Speakers


Alysson Paolinelli

Alysson Paolinelli

Executive President, Abramilho, Brasília, Brazil.

Mineiro de Bambuí, nascido em 1936, Alysson Paolinelli tornou-se agrônomo em 1959 pela Escola Superior de Agronomia de Lavras (Esal), que depois tornou-se universidade federal. Em 1971, assumiu a Secretaria de Agricultura de Minas, a convite do governador Rondon Pacheco, e criou incentivos e inovações tecnológicas que tornaram Minas o maior produtor de café do Brasil. Em 1974, aceitou convite do presidente Ernesto Geisel para tornar-se ministro da Agricultura, e tratou de modernizar a Embrapa e promover a ocupação econômica do cerrado brasileiro. Paolinelli implantou um ousado programa de bolsas de estudos para estudantes brasileiros nos maiores centros de pesquisa em agricultura do mundo. Cuidou também da reestruturação do crédito agrícola e do reequacionamento da ocupação do bioma amazônico. Após deixar o Ministério, ainda exerceu cargos de destaque na vida pública brasileira; - Presidente do Banco do Estado de Minas Gerais,- Deputado constituinte - Presidente da CNA (Confederação Nacional da Agricultura) - Voltou a ser secretário de Agricultura no governo Hélio Garcia e permaneceu no cargo até 1978. Em 2006 foi também agraciado com o World Food Prize, premio que equivale ao Nobel da Alimentação. Hoje exerce o cargo de Presidente Executivo da ABRAMILHO (Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Milho).


André  Rocha

André Rocha

President, Fórum Nacional Sucroenergético, Brasília, Brazil.

- Current CEO of Sifaeg and Sifaçúcar - Former President of Companhia Energética de Goiás - CELG - Graduated in Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering of Universidade Federal de Goiás - Goiânia - GO - Member of the Infrastructure Thematic Council of the National Confederation of Industries (“CNI”) since March 2004


Arnaud Petit

Arnaud Petit

Executive Director, International Graisn Council (IGC), London. UK

Coming soon.


Cesário Ramalho da Silva

Cesário Ramalho da Silva

President of the Board, Global Agribusiness Forum, Brazil

Coming soon


Deputado  Evandro Gussi

Deputado Evandro Gussi

President, Frente Parlamentar do Biodiesel, Brasília, Brazil

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Fernando Galletti de Queiroz

Fernando Galletti de Queiroz

CEO, Minerva S.A, São Paulo, Brazil

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Francisco Turra

Francisco Turra

Executive President, Associação Brasileira de Proteína Animal (ABPA), São Paulo, Brazil.

Formado em Comunicação Social pela PUC/RS e Bacharel em Direito pela Universidade Federal de Passo Fundo/RS, atualmente é Presidente Executivo da Associação Brasileira de Proteína Animal – ABPA, vice-presidente da Associação Latinoamericana de Avicultura – ALA e Diretor da Divisão de Produtos de Origem Animal do Departamento de Agronegócios da FIESP. Deputado Emérito, outorgado pela Assembleia Legislativa do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul e empossado como membro da Academia Nacional de Agricultura da Sociedade Nacional de Agricultura. 2010–2014 – Presidente Executivo da União Brasileira de Avicultura UBABEF 2008–2009 – Presidente Executivo da Associação Brasileira dos Produtores e Exportadores de Frangos 2005–2007 – Vice-Presidente da Comissão de Agricultura, Pecuária, Abastecimento e Desenvolvimento Rural da Câmara dos Deputados, eleito membro do Conselho Superior do Agronegócio da FIESP/SP 2007 – Diretor de Desenvolvimento do BRDE 2003–2006 – Eleito Deputado Federal e Presidente do PP Partido Progressista do Rio Grande do Sul 2000–2003 – Superintendente Executivo do SEBRAE/RS e Diretor Institucional da FIERGS 1998–1999 – Ministro de Estado da Agricultura e Abastecimento 1996–1997 – Presidente da CONAB – Companhia Nacional de Abastecimento 1995–1996 – Diretor de Desenvolvimento do BANRISUL 1987–1995 – Eleito Deputado Estadual constituinte, reeleito para Deputado Estadual 1976–1986 – Vice-prefeito de Marau-RS e eleito Prefeito de Marau


Gabriel Nunes

Gabriel Nunes

Director General, TNS Nanotecnologia, Brazil

"Materials engineer UFSC/TUHH - Brazil and Germany, with technical articles publications. Former co-founder member of the Brazilian team champion in the 1st solar challenge Brazil - 09, a team member who won the award for best work of cooperation between Brazil and Germany by IBE - 11. Voluntary mentor and evaluator of startups to Sinapse of Innovation program, 100 startups and Inovativa Brazil program with different competences from short courses in Stanford University, ANPEI, European coatings and IXL Center – Boston. Business partner and Managing Director of TNS Nanotecnologia, where has been recognized in prizes/innovative projects, as Stemmer innovation award - 14, best Brazilian incubated startup 15, different projects from science and technology ministry, scale-up entrepreneur from Endeavor corporation 15-17, Startup connected award by German Chamber – AHK in 2017, acceleration program by BASF 2017 and Startout Brazil – Germany program 2018."


José Goldemberg

José Goldemberg

Former Secretary of Environment, São Paulo, Brazil

Professor José Goldemberg earned his Ph.D. in Physical Sciences from the University de São Paulo in 1954. A Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, he has served as the President of Brazilian Association for the Advancement of Science. He was Rector of the University from 1986 to 1990. He did research and taught at the University of Illinois, Stanford University, University of Paris (Orsay) and Princeton University. Between 1990 and 1992, he was Secretary of State for Science and Technology and Minister of State for Education of Brazil. Between 2002 and 2006, he was Secretary for the Environment of the State of São Paulo.In 2008 he was awarded the Blue Planet Prize 2008 of the Asahi Glass Foundation (Japan) and in 2013 “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Zayed Future Energy Prize. Since 2015 he is President of FAPESP, São Paulo Research Foundation and early 2017 he received the title of Professor Emeritus of the University of São Paulo


José Manuel Silva Rodríguez

José Manuel Silva Rodríguez

Former Director General Agriculture, European Commission, Belgium

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 He is since 1986 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 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 Orive

José Orive

President, International Sugar Organization (ISO), London, United Kingdom

José Orive Jose Orive was born July 31, 1958, in Guatemala, and is an attorney at Law. “Summa Cum Laude” in Common Law Studies/ International Law at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C. 1985, and “Cum Laude” in J.D., Francisco Marroquín University, Guatemala City 1983, has had multiple, such as: • Executive director of the Central American Sugar Association (AICA), entity which negotiates for the private sugar industry, with emphasis on coordination of joint actions on priority issues, clearinghouse for information relevant to the sector, publications. • Partner at Artlex law firm, in charge of large corporate clients, distribution contracts and environmental issues, arbitration. • Chairman at the ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE OF LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN (AACCLA), Washington, D.C. • Board Member of the PANAMERICAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (PADF), Washington, D.C.


Lucíola Alves Magalhães

Lucíola Alves Magalhães

Geoprocessing Analyst, Embrapa Territorial, Brasília, Brazil.

Lucíola Alves Magalhães is a geologist from University of Brasília (2005) and She has a Master (2008) and Ph.D. (2015) degree in Geosciences from University of Campinas. Since 2013, she has been working as a geoprocessing analyst at Centro Nacional de Pesquisa em Inteligência, Gestão e Monitoramento Territorial (Embrapa Territorial), and currently, she is the supervisor of the technical team. With experience in spatial data processing, she develops studies and provides services to support decision-making in both, public and private sectors, aiming at the development of regional agriculture. Lucíola participated in the proposal for territorial delimitation of MATOPIBA, in the analysis of areas dedicated to the preservation of native vegetation by farmers based on CAR data, and in the Brazilian Agriculture's Macrologistics project currently under development at Embrapa Territorial. As Project coordinator "Geospatial Technologies and Territorial Management to map social vulnerabilities", she provided technical and scientific support to the Brazilian Secretariat for Food and Nutrition Security of the Ministry for Social Development in the analysis of territorial distribution of social programs, and in intelligent territorial studies for the implementation of water access policies in several Brazilian territories.


Marcelo Vieira

Marcelo Vieira

President, Sociedade Rural Brasileira (SRB), São Paulo, Brazil.

Coming soon.


Marcio Felix Bezerra

Marcio Felix Bezerra

Executive Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Brasilia, Brazil.

O aproveitamento energético dos resíduos através do biogás tem sido assunto cada vez mais presente nas diversas esferas da sociedade. Esse interesse crescente é devido, especialmente, ao fato de as vantagens do biogás não se limitarem a geração de energia, mas pelo mesmo auxiliar na redução de emissões de metano e de dióxido de carbono na atmosfera. É pelo interesse em consolidar as discussões e fortalecer os atores envolvidos nesse setor que o Fórum do Biogás já chega em sua 5a edição. Empresas de diversos setores relacionados à produção, aproveitamento e beneficiamento do biogás terão, mais uma vez, a oportunidade de se apresentar para um público profissional e fazer contatos. Palestras inovadoras e debates com representantes de entidades públicas e de empresas do setor privado fornecerão insights sobre a indústria e discutirão os desafios para o desenvolvimento futuro. Em paralelo ao fórum será realizado um matchmaking entre empresas de diversas partes do mundo, visando a troca de informações, discussão de projetos, formação e consolidação de parcerias. Não fique de fora do V Fórum do Biogás!


Maurício Antônio Lopes

Maurício Antônio Lopes

President, EMBRAPA, Brazil

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.


Mike Dwyer

Mike Dwyer

Chief Economist, US Grains Council, Washington, DC, USA

Michael Dwyer serves as the chief economist for the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). As chief economist, Dwyer provides trade, marketing, and policy analysis of developments in global supply and demand and helps the USGC staff and its members stay abreast of developments in the global market. Dwyer also directs the Council’s worldwide ethanol market development activities. He travels extensively in Asia, Latin America, and Europe and speaks frequently at professional conferences and to the news media in the U.S. and around the world. In addition, he serves on the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee advising the Secretary of Commerce on matter pertaining to biofuels. Prior to the Council, Dwyer worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) for 35 years, most recently as its chief economist and as a director of global policy analysis. In these positions, he was responsible for conducting and coordinating trade and policy analyses on a wide variety of strategic issues that affected U.S. and world agricultural trade, including those that affected the emerging global biofuels market. Dwyer holds a bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington College in international affairs and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University in agricultural economics with a specialization in international trade, marketing and econometrics. With full-time presence in 13 key markets and representatives in an additional 15 locations, the Council operates programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S.


Pam Johnson

Pam Johnson

Farmer & President, MAIZALL, Washington, DC

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Pierluigi Londero

Pierluigi Londero

Director General Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

Pierluigi Londero works in the economic analysis unit of the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission. With a team of 20 people, he is responsible for providing economic and quantitative analysis needed for the conception, the management and the evaluation of the Common Agricultural Policy. Pierluigi graduated in economics from Rome University La Sapienza and since joining the European Commission in April 1999 has worked both on domestic and trade policy issues, including two major CAP reforms as well as providing supporting analysis for bilateral and multilateral negotiations. His team also produce the short-term outlook for grains, meat and dairy products, supply balance sheets for the current and next year published three times a year. The medium-term prospects for EU agricultural markets and income is also a product of his unit. His team is also in charge of coordination in terms of agricultural statistics with Eurostat. Pierluigi participates to both the G20 AMIS market information group and policy response forum.


Plinio Nastari

Plinio Nastari

President, DATAGRO, Brazil

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).


Roberto Ignácio Betancourt

Roberto Ignácio Betancourt

Board Member International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), Chairman of the Board SINDIRAÇÕES, São Paulo, Brazil.

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Roberto Jaguaribe

Roberto Jaguaribe

President, Apex-Brasil, Brasilia, Brazil

Graduado em Engenharia de Sistemas pela Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, o Embaixador Roberto Jaguaribe ingressou na carreira diplomática em 1978. No exterior, serviu como Embaixador do Brasil junto à República Popular da China e à República Popular da Mongólia, e Embaixador do Brasil junto ao Reino Unido da Grã-Bretanha e Irlanda do Norte, além de Ministro-Conselheiro da Embaixada do Brasil em Washington. No Ministério das Relações Exteriores, ocupou os cargos de Subsecretário-Geral de Política, Diretor do Departamento de Promoção Comercial, e chefe da Divisão de Propriedade Intelectual e Tecnologias Sensíveis, entre outros. No Governo Federal exerceu os cargos de Presidente do Instituto Nacional de Propriedade Industrial (INPI), Secretário de Tecnologia Industrial do Ministério do Desenvolvimento, Indústria e Comércio Exterior, e Secretário de Assuntos Internacionais do Ministério do Planejamento e Orçamento. Atualmente o Embaixador Roberto Jaguaribe é Presidente da Agência Brasileira de Promoção de Exportações e Investimentos – Apex-Brasil.


Rubens Barbosa

Rubens Barbosa

President, IRICE, Instituto de Relações Internacionais e Comércio Exterior, Brazil

Ambassador Rubens Barbosa is a member of the board of companies and works as a business consultant. Among other positions, he is president of the Superior Council of Foreign Trade of FIESP (Federation of Industries of State of São Paulo), President of Institute of International Relations and Foreign Trade – IRICE and President of the Brazilian Wheat Industry Association. He was Brazil´s ambassador to Washington and London.