China and emerging market industrialisation, the commodity trading industry now confronts a very different landscape. China is not just slowing, but changing, from the world’s factory to a more consumer-led economy. The oil market is enduring a prolonged downturn and the timing of any recovery remains uncertain. Some traders are thriving and finding new opportunities in this new environment but they have all been challenged by rapid changes in their markets.The leaders of some of the world’s biggest trading houses and resources companies gathered to debate these topics and other issues facing the oil, metals and grains industries. Now in its fifth year the conference has established itself as the pre-eminent gathering of senior commodity executives, traders and financiers.FT-Commodities-Global-Summit-2016b76d90c4af6958fed1bd758940cab2ccMM/DD/YYYY

Speakers (55)

Marco Dunand

Marco Dunand

Chief Executive Officer
Mercuria Group

Marco Dunand is Group Chief Executive for Mercuria Energy Group, one of the world's largest independent energy and commodity groups. Previous to his current post, Mr Dunand successfully spearheaded the launch of Sempra Energy in Europe and Asia. He left the company in 2004 to found Mercuria together with Daniel Jaeggi.

From 1994 to 1999 he was appointed Managing Director of the European and Asian operations at Phibro, Salomon Brothers in London. Mr Dunand previously joined the J.Aron division at Goldman Sachs, based in London, where he was Managing Director of the European crude oil business. At the beginning of his trading career, he worked with Cargill International SA. Mr Dunand graduated from the University of Geneva, where he earned a degree in Economics and Management.

Matt		 	 Jansen

Matt Jansen

Chief Executive Officer

Matthew J. Jansen is CEO of COFCO Agri and member of the Board of Directors.

Matt brings to COFCO Agri wide experience across the commodities sector, having served as Senior Vice-President, President, ADM Global Oilseeds and Chief Risk Officer, leading a division with more than $35B in annual sales and operations in 23 countries.

Prior to joining the company’s senior leadership, Matt served as President, ADM Grain and as Corporate Vice-President for ADM’s Global Commodity Risk Management & Ethanol.

Matt’s international experience includes seven years as president of ADM’s South America operations, and in various management roles with ADM in Europe.  He also speaks Portuguese and Dutch.

Recognized as a leader on global commodities issues, Matt currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Commodity Markets Council. His prior board positions include serving on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the National Association of Corporate Directors, and as Vice-Chair of the North American Grain Exporters Association.

He also served on the boards of Stratas Foods, crop insurance company Agri-Serve International, ANEC, the Brazilian Agriculture Exporters Association, ABIOVE, the Brazilian Oilseed Processors Association, as executive director of the Renewable Fuels Association, and as a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Sub-committee on Convergence.

Matt received his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Economics from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and, between international postings, has done graduate work in the MBA program at University of Nebraska. He completed the Harvard Business School Executive Leadership Development Program in 2011 and the Advanced Strategy Program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2015.

Igor  Sechin

Igor Sechin

President, Chairman of the Management Board and Vice-chairman of the Board of directors

Igor Sechin is President, Chairman of the Management Board and Vice-chairman of the Board of directors at Rosneft.

Mr Sechin was Deputy Head of the Executive Office of the President of the Russian Federation from 2000-04, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation from 2004-08, and Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation from 2008-12.

From 2004-11 Mr Sechin was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rosneft, and has been President of Rosneft and Chairman of Rosneft’s Management Board since 2012 and Vice-chairman of the Board of Directors for Rosneft from 2013.

Mr Sechin graduated from Leningrad State University in 1984 with a PhD in Economics and sits on the boards of several organisations including ROSNEFTEGAZ, LLC National Petroleum Consortium, PJSC Inter RAO, CJSC SPIMEX, SARAS S.p.A. and Pirelli & C. S.p.A.

Abdolreza  Abbassian

Abdolreza Abbassian

Senior Economist/AMIS Secretary
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Mr Abdolreza Abbassian is Senior Economist at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with over two decades of experience in grain market analysis. Abdolreza is also FAO’s main spokesperson on matters related to international food prices and developments in world grain markets and has been the Secretary of the G-20 Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) since 2011.

Falah Alamri

Falah Alamri

Director General
Oil Marketing Company (SOMO) Iraq

Dr Falah J Alamri is Iraq’s Governor for Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Director General of Oil Marketing Company (SOMO), Ministry of Oil since 2006. Prior to this, he acted as Director General of the Iraqi Oil Tankers Company (IOTC) from 2004 to 2006 and from 2009 until early 2015. Dr Alamri was a member of the National Committee negotiating at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and a member of the team responsible for developing the Iraqi Gas Sector.

Dr Alamri has published numerous articles including ‘Does OPEC abandon its role as a swing producer’ in 2015 and has published a book in Arabic entitled ‘Marine Oil Pollution from Tankers Accidents’.

Dr Alamri received his PhD (Marine and Transporting of Oil Cargo) from the Dundee University College of Law in Scotland, his Masters in International Cargo Transportation Conventions from Salford University, Manchester and received a BSc in Economics from the University of Basrah, College of Administration and Economics in 1977. 

Dwight  Anderson

Dwight Anderson

Managing Partner
Ospraie Management LLC

Dwight Anderson is the Managing Partner of Ospraie Management LLC, which actively invests in commodity markets and basic industries worldwide based on fundamental, bottom‐up research. Mr Anderson currently serves as Portfolio Manager of two absolute return hedge funds at Ospraie and Co‐Portfolio Manager of the Firm’s Private Equity fund.

Mr Anderson has been focused on investing in basic industry companies and commodity markets for nearly 20 years. He launched Ospraie in 1999 in partnership with Tudor Investment Corporation, where he served as Head of the Basic Industries Group, before establishing Ospraie Management, LLC as an independent firm in 2004. Prior to joining Tudor, Mr Anderson was a Managing Director in charge of the Basic Industries and Commodities Group at Tiger Management.

Mr Anderson holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina and an AB in History from Princeton University. The University of North Carolina awarded Mr Anderson with its Kenan‐ Flagler Young Alumni Award in 2000 and its MBA Alumni Merit Award in 2007. In 2008, Mr Anderson was inducted by NYU into the Sir Harold Acton Society. Mr Anderson was certified in production and inventory management by the APICS.                      

Mr Anderson currently serves on the Board of Directors of Adecoagro, a publicly listed South American Agriculture company; the Board of Trustees of NYU Langone Medical Center; UNC Kenan Flagler Business School; The United States Olympic Committee; Historic Hudson Valley; and The National World War II Museum.

Pierre  Andurand

Pierre Andurand

Chief Investment Officer
Andurand Capital

Pierre Andurand is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Andurand Capital, a leading energy trading hedge fund launched in 2013 with peak assets under management of $1.6 billion. Pierre was previously Chief Investment Officer and Co-Founder of BlueGold Capital, a global commodities hedge fund launched in 2008, with peak assets under management of $2.4 billion. Pierre’s hedge fund track record results in cumulative returns of +513% net as of August 31, 2019.

Pierre started his career as an energy trader at Goldman Sachs in 2000, and held senior trading positions at Bank of America and Vitol prior to launching BlueGold.

Pierre holds an MSc in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Astrophysics from Queen Mary University of London, a Masters in International Finance from HEC, Paris and an Engineering Degree in Applied Mathematics from INSA, Toulouse, France.

Arzu Azimov

Arzu Azimov

Chief Executive Officer
SOCAR Trading

Arzu Azimov is CEO of SOCAR Trading SA. He joined SOCAR in 1994 as head of import/export operations,  when the group was established in 1992 after the Soviet breakup and they decided to consolidate the import and export structure into one dedicated unit. Before joining SOCAR Trading in 2008, Mr Azimov held a number of senior positions at SOCAR Headquarters in Baku, with his latest role being Chief Operating Officer. Holder of a PhD in Chemistry from Azerbaijan State University, he speaks Azeri, Russian, English, French and Turkish. Mr Azimov is a highly experienced leader in logistics operations, marketing, upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the petroleum industry with extensive knowledge of crude oil and oil products in the Caspian, Black Sea, Mediterranean markets.

Mr Azimov was a key player during the crucial stage of SOCAR Trading’s independence as a company. In the early stages of its establishment, SOCAR Trading’s main objective was to market oil and oil products of SOCAR, its parent company - something that SOCAR Trading continues to do at present. Over the years of successful business development, SOCAR Trading’s new goal is to originate third-party trade operations from the company’s own angle of vision. Therefore, SOCAR Trading currently actively develops its activity which targets the consumer directly.

In parallel, the company is actively investing in infrastructure to supplement its trading operations such as tank farms and terminals in the Middle East, Africa and Northern Europe as well as a number of LNG to Power projects in the Mediterranean and South East Asia.

From 1989-1993 Mr Azimov was a Marketing Manager of petroleum and petrochemical production of the state owned chemical and oil refining companies in Azerbaijan, as an employee of state enterprise V/O AZERBINTORG and from 1981-1989 he was employed by scientific research institute of petroleum chemistry in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Alex Beard

Alex Beard

Chief Executive Officer, Oil & Gas

Alex Beard joined Glencore in May 1995 working in the oil commodity department as a crude oil trader, responsible primarily for the former Soviet Union region and gaining expertise in high-sulphur crudes. 

Mr Beard was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the oil and gas business in February 2007, overseeing all of Glencore’s crude oil and oil products marketing, shipping, exploration and production and other oil-related investments, as well as being a director of various other Glencore Group companies.

Mr Beard holds an MA in biochemistry from the University of Oxford. Before Glencore, he worked for five years for BP in its crude oil department.

Mats Berglund

Mats Berglund

Chief Executive Officer
Pacific Basin Shipping Ltd

Mats Berglund joined Swedish family-owned conglomerate Stena in 1986. From 1986 to 2005, he occupied managerial and leadership positions in various Stena group shipping businesses in Sweden and the USA including group controller of Stena Line, vice president and chief financial officer of both Concordia Maritime and StenTex (a Stena-Texaco joint venture), president of StenTex, and vice president and president of Stena Rederi AB (Stena’s parent company for all shipping activities).

From 2005 to 2011, Mats was senior vice president and head of Crude Transportation, for New York-listed Overseas Shipholding Group. Between March 2011 and May 2012, he served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Chemoil Energy, a Singapore-listed global trader of marine fuel products. Since June 2012 he is the CEO of Hong Kong listed Pacific Basin Shipping Ltd, one of the world’s largest owner and operator of Handysize and Supramax bulk carriers.

Spencer Dale

Spencer Dale

Group Chief Economist
BP plc

Spencer Dale joined BP as group chief economist in October 2014.  Prior to that, he was executive director for financial stability at the Bank of England and a member of the Financial Policy Committee.  Between 2008 and 2014, Mr Dale was chief economist of the Bank of England and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee.  Mr Dale joined the Bank of England in 1989 and served in numerous roles, including private secretary to Mervyn King and head of Economic Forecasting.  Mr Dale served as a Senior Advisor at the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors between 2006 and 2008.

Jeffrey Dellapina

Jeffrey Dellapina

Chief Financial Officer
Vitol Group

Jeffrey Dellapina is a member of the Vitol Executive Committee. Mr Dellapina joined Vitol in January 2005 from JPMorgan Chase, where he was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking/Sales and Trading division. Mr Dellapina holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Jan  Dieleman

Jan Dieleman

Ocean Transportation Group Leader

Jan Dieleman is the group leader for Cargill’s ocean transportation business and is based in Geneva, Switzerland. He has spent more than 20 years at Cargill and has successfully managed businesses in the U.S. and Europe.
Jan first joined the company in 1999 as a management trainee in Amsterdam. He spent the next 10 years gaining experience as a trading manager in the freight, grain and energy markets, before being appointed head of Cargill’s coal trading business in 2012.
He went on to lead Cargill’s North America power and gas unit in Houston, Texas, before returning to Geneva in 2016 as president of Cargill Ocean Transportation. At the same time, he was invited to join Cargill’s global corporate risk committee.
Across the maritime sector, Jan is a respected advocate for sustainable shipping, actively supporting reduced emissions, better vessel environmental performance, safer working conditions and a more diverse workforce. He is also an advisory board member of the Global Maritime Forum and non-executive board member of RightShip.
Jan graduated from the University of Maastricht with a master’s degree in economics, marketing and organization

Simon Eyers

Simon Eyers

Managing Director, Energy
Warburg Pincus LLC

Simon W.C. Eyers is based in London, joined Warburg Pincus in 2012 and focuses on energy investments. Previously, he served as a founding partner of 4D Global Energy Advisors, a private equity firm specializing in the energy sector. Prior to 4D, he worked in energy investment banking at SG Warburg, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse First Boston Europe. Mr Eyers is a member of the supervisory board of Sand Hill Petroleum B.V. and received a B.S. in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Edinburgh.

Rui  Florencio

Rui Florencio

Global Head Metals Commodities Clients

Rui has a global responsibility for ABN AMRO activities in Metals Commodities since July 2015. Prior to this, Rui has held the positions of Global Head Energy Commodities Clients; Desk Head Energy Commodities, for Europe, CIS and West Africa; Desk Head, Energy Commodities Dubai with Fortis Bank International; and relationship manager for Energy Commodities and Agri Commodities since he joined MeesPierson in 2000. Rui received a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Amsterdam.

James Foster

James Foster

Global Commodities Head
BP Oil International

James Foster has worked in supply and trading roles in BP for the last 25 years. During this time he traded Middle Distillates in both London and Chicago, helping to set up BP’s trading activity in the US following the Amoco merger before moving on to trading management roles. These have included Head of Trading for Europe and Africa, and Global Commodity Head for Middle Distillates, setting up the original global commodity book structure. He is currently responsible for the supervision of the European crude trading activity as well as facilitating cross commodity trading and being actively involved in managing BP’s response to the changing regulatory environment.

Mr Foster holds a M.Eng degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University.

Sanjeev Gupta

Sanjeev Gupta

Executive Chairman
GFG Alliance

Sanjeev Gupta is an international industrialist, businessman and entrepreneur, heading a global enterprise with activities spanning steel and aluminium production, engineering, power generation, banking, real estate and commodities trading. As Executive Chairman of the GFG Alliance, he leads a fast-growing $13bn global industrial group, headquartered in London, with additional global hubs in Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney and Paris, and further presence across 30 countries. Through a strategy that disrupts the perception of steel and engineering as dying industries, Mr Gupta recently acquired and successfully relaunched over 40 businesses, saving nearly 12,000 jobs, whilst also working and investing in his GREENSTEEL plan to rejuvenate manufacturing alongside renewable energy generation.

Evy Hambro

Evy Hambro

Chief Investment Officer
BlackRock Natural Resources Team

Evy Hambro, Managing Director, is the Chief Investment Officer of the Natural Resources Equity team within BlackRock's Alpha Strategies and the Global Head of Commodities for BlackRock. Mr Hambro sits on the BlackRock Global Operating Committee and is a member of the Alpha Strategies Partner Group. He is responsible for the management of the BGF World Mining and BGF World Gold Funds. He is also manager of the BlackRock Gold and General Fund and the BlackRock World Mining Trust. Evy is co-manager of the BlackRock Natural Resources Hedge Fund and manager of a number of segregated portfolios.

Mr Hambro's service with the firm dates back to 1994 including his years with Mercury Asset Management and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM) which merged with BlackRock in 2006. He has worked for the firm in London, Sydney and Toronto.

Mr Hambro earned a BSc degree, with honors, in Agricultural Food Marketing, from Newcastle University in 1994.

Mark Hansen

Mark Hansen

Chief Executive Officer and Director
Concord Resources Limited

Mark Hansen is CEO, and a Director, of Concord Resources Limited, a commodity merchant founded in 2015 with a focus on the global supply chain management of non-ferrous metals from offices in New York, London and Hong Kong. Concord is owned by shareholders including its founding management, Pala Investments, MKS Switzerland and Ospraie Management among others. Mr Hansen previously was Global Head of Metals for Noble Group Limited, based in London. At Noble he was responsible for the global management of the non-ferrous metals businesses, as well as serving as Chariman of Jamalco, an integrated bauxite mining and alumina refining joint venture with the Government of Jamaica. Before joining Noble, he was a Trader with Brevan Howard Asset Management in London and Geneva. Mr Hansen has a B.A. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Svein Moxnes  Harfjeld

Svein Moxnes Harfjeld

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Svein Moxnes Harfjeld joined DHT on September 1, 2010. Mr Harfjeld has 25 years of experience in the shipping industry. He was most recently with the BW Group, where he held senior management positions including Group Executive Director, CEO of BW Offshore, Director of Bergesen dy and Director of World-Wide Shipping. Previously he held senior management positions at Andhika Maritime, Coeclerici and Mitsui O.S.K. He started his shipping career with The Torvald Klaveness Group. Mr Harfjeld is a citizen of Norway.

James Hartop

James Hartop

Centerview Partners UK LLP

James Hartop is a partner at Centerview Partners, which he joined in 2015. Centerview Partners is a leading independent investment banking and advisory firm.

James was previously at UBS where he held a variety of roles including Head of Investment Banking for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Head of the Global Industrials Group in EMEA.

James has advised on a wide variety of M&A and capital markets transactions globally over the last 20 years. He has been involved in a number of landmark situations including Anglo American’s response to an unsolicited merger proposal from Xstrata; the US$8 billion demerger of Mondi;  the acquisition of 40% of De Beers for $5.1 billion; and the combination of Reuters Group plc and the Thomson Corporation.

James holds BA and MA degrees from Trinity College, Oxford University.

Douglas Hepworth

Douglas Hepworth

Executive Vice President
Gresham Investment Management LLC

Douglas Hepworth is Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager for Gresham Investment Management, a firm that manages in excess of $8 Billion in long-only commodities assets. Gresham’s largest and oldest strategy is its Tangible Asset Program (TAP) which has a track record dating back to 1987.  Doug’s more than 35 years of Wall Street experience includes running an option market-making operation on the floors of the New York Cotton Exchange and the Coffee, Sugar, and Cocoa Exchange. Other experience includes convertible bond arbitrage, option financial analysis and trading, and quantitative research. Doug received his B.A. in Economics from Columbia University in 1982 and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. In addition to speaking about commodities at conferences hosted by II, GAIM, and Terrapinn, he has spoken about financial markets and derivative securities to groups ranging from the Global Association of Risk Professionals to the French Cultural Institute.

Daniel F. Hines

Daniel F. Hines

Chief Financial Officer
Castleton Commodities International LLC

Daniel F. Hines is Chief Financial Officer at Castleton Commodities International LLC (CCI). Prior to joining CCI, Mr Hines worked at. J.P. Morgan since 1989, where he held a variety of senior level finance positions within the investment bank. From 2007 to 2011, he was Chief Financial Officer and Head of Business Management for J.P. Morgan’s global commodities business where he played a key role in the expansion of the commodities franchise. He received his BS in accounting from St. John’s University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Steve  Hodgson

Steve Hodgson

Director, Sales & Marketing

Steve Hodgson was appointed Director for International Sales in June 2010, and Director, Sales & Marketing in September 2012. He is responsible for developing RUSAL’s positions in the key aluminium markets, building and strengthening the Company’s global customer relations.

Before taking up his current role, in 2007 until 2010 Mr Hodgson was CEO and President of the Bauxite and Alumina Division of Rio Tinto Alcan. During this period he also held the post of President of the Australian Aluminium Council. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director of Rio Tinto's Diamond Division.

From 2004 to 2006, he was Managing Director of RUSAL’s Alumina Division following a successful two years with RUSAL as its Head of Sales, based in Moscow.

From 1997 to 2002, Mr Hodgson was head of the International Sales and Marketing arm of Comalco (later renamed Rio Tinto Aluminium). Mr Hodgson started his career with Comalco in New Zealand as a process engineer and rose to become the manager of the Metal Products Division and, later, the head of the Metal Products Division of Anglesey Aluminium Metal Ltd. in North Wales.

Steve Hodgson holds an honours degree from the School of Engineering, Auckland University, New Zealand.

State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch

State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch

Director of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, has been the SECO Director and Director of the Foreign Economic Affairs Directorate since 1 April 2011. From 2007, she was Federal Council Ambassador and Delegate for Trade Agreements and Switzerland's chief negotiator at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as well as a member of the SECO Board of Directors.  Additionally as head of the World Trade Division in the Foreign Economic Affairs Directorate, she was responsible for the OECD and free trade agreements. 

The State Secretary was head of the WTO sector from 1999 to 2007 and prior to that was head of the WTO section of the Federal Office of Foreign Economic Affairs FOFEA. During 1992/1993 she worked at the World Bank as assistant to Switzerland's Executive Director's and from 1990 to 1995 was a scientific adviser in the Legal Service and International Investment and Technology Transfer Service of the FOFEA. 

The State Secretary has an MBA from INSEAD and is a qualified attorney with a degree in law from the University of Berne.

Alzbeta  Klein

Alzbeta Klein

Director and Global Head of Climate Business
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

As the Director and Global Head of IFC’s Climate Business, Alzbeta’s role is to facilitate business growth, provide thought leadership, fundraise and facilitating all work related to renewables, climate-smart agribusiness, green bonds and other climate business areas. Prior to her current appointment, she was a director and global co-head of Agribusiness, Manufacturing and Services Investments group where she managed over $13 billion of assets in emerging markets, leading a group of 400 bankers in 60 IFC offices worldwide. During the past 20 years, Alzbeta worked in many areas of IFC and rose through the ranks, including serving for two years as the Chief of Staff to IFC’s former CEO Mr. Lars Thunell.


In her current position, Alzbeta revitalized and grew IFC Climate Business which now accounts for a quarter of all IFC investments. She created and currently executes the new climate business strategy which envisages further growth of business anchored in new technologies and their facilitating role in business growth, particularly in emerging markets. Her team also piloted and implemented carbon pricing for the Corporation’s largest investments, and a corporate disclosure of carbon footprint.

Alzbeta joined IFC from the Export Development Corporation (EDC Canada) and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). She received Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Ottawa, Canada, where she also studied for her doctorate; engineering degree from Prague University, Czech Republic; and executive education from Harvard Business School and INSEAD. She holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. She has served on several corporate and non-profit boards, including New York University Stern Center for Sustainable Business Advisory Board, Hans Merensky (South Africa), Grupo Los Grobo (Argentina), ShoreCap Investment Fund (US) and as the founding board member of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society in Russia.


IFC is a Member of the World Bank Group and is the world’s largest multilateral financier of the private sector in emerging markets. IFC’s portfolio is over $60 billion, comprising investments in some 1,800 companies worldwide.

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.

Óscar   Landerretche

Óscar Landerretche

Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco)

Óscar Landerretche is Chairman of the Codelco Board of Directors and professor in the Department of Economics at Universidad de Chile. He studied economics at Universidad de Chile and earned a BSc in Economics.

He has a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He teaches and conducts research in Macroeconomics, Labour Economics and Political Economics. He was Director of the School of Economics and Administration at Universidad de Chile (2012-2014) and founding director of the Master in Public Policy degree at Universidad de Chile (2004-2010). He was also the Chilean consultant for Global Source Partners, New York, for five years (2006-2011).

Oscar began his professional career as an economic analyst at the Central Bank of Chile and he recently was a member of the Expert Committee on GDP Tendency and of the Financial Advisory Committee for the Chilean Ministry of Finance. He was professor of economics at the INFOCAP Union School and also directed the Economics Workshop for Young Socialists (TEJOS) at the Igualdad Institute.

In 2005, he was the Executive Secretary during the primary stage of the Michelle Bachelet 2006 presidential campaign. He was also Executive Secretary of the Labour and Equality Presidential Advisory Council during the period 2007-2008. In 2009, he was Programme Coordinator for the Eduardo Frei 2010 presidential campaign and was recently appointed Member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

Suzanne  Larsson-Nivard

Suzanne Larsson-Nivard

Global Head Agri Commodities Clients

Since May 1st, 2013 Suzanne Larsson has a global responsibility for ABN AMRO activities in Agri Commodities. She has over 20 years of banking and commodity finance experience.

Suzanne joined MeesPierson in 1989 as management trainee and started thereafter as account manager in the Trade and Commodity Finance department. Here she became Desk Head Metals & Steel in 1995.

From 2000 till 2008 she held the position of Risk Manager at the Risk & Portfolio Management department of Commodities. In that position she was also chairman of the Commodity Credit Committee.

From 2008-2010 she was Investment Manager Commodities within Principal Finance. Most recently Suzanne held the position of Desk Manager Agri Commodities Rotterdam.

Suzanne obtained a masters degree in Law at the University of Leiden and London.

John MacNamara

John MacNamara

Managing Director, Global Head of Structured Commodity Trade Finance
Deutsche Bank

John MacNamara (“Mac”) is Managing Director and Global Head of Structured Commodity Trade Finance within Deutsche Bank’s Global Transaction Banking division. He is responsible for commodity-backed lending in both developed and emerging markets.  

Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mac was Head of Structured Trade and Commodity Finance at Santander in London, and has worked for other international banks and trading companies in London since 1982. His first structured transaction was in Russia in 1983 and was financed by an Islamic commodity fund. Publications include his 2001 book “Structured Trade & Commodity Finance in Emerging Markets: What can go Wrong” which much to his relief has turned out to have been wholly applicable to the events of the Global Financial Crisis, thus justifying its recession-defying price tag and prompting a second edition with new case studies due out this century if it ever clears the Legal department. He wrote the chapter on PXF for the Loan Market Association (LMA)’s 2013 textbook “Developing Loan Markets”, and also contributed a large part of “Financiacion estructurada del comercio exterior”, a guide written for the Spanish exporters’ institution ICEX. He sits on the LMA’s Commodity Finance Working Party, the Steering Committee for UNCTAD’s Global Commodities Forum, and remains stubbornly on the editorial advisory board of “Global Trade Review”, and “Trade & Forfaiting Review” contributing to both, as well as being a regular conference and seminar presenter for a variety of trade and industry organisations and conference organisers on structured commodity trade finance, also presenting the Finance module of the University of Geneva’s Masters course in Trade, Commodities and Shipping in 2009. He has participated in training courses on a wide variety of topics ranging from credit analysis to underwater helicopter escape and Rolls Royce maintenance.

Mac has an MA from Cambridge University and Green Beret from the Royal Marine Commandos.

Savvas  Manousos

Savvas Manousos

Global Head of Trading
Maersk Oil Trading

Savvas Manousos is the Head of Global Trading for Maersk Oil Trading. He leads the teams in New York, Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Singapore who are responsible for sourcing and optimising the fuel requirements of the AP Moller Maersk Group’s fleet of vessels.  Maersk is the worlds largest buyer of Marine Fuels.

Prior to joining Maersk, Mr Manousos was based in Mumbai for almost 4 years as President of Global Trading for Reliance Industries, India’s largest private company and led the teams responsible for sourcing crude and placing products from the Jamnagar Refinery supersite – the worlds biggest single location refinery operating at 1.35 m barrels per day.

Mr Manousos  started his career with BP and worked there for 23 years holding roles in Supply and Trading, Corporate Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions.

He is a graduate of City University, London and sits as an advisory board member of the McKinsey Downstream Executive Council.

Thras Moraitis

Thras Moraitis

X2 Resources

Thras Moraitis is a cofounder and partner at X2 Resources – a natural resource-focused private investment vehicle – and is responsible for strategic development, investor management, communications and post-acquisition integration.

Prior to this, Thras was Group Head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs and a member of the Executive Committee at Xstrata plc until the company was sold to Glencore in 2013.  Thras joined Xstrata in October 2002 and was responsible for strategic development, post-acquisition integration, leadership development, external affairs and investor relations as well as Xstrata’s technology business.

Prior to joining Xstrata Thras was a global partner at the Monitor Group, an international strategy consultancy and merchant-banking group where, for over a decade, he advised top executives in government and corporations worldwide and participated in their principal investment activities. Industries included mining and metals, oil and gas, media, fast moving consumer goods and information technology.

In the 1980s, he was a serial entrepreneur, including cofounding the first electronic detonator business.

Thras has postgraduate qualifications in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Anita Odedra

Anita Odedra

Vice President, Shipping & Operations

Anita Odedra heads shipping and trading operations activities for Cheniere’s marketing arm.  Anita has 20 years’ experience in the energy industry, with BG Group and Exxon, across a range of disciplines spanning Geophysics, Global Strategy, Business Development, LNG commercial operations, LNG trading and LNG & crude oil shipping.  Anita has a BSc. in Geology from Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine [University of London] and a PhD in Rock Physics from University College of London and the Earthquake Research Institute [University of Tokyo].

Chris Pardey

Chris Pardey

Chief Executive Officer
RCMA Group

Chris Pardey is Chief Executive Officer of RCMA Group, based in Singapore.  From 2006 to 2010 he worked for Merrill Lynch and then Barclays Capital as Managing Director responsible for global trading of agricultural products, coal, iron ore and freight before investing in RCMA and joining as CEO in July 2010.  Prior to this he was head of Noble's grain and oilseed business and before that worked for Cargill in various trading and asset management roles focused on oilseeds and vegetable oils.  Mr Pardey started his career with BP in 1981 as a graduate trainee.

Gareth Penny

Gareth Penny

Non-Executive Chairman
Norilsk Nickel

Gareth Penny is non-Executive Chairman of MMC Norilsk Nickel, the world’s biggest producer of nickel and palladium and a leading producer of platinum and copper. Norilsk Nickel, Russian’s largest diversified mining and metals company, is listed on the Moscow Exchange.

Gareth is Chairman of New World Resources Plc., one of Europe’s leading coking coal producers, listed on the London, Prague and Warsaw stock exchanges. 

Gareth is a non-Executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chairman of Julius Bär Holding Limited, a listed Swiss bank focused on wealth management. He also serves on the Senior Advisory Board of TowerBrook Capital Partners (TCP), a leading New York and London based investment firm. 

Gareth has worked in various forms of mining over the past three decades. For 22 years he was with De Beers and Anglo American, the last five of which he was Group CEO of De Beers. During his tenure, Gareth was instrumental in reshaping not only the world’s largest diamond company, but also the diamond industry. He was the prime architect in the change to the De Beers business model, which replaced over 100 years of supply-side management in the rough diamond business, with demand-driven initiatives that have generated significant value creation for the company and the diamond industry.

Gareth was voted Person of the Year in 2003, by the authoritative jewellery industry magazine JCK(Jewelers Circular Keystone), and holds Honorary Life Membership of the London Diamond Club and Bourse. 

Gareth was schooled at the Diocesan College (Bishops) in Cape Town and at Eton College. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, graduating with a Masters in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. 

Gonzalo   Ramírez Martiarena

Gonzalo Ramírez Martiarena

Chief Executive Officer
Louis Dreyfus Company

Gonzalo Ramírez Martiarena is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC). An Argentine national, he joined the Group in Buenos Aires in 2005, initially working for the Oilseeds platform and later for the Freight platform in Paris, France. In 2007 he moved to Madrid to develop the distribution market for LDC Spain. The following year he returned to Buenos Aires to lead the Group’s grains and oilseeds origination activities in South Latin America, and in parallel started the fertilisers and seeds division in Argentina. He subsequently served as Chief Operating Officer for South & West Latin America, and in 2012 was appointed head of that Region, acting in parallel as interim Senior Head of Regions for the Group between 2013 and 2014. He moved to Singapore in 2015 as Head of the Asia Region, before his appointment as CEO. Prior to joining the Group, Gonzalo worked for 15 years at Nidera in Argentina.

Roland Rechtsteiner

Roland Rechtsteiner

Oliver Wyman

Roland Rechtsteiner is a Senior Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Energy Practice, based in Zurich. Previous roles include head of Oliver Wyman’s Global Oil & Gas Practice and head of Oliver Wyman’s Global Risk & Trading Practice. During his more than 20 years in management consulting, Mr Rechtsteiner has consulted a number of senior executives at leading players in commodity markets on a number of key issues.

Mr Rechtsteiner’s activities focus on three main areas in the commodity trading space:

1. Advising upstream and integrated companies such as NOCs and mining players on establishing new marketing and trading businesses, including businesses strategies, set-up and governance

2. Developing business or asset-specific strategies for existing trading houses

3. Increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of front-, mid- and back-office activities including through the design of new operating models

Mr Rechtsteiner also co-leads Marsh & McLennan/Oliver Wyman activities in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Risk Program and is a member of the Energy Leaders Summit of the World Energy Council (WEC).

He is a non-executive board member at two Swiss municipal utilities and a member of the advisory board of a Switzerland-based renewables equity fund. Mr Rechtsteiner holds a Masters in Engineering from Darmstadt University. He studied business in Stuttgart, Hagen and Bamberg.

William C. Reed II

William C. Reed II

Chief Executive Officer
Castleton Commodities International LLC

William C. Reed II is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Castleton Commodities International LLC (CCI).  CCI is a global energy commodity merchant with integrated businesses focused on marketing, merchandising, and trading commodities, and the ownership, operation and development of commodities-related infrastructure and upstream assets. 

Mr. Reed joined Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy in September 2007 and was appointed CEO in October 2008. In 2012, he executed the buyout of LDHE, forming CCI.  Previously, Mr. Reed was founding partner and head of trading at Saracen Energy Advisors, where he was one of four partners responsible for establishing the fund that grew from $30 million to $1.4 billion at the time of his departure.  Mr. Reed served in the U.S. Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and currently serves on the board of the Night Stalker Foundation. Mr. Reed earned an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S., summa cum laude, in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Rodolphe  Roche

Rodolphe Roche

Head of Commodity Research and Agriculture

Mr Rodolphe Roche Joined Schroders in early 2005 as a Fund Manager and Agriculture Analyst and has worked on the design of Schroder AS Agriculture Fund. Mr Roche began his commodity career in 2001 at Planteureux SA (Agriculture Brokerage Co.) as a Commodity Analyst before becoming Head of Research. 

Paddy  Rodgers

Paddy Rodgers

Chief Executive Officer
Euronav NV

Paddy Rodgers serves and has served on the Board of Directors since June 2003 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2004. Mr Rodgers was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the predecessor of the Company in 1998 and has been Chief Executive Officer since 2000. Since 2005 Mr Rodgers holds various directorships in companies belonging to the CMB and Euronav group. Mr Rodgers currently serves as a director and chairman of the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Fund since 2011. From 1990 to 1995 Mr Rodgers worked at CMB group as an in-house lawyer and subsequently as Shipping Executive. Mr Rodgers began his career in 1982 as a trainee lawyer with Keene Marsland & Co. In 1984 he joined Bentley, Stokes & Lowless as a qualified lawyer and in 1986 he joined Johnson, Stokes & Master in Hong Kong as a solicitor. Mr Rodgers graduated in law from University College London in 1981 and from the College of Law, Guildford in 1982.

Christophe Salmon

Christophe Salmon

Chief Financial Officer
Trafigura Group Pte Ltd

Christophe Salmon joined Trafigura in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer EMEA and became Chief Financial Officer for the company in October 2015.

Mr Salmon is a graduate from Sciences Po in Paris and holds a Masters in Finance. After an active national service with the French Navy, Mr Salmon started his career with credit insurance group Euler Hermes in France.

In 1995 he joined BNP Paribas in the internal audit department, moving to the energy and commodities finance division in 2001. Here he rose through the ranks to be appointed head of the commodity finance department for EMEA, then the leading team in the market.

Derek  Sammann

Derek Sammann

Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Commodities and Options Products
CME Group

Derek Sammann has served as CME Group's Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Commodities & Options Products since 2014. He is responsible for leading the development, execution and management of CME Group's global Commodities portfolio, including the Energy, Metals and Agricultural business lines. He also globally leads the company’s cross-asset class Options business. Since joining CME Group in September 2006, Sammann also has served as Senior Managing Director of Interest Rates and FX Products, and as Managing Director, Global Head of Foreign Exchange.

Prior to joining CME Group, Sammann acquired more than 16 years of sell-side trading experience in the global FX market, including serving as Managing Director, Global Head of FX Options and Structured Products at Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank in London. He also held senior level positions with Crédit Agricole Indosuez in London, Banque Indosuez in Paris and Cooper, Neff & Associates in Chicago.

In addition to serving on CME Group's Senior Leadership Team, Sammann also serves on the Board of Directors of CME Europe Ltd., COMEX Board of Governors and the Commodities Markets Council, where he also serves as Treasurer. Sammann also served on the Founder’s Council and as Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Exchange Professionals Association (FXPA) when launched in 2014.

He holds bachelor’s degrees in both economics and political science from Northwestern University.

Klaus Schäfer

Klaus Schäfer

Chief Executive Officer

Klaus Schäfer has been Chief Executive Officer of Uniper since January 2016 ahead of the planned spin-off from the E.ON Group. Uniper is a major international energy company and operates in Europe, Russia, and a number of other markets around the world in power generation, gas up- and midstream, global commodities and engineering.

With 20 years of experience in the energy sector, Klaus has held a number of top management positions in the E.ON Group before the split. He was Member of the Board of E.ON, CEO of E.ON Global Commodities and E.ON Ruhrgas, and he held senior executive positions in E.ON Italia, E.ON Sales & Trading and Thüga.

Klaus obtained his master degree in management from the ESCP Europe School of Management in Paris, Oxford and Berlin.

Randall  C. Stuewe

Randall C. Stuewe

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Darling Ingredients Inc

Randall C. Stuewe has served as Darling Ingredient Inc.’s (NYSE: DAR), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since February 2003. He has been instrumental in transforming Darling Ingredients into the global leader producing sustainable ingredients from fats, proteins and other bio-nutrients recovered from the meat industry. Strategically positioned to lead the world in feeding and fueling a growing population, Darling’s 10,000 employees work in over 215 locations on five continents with headquarters in the Dallas, Texas metroplex. During his tenure, Mr. Stuewe rebranded, reinvented and repositioned Darling from a regional animal by-products processing company into an integrated global ingredient and energy company producing high value, low carbon fuels and sustainable proteins. Accomplished through a series of both domestic and international acquisitions over his 17 years, Darling is now viewed as one of the greenest companies on earth and recognized as a global leader in converting animal fats and waste oils into green hydrocarbons used to produce renewable diesel. Mr. Stuewe pioneered the commercial development of renewable diesel in North America with Diamond Green Diesel, a 50/50 joint venture with U.S.-based Valero Energy Corporation. This breakthrough product is used in heavy industrial transportation fuels and reduces emissions by 85% versus convention diesel.


Prior to joining Darling, Mr. Stuewe worked for ConAgra Foods, Inc. from 1996 to 2002, holding a series of senior executive positions. He was initially hired to do business development as Executive Vice President for soybean processing. His last position with ConAgra was President of Gilroy Foods, building it into the largest vegetable dehydration business in the world.

Alexandre Tavazzi

Alexandre Tavazzi

Chief Equity Strategist
Banque Pictet & Cie SA

Alexandre Tavazzi joined Pictet & Cie in 1997 as a senior equity analyst covering the Japanese market and co-managing the bank’s Japanese Equity Fund.

After heading Pictet’s Buy Side Research, Alexandre brought the Advisory Products and Research team to maturity before returning to co-head Portfolio Management and Equity Research. He has been a member of the Wealth Management Investment Committee from 2004 to 2014. From April 2015, Alexandre is Chief Equity Strategist.

Prior to joining Pictet, Alexandre worked at Wako Finance, Lehman Brothers and spent three years with Ferrier Lullin as a senior equity analyst and fund manager on the Japanese market.

Alexandre holds a CFPI diploma and studied literature at the University of Lausanne.

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor

Vitol Group

Ian Taylor has over 30 years’ experience in the energy sector. He began his career with Shell in 1978 and worked in both South America and South East Asia before joining Vitol in 1985. At Vitol he established the crude oil group and was MD of Vitol Asia, prior to being appointed CEO in 1995. Under his leadership, Vitol grew to become the leading physical trading company for energy, trading in excess of seven million barrels of oil a day from its 40 offices worldwide. As well expanding its trading portfolio and upstream expertise, Vitol has invested in a range of complementary, largely downstream businesses, including refineries, energy infrastructure, such as terminal and storage, and 5,000 service stations in Africa, Australia and Eurasia.

Mr Taylor has an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford and is actively involved in the arts and charities which support children and young people from less privileged backgrounds.

Torbjörn Törnqvist

Torbjörn Törnqvist

Chief Executive Officer
Gunvor Group

Torbjörn Törnqvist co-founded Gunvor Group Ltd in 2000. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the international oil markets, he established Gunvor as one of the world’s leading oil trading companies, and is focused on integrating Gunvor’s diversified operations to grow its position as a leading commodities trading house.

Mr Törnqvist received a business degree from Stockholm University. Before co-founding Gunvor, he was managing director for the oil division of Intermaritime Group Petrotrade. Previously, he worked at British Petroleum from 1977 to 1983, and then became head of oil trading at Scandinavian Trading Co AB until 1989. Mr. Törnqvist has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.

Gert-Jan  van den Akker

Gert-Jan van den Akker

President, Cargill Agricultural Supply Chain

Gert-Jan ("GJ”) van den Akker is a member of Cargill’s Executive Team, the global executive group in charge of Cargill’s strategic direction and organisational priorities; he leads Cargill’s agricultural supply chain business sector and also serves as the president and chief executive officer of Cargill International S.A., the company’s Swiss legal entity.

Mr van den Akker has held various positions within Cargill. He started in 1987 as a Management Trainee for Cargill’s grain business in Amsterdam. He had a number of assignments in Cargill’s Agricultural Supply Chain (CASC) business, including roles with palm oil byproducts in Kuala Lumpur, domestic grain markets in Tokyo, and corn and soybeans in Geneva.

In 1994, he joined Cargill’s ocean transportation business, where he went on to serve as Managing Director of the worldwide ocean transportation business from 2007-2011. From 2011 to 2013, he took on a senior business leadership role, based in Singapore, for the Cargill Energy, Transportation & Metals (ETM) business. He was also a member of Cargill’s Risk Committee.

From 2013 to 2015, he joined Louis Dreyfus, a privately owned food and agriculture company, as Senior Head of Global Regions. He also was a member of Dreyfus’ Senior Leadership Team and of the Dreyfus Risk Committee. Mr van den Akker re-joined Cargill in December 2015.

Mr van den Akker holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Haroun van Hövell

Haroun van Hövell

Managing Director
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Haroun van Hövell (London) joined KKR in January 2015 from Riverstone Holdings, where he was a managing director responsible for sourcing and managing investments across the energy industry, with a particular focus on the exploration & production and midstream sectors. Mr van Hövell is the chairman of Trans European Oil & Gas and serves on the boards of directors of Acteon, Afriflora and Flowstream. His prior experience also includes 4Gas Holding, The Carlyle Group and Salomon Smith Barney. Mr van Hövell received a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and his M.B.A. from INSEAD in Fontainebleau.

Vitaly Vasiliev

Vitaly Vasiliev

Chief Executive Officer
Gazprom Marketing & Trading

Vitaly Vasiliev has been the Chief Executive Officer of Gazprom Marketing & Trading since 2004. He was appointed a Managing Director of WINGAS in January 2017.

He is responsible for the strategic development of the Company in line with Gazprom's global strategy. Mr Vasiliev's wide-ranging business experience includes working in a variety of roles for Gazprom export and PAO Gazprom. Mr Vasiliev specialised in International Economics at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and in 2003 completed an MSc. in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business in the USA.

Guillaume Vermersch

Guillaume Vermersch

Group Chief Financial Officer
Mercuria Group

Guillaume Vermersch is the Group Chief Financial Officer and a group board member of Mercuria Energy Group (Mercuria). Mr Vermersch is part of the founding team of Mercuria. Previously he spent five years as head of the Credit and Finance Risk department of Sempra Oil Trading for Europe and Asia. He was responsible for defining, implementing and monitoring the full scope of the Sempra Energy credit and financial strategies, from trading business requirements to banking, finance and risk management responsibilities to support the oil and energy division’s expansion.

Prior to that, Mr Vermersch spent 11 years in the energy, metals and mining commodities and structured finance departments of ING/BBL Bank and CIB in Geneva and Paris. Mr Vermersch started his career with Arthur Andersen in Paris. He holds an MBA from the Manchester Business School and also graduated from École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris Europe (ESCP Europe Business School).

Jeremy Weir

Jeremy Weir

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Trafigura Group Pte Ltd

Jeremy Weir became Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Trafigura in April 2018. This follows his appointment as CEO of the company in March 2014 after a career spanning nearly three decades in commodity and commodity derivative markets.

An Australian national, Mr Weir joined the Trafigura Group in 2001 as head of metals derivatives, structured products and risk management. Immediately prior to becoming CEO he served as a Management Board Director, Head of Risk and CEO of Galena Asset Management and Trafigura Mining Group.

Before Trafigura, Mr Weir spent nearly nine years between 1992 and 2000 with N M Rothschild. Mr Weir holds a BSc (Hons), Geology Major, from the University of Melbourne.

Paul Willis

Paul Willis

Technical Specialist, Commodities
Financial Conduct Authority

Paul Willis is the Technical Specialist for Commodities at the Financial Conduct Authority in London.  He has responsibility for policy development and implementation across the asset class, as well as liaison with supervision work on markets and firms operating in the commodities area. Paul represents the FCA on the ESMA Commodity Derivatives Task Force and on the IOSCO Committee on Commodity Derivatives. He has worked in financial services regulation since 1990 as a chartered accountant, management consultant and compliance officer with organisations as diverse as KPMG, The Brut ECN and ABN AMRO. His experience includes mortgage lenders, asset managers, stockbrokers, trading platforms and derivatives trading and clearing. Before joining the FCA Paul was the Global Compliance Officer at ABN AMRO Global Clearing dealing with regulatory change, policy development, monitoring and surveillance, and incident management, particularly in the areas of electronic trading and post-trade processing.  

Stephen  Withnell

Stephen Withnell

Managing Director, Metals & Mining Investment Banking
Goldman Sachs International

Stephen Withnell is the Managing Director responsible for EMEA Metals & Mining in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. Mr Withnell joined Goldman Sachs in 2006, based in London.

Mr Withnell has been focused on natural resources investment banking for 15 years. During his career, Mr Withnell has advised on more than $150bn of M&A and capital markets transactions in the sector. Mr Withnell has advised on numerous sector-defining mergers and acquisitions, including the 2016 announced acquisition of Kevitsa Mining by Boliden, the merger of Xstrata and Glencore, the acquisition of Inmet by First Quantum Minerals, the sale of Anglo Zinc to Vedanta Resources and the takeover defence and subsequent acquisition of WMC Resources by BHP Billiton. In the capital markets Mr Withnell has worked on transactions including the formation and private placement capital raising for X2 Resources, the IPOs of Nyrstar, Hochschild, Koza Gold, Zinifex and New World Resources, and equity and debt capital markets issuance for First Quantum, Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Vedanta, AngloGold, Polyus and ArcelorMittal, amongst others.

Mr Withnell graduated from Durham University with a First Class Honours Degree in Ancient, Medieval and Modern History. He is a Governor of Westminster Cathedral Choir School.

John Zhu

John Zhu

Greater China Economist

John Zhu is a Greater China economist based in Hong Kong. Before joining HSBC in 2012, he worked in fixed income investment management at PIMCO and Legal & General Investment Management in London. He had previously worked for three years as a financial journalist and has written for Reuters Breakingviews, The Economist Group, Incisive Media and the Xinhua News Agency. John read economics at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, and completed a masters in international political economy at the London School of Economics in 2007. John's recent research work include "China's rebalancing: rethinking a misunderstood word", "China still plays catching-up", "What China can learn from Japan?".



Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber

Financial Times

Lionel Barber is the editor of the Financial Times. Since his appointment in 2005, Mr Barber has helped solidify the FT’s position as one of the first publishers to successfully transform itself into a multichannel news organisation. During his tenure, the FT has won numerous global prizes for its journalism, including Newspaper of the Year, Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards. He has co-written several books and has lectured widely on foreign policy, transatlantic relations, European security and monetary union in the US and Europe and appears regularly on TV and radio around the world. As editor, he has interviewed many of the world’s leaders in business and politics, including: former US President Barack Obama, sitting US president Donald Trump, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani.

Mr Barber has received several distinguished awards, including the St George Society medal of honour and the Legion d’Honneur and in February 2018, the Media Society’s annual award for his outstanding contribution to journalism. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and is Chairman of the Tate.

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.

Gregory Meyer

Gregory Meyer

Markets Reporter
Financial Times

Gregory Meyer is a reporter in the Financial Times' New York bureau. He covers commodities markets, futures exchanges and derivatives regulation. His previous reporting experience includes work at the Chicago Tribune and Dow Jones Newswires. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and Columbia University.

Anjli Raval

Anjli Raval

Senior Energy Correspondent
Financial Times

Anjli Raval is the FT's Senior Energy Correspondent based in London. Prior to joining the commodities team, she spent three years as a reporter and editor in New York. She covered the US consumer sector which included reporting on real estate, retail and hospitality. 

She has also been a reporter in the FT's New Delhi bureau and a writer for the beyondbrics and Energy Source blogs. Since joining the FT in 2009 she has been a companies, markets and breaking news reporter and an editor on the comment and analysis desk.

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. 

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.

Emiko  Terazono

Emiko Terazono

Commodities Correspondent
Financial Times

Emiko Terazono is a member of the FT commodities team based in London. She has been writing about commodities for the FT since 2011, mainly focused on agriculture. She started in the FT in Tokyo as a business reporter and has covered media, the City diary as well as editing corporate news.

Martin Wolf CBE

Martin Wolf CBE

Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator
Financial Times

Martin Wolf is Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. He was a member of the UK government’s Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011. Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and King’s College, London. He is also an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham. In 2014, he was made a University Global Fellow of Columbia University, and a Senior Fellow in Global Economic Policy at its School of International Public Affairs. He is a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum.
Mr Wolf has been included in Foreign Policy’s list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. He has won the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism, the RTZ David Watt memorial prize, the Journalism Prize of the Fundacio Catalunya Oberta (Open Catalonia Foundation), Commentator of the Year at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards, the “Ludwig-Erhard Preis für Wirtschaftspublizistik” (“Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary”), and “Commentariat of the Year” at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. The Society of American Business Editors and Writers recognised Mr Wolf in its Best in Business Journalism competition. He has also won the Ischia International Journalism Prize and the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for “best commentary on international news in any medium”.
His most recent publications are Fixing Global Finance (Washington D.C: Johns Hopkins University Press, and London: Yale University Press, 2008 and 2010) and The Shifts and The Shocks: What we’ve learned – and have still to learn – from the financial crisis (London and New York: Allen Lane, 2014). Mr Wolf was educated at Oxford University. He has honorary doctorates from Nottingham University, Kingston University, Macquarie University, the London School of Economics, Warwick University and KU Leuven.


Agenda - 11th Apr

  • 6:30pm
    Welcome Reception (hosted by Rabobank)
  • 8:30pm
    Evening Nightcap (hosted by Vitol)

Agenda - 12th Apr

  • 8:00am
  • 9:00am
    Opening remarks from the Chair

    Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Welcome Address

    Igor Sechin, President, Chairman of the Management Board and Vice-chairman of the Board of directors, Rosneft

    Chaired by: Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:30am
    The outlook for commodities post super cycle

    As China enters a less intensive stage of development and emerging markets slow, what is the outlook for commodity prices? After spending hundreds of billions of dollars developing new mines and oilfields the market is now digesting a tidal wave of supply. While production is being slowly curtailed by the price drop, demand growth is lacklustre and low interest rates have thrown many cash-strapped producers a lifeline. As such this cycle could be different to those which have gone before. A panel of leading economists and industry figures discuss the outlook for commodity markets, the global economy and central bank policy.

    Abdolreza Abbassian, Senior Economist/AMIS Secretary, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

    Spencer Dale, Group Chief Economist, BP plc

    John Zhu, Greater China Economist, HSBC

    Moderator: Martin Wolf, CBE, Associate Editor & Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    Break (hosted by Koch Supply & Trading)
  • 11:00am
    CEO Debate: Energy

    After years of flat markets, falling profits and declining margins, commodity traders are enjoying some of the most favourable conditions they have seen since the financial crisis, particularly in oil. However, competition remains fierce and the industry is facing additional burdens from increased regulation and calls for greater transparency. There are also longer term structural concerns. In a world where supply is abundant and geographical prices differences are modest, will suppliers and consumers of commodities still need as much help from the expert middlemen of global trade? In this panel, the leaders of some of the world’s biggest commodity trading houses will reflect on their recent performance and outline the strategies they think will work in the future.

    Alex Beard, Chief Executive Officer, Glencore Oil

    Marco Dunand, Chief Executive Officer, Mercuria Group

    William C. Reed II, Chief Executive Officer, Castleton Commodities International

    Klaus Schäfer, Chief Executive Officer, Uniper

    Torbjörn Törnqvist, Chief Executive Officer, Gunvor Group

    Jeremy Weir, Chief Executive Officer, Trafigura Pte Ltd

    Chaired by: Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:15pm
    The View from the Top

    Ian Taylor, President & Chief Executive Officer, Vitol Group

    Chaired by: Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:45pm
  • 2:00pm
    Shipping: Wet versus Dry

    Ship operators have an unparalleled view of the global economy and the demand for commodities. In this panel leading industry executives and investors will discuss the state of the industry and its prospects. For owners of the super tankers capable of hauling more than 2m barrels of crude around the world, the crash in oil prices has been good for business. But the picture in the dry bulk freight market is very different because of slowing demand from China and emerging markets. Here, rates are under pressure and the prospects look bleak.

    Mats Berglund, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Basin Shipping Ltd

    Jan Dieleman, ‎President, Cargill Ocean Transportation

    Svein Moxnes Harfjeld, Co-Chief Executive Officer, DHT

    Anita Odedra, Vice President, Shipping & Operations, Cheniere

    Paddy Rodgers, Chief Executive Officer, Euronav NV

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Commodities Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:40pm
    Oil: Short term pain, long-term gain

    The world is awash with oil and looks set to remain that way unless there is a major supply disruption or sudden change in Opec strategy. Yet, the damage inflicted by prices, which have fallen to less than $50 a barrel since summer 2014, is becoming increasingly evident. US shale production is slowing and could fall sharply this year, while the oil majors continue to slash spending, creating the possibility of a supply gap and much higher prices in the coming years.

    Pierre Andurand, Chief Investment Officer & Managing Partner, Andurand Capital

    James Foster, Global Commodity Head, BP Oil

    Seth Kleinman, Managing Director, Global Head of Energy Strategy, Citi

    Savvas Manousos, Head of Global Trading, Reliance Industries Limited

    Moderator: David Sheppard, Deputy Commodities Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:20pm
    Break (hosted by Brady plc)
  • 3:50pm
    National Oil Companies: A new force in commodities trading?

    NOCs are expanding their trading operations as they try to squeeze higher returns from the commodities they produce. With deep pockets and ambitious plans, these businesses are increasingly coming into competition with established independent commodity traders. But will they stay the course? Previous forays have stalled as their parent companies have realised the difficulties and costs of building a successful trading division. A panel of senior industry executives will examine this trend.

    Dr Falah J Alamri, Director General, Oil Marketing Company (SOMO), Ministry of Oil, Iraq

    Arzu Azimov, Chief Executive Officer, Socar Trading

    Roland Rechtsteiner, Partner, Oliver Wyman

    Vitaly Vasiliev, Chief Executive Officer, Gazprom Marketing & Trading

    Moderator: Anjli Raval, Oil and Gas Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:30pm
    CEO Debate: Agricultural Commodities

    Wheat, corn and soya beans have not escaped the sell-off in commodities. They have all fallen down sharply, hit by a combination of unhelpful weather conditions and currency movements. But could better times lie ahead? World grain stocks remain plentiful but the rate of inventory builds is slowing and for crops like corn and rice, balances are tightening. A panel of leading industry executives will debate the outlook and challenges for the agricultural commodities in 2016.

    Matt Jansen, Chief Executive Officer, COFCO Agri

    Chris Pardey, Chief Executive Officer, RCMA Group

    Gonzalo Ramírez Martiarena, Chief Executive Officer, Louis Dreyfus Company

    Randall Stuewe, Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, Darling Ingredients Inc

    Gert-Jan van den Akker, President, Cargill Agricultural Supply Chain

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Commodities Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:30pm
  • 6:30pm
    Summit Reception (hosted by Castleton Commodities International)
  • 7:30pm
    Summit Dinner (hosted by ABN AMRO)

    Hosted by: Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

    Welcome: Suzanne Larsson-Nivard, Global Head of Agri, ABN Amro 

Agenda - 13th Apr

  • 9:00am
    Metals and Mining: Rebalancing the market

    From aluminium to zinc, base metals have been hit hard over the past year. Concerns about slowing demand in China, the world’s biggest consumer of raw materials, have seen prices fall to levels last seen in the aftermath of the financial crisis. The pain of lower prices, however, has drawn a response from the industry with an increasing numbers of miners closing or curtailing production. Yet many cash-strapped producers remain in business, helped by falling commodity currencies and lower oil prices. In this panel senior executives discuss the rebalancing of the metals market and the outlook for prices.

    Panel Keynote: Professor Óscar Landerretche, Chairman, Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco)


    Evy Hambro, Chief Investment Officer, BlackRock Natural Resources Team

    Mark Hansen, Chief Executive Officer, Concord Resources Limited

    Steve Hodgson, Director, Sales & Marketing, RUSAL

    Gareth Penny, Non-Executive Chairman, Norilsk Nickel

    Stephen Withnell, Managing Director, Metals & Mining Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs International

    ‎Moderator: Henry Sanderson, Commodities Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:50am
    Commodities: the rise and fall of asset class

    Investors have soured on commodities. Sold as a distinct assets class they proved to be anything but during the financial crisis, moving in lockstep with bonds and equities. Then as asset values rebounded, commodities cratered amid a glut of new supply. In this panel leading industry participants will explore how the exodus of "the funds" has affected liquidity in commodity markets used by physical traders; why returns have been so disappointing and what it will take for commodities to again attract new money.

    Dwight Anderson, Managing Partner, Ospraie Management LLC

    Douglas Hepworth, Executive Vice President, Gresham Investment Management LLC

    Rodolphe Roche, Head of Commodity Research and Agriculture, Schroders

    Alexandre Tavazzi, Chief Equity Strategist, Banque Pictet & Cie SA

    Moderator: Greg Meyer, Markets Reporter, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    Deal-making in commodities

    Forecasts for a takeover frenzy in the resource industry have failed to materialise. Volatile commodity markets have made it difficult to price deals to the satisfaction of both buyers and sellers. But is this about to change? As raw material prices have slumped there are signs that target companies are becoming more realistic about valuations and assets are starting to become available. At the same time private equity and sovereign wealth funds are looking to deploy billions of dollars in the sector. A panel of expert market practitioners will examine the outlook for deal-making in 2016.

    Panel Keynote: Sanjeev K Gupta, Executive Chairman, Liberty House


    Simon Eyers, Managing Director, Energy, Warburg Pincus LLC

    Sanjeev K Gupta, Executive Chairman, Liberty House

    James Hartop, Partner, Centerview Partners UK LLP

    Thras Moraitis, Principal, X2 Resources

    Haroun van Hövell, Managing Director, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Commodities Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:10am
  • 11:30am
    Regulation and commodity trade finance: A changing landscape

    Commodity traders operating in Europe are facing a radically altered regulatory landscape. Under rules currently making their way through Brussels traders will be subject to strict position limits and could be asked to hold as much capital as banks. How will the industry respond to these changes? Banks, of course, are already grappling with the consequences of new rules on capital which could crimp their lending to the sector. Leading bankers, corporate financiers and regulators will discuss new rules and trends in commodity trade finance.

    Panel Keynote: Paul Willis, Technical Specialist, Commodities, Financial Conduct Authority


    Rui Florencio, Global Head Metals Commodities, ABN Amro

    Alzbeta Klein, Global Industry Director, Agribusiness, Manufacturing and Services, IFC

    John MacNamara, Managing Director, Global Head of Structured Commodity Trade Finance, Deutsche Bank

    Derek Sammann, Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Commodities and Options Products, CME Group

    Paul Willis, Technical Specialist, Commodities, Financial Conduct Authority

    Moderator: Emiko Terazono, Commodities Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:20pm
    CFOs Roundtable

    Financing has rarely been cheaper or more plentiful for the world’s leading commodity traders. Falling commodity prices and the emergence of new regional lenders have allowed CFOs to drive down the price of their short-term borrowing facilities. But for how much longer? Are banks taking a more conservative view on the industry given the sharp downturn in commodity prices and the swooning share prices of some listed traders? These topics and others such as deal-making opportunities in the post super-cycle world will be addressed by the CFOs of major commodity traders.

    Jeffrey Dellapina, Chief Financial Officer, Vitol Group

    Daniel Hines, Chief Financial Officer, Castleton Commodities International 

    Christophe Salmon, Chief Financial Officer, Trafigura Pte Ltd

    Guillaume Vermersch, Chief Financial Officer, Mercuria

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Commodities Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm
    Closing Keynote Address

    State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, Director of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

  • 1:20pm
    Close of Summit and Lunch

Who Attends

FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe and our annual Commodities Summit is no exception.

The FT Commodities Global Summit is attended by:

  • C-Suite, VP and Directors
  • Fund Managers
  • Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC)
  • Market Risk Analysts
  • Commodity Traders
  • Heads of Commodity Procurement


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Founding sponsor (1)

Mercuria is one of the world’s largest independent energy and commodities groups. The group is present all along the commodities value chain with activities forming a balanced combination of commodities flows and strategic assets.

More than 1,000 people operate from offices worldwide to sustain Mercuria’s extensive business reach in more than 50 countries, bringing market knowledge, diversity and experience to all operations. Mercuria's expertise covers all segments of the energy market, including associated environmental products, and extends to iron ore, dry-bulk freight, base metals and concentrates.

The group maintains sound infrastructure capabilities, including storage terminals and production assets for oil petroleum products. These investments underpin Mercuria’s growing presence as a leading player in the global market.

Recognizing the ever-growing correlation between energy products, commodities, and financial services, Mercuria provides commodity-financing solutions ranging from prepayments to structured joint ventures with its business partners.

Mercuria has refined its business to build upon its successful model. In 2014, Mercuria acquired the physical commodities trading unit of JPMorgan Chase & Co. The next year, China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina), one of China’s largest companies, finalized a strategic investment into the group. In 2017, Mercuria acquired Noble Group’s U.S. gas and power business, and in 2019, it acquired the Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, reorganized as Minerva Bunkering. Mercuria continues its trajectory by bringing added value, transparency and efficiency to the commodities-trading world. 

Diamond sponsor (1)

Louis Dreyfus Company is a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods. We leverage our global reach and extensive asset network to serve our customers around the world, delivering the right products to the right location, at the right time – safely, responsibly and reliably. Our activities span the entire value chain from farm to fork, across a broad range of business lines (platforms). Since 1851 our portfolio has grown to include Oilseeds, Grains, Freight, Global Markets, Coffee, Cotton, Sugar, Rice, Dairy and Juice. We help feed and clothe some 500 million people every year by originating, processing and transporting approximately 81 million tons of products. Structured as a matrix organization of 6 geographical regions and 10 platforms, Louis Dreyfus Company is active in over 100 countries and employs approximately 17 000 people globally. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Gold Sponsors (4)

Gunvor Group is one of the world’s largest independent commodities trading houses by turnover, creating logistics solutions that safely and efficiently move physical energy from where it is sourced and stored to where it is demanded most. With strategic investments in energy infrastructure—refineries, pipelines, storage, terminals, mining and upstream—Gunvor further generates sustainable value across the global supply chain for its customers.

Trade has been the foundation of HSBC since 1865. With over 5,800 professionals helping customers trade across more than 56 countries, our local presence and global footprint gives us access to 87%* of the world’s trade flows and unrivalled experience in solving today’s most complex trade challenges. Our comprehensive suite of products and services can be combined into global solutions that make it easier for businesses to help you manage trade risk, process trade transactions and fund trade activities – making it easier for businesses to connect to new markets and partners around the world.

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.

Uniper is an international energy company with around 12,000 employees. In the UK, it owns and operates a diverse portfolio of power and gas assets and its generation fleet makes a tangible contribution to Britain’s supply security. 

Through its trading activities, it makes its power production available to the market, and provides balancing services to the UK system operator. It buys and sells natural gas, brought to the UK via pipelines or LNG terminals. Uniper also has a stake in BBL, a 235km gas pipeline between Balgzand in the Netherlands and Bacton, and significant long-term regasification capacity at the Grain LNG terminal in Kent.

In addition, it owns and operate the gas storage facility at Holford in Cheshire and two high-pressure gas pipelines.

The Nottingham-based Uniper Engineering Academy offers purpose-built facilities delivering bespoke training programmes to match energy business needs anywhere in the world and is accredited as an approved provider under the Government’s apprenticeship levy programme.

Silver Sponsors (6)

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.

We Deliver More for the Global Commodities Markets. The commodity markets are constantly changing, and CME Group offers the service and solutions you need to effectively manage your risk and opportunities with confidence. Home to the most extensive agriculture, energy and metals marketplace, customers around the world can find it all here: Trusted global benchmarks for pricing, regional contracts for critical niche needs, deep, robust liquidity available around the clock, and unparalleled capital efficiency. 

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.

The Pictet Group is a partnership of six owner-managers. With more than CHF 509 billion in assets under management or custody as per 31 December 2017, Pictet is today one of the leading European independent wealth and asset managers.  Our principles of succession and transmission of ownership have remained unchanged since foundation in 1805. The Group offers only wealth management, asset management and related asset services; we do not engage in investment banking, nor do we extend commercial loans. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Pictet today employs more than 4,200 people across 27 offices worldwide.

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.

Dinner Sponsor (1)

ABN AMRO Bank offers a comprehensive package of financial products and services to corporate and institutional clients globally. We serve our clients based on sector and product expertise. In the Netherlands, the Corporate & Institutional Banking (CIB) department serves clients in all sectors with a turnover above EUR250m. In North Western Europe (UK, GE, BE, and FR) we focus on clients with a turnover of EUR100m in eight selected sectors based on our expertise in the Netherlands. Globally we want to grow in the in sectors which we have proven expertise and existing strong positions: Natural Resources, Transportation & Logistics, Trade & Commodity Finance and Financial Institutions.

Our international network (13 countries) is driven by the client sectors we focus on. Our sector bankers are supported by product expertise. They operate in dynamic client service teams of which the composition is dependent on the need of the client.

Sustainable banking is at the heart of our business. We aim to contribute to a better world by thoroughly selecting our business partners and we encourage our clients to do more business in a sustainable manner.

Within CIB, the Trade & Commodities Finance department finances international flows of commodities from origination to destination. We offer financial solutions to international companies involved in the origination, primary processing, logistics, trading and distribution of commodities. We offer standard and structured banking services to global clients in the commodity sectors. This includes asset-backed and working capital facilities, structured commodity and pre-export finance, letters of credit, collections, guarantees and counterparty risk financing, cash management and electronic banking. Next to that we advise on Global Markets products (forex and interest), syndicated facilities (incl Bookrunner), M&A and capital markets products.

Night Cap Sponsor (1)

Vitol is an energy and commodities company; its primary business is the trading and distribution of energy products globally – it trades over seven million barrels per day of crude oil and products and, at any time, has 250 ships transporting its cargoes.

Vitol’s clients include national oil companies, multinationals, leading industrial and chemical companies and the world’s largest airlines. Founded in Rotterdam in 1966, today Vitol serves clients from some 40 offices worldwide and is invested in energy assets globally including: circa 18mm3 of storage across six continents, 480kbpd of refining capacity and 5,000 service stations across Africa, Australia, Eurasia and in Northwest Europe. Revenues in 2016 were $152 billion.

Breakfast Seminar Sponsor (1)

The Pictet Group is a partnership of six owner-managers. With more than CHF 509 billion in assets under management or custody as per 31 December 2017, Pictet is today one of the leading European independent wealth and asset managers.  Our principles of succession and transmission of ownership have remained unchanged since foundation in 1805. The Group offers only wealth management, asset management and related asset services; we do not engage in investment banking, nor do we extend commercial loans. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Pictet today employs more than 4,200 people across 27 offices worldwide.

Welcome Drinks Sponsor (1)

Rabobank Group is an international financial services provider operating on the basis of cooperative principles. It offers retail banking, wholesale banking, private banking, leasing and real estate services. Rabobank is a premier bank to the global food, agribusiness and beverage industries, providing sector expertise, strategic counsel and tailored financial solutions to clients across the entire food value chain. In particular, Rabobank is committed to supporting clients in the transition toward an economically and environmentally sustainable food system that will feed growing global populations for years to come. In addition to serving food and agribusiness clients across 39 countries, Rabobank is a leading customer-focused cooperative bank in the Netherlands.

Pre-Dinner Sponsor (1)

Castleton Commodities International (“CCI”)  is an independent global energy commodity merchant with integrated businesses focused on marketing, merchandising, and trading commodities, and the ownership, operation and development of commodities-related infrastructure and upstream assets. As a trader, CCI deploys capital on a proprietary basis in the physical and financial commodity markets, providing the Company with market insights and access. As a strategic investor and developer, CCI leverages its market expertise, operations capabilities, and industry knowledge to invest in, and develop, select commodity infrastructure assets.

Refreshment Break Sponsors (2)

Brady plc is the largest European-headquartered provider of trading and risk management software to the global commodity, recycling and energy markets. Brady combines fully integrated and complete solutions supporting the entire commodity trading operation, from capture of financial and physical trading, through risk management, handling of physical operations, back office financials and treasury settlement to over 400 customers.

Koch Supply & Trading successfully launched its global natural gas and LNG business in 2012. KS&T broadened its involvement in global natural gas markets by launching a European natural gas business, and a global LNG trading arm. Since then, the LNG business has built a substantial portfolio and established itself as a strong natural market participant. The Geneva-based natural gas business is a leading gas trader and marketer in Europe and earned the 2014 Natural Gas House of the Year award from Energy Risk magazine. In 2015, KS&T expanded its portfolio by adding European power, global renewables and emissions trading.

Supporting Partner (1)

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.

Organisers (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.


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