Speakers


Alain Riddell

Alain Riddell

Partner – Deal Advisory - KPMG, São Paulo, Brazil

Alan is responsible for Debt Advisory & Restructuring in KPMG Brazil practice. Since 2004 he has been directly involved executing debt raising in both local and international markets, advising in structuring bank loans and capital market transactions. Previously, he has been responsible for various Merger and Acquisition projects, Capital Market and Structured transactions at both KPMG Corporate Finance and at ITAÚ-UNIBANCO (in NY). He has experience in company valuations, acquisitions, strategic and tax planning in various segments, including Consumer Products, Retail, Agribusiness, Automotive, Financial Services and Healthcare. Education He has a degree in Accounting from UFRJ (1993), Law from Universidade Cândido Mendes (1995), and an MBA from INSEAD/France (1998).


Alan Jorge Bojanic

Alan Jorge Bojanic

Brazil Representative, FAO, Brazil

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.


Aldo Rebelo

Aldo Rebelo

Former Ministry of Defense, Brasilia, Brazil

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Alexandre Ugadin

Alexandre Ugadin

VP Head of Media, Wieden Kennedy Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil

Graduated in Social Communication at Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing, Alexandre Ugadin has been working with Media Strategy and Marketing for the past 21 years, focusing especially on Comms Planning and Digital Media, developing analytic strategies, multi platform solutions and generating businesses results with performance and brand equity campaigns. He worked in major agencies in Brasil as Y&R, Africa, Talent, Dentsu, and FCB. Nowadays, he works at Wieden Kennedy for clients such as Mondelez, Nike, P&G, The Walt Disney Company, Facebook, Ambev, Subway, Johnson&Johnson, Danone, Delta Airlines and Dr. Consulta and AirBnB, heading the media team at disciplines like Media Strategy, Planning, Buying, Digital Media, SEM, Social Media, Influencers Strategy, Mobile Marketing, Media Research, E-CRM, Programmatic Media, Audience Building and Media innovation. Honors & Awards • Caboré Award winner - Media Professional of the Year. • Gold Lion in Media category at Cannes Creativity Festival. • Grand Prix in Mobile category at Cannes Creativity Festival. • Media Jury in the Cannes International Creativity Festival 2015.


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

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Ben Allomes

Ben Allomes

Director, Dairy NZ, New Zeland

Ben lives and runs his farming business in Woodville with his wife Nicky and four children. He has a degree in Applied Science, Natural Resource Management from Massey University. Ben was president of New Zealand Young Farmers for three years, has twice reached the grand final of the National Bank Young Farmer Contest and, together with Nicky, won the New Zealand Sharemilker of the Year title in 2008. He is currently the DairyNZ representative on the Primary ITO partnership group and is Chair of the Dairy Industry Awards Trust. Ben is also a 2015 Nuffield Scholar.


Blairo Maggi

Blairo Maggi

Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supplies, Federative Republic of Brazil, Brasilia, Brazil

Blairo Borges Maggi, em apenas oito anos de vida pública ele se consolidou como um dos homens mais influentes do mundo. Gaúcho, natural de Torres (RS), Blairo nasceu em 29 de maio de 1956, na família dos pequenos produtores rurais de descendência italiana André Antônio Maggi e Lúcia Borges Maggi. Com a aposta do pai no cultivo da soja em áreas inexploradas, Blairo graduou-se em Agronomia na Universidade Federal do Paraná. Sob seu comando, a pequena empresa Sementes Maggi, fundada em 1973, transformou-se no Grupo André Maggi com a chegada da família ao Cerrado mato-grossense. Em Mato Grosso, o empresário venceu as eleições para governador do Estado, com 51% dos votos no primeiro turno. Blairo defendeu explicitamente na administração pública os princípios de honestidade, eficiência, ousadia e transparência que regeram sua bem-sucedida saga empresarial. Em 2006, se reelegeu governador com 63,59% dos votos. Durante sua gestão, Maggi conseguiu conciliar o desenvolvimento econômico do Estado à difusão de novas práticas de sustentabilidade. A prosperidade social também chegou durante a gestão de Maggi - em 1996, 28,1% das famílias mato-grossenses viviam com até meio salário mínimo. Em 2008, o índice baixou para 15,8%. Blairo Maggi tem sido constantemente citado pela revista Forbes como um dos líderes mais influentes do mundo. Entre os 30 líderes mais influentes do Brasil da Revista Época, o ex-governador também figurou. A Revista Veja publicou em setembro de 2009 um perfil de Blairo enfatizando sua disposição em rever posturas e posicionamentos pessoais. Participou de encontros mundiais em prol da preservação do meio ambiente. Inspirou a mudança de comportamento de agricultores do País. Após ações eficazes, ganhou o respeito de ambientalistas. O homem que aportou em Itiquira (distante 353 km de Cuiabá), ganhou prestígio entre as principais autoridades do País com o dinamismo e alcance de seu trabalho econômico e social. Seu feito rendeu-lhe importantes ‘marcas', como ao deixar o Governo do Estado de Mato Grosso, em abril de 2010, receber 92% de aprovação popular, de acordo com o Instituto Vox Populi. Foi por essa razão, por representar a vontade da maioria da população mato-grossense, que Maggi lançou-se à candidatura ao Senado Federal. Com seus mais de 1 milhão de votos ele recebe, em 2010, a confiança da população do seu Estado para - diante dos olhos do mundo-, levar a todo Brasil sua maestria em aliar desenvolvimento e prosperidade com seu jeito singular de fazer política: mudar realidades para melhor.


Cesário Ramalho da Silva

Cesário Ramalho da Silva

President of the Board, Global Agribusiness Forum, Brazil

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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."


Jason Clay

Jason Clay

Senior Vice President, Markets and Food, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), USA

JASON CLAY is senior vice president for markets and food. He is also executive director of the Markets Institute, which was created to identify and address global issues and trends in more timely, cost-effective ways. Over the course of his career he has worked on a family farm and in the US Department of Agriculture. He has taught at Harvard and Yale and spent 15 years with human rights NGOs working with indigenous people, refugees, and famine victims. In 1988, he invented Rainforest Marketing, created one of the first US fair-trade ecolabels, and set up a trading company within an NGO. He was responsible for co-creating Rainforest Crunch and more than 200 other products with sales of $100 million. From 1999 to 2003, he codirected a consortium with WWF, the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and the National Aquaculture Centres of Asia/Pacific to identify the most significant environmental and social impacts of shrimp aquaculture and management practices that measurably reduced them. Since then he has co-convened multi-stakeholder roundtables of producers, investors, buyers, researchers, and NGOs to identify and reduce the impacts of salmon, soy, sugarcane, cotton, and beef. In the past, Clay has launched aquaculture, agriculture, and market transformation programs within the WWF Network. More recently, he has helped create corporate commitments around deforestation and brought attention to global issues such as illegality, degraded land, and long-term contracts as a way to use the market to change it. He is the author of 20 books and is National Geographic’s first-ever Food and Sustainability Fellow. He was awarded the 2012 James Beard Award for his work on global food sustainability. Clay studied at Harvard University and the London School of Economics before receiving a PhD in anthropology and international agriculture from Cornell University.


João Martins

João Martins

President,CNA, Brasilia, Brazil

Born in the state of Bahia, João Martins da Silva Junior is the President of the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA). As a graduate of Business Administration, João Martins has been involved in the agricultural sector for over 50 years. This story began in the generation before him, when his father supplied beef to markets in the capital-city of Salvador in the 1930s. In the 1965s, João Martins has established itself as cattle farmer producing milk and beef in Grande Vista Farm in Feira de Santana, Bahia. The farm is part of Agropecuária João Martins S/A, in which he was director. He was a founder and treasurer of Bahia’s Central Dairy Cooperatives (CCLB) and acting president of Bahia’s Breeders Association (ABAC). In the 1980s, he was director and 1st Vice President of the Federation of Agriculture and Livestock of Bahia (FAEB). He became the president of FAEB in 2000 and held such position until January 2018. He was the 1st vice-president of the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA) from 2012 to 2015, when he became acting president of the organization. On September 19, 2017, he was elected president of CNA for a four-year term, from 2017 to 2021. João Martins is also president and shareholder of Agropecuária João Martins S/A. Among the positions he has formally held are: President of the Administrative Council of the National Rural Apprenticeship Service - Bahia Regional Administration - SENAR / AR / BA (2000- 2015); Alternate Member of the National SEBRAE Deliberative Council, Representing the Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil - CNA (2012-2014); Chairman of the SEBRAE Bahia Deliberative Council (2009 - 2014); Member of the Board of the State Committee of Transport Logistics - CELT, of the Bahia Government, representing the Federation of Agriculture and Livestock of the State of Bahia - FAEB (2013-2014); Member of the Economic and Social Development Council of Bahia - CODES, representing the Federation of Agriculture and Livestock of the State of Bahia - FAEB (2010-2015); and Member of the State Council of Science and Technology - SECTI, Representing the Federation of Agriculture and Livestock of the State of Bahia - FAEB (2004-2014).


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.


Li Jinzhang

Li Jinzhang

Embassador of the Republic of China in Brazil, Brasilia, Brazil

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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.


Luis Roberto Pogetti

Luis Roberto Pogetti

Chairman of the Board, Copersucar, Brazil

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Copersucar S.A. since 2009, after have held various executive positions since joining the Company in 2001. In January 2011, he assumed the Presidency of the Board of Directors of CTC – Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira S.A., technological center in the sugarcane production chain. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eco-Energy, a leading company in ethanol marketing and logistics in the United States. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Alvean Sugar SL, a global sugar trading company, and Lógum Logística S.A., an ethanol pipeline logistics company in Brazil. He is also a member of the Deliberative Council of the União da Indústria de Cana-de-Açúcar - ÚNICA, sugar cane industry union. He holds a degree in Business Administration from PUC-SP, with a specialization in Finance and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas de São Paulo (FGV-SP).


Marcelo Vieira

Marcelo Vieira

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

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Marcio Felix Bezerra

Marcio Felix Bezerra

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

Electronic Engineer by the University of Brasilia. Marcio Felix holds a specialization in Petroleum Engineering from the Petrobras University, an MBA in Business Management from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a Management of Partnerships and Strategic Alliances course at the European Institute of Business Administration - Insead, France. He has more than 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He worked in the Schlumberger Group (1981/1982) as a well testing field engineer. Since 1983 he has worked at Petrobras, starting as an oilfield engineer and then several management positions in the Exploration and Production (E&P) division, such as: General Manager of the E&P Operations Unit of Espírito Santo, the unit that experienced the greatest growth in oil and gas production and reserves in Brazil throughout the first decade of the 2000s, and Executive Manager of International Technical Support. He was Secretary for Economic Development of the State of Espirito Santo from 2010 to 2012, with emphasis on Energy, Oil & Gas and Mining. From July 2016 to March, 2018, he is the Secretary of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, taking care of all major reforms related to Oil, Gas and Biofuels in Brazil along the last 2 years. Since April 12, 2018 he is the Vice Minister of Mines and Energy in Brazil.


Marília Rangel Campos

Marília Rangel Campos

Secretary General of the International Poultry Council, Brasília, Brazil

Marilia Rangel Campos is the Secretary General of the International Poultry Council, the global organization that represents 95% of the poultry trade and 80% of the world poultry production. She represents the IPC at the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Codex Alimentarius and FAO. Marilia holds a BA of International Relations from the University of Sao Paulo and is now a Master candidate in Global Food Law at Michigan State University. Prior to this position at the IPC, Marilia was Markets Coordinator at the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein for almost 10 years, responsible for market access strategy, representation of the poultry sector with the Brazilian and foreign governments and litigation at the WTO with the law firms and the Brazilian government.


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, USA

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Paulo Herrmann

Paulo Herrmann

President, John Deere, São Paulo, Brazil

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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).


Rajan Gajaria

Rajan Gajaria

Vice President Global - Crop Protection Business Platform Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont

Rajan Gajaria is vice president, Crop Protection Business Platform, for Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™. In this role, he is responsible for shaping the business strategy, defining capital and R&D investment priorities and overseeing supply chain. Most recently, he was Vice President, Latin America and North America, for Dow AgroSciences. His career spans several decades, continents and functions as he helped build the business and advocate for modern agriculture. Rajan originally joined Dow AgroSciences’ Indian joint venture partner in Mumbai. He served in both sales and marketing as well as human resource roles before moving to the company’s global headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. He ascended through leadership roles in corporate strategy, marketing, and e business before serving as Global Supply Chain Director. He was named Marketing Director for the company’s U.S. business before being tapped to lead Latin America and Asia Pacific geographies. A champion of diversity and inclusion, he was past chairman of the International Center of Indiana, a not-for-profit aiming to be a catalyst for a global Indiana. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership which brings together leaders of Central Indiana’s prominent corporations, foundations and universities in a strategic and collaborative effort dedicated to the region’s continued prosperity and growth. Rajan holds a bachelor’s degree in electric engineering from the University of Bombay in Mumbai, India, and a master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Management in Lucknow, India. He is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt and is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.


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.


Roberto Rodrigues

Roberto Rodrigues

Coordinator of Agribusiness Center of FGV-EESP, Special Ambassador of FAO for o Cooperativism, São Paulo, Brazil.

Roberto Rodrigues, former Brazilian Minister of Agriculture from January 2003 to June 2006, Coordinator of the Getulio Vargas Foundation Agribusiness Center (GV Agro), is an agricultural producer and an agricultural engineer by training, following in the steps of his father and grandfather. His sons have continued the family tradition. FAO Special Ambassador for Cooperatives - He was made a Special Ambassador for Cooperatives by FAO , to mark the International Year of Cooperatives. A strong supporter of the cooperative movement, Minister Rodrigues chaired the Brazilian Cooperatives Organization, the World Committee on Agricultural Cooperatives and the International Cooperative Alliance. He has traveled the word in that capacity, visiting – as he likes to point out – 80 countries while performing his duties. A well-known agribusiness leader, Roberto Rodrigues served as President of the prestigious Brazilian Rural Society and the Brazilian Agribusiness Association. He is also a member of the Board of dozens of Brazilian producer’s associations.


Roberto Schmidt

Roberto Schmidt

Marketing Director,Rede Globo, São Paulo, Brazil

Roberto Schmidt is the Marketing Director at Globo TV. He is responsible for the creation of business models and commercial opportunities regarding national and local programs, product placement, multiplatform, musical events, promotional projects and movies. He holds a BA in Computer Science and a BA in Philosophy, has specialization courses in Marketing, in Business Administration, in Media Planning and in Culture Management and has a MA and a PhD in Communication and Semiotics.


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.


Sergio Bortolozzo

Sergio Bortolozzo

Former President, MAIZALL, and President, ABRAMILHO, Brazil

- Natural de Araraquara-SP; - Formado em Administração de Empresas e pós-graduado em Gestão Empresarial pela Universidade Estadual do Piauí (UESPI). - Presidente Institucional da Abramilho - Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Milho; - Presidente da Maizall – International Maize Alliance e - Vice-Presidente da FAESPI - Federação da Agricultura e Pecuária do Estado do PIAUÍ. - A partir de 1988, iniciou a produção de grãos na Fazenda Canel- Uruçuí/PI.


Thomas Timm

Thomas Timm

Executive Vice-President and CEO of the German-Brazilian Chamber of Industry and Commerce São Paulo, Brazil

Born on 12th March 1956 in Pinneberg, Germany 1976 – 1980 University of Hamburg, Business Administration and Law Master of Business Administration 1980 – 1984 Research Scientist at the Institute for Business Administration and Market Research of the Federal Dairy Research Center Kiel, Germany Project Manager in Europe and USA for research programs of the European Community: "The use of milk protein and soy protein in food applications" Complementary studies in Agribusiness at the University of Kiel 1984 – 1996 BASF South America 1984 Insurance Analyst 1986 Assistant to the President 1987 Marketing Manager Audio Video Tapes 1991 Managing Director Business Unit Automotive Refinish South America since 1997 German-Brazilian Chamber of Industry and Commerce São Paulo, Brazil 1997 Vice-President Marketing and Sales November 2004 Executive Vice-President and CEO.