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Industries, Commodities

FT Commodities Global Summit 2019

Natural Resources in Transition

Lausanne |  - 
Speakers include:
Ueli Maurer

Ueli Maurer

President of the Swiss Confederation

Mele Kyari

Mele Kyari

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

The Rt Hon Lord  Barker of Battle PC

The Rt Hon Lord Barker of Battle PC

En+ Group


We look forward to welcoming you to FT Commodities Global Summit in 2020. To find out more information or to register, please visit  

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.

We look forward to welcoming you to FT Commodities Global Summit. If you have any questions regarding your registration, please contact James Jago on +44 7776 824 043

fallback Add to my Calendar 03/25/2019 15:30:0003/27/2019 15:00:00trueFT Commodities Global Summit 2019We look forward to welcoming you to FT Commodities Global Summit in 2020. To find out more information or to register, please visit  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.We look forward to welcoming you to FT Commodities Global Summit. If you have any questions regarding your registration, please contact James Jago on +44 7776 824 043. FT-Commodities-Global-Summit-201927f7b0253721408bb6d2808d862bbd83MM/DD/YYYY

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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


Speakers (59)

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.

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.

The Rt Hon Lord  Barker of Battle PC

The Rt Hon Lord Barker of Battle PC

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.

Michael Barton

Michael Barton

Portfolio Manager
Orion Resource Partners

Mr Michael Barton is a Portfolio Manager at Orion, a mining-focused investment business with approximately US$4.7 billion under management (as at June 30, 2018), which provides flexible capital investment solutions to mining companies in the base and precious metals sector.

Prior to Orion, Mr Barton was Chief Executive Officer of Pala Investments, a mining‐focused investment company based in Zug, Switzerland, and prior to that, was Vice President at Hatch Corporate Finance (now HCF International Advisers), a mining and
metals‐focused corporate finance boutique.

Mr Barton holds a First Class Honours degree in Geography from the University of Leicester and is a qualified chartered accountant (ICAEW).

Alex Beard

Alex Beard

Chief Executive Officer, Oil & Gas

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

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

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

Eric Bensaude

Eric Bensaude

Managing Director
Cheniere Energy

Mr Bensaude is in charge of LNG Commercial Operations and Portfolio Management for Cheniere and sits on the Sabine Pass Liquefaction board of directors.

He has more than 20 years of experience in the energy, oil and natural gas trading and marketing business. Prior to joining Cheniere, Mr Bensaude served as Head of Global LNG at EDF Trading where he set up and ran the LNG trading and marketing department. Previous assignments include: General Manager for natural gas and LNG origination.

Prior to EDF Trading, Mr Bensaude was an Associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton in the Energy Practice, working on a variety of gas & power assignments. He started his career in energy as a trader of middle distillates for Total and previously served as the representative for the French bank, Société Générale, in Canton, PR of China. Mr Bensaude held the position of Vice-Chairman of the European Federation of Energy Traders Gas Committee while at EDF Trading.

Mr Bensaude holds an MBA from ESSEC, business school in France, and studied Mandarin at Paris 7 Jussieu.

Kingsmill  Bond

Kingsmill Bond

Energy Strategist
Carbon Tracker

Kingsmill Bond, CFA is the 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. Kingsmill has worked as a sell-side City equity analyst and strategist for 25 years, including for Deutsche Bank, Sberbank 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 US energy independence. 

At Carbon Tracker he has written about the impact of the energy transition on financial markets, domestic politics and geopolitics, and authored a series of reports on the myths of the energy transition, looking at the many arguments made by incumbents to deny the reality of change.

He has an MA in history from Cambridge University, qualified as an accountant (CIMA), and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification.

Meg Brown

Meg Brown

Managing Director
Impax Asset Management

Meg Brown heads up marketing across Impax and leads the London-based sales team covering UK, continental Europe and Asia. Meg also co-heads our impact investing work.

She has extensive experience in sustainable investing and research, having begun her career in 2002. As head of Citi's top ranked Climate and Sustainable Investment Research team she worked with institutional and private clients across Europe on impact and responsible investment. Ms Brown joined Impax in 2014 following a period as a consultant to private sector and not for profit clients in designing responsible investment strategies, including acting as the UK Liaison for the Global Impact Investing Network. 

Ms Brown has a MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and is a non-executive director on the board of the Carbon Tracker Initiative.

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

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

Chief Operating Officer 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.

Mark Cutifani

Mark Cutifani

Chief Executive
Anglo American

Mark Cutifani (61) has been Chief Executive of Anglo American since April 2013. He is a member of the Board and Group Management Committee (GMC), is a non-executive director of Anglo American Platinum, chairman of Anglo American South Africa (AASA) and chairman of De Beers. He was appointed as an independent director of Total S.A. on 26 May 2017 and The Power of Nutrition on 12 February 2018.

Having begun his career in 1976 as a trainee engineer in the Australian coal mines, Mark has since worked across six continents, 25 countries and with more than 20 commodities. 

He has built a reputation based on his broad industry, technical and commercial knowledge, and is recognised as an industry innovator with a track record of building high performance teams and delivering improvements across all facets of the business. 

Mark was previously CEO of AngloGold Ashanti Limited, a position he held from 2007-2013. Before joining AngloGold Ashanti, Mark was COO at Vale Inco where he was responsible for Vale’s global nickel business. Prior to this he held senior executive positions with the Normandy Group, Sons of Gwalia, Western Mining Corporation, Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines and CRA (Rio Tinto).

With a leadership style that puts its focus on people development, accountability and the delivery of sustainable value, Mark has placed an emphasis on developing strong shareholder, employee and stakeholder relationships.

Mark graduated from Wollongong University, New South Wales, with a BSc in Engineering and holds two honorary doctorates awarded by Wollongong and the Laurentian University in Canada.

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.

Jessica Fung

Jessica Fung

Vice President

Jessica Fung is head of Pala’s in-house macro and commodities research.  Her work contributes to Pala’s long-term and liquid investment strategies, with a focus on emerging technologies such as the impact of electric vehicles, renewables and blockchain on commodities markets.  Prior to joining the investment team at Pala, Ms Fung was a Commodities Strategist at BMO Capital Markets, a member of their top-ranked Metals & Mining global research team.

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.

Paul Graves

Paul Graves

President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director
Livent Corp.

Paul Graves is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Livent. Before joining Livent, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of FMC. 

Mr Graves previously served as a Managing Director and Partner in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs Group in Hong Kong and was the co-head of Natural Resources for Asia. He also served as the Global Head of Agricultural Investment Banking and Global Head of Chemical Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs.

Mr Graves earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance from Nottingham Trent University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA).

Andy Hall

Andy Hall

Hedge Fund Manager

Andrew Hall was the head of commodities-trading firm Phibro LLC for over 20 years and the founder and CEO of Astenbeck Capital Management LLC., a $3 billion commodities-focused hedge fund manager.

Mr Hall has an MA in chemistry from Oxford University and an MBA from France’s INSEAD business school where, in 1980, he won the Henry Ford prize for top graduate.

After graduating from Oxford in 1973, Mr Hall joined British Petroleum where he served in various posts, the last as Vice President of BP North America Trading in New York. He left BP to join Phibro Energy in 1982. Mr Hall joined the Board of Directors of Salomon Inc., the parent company of Phibro, in 1991 and became CEO of Phibro in 1992.

Mr Hall is an internationally renowned art collector. In 2007, he and his wife Christine Hall founded the Hall Art Foundation whose mission is to make available art works from its own collection and that of the Halls for the enjoyment and education of the public.

Mr Hall currently serves on the advisory boards of Orbital Insight and Enerjen Capital.

Mark Hankins

Mark Hankins

Director, Enterprise Architecture
Archer Daniels Midland

Mark Hankins is director, enterprise architecture within Archer Daniels Midland Company’s global IT organisation. In that position, he is a leader in the company’s efforts to align and embed the business strategy within the IT strategy.  Mr Hankins has a specific focus on leveraging both traditional and emerging technologies to drive the Enterprise Strategy.  Recently this has included identifying and delivering initiatives to support the use of robotics, Blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning into the organisation.

Mr Hankins has served in a variety of positions since joining ADM in 2010 as director, strategic projects. In previous roles, he has taken responsibility for master data management, project and portfolio management, and supported the integration of joint ventures and acquisitions. Before coming to ADM, he worked in the consulting industry mainly focused on large scale transformation programs in which technology played a leading or disruptive role.

Mr Hankins holds a bachelor’s of science in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Bristol and is also a certified professional Enterprise Architect and Management Accountant.

Russell Hardy

Russell Hardy

Group CEO
Vitol Group

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.

Tony  Hayward

Tony Hayward


Tony 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 Tony 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.

Tony is a member of the British Museum’s Chairman’s Advisory Board, chairs Aston University Development Board and is Advisor to the European Institute of Bioenergy at Aston University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a visiting Professor in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh.
Tony 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.

Alan  Haywood

Alan Haywood

Chief Executive, Integrated Supply & Trading

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.

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

Daniel F. Hines

Daniel F. Hines

Chief Financial Officer
Castleton Commodities International LLC

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

Richard Horrocks-Taylor

Richard Horrocks-Taylor

Global Head, Metals and Mining
Standard Chartered

Richard has over 25 years’ experience as a corporate finance adviser to companies in the Metals & Mining sector.  Before joining Standard Chartered in August 2018, Richard was Regional Head of RBC Capital Markets Metals & Mining Group based in London where he spent 13 years advising clients on M&A and capital markets transactions.  Prior to RBC, Richard worked for 8 years at Flemings/JPMorgan in London, Johannesburg and Hong Kong.  Richard was also one of the founders of Hatch Corporate Finance in 2003.   Richard has extensive advisory experience with large to mid-cap clients including Glencore, ArcelorMittal, Barrick, First Quantum and Orion Mine Finance.

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

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.

Philip Lambert

Philip Lambert

Chief Executive Officer
Lambert Energy Advisory

Philip Lambert is CEO of Lambert Energy Advisory Ltd (LEA), which is one of London’s leading M&A and Strategic Advisory firms, having been advisors on over $110 billion of Energy M&A transactions in the last few years. Milestone transactions, on which LEA has advised, include BASF/Wintershall’s merger with DEA in 2018, Total’s acquisition of Maersk Oil in 2017 and BP’s alliance with Rosneft in 2013.
Prior to 1999, Mr Lambert was head of Dresdner Kleinwort’s Global Energy Investment Banking team.

George Magnus

George Magnus

Independent Economist and Commentator
Research Associate, China Centre, Oxford University

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. George was the Chief Economist, and then Senior Economic Adviser at UBS Investment Bank from 1995-2016. He served for four years as the Chair of the Investment Committee of the pension and life assurance fund. 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 prior to that with Bank of America in London and San Francisco. George is closely followed nowadays for his insights and observations about the global economy in general, but with a specific focus on China and demographics. His China focus derives from a long period of observation and study that goes back to his first visit in 1994. He is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Prospect Magazine, BBC TV and radio, Bloomberg TV and other outlets. George’s current book, Red Flags: why Xi’s China is in Jeopardy was published in 2018 by Yale University Press, and then in paperback with newly commissioned material. It examines China’s contemporary economic and commercial challenges and aspirations to modernity in the light of the governance system of President Xi. 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.

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.

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.

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. 

Wendy Moss

Wendy Moss

Head of the Strategic Management and Development Group
Trafigura Pte Ltd

In 2018, Wendy Moss was appointed Head of Trafigura’s Strategic Management and Development Group, a team of senior traders responsible for key strategic commercial relationships across the oil trading department globally. Ms Moss also takes an interest in Trafigura’s rapidly growing US businesses, specifically looking at the Permian and Corpus Christi development projects and how they will impact the global oil flows for the Group.

Prior to this role Ms Moss spent several years looking after Trafigura’s European crude oil business, including managing key refinery processing contracts and significant tankage positions throughout the region. Ms Moss also co-ordinated multi-year Russian crude oil and products offtake contracts. 

Prior to joining Trafigura in 2004, Ms Moss spent 10 years at Shell as a crude oil trader, working across a broad range of regions including the Middle East, Asia and West Africa. She holds a M.Eng degree in Chemical Engineering and joined Shell as a graduate in downstream marketing.

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.

Simone  Niven

Simone Niven

Group Executive, Corporate Relations

Simone Niven was appointed Corporate Relations Group executive in January 2017. Ms Niven joined Rio Tinto in 2008 and has accountability for the Group’s reputation and corporate relations areas – external affairs,
communities, media, brand, reputation and employee communications. She also has responsibility for the leadership of the country and regional office teams including Africa, Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, UK and the US.

Prior to joining Rio Tinto Ms Niven spent over 15 years working in senior roles at some of the world’s largest companies across many continents, including Vodafone, the United Technologies group, Smiths Group plc and Smith & Nephew plc in a range of corporate relations fields. A graduate of the University of Canberra, Australia, Simone has lived and worked in Sydney and London. She began her career in communications in 1993 as a communications officer at the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

Ms Niven  is a board member of both The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the UK-Japan 21st Century Group.

Mark Quartermain

Mark Quartermain

Vice President Global Crude Oil Trading & Supply
Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited

Mark Quartermain is responsible for Shell’s global trading and supply activity for Crude. Between 2013 and the end of 2017 he had been responsible for the parallel trading and supply activities in Oil Products.

Mr Quartermain has worked for Shell since graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Exeter University in 1983. The majority of his career has been spent in various roles in crude oil and products trading, natural gas and powered trading, risk management, and manufacturing. He has an MBA and was also responsible for Downstream Strategy from 2011-2013 where he played a leading role in the development of the
Powering the Downstream Engine initiative. 

Graham  Ramsbottom

Graham Ramsbottom

Chief Executive Officer
Wheatsheaf Group

Graham Ramsbottom joined The Grosvenor Estate, an organisation with almost 1,000 years of history, in March 2009 and was instrumental in founding Wheatsheaf Group in 2011, being appointed as its Chief Executive. Mr Ramsbottom has led the  Wheatsheaf Group’s development to become one of the world’s leading investors and operators of businesses in the AgFoodtech sector. Today the Group has a portfolio of over 20 cutting edge and disruptive companies which focus on themes including efficient protein production, supply chain integrity and safety, and the recovery and efficient use of essential nutrients.

Until 2009 Mr Ramsbottom worked for The Co-operative Group, the UKs largest Co-operative (and largest farmer), as Director of Rural Estates where he led a wide range of sustainable energy, rural and urban development projects throughout the UK. Prior to this, he was an Associate Partner with the land management consultancy, Strutt & Parker, managing rural enterprises and landholdings throughout Scotland and Northern England and developed a farm management consultancy specialising in the restructuring and management of traditional farm businesses. This followed a commission as an officer in the Royal Navy.

Mr Ramsbottom studied at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (BSc Agriculture), The Royal Agricultural College (MSc Rural Land Management). He completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme in 2010.

Fredrik  Reinfeldt

Fredrik Reinfeldt

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.

Stefano Rettore

Stefano Rettore

President - Origination, Trading and Operations
Archer Daniels Midland Company

Stefano Rettore is senior vice president and president of ADM’s Origination business unit. In that role, he is responsible for the commercial activities and operations of the company’s agricultural origination and global trading businesses, as well as ADM’s transportation network, which spans more than 75 countries. Mr Rettore is also ADM’s chief risk officer, and a member of the company’s Executive Council.

Mr Rettore joined ADM in 2017. Before that, he served as president, International, for CHS, based in Europe and with oversight of operations in Asia Pacific, EMEA and South America. He previously served as the company’s president, South America, from 2002 to 2014. He has more than two decades of global experience in the agribusiness industry. 

Mr Rettore holds a graduate degree in international economics from Università degli Studi di Torino in Turin, Italy.

Justine Ryan

Justine Ryan

Global Director, Commercial Partnering and Development
GE Renewable Energy

Justine Ryan was appointed the Global Director for Commercial Partnering and Development at GE Renewable Energy in May 2018, based in London. She is responsible for driving strategic partnerships and business growth across GE Renewable Energy’s portfolio of businesses through development, co-development and innovative commercial solutions.Ms Ryan’s scope includes corporate and industrial offtake, development capital and financing support which enable projects in the post-subsidy world of renewable energies.

In her previous role as Director for Energy Equity Investments Europe at GE Energy Financial Services, she was responsible for originating equity investments for GE. Prior to joining EFS, Ms Ryan worked for SSE (FTSE 100), one of the UK’s largest utilities company, as the Head of Business Development for UK and Ireland where she was responsible for end to end management of complex, high value acquisitions, disposals and JV strategy. She has over 15 years of experience in the energy sector and has held various senior management roles within SSE and Airtricity in strategy, business and project development space across onshore, offshore wind and thermal businesses with responsibilities for growing portfolio across the UK, Ireland and Poland.

Ms Ryan has an Executive MBA from HULT International Business School London, a Diploma in Financial Management (ACCA) from Dublin Business School, an MA from Queens University Belfast and an MSc from the University of Silesia, Poland. She is involved in social entrepreneurship initiatives and has been providing support to charitable causes, including fundraising for Children of Peru Charity as part of the New York Marathon in 2018.

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

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 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.

Rosmarie Schlup

Rosmarie Schlup

Head of the Macroeconomic Support Division
Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)

Rosmarie Schlup is Head of the Macroeconomic Support Division at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) since November 2016. In this function, she has been a member of the Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) representing a group of supporting countries. Her division’s portfolio covers a range of programs that target the extractive sector in resource rich developing countries, among them the EITI and World Bank, and IMF trust funds to strengthen resource governance and improve fiscal regimes. Additionally, she is responsible for programs that address specific difficulties with high relevance in the sector such as illicit financial flows, transfer pricing, tax avoidance and money laundering. She has previously worked as Senior Technical Assistance Officer at the International Monetary Fund’s Institute for Capacity Development and SECO’s Macroeconomic Support Division as Deputy Head.

Prior to joining the division, Ms Schlup was Deputy Head of SECO’s Export and Location Promotion Division and served as Head of Delegation to the Paris Club. Before joining SECO, she worked as policy advisor for the Swiss government. Ms Schlup holds a MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a MA in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.

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. 

Robert Serpollet

Robert Serpollet

Global Head of Trade Operations
Louis Dreyfus Company

Robert Serpollet is Global Head of Trade Operations at Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC). He is responsible for organising post-trade settlements of physical and derivative trades. Prior to his current role, he held various managerial positions in the company at regional and global levels, including that of Chief Operating Officer for the Europe & Black Sea Region, and Global Head of Organisational Strategy. Over the course of his career, Mr Serpollet has specialised in organisational change, and he is committed to the pursuit of operational excellence. Currently, he is leading the adoption of innovative technologies, such as blockchain, Robotics Process Automation and AI, across LDC’s trade operations structure. Mr Serpollet started his career in the telecom industry in France and worked with McKinsey before joining LDC. He is an alumnus of the ESSEC Business School in France. He holds a BSc in Physics and an MSc in Telecommunication.

Andrew Smart

Andrew Smart

Global Energy Industry Managing Director

Andrew Smart has worked with many of the world’s leading oil and gas companies, helping them to develop their strategies and direction, reset their organisations and transform key elements of their operating models. This has been driven both from his background in business diversification, growth and portfolio development, allied with a personal interest in corporate culture, industry performance and business change.
Given the exciting combination of market volatility and technological change in the industry, his current focus as Accenture’s Industry Senior Managing Director for Oil and Gas is to identify where and how Accenture can best help our clients find the right blend of ‘Human and Machine’ to take advantage of fast evolving digital technologies.

Benedikt  Sobotka

Benedikt Sobotka

Eurasian Resources Group (ERG)

Benedikt Sobotka is the CEO of Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), a leading producer of natural resources that employs 85,000 people on four continents. Mr Sobotka was born in Germany and has extensive experience in advisory/management roles in the mining and energy sectors. At BCG, he advised leading companies and held various management positions. Benedikt founded Minerals Values Service (MVS), among other high-tech startups, which was sold to Platts/Dow Jones in 2015. He holds a degree in management, studied in Europe, Russia and China and co-authored "China Champions", a Financial Times publication. He is particularly interested in international, CIS and East Asian geopolitical relations.

In 2017, ERG helped launch the Global Battery Alliance, a World Economic Forum initiative aimed at achieving a responsible battery supply chain. ERG is a founding member and partner of the Alliance while Benedikt is a co-chair. Aiming to ensure sustainable cobalt production and drive the Fourth Industrial Revolution, ERG initiated the Clean Cobalt programme. ERG’s Metalkol RTR project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is set to become one of the world’s leading cobalt producers and supply enough material to build over three million electric vehicles per year.

Nick Stansbury

Nick Stansbury

Head of Commodity Research
Legal & General Investment Management

Nick co-ordinates Legal & General Investment Management’s research into the investment implications of climate change and the energy transition. Alongside his research activities, he also manages a portfolio focused on the energy transition. Prior to joining LGIM, Nick worked for Standard Life Investments as an Investment Director in their Asia and Global Emerging Markets team.

Jon  Stanton

Jon Stanton

Chief Executive Officer
The Weir Group PLC

Jon Stanton is CEO of The Weir Group PLC, one of the largest global engineering businesses servicing the mining and oil and gas sectors. Founded in Glasgow, Scotland in 1871 Weir has operations in more than 70 countries.

Since becoming CEO in 2016 Mr Stanton has focused on building on Weir’s strengths as a leading provider of minerals technologies from extraction to concentration. Last year Weir completed the largest acquisition in its 148-year history with the purchase of ESCO Corporation, a global leader in ground engaging tools for large mining machines. As a result, more than 80% of Weir’s revenues are now generated from mining and oil and gas markets.

Mr Stanton first joined Weir as Group Finance Director in 2010 having previously been a partner with EY, where he led global board-level relationships with a number of FTSE-100 multi-national companies.

Jakob  Stausholm

Jakob Stausholm

Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer
Rio Tinto

Jakob Stausholm joined Rio Tinto in September 2018. He has worked in senior finance roles for over 20 years. Mr Stausholm worked 19 years for Shell across Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. In his last role as VP Finance for Asia Pacific, based in Singapore, he worked on developing the Changbei gas development that proudly was finalised to deliver gas to Beijing just ahead of the Olympics in 2008.

In 2008 Mr Stausholm moved back to his native Denmark as Group CFO of Global Facility Service provider ISS, where he worked with ISS China, headquartered in Shanghai, that has 17,000 staff. Since 2012, Mr Stausholm worked for A.P. Moller-Maersk, initially as Chief Strategy, Finance and Transformation Officer for Maersk Line and later in that role for the whole Maersk Group. Maersk is most dependent on the development of China, today almost half of the global container traffic touches China either as export or as import. Maersk has ownership of terminals in China and provides extensive container logistics inland China. Mr Stausholm was also responsible for Maersk’ shared service centre in Chengdu with several thousand staff.

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor

Vitol Group

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

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

Torbjörn Törnqvist

Torbjörn Törnqvist

Chief Executive Officer
Gunvor Group

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

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

Simon Vere Nicoll

Simon Vere Nicoll

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.

Marcie Weiss

Marcie Weiss

Managing Director & Group Head Commodity and Structured Trade Finance, Americas Investment Banking

Marcie Weiss began working with MUFG in May, 2013 to build the Commodity Finance business in North America for the Wholesale Banking division. After arriving at MUFG, Marcie built a team of 16 professionals dedicated to the Commodity Finance business. Ms Weiss and her new team demonstrated the strength of the platform by quickly becoming a leader among the Commodity Finance banking universe. As of March, 2018, the Commodity and Structured Trade Finance group was merged with the Commodity Finance team and is now part of the Investment Banking Division in the Americas.

Ms Weiss manages the combined team of 41 professionals including 4 people located in San Paolo, Brazil. The CSTF business provides trade finance products to wholesale banking clients in North America and Latin America. Prior to joining MUFG, Ms Weiss was Head of Commodity Finance NA for BNP Paribas where she worked since 1979. While at BNP Paribas, Marcie developed a franchise business for Commodity Finance ultimately becoming the lead bank in the industry. She worked to lead arrange, structure and syndicate secured CF transactions; a role which continues at MUFG. Ms Weiss is involved with Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) and also serves on the board as a Director for LICADD (Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence). Originally from New York, Ms Weiss lived in France for two years prior to joining BNPP and is fluent in French.

Helene Ziv-Douki

Helene Ziv-Douki

CAN RMS Global Director, Cargill Animal Nutrition

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.



Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber

Financial Times

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

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 Carnegie Corporation of New York and is Chairman of the Tate.

Neil Hume

Neil Hume

Natural Resources Editor
Financial Times

Neil Hume is the Natural Resources Editor of the Financial Times. Prior to this he was Commodities and Mining Editor, a role he had held since September 2013. He covers the global trade of natural resources, such as iron ore, coal, copper and wheat as well as the political, social and economic aspects of the commodities industry and trading houses. Mr Hume joined the FT as senior stock markets correspondent in 2006. He also helped found FT Alphaville, the FT’s award-winning markets blog. He became editor of Alphaville in 2010 before being appointed the FT’s Australia correspondent in 2012. In addition to editing Alphaville, Mr Hume has written a weekly column for the FT, he won best scoop article at the M&A International Media Awards in 2008 for his story on InBev’s takeover of Budweiser. Prior to joining the FT, he spent six years on The Guardian’s business desk. Mr Hume graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in History and Politics.

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.

Anjli Raval

Anjli Raval

Senior Energy Correspondent
Financial Times

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

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

Henry Sanderson

Henry Sanderson

Metals and Mining Correspondent
Financial Times

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

David  Sheppard

David Sheppard

Energy Editor
Financial Times

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

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

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.  


Agenda - 25th Mar

  • 3:30pm
    Registration and Networking
  • 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.    

    Opening Remarks: Fredrik Reinfeldt, Chairman, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

    Mele Kyari, Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation  
    Andreas Missbach, Head of Commodities, Trade and Finance and Joint Managing Director, Public Eye
    James Nicholson, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Trafigura Pte Ltd 
    Rosmarie Schlup, Head of Macroeconomic Support, Economic Cooperation and Development Division, SECO

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:00pm
    Close of Session
  • 6:30pm
    Welcome Reception
  • 8:30pm
    Evening Nightcap

Agenda - 26th Mar

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

    Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

    Opening Keynote address

    Ueli Maurer, Head of the Federal Department of Finance FDF, President of the Swiss Confederation

  • 9:20am
    Keynote Address

    Jeremy Weir, Chief Executive Officer, Trafigura Group Pte Ltd 

    ​In conversation ​with Lionel Barber,​ ​Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:45am
    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.

    Tony Hayward, Chairman, Glencore
    Ian Taylor, Chairman, Vitol Group 
    Didier Casimiro, Vice President for Refining, Petrochemical, Commerce and Logistics, Rosneft

    This session is being held under the Chatham House Rule

    In conversation with Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    The Leaders' Forum - Trading the oil market

    Oil traders have enjoyed more favourable conditions over the past six months but markets remain volatile with considerable uncertainty around the outlook for supply and demand, while competition is fiercer than ever. From the continued strength of the US shale patch, to the global push for cleaner energy the industry faces a dynamic set of challenges, which present both threats and opportunities. With some of the biggest players in the sector we consider these big structural forces in an exciting panel debate.

    Alex Beard, Head of Oil, Glencore
    Marco Dunand, Chief Executive Officer, Mercuria
    Russell Hardy, Chief Executive Officer, Vitol Group
    Alan Haywood, Chief Executive Officer, Integrated Supply and Trading, BP
    Mark Quartermain, Vice President Trading and Supply Crude, Shell International Trading & Shipping Co Ltd
    Torbjörn Törnqvist, Chief Executive Officer, Gunvor

    Moderator: Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:30am
  • 12:00pm
    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.   

    Iván Arriagada, Chief Executive Officer, Antofagasta
    Jon Stanton, Chief Executive, The Weir Group
    Jakob Stausholm, Chief Financial Officer, Rio Tinto

    Moderator: Neil Hume​, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times​

  • 12:35pm
    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.

    George Magnus, Independent Economist and Commentator; Associate  - China Centre, Oxford University; Research Associate, SOAS

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm
  • 2:15pm
    Keynote Address - Meeting Tomorrow’s Demand: Supply Security in a Changing World

    Jingtao (Johnny) Chi, Chairman, COFCO International

  • 2:25pm
    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?

    Ian McIntosh, Chief Executive Officer, Louis Dreyfus Company
    Christopher Mahoney, Chief Executive Officer, Glencore Agriculture Ltd
    Stefano Rettore, President - Origination, Trading and Operations, Archer Daniels Midland Company

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:00pm
    View from the Top

    Andy Hall, Hedge Fund Manager  

    Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times, talks to legendary hedge fund energy trader Andy Hall about the outlook for oil prices and demand, the astonishing surge of US oil production, OPEC and how computer-powered “quantitative”, or quant, investors and high-frequency traders have changed the market.

  • 3:25pm
  • 3:50pm
    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?

    Michael Barton, Portfolio Manager, Orion Resource Partners
    Richard Horrocks-Taylor, Global Head Metals and Mining, Standard Chartered
    Bob Maguire, Managing Director, Carlyle Energy Partners
    Simon Vere Nicoll, Partner, Clyde & Co

    Moderator: David Sheppard, Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:25pm
    FT Lex Debate

    Investors in fossil fuel producers. Are they doomed?

    Kingsmill Bond, New Energy Strategist, Carbon Tracker
    Meg Brown, Managing Director, Impax Asset Management
    Philip LambertChief Executive Officer, Lambert Energy Advisory Ltd 
    Nick Stansbury, Head of Commodity Research, Legal & General 

    Moderator: Alan Livsey, Lex Research Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:15pm
    Closing Conversation

    The Rt Hon Lord Barker of Battle, PC, Chairman, En+ Group 

    Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times, talks to the chairman of EN+ about his struggle to free the company (and sister group Rusal from serious US sanctions) and reduce the influence of its oligarch owner Oleg Deripaska.

  • 5:45pm
    Close of Summit Day One
  • 6:30pm
    Summit Reception
  • 7:30pm
    Summit Dinner

    Dinner Speaker
    A View from the FT
    Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

Agenda - 27th Mar

  • 7:30am
    Buffet Breakfast served until 9:00am
  • 8:00am
    Breakfast Forum: Women in Commodities

    This breakfast debate will be addressed by leading executives from the commodity trading, banking and mining industry and will consider how the commodities sector can improve its gender balance and diversity by creating more opportunities throughout the industry.   

    ​Opening Remarks: Pat Crepeault, Chief Operating Officer and Board Member, Gerald Group 

    Kristen Eshak Weldon, Head of Food Innovation and Downstream Strategy, Louis Dreyfus Company 
    Simone Niven, Corporate Relations Group Executive, Rio Tinto 
    Helene Ziv-Douki, Risk Management & Sourcing Director, Cargill 
    Wendy Moss, Head of the Strategic Management and Development Group, Trafigura Group Pte Ltd
    Marcie Weiss, Managing Director & Group Head Commodity and Structured Trade Finance, Americas Investment Banking, MUFG

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:00am
    View from the Top

    Mark Cutifani Chief Executive, Anglo American 

    Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times, talks to Mark Cutifani Chief Executive, Anglo American about the outlook for the mining industry in 2019 and how the industry can balance the need to grow while at the same time delivering strong returns for investors. We will also examine some of the other big challenges facing the industry including sustainability, resource nationalism and securing a license to operate.

  • 9:30am
    The 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.

    Jeffrey Dellapina, Chief Financial Officer, Vitol Group
    Guillaume Vermersch, Chief Financial Officer, Mercuria 
    Daniel Hines, Chief Financial Officer, Castleton Commodities International 
    Christophe Salmon, Chief Financial Officer, Trafigura Group Pte Ltd

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:15am
    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, 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.

    Mark Hankins, Director, Enterprise Architecture, Archer Daniels Midland 
    Andre Schneiter, Global Chief Information Officer, COFCO International
    Robert Serpollet, Global Head of Trade Execution, Louis Dreyfus Company

    Moderator: Emiko Terazono, Commodities Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:40am
    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.

    Matthew Chamberlain, CEO, London Metal Exchange
    Peter Keavey, Managing Director and Global Head of Energy, CME Group

    Moderator: Henry Sanderson, Metals and Mining Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:10am
  • 11:40am
    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.

    Kristen Eshak Weldon, Head of Food Innovation and Downstream Strategy, Louis Dreyfus Company
    Tim Glenn, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Corteva Agriscience 
    Karin Kersten, Global Head of Trade & Commodity Finance, ABN AMRO 
    Graham Ramsbottom, Chief Executive Officer, Wheatsheaf Group Ltd 
    Valmor Schaffer, MD Global Asset Management, MD Brazil, COFCO International

    Moderator: Emiko Terazono, Commodities Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:20pm
    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 in wind and solar if the world is to cut emissions and at the same time meet global demand for energy. It will also require huge investment in batteries since clean energy needs to be stored to be useful. This in turn will require plentiful supplies of minerals such as cobalt and lithium.
    The largest oil companies have already begun to invest in electric car charging and battery companies. The world's largest miners have also pivoted towards supplying the metals required in batteries. Managing this shift will not be easy and will force companies to rethink business models and experiment with new technologies.

    Jessica Fung, Vice President, Pala Investments  
    Paul Graves, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Livent Corp.
    Justine Ryan, Global Director, Commercial Partnering and Development, GE Renewable Energy
    Benedikt Sobotka, Chief Executive Officer, Eurasian Resources Group

    Moderator: Henry Sanderson, Metals and Mining Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:55pm
    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.

    Eric Bensaude, Managing Director, Cheniere Energy
    Pablo Galante Escobar, Head of LNG, Vitol Group 
    Hiroki Sato, Chief LNG Transactions Officer, Senior Vice President, JERA
    Andrew Smart, Global Energy Industry Managing Director, Accenture

    Moderator: Anjli Raval, Senior Energy Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 1:30pm
    Closing Remarks from the Commodities Team
  • 1:40pm
    Close of Summit & Lunch

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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:

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  • Fund Managers
  • Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC)
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  • Commodity Traders
  • Heads of Commodity Procurement


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Founding Sponsor (1)

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

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

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

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

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

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 (8)

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

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 is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry - including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019, and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at Follow Corteva Agriscience on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter and YouTube.

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.

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.

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

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

Founded in 1993, Trafigura is one of the largest physical commodities trading groups in the world. Trafigura sources, stores, transports and delivers a range of raw materials (including oil and refined products and metals and minerals) to clients around the world. The trading business is supported by industrial and financial assets, including 49.3 percent owned global oil products storage and distribution company Puma Energy; global terminals, warehousing and logistics operator Impala Terminals; Trafigura's Mining Group; and Galena Asset Management. The Company is owned by over 700 of its 8,000 employees who work in 80 offices in 41 countries around the world. Trafigura has achieved substantial growth over recent years, growing revenue from USD12 billion in 2003 to USD 171.5 billion in 2019. The Group has been connecting its customers to the global economy for more than two decades, growing prosperity by advancing trade.

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

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.

Day 1 Lunch Sponsor (1)

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

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.

Refreshment Break Sponsor (1)

At PwC UK, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 208,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. 

Supporting Partner (1)

Founded in 2006, Women in Mining (WIM) is a non-profit volunteer organisation dedicated to promoting the employment, retention and advancement of women in the mining industry. Membership is free to both women and men across the industry.

WIM advocates and speaks for women in the mining sector, informing industry participants and decision-makers of the challenges and opportunities women are finding in pursuing careers in the industry.

Through its partnerships with leading mining companies and consultancy groups, WIM provides thought leadership and analysis on the business case for diversity, inclusion and the economic advancement of women in the sector.

WIM offers a strong international network to progress professional goals, enabling our members to exchange ideas and create connections both locally and globally through our affiliations with other WIM groups worldwide.

WIM provides its membership with visibility on the conference circuit, working with leading event organisers to ensure diversity of speakers and experts.

Through our work with universities and other organisations, WIM promotes the role of women in the mining industry and externally raises awareness of mining as a career choice for women.

WIM celebrates female success stories with its “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” publications.

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