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FT Commodities Global Summit

Charting a course to recovery

Lausanne |  - 
Speakers include:
Anil   Agarwal

Anil Agarwal

Vedanta Resources Plc

Tony  Hayward

Tony Hayward


Philip  Gordon

Philip Gordon

Former White House Coordinator for the Middle East


The Financial Times returns to the Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne this March, for the sixth edition for our renowned Global Commodities Summit. 

After the biggest downturn in a generation, commodities are recovering and there are reasons to think the worst of the price slump might be over. Yet markets remain no less treacherous and difficult to navigate, even for the most fleet-footed. Increased volatility, sudden policy shifts, changing consumer tastes and technology, are presenting a new set of challenges and opportunities for the industry to address. These, and many other issues, will form the agenda for 2017.

The Summit, which attracts the world’s biggest trading houses and resource companies, is the pre-eminent gathering for senior commodity executives, industry leaders, traders and financiers.

fallback Add to my Calendar 03/27/2017 18:30:0003/29/2017 14:00:00trueFT Commodities Global SummitThe Financial Times returns to the Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne this March, for the sixth edition for our renowned Global Commodities Summit. After the biggest downturn in a generation, commodities are recovering and there are reasons to think the worst of the price slump might be over. Yet markets remain no less treacherous and difficult to navigate, even for the most fleet-footed. Increased volatility, sudden policy shifts, changing consumer tastes and technology, are presenting a new set of challenges and opportunities for the industry to address. These, and many other issues, will form the agenda for 2017.The Summit, which attracts the world’s biggest trading houses and resource companies, is the pre-eminent gathering for senior commodity executives, industry leaders, traders and financiers.FT-Commodities-Global-Summit1e3db1bb392493c9ca37e48222480b56MM/DD/YYYY

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Anil   Agarwal

Anil Agarwal

Founder & Chairman
Vedanta Resources Plc

Anil Agarwal founded the Vedanta Group in 1979 and is the Executive Chairman of Vedanta Resources Plc, a London-listed company which has grown annual revenues from $1 billion to over $10 billion in the past decade. In the last 10 years the group has invested over US $20 billion in India on organic growth projects. Mr Agarwal has over 40 years of entrepreneurial and business experience. He shaped the Group’s strategic vision and now plays the role of chief mentor to a talent pool of over 88,000 direct and indirect employees. Under his leadership, the Group has achieved growth both organically and through value-generating mergers and acquisitions, creating a world-class diversified portfolio of large structurally low-cost assets generating strong cash flow. He places considerable focus on sustainable development for the benefit of the communities in the locations of Vedanta’s operations. He initiated the creation of the philanthropic arm of the Group in 1992, the Vedanta Foundation, with the deep-seated belief that companies have a responsibility to contribute substantially to the welfare of the community that has allowed them to grow and prosper.

Tony  Hayward

Tony Hayward


Tony Hayward is Chairman of Glencore plc and Chairman and Founder of Genel Energy plc. He was Group Chief Executive of BP from 2007 -2010 having previously served as Group Treasurer and Chief Executive of Exploration and Production.

He studied geology at Aston University in Birmingham and completed a PhD at Edinburgh University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, Aston University, the University of Birmingham and Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University.

He is a member of the British Museum Chairman’s Advisory Board and a member of the Development Advisory Board of the Royal Academy of Engineering.  He is Chairman of Aston University's Development Board and a visiting professor at the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh. 

Philip  Gordon

Philip Gordon

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Former White House Coordinator for the Middle East

Dr Philip Gordon was Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region from 2013-15.  As the most senior White House official focused on the greater Middle East, he chaired numerous interagency committees and worked closely with the President, Secretary of State, and National Security Adviser on the full range of geopolitical, economic, and security issues facing the region.  From 2009-13, Dr Gordon served as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In that position he was responsible for 50 countries in Europe and Eurasia as well as for NATO and the European Union (EU). He is currently a Senior Advisor at the Albright Stonebridge Group and a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, both in Washington, D.C.  Dr Gordon is the author of a number of books and articles on international relations and foreign policy and writes regularly for newspapers including the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, and Politico. He is proficient in French, Italian, and German and reads Spanish.  

Carl Casale

Carl Casale

President and Chief Executive Officer

Carl Casale is president and chief executive officer of CHS, a leading energy, grains and foods company and the largest member-owned cooperative in the United States.

Mr Casale joined CHS in January 2011, after more than 26 years in leadership roles at agriculture businesses, including time as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Monsanto.

Since joining CHS, Mr Casale has helped drive the company to record profitability and growth on behalf of the cooperative’s more than 600,000 farmer-owners. As the leader of a global, Fortune 100 company with more than 12,500 employees, Mr Casale has worked to strengthen the company and grow opportunities for owners, as well as its energy, grains and food customers.

In addition to his role as chief executive officer at CHS, Mr Casale operates a family-owned blueberry farm, offering unique insights from both the farm gate and the board room to advance the vision of the company.

Mr Casale currently serves as director on the boards of the Ventura Foods, LLC; Ecolab Inc.; the Minnesota Business Partnership, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and will serve as the 2017 National Council of Farmer Cooperatives president.

Mr Casale holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Oregon State University and an executive Master of Business Administration from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.

George   Cheveley

George Cheveley

Portfolio Manager
Investec Asset Management

George Cheveley is a portfolio manager and metals and mining specialist in the Commodities & Resources team at Investec Asset Management having joined the firm in 2007.

Prior to this, he was a market analyst for three years at BHP Billiton, working in The Hague and Singapore. He was recruited to BHP Billiton in 2004 from CRU (Commodities Research Unit), an independent metals/chemicals related research company based in London. At CRU, he spent three years in the Carbon Steel team and five years as a Research Manager – Copper, providing in-depth research and forecasts to the industry, banks and hedge funds. Mr Cheveley began his career in 1990 in operations at British Steel Strip Products, working for three years in the Tinplate division.

Mr Cheveley graduated from the University of Oxford in 1989 with an honours degree in Classics and in 1995 was awarded an MBA from Warwick University.

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.

Marco Dunand

Marco Dunand

Chief Executive Officer
Mercuria Group

Marco Dunand is Chairman and Group Chief Executive for Mercuria Energy Group, one of the five largest independent energy and commodity groups. The Group activities span in more than 50 countries, and employ over 1000 people that operate from 38 offices worldwide. Previous to this, 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.

Jacques Erni

Jacques Erni

Chief Financial Officer

Jacques Erni joined Gunvor in 2007 and has been the Group’s Chief Financial Officer since 2013. He has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Gunvor Group Ltd since 2010. Erni holds a Swiss CPA degree and is a Member of the Chambre Fiduciaire Suisse. Prior to joining Gunvor, he worked in the audit department of PricewaterhouseCoopers in its Geneva office.

Alan  Haywood

Alan Haywood

Chief Executive Officer
BP Integrated Supply & Trading

Since January 2017, Alan Haywood has been Chief Executive Officer for BP’s Integrated Supply & Trading business. He serves on a number of Group company boards.

The supply and trading activities are the commercial face of BP, working closely with the Upstream and Downstream businesses. IST enhances BP’s value through the application of distinctive supply, trading, risk management and information technology skills – underpinned by a world-class control infrastructure.

Mr Haywood joined BP in London in 1988 and has held a wide variety of leadership roles in the Trading business in Europe and the US over more than 25 years. He has also worked in Merrill Lynch and Bankers Trust in 1992-1997, trading oil and precious metal financial derivatives.

After being Head of the Group CFO’s Executive Office in 2005-7, Alan became Head of Supply and Trading for BP’s European Oil business, managing trading and supply for Oil as well as global currency trading and interest rate management.

In April 2010, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer Global Gas. In this role, he was responsible for sales of all gas produced by BP and for procuring all gas for BP’s marketing businesses, including LNG.

From 2011-14, Mr Haywood was President of Downstream Gas and Head of Commercial Development, with responsibility for the monetisation of gas and the development of strategy and long-term commercial ventures across the supply and trading portfolio.

In November 2014, Alan Haywood took the role of Group Treasurer for BP plc. He was responsible for the central financing of the BP Group, providing liquidity to its businesses and optimising value through the management of financial risks at the group level.

Mr Haywood holds a degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford.

Philipp  Hildebrand

Philipp Hildebrand

Vice Chairman

Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman, is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee. He leads and oversees the activities of the BlackRock Investment Institute, which connects BlackRock’s portfolio managers to one another, generates investment insights, and disseminates them to clients.

Mr Hildebrand joined BlackRock in October 2012 and previously served as Chairman of the firm’s Multi-Asset Strategies business. Before coming to BlackRock, he served as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) until January 2012. In that capacity, he was also a Director of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the Swiss Governor of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB), of which the Leaders of the G20 appointed him Vice Chairman, in November 2011.

Previously, Mr Hildebrand served as Chief Investment Officer of a Swiss private bank and as a partner of Moore Capital Management in London. Between 2006 and 2009, he served as a member of the Strategic Committee of the French Debt Management Office.

Mr Hildebrand is a member of the Group of Thirty and an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and he sits on the International Advisory Board of Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government.

Mr Hildebrand earned a BA from the University of Toronto, an MA from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford

Daniel Hines

Daniel Hines

Chief Financial Officer
Castleton Commodities International

Daniel F Hines is Chief Financial Officer at Castleton Commodities International (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.

Geoff 		 Healy

Geoff Healy

Chief External Affairs Officer
BHP Billiton

Geoff Healy joined BHP Billiton as Chief Legal Counsel in June 2013. In March 2016, he assumed the role of Chief External Affairs Officer, with global accountability for Functions dealing with all of the Group’s non-financial risks. In addition to Legal, these include teams responsible for external affairs, compliance, health and safety, the environment, internal audit and risk. Mr Healy regularly represents BHP Billiton at external public speaking events and represents BHP Billiton at global senior level government engagements.

Jean-Sébastien Jacques

Jean-Sébastien Jacques

Chief Executive Officer
Rio Tinto

Jean-Sébastien Jacques was appointed Rio Tinto chief executive on 2 July 2016. He is also a director on the Rio Tinto board.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alzbeta  Klein

Alzbeta Klein

Director and Global Head, Climate Business
International Finance Corporation (IFC), Member of the World Bank Group

As the Director and Global Head of IFC’s Climate Business, Alzbeta Klein’s role is to provide thought leadership, fundraising and facilitating all work related to renewables, climate-smart agri, 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, Ms Klein 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.

Among the highlights of her career in IFC, Ms Klein headed IFC’s business growth in Eastern Europe in the early 2000s, led work in several industry sectors across IFC and originated the so called Food Fund which created the base of blended finance and impact investment for IFC.

Ms Klein 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 Hans Merensky (South Africa), ShoreCap Investment Fund (US) and as the founding board member of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society in Russia.

Ms Klein currently resides in Washington, DC with her family. She speaks five languages and is an accomplished four times marathoner.

IFC is a Member of the World Bank Group and is the world’s largest multilateral financier of the private sector in emerging markets. In 2015, IFC’s invested over $18 billion in 100+ emerging markets. IFC’s portfolio is over $60 billion, comprising investments in some 1,800 companies worldwide.

Fabio Kuhn

Fabio Kuhn

Chief Executive Officer

Fabio Kuhn is the Co-Founder and CEO of Vortexa, the leading artificial intelligence company focused on global energy markets. Prior to Vortexa, Mr Kuhn was the Head of BP’s global front-office technology programme and innovation group.

Before joining BP, Mr Kuhn had various technology leadership roles at Uniper (formerly known as E.ON Energy Trading) in Dusseldorf, Germany. He was also a Quant Trader in a Statistical Arbitrage hedge fund based in San Francisco and worked at the NASA Ames Research Centre in Moffett Field, California. While in college, Mr Kuhn started a successful Internet access company, which he was fortunate to sell just before the dotcom crash.

Mr Kuhn has a Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies (Information Management Systems) from Harvard University, a graduate certificate in Quantitative Methods in Finance and Risk Management from Stanford University, an MBA in Finance and Strategy from Purdue University and a Bachelor in Business Administration from UNIFACS.

David W.  MacLennan

David W. MacLennan

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

David W. MacLennan is chairman and chief executive officer of Cargill. He was elected to the Cargill Board of Directors in 2008 and previously served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer.

Joining Cargill in 1991, he has held management positions within the financial, risk management, energy, and animal protein platforms, living in both London and Geneva. Prior to joining Cargill, he worked in the futures and securities sector in Chicago, and was president of fixed income capital markets at USBancorp Piper Jaffray.

Outside of Cargill, Mr MacLennan serves on the boards of Ecolab, the Minnesota Business Partnership, as Chairman, and the U.S.-China Business Council. He has served on several corporate and non-profit boards, with a focus on the needs of under-privileged youth and access to education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Amherst College and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago.

Chris Mahoney

Chris Mahoney

Chief Executive Officer
Glencore Agriculture Ltd

Chris Mahoney joined Glencore in September 1998. From September 1998 until November 2002, he was responsible for Glencore’s agricultural product activities in the CIS, South Africa and South America. In November 2002, he became director of the Agricultural Products business segment, overseeing all global farming, logistics, processing and marketing businesses, responsible for both strategy and operations.  Before joining Glencore, he spent 17 years with Cargill, being based in the UK, the U.S., Singapore and Switzerland, and held various management positions in sugar and grain, gaining expertise in the agricultural products industry and marketing operations. He graduated from Oxford University.

Leyla  Mammedzade

Leyla Mammedzade

Chief Executive Officer
Summa Group

Leyla Mammedzade was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Summa Group in March 2016.

As Summa Group Chief Operating Officer (2010-2012) Ms Mammedzade was responsible for operations management, optimisation and standardisation of key business processes in assets and driving performance measures for the operations. She also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of three engineering and construction companies (Stroynovatsiya Ltd., GES JSC, Inteks LLC) and Yakutsk Fuel and Energy Company JSC. She held the position of Executive Director of APEC Business Advisory Council in 2012, the year of the Russian presidency.

Before joining Summa Group, Ms Mammedzade worked for major international oil and gas companies, including Halliburton in the US and UK, and at Shell, headquarters in the Netherlands. She was one of Shell’s leading managers, responsible for portfolio management, risk management, strategy and business development in Russia and the CIS.

In 2002, Ms Mammedzade earned a Master of Science degree at Texas A&M University (USA) in Finance and Petroleum engineering.

Oleg  Novachuk

Oleg Novachuk

Chief Executive Officer
KAZ Minerals

Oleg Novachuk joined the Group in 2001 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2007, having been Finance Director since 2005. His business acumen and operational management provide a valuable contribution to the successful delivery of the Group’s strategic objectives. He was formerly chairman of the board of directors of Kazprombank JSC.

Richard Payne

Richard Payne

Managing Director

Richard Payne leads Accenture’s Commodities Trading Practice based in Geneva, re-joining the firm in 2016 after eleven years in the industry. The team comprises over 1000 people globally serving clients in business and technology consulting and mid and back office operations in commodities trading. Current focus includes helping clients understand the potential of digital technology and especially advanced analytics in trading and risk management and supply chain visibility.

Prior to Accenture, Mr Payne was a senior executive at Cargill responsible for physical and derivatives marketing and origination and a Managing Director at Rio Tinto responsible for group marketing. He started his career as an officer in the Royal Navy’s submarine service and has bachelor and master’s degrees from Oxford University. He lives in Geneva, is married with four children and has a passion for Italian classic cars.

Cesar 		 Perez Ruiz

Cesar Perez Ruiz

Chief Investment Officer
Pictet Wealth Management
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 fertilizers 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.

William C Reed II

William C Reed II

Chief Executive Officer
Castleton Commodities International
Christophe Salmon

Christophe Salmon

Chief Financial Officer
Trafigura Pte Ltd

Christophe joined Trafigura in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer EMEA and became Chief Financial Officer for the company on the 1st October 2015.

With a turnover of USD 97.2 billion in 2015, Trafigura is one of the world’s leading physical commodities trading and logistics groups. The company manages every process involved in the sourcing and trading of crude oil, petroleum products, metals and minerals.

Christophe is a graduate from Sciences Po in Paris and holds a Masters in Finance. After an active national service with the French Navy, Christophe 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.

Angelique 	 Slach

Angelique Slach

Chief Innovation Officer Trade and Commodity Finance

Angelique Slach was appointed in November 2017 as Chief Innovation Officer for Trade and Commodity Finance at Rabobank. After her masters in financial economics and business studies Ms Slach followed an a-typical career path through the Rabobank organisation. She started building her experience in Information Technology and Operations and by performing various senior management roles ranging from COO Capital Markets, Strategic Advisor to a member of the Executive Board and his management team, to one of her latest roles as Global Head of Operations. Angelique has always been building bridges between the Commercial, Operational, Finance, Risk and IT units of the bank. Being visionary, innovative and with an ‘can do mentality’ she has been managing change and leading people through change within a large international organisation during her career. In recent years she has been very involved in achieving operational efficiency, developing new ways of working (Lean, Agile) and implementing FinTech developments (amongst others Blockchain, and Virtual Reality).

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor

President and Chief Executive Officer
Vitol Group

Ian 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 has grown to become the leading physical trader of energy, with a turnover of $270 billion and offices in circa 40 countries 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 2,300 Shell branded service stations across Africa and Australia.

Ian 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 business degree from Stockholm University, and is Honorary Consul of Sweden in Geneva. 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.

Jens  Thomassen

Jens Thomassen

Denham Capital

Jens Thomassen is a Director in the Power & Renewables Deal Team. He joined Denham Capital in 2012. Prior to joining Denham, he was a Director at HgCapital. Mr Thomassen currently serves on the board of Directors of BioTherm Energy, GreenWish Partners, Endeavor Energy and Thesis Energy. He holds a Master of Science in Finance from the Norwegian School of Economics and the University of St. Gallen.

Guillaume Vermersch

Guillaume Vermersch

Group Chief Financial Officer

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 ÉcoleSupérieure de Commerce de Paris Europe (ESCP Europe Business School).

Daan  Vriens

Daan Vriens

Chief Executive Officer
BayWa Agri Supply & Trade

Daan Vriens was named CEO BayWa Agri Supply & Trade (BAST) on September 1st, 2016. He brings 20 years of experience in agriculture, working for Cargill, Cefetra and BayWa and has worked in Singapore, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Prior to his current role, Mr Vriens served as CEO of Cefetra BV. Before joining Cefetra, he held various senior positions at Cargill in worldwide trading, sales and general management.

Mr Vriens holds a Master Degree in Economics from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is married, has two children, and lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Jeremy Weir

Jeremy Weir

Chief Executive Officer
Trafigura Pte Ltd

Jeremy Weir was appointed CEO of Trafigura on 24th March 2014 after a career spanning nearly three decades in commodity and commodity derivative markets. An Australian national, he joined the Trafigura Group in 2001 as head of metals derivatives, structured products and risk management. Immediately prior to his current appointment he served as a Management Board Director, Head of Risk and CEO of Galena Asset Management and Trafigura Mining Group. Before Trafigura, Jeremy spent nearly nine years with N M Rothschild between 1992 and 2000.

In Australia he set up the group’s non-ferrous metals derivatives business and developed structured products alongside its resource banking activities before relocating to London and joining the main board. There his responsibilities encompassed worldwide metal trading activities and structured finance business, and he was also a member of the group’s treasury and banking executive management team.

Jeremy has also worked at Pasminco Metals and North Ltd. Born in Melbourne in 1964, he holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Geology from the University of Melbourne.

Julia 	 Westland

Julia Westland

Spencer Stuart

Julia Westland is a member of Spencer Stuart’s Technology Officer and Technology, Media & Telecommunications practices. She has more than a decade of experience in the design and delivery of data- and digital-led transformations, and is the founder of UK-based tech startup HotPostcode.

Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Ms Westland was the global manager of the big data and advanced analytics business of The Boston Consulting Group. During her tenure, she helped more than 200 clients across industries and around the world establish and refine their data agenda.

Ms Westland has been an advisory board member of the business analytics master’s degree program at Imperial College Business School since 2014. Julia has published several articles and studies on tech and data, and presented at leading tech events such as London FinTech Week.

Previously, Ms Westland spent six years in Accenture’s IT strategy practice, where she created operating models, mobilized change programs and streamlined technology in order to connect IT and business strategy for retail, telecommunications, banking and government organizations.

Ms Westland began her career in the quantitative strategies, risk and analytics department of The World Bank, where she worked with a range of international organizations and countries. She holds a Master of Science in information systems technology and a Bachelor of Business Administration in international business and information systems from The George Washington University. Ms Westland was a Fulbright scholar to Morocco in 2004.


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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: US President Barack Obama, 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 for his contribution to journalism in the transatlantic community. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Tate and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Neil Hume

Neil Hume

Commodities & Mining Editor
Financial Times

Neil Hume is the Commodities and Mining Editor of the Financial Times, a role he has 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 economics 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 and won best scoop article at the M&A International Media Awards in 2008 for his story on the 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.

Gideon Rachman

Gideon Rachman

Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist
Financial Times

Gideon Rachman became chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times in 2006. He speaks authoritatively about economics, politics, and globalization as they apply to Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, and more and writes a weekly column on international politics as well as feature articles. Mr Rachman joined the FT after a 15-year career at The Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Washington and Bangkok. He also edited The Economist’s business and Asia sections. Mr Rachman’s book, Zero-Sum World, about the future of international relations was published in the UK in 2010. He was named as foreign-affairs commentator of the year in the UK Comment Awards for 2010. He is a regular broadcaster for — amongst others — the BBC, CNN and NPR and also a regular public speaker before both academic and business audiences. Mr Rachman is a graduate of Caius College, Cambridge and has been a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson school in Princeton University.

Henry Sanderson

Henry Sanderson

Commodities Correspondent
Financial Times

Henry Sanderson is a Commodities Correspondent for the Financial Times in London covering metals. 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 Markets Editor
Financial Times

David Sheppard is Energy Markets 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.

Martin Wolf, CBE

Martin Wolf, CBE

Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator
Financial Times

Martin Wolf is Chief Economics Commentator and an Associate Editor 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. His book The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned—and Have Still to Learn—from the Financial Crisis was published by Penguin in 2014.

Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and King’s College, London. In 2014, he was made a University Global Fellow of Columbia University, New York, 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 was joint winner of the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism for 1989 and again for 1997. He won the RTZ David Watt memorial prize for 1994, and the “Commentator of the Year” award at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards of 2008. He was placed 15th in Foreign Policy’s list of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” in December 2009 and the “Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary” for 2009. He won “Commentariat of the Year 2009” at the Comment Awards, the 33rd Ischia International Journalism Prize in 2012 and the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for “best commentary on international news in any medium” for 2013.

Mr Wolf is also the author of Why Globalization Works (Yale University Press, 2004) and Fixing Global Finance (Washington D.C: Johns Hopkins University Press, and London: Yale University Press, 2008 and 2010). China Business News named Fixing Global Finance its “Financial Book of the Year” for 2009.

Mr Wolf was educated at Oxford University.


Agenda - 27th Mar

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

Agenda - 28th Mar

  • 8:00am
  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks

    Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

    Opening Keynote Address
    David W. MacLennan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cargill
    Chaired by: Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:45am
    Navigating Economic Turbulence

    Martin Wolf, CBE, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times in conversation with Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman, BlackRock

  • 10:30am
  • 11:00am
    CEO Debate: Energy

    After a blowout 18 months, commodity traders now face less favourable conditions. The market has started to adapt to the huge oversupply, reducing big trading opportunities, while there are signs the surplus is starting to tighten. The leaders of some of the world’s biggest commodity trading houses will debate the outlook for the industry, reflect on their recent performance and look at future trends that will shape their businesses.

    Marco Dunand, Chief Executive Officer, Mercuria Group
    William C. Reed II, Chief Executive Officer, Castleton Commodities International
    Torbjörn Törnqvist, Chief Executive Officer, Gunvor Group
    Jeremy Weir, Chief Executive Officer, Trafigura Pte Ltd
    Chaired by: Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:00pm
    Leadership in Mining

    The mining industry is emerging from a brutal five-year downturn that has tested their businesses to the limit and forced them slash spending and investment. Now, the industry faces a different challenge; it has to demonstrate how it can grow again and create value without repeating the expensive mistakes of the past. At the same time, investors who stuck by the sector during the dark days want to be rewarded and are demanding excess cash is returned rather than spent on new projects or deal- making.

    George Cheveley, Portfolio Manager, Investec Asset Management
    Oleg Novachuk, Chief Executive Officer, KAZ Minerals
    Ernie Thrasher, Chief Executive Officer, Xcoal Energy & Resources
    additional speaker to be announced
    Moderator: Neil Hume, Mining and Commodities Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:45pm
    Lunch (hosted by Accenture)
  • 2:15pm
    The View from the Top

    Jean-Sébastien Jacques, Chief Executive Officer, Rio Tinto

    Chaired by Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:45pm
    Leaders’ Debate: Agriculture

    Bumper harvests, overflowing stocks and violent price swings have cut into earnings of the handful of companies that dominate global flows of crops and staple foods. Large stocks, especially in grains, have built up following four good crop years, capping the potential for price gains. Meanwhile, customers in fast-growing markets such as China and Asia are consolidating and using their size to buy directly from producers in the Americas and other regions. But perhaps the biggest challenge facing the industry comes from President Trump and his pledge to tear up trade deals and impose border tariffs. A panel of leading executives will debate the state of the industry in 2017.

    Carl Casale, President and Chief Executive Officer, CHS
    Chris Mahoney, Chief Executive Officer, Glencore Agriculture Ltd
    Gonzalo Ramírez Martiarena, Chief Executive Officer, Louis Dreyfus Company
    Daan Vriens, Chief Executive Officer, BayWa Agri Supply & Trade
    Moderator: Neil Hume, Mining and Commodities Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:30pm
    Break (hosted by S&P Global)
  • 4:00pm
    Sustainability in Natural Resources

    Sustainability and the license to operate is moving up the agenda for the commodities industry as the environmental and social impacts of their businesses are tracked by public interest groups as well as institutional investors and credit rating agencies. Experts from the industry will discuss their initiatives and plans.

    Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman, Liberty
    Geoff Healy, Chief External Affairs Officer, BHP Billiton
    Anna Krutikov, Senior Manager, Sustainable Development, Glencore
    Cesar Perez Ruiz, Chief Investment Officer, Pictet Wealth Management
    Jens Thomassen, Director, Denham Capital
    Devry Boughner Vorwerk, Corporate Vice President & Head of Corporate Affairs, Cargill
    Moderator: Alzbeta Klein, Director and Global Head, Climate Business, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Member of the World Bank Group

  • 5:00pm
    The Geopolitics of Commodities

    The chief foreign affairs columnist of the Financial Times discusses the international landscape with a leading commodity trader and commentator.

    Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times in conversation with:
    Ian Taylor, President & Chief Executive Officer, Vitol Group
    Philip Gordon, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, Former White House Coordinator for the Middle East

  • 5:30pm
    Close of Summit Day One
  • 6:30pm
    Summit Reception (hosted by FIS)
  • 7:30pm
    Summit Dinner (hosted by ABN AMRO)

    Chair: Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

    Dinner Speaker: Tony Hayward, Chairman, Glencore

Agenda - 29th Mar

  • 9:00am
    Opening Keynote Address

    Anil Agarwal, Founder and Chairman, Vedanta Resources Plc
    Moderator: Henry Sanderson, Commodities Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:30am
    Special Focus: Gas, Power and Renewable Energy

    Renewable energy can no longer be ignored. The transition to cleaner technologies could see solar and wind emerge as the dominant source of electricity generation in some developing world markets by 2030. In this panel, expert speakers will discuss this trend and how traditional gas and power traders could and should respond to the powerful forces reshaping the industry.

    Marco Alverà, Chief Executive Officer, SNAM
    Mark Crandall, Chairman, Postscriptum
    Alan Haywood, Chief Executive Officer, BP Integrated Supply & Trading
    Samuel Leupold, Executive Vice President, Wind Power, Dong Energy A/S
    Leyla Mammedzade, Chief Executive Officer, Summa Group
    Moderator: David Sheppard, Energy Markets Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:15am
    Digitising Commodities

    In the cut-throat world of commodity trading could digitisation and blockchain payment technologies offer a way to boost productivity and reduce costs? Many of the processes in physical commodities markets are still fairly archaic and ripe for change. A panel of experts will discuss the application of technology to commodity trading and how it could shape the industry.

    Alistair Cross, Head of Operations, Mercuria
    Fabio Kuhn, Chief Executive Officer, Vortexa
    Angelique Slach, Chief Innovation Officer Trade and Commodity Finance, Rabobank
    Richard Payne, Managing Director, Accenture
    Moderator: Julia Westland, Consultant, Spencer Stuart

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

    Sir John Parker, Chairman, Anglo American

    in conversation with Neil Hume, Commodities & Mining Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:00pm
    CFOs Roundtable

    As commodities prices recover after the biggest downturn in a generation, finance chiefs from some of the world’s leading trading houses and resources companies will share their thoughts on the industry. Are banks and debt markets taking a more positive view on the industry or do concerns remain? These and other topics, including deal-making and regulation, will be addressed in this roundtable discussion.

    Jeffrey Dellapina, Chief Financial Officer, Vitol Group
    Jacques Erni, Chief Financial Officer, Gunvor 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 and Mining Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:45pm
    View from the Team
  • 1:00pm
    Close of the Summit & 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

If you are from a professional services company wishing to attend please contact as places are limited and not guaranteed.



Ticket Type


Standard Summit Ticket

€2,995 (Euros)

If you are from a professional services company wishing to attend please contact as places are limited and not guaranteed.



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Organisers (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

Founding Sponsor (1)

Mercuria is one of the world’s largest independent energy and commodities groups. The group, primarily focused on energy, is present all along the commodities value chain with activities forming a balanced combination of commodities flows and strategic assets. In 2014, Mercuria completed the acquisition of the J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. Physical Commodities Unit.

More than 1,000 people are operating from offices worldwide to sustain the group’s extensive business reach in more than 50 countries with their market knowledge, diversity, and experience. 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 petrochemicals.

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

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

Gold Sponsors (3)

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.

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, Rice, Freight, Finance, Coffee, Cotton, Sugar, Juice, Dairy, Fertilizers & Inputs and Metals. 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 5 geographical regions and 12 platforms, Louis Dreyfus Company is active in over 100 countries and employs more than 22 000 people globally at peak season.

Vortexa is the leading artificial intelligence company focused on global energy markets. Using state-of-the-art algorithms and deep energy domain expertise, Vortexa processes data on a massive scale from multiple satellite constellations, markets, governments and other key information sources to infer global energy flows at an unprecedented level of accuracy and speed. In close partnership with the world's largest physical traders, Vortexa is redefining the energy markets.

Silver Sponsor (7)

As the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group is where the world comes to manage risk, offering the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes. We bring buyers and sellers together through our CME Globex® electronic trading platform and our trading facilities in the US. CME Clearing, an industry-leading central counterparty clearing provider, offers clearing and settlement services for exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives.

CME Clearing Europe, a London-based clearing house, provides a single, integrated platform for a broad range of OTC commodity derivatives in a European regulatory framework.

Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) each play a pivotal role in our global growth plans and we continue to grow and invest in the region organically and through strategic alliances and partnerships.

Clyde & Co is a global law firm with a pre-eminent reputation in all aspects of international trade and commodities. With 1,800 lawyers operating from 45 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 experience of the commodities supply chain gives our advice a particular depth of understanding and this is underpinned by legal expertise across both 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.

Castleton Commodities International LLC is a global commodities merchant with an integrated set of operations consisting of physical and financial commodities trading and the ownership, operation, and development of commodities-related upstream and infrastructure assets. The Company markets a broad range of physical commodities including natural gas, natural gas liquids, refined products, crude oil, fuel oil, freight, petrochemicals, electric power, coal, metals and financial instruments related to commodities. CCI is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut with offices in Houston, Texas; Calgary, Canada; Geneva, Switzerland; London, United Kingdom; Shanghai, China; Singapore; and Montevideo, Uruguay.

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. Our international knowledge and global presence enable us to offer our clients clear and consistent solutions wherever they are needed. We combine a multi-disciplinary approach with deep, practical industry knowledge to help clients meet challenges and respond to opportunities.

KPMG has a unique service offering to the commodities industry combining experienced individuals from our energy, industrial and financial services sectors to offer customized, industry-tailored solutions that can lead to comprehensive value-added assistance for your most pressing business requirements.

Our multidisciplinary teams embed specialised knowledge across a range of industry specific challenges, whether it be navigating regulation, optimising taxation, managing M&A or optimising IT and corporate functions, giving KPMG the opportunity to develop a strong track record in delivering value and support to the international commodities industry.

Founded in Geneva in 1805, Pictet is today one of Europe's leading independent wealth and asset managers, with USD 465 billion in assets under management or custody as per the end of September 2016. The Pictet Group is owned and managed by six partners with principles of ownership and succession that have remained unchanged since foundation.

The Pictet Group, headquartered in Geneva, employs more than 3,800 people. It is also present in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lausanne, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Montreal, Munich, Nassau, Osaka, Paris, Rome, Singapore, Taipei, Tel Aviv, Turin, Tokyo, Verona and Zurich.

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 though the collaborative efforts of a team of experts — now spanning 56 offices, 30 countries and more than 50 practice specialities. 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 49.6 percent owned global oil products storage and distribution company Puma Energy; global terminals, warehousing and logistics operator Impala Terminals; Trafigura's Mining Group; 50 percent owned DT Group which specialises in logistics and trading; and Galena Asset Management. The Company is owned by around 600 of its 4,100 employees who work in 61 offices in 36 countries around the world. Trafigura has achieved substantial growth over recent years, growing revenue from USD12 billion in 2003 to USD98.1 billion in 2016. The Group has been connecting its customers to the global economy for more than two decades, growing prosperity by advancing trade.

Dinner Sponsor (1)

The Commodities group of ABN AMRO is dedicated to servicing companies active in the sourcing, production, trading and distribution of commodities. We offer standard and structured banking services to global clients in the commodity sectors. These include 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.

Organized through three commodity sectors, Agricultural, Energy and Metals & Steel, the Commodities teams operate throughout the world, giving you the support you need wherever your business takes you. We work together with our clients to analyze their financial needs, creating opportunities and managing commodity and financial risks.

Night cap Sponsor (1)

Vitol is a physical energy and commodities company. Physical trading, logistics and distribution are complemented by upstream to downstream investments in exploration and production, refining, marketing and retail. Founded in 1966, Vitol has grown to become one of the world’s largest independent energy traders with revenues of $303 billion in 2012.

Welcome Drinks Reception (1)

Rabobank is an international financial services provider operating on the basis of cooperative principles. Focus is on broad financial services provision in the Netherlands and primarily on the food and agribusiness internationally. Rabobank has approximately 46,700 employees, who serve 10 million customers in 40 countries.

The Trade & Commodity Finance (TCF) business unit brings together Rabobank’s long-term expertise in agricultural commodities, energy and metals commodity finance. Rabobank offers in-depth product knowledge, embedded in a global branch network and professional support for all international trade transactions. A range of specialised products can be tailor-made to suit individual needs.

Pre-Dinner Sponsor (1)

FIS is a global leader in financial services technology, with a focus on retail and institutional banking, payments, asset and wealth management, risk and compliance, consulting and outsourcing solutions. Through the depth and breadth of our solutions portfolio, global capabilities and domain expertise, FIS serves more than 20,000 clients in over 130 countries.

Breakfast Seminar (1)

Founded in Geneva in 1805, Pictet is today one of Europe's leading independent wealth and asset managers, with USD 465 billion in assets under management or custody as per the end of September 2016. The Pictet Group is owned and managed by six partners with principles of ownership and succession that have remained unchanged since foundation.

The Pictet Group, headquartered in Geneva, employs more than 3,800 people. It is also present in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lausanne, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Montreal, Munich, Nassau, Osaka, Paris, Rome, Singapore, Taipei, Tel Aviv, Turin, Tokyo, Verona and Zurich.

Supporting Partners (2)

The International Aluminium Institute is a global industry association representing over 60% of global bauxite, alumina and aluminium production. Through the IAI, the aluminium industry promotes a wider understanding of its activities and demonstrates both its responsibility in producing the metal and the potential benefits of its products in sustainable applications and through recycling .

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.


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