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FT Commodities Summit Asia 2017

Commodities at a Crossroads

Singapore |
Speakers include:
Boon Chye Loh

Boon Chye Loh

Singapore Exchange

Janet Kong

Janet Kong

BP Supply & Trading

Jaime O’Donahue

Jaime O’Donahue

Louis Dreyfus Company


The sense of hope and optimism that spread across commodities earlier in the year has returned. Oil prices have recovered to around $50 a barrel amid signs the global surplus of crude is starting to shrink, while growing confidence in Chinese demand has helped boost metal prices. Agricultural markets continue to struggle but there may be reasons for thinking the worst has past. During this one day Summit in Singapore, leading executives will discuss what is next for commodity markets and take a look at some of the disruptive factors - from electric vehicles, to renewables, climate change and digital technologies like blockchain - that could drive demand in the years ahead.

fallback Add to my Calendar 09/25/2017 08:30:0009/25/2017 15:50:00trueFT Commodities Summit Asia 2017The sense of hope and optimism that spread across commodities earlier in the year has returned. Oil prices have recovered to around $50 a barrel amid signs the global surplus of crude is starting to shrink, while growing confidence in Chinese demand has helped boost metal prices. Agricultural markets continue to struggle but there may be reasons for thinking the worst has past. During this one day Summit in Singapore, leading executives will discuss what is next for commodity markets and take a look at some of the disruptive factors - from electric vehicles, to renewables, climate change and digital technologies like blockchain - that could drive demand in the years ahead.FT-Commodities-Summit-Asia-20174bf4bd8115bfbcfafdddf0c2a7309258MM/DD/YYYY

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"In depth insight into the reality of Commodities in Asia and the issues and opportunities it faces."

Asia Group General Manager,Henry Bath

"The FT Live summit is a good forum for getting insights on cross commodity issues and a broader perspective of trends in other (non Hydrocarbon) commodities."

General Manager New Markets Asia, India and MENA, Shell

"Good topics and guest list."

Senior Associate, HFW


Agenda - 25th Sep

  • 8:30am
    Registration and Networking
  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks

    Neil Hume, Commodities and Mining Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Opening Keynote Address

    Boon Chye Loh, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Exchange

    Neil Hume, Commodities and Mining Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:40am
    Leaders’ panel

    Some of the powerful commodity traders based in Singapore discuss the outlook for the industry, key trends shaping markets across the region and what 2017 is looking like for their businesses.

    Michael Bourdier, Managing Director - Asia Pacific, Gunvor
    Janet Kong, CEO, IST Eastern Hemisphere, BP
    Savvas Manousos,  Global Head of Trading, Maersk Oil Trading
    Chin Hwee Tan, CEO, Asia Pacific, Trafigura

    Neil Hume, Commodities and Mining Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:25am
    The Outlook for the Oil & Gas Market

    Francisco Blanch, Head, Global Commodities & Derivatives Research, BofA Merrill Lynch

  • 10:45am
    LNG - Supercooled trading

    LNG has emerged as one of the fastest growing commodities as new supplies from Australia and the US hit the market and Qatar, the world’s biggest producer, threatens to ramp up output. These developments and others are forcing a rapid development of the market for this super-cooled fuel. Trading houses are playing an increasing role in LNG, using floating storage and regasification units to open markets across Asia, while buyers are shaking off constraints placed on them by destination clauses that have dominated the industry since its inception. In this discussion, panelists will also weigh the impact of new bunker fuel standards on the industry and LNG’s position in the changing energy mix.

    Denis Bonhomme, Senior Vice President, LNG, Engie
    Nigel Kuzemko, Chief Executive Officer, Steelhead LNG
    Kerry Anne Shanks, Head, Asia Pacific Gas & LNG research, Wood Mackenzie

    Anjli Raval, Oil & Gas Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:20am
  • 11:45am
    Digital Disruption: How will this impact commodity trading?

    The latest metals trading scam - involving forged paper receipts - has highlighted a key weakness in the global warehousing system for commodities. In this panel, experts will discuss what part new technologies like blockchain and digital documentation can play in helping to de-risk commodity trade finance and debate what a move to paperless system might mean for the industry. They will also consider if electronic ledgers, originally built to underpin bitcoin, can change the way commodities are bought and sold, and whether eBay-style marketplaces will take off. Consideration will be given to the part Singapore can play in helping to foster the development of these new and exciting technologies.

    Simon Collins, Co-founder, TradeCloud Services Pte. Ltd
    Jean-François Lambert, Founder and Managing Partner, Lambert Commodities
    Matthew Tillman, CEO & Co-founder, Haven, Inc
    Yvonne Zhang, Co-founder, Aquifer Institute

    Henry Sanderson, Commodities Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:30pm
    Electric Dreams: The battery revolution and commodity markets

    As leading carmakers move to electrify their fleet and companies like Alphabet and Uber work on self-driving cars, the commodity industry is being forced to grapple with some difficult questions. EV’s have the potential to reduce oil demand considerably, but how fast and how soon remains a subject of fierce debate. Equally, utility scale battery technology could have a devastating impact on the coal industry if it is able to provide storage for renewable energy. In contrast, EV’s could be a boon to the metals industry and materials like copper, lithium and cobalt that are the key elements of the modern battery. Executives from mining, energy and commodity trading will discuss these topics and others.

    Gianni Kovaċević, Executive Director, CopperBank
    Michael Langford, Executive Director, Airguide Corporate Advice & Consulting
    Additional speakers to be announced

    Henry Sanderson, Commodities Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 1:15pm
  • 2:15pm
    New financing structures

    The world’s biggest trading houses are using an increasing number of innovative techniques to fund their operations, finance acquisitions and monetise assets. Securitisation, royalty agreements, special purpose vehicles and joint ventures are all part of a growing tool kit. In this panel industry executives and bankers will discuss the pros and cons of different funding techniques and structures, and how commodity traders can tap new investors and pools of capital.

    Francois Dotta, CEO, EFA Group
    Paul Gardner, Global Head of Structured Commodity Finance, Westpac Banking Corporation
    James Lowrey, Head of Natural Resources Group and Director, Utilities & Infrastructure, ANZ
    Nicolas Marsac, CFO - Asia, Trafigura Pte Ltd
    Samuel Reboul, Group Chief Financial Officer, Interflour Group Pte Ltd

    Neil Hume, Commodities and Mining Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:00pm
    Agriculture and Asia: Getting closer to the Consumer

    Tough market conditions that have crimped margins are forcing agricultural traders to rethink their business models and how they can move closer to the consumer, particularly in Asia where demand for crops and food stuffs remains strong. These changes come as China attempts to run down its stocks and reform its system of subsidies, moves that could make the country more reliant on imports. At the same time, the industry is facing growing pressure from its lenders to adhere to stricter environmental and labour standards. These topics and others, will form the basis for a wide-ranging discussion on agricultural commodity markets. Panelists will debate whether there is value in closer links and integration with consumers, if consolidation is inevitable and how China will approach the market.

    Vijay Iyengar, Chairman and Managing Director, Agrocorp
    Prakash Jhanwer, Regional Controller for Southeast Asia, Olam
    Jaime O'Donahue, Chief Executive Officer - Asia Region, Louis Dreyfus Company
    Alan Willits, Chairman, Cargill Asia Pacific

    Neil Hume, Commodities and Mining Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:45pm
    Close of Summit

Speakers (28)

Boon Chye Loh

Boon Chye Loh

Singapore Exchange

Mr Loh Boon Chye joined Singapore Exchange as CEO on 14 July 2015. He is also an Executive and Non-Independent Director on the SGX Board.

Mr Loh has a career in the financial industry that spans about 30 years, and has played a key role in the development of Southeast Asia’s capital markets. Prior to SGX, he was Deputy President for Asia Pacific, Head of Asia Pacific Global Markets, and Country Executive for Singapore and Southeast Asia at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He spent 17 years in Deutsche Bank where his last role was the Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for Asia Pacific. He started his career with the Monetary Authority of Singapore and Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. of New York.

He has served as Deputy President of ACI Singapore, the financial markets association from 2000 to 2002, and was also Chairman of the Singapore Foreign Exchange Market Committee. He is also a council member and Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Banking & Finance Singapore and was awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Financial Markets in Asia in the Euromoney Awards for Excellence in 2010.

Mr Loh holds a Bachelor in Engineering from the National University of Singapore.

Janet Kong

Janet Kong

CEO, Eastern Hemisphere
BP Supply & Trading

Dr. Janet Kong is the Regional CEO for BP’s Supply and Trading business for the Eastern Hemisphere. The portfolio covers BP’s oil, gas, chemicals, carbon and finance trading activities, spanning the Middle East, Southern & East Africa, Australia, India, South East Asia and China.

Previously for BP, she was the Head of Market Analysis for the Eastern Hemisphere oil  analytics team. Her team develops specific trading balances, valuation models, and market views and coordinates globally on cross-commodity, cross-regional, and global thematic research projects.

Prior to joining BP, Dr. Kong was Managing Director at China International Capital Corp (CICC) where she set up the commodities sales and trading business, and leading the  development of the research, sales, and trading capabilities. Later during her tenure at CICC, she held the position of Chief Strategist in charge of the overall investment analyses across assets and markets.

Dr. Kong was also the Managing Director of Global Commodities at Goldman Sachs Asia where she contributed to the global commodity analysis and was the lead writing analyst on base and precious metals, formulating views and conducting analysis on the latest market development and future outlook, making trade recommendations, and leading strategic research.

She has also worked for the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC as a country economist. Dr. Kong holds both Ph.D and MA in Economics from the Georgetown University (Washington DC) and has written various papers and publications for IMF, the World Bank and HKMA.

Jaime O’Donahue

Jaime O’Donahue

CEO, Asia Region
Louis Dreyfus Company

Jaime O’Donahue is CEO of the Asia Region for Louis Dreyfus Company, a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods. Since joining the Group in 2001, he has held several key roles with responsibility for its activities in Asia, in particular within China and the Cotton Platform. As General Manager for Cotton in China, he drove the development of domestic cotton merchandising operations, until his appointment in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer for Asia. In 2015, Mr O’Donahue was appointed Regional Head of Cotton for Asia and Interim China CEO, before his promotion to Asia CEO later that year.

Prior to joining Louis Dreyfus Company, he had been in cotton trading since 1995, based mainly in the UK. He holds a degree in Classics from Cambridge University.

Francisco  Blanch

Francisco Blanch

Head of Global Commodities and Derivatives Research
BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research

Francisco Blanch is head of Global Commodities and Derivatives Research at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, and was head of Global Asset Allocation Research between 2010 and 2012. Based in New York, Mr Blanch is also a member of the Research Investment and Executive Management Committees.

Mr Blanch joined Merrill Lynch in London in April 2005 and his role focuses on the analysis of global derivatives, commodities and multi-asset portfolios. He has developed the Merrill Lynch Commodity index eXtra (MLCX) and 500+ related investable indices in asset classes as diverse as commodities, equities, fixed income or foreign exchange.

Research produced by the Commodities, Asset Allocation, and Global Derivatives teams has been recognized by Institutional Investor, Extel, Greenwich, Bloomberg, or Energy Risk, among others. Mr Blanch appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and CNN, and his research has been publicized in media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times and Washington Post.

Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Blanch was an energy economist focusing on global oil and gas in the Commodity Research group at Goldman Sachs & Co. and consulted for the European Commission.

He received a doctorate in economics from Complutense University of Madrid and a master’s degree in public administration from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was a teaching fellow in financial markets. He also completed graduate work in economics at the University of California at Berkeley and was a Korea Foundation fellow at Seoul National University.

Denis  Bonhomme

Denis Bonhomme

Senior Vice President Business Development Asia
ENGIE Global

Denis Bonhomme, who holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin (USA) and a Diploma of the EM Lyon, spent 11 years in the oil sector with Elf and Total. He was Corporate Treasurer in charge of oil and gas assets financing for 5 years in Aberdeen and London, and Business Development Manager in the Natural Gas Department working on the development of LNG assets in Nigeria and power and gas assets in the Middle East.

He then spent 4 years at McKinsey specialising in energy and financial assignments for clients in the energy and industrial sector, and 2 years in the retail industry, before joining SUEZ in 2006 as Strategy Director for the Energy Services business line. He was appointed Strategy Director in 2010 for GDF SUEZ LNG, the LNG Business Unit of GDF SUEZ (now ENGIE). He is presently based in Singapore, concurrently Senior Vice President Business Development Asia for ENGIE Global LNG, and Managing Director of ENGIE Global LNG Singapore Pte Ltd.

Michael  Bourdier

Michael Bourdier

Managing Director - Asia Pacific

Michael Bourdier recently joined Gunvor Singapore as Managing Director for the Asia Pacific region with two decades of experience in the commodities sector in senior positions across management, trading, financing, M&A and asset development spanning Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Mr Bourdier previously worked with Castleton Commodities and Trafigura, and prior to that in investment banking with BNP Paribas. Mr Bourdier holds a Master of Science from the Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics from Paris and a Specialized Master from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP Europe Business School).

Simon Collins

Simon Collins

TradeCloud Services Pte. Ltd

Simon Collins has been in the commodities business for the past 25 years. He started his career in London, working as a graduate trainee for LME broker Rudolf Wolff. After two years he decided to focus on the physical markets and worked as a Trader for Mitsubishi Corporation. In 1993 Mr Collins moved to Beijing to pursue the rapidly growing markets in China.

He has spent a total of ten years in Asia between Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Having held senior management positions at Gerald Metals over 10 years he decided to move to Trafigura in 2006. At Trafigura he managed the global refined metals department for 5 years and then moved to the management board taking responsibility for the groups metals and minerals business.

Francois Dotta

Francois Dotta

EFA Group

As Chief Executive Officer, Mr Dotta spearheads the Group’s investment strategies, and is responsible for charting the overall organizational direction. He is also one of the founding partners of EFA Group.

He has over 12 years experience in private debt, global trade and commodity finance and asset management. Prior to EFA, he was with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in France. Mr Dotta has a Masters in Management from Skema Business School in France and a Master of Business and Administration from the Asian Institute of Technology. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

Paul Gardner

Paul Gardner

Global Head of Structured Commodity Finance
Westpac Banking Corporation

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

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

Vijay Iyengar

Vijay Iyengar

Chairman and Managing Director

Vijay Iyengar is the Founder and Chairman of Agrocorp International Pte Ltd. A leading global Agri‐Commodity trading and processing company specializing in the physical trading of various agricultural commodities such as pulses, grains, rice, oilseeds, sugar, cotton and edible nuts.

He has guided Agrocorp from its humble beginnings in 1990, operating from shared office spaces in Singapore to now being present in 12 countries with 21 offices and customers in over 30 countries. Agrocorp recorded trade volumes of 9 Million Metric Tonnes, with revenues exceeding US$3 Billion in FY17.

The processing arm of Agrocorp got underway in 2012. It commence operations at its flagship plant in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and has now expanded to 4 countries, handling 800,000 metric tonnes of goods across eight plants. Agrocorp continues to expand its business with the recent acquisition of Associated Grain based in Dalby, Queensland, a 61‐year‐old grain handling & processing facility and the opening of the new high‐quality parboiled rice production & export facility in the Ayayarwaddy Region in Myanmar.

Mr Iyengar holds an Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (Mumbai) and an MBA from Cornell University. He was formerly the Chairman of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Vice Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation. He is currently the Vice President of the Global Pulses Confederation.

He has been on the panel and made presentations at several pulses, grains and sugar themed conferences like the International Grains Forum 2010 in Perth, the Agriculture Trade Summit 2014 in Saskatchewan and most recently, Pulses 2017: The Future of Food, conference in Vancouver.

Prakash Jhanwer

Prakash Jhanwer

President and Regional Head of Southeast Asia and China

Prakash Jhanwer joined Olam in 1998, taking responsibility for coffee operations in Uganda.

He moved into the risk function in 2001 and relocated to Vietnam in 2007 to take on the role of Country Head, extending to a regional role in 2010. Since 2016, he has been responsible for Olam’s Southeast Asia and China operations, which he continues to manage today. His key markets include China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and Thailand.

Prakash is a Graduate of Commerce and holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management. He was recently awarded the prestigious Young Alumni Achiever Award by his alma mater for Corporate Leadership.

Gianni  Kovaċević

Gianni Kovaċević

Executive Chairman

Gianni Kovaċević has enlightened audiences around the world with his unique insights into topics such as the modern energy pivot, a rise of the new spending class and how the environment and investment often go hand-in-hand. With over 20,000 hours of combined research, he is a sought-after commentator related to these themes and an established expert on macro energy trends. An avid proponent of realistic environmentalism, he is frequently interviewed by the media with his unique way of applying the algebraic way of thinking to solving global problems. His new book, My Electrician Drives a Porsche? – a journey of personal enlightenment into appreciating the rise of the new spending class – was published by Greenleaf Book Group and is now available at booksellers everywhere. Fluent in English, German, Italian, and Croatian, Mr Kovaċević is the Executive Chairman of CopperBank and a founding member of the CO2 Master Solutions Partnership. He makes his home in Vancouver, Canada.

Nigel  Kuzemko

Nigel Kuzemko

Steelhead LNG

Nigel Kuzemko began his professional career as a geophysicist working on upstream exploration and production in the North Sea in 1986. His 22 years of senior executive experience in the energy sector includes extensive work on commercial arrangements in the natural gas industry for everything from upstream exploration through the value chain to retail energy, and gas and power trading.

In South America, Australia, Asia and across Europe, Mr Kuzemko has played a key role in developing and growing the LNG divisions of global energy companies such as Shell, Santos, Qatargas and Gazprom. His experience includes negotiating numerous multi-billion dollar energy agreements, conceptualizing Gladstone LNG (Australia), governmental agreements, joint ventures, LNG sales agreements, as well as operating agreements and price reviews. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Steelhead LNG.

Jean-François Lambert

Jean-François Lambert

Founding and Managing Partner
Lambert Commodities

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

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

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

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

Michael Langford

Michael Langford

Executive Director
Airguide Corporate Advice & Consulting

Michael Langford has over 16-years experience in financial markets and the corporate sector having previously managed the investment funds for a Chinese Billionaire and has been extensively involved in creating and managing companies in the natural resources space on a global basis.

Mr Langford was the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Cube Gas - a successful International Oil and Gas Company operating in Asia and Australia. He was also previously the Chief Investment Officer for a number of high net wealth family funds and played leading senior roles for Private Equity groups responsible for several multi-million dollar international M&A transactions.

James Lowrey

James Lowrey

Director, Resources Energy & Infrastructure

James Lowrey joined the Resources, Energy & Infrastructure team in 2013 as a Director with responsibility for strategic client engagement in Asia Pacific across global commodity companies.

Mr Lowrey has over 20 years experience in corporate and institutional banking covering global and local corporates across the Asia Pacific region.

Prior to joining the team, Mr Lowrey worked as Head of Multi National Corporates and Head of Institutional Banking, ANZ, in emerging markets of Indonesia and the Greater Mekong in Asia. He has held various management and coverage roles in the region with key Australasian Bank’s, covering relationship management, credit risk, product development, general management and Country Head roles. Outside of his day job, he has also served in board level appointments in Inclusive Business, community and business development organisations.

Mr Lowrey is a seasoned international corporate banker, and has published and presented economic and financial articles relating to banking, finance and emerging markets.

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.

Nicolas Marsac

Nicolas Marsac

CFO, Asia Pacific
Trafigura Group Pte Ltd

Nicolas Marsac was appointed Chief Financial Officer for Asia Pacific in 2016. In this role he oversees the Singapore-based finance platform, manages local banking relationships and heads the structured finance desk.

Mr Marsac holds a master’s degree in Banking/Finance and also in International Commodities Trading. He started his career as a derivatives administrator and joined Trafigura’s finance team in 2006, where he has occupied a number of positions from Trade Finance Officer, to Head of Structured Trade Finance, and to his current Singapore-based position.

Over his career with Trafigura, Mr Marsac has contributed to the development of Trafigura’s strong financing capacity and has been instrumental in implementing several landmark structured finance transactions, notably in Africa.

Samuel Mathew

Samuel Mathew

Global Head - Documentary Trade for Transaction Banking
Standard Chartered Bank

Samuel Mathew heads up the Documentary Trade Product team for the Transaction Banking business at Standard Chartered Bank. In his current role Samuel’s team is in charge of leading the Bank’s Documentary Trade capabilities, vision, P&L as also leading the sustainable trade finance and trade digitization efforts.

His previous roles include Regional Head of Sales- ASEAN for Local Corporates & Commodity clients, Global Head - Trade Solutions Structuring, Regional head of Product Management for SEA , Global Head of Collections & A/R product solutions, Regional Product Manager in charge of Receivables solutions etc.

Mr Mathew has over 20+ years of transaction banking experience with leading banks such as Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank N.A and Deutsche Bank. A graduate of Bombay University, Mumbai with 1st Class Honors in Engineering, Samuel also an MBA from the Nanyang Business School in Singapore.

Huw  McKay

Huw McKay

Vice President, Market Analysis and Economics
BHP Billiton

Huw McKay joined BHP as Vice President Market Analysis & Economics in February 2016. He has responsibility for the development of BHP proprietary views on the global economy, financial markets and resource demand. He
also has also has a role in driving Commercial strategy and providing analytical insights to support the procurement business. Mr McKay has an exceptional track record in research, forecasting and scenario analysis. He brings a deep understanding of the global economy and the financial and commodity markets, and a world class knowledge of the Asian region, to BHP analytical efforts.

Prior to joining BHP, Mr McKay was Executive Director and Senior International Economist at Westpac, where he had responsibility for international forecasting and macroeconomic scenario analysis. He was formerly Principal Advisor Financial Markets in the Australian Federal Treasury; a board member of the Australia-Japan Foundation; and a visiting scholar at the US Studies Centre.

Mr McKay's published works and research interests cover a wide array of issues, including the outlook on China, long run resource demand and economic development strategies.

Mark Newman

Mark Newman

Managing Director and Senior Analyst

Mark Newman joined Sanford C. Bernstein in 2010 as Senior Research Analyst covering Global Semiconductor Memory, Consumer Electronics and Korean technology sectors.

Mark joined Bernstein from Samsung Electronics in Korea where he held various strategy and business development roles over the last  6 years, most  recently as Director of Strategic  Planning in Samsung’s Semiconductor Business. Prior to Samsung, Mark spent 4 years working in Field Operations at Applied Materials in California, where he supported the world's  leading semiconductor manufacturing companies in the US, Europe and Asia. Mark also worked at Singapore Technologies in Singapore and Aker Kvaerner in New Jersey.

Originally from the UK, Mark earned his Masters in Engineering from University College London and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Samuel Reboul

Samuel Reboul

Group CFO
Interflour Group Pte Ltd

Samuel Reboul is the Group Chief Financial Officer of Interflour Group, overseeing the Group’s finance, treasury, tax and risk management functions.

Prior to joining Interflour Group in December 2016, he served as Executive Director, Agribusiness for ANZ Bank and previously as Director, Commodity Traders & Agribusiness with Standard Chartered Bank, based in Singapore. Before relocating to Asia, he worked in the oilfield services sector with Schlumberger Ltd where he held various senior finance positions across Europe, Africa and the United States.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from INSEAD where he was awarded the Henry Ford prize in 2006.

Kerry Anne  Shanks

Kerry Anne Shanks

Head of Asia Pacific Gas and LNG Research
Wood Mackenzie

Kerry Anne Shanks leads Wood Mackenzie’s Asia Pacific Gas and LNG Research teams, drawing on her world-class knowledge of the dynamics of gas and LNG markets.

With Wood Mackenzie for 12 years, Ms Shanks has worked in consulting and research in London, Edinburgh and Singapore, with a focus on upstream, LNG and gas markets.

Ms Shanks is a recognised expert on evolution of global gas trading and has led a broad spectrum of consulting engagements around the world. Her project-specific engagements include support on strategy studies, gas and LNG pricing disputes and due diligence on major gas and LNG project-finance transactions. Her clients include international oil companies, NOCs, utilities and banks.

Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Ms Shanks worked in business development for Shell.

Chin Hwee Tan

Chin Hwee Tan

CEO, Asia Pacific

Chin Hwee Tan joined Trafigura in 2016 as CEO, Asia Pacific for the Trafigura Group. He is responsible for continuing the growth of Trafigura’s business across the region. He has more than 20 years of experience in management and financial roles. Prior to joining Trafigura, he was most recently the Founder of the Asian operations of Apollo Global Management, and before that, Managing Director at hedge fund Amaranth Advisors. He holds an MBA from Yale University, and is a board member of a number of organisations including the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Financial Centre Advisory Panel. Established in 1993, Trafigura is a leader in the commodities business. The Group has achieved substantial growth in recent years, with revenue rising from US$18billion in 2004 to US$97 billion in 2015. Its primary trading businesses are the supply and transport of crude oil, petroleum products, renewable energies, coal, refined metals, ferrous and non-ferrous ores and concentrates.

Matthew Tillman

Matthew Tillman

CEO and Co-Founder
Haven, Inc

Matthew Tillman is the CEO and Co-Founder of Haven, Inc​. ​Prior to launching Haven, he held Technology and Product leadership roles at several Finance and Advertising companies specializing in Artificial Intelligence.

Haven was founded in 2014 to enable large shippers to automate logistics, collaborate with partners, and gain value insights into their supply chain. Haven supports customers in every trade lane out of their offices in Singapore, Switzerland and San Francisco. 

Alan Willits

Alan Willits

Cargill Asia Pacific

Alan Willits is the Chairman for Cargill Asia Pacific. He also serves as the leader for APAC group for Cargill’s Agriculture Supply Chain (CASC) enterprise, where he is responsible for several businesses including oilseed processing, grain trading/distribution and tropical oils. He joined Cargill in 1980 as a merchant in the grain division and has held numerous merchandising and management positions in Indiana, Missouri and Minnesota.

In 1991, Mr Willits went on to manage Cargill’s international wheat trading activities in Geneva, Switzerland and in 1995 he moved to Argentina to manage Cargill’s grain business. He moved back to the United States in 2000 to work for Cargill AgHorizons and he went on to lead the specialty canola oils business.

In 2008, he was named President of Cargill Corn Milling North America. He oversaw all aspects of the corn processing business until accepting the role as platform leader in June 2014.

Mr Willits holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Illinois, College of Agriculture. He is married and has two children and is currently based in Singapore.

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

Commodity Trading & Risk Management Partner

Randy Wilson has over 25 years’ experience in helping energy and commodity trading companies improve processes and enhance systems. His experience includes commodity trading strategy, risk management, systems implementation, credit, valuation and financial reporting.

Mr Wilson has worked with many energy companies and traders to enhance operational performance through the integration of new technologies.

Mr Wilson leads Deloitte’s commodity trading practice located in the UK and Switzerland.

Yvonne Zhang

Yvonne Zhang

CEO & Co-founder
Aquifer Institute

Yvonne Zhang is the Co-founder and CEO of Aquifer Institute, a not-for-profit public company that is developing cutting-edge technology solutions and protocols for alternative financing and proactive risk management in the commodities space. Ms Zhang has spent 12 years in the commodities markets, trading physical and derivatives at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), Societe Generale and Morgan Stanley. She lead the launch of Metals Products in Asia at Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, she contributed to the development of new markets and securities linked to blockchain and cryptocurrency as a member of the Digitalisation group.

Prior to entering the commodities world, she worked in the legal industry and was a board member at the non-profit Redfern Legal Centre since 2012. She’s a regular speaker on professional conference circuit. Ms Zhang holds a BCom/LLB (Bachelor of Commerce and Law, Finance and Marketing) from the University of Sydney.


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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.

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. 

Why attend

  • Interact with leaders of the commodities industry who have special focus and interest in the region
  • Hear from an expert panel of speakers and FT journalists, bringing the most pressing issues to life through a range of panel discussions and keynote speeches
  • Explore in-depth the outcomes of a rise in power that Asian markets now have on commodity pricing
  • Identify global trading opportunities that have arisen due to a shift in trade finance now being centered in Asia
  • Analyse the latest supply and demand trends in the full range of commodities; from agriculture to energy to metals


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


Past speakers include

Charles Li, Chief Executive, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing
Sunny Verghese, Co-founder and Group CEO, Olam International Limited Shanghai Gold Exchange
Christopher Fix, Managing Director, Head of Asia Pacific, CME Group
William Fyfe, Head of Buy-Side South East Asia, London Metal Exchange
Jiao Jinpu, Chairman, Shanghai Gold Exchange
Dr Craig Pirrong, Professor of Finance and Energy Markets Director, Global Energy Management InstituteBauer College of Business, University of Houston
Steve Hill, Executive Vice President, Gas and Energy Marketing & Trading, Shell
Paul Aston, Partner, HFW
Arzu Azimov, Chief Executive Officer, SOCAR Trading
Andy Milnes, CEO, Integrated Supply and Trading Eastern Hemisphere, BP
Yoven Moorooven, Senior Vice President, International Energy Markets, ENGIE
Denis Depoux, Asia Deputy President, Head of Global Energy & Utilities, Roland Berger
Zhou Hao, Senior Emerging Markets Economist, Commerzbank Singapore
Eric Hu, Head of China HK Strategy, Managing Director, Bank of China International (BOCI)
Anne Stevenson-Yang, Co-founder, J Capital Research
Greg Harvey, Managing Director and CEO, Interflour Group
Jaime O'Donahue, CEO, Asia Region, Louis Dreyfus Company
Chris Pardey, Chief Executive Officer, RCMA Group
Alan Willits, Chairman, Cargill Asia Pacific
Xiao Fu, Head of Commodity Markets Strategy, Bank of China International (BOCI)
Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman, Liberty House
Ian Roper, Division Director, Macquarie Group
Graeme Train, Senior Economist, Trafigura Group
René van der Kam, Co-founder and Managing Director, Viant Commodities
Lim Chen Chen, Head of Structured Trade and Commodity Finance, Singapore, UOB
Paul Gardner, Global Head of Structured Commodity Finance, Westpac Banking Corporation
Ng Chuey Peng, Head, Global Commodities Finance, OCBC Bank
Chin Hwee Tan, CEO, Asia Pacific, Trafigura Group
Luca Tonello, Deputy General Manager and Head of Project Finance Asia, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

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Past delegates include

Archer Daniels Midland Company


AXA Insurance Singapore

Integral Petroleum SA

Bank of China International (BOCI)

Lambert Commodities 

BP Singapore

London Metal Exchange 

Bunge Asia

Louis Dreyfus Company 


Maersk Oil Trading 

Castleton Commodities Merchant Asia Co.

Mercuria Energy 

Commerzbank Singapore

Mitsubishi Corporation 

Concordia Agritrading

RtM International 

CWT Commodities

Monetary Authority of Singapore 

Deutsche Bank AG

Shanghai Gold Exchange 


Shanghai International Energy Exchange 

Ernst & Young


Gunvor Group

SOCAR Trading 

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

Viant Commodities 


Gold 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.

Supporting Partners (1)

IE Singapore is the government agency that promotes international trade and partners Singapore companies to go global.

We attract and anchor global trading companies in Singapore by promoting our unique advantages as a global trading hub. Today, Singapore is home to a complete ecosystem for the energy, agri-commodities and metals & minerals trading clusters.

Through our network of over 35 overseas centres and comprehensive assistance programmes, we partner Singapore companies to strengthen their global competitiveness.

IE Singapore will merge with SPRING Singapore to form Enterprise Singapore in Q2 2018. The new government agency will leverage our core strengths in internationalisation and SPRING’s expertise in helping SMEs, providing Singapore companies with a holistic and integrated network to build capabilities and access overseas markets.

Presented by (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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