27 February - 01 March 2019
Marrakech, Morocco

Argus Africa Fertilizer

Speaker listing

Aida Idrissi Kaitouni
Principal, Consulting
Aida Idrissi has over 12 years’ experience in both capital markets and the fertilizers industry. She worked for 5 years in strategy and market intelligence roles for OCP, contributing to strategic projects in the phosphate sector. Prior to that, she worked for Goldman Sachs for over 3 years as a structured interest rates derivative sales.
Aida Idrissi has over 12 years’ experience in both capital markets and the fertilizers industry. She worked for 5 years in strategy and market intelligence roles for OCP, contributing to strategic projects in the phosphate sector. Prior to that, she worked for Goldman Sachs for over 3 years as a structured interest rates derivative sales.
Balbir Singh
Head, Development and Agronomy, Indorama Fertilizer
Dr. Balbir Singh has a PhD in Agronomy from The Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, his academic research was on Integrated Nutrient Management of Rice (University Topper in Masters and Doctorate). Worked with Bayer Crop Science (Seeds n Agrochemicals), Coromandel International Ltd (Fertilizer), Mahyco Monsanto (Cereals n Seeds...
Dr. Balbir Singh has a PhD in Agronomy from The Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, his academic research was on Integrated Nutrient Management of Rice (University Topper in Masters and Doctorate). Worked with Bayer Crop Science (Seeds n Agrochemicals), Coromandel International Ltd (Fertilizer), Mahyco Monsanto (Cereals n Seeds), Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd (Speciality Fertilizers) and Export Trading Group for Agro-commodity (Coffee, Maize, Fertilizers, Sesame, Soybean, Beans, Tea, Sisal) Operation, Procurement, Export, Import and new ventures. Currently with Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Ltd, World’s Largest Single Line Urea Fertilizer Plant at Port Harcourt, Nigeria, 1.5 MMTPA Capacity, Serving ECOWAS Countries. Responsible for Agronomy, Extension, Branding, Promotion and Liason with national and International development partners.
Carlos Zandamela
President, The Mozambique National Fertilizer PLatform
Graduated from the University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Carlos Zandamela has wover 36 years experience in the industry and key qualification and experience in project management for technology package development and delivery with private sector involvement and agro input dealers in collaboration with Sasakawa Global 2000 and with the International Fertilizer Developm...
Graduated from the University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Carlos Zandamela has wover 36 years experience in the industry and key qualification and experience in project management for technology package development and delivery with private sector involvement and agro input dealers in collaboration with Sasakawa Global 2000 and with the International Fertilizer Development (IFDC)
Elizabeth Nsimadala
Regional President, Board Member Pan Africa Farmers Organization (PAFO)  and  The Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF)
Elizabeth Nsimadala is the Board Member Pan Africa Farmers Organization (PAFO) a position she hold on behalf of The Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF) where she serves as The Regional President. Professionally she holds a Master of Science in Project planning and Management (Ndejje University Uganda) and a Bachelor of Arts in Social sciences (Makerere University Kam...
Elizabeth Nsimadala is the Board Member Pan Africa Farmers Organization (PAFO) a position she hold on behalf of The Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF) where she serves as The Regional President. Professionally she holds a Master of Science in Project planning and Management (Ndejje University Uganda) and a Bachelor of Arts in Social sciences (Makerere University Kampala), she has also received specialized training in Cooperative Management, Agricultural marketing and logistics management for cooperatives, public administration and management, Administrative law among others at both international and National level. Elizabeth has been at the center of lobby and advocacy work of farmers’ organizations for an enabling agriculture and farmer - led trade environment in the Eastern Africa region. She is a successful agripreneur and has been key in promotion of aggregation of farmers for markets model.
Grace Chilande
Fertilizer Market Specialist, IFDC
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.
Harold Roy-Macauley
Director General, AfricaRice
Dr Harold Roy-Macauley is the Director General of AfricaRice, a CGIAR Research Center and a pan-African association of 27 member countries, since March 2015. He has over 30 years of experience in agricultural research with extensive leadership and management expertise. Before joining AfricaRice, Dr Roy-Macauley worked as a top executive in several research f...
Dr Harold Roy-Macauley is the Director General of AfricaRice, a CGIAR Research Center and a pan-African association of 27 member countries, since March 2015. He has over 30 years of experience in agricultural research with extensive leadership and management expertise. Before joining AfricaRice, Dr Roy-Macauley worked as a top executive in several research for development institutions including the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), also a CGIAR Research Center, and the Regional Centre for studies on plant adaptation to drought (CERAAS).
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.
Lauren Williamson
SVP Fertilizer, Argus
Lauren Williamson is SVP and heads the global Fertilizers portfolio at Argus. Lauren has a passion for markets and transparency. She has been in information services since 2003 with a focus on fertilizers since 2010. Her previous roles include work at SABIC and Shell. She won several Associated Press awards for her reporting and in 2012 she launched Argus’ Americas fertili...
Lauren Williamson is SVP and heads the global Fertilizers portfolio at Argus. Lauren has a passion for markets and transparency. She has been in information services since 2003 with a focus on fertilizers since 2010. Her previous roles include work at SABIC and Shell. She won several Associated Press awards for her reporting and in 2012 she launched Argus’ Americas fertilizer division.
Luambo Munzhedzi
Chairman, Agrodealers Association of South Africa
Agri-preneur ,Trained Veterinary Nutrition Advisor , Agro -inputs dealer ,Certified Agro dealer Trainer , Chairperson- Agro dealers Association of South Africa(ADASA) role includes amongst others liase with government on inputs compliance ,regulations ,policies on inputs distribution and Agro Dealers development, Secretary -Agri-ways to economy NGO- promoting rural develop...
Agri-preneur ,Trained Veterinary Nutrition Advisor , Agro -inputs dealer ,Certified Agro dealer Trainer , Chairperson- Agro dealers Association of South Africa(ADASA) role includes amongst others liase with government on inputs compliance ,regulations ,policies on inputs distribution and Agro Dealers development, Secretary -Agri-ways to economy NGO- promoting rural development, Good Agricultural Practices ,evaluation of Fetilizer use ,consumption and demand in small scale farming " From Agro dealer to Farm gate"
Marie Claire Kalihangabo
Coordinator, Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism, Africa Development Bank
Marie Claire Kalihangabo is a senior manager with 18 years’ work experience. Her domain of competences covers international and public organizations across Africa. Mrs. Kalihangabo has extensive skills in programs and projects management, financial management, budgeting, compliance, international relations, planning and auditing. She had particularly worked with IFDC in ag...
Marie Claire Kalihangabo is a senior manager with 18 years’ work experience. Her domain of competences covers international and public organizations across Africa. Mrs. Kalihangabo has extensive skills in programs and projects management, financial management, budgeting, compliance, international relations, planning and auditing. She had particularly worked with IFDC in agricultural financing, specifically on fertilizers value chain development, and, with the AFDB, where she is currently coordinating the Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM). One of the AFFM's primary functions is to create an enabling environment for mobilizing the investments needed to achieve the 50 kilograms per hectare target for fertilizer use mandated by the Abuja Summit.
Martin Fregene
Director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, African Development Bank
Dr. Martin Fregene is a plant geneticist and molecular breeder with over 25 years of research and development experience at two International Agricultural Research Centers (IARCs), a renowned Plant Science Center in the US (judged the sixth best plant science center in the US), at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) of Nigeria – as Chief Techn...
Dr. Martin Fregene is a plant geneticist and molecular breeder with over 25 years of research and development experience at two International Agricultural Research Centers (IARCs), a renowned Plant Science Center in the US (judged the sixth best plant science center in the US), at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) of Nigeria – as Chief Technical Adviser to the erstwhile Minister of Agriculture, and as Adviser to the Vice President of Agriculture, Human, and Social Development at the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Jennifer Blanke. He is currently Director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry (AHAI) at the African Development Bank working on implementation of a bold initiative of the Bank, the Feed Africa Strategy in collaboration with AHAI’s sister department at the Bank, Agricultural Financing and Rural Development (AHFR). Specifically, he is leading the execution of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) to raise farm level crop, livestock, and aquaculture productivity across the continent. He is also leading the design and implementation of the Transformation of African Savannah Initiative (TASI), a science and technology –based initiative, that seeks to transform 16 million Ha of African Savannah across eight African countries into breadbaskets producing 50million MT of maize, 30million MT of soybean, and 10 million MT of livestock within 25 years via new private sector investments and climate-smart agriculture.
Mike Nash
Editor, Phosphates, Argus
Mike Nash is the editor of Argus’ weekly phosphates reports and also the main contributor to the Argus monthly phosphates outlook report. He has 15 years of 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...
Mike Nash is the editor of Argus’ weekly phosphates reports and also the main contributor to the Argus monthly phosphates outlook report. He has 15 years of 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; he has presented papers at various international industry events including AFA Cairo in 2011 and 2014 and GPCA in Dubai, 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 post-graduate studies in marketing.
Patrick Heffer
Senior Director, Agriculture Service, IFA
Patrick Heffer joined the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) in Paris in 2002, where he is Senior Director of the Agriculture Service. In this capacity, he coordinates IFA’s global activities relating to fertilizer consumption. In addition, at the regional level, Patrick leads IFA’s Africa programme. More specifically, his duties focus on agronomic, market and poli...
Patrick Heffer joined the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) in Paris in 2002, where he is Senior Director of the Agriculture Service. In this capacity, he coordinates IFA’s global activities relating to fertilizer consumption. In addition, at the regional level, Patrick leads IFA’s Africa programme. More specifically, his duties focus on agronomic, market and policy issues that relate to fertilizer and nutrient management in a global context. Before joining IFA, Patrick spent 15 years with the seed industry, including five years in Switzerland at the joint secretariat of the International Seed Trade Federation and International Association of Plant Breeders (FIS/ASSINSEL), advancing to the position of Deputy Secretary General before his departure, and two years in Rome with the Seed and Plant Genetic Resources Service at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). He has also worked at GNIS (French parastatal seed organization) in Poitiers, France and at the Hassan II Agronomic and Veterinary Institute in Rabat, Morocco.
Pierre Brunache Jr
Senior Agribusiness, Value Chain Consultant
Rebbie Harawa
Head of Soil and Fertilizer Systems, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Rebbie Harawa is currently the Head for Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Systems at AGRA responsible for helping countries to build sustainable soil health and fertilizer systems for improved crop productity. Before joining AGRA, Rebbie worked as a Team Leader and Science Coordinator for the UNDP/Columbia University-Millennium Villages Project, a multi-sectoral project which ...
Rebbie Harawa is currently the Head for Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Systems at AGRA responsible for helping countries to build sustainable soil health and fertilizer systems for improved crop productity. Before joining AGRA, Rebbie worked as a Team Leader and Science Coordinator for the UNDP/Columbia University-Millennium Villages Project, a multi-sectoral project which aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) at local community level. Rebbie also worked as an Adjunct Associate Research Scholar (part-time) for Global Health and Economic Development, Columbia University. Previously she also worked for World Agroforestry Center as a Research Specialist where she implemented projects on evaluating agroforestry technologies in Malawi. Rebbie holds a Ph.D. in Soil Science (with minor in extension) from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York in USA. In addition, she received BSc and MSc in Agriculture from Bunda College of Agriculture, University of Malawi.
Rob Groot
Director, Global Field Programs, IFDC
Rob has 30 years of experience in international agricultural development, with focus on food security and soil fertility management in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2017 he is IFDC Director IFDC – Global Field Programs. Between 2004 and 2016 he was Regional IFDC Director for North/West Africa and later East/Southern Africa. Prior to joining IFDC, he was involved in R&D initiat...
Rob has 30 years of experience in international agricultural development, with focus on food security and soil fertility management in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2017 he is IFDC Director IFDC – Global Field Programs. Between 2004 and 2016 he was Regional IFDC Director for North/West Africa and later East/Southern Africa. Prior to joining IFDC, he was involved in R&D initiatives on soil fertility improvement, fertilizer use and climate change. As Executive Secretary of the Plant Sciences Group of Wageningen University in the Netherlands (1999-2004), he supported strategy and new business development. Before 1999 he managed several international research projects, including those focusing on the impact of climate change on water availability and food security in semiarid regions in sub-Saharan Africa. Rob holds a degree in agronomy and biology from Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
Tamir Richker
Marketing Product Manager, FertilizerPlus, ICL
Tamir Richker, born in 1984 in Israel, in the role of Marketing Product manager of FertilizerpluS at ICL group since 2016. Hold a Bachelor degree in Economics & Business Administration from Ben-Gurion University in Israel and has a Master's degree in the Honor MBA program from Ben-Gurion University in Israel. Tamir fulfilled a variety of roles since 2013 with ICL Group – A...
Tamir Richker, born in 1984 in Israel, in the role of Marketing Product manager of FertilizerpluS at ICL group since 2016. Hold a Bachelor degree in Economics & Business Administration from Ben-Gurion University in Israel and has a Master's degree in the Honor MBA program from Ben-Gurion University in Israel. Tamir fulfilled a variety of roles since 2013 with ICL Group – A global Enterprise that specializes in essential minerals and chemical solutions with a turnover of ~6 billion USD, ~13k employees worldwide. At the end of 2016 he joined FertilizerpluS team which was established to promote new added value fertilizer products and develop new markets in ICL Fertilizers.