ХV International Conference «Black Sea Grain»

ХV International Conference«Black Sea Grain-2018»

April 18-19, 2018

InterContinental hotel, Kyiv, Ukraine


Premiere event of the Black Sea region, recognized
by global leaders of grain & oilseed industry


XV International Conference

“BLACK SEA GRAIN-2018: Moving Up the Value Chain”

"Black Sea Grain" Conference – is an international platform aimed at discussion of topical issues and prospects of the global and Black Sea agri commodity markets.

Since its establishment in 2004 "Black Sea Grain" became one of the major annual global grain forums.

“Black Sea Grain” Conference offers participants an excellent environment to find out the latest drivers of agricultural market, adjust business strategies in a rapidly changing world and get new valuable contacts with global operators of agri business. 

  • Macroeconomics and geopolitics as factors driving the global agrarian market.

  • Current state and close prospects of the world grain market.

  • Global consumption of food and agri products: trends and changes. Population, middle class, demand: forecasts, risks, growth limits.

  • Investments flow in the global agricultural sector. Growing concentration of export and consumption, M&A; outlook.

  • Main global suppliers of agri commodities: key regional trends.

  • Black Sea countries: grain production, processing, logistics, margin.

  • Macro analysis of the Black Sea region: financing and investment deficit.

  • Agricultural production: shifting from volumes to added value.

  • Effective management as a factor of improving agribusiness efficiency.

  • Production growth: agricultural technologies, resources, risks, weather.

  • Ukrainian bank sector and agri corporations: growing transparency promotes closer cooperation, 2018-2025.

  • 700+

    Over 700 delegates annually

  • 500+

    Over 500 сompanies of agri business

  • 50+

    Delegates from more than
    50 countries

  • Leading agri producers, traders, crushers, agriholdings, banks, logistic and other companies



PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE AGENDA “Black Sea Grain: Moving Up the Value Chain”
  1. 08.30 Registration & Coffee
  2. 09.45 Conference opening & Welcoming remarks

  3. 10.00 – 13.00 Session:«Global Trends in the Agricultural Market »
    • Ukraine: Open Economy and Key Development Factors of the Agri Sector
    • Sergey Feofilov Director general, UkrAgroConsult, Ukraine

    • World Grain Trade: Intensifying Regional Competition for Market Share and Profits
    • Stéphane Bernhard - Director, Invivo Trading, France

    • Global Macroeconomy: To Be On the Eve of a Global Crisis?
    • Erik Norland - Executive Director, CME Group, UK

    • Global Consumption of Food and Agricultural Products: Trends and Changes
    • Dmitry Prikhodko - Chief Economist, FAO

    • Asia: Demand and Consumption of Grains and Oilseeds
    • G Chandrashekhar - Global Agribusiness Specialist, India

  4. 13.00 – 14.30 Lunch & Networking

  5. 14.30 – 16.30 Discussion Panel: «Black Sea Region. Sources and Limits of Growth in The Agricultural Sector»
    • Government Regulation of Agribusiness Development in Ukraine
    • Ivan Miroshnychenko - People’s Deputy, Ukraine

    • Comparative analysis of Real Assests Returns - Farmland, Timberland, Infrastrucure. International Experience
    • Philippe de Laperouse - Global Food and Agribusiness Practice Director, HighQuest Partners, USA

    • Macroeconomics of Ukraine. Banks and Corporations: Financial and Investment Cooperation. 2018-2025
    • Sergey Budkin - Managing partner, FinPoint, Ukraine

  6. 16.30 – 17.30 Drinks & Networking
  7. 17.30 Gala Dinner. Celebration of the 15th Anniversary of ‘Black Sea Grain’ Conference GRAIN OSCAR PARTY
  1. 09.30 Registration & Coffee

  2. 10.00 - 10.30 Special Presentation «Agribusiness & Cryptocurrency»
  3. Svetlana Zharova - Expert, Cryptocurrency Consulting, Ukraine

  4. 10.45 – 12.30 Session: «Main Grain and Oil Crops Suppliers: Key Regional Trends»
    • Ukraine-EU: outlook on grain and food products trade
    • Damien Plan - Team Leader Arable Crops Markets, DG Agriculture, European Commission

    • Black Sea region 2018 Outlook
    • Elizaveta Malyshko - Grain Market Expert, UkrAgroConsult, Ukraine

    • Russia: Grain market outlook 2018
    • Dmitry Rylko - Director, IKAR, Russia

    • Latin America: What is next for South American Agriculture? Can the Growth be Sustained?
    • Pedro Dejneka - MD Commodities, Brazil

  5. 12.30 – 14.00 Lunch & Networking

  6. 14.00 – 15.15 Discussion panel: «Grain processing - a source of additional profits?»
  • Viktor Aslanov - Director, Grain&Oilseeds;, Kazakhstan
  • Faik Genç - Director, AgriPro, Turkey
  • Dmitry Skornyakov - CEO, Harveast, Ukraine
  • Speaker to be confirmed
15.15 – 16.30 Case-session: «From Volume to Value»
  • Organic farming. Experience of Bulgaria
  • Petar Dimitrov - Agricore, Bulgaria

  • In pursuit of profit. Business transparency vs shadow sector
  • Mykhaylo Sokolov - Kesarev Consulting, Ukraine

  • Legal aspects of profit protection in agribusiness
  • Ivan Kasynyuk - AGA Partners, Ukraine

  • Speaker to be confirmed
Conclusions and Recommendations

16:30 Closing Cocktail



General Conditions


Extra delegates from the same company get 5% Discount

Registration Fee Includes
  • Participation of 1 representative in the Conference
  • Conference information kit and presentations
  • Gala Dinner on April 18, 2018
  • Closing Cocktail on April 19, 2018
  • Coffee-breaks, lunch
  • Interpreting service (Rus, Eng)





April 17, 2018, InterContinental hotel, Kyiv, Ukraine



Exhibition Stand

Get a maximum exposure within Black Sea Grain conference.

Exhibition Stand - is an excellent opportunity to inform a large audience of the Сonference about your business and demonstrate products and services.


Advertising Services
  • Placing advertising materials into Conference bags
  • Your advertising in the Conference Electronic Catalogue
  • Sponsorship options





'Black Sea Grain' Mobile App

'Black Sea Grain' Mobile App allows conference participants to see who is attending days before the event, pre-arrange meetings, send messages, keep track of Agenda and other options.

Service is available to delegates who have paid the registration fee. Access details are sent to the delegate’s email, indicated in the registration form.

To be activated 1 month prior to the event

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For participation issues please contact:

E-mail: conference@ukragroconsult.org

Tel/Fax +38 (044) 451-46-34

Contact persons:

Julia Feofilova - Event manager

Svetlana Shykura - Billing issues

Conference organizer:

Consulting agency UkrAgroConsult

Address: of. 5, 29V Tymoshenko Str.,

Kyiv, Ukraine, 04205

E-mail:  uac2015@ukragroconsult.org


Websites: www.ukragroconsult.com


InterContinental hotel, 5*

World class quality and service in the heart of Kiev. Situated in the very heart of ancient Kyiv next to three famous Ukrainian orthodox churches – St. Sophia, St. Michael and St. Andrew – the location of the InterContinental Kyiv is truly unique. Built to match its historical surroundings, the hotel's traditional style is grand and elegant. Business travellers will appreciate proximity to corporate entities, government agencies and embassies. When it's time for leisure, a wealth of shopping, historical and cultural sights are close by including the National Opera House and Khreschatyk (Kiev's Main Street).

Address: 2a Velyka Zhytomyrska Street, Kiev, 01001 Ukraine

Front Desk: +380-44-2191919