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Industries, Commodities

FT Commodities Global Summit

Natural Resources in Transition

Lausanne |  - 
Speakers include:
Tony  Hayward

Tony Hayward

Glencore

Ian McIntosh

Ian McIntosh

Louis Dreyfus Company

Mark Cutifani

Mark Cutifani

Anglo American

Overview

As the world shifts to cleaner forms of energy, the natural resources industry is facing a period of dramatic change that will disrupt markets and challenge long-held assumptions. It will have to do this at a time of heightened geopolitical tension and rapid technological change that is transforming the way business is done. But the commodities industry has always been quick to adapt to new trends and this time will be no different. For those companies that are able to identify the powerful forces shaping supply and demand for raw materials and foodstuffs - huge opportunities lie ahead.

Now in its eighth year, the FT Commodities Global Summit has established itself as the pre-eminent gathering of senior commodity executives, traders and financiers. This year's Summit will feature some of the biggest names speaking on the trends that matter most in natural resources.

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"Excellent gathering with top panel discussions covering a wide range of commodity sector topics"  Martin Vetter-Diez, Managing Director, HSBC Germany

"High level speakers, useful insights, good mixture of topics" Roland Sattinger, Portfolio manager, Analyst, E-Steiermark

"The most impressive line-up of speakers in the Industry in the most beautiful location and set-up" Alexandre Dietz, Head of Commodity Structured Finance, HSBC

"A wonderful opportunity to hear from market leaders on issues which influence the future of the commodities industry" David Taylor, Head of Structured Trade & Commodity Finance, Erste Group Bank AG

"This year was the first time I have attended the FT Commodities Summit in Lausanne. It was very well run from start to finish, the speakers and the sessions were excellent, and the networking events were also very good. It is one of the best Conferences I have attended. I will be returning next year" Paul Dex, Head of Commodities, Fidessa

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Speakers (40)

Tony  Hayward

Tony Hayward

Chairman
Glencore

Tony Hayward is Chairman of Glencore, a Managing Partner of St James’s Asset Management LLP, Chairman of Andes Holding and Chairman of Compact GtL. He was Group Chief Executive of BP from 2007 to 2010 having joined BP in 1982 as a rig geologist in the North Sea. Following a series of roles overseas he joined the Upstream Executive Committee in 1997. He became Group Treasurer in 2000, Chief Executive for BP’s upstream activities and member of the Main Board of BP in 2003.

In June 2011 Mr Hayward founded Vallares plc, a $2.2bn acquisition company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Following the merger of Vallares plc and Genel Energy International, the largest oil producer in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, he became Chief Executive of Genel Energy plc in November 2011. He was appointed Chairman of Genel Energy in August 2015 and retired from this position in June 2017. Mr Hayward is a member of the British Museum’s Chairman’s Advisory Board and chairs Aston University Development Board. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a visiting Professor in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh.

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

Ian McIntosh

Ian McIntosh

Chief Executive Officer
Louis Dreyfus Company

Ian McIntosh is Chief Executive Officer for Louis Dreyfus Company. A British national, he joined the Group in 1986 as a Junior Trader in London. Mr McIntosh led the UK Grains desk from 1989 to 1991, when he moved to Paris to trade
global Feedgrains, and then to Melbourne to lead Australasian Grain activities. Returning to London in 1993 as a Sugar Trader, he was appointed Global Head of Sugar in 1996 to lead the platform’s global integration and expansion. Between 1999 and 2006, Mr McIntosh also managed our global Coffee, Cocoa, Rice, Ethanol and Grains activities, supervised the Group’s integration of a Metals business, and contributed to the re-organisation that led to the creation of LDC’s current structure. In 2008 he left LDC to set up Edesia Asset Management as part of the Louis Dreyfus Group, serving as CEO and CIO until its closure in 2018, when he was appointed to his most recent role as Chief Strategy Officer. Mr McIntosh holds a degree in Biological Sciences from Leeds University, UK.

Mark Cutifani

Mark Cutifani

Chief Executive
Anglo American

Mark Cutifani, BE (Mining Engineering), was appointed as Chief Executive of Anglo American in 2013. He has more than 40 years’ experience in the mining industry. A trained mining engineer, Mr Cutifani has worked across six continents, 25 countries and more than 20 commodities. He has built a reputation based on his broad industry technical and commercial knowledge and, having successfully turned around Anglo American’s operational and financial performance, he is recognised as an industry innovator with a track record of building high performing teams and delivering improvements across all facets of the business.

In his previous role as CEO of AngloGold Ashanti, Mr Cutifani led the revitalisation and restructuring of its global mining business, delivering significant business improvements, ranging from safety, operations, capital discipline and project delivery, exploration and financial restructuring. Mr Cutifani has also held the positions of COO for Inco and Vale’s global nickel business, as well senior executive positions with the Normandy Group, Sons of Gwalia, Western Mining Corporation, Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines and CRA (Rio Tinto).

Amongst a number of advisory council commitments around the world, Mr Cutifani is on the International Advisory Council of the Kellogg Innovation Network, and has previously served as chairman of the ICMM and Chairman of the South African Chamber of Mines. He was awarded an honorary doctorate for services to safety in the mining industry by the University of Wollongong (Australia) in December 2013 and an honorary doctorate by Laurentian University in Canada in 2015. With a leadership style that puts its focus on people development, accountability and the delivery of sustainable value, Mr Cutifani has placed an emphasis on developing strong investor, labour, industrial, government and community relationships.

Iván Arriagada

Iván Arriagada

Chief Executive Officer
Antofagasta

In February 2015, Iván Arriagada joined Antofagasta Minerals S.A., a Chilean-controlled company listed on the London Stock Exchange and a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.  In April 2016, he was appointed CEO of Antofagasta plc, the holding company of Antofagasta Mining Group. Mr Arriagada is a commercial engineer, graduate from the Adolfo Ibañez Business School at Universidad Federico Santa María and holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics.

Prior to joining Antofagasta Minerals, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Codelco. Before this, he was President of Pampa Norte at Base Metals BHP Billiton, Vice President of Operations at Base Metals BHP Billiton and Chief Financial Officer for Copper at BHP Billiton.  

Mr Arriagada previously worked in the oil and gas industry at Royal Dutch Shell International, holding various posts in finance and business development, primarily in England, USA and Argentina.

The Rt Hon Lord  Barker of Battle PC

The Rt Hon Lord Barker of Battle PC

Chairman
En+ Group

After an early career in the City of London, Greg Barker served as a Conservative member of the UK Parliament from 2001 to 2015. Between 2010 and 2014, he served as Energy and Climate Change Minister in the coalition government led by David Cameron. He now sits in the House of Lords.

Since 2017, he has been an independent chairman of London-listed En+ Group, the world’s largest private sector integrated aluminium and green power producer. In addition, he serves as deputy chairman of Quercus, a European clean energy developer and asset manager; chairman of Imprimatur Capital, a UK venture capital firm; and chair of the advisory board of Powerhive Inc, Africa’s leading provider of micro-grids for the rural poor. He is also senior advisor to Lightsource BP, a global market leader in the development and management of large-scale solar projects.

Frédéric Barnaud

Frédéric Barnaud

Group Chief Executive Officer
Pavilion Energy Pte Ltd

Mr Frédéric Barnaud is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Pavilion Energy Pte Ltd. Mr Barnaud has more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas sector where he worked for major energy companies in various senior roles, which include the establishment and leadership of commercial, trading and shipping businesses in global energy markets. He is a regular keynote speaker and panelist at most international energy conferences.

He was previously a member of the Gazprom Marketing & Trading Group (Gazprom M&T) Executive Committee and its Chief Commercial Officer managing the global LNG, Oil/LPG and Shipping business units. Between 2008 and 2017, Mr Barnaud successfully positioned Gazprom M&T as a significant player of the global LNG markets, where he built and led a first-class commercial, operational and trading platform. He promoted Gazprom M&T’s presence in Singapore as early as 2009 and was the first chairman of the board of Gazprom Marketing & Trading Singapore Pte Ltd.

Prior to Gazprom M&T, Mr Barnaud was the Global Head of LNG Trading & Shipping for Total SA. While at Total SA and prior to that, Elf Aquitaine, he held responsibilities in a variety of business divisions, including the Gas & Power Division (LNG trading & shipping); the Refining & Marketing Division (wholesales, strategy and business development) as well as the Oil Trading Division (hedging, derivatives and structured trading). During his career, Mr Barnaud successfully led major international negotiations for LNG liquefaction and/or exports (e.g. Qatar, Russia, UAE, Nigeria, Yemen, Norway) and for LNG sales and/or regasification terminals (e.g. India, Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Mexico, Argentina, Egypt, Pakistan, UK, France). He had also promoted infrastructure-driven projects such as floating liquefaction (Cameroon) and floating storage & regasification units in order to accelerate growth of LNG markets.

Mr Barnaud holds a Master’s equivalent from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and was a research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Oxford University.

Alex Beard

Alex Beard

Head of Oil
Glencore

Alex Beard joined Glencore in May 1995 working in the oil commodity department as a marketer, responsible primarily for the CIS region and gaining expertise in high sulphur crudes. He was appointed head of the oil department in February 2007, overseeing all of Glencore’s crude oil and oil products marketing, shipping, exploration and production and other oil-related investments, as well as being a director of Chemoil and various other Glencore Group companies. Before Glencore, he worked for five years for BP in its crude oil department. Mr Beard holds an MA degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University.

Kingsmill  Bond

Kingsmill Bond

New Energy Strategist
Carbon Tracker

Kingsmill Bond is the New Energy Strategist for Carbon Tracker. He believes that the energy transition is the most important driver of financial markets and geopolitics in the modern era.

Mr Bond has worked as a sell-side City equity analyst and strategist for over 20 years, including for Deutsche Bank, Troika Dialog and Citibank in London, Hong Kong and Moscow. He has written research on emerging market and global themes, including the wider significance of the shale revolution and the impact of the energy transition on financial markets.

Mr Bond has an MA in history from Cambridge University, qualified as an accountant (CIMA), and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Matthew Chamberlain

Matthew Chamberlain

Chief Executive Officer
London Metal Exchange

Matthew Chamberlain is the CEO of the London Metal Exchange and a member of the Management Committee of HKEX Group.  He was previously the COO and Head of Strategy of the LME and co-Head of Business Development across the LME and LME Clear.

During his time at the LME, Mr Chamberlain has led the LME's warehousing reform process, the deployment of the new London platinum and palladium prices and the LMEprecious initiative.

Mr Chamberlain joined the LME in November 2012 having advised HKEX on the acquisition of the LME while heading European financial technology coverage at UBS.  Previously, he was a founding member of the financial institutions coverage team at Perella Weinberg.  He started his career at Citibank.  Mr Chamberlain holds an MA from Cambridge University

Jingtao (Johnny) Chi

Jingtao (Johnny) Chi

Chairman
COFCO International

Jingtao (Johnny) Chi is Executive Vice-President of COFCO Corporation and Chairman of COFCO International. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of COFCO International in 2017 and in 2018 became Chairman of COFCO International. Mr Chi joined COFCO Corporation in 2003 and was appointed Head of the Human Resources department in 2004. From 2010 to 2016, he served as Vice-President of COFCO Corporation, while holding the positions of Chairman of China Agri-Industries Holdings Ltd., China Food Ltd. and CEO of China Grains & Logistics Corp and COFCO Trading Ltd.

Mr Chi has bachelor’s degrees in both Engineering from Armored Engineering Institute and Enterprise Management from Fudan University in Shanghai. Johnny holds an EMBA from Beijing University of International Business and Economics.

Pat Crepeault

Pat Crepeault

Head of Operations and Board Member
Gerald Group

Pat Crepeault has more than 25 years’ experience across the financial, commodity, and trading sectors having worked for Gerald Group since 1994, when she joined the Group’s Treasury Department. In 2007, she was appointed Treasurer and is responsible for overseeing the Group’s liquidity and cash flow management. In 2016, she became Senior Vice President, Head of Operations and Liquidity and is a member of the Management committee. In 2017, Ms Crepeault was appointed to the Board of Directors of Gerald Group. Ms Crepeault also oversees the US office as General Manager US.

Jeffrey Dellapina

Jeffrey Dellapina

Chief Financial Officer
Vitol Group

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

Marco Dunand

Marco Dunand

Chief Executive Officer
Mercuria Group

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

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

Kristen  Eshak Weldon

Kristen Eshak Weldon

Head of Food Innovation & Downstream Strategy
Louis Dreyfus Company

Kristen Eshak Weldon is Head of Food Innovation & Downstream Strategy at Louis Dreyfus Company. An American and British national, Kristen joined the Group in 2019 after 13 years at Blackstone, where she held several positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Senior Managing Director (Partner) and Co-Head of the London office, with oversight of the London investment team and supervising legal, compliance, investor relations and business development activities.

Prior to Blackstone, she worked in commodity derivatives at JPMorgan in London and New York. Ms Eshak Weldon also served as Founding Board Member of 100 Women in Finance Ltd. between 2007 and 2017. In addition to pursuing a Sloan Fellowship Master’s degree in Leadership and Strategy at London Business School, she holds a degree in Finance & International Business from Georgetown University (US), UK and US securities regulatory FCA qualifications, and received several awards over the years recognising leading women in finance.

Pablo Galante Escobar

Pablo Galante Escobar

Head of LNG
Vitol Group

Pablo Galante Escobar is Head of LNG at Vitol.  Mr Galante Escobar has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector.  He began his career at BP Venezuela in 1996, before moving to London in 1999 where he became head of West Africa crude trading in BP.  He joined Vitol in January 2006.  During his time with Vitol Pablo has traded crude across multiple regions, before becoming head of LNG in 2016.

Mr Galante Escobar has an Honours degree in Economics from UCAB in Caracas.

Tim Glenn

Tim Glenn

Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer
Corteva Agriscience

Tim Glenn serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer of Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont.

Based in Johnston, Iowa, Mr Glenn leads the global commercial organisation, which has six commercial regions – Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa & Middle East, Europe, U.S. and Canada – and the Global Commercial Effectiveness function. Most recently, he was Vice President, Global Seed Business Platform for Corteva Agriscience. Mr Glenn joined Pioneer Hi-Bred in 1991, and held a variety of marketing roles working in seed markets around the world. In 1997, he joined Dow AgroSciences as Corn Product Manager, Mycogen Seeds, and served in key sales and business leadership roles in the Crop Protection and Seeds businesses of Dow AgroSciences. He rejoined Pioneer in 2006 as Director, North America Marketing. He held other leadership positions including Regional Business Director, Latin America and Canada; Vice President, Integrated Operations and Commercial Effectiveness for the DuPont Pioneer business. In 2015 he was appointed President, DuPont Crop Protection.

Mr Glenn is a member of the Iowa Business Council and has previously served on the Board of Directors of Brazil-U.S. Business Council. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University, College of Agriculture, and a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business.

Russell Hardy

Russell Hardy

Group CEO
Vitol

Russell Hardy is Group CEO Vitol, a leading physical trading company for energy with a turnover of $181 billion in 2017. Russell has 30 years’ experience in the oil industry.  He joined Vitol in 1993 from BP and has held a number of trading and management roles in Singapore and London.  He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2007 and most recently was CEO EMEA with oversight of the company’s regional trading activity. 

Russell holds a MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London.

Alan  Haywood

Alan Haywood

Chief Executive, Integrated Supply & Trading
BP

In January 2017 Alan Haywood was appointed Chief Executive Officer of BP’s global energy trading business. He serves on a number of Group company boards.

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

After being Head of the Group CFO’s Executive Office in 2005-7, Mr Haywood became Head of Supply and Trading for BP’s European Oil business, managing trading and supply for Oil as well as global currency trading and interest rate management. In April 2010, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer Global Gas. In this role, he was responsible for sales of all gas produced by BP and for procuring all gas for BP’s marketing businesses, including LNG.

From 2011-14, Mr Haywood was President of Downstream Gas and Head of Commercial Development, with responsibility for the monetisation of gas and the development of strategy and long-term commercial ventures across the supply and trading portfolio. In November 2014, Mr Haywood took the role of Group Treasurer for BP plc.  He was responsible for the central financing of the BP Group, providing liquidity to its businesses and optimising value through the management of financial risks at the group level.

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

Daniel Hines

Daniel Hines

Chief Financial Officer
Castleton Commodities International LLC

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

Richard Horrocks-Taylor

Richard Horrocks-Taylor

Global Head, Metals and Mining
Standard Chartered

Mr Horrocks-Taylor joined Standard Chartered in 2018 and currently leads the Metals & Mining business unit at the Group level.

Prior to Standard Chartered, Mr Horrocks-Taylor worked 13 years at Royal Bank of Canada where he led the Metals and Mining investment banking team for Europe, FSU and Africa.
He also spent 8 years with JPMorgan/Flemings including 2 years as Head of Corporate Finance in South Africa. At both RBC and JPMorgan, Richard executed numerous cross border M&A and financing transactions in the metals and mining sector.

Mr Horrocks-Taylor holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales.

Peter Keavey

Peter Keavey

Managing Director, Global Head of Energy
CME Group

Peter Keavey serves as Managing Director, Global Head of Energy Products at CME Group. He is responsible for managing CME Group’s existing suite of energy products, including crude oil, refined products, natural gas, power, natural gas liquids, coal and renewables. In his current role, Mr Keavey also works closely with customers to lead development and execution of new risk management tools for the energy industry.

Mr Keavey has more than 27 years of experience in the futures and options industry, including 15 years as a trader of physical and financial Energy products across the natural gas and crude oil and refined product markets. Prior to joining CME Group in 2013, Mr Keavey was a Portfolio Manager at Graham Capital Management focusing on energy markets. He served as Managing Director and Head of Energy Trading at Scotia Capital from 2008-2011, and has held various commodity trading positions for Enron Corporation, Societe Generale and Lehman Brothers. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business.

Karin Kersten

Karin Kersten

Head of Trade & Commodity Finance
ABN AMRO

Karin Kersten is Head of Trade & Commodity Finance and member of the Management Team of Corporate & Institutional Banking.

Before joining ABN AMRO in 2003, Ms Kersten worked for McKinsey & Company and Mees Pierson. During her career within ABN AMRO, Ms Kersten worked as a Managing Director in various roles like Strategic Risk Management and Transaction Banking.

Ms Kersten has very broad experience in amongst others Strategy, Corporate Banking, Corporate Finance and Risk Management.

Mele Kyari

Mele Kyari

Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division (COMD)
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

Mele K. Kyari was born on 8th of January 1965 in Maiduguri, Borno State and obtained his first degree in Geology from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria in 1987. He started his career in the Nigerian Geological Survey as field Geologist, where he worked between 1988 and 1991 after his completion of National Youth Services scheme in 1988 at Directorate of Food Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI) in Oyo State, Nigeria.

Mr Kyari joined the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in 1991 and was posted to the Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL), a Division in NNPC as a Geophysicist. He rose to his current position in August 2015 as Group General Manager in charge of Crude Oil Marketing Division (COMD). His responsibility amongst other activities includes determination and recommendation of appropriate pricing for Nigerian crude grades, Condensates and NGLs, securing Federation entitlements of crude oil, Condensates and NGLs from production arrangements in the country to generate maximum revenue for Nigerian government, ensures full and prompt payment for all crude oil, condensate and NGLs cargoes lifted and also responsible for the efficient and steady supply of Petroleum Products through Direct-Sales-Direct Purchase arrangements (DSDP) in the country.

Mr Kyari is also Nigeria’s National Representative to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). His responsibilities include leading Nigeria’s team to the OPEC Economic Commission Board which precedes
the bi-annual meetings of the OPEC Ministerial Conference. The ECB reviews the global oil markets and makes input from the perspectives of the individual member countries.

A geologist, Mr Kyari is a quintessential crude oil marketer with prerequisite certification and outfield pedigree in petroleum economics and crude oil and gas trading. Within the last 26 years he has traversed the entire value chain of the petroleum industry posting resounding performance in all his assignments and duty posts. Under his watch, the Crude Oil Marketing Division has recorded noticeable transformation in the management and sales of the various Nigeria’s crude oil grades via an infusion of transparency and automation of the processes.

George Magnus

George Magnus

Independent Economist and Research Associate
Oxford University's China Centre and SOAS

George Magnus is an independent economist and commentator, and Research Associate at the China Centre, Oxford University, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Mr Magnus was the Chief Economist, and then Senior Economic Adviser at UBS Investment Bank from 1995-2012.  Whilst at UBS, he served for four years as the Chair of the Investment Committee of the pension and life assurance fund. For four years until 2016, he served finally as an external senior adviser with clients of the investment bank. He had previously worked as the Chief Economist at SG Warburg (1987-1995), and before that in a senior capacity before ‘Big Bang’ at Laurie Milbank/Chase Securities, and before that, Bank of America in London and San Francisco.

Mr Mangus notably predicted a ‘Minsky Moment’ in 2007 prior to the financial crisis, and is closely followed nowadays for his insights and observations about the global economy in general, and China and demographics, in particular. He is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Prospect Magazine, BBC TV and radio, Bloomberg TV and other outlets. His written work and a blog can be found on his website at www.georgemagnus.com Mr Magnus’s current book, Red Flags: why Xi’s China is in Jeopardy was published in September 2018 by Yale University Press. It examines China’s contemporary economic and commercial challenges and aspirations to modernity in the light of a governance system that is a throwback to much earlier times in the People’s Republic. His earlier books are The Age of Aging (2008), which investigated the effects of the unique experience of demographic change on the global economy; and Uprising: will emerging markets shape or shake the world economy? (2011) which examined the rise of China and other major emerging markets, and questioned controversially the widely accepted narrative that China was destined to rule the world.

Chris Mahoney

Chris Mahoney

Chief Executive Officer
Glencore Agriculture Ltd

Chris Mahoney joined Glencore in September 1998. From September 1998 until November 2002, he was responsible for Glencore’s agricultural product activities in the CIS, South Africa and South America. In November 2002, he became director of the Agricultural Products business segment, overseeing all global farming, logistics, processing and marketing businesses, responsible for both strategy and operations. In December 2016 following the acquisition of 50% of Glencore Agricultural Products by CPPIB and BCIMC and the formation of Glencore Agriculture Ltd he became Chief Executive Officer. Before joining Glencore, he spent 17 years with Cargill, being based in the UK, the U.S., Singapore and Switzerland, and held various management positions in sugar and grain, gaining expertise in the agricultural products industry and marketing operations. He graduated from Oxford University.

Ueli Maurer

Ueli Maurer

Head of the Federal Department of Finance FDF
President of the Swiss Confederation

Ueli Maurer was born on 1 December 1950 and grew up in Hinwil (ZH). Following his apprenticeship as a commercial clerk, he worked in agriculture and was manager of an agricultural cooperative for twenty years. From 1994 to 2008, he was head of the Zurich Farmers Association.

In 1983, Mr Maurer was elected onto the Zurich cantonal parliament. In 1991, he gained a seat on the National Council, and between 1996 and 2008, he was president of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP). On 10 December 2008, the Federal Assembly elected Mr Maurer to the Federal Council. From 2009 to 2015, he headed the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS). On 5 December 2012, the Federal Assembly elected Mr Maurer as president of the Swiss Confederation for 2013. Since 1 January 2016, he has been head of the Federal Department of Finance. This year Mr Maurer is also president of the Swiss Confederation.

Andreas  Missbach

Andreas Missbach

Heads of Commodities, Trade and Finance and Joint Managing Director
Public Eye

Dr Andreas Missbach heads the Commodities, Trade and Finance Department and is Joint Managing Director of Public Eye. He is a social scientist with a Ph.D on the North-South conflict in the UN Climate Change negotiations. Before joining Public Eye (formerly Berne Declaration) he was Environmental and Foreign Policy editor of a Swiss weekly newspaper. At Public Eye he initially focused on the development and human rights related aspects of Swiss banks and of Switzerland’s role as a tax haven.

In 2011 together with a team of co-authors Dr Missbach published “Commodities – Switzerland’s most dangerous business”, the first book about the commodity trading business in Switzerland. The book triggered a debate in Switzerland and beyond about Switzerland’s role and its responsibilities as a global trading hub. His team has published a series of investigative reports on the questionable practices of Swiss commodity trading companies as well as issuing policy proposals to regulate this sector for the common good. Dr Missbach is also a member of the committee that launched the Responsible Business Initiative, a referendum to be voted by the Swiss population in 2020. 

Public Eye is a Swiss non-governmental organisation with 25,000 members. Through its research and campaigning, Public Eye advocates for the respect of human rights throughout the world, and fights injustices with a significant link to Switzerland.

James Nicholson

James Nicholson

Head of Corporate Responsibility
Trafigura Pte Ltd

James Nicholson is Head of Corporate Responsibility at Trafigura, having joined the company in 2010 to help establish a Corporate Affairs team.  

Responsible for driving the Group’s responsibility agenda worldwide, Mr Nicholson's focus has included developing the company’s leadership position on transparency and stakeholder engagement in the commodity trading sector.  In 2015, Trafigura became the first privately owned commodities trader to release an annual Corporate Responsibility report and to disclose payments to governments for oil in accordance with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative standard.  More recently, Mr Nicholson has led Trafigura’s efforts in pursuit of the responsible sourcing of metals and minerals and, more widely, the assimilation by Trafigura of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Mr Nicholson graduated from Lancaster University with a BA (Hons) in Management and Organisation Studies before joining De Beers as a management trainee.

Fredrik  Reinfeldt

Fredrik Reinfeldt

Chairman
Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

Fredrik Reinfeldt has been active in Swedish and international politics for over 25 years. As Party leader and Swedish Prime Minister, Mr Reinfeldt reinvented the Moderate Party (centre-right) and formed a four-party alliance that won two successive elections.

Today Mr Reinfeldt holds international speeches on the geopolitical situation, leadership and the need for job reforms in Europe. Having been a member of the European Council for 8 years and its President for six months, he has an extensive international network. In February 2016 Mr Reinfeldt was elected as chair to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). The EITI is an international coalition of stakeholders working together to promote open and accountable management of natural resources.

In March 2016 Mr Reinfeldt was appointed as Senior Advisor to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mr Reinfeldt hosted a TV interview series in 2016/2017 called “Toppmötet” (The Summit) with Condoleezza Rice, Tony Blair, Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Jens Stoltenberg.

Christophe Salmon

Christophe Salmon

Chief Financial Officer
Trafigura Group Pte Ltd

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

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

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

Hiroki Sato

Hiroki Sato

Chief LNG Transactions Officer
JERA

Mr Hiroki Sato is one of the foundation members of JERA from Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. and is now Chief LNG Transactions Officer, Senior Executive Vice President of JERA Co., Inc. and Special Advisor of Chubu. He graduated from Keio University, specialising in Marketing Management and has previously worked as a diplomat in Middle East.

Mr Sato has over 25 years of experience in LNG business. He has made several innovative deals such as the first MSPA in Asia, joint purchasing, time swap, tripartite SPA, liquefaction tolling agreements in Freeport LNG Project, capacity agreement with European players whilst at Chubu and JERA.

Valmor Schaffer

Valmor Schaffer

MD Global Asset Management, MD Brazil
COFCO International

Valmor Schaffer leads the Global Asset Management organisation and 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.

Andre Schneiter

Andre Schneiter

Global Chief Information Officer
COFCO International

Mr Schneiter has over 20 years of experience in information technology, having held executive positions in trading, consulting and technology companies. He joined COFCO International in 2016 as Chief Information Officer Latin America and was appointed Global Chief Information Officer in 2017. Mr Schneiter joined COFCO International from Odebrecht, a Brazilian engineering and construction company, where he held the position of Chief Information Officer. Previously he worked at IBM and PwC in Brazil. Mr Schneiter holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pontifícia Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and an executive MBA from Business School São Paulo. 

Nick Stansbury

Nick Stansbury

Head of Commodity Research
Legal & General Investment Management

Nick Stansbury is the Head of Commodity Research at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) . He joined in 2013 as a Fund Manager in LGIM’s Global Equity team, focused on energy and natural resources. Prior to joining LGIM he was an Investment Director for Developed Asia and Global Emerging Markets at Standard Life Investments. 

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor

Chairman
Vitol Group

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

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

Torbjörn Törnqvist

Torbjörn Törnqvist

Chief Executive Officer
Gunvor Group

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

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

Simon Vere Nicoll

Simon Vere Nicoll

Partner
Clyde & Co

Simon Vere Nicoll advises on public and private company corporate finance transactions including IPOs and secondary offerings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity transactions and provides inward investment and fund structuring advice, often with a cross-border or multi-jurisdictional element.

His practice focuses on advising international companies, investors, commodities and industrials, fund providers, developers, and other intermediaries operating in the commodities, trade, industrials, energy and property sectors. He is known for providing specialist advice on the structuring and financing of joint ventures and inward investment and fund structuring advice, often with a cross-border or multi-jurisdictional element and on solvent restructuring as well as M&A activity.

Guillaume Vermersch

Guillaume Vermersch

Group Chief Financial Officer
Mercuria group

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

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

Jeremy Weir

Jeremy Weir

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Trafigura Group Pte Ltd

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

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

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

Helene Ziv-Douki

Helene Ziv-Douki

CAN RMS Global Director, Cargill Animal Nutrition
Cargill

Helene Ziv-Douki is the Risk Management and Sourcing Director for Cargill Animal Nutrition. Ms Ziv-Douki has worked for Cargill since 2003. In Cargill she has held a variety of roles as Trading Global Leader, in Ocean Transportation, Coal and Petroleum. Prior to her career in Cargill, Ms Ziv-Douki worked in Paris for four years at Louis Dreyfus Commodities as a Grain Trader. 

Ms Ziv-Douki holds an MBA from the Neoma Business School in France and spent one year as an exchange student at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Brazil. She has lived in France, Brazil and Switzerland, speaks fluent English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. Ms Ziv-Douki is originally from Paris and lives in Geneva. She has been engaging in the Geneva Cargill Women Network and the “Feminin Pluriel” Global Association, promoting Gender Diversity and Inclusion at Cargill and in the Industries she is involved with.

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FT CONTRIBUTORS (8)

Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber

Editor
Financial Times

Lionel Barber is the Editor of the Financial Times. Since his appointment in 2005, Mr Barber has helped solidify the FT’s position as one of the first publishers to successfully transform itself into a multichannel news organisation. During his tenure, the FT has won numerous global prizes for its journalism, including Newspaper of the Year, Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards.

Mr Barber has co-written several books and has lectured widely on foreign policy, transatlantic relations, and European security and monetary union in the US and Europe, and appears regularly on TV and radio around the world. As Editor, he has interviewed many of the world’s leaders in business and politics, including US President Donald Trump, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, and President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.

Mr Barber has received several distinguished awards, including the St George Society medal of honour and the Legion d’Honneur for his contribution to journalism. In February 2018 he received The Media Society's Annual Award. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Tate and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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.

Emiko  Terazono

Emiko Terazono

Commodities Correspondent
Financial Times

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

Gideon Rachman

Gideon Rachman

Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator
Financial Times

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

David  Sheppard

David Sheppard

Energy Editor
Financial Times

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

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

Anjli Raval

Anjli Raval

Oil & Gas Correspondent
Financial Times

Anjli Raval is the FT's Oil and Gas 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

Commodities Correspondent
Financial Times

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

Alan Livsey

Alan Livsey

Lex Research Editor
Financial Times

Alan Livsey is the Financial Times Lex Research Editor. He joined the Lex column in 2014 after fifteen years in investment management. Based in London his specialities include energy, natural resources and telecoms as well as the emerging markets. In the past he worked in Hong Kong and later in Tokyo as a market strategist for Kleinwort Benson. Later he managed equity portfolios, for Deutsche Asset Management and others, travelling widely in the Americas and Europe. Mr Livsey is a graduate of both Oxford University and University of Maryland and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.  He is a member of the Board of CFA UK.  

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Agenda - 25th Mar

  • 4:00pm
    Commodities Dialogue: Opportunity, Transparency and Governance

    Metals, minerals and oil are a crucial source of revenue for many nations where corruption and embezzlement are ever present risks. In this debate we will discuss the part disclosure and transparency can play in promoting good governance and ethical business practices in resource rich countries and ask what is the best way forward for the industry. The panel will also consider how powerful commodity trading hubs like Switzerland can encourage openness in an industry still viewed by many, rightly or wrongly, as opaque and secretive.    

  • 6:30pm
    Welcome Reception
  • 8:30pm
    Evening Nightcap

Agenda - 26th Mar

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Networking
  • 9:00am
    Welcome & Opening Remarks

    Opening Keynote Address

    Keynote Address

    The Geopolitics of Commodities
    In an era of strongman leaders and great-power rivalry, geopolitics has emerged as a key driver of commodity prices and investor sentiment. We take a look at some of the factors that could impact markets in the year ahead from the China-US trade war, to the future of Opec, US foreign policy in the Middle East and how China will manage its dependence on imported commodities.

    CEO Discussion - Trading the Oil Market
    After a tough start to 2018 as margins were squeezed by a market shift, oil traders have enjoyed more favourable conditions over the past six months. But markets remain volatile with considerable uncertainty around supply and demand, while competition remains fierce. With two of the biggest names in the industry, we consider the outlook for oil trading and ask where future opportunities lie. 

    Break

    China - Growth, Stimulus and Reform
    As the world’s biggest consumer of raw materials China is of crucial importance to the commodities industry. A leading economist will deliver their prognosis for the world’s second biggest economy, considering the response of policymakers to a slowdown in growth, Beijing’s reform agenda and crackdown on pollution.

    CEO Discussion: A World Transformed
    In the last decade the oil market has gone from the dizzy heights of the $100 crude era through the bust of 2014-16, before enduring a sometimes volatile recovery. While the long-term outlook for the oil market is still far from certain, one thing is known for sure: the biggest transformation has been driven by the explosive growth of the US shale industry.

    From shale’s prospects for continued growth as the US becomes the world’s largest crude oil producer, to the defensive alliance that has been forged between Saudi Arabia and Russia, the US energy patch is now dictating the market’s future.

    For commodity traders, the ability to thrive in this new battleground has become a major opportunity, helping producers manage the journey from wellhead to refinery, and shipping vast volumes of the US shale bounty overseas. But what does the future for shale look like and how will it continue to impact the broader market. 

    M&A Panel - Deal-Making in Commodities
    What are the prospects for deal-making in 2019 and beyond, and where is consolidation needed? Mining, agriculture or energy?

    Lunch

    Keynote Address

    Leaders' Debate -  Rethinking the Agribusiness
    Technology, transparency and financial market volatility has changed agricultural commodity trading, eroding the classical edge of the industry’s big players. Faced with markets that arbitrage information instantaneously, trading companies are adapting their business models, putting a greater focus on downstream activities like processing, as they seek to get closer to the customer. But how far should they go and does consolidation provide an answer?

    View from the Top

    Break

    Leaders' Debate - Growth or Returns?
    Since the brutal price downturn of 2014, miners have slashed spending on new projects and balked at doing transformational deals. Instead they have focused on returning as much cash as possible to their shareholders. But at some point they need to invest and replace the metals and minerals they dig out of the ground. We ask how the mining industry can deliver sustainable growth and avoid a return to the boom and bust cycles of the past.  

    FT Lex Debate
    Investors in fossil fuel producers. Are they doomed?

    Closing Conversation

  • 6:30pm
    Summit Reception & Dinner

Agenda - 27th Mar

  • 8:00am
    Women in Commodities - Breakfast Session

    This panel debate will consider how the commodities sector can improve the gender imbalance and create more opportunities for women throughout all parts of the industry. What are the barriers to entry, what are the benefits of having a diversified organisation at all levels and what is being done to achieve this?

    View from the Top

    CFO Roundtable
    The finance chiefs of the world’s biggest commodity traders debate the outlook for the industry and reflect on the performance of the past year.

    The Financialisation of Commodities - Myth or Reality?
    We discuss whether the growth of futures markets has changed the nature of commodity trading, creating more volatility and making the path convergence more difficult to navigate.

    Break

    The Future of Food
    One of the biggest challenges in the agricultural commodities industry is how it can meet rising demand for protein while at the same time reducing its carbon footprint. This panel debate will consider what part technology can play in providing a solution; the increasing need for other sources of protein and how the industry can create sustainable food systems and meet the requirements of increasingly demanding customers.

    The Energy Transition
    The energy industry is on the brink of profound change as the world moves to cleaner forms of power a trend known as decarbonisation. A successful transition will require substantial investment if the world’s is to cut cut emissions and at the same time meet global demand for energy. Managing this shift will not be easy and will force companies to rethink business models and experiment with new technologies.

    LNG - Coming of Age
    The LNG market is growing up fast with a new class of buyers and sellers emerging around the world. These new participants have less interest in traditional ways of doing business and are demanding more flexibility. This is putting pressure on funding models and price benchmarks. There is also another important dimension to the LNG market with the Trump administration keen to push US exports for economic and political purposes, such as weakening Russia’s influence in Europe.

    A paperless post trade world
    In 2018, five of the world’s leading agricultural commodities companies launched an initiative to revolutionise post trade documentation digitising contracts, letters of credit, invoices and other paperwork currently sent around the world by email, fax or post. Together, they aim to co-develop a product that provides a secure, transparent and efficient method of managing these important tasks. In this session, two leaders in the fields of technology and trade execution will explain the challenge facing the market, the results of their market research to date and they will begin to chart a course for modernising today’s manual processes.

  • 1:15pm
    Close of the Summit & Lunch

Who attends

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

The FT Commodities Global Summit is attended by:

  • C-Suite, VP and Directors
  • Fund Managers
  • Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC)
  • Market Risk Analysts
  • Commodity Traders
  • Heads of Commodity Procurement
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ROOM RESERVATIONS
A limited number of bedrooms has been allocated by the Financial Times for the Summit attendees at the Beau-Rivage Palace and the adjoining Angleterre & Residence hotel for the duration of the summit.

BEAU- RIVAGE PALACE:
Available dates: 24 March – 27 March 2019
Accommodation rate per night: *CHF 430.00 single occupancy / CHF 480.00 double occupancy
Parking: CHF 40.00 per car / per day

Hotel reservation - BRP Lausanne 2019

ANGLETERRE & RESIDENCE:
Available dates: 25 March – 27 March 2019
Accommodation rate per night: *CHF 345.00 single occupancy / CHF 375.00 double occupancy
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BEAU-RIVAGE PALACE
Place du Port 17-19
CH 1000 LAUSANNE 6
Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0)21 613 33 33
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Email: info@brp.ch

Just 30 minutes from Geneva International Airport, less than four hours by train from Paris and just three hours from Milan, the hotel is ideally situated at the heart of a major European crossroad.

In Lausanne, the hotel enjoys not only its nearness to the heart of the city, but also its fame as a haven of peace and quiet on the shores of Lac Leman.

ARRIVE BY CAR
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1000 Lausanne 6

By motorway from Geneva: exit Lausanne sud.
You will at that moment be on the avenue de Rhodanie that you must follow for aproximately 2 km and then turn left on Avenue d'Ouchy (you will see a Château on your right).
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Take the first road on the right (chemin du Beau-Rivage) and the Beau-Rivage Palace is approximately 80 metres further on.

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Less than 10 minutes by taxi or Underground M2 direction Ouchy in 5 minutes.

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Founding Sponsor (1)

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

In 2014, Mercuria completed the acquisition of the J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. Physical Commodities Unit. In 2016, Mercuria welcomed the strategic investment by China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina), in addition to the investment by China Materials Storage and Transportation Development (CMST) into the Henry Bath warehousing business. In 2017, Mercuria Group completed the acquisition of the gas and power trading unit of Noble Americas Corp.
 
More than 1,000 people are operating from offices worldwide to sustain Mercuria’s extensive business reach in more than 50 countries with their market knowledge, diversity, and experience. Mercuria's expertise covers all segments of the energy market, including associated environmental products, and extends to iron ore, dry-bulk freight, base metals, concentrates, and petrochemicals.
 
The group maintains sound infrastructure capabilities, including oil petroleum products storage terminals and production assets. These investments underpin Mercuria’s growing presence as a leading player in the global market.
 
Recognizing the ever-growing correlation between energy products, commodities, and financial services, Mercuria is providing commodity financing solutions ranging from prepayments to structured joint ventures with its business partners.

Gold Sponsor (2)

With 12,000 people in 35 countries, COFCO International is the overseas agriculture business platform for COFCO Corporation, China's largest food and agriculture company. COFCO International is focused on being a leader in the global grains, oilseeds and sugar supply chains, with assets across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The company trades with over 50 nations, while providing farmers unique direct access to the growing Chinese market. In 2017, COFCO International handled over 100 million tonnes of related commodities with revenues of $34bn. The company is accelerating its growth to create a world-class integrated global agriculture supply chain, anchored in China and competing globally.

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

Silver Sponsor (7)

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

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

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

Corteva Agriscience™, the agriculture division of DowDuPont™, is the only major agriscience company completely dedicated to agriculture. By combining the strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences, we’ve harnessed agriculture’s brightest minds and expertise gained over two centuries of scientific achievement.

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 www.ldc.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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

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

Founded in 1993, Trafigura is one of the largest physical commodities trading groups in the world. Trafigura sources, stores, transports and delivers a range of raw materials, including oil and refined products and metals and minerals, to clients around the world. The trading business is supported by industrial and financial assets, including 49.3 percent owned global oil products storage and distribution company Puma Energy; global terminals, warehousing and logistics operator Impala Terminals; Trafigura's Mining Group; and Galena Asset Management. The Company is owned by around 700 of its 4,300 employees who work in 66 offices in 38 countries around the world. Trafigura has achieved substantial growth over recent years, growing revenue from USD12 billion in 2003 to USD180.7 billion in 2018. The Group has been connecting its customers to the global economy for more than two decades, growing prosperity by advancing trade.

Drinks reception sponsor (1)

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

Vitol’s clients include national oil companies, multinationals, leading industrial and chemical companies and the world’s largest airlines. Founded in Rotterdam in 1966, today Vitol serves clients from some 40 offices worldwide and is invested in energy assets globally including: circa 18mm3 of storage across six continents, 480kbpd of refining capacity and 5,000 service stations across Africa, Australia, Eurasia and in Northwest Europe. Revenues in 2017 were USD 181 billion

Welcome drinks reception (1)

Rabobank is an international financial services provider operating on the basis of cooperative principles. Focus is on broad financial services provision in the Netherlands and primarily on the food and agribusiness internationally. Rabobank has approximately 61,000 employees, who serve 10 million customers in 44 countries. 

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

Our Trade & Commodity Finance unit fuses our expertise in agri, energy and metals commodities with in-depth product knowledge. This knowledge forms the basis of our professional support for all your international trade transactions. A range of specialized products can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. We develop client relationships into trusted, long-term partnerships and serve our clients with value-added strategic advice and solutions. We cover our global client base with a branch network spanning 12 countries in order to deliver the best advice and solutions to our clients, wherever you are located.

Breakfast Seminar Sponsor (1)

Founded in 1962 in Stamford, Connecticut, Gerald Group is one of the world’s largest independent and employee-owned metal trading house for the merchanting of non-ferrous, ferrous and precious metals, as well as related concentrates and raw materials. With 18 offices around the world, including trading hubs in Shanghai, Stamford and Morges, Gerald has a market presence in all regions of the world. A dedicated and trusted partner to leading miners and processors, industrial consumers and major financial institutions, Gerald’s global footprint, conservative risk management culture, market expertise and innovative trading desks combined with logistics, storage and structured finance solutions, are complimented by strategic relationships, enhancing the business’ capability to provide customers access to a diverse and steady supply of resources. www.gerald.com

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Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 435,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Day 2 Lunch Sponsor (1)

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

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

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

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

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