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Chairman, World Agricultural Outlook Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Dr. Seth Meyer was appointed Chairman of the World Agricultural Outlook Board on May 31, 2015. Dr. Meyer joined the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) in June 2013 as a Senior Economist.
Before joining OCE, Dr. Meyer spent the last 2 years as a part of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) in the Global Perspectives Studies Unit, examining the long-term drivers of agriculture demand and the allocation of productive resources to meet that growing demand.
Prior to that, Dr. Meyer spent 12 years as a researcher and faculty member with the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), analyzing policies affecting grain and oilseed markets, cotton, biofuels, and agricultural commodity transportation. He has authored numerous publications including several examining U.S. biofuel Policy.
Dr. Meyer has spent time as an invited researcher at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) in Tsukuba, Japan, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN-FAO) in Rome, Italy. He grew up in eastern Iowa and has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri.
President, SovEcon, Russia
Andrey Sizov Sr. founded SovEcon in 1991, a company which specializes in agriculture markets research and consulting and provides consulting services, analysis and production forecasts on Russia’s agriculture and related markets.
He has also served as a Member of the Board of the United Grain Company (UGC) and from 2008-2012 was the Independent Agricultural Market Advisor to Victor Zubkov, former First Vice Prime Minister of the Russian Government.
Vice President OTC & Advisory EMEA, INTL FCStone Ltd, Ireland
Jaime Nolan Miralles is Vice President of OTC and Advisory EMEA at INTL FCStone, responsible for developing and executing comprehensive and proactive price risk management solutions for the EMEA grain and oilseed commercial sector. Margin protection and stability remain Mr. Nolan Miralles’ core focus, always striving for the most effective, conservative and beneficial risk/reward price risk management strategies. Having studied for a degree in financial services at Dublin Business School, Mr. Miralles commenced his career with INTL FCStone in 2007. Prior to that, he worked as an open outcry pit trader trading foreign exchange futures markets at the New York Board of trade’s Finex floor situated in Dublin. Today, his client’s base is represented by the full grain & oilseed chain, from producers, traders, and processors through to end users.
Director, International Grain Marketing, Gavillon Group LLC, USA
Mr. Ritchie has spent the majority of his career in the grain trade since joining Continental Grain after graduating from Colorado State University in 1993. His career has taken him from eastern Washington and the Pacific Northwest to Minnesota and then Omaha, Nebraska after a stop in Sydney, Australia.
Mr. Ritchie returned to Gavilon in 2011, after 6 years in the food ingredient business with ConAgra Foods and Olam. He currently oversees Gavilon’s US export trade. Randy has served on NAEGA’s board of directors since 2013.
Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development, UK
Ian Mitchell is a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development in Europe leading research on agriculture, trade, aid and migration. He is also a research associate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies where he authored two research reports on the economic impact of Brexit. In 2014/15, Ian chaired the Agricultural Markets Information System as a senior civil servant in the UK government. His roles in Government included Deputy Chief Economist and head of international and strategy analysis at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs. He also led Higher Education analysis at the Department for Education which examined social mobility, and the trends and impacts of international student migration.
Vice President of Overseas Operations and President-elect (July 1, 2017), U.S. Wheat Associates
Continuing along a 32 year career path with U.S. Wheat Associates (USW), Mr. Peterson has recently been appointed by the company's Board of Directors to the position of President, effective July 1, 2017. Having spent his entire career in the wheat milling, export trading and international export market development industries, Mr. Peterson has most recently been serving as USW's Vice President of Overseas Operations where for the past 13 years he has managed all of USW's 15 overseas offices in their export market development efforts. Having previoulsly served a combined 14 years stationed overseas in Egypt and The Netherlands where he directed USW's regional programs for the Middle East and Europe, he has also served as the company's Vice President of Marketing.
CEO, Roots Commodities, Egypt
Haitham Nouh is the founder and CEO of Roots Commodities, one of Egypt’s leading commodity trading houses specialising in grains & pulses trading.
Capitalizing on JV agreements, as well as the management’s vast experience in the logistics & stevedoring sectors, traded volumes have increased significantly giving the company an important market share in the Egyptian agribusiness market. The Company has also expanded into other processing businesses in both Egypt and GCC regions.
President, European Flour Millers’ Association
Bernard Valluis is the President of the European Flour Millers’ Association since May 2016. He is also Deputy President of the French Millers Association (ANMF) and President of the French Information Centre on bread and flour (CIFAP).
After agronomic & economic sciences studies at AgroParisTech, he started his career in 1966 as a Researcher at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and also Project Manager to the Ministry of Economy. He has been Director-General of the French Corn Growers Association (AGPM), before joining the Soufflet Group in 1990, being successively PR Director, Director of the Trading Division and Member of the Group Executive Board.
Bernard has been President and/or Member of the Board of several trade associations like Symex, Synacomex, Euroflour, Euromaïsiers, Coceral and GAFTA. He is currently a member of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) experts’ Task Force on Commodity Derivatives.
Director General, NABIM (National Association of British and Irish Flour Mills), UK
Alexander Waugh is the Director General of the UK flour millers' association, NABIM, and Secretary of the Rice Association. He has a long involvement in the grain world, having worked in the farming sector before joining nabim in 1987.
Alexander is a Council member of the Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association and a member of the Executive Committee of the European Flour Millers Association. He is a former vice-President of Euromaisiers, which represents EU maize millers, and has also been a board member of HGCA Ltd (now AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds), an organisation which brings together UK farmers, grain traders and processors to promote the wellbeing of the grain sector.
Supply Chain Director, Honeywell Flour Mills Plc, Nigeria
Rotimi Fadipe is an accomplished mentor, coach, resource manager, multi-skilled professional and business leader. He has about three decades post qualification experience.
He joined the Honeywell Group in 1993 where he has acquired varied robust experience in Negotiation and Commercial operations; Commodity trading and Procurement operations; Imports & Shipping Operations; Warehousing and Distribution management; Finance & Treasury services; Audit and Tax services; Team Building and Leadership; People and Conflict Management.
He pioneered the Supply Chain functions within the Honeywell Group and has been providing strategic direction for Supply Chain functions.
He was appointed to the Board of Honeywell Flour Mills Plc as Executive Director, Supply Chain in October 2013
He is an executive member of the Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN) and was a member of the Technical Committee that developed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Wheat Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (WFAN). He was also nominated as the Chairman of FMAN’s Technical Committee on Cassava Flour Procurement & Utilization Monitoring Committee.
Vice President, Supply Chain Ardent Mills
Jeff was named the Vice President of Supply Chain for Ardent Mills in May 2014. Ardent Mills’ operations and services are supported by more than 40 flour mills and bakery-mix facilities as well as a specialty bakery, all located in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.
In his current role, Jeff is responsible for leading the supply chain, procurement, transportation and logistics functions as well as the Canadian business for Ardent Mills. Jeff also helps shape overall business strategy as part of the Sr. Leadership Team.
Previous to Ardent Mills, Jeff spent 24 years at Cargill and Horizon Milling with trading, supply chain and commercial management positions primarily in the Flour Milling business.