Speakers


Alberto Morelli

Alberto Morelli

Vice-President and Former President, Associación de Maíz y Sorgo Argentino (MAIZAR), and President, MAIZALL, Argentina

Engineer Agronomist Buenos Aires University 1981 Agricultural Producers in San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires, Argentina Former President MAIZAR- Association Argentine-Corn and Sorghum Vice President 1º MAIZALL President of the Chamber of Industrial Grinding Corn for Dry Commercial Manager of the Corn Mill Lions Bleek SA, Vicuña Mackenna Cordoba. Argentina Professor of Climate and Soil materials and Grains I, the Higher Institute of Education, Research and Agricultural Extension (ISEA) of the Sociedad Rural Argentina


Alvaro Dabus

Alvaro Dabus

Executive Director, AD Corretora de Seguros, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Executive Director. Lawyer graduated at Mackenzie University. Insurance Broker licensed by SUSEP, Executive MBA and Directors, formed by the Dom Cabral Foundation, through the PDD - Executive Development Program. Has been operating for 34 years in the insurance market, working on analysis and development of Insurance programs and expert in Agri-business – Sugar Mills and Ethanol Plants. Specialist Property Insurance, National and International Transport, Life, Health, Auto, Liability, among others.


Erasmo Carlos Battistella

Erasmo Carlos Battistella

President of the Board, Aprobio, Associação dos Produtores de Biodiesel do Brasil, Brazil

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Evaristo Eduardo de Miranda

Evaristo Eduardo de Miranda

General Head, EMBRAPA Monitoramento de Satélite, Campinas, Brazil

Evaristo Eduardo de Miranda is from São Paulo, agronomist, has a master’s degree and doctorate in ecology by the University of Montpellier (France). A member of various scientific societies, with hundreds of papers published in Brazil and abroad, he is the author of 35 books. A researcher of Embrapa since 1980, a specialist territorial management in agriculture, he directed and implemented three national research centers. He was a coordinator at the Secretary of Institutional Follow-up and Studies of the Presidency of the Republic. Currently, he heads the Strategic Territorial Intelligence Group of Embrapa.


Flavio Castelar

Flavio Castelar

Executive Director, APLA, Brazil

Business Administrator. Executive Director of the Local Productive Arrangement of Alcohol (Ethanol Cluster). Executive Director of the Bioenergy Technological Park Piracicaba. Project Manager of a Promotion program of our machines, equipment and services of the productive sector linked to the Sugar Cane industry in overseas markets in partnership with APEX - Agency for Development and Investment in Brazil, a covenant in its fourth renewal. Coordinator of the Technical Committee on International Trade of the National Center of Industries of the Sugarcane and Biofuels Industry - CEISE BR.


Geraldo Bueno Martha Junior

Geraldo Bueno Martha Junior

General Coordinator, Embrapa Agropensa, Brazil

Geraldo Martha is an agronomist (University of São Paulo/ESALQ, 1994), with PhD. in Agronomy, with emphasis in Animal Sciences and Pastures (University of São Paulo/ESALQ, 2003), and a Post-doc in Economics (University of Brasilia, UnB, 2008). He has been a researcher at Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) since 2001. In the past 15 years he has coordinated more than a dozen of research projects and has published more than 120 scientific and technological papers. Geraldo Martha is the former Deputy Head for Strategic Studies at Embrapa Studies and Training, and has served as the coordinator-general of Embrapa Strategic Intelligence System (Agropensa) from 2012 to 2015. He is a former member of Embrapa's Strategy Management Committee (2013-2015) and of the Commission for Sustainable Development in Agriculture of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (2014-2015). In 2007 he started coordinating the research group on “Land-use dynamics and Cerrado regional development” (CNPq - National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, Brazil). He was a CNPq fellow from 2010 to 2013. Geraldo Martha was a graduate professor at the University of Brasilia (Animal Science Program), teaching “Planning and Management of Pastoral Systems”, from 2006 to 2012 Since late 2015, Dr. Geraldo Martha is the coordinator of Embrapa’s Scientific Program in the United States, the Embrapa Labex-USA.


Hernán Chiriboga

Hernán Chiriboga

IICA Representative in Brazil, Ecuador

Ecuatoriano, es el Representante del IICA en el Brasil. Tiene una formación como Agrónomo e Ingeniero Comercial con postgrados en administración de empresas, acuacultura y producción animal (Massey University, Nueva Zelandia). Por su labor como productor el Centro Agrícola de Riobamba le otorgo la distinción de “Agricultor del año” en el 2001. En su país natal, ha sido directivo de diversas organizaciones públicas y privadas como la Cámara de Agricultura, así como presidente del directorio del Instituto Nacional de Innovaciones Agropecuarias (INIAP). Ha ocupado cargos de Vice-Ministro y Ministro de Agricultura (a.i). En el IICA, coordinó el Programa Hemisférico de Agroenergía y Biocombustible y es autor del libro: Preguntas y Respuestas Más Frecuentes sobre Biocombustibles, lideró el Centro Hemisférico de Liderazgo en Agricultura y fue el Representante del Instituto en el Paraguay. En los últimos años ha recibido capacitación de alto nivel en Liderazgo con la Compañía Franklin Covey, el IMD de Suiza y la Universidad de Harvard. El Sr. Chiriboga se encuentra activamente comprometido con el desarrollo del liderazgo en jóvenes rurales y la producción sustentable para el reposicionamiento de la agricultura.


Ignacio Lopez

Ignacio Lopez

Associate Professor of the Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University, New Zealand

I graduated as an Agronomist in 1989 at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. Between 1990 and 2015 I was an academic of the Institute of Animal Science, Faculty of Agricultural Science, Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile. I completed my PhD at Massey University, New Zealand, between 1996 and 2000. My area of specialisation and research involves taking a holistic approach to pasture ecology, pasture production and sustainable management of grazing production systems. Grazing animals (bovine, ovine and porcine), pasture, soil and the environment are all considered in my studies. Within pasture ecology, my main research line area has focussed on studying the variables that drive pasture-based dairy and sheep production systems to allow high production and high efficiency in a sustainable manner. I have conducted research directly related to pasture diversity, both between and within species (ecotype screening and evaluation), and the role of pasture species diversity in relation to environmental constraints, soil development, pasture production, quality, persistency and pastoral sustainability.


Itamar Glazer

Itamar Glazer

Deputy Director for Research & Development, ARO – Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center & Full Professor, Hebrew University, Israel

1977-1980 B.Sc. degree in Agriculture at the Faculty of Agriculture of the Hebrew University in Rehovot, Israel. 1980-1981 M.Sc. Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University, Rehovot, Israel. 1981-1985 Ph.D. Agriculture. Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University Rehovot, Israel. 1993-1994 Sabbatical leave at Department of Entomology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA, at the laboratory of Dr. Randy Gaugler. 2000-2004- Director of "Kidum" the Technology Transfer Office of ARO 2004-2005- Sabbatical leave Molecular Microbiology Laboratory of Dr David Clarke at the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, U.K. (5 months). At the laboratory of Dr. Ralf-Udo Ehlers, in the Dept. Biotechnology & Biol. Control, Institute for Phytopathology, Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany (6 months). 2005-2007- Director of "Kidum" the Technology Transfer Office of ARO 2007-2013- Head of Plant Science Institute, ARO. 6/2014-9/2015- Sabbatical leave at the lab of Prof. Martin Chalfie, Biology and Genetics Department, Columbia Univ., New York, USA. 10/2015-Present- ARO Deputy Director for Research and Development.


Jacyr Costa Filho

Jacyr Costa Filho

Director of Brazil Division of Tereos Group

M. Costa Filho has a degree in Civil Engineering and Business Management from Mackenzie University, with specialization in Marketing from International Institute for Management Development (IMD), in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has over 30 years of experience in the sugar and energy industry, when worked in strategic positions in different companies. From 2007 to 2013, he was the CEO of Guarani. Recently, he assumed the position of Director of Brazil Division of Tereos Group, responsible for sugar cane and starch activities in the country. Jacyr is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Guarani S/A. Jacyr is also the President of the Alcohol Production Industry Union in the State of São Paulo, President of the Agribusiness Committee of ABAG (Brazilian Agribusiness Association), and member of the Advisory Board of UNICA (Sugar Cane Industry Association).


Jason Clay

Jason Clay

Senior Vice President, Markets and Food, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), USA

Jason Clay is SVP, Markets and Executive Director, the Markets Institute at WWF-US. His focus is on spotting global issues and trends that affect WWF’s conservation mission and strategies with a particular focus on soft commodities, e.g. agriculture (plant based and livestock), seafood (aquaculture and wild caught), and forests. Over the course of his career he has worked on a family farm and in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has taught at Harvard and Yale and spent more than 35 years with human rights and environmental organizations. Dr. Clay is the author of more than 20 books, 500 articles and 1,000 invited presentations. Clay was the first ever National Geographic Food and Agriculture Fellow. In 2012, Clay won the James Beard Award for his work on global food sustainability. Clay studied at Harvard University and the London School of Economics before receiving a Ph.D. in anthropology and international agriculture from Cornell University.


Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy, IMD & Founder, The Evian Group, Lausanne, Switzerland

Jean-Pierre Lehmann (D.Phil, Oxon) is Emeritus Professor at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland, where he was appointed to the Chair of International Political Economy in 1997. He is Founder of the Evian Group (1995), an international coalition of corporate, government, and opinion leaders, united by a common vision of enhancing global prosperity for the benefit of all by fostering an open, inclusive, sustainable and equitable global market economy in a rules-based multilateral framework. He is currently visiting professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Hong Kong University and at NIIT University in Neemrana, Rajasthan, India. He is member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Trade and FDI. And he is board member of the Arab International Women’s Forum. His latest book, coedited with his son Fabrice Lehmann, is Peace and Prosperity through World Trade, Cambridge University Press, 2010.


Luis Roberto Pogetti

Luis Roberto Pogetti

Chairman of the Board, Copersucar, Brazil

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Copersucar, largest Brazilian company in the marketing of sugar and ethanol. 10 years experience in the ethanol sector, obtained in executive management positions at Copersucar. Previously, held executive management positions at the Banco do Brasil, Sharp and Samsung Electronics. Graduated in Business Administration from PUC-SP, with specialization in Finance, and a Master's degree from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation.


Marcelo Porteiro Cardoso

Marcelo Porteiro Cardoso

Superintendente, BNDES, Rio de Janeiro

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Marcos Molina

Marcos Molina

Chairman of the Administrative Board, Marfrig Global Foods, Brazil

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Monte Shaw

Monte Shaw

Executive Director, Iowa Renewable Fuels, Iowa, USA

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Octavio de Barros

Octavio de Barros

Chief Economist, Banco Bradesco S/A, Brazil

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Oscar Chemerinski

Oscar Chemerinski

Global Corporate Director, Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services Department, International Finance Corporation (IFC) – World Bank Group, USA

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Sergio C.Trindade

Sergio C.Trindade

Global Sustainable Business Consultant, New York, USA

Baseado em New York, Sergio Trindade é Consultor global estratégico, com vasta experiência, que traz clareza a decisões em negócios sustentáveis, com ênfase em bioeconomia, energia, mudança climática, meio ambiente e tecnologia. PhD, engenharia química, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, com sub-especialização em negócios internacionais e gestão de mudança tecnológica. • Diretor, Ciência e Tecnologia, International Fuel Technology, Inc. (www.Internationalfuel.com) (2003-2014) • Nações Unidas, Secretário-Geral Adjunto para Ciência e Tecnologia para o Desenvolvimento e Diretor Executivo, Centro das Nações Unidas para Ciência e Tecnologia para o Desenvolvimento (New York), onde liderou secretariado de 32 pessoas de 20 nacionalidades diferentes (1986-91) • Consultor Internacional Independente em energia e meio ambiente (1982-85). • Fundador e Diretor Executivo do primeiro centro de tecnologia privado do Brasil,na Promon (1975-82) • Vice-presidente, Arthur D. Little International, Inc. Consultores de gestão (USA,Brasil) (1970-75) • Engenheiro de processo com Stone & Webster (USA) (1969) • Instrutor e Professor Assistente de engenharia química, UFRJ, UFRRJ (1965-68) • Consultor industrial independente, concentrado proteico de pescado, produtos químicos derivados de celulose de eucalipto (1968) • Transferiu a tecnologia (US), projetou, construiu e demarrou a primeira planta de sorbitol na América Latina (Brasil) (1965-67).


Warren Preston

Warren Preston

Deputy Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, USA

Dr. Warren Preston serves as Deputy Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), advising the Chief Economist, the Secretary of Agriculture, and top policy officials on the economic implications of policies, programs, and legislative proposals affecting the U.S. food and fiber system and rural areas. He supports USDA policy decision making by evaluating policy options on complex domestic and global agricultural issues. After serving as USDA's Acting Deputy Chief Economist beginning in February 2015, Dr. Preston transferred permanently to the Office of the Chief Economist as senior economist for agricultural policy in August 2015. Prior to joining the Office of the Chief Economist, Dr. Preston served as an economist and associate deputy administrator, analyzing and overseeing programs and policies across the full spectrum of marketing activities administered by the Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. From 1992 to 2001, he worked as an economist and branch chief in the Packers and Stockyards Programs of USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, playing a key role in integrating economic analysis into investigative procedures and processes. From 1986 to 1992, he held a research and teaching position as an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Virginia Tech, focusing on agricultural marketing and the interface between public policies and food system performance. Dr. Preston earned his bachelor's degree in dairy science from The Ohio State University and his master's and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University.