About Speakers

David Jackson

About Speaker

David studied Economics at Cambridge University before working in the City of London as an analyst. He subsequently spent five years working on agricultural projects in southern Africa before joining LMC International, where he has worked extensively in many commodity sectors, including oilseeds, sugar and cereals, and their extension into biofuels. He is currently Director of Oils and Cereals Research.

About Company

LMC International is the leading independent economic and business consultancy for the agribusiness sector around the world. From crops and agricultural commodities to agro-industrial products and downstream end-uses, we focus particularly on issues of production and demand, prices, including forecasts, trade and policy. LMC International is a privately owned company, founded in 1980, now with offices in Oxford, New York and Kuala Lumpur.

Our staff are organised in research teams to offer clients in-depth specialist expertise. They have degrees in economics, agricultural economics, specialities in quantitative analysis, agronomy, MBAs, botany and other science backgrounds. We collaborate as needed with specialists in engineering, field and factory operations. In China, Japan, Russia, Thailand and Ukraine we work with local associates and in Brazil, we have joined forces with Canaplan, a consultancy with deep knowledge of that enormous agricultural market.

Zsolt Vinze

About Speaker

Zsolt joined R.J. O'Brien in 2005, bringing 8 years of experience in cash merchandising and producer marketing. Zsolt is responsible for the Producer marketing Program for R.J. O'Brien, and servicing his elevator and end-user clientele in the upper Midwest. He previously worked for Continental Grain Co. and later on for Cargill, where he was originating wheat, corn and beans, and later on was the communications specialist and risk manager for the producer advisory service. Zsolt received his Master's Degree in Agricultural & Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota.

About Company

R.J. O'Brien and Associates, LLC. (RJO) is the one of the oldest and most well-known independent futures commission merchants (FCM) in the industry today. Founded in 1914, RJO is distinguished by a history rich in innovation, vision, and the resultant rewards of growth directly attributable to the firm's legacy of superior customer service.

RJO is a founding member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). RJO services a nationwide network of over 270 Introducing Broker (IB) offices, as well as some of the world's largest financial, industrial and agricultural institutions.

Vadim Litvinenko

About Speaker

Vadim Litvinenko - Analyst of APK-Inform Agency. Head of the working group of preparing and holding of the international conference "Oilseeds&Oils 2009"

Education: Dniepropetrovsk National Mining University, engineer

Work experience:

  • analyst of the market of oilseeds and by-products (2006-present time, APK-Inform Agency);

  • commissioning editor of the monthly analytical-statistical issue "Oilseed market" (2006-present time, APK-Inform Agency);

  • grain market expert (2004-2006, APK-Inform Agency)

About Company

АPК-Inform Agency is the professional participant of the market of informational services of the agrarian subject.

The agency was founded in 1996, and to date, the company constantly fixed on the market of informational and analytical services not only in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, and other countries of the CIS, Europe, the Middle East and the North Africa.

During the period from 2002 to the current moment, the agency provided over 30 international conferences devoted to grain, fat-and-oil, fruit and vegetable thematic sections in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Turkey. Every year, the events, hold by АPК-Inform Agency, assemble leading operators of market for discussing of the market situation, strategically important issues of the industry, conclusion of new business contacts and sharing of own experience.

Shane R. Knutson

About Speaker

Shane Knutson is the Director of International Sales for Ag Growth International (AGI), a leading manufacturer of grain handling, storage, and conditioning equipment. AGI owns and operates eight manufacturing divisions with a total of 1100.

Over the last 12 years, Shane has worked with farmers, dealers, & distributors around the world to assist with modernizing and mechanizing their operations. He has spent more than 30 percent of this time traveling internationally to visit customers on location. Shane holds both a Bachelor degree in Business Administration (BBA) and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of North Dakota.

About Company

Ag Growth International (AGI) is a leading North American manufacturer of grain handling, conditioning and storage equipment with a domestic and international distribution network. Our customers range from small scale farms to commercial operations, grain storage facilities and ports all over the world.

AGI's divisions include: Batco Manufacturing (specialty crop belt conveyors), Wheatheart Manufacturing (grain handling equipment), Westfield Industries (portable grain augers), Edwards Group (Grain Guard & Keho brand aeration and grain drying equipment), Hi Roller (enclosed belt conveyors), Twister (galvanized grain bins), Union Iron (material handling and storage equipment), and Applegate Livestock Equipment (livestock equipment).

With manufacturing expertise and a commitment to quality and innovation, AGI offers some of the most recognized brands servicing global agriculture today.

Siegfried Meyer

About Speaker

Siegfried Meyer is a leading member of the Austrian Biofuels Institute in Vienna and the owner of the trading company MeyerOil, which has its important role in supplying the Biodiesel industry with appropriate feedstock. MeyerOil today is active in sourcing of rapeseed and rapeoil throughout the EU 27, Ukraine and Russia.

About Company

The Austrian Biofuels Institute is an international centre of competence for liquid biofuels and was founded in 1995. It maintains a team of presently 52 independent experts, from 8 countries and 4 continents. The Austrian Biofuels Institute provides professional support for biodiesel projects, including: feasibility studies and business plans, partner searches, due diligence and second opinion studies, industry surveys, development of fuel standards and quality management programs, research, development and dissemination

Marie Brittenden

About Speaker

Marie Brittenden heads the Commodities and Shipping practice of Hammonds LLP, and is based both in London and Leeds. She has extensive experience in international trade disputes regarding the international sale and shipment of goods, particularly those involving hard, soft and liquid commodities (including alcohols, chemicals and LNG), letters of credit, voyage & time charters, bills of lading, general trading and trade finance disputes.

Marie's experience includes dealing with oilseeds, crude and vegetable oil, grain, fruit, ethanol, coal, LNG and LPG, metals and other commodities. She has been heavily involved in arbitration references under the auspices of FOSFA, GAFTA, ICC, LCIA, and LMAA as well as ad hoc arbitration references and English High Court litigation. She specialises in the handling of multi-jurisdictional claims, including those involving the arrest of vessels in overseas jurisdictions.

Marie is currently the Vice-Chairman of the Leeds Marine Insurance Association.

Ivanna Dorichenko

About Speaker

Ivanna Dorichenko is a Consultant in Hammonds' Commodities and Shipping practice, and she based in the London office. She specialises in international trade disputes concerning all aspects relating to the sale and carriage of goods, particularly those involving soft commodities (including grain, oil, and oilseeds). In addition, Ivanna's transactional experience extends to the drafting of international commercial contracts, as well as advising on international payment mechanisms, trade finance schemes, shipping and transportation.

Her expertise covers international commercial arbitration, including FOSFA, GAFTA, LMAA and LCIA arbitration, as well as the management of multi-jurisdictional litigation, attachment and enforcement proceedings worldwide.

Originally from the Ukraine, Ivanna is well placed to provide timely and accurate legal advice and practical insights relating to trading and other matters involving the Ukraine and other Black Sea countries.

About Company

Hammonds LLP is a leading commercial firm with offices throughout the UK and Europe and in Asia. The firm employs over 1,200 people, working from 11 offices in 6 jurisdictions. The firm regularly advises on both private and public international trade law issues, thus providing their clients with a full service trade law service on issues including shipping, international sale of goods, competition and EU regulatory issues.

Hammonds LLP aims to provide legal services in a way which is focussed, commercial and friendly. We are committed to playing a key role in the successful development of our clients' businesses, and our lawyers always aim to provide commercially relevant, timely and efficient advice on that basis.

Rifat Tekbas

About Speaker

Mr. Rifat TEKBAS, who is the General Coordinator of Oils and Seeds Department of OR-SAN Company, graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Chemical Engineering Faculty.

Work Experience;

  • 2009 - - General Coordinator of Oils and Seeds Department of OR-SAN Company

  • 1998-2009 - Vice Chairman, Supply Chain Director of ORUCOGLU Vegetable Oil Company

  • 1993-1998 - Operation Manager of UNIKOM liquid oil department

  • 1983-1993 - Production Manager of KOMILI oil, soap and glycerine Company

Since 2004 R?fat TEKBAS is Vice Chairman of Biodiesel Businessman Association (BIYOSIAD) and he is a member of Vegetable oil and Fats Industrialists Association.

He managed the Rapeseed plantation project with AGROPOL /France and Safflower seed farming project with Turkish Ministry of Agriculture in Turkey.

He also managed the hazelnut crushing and hazelnut refining project with Turkish Grain Board (TMO).

About Company

OR-SAN DIS TICARET VE LTD.STI, founded in 1988 by Mr. Orhan SAHIN, acts as a trading company of agricultural products which are usually grains, meals, oilseeds and oil for more than 20 years and one of the oldest and most well-known companies in Turkey. OR-SAN GROUP companies acting as a commodity trade house in Romania, Turkey and Black Sea region and has come to a competitive position with major players in the market by establishing ASOS GRAIN S.A. in 2008. Head Office of the group is Or-San Dis Tic./Istanbul/TURKEY.

Romspeed S.R.L. based on Romania executes all the Romanian domestic market trade, logistic and storage operations. Asos Grain S.A which joined the group in the beginning of 2008 deals and handles global trade, sale and purchase operations.

Kapshuk Stepan

About Speaker

Kapshuk Stepan - the general director of association "Ukroliyaprom"

About Company

The association "Ukroliyaprom" was founded in 1998 as the voluntary association of fat-and-oil enterprises. To date, the association includes 33 participants: large-scale fat-and-oil enterprises of Ukraine, covering over 84% of domestic vegetable oil production, 73% of margarine product manufacturing, nearly 30% of mayonnaise production, Ukrainian Research Institute for Oils & Fats, Special engineering and design office of Energomachproject Ltd., "Chemtextilemach", IА АPК-Inform and several small-scale enterprises, connected with fat-and-oil production.

The executive directorate of the association "Ukroliyaprom" fulfils representative capacities of fat-and-oil enterprises protection of economic issues, foreign-economic activities issues, customs-tariff and technical regulation in legislative authorities and government authorities, other organizations and departments.

The association "Ukroliyaprom" is a member of:

  • Ukrainian union of industrialist and entrepreneurs

  • Ukrainian agrarian confederation

  • The Union of entrepreneurs of small, middle-scale and private enterprises of Ukraine

  • The Union of national associations of commodity producer of the Ministry Cabinet of Ukraine

  • Ukrainian league of entrepreneurs of agro industrial complex

  • The union of food producers of Ukraine

  • The Committee of entrepreneurs of agro industrial complex of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ukraine

  • The Union of exporters of the Ministry of Economics of Ukraine

  • The Union of entrepreneurs of the Ministry Cabinet of Ukraine

Vladimir Petrichenko

About Speaker

  • from 2004 - WJ Group (Moscow) - analyst of grain and oilseed market, from 2008 - general director of "PrоZеrnо" Ltd. (WJ Group)

  • 2001-2004 - analyst of the Group of Companies "Unidell"

  • 1997-2001 - vice-president of Grain Union (from 1999 - Russian Grain Union)

  • 1986-1997 - assistant, post-graduate, senior research scientist of Moscow Institute of Technology of Food Industry - tutorage, scientific work in the sphere of grain products (automatization of work of elevators and grain products complexes of the USSR)

  • 1985-1986 - junior research scientist of All-Soviet Union Scientific Research Institute of Grains, Moscow

About Company

"PrоZеrnо" is the subdivision of the holding WJ Group, and specializes in examination of grain and oilseed markets of Russia and other countries of the CIS. The company provides the price monitoring of grain and oilseed markets, works out forecasts of market development and agricultural products output. The company provides informational services to governmental and private companies.

"WJ Export-Import, Inc." was founded in 1989, to date, the enterprise grew to the group of companies WJ Group and became the leader in the sphere of agricultural production and trading. The group enters the top-ten of main exporters of grains and the group of five leaders of vegetable oils producers. The group of companies WJ owns Valyiskiy and Chernyanskiy palnsts of vegetable oils in Belgorod oblast (trademarks "Milora", "Razdolye", "Rasio-4") in Russia, and Beltskiy plant of vegetable oils in Moldova (trademarks "Floris" and "Mister Cook"). In Russia, WJ Group is also the coowner of Novorossiysk complex of bakery products and operates with three elevators and grain receiving complexes. In Ukraine, WJ Group owns Kherson grain receiving complex, seven elevators and grain receiving complexes, and the vegetable oil terminal in Kherson. The holding has own regional offices in main grain producing regions of the CIS.

Sebastian Olivero

About Speaker

Sebastian Olivero is a Director of AGRO-T.E.C.E.I Consultants. Responsible for the Agricultural commodity market analysis area of AGRO-T.E.C.E.I, consulting projects and educational and training courses. He is responsible for handling farming investment portfolios and the commercial face of client companies. Participate in budgeting and sales planning and provide clients with expertise in strategies of commercialization in Spot Markets, Futures, and Agricultural Options in the local and international (Chicago Board of Trade) Markets. Mr. Olivero give dissertations and advanced training courses on Analysis of Grain Markets, Strategies of Commercialization, and Risk Management, among others. He is the author of numerous articles published in the main newspapers and specialized magazines and co- author of the book "Trajectory, future and value of the Argentinean rural sector". Previously he worked as Financial Analyst for E-Trade Securities, Inc in the U.S.A., as Senior Agribusiness Consultant for Sparks Inc. in its Argentinean subsidiary and as Agromanagement Manager in Agropuerto. He has a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economy from the University of Belgrano in Argentina and Graduate Studies in Administration & Management at Harvard University in the United States of America.

About Company

AGRO-TECEI Consultants was founded in 2006 and comprises a multidisciplinary group of professionals (agricultural economists and politicians, accountants and specialists in human resources) of long career in the agricultural sector. They mission is to provide excellence in commercial advice, training & consultancy for the agricultural community. The firm also has an extensive network of informants and strategic alliances to exchange information and develop worldwide projects.

The company provides information and analysis of local, regional and international grain and fertilizer markets for the agricultural chain. Among his clients are large multinational companies as well as elevators, seed vendors and a wide range of farmers. He has conducted many consultancy studies, among the most important ones are:

  • "Investment Opportunities in Agribusiness in Argentina and the implications of the new era of Agriculture and Biofuels" (done in conjunction with Informaeconomics U.S.).

  • "Viability of beef and agricultural businesses in the North of Argentina"

  • "Potential development for agriculture in areas near the ports of Bahia Blanca and Necochea (southern province of Buenos Aires, Argentina) "

  • Control Panel designs for the conversion of agricultural enterprises.

Anatoli Gorozhankin

About Speaker

Education: Saint's Petersburg High Military Marine School (1982-1987). Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

Training in US related to port elevators industry (1999)

Work experience

  • May 2008 - Monolit Construction, Illichevsk. Position: Executive Director

  • 2004-2008 - Risoil Terminal (part of Risoil Holding), Illichevsk Sea Port. Position: General Director

  • 1997-2004 - TransBulkTerminal (TBT), Illichevsk Sea Port. Position: Operation Director

  • 1995-1996 - Company Transuniversal, Grain forwarding at line elevators in Ukraine

  • 1990-1995 - Service at Ukrainian Navy, Vice Brigade Commander for supply and provision

  • 1987-1990 - Navy service at frontier ship in Odessa

About Company

OJSC Illichevsk fat-and-oil complex is the enterprise, which has the installed complete cycle of deep processing of tropic vegetable oils - beginning from reception through Illichevsk sea trading port (distance to the moorage wall - 420 m), storing at own oil drain station to refinement, deodorization, fractionation and other processes.

None enterprises of the fat-and-oil industry in Ukraine and other countries of the CIS, and even in the world have such complex of deep processing of vegetable oils with usage of the most up-to-date manufacturing lines. Due to the newest technical equipment, the complex will proceed import raw material and produce substitutes of cacao oil; confectionery fats for icing and stuffing, fats for production of bakery products, substitutes of milk fats, mixes for ice-cream production, deep-frying fats, margarines for puff pastry, fats for various types of creams. Previously, nobody dealt with processing of coconut, palm and other exotic oils in the proper manner.

Dmitriy Falko

About Speaker

Dmitriy Falko - general director of NP "Terminal-Ukrpishesbytsyriye" Ltd.

About Company

Nikolayev enterprise "Terminal-Ukrpishesbytsyriye" is the present-day port complex, which accepts, stores and ships food bulk cargoes.

From 1994, the enterprise has in operation the deep-sea complex of molasses shipment, which is the only one in Ukraine.

From 2007, the enterprise launched the complex of vegetable oils shipment. The complex provides shipment operations of all varieties of vegetable oils (sunflower, rapeseed, coconut, palm oils and etc.), fats and stearines both for export and receiving of import cargo lots.

Without distinction to weather conditions, the complex is able to ship cargo lots with the maximum volumes of 25 thsd tonnes of both molasses and oils year-round.

The general volumes of storage tanks of NP "Terminal-Ukrpishesbytsyriye" Ltd. Totals 75 thsd cubic meters. During the work of the Terminal, over 100 Ukrainian companies shipped own commodities to 40 ports, located in 25 countries in all districts of the globe.

Yulia Zvyagina

About Speaker

Yulia Zvyagina - Director of Ukrainian Universal Terminal LLC

Background: Odessa State Maritime University, Faculty 'Economics and Management'


  • Consulting Company

  • Maersk Line, container carrier

  • Ukrainian Universal Terminal LLC, container logistics provider

  • student of IBR business school

About Company

Ukrainian Universal Terminal LLC offers complex logistic solutions based on real needs of the Customers using unique set of instruments. The products, the Customer works with, can be absolutely different - from sunflower oil to toys, from ferro-alloys to vehicles. The solutions can be simple and standard "taken from shelf" or complex ones, requiring development of special handling, transportation or package technology. However in each case the solution takes into account the goals of the Customers and creates competitive advantage for the Customer business.

Irina Ozip

About Speaker

Irina Ozip - Head of Foreign Trade Department of APK-Inform Agency.

Education: Gorlovka state institute of foreign languages, interpreter.

Work experience:

  • expert of world grain market (2005-2008, APK-Inform Agency)

  • head of foreign trade department (2008-present time, APK-Inform Agency)

About Company

АPК-Inform Agency is the professional participant of the market of informational services of the agrarian subject.

The agency was founded in 1996, and to date, the company constantly fixed on the market of informational and analytical services not only in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, and other countries of the CIS, Europe, the Middle East and the North Africa.

During the period from 2002 to the current moment, the agency provided over 30 international conferences devoted to grain, fat-and-oil, fruit and vegetable thematic sections in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Turkey. Every year, the events, hold by АPК-Inform Agency, assemble leading operators of market for discussing of the market situation, strategically important issues of the industry, conclusion of new business contacts and sharing of own experience.

Alexei Livinskiy

About Speaker

Alexei Livinskiy graduated from Moscow state university of food production, in 2006 he defended a dissertation for nominating of academic degree of PhD in Technical Sciences. He works in the company "Delta Wilmar CIS" since 2007, holds an appointment of technologist. In the current moment, Alexei Livinskiy deals with issues of the development of sale policy of specialized fat-and-oil products in Russia.

About Company

Ukrainian company "Delta Wilmar CIS" is one of the largest producers of specialized margarines and fats for enterprises of confectionery, dairy and bakery industries in the CIS, the owner of unique complex of shipment and processing of tropic oils in Ukraine. Products of the enterprise, presented under the trademark SANIA, makes provision to consumer and business-segments of fats and oils of the CIS, Central and Eastern Europe. The technological equipment of the complex gives opportunities to work out various specialized ingredients according to desires and requirements of customers. The enterprise has the certificate of kosher, the certificate ISO 9001:2000, the certificate ISO 22000:2005.