01 September - 30 September 2019
Nairobi, Kenya

Argus Added Value Fertilizers Africa

Speaker listing

Hugo Opperman
Head Chemist, Microbiological Fertilizer International (MBFi)
Hugo is responsible for developing unique specialized plant nutrient, bio-stimulant, adjuvant, biological and pesticide products at Microbiological Fertilizer International (MBFi). He also provides technical product support to agents and farmers to ensure growth of the specialized fertilizer market locally and abroad. Hugo completed his PhD in Chemistry and Chemistry and P...
Hugo is responsible for developing unique specialized plant nutrient, bio-stimulant, adjuvant, biological and pesticide products at Microbiological Fertilizer International (MBFi). He also provides technical product support to agents and farmers to ensure growth of the specialized fertilizer market locally and abroad. Hugo completed his PhD in Chemistry and Chemistry and Plant physiology at North West University in South Africa.
Shamie Zingore
Regional Director, sub-Saharan Africa, IPNI
Dr Shamie Zingore is research expert with over 15 years of international experience in plant nutrition research. He is the Regional Director for the sub-Saharan Africa Region at the International Plant Nutrition Institute, a position he has held since 2010. In this role, he is leading projects that promote the adoption of fertilizer best management practices. He holds a Ph...
Dr Shamie Zingore is research expert with over 15 years of international experience in plant nutrition research. He is the Regional Director for the sub-Saharan Africa Region at the International Plant Nutrition Institute, a position he has held since 2010. In this role, he is leading projects that promote the adoption of fertilizer best management practices. He holds a PhD degree in Soil Science and Farming Systems Analysis from Wageningen University and Msc and Bsc degrees in Soil Science from the University of Zimbabwe. He has published over 40 papers scientific papers and supervised numerous MSc and PhD students.
John Wendt
Deputy Director, Field Research International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)
Dr. John Wendt joined IFDC in 2011 and is the Deputy Director for Field Research, based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has more than 20 years of experience across the agricultural research-to-development continuum in diverse African environments (semi-arid Sahel, East African savannas, West African rainforests) involving multiple cereal, legume and root and tuber crops. His current...
Dr. John Wendt joined IFDC in 2011 and is the Deputy Director for Field Research, based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has more than 20 years of experience across the agricultural research-to-development continuum in diverse African environments (semi-arid Sahel, East African savannas, West African rainforests) involving multiple cereal, legume and root and tuber crops. His current area of focus is on balanced crop nutrition, which is addressing all crop nutrient deficiencies and soil acidity constrains through provision of balanced fertilizers and lime. His experience includes diverse management experience of multi-disciplinary teams of scientists, technical staff, grantees and stakeholders at project, program and research station levels. John has specific expertise in soil and plant analysis laboratory management, balanced crop nutrition, conservation agriculture practices, and integrated soil fertility management. Prior to his position at IFDC, John was Northern Area Projects Manager and head agronomist for ACDI/VOCA from 2008 to 2011 in Uganda. From 2001 to 2006, John was soil scientist and program and station administrator for the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), also in Uganda. John was a postdoctoral fellow for the Rockefeller Foundation in Malawi from 1989 to 1993. He holds a doctorate in agronomy from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. He also earned a master’s degree in agronomy and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA.
Nils Berger
Senior Specialist Global R&D Premium Products, Eurochem
Dr. Nils Berger, pHD in 2004 at University of Hohenheim, Germany in Tropical and Subtropical Agroecology (field research in Brazil Amazon region). Since 2011 Senior Agronomist for Eurochem Agro (formerly K+S Nitrogen) responsible for Global Agricultural and Technical Advisory for Eurochem Specialty Fertilizer. R&D specialist for Biostimulant-, WSF and Inhibitor agronomic r...
Dr. Nils Berger, pHD in 2004 at University of Hohenheim, Germany in Tropical and Subtropical Agroecology (field research in Brazil Amazon region). Since 2011 Senior Agronomist for Eurochem Agro (formerly K+S Nitrogen) responsible for Global Agricultural and Technical Advisory for Eurochem Specialty Fertilizer. R&D specialist for Biostimulant-, WSF and Inhibitor agronomic research and Regulatory Work. Before working in the fertilizer industry was professor and lecturer at Universities in Honduras (Zamorano 2007-2011) and Brazil (Santarem 2004-2007) teaching over 400 student towards agricultural engineers in crop and horticultural production in tropical and subtropical climates.
Balbir Singh
Head, Development and Agronomy, Indorama Fertilizer
Dr. Balbir Singh has a PhD in Agronomy from The Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, his academic research was on Integrated Nutrient Management of Rice (University Topper in Masters and Doctorate). Worked with Bayer Crop Science (Seeds n Agrochemicals), Coromandel International Ltd (Fertilizer), Mahyco Monsanto (Cereals n Seeds...
Dr. Balbir Singh has a PhD in Agronomy from The Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, his academic research was on Integrated Nutrient Management of Rice (University Topper in Masters and Doctorate). Worked with Bayer Crop Science (Seeds n Agrochemicals), Coromandel International Ltd (Fertilizer), Mahyco Monsanto (Cereals n Seeds), Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd (Speciality Fertilizers) and Export Trading Group for Agro-commodity (Coffee, Maize, Fertilizers, Sesame, Soybean, Beans, Tea, Sisal) Operation, Procurement, Export, Import and new ventures. Currently with Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Ltd, World’s Largest Single Line Urea Fertilizer Plant at Port Harcourt, Nigeria, 1.5 MMTPA Capacity, Serving ECOWAS Countries. Responsible for Agronomy, Extension, Branding, Promotion and Liason with national and International development partners.
Luambo Munzhedzi
Chairman, Agrodealers Association of South Africa
Agri-preneur ,Trained Veterinary Nutrition Advisor , Agro -inputs dealer ,Certified Agro dealer Trainer , Chairperson- Agro dealers Association of South Africa(ADASA) role includes amongst others liase with government on inputs compliance ,regulations ,policies on inputs distribution and Agro Dealers development, Secretary -Agri-ways to economy NGO- promoting rural develop...
Agri-preneur ,Trained Veterinary Nutrition Advisor , Agro -inputs dealer ,Certified Agro dealer Trainer , Chairperson- Agro dealers Association of South Africa(ADASA) role includes amongst others liase with government on inputs compliance ,regulations ,policies on inputs distribution and Agro Dealers development, Secretary -Agri-ways to economy NGO- promoting rural development, Good Agricultural Practices ,evaluation of Fetilizer use ,consumption and demand in small scale farming " From Agro dealer to Farm gate"
Adrian Stubbs
Principal, Potash & Fertilizers, Argus
Adrian is Principal Consultant for Potash and Fertilizers, based in London. Adrian spent three decades in the mining and marketing industries, including 19 years with Rio Tinto in commercial and business development functions in Europe and Asia-Pacific, and eight years with junior exploration and development companies, such as Satimola in Kazakhstan and Ferrous Resources i...
Adrian is Principal Consultant for Potash and Fertilizers, based in London. Adrian spent three decades in the mining and marketing industries, including 19 years with Rio Tinto in commercial and business development functions in Europe and Asia-Pacific, and eight years with junior exploration and development companies, such as Satimola in Kazakhstan and Ferrous Resources in Brazil. He has experience with mining development projects, and their promotion to financial backers and prospective buyers, as well as international commerce in bulk minerals, and sales to a wide range of agricultural, industrial and speciality markets around the world. Adrian is responsible for consulting in the areas of potash and speciality fertilizers, publishing several annual multi-client strategy reports each year, as well as working on single-client projects to assess market feasibility.
Kent Lambden
Vice President, Global Business Development & Strategy, Actagro
Lambden has spent the past 24 years in the global fertilizer and plant nutrition sectors, currently holding the role of VP, Global Business Development & Strategy with Actagro, a California USA based soil and plant health technology company. Prior to joining Actagro, he led Global Business Development Activities for Overland Park, Kansas based Compass Minerals where he was...
Lambden has spent the past 24 years in the global fertilizer and plant nutrition sectors, currently holding the role of VP, Global Business Development & Strategy with Actagro, a California USA based soil and plant health technology company. Prior to joining Actagro, he led Global Business Development Activities for Overland Park, Kansas based Compass Minerals where he was responsible for global new business development activities surrounding the acquisitions and subsequent adoption of product portfolios from specialty fertilizer companies Wolf Trax based in Winnipeg, Canada as well as Sao Paulo, Brazil based Produquimica. During his period of time at Compass Minerals, the company expanded its commercial market presence from 8 to 35 countries on 5 continents. Prior to joining Compass Minerals, Lambden led and executed the development of a global value added specialty fertilizer product portfolio to compliment Decatur, Illinois based Archer Daniels Midland’s global fertilizer platform, predominately in Brazil as well as activities in various markets on 4 continents. During the course of his career, Lambden has held escalating roles of responsibility developing projects, products and geographies globally with projects completed in Brazil, India, UAE, Oman, Turkey, USA and products commercialized in over 30 countries. Lambden holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
Job Kihara
Soil Fertility Expert, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture
Job Kihara is a soil fertility expert working with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). He has over 15 years’ experience working in sub-Saharan Africa mainly East and southern Africa. He holds a PhD in agriculture from the university of Bonn, Germany. He has published widely on soil fertility issues (over 30 publications) including on soil secondary an...
Job Kihara is a soil fertility expert working with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). He has over 15 years’ experience working in sub-Saharan Africa mainly East and southern Africa. He holds a PhD in agriculture from the university of Bonn, Germany. He has published widely on soil fertility issues (over 30 publications) including on soil secondary and micronutrients.
Chris Schmidt
Agricultural Services Manager, Sidip
Is currently working as a senior Agronomist for a fertilizer company. Support clients and marketers with plant nutritional aspects under dry-land and irrigation conditions on a variety of crops (maize, wheat, sunflower, groundnut, potatoes, vegetables, cotton, soya, pecan and lucerne). Are responsible for training of personel, doing fertilizer proposals, product developm...
Is currently working as a senior Agronomist for a fertilizer company. Support clients and marketers with plant nutritional aspects under dry-land and irrigation conditions on a variety of crops (maize, wheat, sunflower, groundnut, potatoes, vegetables, cotton, soya, pecan and lucerne). Are responsible for training of personel, doing fertilizer proposals, product development for macro and trace elements (soil applications or foliar sprays), writing of articles and manuals, editing of articles, interacting with the Industry and are also invloved in the external examination of dissertations. The P-guideline for maize production in the FertASA’s Handbook are primarily based on previous research.
Grace Chilande
Fertilizer Market Specialist, IFDC
Grace Chilande is a Fertilizer Market Specialist with the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC). She has 4 years’ experience working on East and Southern Africa markets, and has recently expanded her coverage to West Africa as the Lead Project Coordinator of the AfricaFertilizer.org Initiative. She mainly focuses on data analysis and market intelligence of ino...
Grace Chilande is a Fertilizer Market Specialist with the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC). She has 4 years’ experience working on East and Southern Africa markets, and has recently expanded her coverage to West Africa as the Lead Project Coordinator of the AfricaFertilizer.org Initiative. She mainly focuses on data analysis and market intelligence of inorganic fertilizers-from production, trade, pricing and consumption in key markets within the SSA. Ms. Chilande has a Bachelors in Economics and Finance from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.
Dirk Schroder 
Technical Manager Europe/Africa, Verdesian
Dirk Schröder, M. Sc. Agric. a native German, Dirk went for on-farm vocational training and studied Agricultural Sciences at the University of Kiel and International Agricultural Development at the Technical University of Berlin; he graduated in agronomy and plant nutrition with a Master of Science. Dirk began his professional career as technical advisor with GTZ/GIZ in...
Dirk Schröder, M. Sc. Agric. a native German, Dirk went for on-farm vocational training and studied Agricultural Sciences at the University of Kiel and International Agricultural Development at the Technical University of Berlin; he graduated in agronomy and plant nutrition with a Master of Science. Dirk began his professional career as technical advisor with GTZ/GIZ in Sierra Leone/West Africa. Next stages took him to leading the quality assurance and product development of a bio-compost company, further managing early Precision Agriculture research with German Federal Agricultural Research (FAL/JKI). By 1998 Dirk joined the fertiliser industry, Kemira and subsequently Yara, holding positions in market development and technical sales in Europe, as regional agronomist for Europe/South-East Africa and Chief Agronomist Sub-Saharan Africa. As Senior Scientist in global R&D he focussed on balanced fertilisation and nutrient use efficiency In 2017 Dirk joined Verdesian Life Sciences as Technical Manager Europe/Africa.
Michael Koch
Agronomist, Haifa South Africa
I have been with Haifa Group for over 10 years promoting the use of Controlled Release Fertilizers (CRF) to clients across southern Africa. The concept of “Fertigation in a Granule” is, in my opinion, the way forward to a sustainable future in agriculture, maximising the use of plant nutrients. Before my time in Haifa, I managed our family farm for a number of years, utili...
I have been with Haifa Group for over 10 years promoting the use of Controlled Release Fertilizers (CRF) to clients across southern Africa. The concept of “Fertigation in a Granule” is, in my opinion, the way forward to a sustainable future in agriculture, maximising the use of plant nutrients. Before my time in Haifa, I managed our family farm for a number of years, utilizing fertigation to fertilize our fruit trees and vines. Moving on to a new challenge, managing Agricultural development projects in southern Afghanistan, with the main focus of introducing alternative crops and increasing yields through the use of drip irrigation, fertigation and other technologies. As a result I have a good level of experience across a wide range of crops from open field agriculture, greenhouse grown and horticultural crops, with experience in the use of plant nutrients in soil, compost-soil mediums, coir-peat mediums and hydroponic systems. I hold a B. Agric. Admin. Degree from the University of Stellenbosch. I am a family man, based on our family farm near Paarl, Western Cape, travelling the whole of Southern Africa and other parts of the world promoting this exciting new technology.
Wessel Lemmer
Senior Agricultural Economist, ABSA Agribusiness
Wessel Lemmer was born in 1968 and grew up in the rural areas, hence his love for agriculture. He matriculated in 1986. He studied at the University of the Free State, where he obtained his M.Sc. Agric. degree in Agricultural Management in 1995. He started his working career as lecturer at Potchefstroom Agricultural College, where he spent 9 years. Subsequent to the d...
Wessel Lemmer was born in 1968 and grew up in the rural areas, hence his love for agriculture. He matriculated in 1986. He studied at the University of the Free State, where he obtained his M.Sc. Agric. degree in Agricultural Management in 1995. He started his working career as lecturer at Potchefstroom Agricultural College, where he spent 9 years. Subsequent to the deregulation of the grain market he joined North West Cooperative in 1999 as a market researcher. Soon after, he was lured to the Western Cape, where he became a grain trader for Cape Grain in 2000. Driven by his love for agricultural information and his deep understanding of commodity markets, he was soon back at the Western Cape Department of Agriculture which he re-joined in 2001 as a Senior Agricultural Research Economist. He then joined Grain SA in 2007 and became their Senior Agricultural Economist responsible for market development. He joined Absa as Senior Agricultural Economist responsible for market information and positioning the bank as agricultural thought leader in 2015. Wessel is a family man, married to Erica with two daughters and with many other hidden talents. One of his main hobbies is water colour painting, which is a welcome relief from the rigours of the business world and also providing him with creative introspection and balance.
Marie Claire Kalihangabo
Coordinator, Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism, Africa Development Bank
Marie Claire Kalihangabo is a senior manager with 18 years’ work experience. Her domain of competences covers international and public organizations across Africa. Mrs. Kalihangabo has extensive skills in programs and projects management, financial management, budgeting, compliance, international relations, planning and auditing. She had particularly worked with IFDC in ag...
Marie Claire Kalihangabo is a senior manager with 18 years’ work experience. Her domain of competences covers international and public organizations across Africa. Mrs. Kalihangabo has extensive skills in programs and projects management, financial management, budgeting, compliance, international relations, planning and auditing. She had particularly worked with IFDC in agricultural financing, specifically on fertilizers value chain development, and, with the AFDB, where she is currently coordinating the Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM). One of the AFFM's primary functions is to create an enabling environment for mobilizing the investments needed to achieve the 50 kilograms per hectare target for fertilizer use mandated by the Abuja Summit.
Steven A. Oosthuyse
Owner and General Manager, HortResearch SA
Dr Steve Oosthuyse received his PhD in agriculture from the University of Stellenbosch in 1996, at which time he founded the private research company, HortResearch SA. Prior to this he worked for Merensky Holdings as head of Mango Research for 6 years. From 1996 to 1999, he was contracted to SQM, the Chilian fertilizer producer and world fertilizer supplier, as Projects a...
Dr Steve Oosthuyse received his PhD in agriculture from the University of Stellenbosch in 1996, at which time he founded the private research company, HortResearch SA. Prior to this he worked for Merensky Holdings as head of Mango Research for 6 years. From 1996 to 1999, he was contracted to SQM, the Chilian fertilizer producer and world fertilizer supplier, as Projects and Market Development Manager for Southern Africa. From 1999 to 2017 his contract was extended to Global Projects and Market Development Manager. SQM operates in more than 100 countries worldwide, with a strong presence in Southern and North Africa, North and South America, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, China and South East Asia. He obtained his MBA in 2000. Dr Oosthuyse travelled abroad 13 or more times a year for a period of 17 years, having become familiar with the fertilizer industries of the countries SQM operates in. Currently Dr Oosthuyse is focusing on product marketing research, servicing clients worldwide. His activities include product registration and promotion based on independent research. He participates at conferences and is involved in product promotion. Dr Oosthuyse has published in excess of 150 scientific papers and articles.