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FT Commodities Americas Summit 2019

Rio de Janeiro |  - 
Speakers include:
Marcos  Troyjo

Marcos Troyjo

Ministry of the Economy, Government of Brazil

Valmor Schaffer

Valmor Schaffer

COFCO International

Elbia  Gannoum

Elbia Gannoum

Executive President of ABEEólica - Brazilian Wind Energy Association


Please note, press passes are limited and subject to the organisers approval. Please contact Anthony Dovkants on to apply for your accreditation.

Over the past decade, Brazil and more widely the Americas, have firmly established themselves as a raw materials powerhouse, emerging as a leading supplier of soya beans, iron ore and coffee. But the industry now finds itself at a crossroads. A second dam disaster has rocked Brazil’s mining sector, while a global push for responsibly sourced commodities is driving producers to rethink their business models and practices.  All this is happening against a fast changing geopolitical backdrop and a shift to cleaner forms of energy - creating both challenges and opportunities for commodity producers and traders in this important region.

Now in its third year, the FT Commodities Americas Summit will bring together some of the biggest names from business, government and civil society to discuss the key issues and trends that will shape the industry in the years ahead.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 09/23/2019 19:00:0009/24/2019 17:45:00trueFT Commodities Americas Summit 2019Please note, press passes are limited and subject to the organisers approval. Please contact Anthony Dovkants on to apply for your accreditation.Over the past decade, Brazil and more widely the Americas, have firmly established themselves as a raw materials powerhouse, emerging as a leading supplier of soya beans, iron ore and coffee. But the industry now finds itself at a crossroads. A second dam disaster has rocked Brazil’s mining sector, while a global push for responsibly sourced commodities is driving producers to rethink their business models and practices.  All this is happening against a fast changing geopolitical backdrop and a shift to cleaner forms of energy - creating both challenges and opportunities for commodity producers and traders in this important region.Now in its third year, the FT Commodities Americas Summit will bring together some of the biggest names from business, government and civil society to discuss the key issues and trends that will shape the industry in the years ahead.Clique aqui, para ver o site em PortuguêsFT-Commodities-Americas-Summit-2019491781946d8495217c6e2bd103a786c1MM/DD/YYYY

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Speakers (27)

Marcos  Troyjo

Marcos Troyjo

Deputy Minister, Foreign Trade & International Affairs
Ministry of the Economy, Government of Brazil

Professor Marcos Troyjo is an economist, political scientist and diplomat. He holds a Master’s and a PhD degree in Sociology of International Relations from the University of São Paulo and pursued post-doctoral studies at Columbia University.

Prof Troyjo was the founder and co-director of the BRICLab (Center for Global Economic Governance) at Columbia University, where he taught international relations and public policy. He also directed the ITTI (Intelligent Technology and Trade Initiative)
within the framework of the International Chamber of Commerce, as well as numerous academic and business projects in several
countries. He is the author of books on international economic development.

Prof Troyjo speaks English, French and Spanish.

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.

Elbia  Gannoum

Elbia Gannoum

Economist, PhD, Federal University of Santa Catarina
Executive President of ABEEólica - Brazilian Wind Energy Association

In her career, she accumulated experience as a member of Board of Directors os CCEE - Câmara de Comercialização of Electrical Energy (from June 2006 to April 2011), Chief Economist of the Ministry of Mines and Energy (2003-2006), Coordinator of Institutional Policy of the Ministry of Finance (2001-2002) and professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (1998-2000). Academic, with more than 50 articles published, Elbia is a specialist in Regulation and Markets of Electric Energy, having acted in this area since 1998.

Elbia is recognised as an opinion-forming voice in the electric sector, with a constant presence in the media and specialised media, as well as publishing articles frequently. In 2014 she was elected by the English magazine Recharges - Renewable Thought Leader Club, as one of the most influential personalities in renewable energies in the global scenario. In 2019, she received the awarded the "C3E - Clean Energy Education & Empowerment - Woman of Distinction Award ". 

Daniel Amaral

Daniel Amaral

Chief Economist

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

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

João Alberto Brando

João Alberto Brando


João Alberto is a director of P&A, a Brazilian consultancy and equipment exports management company that represents Pinhalense and Carmomaq outside Brazil. As part of his work at P&A, João has made coffee-related presentations in many coffee producing countries. Before that he was the trader in charge of Africa, one of Pinhalense’s main markets abroad.

Lucas Luis Costa Beber

Lucas Luis Costa Beber

Managing Director

Lucas Luis Costa Beber was born in Pejuçara (RS). After completing a degree in law, he moved to Mato Grosso in 1994 with his family, and is currently a rural producer in the municipality of Nova Mutum, northern region of the state, where he cultivates soy, corn and beans. He currently holds the position of managing director of the Association of Soybean and Corn Producers of Mato Grosso (Aprosoja-MT), and also holds the position of delegate at the Brazilian Association of Soybean Producers (Aprosoja Brazil).

Victor Hugo Froner Bicca

Victor Hugo Froner Bicca

Managing Director
National Mining Agency

Managing Director since the defunct National Department of Mineral Production (DNPM) - now National Mining Agency, Victor Hugo Froner Bicca, is the agency's career server, graduated in Geology from UNISINOS University, São Leopoldo / RS, with specialisations in Geosciences from UNICAMP and Education and Environment from the State University of Santa Catarina - UDESC.

Assigned to the Government of the State of Santa Catarina, he was responsible for the environmental area of ​​the Santa Catarina Highway Program at the State Department of Santa Catarina. Infrastructure DEINFRA / SC and State Councilor for the Environment - CONSEMA. Also occupied the position of Executive Secretary of the Sustainable Development Program of the Uruguay River Basin and Guarani Aquifer - Pro-Uruguay River. Since 2011 comes holding DNPM management positions until he reached the board of directors in 2016.

Ana Cabral

Ana Cabral

Chief Strategy Officer
Sigma Lithium

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vânia  Carvalho

Vânia Carvalho

Brazil Commercial Director

Vânia Carvalho is currently ExxonMobil’s Brazil Commercial Director. She started her career with Esso Brazil in the Downstream where she held various assignments through the 1990’s in Engineering and Commercial, her last position being Engineering Manager for Brazil.

In 2002 she moved to the Upstream organization and since then has held a number of international positions including 5 years in Qatar as a member of the RasGas Marketing Committee and Manager for RasGas LNG Spot Sales.

Other assignments in the Upstream included US NGLs Business Development Manager, US Manager for Gas Sales, Manager for the Golden Pass LNG Project, Commercial Manager for the Alaska LNG project and most recently Latin America Business Development Manager before assuming her current position.

Ms. Carvalho graduated from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Industrial Engineering and post-graduation in Administration and Marketing from Pontifícia Universidade Católica.

José  Firmo

José Firmo

Chairman, IBP & President, Seadrill Americas

José Firmo has over 27 years of experience in the Oilfield Services industry. Since 1992 when he joined Schlumberger he has worked in numerous jobs ranging from Testing & Wireline Field Engineer offshore Brazil, Field Manager positions in the North and South America, Segment Global Human Resources Director, Vice President of Operations Latin America and President of Schlumberger Brazil. He was President of ABESPETRO – the Brazilian Oil and Gas association of Service Companies from 2016 to 2017. Mr. Firmo is now Western Hemisphere Senior Vice President of Seadrill Operations and currently, he also holds the position of President of IBP – Instituto Brasileiro de Petróleo. Born in Rio de Janeiro, he holds a Master in Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

Armando  Henriques

Armando Henriques

Chief Executive Officer
Angra Energy Partners

Armando Henriques is dedicated to developing new ventures in the Oil&Gas off-shore upstream and power sectors in Brazil, building on his extensive experience in the energy sector. Currently Armando is focused in the implementation of two confidential projects with funding already granted by international capital providers. Armando is also a Non-executive Director at VIX Logistica S/A and Chairman of the Board at Ecom Energia S/A.

More recently, Armando served as President of Duke Energy International (DEI) and additionally has served as Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of DUKE Energy Brazil, a public company listed in the Brazilian Stock Exchange.

With 32 years of experience in the international energy industry, Armando has a relentless commitment to safety, environmental sustainability and operational excellence. He has been a board member of ONS, the Brazilian independent power system operator, between 2010 and 2016 and in several other Duke Energy companies.

Prior to joining Duke International, Armando served in several international roles with BG Group, including President, BG Brazil; Commercial VP, BG Trinidad & Tobago; President, BG Italy & Spain; and President, BG Argentina.

Armando is a Certified Board Professional by IBGC – Brazilian Institute for Corporate Governance. At board level, Armando served as director of METROGAS, an Argentine public company listed in the New York Stock Exchange and in the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange; and COMGAS, a Brazilian public company listed in the Brazilian Stock Exchange.

Armando holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Military Institute of Engineering (IME) and an MBA from Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University (UFRJ). He also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and a program in Nuclear Reactor Technology from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian and French.

Carolina Hernandez Tascon

Carolina Hernandez Tascon

Head of Commercial and Trading G&O Brazil
COFCO International

Carolina Hernandez Tascon leads the G&O commercial and trading divisions at COFCO International in Brazil. Previously she was General Manager of the processing division at Noble Agri, a company acquired by COFCO International in 2016. She started her career at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) managing several oilseeds trading books across South America. Ms Hernandez holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and business administration, and a master’s degree in economics from Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia.

Nathan   Herskowicz

Nathan Herskowicz

Executive President
Sindicado da Indústria de Café do Estado de São Paulo

Graduate in Mechanical Engineering and a postgraduate degree in Industrial Administration from the Mauá School of Engineering, Nathan Herskowicz developed part of his career in the Metallurgical Industry, later entering the coffee industry, where he became Managing Partner of Café Wenzel. Mr Herskowicz specializes in the coffee sector, becoming Executive Director of the Brazilian Coffee Industry Association - ABIC and Executive President of the Coffee Industry Union in the State of São Paulo SINDICAFE-SP since 2003.
In addition to these positions, Mr Herskowicz has held the position of President of the Coffee Sector Chamber of the São Paulo State Secretariat of Agriculture and Supply since 1997. He is also the responsible and commercial coordinator of the APEX Brazil program for the promotion of industrialized coffee exports. since 2002. 

Zeina  Latif

Zeina Latif

Chief Economist
XP Investimentos

Zeina Latif has been chief economist at XP Investimentos since 2014. She hold a master's and doctorate degree from FEA-USP. He has worked with several financial institutions, such as Royal Bank of Scotland, ING, ABN-Amro Real, HSBC Asset and BBVA. She was a teacher at Ibmec and a columnist for Estadão.

Anelise  Quintão Lara

Anelise Quintão Lara

Chief Refining and Natural Gas Officer
Petrobras Brasil

Anelise Quintão Lara earned a BS degree in chemical engineering in 1983 and an MS degree in petroleum engineering from Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto in Minas Gerais, Brazil in 1986. PhD in Earth Sciences from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6), France, 1994, she also completed a program titled “Top Management Executive MBA” at the IBMEC in 1999 and an Advanced Business Management at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro/COPPEAD (Graduate School of Business) in 2008.
Mrs. Lara has joined Petrobras in 1986 and has held various positions since then. She has managed several activities related to exploration and production, such as reservoir technology, reservoir engineering, subsurface studies, and production development projects for deepwater fields. She also was the Joint Project Team Director for Libra Consortium, ruled by the 1st Production Sharing Contract in Brazil. In April 2016, Anelise took on as the executive manager for Acquisitions & Divestiments at Petrobras up to March 2019, when she took office as Chief Refining and Natural Gas Officer.
Anelise presided the Brazil Section from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) from 2005 to 2008 and was a SPE International Board’s Member from 2014 to 2017.

Eduardo  Ledsham

Eduardo Ledsham

Chief of Regions

Eduardo Jorge Leadsham has a Geology degree from UFMG (Federal University of Minas Gerais) and an MBA in Finance from IBMEC, a post-graduate certificate in the evaluation of companies and projects from FGV, an MBA in Management from FDC, and has studied Strategy and Economic Evaluation at Wharton, and on the Management and Leadership Programs at MIT and IMD.

With more than 33 years of experience in mining, Mr Ledsham was a former Executive Director at Vale in charge of Exploration, Technology and Project Implementation in Brazil and 22 other countries; he is the former CEO of B&A Mining (copper and fertiliser), former CEO of the Brazilian Geological Survey (CPRM) and currently CEO Bahia Mineração in charge of implementing the iron ore operation integrating the mine, railway and port at Bahia state to produce 18Mty of high quality premium product.

Adam  Matthews

Adam Matthews

Director of Ethics and Engagement
Church of England Pensions Board

Adam is the Director of Ethics and Engagement for the Church of England Pensions Board, as well as Co-Chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative and a Board Member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, (IIGCC).

Adam founded and now Co-Chairs the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) an asset owner-led and asset manager-supported global initiative which identifies companies’ preparedness for the transition to the low carbon economy. TPI was launched at the London Stock Exchange in January 2017, with the London School of Economics Grantham Research Institute and FTSE Russell and is supported by asset owners and managers with over USD $15 trillion assets under management.

Following the tragic Brumadinho tailings disaster; together with the Swedish Council of Ethics for the AP Public Pension Funds, Secretary General John Howchin, Adam co-chairs the Investor Mining and Tailings Safety Initiative.

Adam is also the lead for the Church of England on the Mining and Faith Reflections Initiative (MFRI) a forum that convenes mining company CEO’s. Previously Adam served as the Secretary of the Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group and before joining the Church of England, was Secretary General of an International legislator’s organisation.

Adam also serves as a member of the Royal College of Physicians Investment Advisory Board and on the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) Stewardship Advisory Group.

Guilherme Morya

Guilherme Morya

Senior Economic Analyst
Rabobank Brazil

Guilherme Morya is responsible for coverage of the coffee sector. He joined the Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory Department (FAR) at Rabobank Brazil in 2017.

Before joining Rabobank, Guilherme worked at Louis Dreyfus Commodities as a coffee researcher and at Sparta Investment Funds as a market analyst. He also spent several years working in the market intelligence department of Mosaic, one of the biggest players in Brazil’s fertiliser market.

Guilherme has a BA in agronomic engineering from São Paulo State University, a master's degree in coffee economics and sciences from the University of Udine and he is currently completing an MBA in business management at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo.

Solange Ribeiro

Solange Ribeiro

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Deputy Chief Executive Officer currently, she held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the company from 2012 to 2017. She is a member of Coelba's Board of Directors, Celpe Cosern. She began her career at the Group in 2004 as Director of Regulation and Environment. With 34 years of experience in the energy segment, she has held significant positions in large companies such as Chesf and Eletropaulo. Also worked at the National Economic Research Associate in Washington. Mrs Ribeiro is a member of the Council for Economic and Social Development (CDES), the Advisory Council of the Brazilian Association of Base Industry (ABDIB) and Vice-Chairman of the National System Operator Council (NOS).

Master in Electrical Engineering from PUC-RJ and graduated in the same area from the Federal University of Pernambuco. She served as a researcher at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London.

Luciano  Siani Pires

Luciano Siani Pires

Chief Financial Officer

Luciano Siani Pires was appointed Vale's Chief Financial Officer in August 2012. Before this, from 2008 to July 2012, he held the positions of global director of Strategic Planning and global director of Human Resources and Governance at the company.
He has extensive professional experience in the areas of finance, capital markets and strategic planning. In 2007 and 2008, he was chief of Staff and executive secretary to the president at Brazil's National Development Bank (BNDES), where he previously worked from 2005 and 2006 as chief of the Holding Management Department (Capital Markets), and head of the Export Finance Department in 2001 and 2002. Also at BNDES, between 1992 and 1999 he held positions in the areas of financial planning, investor relations and capital markets. For two years, from 2003 to 2005, he worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company, focusing on the basic materials sector. 
Mr Siani has served on the boards of Tele Norte Leste (Telemar), Suzano Bahia Sul Papel e Celulose, and Vale/Valepar.

He has also taught for MBA programs at COPPEAD at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

Mr Siani has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ) and a MBA, with a finance specialisation, from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University.

Ivan de Araujo Simões Filho

Ivan de Araujo Simões Filho

Head of Corporate Affairs
Anglo American

Ivan is a geologist (University of Nancy, France), Ph.D. in Geophysics (University of Bahia, Brazil), holds an executive education degree (BP Operations Academy) from MIT Sloan (USA) and a sustainability management degree from the University of Cambridge (UK) and the University of Queensland (Australia). His career spans academia (professor of geophysics, Unicamp), regulatory agency (general manager of licensing, Brazilian National Petroleum Agency), advisory services (Southern Cone general manager, Gaffney Cline & Associates), petroleum industry (vice-president communications & external affairs for Latin America and deputy head of country for Brazil, BP), and mining industry (currently head of corporate affairs, Anglo American Brazil). Ivan chaired the steering committee of the Brazilian Petroleum Institute (IBP), was president of the UK Chamber of Commerce in Brazil (Britcham), vice-president of the Brazilian Geophysical Society (SBGf), and regional coordinator for Latin America in the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). Ivan speaks fluently four languages and is a certified corporate compliance & ethics professional (CCEP-I).

Paulo Sousa

Paulo Sousa

Director of South American Grains & Oil Seeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oliver Stuenkel

Oliver Stuenkel

Associate Professor of International Relations
Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Willem   Van Twembeke

Willem Van Twembeke

Inkia Energy

Willem Van Twembeke (54) serves as CEO of Inkia Energy since August 2017. Inkia Energy is present in 9 Latin-American countries and has its Head Quarters in Lima, Peru. Inkia Energy active in power generation, transmission, distribution and E&P. Inkia Energy develops greenfield/brownfield/M&A projects all over Latin-America.

Inkia Energy's shareholders are I Squared Capital (ISQ), Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC).

Previously he held the position of Executive Vice President of Engie Energy International (2013-2017) where he was in charge of the business operations (30+ countries; 80.000+ MW) and business development outside mainland Europe.

Since 2000, Mr. Van Twembeke has held several positions as CEO and COO in Latin America, Europe and Asia: CEO of Electroandina/Edelnor (Chile; 2000-2003), CEO of Engie Peru/EnerSur/Calidda (Peru, 2004-2006), Deputy CEO Trading & Portfolio Management Engie Electrabel (Belgium, 2006-2010) and CEO of Engie Energy international Asia (Thailand, 2011-2013).

His main interests and expertise are situated in business development, restructuring, operations efficiency and people management.

Mr. Van Twembeke holds a Master´s degree in Business Administration of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), a Master´s degree in Nuclear Engineering of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY, USA) and a Master´s degree in Electromechanical Engineering of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).

Alexandre  Vidigal de Oliveira

Alexandre Vidigal de Oliveira

Secretary of Geology, Mining and Mineral Transformation
Ministry of Mines and Energy

Alexandre Vidigal de Oliveira, Doctor of Judicial Sciences, is Secretary of Geology, Mining and Mineral Transformation of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, as well as member and Chairman of the Supervisory Council of Pre-Sal Petroleo – PPSA, Coordinator-General for Working Group 15 (Mining and Geology, Mercosur). He held the position of Federal Judge for almost 28 years, until January 2019.

Mr Vidigal de Oliveira has extensive professional experience in the federal public sector, notably on analysis and decision on issues of high complexity in the public-private relationship, such as bids, contracts, regulation, supervision and public policies, including in the energy, oil and mining sectors, in constitutional, administrative, tax, budgetary-financial, criminal, mediation and conciliation issues. He was a leader in public management and devoted himself to studies on corporate integrity, monitoring, control and repercussions, lecturing in official courses on compliance for public managers.

He has dozens of legal articles published in specialised magazines and websites, highlighting his latest published texts on civil and administrative accountability for illicit acts committed against the Public Administration.

Mr Vidigal de Oliveira was responsible for studies and work on innovation, improvement and optimisation of structures, and functioning of the public sector, provided classes in training and improvement courses for the magistracy, Public Prosecutor's Office, and OAB (Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil).

Wilson  Witzel

Wilson Witzel

Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro

Mr. Wilson Witzel is a Ph.D. in Political Science, a Master in Civil Procedure and a Professor for more than 20 years. He worked in institutions such as the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). Born in Jundiaí (SP), at age 19 he moved to Rio, where he was a Marine and a Public Defender. 
Joined the magistracy in 2001 and worked in civil and criminal courts, including in the fight against organized crime.
From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Wilson Witzel served as President of the Association of Federal Judges of Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo (Ajuferjes). 
After 17 years as a Federal Judge, he left the magistracy and joined the Partido Social Cristão (Christian Social Party) in March 2018. In his first election, he was elected to the position of State Governor with 4.7 million votes (60% of valid votes). He is married and has four sons.

Rogerio  Zampronha

Rogerio Zampronha

Vestas LATAM South

Rogério Zampronha is the Chief Executive Officer of Vestas Latam South.

Since 2015, he has been leading Vestas´s transformation in the region, including the inauguration of factories in Brazil and Argentina, and Service Centers in both countries plus Chile. The next move will be the opening of the renewed and enlarged manufacturing facility in the State of Ceará, next November, to cope with the deliveries of more than 2 GW of the largest wind turbine produced in the country.

Mr Zampronha started his career in Investment Banking, and soon founded his first capital goods company, which he sold 6 years later. He then began a new company, developing software and technologies to what is called today IoT (Internet of Things), which was sold few years later to Schneider Electric – a leading French Energy Management company, where he became President of its Brazilian Operations. 

Mr Zampronha holds a bachelor’s degree in economics by the University of São Paulo and has a MBA from IMD, Switzerland.


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Neil Hume

Neil Hume

Natural Resources Editor
Financial Times

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

Andres Schipani

Andres Schipani

Brazil Correspondent
Financial Times

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

Agenda - 23rd Sep

  • 7:00pm
    Welcome Reception
  • 9:00pm
    Close of Reception

Agenda - 24th Sep

  • 9:00am
    Introductory Remarks

    Opening Remarks from the Chair
    Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

    Wilson Witzel, Governor, Rio de Janeiro 
    With Andres Schipani, Brazil Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:15am
    Opening Address and Discussion

    Alexandre Vidigal de Oliveira, Mining Secretary, Government of Brazil 
    With Andres Schipani, Brazil Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:45am
    Keynote Address

    Valmor Schaffer, MD Global Asset Management, MD Brazil, COFCO International 
    With  Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:15am
    Soyabeans - The Crop that took over the World?

    The humble soyabean is the crop of the century, sown at a faster rate than any other crop. It has driven deforestation in Brazil’s savannah, Argentina’s pampas and the US rural heartlands. This panel will consider the outlook for prices, market share among the major players and changing trade flows. Time will also be given to examining the impact of the soyabean on the Cerrado, the savannah region in Brazil absorbing much of the new planting.

    Daniel Amaral, Chief Economist, ABIOVE 
    Antonio Galvan, President, Aprosoja-MT, Vice-president, Aprosoja Brasil
    Carolina Hernandez Tascon, Head of Commercial and Trading G&O Brazil, COFCO International
    Paulo Sousa, Director of South America Grains & Oil Seeds, Cargill

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

    This session will be held under Chatham House Rule

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

    Luciano Siani Pires, Chief Financial Officer, Vale
    With Neil Hume, Natural Resources Officer, Financial Times

  • 12:00pm
    Rebuilding Trust in the Mining Industry

    Confidence in mining has been badly shaken by a second deadly dam burst in Brazil. In this discussion we will ask how the industry can rebuild trust with stakeholders, show that it can play a role in supporting and sustaining economic growth and most importantly of all make sure a disaster on the scale of the Brumadinho tragedy never happens again.

    Ana Cabral, Director and Chief Strategy Officer, Sigma Lithium 
    Victor Hugo Froner Bicca, President, The National Mining Agency (ANM) 
    Eduardo Ledsham, CEO, BAMIN 
    Adam Matthews, Director of Ethics and Engagement for the Church of England Pensions Board; Co-lead on the Investor Mining & Tailings Safety Initiative 
    Ivan Simoes, Head of Corporate Affairs, Anglo American Brazil

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:45pm
  • 2:00pm
    The Clean Energy Transition in the Americas

    Brazil is already a leader in renewable energy with three quarters of its power coming from hydropower plants. However, as weather patterns become more unpredictable due to global warming the country needs to diversify its energy sources. Wind and solar offer alternatives not only for Brazil but countries across the continent, which are dependent on imports of fossil fuels. Chile, for example, is producing some of the cheapest solar power in the world. At the same time, the region boasts unparalleled gas resources in the shape of Argentina’s Vaca Muerta and Brazil’s pre-salt.The shift to cleaner sources of energy will also be mineral intensive, providing big opportunities for resource rich countries across the region. In this panel a group of leading industry executives will discuss the Clean Energy Transition in the Americas.

    Elbia Silva Gannoum, Executive President, ABEEólica (Associação Brasileira de Energia Eólica) Brazilian Windpower Association 
    Solange Ribeiro, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Neoenergia
    Willem Van Twembeke, Chief Executive Officer, Inkia Energy
    Rogerio S. Zampronha, Managing Director for Brazil and Southern LATAM, Vestas

    Moderator:  Andres Schipani, Brazilian Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 2:45pm
    Brazil’s New Gas Market

    The natural gas sector in Brazil is set for a radical overhaul as the government of President Jair Bolsonaro looks to lower energy costs. Against a backdrop of falling global prices and the promise of more supply from the country’s huge offshore “pre-salt” oil and gas deposits, it is an enticing prospect. But creating a new gas market in Brazil will not be easy. Monopolies will have to end and infrastructure upgraded. A group of industry experts will debate the challenges facing policymakers.

    Vania Carvalho, ExxonMobil Brazil
    Jose Firmo, Chairman, IBP; President, Seadrill Americas
    Armando Henriques, Chief Executive Officer, Angra Energy Partners
    Rodrigo Costa, Executive Manager, Gas & Energy Division, Petrobras 
    Wong Loon, Chief Executive Officer, NTS

    Moderator:  Andres Schipani, Brazil Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:30pm
    Trouble Brewing in the Coffee Markets

    The lowest international coffee prices in a decade are leading many despairing farmers in Central and South America to abandon their farms, fuelling fears of an industry crisis. Tackling this problem will not be easy and will have an impact in Brazil,  which accounts for up to a quarter of the world’s coffee trade.

    João Alberto Brando, Director, P&A International Marketing
    Nathan Herszkowicz, Former Executive Director, ABIC (Brazilian Coffee Association); President, São Paulo Coffee Roasters Association (SINDICAFESP) 
    José Marcos Rafael Magalhães, Chief Executive Officer, Minasul
    Guilherme Morya, Senior Economic Analyst, Rabobank
    Henrique Sloper de Arújo, President, Brazil Speciality Coffee Association; CEO & Manager, Camocim Organic BSCA

    Moderator:  Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:15pm
  • 4:40pm

    Marcos Troyjo, Deputy Minister, Foreign Trade & International Affairs, Ministry of the Economy, Government of Brazil 
    With Andres Schipani, Brazil Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:10pm
    Closing debate - The Geopolitics of Commodities

    Strongman leaders, great power rivalry; geopolitics has emerged as a key driver of commodity markets around the world. This closing debate will take a look at some of the factors that could impact the industry in the Americas from the US-China trade dispute, to the power struggle in Venezuela and Brazilian foreign policy.

    Zeina Latif, Chief Economist, XP Investimentos
    Oliver Stuenkel, Associate Professor, International Relations, Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV)

    Moderator: Andres Schipani, Brazil Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:45pm
    Close of Summit

Why Attend

  • Interact with leaders of the commodities industry who have special focus and interest in the region.
  • Hear from an expert panel of speakers and FT journalists, bringing the most pressing issues to life through a range of panel discussions and keynote speeches.
  • Analyse the latest supply and demand trends in the full range of commodities; from agriculture to energy to metals

Who Attends

The FT Commodities Summit will be attended by: C-Suite, VP and Directors, Fund Managers, Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC), Market Risk Analysts, Commodity Traders, Heads of Commodity Procurement as well as many others from across the industry.



Copacabana Palace Hotel
Rio de Janeiro


Tel: +55 21 2548-7070



Accommodation information for Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel, Rio de Janeiro 

Event dates: 23-24 September 2019

Rate: R$ 900.00 + 10% service tax, 5% city and R$9.00 Rio Conventions and Visitors Bureau tax

Available room type: Run of house City view rooms, max occupancy 2pax

Breakfast: included in rate

The above rates will be available 3 days pre and 3 days post event subject to availability.

Check in: 4pm

Check out: 12pm

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  • Gain access to 150 Senior Executives from the Commodities Industry, who will be attending the event;
  • Brand alignment with the FT and its unrivalled credibility;
  • Demonstrate thought leadership around the current critical issues affecting the industry;
  • Benefit from sustained international visibility through our advertising and marketing campaigns

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Commercial Manager, Energy, Climate & Commodities

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Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Host Partner (1)

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.

Associate Sponsor (2)

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.

Supporting Partner (8)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORPLANA seeks to offer its members:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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