Renewable energy – a global priority

As the world starts to recover from the impact of the pandemic, policymakers are focusing their attention heavily on sustainability and green initiatives. In Asia many are asking if sustainable aviation fuels will take off, how will the conventional and advanced biofuels markets evolve, and how with ethanol mandates be implemented and take hold?

Where does the industry fit in a carbon neutral world?

Labor shortages and pandemic-led movement restrictions dampen vegetable oil and feedstocks expectations

The vegetable oil industry has come under extreme stress due to supply chain issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic triggering a volatile market. Excess rains in Malaysia and Indonesia, and low ending stocks, are adding pressure to the market. Export levy adjustments in both Indonesia and India are expected to further drive trade higher in the coming months, exacerbating an already tightened supply.

Global vegetable oils and meals prices are expected to rise sharply in 2021, before stabilizing in 2022 due to supply shortfalls and stronger-than-expected consumption patterns, but how will this affect you?

Join us to learn more and gain key insights on: palm oil, biofuels, ethanol, blending programmes, sustainable aviation fuel, UCO, palm oil residuals, edible oil and more!

Understand what’s driving vegetable oils and biofuels 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.

Biofuels and Vegetable Oils 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.


Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Session 1: Will decarbonization policy support biofuels?
  • 10:00 AM Opening address
    Corey Lavinsky, Global Manager Biofuels Analytics, S&P Global Platts
  • 10:10 AM Platts analytics: Biofuels demand and policy support
    Loren Puette, Biofuels Analyst, S&P Global Platts 
  • 10:30 AM When will India reach nationwide E10 blending?
    Hetal Gandhi, Director, CRISIL Research
  • 10:50 AM Moving to green: biofuels Andrea Martelli, Head of Biofuels Trading, Supply & Sustainability, Eni SpA
  • 11:10 AM Biodiesel outlook
    Donavan Lim, Senior Specialist – Pricing, S&P Global Platts
  • 11:30 AM Fireside chat: Will Asia surf the advanced biofuels wave?
    Dorab Mistry, Director, Godrej International
    Loren Puette,
    Biofuels Analyst, S&P Global Platts
  • 12:00 PM Networking Break
Session 2: Renewable fuels
  • 1.20 PM Will SAF in Asia take-off any time soon?Dr Caroline Midgley, Head of Biofuels and Olechemicals, LMC

 Session 3: Vegetable oils and other feedstocks

  • 1.40 PM Palm oil outlookAnu Das, Editor, Vegetable Oils, S&P Global Platts
  • 2.00 PM South East Asia: palm, laurics and biodiesel outlooks for 2022 and beyondSathia Varqa, Owner and Co-Founder, Palm Oil Analytics
  • 2.20 PM Edible oil in Asia: supply shortfalls and stronger-than-expected demand set to last?Sumit Virdi, SCB
  • 2.40 PM Fireside chat: Food versus fuelsInterviewer: Peter Meyer, Head of Grains and Oilseeds Analytics, S&P Global Platts
    Interviewee: Sandeep Bajoria
    , CEO, Sunvin Group
  • 3:00 PM Conclusion of day three


Hetal Gandhi
Director, CRISIL Research

Hetal Gandhi is the Director for CRISIL Research. She has spent over a decade at CRISIL. Her experience is spread from consumption linked sectors like automobiles, auto components, agri inputs and airline services to technology-linked verticals like telecom, IT services and ITeS. She also oversees the infra and logistics verticals covering roads, airport infra, ports, shipping, warehousing and more.

Her area of work ranges across demand forecasting, assessment of profitability dynamics and impact of changing trends in competition and technology on demand, investments and credit profiles. Her team is also engaged in on the ground tracking of consumption impacting variables like farmer profitability and drivers of rural income.

She joined CRISIL after completing her post-graduation in finance.

Andrea Martelli
Head of Biofuels Trading, Supply & Sustainability, Eni SpA

Andrea Martelli leads the overall Trading, Portfolio Optimization, Supply and Sustainability of biofuels activities (i.e. Biofeedstock, HVO, Biodiesel, mandate, new initiatives) within Eni.

He became Head of Biofuels Trading in Eni Trading and Shipping S.p.A. in 2019 (the London based trading arm of Eni in charge of the trading operations within the group, since January 2021 Eni Trade and Biofuels S.p.A.) with responsibility to enhance the biofuels trading activities. In 2020 he took over the role of Head of Supply for Eni. Since April 2021, he has been a Member of the Board of Directors of Eni Trading and Shipping inc (the Houston based trading arm of Eni).

With more than 16 years’ experience within the group he has covered different roles in several countries, he has been German and Austrian Branch Manager in Dusseldorf and Vienna with the responsibility to develop gas sales in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and also Head of Gas & Power Sales in Paris, Milan and Brussels and Business Development Manager for gas and power and emissions.

Headshot Silhouette - Man_150x150.jpg Dorab Mistry
Director, Godrej International

Dorab Mistry OBE has handled the vegetable oil portfolio at GODREJ since 1977. GODREJ is one of India’s leading business groups with interests in branded FMCG products, Oleo Chemicals, Animal feeds, Agrochemicals, Palm oil milling and production, cooking oils, property, steel products, software, aerospace, defence and international trade. Dorab Mistry was based in London from 1977 to 2015. Since the last five years he lives and works in Singapore. He is a chartered accountant by training but has always worked in the commodity field. He has been speaking and writing about the palm oil industry since 1996 and has presented at every POC since 1997.

During his long and distinguished career, Dorab has presented over 150 research papers and public speeches on subjects ranging from Palm Oil, Price Outlook, Indian Economy and Commodities. He is frequently quoted by the media and in particular by all major news organisations like Reuters, Bloomberg and Dow Jones.

Dorab Mistry served as India’s representative on the International Association of Seed Crushers since 1997 and was its Vice President from 2006 to 2008. In the Diamond Jubilee Honours List in June 2013, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II appointed Dorab Mistry as a member of the most excellent Order of the British Empire.

Dr Caroline Midgley
Head of Biofuels and Olechemicals, LMC

Caroline Midgley, PhD, is Director of Oleochemicals and Biofuels Research at LMC International, a firm providing economic, marketing, and consulting services for a broad range of industries related to agricultural commodities and their downstream derivatives. Based in Oxford and supported by LMC’s oilseeds, grains, sugar and starch teams, Dr. Midgley is responsible for LMC’s oleochemicals and biofuels research. This work includes investment appraisal projects for new plants, assessing the impact of changes in domestic policies, analysis of agricultural raw material and by-product markets and an analysis of the impact of technological developments.

Headshot Silhouette - Man_150x150.jpg Sathia Varqa
Owner and Co-Founder, Palm Oil Analytics

Dr. Sathia Varqa is the owner and co-founder of Palm Oil Analytics (POA), an online publisher of palm oil daily news, price, data and analysis based in Singapore, serving global commodity markets.

POA publishes daily reports covering price assessments, analysis of key data and market commentary.

Sathia previously worked for S&P Global Platts, a division of S&P Global (previously McGraw-Hill Finance) based in Singapore

He holds a BA (Business Studies), Master degree in International Trade (Distinction) and a PhD in political economy from Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Headshot Silhouette - Man_150x150.jpg Sumit Verdi
Broker, SCB

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Sandeep Bajoria
CEO, Sunvin Group

Sandeep Bajoria, CEO, Sunvin Group, has over 40 years of experience in the Indian vegetable oils and oilseeds industry and is one of the most distinguished personalities in this space.

He is widely known in India and abroad within the vegetable oil ecosystem and his views are sought by many in the private, public and government sector.

Key public positions: - Chairman, Globoil Organising Committee - Chairman, All India Cottonseed Crushers Association - Chairman, International Sunflower Oil Association - Chairman, Organising Committee of the IASC World Congress 2005 - President of Solvent Extractors Association of India - Past President of Central Organisation of Oils Industry & Trade - Past member of the Board of Directors, MCX

He has led many industry delegations including to the United States of America, Argentina, Brazil, Ukraine, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan.

The Government of India has appointed him on the National Oilseeds & Vegetable Oil Development Board, Cotton Advisory Board, Reserve Bank of India Committee on norms for the vegetable oil sector & various other government committees.

He is a regular speaker on various news channels (CNBC, ET NOW, Zee Business etc.) and is quoted extensively by several local and global media sources (Reuters, Bloomberg, Cogencis, Economic Times, Financial Express, Hindu Business Line etc.).

He has been awarded a Bachelors of Commerce Degree from Sydenham College, Legum Baccalaureus from Government Law College and Diploma in Import & Export Management from K.C. College.

Sunvin is India’s foremost consulting, research and intermediary group in the Indian oils and oilseeds industry.



Platts Speakers

Anu Das (Resized).jpg Anu Das
Editor, Vegetable Oils, S&P Global Platts

Anu Das covers the Asian palm oil markets, with a focus on Malaysia, Indonesia, India and China. She monitors and reports on price movements in Crude Palm Oil, Refined Bleach and Deodorized Palm Stearin and Palm Fatty Acid Distillate, in addition to providing market Insight and commentary on these products. Anu’s background includes shipbroking in the palm oil space, as well as research and analysis in the tanker market, where she covered movements in vegetable oil, petrochemical and clean petroleum products.

She joined S&P Global Platts as a credit risk analyst for bunker fuel, where she studied the operations of shipping companies ranging from tankers and dry bulk carriers to cruise lines and heavy lift carriers, to ascertain credit worthiness for bunker fuel purchases. Anu holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government, International Relations and History from the University of Sydney.

Corey Lavinsky.jpg Corey Lavinsky
Global Manager Biofuels Analytics, S&P Global Platts

Corey Lavinsky joined S&P Global Platts in 2009, is responsible for analyzing world biofuels markets. He is a frequent speaker on biofuels law and policy. In 2018, he testified before the US House Committee on Energy & Commerce as an expert on Renewable Identification Numbers. He has also taught Continuing Legal Education classes on biofuels law.

He earned a J.D. from the University of Missouri, where he was a member of the Missouri Law Review.

19XSCCAP-FR-FM-Philippines-Forum_Donavan-Lim_120x160.jpg Donavan Lim
Senior Specialist – Pricing, S&P Global Platts

Donavan is the editor of the Asia Biofuels, overseeing ethanol and biodiesel markets in Asia. He provides insight into the market movement and developments as well as trends ongoing in this part of the world. Prior to this, Donavan had worked in Singapore Exchange and Deutsche Bank. Donavan holds a Master’s degree in Applied Finance from Singapore Management University in Singapore.

Loren Puette (resized).png Loren Puette
Biofuels Analyst, S&P Global Platts

Loren Puette is a biofuels analyst at S&P Global Platts Loren Puette where he covers Asian ethanol and biodiesel markets, including supply and demand forecast, trade flows and regulatory updates.

Loren is an agribusiness expert with 10+ years of experience conducting economic, trade, and field research in global agricultural markets, authoring agricultural commodity reports for both public and private sectors. He has on-the-ground agricultural market research experience in Russia, Tajikistan, Taiwan, East Africa, and the Middle East. Loren launched and operated, a market intelligence web site and contract consulting service, dedicated to providing insights into China’s agriculture sector, including assessing regulatory developments and analyzing market trends within the farming and food industries.

Loren holds a Master of Arts in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Baylor University in the US. He is fluent in Russian, French, and Mandarin Chinese.

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.



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