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FT Commodities Americas Summit

Rio de Janeiro |  - 
Speakers include:
Fabio Schvartsman

Fabio Schvartsman

Vale SA

Ana Zambelli

Ana Zambelli

Board Member, Petrobras

Murilo Parada

Murilo Parada

Louis Dreyfus Company


From oil to agriculture and mining, the Americas is a global commodities powerhouse. Yet countries such as Brazil have yet to achieve their potential and fully leverage a rich endowment of natural resources. They are also having to navigate an increasing volatile geopolitical backdrop as well as big structural trends such as the energy transition and decarbonisation, which will shape commodity markets for decades to come.

The second FT Commodities Americas Summit will examine the challenges and opportunities facing commodity producing nations across the region and the pivotal role they will play in supplying the world with raw materials.

fallback Add to my Calendar 10/15/2018 19:00:0010/16/2018 18:30:00trueFT Commodities Americas Summit From oil to agriculture and mining, the Americas is a global commodities powerhouse. Yet countries such as Brazil have yet to achieve their potential and fully leverage a rich endowment of natural resources. They are also having to navigate an increasing volatile geopolitical backdrop as well as big structural trends such as the energy transition and decarbonisation, which will shape commodity markets for decades to come.The second FT Commodities Americas Summit will examine the challenges and opportunities facing commodity producing nations across the region and the pivotal role they will play in supplying the world with raw materials.FT-Commodities-Americas-Summit-9053392ad83577c6c2e04fb7c31efe5bMM/DD/YYYY

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Keynote Speaker (1)

Fabio Schvartsman

Fabio Schvartsman

President & CEO
Vale SA

Fabio Schvartsman has an undergraduate degree in production engineering from the University of São Paulo Polytechnic School and an MBA from Fundação Getulio Vargas’ São Paulo School of Business Administration.

With over 40 years of experience successfully running operations at major groups, Mr Schvartsman stood out due to his excellent performance at the helm of Klabin S.A., one of Brazil’s largest producers and exporters of paper and pulp. As Klabin’s managing director from February 2011 to April 2017, he established a new management cycle focused on results and high performance. During this period, the company doubled its production capacity, entered new markets, tripled its market capitalisation, and posted improving financial results for 23 consecutive quarters. As well as being responsible for finalising the company’s professionalisation process, Schvartsman led the execution of the Puma Project, the largest project in Klabin’s history, involving total investment of R$8.5 billion, which started up in  March 2016.

From February 1976 to April 1985, Mr Schvartsman worked at Duratex, as head of its Economic Studies Sector, head of its Development Division, and head of its Planning Department. For 22 years, between May 1985 and April 2007, he held various positions at Ultra Group companies and took part in some major negotiations. From April 2007 to February 2008, he led Telemar Participações S.A. and from April 2008 to April 2010, he was the CEO of San Antonio Internacional. Furthermore, he was responsible for Ultrapar’s stock exchange flotation, and he worked as the company’s planning superintendent, planning director, planning and control director, investor relations director, and CFO/financial director-superintendent. While a partner and director of Ultra S.A., Ultrapar’s parent company, he was in charge of the process of acquiring the Ipiranga gas station chain. He also led Ultraprev. Schvartsman has also served on the boards of many companies, including Telemar Norte Leste S.A., Contax Participações S.A., Ultra S.A., San Antonio Internacional, Duratex S.A., Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição Pão de Açúcar, Gafisa S.A., and Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein.

Mr Schvartsman was appointed by Vale’s Board of Directors to the post of chief executive officer on April 2017.

Speakers (27)

Ana Zambelli

Ana Zambelli

Head of AZ Engenharia
Board Member, Petrobras

Ana Zambelli is Head of AZ Engenharia, consulting expertise in oil & gas based in Brazil, and Board Member at Petrobras.

With 22 years experience in oil & gas Ms Zambelli has had leadership positions at Maersk Drilling (Chief Commercial Officer), Transocean (Managing Director for Subsea Operations), Alcoa Latin AMerica (Board Member) and Schlumberger (President of Schlumberger Brazil).

Murilo Parada

Murilo Parada

Head of the North Latin America Region
Louis Dreyfus Company

Mr Murilo Parada is Head of the North Latin America Region, and also serves as Head of the Juice Platform, after having led the Platform in North Latin America. A Brazilian national, he first joined the Group as a Trainee in 2001. Working initially to set up the Cotton Platform in Brazil, he later moved to the Juice Platform, serving as Commercial Director for Brazil until 2010. He transferred to Beijing in 2011 as General Manager for Juice Operations in Asia, returning to Brazil in 2013 as a Commercial Director for Biosev, until his appointment as Head of Juice for North Latin America in 2014, and Head of Region and Global Head of Juice in 2017 Mr Parada is part of the LDC global senior leadership team. 

Mr Parada holds an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Engineering from University of São Paulo, and a Master’s degree in Business Economics from Fundação Getulio Vargas.

Blairo Maggi

Blairo Maggi

Agriculture Minister
Federal Government of Brazil

Blairo Maggi was born on May 29, 1956 in Torres (RS), into a family of small farmers of Italian descent. He graduated in Agronomy from the Federal University of Paraná, and then arrived in Mato Grosso to plant soybeans in the Itiquira municipality in the south of the state in the early 1980s. The business prospered, giving rise to the current Amaggi Group, one of Brazil's largest producers and exporters of soybeans, with businesses in various economic areas, including transport logistics, livestock and electric power production. He was Governor of Mato Grosso for two consecutive terms (2003-2007 and 2007-2010) and was elected to the Senate of the Republic in 2011, with his term ending in 2019. In May 2016, he stepped down from the position of Senator to assume the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply.

João Alberto  Abreu

João Alberto Abreu

Ethanol, Sugar and Bioenergy Executive Vice President

Mr João Alberto Abreu is the Ethanol, Sugar and Bioenergy Executive Vice-President at Raízen. He graduated from Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Rio de Janeiro (PUC/RJ) in Production and Mechanics Engineering and holds an MBA from Fundação Dom Cabral. He has also attended extensive courses in the Business Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr Abreu worked for 18 years at Shell Brasil in England and Argentina, and held several positions including General Network Manager in Latin America and General Manager of Sales & Operations in Brazil. He was Executive Director and member of the board at Petróleo Sabbá, an affiliate of Raízen for northern operations in Brazil, and he is currently a member of the board at Iogen Energy.

Daniel Amaral

Daniel Amaral

Chief Economist

Daniel Amaral is ABIOVE’s Chief Economist and is responsible for the economic issues of soy and biodiesel productive chains in Brazil. He is also in charge of dialogues with  governmental agencies and main stakeholders about propositions related to competitiveness and policies for logistics, bioenergy, credit support, trade and regulations.

Mr Amaral is an economist with a doctorate in Agriculture and Econometrics from the University of São Paulo.

Andre  Araujo

Andre Araujo

Country Chairman
Shell Brazil

With over 30 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry, André Araujo has served as Country Chair for Shell in Brazil since 2010. During this period the company witnessed its largest growth period in the country in over 100 years of operation. Milestones achieved during his leadership include the consolidation of Raízen JV, Shell’s participation in the first Production Sharing Contract for the giant pre-salt field Libra and the recently approved merger with BG-Group.
Previous assignments include a broad range of business, commercial and government relations roles, based in four different countries. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Mr Araujo holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from UFRJ and an MBA from IBMEC-SP. He is also a board member of the Petroleum Brazilian Institute (IBP), Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS [WBCSD branch]), the Ethos Institute (Social Responsibility) and of the Museu do Amanhã (CONMAM, Rio de Janeiro).

Ana Cabral

Ana Cabral

Chief Strategy Officer
Sigma Lithium

Ana Cabral is a Managing Partner and co-founder of A10 Investimentos, a leading Brazilian M&A and private equity boutique. A10 Investimentos Fund is the controlling shareholder of Sigma Lithium, one of the largest hard rock lithium companies in the Americas, with over 52.4 Mt of mineral deposits (or 1.8 million tonnes of LCE).

Ana has over 25 years of experience as a senior banker at global investment banks in New York, London and Sao Paulo and over 15 years of experience as an investor. Prior to founding A10, Ana was Head of Latin American Capital Markets at Goldman Sachs in New York and a Managing Director at the firm. She was one of the four senior bankers Goldman assigned to Brazil to build its local banking and markets operations in 2007. Ana was also Head of Latin American investment banking consumer & healthcare at Barclays in Sao Paulo. She has also held senior positions at Merrill Lynch in London and New York for over 8 years.

Ana was also a co-founder of a successful internet portal sold to GP Investimentos in 2000. Afterwards, she advised several boards of media & technology companies, including Lojas Americanas digital (later B2W), Turner Broadcasting Latin America and

Along her career, Ana has been involved in over 100 capital markets and M&A transactions, totalling more than US$ 110 billion. Five of the transactions she led won the prestigious IFR ”Deal of the Year” award including the Vale Privatization in 1996 and the acquisition of Inco by Vale in 2006.

She has an MBA degree from Columbia Business School and a Masters in Finance degree from London Business School. 

Ana serves on the Advisory Board of Columbia University Global Centers and also serves on the Board of The American School of Sao Paulo (Graded School). Ana is one of the 40 co-founders of Mulheres do Brasil, a not for profit with over 30,000 active professional women members, focused on women oriented  policy-making and advocacy, with over 30,000 members and branches in six countries.

Geovane Consul

Geovane Consul

Vice President
Bunge Sugar & Bioenergy

Geovane Consul is Vice President of Bunge Sugar & Bioenergy, Bunge Limited. He has more than 25 years of experience in the agribusiness sector. Mr Consul has been with Bunge since 1991 and has served in strategic positions including Director of Agribusiness for Brazil and Director of Operations for Latin America. Since 2013, he has led the Sugar & Bioenergy business in Brazil. He holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA, both from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.

Lieven Cooreman

Lieven Cooreman

SVP Yara Brazil
CEO Galvani JV

Lieven Cooreman is Senior Vice President of Yara Brazil and CEO of Galvani JV, a phosphate production joint venture controlled by Yara (60%). Mr Cooreman has almost 30 years of experience in executive leadership positions and on boards of directors of large mining & metals and engineering companies, such as Anglo American (Executive Director Iron Ore Brazil), Sibelco (CEO South-America), Mineração Jundu (CEO of a Saint-Gobain/Sibelco JV), Umicore (Managing Director of Engineering South-America) and Magotteaux.
Mr Cooreman has extensive expertise in change management, joint ventures, M&A negotiation and PMI, successful execution of business & growth strategies, and significant experience of Latin America, Europe, USA, Asia and MENA.

Antonio Dominguez

Antonio Dominguez

Managing Director East Coast South America
Maersk Line

Antonio Dominguez Saucedo began his tenure as Maersk’s Managing Director for the East Coast of South America (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay) in December 2015 after serving with Sealand Services, Inc since 1995, and Maersk Line in very successful leadership roles across the United States of America, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Copenhagen, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina and Panama, always leading major business turnarounds and developing strategic roadmaps.
Mr Dominguez received the prestigious Fulbright scholarship to complete his studies at the University of Kansas (KU) in the USA and while there he was recognised with the Mildred Pepper scholarship. He graduated from KU with majors in Business Administration, Finance and Economics and from there went to the Latin America University of Science and Technology where, recognised as a Rotary Scholar, he secured his MBA in Marketing and Business Administration, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Mr Dominguez also holds a number of certificates and technical qualifications in the areas of leadership, customer service, marketing, sales and strategic negotiations.

Andy  Duff

Andy Duff

Manager, Food and Agribusiness Research
Rabobank Brasil

Andy Duff has been with Rabobank since 2001, and for the last eleven years he has been working in Brazil, where he is the head of a team of researchers in Rabobank´s São Paulo office. He is also the bank's global strategist for the sugar sector. Before joining Rabobank, Mr Duff worked from 1994 to 2000 for LMC International, a UK consultancy specialising in economic analysis of agricultural commodity markets.

Mr Duff has a degree in Applied Biology from Cambridge University, and a Masters degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading.

Elizabeth Farina

Elizabeth Farina

President and CEO
Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association - UNICA

Elizabeth Farina is the President and CEO of UNICA and has held this position since December 2012. Prior to this, she was a Professor of Economics at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She chaired the Department of Economics from 2002 to 2004 and from 2010 to 2012.  She was the President of the Brazilian Competition Council (Cade) from 2004 to 2008.
For more than 10 years Dr Farina was the Vice Chair of the Agribusiness Program at the University of São Paulo, PENSA. She earned a PhD in Economics from the University of São Paulo in 1983 and the habilitation title since 1996. She attained full professorship in 2001.
Dr Farina is a member of the FIESP Agribusiness Board (COSAG), Insper (Institute of Education and Research) External Evaluation Commission, the Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests and Agriculture strategic committee, the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS) and the Advisory Board of Muove Brasil.
Dr Farina has worked as a consultant in Brazil and other Latin American countries and as an economic expert in food and agribusiness strategies and antitrust litigation and mergers and acquisition analysis. She has published many books, book chapters and papers in national and international journals.

Pedro Fernandes

Pedro Fernandes

Agribusiness Director
Itaú BBA

Pedro Fernandes is Agribusiness Director of Itaú BBA, Latin America’s largest Corporate & Investment Bank and part of Itaú Unibanco group. His previous professional experience was at Procter & Gamble in France. Mr Fernandes joined Itaú BBA in 2002 and since then has worked in several areas such as the credit department and corporate client coverage, and has led the financial sponsors team.

In 2012, Mr Fernandes joined Itaú’s partnership program as a junior partner, and was promoted to Managing Director in 2014, having already served this role in the south region of Brazil and in the countryside of São Paulo state.

In 2017, he was appointed Director of the Agribusiness Department of Itaú BBA. He holds a degree in Production Engineering from the University of São Paulo Polytechnic School, with a secondment École Centrale Paris.

Ruben Fernandes

Ruben Fernandes

Chief Executive Officer
Anglo American

Ruben Fernandes is the CEO of Anglo American in Brazil and is responsible for both Anglo American’s Nickel and Iron Ore operations in Brazil. Mr Fernandes has more than 30 years of experience in the mining industry. Prior to joining Anglo American in 2012, Mr Fernandes was head of mining at Votorantim Metals in Brazil, responsible for projects and exploration activities around the world, as well as operations in Peru and Colombia. Between 2009 and 2011, he was COO at Vale Fertilizers, responsible for the fertiliser operations, sales and marketing. Mr Fernandes was also CEO of the kaolin companies Pará Pigmentos and Cadam (two subsidiaries of Vale), between 2007 and 2009, and held various analysis, marketing and project roles in Vale’s Base Metals business which he joined in 1999. Between 1988 and 1998, he held several leadership roles in the special alloys industry.

A graduate in Metallurgical Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Mr Fernandes also holds an MBA from the University of São Paulo.

Dirceu Ferreira Junior

Dirceu Ferreira Junior

Head of CEAT - Center of Expertise in Tropical Agriculture
Bayer Crop Science

Dirceu Ferreira Junior has 24 years of experience in Brazilian agriculture, with great skills in Sales, RH, Finance, Project Management, Marketing and New Business Development. In his current role at Bayer, he uses his strong knowledge in People Development, Barter Structure, Financial Tools and New Technologies on Tropical Conditions. Mr Ferreira Junior graduated in Agronomy from UFV (Federal University of Viçosa) with specialties in marketing from courses at FDC (Dom Cabral Foundation), PENSA (USP) and INSEAD (France).

Eduardo  Ledsham

Eduardo Ledsham


Eduardo Jorge Ledsham has a Geology degree from UFMG and an MBA in Finance from IBMEC, a post-graduate certificate in the evaluation of companies and projects from FGV, an MBA in Management from FDC, and has studied Strategy and Economic Evaluation at Warton, and on the Management and Leadership Programs at MIT and IMD. With more than 33 years of experience in mining, Mr Ledsham was a former Executive Director at Vale in charge of Exploration, Technology and Project Implementation in Brazil and 22 other countries; he is the former CEO of B&A Mining (copper and fertilizer), former CEO of the Brazilian Geological Survey (CPRM) and currently CEO Bahia Mineração in charge of implementing the iron ore operation integrating the mine, railway and port at Bahia state to produce 18Mty of high quality premium product.

Mario Lindenhayn

Mario Lindenhayn

Global CEO BP Biofuels & Head of Country
BP Brazil

Mario Lindenhayn has over 30 years of international experience across different businesses in the petrochemical and renewable energy industries. Prior to his current role in BP, Mr Lindenhayn was VP for Latin America at Rhodia and held several positions at Bayer working across various divisions in Brazil, UK and Germany.

Mr Lindenhayn joined BP in 2009 as President of Biofuels Operations in Brazil. Later on, he became the Global CEO for BP Biofuels, also taking responsibility for BP’s Biofuels International Operations in the U.S. and in Europe through Butamax, a BP-Dupont joint-venture.

As the most senior BP representative in Brazil, he has led BP’s growth in the sugar, ethanol and renewable energy industries. Under his leadership, BP is consolidating its position in Brazil as a sugar, ethanol and renewable energy producer. Highlights in his tenure so far have been a steep improvement in safety and operational performance together with the implementation of new technologies.

Mauro  Neves

Mauro Neves

Asset President
Minera Escondida Ltda.

As Asset President Mauro Neves leads the Minera Escondida Leadership Team (ALT) to maximise the potential of the business by embedding a high performing culture with safety as the first priority.

Mr Neves joined BHP Billiton in April 2017 after working since 2013 as Executive Vice President, Commercial & Marketing at Aurizon in Australia. Previously he spent nine years with Vale in different roles including the Global Director for Coal business. Throughout his career Mr Neves has demonstrated a track record of delivering operational results.

Décio Oddone

Décio Oddone

Director General
ANP – National Agency of Petroleum Natural Gas and Biofuels

Décio Fabricio Oddone da Costa is the Director-Geral of the Brazilian National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), a position he has held since December 2016. In the 1980s, he joined the Brazilian oil giant Petrobras and was part of the team responsible for the wildcat deepwater drilling operations offshore Brazil. He has occupied several managerial positions in Petrobras in Brazil, Argentina, Angola, Libya, and Bolivia, where he was the Chief Executive Officer of Petrobras Bolivia. He was the Chairman of the Board and later Chief Executive Officer of Petrobras Energía S.A. (NYSE: PZE). He was a Statutory Officer and Chief Investments Officer in Braskem S.A. and the Oil & Gas Projects Officer at Prumo Logística S.A., company controlled by EIG Energy Partners.

Mr. Oddone has a bachelor degree from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and post-graduation studies in petroleum engineering. He has attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School and the Advanced Management Programme at Insead, France. He has received an honorary PhD degree in Education (Universidad de Aquino, Bolivia).

Paulo Roberto de Souza

Paulo Roberto de Souza

Chief Executive Officer

Paulo Roberto de Souza has served as Chief Executive Officer of Copersucar S.A. since July 2009. Prior, he was Commercial Executive Director in the company since its establishment in October, 2008.

He is a Member of the Board of three companies of the Group: Lógum Logística, the Brazilian company responsible for the construction and operation of the Multimodal Logistic System for ethanol transportation and warehousing, since its foundation in March 2011; Eco-Energy, a leading biofuel marketer and logistics company based in the US, since December 2012; and Alvean, the largest and integrated Sugar Trading Company based in Bilbao, Spain with 11 offices worldwide.

Mr Roberto de Souza has more than 30 years of experience in the agribusiness industry, having joined the Cooperativa dos Produtores de Cana-de-açúcar, Açúcar e Álcool do Estado de São Paulo in 1986. Throughout the years, he held various roles in different areas and took the position of Commercial Director between 2003 and 2008. Previously, he worked for Banco do Brasil.

He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering (BA) from University of São Carlos and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from FGV (Fundação Getúlio Vargas), Brazil.

Guilherme​ Quintella

Guilherme​ Quintella

EDLP​ - Estação da Luz Participações ​

Guilherme Quintella has more than thirty years experience in the Logistics and Transportation Infrastructure sector, especially in areas that have more energy efficiency, such as waterway and railway sectors. It was in the latter that Guilherme became an important national and international reference. This is mainly due to his role as one of the nine members of the Executive Board and as a Chairman to U.I.C. Latin America (International Union of Railways), a private entity that manage 95% of the worlds railway network and carries annually more than 30 billion passengers and 11 billion tons of cargo.

In Brazil, Guilherme founded EDLP - Estação da Luz Participações Ltda. In 2004, the main railway business in the country, developing the following railway projects: Ferrogrão, Intercity Trains, Contrail Logística and Rumo Logística. At the beginning of his career in the 1980s and 1990s, Guilherme was a shareholder and Logistics Officer of Comercial Quintella, the largest soybean trading company in Brazil at the time. He was the pioneer in the introduction of soybeans in the Port of Santos export operation and in the implantation of the first multimodal transport model with the use of the waterway, railways and ports.

The projects structured by Guilherme have in common the union of several stakeholders, as well as, the convergence of public interest and attractiveness to private capital. Guilherme is an Economist with a post-graduate degree in Harvard Business School (O.P.M. - Owner/President Management Program).

Ricardo  Santin

Ricardo Santin

Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA)

Ricardo João Santin is the CEO of the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA) since May, 2014, an organisation that counsels more than 140 companies in the poultry and pork production chain in Brazil. As part of his position in ABPA, he works directly with the major members of the Brazilian poultry and pork industry. Additionally, he works directly in governmental negotiations, new market launches and monitoring, tax planning, trade promotion and international representations of these Brazilian industries. He is also the Vice-president of the International Poultry Council, where he represents the Brazilian poultry industry globally.  He participated as a speaker of several international events, such as the World Poultry, in London, Wings of Change, in Paris, among others. Prior to his current position, Mr Santin was Executive Director of the Brazilian Poultry Association (UBABEF) (2008-2014), Advisor to the Regional Development Bank (BRDE) (2007 - 2008), Advisor to the Court of Auditors of the Rio Grande do Sul State (2000 - 2007), and Advisor to the Legislative Assembly of the Rio Grande do Sul State (1999 – 2000). Prior to these advisory positions, he was the Administrative President for CEAGESP - Central de Abastecimento e Armazéns (1997 - 1998).

Valmor Schaffer

Valmor Schaffer

MD Brazil
COFCO International

Valmor Schaffer is Managing Director of COFCO International in Brazil. Before joining COFCO International in 2015 as President of South America, he was President of South America and Country Manager Brazil at Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM). Mr Schaffer has over 30 years of experience in the grain and oilseeds industry. Before joining ADM, he held various management positions at companies including GSI, Grupo Rezende and Cocamar.

Mr Schaffer studied foreign trade at Unisinos University in Brazil and economics at Brazil’s Facultades Integradas do Triangulo. He also attended the CEO-led Executive Development Program at Harvard Business School.

Paulo Sousa

Paulo Sousa

Director of South American Grains & Oil Seeds

Paulo Sousa has led Cargill’s agricultural commodities division in South America since 2016 and has over 30 years of experience in the agribusiness sector.

Paulo holds a degree in Zootechnics from the Uberaba College of Zootechnics (Minas Gerais State) and an MBA from Getulio Vargas Foundation. Paulo studied business management courses at both Harvard Business School and INSEAD.

Paulo began his career with Cargill as a trainee in 1991 and worked in various areas of the company such as Animal Nutrition and Corn Processing. For over 20 years, Paulo has held leading roles in the field of marketing and processing of agricultural commodities.

Paulo moved to Cargill’s World Trading Group in Geneva, Switzerland as a global soy trader. At that time, he actively participated in the transformation of the international soy market, which saw China move from an exporter of soy to a net importer.

Five years later, Paulo returned to Brazil to lead the formation of a company in the midwestern frontiers, and then assumed responsibility for national logistics management. In 2010, he led Cargill’s commodity and soybean processing operations in Brazil – the largest in the world behind the Cargill’s U.S. operations.

In 2016, Paulo led the consolidation of Cargill’s agricultural businesses in South America, including commodity operations, soybean and sugarcane processing. Today, this business operates across ten countries in 170 locations and employs 7,000 employees. Over the past ten years, Paulo has participated in Cargill’s infrastructure and transportation investments.

In recent years, Paulo has served on the board of directors of several Cargill-related companies including Alvean – Cargill’s joint venture with Copersucar between 2015 and 2017.

A keen sportsperson, Paulo participates in motorsport competitions and was twice named Brazilian Endurance Champion in the P2 category.

Marcello Spinelli

Marcello Spinelli

VLI Logistics

Marcello Spinelli started his professional life with a production engineering degree from USP/SP and some extension courses in Brazil and overseas focusing on business, marketing and logistics management.

He began his career at Brahma Brewery Co. as a trainee. In the following years he became in charge of the coordination and production planning areas and soon has become a planning specialist, taking part in the merger of Brahma and Antarctica, now known as AMBEV.

In the next step of his career, Mr Spinelli oversaw the logistic and operations management area at Submarino Co., the largest electronic e-commerce startup in Brazil. He later joined Vale Co. as General Intermodal Commercial Manager, then General Manager of Port Operations and finally Director of TVV (Vila Velha Terminal, ES)

In 2007 he was pointed as director of logistics at Vale Co., together with the CEO of FCA railroad (Ferrovia Centro-Atlântica). In 2011 he was named CEO of VLI Co.

David Strang

David Strang

President & Chief Executive Officer
Ero Copper Corp

Mr. Strang serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director of Ero Copper Corp. Mr. Strang previously served as a director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lumina Copper Corp. which was sold to First Quantum Minerals Limited in August 2014. Mr. Strang also served as a director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lumina Royalty Corp. (sold to Franco Nevada Corporation in 2011), Global Copper Corp. (sold to Teck Resources in 2008), and Lumina Resources Corp. (sold to Western Copper Corp. in 2006). Prior to this, Mr. Strang served as President of Regalito Copper Corp. (sold to Pan Pacific in 2006), and Vice President, Corporate Development of Northern Peru Copper Corp. (sold to China Minmetals and Jiangxi Copper in 2008) and (the original) Lumina Copper Corp. Mr. Strang has approximately 20 years of corporate finance experience, particularly in the areas of corporate and asset valuation, and has approximately nine years of experience as an officer and director. Mr. Strang holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Earth Sciences from Stanford University.

Oliver Stuenkel

Oliver Stuenkel

Associate Professor of International Relations
Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV)

Oliver Della Costa Stuenkel is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in São Paulo, where he coordinates the São Paulo branch of the School of History and Social Science. He is also a non-resident Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin and a columnist for EL PAÍS and Americas Quarterly, and a commentator at GloboNews. His research focuses on Brazil’s, India’s and China's foreign policy and on their impact on global governance, as well as Latin American politics. He is the author of the IBSA: The rise of the Global South? (Routledge 2014) and The BRICS and the Future of Global Order (Lexington, 2015) and the Post-Western World: How Emerging Powers Are Remaking Global Order (Polity, 2016) and has had his work published in English, Portuguese and Chinese. He is currently writing a book on Brazil's role in Latin American politics and directs an oral history research project that records in depth interviews with former Latin American presidents, foreign ministers and leading diplomats.

His other publications include, among others, Rising Powers and the Future of Democracy Promotion (Third World Quarterly), The BRICS and the Future of R2P: Was Syria or Libya the Exception? (Global R2P), Emerging Powers and Status: The Case of the First BRICs Summit (Asian Perspective) and The Financial Crisis, Contested Legitimacy and the Genesis of intra-BRICS cooperation (Global Governance). He is the author of Institutionalizing South – South Cooperation: Towards a New Paradigm? submitted to the UN High Level Panel on the Post- 2015 Development Agenda.

Aside from his academic research, he has written op-eds for newspapers, including the New York Times (US), Financial Times (UK), Global Times (China), Today’s Zaman (Turkey), Mail and Guardian (South Africa), Times of India, The Asian Age, The Hindu (India) and Folha de São Paulo, Valor Econômico, O Globo and Estado de São Paulo (Brazil).

He was a Visiting Professor at the University of São Paulo (2010) and at the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi (2011, 2012), and a
school teacher in rural Rajasthan in India (2006). He was part of the Brazilian delegation at the track II meetings in New Delhi, Chongqing and Moscow in preparation for the 4th, 5th and 7th BRICS Summits.

Professor Stuenkel holds a B.A. from the Universidad de Valencia in Spain, a Master in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was a McCloy Scholar, and a PhD in political science from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

His research is or has been supported by the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Carnegie
Endowment for International Peace, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Volkswagen Foundation, the Indian Embassy in Brazil, Riksbankens
Jubileumsfond and Compagnia di San Paolo.


Chair (1)

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.

FT Contributors (2)

Gregory Meyer

Gregory Meyer

Markets Reporter
Financial Times

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

Andres Schipani

Andres Schipani

Brazil Correspondent
Financial Times

Andres Schipani is the Brazil Correspondent for the Financial Times. Before moving to São Paulo, he was Andes Correspondent, covering covering Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Venezuela, as well as parts of the Caribbean. He has also worked in Miami and New York. A native of Buenos Aires, he was educated in London, Cardiff, and Oxford. He was also a fellow in business, economics and financial journalism at Columbia University.

Agenda - 15th Oct

  • 7:00pm
    Welcome Reception


Agenda - 16th Oct

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

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

    Opening keynote address and conversation

    The head of the world’s biggest iron ore producer talks to Neil Hume, FT Natural resources Editor, about the outlook for the steel-making commodity and his mission to make Vale a more predictable company that can deliver returns even in the most difficult market conditions.

    Fabio Schvartsman, CEO, Vale

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times


  • 10:10am
    Keynote - A Government View

    Blairo Maggi, Agriculture Minister, Federal Government of Brazil

    Moderator: Andres Schipani, Brazil Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    Grains and Oilseeds - Volatility returns

    2018 has seen a return to volatility in grains and oilseeds. A drought in Argentina helped push up prices in the early part of the year before they were knocked sideways by fears of a US-China trade war. Now, as Chinese buyers scour the globe looking for alternatives to American soy, producers in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay should be about to cash in. But will they? There are already big questions marks about Brazil’s ability to boost sales because of new rules on freight, which have pushed up costs and squeezed profit margins. A panel of leading industry executives will debate this and other key topics shaping this important agribusiness sector.

    Moderator: Gregory Meyer, Markets reporter, Financial Times
    Murilo Parada, Head, North Latin America, Louis Dreyfus Company
    Valmor Schaffer, MD Global Asset Management, MD Brazil, COFCO International 
    Paulo Sousa, Leader, Agricultural Supply Chain, South America, Cargill

  • 11:05am
  • 11:30am
    Trade and logistics - Tackling Brazil’s transport bottlenecks

    Billions of dollars have been spent improving Brazil’s port infrastructure, ending the chronic delays that have plagued exporters of commodities for many years. But the country’s transport network still requires heavy investment to tackle rail and road bottlenecks that make it difficult to shift crops from where they are produced to ports and terminals where they are loaded on ships. What are the potential solutions to Brazil’s infrastructure issues and how can the public and private sector work together to solve them? Regulators, government, officials and industry executives and groups will discuss this important issue.

    Moderator: Andres Schipani, Brazil Correspondent, Financial Times

    Daniel Amaral, Chief Economist, ABIOVE 
    Antonio Dominguez, Managing Director East Coast of South America (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay), Maersk Line Ltd 
    Guilherme Quintella, Presidente - CEO, EDLP - Estação da Luz Participações
    Bruno Serapião, CEO, Hidrovias do Brasil 
    Marcello Spinelli, CEO, VLI Logistics 

  • 12:15pm
    Sugar and Ethanol - Brazil and Beyond

    Sugar is the worst performing major commodity of 2018 as slowing demand growth and surging production have combined to drive prices lower, heaping further pressure on producers. So far rock-bottom prices have failed to spur any meaningful production cutbacks and ethanol, which was supposed to be the safety valve for the industry, has not been able to soak up excess supplies. Yet there are reasons to think the market might be closing to bottoming out. Brazil’s centre-south region set for the lowest output nearly a decade, while an El Nino weather pattern could damage crops in Asia later this year. Looking further ahead, will the pace of consumption growth continue to slow as food and drink companies tout products with less sugar. In Brazil, the market is watching the impact of a new programme - RenovaBio - designed to increase the use of biofuels and make them more competitive with gasoline. A group of leading industry executives will debate these key themes and others.

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

    Keynote: Paulo Roberto de Souza, Chief Executive Officer, Copersucar

    João Alberto Abreu, Ethanol, Sugar and Bioenergy Executive Vice President, Raízen
    Geovane Consul, Vice President, Bunge Sugar & Bioenergy
    Elizabeth Farina, President and CEO, Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association - UNICA
    Mario Lindenhayn, CEO, BP Biofuels 

  • 1:00pm
  • 2:15pm
    The global oil market - the outlook for investment and prices

    With oil prices recovering above $70 a barrel the outlook for the industry looks brighter than it has for many years. But uncertainty still abounds in the sector, with volatile prices and question marks over the durability of oil's rally at a time when the world's largest oil producers, from the US to Saudi Arabia and Russia, are all increasing output.

    The Latin American oil sector is also at a crossroads. Brazil has overtaken Mexico and Venezuela to become the region’s biggest oil producer and a major source of non-Opec output. The country’s pre-salt fields are reckoned to be one of the largest oil discoveries of the past 50 years, and are now attracting interest from the world’s biggest oil producers who are racing to secure stakes. But the energy majors are also looking at Argentina and its massive shale reserves, while Mexico is seeking to reinvigorate its industry by championing outside investment in its biggest overhaul for decades. All must compete for capital with a US shale industry that continues to go from strength to strength.This panel will also focus on the impact of Brazil’s recent decision to introduce a diesel fuel subsidy and minimum freight price.

    Moderator: Gregory Meyer, Markets reporter, Financial Times

    Andre Araujo, Brazil Country Chair, Shell
    Decio Oddone, Director General, ANP - National Agency of Petroleum Natural Gas and Biofuels
    Ana Zambelli, Head of AZ Engenharia, Board Member, Petrobras

  • 3:00pm
    Metals and Mining in Brazil

    After years of relentless cost-cutting and debt reduction initiatives, mining companies are starting to spend again. But where should they deploy their cash? Brazil has a vast mineral wealth but the Samarco dam disaster has led to greater scrutiny of the mining industry, not least from powerful state prosecutors. At the same time, the government has introduced stronger environmental regulations and new rules for royalties but lifted a ban on mining in the Amazon. This panel will debate new realities for metals and mining in Brazil and ask if it is an attractive place to invest.

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

    Lieven Cooreman, SVP, Yara Brazil, CEO, Galvani JV
    Ruben Fernandes, CEO, Anglo American in Brazil
    Eduardo Ledsham, CEO, BAMIN

  • 3:35pm
    Resourcing the clean energy revolution

    As the world moves to cleaner sources of energy, it will require more copper to connect solar farms and wind turbines to the grid and also nickel for the battery packs that will power electric vehicles. However, there is a paucity of new projects in the pipeline and in copper many of the big, high grade deposits have already been mined. So where are the metals needed for a decarbonising planet going to come from? One answer could be the Americas either from greenfield projects or the expansion of existing mines. In this panel, a group of industry executives will discuss the outlook for metals in the region.

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

    Ana Cabral, Vice Chairman, Sigma Lithium 
    Mauro Neves, President, Minera Escondida
    David Strang, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ero Copper 

  • 4:10pm
  • 4:25pm
    The Changing Food Landscape

    How does the world meet rising demand for protein while at the same time reducing its carbon footprint? Can technology provide the answer and what part might meat substitutes, insect and plant-based proteins play in helping square the circle. This topic, of course, is of particular relevance for Brazil where the agricultural industry needs to balance it desire to grow with careful management of the environment.  Achieving sustainable growth will require the correct government policies but also engagement with the private sector. A sustainable future is in everyone’s interest but can it be achieved?

    Moderator: Andres Schipani, Brazil Correspondent, Financial Times

    Dirceu Ferreira Junior, Head of CEAT - Center of Expertise in Tropical Agriculture, Bayer Crop Science
    Ricardo João Santin, CEO, ABPA (Brazilian Animal Protein Association)

  • 4:50pm
    The Outlook for Brazilian Agribusiness

    Brazilian agribusiness is highly exposed to commodity market and currency volatility and suffers from the so-called 'custo Brasil'. Poor logistics, complex taxation and bureaucracy, weigh heavily on competitiveness. Yet despite this, Brazil remains a leading agri-exporter and is expected to contribute substantially to providing the world's food in the coming decades. What has kept Brazilian agribusiness competitive in the past, and what is needed to maintain this in the future?

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

    Andy Duff, Manager, Food and Agribusiness Research, Rabobank Brazil
    Pedro Fernandes, Agribusiness Director, Itaú BBA

  • 4:50pm
    Closing debate: The Geopolitics of Commodities

    The tit-for-tat trade war between the US and China threatens to have big repercussions for the agricultural market and particularly for Brazil and Argentina. If Beijing is forced to source more of its grains and oilseeds from the Americas because US imports are more expensive, will the region be able to respond? How will global trade flows change and what other markets are vulnerable to the growing wave of protectionism. These and other questions will be examined by leading economists and analysts.

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

    Andres Schipani, Brazil Correspondent, Financial Times
    Oliver Stuenkel, Associate Professor of International Relations, Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV)

  • 5:45pm
    Close & Reception

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.
  • Analyse the latest supply and demand trends in the full range of commodities; from agriculture to energy to metals

Who Attends

The FT Commodities Summit will be 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 as well as many others from across the industry.



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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.

Host partner (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.

Lead Sponsor (1)

At Bayer, we work to shape agriculture through breakthrough innovation for the benefit of farmers, consumers and our planet. We combine modern science with farmers’ ingenuity to help nourish our growing world and preserve natural resources. We’re committed to delivering better solutions for all farmers while enabling more choice for consumers to help them and our planet thrive. And, while we don’t have all the answers, our passion for discovery, collaboration and curiosity means we will never stop striving to find them.

Associate sponsor (1)

Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) is a leading diversified natural resources group with fully integrated mining, processing, energy, logistics and marketing operations.

Active in 15 countries across four continents, the Luxembourg-headquartered company employs more than 85,000 people. ERG is a global leader in ferrochrome production by chrome content and a major supplier of alumina and aluminium, iron ore and coal. In the Republic of Kazakhstan, ERG represents one third of the metals and mining industry and provides electric power distribution and logistics services.

With assets in Africa, ERG is also a major cobalt and copper producer. ERG’s project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Metalkol Roan Tailings Reclamation (Metalkol RTR), is a cutting-edge reprocessing facility to decontaminate old copper and cobalt tailings from previous mining operations in the country. At full capacity, Metalkol RTR will produce up to 24,000 t/y of cobalt, enough to build more than three million electric vehicles per annum and making ERG well positioned to become one of the largest suppliers of cobalt to China.

Chambishi Metals, ERG’s smelter in the Republic of Zambia, is one of the biggest standalone cobalt metal producers in the world and the only operation that produces both cobalt and copper cathodes registered on the London Metal Exchange.

ERG is committed to the sustainable production of cobalt and is a founding member and partner of the Global Battery Alliance, a World Economic Forum initiative aimed at achieving a responsible supply chain for the battery sector. Committed to helping local communities to take children out of artisanal mining, ERG supports the education of more than 11,000 children and provides alternative livelihoods in the DRC.

Supporting Partners (13)

The Brazilian Association of Agribusiness (ABAG) was created on March 10, 1993. The official presentation of ABAG took place at the National Congress in Brasília, by the founding President, Ney Bittencourt de Araújo, a visionary and passionate about Brazilian agribusiness. Since then, ABAG's contribution has been to highlight the importance of the work of managing and the entire agro-industrial system, together with the government, private initiative, class entities and universities, and the implementation of measures to strengthen it 

Coffee: it is not enough to be pure, it has to have quality. This is the motto of the Brazilian Association of the Coffee Industry - ABIC, an entity created in 1973 and that develops a work that integrates industries, retail, points of consumption. There are several programs created and implemented by ABIC and focused on purity, quality and, more recently, on coffee sustainability. Recognized worldwide as one of the most active entities in the coffee sector, ABIC performs numerous programs and certifications always aiming at: PROMOTION OF INTERNAL CONSUMPTION OF COFFEE FROM THE IMPROVEMENT OF QUALITY AND ADDED VALUE TO BEVERAGE.

Founded in 1987, Aboissa is today one of the largest and most respected commodity brokers in Latin America.

With vast knowledge of the world production chain, we have a broad vision of business opportunities for each client. We have specialized brokers focused on each family of products. From planning to after sales, we maintain a commitment to excellence, developing lasting business relationships.

Companies and entities from the poultry, egg and pig industry chains from all over Brazil met on March 24, 2014 to create the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA), which was born from the junction of the Brazilian Poultry Union ( UBABEF) and the Brazilian Association of Pork Producers and Exporters (ABIPECS).

Francisco Turra, former president of UBABEF, was nominated to be the new executive president of the new entity, which has two vice presidencies: bird, assumed by the former Director of Markets of UBABEF, Ricardo Santin; and pigs, led by the former president of ABIPECS, Rui Eduardo Saldanha Vargas.With the creation of ABPA, UBABEF and ABIPECS were extinguished as representative entities of national poultry and pig farming, respectively.

ABPA was born as the largest representative entity of the animal protein industry in Brazil: there are 132 members. With the Union, the goal is to reach 150 members

Abraceel is an association that defends free market competition as an instrument to promote efficiency and security of supply in the areas of electricity, ethanol and natural gas, as well as stimulating the growth of carbon credits negotiations.The association acts with society in general, opinion makers, government agencies, other organizations in the areas of electric energy, ethanol, natural gas and credits and economic agents in general, in order to:
  • to promote the discussion of freedom as a fundamental value and of competition as a means of promoting innovation and efficiency;
  • discuss and disseminate national and international best practices and experiences in the regulation and development of energy markets;
  • discuss and disseminate best practices in energy trading;
  • to defend the improvement of the legal and regulatory framework so that free marketing can increasingly promote market efficiency for the benefit of society;
  • to defend the expansion and consolidation of the free electricity market, as well as the structuring of the natural gas market and the consolidation of the markets for ethanol and carbon credits;
  • and keep its members informed about the evolution of the legal and institutional environment, seeking to identify possible threats and opportunities.

The São Paulo Agency for Agribusiness Technology (APTA), of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Supply, has the mission of coordinating and managing the science and technology activities focused on agribusiness. Its structure includes the Agronomic Institute (IAC), Biological Institute (IB), Institute of Agricultural Economics (IEA), Institute of Fisheries (IP), Institute of Food Technology (ITAL) and Institute of Animal Science (IZ) Regional Poles strategically distributed in the State of São Paulo and the Department of Strategic Management (DGE).

The APTA research units meet the technological demands of the various agribusiness production chains, using their potential for generating and transferring knowledge in a sustainable development vision, focusing on innovation with social and environmental responsibility. For this, it is backed by the professional training of its researchers and technicians.

Through its activities of research and production of goods and services, APTA contributes to regional development, scientific and technological innovation and strengthening of the economy based on agribusiness.

The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) is a Brazilian federal public company of technological innovation focused on the generation of knowledge and technology for Brazilian agriculture. Its mission is to "Enable research, development and innovation solutions for the sustainability of agriculture, for the benefit of Brazilian society."

The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) is the association responsible for institutionally representing the planted tree production chain, from the field to the industry with its main stakeholders.

The association was established in April/2014 and represents 60 companies and nine state entities that provide products obtained from planted trees, with special mention to wood panels and laminate flooring, pulp, paper, energy forests and biomass. The association also represents independent planted tree producers and institutional investors.

Ibá unites the member-companies of the Association of the Wood Panels Industry (Abipa), the Brazilian Association of Manufacturers of Laminate Flooring (Abiplar), the Brazilian Association of Forests Plantation Producers (Abraf) and the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Association (Bracelpa).

Ibá advocates on behalf of the industry’s interests aiming at adding value to products obtained from planted pine and eucalyptus trees, as well as other species used for industrial purposes with officials and governmental agencies, entities of the planted trees production chain and important sectors of the economy, social and environmental organizations, universities, schools, consumers and the press—domestically and internationally.

ORPLANA - Sugar Cane Growers Organization of the Center-South Region of Brazil - was founded on June 29, 1976, with the objective of organizing the class of producers and increasing their representation in Brazil and abroad. Our Mission is to guarantee a safe and profitable future for sugarcane producers seeking excellence in agricultural production and coordination of the sugarcane chain. With headquarters in Ribeirão Preto / SP, it currently has 32 associations of sugarcane suppliers, of which 24 are in the state of São Paulo, 1 in Mato Grosso, 1 in Mato Grosso do Sul, 3 in Minas Gerais and 3 in Goiás. ORPLANA represents approximately 11 thousand suppliers of sugarcane in the entire Central-South Region of Brazil.

ORPLANA seeks to offer its members:

Technical Excellence: Creation of an opportunity to disseminate knowledge and develop solutions for the sector, especially in the area of ​​new technologies;

Legal advice: Preventive survey of legal uncertainty points, approximation to bodies related to labor issues and environmental issues;

Relationship: Representatives of producers for the sustainable development of the integrated chain of sugarcane;

Development of People: Dissemination of knowledge among the member Associations, strengthening the support base for the producer;

Political / Public Relations: Dialogue with public and private organizations and society, nationally and internationally;

Institutional marketing of the sector: Development of communication plans for support and institutional promotion of member associations of the sugar-energy sector.

 In addition to our values, we aim to support, strengthen and maintain the competitive advantages of the independent producer of sugarcane, maximizing its efficiency and profitability. To be a facilitator in the development of technical and strategic knowledge for the sugar-energy chain, helping in the effective decision making. Develop a favorable external environment for sugarcane producers through institutional marketing of the sector and the defense of their rights. Contribute to the maintenance of the competitiveness of the sugar-energy sector in the long-term. Raise the efficiency levels of the ORPLANA members of sugarcane producers while maintaining the unity of the class.

APLA - Arranjo Produtivo Local do Álcool

Definição de Cluster. “Cluster é um agrupamento geograficamente concentrado de empresas inter-relacionadas e instituições correlatas numa determinada área, vinculadas por elementos comuns e complementares”. (PORTER, 1999)*

* PORTER, M.E. Competição on competition estratégias competitivas essenciais. Rio de Janeiro: Campus, 1999. 515p.

APLA - Arranjo Produtivo Local do Álcool. O que podemos fazer?

O cluster possui empresas e instituições que podem oferecer uma solução completa para a indústria sucroenergética em nível mundial e, entre os nossos associados podemos ofertar: engenharia, equipamentos industriais, equipamentos agrícolas, serviços etc. Toda a tecnologia para se produzir açúcar, etanol e cogeração de energia. O Apla também possui empresas que podem ofertar projetos Turn-Key.

PR Consulting Americas provides strategic communications, marketing and digital services to clients across 15 countries in the Americas from Canada to Chile. The international firm has offices in Sao Paulo and Mexico City and has plans to open in the US as soon as 2019. PR Consulting Americas enjoys deep expertise in working with mining and minerals, logistics, infrastructure, financial, retail, e-commerce, foods, technology, education and real estate companies. The communications and marketing boutique develops fully-integrated customised holistic programmes online and offline and delivers outside-the-box strategies to solve complex challenges to brand positioning, transformation and growth. Today, all clients from small to global enjoy significant returns on their investments thanks to our senior multidisciplined and multicultural teams. 

Founded on February 9th 2004, the São Paulo Chamber of Commerce (SPCC) is a body of the São Paulo Trade Association (Associação Comercial de São Paulo – ACSP) which aims to promote trade relations between Brazilian companies – with particular emphasis on São Paulo state-based companies – and the rest of the world.As the ACSP foreign trade department and , the São Paulo Chamber of Commerce's main objectives are as follows::: To facilitate and promote the access of foreign companies into the Brazilian market.:: To offer business opportunities to companies.:: To empower foreign companies to operate within a competitive market.:: To build a network of international cooperation with business entities worldwide.

The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) represents the top producers of sugar and ethanol in the country’s South-Central region, especially in the state of São Paulo, which accounts for about 60% of the country’s sugarcane harvest and more than half of total ethanol production. UNICA develops position papers, statistics and specific research in support of Brazil’s sugar, ethanol and bioelectricity sectors. In the 2017/2018 harvest season, Brazil produced an estimated 596 million metric tons of sugarcane, which yielded 36 million tons of sugar and 26 billion liters of ethanol, making it the number-one sugarcane grower and sugar producer in the world as well as the second-largest ethanol producer on the planet.

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