Sugar on the counter-cycle?
Over the years he has been working in various sugar landscapes namely sugar cane milling, refined sugar distribution, raw sugar imports, supply chain, sugar trading, risk management and also sugar assets investment. He is very much involve in the global sugar scene and one of the regular speakers representing South East Asia. He is currently overseeing global commercial activities of Malaysian based sugar refinery, MSM Holdings Berhad and also the Chief Executive Officer of MSM Trading International DMCC located in Dubai, UAE.
Colombiano, Ingeniero Industrial con Maestría en Administración de Empresas y entrenamiento en TQC en Japón. Cuenta con 35 años de experiencia en la Industria Azucarera. Ha ocupado diferentes cargos a nivel directivo como Gerente y Vicepresidente de Operaciones Agrícolas e Industriales en Colombia. En la actualidad es el Vicepresidente Ejecutivo y Gerente General del ingenio CAEI en República Dominicana. Ha sido docente universitario y miembro de Consejo Directivo de su alma mater.
Courtney Gaine, PhD, RD, has been named interim president and CEO for the organization and brings more than a decade of experience in nutritional sciences and important leadership qualities to the position. Dr. Gaine previously served as vice president of scientific affairs at The Sugar Association. Prior to that, Dr. Gaine held the position of senior science program manager at The North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI North America), a public, non-profit scientific foundation that advances the understanding and application of science related to the nutritional quality and safety of the food supply. Having obtained her Ph.D. in nutritional sciences and biochemistry and bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Connecticut, Dr. Gaine was a co-captain of the UConn Women’s Basketball Team (1998-1999). “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead The Sugar Association and our members at such a critical period for the industry,” said Dr. Gaine. “During a time when misunderstandings about sugar are commonplace, there is both a great need and an excellent opportunity to educate consumers on the decades of scientific research regarding sugar. Sugar plays a critical role in our food supply and has for thousands of years. This is a fact in need of reinforcing.” Dr. Gaine succeeds former president and CEO Andy Briscoe, who recently resigned after 13 years of service.
Diego Herrera, 43, is the Chief Executive Officer of The Pantaleon Group, Inc., a family held corporation founded in 1848 with interests in sugar production, energy, and shopping malls. The group currently employs over 30,000 people and operates in Mexico, Central America, Colombia, and Brazil. Prior to joining Pantaleon, D. Herrera served 7 years as managing partner with Atlas Vivienda, a Mexican real estate development company, where he remains a board member, and worked 6 years in the investment banking group of Paribas in New York. D. Herrera received an MS from the London Business School and a BS from Georgetown University.
Fabio Venturelli holds a bachelor degree in Production Engineering from Escola Politécnica - Universidade de São Paulo (USP) (1988), an MBA from FIA/FEA - Universidade de São Paulo (In-house) and YMP at INSEAD, France. He has more than 25-year experience in corporate management, global business management and commercial management, with broad experience in managing national and international businesses. Mr. Venturelli built his career at The Dow Chemical Company (1987-2007), where he held positions both in Brazil (Latin American headquarters) and the United States (at the company’s corporate headquarters). He joined the São Martinho Group in late 2007 and is currently the President and CEO leading the company in the sugar, ethanol and renewable energy industries. He is also the President of Nova Fronteira Bioenergy - a joint venture between São Martinho and Petrobrás Biocombustível. Mr. Venturelli also serves on the boards of directors of SMA (a joint venture between São Martinho and Amyris Biotech Inc., from California, USA), Nova Fronteira Bioenergia, Santa Cruz Mill S.A., and CTC-Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira.
As a Managing Director of Al Khaleej Sugar (AKS), Jamal Al Ghurair leads the largest and most energy efficient standalone sugar refinery in the world. Ever since 1995 he succeeded to turn the business to a victorious story by expanding its production capacity- with the dedicated vision of Al Ghurair- from 2400 to more than 7000 metric tons per day in 2012. Also, Al Khaleej Sugar contributes currently 3% of the world refined Sugar’ production. Al Ghurair prosperity in the sugar industry surpassed all expectations due to his deep knowledge, clear-sight and close business relationships with tier one Brazilian suppliers who have been providing AKS with finest sugarcane for the past 11 years. Al Ghurair is now the Vice-Chairman of Emirates Investment & Development PSC, a recognized private shareholding firm in UAE with a comprehensive portfolio of investments. Concurrently, he is managing his own group of companies which include: - Porcellan Co LLC: one of the world’s largest porcelain manufacturers - Gypsemna Co LLC: a company specialized in producing gypsum boards - Khalid & Jamal Al Ghuriar Real-estate Co LLC - Brothers General Transport LLC - Deira & Nasir Gas Distribution - Giptec: an auto garage for service, repair and spare parts Being an active member of many ventures and a fixture within the UAE business society, Al Ghurair served on a number of advisory boards for both government and Public sector organizations including Director of Mashreq Bank, and was an Executive member of the Federal National Council of the UAE between 2000-2002.
A Singapore based rubber and soft commodities trade house. After graduating with an M.Sc in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1985, he joined Cargill’s grain business in the UK and USA where he held various merchandising positions for sixyears before joining the sugar world. Starting on the Raw Sugar Desk, he moved ontoTrading manager positions and then, for over twelve years he was in charge of Building Cargill’s sugar and ethanol trading activities, supported by milling and refining investments. He joined Singapore based rubber trading company-RCMA as COO in June 2012 where he has established RCMA –Sugar as a leader in white sugar containerized trading. Today RCMA is active in trading Rubber, Coffee, Sugar and Cotton.
José Orive Jose Orive was born July 31, 1958, in Guatemala, and is an attorney at Law. “Summa Cum Laude” in Common Law Studies/ International Law at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C. 1985, and “Cum Laude” in J.D., Francisco Marroquín University, Guatemala City 1983, has had multiple, such as: • Executive director of the Central American Sugar Association (AICA), entity which negotiates for the private sugar industry, with emphasis on coordination of joint actions on priority issues, clearinghouse for information relevant to the sector, publications. • Partner at Artlex law firm, in charge of large corporate clients, distribution contracts and environmental issues, arbitration. • Chairman at the ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE OF LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN (AACCLA), Washington, D.C. • Board Member of the PANAMERICAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (PADF), Washington, D.C.
• Raised on a family dairy farm in eastern Michigan and grew sugarbeets for 9 years as a 4-H project. His grandparents and parents raised sugarbeets since 1933. • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University. • Executive Vice President of the Farmers and Manufacturers Beet Sugar Association in Saginaw, Michigan 1979-1982, representing all sugarbeet growers in Michigan and Ohio. • Executive Vice President of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association in Washington, DC since 1982, representing all sugarbeet growers in 11 states. • Advisor to the U.S. Congress, the Department of Agriculture, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and other federal agencies that have direct or indirect impact on the domestic sugar industry. • Directly involved in the formulation and passage of the sugar provisions of the last seven farm bills (1981, 1985, 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008 and 2014). • Advisor to USDA and USTR for international trade negotiations, beginning with the International Sugar Agreement in Geneva in 1982; the North American Free Trade Agreement; the Uruguay Round of the GATT; the Doha Round of the WTO, and pending and ongoing regional and bilateral free trade agreements. Served six years on the USDA Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Sweeteners, then served on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee as an advisor to Secretaries Veneman and Johanns and Ambassador Zoellick. • Served as Chairman of the industry-wide American Sugar Alliance, 1989/90, 1994/95, 2000/01, 2004/05 and 2011/2012. • Served as President of the Commodity Club of Washington, D.C., 1996/97 • Served as President of the New York “Sugar Club,” 2005/2006. • Contributing editor for sugarbeet trade magazines; The Sugar Producer and The Sugarbeet Grower. • Serves as Co-Chairman of the Sugar Industry Biotechnology Council. • He lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife, Terri, and three children, Christian, Lauren and Megan.
• Paulo Roberto de Souza is Copersucar’s executive chairman, leading company on sugar and ethanol production, having started his career in 1986. He is graduated in Industrial engineering by the Universidade de São Carlos [São Carlos University] and has MBA by the Fundação Getúlio Vargas [“Getúlio Vargas” Foundation]. • Paulo Roberto has over 20 years of experience in the sugar and ethanol industry and was the first chairman of IETHA International Ethanol Trade Association.
President of Datagro Ltda., Brazil´s leading consulting company on sugar and ethanol market analysis, offering consulting services to producers, banks, trading companies, fuel distributors and governments, with offices in São Paulo, Recife, and Santos. M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics, Iowa State University, 1981 and 1983. Professor of Economics (micro and macro), for Graduate and Undergraduate programs (B.Sc., M.Sc., M.B.A. and Ph.D. programs) at Fundacao Getulio Vargas, in Sao Paulo, from 1984 to 1999. Former President of the Board, and Executive Director of the Brazilian Association of Automotive Engineers. Member of Technical Committees in National Energy Commission (1985/87), Commission for the Reexam of the Energy Matrix (1990/91), and Interministerial Council on Sugar and Alcohol (1998-2000). Lead author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), AR2. Expert Economist for Brazil in the trade disputes involving: ethanol exports from Brazil to the United States, at the International Trade Commission, in Washington, DC (1985/86); subsidized sugar exports from the European Union, at the World Trade Organization, in Geneva (2002-05); two arbitrations on bananas with the European Union, at the World Trade Organization, in Geneva (2005); and Brazilian tyres import regime, at the World Trade Organization, in Geneva (2006-07).
Rafael holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is a CPA with more than twelve years of experience. Prior to founding Putney Capital Management, he started his professional career at Arthur Andersen first as an auditor and later as a Senior Consultant where he had coverage and execution responsibility for some of the firm’s most important clients throughout various industries such as banking, telecommunications and healthcare. After the collapse of Andersen, he worked as Executive Assistant to the President of the Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico, handling the privatization process for the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewage Authority (PRASA) and later being named Controller of PRASA, supervising the operation of the aqueduct system. He then returned to the private sector as a Manager at Ernst & Young for the healthcare industry in the Southeast Region of the USA. In 2004, he co-founded Barreto Velez, PSC to provide consulting and internal auditing services for multiple industries in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico
Mr.Chammas is graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from ITA, and has post-graduate degrees from FGV, and extension programs from Sloan School of Business/MIT, and IMD. Mr. Chammas occupied several executive positions in Braskem where he has been serving since 2002, among which Commercial Director, Business Director, VP of the Polimerous Business Unit and, most recently, the position of VP of Basic Petrochemicals Business Unit. Before integrating Braskem, he held several positions at Rhodia, where he served for 13 years in Brazil and in France. Currently, Mr. Chammas serves Biosev as the Chief Executive Officer.
Tim Barry is Vice President for Product Development at ICE Futures U. S., which is the US-based exchange trading futures and options contracts on a variety of soft products as well as metals, currencies, stock indexes, energy, power and emissions products. In this position, he works with each of the exchange’s agricultural and financial product committees to ensure that ICE’s contracts continue to serve the needs of their respective trades, and he is responsible for developing new product opportunities. Earlier in his career at the Exchange, Tim held several positions at the New York Cotton Exchange (including VP- Marketing, Economist, and Assistant Director for Compliance) and at CSC Clearing Corporation, the clearing organization for the Coffee, Sugar and Cocoa Exchange, Inc.
Toby Cohen is Vice President Market Research at ASR Group. ASR is the largest vertically integrated cane sugar refiner in the world. Toby has over 24 years of experience in commodity markets. He started work as a futures broker in 1990 and then moved into physical trading. In 1997 he was posted to Singapore where he experienced the impact of the Asian financial crisis on commodity markets. On his return to London in 1999 he became actively involved with Brazil before moving from trading to analysis in 2002. As Head of Analysis he sought to bridge the commercial needs of the physical business with economic disciplines. He was appointed to the board of Czarnikow Group in 2006 later becoming head of Czarnikow’s advisory business. He joined ASR in October 2014.