Grain Academy 2019
Edition 2019 Just ended / Registrations closed
Thursday, October 31 2019
INTERNATIONAL Hotel, Golden Sands,
9007 Varna, Bulgaria
1.What is Grain Academy?
Grain Academy has been found in 2016 as the first of its kind grain conference in the Balkans region and held in Varna, Bulgaria. Now, it is a well established place for analytics, discussions and meetings on the regional and local grain and oilseeds markets. On October 31, 2019 will be held the 4-th annual edition. First-class speakers and analysts from some of the most prestigious analytical agencies are precondition for interesting debates among the numerous companies attending this unique event from around the region and all over Europe.
2.Who is it intended for?
Grain Academy is a meeting point of the leading companies and experts on the grain market. Participants from the whole industry and related businesses each year have the opportunity to meet and obtain the latest information and to discuss the up-to-date trends in the markets of cereals and oilseeds. Trade companies from the Balkans and beyond, branches of multinational corporations, farmers, millers, crushers, forwarders, surveyors, charterers, industry associations and etc. meet each year at the Grain Academy event.
The city is a natural trade centre and the main port for grains and oilseeds exports from Bulgaria. Aquire knowledge of the top trends on the grain markets while enjoying the beautiful sea view in Golden Sands resort near Varna. Take your seat and be prepared for an intensive programme with the latest up-to-date analytic data about the cereals and oilseeds business and trade – guaranteed by our first-class speakers, some of the most reputable experts on the international and local markets.
Managing Director ConsiliAgra | US, Chicago IL
Ms. Emily French is an experienced trader, analyst, broker and presently the founder & managing director of ConsiliAgra. Her passion for agriculture started early-childhood on a farm in north Idaho through earning a degree in Agricultural Business at Washington State University to starting her professional career with Cargill. Following Cargill, Ms. French worked for the U.S. Grains Council and World Perspectives in Washington, DC. She shifted to investment banking and OTC markets with National Australia Bank and Macquarie Bank. In early 2009, Emily left Macquarie to form ConsiliAgra – a brokerage and strategy group covering the world agricultural commodity markets, specializing in grain and oilseeds. Clients include flour mills, feed mills, ethanol plants, hedge funds, crush plants and investment banks. When not on an airplane, Ms. French resides in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and can always be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Editor AgriCensus | UK
Coming from a family of Belgian millers and bakers, Reinout has always had a keen interest in agricultural commodities and brings extensive industry knowledge to his work covering daily markets at AgriCensus. His day-to-day focus is on the global vegoil and meal markets, with a specific interest in the Black Sea sunoil market, as well as the global grains and oilseeds markets.
Senior Director Agricultural Commodities CME Group Europe | UK
Eric Hasham joined CME Group Europe in July 2013. Eric is part of the Agricultural team based in London, involved in managing the agricultural contracts including CBOT wheat, corn, soybean, and soymeal futures and options, and developing new European hedging tools such as Black Sea Wheat and Corn futures. Eric’s recent previous roles include Head of Commodity Markets at NYSE Liffe, and interim CEO of Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX).
CME Group, London branch
Senior Trader Cargill Bulgaria
Zlatomir is a Senior Trader of grains at Cargill Bulgaria and since 2018 he has been the chairman of the Bulgarian Association of Grain and Feed Traders – member of COCERAL. Aside of his commercial position, he is also member of the Board of Cargill Bulgaria. He joined Cargill as a Commercial Management Trainee 7 years ago and since then he has taken various positions on grains and oilseeds trading. Zlatomir is a graduate of International Management from University of Bath. He also took part in the Economic Forum of Young Leaders and Harvard Business School Affiliate Programme. His passion is travelling and he is also an avid skier.
Risk Manager Cerealcom Dolj | Romania
Thomas Deevy is a risk manager working for Cerealcom Dolj, one of Romania’s largest domestic agriculture producer/traders. Thomas works with both the Cerealcom team and their clients base to provide mutually beneficial margin management solutions and increasingly developing new sales. “In my view, the Black Sea continues to be one of the fastest growing agricultural markets in the world, Cerealcom has been at the forefront of Ag innovation in Romania and is therefore perfectly placed to supply quality commodities to both EU and MENA consumers.” Prior to relocating to Romania, Thomas was a commodity risk manager at INTL FCStone, working with a wide client base of Black Sea and European producers / consumers.
Cerealcom Dolj, Romania
General Director IKAR | Russia
Dmitry Rylko graduated in 1983 with distinguished diploma from the Moscow State University, economic faculty. Post graduation of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences.
From 2001 occupies the position of the general director (and then a principal owner) of the Institute for Agricultural Market Studies (IKAR). IKAR is the leading private domestic agbiz infocentric institution. It provides daily, weekly, monthly situation and outlook reports on the domestic and international agricultural market, as well as develops strategic market reports. The company has held devoted pages at ThomsonReuters and Bloomberg. From 2010 IKAR has been the member of the global AgriBenchmark project.
Among his other numerous activities, in 2017-18 he served as an independent member of BoD of NKHP (biggest domestic grain export terminal located in Novorossiysk). From 2017 till present he is an independent member of BoD of Agroholding Steppe (major Russian ag producer, 350 THA arable land).
Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite Agricole (France); distinguished diploma of the Russian Minister of Agriculture, etc.
NEWS / GRAIN ACADEMY 2019 Our sponsorsin edition 2019 Eleksir BG is a sales representative for the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of the Serbian factory producing complex mineral fertilizers Elixir Zorka, located in Sabac, Serbia. The product range includes a variety of formulations NP, NPK, PK, SSP, AmoSulfan, micro-granular fertilizers. The production […]
NEWS / GRAIN ACADEMY 2019 Our speakersin edition 2019 “The 2018/19 marketing year proved to be challenging on many fronts, while most market participants cite lower production being the key price driver of 2018. I believe timing and availability were significant market drivers which were largely overlooked and resulted in lost opportunities for both […]
NEWS / GRAIN ACADEMY 2019 Our sponsorsin edition 2019 Grainstore is the largest professional grain storage company in Bulgaria. Its network of 16 storage locations are spread around the grain farming regions of the country and are well equipped to handle and store all types of grain. Grainstore offers its customers efficient and timely service, coupled […]
Is there any effective tool for hedging of your grain?
The Black Sea region is of major importance as a producer and exporter of grain to the rest of the world. With the complex risks businesses face in uncertain and volatile markets, the need for effective hedging tools to manage price risk is vital. The CME Group cash settled (Platts) Black Sea Wheat and Corn futures and options provide grain businesses with effective price and counterparty risk management tools for the region. CME Group will be presenting how these contracts work, their correlation to Black Sea cash markets, liquidity and participation and how to access the contracts?
Who is selling most expensively its grain in the Black Sea?
Surrounded by the “giants” – Russia and Ukraine, Bulgaria and Romania are not expected to market their grain at competitive prices within the Black Sea basin (region). Is that so, and where Bulgaria and Romania are positioned оn the grain markets?
Zlatomir Kovachev will analyze this and give a different perspective of the market.
Vegetable oils and Biofuels
Vegetable oils and biofuels – how a rise in biofuel production around the globe is set to tighten the globoil vegoil supply in 2019/2020?
Would Russia be in a position to keep its number one place among the global wheat exporters?
Russian all grains and wheat export pace is more or less satisfactory, but internal prices are being perpetually kept at above export parity levels, which makes exporters activities loss-making. Why is it so and what is going to happen? Would Russia be in a position to keep its number one place among the global wheat exporters?
Main challenges and timing for best marketing оf your grain if you trade the Balkans’ origins!
At the 4th annual Grain Academy in Varna I will identify the short-term and long-term regional challenges in Romania which can been seen across the Balkans and discuss the key periods and issues which can drive price in 2019/20. As we move beyond the 2019 harvest, again market participants are focusing on an overall production recovery in the Balkan/Black Sea region and an apparent lack of consumer demand as the key price driver. If market participants, particularly consumers/traders, are working on the premise of “large balance sheets = equals small prices” then they once again are running the risk of becoming complacent.
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