Will the high prices in Europe change the domestic market dynamics?

High prices may be doing their part, but the European sugar industry still finds itself on a challenging path, contending with fresh hurdles stemming from climate change impacts and increasingly stringent environmental regulations, alongside fierce competition from lower-cost sources within the domestic market.

As 2024 approaches, the question looms: Will it be a year of adaptation or evolution for the European sugar sector? Europe's pivotal sugar event is set to return to Geneva in 2024, serving as the exclusive gathering point for Europe's foremost sugar producers, traders, and buyers. 

Key themes covered at the Geneva Sugar Conference 

- European price outlook – will 2023 sky-high Sugar prices be enough to trigger the supply response needed to clear out the deficit?

- How is the European Sugar industry adapting to stricter environmental regulations at a time when the weather is playing havoc?

- Beyond Neonicotinoids: Innovative approaches and strategies for beet Growers to address pest management challenges

- How are new trade agreements with cheaper origins impacting trade flows in Europe and their domestic growers?

- Exploring the white premium outlook and its impact on trade flows in Europe and MENA

Who attends?

- Regional and international Sugar producers
- Senior Sugar traders
- Sugar buyers
- Leading consultants and advisors
- Financiers, banks and analysts
- Global press and industry association


Why attend

Attendees can anticipate gaining invaluable insights into the ever-dynamic landscape of Europe's sugar market, including crucial assessments of supply, demand, and trade trends, all in the quest to decipher whether 2024 will mark a period of adaptation or profound evolution for the industry.

2024 Agenda

Day 1: Wednesday, April 17th, 2024
        • Geneva Sugar Conference
                  • 08:00 am Registration and networking breakfast
                  • 09:00 am Chair’s welcoming remarks
                    Patricia Luis-Manso, Executive Director, Agribusiness,  S&P Global Commodity Insights
                              • 09:10 am Keynote Speech
                                Alexander Godow, Chief Operating Officer,  Nordzucker
                              • 09:30 am Global sugar price overview and world market dynamics in sugar
                                • Understand factors influencing global sugar prices and their significance
                                • Analyze recent trends, market forces, and external factors impacting sugar prices worldwide
                                • Review global sugar market's current state and consequences for European sugar production

                                Stefan Uhlenbrock,
                                Associate Director,  S&P Global Commodity Insights
                              • 9:55 am Panel: European outlook for 2024: Will soaring prices spark a resurgence in beet cultivation?
                                • Examine underlying factors driving fluctuations in sugar prices within the European context
                                • Explore potential strategies and incentives to rekindle interest in sugar beet cultivation
                                • Potential impact of increased beet cultivation on the European sugar industry and the broader agricultural landscape

                                Doriana Milenkova, Analyst Farm Inputs and Sugar, RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness
                                Paul Mesters, CEO, Cosun Beet Company
                                Volodymyr Zakharchenko, Head of Sugar Sales, Astarta Holding plc
                                Koen Dillen, Head Of Unit, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
                                Panel Moderator: Wesley Monteiro, Global Biofuels SEIG Lead, S&P Global Commodity Insights
                              • 10:40 am Networking & refreshment break

                              • 11:25 am SBTi Forest, Land and Agriculture (FLAG) Guidance as an opportunity for the sugar market to upscale Regenerative Agriculture and reach net zero:
                                • SBTi FLAG guidance, a robust answer to most of stakeholders' expectations on climate issue,
                                • Real world impact on the European sugar landscape for GHG and Reg Ag commitment,
                                • Are low carbon commodities, the main pathway to meet SBTi expectations?

                                Olivier Hantz, Head of CSR Group, Tereos
                                Marion Hoff, Sales Director Europe, Tereos
                              • 11:55 am Trending certification schemes in the sugar and ethanol Brazilian market
                                • Bonsucro, Renovabio, ISCC, regenagri: Understand what it takes to be certified
                                • Impact of Renovabio on the sugar market and sugar mills?
                                • Sugar to ethanol for SAF: Increasing demands and its implications on sugar

                                Tomas Pueta, General Manager, Certification, Control Union

                        • 12:20 pm Panel: Farmers' challenges and regulatory realities: Shaping the future of beet cultivation
                          • Underlying motivations driving farmers to favor sugar beet cultivation over other fields crops
                          •  Revitalizing beet cultivation to enhance domestic sugar market sustainability
                          • Explore the importance of understanding regulatory intricacies in sugar beet cultivation

                          Elisabeth Lacoste, Director, CIBE
                          Michael Sly, Chair, NFU Sugar
                          Timothee Masson, Economist, CGB
                          Panel Moderator: Jessica Edinger, Lead Analyst, Sugar Research, S&P Global Commodity Insights
                        • 1:00 pm Networking Lunch
        • 2:15 pm Greening agriculture: Impact of environmental regulations on crop choices
          • Effectiveness of environmental regulations on reducing chemical use and driving sustainable farming
          •  Analyze the impact of regulations on crop choices and farming practices
          • Consequences of these regulations on sugarcane cultivation, in addition to sugar beet, and the broader agricultural landscape

          Norma Tregurtha, Director of Engagement and Markets, Bonsucro
            • 2:45 pm Fireside Chat: Neonics alternatives: Exploring new strategies for beet growers
              • Impact of the neonicotinoid ban on beet growers and the need for urgent alternative solutions
              •  Explore seed companies' innovative efforts to develop practical alternatives
              • Gain insights from field experts on practical strategies to address neonicotinoid ban

              Marc Letroublon, Seed Growth Portfolio Lead, Bayer
              Ian Munnery, General Manager, SESVanderHave
              Panel Moderator: Stefan Uhlenbrock, Associate Director, S&P Global Commodity Insights
            • 3:15 pmTurning molasses into protein: generate 4x more value compared to SAF at 90% less CAPEX
              • Using proprietary fermentation technology to convert sugar side-streams and main-streams into high quality protein Mycoprotein
              • The benefits of Mycoprotein: 10 times less GHG emissions compared to meat, whilst offering rich nutritional value and a high sales margin

              David Brandes, Co-founder and CEO,  Planetary
          • 3:40 pm Panel: Commodity risk and market dynamics: Navigating uncertainties in the sugar industry
            • Explore how confectionary and beverage leaders manage commodity risk in supply chains
            • Uncover the strategies employed by companies to navigate the effects of market fluctuations.
            • Discuss collaborative approaches for stability between sugar producers and end-users

            Corinna Olearo, Head of Commodity Research and Price Risk Management, Nestle
            Lawrence Cohen, Associate Director, Commodity Risk Management, Coca-Cola
            Yuriy Sharanov, Head of Sugar Sourcing and Price Risk Management, Mars Wrigley Confectionary
            Moderator: Rebecca Li, Senior Editor, Biofuels, S&P Global Commodity Insights
          • 4:20 pm End of Day One Chair Remarks
          • 4:30 pm Networking Drinks Reception

      Day 2: Thursday, April 18th, 2024
              • Geneva Sugar Conference
                  • 8:30 am Networking breakfast
                  • 9:00 am Chair’s recap of day one
                    Patricia Luis-Manso, Executive Director, Agribusiness,  S&P Global Commodity Insights
                        • 9:15 am Panel: Global Trade Dynamics: Australia, EU, and Mercosur SA
                          • Explore emerging sugar trade between Australia and the EU, reshaping the global market
                          • Examine new trade flows' impact, addressing the UK's deficit with imports from third countries
                          • Delve into North and South America trade impacts, focusing on this region: EU dynamics

                          Bruno Boszczowski, Head of Sugar Research, ED&F Man
                          Michael Levitz, Sugar Trading Manager, Sucden Americas Corporation
                          Patrice Bougalt, Managing Director, Valtorcim
                          Panel Moderator: Jose Orive, Executive Director, International Sugar Organization
                        • 10:00 pmExamine trade flows in Europe
                          • Unpacking unilateral agreements: Ukraine and beyond
                          • Uncover the driving forces behind studying free trade agreements in Europe's trade flows
                          • Dive into the mechanics shaping sugar and grain exports, revealing trade intricacies
                          • Investigate how these agreements affect price forecasts, unveiling broader implications for the European market

                          Marie-Christine Ribera, Director General,  CEFS
                        • 10:25 am Networking & refreshment break
                        • 11:00 am Panel discussion: Future of sugar trade relationships: Europe and Britain
                          • Explore the changing trade dynamics between Europe and Britain in the post-Brexit era
                          • Discuss the impact of these changes on the sugar trade and related industries
                          • Examine the future of trade agreements and partnerships between Europe and Britain, providing insights into potential developments in the sugar trade

                          Gerald Mason, Senior Vice President, Tate & Lyle Sugars
                          Mark Spencer, Minister of State Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Defra
                          Emilian Dobrescu, Vice President, ASSUC
                          Panel Moderator: Patricia Luis-Manso, Executive Director, Agribusiness,  S&P Global Commodity Insights
                              • 11:45 am Interview: White premium outlook: A global perspective
                                • Explore Europe's limited interest in the white premium market and the influencing factors
                                • Examine how India and Asia impact the white premium market and trade dynamics
                                • Europe's receptiveness to external influences in navigating the white premium market

                                Philip Ryan, Head of White Sugar Trading,  Engelhart
                                Panel Moderator: Maria Nunez, Senior Sugar Analyst, S&P Global Commodity Insights
            • 12:15 pm Conference conclusions and wrap-up

              Jessica Edinger, Lead Analyst, Sugar Research, S&P Global Commodity Insights
              Stefan Uhlenbrock, Associate Director,  S&P Global Commodity Insights
              Panel Moderator: Patricia Luis-Manso, Executive Director, Agribusiness,  S&P Global Commodity Insights
            • 12:30 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks
            • 12:35 pm Lunch and End of Conference

      Agenda subject to change.

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      blankpixel.pngAlexander Godow ,
      COO, Nordzucker AG

      • Member of the Nordzucker AG Executive Board since 1 January 2022
      • Areas of responsibility: Digitalization & Technology Service, GoGreen, Operations, Product & Quality Management, Sales and Marketing, Supply Chain Management

      Bruno Boszczowski.jpgBruno Boszczowski,
      Head of Sugar Research ED&F Man

      • Bruno is Head of Sugar Research for ED&F Man. Previously, Bruno spent 3 years as Head of Americas Sugar Research in Miami, after 5 years working as a senior analyst in the Brazilian Sugar Market in São Paulo. Bruno has experience performing crop tours in several mills among Brazil, Centrals America and Mexico with solid knowledge in supply, demand, prices and trade dynamics aspects related to the Sugar World. Other experience includes working as agricultural commodities analyst, consultancy and AD-HOC work for companies investing in Brazil. Bruno is an Agronomical engineer from Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR) with a Master degree of Agriculture Economic in Universidad Catholic of Chile, specialist in agriculture commodities, with over fifteen year experience in the sugar and ethanol market.

      blankpixel.pngCorinna Olearo,
      Head of Commodity Research and Price Risk Management, Nestle

      Head of Commodity Research and Price risk management for Nestlé. Years of experience in commodity market research.

      SpeakerDavid Brandes,
      Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Planetary

      David Brandes’s passion evolves around doing well by doing good. For the planet, for the animals and for innovation. He believes that evolving our manufacturing systems through biotechnology is a historical opportunity to secure planetary health. Previously, David led Migros Online as CCO, and was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Co. David is also the co-founder of Belgium cell-based meat brand Peace of Meat, a company he successfully exited through the acquisition of a NASDAQ-listed partner.

      SpeakerDoriana Milenkova,
      Analyst Farm Inputs and Sugar, RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness

      Doriana Milenkova Analyst – Farm Inputs, Sugar Based in the Netherlands, Doriana works as an analyst for RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness, focusing on farm inputs and sugar. She worked for many years as a policy advisor on agriculture, food, and nature for Bulgaria and Moldovia at the Dutch Embassy in Sofia. Prior to that, she worked for a grain and commodity broker. Doriana holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia. She is proficient in Bulgarian, English, and Russian and has a basic understanding of Dutch.

      SpeakerElisabeth Lacoste,
      Director, CIBE

      Elisabeth Lacoste is an agro-economist, she obtained a Master’s degree in agronomy from the “AgroParisTech” in France (Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon, France) and a Doctorate in industrial economics from “Mines ParisTech” (France). After experience as a researcher, specializing in agricultural policy and market regulations, she worked for a sugar company in North Germany and as a consultant on world agricultural commodities markets for various agricultural organisations as well as private companies.Since 2006, she is Director of the International Confederation of European Beet Growers (CIBE) based in Brussels, Belgium. CIBE defends and represents the interest of around 130,000 sugar beet growers in Europe.

      EmilianEmilian Dobrescu,
      Vice President, ASSUC

      I have been with AGRANA for 24 years and 21 years within the Sugar business. Before AGRANA, I have been on the other side of business – user of sugar, managing two production units of ice-cream and chocolate, distribution and sales. My career path in the sugar business passed through Austria (four years) and Bulgaria (seven years). I am also the Economic Policy Manager at AGRANA Romania – representing my company in EU and national professional organizations and responsible for sugar trading. I am both the President of Romanian Sugar Organization since 2008 and the Vice-president of ASSUC since 2020.

      Gerald MasonGerald Mason,
      Senior Vice President, Tate & Lyle Sugars

      Gerald joined Tate & Lyle Sugars in 2004 after spending time working in the grain and oilseeds industry and training as an Agricultural Economist in the early 1990s. He has tackled many roles over the years, including being responsible for purchasing the raw cane sugar used at their European refineries, business strategy and relationships with various Governments over the years including both the EU and the UK. In simple terms, his role today involves dealing with issues outside the factory gates. This can include everything from policymakers setting trade and agricultural policies that impact the business, through to planning issues in the rapidly regenerating area around their East London factories. A big part of his work has always been around energy, and he was a key part of the team that led the instillation of biomass boilers at Thames Refinery in 2006. More recently, he has been working alongside technical and finance colleagues to look at how the refineries can be decarbonised, as well as dealing with the short-term energy shocks that have faced European markets in the last few years

      IanIan Munnery,
      General Manager, SESVanderHave

      Ian Munnery completed a degree in Botany and Microbiology at Royal Holloway, University of London, followed by a Post graduate diploma in Crop Protection at Harper Adams. His career spanning over 30 years has encompassed agrochemicals, trials, grain, fertiliser & seed giving him a unique perspective and experience having served in many industry advisory roles and committees. Ian is a Director of SESVANDERHAVE UK and sales lead for North West Europe.

      Jean Vincent Piot.jpgJessica Edinger,
      Global Manager, Sugar Analytics, S&P Global Commodity Insights

      Jessica Edinger is the lead analyst in the sugar team at S&P Global Commodity Insights. In her current role at S&P Global, she covers Global sugar market and is responsible for overseeing the outstanding sugar analytics the company provides. During her career, Jessica has worked with sugar research on a trading house and investment banking. Ms. Edinger holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Brazil and a Master's in Finance from Universidade Catolica Portuguesa.

      SpeakerJose Orive,
      Executive Director, ISO Sugar

      José Orive is currently the Executive Director of the International Sugar Organization, a post he assumed in January 2014. He was unanimously reappointed to serve a second period through 2021 and again for a further third term of four years through 2024. Previously Mr. Orive was the Executive Director of the Central American Sugar Association (AICA) for 19 years, where he was responsible for negotiations for the private sugar industry, with emphasis on coordination of joint actions on priority issues, clearinghouse for information relevant to the sector, publications, participation in international forae. Since 2010 he also was a partner in ARTLEX law firm in charge of large corporate clients, distribution contracts and environmental issues and arbitration. Prior to that, Mr. Orive was honored to be a partner at ARIAS & MUÑOZ, a Central American law firm, where he worked for 10 years in corporate, M&A, environmental matters and government affairs/lobbying. He holds a Law Degree from Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala and obtained a Masters in International Law from Georgetown University Law Centre. Soon after graduating in 1985 Mr. Orive took up the post of Minister Counselor for Economic & Commercial Affairs, Embassy of Guatemala, Washington, D.C.

      SpeakerKoen Dillen,
      Head Of Unit, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

      Koen Dillen started his career in the European Commission as a research fellow in its Joint Research Centre. Since 2013 Koen works in the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development. He started as an analyst doing market outlook and has used his analytical skills in a number of roles. Since June 2022 Koen leads the unit monitoring and regulating the markets for arable crops and olive oil. Koen Dillen holds a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Leuven.

      SpeakerLawrence Cohen,
      Assoicate Director, Commodity Risk Management, Coca Cola

      Lawrence Cohen is part of the Commodities Risk Management team at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners responsible for implementing hedging strategies and managing the portfolio of raw material price risk across sugar, aluminium, gas, power, gasoil, and petchems. Lawrence has over 15 years of commodities exposure across the physical trade, derivatives sales & trading, and retail advisory gained with Noble Group, National Australia Bank, and Sainsbury's Supermarkets.

      SpeakerMarc Letroublon,
      Portfolio Lead, Bayer Crop Science

      Marc Letroublon has been at Bayer since 1998 and worked in various functions, both country & regional: development, portfolio management, marketing, and strategy.

      Mark SpencerMark Spencer,
      Minister of State Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Defra

      Mark Spencer was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in September 2022. He was previously Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons from February 2022 to September 2022, before which he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip) between July 2019 and February 2022. He was elected Conservative MP for Sherwood in May 2010. Before entering Parliament, Mark was Chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs as well as a District and County Councillor. He studied at Shuttleworth Agricultural College before joining the family farm business, which now employs around 50 people. He is still a local farmer and businessman, growing the produce which is sold in the farm shop.

      SpeakerMarie-Christine Ribera,
      Director General, CEFS

      Marie-Christine Ribera is a French citizen and lives in Brussels. She began her professional career in 1987 with an internship at the European Commission before becoming a policy officer in a variety of settings, initially with the French National Federation of Rural Territory Management and later in the regional Chamber of Commerce of Industry of the lde-de-France region. In 1991, she joined the French National Centre for Young Farmers as an Advisor in charge of Community matters. During this time, she was also a substitute member of the Economic and Social Committee of the EU. In 1993, she became the legal advisor to the Director General of the French inter-professional National Cereals Office.

      In 1999, Marie-Christine Ribera joined COPA-COGECA (European Farmers and Cooperatives Association) as Policy Advisor with special responsibility for arable crops and bilateral agreements. She has been deeply involved in the agriculture, environment, and food policies of the European Union, developing a robust network of relations on the Brussels/EU scene.

      In 2008, Marie-Christine Ribera was promoted to Director of Commodities & Trade.

      In 2009, she joined the European Association of Sugar Manufacturers, CEFS (Comite Europeen des Fabricants de Sucre in French) as Director-General.

      SpeakerMaria Nunez,
      Sugar Analyst, S&P Global Commodity Insights

      Maria Nunez has been a sugar analyst with S&P Global Commodity Insights since 2011 (formerly known as Platts and Kingsman), covering Global sugar markets, Central America, NAFTA, and South America except Brazil. Before joining her last role, she worked on market research for Cubazucar. She was a futures and options trader for 10 years for Caribsugar SA and then worked for Novafin Financiere SA in Geneva (export finance and country risk). Ms. Nunez holds a degree in Economic Sciences with a Major in Finance and a Master's in International Trade from the University of Havana. She had advanced training in Futures Trading and Options in Sucres et Denrées (SUCDEN, Paris and SUCDEN Financial, London).

      SpeakerMarion Hoff,
      Sales Director Europe, Tereos

      After completing an engineering degree in agriculture, Marion Hoff, aged 43, started out in sales in the agri-food sector, where she progressed through various managerial positions. Marion joined Tereos in 2011. After starting out as sales manager for the sugar business unit and responsible for commercial development of stevia extracts, she handled sugar & starch and sweeteners for the Benelux and export market for 4 years. In April 2022, Marion was appointed European Sales Director. Her responsibilities cover the entire range of products from our European factories: sugar, starch products, beet alcohol and grain alcohol. Customers covered include the food, feed, pharmaceutical, paperboard and green chemistry industries.

      SpeakerMichael Levitz,
      Sugar Trading Manager, Sucden Americas Corporation

      Michael Levitz is Sugar Trading Manager at Sucden Americas Corporation. Responsible for the physical trading in the Americas excluding Brazil. He started his career in sugar in 1982 as a physical broker in London. Joined E D & F Man in 1996 working in the London, New York and Miami offices until 2018 focusing primarily on the sourcing of sugar from Latin America. After working for a couple of years at Glencore, he joined the Sucden Group in 2020. Michael holds a BS and MBA from The Ohio State University.

      SpeakerMichael Sly,
      Chairman, NFU Sugar Board

      Michael chairs NFU Sugar Board meetings and is the lead spokesperson representing sugar beet growers with British Sugar, the media, NFU Council and NFU Policy Board. He represents growers in monthly meetings and annual contract negotiations with British Sugar, playing a key role in the NFU Sugar negotiating team. Michael farms in the Fens of North Cambridgeshire and South Lincolnshire, farming 2000 hectares, across three farming businesses. The family has been involved in drainage and farming in the Fens since the 17th century. The farms grow wheat, spring barley, sugar beet, spring beans, oilseed rape, marrowfat peas and condiment mustard. They are part of the RSPB’s Farmland Bird Friendly Zone, which now covers more than 4000 hectares and landscape scale benefits covering 230km sq. Also with fellow mustard growers, they are working on a landscape scale bee and pollinator project with Unilever. Michael has also served as NFU county chair and the council delegate for Cambridgeshire, the most farmed county in the UK, chairing the East Anglian regional board for four years, as well serving as chair of the NFU Audit committee. Michael is chair of the North Level District Internal Drainage Board, serving 34,000 hectares. He spent 10 years on the Anglian Northern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. He is currently chair of the English Mustard Growers and vice chair of Condimentum LTD for the milling of mustard seeds and processing mint leaf in Norwich, working with Unilever’s Colman’s brand.

      SpeakerNorma Tregurtha,
      Director of Engagement and Markets, Bonsucro

      Norma Tregurtha was previously the Director of Policy and Partnerships at ISEAL, where she helped business leaders, policymakers, and civil society organizations understand how they can use standards and certification to build sustainable supply chains. Norma has a background in agricultural development and smallholder livelihoods.

      Olivier HantzOlivier Hantz,
      Head of CSR Group, Tereos

      Head of CSR Group at Tereos since November 2022, Olivier Hantz has worked in the fields of CSR and sustainability for more than 20 years, including 15 years in food and agricultural production. After starting his career at the French Agency for Ecological Transition and EU Life projects management, Olivier Hantz as developed an expertise in climate strategy and low carbon value chains development.

      PatricePatrice Bougalt,
      Managing Director, Valtorcim

      Patrice Bougault is the founder & managing director of Valtorcim, a sugar & ethanol consulting firm specialised in commercial activities, risk & asset management. Patrice held various leadership position in sugar & ethanol trading for Cargill, Alvean & Wilmar. Patrice holds an engineer degree from Ecole Superieure d'Agriculture d'Angers in France.

      SpeakerPatricia Luis-Manso,
      Executive Director, Agribusiness Research & Sustainability, S&P Global Commodity Insights

      Patricia Luís-Manso has 20 years of experience in analytical and leadership roles in agri-commodities, investment banking, and network industries. In her current role at S&P Global, Patricia is responsible for Agriculture Research and Sustainability, leading a global team of experts in Soft Commodities, Crop Science, Sustainability and Animal Health to generate essential data and intelligence for the Agribusiness industry.

      PaulPaul Mesters,
      CEO, Cosun Beet Company

      Paul Mesters is the CEO of Cosun Beet Company, the sugar beet processor in the Netherlands, and a member of the Executive Board of Royal Cosun, a dutch farmer cooperative with 8100 members. Royal Cosun has a turnover of more than 3 billion Euro’s with the following business groups: Aviko (potato specialties and French Fries), Cosun Beet Company (sugar and other products from sugar beets), Duynie Group (animal feed/circular co-products), Sensus (chicory fiber and specialties), Cosun Protein and Cosun Biobased Experts. Royal Cosun has 24 production sites in 7 countries with 4200 colleagues. Paul Mesters has a longstanding career and extensive experience in the food ingredients business with various roles in marketing & technical sales, production and R&D at DSM (GB), Corbion (PURAC) USA and Europe, CSM Sugar and Cosun Beet Company. He has a Master degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor degree in Food Technology. Furthermore, he served as President of the ESST (European Society of Sugar Technology) 2015-2017 and is since 2018 President of CEFS (Comite Europeen des Fabricants de Sucre). Other functions: Chairman of the supervisory board of Limako Chairman of the supervisory board of Eemshaven Sugar Terminal Treasurer of the board of Cosun Nutrition Center Member of the board IRS (Dutch sugar beet research center) Member of the board of PFP (Primary Food Processors).

      SpeakerPhilip Ryan,
      Head of White Sugar Trading, Engelhart

      Philip started his career in sugar trading back in 1997 in Cargill, when he joined as a trainee on the futures desk. He worked at Cargill for 15 years across multiple geographies and functions, before joining Bunge in 2012 to help build their whites futures trading desk. In the 6 years at Bunge, Philip went from running the whites book to running the sugar and ethanol trading business, before this was sold to Wilmar in late 2018. After 2 years at Wilmar, Philip is now trading sugar at Engelhart in Genava as part of their softs trading desk.

      Rebecca LiRebecca Li,
      Senior Editor, Biofuels, S&P Global Commodity Insights

      Rebecca is a Senior Editor in the Biofuels team at S&P Global Commodity Insights, joining Platts following the acquisition of the Live Rice Index in 2019. She is focused on developing Platts European sugar, vegetable oils and renewable tickets (HBE) price assessments. Rebecca holds a First Class Honors BA in Anthropology and Sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London and has a keen interest in humanitarian and environmental issues such as food security and environmental sustainability.

      SpeakerStefan Uhlenbrock,
      Senior Analyst, F.O. Licht GmbH, Agribusiness Intelligence, Energy & Natural Resources, S&P Global Commodity Insights

      Stefan Uhlenbrock has responsibility for sugar and coffee forecasting and analysis at S&P Global Commodity Insights. Stefan is responsible for the company's extensive work in the sugar and coffee sectors. He oversees several reports, is responsible for the company's projections with regard to these soft commodities, advises clients on developments in global markets and contributes to the maintenance and further development of the company's vast statistical database for different commodities. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Stefan is a regular speaker at conferences across the globe and is frequently cited by major media publications.

      SpeakerTimothé Masson,
      Economist, CGB

      Timothé Masson is an agronomist from the Institut National Agronomique in Paris, and he also has a Master’s Degree in plant breeding. His first job was in Cambodia, as an agronomist for Caritas Internationalis for 2 years. Back in France, he worked for 8 years in the animal products industry, as an economist in the French meat industry sector union, and as Secretary of the French Egg & Egg products’ Union. He joined the French beet growers’ confederation (CGB) in 2013, as an economist, in charge of international affairs. Since 1st January 2014, he has been Secretary of the World Association of Beet and Cane Growers (WABCG), which brings together beet and cane growers from more than 35 member associations all around the world and unites over 5 million sugarbeet and sugarcane growers.

      ThomasTomas Pueta,
      General Manager, Certification, Control Union

      Living in Brasil for the last 4 years. Managing the department for 2 years, and formerly Operational Manager for 2 years. I am managing a team of more than 40 people, and attending markets with more than 60 certification or verification schemes for several industries, such as Forestry, Agri, Fishery, Food, Feed, Social Compliance, Textiles, Biomass and Biofuels. Some of the programs we manage are Bonsucro, RTRS, CRS, ISCC, 2BSvs, FSC, GMP+, FairTrade USA, SMETA among several others; and private programs for companies such as Cefetra, Unilever, Pepsico, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, ADM, Amaggi, Bunge, Cargill, COFCO, Dreyfus, Braskem, Copersucar, Raizen, Tereos. In the sugar sector we work with more than 150 sugar mills, specially for Bonsucro scheme and other Biofuel schemes such as ISCC EU, ISCC CORSIA, and Renovabio in partnership with BENRI. During these 4 years the Certifications department more than doubled its operations and turnover, reaching more markets and visiting and auditing more than 1.000 clients annually. I´ve been in certifications industry for 9 years, starting as an Agricultural Engineer and auditor in Argentina in 2015.

      SpeakerVolodymyr Zakharchenko,
      Head of Sugar sales, Astarta-Kyiv

      Volodymyr Zakharchenko is Head of Sugar sales. Joined Astarta-Kyiv 4 years ago. I have more than 30 years of experience in international trade and business development.

      SpeakerWesley Monteiro,
      Global Biofuels SEIG Lead, S&P Global Commodity Insights

      Biography coming soon.

      SpeakerYury Sharanov,
      President, European Industrial Sugar Users Association (CIUS)

      Yury Sharanov has accumulated more than 15 years of experience in R&D and procurement within the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector. For the past 10 years, his focus has been primarily on the sugar market. The majority of his professional journey has taken place at the world's largest confectionery producer, Mars Wrigley. Presently, he serves as the global leader for sugar sourcing and price risk management at Mars. Additionally, Yury currently holds the position of President at the European Industrial Sugar Users Association (CIUS). Alongside his industry expertise, Yury holds a PhD in Bioorganic Chemistry.


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      Rates are in USD and are not inclusive of local taxes or VAT. EMEA Region event terms and conditions apply.

      GROUP RATES: Register 3 at any given rate and get a 4th pass free.
      Please note: All 4 delegates should be from the same company and registered at the same time.

      * See FAQs for details on registering at this special rate.

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      S&P Global Commodity Insights Geneva Sugar and Biofuels Conference will take place at the Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva, Switzerland
      Hotel Details:
      Fairmont Grand Hotel, Geneva
      Quai du Mont-Blanc 19,
      1201 Genève,
      Tel: +41 22 908 90 81

      Reservation procedure:
      To book your discounted accommodation at the Fairmont Geneva, please use the link to book directly online Book now
      Alternatively, you can also book by telephone on +41 22 908 9082, and clearly stating the name of the conference, S&P Global Geneva Sugar Conference.

      Please note: discounted room rates apply for the nights of April 15-17 only.
      The rate is 360 CHF per night inclusive of breakfast, and is available until the 16th March only. Any bookings made after this date will be subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed.

      Check in: 3pm
      Check out: 12pm noon

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      Payment forms accepted

      We accept payment by credit card, wire transfer, and check for this event. To pay without a credit card, contact us via email to [email protected]. For assistance, you may also reach out by phone: +44 (0)20 7176 6111.

      Group rate

      Your organization may send 1 person for free for every 3 people registered at the current delegate rate. All registrations must be from the same organization and made at the same time to qualify. The group rate is not retroactive. Your invoice will reflect 3 delegates at the current rate and 1 delegate at $0.

      How to obtain a letter of invitation to apply for a travel visa

      We can provide you with a letter of invitation to apply for a travel visa, which you should then send to the appropriate consulate or embassy of the event location. Please note:

      • — Your registration fee must be paid in full before a letter of invitation can be issued. There are no exceptions.
      • — Payment is considered full once money is posted to an order. Credit card payments are immediate. Wire transfer payments require at least 5 business days. Check payments require at least 10 business days.
      • — The visa application process can take weeks or even months, depending on the countries involved and time of year, so you should consider registering and paying as early as possible.

      Once full payment has been made, please contact Customer Service to request a letter of invitation:

      Email: [email protected]

      Phone: +44 (0)20 7176 6111

      Networking app

      Event registration includes access to the networking app, available for your smartphone, tablet, and desktop (both iOS and Android). We'll send registrants details about logging in to the app as soon as it goes live. Please note that your registration must be paid in full to receive access.

      Substitution policy (how to transfer your registration to a colleague)

      If you’re not able to attend, we’re happy to transfer your registration to a member of your organization at no cost, up to 2 business days in advance of the event. Requests must be received in writing via email to [email protected], and are subject to approval. For assistance, you may also reach out by phone: +44 (0)20 7176 6111

      Cancellation policy

      If you're not able to attend or send a colleague in your place, we accept cancellations and provide refunds if received in writing to [email protected] at least 30 days before the event. In the event of non-attendance, the full invoice fee will be payable.

      Sponsorship opportunities

      We offer a variety of standard and tailor-made sponsorship opportunities to fit your marketing and business-to-business needs—and your budget. Please reach out directly to the Business Development Manager for this event:

      Irina Bondareva

      Email: [email protected]

      Speaking opportunities

      We're always looking for the best voices in the industry to share their experience and perspective on opportunities, challenges, and trends. Please reach out directly to the Conference Producer to discuss availability and suitability:

      Nikki Coleman

      Email: [email protected]

      Press passes

      We allow accredited media writing on behalf of major industry publications to cover the event at no charge. Please reach out to the contact below for press pass approval.

      Niki Dhakan

      Email: [email protected]

      Event terms and conditions

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