08 February - 10 February 2023
Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

Argus Fertilizer Africa Conference

Speakers

Tim Cheyne
SVP Fertilizers, Argus
Tim is Senior Vice President for the fertilizer sector at Argus. Tim worked a process manager at an ammonia/urea plant in South Africa before moving to the UK to join KBR (then M.W. Kellogg) as a process engineer in the ammonia technology team. More recently Tim has covered fertilizer and industrial nitrogen as a market analyst.
Tim is Senior Vice President for the fertilizer sector at Argus. Tim worked a process manager at an ammonia/urea plant in South Africa before moving to the UK to join KBR (then M.W. Kellogg) as a process engineer in the ammonia technology team. More recently Tim has covered fertilizer and industrial nitrogen as a market analyst.
Sanjeev Doshi
Senior Director, Fertiplant Engineering Company
Sanjeev, who has a Master’s degree in business management, has put in about 45 years of service to the 62-year-old company operating out of Mumbai, contributing greatly to the respect the company commands all over the world in the field of NPK granulation, especially Urea-based NPK granulation. Fertiplant Engineering Co. has recently commissioned a state-of-the-art NPK gr...
Sanjeev, who has a Master’s degree in business management, has put in about 45 years of service to the 62-year-old company operating out of Mumbai, contributing greatly to the respect the company commands all over the world in the field of NPK granulation, especially Urea-based NPK granulation. Fertiplant Engineering Co. has recently commissioned a state-of-the-art NPK granulation facility in Nakuru, Kenya, boosted by the fact that Sanjeev has a feel of the African fertiliser industry. He feels a lot more needs to be done by local governments and world bodies to develop and sustain fertiliser manufacturing industries in Africa. Sanjeev is also an electrical engineer from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology.
Andre Gayraud
Director - Ag Supply Chain, One Acre Fund
Andre oversees OAF’s fertilizer and seed procurement teams. He has worked for nine years in operations and supply chain management in New York City, Burundi and currently in Kenya. He has extensive experience in setting up operations in limited-resource environments and is passionate about working for smallholder farmers. He is looking forward to discussing innovative appr...
Andre oversees OAF’s fertilizer and seed procurement teams. He has worked for nine years in operations and supply chain management in New York City, Burundi and currently in Kenya. He has extensive experience in setting up operations in limited-resource environments and is passionate about working for smallholder farmers. He is looking forward to discussing innovative approaches to fertilizer purchasing and logistics. Andre has a degree in international relations from Boston College.
Douglas Kerr
Vice President, Business Development, IFDC
Douglas joined IFDC in December 2020. He has almost 20 years’ experience in business development and has worked on programme design for clients including USAID, the US Department of State, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the US Department of Agriculture, and other bilateral donors, such as the UK’s Department for International Development (now the Foreign, Commonweal...
Douglas joined IFDC in December 2020. He has almost 20 years’ experience in business development and has worked on programme design for clients including USAID, the US Department of State, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the US Department of Agriculture, and other bilateral donors, such as the UK’s Department for International Development (now the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), Global Affairs Canada, Germany’s GIZ and KfW, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the World Bank, African Development Bank and Asian Development Bank. Before joining IFDC, Kerr was Vice-President at US-based environmental consultant Ecodit, and before that he spearheaded business development at the National Cooperative Business Association, Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance, University Research Corporation, Social Impact, Abt Associates, JSI and Constella Futures (now Palladium). Douglas has a bachelor’s degree in politics and economics from Warwick University in the UK, a master’s in political science from Acadia University, Nova Scotia, and a PhD (ABD) from the University of Alberta, Canada.
Oliver Hatfield
VP Sustainable 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.
Ashish Lakotia
CEO - Fertilizers and Agri Inputs, Export Trading Group (ETG)
Ashish Lakhotia is a visionary professional with over 14 years of experience in the Fertilizer industry. Lakhotia oversees the company with over 1000 employees, a turnover of $800 million and impacts over 2 million of farmers across 14 African countries. Lakhotia has spent about 8 years in Sub Saharan Africa, given his progressive career over 14 years where he has served...
Ashish Lakhotia is a visionary professional with over 14 years of experience in the Fertilizer industry. Lakhotia oversees the company with over 1000 employees, a turnover of $800 million and impacts over 2 million of farmers across 14 African countries. Lakhotia has spent about 8 years in Sub Saharan Africa, given his progressive career over 14 years where he has served under the leadership positions mentioned below: i. CEO- Fertilizer and Agri Inputs, Export Trading Group, Dubai, April 2015-present: Driving organizational strategies with strong leadership skills focused on strategic partnerships, corporate restructuring and the development of people. ii. Group Head- Trader, Export Trading Group, Tanzania, Nov 2006-Mar 2015: Lead the fertilizer business over 10 countries in Africa by implementing branding strategies, corporate policies and guiding the support functions. iii. Country Head- Tanzania, Swiss Singapore, Overseas Enterprises, Tanzania, Oct 2004 – Oct 2006: - Lead the strategic and operations of the country activities in Tanzania. Given his leadership influence in the industry and his hands-on experience in the field, he is determined to transform the industry in the Sub Saharan empowering economy and creating a sustainable future for Africa.
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.
Gertrude Mashonganyika
Head of Supplies and Logistics, ZFC Ltd
Gertrude is an experienced business executive whose current role is Head of Supplies and Logistics at ZFC, a leading manufacturer and distributer of fertilizers, agrochemicals and animal health products in Zimbabwe. Her main responsibility is supply chain management, focusing on procurement and logistics. She is responsible for strategic global sourcing and logistics acros...
Gertrude is an experienced business executive whose current role is Head of Supplies and Logistics at ZFC, a leading manufacturer and distributer of fertilizers, agrochemicals and animal health products in Zimbabwe. Her main responsibility is supply chain management, focusing on procurement and logistics. She is responsible for strategic global sourcing and logistics across all categories, with fertilizers the core business. Gertrude is also a member of CZI, the biggest business organisation in Zimbabwe, and was President of the CZI Mashonaland Chamber in 2019-21. Gertrude is a registered member of the Institute of Business Advisors of Southern Africa, has a degree in Business Studies and an MBA.
Sebastian Nduva,
AFO programme lead, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)
Sebastian is a fertilizer market specialist with a special focus on sub-Saharan African fertilizer market systems. He is currently the AfricaFertilizer.org (AFO) programme lead at the IFDC. The AFO initiative collects, processes and publishes fertilizer-sector statistics for key fertilizer markets in sub-Saharan Africa.
Sebastian is a fertilizer market specialist with a special focus on sub-Saharan African fertilizer market systems. He is currently the AfricaFertilizer.org (AFO) programme lead at the IFDC. The AFO initiative collects, processes and publishes fertilizer-sector statistics for key fertilizer markets in sub-Saharan Africa.
Jason Scarpone
Chief Sustainability Officer & Executive Board Member, IRM and AFAP
Jason Scarpone is a leading International Development Specialist with 25 years’ experience in designing, implementing and managing economic recovery and development programs for Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus and the United States. He has specialized in public-private partnerships that link production, policy, and marketing, wit...
Jason Scarpone is a leading International Development Specialist with 25 years’ experience in designing, implementing and managing economic recovery and development programs for Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus and the United States. He has specialized in public-private partnerships that link production, policy, and marketing, with special attention to post-conflict, post-crisis environments. He has successfully implemented large-scale agricultural and rural development programs with long-lasting positive effects. Scarpone holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and urban studies from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in labor relations from New York University.
Ashraf Talaat
Group Chief Commercial Officer, Global Alliance Evergrow-CFC
Ashraf joined Evergrow in 2021 as Group Chief Commercial Officer and member of the executive committee. In this role, Ashraf has executive leadership of Evergrow’s stakeholder relations, corporate development strategy, mergers and acquisitions, business model design, management consulting and economic functions. Before this, Ashraf led the evaluation and execution of strat...
Ashraf joined Evergrow in 2021 as Group Chief Commercial Officer and member of the executive committee. In this role, Ashraf has executive leadership of Evergrow’s stakeholder relations, corporate development strategy, mergers and acquisitions, business model design, management consulting and economic functions. Before this, Ashraf led the evaluation and execution of strategic initiatives, partnerships, acquisitions and investments for various hotels, real estate ventures, truck companies and cement firms. Since joining Evergrow, Ashraf has played a leading role in developing and stewarding the company’s global sustainability and strategies. In addition, he is an instructor and corporate trainer for American University and ESLSCA Business School. Ashraf has a doctorate in business administration from ESLSCA Business School.
Agnes Nyambura
Head of Procurement, Apollo Agriculture
Michael Kamau
Deputy Director – Agricultural Inputs, Gatsby Africa
Mari Pennanen
Chief Business Development Officer, CBDO, African Ports and Corridors Holdings
Matchmaking potential port and transport corridor infrastructure projects for capital investment became part of Mari´s portfolio, when she joined couple of years ago APCH. The aim is to connect hinterland demand centres to major ports with world-class multi-modal logistics service providers, promoting sustainability and common user access. However, managing risks on inves...
Matchmaking potential port and transport corridor infrastructure projects for capital investment became part of Mari´s portfolio, when she joined couple of years ago APCH. The aim is to connect hinterland demand centres to major ports with world-class multi-modal logistics service providers, promoting sustainability and common user access. However, managing risks on investments are real challenges. Nevertheless, challenges in port and hinterland logistics have been Mari’s interest for two decades, so she is set for upcoming tasks as they come. Previously Mari worked more than 20 years in Tanzania, being part of the team, who built the first purpose build bulk fertilizer terminal in Sub Saharan Africa and set end-to-end terminal service from Dar es Salaam to Zambia using rail. Mari has MSc from University of Helsinki, Finland and several post-graduate studies in different European universities. She recently graduated from highly appreciated Leadership diploma programme with Aalto University at Uongozi institute.
David Kyalo
Supply Chain Manager, Yara East Africa
Uwadiae Osadiaye
Senior Vice President, Equities, FBNQuest Merchant Bank
As senior vice-president at FBNQuest, Uwadiae (Uwa) supervises analyst equities coverage of public and private markets. Uwa transitioned to this role from FBN Capital (the investment subsidiary of FBN Holdings Group) in 2015. Before this, he was a sell-side analyst at BGL Group and ChapelHill Denham Securities with expertise in financials and the fast-moving consumer goods...
As senior vice-president at FBNQuest, Uwadiae (Uwa) supervises analyst equities coverage of public and private markets. Uwa transitioned to this role from FBN Capital (the investment subsidiary of FBN Holdings Group) in 2015. Before this, he was a sell-side analyst at BGL Group and ChapelHill Denham Securities with expertise in financials and the fast-moving consumer goods sectors. His expertise spans oil and gas, agro-allied and industrials such as fertilizers and cement. Uwa holds a BSc in chemical engineering from the University of Lagos.
Hedwig Siewertsen
Head of Inclusive Finance, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Hedwig is responsible for designing and implementing AGRA’s Inclusive Finance strategy. Hedwig was previously CEO of DOB equity, which invests in SMEs in east Africa, and before that was Deputy Director and Senior Consultant at Triodos Facet (now Palladium), specialising in entrepreneurship development and financial services delivery to MSMEs in emerging markets. Hedwig st...
Hedwig is responsible for designing and implementing AGRA’s Inclusive Finance strategy. Hedwig was previously CEO of DOB equity, which invests in SMEs in east Africa, and before that was Deputy Director and Senior Consultant at Triodos Facet (now Palladium), specialising in entrepreneurship development and financial services delivery to MSMEs in emerging markets. Hedwig started her career as an Associate Expert for the UN in Madagascar and Tanzania. She has a BSc in Tropical Agriculture and a Master’s degree in Econometrics.
John Wendt
Deputy Director for Field Research, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)
John is Deputy Director for Field Research for the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) in Nairobi. He has 26 years’ experience in agricultural research and development in various African environments and crop types. His current area of focus is balanced crop nutrition — addressing crop nutrient deficiencies and soil acidity constraints with balanced fertiliz...
John is Deputy Director for Field Research for the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) in Nairobi. He has 26 years’ experience in agricultural research and development in various African environments and crop types. His current area of focus is balanced crop nutrition — addressing crop nutrient deficiencies and soil acidity constraints with balanced fertilizers and lime. John also has expertise in soil and plant analysis, conservation practices and integrated soil fertility. He has a doctorate in agronomy from Purdue University, Indiana, and a master’s degree in agronomy and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Texas A&M University.
Murari Mohan Rakshit
Founder & CEO
A Passionate Leader with Global outlook and outreach in Agri Input Industry who is firm believer of enhancing Farm Productivity and transforming livelihood through responsible Agri Input and Service management and technology interface for the marginal farmers in emerging markets. Well known in Global Fertilizer and input industry for deep domain knowledge of fertilizer and...
A Passionate Leader with Global outlook and outreach in Agri Input Industry who is firm believer of enhancing Farm Productivity and transforming livelihood through responsible Agri Input and Service management and technology interface for the marginal farmers in emerging markets. Well known in Global Fertilizer and input industry for deep domain knowledge of fertilizer and Agri value chain, passion for advocacy for Africa and emerging markets with strong insight and global network among various stakeholders. In last 25 years, Murari has worked with some of the big names in Global Agri Input and Agri business industry and in last position he has managed Global Fertilizer Business for Olam International Ltd, Singapore. He currently is serving as IFA Ambassador for Republic of Singapore, SAT member in IFA Communication & PA Committee and Steering Committee Member for Precision crop Nutrition.