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25-26 APRIL 2023

LONDON

SEE THE 2022 AGENDA



COMMODITY TRADING WEEK RETURNS TO LONDON ON THE 25TH – 26TH APRIL 2023 WITH INTERACTION AND SHARED LEARNING IN THE HEART OF EACH AGENDA.


FEATURING A PROGRAMME FOCUSED ON THE MOST PRESSING MATTERS IN COMMODITIES, INCLUDING INDUSTRY INSIGHTS, MANAGING MARKET RISKS, ESG AND SUSTAINABILITY ALONG WITH THE DIGITALISATION OF THE COMMODITY MARKETS, THERE TRULY IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THE INDUSTRY.


Bringing together firms involved in the trade, production, and procurement of commodities.


Exceptional content from expert speakers, including actionable best practices.


Opportunities to grow your personal network with 100s of commodity trading professionals worldwide.



FEATURING 8 HIGH-LEVEL, PRACTICAL INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCES ON THE SUBJECT MATTERS OF:


Markets


Trade Finance


Risk Management


Digitalisation


Trading Strategies


Shipping & Maritime


Commodities Investments



REGISTER NOW FOR 2023


Benefit from connecting with over 1000 industry colleagues in London and learning from a range of expert speakers sharing thought leadership and industry knowledge. With over 1000 attendees joining us in London, Commodity Trading Week is going to be the biggest commodity trading event of the year!




COMMODITY TRADING WEEK RETURNS TO LONDON ON THE 25TH – 26TH APRIL 2023 WITH INTERACTION AND SHARED LEARNING IN THE HEART OF EACH AGENDA.


Featuring a programme focused on the most pressing matters in Commodities, including industry insights, managing market risks, ESG and sustainability along with the digitalisation of the commodity markets, there truly is something for everyone involved in the industry.


Bringing together firms involved in the trade, production, and procurement of commodities.


Exceptional content from expert speakers, including actionable best practices.


Opportunities to grow your personal network with 100s of commodity trading professionals worldwide.



FEATURING 8 HIGH-LEVEL, PRACTICAL INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCES ON THE SUBJECT MATTERS OF:

Markets

Trade Finance

Risk Management

Digitalisation

Trading Strategies

Shipping & Maritime

Commodities Investments


REGISTER YOUR PLACE FOR 2023


Benefit from connecting with over 1000 industry colleagues in London and learning from a range of expert speakers sharing thought leadership and industry knowledge. With over 1000 attendees joining us in London, Commodity Trading Week is going to be the biggest commodity trading event of the year!



You’ll gain exclusive insights from our senior risk management experts from all over the world. They’ll analyse the overarching trends of digitalisation, regionalisation and decarbonisation and their impact on risk management and business models, and they’ll also discuss the COVID-19 impact on markets and risk management practices, counterparty risk, trade finance, latest development in risk technologies, as well as best practices around operational risks, and many many more


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The event will give a 360° view of all digital matters for commodity trading companies, including innovation and best practices around CTRMs, algo trading, blockchain, data journey, digital transition, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, data analytics, and many more!


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The event will give a 360° view of all digital matters for commodity trading companies, including innovation and best practices around CTRMs, algo trading, blockchain, data journey, digital transition, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, data analytics, and many more!


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The event will give a 360° view of all digital matters for commodity trading companies, including innovation and best practices around CTRMs, algo trading, blockchain, data journey, digital transition, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, data analytics, and many more!


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The Shipping & Maritime conference will focus on the mega trends of commodities transportation and logistics. Highlighting the pain points and areas of improvement of the shipping market with a special focus on market outlook, freight markets, sustainability/decarbonisation, digital innovation, regulations, and financing.


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The Shipping & Maritime conference will focus on the mega trends of commodities transportation and logistics. Highlighting the pain points and areas of improvement of the shipping market with a special focus on market outlook, freight markets, sustainability/decarbonisation, digital innovation, regulations, and financing.


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Traders Live provides a place to discuss changes and share best practices around trading desk organisation, market dynamics, new technology implementation, and much more. As an audience you’ll benefit from the expertise of senior traders and heads of trading from across the soft, metals and oil & LNG trading companies.


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The Trading Live Forum provides a place to discuss these changes and share best practices around trading desk organisation, market dynamics, new technology implementation, and many more. As an audience you’ll benefit from the expertise of senior trader and heads of trading from across the soft, metals and oil & LNG trading companies.


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CIS2023 provides an exclusive, invitation only platform for investment professionals from across the globe to meet and explore portfolio strategies and discuss how learnings from previous commodity prices spikes might be applied to today. Topics to be discussed include rationales for investing in commodity futures, and their levels of correlation, latest thinking and product design from the sell side, ethical and reputational considerations, buy side focus: motivations for investing, concerns, products of greatest and least interest.


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The global commodity trade finance landscape has never been more interesting and dynamic. The joint global megatrends of sustainability and digitalisation have already began to transform long established practises and approaches – and this change has only just begun. The Commodity Trade Finance Forum brings together traders, producers, financers, leading advisory firms and technology providers to assess and share best practises in how to leverage this change and ensure you are well placed to benefit from disruptive forces.


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CIS2023 provides an exclusive, invitation only platform for investment professionals from across the globe to meet and explore portfolio strategies and discuss how learnings from previous commodity prices spikes might be applied to today. Topics to be discussed include rationales for investing in commodity futures, and their levels of correlation, latest thinking and product design from the sell side, ethical and reputational considerations, buy side focus: motivations for investing, concerns, products of greatest and least interest.


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Another new addition to Commodity Trading Week is Commodity Trading Markets which will be providing essential market information to trading companies. A main focus will be on Agriculture, Metals and Energy, exploring key themes and topics including global food supply chain, climate change impacts, energy transition metals, carbon markets and much much more!


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Traditionally women have been largely under-represented in the trade industry. But these days female traders are in high demand. Gender balance is a global priority especially in traditionally male dominated industries like commodity trading.

We will be hosting sessions as part of the main conference agenda focused on Women in Commodities alongside a Breakfast Briefing – a private, women-only breakfast which will take place during Commodity Trading Week and will focus on networking. Interactive discussions will take place to highlight the importance of gender balance and equality in the workplace and women’s career progression in the commodities sector.


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A first for Commodity Trading Week, we are pleased to announce the launch of our Commodity Trading Awards 2023 – awarding the most outstanding contributions to the industry. These awards will attract hundreds of entries that exemplify the talent, dedication and innovation across all aspects in the commodities industry.


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Commodity trading in the year ahead - industry leaders' perspectives

PANEL DISCUSSION
• A look at the economic and geopolitical effect inflationary pressures have on commodity pricing and markets
• Addressing volatility in commodity markets
• Liquidity assurance in a climate of rate volatility; hedging, forward buying and refinance pressures in a moving environment
• Assessing the impact of geopolitical imbalances on commodities
• Industry resilience and profitability

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“It’s the economy, stupid”... global macro insights and trends in 2023 and beyond

Thumbnail Moderator: Marc Ostwald, Chief Economist & Global Strategist, ADM ISI

Thumbnail Scott Wellcome, Director - Grains Risk Management, Goodmills Group

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Market dynamics, pressures, cycles, mitigation strategies
• Industry confidence for the year ahead
• How the commodity trading industry is adapting to high inflation

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The impact of war on the global trade

Thumbnail Maryana Stober, Associate General Counsel EMEA - ADM & President, Wista Switzerland

• Assessing further risks and consequences of Russia's attacks on Ukraine
• The status of the grain corridor
• Considering food security and disruptions to the global grain trade
• Addressing solutions and a look into the future

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An impending global food crisis?

Thumbnail Natalia Haas, Managing Partner, Mercator Commodities

Thumbnail Scott Wellcome, Director - Grains Risk Management, Goodmills Group

PANEL DISCUSSION
• The ongoing impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine
• Global food supply: shortages and price impacts
• Weather outlook and ongoing impact of global warming
• Crops for energy vs crops for food - debate
• Global food supply chain - is a rethink needed?

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Grain talks

Thumbnail Natalia Haas, Managing Partner, Mercator Commodities

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• Wheat trade overview - what’s next
• Ukrainian harvest, its’ role in global food security and the alternatives
• European heat wave and its impact on crop supplies and trade

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The future of agricultural trade - adjusting to the ‘new normal’?

Thumbnail Eddie Tofpik, Head of Technical Analysis & Senior Markets Analyst, ADM Investor Services International Ltd.

Thumbnail Scott Wellcome, Director - Grains Risk Management, Goodmills Group

Thumbnail Nick Earlam, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Plexus Cotton Ltd

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Mitigating the impact of extreme weather
• How commodity producers are experimenting to adapt to climate change and ever more unpredictable weather conditions
• Is society more comfortable with GM drought-resistant crops?
• Europe’s fertilizer capacity - what’s next

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Path to net-zero: decarbonising energy markets

Thumbnail Moderator: Elsa Pernot, Global Head of HSEC, GUNVOR

PANEL DISCUSSION
• How is the oil industry adapting to the energy transition?
• LNG’s role to decarbonise the energy sector
• Is security of supply jeopardising NetZero goals?
• Biomass - friend or foe?

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Structuring a high integrity voluntary carbon market

Thumbnail Moderator: Elsa Pernot, Global Head of HSEC, GUNVOR

Thumbnail Bruce Glazier, Chairman of the Board, Fex Agro

Thumbnail Chris Leeds, Head of Carbon Markets Development, Standard Chartered Bank

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Voluntary carbon markets - flexibility vs size
• Carbon offsetting to reach net zero emissions
• How to ensure carbon markets work efficiently?
• Carbon credits - quality, transparency and compliance
• Where can your carbon offsetting journey take you

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Global metal markets - outlook and trends

Thumbnail Moderator: Eddie Tofpik, Head of Technical Analysis & Senior Markets Analyst, ADM Investor Services International Ltd.

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Macro trends and expected Chinese economic growth
• Geopolitics and the impact of sanctions
• Supply chain challenges
• Impact of NetZero

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Copper, nickel, lithium, cobalt - market dynamics and their critical role in the energy transition

Thumbnail Moderator: Eddie Tofpik, Head of Technical Analysis & Senior Markets Analyst, ADM Investor Services International Ltd.

Thumbnail Stephen Thomas, Group ESG & Sustainability Manager, ArrowResources

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Mid and long term supply and demand forecasts for battery and transition metals
• Exploring sustainability and governance challenges
• Hedging instruments
• How can security of supply be ensured?


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Risk management in commodity trading in unprecedented times (Take 3 - 2023 edition)

OPENING KEYNOTE
• How the risk management community is responding to the latest issues impacting the global economy:
• Inflation
• Geopolitical instability. The impact of war, damaged supply chains and increased risks to commodity trading
• Energy and food crisis
• What are your strategies and how to ensure the resilience of your organization?
• Risk management challenges going forward; will we ever return to normality as we once knew it?

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'Train hard, fly easy': Tips for a best-in-class risk management framework

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• What's your escalation strategy?
• Who do you go to? In what timeframe?
• Practical examples
• What changes could yield effective risk management?
• Today’s volatility and scenario analysis as a core tool for risk management

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Are today’s CTRM systems sufficient for managing risks beyond market risk?

Thumbnail Alex Whittaker, General Manager, Bonroy Petchem Co

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Is the industry more demanding of CTRM technologies? And can technology keep up?
• Best in class CTRM - build, buy, cloud, on-prem, hybrid?
• Where have we seen main shortcomings in the last year?
• Relationships matter: the importance of choosing the right CTRM partners

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The impact of the changing landscapes for legal teams

Thumbnail Moderator: Mathilde de Mareuil, Headhunter - Executive Search / Board Member, Commodity Trading Jobs / WISTA

Thumbnail Emmanuel N. Ayuk, Chief Counsel | EMEA & Deputy Compliance Officer, ADM

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Navigating a rapidly changing sanctions environment
• Adapting trading patterns in a fluctuating geopolitical world
• Brexit - latest contractual updates
• Stress testing your contracts to protect your interests

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Liquidity management - unlocking economic activity without the burden of excess risk

Thumbnail Marc Ostwald, Chief Economist & Global Strategist, ADM ISI

PANEL DISCUSSION
• The power of getting liquidity into the right places, at the right time
• Distinguishing between central bank liquidity and market liquidity
• Price trends and influence on liquidity flows
• What is the impact for traders?
• Liquidity forecast automation: What are the best solutions today?

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Upgrading your credit risk strategy to adapt to abnormal times

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Assuring Credit Risk Practices
• How to ensure capital reserves appropriately reflect the risk profile - what are the views of the finance and risk management community?
• Assessing new technologies and approaches to counterparty risk mitigation

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Digital innovation in commodity risk - what can we expect?

Thumbnail Moderator: Eddie Tofpik, Head of Technical Analysis & Senior Markets Analyst, ADM Investor Services International Ltd.

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Assessing latest risk analytics tools
• Where are we seeing the most practical use cases of AI?
• Latest cyber security updates
• Blockchain - has it proven its value? How can risk teams best exploit this technology?

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New ways of measuring climate risk

Thumbnail Moderator: Eddie Tofpik, Head of Technical Analysis & Senior Markets Analyst, ADM Investor Services International Ltd.

PANEL DISCUSSION
• The impact of extreme weather changes and climate disasters
• Climate risk scenario modelling
• Growth of environmental markets - how to manage your risk
• Calculating your carbon footprint and understanding your climate credit rating

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Use of Value at Risk in Commodity Risk Management during extreme volatility events

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Practical experience of using VAR during the initial months of the Ukraine war

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Commodity trading in the year ahead - industry leaders' perspectives

PANEL DISCUSSION
• A look at the economic and geopolitical effect inflationary pressures have on commodity pricing and markets
• Addressing volatility in commodity markets
• Liquidity assurance in a climate of rate volatility; hedging, forward buying and refinance pressures in a moving environment
• Assessing the impact of geopolitical imbalances on commodities
• Industry resilience and profitability

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“It’s the economy, stupid”... global macro insights and trends in 2023 and beyond

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Market dynamics, pressures, cycles, mitigation strategies
• Industry confidence for the year ahead
• How the commodity trading industry is adapting to high inflation

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Innovation 3.0 - Digital advancement in disrupted times

PANEL DISCUSSION
• How is the technology community responding to global macro challenges?
• Are the right problems being solved?
• What is on the commodity sector's shopping list? Expectations of tech investment in the years ahead.
• Where is AI finding its business case?
• Which firms are leading the way in innovation and what is their ‘secret sauce’?
• The ongoing development of technology ecosystems

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Deep dive: What digital and data driven business models are we seeing, and how can you assess what is best for your organisation?

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Mini case studies: exploring a variety of trading firms' digital journeys.
• Understanding your wider business culture and ensuring it can support the necessary change
• Striking the right balance between technology as a service vs ownership
• Exploring digital ethics and ensuring internal and external data privacy and safety
• Being realistic about budgets, timeframes and expectations

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Taking your interoperability programme to the next level

Thumbnail Paula Freire, CIO, Ameropa

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Perspectives from traders and technologists: exploring best practices to exchange data between systems, devices and organizations
• What do you consider when designing and reviewing your interoperability strategy?
• What are the challenges to interoperability?
• Understanding architectures, security and compatibility
• Developing interoperability standards - what is needed to achieve industry collaboration?

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CTRMs in exceptional times - friend or foe?

Thumbnail Guy-Laurent Arpino, CIO, Louis Dreyfus Company

Thumbnail Alex Whittaker, General Manager, Bonroy Petchem Co

Thumbnail Paula Freire, CIO, Ameropa

PANEL DISCUSSION
• What is expected from CTRM software in highly volatile environments and times - are they standing up to the challenge?
• Cloud vs on premises - exploring pros and cons
• Commodity price risk management, liquidity risk and treasury tools; one system fits all?
• Architectural and interoperability challenges

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Data driven sustainability

Thumbnail Mark Hankins, Director Enterprise Architecture, ADM

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Utilising new technologies to ensure transparency in calculating your carbon footprint; exploring carbon accounting and tracking tools and systems
• Developing existing architectures to collect, manage and analyse new sustainability data sources
• Understanding the value of carbon footprint in your daily trading operations and influence on product positions

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Advancing data science in commodity trading

Thumbnail Moderator: Sajindra Jayasena, CIO, Targray

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Integrating prescriptive analytics into your business strategy
• Getting more from your data - what is existing technology capable of?
• New approaches to data management and security
• Machine learning, AI ..managing increased complexity

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Defending your business in the golden age of cyber attacks

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Moving from infrastructure to application security
• Developing a pre emptive post breach containment strategy to reduce disruption
• The CIOs nightmare: what lessons have been learnt from Colonial Pipeline and where do we expect future threats to come from?
• Understanding the cyber vendor landscape and ensuring interoperability across your existing tech ecosystem

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Where next for RPA? Exploring intelligent and hyper automation

Thumbnail Moderator: Sajindra Jayasena, CIO, Targray

Thumbnail Guy-Laurent Arpino, CIO, Louis Dreyfus Company

PANEL DISCUSSION
Where are we seeing as the most valuable use cases for this technology?
· Back office
· Credit
· What are the opportunities for the front office and why have we not seen widespread uptake?
• RPA + AI = Intelligent Automation
• How scalable and sustainable is hyper automation?
• Combining hyper automation with deep learning… What might the future hold?

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Exploring future digital business models

Thumbnail Moderator: Eddie Tofpik, Head of Technical Analysis & Senior Markets Analyst, ADM Investor Services International Ltd.

Thumbnail Paula Freire, CIO, Ameropa

PANEL DISCUSSION
• The role of the metaverse and transitioning from the analogue world
• How far your data journey can take you and where will it end?
• Perspectives on how trading companies can exploit quantum computing
• Digital ethics… what will this mean for trading firms now and in the future?

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Chairman's Opening Remarks

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Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea - global shipping developments

Thumbnail Richard Watts, Director, HR Maritime

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The impact of the current global political and economic landscape on the shipping markets

Dry Bulk (20min)
• Global economic growth and demand for bulk commodities
• Supply and demand balance
• Decarbonisation regulation for dry bulk vs sailing speed
• Addressing claims and risks to cargo demands

Liquid Bulk (tankers) (20min)
• Supply & Demand drivers
• Global tanker market overview
• Upcoming regulations and environmental concerns
• ESG & emission control in Tanker Shipping
• Future proofing tanker shipping & trade

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Deep dive into alternative fuels - the case for Hydrogen, Ammonia and Methanol

Thumbnail Natalie Gupta, Director Bunkering – Value Chain Partnerships, Yara

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3 ten minute presentations - mini case studies on H2, Ammonia and methanol, followed by panel discussion focusing on:
• The most promising alternative?
• Mini case study or practical use
• Practical considerations of supply, availability (& availability of where the fuel is needed), safety and functionality
• Shipowner’s perspective - How useful and practical is it?
• Environmental impact considerations

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Sink or swim - How is the shipping industry gearing up for the energy transition?

Thumbnail Moderator: Voytek Chelkowski, Managing Partner, Seamind Blue Ocean

Thumbnail Eman Abdalla, Global Operations & Supply Chain Director, Cargill

Thumbnail Elsa Pernot, Global Head of HSEC, GUNVOR

PANEL DISCUSSION
• The outlook for the energy transition of maritime transport: future fuels, evolving regulatory framework and new market dynamics
• The impact of decarbonisation on chartering and operations of ocean transport for commodities
• Navigating change amidst sustainable transformation of maritime transport
• Power of partnerships, carbon markets, sustainable finance and green investments

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Digitising maritime shipping - where are we?

Thumbnail Richard Watts, Director, HR Maritime

PANEL DISCUSSION
• The transition towards automation - Improving efficiency while cutting emissions
• What are the most promising technologies today?
• Voyage management, vessel tracking, STS (ship to ship) movements, shipping data management, emission tracking and more
• Managing your connectivity and capabilities - what is the future looking like?
• Digitising port call data between cargo owners and ship agencies
• Overview of artificially powered maritime operations and other digital tools

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Container market overview

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• Freight rates benchmarking
• Supply, demand and future uncertainties
• Regulatory measures as additional complexity?

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Making waves - Establishing standards for electronic bills of lading

Thumbnail Grant Hunter, Director, Bimco

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Exploring and selecting the appropriate data analytics tools for meaningful utilisation of information
• Latest market data management applications in energy trade systems: easy wins for the back office?
• Win-Win: Practical steps to drive collaboration between back office and IT around key data management projects

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Meet the technical analysis experts!

Thumbnail Eddie Tofpik, Head of Technical Analysis & Senior Markets Analyst, ADM Investor Services International Ltd.

Thumbnail Nicole Elliott, Technical Analyst & Private Investor

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Experts sharing their TA toolboxes of today and tomorrow
• Growth of “Outsiders” trading commodity markets, who are primarily treating commodities purely as a financial assets
• New trends are driven by high inflation and asset correlations
• Changing the structure of the market. Can these changes be predicted?
• Does technical analysis become even more relevant in highly volatile times?

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Women in commodities - driving the future of trade

Thumbnail Moderator: Maryana Stober, Associate General Counsel EMEA - ADM & President, Wista Switzerland

Thumbnail Nicole Elliott, Technical Analyst & Private Investor

Thumbnail Emmanuel N. Ayuk, Chief Counsel | EMEA & Deputy Compliance Officer, ADM

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Managing diversity in the workplace - are we there yet?
• Theory vs practice - where are we and what can be done to improve?
• How increasing diversity will benefit the commodity sector?

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The Real Battle for Trading Success - The Battle with Self

Thumbnail Mark Randall, Trader Performance Coach / MD & Co-Founder, The AlphaMind Project

Thumbnail Steven Goldstein, Trader Performance Coach / MD & Co-Founder, The AlphaMind Project

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Very few Traders pay attention to their own Trader state and do not see themselves as a critical function of their trading edge.

This open discussion and presentation led by AlphaMind will dive into what differentiates Edge for those in high performance roles within complex environments and what measures you can take to enhance that edge.

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Powering the people that power the world of trading - Future of traders skillsets - HR perspectives

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Thumbnail Anna Rossetti, Global Human Resources Director, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company

Thumbnail James Armitage, Global Talent Acquisition Manager, LDC Louis Dreyfous Company

Thumbnail Simon Taylor, Group Head of HR, Ameropa

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• The advantages of employee upskilling and reskilling - Power Skills
• Challenges of talent acquisition and talent retention - what Human Resources do to maintain a healthy organisation
• D&I in the spotlight

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Commodity trade finance in disrupted times

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• Overview of trade finance in 2023 and beyond
• Inflation and its’ effect on lending rates
• Impact of war, the geopolitical situation

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Leaders panel: Responding to and thriving under abnormal conditions

Thumbnail Moderator: Eddie Tofpik, Head of Technical Analysis & Senior Markets Analyst, ADM Investor Services International Ltd.

Thumbnail Ozan Ozturk, Managing Director, AGROZAN COMMODITIES DMCC

Thumbnail Alexander Peters, Group Chief Financial Officer, ArrowResources

Thumbnail John MacNamara, CEO, Carshalton Commodities Ltd

Thumbnail Bruce Glazier, Chairman of the Board, Fex Agro

PANEL DISCUSSION
This panel will bring together experts from across the trade finance spectrum to assess some of the below challenges, and explore best practises in their mitigation:
• Incorporation of ESG​ in the trade finance
• The volatility of the capital markets
• Inflationary pressures
• High geopolitical instability
• The impact of the Russia war and sanctions
• China and Asian economy working in isolation vs the West

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Bridging the finance gap - perspective of SMEs

Thumbnail Ozan Ozturk, Managing Director, AGROZAN COMMODITIES DMCC

Thumbnail John MacNamara, CEO, Carshalton Commodities Ltd

Thumbnail Daniel Barbosa, Finance Director, Fex Agro

PANEL DISCUSSION
• SMEs perspectives - where and how to get financed
• What are the biggest challenges to access the finance?
• What are most recent developments in SMEs adopting digital trading tools?
• What are the alternatives available for SME’s compared to larger industry players?
• Developing a financing checklist: Best practises for SMEs in seeking financing

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Lunch

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Greening trade finance - how are we adapting?

Thumbnail Moderator: Eddie Tofpik, Head of Technical Analysis & Senior Markets Analyst, ADM Investor Services International Ltd.

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Is trade finance becoming more sustainable?
• ESG and green finance - what does it mean for commodity trade finance? What are the set of standards and guidelines to follow?
• How to structure trade finance to positively reward ESG-driven investment?
• How digital technology helps to drive sustainability in trade finance
• Risks in climate change and increase in natural disasters, droughts, floods etc - what does it mean for commodity trade finance

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Easing access to trade finance through digital innovation

Thumbnail Moderator: Eddie Tofpik, Head of Technical Analysis & Senior Markets Analyst, ADM Investor Services International Ltd.

PANEL DISCUSSION
• An overview of digital tools in the market and which might be most useful for your organisation
• Too much or too little data? Applying analytical tools to speed up business processes
• Utilising AI and ML to support credit assessments - use cases
• Electronic documentation - what can be improved?
• Are these solutions interoperable? What about industry collaboration?
• The views of banks and lending institutions
• Does the regulatory environment foster the adoption of new solutions?

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Coffee Break

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Tackling fraud & criminality in trade finance - the ongoing battle

Thumbnail Moderator: Deepesh Patel, Director, Trade Finance Global

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Advances in transaction monitoring to identify fraud and risk
• Best practises in KYC and AML compliance in the ‘new normal
• What are the digital tools against fraud and trade based on money laundering?
• What is the role of AI in defeating fraud and financial crime

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Exploring digital trading platforms and ecosystems - driving an industry sea change?

Thumbnail Moderator: Deepesh Patel, Director, Trade Finance Global

PRESENTATION
• Which notable platforms and ecosystems are developing to help digitise trade finance?
• How will these platforms develop in the next 2 years?
• Understanding security issues and standards

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Client case study

PRESENTATION
Digital innovation in action - real life use case

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Client case study

PRESENTATION
Lenders perspective - practical cases

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Coffee Break

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All eyes on Africa- new frontiers for growth and investment

Thumbnail Moderator: Marc Ostwald, Chief Economist & Global Strategist, ADM ISI

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Africa’s role in international trade finance
• Addressing the financing gap in Africa
• What opportunities lie ahead?
• Boosting technical solutions to access data and internationally recognised payment systems
• Overcoming transaction barriers
• Aligning with regulatory compliance challenges

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What is the future of trade finance?

Thumbnail Moderator: Eddie Tofpik, Head of Technical Analysis & Senior Markets Analyst, ADM Investor Services International Ltd.

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Trade finance in the metaverse - NFT’s and process digitalisation
• Tokenised future - what will it mean for trade finance?
• Clearing path to digitalisation and automation

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Lunch

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Workshops

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Drink Reception & Networking

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Investing in commodities; why now? A rationale

OPENING KEYNOTE
As a whole, institutional investors continue to remain over reliant on equity markets, creating risk through lack of diversification, as well as missed opportunities to generate exceptional and supernormal returns linked to macro drivers.
This opening keynote lays out a clear rationale as to why exposure to commodities; be it physical, via equity markets or derivatives – should be form part of any asset owners investment toolkit. It will also explore the longer term forces to be aware of when developing and implementing your potential commodities investment approach.

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Ethical considerations when investing in agricultural and other commodities

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Theory or reality? Exploring the argument that commodity investing drives higher food prices
• Developing an ethics framework for your commodity investment strategy
• Impact investing in commodities via ESG investing and supporting the energy transition

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1 to 1 meeting 1

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1 to 1 meeting 2

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Networking Break

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Exploring commodity investments via investment and hedge funds

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Benchmarking commodity focused strategies against other alternatives and wider primary markets
• Outlooks for carbon and other environmental markets
• The growth and performance of asset managers as alternative commodity trade finance lenders

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Utilising private equity, VC and infrastructure as vehicles for commodity exposure

PANEL DISCUSSION
• The role of private equity in the energy and commodities transition
• Exploring the fundraising landscape for traditional and renewable energy
• VC’s importance as a major driver of the cleantech revolution

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1 to 1 meeting 3

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Investors journey; designing our commodity investment strategy – learnings and outcomes so far

CASE STUDY
This highly practical case study will explore the journey of an institutional investor, from initial exploration to implementation of their commodity investing strategy, including processes, pitfalls and where they plan to take this strategy moving forward.

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1 to 1 meeting 5

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Networking Break

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Investor perspectives

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Why are we interested?
• What are our concerns?
• What would we hesitate to invest in and why?

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Portfolio design and methodology – finding the optimal place for commodities in your asset mix

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Developing asset models reflecting and integrating commodity allocations
• Setting parameters for risk benchmarks
• Exploring analytics technologies and integrating into your wider technology stack

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The future of commodities investing

CLOSING KEYNOTE
This thought-provoking closing keynote will examine a range of questions, including expected long term outlooks by asset type, the regulatory environment, and impact of wider global megatrends on commodity markets

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Networking reception and dinner


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