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FT Commodities Tokyo Summit

Preparing for the Energy Transition

Tokyo |
Speakers include:
Mitsuyasu Kawaguchi

Mitsuyasu Kawaguchi

Cosmo Oil Co., Ltd.

Linda Doku

Linda Doku

Wood Mackenzie

Ryo Minami

Ryo Minami



In partnership with our parent company Nikkei, the second FT Commodities Tokyo Summit will debate the big drivers that will shape the industry in the years ahead focusing on the global shift toward cleaner sources of energy, a trend dubbed ‘decarbonisation’. As one of the world’s biggest buyers of raw materials, importing hundreds of millions of tonnes of coal, oil and natural gas every year, these issues are of vital importance to Japan. This year’s event will also examine some of the key developments in commodity markets in 2018, including the fallout from the US-China trade skirmish and Beijing’s war on pollution, as well as the outlook for 2019. There will also be a discussion on the global economy with Martin Wolf, the FT’s chief economic commentator.

With contributions from leading industry executives and thinkers, this year’s programme will provide unique and valuable insights on the industry as well as the opportunity to network and do business.

fallback Add to my Calendar 12/04/2018 08:30:0012/04/2018 19:00:00trueFT Commodities Tokyo SummitIn partnership with our parent company Nikkei, the second FT Commodities Tokyo Summit will debate the big drivers that will shape the industry in the years ahead focusing on the global shift toward cleaner sources of energy, a trend dubbed ‘decarbonisation’. As one of the world’s biggest buyers of raw materials, importing hundreds of millions of tonnes of coal, oil and natural gas every year, these issues are of vital importance to Japan. This year’s event will also examine some of the key developments in commodity markets in 2018, including the fallout from the US-China trade skirmish and Beijing’s war on pollution, as well as the outlook for 2019. There will also be a discussion on the global economy with Martin Wolf, the FT’s chief economic commentator.With contributions from leading industry executives and thinkers, this year’s programme will provide unique and valuable insights on the industry as well as the opportunity to network and do business.FT-Commodities-Tokyo-Summitdd6a7bb353f3692dee901b0625af90ebMM/DD/YYYY



Agenda - 4th Dec

  • 8:30am
    Registration and Networking
  • 9:30am
    Opening Keynote Address

    Ryo Minami, Director-General, Oil, Gas & Mineral Resources, METI

    Chair: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:45am
    Global Economic Outlook Debate

    Martin Wolf, CBE, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

    In conversation with,

    Toshitaka Sekine, Director General for the Research and Statistics Department, Bank of Japan

    James Malcolm, Chief Economist, Japan, UBS Securities Co., Ltd

  • 10:30am
    LNG - A Commodity Comes of Age

    Sentiment in the LNG market has dramatically turned over the past year, as a much-feared surge of new supply from projects in Australia and the US was soaked up by China, as Beijing’s coal-to-gas switching programme gathered pace. With LNG forecast to take a larger share of the global gas market over the next five years, especially in Asia, traders are preparing for big changes to trade flows and pricing structures as the super-chilled fuel finally  comes of age and goes global.

    Naoko Kato, Deputy Director for International Affairs, Oil and Gas Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, METI

    Yao Li, Founder & CEO, SIA Energy

    James MacTaggart, Senior Vice President LNG Marketing – Asia, NextDecade

    Hiroki Sato, Chief Fuel Transactions Officer, Senior Executive Vice President, JERA

    Moderator: Emiko Terazono, Commodities Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:15am
  • 11:45am
    The Scramble for Battery Materials

    Through electric vehicles, batteries will play a critical role moving the world away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy. Japan has a commanding position in this market but is facing competition from China, which is spending heavily to lock down supplies of key battery materials such as cobalt. Without a big shift in battery technology, cobalt demand is forecast to surge over the next decade, a move that will tie the industry to some of the poorest and least stable countries on the planet. These include the Democratic Republic of Congo, which produces around 60 per cent of the world’s cobalt.  Panellists will look at how governments and companies are investing in the development of batteries and how will this affect the market for battery materials.

    Jessica Fung, Vice President, Pala

    Mitsuya Hirokawa, Executive Vice President, JOGMEC

    Oliver Ramsbottom, Partner, McKinsey & Company

    Benedikt Sobotka, Chief Executive Officer, ERG

    Moderator: Kana Inagaki, Tokyo Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:30pm
    The Energy Transition - What it Means for Commodity Markets

    As the world focuses on decarbonisation, renewables and natural gas are gaining traction as the fastest growing sources of energy. However, fossil fuels are still a key part of the energy mix, particularly in Asia where fast-growing developing countries still need cheap sources of power. This poses interesting questions for markets such as thermal coal, which is being shunned by many western banks and investors, and banks who are refusing to finance new projects. Big oil companies are facing similar pressures, with investors asking them to justify investment in new projects when forecasts are saying demand could peak as early as the 2020s. Panellists will look at how this historic shift will impact commodity markets.

    Rowen Bainbridge, Consultant, Spencer Stuart

    Yasushi Fukuizumi, Vice President, Power Systems, Senior General Manager, Power & Energy Solution Business Division, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

    Moderator: Sonoko Watanabe, Editor in Chief, Nikkei Asian Review, Nikkei Inc.

  • 1:15pm
  • 2:15pm
    Preparing for IMO 2020 and the Oil Market Outlook

    Sweeping changes are set to hit the shipping industry in the shape of new environmental regulations. Fuel oil — a heavy and dirty source of energy used to power cargo vessels — faces stricter global rules on sulphur emissions from 2020. It is still not clear how the industry will respond to the new rules, which some traders reckon is the most disruptive event ever to hit the shipping, refining and trading industry. Panellists will discuss the outlook for the oil market in 2019, weighing the impact of US sanctions on Iran and the latest pronouncements from OPEC and Russia on supply.

    Neil Atkinson, Head, Oil Industry and Markets Division (OIMD), Directorate of Energy Markets and Security, International Energy Agency

    Vikas Dwivedi, Global Oil & Gas Economist, Macquarie

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:00pm
    Base Metals versus Bulk Commodities

    After a stable start to the year, base metals have slumped, hit hard by fears the US/China trade spat could hit growth in fast-growing emerging markets. At the same time, the price of iron ore has remained stable at around $65 a tonne, supported by China’s crackdown on pollution and excess steel-making capacity. This has played into the hands of the big global miners in Australia and Brazil, which produce the high quality ore needed by steel mills in China to boost efficiency and output. This panel will discuss the outlook for base and bulk commodities in 2019 and the key factors that will drive prices as well as supply and demand.

    Ken Loughnan, Head of Coal and Iron ore, Asia Pacific, Trafigura

    Simon Trott, Head of Marketing, Rio Tinto

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:45pm
  • 4:15pm
    Financing Commodities and Japan

    Japan is one of the biggest providers of credit and also trade finance. That makes it a key market for western trading houses seeking to diversify their sources of funding. In this panel we will ask traders about the attractions of Japan as a funding destination and hear from some of the country’s largest lenders about their trade finance businesses and where they are looking to grow. There will also be an opportunity to discuss the wider funding of natural resources by Japanese banks and also the key regulatory and market developments that are influencing lending decisions around the world.

    Atakan Akkaya, Head of Commodity Finance, Commodities & Structured Trade Finance, Investment Banking Division for EMEA, MUFG Bank Ltd

    James Burnett, Head of Structured Trade & Commodity Finance, Global Trade Finance Department, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

    Nicolas Marsac, CFO Asia Pacific, Trafigura

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:00pm
    The Geopolitics of Commodities: Trade Wars, Tariffs and Middle East Tension

    A trade war between China and the US, rising tensions in the Middle East, including fresh US sanctions on Iran, concerns about Russian foreign policy and the rise of strongman politics are just some of the factors that have impacted commodity markets. We take a look at some of the latest developments on the world stage as ask how they will impact commodities from oil to steel and gold.

    Nobuo Tanaka, Chairman, Sasakawa Peace Foundation; Former Director General, IEA

    Martin Wolf, CBE, Chief Economic Commentator, Financial Times

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:45pm
    Close of Summit & Reception

Speakers (23)

Mitsuyasu Kawaguchi

Mitsuyasu Kawaguchi

General Manager,Crude & Tanker dept.
Cosmo Oil Co., Ltd.

Mr Kawaguchi has 24 years of experience in Crude/Petroleum Product trading and marketing at Japanese refiner, Cosmo Oil Co.,Ltd.

He joined the Tokyo branch in 1993 as a Marketing staff , and his previous roles include Assistant Manager at Aviation Fuel Marketing in Cosmo Tokyo HQ 1996-2000, Manager of derivative trading at Cosmo Oil of USA (New York office) 2003-2006. Following this he was in charge of developing petroleum products marketing network in the states of California, USA as Chief Operation Officer of Cosmo Oil of USA 2006-2010. Following this, he was Group manager at the  Products Trading Department, in Cosmo Tokyo HQ 2010-2014, Vice President of Cosmo Oil International Pte. Ltd 2014-2017, before being appointed to his current role since 2017.

He has graduated Tsukuba University with a Linguistics major in 1990, followed by spending a year at the Beijing Foreign Language Institute with a Chinese Language major 1991, before acquiring his B.A in Language Education on 1993.

Linda Doku

Linda Doku

Global Head of Metals & Mining
Wood Mackenzie

Linda Doku joined Wood Mackenzie in Singapore in october 2018 to take up the role of Global Head of Metals & Mining research. Ms Doku is an industry expert, with 23 years experience in commodity marketing, trading, market analysis and corporate strategy gained while working with four of the largest global diversified mining & resources companies: BHP, Vale, Anglo American and Rio Tinto. With experience in the marketing & trading of various hard commodities (including bulk commodities, Industrial & Precious Metals) Ms Doku is attuned to identifying opportunities to extract or protect value through various market cycles and various business maturity phases.

Her key focus in recent years has centred around leading strategic business transformation programs. These programs sort to extract superior value through the application of new technologies and digitalisation tools to advance analytics and enhance commercial decision making in various hard commodity sectors.

Ms Doku holds an INSEAD Masters degree in organisational psychology, as well as bachelor degrees in Commerce and Arts majoring in German & Japanese studies.

Ryo Minami

Ryo Minami

Director General, Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources

Ryo Minami joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1990. In 2002 he became Director of Business Promotion Group, Underwriting Department at Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) and in 2007 was Chief Representative of NEXI in New York.

Between 2010-2018, he held a number of senior positions at METI including Director of International Affairs Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Director of Oil and Gas Division, Agency for Natural Resources and
Energy, and Director for Europe and Russia, Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

In 2018, Mr Minami became Director-General of Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources at METI.

Mr Minami graduated in 1990 with a B.A. in Law from University of Tokyo and completed his L.L.M. at University of Texas in 1998.

Neil Atkinson

Neil Atkinson

Head, Oil Industry and Markets Division
International Energy Agency

Neil Atkinson is Head of OIMD and his primary role is editor of the monthly Oil Market Report. In addition, he oversees the publication of OIMD’s annual five-year oil market forecast and he interacts with IEA member governments, external stakeholders and the media on oil market issues.

A British citizen, Mr Atkinson joined the IEA in January 2016 following 36 years of experience in oil analysis/management positions at Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.,Platt’s, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Energy Intelligence Group, KBC Energy Economics and Informa plc. He was Honorary Secretary of the British Institute of Energy Economics and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers in London.

Atakan  Akkaya

Atakan Akkaya

Head of Commodity Finance, Commodities & Structured Trade Finance, Investment Banking Division for EMEA
MUFG Bank Ltd

Atakan Akkaya joined MUFG Bank in 2012. He is currently the Head of Commodity Finance for EMEA. In this role he oversees the Commodity Finance business for independent commodity traders and commodity corporates within the energy, metals and agricultural sectors.

Prior to joining MUFG, Mr Akkaya held a number of Commodity Finance and Corporate Banking roles at several banks including NBG, Standard Chartered, Credit Europe and Finansbank.

Mr Akkaya holds a MBA and BSc Civil Engineering degree.

James Burnett

James Burnett

Head of Structured Trade & Commodity Finance
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

James Burnett joined Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe (“SMBCE”) in November 2013 and is currently Head of the Structured Trade & Commodity Finance team, focusing on producers and commodity trader clients within the energy, metals and agricultural sectors.

Prior to joining SMBCE, Mr Burnett was a Director at Lloyds Banking Group and held a number of roles within the organisation in Trade, Structured Finance and Corporate Banking divisions focusing on Natural Resources clients. Mr Burnett holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Surrey and is an associate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Rowan  Bainbridge

Rowan Bainbridge

Spencer Stuart

Rowen Bainbridge is a consultant in Spencer Stuart’s Industrial Practice and leads the firm’s Natural Resources, Energy and Agriculture & Commodities practices, focusing on clients in the oil and gas, renewables and utilities and mining and commodity sectors around the globe. He is also a member of the firm’s Board Practice. Based in the firm’s London office, Mr Bainbridge brings more than 24 years of firsthand industry and functional expertise to his role, including experience as chief executive officer, chief marketing officer and board member.

Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Mr Bainbridge held various international business leadership roles in the energy and natural resources industry, most recently serving as CEO of a public exploration and unconventional resources company.

He began his career with ICI and after a number of years in energy trading and risk management roles in European energy trading companies, moved to New Zealand to join Fletcher Challenge Limited. He then spent nearly seven years at BHP Billiton in Melbourne and London, covering multiple commodities and geographies across the entire value chain. Latterly, he specialised in the upstream sector primarily in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Africa.

Mr Bainbridge holds a BSc in civil engineering from Loughborough University and an MSc in management studies from Durham University Business School. He serves as a trustee of the UK mentoring charity, A Band of Brothers.

Vikas  Dwivedi

Vikas Dwivedi

Global Oil and Gas Strategist
Macquarie Group

Vikas Dwivedi has been Macquarie’s global energy strategist since 2011 and leads a team of commodity and equity analysts covering the oil and gas sectors.  He was ranked #1 in oil price forecasting for 11 of 12 quarters between 2012 and 2014 and is consistently in the top 3 among forecasters. 

Previous to Macquarie, Mr Dwivedi was a principal at Quantum Energy Partners, an energy focused PE firm and an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley covering electric power.  He began his career at Shell Oil where he won numerous engineering awards in addition to trading crude and products for the Shell-Texaco joint venture. Mr Dwivedi holds BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from UT Austin and the University of Houston, respectively and has an MBA from Vanderbilt University. 

Yasushi Fukuizumi

Yasushi Fukuizumi

Vice President, Power Systems, Senior General Manager, Power & Energy Solution Business Division
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)

Yasushi Fukuizumi joined Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in 1982. He is currently the Executive Officer and Vice President of the Power Systems domain at MHI, which covers Fossil, Nuclear, Renewable Energy, Aircraft Engine, Oil & Gas Compressors and Marine Machinery businesses, and additionally a member of the board for Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS). He is also the Senior General Manager of the newly established Power & Energy Solution Business Division, which focuses on developing energy service solutions for the changing energy market. He has been in the Power Generation Gas Turbine businesses, followed by various strategic planning of the entire Power Systems business. He has also worked in the US operation of MHPS as Senior Vice President, from 2011-2015. Before his last assignment in the US, in April 2008, he was assigned as the manager for the department which was newly organised at MHI’s headquarters, that pursues federated control of all MHI energy and environmental businesses. He participated in the formation of this new organisation from the beginning and has been working for the corporate function until 2011, while
making the recommendation to the Japanese government for the country’s long term energy policy.

He graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, Aeronautics at Tokyo University, in 1982.

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.

Naoko Kato

Naoko Kato

Deputy Director for International Affairs of Oil and Gas Division

Naoko is responsible for international affairs in Japan's oil and gas policy including Japan's LNG procurement/market strategy and participation in upstream interest.

She joined METI in 2008 and has a broad experience in METI's international policies including trade and investment rules, fluorinated gas regulation, and infrastructure export.

Naoko holds a B.A. in Law from Sophia University (2006), Master of International Public Policies from University of Tokyo (2008), an LL.M from Columbia Law School (2014), and an LL.M in International Business and Economic Law from Georgetown University Law Center (2015). Admitted to the NY Bar in 2015.

Yao Li

Yao Li

Founder and CEO
SIA Energy

Yao Li is the founder and CEO of SIA Energy with 20 years of energy industry experience. SIA Energy is a China-focused energy consulting firm offering insight and data on Chinese energy policy, markets and players, covering the full oil and gas value chain.Ms Li assists SIA’s international clients on investment and growth in China, and Chinese entities looking for entry and expansion abroad. SIA also works closely with various government agencies as a key energy policy advisor.

Prior to founding SIA, Ms Li served as Senior Director of PFC Energy’s China office for over seven years, lived and worked in the Middle East for six years. Ms Li holds a Master of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Ken Loughnan

Ken Loughnan

Head of Coal and Iron Ore, Asia Pacific
Trafigura group Pte

Ken Loughnan is Head of Trafigura’s Coal and Iron ore trading division in Asia Pacific. In this role he has oversight of coal and iron ore trading, as well as bulk and dry shipping and chartering activities.

Mr Loughnan joined Trafigura’s Singapore office in 2009 to initiate and develop coal trading activity across the region, helping Trafigura to become one of the largest coal traders in Asia Pacific. In 2016, Mr Loughnan was given expanded responsibility for iron ore in the region, in addition to coal.

Mr Loughnan began his career in Australia with a global commodities trading firm before moving to a trading role with Rio Tinto Coal in Brisbane in 2006. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England, Australia.

James MacTaggart

James MacTaggart

Senior Vice President, LNG Marketing – Asia and Middle East
NextDecade Corporation

James MacTaggart is Senior Vice President, LNG Marketing – Asia and Middle East, of NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT), a liquefied natural gas company primarily focused on LNG export projects and associated pipelines in the State of Texas. In his role, Mr MacTaggart is responsible for advancing prospective customer engagement in Asia and the Middle East. He is based in, and leads, NextDecade’s Singapore office.

Before joining NextDecade, Mr MacTaggart served more than 20 years with Shell in various marketing and trading positions. Recently he was General Manager of Shell’s New Gas and LNG Markets business in Asia, India, and the Middle East. During his time at Shell, Mr MacTaggart originated, negotiated, and executed a significant number of deals in the upstream, gas and power, and LNG trading businesses. These activities included working to set up Shell Energy India, negotiating LNG sales contracts for the Sakhalin 2 LNG project, and selling some of the first LNG cargoes into the Middle East.

Mr MacTaggart completed his undergraduate studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and holds an M.B.A. with distinction from Cass Business School.

James Malcolm

James Malcolm

Chief economist, Japan
UBS Securities Co., Ltd

James Malcolm joined UBS Global Research in January 2017 as Chief Economist for Japan. He has 20 years of experience as an economist, strategist and trader in Tokyo, Singapore and London. Previously, he worked at JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Caxton Associates, a macro hedge fund. He has a first class degree in Japanese studies from Sheffield University and a Ph.D. in international political economy, completed at the University of Tokyo on a Ministry of Education scholarship programme.

Nicolas Marsac

Nicolas Marsac

CFO, Asia Pacific
Trafigura Group Pte Ltd

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

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

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

Oliver  Ramsbottom

Oliver Ramsbottom

Mckinsey & Company

Oliver Ramsbottom is a Partner in McKinsey’s Metals and Mining Practice with particular focus on non-ferrous, bulk and base metal industry value chains. He is a member of the global Operating Committee for McKinsey’s Metals & Mining Practice. Mr Ramsbottom joined McKinsey & Company, Inc., London, in 1998 and has been based in in China and Japan since 2000. He supports resources clients on a global basis and has significant experience from work in Europe, Asia, and Americas for both multi-national and regional players. His client work focuses mainly on strategy, marketing and corporate finance along the metals and mining value chains.

He has served several global diversified commodity players in developing and implementing commodity specific strategies to capture growth in particular from China and Asia e.g., iron ore, aluminium and nickel value chains. In this function he frequently presents to global investor roadshows on the macro-economic development of China and implications for global metals demand.

Mr Ramsbottom has served both industry players as well as Private Equity Funds and Sovereign Wealth funds in assessing the attractiveness of specific commodity sectors and targets for both growth capital investment, acquisitions, divestments and Joint Ventures. In this function he draws on his prior experience in investment banking and mining valuation and is able to bring both the corporate and capital markets view of the industry and value creation strategies.

Mr Ramsbottom has served both global diversified commodity players as well as regional focused commodity players to understand commodity specific industry dynamics i.e., supply, demand, pricing, across bulk commodities e.g,, iron ore, coal, as well as niche commodities e.g., tantalum, lithium. In this function he also leads McKinsey’s global commodity research team with frequent publications on commodity value chains.

Prior to joining McKinsey & Company, Mr Ramsbottom worked for Goldman Sachs International, London as part of the investment banking division. He is a UK citizen born in 1976 and is a graduate of Oxford University, Tsinghua University Beijing and Harvard Business School.

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.

Toshitaka Sekine

Toshitaka Sekine

Director General for the Research and Statistics Department
Bank of Japan

Toshitaka Sekine is the Director General for the Research and Statistics Department at the Bank of Japan. Dr Sekine is responsible for reporting staff’s conjectural analysis and the outlook for Japan’s economy to the Monetary Policy Meeting. He is also responsible for the compilation and development of various statistics created by the Bank. Prior to taking up the current position, he spent many years as an economist at the Bank of Japan as well as at the BIS and the IMF. His research includes inflation dynamics, exchange-rate pass-through, corporate investment and bank lending behaviour. He received a BA from the University of Tokyo and a DPhil from Oxford University.

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.

Nobuo Tanaka

Nobuo Tanaka

Chairman, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation; Former Executive Director, International Energy Agency

Nobuo Tanaka is Chairman of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation. He had been a former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) from 2007 to August 2011.

Mr Tanaka began his career in 1973 in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and has served in a number of high-ranking positions, including Director-General of the Multilateral Trade System Department. He was Minister for Industry, Trade and Energy at the Embassy of Japan, Washington DC. Mr Tanaka has also served twice as Director for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI) of the Paris-based international organisation, OECD.

Simon Trott

Simon Trott

Chief Commercial Officer
Rio Tinto

Simon Trott was appointed chief commercial officer in January 2018 and is a member of the Rio Tinto Executive Committee.

In this role, Mr Trott oversees how Rio Tinto derives maximum value from its products and continues to strengthen customer relationships. Mr Trott is accountable for the global Sales & Marketing, Marine & Logistics, and Procurement organisations, supported by Market Analysis, among other functions.

Mr Trott has been with Rio Tinto for almost 18 years and has held a wide variety of commercial, operating and business development roles across a number of commodities. In his previous role as Salt, Uranium & Borates managing director, Mr Trott oversaw operations and projects in Australia, Africa, Europe and the US.

He has a graduate diploma in Finance & Investments (FINSIA) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mitsuya Hirokawa

Mitsuya Hirokawa

Executive Vice President
Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)

Mr Mitsuya Hirokawa is the Executive Vice President in the Metals Strategy & Exploration Unit of JOGMEC. From 2014 - 2017 he was Director General of the Metals Mining Technology Department. He has also held the role of Deputy Director General, Metals Mining Technology Department, Director, International Affairs Division, Metals Strategy Department, Director, Research Division, Metals Strategy Department, Project Director, Metals Strategy Department and Project Director, Mine Pollution Control Project Support whilst at JOGMEC.

Mr Hirokawa began his career in 1984 at the Metal Mining Agency of Japan (MMAJ).

Mr Hirokawa holds a Bachelor of Geology from the department of science and a Master of Geology from the graduate school of science from Kyushu University



Angela Mackay

Angela Mackay

Global Publisher, FT Live and Managing Director Asia Pacific
Financial Times

Angela Mackay is Global Publisher of FT Live and Managing Director of Asia Pacific at the Financial Times. Based in Hong Kong, she is a member of the FT’s global board.

In Asia Pacific, Ms Mackay focuses on developing the group’s significant potential across the region. This includes, the mainland's leading foreign-owned, Chinese-language news site.

As Global Publisher for FT Live, Ms Mackay leads business and strategy development for events, membership and communities, such as 125 Forum and the Non-Executive Director (NED) programmes. The FT stages more than 200 events around the world annually.

Ms Mackay also holds wider responsibility across the FT Group, as Chair of Longitude, a specialist thought-leadership and research company acquired by the FT in 2018, and as Chair of scoutAsia, a corporate data and news service jointly founded by the FT and Nikkei.

Ms Mackay joined the FT in 2003 on the editorial team, serving as the Asia investment editor for two years. Before joining the FT, she was Asia editor for Sunday Business from 1998 to 2001. Her previous roles include editor at The Economist Group, supervising producer at CNBC, deputy news editor at The Times in London, and UK correspondent for the Australian Financial Review.

Ms Mackay is a Non-Executive Director of the FT/IE Corporate Learning Alliance, and a board member of Asian Youth Orchestra, Hong Kong International Literary Festival and Sovereign Art Foundation.

She holds a BA in English Literature and an LLB, and was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia.

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.

Sonoko Watanabe

Sonoko Watanabe

Editor in Chief, Nikkei Asian Review
Nikkei Inc.

Sonoko Watanabe is the Editor-in- Chief of Nikkei Asian Review and a Deputy Managing Editor of Nikkei Editorial Bureau.

As the Editor-in- Chief of Nikkei Asian Review, Ms Watanabe oversees Nikkei’s English news service which is available both online and in weekly print magazine.

Ms Watanabe joined Nikkei in 1987 as a reporter at Business News Department. As a business news reporter, she covered various industries including automobile, electronics and telecom. Between 1994 and 1997 she worked as a Singapore correspondent covering
business in ASEAN, and between 2006 and 2009 she was Nikkei's Shanghai Bureau Chief. As an editor, she worked at the business news department and international news department. Before she assumed her current position in April in 2016, she was editor of economic commentary.

Ms Watanabe graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo with BA in Economics in 1987.

Martin Wolf CBE

Martin Wolf CBE

Chief Economics Commentator
Financial Times

Martin Wolf is Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. He was a member of the UK government’s Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011. Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and King’s College, London. He is also an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham. In 2014, he was made a University Global Fellow of Columbia University, and a Senior Fellow in Global Economic Policy at its School of International Public Affairs. He is a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum.

Mr Wolf has been included in Foreign Policy’s list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. He has won the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism, the RTZ David Watt memorial prize, the Journalism Prize of the Fundacio Catalunya Oberta (Open Catalonia Foundation), Commentator of the Year at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards, the “Ludwig-Erhard Preis für Wirtschaftspublizistik” (“Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary”), and “Commentariat of the Year” at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. The Society of American Business Editors and Writers recognised Mr Wolf in its Best in Business Journalism competition. He has also won the Ischia International Journalism Prize and the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for “best commentary on international news in any medium”.

His most recent publications are Fixing Global Finance (Washington D.C: Johns Hopkins University Press, and London: Yale University Press, 2008 and 2010) and The Shifts and The Shocks: What we’ve learned – and have still to learn – from the financial crisis (London and New York: Allen Lane, 2014). Mr Wolf was educated at Oxford University. He has honorary doctorates from Nottingham University, Kingston University, Macquarie University, the London School of Economics, Warwick University and KU Leuven.

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.

Kana  Inagaki

Kana Inagaki

Tokyo Correspondent
Financial Times

Kana Inagaki is a Tokyo Correspondent for Financial Times, and writes about Japanese businesses and technology. She joined the FT in 2014 after four years as a Tokyo correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, where she covered the technology sector, M&A and markets. Prior to The Journal, Inagaki worked at Kyodo News, covering market and corporate news. She began her career at the Tokyo bureau of Associated Press, covering Japanese politics. She is a native of Vancouver, Canada, and earned her Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago.


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.


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


Ticket Type


Standard Summit Ticket




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 985,000, 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. 

Gold Sponsor (5)

Macquarie Group Limited (Macquarie) is a diversified financial group providing clients with asset management and finance, banking, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, equity and commodities. Founded in 1969, Macquarie employs more than 13,900 people in over 27 countries. At 30 September 2017, Macquarie had assets under management of $US371.3 billion.

Macquarie’s Commodities and Global Markets (CGM) group has over 1,900 staff in 22 countries who provide products and services to clients exposed to commodities and financial markets.

The group specialises in providing clients with access to markets, financing, financial hedging, research and market analysis, and physical execution across energy; metals, mining and agriculture; fixed income and currencies; credit; futures and equity markets.

With a diverse platform covering more than 25 market segments and over 160 products that has evolved over more than three decades, CGM leverages its deep market knowledge to provide tailored solutions for clients.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG) is one of the world’s leading financial groups. Headquartered in Tokyo and with over 360 years of history, MUFG has a global network with over 1,800 locations in more than 50 countries. The Group has over 150,000 employees and offers services including commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, and leasing. The Group aims to “be the world’s most trusted financial group” through close collaboration among our operating companies and flexibly respond to all of the financial needs of our customers, serving society, and fostering shared and sustainable growth for a better world.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) a top-tier Japanese bank and core member of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, a Tokyo based bank holding company ranked amongst the largest 25 banks globally by assets under management.

SMBC Group has deep expertise on delivering and executing trade finance deals across the world through its global network. With a specialization in bespoke finance structures, the bank’s experienced professionals help its customers to achieve their liquidity needs, mitigate risk, and meet their financial goals. SMBC Group is continuously creating new and innovative ways to serve its customers. For more information, visit the SMBC website.

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

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

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

Associate Sponsor (3)

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.

GFG Alliance is an international group of businesses, founded and owned by the British Gupta Family. It combines some of the world’s leading industrial, natural and financial resources, working together towards the delivery of a common vision. The Alliance’s integrated business model encompasses mining, energy generation, metals and engineering, underpinned by industry-friendly financial services, a substantial property portfolio and a skills and education-focused charitable foundation. The Alliance’s mission is to re-establish metals manufacturing and engineering in developed economies through using local resources, sustainable energy, new technology and enhanced skills.  It has international hubs in London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney, and employs in excess of 12,000 people across more than 200 global locations.

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 (1)

The Tokyo Commodity Exchange, Inc. (TOCOM) is Japan’s largest commodity futures exchange and one of the most prominent in Asia. Products include futures and options on precious metals (gold, silver, platinum and palladium); energy (Platts Dubai crude oil, gasoline, kerosene and gas oil); and natural rubber and agricultural products (soybean, corn and azuki). For gold and oil products, TOCOM provides forum for physical transactions. TOCOM’s gold market is the most liquid in East Asia and the Platinum market is most liquid in the world. TOCOM Rubber is the established global benchmark.

All of TOCOM’s products trade electronically, and with over 24 million contracts traded hands in 2017, TOCOM trades 99% of Japan’s commodity futures. Recent market upgrades are meeting the needs of the global trading community and now half of trading originates outside of Japan.

TOCOM originates with the Tokyo Textile Exchange, which was founded in 1951. TOCOM itself was established in 1984 with the merger of the Tokyo Rubber Exchange and the Tokyo Gold Exchange. In 2013, TOCOM launched the Agricultural Products & Sugar market having taken over soft commodity contracts from the Tokyo Grain Exchange.

Strategic Media Partner (1)

Nikkei is a trusted media brand in Asia, known for its quality journalism and capability in providing business news and information. Founded as a market news media in Japan in 1876, Nikkei has grown to be one of the largest media conglomerates with 37 foreign editorial bureaus and approximately 1500 journalists worldwide, with another global media brand, the Financial Times, joining in our group in 2015. Nikkei are continually deploying new technology to find new ways to deliver news as a reliable source of information for the global community.

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