01 septiembre - 30 septiembre 2020
TBC

Argus Added Value Fertilizers Africa

Speaker listing

Agnes Ngare
Fertilizer Supply Chain Lead, One Acre Fund
Agnes is a supply chain professional with over 10 years experience in customer service, warehousing, distribution, demand management, logistics and ERP Project management. At One Acre Fund, Agnes ensures timely delivery of affordable, quality of fertilizer for over 600,000 smallholder farmers across One Acre Fund’s seven countries of operations.
Agnes is a supply chain professional with over 10 years experience in customer service, warehousing, distribution, demand management, logistics and ERP Project management. At One Acre Fund, Agnes ensures timely delivery of affordable, quality of fertilizer for over 600,000 smallholder farmers across One Acre Fund’s seven countries of operations.
Bernard Vanlauwe
Director R4D, Central Africa and Natural Resource Management, IITA
Bernard Vanlauwe joined IITA in Kenya in March 2012 to lead the Central Africa hub and the Natural Resource Management research area. In this capacity, he is also having an oversight role in the Humidtropics, the Water, Land, and Ecosystems, and the CCAFS CGIAR Research Programs. Prior to this recent appointment, he was the leader of the Integrated Soil Fertility Managemen...
Bernard Vanlauwe joined IITA in Kenya in March 2012 to lead the Central Africa hub and the Natural Resource Management research area. In this capacity, he is also having an oversight role in the Humidtropics, the Water, Land, and Ecosystems, and the CCAFS CGIAR Research Programs. Prior to this recent appointment, he was the leader of the Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) program of the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility research area of CIAT (TSBF-CIAT). He joined CIAT-TSBF in 2001 and led the development, adaptation, and dissemination of best ISFM options in various agro-ecological zones in sub-Saharan Africa. In September 2010, the obtained a Visiting Professor position at the Swedish Agricultural University in Uppsala in the Soils and Environment Department. Before, he worked at IITA in Nigeria (1991 – 2000) and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (1989-1991), focusing on unraveling the mechanisms underlying nutrient and soil organic matter dynamics in tropical agro-ecosystems. In that context, he obtained his PhD in 1996 in Applied Biological Sciences. He has published over 150 papers in scientific journals and over 160 in other forms and has (co-) supervised over 40 PhD and over 60 MSc students.
Christophe Bazivamo
Deputy Secretary General, EAC
Hon. Bazivamo has served as Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors at the EAC since 2016. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Secretary General, Hon. Bazivamo was a Member of Parliament in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA). Hon. Bazivamo has been a Minister in Rwanda for 9 years from 2002 until 2011 as Minister for Lands, Environme...
Hon. Bazivamo has served as Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors at the EAC since 2016. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Secretary General, Hon. Bazivamo was a Member of Parliament in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA). Hon. Bazivamo has been a Minister in Rwanda for 9 years from 2002 until 2011 as Minister for Lands, Environment, Forestry, Water and Mines, Minister of Local Government and Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources among others. Hon Bazivamo is an Engineer in Agriculture by profession. He has been a teacher and holds a Masters’ Degree in Social-Economics from the University of Goettingen in Germany. Hon. Bazivamo has also worked with a number of NGOs before joining the Public Sector as a Governor and later on as the First Executive Secretary of the Rwandan National Electoral Commission (NEC) from where he was appointed a Minister.
Clement Tulezi
Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Flower Council
Clement Tulezi, the Chief Executive of the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) oversees the accomplishment of the trade association’s mission. KFC membership represents over 80 percent of flower exports. Since 1996, the Council has remained at the forefront of establishing Kenya as a leading worldwide player in the international floriculture industry. Kenya is ranked among the top ...
Clement Tulezi, the Chief Executive of the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) oversees the accomplishment of the trade association’s mission. KFC membership represents over 80 percent of flower exports. Since 1996, the Council has remained at the forefront of establishing Kenya as a leading worldwide player in the international floriculture industry. Kenya is ranked among the top 4 worldwide in exports. Mr. Tulezi has over 23-years driving marketing and communications at local and international levels. He has an excellent understanding of linkages within agricultural market systems & value chains. Clement h s spent a bulk of the years in policy advocacy, media and democratic governance. Additionally, he has supported peace-building and conflict resolution in a number of countries across the African continent.
Eustace Muriuki
Chairman, Fertiliser Association of Kenya
Mr. Muriuki holds a BSc. (Chem), UoN and MSc (Soil Fertility) Wageningen degrees. He is currently the Managing Director for MEA Ltd., Chairman of Fertilizer Association of Kenya (FAK) and Co-chair of Kenya Fertilizer Platform (KeFERT). Mr. Muriuki has a wealth of experience in soil analysis, soil fertility management, fertilizer blending and fertilizer trading.
Mr. Muriuki holds a BSc. (Chem), UoN and MSc (Soil Fertility) Wageningen degrees. He is currently the Managing Director for MEA Ltd., Chairman of Fertilizer Association of Kenya (FAK) and Co-chair of Kenya Fertilizer Platform (KeFERT). Mr. Muriuki has a wealth of experience in soil analysis, soil fertility management, fertilizer blending and fertilizer trading.
Henry Ogola
Managing Director, Chemagro
Henry Ogola has been involved in fertilizer for nearly 40 years after graduating with BSc and MSc degrees in Agriculture (Soil science) and Agricultural Economics. He has worked occupied senior positions in the Ministry of Agriculture Kenya, being in charge of fertilizer docket and private sector fertilizer companies involved in importation and marketing of fertilizer. M...
Henry Ogola has been involved in fertilizer for nearly 40 years after graduating with BSc and MSc degrees in Agriculture (Soil science) and Agricultural Economics. He has worked occupied senior positions in the Ministry of Agriculture Kenya, being in charge of fertilizer docket and private sector fertilizer companies involved in importation and marketing of fertilizer. Mr Ogola has an in-depth knowledge of the fertilizer market in East Africa and is a recognized consultant on various aspects of the fertilizer industry. He's also a long serving member of Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) - Fertilizer and Soil Conditioners Technical Committee.
James Mutonyi
Managing Director, AGMARK
James is the rural development expert and Agricultural Specialist with more than 20 years of experience working with small business and Small Holder Agricultural in Africa. He is currently the Managing Director of the Agricultural Market Development Trust (AGMARK) a regional development organization supporting smallholder farmers to access inputs and technologies for incr...
James is the rural development expert and Agricultural Specialist with more than 20 years of experience working with small business and Small Holder Agricultural in Africa. He is currently the Managing Director of the Agricultural Market Development Trust (AGMARK) a regional development organization supporting smallholder farmers to access inputs and technologies for increased production and output markets. AGMARK has been a Key player in small holder agricultural sector in the region since 2004, working with Government Private sector and development partners to develop and implement innovative models for smallholder farmers and pastoralists to access improved inputs for increased Agricultural production and create markets production in the East and Southern African region. AGMARK work has impacted over 280,000 smallholder farmers with project funding of over $ 20 Million since its inception in 2004. James has extensive experience in enterprise development in Africa – having traveled widely within the region consulting, training and offering technical support to government institutions, private Agricultural Input supply companies and local development institutions on issues relating to smallholder agricultural input access and output marketing.
Jeremy Cordingley
Director, Cropnuts
Jeremy founded east Africa's largest agricultural service provider, Crop Nutrition Laboratory Service (Cropnuts) 20 years ago in Kenya. Already a household name for large and medium-size farms seeking soil, plant, water and disease testing, fertiliser recommendations and agronomy advice, Cropnuts has for the last five years been rolling out programmes for smallholders, bui...
Jeremy founded east Africa's largest agricultural service provider, Crop Nutrition Laboratory Service (Cropnuts) 20 years ago in Kenya. Already a household name for large and medium-size farms seeking soil, plant, water and disease testing, fertiliser recommendations and agronomy advice, Cropnuts has for the last five years been rolling out programmes for smallholders, building one of the largest soil databases in sub-Saharan Africa. Much of the business has now shifted from soil sampling to data mining. With a specific department looking at precision agriculture, satellite and weather data, yield predictions and soil mapping, Cropnuts offers fertilizer companies and farmers tailor-made solutions for crops, regions and even fields. Jeremy has a master’s in soil science from the UK’s University of Reading.
Job Kihara
Soil Fertility Expert, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture
Job Kihara is a soil fertility expert working with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). He has over 15 years’ experience working in sub-Saharan Africa mainly East and southern Africa. He holds a PhD in agriculture from the university of Bonn, Germany. He has published widely on soil fertility issues (over 30 publications) including on soil secondary an...
Job Kihara is a soil fertility expert working with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). He has over 15 years’ experience working in sub-Saharan Africa mainly East and southern Africa. He holds a PhD in agriculture from the university of Bonn, Germany. He has published widely on soil fertility issues (over 30 publications) including on soil secondary and micronutrients.
John Hassell
Customer Support Manager Europe, Middle East and Africa, Koch Industries
John is responsible for providing commercial support including field trials, technical sales and regulatory education support to KAS’ distributors in Europe and Africa. Prior to working with KAS’s customers in more of a commercial role, he coordinated worldwide research on AGROTAIN and other pipeline technologies and helped train distributors, retailers and farmers on the ...
John is responsible for providing commercial support including field trials, technical sales and regulatory education support to KAS’ distributors in Europe and Africa. Prior to working with KAS’s customers in more of a commercial role, he coordinated worldwide research on AGROTAIN and other pipeline technologies and helped train distributors, retailers and farmers on the benefits of urease and nitrification inhibitors.
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.
Kent Lambden
Vice President, Global Business Development & Strategy, Actagro
Lambden has spent the past 24 years in the global fertilizer and plant nutrition sectors, currently holding the role of VP, Global Business Development & Strategy with Actagro, a California USA based soil and plant health technology company. Prior to joining Actagro, he led Global Business Development Activities for Overland Park, Kansas based Compass Minerals where he was...
Lambden has spent the past 24 years in the global fertilizer and plant nutrition sectors, currently holding the role of VP, Global Business Development & Strategy with Actagro, a California USA based soil and plant health technology company. Prior to joining Actagro, he led Global Business Development Activities for Overland Park, Kansas based Compass Minerals where he was responsible for global new business development activities surrounding the acquisitions and subsequent adoption of product portfolios from specialty fertilizer companies Wolf Trax based in Winnipeg, Canada as well as Sao Paulo, Brazil based Produquimica. During his period of time at Compass Minerals, the company expanded its commercial market presence from 8 to 35 countries on 5 continents. Prior to joining Compass Minerals, Lambden led and executed the development of a global value added specialty fertilizer product portfolio to compliment Decatur, Illinois based Archer Daniels Midland’s global fertilizer platform, predominately in Brazil as well as activities in various markets on 4 continents. During the course of his career, Lambden has held escalating roles of responsibility developing projects, products and geographies globally with projects completed in Brazil, India, UAE, Oman, Turkey, USA and products commercialized in over 30 countries. Lambden holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
Lilian Mbuthia
Chief Agronomist, Africa, ICL Fertilizers
Dr. Lilian Wanjiru Mbuthia is ICL’s senior agronomist for East Africa based in Nairobi providing technical support for specialty fertilizers as well as training of farmers and extension service providers on soil and crop nutrition management. She also acts as the IPI (International Potash Institute) coordinator for IPI activities in Eastern Africa responsible for promoting...
Dr. Lilian Wanjiru Mbuthia is ICL’s senior agronomist for East Africa based in Nairobi providing technical support for specialty fertilizers as well as training of farmers and extension service providers on soil and crop nutrition management. She also acts as the IPI (International Potash Institute) coordinator for IPI activities in Eastern Africa responsible for promoting potash market development in Eastern Africa. After many years abroad for her studies, including an MSc in plant pathology and entomology from Hanover University (Germany) and a PhD in in Environmental Soil Science from University of Tennessee (USA), Dr. Mbuthia returned to Kenya. Her MSc focused on the combination of biocontrol organisms in the control of soil-borne pathogens, specifically the combination of mycorrhiza and Trichoderma harzianum in the control of Fusarium wilt (Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. lycopersici) in tomatoes. Dr. Mbuthia’s PhD focused on the dynamics of microbial community and nutrient cycling under different conservation agriculture practices (no-till, cover crops and fertilizations regimes) using both biochemical and molecular techniques.
Mike Nash
Senior Editor, Phosphates and Africa, Argus
Mike Nash is the Editor of Argus’ weekly phosphates report, the main contributor to the Argus Monthly Phosphates Outlook and is responsible for developing Argus’ editorial coverage of fertilizers, with special responsibility for the emerging African sector. He has 15 years’ experience covering the international phosphates and other fertilizer markets for a variety of UK-ba...
Mike Nash is the Editor of Argus’ weekly phosphates report, the main contributor to the Argus Monthly Phosphates Outlook and is responsible for developing Argus’ editorial coverage of fertilizers, with special responsibility for the emerging African sector. 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.
Reinder van der Meer
Director Marketing & Business Development, Cropnuts
Reinder is an entrepreneur who has set up numerous agricultural and food safety laboratories over the past 20 years on three continents for organisations including TNO, BLGG/Eurofins AgriQ and SoilCares. In the past five years, he has specialised in rolling out soil testing laboratories across Africa, building databases and apps to help farmers improve their production and...
Reinder is an entrepreneur who has set up numerous agricultural and food safety laboratories over the past 20 years on three continents for organisations including TNO, BLGG/Eurofins AgriQ and SoilCares. In the past five years, he has specialised in rolling out soil testing laboratories across Africa, building databases and apps to help farmers improve their production and restore soils.
Wesley Rotich
Managing Dircetor, Paksons
Wesley Rotich is a dynamic and passionate entrepreneur, innovator and business executive with more than 20 years of experience in the management of small and large business enterprises. He has worked at Paksons Enterprises Limited at various levels including in sales, marketing and operations at managerial level since inception. He has an MBA in finance and marketing from...
Wesley Rotich is a dynamic and passionate entrepreneur, innovator and business executive with more than 20 years of experience in the management of small and large business enterprises. He has worked at Paksons Enterprises Limited at various levels including in sales, marketing and operations at managerial level since inception. He has an MBA in finance and marketing from Shivaji University, Kolhapur, India. B.COM (HONS), DCA. Wesley has attended many training programmes in agro-business management, notably a certificate training programme in fertilizer and soil fertility management under a GTZ/GOK initiative. He currently serves as the Executive Director in charge of finance, operations and strategy at Paksons Enterprises, a large agro-dealer business that sources, packages, brands and distributes high-quality farm inputs to farmers and small agro-based businesses in western Kenya. Wesley is a frequent speaker at industry events and the winner of numerous awards and accolades, including an Innovation award from Syngenta and a listing in the LSEG Companies Inspire Africa 2019 report. He has spearheaded the company in showcasing many agricultural expositions as sponsors of several agro-based community events and trade shows geared towards better educating farmers and small business enterprises. Wesley is the current chair of the county agro-dealers association in Kericho County and a member of the National Steering Committee. Having worked with many small to medium-scale agro-dealers, Wesley is well versed in the challenges facing small to medium-scale agro-dealer enterprises in Kenya and is fully conversant with last-mile distribution systems and the supply chain challenges in the sector.
Daniel Gad
Owner, Omega Farms