ХV International Conference «Black Sea Grain»

ХV International Conference«Black Sea Grain-2018»

April 18-19, 2018

InterContinental hotel, Kyiv, Ukraine

Black Sea Grain


Premiere event of the Black Sea region, recognized
by global leaders of grain & oilseed industry


XV International Conference

“BLACK SEA GRAIN-2018: Moving Up the Value Chain”

"Black Sea Grain" Conference – is an international platform aimed at discussion of topical issues and prospects of the global and Black Sea agri commodity markets.

Since its establishment in 2004 "Black Sea Grain" became one of the major annual global grain forums.

“Black Sea Grain” Conference offers participants an excellent environment to find out the latest drivers of agricultural market, adjust business strategies in a rapidly changing world and get new valuable contacts with global operators of agri business. 

  • Macroeconomics and geopolitics as factors driving the global agrarian market.

  • Current state and close prospects of the world grain market.

  • Global consumption of food and agri products: trends and changes. Population, middle class, demand: forecasts, risks, growth limits.

  • Investments flow in the global agricultural sector. Growing concentration of export and consumption, M&A; outlook.

  • Main global suppliers of agri commodities: key regional trends.

  • Black Sea countries: grain production, processing, logistics, margin.

  • Macro analysis of the Black Sea region: financing and investment deficit.

  • Agricultural production: shifting from volumes to added value.

  • Effective management as a factor of improving agribusiness efficiency.

  • Production growth: agricultural technologies, resources, risks, weather.

  • Ukrainian bank sector and agri corporations: growing transparency promotes closer cooperation, 2018-2025.

  • 700+

    Over 700 delegates annually

  • 500+

    Over 500 сompanies of agri business

  • 50+

    Delegates from more than
    50 countries

  • Leading agri producers, traders, crushers, agriholdings, banks, logistic and other companies



PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE AGENDA “Black Sea Grain 2018: Moving Up the Value Chain”
  1. 08.30 Registration & Coffee
  2. 09.45 Conference opening & Welcoming remarks
  • Sergey Feofilov - Director General, UkrAgroConsult
  • Olga Trofimtseva - Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
  • Leonid Kozachenko - People's Deputy, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
  • Jean-Paul Piotrowski - Chairman of the Board, Credit Agricole Bank
  • 10.00 – 13.00 Session:«Global Trends in the Agricultural Market»
    Moderator - Matt Ammermann, Vice-president, Eastern Europe/Black Sea Region, INTLFCStone Financial Inc.
    • Black Sea Grain: Development Drivers and Growth Limits
    • Sergey Feofilov Director general, UkrAgroConsult, Ukraine

    • World Grain Trade: Intensifying Regional Competition for Market Share and Profits
    • Stéphane Bernhard - Director, Invivo Trading, France

    • Global Macroeconomy: To Be On the Eve of a Global Crisis?
    • Erik Norland - Executive Director, CME Group, UK

    • Global Consumption of Food and Agricultural Products: Trends and Changes
    • Dmitry Prikhodko - Chief Economist, FAO

    • Asia: Demand and Consumption of Grains and Oilseeds
    • G Chandrashekhar - Global Agribusiness Specialist, India

  • 13.00 – 14.30 Lunch & Networking

  • 14.30 – 16.30 Discussion Panel: «Black Sea Region. Sources and Limits of Growth in The Agricultural Sector»
    Moderator - Sergey Feofilov, Director General, UkrAgroConsult
    • Agrarian Policy of Ukraine: Further Liberalization
    • Ivan Miroshnychenko - People’s Deputy, Ukraine

    • Comparative analysis of Real Assets Returns - Farmland, Timberland, Infrastructure. International Experience
    • Philippe de Laperouse - Global Food and Agribusiness Practice Director, HighQuest Partners, USA

    • Macroeconomics of Ukraine. Banks and Corporations: Financial and Investment Cooperation. 2018-2025
    • Sergey Budkin - Managing partner, FinPoint, Ukraine

    • Practical experience of crediting agribusiness by Credit Agricole Bank
    • Oleksii Stupak - Head of Corporate Business Development, Credit Agricole Bank

  • 16.30 – 17.30 Drinks & Networking
  • 17.30 Gala Dinner. Celebration of the 15th Anniversary of ‘Black Sea Grain’ Conference GRAIN OSCAR PARTY
    1. 09.30 Registration & Coffee

    2. 10.00 - 10.30 Special Presentation «Agribusiness & Cryptocurrency»
    3. Svetlana Zharova - Expert, Cryptocurrency Consulting, Ukraine

    4. 10.45 – 12.30 Session 1: «Main Grain and Oil Crops Suppliers: Key Regional Trends»
      Moderator - Alexandre Tchesnakoff, Deputy Board Member Credit Agricole Bank
      • Latin America: What is next for South American Agriculture? Can the Growth be Sustained?
      • Pedro Dejneka - MD Commodities, Brazil

      • Ukraine-EU: outlook on grain and food products trade
      • Damien Plan - Team Leader Arable Crops Markets, DG Agriculture, European Commission

      • Black Sea region 2018 Outlook
      • Elizaveta Malyshko - Grain Market Expert, UkrAgroConsult, Ukraine

      • Russia: Grain market outlook 2018
      • Dmitry Rylko - Director, IKAR, Russia

    5. 12.30 – 14.00 Lunch & Networking

    6. 14.00 – 15.30 Session 2: «Grain processing and other sources of additional profits»
      Moderator - Jean-Jacques Herve, Vice–preseident French-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce
    • Viktor Aslanov - Director, Grain&Oilseeds;, Kazakhstan
    • Faik Genç - Director, AgriPro, Turkey
    • Grigoriy Kopilevich - Head of Commercial department, MHP, Ukraine
    • Igor Kobelya - CEO, Ukrainian Flour-Milling Company, Ukraine
    15.45 – 16.45 Case-session: «From Volume to Value»
    Moderator - Bohdan Chomiak, UkrAgroConsult, Ukraine
    • Organic farming. Experience of Bulgaria
    • Petar Dimitrov - Agricore, Bulgaria

    • In pursuit of profit. Business transparency vs shadow sector
    • Oleksandr Sakharenko - Kesarev Consulting, Ukraine

    • Legal aspects of profit protection in agribusiness
    • Ivan Kasynyuk - AGA Partners, Ukraine

    Conclusions and Recommendations

    17:00 Closing Cocktail


    Speakers 2018

    Risk Management Workshop

    “Hedging Strategies to Protect Price Risk and GAFTA contracts”

    April 17, 2018

    Business tour

    to Pereyaslav Transshipment River Terminal (NIBULON)

    April 20, 2018

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    For participation issues please contact:

    E-mail: conference@ukragroconsult.org

    Tel/Fax +38 (044) 364-55-85

    Contact persons:

    Julia Feofilova - Event manager

    Svetlana Shykura - Billing issues

    Conference organizer:

    Consulting agency UkrAgroConsult

    Address: of. 5, 29V Tymoshenko Str.,

    Kyiv, Ukraine, 04205

    E-mail:  uac2015@ukragroconsult.org


    Websites: www.ukragroconsult.com


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