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GLOBAL SUGAR SUMMIT 2023

28-29 JUNE 2023 @ Clyde & Co, London

Thank you to everyone who made the Global Sugar Summit 2022 such a great success! As a result, we’ve confirmed the Global Sugar Summit 2023 for 28-29 June 2023 including an extra special session on the European market thanks to requests from 2022 attendees. Keep an eye out for more information soon as well as sponsorship details.

In the meantime, if you didn’t attend Global Sugar Summit 2022, video recordings and presentations are available for purchase for just US$250 for all sessions or US$50 per session. Click here for more information.

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The global sugar market at your fingertips with the Global Summit 2022

The first Global Sugar Summit presented by Sugaronline brought together the top global leaders in the sugar industry to London for an invitation-only, exclusive event in the intimate setting of The Savoy, London on 27 March 2019. In a new and exclusive format for our industry, we streamed the conference live around the world.

Now, for 2022, we’re going back to the future with an exclusive in-person only event! 

Join us again in London together with our partners Clyde & Co on 29 June 2022 where we’ll dig deep into the challenges and opportunities brewing in the Global sugar market, bringing together top global leaders to our stage where we’ll discuss S&D, trends and what’s coming up. Pre-pandemic, we were the first to bring live steaming to the global sugar market. But what the market needs isn’t yet another Zoom event, or even more digital events like our popular Sugar Rush webinars, but real human interaction.

The Venue

St Botolph Building
138 Houndsditch
London
EC3A 7AR
United Kingdom

MEET THESE KEY COMPANIES JOINING THE GLOBAL SUGAR SUMMIT 2022

  • Clyde & Co.
  • Praj Industries
  • UNICA
  • ISO
  • CovrigAnalytics
  • ED&F Man
  • Gradient Commodities
  • Jganes Consulting
  • Mitrphol
  • Rabobank
  • ASR
  • DNEXT
  • Staple
  • OCR Commodities
  • Ayming
  • Agiboo
  • ADMISI
  • AB Sugar
  • Soft Commodities Consulting
  • Südzucker
  • Czarnikow
  • European Commission
  • Raízen
  • Bite Back 2030
  • Premier Foods
  • CO-RO Food
  • Strong Billion Holdings
  • D&A
  • Vesper
  • Bonsucro
  • And you!

Headline sponsor

Clyde & Co’s end-to-end knowledge of global supply chains, from extraction through to distribution to end users and all that lies between the two, enables us to provide clients with legal solutions for all their trading needs.
We provide quick, commercially focused advice on soft commodities trading transactions and disputes. Our soft commodities team is experienced in a wide range of commodities including sugar, grains, rice, nuts, soya, coffee, oils and seeds.
We have significant experience in resolving soft commodity disputes including a large number of substantial arbitrations through the main arbitral centres and the trade association arbitration rules, such as GAFTA, FOSFA, IGPA and the Refined Sugar Association.
We guide our clients through the contractual and financial complexities of the market, from structuring existing and new investments, to setting up supply and production agreements, to shipment and supply chain management.

Reception sponsor

OCR Commodities is a specialist commodity recruitment business which delivers a bespoke and individual service. With an extensive knowledge, experience and network within the soft commodities sector, we are able to recognise and fulfil the needs of our clients whilst placing candidates efficiently and effectively to maximise their growth potential.
The business is made up of ex-industry professionals. We are commodities people doing recruitment and have a straightforward mission: Helping all we meet to reach their full potential.

Reception sponsor

Ayming are business performance experts who combine highly specialised knowledge – across a range of fields – with hands-on collaboration, to enable our clients and their people to go further. We are 1300 employees operating in 15 countries across Europe and North America, and have a proven track record of providing leadership and sharing insight that stretches back over 30 years. Through extraordinary relationships we have achieved extraordinary results.
By focusing on innovation we are proven to deliver a return on investment: in research and development funding alone, we generate €1bn a year for our clients. Together we go further.

I thought it was an innovative day of great presentations and thought-provoking debates.! The idea to live-stream the whole day was a great idea.

Howard Jenkins, ADMISI

It’s always a pleasure to support competent women with such good ideas as you have. You can count on me for spreading the word!

Geraldine Kutas, UNICA

The Summit went really well – certainly from my viewpoint via Twitter! 

Julie Lommi, ASMC

Thanks once again for putting on a super summit in London and for the invite, it was exactly what the market and what London needed and I felt it went extremely well.

Andrew Kerr, OCR Commodities

You did a very fine job, and talking to various people afterwards the overall feedback is that it was a cut well above the usual conference. Congratulations!

Jim Cessford

Well done on organising and hosting/chairing a very good and novel event.  It worked!!  There was some very interesting content and some of it certainly stirred up opinions amongst panel members, particularly the last session on sugar and health!

Jonathan Innes, Booker Tate

Compared to other conferences, in my experience, this was very well organised. The site, hostesses, services, presentations were all of high quality. Congratulations!

Gabor Klauser, Austrion

9am Warm Welcome

Welcome back to London!

Meghan Sapp, Head of Content, Sugaronline

9am Warm Welcome

9:05am A view into the global S&D

Kona Haque, Head of Research, ED&F Man

Claudiu Covrig, Founder, CovrigAnalytics

Peter de Klerk, Senior Economist, International Sugar Organisation

9:05am A view into the global S&D

9:50am A view into the EU and UK

Diana Gonzalez, Manager, Market Analysis, American Sugar Refining

Emily Rees, European Representative, UNICA

Jola Huijberts, European Commission, DG AGRI

9:50am A view into the EU and UK

10:30am Technology breakthroughs

Dr. Pramod Chaudhari
Executive Chairman, Praj Industries Ltd.

10:30am Technology breakthroughs

10:45am Networking refreshments

Thanks to our kind sponsors, your chance for real human interaction after 2.5 years!

10:45am Networking refreshments

11:30am A view into Asia

Yatin Wadhwana, CEO, Gradient Commercial

Roger Bradshaw, Senior Consultant, Soft Commodity Consultants

11:30am A view into Asia

12:15pm Getting sustainable sugar to market

Rafael Seixas, Membership Manager, Bonsucro

12:15pm Getting sustainable sugar to market

12:30pm The Sugar Battle Rages on

Katharine Teague, Head of Advocacy, AB Sugar

Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics, Institute of Economic Affairs

James Toop, Chief Executive, Bite Back 2030

12:30pm The Sugar Battle Rages on

1:15pm Hosted lunch

Thanks to our generous sponsors

1:15pm Hosted lunch

2:30pm Managing risk along the sugar supply chain

Rebecca Armstrong
Partner, Clyde & Co.

Carlos Mera
Senior Commodity Analyst, Rabobank

2:30pm Managing risk along the sugar supply chain

3:30pm US market dynamics

Judith Ganes
Founder,
JGanes Consulting

3:30pm US market dynamics

3:45pm Networking refreshments

Thanks to our kind sponsors, your chance for real human interaction after 2.5 years!

3:45pm Networking refreshments

415pm Big data and AI

Joe Brooker, VP Research, Stable

John Stansfield, Senior Sugar Analyst, DNEXT

415pm Big data and AI

5pm What’s next for Brazil

Evandro Gussi
CEO, UNICA

5pm What’s next for Brazil

5:10pm Future of sugar & biofuels

Dr. Pramod Chaudhari
Executive Chairman, Praj Industries Ltd.

Alexis Marchiset, Senior Biofuels Trader, Raízen

5:10pm Future of sugar & biofuels

6pm Closing & Cocktail Reception

Meghan Sapp, Head of Content, Sugaronline

Followed by cocktail reception hosted by Clyde & Co.

6pm Closing & Cocktail Reception
Dr. Pramod Chaudhari

Dr. Pramod Chaudhari
Executive Chairman, Praj Industries Ltd.

Dr. Pramod Chaudhari is Executive Chairman of Praj Industries Ltd. As a first generation techno-entrepreneur, he founded Praj in 1983. He dreamt and developed Praj into a world-class engineering company specialized in agri-processing opportunities. With a strong belief in the principle of triple bottom-line, his business model is inherently scalable, replicable and sustainable.

As India’s biggest biofuel technology company, Praj has in excess of 1000 footprints in over 100 countries across five continents. Under his visionary leadership, Praj has successfully developed the technology for conversion of cellulosic biomass to 2nd generation renewable fuels, biogas and renewable chemicals & materials.

Evandro Gussi

Dr. Evandro Gussi
President and CEO of UNICA

Evandro Gussi is the President and CEO of the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). He oversees an organization dedicated to providing clean, renewable and natural energy in the form of sugar, biofuels, bioelectricity, and biomaterials.

Previously, Dr. Gussi was a Member of Congress and Quaestor of the Brazilian House of Representatives. He was elected to Congress in 2014 (2015-2019 term) and served as his Party’s Chief Whip from 2016 to 2017. Dr. Gussi was the author of the ‘RENOVABIO Act’, a landmark Brazilian legislation to increase the use of biofuels, helping the nation meet its ambitious goals to cut greenhouse gases and live up to its Paris Agreement commitments.

Dr. Gussi received his PhD in Law from the University of São Paulo (2009) and his Master’s degree in Law from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2005).

Rebecca Armstrong

Rebecca Armstrong
Partners, Clyde & Co

Rebecca has acted for a number of soft commodities and sugar clients and has a very good knowledge of the standard trading forms used by commodities traders. Her practice also extends to biofuels, biomass and oil & gas more generally. She has recently focused her practice on renewables and energy transition, with a particular focus on EU ETS, carbon capture (including in relation to hydrogen) and carbon trading.

She has conducted numerous disputes in the High Court in London, and in arbitration under LMAA, LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL rules, as well as a number of trade institutions. Her experience extends to assisting clients with day-to-day legal issues, including strategic and operational issues, such as the drafting of charter parties and trading contracts, risk management, the legal implications of operational issues and advising on general terms and conditions. Rebecca also has experience of obtaining freezing injunctions in support of arbitration, enforcing Awards, expedition (in both the Courts and arbitration) and obtaining security.

Peter de Klerk

Peter de Klerk
Senior Economist, International Sugar Organisation

Peter de Klerk joined the International Sugar Organisation as Senior Economist in January 2018. Initial responsibilities included the analysis of molasses, ethanol and alternative sweetener markets, but since March 2020 he is responsible for the ISO’s sugar research. He arrived from Itochu Europe where he was responsible for sugar market operations – ranging from analysis, logistics, futures and commercial transactions. Prior to his four years at Itochu, Peter worked at Armajaro, Czarnikow and ED&F Man in the sugar analysis teams. During a separate tenure with ED&F Man, he worked in Nigeria and Tanzania trading a range of commodities – sugar, ethanol. cocoa and cashew nuts. Peter holds an MSc in Economics and is a part-qualified accountant.

Claudiu Covrig

Claudiu Covrig
Founder, CovrigAnalytics

Dr Claudiu Covrig is a Senior Agriculture Analyst with 17 years’ experience in research, economic and market analysis and in consultancy, focusing on the global sugar and agri-commodity markets and their co-relation with energy markets. He is the founder of CovrigAnalytics being responsible for analysis, forecasts, supply & demand, trade flows, international arbitrages, time and commodity spreads, and policy information that mainly appear in the CovrigAnalytics reports.

Before CovrigAnalytics, Claudiu worked as a market research analyst and consultant with S&P Global Platts and Kingsman in Switzerland and traded futures and swaps with Sucden Geneva. He was a research associate and university assistant professor in Switzerland and Romania. 

Claudiu has a PhD degree from Transilvania University of Brasov, where his focus was on renewable and conventional energy markets and systems. In addition, he has a Master’s degree in Engineering Design and Management of renewable energy systems, and a diploma in Economic Engineering.

Kona Haque

Kona Haque
Group Head of Research, ED&F Man

Kona Haque joined ED&F Man in May 2014 as Group Head of Research, responsible for the company’s commodity and macro-economic research team (including Man sugar, Volcafe coffee, shipping and pulses). She joined from Macquarie Bank where she was responsible for agriculture and soft commodities research for seven years. Previously, Kona spent four years as Senior Commodities Editor at the Economist Group. She has also worked for a shipping consultancy as Director of Bulk Commodities and spent four years at Metal Bulletin Research, specialising in base metals. Other experience includes working as an Economist for a grains market information provider and with the United Nations in Rome, Italy. Kona has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Agricultural Economics from Reading University. 

Yatin Wadhwana

Yatin Wadhwana
Director, Gradient Commercial Pvt. Ltd.

Yatin Wadhwana, Director of Gradient Commercial Pvt. Ltd., graduated from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) with a Management Sciences degree. He has been in the sugar business as a miller and a trader for more than 30 years. A member of the Committee of the Indian Sugar Mills Association for several years, Yatin served on the Board of Indian Sugar Exim Corporation as a representative of ISMA.  He has vast and rich experience of the Indian sugar sector having experienced the famous “Indian Sugar Cycle” several times. Apart from sugar he has also been involved in the trade of other agri-commodities including wheat, rice, edible oils and soybean.

Judy Gaines

Judy Ganes
Founder, J. Ganes Consulting

Judith Ganes provides subscription-based research services to food and agricultural industries, acts as an advisor on commodity pricing, as well as conducts customized educational training courses and workshops worldwide on risk management principles and techniques through the value chain. Judy is s a noted expert instructor on futures and options hedging. Prior to starting J. Ganes Consulting in 2001, she spent nearly two decades on Wall Street working for major brokerage houses as a Senior Commodities Analyst for their many institutional and retail clients specializing in sugar, coffee, cocoa, cotton and orange juice.

Joe Brooker, VP Research, Stable Price Ltd.

Joe Brooker
VP Research, Stable

Previously at S&P Global, ADM and ED&F Man, Joe leads Stable’s research team in London. Focusing on fundamental market data, commodity reference price assessment and content creation, the research team identifies and analyses key trends within the opaque markets Stable operates in.

Stable uses advanced technology to deliver price risk management solutions and liquidity into commodities where no futures markets exist. Stable is currently rolling out across the US, with teams in NYC and Chicago together with its overseas offices in London, Singapore and Bermuda. Stable’s current focus is on agri-food commodities, with a view to expanding rapidly to help other industries.

Katharine Teague Head of Advocacy AB Sugar

Katharine Teague
Head of Advocacy, AB Sugar

Katharine is the Head of Advocacy at AB Sugar. She has worked in both the Private Sector and Non-governmental sector, her experience enables her to lead the strategic direction and execution of AB Sugar’s sustainability approach ‘Global Mind, Local Champions’, which focuses on three pillars of economic, social and environmental. In 2018, the business launched a series of Group commitments for how it will continually improve its sustainability performance by 2030 across its supply chain. In addition, Katharine is also responsible for engaging with key global stakeholders including NGOs, Governments, investors, etc. and working alongside our businesses to drive advocacy initiatives forward.

Carlos Mera

Carlos Mera
Senior Commodity Analyst, Rabobank

Carlos Mera heads Rabobank’s Agri Commodity Market Research team (ACMR) based in London. He joined Rabobank in 2015, having spent over seven years at a large physical commodity trading house. Carlos has visited over 1,000 farms in several countries and is an experienced crop forecaster.

Carlos has a BSc Economics from University of Buenos Aires and a MSc Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

Diana Gonzalez

Diana Sanchez
Manager, Market Analysis, American Sugar Refining

Diana Gonzalez is Manager of Market Analysis for ASR’s Global Sugars Group. Diana joined ASR as a derivatives trader in 2015 where she was also involved in the purchasing of physical sugar from Central America. Given her strong academic background and a healthy interest in financial markets she transferred to the analysis team in 2017 where she is involved in the analysis of global commodity market risks, supply demand analysis and specifically those impacting EU market dynamics.

Prior to joining ASR, Diana worked as Investment Analyst for a Family office in Colombia and as a Fixed Income Portfolio Management for the Colombia Stock Exchange. She has an MSc in Investment Management from Cass Business School and a BSc in Finance and International Trade from Rosario University, Bogota, Colombia.

John Stansfield

John Stansfield
Senior Sugar Analyst, DNEXT

John Stansfield has been analysing the sugar market for around 30 years.  He has worked for a variety of trade houses in the UK (most recently Group Sopex) and hedge funds in the US. He currently is a Senior Sugar Analyst for DNEXT, a Swiss based agricultural data platform.  He is a graduate of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a BSc (Hons) Agricultural Economics.  

Roger Bradshaw

Roger Bradshaw
Senior Consultant, Soft Commodity Consultants

Roger started in sugar in 1977 on the Paris futures market and later joined ED&F Man as a director of ED&F Man (Far East), based in Hong Kong. During his career as a sugar trader, he initiated a number of groundbreaking strategies including the first joint trading operation for futures and physical sugar with Cofco, as well as structured trading strategies in Thailand and Cuba which became templates for the future.

In 1990, Roger joined Rabobank Hong Kong as co head of trade and commodity finance North Asia, and later head of Agri project finance Asia which included a number of investments in the regional sugar industry as well as Africa, and the creation of an agency line between Rabobank and the International Finance Corporation of the Worlrd Bank. Subsequently he worked as senior banker, global sugar and sweeteners for Rabobank until he left Rabobank in 2008, when he then worked as a senior advisor for Kenana Sugar, Mitr Phol and Bunge. Recent work has included assessment of a greenfield sugar project in Tanzania, and participating in the development of a National Sugar Policy for a major African importer seeking to develop its industry.

Emily Rees

Emily Rees
Europe Representative, UNICA

Emily Rees serves as Europe Representative for UNICA, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association. A Franco-British national, Emily comes from an extensive career in trade policy and economic diplomacy, having led Brazil’s trade and investment agency relations with the European Union and served as Deputy Trade Attaché of France to Brazil. An economist by training, Ms Rees’ expertise lies at the intersection of trade, climate and agriculture.

Christopher Snowdon

Christopher Snowdon
Head of Lifestyle Economics, Institute of Economic Affairs

Christopher Snowdon is the head of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. He is a regular contributor to Spectator Health, Cap-X and Spiked, and is a frequent commentator on TV and radio. He is the author of ‘Killjoys’ (2017), ‘Sugar: Is there a market failure?’ (with Rob Lyons, 2015), ‘Cheap as Chips’ (2017) and ‘Fast food outlets and obesity: what is the evidence?’ (2018). He edits the Nanny State Index and runs the Velvet Glove, Iron Fist blog.

Jola Huijberts
European Commission, DG AGRI

Jola Huijberts works for the European Commission Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development and is part of the team that is responsible for management of the EU sugar market organisation and the monitoring of international sugar trade

James Toop, Chief Executive, Bite Back 2030

James Toop
Chief Executive, Bite Back 2030

James is CEO of Bite Back 2030, a youth-led movement working to ensure every child can access a healthy diet no matter where they live. Previously, James served as CEO of Ambition Institute for eight years, developing a network of exceptional educators leading schools in disadvantaged communities. He was a teacher in the inaugural cohort of Teach First and management consultant at Monitor Group. He is currently Vice Chair of a Multi-Academy Trust in South-East London and a member of the Acumen Rockefeller Food Systems Fellowship.

Alexis Marchiset, Senior Biofuel Trader, Raízen

Alexis Marchiset
Senior Biofuels Trader, Raízen

Alexis Marchiset joined Raizen as Senior Biofuel Trader in May 2021. His main responsibilities include ‘E2G’, the Advanced Ethanol journey developed by Raizen that uses waste including bagasse for producing ethanol, and other biofuels such as biodiesel. He joined the company from OMV where he was responsible for ethanol trading and developing the ‘Advanced Biofuels’ portfolio for the company. Prior to this, Alexis worked at Musim Mas, in Barcelona,  as a biodiesel producer. Musim Mas is an important player in the palm oil industry, with a significant footprint in Indonesia and Malaysia. Alexis holds an MSc in Economics and Finance and is currently based in Geneva.

 

Rafael Marques Seixas, Membership Manager, Bonsucro

Rafael Marques Seixas
Membership Manager, Bonsucro

Rafael is Membership Manager at Bonsucro, the global sugarcane platform, where he has been working since 2012. He is responsible for ensuring value to members, developing the membership engagement strategy and demonstrating impacts to stakeholders, driving uptake and commitment.

Before joining Bonsucro he was a Chevening scholar at University College London and worked for 4 years as International Relations Advisor to the City Hall of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He holds a master’s degree in International Public Policy and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. 

Friends of the Summit

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