The Sixth edition of Grain Academy took place on 27 october 2022
OCTOBER, 27 2022
BULGARIA, VARNA, Golden Sands resort
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 networking on the regional and local grain and oilseeds markets. Grain Academy conference opens up new horizons, as leading analysts and grain experts not only present the latest market data to the delegates, but interpret them as part of strategic global concepts, outlining their wider visions for the future of the grain industry.
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.
3.The edition in 2022
The Sixth edition on 27th of October, 2022 continues the well established tradition of gathering top-notch speakers – reputable analysts, consultants, traders and business professionals from the Balkans, Europe and America. Grain Academy will once again be the most accredited platform for up-to-date analyses, forecasts and discussions on the trends and development of grain and oilseed markets. The annual event has proved to be also an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues and discover new business contacts.
leading topic in this edition
Challenges in grain industry in 2022/2023
Founder MD Commodities Chigaco | USA
Pedro is a Partner and Co-Founder of MD Commodities – a global macroeconomic and agricultural commodity consulting firm, with offices in Brazil and in the United States, and that provides private consulting to some of the largest producers, private corporations and public agencies in Brazil, covering nearly 10 million acres of production in that country alone. U.S., Asian and European clients also trust the expertise Pedro and his team bring to the table, all focusing on agricultural commodity and macroeconomic trend forecasting and analysis.
Pedro graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ohio Valley University with a degree in Business Administration while specializing in Economics and Financial Market Theory. He also attended Marshall University while pursuing an MBA degree.
As Latin America’s importance to the world agricultural export markets evolved, so did Pedro’s career and the demand for his particular set of skills, knowledge and dynamics.
Pedro is well-known in the Brazilian and international media outlets when the subject is agricultural commodities/macroeconomy, having his work often mentioned in publications such as Bloomberg, Reuters, Valor Econômico, Financial Times, etc, and is also a sought-after speaker around the world with an unique ability to communicate his expertise and truly engage the public in English, Portuguese and Spanish alike.
Pedro H Dejneka
MD Commodities Chicago, USA
Senior Reporter Fastmarkets AgriCensus | UK
Liliana has over 15 years of experience analysing and reporting on agricultural commodities, working in price reporting agencies (PRA) since 2007, when she joined Mintec Global gaining extensive exposure to oilseeds and commodity markets. Liliana then gained experience in fertilizer markets after spending four years at Argus Media.
Liliana joined AgriCensus Fastmarkets in April 2021 – an independent PRA agency based in London UK, focused on agriculture markets coverage – where she works as a leading expert in global vegetable oils and oilseed meals, with a key focus in the EU and Latin American markets.
Liliana has a degree in Agricultural Engineering, an MSc in Agricultural Economics, and an MBA from Warwick University.
Role: Senior price reporter, Vegetable oils and Oilseed meals
AgriCensus Fastmarkets, UK
Manager Director of Agro Fundamenta S.L. | Spain
Paco Yglesias started his professional career in Cargill and during 20 years of service to this company he developed expert knowledge, assuming key responsibilities in the grain trading sector in Spain, France (EU markets) and Switzerland (World markets). After Cargill, he led and organized a joint venture between Riera Roura and Tradigrain (multinational grain companies) for the distribution and importation of grain in Spain. In 2003, he joined Tate & Lyle as grain purchasing manager for 9 plants of the group in the EU, Turkey and Morocco and later for Tereos Syral and Sedalcol UK. He held the position of vice-president of the Foreign Section of Coceral (Brussels) and was internal advisor of the Tereos Syral group on Corn Market Evolution in EU 28 and the Tereos Group on Brazil Industrial Investments.He has extensive and diverse experience in the grain market that includes logistics, freight, financial tools and futures.
Other collaborations: Member of ObeAlimentaria (Agri-Food Commission Col·legi d’Economistes de Catalunya- Spain) // Speaker at many congresses and conferences in Spain, Norway, etc.
Paco Yglesias has a degree in Economics and a PDD from IESE Business School – Barcelona.
Agro Fundamenta, Spain
Senior trader for oilseeds, vegatable oils and meals at Bunge | Türkiye
Senior trader at Bunge specialized on oils and oilseeds. 20 years of experience mainly in food business in multinational companies like Danone and BASF. Currently managing the sunflower complex of Bunge Turkey including all commericial activities mainly with Black Sea region. Engineer holding an MBA degree; thrived in a complex and high intensity environment during his career. Passionate in football and travelling all around the globe.
Managing Director of Grainstore | Bulgaria
Stoyan is the founder and CEO of Grainstore. During its 10-year history, Grainstore Bulgaria has become a leading company for grain storage and trading of grain and oil crops as well as their by-products. Stoyan has 15 years of experience in the field of grain processing and trade, and after completing his higher education in England for a period of 5 years, he held various positions in a local milling group. In the last few years, Stoyan’s main efforts have been focused on the international development of Grainstore, as a result of which Grainstore is a regular ship cargo exporter and has its own subsidiaries in Greece and Romania.
Export Manager in Ecofol | Bulgaria
Trifon Vasilev is an expert with over 17 years of experience in the fertilizer industry. He has started his career in 2005 at Haygrove Farms (England) – Britain‘s largest organic fruits and vegetables producer.
In 2007, he settled in Bulgaria and in the following years became the founder of the commercial networks of leading producers of fertilizers such as Hellagrolip (Greece), Nitrogenmuvek (Hungary) and others on the Bulgarian market. In 2013, he founded FERTILAND, where, together with COMPO (Germany), he introduced nitrogen fertilizers with inhibitors for the first time in Bulgaria.
Since 2018 he works for ECOFOL AD – the largest producer of foliar fertilizers and biostimulants on the Balkans. He is contributing in the development of categories of specialized fertilizers for soil application and in the introduction of new technologies in the efficient plant nutrition. Within 4 years, the company managed to successfully develop a full range of specialty fertilizers.
Apart from fertilizers, he has been working as a Marketing and Product Manager of Monsanto for Bulgaria.
Certified agronomist and economist from Agricultural University – Plovdiv (Bulgaria). Executive Master of Business Administration from COTRUGLI Business School (Croatia) and Marketing Specialist from Central European University (Hungary).
Analyst, UkrAgroConsult | Ukraine
Maryna Marynych is a grain market analyst at UkrAgroConsult. Author of grain market articles in the weekly “Black Sea Grain market report”.
Maryna specializes in the grain market of Ukraine and the Black Sea region. Her tasks include price monitoring, daily grain market analysis, crop forecasts, S&D balances. In addition, Maryna takes an active part in research work and is a speaker at conferences and other industry events.
Maryna Marynych has experience in various areas of the agricultural market of Ukraine – logistics, procurement, execution. She graduated from the Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic) with a degree in Enterprise Economics (2014).
Co-Founder and Analyst in AgroBrane | Romania
Gabriel is the co-founder and analyst of AgroBrane, a Romanian agrobusiness consultancy, data and business opportunities platform.
He is passionate about data and macroeconomy and works closely with actors from all sides of supply and demand, providing market analysis and competitive intelligence for the grains&oilseeds markets.
In the last seven years, he provided data driven analysis, trainings and advice for both entrepreneurs and corporate players.
The first five years in agrobusiness were spent at Ziarul Financiar, the largest business newspaper in Romania, in an editor seat.
MIA in Geopolitics and BEC in International Trade from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies.
Sponsors and contributors
Grain Academy 2022
Use the special discount | Click Booking code | Enter GA2022
INTERNATIONAL Hotel Casino & Tower Suites *****
Front Beach alley, Golden Sands resort
9007 Varna BG