19 February - 21 February 2020
Cape Town, South Africa

Argus Africa Fertilizer

Keynote speaker

H.E. Josefa Sacko
Commissioner, Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union
H.E. Madam Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, an Angolan national, is a leading African Agronomist. She was elected as the new Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission. Prior to that, She was a Special Adviser to two Ministers in Angola, her home country: the Angolan Minister of Environment where she also served as Ambassador responsible for...
H.E. Madam Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, an Angolan national, is a leading African Agronomist. She was elected as the new Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission. Prior to that, She was a Special Adviser to two Ministers in Angola, her home country: the Angolan Minister of Environment where she also served as Ambassador responsible for Climate Change. In the Department of the minister of Agriculture Mme Sacko oversaw Food Security, Eradication of Hunger and Poverty Reduction. The former Secretary General of the Inter African Coffee Organization (IACO) for 13 years in Cote D’Ivoire where she represented Coffee economy for 25 African Coffee producing countries. During her tenure, she successfully advocated for the empowerment of small scale coffee farmers across the continent by setting up Regional Centres of Excellence for Capacity Building of Member States, on Genetic Material Conservation, Coffee Quality Improvement and Cup Tasting Liquor in Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda, Cameroon and Zambia. Madam Sacko is one of the African Women Africa should be proud of, and she has built up her international profile and reputation by working with Regional, Global Institutional on Agriculture and many other sectors supported by World Trade Organization (WTO), African Union (AU), International Coffee Organization (ICO), African Development Bank (AFDB), African Bank for Export and Import (AFREXIMBANK), (FAO), UNECA, NEPAD etc. The other notable cooperation/partnerships she has worked with include the Regional Economic Communities (RECS), namely, SADC, COMESA, ECOWAS and EAC, where she has actively participated to address the challenges encountered by small scale farmers in Africa, ensuring that they remain a central focus in regional and national policy making for development. Madam Sacko speaks fluent Portuguese, French, English, Spanish and Lingala.

Speakers

Dr. Ed Mabaya
Division Manager of Agribusiness Development, African Development Bank
Ed manages programmes and investments under the African Development Bank’s Feed Africa strategy. He is the current President of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, and was an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow (2007) and The Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellow (2016). Ed earned his MSc (1998) and PhD (2003) degrees in agricultural economics at Cornel...
Ed manages programmes and investments under the African Development Bank’s Feed Africa strategy. He is the current President of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, and was an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow (2007) and The Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellow (2016). Ed earned his MSc (1998) and PhD (2003) degrees in agricultural economics at Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in science (1994) from the University of Zimbabwe.
Shujjat Alikhan
Vice President, IMGS Group
Shujjat joined IMGS in 2014 after working with EY, McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group. Shujjat's focus has been performance optimisation and business strategy. Assisting global multinationals such as Nestle, ADM and Maersk throughout his career, Shujjat now focuses on working with IMGS clients in Europe and Africa to help them with best-in-class bulk cargo management, ma...
Shujjat joined IMGS in 2014 after working with EY, McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group. Shujjat's focus has been performance optimisation and business strategy. Assisting global multinationals such as Nestle, ADM and Maersk throughout his career, Shujjat now focuses on working with IMGS clients in Europe and Africa to help them with best-in-class bulk cargo management, maritime advisory and terminal operations. Shujjat has a master of business administration from Ivey Business School, Western University, Ontario, Canada.
Nassirou Ba
Economic Affairs Officer - Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resources Division, United Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
An Agricultural Economist, Nassirou Ba's career as Economic Affairs Officer at the technology, climate change and natural resources division of UN ECA started in 2009. The focus of his role is on agricultural transformation, food security, trade and climate change. Before joining UN ECA, he worked with USAID as the Programme Director in charge of southern Iraq. In this po...
An Agricultural Economist, Nassirou Ba's career as Economic Affairs Officer at the technology, climate change and natural resources division of UN ECA started in 2009. The focus of his role is on agricultural transformation, food security, trade and climate change. Before joining UN ECA, he worked with USAID as the Programme Director in charge of southern Iraq. In this position, he worked on community-based development and transition initiatives and agricultural projects. He later joined International Relief and Development in Arlington, Virginia, where he was in charge of programmes for Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Nassirou Ba also spearheaded the agricultural voucher scheme in Afghanistan. He advocates for a green economy and climate-smart agriculture, and is currently collaborating with ECA partners on agricultural productivity issues in an eco-friendly environment.
Gopal Chandak
Regional Head, Export Trading Group (ETG)
Gopal is a key member of ETG’s group fertilizer procurement, with over nine years’ experience in the Fertilizer industry. Under his leadership, the company’s sales have grown by 30KMT to 600KMT in the last six years for west Africa and Asia. Gopal develops and drives organisational strategies with strong leadership skills, focusing on strategic partnerships and the develop...
Gopal is a key member of ETG’s group fertilizer procurement, with over nine years’ experience in the Fertilizer industry. Under his leadership, the company’s sales have grown by 30KMT to 600KMT in the last six years for west Africa and Asia. Gopal develops and drives organisational strategies with strong leadership skills, focusing on strategic partnerships and the development of people. He contributes to the company’s growth prospects in Africa and serves as a board member of the West Africa Fertilizer Association.
Grace Chilande
Fertilizer Market Specialist, IFDC Kenya
Grace Chilande is a Fertilizer Market Specialist with the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC). She has 4 years’ experience working on East and Southern Africa markets, and has recently expanded her coverage to West Africa as the Lead Project Coordinator of the AfricaFertilizer.org Initiative. She mainly focuses on data analysis and market intelligence of ino...
Grace Chilande is a Fertilizer Market Specialist with the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC). She has 4 years’ experience working on East and Southern Africa markets, and has recently expanded her coverage to West Africa as the Lead Project Coordinator of the AfricaFertilizer.org Initiative. She mainly focuses on data analysis and market intelligence of inorganic fertilizers-from production, trade, pricing and consumption in key markets within the SSA. Ms. Chilande has a Bachelors in Economics and Finance from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.
Asséta Diallo (PhD)
Program Officer, Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Systems, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Asséta Diallo is an economist, holding a PhD from Ouagadougou University in Burkina Faso. She has spent over 20 years working in the agricultural sector and over 13 specifically in the agriculture value chain and input market development in west and east Africa. She has worked with the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) on clusters development around value ...
Asséta Diallo is an economist, holding a PhD from Ouagadougou University in Burkina Faso. She has spent over 20 years working in the agricultural sector and over 13 specifically in the agriculture value chain and input market development in west and east Africa. She has worked with the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) on clusters development around value chains and in the fertilizer sector supporting the harmonization of regulations process with the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas). She joined the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra) in 2014, working on fertilizer supply and policy in 13 countries. Her work has included hub and agro-dealers development for a sustainable fertilizer delivery system for smallholder farmers and the creation of an enabling environment through government support. Since August 2018, she has been the programme officer for the soil fertility and fertilizer systems unit under the programme development and innovation at Agra for west Africa, supporting country teams to improve fertilizer systems in their respective countries. She is also the author and co-author of a number of publications.
Rob Groot
Director, Business Development and Partnerships, IFDC
Rob Groot is Director IFDC for Business Development and Partnerships and has over 25 years’ experience in international agricultural development, particularly relating to food security and soil fertility management in sub-Saharan Africa. He has been Director IFDC (East and Southern Africa and North and West Africa) since 2004. During this time, IFDC has seen a tenfold expa...
Rob Groot is Director IFDC for Business Development and Partnerships and has over 25 years’ experience in international agricultural development, particularly relating to food security and soil fertility management in sub-Saharan Africa. He has been Director IFDC (East and Southern Africa and North and West Africa) since 2004. During this time, IFDC has seen a tenfold expansion of its activities in Africa, where projects are increasingly undertaken in collaboration with the private sector, from both the agro-food and fertilizer industries. Before joining IFDC, Rob was involved in research involving soil fertility improvement, fertilizer use and climate change in Africa, mainly working for Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He holds an MSc in biology and agronomy from Wageningen University.
Mark Goodwin
Regional Accounts Manager, Compass Minerals
Mark Goodwin completed his Masters in Science (Ag) at the University of Manitoba in Canada in 1984 and his BSc(Ag) at the University of British Columbia. He has worked in agronomy related fields for 30-plus years. His research activities over the past 18 years focused on micronutrient nutrition in field and horticultural crops. Mark has been with Compass Minerals for five ...
Mark Goodwin completed his Masters in Science (Ag) at the University of Manitoba in Canada in 1984 and his BSc(Ag) at the University of British Columbia. He has worked in agronomy related fields for 30-plus years. His research activities over the past 18 years focused on micronutrient nutrition in field and horticultural crops. Mark has been with Compass Minerals for five years and lives in Kelowna, BC, Canada – an orchard/winery and high value crop growing area in western Canada. He provides technical and sales support for Compass in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Oumar Guindo
Managing Director, Toguna Agroindustries
Oumar Guindo is the Managing Director of Toguna Agroindustries in Bamko, Mali, one of west Africa's leading fertilizer production and distribution companies. Oumar has worked in the agrobusiness sector for more than 10 years. He also has 15 years’ experience in the textile industry, the oil and gas industry and international shipping. Oumar holds a masters degree in busine...
Oumar Guindo is the Managing Director of Toguna Agroindustries in Bamko, Mali, one of west Africa's leading fertilizer production and distribution companies. Oumar has worked in the agrobusiness sector for more than 10 years. He also has 15 years’ experience in the textile industry, the oil and gas industry and international shipping. Oumar holds a masters degree in business management from the University of Lille, France.
Dr Pieter Haumann
Chief Executive Officer, FERTASA
Pieter conducted postgraduate research on soil acidity and P fertilization in maize production for South Africa’s Department of Agriculture. He worked at Sasol Fertilizers as Senior Agricultural Adviser, and later as Head of Agricultural Services in the central region. He then joined South West Co-operative as Assistant General Manager of Agricultural Services and later Re...
Pieter conducted postgraduate research on soil acidity and P fertilization in maize production for South Africa’s Department of Agriculture. He worked at Sasol Fertilizers as Senior Agricultural Adviser, and later as Head of Agricultural Services in the central region. He then joined South West Co-operative as Assistant General Manager of Agricultural Services and later Retail. Pieter was General Manager at Grasland Ondernemings, a company that mines and markets limestone for the agricultural market. Thereafter he was a freelance consultant registered with SACNASP, providing solutions for soil acidity and related conditions. Pieter is a Director at Fertasa, representing small companies on the board. He has conducted training of crop production extension officers in Central Malawi under AFAP’s PIPs voluntary initiative.
Karim Lotfi Senhadji
CEO, OCP Africa
Karim is the Chief Executive of OCP subsidiary OCP Africa. Before taking this position, he spent seven years in various other leadership roles at the company. Prior to this, Karim held a variety of managerial positions at several Moroccan and multinational companies, including Holcim Group, Altadis Maroc and Méditelecom. Karim is a graduate of MIT – Boston, HEC Paris and...
Karim is the Chief Executive of OCP subsidiary OCP Africa. Before taking this position, he spent seven years in various other leadership roles at the company. Prior to this, Karim held a variety of managerial positions at several Moroccan and multinational companies, including Holcim Group, Altadis Maroc and Méditelecom. Karim is a graduate of MIT – Boston, HEC Paris and holds an executive MBA from Essec & Mannheim Business School. A trained pilot, Karim also has a diploma in aeronautic engineering from the Royal Air Forces School in Marrakech.
Gertrude Mashonganyika
Head of Supplies and Logistics, ZFC Ltd
As the Head of Supplies and Logistics department at ZFC, Gertrude is responsible for strategic global sourcing and logistics across all spend categories, including fertilizers and agrochemicals. She uses fertilizer market data analysis and market intelligence along the entire value chain. Gertrude is the President of The Mashonaland Chamber and an Executive Committee memb...
As the Head of Supplies and Logistics department at ZFC, Gertrude is responsible for strategic global sourcing and logistics across all spend categories, including fertilizers and agrochemicals. She uses fertilizer market data analysis and market intelligence along the entire value chain. Gertrude is the President of The Mashonaland Chamber and an Executive Committee member of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries. A member of the Institute of Business Advisors of Southern Africa, Gertrude has an honours degree in business studies and a master’s degree in business administration.
Dr. Lilian Wanjiru Mbuthia-Matoke
Senior Agronomist, ICL Fertilizers
Lilian is a Soil Scientist who specialises in agricultural management practices that enhance soil fertility, sustainable crop production and environmental quality. She is the Senior Agronomist for Israel Chemical Limited (ICL) in east Africa based in Nairobi, providing technical support for specialty fertilizers as well as training farmers and extension service providers o...
Lilian is a Soil Scientist who specialises in agricultural management practices that enhance soil fertility, sustainable crop production and environmental quality. She is the Senior Agronomist for Israel Chemical Limited (ICL) in east Africa based in Nairobi, providing technical support for specialty fertilizers as well as training farmers and extension service providers on soil and crop nutrition management. She also acts as the International Potash Institute (IPI) co-ordinator for IPI activities in eastern Africa responsible for promoting potash market development. After many years abroad for her studies, including an MSc in plant pathology and entomology from Hanover University and a PhD in environmental soil science from the University of Tennessee, Lilian returned to Kenya in 2015 with a vision of transforming the agricultural landscape of her country.
Mike Nash
Senior Editor, Fertilizers. Editor, Argus Phosphates & Fertilizer Africa, Argus
Mike Nash is Senior Editor at Argus, responsible for managing the London editorial fertilizer team and helping to develop new contacts. He retains editorship of Argus’ weekly phosphates report and is the main contributor to the Argus Monthly Phosphates Outlook. He also has special responsibility for the emerging African sector and is editor of the Argus monthly Africa fert...
Mike Nash is Senior Editor at Argus, responsible for managing the London editorial fertilizer team and helping to develop new contacts. He retains editorship of Argus’ weekly phosphates report and is the main contributor to the Argus Monthly Phosphates Outlook. He also has special responsibility for the emerging African sector and is editor of the Argus monthly Africa fertilizer supplement. He has 15 years’ experience covering the international phosphates and other fertilizer markets for a variety of UK-based price reporting agencies. He has also covered international energy and petrochemical markets and previously edited a number of manufacturing and engineering titles in the UK. Mike is an experienced speaker, presenting papers at various international industry events including AFA Cairo in 2011 and 2014 and GPCA in Dubai and Oman, TSI World Symposium, the FAI conference in Delhi as well as at many Argus events around the world and at numerous investor events and conferences. Mike is based in London. He is a graduate of Reading University with a BSc Hons degree in geography and economics and postgraduate studies in marketing.
Andrew Prince
General Manager: Supply Chain, Fertilizer RSA, Omnia Fertilizer
Andrew is responsible for Omnia’s supply chain, focusing on the planning, procurement and distribution of raw materials and finished fertilizers for Omnia’s businesses throughout Africa. He entered the consulting sector in 2000 in London, working with US petrochemical consultancy Townsend Associates. He moved into the fertilizer industry in January 2002 when he joined Brit...
Andrew is responsible for Omnia’s supply chain, focusing on the planning, procurement and distribution of raw materials and finished fertilizers for Omnia’s businesses throughout Africa. He entered the consulting sector in 2000 in London, working with US petrochemical consultancy Townsend Associates. He moved into the fertilizer industry in January 2002 when he joined British Sulphur Consultants, and in 2009 he was appointed Business Unit Manager and headed the business for two years. He then moved to Nexant to start and develop its fertilizer consulting activities globally. Andrew travelled widely during his consulting career, visiting more than 60 countries, and running in excess of 100 projects in countries including Uzbekistan, Bolivia and Iraq, among many other more mainstream fertilizer locations. In 2012 he returned to South Africa to join Omnia Fertilizers. Andrew has a degree in chemical engineering.
Tamir Richker
Sales & Marketing Leader in Africa, ICL Fertilizers
Tamir joined the Fertilizer plus team in 2016, which was established to promote new added value fertilizer products and develop new markets in ICL Fertilizers. Before becoming the Sales and Marketing Leader in Africa, he held a variety of roles in ICL since 2013. Tamir holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Ben-Gurion University in Israel a...
Tamir joined the Fertilizer plus team in 2016, which was established to promote new added value fertilizer products and develop new markets in ICL Fertilizers. Before becoming the Sales and Marketing Leader in Africa, he held a variety of roles in ICL since 2013. Tamir holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Ben-Gurion University in Israel and has a master's degree in the honour MBA programme from Ben-Gurion University.
Kalim M. Shah
Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Kalim M Shah is Chief Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector investment arm of the World Bank Group. He is responsible for IFC’s investments in manufacturing in sub-Saharan Africa, which includes downstream oil and gas, building materials and light manufacturing. Kalim has 30 years’ experience in corporate and commercial banki...
Kalim M Shah is Chief Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector investment arm of the World Bank Group. He is responsible for IFC’s investments in manufacturing in sub-Saharan Africa, which includes downstream oil and gas, building materials and light manufacturing. Kalim has 30 years’ experience in corporate and commercial banking, project finance and financial analysis — including 20 with the IFC — with an emphasis on downstream oil and gas, manufacturing and agribusiness, and has experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, south Asia, the Middle East and north Africa, Canada and the US. He has an MBA and a BSc in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University, Canada.
John Wendt
Deputy Director for Field Research, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)
Dr. John Wendt joined IFDC in 2011 and is the Deputy Director for Field Research, based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has more than 20 years of experience across the agricultural research-to-development continuum in diverse African environments (semi-arid Sahel, East African savannas, West African rainforests) involving multiple cereal, legume and root and tuber crops. His current...
Dr. John Wendt joined IFDC in 2011 and is the Deputy Director for Field Research, based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has more than 20 years of experience across the agricultural research-to-development continuum in diverse African environments (semi-arid Sahel, East African savannas, West African rainforests) involving multiple cereal, legume and root and tuber crops. His current area of focus is on balanced crop nutrition, which is addressing all crop nutrient deficiencies and soil acidity constrains through provision of balanced fertilizers and lime. His experience includes diverse management experience of multi-disciplinary teams of scientists, technical staff, grantees and stakeholders at project, program and research station levels. John has specific expertise in soil and plant analysis laboratory management, balanced crop nutrition, conservation agriculture practices, and integrated soil fertility management. Prior to his position at IFDC, John was Northern Area Projects Manager and head agronomist for ACDI/VOCA from 2008 to 2011 in Uganda. From 2001 to 2006, John was soil scientist and program and station administrator for the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), also in Uganda. John was a postdoctoral fellow for the Rockefeller Foundation in Malawi from 1989 to 1993. He holds a doctorate in agronomy from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. He also earned a master’s degree in agronomy and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA.
Carlos Zandamela
President, Mozambican Platform for Promotion of Fertilizer Use (AMOFERT)
Carlos has more than 36 years’ experience in the fertilizer industry. Since 2015, Carlos has been President of the Mozambican Association for Dialogue and Promotion of Fertilizer Use. He also worked as a Liaison Scientist for the International Rice Research Institute for more than 10 years. He has served as Director of agricultural research at the Ministry of Agriculture,...
Carlos has more than 36 years’ experience in the fertilizer industry. Since 2015, Carlos has been President of the Mozambican Association for Dialogue and Promotion of Fertilizer Use. He also worked as a Liaison Scientist for the International Rice Research Institute for more than 10 years. He has served as Director of agricultural research at the Ministry of Agriculture, Mozambique and on several working committees for the preparation of agricultural policies and strategies.
Anthony Selorm Kofituo Morrison
CEO Chamber of Agribusiness Ghana and Chair, West Africa Chamber of Agribusiness
Marie Claire Kalihangabo
Coordinator, Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism, African Development Bank
Marie Claire has been co-ordinator of the Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) since November 2017. She has more than 19 years’ work experience within public, international and development organisations across Africa. Prior to joining the AFFM, Marie Claire worked 10 years for the International Fertilizer Development Centre, in the east and southern Africa division...
Marie Claire has been co-ordinator of the Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) since November 2017. She has more than 19 years’ work experience within public, international and development organisations across Africa. Prior to joining the AFFM, Marie Claire worked 10 years for the International Fertilizer Development Centre, in the east and southern Africa division. She managed multi-donor agricultural value chain projects, targeting fertilizer sector financing. Marie Claire has also worked for the government of Rwanda in justice and academic sectors. She has experience in programmes and projects management, financial management, budgeting, compliance, international relations, planning and auditing. She holds an MBA in project management from Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands.
Gideon Negedu
Executive Secretary, FERTASA
Gideon Negedu is the executive secretary Fepsan, the apex umbrella body for fertilizers in Nigeria. He has extensive experience working in the fertilizing industry both in the formulation and implementation of policies that shape the industry. Gideon has a degree in agriculture and a masters degree in business administration.
Gideon Negedu is the executive secretary Fepsan, the apex umbrella body for fertilizers in Nigeria. He has extensive experience working in the fertilizing industry both in the formulation and implementation of policies that shape the industry. Gideon has a degree in agriculture and a masters degree in business administration.
Pierre Brunache Jr
Coordinator, Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism, African Development Bank
Nana Serwah Amoako
Senior Advisor, Office of the President Accra, Ghana
David Buruchara
Fertilizer Logistics Specialist, One Acre Fund
Robson Mutandi
Country Director, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
James Mutegi
Senior Program Manager - East and Southern Africa, African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI)