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Oliver Hatfield

Director, Fertilizers
Integer Research

Oliver Hatfield heads up the Fertilizer research team at Integer Research in London. He has been an analyst of world N, P and K markets since 1995, preparing market studies, demand forecasts, cost profiles and analysing corporate and product cost competitiveness. He has travelled extensively, visiting fertilizer companies in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Oliver ranks in the top 10% of advisors to the financial community on the fertilizer industry. He is a graduate of economics and development economics from Manchester University in the UK.

Tahlim Sudaryanto

Senior Agricultural Economist
Indonesian Center for Agriculture Socio Economic and Policy Studies (ICASEPS), Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesia

Prof. Tahlim Sudaryanto, Ph.D is Senior Agricultural Economist at the Indonesian Center for Agriculture Socio Economic and Policy Studies (ICASEPS), Ministry of Agriculture, the Republic of Indonesia, and member Board of Trustees, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines. He holds a doctorate degree in economics from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. His major interest is on food policy. In 2015 he served as a Commissioner at the Second Murdoch Commission on Food Security, Trade and Partnership, Murdoch University, Australia. In 2013-2014 he also served as a member of  International Advisory Committee, Food&Business Global Challenges Program, Netherland Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), Netherland. Prior to his current position, he has held several senior management positions in the Ministry of Agriculture.

Grant Roberts

Chief Agronomist
Yara Asia Ltd.

Dr Grant Roberts recently took up the role of chief agronomist for Yara Asia based in Singapore, 14 months ago.  His primary role is to provide technical and leadership support for the 11 countries that Yara operates within the Asian region.   His previous roles were as the Southern regional technical manager for Elders  in Australia and as the senior agronomist for Viterra, Australia.  Prior to working in the agribusiness  commercial sphere he was involved in agricultural farm consulting in Southern Australia.  The first part of his career was as an agronomic researcher for the national CSIRO and state departments and centered on cotton in Australia.  He was awarded his degrees and PhD in agriculture from the University of Adelaide.

Yogendra Kumar

Executive Director (Marketing)
Indian Farmers Fertilizers Cooperative (IFFCO)

Digna Jatiningsih

Senior Vice President of Corporate Planning
PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero)

Ms. Digna Jatiningsih is Senior Vice President of Corporate Planning in the Directorate of Investment at PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero), a leading nation-wide strategic investment holding company. She has held a number of senior management positions in Indonesia’s biggest and most integrated State-Owned (SOE) Fertilizer and Agrochemical Companies over the past 20 (twenty) years. She is responsible for long term strategic planning, business development and capital investments. Prior to that she had a long and successful career at PT Pupuk Kaltim, one of the largest fertilizer companies in Southeast Asia, holding positions from Operation Manager, Project Manager, Business Development Manager to Research & Strategic Planning Manager. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Industrial Management from Bandung Institute of Technology in 2001 and a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from Gadjah Mada University in 1990. She is fluent in both Bahasa Indonesia and English.

Van Tien Thanh

Mechanical Engineer, Deputy General Director
PetroVietNam CaMau Fertilizer Joint Stock Company (PVCFC)

Mr. Van Tien Thanh - Mechanical Engineer, Deputy General Director of Petrovietnam Camau Fertilizer JS Company.

He is in charge of production, technical issues, investment projects and R&D of the Company.

Up to now Petrovietnam Camau Fertilizer JS Co. focuses into developing many kind of enhance fertilizers, such as: inhibitor Nitrogen, Urea Humate, high quality NPK, even more paying attention to bio-organic fertilizers also.

Ravi Prasad

President, Marketing
Coromandel International Limited

Dr G Ravi Prasad did his Doctorate in Agricultural Chemistry from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (Pusa), New Delhi.  He also did his Management Development,  Programme and Supply Chain Management programme from IIM, Ahmedabad. And Management from AIMA.  Recently he has completed Advanced Management Programme (AMP) from INSEAD, Paris.

Before joining Coromandel International Limited, Dr Ravi Prasad was working as  Vice President (Commercial) in Zuari Industries Ltd, Goa.  Prior to Zuari, he worked with Nagarjuna Fertilisers And Chemicals Ltd as General manager (Operations & Marketing).  Dr Ravi Prasad also worked with EID Parry and Coromandel Indag Ltd.

Dr Ravi Prasad is an invited speaker to Urea/Ammonia Pricing  forecasts, transportation of hazardous chemicals etc on a frequent basis at IBC Asia, Singapore and several other management schools.  He is also a guest speaker on current aspects of agriculture at Management Institutes like IIMB, IIMA & IIMK, World Bank Sponsored Seminar and seminars conducted by FAI, Govt of Andhra Pradesh, Govt of India, CII, Indian Chamber of commerce, FICI etc.

Dr Prasad is a regular faculty at NAARM, MANAGE and various Business Schools in India.

Juan Miguel Sanchez

Sales Technical Applications
KAO Chemicals

Currently, Joan Miquel Sanchez is the Sales Manager in charge of support and development of new businesses in the name of Kao Corporation in different regions of the world such as Asia, North America and Eastern Europe. Specialized in additives that improve the quality of the fertilizers and the technical Ammonium Nitrate.

Mr. Sanchez is graduated as chemist from the University of Barcelona, city where he was born in the 83’s.

Markus Schmid

Head of Global Marketing Soil Management

After earning his PhD in chemistry, Markus Schmid joined BASF in the year 2000 as a lab team leader in polymer research. After positions in paper chemicals development, corporate strategy, group leader of R&D in the crop protection division, he is today director of the global marketing of soil management in BASF´s crop protection division.

Ezio Nalin de Paulo

Head of Agronomic Services
K+S Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

Head of agronomic services for K+S Asia Pacific. His responsibilities include marketing, promotion and research of fertilizers containing potash, magnesium sulphur and micronutrients in the Southeast Asia region, Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh. Previously worked as senior agronomist for BHP Billiton Potash in Singapore and as regional agronomist for K+S in Brazil for 5 years. He graduated in agronomic engineering by the University of São Paulo in Brazil and obtained his master in plant nutrition and soil fertility by same university.

Carlos Rodríguez-Villa Förster

General Manager

Economist. He has experience in business development, international sales, public relations, media management, e-commerce and biotechnology.

He has been Project Director for the leading U.S. newspaper (“USA Today”), elaborating socio-economic and investment opportunities reports on emerging economies in Latin America.

He has experience in international expansion, gained during his period as CEO of Zalando Spain (the largest European online shop), where he was responsible for Zalando’s successful business expansion to the Spanish market.

In January 2013 he joined AlgaEnergy, company of which he is Director and General Manager. AlgaEnergy is a world reference in the field of microalgae biotechnology, consolidating over 4 decades of knowledge in this science and collaborating with over 120 top-level companies and research centers across the globe. It has developed its own pioneering technologies and is supported by the European Commission for its strategic importance.

Zixian Chen

Agro PacificReserch & Innovation Manager, Asia
Solvay Novecare Agro

Dr CHEN Zixian joined Solvay since 2011, and recently took up the role of the Reserch & Innovation Manager for Solvay Agro in Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.

His main responsibility is to manage the agro lab activities in AP countries, and lead the innovation project for the region related to crop protection and fertilizers.

Harold van der Zande

Senior Business Development Manager

Since early 2017 Harold van der Zande is Senior Business Development Manager at the Maire Tecnimont Innovation Center. In this role he is responsible to diversify the portfolio of Stamicarbon into other fertilizer and non-fertilizer activities.

Previous to MTIC Harold has been working for 16 years at OCI Fertilizers, OCI Nitrogen and DSM Agro. Before that he has been active in other businesses of DSM, notably in Engineering Plastics and Thermoplastic Elastomers.

Harold holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Twente University of Technology in The Netherlands and has worked for MTIC, OCI, and DSM for almost 30 years in several commercial and marketing functions. He has a large experience in the fertilizer industry, bringing to market new and development products, managing sales teams, managing product  lines, optimizing sales revenues, optimizing product portfolio’s, etc. He has extensive contacts within the international fertilizer world.

Andrea Valentini

Research Manager
Integer Research

Andrea Valentini heads up Integer Research’s office in Tokyo and has several years of experience as a fertilizer market analyst. He has travelled extensively on consultancy and research work and is a graduate in Economics from the University of Padua in Italy and holds an MBA from McGill University, Canada. He led consulting work on a number of consulting projects, including feasibility studies for nitrogen, phosphates, and potash projects, and specialty fertilizers marketability research in Southeast Asia.

Nicolas White

Portfolio & Knowledge Director
Tessenderlo Kerley International

Nicolas joined Tessenderlo Group’s Fertilizer team in 2002 as Sales Manager for Africa and the Middle East. In 2007, he was appointed to the position of Marketing Director and was responsible for the development of the strategy for the SOP fertilizer products. At the end of 2017 following the fusion of Tessenderlo Group’s SOP Plant Nutrition business unit with the Tessenderlo Kerley International business unit, Nicolas took up the new position of Portfolio & Knowledge Director. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the agrochemicals industry.

Jeff Ivan

Managing Director, International Sales
Yargus Manufacturing

Jeff Ivan is the Managing Director International Sales with USA Based Yargus Manufacturing.  Jeff Ivan has spent 30 years in the Agricultural field, most recently with Yargus working on International Fertilizer projects in developing agricultural regions.  Prior to Yargus, Jeff worked with Tiger-Sul Products on the development of International Sulphur and micronutrient business development and marketing establishing new Sulphur fertilizer manufacturing facilities.   Jeff started his career in the retail fertilizer sector in Canada.  Jeff originates from a family farm in Saskatchewan, Canada.   Jeff has been involved in several committees such as the Canadian Fertilizer Institute’s Agronomy and Environment Committee, The Sulphur Institute’s Sulphur Advocacy Group, acting as lead for the development of sulphur fertilizers in India and is active with the IFA African Forum for the development of fertilizer in Africa.


Ross Gilmour

Senior Agronomist
Koch Industries

Dr. Ross Gilmour is senior agronomist with Koch Agronomic Services (KAS), Singapore, where he is responsible for the company’s technical programs in the Asia-Pacific region. These programs cover Koch’s range of urease and nitrification inhibitors, slow- and controlled-release fertilizers and biological stimulants.

Gilmour has held research leadership roles in Australia (Department of Agriculture and Food; Grains Research and Development Corporation; and Sugar Research Australia), the United States (E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company) and Malaysia (PETRONAS Chemicals Group). He has broad experience in agriculture, including both annual crops (wheat and barley) and perennial crops (sugarcane, oil palm, rubber and plantation forestry).

Gilmour graduated with a Bachelor of Agriculture in plant breeding and genetics and a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, Australia.

Arnaud Cayrafourcq

Managing Partner
Prospero & Partners

Arnaud Cayrafourcq is Managing Partner at Prospero & Partners, a highly specialised consultancy that provides technology stewardship, public affairs and organisational development to both innovative disruptors and established multinationals in the sustainable agriculture space. Arnaud convenes agricultural players to form trade associations, stewarding the technologies they represent through complex regulatory and legislative processes, and ensuring their voice is heard with impactful advocacy and communications. He is an economist by training and an advocate for the benefits of the innovative agricultural technologies that are currently transforming agribusiness in the European Union and further afield. The current focus of Arnaud’s work is the promise of biostimulation and biocontrol, two sectors that are opening new perspectives on the value of a systems-based model of sustainable agriculture. Together with his partners, he convenes and consults to EBIC, the European Biostimulants Industry Council, an association of more that 50 members companies. In this capacity, he helps key industry players clarify the place and role of biostimulants in the European market for their products, and shape the current revision of the fertilizing products regulation, which will determine the future for these innovative and vital agricultural technologies.

Paolo Mattiuzza

Business Development Manager
Veolia Environment

Paolo Mattiuzza is the business development manager at Veolia Environment. His role is to identify and to drive the business development in new growth sectors.

Before joining Veolia, Mattiuzza worked GEA Group as International BD manager for approx. 5 years.

Alberto Piaggesi

Global Research and Development Manager
Valagro S.p.A

Alberto Piaggesi joined Valagro in 1996, at first working as Technical Manager and Sales Support Manager (coordination of the technical area and Marketing). Manager of the “Business Innovation” Department from 2005 to 2013, he is currently Director of the “Global R&D” Department, coordinating all the Research projects and IP activities, which involve Chemistry, Fermentation, Physiology, Pathology, and Trials Research Platforms for the development of new products and processes.
Prior to joining Valagro, Alberto Piaggesi achieved his Master degree in Agricultural Sciences at the Faculty of Agriculture of the “University of Pisa” (Italy), focusing his interest on Plant Biology. He achieved a PhD degree at the “Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies” (Pisa, Italy), studying in detail several subjects related to the physiology of plant hormones. For several years he carried out many research and teaching activities in the field of Plant Physiology, publishing his papers in scientific journals and presenting his results at Scientific Congresses.

Kent Lambden

Vice President, Global Business Development & Strategy

Lambden has spent the past 24 years in the global fertilizer and plant nutrition sectors working with both commodities and specialty products. 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.

Ram Lisaey

Chief Agronomist
Netafim Asia Pacific

Ram Lisaey- holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Studies from the Hebrew University. A farmer’s son, born and raised in a kibbutz in the south arid parts of Israel he has a background farming in the extreme conditions of the Arava desert. Prior to taking a position with Netafim he spent a year in Brazil managing nurseries for Del Monte and six years as Agronomist for one of Israel’s leading food companies. In his first six years at Netafim he was part of the operation division taking part of the establishment of a global procurement unit. Three years ago, he took the position of Asia-Pacific chief agronomist supporting Netafim local teams and clients in its fastest growing division.

Matthew Carabott

Head Agronomist Asia
EuroChem Agro Asia

Matthew is EuroChem Asia’s Head Agronomist covering the Asia Pacific region, based in Singapore. Matthew’s responsibilities include general technical support for our customers, research and development, product and market development by identifying new segments for EuroChem’s products. He also manages the regulatory and registration requirements for the region.

Prior to joining EuroChem Matthew worked as an internal advisor in fruit and vegetable production for Woolworths, Australia’s largest supermarket chain. Before moving into an advisory role he managed a research and development organic hydroponic farm, designing nutrient solutions and precision growing systems.

Born in 1983 Matthew completed his Bachelor of Biological Science at LaTrobe University with a Major in Botany and Honors in Biochemsity. The focus of his Honours project was the identification of antifungal proteins in soy beans for use in Genetically Modified broad acre crops.


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Harold van der Zande - Stamicarbon

Senior Business Development Manager

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Presentation: Increasing crop yield through the application of controlled-release fertilizer 

Andrea Valentini - Integer Research

Research Manager

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Nicolas White - Tessenderlo Kerley International

Portfolio & Knowledge Director

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Foliar Sulphate of Potash (SOP) for yield and quality improvement in field crops

Jeff Ivan - Yargus Manufacturing

Managing Director, International Sales

Jeff Ivan is the Managing Director International Sales with USA…

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Presentation: Fertilizer blending technology for value-added fertilizer and specialty products

Ross Gilmour - Koch Industries

Senior Agronomist

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Panel Discussion: What is the most strategic way forward for Asian’s value-added fertilizer industry?

Arnaud Cayrafourcq - Prospero & Partners

Managing Partner

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Presentation: The legal framework of Europe’s biostimulants regulation and lessons learnt for the Asian market 

Paolo Mattiuzza - Veolia Environment

Business Development Manager

Paolo Mattiuzza is the business development manager at Veolia Environment.…

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Presentation: New development and technology innovation for crystalized water soluble fertilizers

Alberto Piaggesi - Valagro S.p.A

Global Research and Development Manager

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Kent Lambden - Actagro

Vice President, Global Business Development & Strategy

Lambden has spent the past 24 years in the global…

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Ram Lisaey - Netafim Asia Pacific

Chief Agronomist

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Matthew Carabott - EuroChem Agro Asia

Head Agronomist Asia

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