Grain Services (Italy)
Big River (Argentina)
SGS Group (Switzerland)
Sergey Feofilov - Director General of UkrAgroConsult, Ph.D. in Economics.
Founder of UkrAgroConsult company - the first Ukrainian consulting agency specializing in agricultural sector of Ukraine and Black Sea region (since 1994).
Sergey Feofilov has more than 20 years of expertise in analysis of agricultural market of Ukraine and the Black Sea countries. He has broad national and international contacts in trading, banking and investment spheres, is a recognized speaker at the major international agri conferences. Sergey was trained under a number of national and international programs (1997 – UK, 2006 - USA).
1992 - 1994 - Director of state owned consulting company UPVE.
In 1992 - Head of the Foreign Economic Activities Department at Ukrneftegazstroy
1987 - 1991 - Trader, Deputy Director at the Foreign Trade Association “Ukrimpex”
1981 - 1984 – Senior Economist at Ukrainian Republican Office of the State bank
Philippe Chalmin is a professor of economic history at Paris-Dauphine University where he is in charge of the International Affairs Master.
He is a founding chairman of CyclOpe – leading European commodity research institute, which annually publishes the Cyclope commodity yearbook on the economy and global markets.
Philippe Chalmin has a keen interest to agricultural matters and presently chairs the French Observatory on food prices and margins set up by the French government. He was also a member of the Council of Economic Advisors in the Prime Minister’s office and the chief economist of Euler credit insurance group.
Mr Chalmin holds a doctorate in history from the Sorbonne and is an author of more than thirty books on economies, agriculture and food, history and international affairs.
Andrea Cagnolati - managing Director of Grain Services with a family tradition of more than fifty years.
For over 30 years, together with the company, he deals in agricommodities consulting and brokerage for the Italian retail market, with a focus towards the food first processing industry.
Ten years ago, Grain Services has been the first operator to educate buyers about arbitrage and integration between commodity and futures markets.
He is a speaker at several conferences, about the formation of agricommodities prices in Italy and collaborates with leading analysts at the international level.
Guillermo Rossi is an economist, focused on studying South American agribusiness, mainly interested in public policies, market development and marketing strategies. He follows market fundamentals for the main crops in Argentina and its competitors.
Guillermo is based in Rosario, one of the world’s major supply and demand centers for grains and the biggest port area in Argentina. Since August 2016, Guillermo Rossi is grain analyst and market strategist with Big River, a consultant firm in Rosario. From Jul 2010 to Aug 2016 he held a position of grains market analyst with the Rosario Board of Trade. Currently, still in the staff of the BCR Education Program.
Since Aug 2013 - adjunct professor of International Finance at UCEL.
Since Apr 2011 - professor of Strategies with Agricultural Futures and Options in the Agrobusiness Course of Liberty Foundation (Rosario, Argentina).
Guillermo holds Economist degree and Mag. degree in Finance from the National University of Rosario, Argentina.
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).
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.
Mark Lindeman is a crop-assessment analyst with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service in Washington DC. For over twenty years he has been a regional specialist responsible for forecasting production of grains and oilseeds in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Russia. Mark studied agronomy at the University of Maryland and received specialized training in the agricultural applications of remote sensing at Cornell University. He conducts annual crop-assessment travel in Ukraine and meets regularly with grain producers, agricultural officials, and independent commodity analysts.
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).
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.
Viktor Aslanov is a Head of Research Bureau "Grain&Oilseeds; Kazakhstan" – a young community of experts and operators of grain and oilseed industry in Kazakhstan. Viktor has over 10 years of experience in analysis of agricultural market, 17 years expertise in related industries.
Research Bureau "Grain&Oilseeds.Kazakhstan;" is involved in coverage of agro-industrial complex in Kazakhstan and Asian countries, dialogue with members of agri market, production of analytical reviews and other information services.
Since 2013, Igor Pavenskiy is a Deputy Director of Strategic Marketing Department, specializing in the agrarian market and tariff policy at "Rusagrotrans".
In 2008-2013 - Head of Market Analysis in Strategic Marketing Department at "Rusagrotrans".
In 2002-2008 - Chief expert on grain market analysis at IKAR.
In 2001-2002 - Specialist of the Food Markets Regulation Department at Ministry of Agriculture, Russia.
Holds a PhD in Economics (2001).
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.