14 October - 16 October 2020
Virtual Conference

Argus Fertilizer Live - Virtual Conference

Speakers: Plenary agenda

Jacob Hansen
Director General, Fertilizers Europe
Mr. Jacob Hansen took over as the Director General of Fertilizers Europe in 2011. Prior to that he worked for the Danish Agriculture and Food Council in Copenhagen and then as Director of their office in Brussels. From a farming background and having studied Political Science at the University of Aarhus in Denmark (MA 1989), he understands first-hand the importance of fert...
Mr. Jacob Hansen took over as the Director General of Fertilizers Europe in 2011. Prior to that he worked for the Danish Agriculture and Food Council in Copenhagen and then as Director of their office in Brussels. From a farming background and having studied Political Science at the University of Aarhus in Denmark (MA 1989), he understands first-hand the importance of fertilizers to society and the need to communicate this. Having worked and been actively involved in a range of committees, platforms and task forces for over 20 years, Mr. Hansen has developed an extensive network within the agri-industrial sectors in Brussels.
Zhai Jidong
Vice President, Kingenta
Mr Zhai Jidong is Vice President of Kingenta Group and President of Kingenta International, the world’s largest slow and controlled release fertilizer producer and China largest NPK compound and Specialty fertilizer producer and a public company listed in Shenzhen Stock Exchange (002470). A 32-year veteran of the agriculture industry, Mr. Zhai was previously COO at Spu...
Mr Zhai Jidong is Vice President of Kingenta Group and President of Kingenta International, the world’s largest slow and controlled release fertilizer producer and China largest NPK compound and Specialty fertilizer producer and a public company listed in Shenzhen Stock Exchange (002470). A 32-year veteran of the agriculture industry, Mr. Zhai was previously COO at Spur Ventures Inc., a public company listed in Toronto, Headquarter in Vancouver, where he led Spur’s business in China with a large phosphate mine and chemical complex integrated project. Prior to Spur, he was Executive Vice president and Chief Economist of Sino-Arab Chemical Fertilizers Co. Ltd.(SACF). He was formerly Managing Director of Huaying Phosphoric Acid Co. Ltd., a joint venture company between Japanese ITOCHOU and Chinese CNCCC. Mr. Zhai was Vice Chairman of the China Phosphate Industry Association, Director of the China Sulphuric Acid Industry Association and was Member of Hebei Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference(CPPCC). Mr. Zhai is Senior Chemical Engineer and has Bachelor Degree of Science and Master Degree at Economics.
Lauren Williamson
SVP, Fertilizer, Argus
Lauren Williamson is Senior Vice President, Business Development, for Argus’ global fertilizer portfolio. Lauren has been in information services since 2003 with a focus on fertilizers since 2010. Her previous roles include work at SABIC and Shell.
Lauren Williamson is Senior Vice President, Business Development, for Argus’ global fertilizer portfolio. Lauren has been in information services since 2003 with a focus on fertilizers since 2010. Her previous roles include work at SABIC and Shell.
Dr Grant Roberts
Chief Agronomist Asia, Yara Asia Pte Ltd
Dr Grant Roberts is the Chief Agronomist for Yara Asia and works in the commercial excellence team based in Singapore. Over the last five years, he has provided technical, commercial and strategic support for 11 countries in Asia. His current focus is on ensuring that agronomy knowledge can be transferred to farmers through the multichannel approach of trained staff, digit...
Dr Grant Roberts is the Chief Agronomist for Yara Asia and works in the commercial excellence team based in Singapore. Over the last five years, he has provided technical, commercial and strategic support for 11 countries in Asia. His current focus is on ensuring that agronomy knowledge can be transferred to farmers through the multichannel approach of trained staff, digital solutions and joint partnerships. He held previous roles in Australia, including Senior Technical Management positions for two national retail distributors, private consulting and applied research.
Jason Newton
Chief Economist & Head of Market Research, Nutrien
Magnus Ankarstrand
President, Yara North Amerca
Satish Chander
President, FAI 
Satish Chander is the Director General of the Fertiliser Association of India since June, 2008. He started his initial career with the Delhi University and thereafter joined Civil Service in India. In his career span of over 30 years he held various positions with the Government of India. As Joint Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farm...
Satish Chander is the Director General of the Fertiliser Association of India since June, 2008. He started his initial career with the Delhi University and thereafter joined Civil Service in India. In his career span of over 30 years he held various positions with the Government of India. As Joint Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare he held, inter alia, the position of Controller of Fertilisers and Central Registrar of Multi-State Cooperative Societies. He represented the Government of India on number of Board of Public Sector Companies and Multi-State Cooperative Societies. He has been associated with a large number of high level Committees constituted by the Government in addressing the issues concerning Indian farmers and Fertiliser Sector. He has been actively associated with the Government in the reform process of the fertiliser sector. He is on the Board of the Certified Crop Advisor Programme-India conducted by American Society of Agronomy. He is also on the Board of International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), U.S.A.
Corey Rosenbusch
President & Chief Executive, The Fertilizer Institute
Gavin Chong
Vice-President Asia, Fertilizer Markets, Argus
Gavin Chong joined Argus Singapore in January 2015 and is currently the fertilizer business development vice-president for Asia. He has a previous eight years of experience in trading, distribution, and managing NPK production based in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Gavin Chong joined Argus Singapore in January 2015 and is currently the fertilizer business development vice-president for Asia. He has a previous eight years of experience in trading, distribution, and managing NPK production based in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Innocent Okuku
Vice President, West African Fertilizer Association
Innocent Okuku is the Vice-President and Coordinator for Partnerships of the West Africa Fertilizer Association (WAFA), an umbrella for all private sector players in the fertilizer industry operating within the ECOWAS region. Mr Okuku is also the Chief Executive Officer of Intrio Synergy Limited (ISL), an agro-allied company based in Nigeria and focused on helping smallhol...
Innocent Okuku is the Vice-President and Coordinator for Partnerships of the West Africa Fertilizer Association (WAFA), an umbrella for all private sector players in the fertilizer industry operating within the ECOWAS region. Mr Okuku is also the Chief Executive Officer of Intrio Synergy Limited (ISL), an agro-allied company based in Nigeria and focused on helping smallholder farmers achieve increased production and income through the adoption of improved farming practices and inputs, including balanced fertilizers. He has over 25 years experience in the agricultural industry spanning research, development and commercial positions in both public and private organizations, including over 8 years in the fertilizer industry in Nigeria where he served as Group Head of Commercial Services at Notore Chemical Industries PLC, West Africa’s premier Urea Manufacturer, where he was responsible for all the functions related to business Development, marketing and sales in all markets including locally in Nigeria and exports globally. Mr Okuku has great capacity and experience in developing and running Public-Private-Partnerships towards deploying appropriate farm inputs and technologies to help increase farm yields across Africa. Innocent is an alumnus of the prestigious London Business School and also holds a Doctorate degree in Crop Production.
Anderson Galvao
Chief Executive, Celeres
Anderson is the founder and chief executive officer of Brazilian agribusiness consultancy Celeres. Previously, he implemented and co-ordinated the department of agriculture at São Paulo’s FNP Consulting and Commerce, where he developed and managed studies and projects related to the country’s agriculture. He worked in the risk management area through the use of the futures...
Anderson is the founder and chief executive officer of Brazilian agribusiness consultancy Celeres. Previously, he implemented and co-ordinated the department of agriculture at São Paulo’s FNP Consulting and Commerce, where he developed and managed studies and projects related to the country’s agriculture. He worked in the risk management area through the use of the futures markets in the Brazilian Mercantile & Futures Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. Anderson serves on the board of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications and is an associate consultant at GV Consult at the São Paulo School of Business Administration. An agronomic engineer, he graduated from the Federal University of Uberlândia and holds a post-graduate degree in business administration from the Getulio Vargas Foundation.
Berit Hinnermann
Senior Innovation Product Manager, Maersk
Berit is a senior innovation project manager at Maersk and is working on projects to decarbonise shipping with a focus on future marine fuels. Before joining Maersk in April 2020, she worked for Haldor Topsoe for 13 years in roles within R&D, business development, technology scouting and corporate strategy, covering technical and commercial projects across ammonia, methano...
Berit is a senior innovation project manager at Maersk and is working on projects to decarbonise shipping with a focus on future marine fuels. Before joining Maersk in April 2020, she worked for Haldor Topsoe for 13 years in roles within R&D, business development, technology scouting and corporate strategy, covering technical and commercial projects across ammonia, methanol, syngas and refinery catalysts and technologies. Berit has also worked as a research scientist in materials science at Princeton University. She has a master’s in physics from the University of Duisburg-Essen and a PhD in physics from the Technical University of Denmark with a focus on catalysis and ammonia synthesis.
Mike Nash
Senior Editor, Fertilizers. Editor, Argus Phosphates & Fertilizer Africa, Argus
Mike Nash is Senior Editor at Argus, responsible for managing the London editorial fertilizer team and helping to develop new contacts. He retains editorship of Argus’ weekly phosphates report and is the main contributor to the Argus Monthly Phosphates Outlook. He also has special responsibility for the emerging African sector and is editor of the Argus monthly Africa fert...
Mike Nash is Senior Editor at Argus, responsible for managing the London editorial fertilizer team and helping to develop new contacts. He retains editorship of Argus’ weekly phosphates report and is the main contributor to the Argus Monthly Phosphates Outlook. He also has special responsibility for the emerging African sector and is editor of the Argus monthly Africa fertilizer supplement. He has 15 years’ experience covering the international phosphates and other fertilizer markets for a variety of UK-based price reporting agencies. He has also covered international energy and petrochemical markets and previously edited a number of manufacturing and engineering titles in the UK. Mike is an experienced speaker, presenting papers at various international industry events including AFA Cairo in 2011 and 2014 and GPCA in Dubai and Oman, TSI World Symposium, the FAI conference in Delhi as well as at many Argus events around the world and at numerous investor events and conferences. Mike is based in London. He is a graduate of Reading University with a BSc Hons degree in geography and economics and postgraduate studies in marketing.
Bede Heren
North America Editor, Fertilizers, Argus
Bede Heren runs Argus’ fertilizer desk in North America, which publishes two weekly reports covering fertilizer, sulphur and sulphuric acid markets, as well as a monthly report on feed grade minerals. He has worked at Argus for six years and moved to Texas last year from London.
Bede Heren runs Argus’ fertilizer desk in North America, which publishes two weekly reports covering fertilizer, sulphur and sulphuric acid markets, as well as a monthly report on feed grade minerals. He has worked at Argus for six years and moved to Texas last year from London.
Stein Chingen Haugan
Managing Director, Fertimetrics
Mr. Haugan is a seasoned fertilizer executive currently the sole proprietor of consultancy and advisory firm Fertimetrics Pte Ltd with base in Singapore. Prior he held several executive and director roles in some of the largest global fertilizer companies like Yara International, Ma'aden Phosphate Company, Keytrade AG, and Allied Harvest International. In his current role ...
Mr. Haugan is a seasoned fertilizer executive currently the sole proprietor of consultancy and advisory firm Fertimetrics Pte Ltd with base in Singapore. Prior he held several executive and director roles in some of the largest global fertilizer companies like Yara International, Ma'aden Phosphate Company, Keytrade AG, and Allied Harvest International. In his current role with Fertimetrics he has consulted and advised several companies on possible investments in ammonia and urea, off-take agreements on granular urea, as well as the downstream utilization of raw materials from phosphate rock, sulphuric acid and phosphoric acid.
Rob Groot
Director, Business Development and Partnerships, IFDC
Rob Groot is Director IFDC for Business Development and Partnerships and has over 25 years’ experience in international agricultural development, particularly relating to food security and soil fertility management in sub-Saharan Africa. He has been Director IFDC (East and Southern Africa and North and West Africa) since 2004. During this time, IFDC has seen a tenfold expa...
Rob Groot is Director IFDC for Business Development and Partnerships and has over 25 years’ experience in international agricultural development, particularly relating to food security and soil fertility management in sub-Saharan Africa. He has been Director IFDC (East and Southern Africa and North and West Africa) since 2004. During this time, IFDC has seen a tenfold expansion of its activities in Africa, where projects are increasingly undertaken in collaboration with the private sector, from both the agro-food and fertilizer industries. Before joining IFDC, Rob was involved in research involving soil fertility improvement, fertilizer use and climate change in Africa, mainly working for Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He holds an MSc in biology and agronomy from Wageningen University.
Gopal Chandak
Regional Head, Export Trading Group (ETG)
Gopal is a key member of ETG’s group fertilizer procurement, with over nine years’ experience in the Fertilizer industry. Under his leadership, the company’s sales have grown by 30KMT to 600KMT in the last six years for west Africa and Asia. Gopal develops and drives organisational strategies with strong leadership skills, focusing on strategic partnerships and the develop...
Gopal is a key member of ETG’s group fertilizer procurement, with over nine years’ experience in the Fertilizer industry. Under his leadership, the company’s sales have grown by 30KMT to 600KMT in the last six years for west Africa and Asia. Gopal develops and drives organisational strategies with strong leadership skills, focusing on strategic partnerships and the development of people. He contributes to the company’s growth prospects in Africa and serves as a board member of the West Africa Fertilizer Association.
Oliver Hatfield
Vice President for Business Development of Fertilizers, Argus
Oliver Hatfield, is VP Business Development for Argus Media in London. Oliver joined Argus in October 2018 following its acquisition of Integer Research, where he spent 15 years as head of the fertilizer market research team. Oliver has more than 20 years of experience in business analysis and consulting, and he was also one of the founders of Integer. Oliver has worked e...
Oliver Hatfield, is VP Business Development for Argus Media in London. Oliver joined Argus in October 2018 following its acquisition of Integer Research, where he spent 15 years as head of the fertilizer market research team. Oliver has more than 20 years of experience in business analysis and consulting, and he was also one of the founders of Integer. Oliver has worked extensively on multi-client and bespoke fertilizer market analysis studies, covering market forecasts, strategy, due diligence, market entry and project feasibility. He has worked as an analyst on all the key fertilizer and related chemical markets: nitrogen, phosphates, potash, sulphur and sulphuric acid. Oliver is a graduate of economics and development economics from the University of Manchester in the UK.
Carl Roache 
Editor, Manager Asia, Argus
Carl Roache is the Asian Fertilizer Editor at Argus Media, based in the company’s Singapore office. He is responsible for co-ordinating regional coverage for the global fertilizer reports. Prior to his move to Singapore in 2016, Carl edited the global Argus Potash report and the Fertilizer Europe publication from the London head office. Carl has over a decade of expe...
Carl Roache is the Asian Fertilizer Editor at Argus Media, based in the company’s Singapore office. He is responsible for co-ordinating regional coverage for the global fertilizer reports. Prior to his move to Singapore in 2016, Carl edited the global Argus Potash report and the Fertilizer Europe publication from the London head office. Carl has over a decade of experience covering commodity markets. Before joining Argus in 2013, he worked as an editor for ICIS/Reed Business Information covering a range of sectors including fertilizers, petrochemicals and refined products. He is an NCTJ/NCE qualified newspaper journalist and started his career working for Northcliffe Media in the UK.
Ezio Nalin de Paulo
Head of Agronomic Services - Asia, K+S Asia Pacific
David Maher
Editor - Fertilizers Europe , Argus
David is the editor of Fertilizer Europe (FE) at Argus, and has also worked as a market reporter for FE and the Argus potash report. He has almost 20 years of journalism experience, a first-class bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history, and a master’s in international politics from Trinity College Dublin. He was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, but has lived in Lond...
David is the editor of Fertilizer Europe (FE) at Argus, and has also worked as a market reporter for FE and the Argus potash report. He has almost 20 years of journalism experience, a first-class bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history, and a master’s in international politics from Trinity College Dublin. He was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, but has lived in London for the past six years. His interests include the natural sciences, philosophy, politics, history, geography, economics, sport, and using commas.
Sean Mackle
Director, Trade and Economic Policy, Fertilizers Europe
Sean has a long career in international trade, law and economics commencing at the Middle East Economic Digest in London as a researcher; then at CEFIC as a Trade Counsellor; then as Head of International Trade from the UK Chemical Industries Association in London for 10 years. He is presently Trade and Economic Director at Fertilizers Europe where he has worked for 22 yea...
Sean has a long career in international trade, law and economics commencing at the Middle East Economic Digest in London as a researcher; then at CEFIC as a Trade Counsellor; then as Head of International Trade from the UK Chemical Industries Association in London for 10 years. He is presently Trade and Economic Director at Fertilizers Europe where he has worked for 22 years.
Luuk Hagting
Fertilizer Purchaser, Agrifirm NWE
Luuk specializes in grass growth for roughage, seeking fertilizer solutions from the perspective of a farmer. He focuses on adding value to fertilizers through modification or smart combinations of the product, and through intensive marketing.
Luuk specializes in grass growth for roughage, seeking fertilizer solutions from the perspective of a farmer. He focuses on adding value to fertilizers through modification or smart combinations of the product, and through intensive marketing.
Ewan Thomson
Potash Editor, Argus
Ewan is the editor of the weekly global potash report, and works on the short-term potash outlook. He is responsible for MOP, SOP and NOP price assessments as well as global news and local market coverage. Ewan joined Argus in 2012, and was previously News Editor, covering energy markets.
Ewan is the editor of the weekly global potash report, and works on the short-term potash outlook. He is responsible for MOP, SOP and NOP price assessments as well as global news and local market coverage. Ewan joined Argus in 2012, and was previously News Editor, covering energy markets.
Mariano Cesar Marquez
Head of Technical Information Management, CONAB
Alexander Reichert
Co-Founder and CEO, AgVend
Alexander is the co-founder and CEO of AgVend, a leading agricultural eCommerce platform that connects ag retailers to farmers looking to purchase inputs and services online. AgVend’s digital commerce platform enables partner retailers to market their solutions, support their customers, and sell products anywhere and at any time. Retailers can choose to list their inventor...
Alexander is the co-founder and CEO of AgVend, a leading agricultural eCommerce platform that connects ag retailers to farmers looking to purchase inputs and services online. AgVend’s digital commerce platform enables partner retailers to market their solutions, support their customers, and sell products anywhere and at any time. Retailers can choose to list their inventory through the AgVend Marketplace or on their own privately labelled AgVend Storefront. Before starting AgVend, Alexander was VP of Product at Mavrx, an agricultural aerial imagery company, heading the product marketing, support and management teams. And before that, he led product for Euclid, where he worked with Fortune 500 retailers, looking to create an omnichannel experience by integrating an eCommerce strategy into their existing sales channels.
Thomas Bagge
Chief Executive and Statutory Director, Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA)
As the CEO of DCSA, Thomas is responsible for building strong relationships with stakeholders in shipping and beyond, as well as leading the team to achieve DCSA’s mission of enabling systematic collaboration in container shipping through technology standardisation. Prior to joining DCSA, Thomas was instrumental in a number of transformational activities involving technolo...
As the CEO of DCSA, Thomas is responsible for building strong relationships with stakeholders in shipping and beyond, as well as leading the team to achieve DCSA’s mission of enabling systematic collaboration in container shipping through technology standardisation. Prior to joining DCSA, Thomas was instrumental in a number of transformational activities involving technology, process and people at Maersk. Most recently, he held the position of Adviser to the CIO on Strategy and Digital Transformation. With two decades of experience in transportation and logistics, Thomas has an in-depth understanding of customers and industry drivers, as well as the challenges of digitising the container shipping industry. Thomas has an Executive MBA and an Applied Finance degree from Copenhagen Business School.
Corrie Banks
Director, Logistics, Candorail
Corrie Banks is a logistics expert leading the development of Quasar - a cloud based, IOT, rail supply chain optimization platform for Cando Rail Services. In 2019, Supply Chain Canada recognized Corrie’s contributions to the Canadian Supply Chain Sector by including Corrie in the “Top 100 Influential Women In Supply Chain.” Using her lean and six sigma qualifications, C...
Corrie Banks is a logistics expert leading the development of Quasar - a cloud based, IOT, rail supply chain optimization platform for Cando Rail Services. In 2019, Supply Chain Canada recognized Corrie’s contributions to the Canadian Supply Chain Sector by including Corrie in the “Top 100 Influential Women In Supply Chain.” Using her lean and six sigma qualifications, Corrie has managed 3rd Party Logistics, warehousing/distribution, rail and truck shipments, railcar and truck maintenance and repair scheduling, port operations, load planning, shipment management, issue resolution, freight audit and payment, and data metrics and analytics. Companies that have worked with Corrie have saved between 7 to 25% of their supply chain costs.
Aida Idrissi Kaitouni
Principal, Consulting
Aida Idrissi has over 12 years’ experience in both capital markets and the fertilizers industry. She worked for 5 years in strategy and market intelligence roles for OCP, contributing to strategic projects in the phosphate sector. Prior to that, she worked for Goldman Sachs for over 3 years as a structured interest rates derivative sales.
Aida Idrissi has over 12 years’ experience in both capital markets and the fertilizers industry. She worked for 5 years in strategy and market intelligence roles for OCP, contributing to strategic projects in the phosphate sector. Prior to that, she worked for Goldman Sachs for over 3 years as a structured interest rates derivative sales.
Matthew Lisley
Analyst, Argus
Matt is a senior analyst in Consulting Services at Argus, and provides bespoke research and modelling within the fertilizer projects team across all the nutrients. He has an MSci in Geology from Imperial College London, and conducted academic research in the fields of both mineral processing and geochemistry.
Matt is a senior analyst in Consulting Services at Argus, and provides bespoke research and modelling within the fertilizer projects team across all the nutrients. He has an MSci in Geology from Imperial College London, and conducted academic research in the fields of both mineral processing and geochemistry.
Xie Fang
Senior Analyst, Argus
Senior engineer graduated from Nanjing Industrial University in 1990 with a bachelor degree of Chemical Engineering. Joined ChinaOil Jilin Co after graduation and worked with China National Chemical Information Center, Mosaic, Beijing Wanzhong Fangda Technological Development Center and Argus in the following years. Used to cover all fertilizer-related products for both ed...
Senior engineer graduated from Nanjing Industrial University in 1990 with a bachelor degree of Chemical Engineering. Joined ChinaOil Jilin Co after graduation and worked with China National Chemical Information Center, Mosaic, Beijing Wanzhong Fangda Technological Development Center and Argus in the following years. Used to cover all fertilizer-related products for both editorials and consulting. Today as lead analyst, covering urea, amsul, ammonia, sulphur and sulphuric acid in editorial department in Argus. Have close relationship with associations and market participants and rich experiences in market analysis and reporting.
Attilio Pigneri
CEO, Hydrogen Utility
Jean-Luc Pradal
Director General, Fertiberia France
Lilian Tu
Senior Investment Officer, United States
Patrice Annequin
Senior Fertilizer Market Specialist, IFDC
Pat A. Han
R&D Director, Holdor Topsoe
Harry Minihan
Editor – Phosphates, Argus
Mathias Shroeder
Managing Director Asia, Eurochem
Mathias leads EuroChem Asia’s marketing and sales activities, including the development of the Group’s distribution and strategic initiatives. He has been Head of Marketing and Sales Asia / Managing Director since 2012. Mathias started his fertilizer career in 2008 with K+S. Based in Mannheim / Germany he was in charge of sales for Middle East, Africa and Asia. He moved ...
Mathias leads EuroChem Asia’s marketing and sales activities, including the development of the Group’s distribution and strategic initiatives. He has been Head of Marketing and Sales Asia / Managing Director since 2012. Mathias started his fertilizer career in 2008 with K+S. Based in Mannheim / Germany he was in charge of sales for Middle East, Africa and Asia. He moved to Singapore as Director of K+S’ Nitrogen business in 2011 and joined EuroChem in 2012 after the company acquired K+S Nitrogen. Born in 1985, he is a German citizen and received an MBA from Cooperative State University Mannheim / Germany.

Speakers: Added Value Fertilizers agenda

Andrea Valentini
Principal, Consulting Services, Argus
Andrea Valentini heads up Argus’ fertilizer consultancy services in Asia and the Middle East and has several years of experience as a fertilizer market analyst. He led consulting work on a number of projects, including feasibility studies for nitrogen, phosphates, and potash investments, and specialty fertilizers marketability research in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining A...
Andrea Valentini heads up Argus’ fertilizer consultancy services in Asia and the Middle East and has several years of experience as a fertilizer market analyst. He led consulting work on a number of projects, including feasibility studies for nitrogen, phosphates, and potash investments, and specialty fertilizers marketability research in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Argus, he was the head of consulting for Integer Research. He is a graduate in Economics from the University of Padua in Italy and holds an MBA from McGill University, Canada.
Dr. Chen Zixian
APAC Regional Business Development Manager, Solvay
Chen joined the Solvay Agro business unit in 2011 and was APAC regional research and innovation manager for its agro-business for many years until recently moving to Singapore to take up the APAC business development manager role. He has a deep understanding of the Asian agriculture market and has successfully led Solvay's research team in developing many products for the ...
Chen joined the Solvay Agro business unit in 2011 and was APAC regional research and innovation manager for its agro-business for many years until recently moving to Singapore to take up the APAC business development manager role. He has a deep understanding of the Asian agriculture market and has successfully led Solvay's research team in developing many products for the region. In his new role, he is responsible for developing Solvay's fertilizer inhibitor and seed biostimulant business across Asia.
Jack Merriott
Manager - Consulting Services, Argus
Jack Merriott has ten years’ experience working in strategy consulting, strategic planning and market intelligence, spanning fertilizers, industrial products and consumer goods and is responsible for developing the speciality fertilizers practice at Argus Media. Prior to joining Argus, he was a Manager at Integer Research with responsibility for consulting projects in Euro...
Jack Merriott has ten years’ experience working in strategy consulting, strategic planning and market intelligence, spanning fertilizers, industrial products and consumer goods and is responsible for developing the speciality fertilizers practice at Argus Media. Prior to joining Argus, he was a Manager at Integer Research with responsibility for consulting projects in Europe and the Americas across all fertilizer nutrients. Jack is a graduate of Oxford University and is fluent in French and Spanish.
Martin Brown
Director-at-Large, EBIC - European Biostimulants Industry Council
With over 40 years’ experience in the agricultural sector, Martin is currently Managing Director for Verdesian Europe and Africa, providing sales, development and regulatory strategy to distributing partners for nutrient efficiency technologies. Prior to this, he spent 11 years at the helm of an innovative UK-based research and development biotech company. Martin also spen...
With over 40 years’ experience in the agricultural sector, Martin is currently Managing Director for Verdesian Europe and Africa, providing sales, development and regulatory strategy to distributing partners for nutrient efficiency technologies. Prior to this, he spent 11 years at the helm of an innovative UK-based research and development biotech company. Martin also spent two years operating out of Cyprus as Business Director for a major agricultural distributor, establishing outlets in the Balkans and eastern Europe. In addition, he worked for over 20 years in senior roles with ICL, Zeneca Agrochemicals and Syngenta. He was Chairman of Zeneca Turkey, and for four years was based in Kenya, developing agricultural business opportunities across east and southern Africa. Martin sits on the board of the European Biostimulant Industry Council.
Cleiton de Sequeira
Global Market Development Manager, Agriculture, Rio Tinto
Dr Cleiton de Sequeira joined U.S. Borax in December 2018 based in Chicago, US. He is responsible for the company’s global market development strategy in agriculture and is involved with product development and marketing. Prior to joining U.S. Borax, Cleiton worked as a sales agronomist in Wichita, US, and as manager for agronomy and sales in Montevideo, Uruguay, and Bueno...
Dr Cleiton de Sequeira joined U.S. Borax in December 2018 based in Chicago, US. He is responsible for the company’s global market development strategy in agriculture and is involved with product development and marketing. Prior to joining U.S. Borax, Cleiton worked as a sales agronomist in Wichita, US, and as manager for agronomy and sales in Montevideo, Uruguay, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, for Koch Agronomic Services. His experience includes agronomy, research, sales, market development, marketing and strategic planning. He has a degree in agronomic engineering and a master’s degree in soil science and plant nutrition from the Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil. Cleiton also holds a PhD in crop and soil environmental science from Virginia Tech and an Executive MBA from IAE Business School of Austral University in Argentina.
Hasan Tarique
Senior Consultant, Fertilizers, Argus
Hasan is the lead for fertilizers consulting for the Americas region at Argus Consulting Services – the consulting arm of Argus Media. Hasan started his career as a business consultant with Accenture with a focus on the natural resources sector, before moving into industry where he spent time in corporate strategy departments at BHP and Canpotex focusing on supply-demand f...
Hasan is the lead for fertilizers consulting for the Americas region at Argus Consulting Services – the consulting arm of Argus Media. Hasan started his career as a business consultant with Accenture with a focus on the natural resources sector, before moving into industry where he spent time in corporate strategy departments at BHP and Canpotex focusing on supply-demand fundamentals, price forecasting, portfolio optimisation, valuations and project management. In the fertilizers space, his expertise is in potash, with experience in mining development projects, sales and operations planning, strategy and market analysis, and supply chain and logistics. At Argus, Hasan has led consulting projects in grain exports and supply chain, due diligence for greenfield potash, market fundamentals for ammonia plant investment evaluation, and specialty multi-nutrient fertilizers.
Trey Cutts
Market Development Manager, Yara North America
Trey has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, a master’s in crop and soil science from the University of Georgia and a PhD in plant breeding from Texas A&M University. He has spent over 12 years in the agriculture industry in public and private roles, including as a corn breeder for Monsanto under the Water Efficient Maize for Africa project. Upon returning to the US, Trey ...
Trey has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, a master’s in crop and soil science from the University of Georgia and a PhD in plant breeding from Texas A&M University. He has spent over 12 years in the agriculture industry in public and private roles, including as a corn breeder for Monsanto under the Water Efficient Maize for Africa project. Upon returning to the US, Trey became an assistant professor and cropping systems agronomist at Auburn University. He has been with Yara North America since 2018 and as market development manager is working on developing crop nutrition solutions through a diverse product portfolio, R&D and agronomic knowledge.
Markus Braaten
Market Development Manager, Yara North America
Markus graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education and biology in 1998. He went on to spend six years as an instructor of agriculture sciences and biology, and since 2004 has held roles including sales agronomist, agronomy trainer and precision agronomist for CHS, Agri-Trend and Trimble Navigation. He is currently a market deve...
Markus graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education and biology in 1998. He went on to spend six years as an instructor of agriculture sciences and biology, and since 2004 has held roles including sales agronomist, agronomy trainer and precision agronomist for CHS, Agri-Trend and Trimble Navigation. He is currently a market development manager for Yara North America, where he works to bring Yara’s global agronomic expertise, extensive product portfolio and digital tools together to drive grower profitability and sustainability without increasing operational complexity.
Will Li
General Manager Assistant , Hebei Monband Water Soluble Fertilizers
Mr. Li graduated from Peking university with master degree. After several years’ market research in fertilizer field, he is well experienced in water soluble fertilizer and market demand in China and worldwide.
Mr. Li graduated from Peking university with master degree. After several years’ market research in fertilizer field, he is well experienced in water soluble fertilizer and market demand in China and worldwide.
Robert van Spingelen
Director of Business Development, EMEA, Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies
Robert is a B2B leader in the turf and horticulture markets, with a focus on circular economy solutions. He joined Ostara in his present role, bringing more than 20 years’ experience of global brand building, international sales and agronomy. A former global marketing and category manager with ICL Specialty Fertilisers’ turf and landscaping arm and a former global category...
Robert is a B2B leader in the turf and horticulture markets, with a focus on circular economy solutions. He joined Ostara in his present role, bringing more than 20 years’ experience of global brand building, international sales and agronomy. A former global marketing and category manager with ICL Specialty Fertilisers’ turf and landscaping arm and a former global category development manager at Scotts Miracle-Gro, he introduced several new brands to market, including ProTurf and Vitalnova. Rob is based in the Hague, Netherlands, and holds a BSc in tropical agriculture and business development from Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences.
Franck Hennequart
Director Research & Innovation, Algaia
Franck Hennequart is an Engineer, graduated in the Marine Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory of the University of Caen (Normandy, France), specialised in the valorisation of marine resources. Franck worked first for 3 years in British Columbia in Canada as R&D project assistant for a Provincial organisation promoting partnership between Industry and Research groups for t...
Franck Hennequart is an Engineer, graduated in the Marine Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory of the University of Caen (Normandy, France), specialised in the valorisation of marine resources. Franck worked first for 3 years in British Columbia in Canada as R&D project assistant for a Provincial organisation promoting partnership between Industry and Research groups for technological transfer in aquaculture. Back in Europe, he has been then appointed Project Coordinator in the Molecular Glycobiotechnology Group of the Dept. of Biochemistry at National University of Ireland Galway. In parallel, he participated to the creation and the setup of OGT, an Irish company developing novel seaweed extracts. In June 2008, Franck joined OGT full time as Technical Director. OGT was acquired by the Spanish company Tradecorp International in June 2014 where he became global seaweed project manager for the whole group. Early 2016, Franck and his colleagues turned over a spin-off company into ALGAIA, a company producing seaweed extracts and specialised in providing consultancy, analyses and bioactivity tests for the valorisation of algae in many sectors of activities. Franck is also share-holder of a French consulting company called SEANEO specialised in management of aquaculture, artificial reefs and Marine Protected Areas.
Carolina Olivera Sanchez
Senior International Consultant on Soil Fertility, FAO
Carolina is an agronomist with over 20 years’ experience of soils in the field and the laboratory. She works with the Global Soil Partnership Secretariat (GSP) as a facilitator for the Latin American and Caribbean Soil Partnership, and as support in the field for Pillar 1 on sustainable soil management. Prior to joining the GSP, she worked as a consultant on soil fertility...
Carolina is an agronomist with over 20 years’ experience of soils in the field and the laboratory. She works with the Global Soil Partnership Secretariat (GSP) as a facilitator for the Latin American and Caribbean Soil Partnership, and as support in the field for Pillar 1 on sustainable soil management. Prior to joining the GSP, she worked as a consultant on soil fertility management in the livestock, viticulture and horticulture sectors, and on development projects for international cooperation agencies. She holds a MSc in agronomy from Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris VI).
Gregor Pasda
Global Technical Marketing Manager - Nitrogen Management, BASF
Bart Maylemans
Owner, Ag Ambition
Bart Meylemans obtained a Masters degree in Agronomy in Belgium in 1991, and a Ph.D. in 1999. He spent most of his career in the Specialty Fertilizer sector, mainly active in commercial functions in the Water-Soluble Fertiliser business. He worked for SQM in various sales functions in Europe, the Middle East and the Former Soviet Union, including some years as Commercial D...
Bart Meylemans obtained a Masters degree in Agronomy in Belgium in 1991, and a Ph.D. in 1999. He spent most of his career in the Specialty Fertilizer sector, mainly active in commercial functions in the Water-Soluble Fertiliser business. He worked for SQM in various sales functions in Europe, the Middle East and the Former Soviet Union, including some years as Commercial Director Europe for Specialty Plant Nutrition. He was also Sales Manager Specialties Benelux for Yara. At the end of 2019, Bart Meylemans started his own company Ag Ambition, and is now working as consultant and commercial agent, connecting producers of Specialty Fertilisers and distributors. Next to optimizing sales networks for existing products, Bart is also fascinated by new innovations in the fertilizer and biostimulant/ biotechnology sector, promoting highly relevant new technologies.
Doug Pottinger
Business Manager, Discovery and Innovation, Brandt Consolidated
After growing up in agriculture, Doug Pottinger began his career with Ag-Chem Equipment Co., Inc., a Minnesota-based application equipment company. After 13 years with the company in a number of different roles, Doug and his business partner bought North America’s largest soil sampling company and focused on advancing precision agriculture from the ground up. Five years ...
After growing up in agriculture, Doug Pottinger began his career with Ag-Chem Equipment Co., Inc., a Minnesota-based application equipment company. After 13 years with the company in a number of different roles, Doug and his business partner bought North America’s largest soil sampling company and focused on advancing precision agriculture from the ground up. Five years later, Doug sold his share of the company to his business partner and joined Brandt Consolidated. Brandt is a family-owned company that focuses on supplying premier products to growers and ag retailers. Brandt formulates and manufactures many of its own products, and has both retail and wholesale divisions. Doug is the business manager for Brandt’s Discovery and Innovation team.
Hunter Swisher
CEO, Phospholutions
Hunter currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Phospholutions, Inc. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BSc in Plant Sciences, where he was recognised as Top Entrepreneur at the university. He sits on the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisory Board for the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University. Swisher foun...
Hunter currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Phospholutions, Inc. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BSc in Plant Sciences, where he was recognised as Top Entrepreneur at the university. He sits on the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisory Board for the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University. Swisher founded Phospholutions, Inc. in 2016 to develop and commercialise solutions to improve the efficiency of global phosphorus use. Phospholutions, Inc. is headquartered in State College, PA.
Dr. Ershad Tavakol
Marketing and Product Manager, K+S
Ershad Tavakol is a PhD graduate from the Institute of applied plant nutrition (IAPN) within Göttingen University, Germany. He did his PhD studies in the area of molecular plant nutrition and focused on the effects of nutrient optimization on metabolism under abiotic stress. After finishing his PhD studies in 2017, He joined K+S Minerals and Agriculture GmbH and worked in...
Ershad Tavakol is a PhD graduate from the Institute of applied plant nutrition (IAPN) within Göttingen University, Germany. He did his PhD studies in the area of molecular plant nutrition and focused on the effects of nutrient optimization on metabolism under abiotic stress. After finishing his PhD studies in 2017, He joined K+S Minerals and Agriculture GmbH and worked in the advisory and agronomy division. He is currently in the marketing and Product management team of K+S active in the area of product development and new products.
David Beaudreau
Executive Director, Biostimulant Coalition
David Beaudreau, Jr. is a Senior Vice President with DC Legislative and Regulatory Services (DCLRS). He has over 15 years legislative affairs and policy experience, managing agriculture, alternative and renewable energy, biofuels and sustainability issues. He has in depth understanding of federal legislative and regulatory processes, and technical proficiency in policy res...
David Beaudreau, Jr. is a Senior Vice President with DC Legislative and Regulatory Services (DCLRS). He has over 15 years legislative affairs and policy experience, managing agriculture, alternative and renewable energy, biofuels and sustainability issues. He has in depth understanding of federal legislative and regulatory processes, and technical proficiency in policy research, analysis, and presentation. One of his roles is as the Executive Director of the U.S. Biostimulant Coalition – a coalition comprised of 24 biostimulant companies, which promotes regulatory consensus between state and federal regulatory agencies and is working to develop standards for biostimulants products. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, David earned a B.A. in Political Science from Allegheny College. David also earned an M.P.S. degree from the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.
Marc van Oers
Director of Innovation, Van Iperen
As one of the co-founders, Marc is working within Van Iperen International as of the first day of the company in 2010. After his graduation in 1996 as an Agronomist at Wageningen University he has been active in the international Specialty Fertilizer world ever since. As Director of Innovation, Marc is today responsible for all the new developments within Van Iperen Intern...
As one of the co-founders, Marc is working within Van Iperen International as of the first day of the company in 2010. After his graduation in 1996 as an Agronomist at Wageningen University he has been active in the international Specialty Fertilizer world ever since. As Director of Innovation, Marc is today responsible for all the new developments within Van Iperen International. Projects like the Plants for Plants (focused on the development of new plant extracts with biostimulant characteristics) and GreenSwitch (focused on the production of circular and CO2 mitigating sources of Nitrogen) are part of his day to day activities.