Roberto Carvalho de AzevêdoRoberto Carvalho de Azevêdo

Director General, World Trade Organization (WTO)

Roberto Azevêdo has been the World Trade Organization’s Director-General since September 2013. Before joining the WTO, he was Brazil’s ambassador to the WTO, which was his last position in a 30-year long career at Brazil’s Foreign Service. He also served as head of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry’s Dispute Settlement Unit, and chief trade negotiator for the Doha Round and in MERCOSUR negotiations. Azevêdo holds degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Brasilia and in international relations from the “Instituto Rio Branco”, the graduate school of international relations and diplomacy run by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations.

Abilio dos Santos DinizAbilio Diniz

President, BR Foods

Abilio Diniz is the chairman of Península Participações, holding company that manages his family’s investments. Currently, Mr. Diniz is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of BRF, and member of the Brazilian Government’s Board of Policy and Management, Performance and Competitiveness. Mr. Diniz holds a degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, and was, alongside his father, responsible for the organization and development of Grupo Pão de Açúcar, the company of which he was Chairman of the Board of Directors until September 2013.

Alain JeanroyAlain Jeanroy

General Director, CGB

Born on February 22, 1955 in Coucy (Ardennes), Alain Jeanroy started his career in 1980 at FNSEA. In 1982 he joined the Confédération Générale des Planteurs de Betteraves (French Sugar Beet Growers’ Association) as Chief Economist, then Deputy Director. From 1990 to 1993 he was Director of the Association des Producteurs de Maïs (AGPM) and the Fédération des Producteurs de Semences de Maïs et de Sorgho (FNPSMS) and since 1993 has been Director General of CGB.

Alain has many key economic French, European and global links with sugar beet and ethanol. Since January 2005, he has been responsible for coordinating the development of the production and use of bioethanol in France, representing the interests of the sectors involved: beet (CGB), cereals (AGPB) and corn (AGPM).

Alan Jorge Bojanic HelbingenAlan Jorge Bojanic Helbingen

Brazil Representative, FAO

Mr Bojanic, a national of Bolivia, holds a Degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Gabriel René Moreno University of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, a Diploma in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading, UK, and an M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of London, U.K. He also has a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, and an M.Sc. in Political Sciences from the University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica. He carried out post-graduate studies in the Netherlands. From 1981 to 1990, Mr Bojanic worked as Agricultural Economics Programme Officer, Deputy Director and Technical Director at the Centre for Tropical Agricultural Research (CIAT), Santa Cruz, Bolivia. From 1991 to 1992, he worked as Sector Specialist on Research and Transfer of Agricultural and Livestock Technology to support the Bolivian Institute of Agricultural and Livestock Technology (IBTA) in research management, Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Bolivia. From 1992 to 1994, he was Executive Director of the National Secretariat for the Environment of Bolivia, and in that same year was appointed Under-Secretary for Forest Development and Fisheries, Ministry of Rural Affairs and Agriculture, Bolivia. From 1994 to 1995, he worked as Consultant for the Embassy of the Netherlands, the UNDP and the Inti Raimy Foundation (Oruro). From 1995 to 1997, he worked with UNDP as Adviser on Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Bolivia. In 2001, he was appointed Vice-Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Bolivia and, in 2002, Senior Adviser to the Minister for Agriculture. In 2004, he was Executive Director of the Bolivian National Service of Agricultural Health and Food Safety. Mr Bojanic has also worked as a consultant in a variety of areas relating to agricultural technology transfer for a range of international organizations, including the World Bank, USAID and UNICEF. From March 2005 to August 2010, Mr Bojanic was FAO Representative in Costa Rica. In September 2010, he was appointed Deputy Regional Representative and Head of the Multidisciplinary Team for South America, Regional Office for the Caribbean, RLC, Santiago, Chile, where, from February to June 2011, and then from December 2011 to May 2012, he acted as Officer-in-Charge. In January 2012, he resumed his duties as Deputy Regional Representative, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, RLC, Santiago, Chile. Mr Bojanic succeeds Mr Hélder dos Santos Félix Monteiro Muteia as FAO Representative in Brazil.

Alessandro MaritanoAlessandro Maritano

Vice President of New Holland AG Latin America

Vice President of New Holland AG Latin America since July 2012.
Over 17 years he’s been part of the CNH Industrial Group, Alessandro Maritano assumed important roles in the New Holland Brand in Italy, Poland and Eastern Europe, where he exercised the position of Business Director. Maritano also covered important positions at CNH Industrial in Spain, Portugal, Hungary, and England. His vast experience in the globalagricultural market has afforded him a systemic vision of Agribusiness around the world, and ensures the New Holland Brand to be referenced in new trends of mechanization and solutions for the Agribusiness producers.

Alessandro V. Arco GardemannAlessandro V. Arco Gardemann

Founding Director of Geo Energética SA

Alessandro v. Arco Gardemann is founding Director of Geo Energética SA., a leading renewable energy generation company with the use of agricultural waste, founded in 2008, from its own P&D.

Worked in mergers, acquisitions and funds management from 2004 to 2008.

Antonio Delfim NettoAntonio Delfim Netto

Former Minister of Agriculture, Finance and Planning

Economist, professor and former minister of Agriculture, Planning and Finance, he is one of the most important people in the national intellectual and political scenario. As Minister of Planning, in the 1980’s, he controlled the Brazilian economy during the second largest global financial crisis of the twentieth century.

He has had several books published about the Brazilian economy and writes weekly in  Folha de S.Paulo and Valor Econômico newspapers and Carta Capital magazine. His articles are also published regularly in about 70 journals in São Paulo and in several other States.

Antonio Manoel França AiresAntonio Manoel França Aires

Lawyer, Demarest Advogados

Academic Background
Bachelor from the School of Law of Universidade de São Paulo [São PauloUniversity] since 1980.
He studied Business Administration at Universidade Mackenzie [MackenzieUniversity].

Professional Activities
António Aires has over 30 years of continuous experience in Corporate Law, Banking Law and Corporate Restructuring and Recovery. Since 2001, member of Demarest Lawyers, and a Senior Partner since 2002, responsible for Banking and Corporate Recovery and Restructuring areas currently gathered in the broader area of ​​Corporate Finance. His current and former clients include Santander, Safra, Banco do Brasil, HSBC, General Electric, Credit Suisse, Cetelem, BGN, Banco Pátria, CSN, ISS Servisystem, Banco Espírito Santo de Investimento, Deloitte Consultoria, Busscar, AmBev and Adecco.

Elected by a survey conducted by Latin Lawyer 2010 as “one of the best Brazilian lawyers in banking regulatory issues, and personally engaged in every project on which his team is working”. Indicated as “leading lawyer in his field” by IFLR 2011 and 2010 directories, Chambers Latin America 2010, 2012 and 2013, Best Lawyers 2010, Which Lawyer 2009 and Who’sWhoLegal 2009. Indicated as Leading Lawyer in Banking and Finance in Legal 500 2012. Among the transactions of financial nature, judicial restructuring and recovery, operation of international leasing of rail equipment between Banco Santander and Ferronorte stresses out, which has been subsequently transferred to Vale do Rio Doce, financing operation by Banco Santander and the oil exploration equipment company with guarantee to the vessel and receivables of Petrobras, Project Finance with funds from BNDES, transferred by BBA (currently Itaúbba) for the construction and operation of three small-sized hydroelectric plants, structured financing operation to Santos Brasil port terminals company, loan operation of the Caixa Econômica Federal [Federal Savings Bank] to the National Steel Company (CSN) totaling R$ 1 billion, financing to exports Buyer’s Credit with BNDES resources and participation in Package of Guarantees, representing the borrower Peru Gas Carrier and structuring of the several guarantees in favor of Commercial Bank of Peru in local operations of Brazilian companies Ambev and Odebrecht. With respect to legal or friendly recoveries and restructurings in which he works or has worked, credit restructuring of Usina Vale do Ivaí and the wind power equipment company Tecsis are noteworthy. Regarding judicial recoveries, he had a relevant participation in the following: Varig, Agrenco, Frigorífico Independência, Busscar, Insol, Delta Engenharia, Passaredo and Grupo Rede.

He is a founding member and was legal adviser to the Institute for Economic and International Studies. He participates of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil Portugal in São Paulo and also of the Center for Research in Economic Law of Post Graduate Studies at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica [Pontifical Catholic University] (PUC).

Arnaldo JardimArnaldo Jardim

Federal Deputy

PPS/SP – Federal Deputy, 2nd term, he was State representative for four terms in the Legislative Chamber of São Paulo. He led the movement for the resumption of ethanol production and the  reduction of the ICMS (VAT) tax rate to 12% in São Paulo State. He is Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Front in defense of the National Infrastructure and was rapporteur for the MP 532, now Law No. 12490/2011 that set the regulatory framework for ethanol. Member of the Joint Committee of the National Congress on Climatic Changes.

Carlos A. KlinkCarlos A. Klink

Secretário de Mudanças Climáticas e Qualidade Ambiental

Carlos A. Klink is a native Brazilian.

He got his BSc. in Biology and MSc. in Ecology from Campinas University, Brazil and his MA. and PhD. in Ecology from Harvard University. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Maryland, College Park. Carlos published 2 books, 51 peer reviewed scientific articles, and has 120+ paper presentations.

He currently is Brazil´s Secretary for Climate Change and Environmental Quality at the Ministry of the Environment. He is a Professor of Ecology at the University of Brasilia (on leave), where he researched and trained graduate students in the areas of conservation of tropical ecosystems, land use and climate change. He was a Senior Program Officer of the Sustainable Business advisory of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) where he was the advisory Team Leader for the Amazon-Cerrado initiative. He also worked as the Agriculture Team Leader for The Nature Conservancy in Brazil.

He has 18 years of experience working with land-use, climate change, and sustainable business in the Amazon and Cerrado ecosystems of Brazil (mainly agribusiness and forestry). He also worked on conservation strategies across ecosystems, working with corporations, financial institutions, trade forums, academia and NGOs. He served in the board of Brazilian NGOs, government institutions and international scientific committees.

CesÁrio RamalhoCesário Ramalho da Silva

Chairman of the Brazilian Rural Society (SRB)

He is Rural’s producer of sugarcane in Minas Gerais, and corn in Mato Grosso do Sul, where he raises cattle. Partner of Rural since 1963, he engaged in a daily active participation in the entity from the 1980s. In late 2006, then as first vice-chairman, he provisionally undertook Rural’s control replacing João Almeida Sampaio Filho, who was appointed Secretary of Agriculture of São Paulo State.

In March 2008, Cesario became effective chairman of the entity, with office until 2011. In late 2010, he was reelected for another term, until 2013. In addition to leading Rural, Cesario Ramalho da Silva is member of the board of directors and advisory board of the following entities:
• National Agricultural Policy Board (CNPA) – member
• Strategic Agribusiness Committee (Mapa) – member
• Industries Federation of São Paulo State (Fiesp) – director of the Agribusiness Department
• Federation of Rural Association of Mercosur (Farm) – director (chaired the entity from 2007 to 2009)
• Corporate Board of Latin America (CEAL) – member
• Trade Association of São Paulo (ACSP) – director
• Superior Agribusiness Board (Cosag) – advisor
• Brazilian Association of Corn Producers (Abramilho) – director
• Meat Information Service (SIC) – director
• National Machinery Industry Board (Conimaq) – director
• Ministry of Agriculture, Cattle Raising and Supply (MAPA) – member of Several Themed Chambers
• Agrishow – International Fair of Agricultural Technology in Action–chairman from 2009 to 2011.

Dave Vander GriendDavid VanderGriend

President, ICM

David VanderGriend was educated in Northwest Iowa Technical College, in Welding & Metal Fatigue instruction, and is currently CEO at ICM Ventures Inc., Colwich, Kansas. He designed and built the first dried distillers grain (DDGs) dryer specifically for dry milling ethanol plants, and began expanding existing ethanol production facilities and improving efficiencies.  Lead efforts in becoming a world leader in biorefining technology, delivering proprietary process technology to 102 ethanol production facilities with a combined production capacity of approximately 6.7 billion gallons of annual ethanol production.  Initiated a strategic vision to heavily invest in the continued advancement of renewable energy technologies, including the construction of a Research & Development laboratory in Colwich, Kan., and St. Joseph, MO.Also initiated efforts to pursue a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to win a $25 million contract for a Pilot Integrated Biorefinery project at ICM’s R&D pilot plant in St. Joseph, MO.

He is a proud corporate sponsor of the Agriculture Future of America (AFA), an organization that is passionate about the production, processing and distribution of food and fiber and support for the agricultural industry.

In 2005, David and ICM were co-founders of the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC), and in 2008, co-founded Growth Energy, a grassroots organization of ethanol processors and supporters. In recognition of  Dave’s contributions to the industry, in 2012, Dave received The Renewable Fuels Association Leadership Award for the important role he has played in “helping ethanol producers improve efficiencies, develop new technologies and product streams and increase profitability”.

Dilip KulkarniDilip Kulkarni

President – Agri Food and Sustainable Agriculture

Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd, Jalgaon

Dr. Dilip Kulkarni graduated in agriculture with first class distinction in 1972 and earned a fellowship of FAO to acquire his Master’s degree with distinction in Food Technology from CFTRI, Mysore in 1974 and a Ph.D. Dr. Kulkarni joined as lecturer of Food Technology at the Institute of Applied Science and Technology at Dharan, Nepal. Later he joined his alma mater as Professor and Head of Food Science and Technology, Marathwada Agricultural University, at Parbhani, to establish India’s first-degree program in Food Technology.  Dr. Kulkarni was a DANIDA Fellow in Denmark, consultant in Indonesia, advisor and visiting professor in Mauritius, visiting professor to the Chinese academy of sciences in China. Dr. Kulkarni has been a member of several Subgroups of the Planning Commission, the Swaminathan Committee, and ICAR National Coordinator for Food Technology. He worked on QRT team of ICAR for Pomegranate. Member of the expert group in the area of Secondary Agriculture of Biotechnology, Member of Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology Commission for Food Technology Park.

He has been involved in technology transfer and extension for farmers and entrepreneurs.  He transferred 26 technologies to various agro commodity groups including sorghum starch, liquid glucose, processed banana products, PHT for mango, banana, pomegranate, dehydrated vegetables, and protein rich foods from safflower soybean. He was associated with several industrial development programs.  Dr. Kulkarni established the Agri Food Research Foundation of India and served, as its first Director.

Dr. Kulkarni now serves as the President of Jain Irrigation’s agro and food processing group.  He has been instrumental in the development of JISL’s sustainability program across the value chain successfully. He is involved in developing and implementing new programs in agriculture and food processing area. He oversees the work to build value chain operations with small and medium farmers in mango and white onions, with Jain being India’s largest exporter of dried onion and mango pulp, and Coca Cola’s strategic partner in India.  Dr. Kulkarni is also active in Jain’s massive R&D operations, which focus on best applications of drip irrigation to a wide range of crops, and research into improved methods and inputs to maximize the impact of drip irrigation on productivity and water savings. He is responsible for developing linkages with other organizations including public private partnership programs with Government of States with India and with country governments internationally. He also coordinates company activities with Chambers and Professional Associations and Government agencies for strategic policy developments. He is a recipient of several awards and certificates, among them are TATA scholar 1978; N.M. Mohan Award, 1984; IFCON prize 1998; M.A.U. Commemorial Award 1996; Rashtriya Gowrav Award 2001; Govt. of Maharashtra Sanman Patra 2002. IFC Inclusive Agri- business Leader 2011 and 2012.

Donario Lopes de AlmeidaDonario Lopes de Almeida

CEO of [channel] Canal Rural

Donário Lopes de Almeida, CEO of [channel] Canal Rural, is an agronomic engineer graduated by the UFRGS, MBA by the Business School SP, with executive courses in marketing and agribusiness by the Harvard Business School, sales e marketing network administration Wisconsin University and global markets management by the Toronto University. He performed for 14 years in the bovine genetics sector in head positions at the Canadian Alta Genetics and at the American ABS-Genus, having been president of the ASBIA – Associação Brasileira de Inseminação Artificial [Brazilian Association of Artificial Insemination] for two management terms. In 2003, heading the commercial area of the company Meta Informática, he participated actively of the competitive information technology market. Between 2004 and 2006 he performed at Planejar Certificações, a company of the [group] Grupo RBS, focused on the growing Brazilian bovine meat. On December 2006 he took over the direction of the Canal Rural, of the Grupo RBS. On the course of 2012, with the decision of the Grupo RBS of selling the broadcasting company, he participated on the structuring process of this operation which culminated with the sale of the control of the Canal Rural to J&F Investimentos.

Erasmo Carlos BattistellaErasmo Carlos Battistella

President, Aprobio

• Worked in the fuel retail segment for over 15 years
• Chairman of APROBIO – Brazilian Biodiesel Producers Association.
• Chairman of ABRASCANOLA – Brazilian Canola Producers Association
• Member of the Sectoral Chamber of Oil Seeds and Biodiesel Supply Chain
• Member of the Fair Competition Board – Renewable Energies
• Vice-Chairman of Sindibio – RS

Esteban GomezEsteban Gomez

Partner, Clayton Utz

Esteban Gomez is a Senior Associate in the Corporate Advisory / M&A group at Clayton Utz and has broad experience as legal adviser on mergers and acquisitions transactions, regulatory issues and capital raisings.

He is a member of the firm’s National Agribusiness Group.

Esteban has acted for numerous listed and unlisted companies and investment banks on a wide variety of corporate transactions, including initial public offerings (IPOs), rights issues, accelerated renounceable and non-renounceable entitlement offers, placements, share purchase plans, hybrid securities issues, private acquisitions and divestments of shares and assets, public company takeovers, Australian Securities Exchange listing rule issues and general commercial, regulatory and corporate governance issues.

Esteban is leading the firm’s focus on increasing links between Latin American and Australian businesses, with particular focus on Brasil, Chile, Peru and Argentina.

Etsuo KitaharaEtsuo Kitahara

Executive Diretor, International Grains Council (IGC)

Etsuo Kitahara was appointed Executive Director of the International Grains Council (IGC) in February 2006.

Before joining the IGC, he served as the Vice-President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

He started his career at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 1974, where he held a number of senior positions including as Director for GATT Affairs (1989-1993), and as Permanent Representative of Japan to the FAO in Rome (1996-1999).

He has an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Law from the University of Tokyo.  He has also taken Master courses in Agricultural Economics at the University of California, Davis.

Evaristo de MirandaEvaristo de Miranda

Researcher, Embrapa

Evaristo 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.

Gavin MaguireGavin Maguire

Ag Market Colunist, Thomson Reuters

As the Agriculture Markets Columnist for Thomson Reuters, Gavin provides commentary and analysis on the global agriculture markets that complement Thomson Reuters’ industry leading news file. Before joining Thomson Reuters, Gavin was the Director of Research for Iowa Grain Company, a specialist agriculture advisory firm, where he worked closely with professional traders and commercial users of the grains, oilseeds and livestock industries to formulate hedging and trading strategies. Gavin was also a Director of E-Hedger, Iowa Grain’s brokerage arm, where he advised U.S. farmers on how to manage production risks and time grain sales. He has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of York, England.

Geraldo B. Martha Jr.Geraldo B. Martha Jr.

Coordinator-General, Embrapa Strategic Intelligence System (Agropensa)
Deputy Head for Strategic Studies, Embrapa Studies and Training (Center for Strategic Studies and Training in Tropical Agriculture – Cecat)

Geraldo Martha is an agronomist (University of São Paulo/ESALQ, 1994), with PhD. in Agronomy /Animal Science and Pastures (University of São Paulo/ESALQ, 2003) and a Post-doc in Economics (University of Brasilia, UnB, 2007). Geraldo is a researcher at EMBRAPA (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) since 2001, and is currently at the Center for Strategic Studies and Training in Tropical Agriculture (Cecat, “Embrapa Studies and Training”), Brasilia-DF.

Geraldo was a graduate professor at the University of Brasilia (Animal Science Program), teaching “Planning and Management of Pastoral Systems”, from 2006 to 2012. Since 2009 he has been coordinating the research group on “Land-use dynamics and Cerrado regional development”, from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Brazil.

Geraldo Martha is member of Embrapa’s Strategy Management Committee and serves as the Coordinator-general of Embrapa Strategic Intelligence System (“Agropensa”). He is also the Deputy Head for Strategic Studies at Embrapa Studies and Training.

Guilherme NastariGuilherme Nastari

Director, DATAGRO

Director of DATAGRO since 2005. Director of the Brazilian Sugar and Ethanol Exporters Association (AEXA), since 2009. He has been engaged in several Sugar and Ethanol Market Advisory Projects at DATAGRO. Main customers were sugar, ethanol and biodiesel producers, trading companies, banks, fuel distributors, input suppliers, governments and NGOs.

M.Sc. in Agroenergy – Fundação Getúlio Vargas – São Paulo – Brazil

Bachelor in Economics – IBMEC São Paulo – São Paulo – Brazil

Gustavo Fabian GrobocopatelGustavo Fabian Grobocopatel

President, Los Grobo

• Grupo Los Grobo. CEO
• Bioceres S.A.(Biotechnology Company) Board Member
• Asociación Empresaria Argentina. AEA. Executive Committee Member
• Member of the Economic and Social Committee of Di Tella University
• Board Member of the “Escuelas del Bicentenario” Project
• Member of the International Committee of DON CABRAL Foundation (Brazil)
• Member of the International Committee of EGADE – TEC de Monterrey (Mexico)
• Board Member of Endeavor – Argentina.-
• Member of the Advisory Experts Committee – Ministry of Sciences, Technology and Production Innovation of the Nation -
• Member of the Advisory Committee of the Master’s Degree in Agribusiness – FAUBA

Some distinctions

• The Domingo F. Sarmiento Award for his contributions to the community and institutions, conferred by the national Senate. 2004
• Argentine Creative Award – Círculo de Creativos de la Republica Argentina.
• AVINA Leader
• Konex Platino Award as rural businessman of the decade. 2008
• America Economy Award for the Best Businessman of the region. 2009
• Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. 2011
• Entrepreneur Leader of the Decade in Corporate Social Responsibility Award, in Argentina, conferred by ComunicaRSE. 2012
• The Best Entrepreneur of 2012 Award. Siglo XXI University
• 2013 Innovative Entrepreneur Award – El Cronista, Apertura and PWC

Gustavo JunqueiraGustavo Junqueira

President, Brazilian Rural Society (SRB)

Rural Producer in the States of São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Pará, Partner-Director of Brasilpar Investimentos and member of the Management Board of EZTEC, Banco PINE [Bank] and SRB. Gustavo has graduated in Business Administration at FAAP and has a master degree in Finances at Thunderbird School of Management.

Gustavo Luis Rodríguez RolleroGustavo Luis Rodríguez Rollero

Minister of Agriculture, Republic of Cuba

In 1984 was admitted at the Unión de Jóvenes Comunistas, graduating in 1986 in Agricultural Engineering from Universidad Central de las Villas, at the Agricultural Sciences College in which he was President of the University Students Federation, and attended the concentrated study of the Troops graduating as Reserve Officer of the Armed Forces.

In 1986 he began his professional life in the Complejo Agroindustrial Osvaldo Herrera in the province of Villa Clara, as Head of District Cañero and Main Engineer, being subsequently promoted to Assistant Director and CEO of that institution.

He joins the Cuba Communist Party in 1988 and was promoted to Member of the Santo Domingo Municipal Committee and then to Provincial Member of Villa Clara to serve the agricultural food area.

In 1994 he was promoted to Provincial Delegate of Agriculture, then to Deputy Minister of Agriculture, and in 2003 he was transferred to a similar position at the Ministry of Sugar.

In 2008 he was appointed as First Deputy Minister of Agriculture and in 2010 was appointed Minister of Agriculture in Cuba.

He is a Member of the National Assembly of People’s Power.

Hélio Mauro FrançaHélio Mauro França

Diretor, Empresa de Planejamento Logístico

Hélio Mauro França, 56, is graduated in Law and post-graduated in Strategic Management with professional training in international relations, foreign trade and public policies of development.

Currently director of Empresa de Planejamento e Logística S/A, federal public company, in charge for the High Speed Train project and the National Integrated Logistics Plan.

With long professional experience in the foreign trade and project management areas, both as private consultant as occupying executive positions in the public administration in the National Agency of Terrestrial Transports – ANTT, Export promotion Agency of Brazil, Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Ministry of Mines and Energy and state-owned companies of the steel sector.

Worked as consultant of the United Nations Development Program PNUD with Angola Government (Ministry of Industry) for formulation and implementation of regional integration policies, negotiation of the Trade Protocol with Southern Africa Development Cooperation – SADC, including Customs and industrial policy, training and human resources development.

Was member of the Audit Committee of several companies of the Brazilian steel sector, in addition to act as representative of the Brazilian government in negotiation missions, in Brazil and Abroad.

Henry Joseph JuniorHenry Joseph Junior

Vice President, ANFAVEA (Associação Nacional dos Fabricantes de Veículos Automotores)

Is Chemical Engineer and Bachelor in Chemistry and specialization in combustion. He has several published works about fuels, biofuels and vehicular pollution. Chairman of the Energy and Environment Committee of ANFAVEA (The National Association of Automotive Vehicle Manufacturers) and also Advisor of AEA (Brazilian Automotive Engineering Association), where he was Chairman of the Executive Board and of the Board Committee. Work at Volkswagen Brazil since 1981, where he started as researcher due the development of the ethanol engines and currently is Manager of Engine Testing and Vehicular Emissions Labs. Represents VW and ANFAVEA before several technical associations, class entities and public bodies, for issues related to fuels, vehicular emissions and environment. Upon invitation of the Brazilian government, he has participated in several travels abroad for technical and commercial missions, for disclosure of the use of biofuels.

Jean Marc AngaJean Marc Anga

Executive Director, ICCO

A national from Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa, Dr. Jean-Marc ANGA has over twenty years’ experience in agricultural commodity development, seventeen of which have been acquired in the International Cocoa Organization.  In consequence, Dr. Anga has become a world expert on cocoa, a commodity that plays a vital role in the economies of several African countries, particularly for poverty alleviation in rural communities.  Over the years, he has developed a substantial knowledge and understanding of African socio-economic affairs coupled with a keen global perspective on sustainable commodity development.

Dr. Anga started his career in his home country in the 1980’s, initially working as a Project Analyst in the Ministry of Agriculture of Côte d’Ivoire, before rising to become Deputy National Coordinator in the Plant Protection Department. His international career began after completing his postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom when, in February 1996, he was offered the post of Project Officer in the International Cocoa Organization.  Promotion to the position of Project Manager followed swiftly, and in 2005, Dr. Anga rose to the post of Director of the Economics and Statistics Division of ICCO.

At its 81st regular session in March 2010, the exporting and importing Members of the International Cocoa Council appointed Dr. Anga to the position of Executive Director a.i. of the International Cocoa Organization, a role which he assumed on 1 October 2010.  Following this, at its 86th regular session in September 2012, the Members of the International Cocoa Council unanimously elected Dr. Anga to the position of Executive Director of the International Cocoa Organization, a role which he assumed on 1 October 2012.

Dr. Anga holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Science from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Westminster University, in London.

Jean-Pierre LehmannJean-Pierre Lehmann

Professor of International Political Economy, IMD Business School

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 a 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. He is also a 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.

João de Almeida Sampaio FilhoJoão de Almeida Sampaio Filho

President, Consecitrus

44 years old, was born in São Paulo. Economist and farmer in the states of São Paulo, Mato Grosso and Paraná. He has liderated some institutions connected to the Brazilian Agribusiness during his working life. He was the president of the Natural Rubber Suppliers in the State of Mato Grosso and vice-president of São Paulo Association on the same sector. He also occupied the presidency of the Natural Rubber National Chamber and the National Commission of Natural Rubber of the National Agriculture Association. He was the vice president in the São Paulo State of the Commercial Association and a Advisor Member of the Brazilian Agribusiness Association in the region of Ribeirão Preto in the state of São Paulo. From 2002, he was the president of the Brazilian Rural Society, he left it in 2007, when he was nominated the Agriculture and Food Supply Secretary for the São Paulo State by its Governor, Mr. José Serra.

João Paulo Ribeiro CapobiancoJoão Paulo Ribeiro Capobianco

President, IDS

Biologist and environmentalist, Environmental education specialist from the Universidade de Brasília [University of Brasilia] and a doctoral student in Environmental Science from the Universidade de São Paulo [University of São Paulo]. Director of Métra – Planejamento Socioambiental Estratégico Ltda and chairman of the board of Instituto Democracia e Sustentabilidade – IDS (Democracy and Sustainability Institute).

Former National Secretary of Biodiversity and Forests and Executive Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment (2003 to 2008), performing, among others, the functions of coordinator of the Interministerial Work Group for Prevention and Control of Deforestation in the Amazon, chairman of the Genetic Heritage Management Board and the Brazilian Forests Committee, vice chairman of the National Board of the Environment and chairman of the Chico Mendes Institute of Biodiversity Conservation – ICMBio.

He was guest professor of the Universidade de Columbia [Columbia University] (2008 to 2009) where he was member of the CEES – Center for Environment, Economy, and Society, developing studies related to the identification of processes for containment of deforestation in developing countries, time in which he also worked as a researcher associate at the IPAM – Amazon Environmental Research Institute.

He founded and headed several non-governmental organizations in Brazil, including Fundação SOS Mata Atlântica, Instituto Socioambiental, Network of NGOs of the Atlantic Forest and Brazilian Forum of NGOs and Social Movements for the Environment and Development.

Capobianco is member of the Board of Directors of the Social Stock Exchange (Bovespa Social), Regulatory Board of Akatu Institute for Conscious Consumption and Advisory Board of Ethos Institute of Companies and Social Responsibility.

He is author of several publications on environmental issues. In 2003, the book Biodiversity in the Brazilian Amazon, organized by him, received the Jabuti Award as the best publication on Natural Sciences and Health and Year Book, both granted by the Brazilian Chamber of Books.

He focuses mainly on subjects related to environmental conservation, environmental management, public policies, deforestation and biological diversity.

Joesley Mendonça BatistaJoesley Mendonça Batista

President, J&F Investimentos

Joesley Mendonça Batista is CEO of J & F Investimentos [J & F Investments]. The company operates in several segments and currently has about 200 thousand employees in more than 10 countries. With 140 business units, over 50 brands of products are produced and marketed.

41 years-old, son of José Batista Sobrinho, founder of JBS, and Flora Mendonça Batista, Joesley Batista has vast experience in business administration. Started his career at JBS, in 1988, in the financial department. In 2006 he became CEO of the company, position that he performed for five years. In the period he was ahead of JBS he was one of the mentors of the company’s internationalization by acquiring the North American and Australian Swift and Pilgrims Pride Corporation. He was also ahead of the operation for incorporation of Bertin refrigerated plant to JBS.

J&F, which Joesley is the current CEO, controls companies such as JBS, global leader in animal protein processing; Eldorado Brasil, the world’s largest pulp plant in single line; Original Bank, financial institution with net equity above R$ 2 billion; Flora, hygiene and cleaning company with a diversified products portfolio; Vigor, a traditional dairy company leading some segments; Rural Channel, TV station with focus on the farm industry.

In addition to heading J & F, Joesley is also chairman of JBS’ board of directors and member of Pilgrims Pride Corporation’s board of directors.

Jose Cullen CrisolJose Cullen Crisol

Head of Agro & ECM (Enviroment & Commodity Markets), Swiss Re Corporate Solutions - Brazil and South Cone

Jose Cullen is currently responsible for the Brazilian agro operation at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions.

He has eighteen years’ experience within the industry, starting as a consultant for insurance and reinsurance companies, large corporations, organisations and governments. He then worked as an underwriter in insurance and reinsurance companies with regional responsibilities in Central and South America.

Jose Cullen holds a degree in agronomic engineering from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and a Magister Science from Wageningen University, Netherlands.

Jose Luiz Tejon MegidoJose Luiz Tejon Megido

Former President, ABMR&A

Doctor in Educational Sciences, Professor with Master of Science degree and Director of the Center for Agribusiness ESPM, Higher School of Advertising and Marketing of São Paulo.

Managing partner of Biomarketing, agency and consultancy. Vice president for communications at CCAS – Scientific Council for Sustainable Agriculture. Founder, former president and sitting member of ABMRA – Brazilian Association of Rural Marketing and Agribusiness. Strategic advisor for Lusophone Agricultural Chamber of Portugal.

Agribusiness columnist for Estado de São Paulo radio, and Feed&Food magazine.

Former director of Agroceres Group, Jacto S/A and Estado de S. Paulo newspaper group.

Elected one of the top 100 most influential figures in the agribusiness sector by magazine Isto É Dinheiro Rural.

Journalist, publicist, educator, specialized in agribusiness from HarvardBusinessSchool.

Received the Top Five Brazilian Lecturer Award for 4 consecutive years.

Author and co-author of 32 books, including Marketing & Agronegócio – Diálogo com a Sociedade – published by Elsevier.

He conducted, together with ABAG – Brazilian Agribusiness Association, research on the perception of urban Brazilian society about agribusiness and farmers.

Considered a leading authority on marketing in agribusiness in the country.

Director of the first MBA in agribusiness France & Brazil – ESPM and Universidade Nantes [NantesUniversity].

José Manuel Silva RodriguezJosé Manuel Silva Rodriguez

Former DG Agri, European Commission

Jose Manuel Silva Rodriguez, born 1949 in Chantada, is Spanish agronomist (Polytechnic University of Madrid). He started his professional career in 1975 at the Ministry of Economy and Trade and served as a member of the team that negotiated the accession of Spain to the European Union during the period 1980-1986.

Since 1986 he has been working for the European Commission where he occupied various positions with increasing responsibilities. He led 2 major European policies, agriculture and research, as Director General for Agriculture from 1995 to 2006, followed by a term as Director General for Research 2006-2010 and again for Agriculture and Rural Development from 2011-2013.

At the top of the agricultural department of the European Commission, Mr. SILVA RODRIGUEZ has led several reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy, conducted significant international high level negotiations on agriculture and had the responsibility for more than half of the total EU budget.

During his term as Director General for Research, he implemented the 7th Research Framework Programme, thereby given a new and strong impetus to European research.

He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Institute Brazil Europe (IBE), University of Sao Paulo (USP).

José Ramos Rocha NetoJosé Ramos Rocha Neto

Director, Banco Bradesco S.A.

Born on Dec/08/1968, in Recife, PE.

Graduated in Economcs from UFPE – Universidade Federal de Pernambuco [Federal University of Pernambuco], with Post-Graduation “Lato Sensu” in Business Administration from CEAG – Fundação Getulio Vargas – FGV – EAESP.

International Executive Programs at Wharton Business School, Harvard Business School, IESE Business School and Center for Creative Leadership and Executive Development Program at Fundação Dom Cabral.

Entered in May 2000, as Corporate Branch Director in the former Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Brasil S.A., current Banco Alvorada S.A., where he also performed as Executive Business Management Superintendent. In September 2003, he was transferred to Banco Bradesco S.A., being elected Director in December 2009 and in June 2011, Departmental Director.

Member of the Ruling Committee of Fundação Bradesco.

Also member of the High Board of Associação Comercial de São Paulo – ACSP and Substitute member of the Board of Directors of CIBRASEC – Companhia Brasileira de Securitização.

José Vicente Caixeta FilhoJosé Vicente Caixeta Filho

Director General, ESALQ

51 years-old, is from Piracicaba, married, two children, Civil Engineer from the Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo [Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo] (1984); Master in Economics from the University of New England, Australia (1989); Doctor’s degree in Engineering from the Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo [Polytechnic School of the São Paulo University] (1993); Free Teacher from the “Luiz de Queiroz” Agriculture School, of the Universidade de São Paulo [São Paulo University] (1995). He was guest Professor of the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany, from 1993 to 1994. And  guest Professor in the area of “Transport and Corporate Logistics”, in the major MBAs organized in the country.

He is Professor of Economics, Administration and Sociology, the “Luiz de Queiroz” Agriculture School of the Universidade de São Paulo [São Paulo University], where he works since 1989, responsible for the disciplines taught in the areas of Transportation and Logistics, and Operational Research. Director of CIAGRI (former “Computer Center in Agriculture”, currently “Computer Center of the Campus Luiz de Queiroz”) from 1989 to 1993. Coordinator of the Post-graduation Course in Applied Economics from ESALQ/USP between 1995 and 1998 and between 2008 and 2009. He was head of the Department of Economics, Administration and Sociology at the “Luiz de Queiroz” Agriculture School of Universidade de São Paulo [São Paulo University] and Vice-Coordinator of the “Luiz de Queiroz” Campus from 2009 to 2010. He has participated in a series of administrative committees of ESALQ, and is former Chairman of the Administration, Budget and Equity Committee (CAOP). He is currently Director of ESALQ and Coordinator of Research and Extension  and Agroindustrial Logistics Group – ESALQ-LOG (, which among others keep the projects SIFRECA (Freight Information System) and SIARMA (Storage Information System).

His main work areas include: development of instrumental applications of Operational Research (entire linear and nonlinear programming; simulation; decision analysis) for problems related to the Post-Harvest Economy, and particularly for Transport and Logistic field (Routing; location of distribution and/or storage centers; economic analysis of competitiveness of transport technologies / modalities); development of Information Systems focused on the agricultural cargo transport sector, with emphasis on information relevant to characterization of freights.

Participated in various Scientific Congresses, in Brazil and abroad; coordinated a series of courses in the areas of Agricultural Economics, Computing in Agriculture, Transportation and Logistics, and Operational Research; He delivered several lectures in Brazil and abroad; He has published more than 60 scientific articles in journals (national or international) indexed. Developed, through the Luiz de Queiroz Foundation of Agrarian Studies (FEALQ), research projects applied with several companies linked to the agro-industrial system. Has completed guidelines for 32 postgraduate papers (MSC and PhD) in ESALQ/USP. He is scholar in “Research Productivity” at CNPq.

He published with Prof. Augusto Hauber Gameiro (FMVZ/USP), two books on logistics by Editora Atlas: “Transportation & Logistics in Agroindustrial Systems” and “Transport Management Systems”; and together with Prof. Ricardo Silveira Martins (UFMG), also by Editora Atlas, the book “Freight Transport Logistics Management”. He is also the author of the book “Operational Research: Optimization techniques applied to Agro-industrial Systems”, edited by Atlas. By the same Publisher was launched in February 2011 the book “Environmental Solid Waste Logistics”, whose co-author is the researcher Daniela Bacchi Bartholomeu.

He was awarded, on April 2001, with the “Franz Edelman Award – Honorable Mention”, Award granted by INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) for the successful applications in the area of “Operations Optimization and Research”, depending on the completion of work “Optimization of Lilies Planning, Production and Marketing”, co-authored by Jan Maarten van Swaay Neto and Antonio Wagemaker, presented at the INFORMS Conference “Optimizing the Extended Enterprise in the New Economy”, in San Diego, in May 2001. Professor honored by the 96th class of Agronomists (2000), by the 2nd Class of the Agribusiness Economics course (2003) and 107th Class of Agronomists (2011) of ESALQ/USP. He was awarded in 2009 with the RAPIDÃO Award – Logistics Professional of the Year.

Joseph CoompsonJoseph Coompson

Chief Agricultural Economist, African Development Bank Group | Southern Africa Resource Center

Mr. Joseph Coompson is a Chief Agricultural Economist with the Agriculture and Agro-industry Department, African Development Bank, and based at the Bank’s South Africa Regional Resource Centre. He has been with the Bank since 2001, and has worked mainly in the Eastern and Southern regions of the continent. He has over 30 years of professional experience spanning the international and national civil service, parastatals and the private sector, and in the areas of covering the entire project cycle.

Prior to joining the Bank, he had undertaken a number of assignments as an Agricultural Economist/Project Analyst for FAO-Investment Centre, IFAD, African Development Bank (AfDB), UNOPS, USAID and UNDP. This experience has been gained from many of the Regional Member Countries of the Bank. He also worked in his home country-Ghana as a Project Officer with the National Investment Bank, and as a management consultant with the Management Development and Productivity Institute. He holds degrees from University of Cape Coast, Ghana; and University of Reading, England.

Julio Cesar Maciel RamundoJulio Cesar Maciel Ramundo

Managing Director, BNDES

Júlio Ramundo, 42, is economist with long experience at BNDES, after public contest in 1992. In recent years, he performed several executive positions in the Bank. Currently as Director, he is responsible for the Industrial, Capital Market and Capital Entrepreneur areas, supervises BNDES’ shareholding portfolio (BNDESPAR), as well as new funding operations through debt, equity, venture capital and private equity funds for new undertakings and investment projects of a broad range of economic sectors. As part of his attributions, he is member of BNDES’ Board of Directors. Along his technical career, Júlio represented BNDES in several Committees and governmental Work Groups in the industrial policy and innovation areas, especially information technology. Júlio was Chairman of the Board of Directors of BNDES’ Officials Assistance and Welfare Foundation (FAPES) and member of the Board of Directors of Telemar Norte Leste S/A; currently he is member of the Board of Directors of Fibria Celulose S/A. Julio is graduated in economics by UFRJ (1992) and also has MBA Degree with distinction by the London Business School, University of London (2001).

katia AbreuKatia Abreu

President, CNA

Senator of the Republic by Tocantins State, Kátia Abreu is CNA’s chairwoman – Brazil’s Agriculture and Livestock Confederation, an entity gathering 27 state federations, 2,142 rural unions and over one million affiliated producers.

In 1998, Kátia Abreu disputed, for the first time, a chair in the Federal Chamber of Deputies, becoming first substitute. She took office in 2000 and, in 2001, was chosen to chair the Parliamentary Agricultural Front in the National Congress (Ruralists), at the time with 180 members. In 2003, she took her second term in the House of Representatives and, in October 2006, she was elected as the first Senator by the State of Tocantins.

She was chairman of the Rural Union of Gurupi and was elected as chairwoman of the Agriculture and Livestock Federation of Tocantins State and the National Rural Learning Service (SENAR), from 1995 to 2005.

In 2005, she was elected Vice-Chairwoman of CNA Department and, in November 2008, became the entity’s chairwoman, for the 2008 – 2011 three years term, becoming the first woman in Brazil to chair a national confederation of union representation of an economic activity. She was reelected in 2011 and performs new term until 2014. During her tenure, she has sought solutions to the major challenges of farming activity, especially in the environment area. Under her command, CNA already released the Biomas Project, developed in partnership with EMBRAPA (Brazilian Agricultural and Livestock Research Company, which provides the creation of technological showcases in the six Brazilian biomas aiming to reconcile environmental conservation and food production; and the Weather Governance Program for Low Carbon Agricultural and Livestock Production (PABC), created to organize and develop actions to encourage rural producers to use low carbon technologies, contributing for reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Kumi NaidooKumi Naidoo

Executive Director of Greenpeace International

Dr. Kumi Naidoo is the Executive Director of Greenpeace International.  In addition to leading the organization to critical campaign victories and augmenting its influence in international political negotiations, Naidoo has been responsible for promoting considerable growth and activity by Greenpeace in the Global South.  He has also been influential in fostering further cooperation between Greenpeace and many diverse parts of civil society in the fight to avert catastrophic climate change and promote environmental justice.

Born in South Africa, Naidoo became involved in the country’s liberation struggle at the age of 15 and as a result of his anti-apartheid activities, was expelled from high school. He was very involved in neighbourhood organization, youth work in his community, and mass mobilizations against the apartheid regime.  In 1986, Naidoo was arrested, charged with violating the state of emergency regulations and was forced underground for almost a year before fleeing to exile in England.  During this time he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford where he later earned a doctorate in political sociology.

After Nelson Mandela’s release in 1990, Naidoo returned to South Africa to work on the legalization of the African National Congress.  During the democratic elections in 1994 he directed the training of all electoral staff in the country and was one of the official spokespersons of the Independent Electoral Commission.

Naidoo was the founding executive director of the South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO), an umbrella body for the South African NGO community.  Moved by the fact that South Africa has one of the highest rates of violence against women, he also served as convener of the National Men’s March against Violence on Women and Children in 1997.

From 1998 to 2008, Naidoo was the Secretary General of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, which is dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world.

Naidoo also chaired the Partnership for Transparency Fund that supports civil society efforts to fight corruption globally. He played a key role in proposing and supporting the creation of the civil society index, which is today a recognised tool to measure the health and impact of civil society. In 2010, Naidoo wrote Boiling Point: Can Citizen Action Save the World, which gestured towards the possibility of the Arab Spring and the Occupy Movement.

Naidoo has also served as a board member of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), the world’s largest gender justice network. In 2012 he was appointed to the UN Women’s Global Civil Society Advisory Group.

In 2003 he was appointed by the former Secretary General of the United Nations to the Eminent Persons Panel on UN Civil Society Relations. He was also invited by the UN Secretary General recently to serve on the MEN ENGAGE Board, which seeks to get men involved around issues of gender equality and he served as President of the civil society alliance ‘Global Campaign for Climate Action’ (GCCA) from 2009 to 2012, of which Greenpeace is a founding member.  Kumi Naidoo became Executive Director of Greenpeace International on November 15, 2009.

Luis Patricio Crespo UretaLuis Patricio Crespo Ureta

President of the National Society of Agriculture (SNA)

Farming entrepreneur in the area of cereals, grapevines, olives and plums in the Region of Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins, he is linked to the SNA since 1991, when he was elected Director. Two years later, he was appointed first Vice-President of the Union for two periods, a post he took up in 2009. As an expert in water issues, he is the current President of Canal Población Association in the Province of Colchagua, the Supervisory Board of Estero Chimbarongo, the Federation of Supervisory Boards of the Sixth Region and Director of the Water Center in the same area.

Lucas di GrassiLuiz Daniel de Campos

Principal Investment Officer, Agribusiness Sector, IFC Brazil

Luiz Daniel de Campos, CFA, leads the Agribusiness sector team in Brazil at the International Financial Corporation (IFC), member of the World Bank Group. He is responsible for business development, project structuring and relationship management with agribusiness and food companies in Brazil.

With a 20-year experience in the financial markets, Mr. de Campos has been focused in the agribusiness sector for the last 13 years. He holds a bachelor degree in Chemistry from the Universidade de São Paulo and a Master Degree in Business Administration from Boston School/ Columbia University.

Lucas di GrassiLucas di Grassi

Ambassador of the FIA Formula

Formula E FIA Ambassador – 2013/2014
Audi Sport Pilot – 20012/2013/2014
Formula 1 Pilot – 2008/2009/2010
Vice-Champion of the World of GP2 – 2007
Formula 3 World Champion – 2005

Luis BarcosLuis Barcos

Regional Representative of the OIE for the Americas

Dr. Luis Barcos is a Veterinary graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1983.

From 1984 to 1999 he performed activities related to cattle for breeding and genetic management improvement of Hereford, Braford and Braham pedigrees’. He managed 100.000 bovine cattle and 20.000 hectares of agriculture production within 1.000.000 hectares of different Argentine zones, the Sub-Tropical Zone which includes the Provinces of Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Santa Fe, San Luis,  the Pampa Humeda zone , which includes La Pampa Province ,and the zones of the Patagonia, which includes the Provinces of Neuquén, Santa Cruz, and Tierra del Fuego.

In addition he was Executive Secretary of the Argentine Chamber of Insemination and Embryos Transplant and Technical Director of the Artificial Insemination Center.

He was Technical Advisor in cattle reproduction of SANOFI and RHONE MERIEUX Laboratory

He has also worked as ad-hoc advisor to the Livestock and Agriculture Commission of the Argentine Parliament.

Between 1996-2000, he was President of the National Service on Quality and Food Safety of Argentina (SENASA) and Delegate from Argentina to OIE, as well as Secretary of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas.

He was member of the OIE Ad-hoc Group on Veterinary Services quality.

He was Member of  the OIE ad-hoc Group on traceability and animal Identification.

He participated as speaker and assistant of different scientific and technical conferences.

Science 2004 and currently, Dr. Barcos is the Regional Representative of the OIE for the Americas.

Luís Roberto PoguettiLuis Roberto Pogetti

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Copersucar

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 RegunagaMarcelo Regunaga

Former Secretary of Agriculture, Republic of Argentina

Academic Director and Professor of the Agribusiness Unit-CEE at the University of San Andrés. Professor of Graduate Programs on Agribusiness and Food at the University of Buenos Aires. Academic Director of the Department of Training at the Bolsa de Cereales. Has been Scientific Advisor at National Council for Scientific and Technical Research, CONICET and Member of the Committee on Graduate Programs at the School of Agronomy, University of Buenos Aires. Has conducted more than 50 research studies; ten of them have been published as books or part of books on Economic History, Agricultural Policies, Food Security, Investments, Technology, Research and Development Policies, Biotechnology, Livestock Production and Grain Trade.

Has been Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Argentina (1991-1993), and Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Food of Argentina (2001). Previously he was Undersecretary of Agricultural Economics (1989-1991). Has been Secretary of Industry, Commerce and Mining of Argentina (1996), and Economic and Trade Representative of the Ministry of Economy in Washington, DC. (1993-1996). He acted as Alternate Negotiator of Argentina during the Uruguay Round Multilateral Negotiations. Represented Argentina in MERCOSUR, FTAA, and MERCOSUR-EU negotiations.

Member (2003-2014) of the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council – IPC, Washington D.C. (Vice Chairman 2006-2011). Member of the Scientific Board of Fondation pour l’Agriculture et la Ruralité dans le Monde, Paris (2008-2014). and Member of the Agricultural Committee of the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI). Has been Chairman of the Argentine Association of Agricultural Economists; and Chairman of the Latinoamerican and Caribean Association of Agricultural Economists.

Consultant on Agribusiness, Trade and Investment, and Agricultural Policies (1972-2014). Has been part-time consultant for several national and international organizations (UNDP, OAS, World Bank, IADB, FAO, ECLA, IICA, IFAD, JICA, CIMMYT, CIAT and others), with experience in many Latin American, European and African countries.

Márcio Lopes de FreitasMárcio Lopes de Freitas

Chairman of the OCB System

- Agriculturist and cooperative member
- Bachelor in Business Administration from the Universidade de Brasília [University of Brasilia] (UnB)
- Chairman of the OCB System
- Organization of Brazilian Cooperatives (OCB),
- National Service for Cooperative Learning (Sescoop)
- National Confederation of Cooperatives (CNCoop)

Agriculturist and cooperative member for over 20 years, Márcio Lopes de Freitas, 55 years old, was born in Patrocínio Paulista, countryside of São Paulo (SP). His passion for agriculture and cooperatives comes from family. The first one is embodied in a property located in the region of his hometown, where he grows coffee, organic production of vegetable crops, in addition to livestock.

As he believes and upholds the values ​​and principles of cooperatives, Freitas has looked for a better way of life in the cooperative activity. His direct participation in cooperatives began in 1994, on the board of the Cooperative of Coffee Growers and Agriculturists (Cocapec) and the Rural Credit Cooperative (Credicocapec), in which he served as president.

His contribution to the development of cooperatives went on with the management of the Organization of Cooperatives of the State of São Paulo (Ocesp) from 1997 to 2001, and finally as the higher representative of the sector, in the exercise of presidency of the Organization of Brazilian Cooperatives ( OCB) and also the National Service for Cooperative Learning (Sescoop) since 2001.

Freitas is bachelor in Business Administration from the Universidade de Brasília [University of Brasilia] (UnB).

Mariano BoschMariano Bosch

Co-founder and President Adecoagro

Mr. Bosch is a co-founder of Adecoagro and has been the Chief Executive Officer for all operations in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay since inception and a member of the Company’s board of directors. From 1995 to 2002, Mr. Bosch served as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of BLS Agribusiness, an agricultural consulting, technical management and administration company. Mr. Bosch is also currently a member of the advisory board of Teays River Investments LLC, a farmland investment management firm in North America. Mr. Bosch has over 18 years of experience in agribusiness development and agricultural production. He actively participates in organizations focused on promoting the use of best practices in the sector, such as the Argentine Association of Regional Consortiums for Agricultural Experimentation (AACREA) and the Conservational Production Foundation (Producir Conservando). He graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires. Mr. Bosch is an Argentine citizen.

Mario Sergio CutaitMario Sergio Cutait

Chairman, International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF)

Mr. Cutait has a deep knowledge and experience with the business and challenges of the international food industry. He was chairman and founder of Feedlatina – Latin American Feed Industry Association and is former chairman of Sindirações – Brazilian Association of the Food Industry.

Mr. Cutait is director of the Brazilian corporate group MCassab, where he is responsible for several business units, including Animal Technology. He is also director of FIESP – Federation of Industries of São Paulo State – Agribusiness Department.

Maurício Antônio LopesMaurício Antônio Lopes

Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA)

Mauricio Lopes, a plant geneticist by training, received his BSc degree in Agronomy (1983) from the Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil, his MS degre in Plant Genetics (1989) from Purdue University, Indiana, USA and his PhD in Molecular Biology (1993) from the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. He was leader of the Maize Breeding Program at the Embrapa Maize and Sorghum Center, and Head of Research and Development of the Maize and Sorghum Center, the Genetic Resources and Biotechnology Center, and the Department of R&D of Embrapa. He was responsible for the coordination of the process that led to the development and implementation of Embrapa´s current R&D Management System. Mauricio was also visiting scientist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO, in Rome, member of the Scientific Council of Agropolis Foundation, in Montpellier, France, and coordinator of Labex Korea, an international cooperation program of Embrapa in South Korea. He was the Executive Director of Research of Development and he is urrently the President of Embrapa.

Mônika BergamaschiMônika Bergamaschi

State Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock, State of São Paulo

Agronomist, graduated by Unesp, with master’s degree in Agroindustrial Production Engineering and with MBA degree in Corporate Management (focus on Cooperativism) by Fundace/Fearp/USP.

She worked as General Secretary of the Brazilian Agribusiness Association of Ribeirão Preto region; as director of the Brazilian Rural Society; chairwoman of the Institute’s Audit Board for Agribusiness and, in 2005, she was elected by Forbes Magazine the most influent woman in the agribusiness industry in the country.

Since June 2011, she works as Agriculture and Supply State Secretary.

Otaviano CanutoOtaviano Canuto

Senior Advisor on BRICS Economies, The World Bank Group

Otaviano Canuto is Senior Advisor on BRICS Economies in the Development Economics Department, World Bank, a new position established by President Kim to bring a fresh research focus to this increasingly critical area. He previously served as the Bank’s Vice President and Head of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network (PREM), a division of more than 700 economists and other professionals working on economic policy, poverty reduction, international trade, gender equality and analytic work for client countries. He also served as an Executive Director of the Board of the World Bank from 2004-2007. Outside of the Bank he has held leadership positions at the Inter-American Development Bank where he was Vice President for Countries, and for the Government of Brazil where he was Secretary for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance. He also has an extensive academic background, serving as Professor of Economics at the University of São Paulo and University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil.

Plínio Mário NastariPlínio Mário Nastari

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 Fundaao 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).

Renato BuranelloRenato Buranello

Partner, Demarest Advogados

Educational Background
Graduated by the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas [Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas], in 1994. Master’s degree in Commercial Law from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Saõ Paulo [Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo] and doctoral candidate in the same area of concentration from the same University. Author of the books “Insurance Contract: surety of contractual obligations” and “Private Agribusiness Financing System”, and coordinator of two volumes of the book “Agribusiness Law: market, regulation, taxation and environment”.

Professional Activities
Highly specialized in agribusiness-related topics, Buranello is considered a leader in advising clients involved in agro-industrial chain, including economic activities related to supply of inputs, production, processing, curing, storage and marketing of internal and international agricultural products, livestock, reforestation and fishing. Buranello works in operations related to rural credit programs, to private financing and rural insurance system. He performs all agro-industrial activity specifically on advice in various matters related to the sector, advising clients on related contracts and in structuring financial transactions, including in the capital market scope and represents large inputs and fertilizer companies in its barter operations, in the bank market, on debt and trading finance operations and especially in the development of the main surety operations of the sector. In the development of his activities, he attends strategic forums, domestic and international, keeping narrow relations with regulatory agencies, Ministries and agribusiness study centers.

Renato Casali PavanRenato Casali Pavan

President Macrologística

• Consulting to the World Bank;

• Consulting in load transportation infrastructure, comprising the highway, railroad, waterway, pipeline transportation and port modes;

• He was president of the [railway company] Ferrovia Paulista S.A (FEPASA);

• Strategic planning of the load transportation infrastructure;

• Advisor for transportation affairs for the Ministers Iris Rezende (Agriculture) and Dilson Funaro (Finance);

• He worked at the Presidency of the Republic with the Minister of the Strategic Planning Secretariat, Eliezer Batista in the preparation of the Brazilian Strategic Plan of load transportation infrastructure, named BRASIL COMPETITIVO [Competitive Brazil].

Rodrigo Lara MesquitaRodrigo Lara Mesquita

President, Instituto Peabirus

Journalist graduated in History with focus on Information Technologies and new possibilities of interaction of and with the public since 1988. Former journalist, reporter, sub editor, editor and writing director of Jornal da Tarde. In 1988, he became general director of Agência Estado. He developed at AE the Broadcast Project, leading company in the Brazilian market of electronic information to the financial market since ‘92. He was researcher affiliated of the MIT – Media Lab from 2002 to 2006. He is partner founder and was chairman of Fundação SOS Mata Atlântica. He is partner director of Sagres.

Robério Oliveira SilvaRobério Oliveira Silva

Executive Director of the International Coffee Organization (ICO)

Mr. Robério Oliveira Silva took up his post as the Executive Director of the International Coffee Organization on 1 November 2011.

After graduating in economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, Robério immersed himself in the field of commodities, particularly coffee. He has 25 years of experience in both the public and the private sectors, including his tenure as Director of the Coffee Department in the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply; Commodities Secretary in the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade; Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Chamber of Foreign Trade (CAMEX); Secretary General of the Association of Coffee Producing Countries; and Secretary General of the Brazilian Federation of Coffee Exporters.

Samanta PinedaSamanta Pineda

President, Pineda & Krahn

Samanta Pineda, lawyer, graduated by the University of Curitiba, specialist in Social-Environmental Law by the PUC PR, qualified as environmental management coordinator by the DGQ in Germany. Founding partner of the (office) Escritório Pineda e Krahn Sociedade de Advogados, Legal Consultant for environmental affairs of the Parliamentary Agribusiness Front of the National Congress.

Sérgio A. Lires RialSérgio A. Lires Rial

President, Marfrig

Sergio Rial serves as Chief Executive of Seara Foods/Marfrig Group since November 2012, and currently serves as CEO of Marfrig Group one of the world’s largest meat companies, comprising, beef and lamb, spread in the Americas (both North and South America), Europe under the name Moy Park and Asia, under the name Keystone. In Asia, the group is present in China, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea and Australia. With sales over US$ 9 billion and over 30.000 thousand employees, Marfrig is one of the largest and most international Brazilian companies.

Prior to Marfrig, Sergio Rial served as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Cargill and platform leader for Cargill’s Financial Services platform. He also served as regional director for Latin America. He was also a member of the Corporate Leadership Team, the core executive group in charge of Cargill’s overall strategy, growth and funding. He was elected to Cargill’s Board of Directors in September 2010.

Before joining Cargill in 2004, Rial was a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of the Investment Banking Division at Bear Stearns in New York. Prior to working at Bear Stearns, he served as a board member of Dutch bank ABN AMRO. During his 18 year tenure with ABN AMRO, he held a number of leadership positions across several different geographies including Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Rial also served as Executive Chairman of CarVal Investors, LLC, an independently managed subsidiary of Cargill. He also serves on the board of directors of Cyrela Brazil.

He holds an M.B.A. from the Brazilian Capital Markets Institute. Rial received a bachelor’s degree in law from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University, a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Rio de Janeiro Gama Filho University, and has completed specialization courses in management from Harvard Business School, Insead and Wharton.

Thomas HellerThomas Heller

President, Climate Policy Initiative

• Executive Director, Climate Policy Initiative
• Vice-chair of the Governing Board, Global Green Growth Institute (current)
• Advisor, UN Secretary-General’s High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF) (current)
• Core team member, Project Catalyst (analytical project supporting Copenhagen Climate process)
• Shelton Professor of International Legal Studies, Stanford University
• Senior Fellow, Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
• Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University
• LLB, Yale Law School
• BA, Princeton University


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