The global grain trade: constrained supply, growing demand

Grain and oilseed markets prices are remaining supported due to lowered production, inclement weather, negative bias on agriculture yields, and rising demand, especially from China.

China has continued to be a strong importer of Australian wheat despite an ongoing political spat between the countries. Furthermore, wheat consumption is set to rise over the coming years due to increased proportion of wheat in Chinese feed mix, and recovery for the Chinese hog market from African swine fever which gripped the industry in 2020.

Yet will the big grains and oilseeds producers: US, South America, Australia, and India, be able to supply the market given concerns of a second La Nina, domestic food security issues and poor projected yields?

Will a mix of these conditions encourage a further price rally?

Join us to gain key insights on; outlooks for the corn, wheat and soybean markets, dry-bulk shipping and logistics, China’s demand, US soybean feed demand versus biofuels, and how supply tightness will affect Asian demand centers.

Understand what’s driving grains and oilseeds markets, with 5 hours of deep and broad content to help you find solutions to your challenges and understand the opportunities the new planting season can bring.

Grains and Oilseeds Conference is part of Asia Agriculture Week – 4 days of essential information focusing on; Grains and Oilseeds, Sugar, Vegetable Oils and Biofuels, & Rice.

With added networking opportunities, you will be able to virtually meet key decision-makers across the supply chains; growers, producers, refiners, traders, buyers and more, ensuring you stay connected to the community.


Monday, November 15, 2021
Session 1: Grains: corn and wheat
  • 10:00 AM Opening address: Corn and wheat pricing overview
    Elizabeth Thang, Managing Editor, S&P Global Platts
  • 10.20 AM Platts analytics: Is global supply tightness here to stay?Peter Meyer, Head of Grains and Oilseeds Analytics, S&P Global Platts
  • 10:40 AM Outlook for corn 2022: Competition of the greats: US, South America, or Black Sea
    Jingle Yang, Corn Trader, Olam 
  • 11:00 AM A golden Australian new wheat crop?Andrew Whitelaw, Manager, Thomas Elder Markets
  • 11:20 AM Traders panel discussion: Which wheat is set to dominate the market: Argentinian, Australian, or Black Sea? 
    Umesh Koshy, Assistant General Manager, Agrex Asia Pte Ltd
    Abhinav Vijay, Sustainability Manager, Agrocorp
    Douglas Khng, Senior Trading Manager, Toyota Tsusho Asia Pacific
    Takmila Shahid,
    Editor – Wheat Pricing, S&P Global Platts
Session 2: Dry-bulk focus
  • 12.00 PM Fireside chat: Dry-bulk shipping outlook and its implications on agriculture markets
    Shriram Sivaramakrishnan, Managing Editor, Dry-bulk, S&P Global Platts
    Jayendu Krishna,
    Director – Maritime Advisors, Drewry
  • 12:30 PM Networking Break

 Session 3: Oilseeds

  • 1.30 PM Opening addressAndrei Agapi, Associate Pricing Director, S&P Global Platts
  • 1.40 PM China’s hog market recovery: driving soybean imports. Will we see record highs?Ivy Li, Oilseeds Analyst, S&P Global Platts
  • 2.05 PM Fireside chat: How is global soybean supply tightness affecting Asian demand centers. Will 2022 see a rebalancing in the market?Interviewee:
    Pushan Sharma, Associate Director, CRISIL Research
    Asim Anand,
    News team, S&P Global Platts
  • 2:30 PM Conclusion of day one


Headshot Silhouette - Man_150x150.jpg Umesh Koshy
Assistant General Manager, Agrex Asia Pte Ltd

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Headshot Silhouette - Man_150x150.jpg Abhinav Vijay
Sustainability Manager, Agrocorp

Abhinav Vijay is wheat trader for Agrocorp International Pte Ltd. Abhinav handles wheat flows into South East Asia. Abhinav is also involved in Sustainability Initiatives for the company as well. His involved in developing and implementing protocols and procedures with regards to Environmental, Health, and Safety and trade digitization.

Pushan Sharma
Associate Director, CRISIL Research

Pushan has more than 10 years of experience in the field of strategy, research, risk assessment and commodities amongst others in the agriculture, food and automobile industry. He has worked with leading agriculture input manufacturers, food processing organisations and automobile as well as auto-component manufacturers, enabling data-backed decision making. Prior to joining CRISIL Ltd., he worked for Godrej and Boyce, Mumbai as Manager Strategy and Marketing for the process equipment business. His role involved opportunity identification for business diversification

Jayendu Krishna
Director – Maritime Advisors, Drewry

Jayendu leads the maritime advisory practice of Drewry in Singapore. He has more than 20 years’ research and advisory experience. Jayendu joined Drewry in 2006. He has been leading research and advisory assignments in shipping and port sectors. It has included numerous consultancy assignments on due diligence, feasibility study and strategic issues grappling maritime sector. He has done MA (Economics) and M. Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Before joining Drewry, he was engaged in teaching and research in economics.

Headshot Silhouette - Man_150x150.jpg Jingle Yang
Corn Trader, Olam

Jingle Yang is a grains trader in Olam International Limited based in Singapore. She has been trading the corn book in Olam for the past three years and before that in Nidera Incorporated and Louis Dreyfus, with a career in this commodity space that spans across more than ten years. Growing up she never saw herself as a grains trader and wanted to pursue a career in Journalism instead, choosing to graduate from the National University of Singapore with an English Literature degree. Life had other plans and while pursuing her Masters of Economics from the Singapore Management University she found her footing in the world of grains trading and launched a career that is fulfilling and challenging. Outside of work she is a mother of two boys and an avid wearer of athleisure and dishevelled hairdo. While she used to be a keen traveller she now settles for a good nap with the limited free time on her hands.

Headshot Silhouette - Man_150x150.jpg Andrew Whitelaw
Manager, Thomas Elder Markets

Andrew Whitelaw started his career in the United Kingdom, working in the animal feed and biofuels sector before relocating to Australia.

Since 2010, Andrew has worked in the Australian grain industry in a number of different roles, most recently as an independent analyst. At the moment, he is the co-lead of Thomas Elder Markets (TEM), an open platform for the provision of market intelligence. TEM is one of Australia's leading sources of insight into what is occurring within the Australian agricultural industry from wool to cattle.

In his spare time, Andrew is in a partnership in a commercial piggery. He runs a podcast on agriculture called AgWatchers as a hobby with fellow TEM co-lead Matt Dalgleish.

Douglas Khng
Senior Trading Manager, Toyota Tsusho Asia Pacific

Douglas leads the Agribusiness desk in Toyota Tsusho Asia Pacific, joining them in 2019. Previously, he spent 8 years in Peter Cremer, starting off as a wheat trader to a Product head, and lastly as Managing Director of the Australia business based in Melbourne.

He has experience in the entire value chain from origination, to trading as well as flour - milling applications of wheat.

Before Peter Cremer, Douglas was a global markets analyst with Standard Chartered Bank as well and started off his commodity career as a trader trainee with ADM, Archer Daniel Midlands. Douglas has a Bachelor of Accountancy from Singapore Management University.



Platts Speakers

Headshot_Andrei_Agapi_100x100.jpg Andrei Agapi
Associate Pricing Director, S&P Global Platts

Andrei is the regional head of Asia-Pacific Agriculture pricing, in charge of bio-fuels, wheat, corn, soybeans, sugar and palm oil markets. Previously, Andrei was leading the development of the Black Sea Wheat and Corn markets for Platts, which resulted in the creation of successful cash-settled futures contracts. His previous work experience was concentrated in investment banking with Societe Generale in Paris, private equity with Oraxys fund in Luxembourg and risk management with Valeo in France. He holds a Masters degree in Finance from Toulouse Business School, France.

Asim Anand
News Team, S&P Global Platts

Asim Anand is news editor, Agriculture at S&P Global Platts, currently driving agricultural news content in global grain and oilseed markets, with focus on soybeans, corn, wheat, soybean meal, palm and soybean oil. Prior to joining Platts, Asim was senior research associate in S&P Global Market Intelligence. Asim holds an MBA degree in Finance from IILM, New Delhi and Economics with Honors from Delhi University.

Elizabeth Tang (Resized).jpg Elizabeth Thang
Managing Editor, S&P Global Platts

Liz Thang is Asia’s Agriculture Managing Editor for the Sugar and Biofuels team at S&P Platts.

Based in Singapore, she drives editorial and pricing coverage in the biofuels, sugar and grain space to advance benchmark pricing in the Asian markets.

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Oilseeds Analyst, S&P Global Platts

Ivy is from S&P Global Platts Agriculture team, specializing in oilseeds pricing in Chinese Market. Ivy has a strong soybean market background. Before joining Platts, she worked for a state-owned crushing enterprise in a senior role as freight and basis trader. She has a deep understanding of crush margin management, with rich practical experiences in international soybean trading and contact execution. She also worked as an agricultural analyst in a securities and futures company, particularly in research of soybean meals market and trading strategy of soybean meal futures and OTC options.

Peter Meyer
Head of Grains and Oilseeds Analytics, S&P Global Platts

Mr. Meyer is responsible for managing grain and oilseed analytics for S&P Global Platts, which includes North America, South America, Europe, and the Black Sea region in conjunction with other London and Houston-based analysts. Together, the team forecasts global production and demand, as well as price estimates for corn, soybeans, soybean meal, soy and other vegetable oils, and various varieties of wheat grown around the world. The team also determines the price impact to regional farm economies, especially in the United States. Mr. Meyer is well-known in agricultural analysis circles and enjoys close relationships with a wide variety of crop producers as well as industry groups and government agencies. He is called on frequently to present at conferences and client events and is often sought out for his opinions by members of the media. Mr. Meyer’s daily analysis of agricultural markets, titled Opening Print, is known for its pragmatic view.

Mr. Meyer joined PIRA, now S&P Global Platts, in 2012 to launch the Agricultural Commodities Service. His career in commodities spans over 35 years, concentrating on agriculture for the past 25. Prior to joining PIRA, he held the position of Agricultural Commodities Specialist at both Lehman Brothers and JP Morgan, where he managed North American OTC trading for agricultural products. He also spent 14 years on the floors of the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange, trading on behalf of clients as well as proprietarily. He is a long-time member of Pro Farmer who annually participates as a scout on crop tours, logging over ten thousand miles yearly in crop inspections.

Shriram Sivaramakrishnan (resized).jpg Shriram Sivaramakrishnan
Managing Editor, Dry-bulk, S&P Global Platts

Shriram Sivaramakrishnan is Managing Editor for the Asia Pacific Dry Bulk markets. He is based in the Singapore office and has been with Platts for close to seven years. Shriram comes with a background in trading shipping derivatives in his previous position with a dry bulk shipping company. He has a Master in Business Administration from India's Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning.

Takmila Shahid
Editor – Wheat Pricing, S&P Global Platts

Takmila Shahid is an Editor for Wheat at S&P Global Platts. Currently a front-line analyst specializing in index pricing and market intelligence, Takmila examines market-moving trends and ever-changing trade dynamics in the Asian grains market. Prior to this role, Takmila was an Associate Editor in Metals, pricing the global Iron Ore benchmark and analyzing the ferrous market. Takmila started her career with the Commodity Associate Program at Platts, rotating across Metals and Oil products. She holds an MSc in Applied Finance from Singapore Management University and a Bachelor of Economics and Finance from the University of Hong Kong.



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