RJ Shipping (South Africa)
MRIYA Agro Holding
Thomson Reuters (USA)
McLarty Аssociates, USA
SGS Group (Switzerland)
Association "Ukraine - Middle East"
Honored Economist of Ukraine
Scalable Data Systems (UK)
Sergey Feofilov - Director General of UkrAgroConsult, Ph.D. in Economics (1985). From 1981 to 1984 – Senior Economist at Ukrainian Republican Office of the State bank, was involved in teaching activities. From 1987 to 1991 he worked as a trader, then deputy Department Director of the Foreign Trade Association “Ukrimpex”. In 1992, Sergey Feofilov became head of the foreign economic activities’ department of Ukrneftegazstroy, from 1992 to 1994 - Mr. Feofilov was general director of State owned consulting company UPVE.
He is a founder of UkrAgroConsult company - the first Ukrainian consulting agency specializing in agricultural sector of Ukraine and Black Sea region. Sergey Feofilov has 20 years of experience in agri sector analysis, is a publisher of newsletters on grain and oilseed markets. He was trained under a number of national and international programs (1997 – UK, 2006 - USA). Sergey Feofilov has broad national and international contacts in trade, banking and investment sectors.
Marcos Rubin – is a Senior partner analyst at Agroconsult, expert in grains and cotton and responsible for the short and long term agricultural market scenarios and products of market intelligence. Coordinator of projects and studies related to the main agricultural inputs and agribusiness infrastructure. Since 2007 he has coordinated the largest private on field crop survey in Brazil, the Rally da Safra.
Agroconsult is one of the most respected specialized agribusiness consultancies in Brazil. Since 2000, the company has been serving clients throughout the industry: agricultural producers and cooperatives, agricultural input industry (seeds, fertilizers and agrochemical), agricultural machinery, tool and equipment suppliers, trading companies, the food and biofuel industry, logistics companies, financial institutions and international associations and agencies.
Mr Raymond Ramjiawan is a self empowered, prominent and successful businessman in South Africa. He is a Director of several companies, holds a Diploma in International Shipping and Trade.
Mr Ramjiawan has a sound knowledge, expertise and understanding of the grain industry in South Africa.
He has established a trading company Prestige Commodities Trading (PTY) Ltd, mainly trading dried beans from China to South Africa, which is nearly 18 years in operation. For the past 6 years he was involved in trading various grain products from Ukraine to South Africa.
Mr Ramjiawan is also a Director of RJ Shipping - a Customs Clearing, Transport and Logistics Company established by him in 1985. Company deals with a variety of grain products such as dried beans, rice, peas, lentils, millet, seeds etc.
Ton Huls has more than 25 years of experience in banking, finance and agro sectors. He held managing positions at ING Bank Netherlands and ING Bank Ukraine. In 2007-2010, worked as the Chief Financial Officer for Allseeds Cyprus, and in 2010-2014 – as the CFO for Allseeds Ukraine. Ton Huls was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of “MRIYA Agro Holding” on February 4, 2015.
Graduated Groninger University, Netherlands
General Director of The Institute for Agricultural Market Studies (IKAR), Ph.D., Dmitry Rylko was born in 1957 in Bryansk. Graduated with distinction from the Economics Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Since 1983 Dmitry worked at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) in in a variety of positions.
From 1996 - Head of the Center for Agribusiness IMEMO.
Among the main tasks of the Centre is a study of problems and development trends of Russian and foreign agribusiness, the main directions of scientific and technical progress in agribusiness (biotechnology), land issues in various countries around the world, marketing and pricing issues in agribusiness in Russia; issues related to the functioning of the Russian food market.
Since October 2001, Dmitry Rylko is a CEO of the Institute for Agricultural Market Studies (IKAR), an information-analytical agency, carrying out a wide range of applied and theoretical research in the field of global and domestic agro-food system. In the center of the Institute’s research is analysis of current condition and forecast of domestic ag food markets.
Eric Trachtenberg is currently Director, Food and Agriculture Sector at McLarty Associates where he founded the sector practice and now counsels client firms seeking to invest and trade overseas. Trachtenberg has more than 20 years’ experience working on food and agriculture issues worldwide. Before founding the food and agriculture practice at McLarty in January 2012, he served as Vice President, International Trade Policy, for the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) where he worked on market access issues in China, India, South America, Africa and the Former Soviet Union.
Before moving to USAPEEC in 2010, Trachtenberg worked as a Foreign Service Officer for USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) both in Washington and overseas starting in 1995. During his government career, he negotiated the resolution of market access and international agricultural development issues, promoted U.S. agricultural exports and reported on the international agriculture and food industry in key export markets such as China, Taiwan and Russia. Trachtenberg has an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University, an M.P.A. from the University of Southern California and a double B.A. in Government and Economics from Cornell University.
Azamat Shamsiev is a Principal Banker in the Agribusiness team of the Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness Business Group of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Prior to relocating to Almaty in 2014, Azamat spent three years in Istanbul and London offices of EBRD having originated, executed and managed over forty projects in upstream and downstream Agribusiness sector across Central Asia and wider region. Prior to joining EBRD, Azamat worked for four years at Renaissance Capital as a senior investment banking associate based in Hong Kong, Almaty and Moscow. At Renaissance Capital Azamat was involved in structuring and execution of over a dozen of high profile corporate finance advisory transactions in M&A, Equity and Debt Capital Markets across different industries. Before that Azamat worked at the Asian Development Bank’s resident mission in Uzbekistan.
Azamat holds Master Degree in Internal Commerce & Policy from George Mason University, Bachelor Degree in Economics (cum laude) from Plekhanov Academy of Economics and a Certificate with distinction on International Business & Strategic Management program from Harvard University.
For 25 years from 1991 till now with SGS Group at different positions:
April 2010-Present Vice President Global Business Development Agriculture and Food - Responsible for business development and new initiatives/projects including Market Research and Information services in Agriculture and Food.
Feb 2007-2010 Global Grain Product Manager
May 2005-2010 Managing Director SGS Ukraine. Managing of leading Inspection Company with more than 20 offices and 900 employees.
2002-May 2005 Business Manager Agricultural services
Yulia Garkavenko is a leading expert of UkrAgroConsult being with the company for more than 10 years. Since 2008 she is specializing in oilseed and vegoil market of Ukraine and Black Sea countries. Yulia’s primary focus is crop forecasts, S&D; balances and market studies.
Yulia is an author and chief editor of UkrAgroConsult’s specialized weekly Newsletter "Black Sea Vegoils & CIS" (Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Belarus). She has a 13-year experience in analysis and forecasting of Ukrainian and CIS ag markets, holds numerous publications in Ukrainian and foreign journals.
Yulia graduated from European University of Management and Business majoring in Finance and Crediting (1999).
Elizaveta Malyshko – is a grain market leading expert of "UkrAgroConsult" (1998), studying the main trends in the global grain market and specializing in forecasts for crops and trade, S&D; balance of Ukrainian grain, preparation of specialized studies. Education - Higher, Kiev Polytechnic Institute (1996).
Svetlana Malysh – is a freight market analyst at "UkrAgroConsult" (2008).
Svetlana specializes in the study of the global dry bulk market, particularly in the sector of grain transportation by sea and infrastructure development of the grain market of the Black Sea region (Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan).
Education - Higher, Dnepropetrovsk State University (1997).
Director at KPMG, Ukraine.
• Diploma in International Law (with honors), Institute of International Relations of Kyiv National University, Ukraine
• Diploma of Master of Science (M.Sc.) (specialization - public management), CERAM (Graduate School of Management), Sofia-Antipolis, Nice, France
• Advocate (Kiev City Bar Association)
During 2001-2006 Oleg worked in International Corporate Tax (ICT), KPMG Canada, where he became a Senior Manager. In Canada, Oleg specialized in international planning and structuring of investments, developed and implemented effective international taxation schemes, participated in creation of effective mechanisms for repatriation to Canada of foreign income and financing of foreign companies, supervised preparation of tax returns for income tax companies, also provided advice on tax issues.
In January 2007, Oleg began working in tax and legal department of KPMG. In Ukraine, Oleg is specializing in tax and legal structuring of investments in and from Ukraine, analysis of tax and legal status of Ukrainian companies, revenues and profits repatriated from Ukraine, financing of business projects, as well as corporate reorganization and restructuring of the business.
Oleg led numerous projects related to business restructuring, tax modeling and development of international holding structure for Ukrainian corporate groups to conduct IPO on foreign exchanges, as well as a project on intra-group restructuring and financing of Ukrainian companies of one of the international broadcasting groups.
Tatyana Adamenko is a Head of Agrometeorology department of Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center, Ph.D. in Geography. Tatyana graduated from Odessa Hydrometeorological Institute and defended her thesis on the topic "Influence of agrometeorological conditions on corn yield efficiency in Ukraine.
Tatyana is an author of numerous publications about climatic impact on yield formation, an author of a dynamic model of crop forecasting depending on weather conditions, a co-author of the national monograph "The climate of Ukraine", "Natural and hazardous weather in Ukraine", "Assessing the impact of climate change on sectors of the economy."
Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center – is the main body of forecasting weather, agrometeorological conditions of crops vegetation, yields, hydrological regime. It provides public authorities and consumers of all levels with information on weather conditions, dangerous hydrometeorological phenomena, and sharp weather changes.
Consultant in Business-planning in agricultural sector.
2006 - graduated from Kirovograd National Technical University "KNTU" . Major - Agronomy.
2008 - postgraduate "KNTU" in Plant cultivation.
Started his career with linear agronomist in "Panchevo".
2010 - Deputy Director, Plant cultivation " Agromars Complex"
From 2015 - Manager of integrated agricultural technologies sector in support of agrochemical laboratory PLT
Aleksey Plotnikov – distinguished Ukrainian economist. Dr of Economics, professor, Honored Economist of Ukraine.
In 2006-2012 - National Deputy of Ukraine of the 5th and 6th convocation: Deputy Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Economic Policy and head of the subcommittee on international economic policy.
Global Agricultural Markets Columnist at Thomson Reuters
Karen Braun holds degrees in Atmospheric Science and Meteorology from Cornell University and the University of Oklahoma, where her research was focused on severe weather phenomena, particularly tornado genesis. Prior to becoming the Reuters agriculture columnist, Karen spent four years as a senior analyst with Thomson Reuter’s Lanworth research group. At Lanworth, she was responsible for early-season forecasts of grain and oilseed production in the European Union and Ukraine, in addition to weekly weather outlooks covering agriculture both in Europe and the Black Sea region. She also specialized in long-term climate forecasting, leading the group’s research efforts on and forecasting El Nino-Southern Oscillation. Karen has a great deal of boots-on-the-ground experiences, as she has led crop tours through the United States, Ukraine, Russia, and France. As a columnist for Reuters, Karen now focuses on agriculture and weather globally, with preference to the grain and oilseeds markets.
Alexander Petrushko - is the Head of the Association "Ukraine - Middle East", which supports domestic producers and promotes exports to the Middle East markets. Alexander is an expert in Middle East region, holds seminars and round tables on doing business in Iran, has experience in supplying grain to Iran for more than 3 years. The Association has its representative office in Tehran and local partners.
In 2016 Association signed a cooperation agreement with German financial institution "DFT Deutsche Finetrading AG.", which offers non-banking instruments for promotion of Ukrainian exports. Alexander is the official representative of "DFT Deutsche Finetrading AG.", In Ukraine.
Since 2000, Alexander Petrushko held senior positions in international companies, such as the "Evraz Holding", Russia, «VOEST - ALPINE Industrieanlagenbau GmbH», Austria, «SIEMENS AG», Germany. He has experience in project management, knowledge of international standards and requirements, uses banking and non-banking financial instruments.
Alexander Petrushko holds a Master of Finance and Engineering. Currently, his activities are focused on social projects related to raising the level of university students in the field of application of international business, finance and attraction of investments in Ukraine, as well as implementation of own business projects.
Oleg Levchenko is a General Manager of grain business in Olam Ukraine, subsidiary company of Olam International Singapore since 2011. Olam International operates in 70 countries supplying food and industrial raw materials (cocoa, coffee, cashew, rice, cotton, grains).
From 2003 to 2011 Oleg held a position of Director in VA Intertrading Ukraine, from 2008 to 2011 was a Head of VASILKO (VA Silo Company), Ukraine. In 2002-2003 he headed a private company Sun Grain. Prior to that, in 1999-2002, Oleg Levchenko, was a Deputy director in Tradigrain SA in Kiev, previously worked in sales in BAYER (1996-1998) and MONSANTO (1995-1996).
Oleg Levchenko graduated Agricultural University of Bila Tserkva, Ukraine with MA in Economics and Agronomy. He had distant education in financing, certificate from Iowa State Agrarian University, USA, as well as a course in production farm practice from University of life sciences in Lublin, Poland. Oleg also completed GAFTA foundation courses in Churchill College, Cambridge, England, and GAFTA CPDP program in Istanbul, Turkey.
Rafael Goroyan - entrepreneur from Mykolayiv, founder, owner and manager of Prometey Group. An expert in pricing for domestic grain market of Ukraine.
Supports the idea of development of Ukrainian grain market through optimization of grain logistics infrastructure, partnership of linear and port operators, domestic and export handling. He sees the prospects of Ukrainian grain trade development in form of CPT Exchange. Rafael contributes to the company's growth through reinvestment of profits, horizontal integration system and considers this approach as a key to sustainable business and independence.
Prometey Group has a network of linear elevators, based on which it aggregates and distributes large batches of grains and oilseeds. The company's annual turnover is about 1 MMT of grain.
Rose Chalmers has extensive experience working with commodity trading companies to deliver business improvement through innovative software solutions.
Specializing in agri-commodities her work with Scalable has seen integrated solutions delivered globally.
Prior to working with Scalable Rose has held Director level positions in commodity trading software specialists, ensuring she and her team delivered successful systems to some of the leading physical commodity companies.
Magnus Kellermann is a research analyst for agricultural markets and strategy at BayWa AG in Munich, Germany. Prior to joining BayWa, Magnus worked at the Institute for Economics and Agricultural Policy at the Technische Universität München, Munich.
Magnus holds a Bachelor degree in Agronomy, a Master degree in Agricultural Economics and a Doctoral degree in Economics.
BayWa AG is a trading and services group in agriculture, energy and building materials. BayWa is the largest agricultural trader in Germany, covering almost the complete agricultural value chain. BayWa trades approximately 32 million tons of grains and oilseeds per year.