17 outubro - 19 outubro 2022
Hotel RIU Plaza España, Madrid, Spain

Argus Fertilizer Europe Conference

Main conference speakers:

Motti Levin
CEO, Haifa Group
Motti Levin, Serves as CEO of Haifa Group from April 2018. With over two decades of experience in senior management positions in international companies including CEO and CFO of companies operating in a variety of industrial fields, including logistics, international trade, chemicals and agriculture. Among his various positions, Levin served as CEO of Gadot Tanker from 201...
Motti Levin, Serves as CEO of Haifa Group from April 2018. With over two decades of experience in senior management positions in international companies including CEO and CFO of companies operating in a variety of industrial fields, including logistics, international trade, chemicals and agriculture. Among his various positions, Levin served as CEO of Gadot Tanker from 2014-2018. 2014 and as CEO of Maman Group from 2006 to 2011. In his various positions, Levin also served as CFO of Netafim, and served in various positions at the Israel Chemicals Company, including the Deputy CEO and CFO of ICL. The business and managerial experience gained over the years by a number of leading global companies also allows Levin to lead the Haifa Group to new heights, to the benefit of the agriculture and the entire Israeli economy.Levin has a bachelor's and master's degree in economics and business administration - specializing in finance, from Bar Ilan University.
Javier Goni
CEO, Fertiberia
Javier Goñi is CEO of Grupo Fertiberia and President of the Spanish National Association of Fertilizer Producers (ANFFE). Javier Goñi is been also President of Fertilizers Europe and member of the Board of Directors of IFA. He holds a double degree in Economics and Law from ICAI-ICADE University in Madrid, and an MBA from Insead, in Fontainebleau, France.
Javier Goñi is CEO of Grupo Fertiberia and President of the Spanish National Association of Fertilizer Producers (ANFFE). Javier Goñi is been also President of Fertilizers Europe and member of the Board of Directors of IFA. He holds a double degree in Economics and Law from ICAI-ICADE University in Madrid, and an MBA from Insead, in Fontainebleau, France.
Brian Wade
Head of Science and Solutions at Crop Nutrients, Anglo-American
Brian has led teams and businesses across global major companies such as Bayer CropScience, Koch Agronomic Services and others. His experience includes being from a family farm in the U.S., a PhD in Crop Sciences and P&L responsibility for $300M turnover division. He now leads the Science and Solutions function at Anglo American Crop Nutrients with a team that is creatin...
Brian has led teams and businesses across global major companies such as Bayer CropScience, Koch Agronomic Services and others. His experience includes being from a family farm in the U.S., a PhD in Crop Sciences and P&L responsibility for $300M turnover division. He now leads the Science and Solutions function at Anglo American Crop Nutrients with a team that is creating and scaling next generation crop nutrition from minerals that are enabling the future instead of continuing the legacy of the past.
David Herrero Fuentes
Chief Operating Office, Fertiberia
David joined Fertiberia in 2001, became a site manager in 2005 and since 2018 has been COO. He has been a board member of the European Fertilizers Association since 2020 and chairman of its Production, Safety and Environment Committee. David is the working group co-chair of the European Union’s Clean Hydrogen Alliance initiative. He has a degree in Civil Engineering from I...
David joined Fertiberia in 2001, became a site manager in 2005 and since 2018 has been COO. He has been a board member of the European Fertilizers Association since 2020 and chairman of its Production, Safety and Environment Committee. David is the working group co-chair of the European Union’s Clean Hydrogen Alliance initiative. He has a degree in Civil Engineering from Imperial College London and the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid.
Rudiger Simon
Business Director, Triferto
Luuk Hagting
Fertilizer Purchaser, Agrifirm NWE
Luuk specializes in grass growth for roughage, seeking fertilizer solutions from the perspective of a farmer. He focuses on adding value to fertilizers through modification or smart combinations of the product, and through intensive marketing.
Luuk specializes in grass growth for roughage, seeking fertilizer solutions from the perspective of a farmer. He focuses on adding value to fertilizers through modification or smart combinations of the product, and through intensive marketing.
Gonzalo Fernandez
Head of Projects and Investments, Fertiberia
Nico Pinkowski
CEO, Nitricity
Nico Pinkowski is co-founder and CEO of Nitricity, a company electrifying and distributing the production of fertilizer. As it is done today, fertilizer emits as much as 5-7%/yr of total global GHG emissions. Nitricity and Nico have received numerous awards and grants from Stanford, MIT, Caltech, ASU, Forbes 30 under 30, NSF, USDA, and ARPA-e SBIR, and a recent $20M vent...
Nico Pinkowski is co-founder and CEO of Nitricity, a company electrifying and distributing the production of fertilizer. As it is done today, fertilizer emits as much as 5-7%/yr of total global GHG emissions. Nitricity and Nico have received numerous awards and grants from Stanford, MIT, Caltech, ASU, Forbes 30 under 30, NSF, USDA, and ARPA-e SBIR, and a recent $20M venture finance round. Prior to Nitricity, Nico received a PhD in Mechanical engineering from Stanford.
Jacob Hansen
Director General, Fertilizers Europe
Mr. Jacob Hansen took over as the Director General of Fertilizers Europe in 2011. Prior to that he worked for the Danish Agriculture and Food Council in Copenhagen and then as Director of their office in Brussels. From a farming background and having studied Political Science at the University of Aarhus in Denmark (MA 1989), he understands first-hand the importance of fert...
Mr. Jacob Hansen took over as the Director General of Fertilizers Europe in 2011. Prior to that he worked for the Danish Agriculture and Food Council in Copenhagen and then as Director of their office in Brussels. From a farming background and having studied Political Science at the University of Aarhus in Denmark (MA 1989), he understands first-hand the importance of fertilizers to society and the need to communicate this. Having worked and been actively involved in a range of committees, platforms and task forces for over 20 years, Mr. Hansen has developed an extensive network within the agri-industrial sectors in Brussels.
Marc van Doorn
Director of Green Developments, Grupo Fertiberia
Paloma Perez
Secretary General, ANFFE
Paloma Perez is the Secretary General of the Spanish National Association of Fertilizers Manufacturers (ANFFE). ANFFE represents the interests of the fertilizers producers with industrial and economic activity in Spain. She has a Degree in Chemistry and a Master of Science in Geochemistry from the University of Madrid. She has been working in the Ministry of Industry for ...
Paloma Perez is the Secretary General of the Spanish National Association of Fertilizers Manufacturers (ANFFE). ANFFE represents the interests of the fertilizers producers with industrial and economic activity in Spain. She has a Degree in Chemistry and a Master of Science in Geochemistry from the University of Madrid. She has been working in the Ministry of Industry for 15 years, promoting the development of the Spanish Chemical Industry. She has participated in the elaboration of the Spanish fertilizers legislation and in the discussions of the European fertilizers Regulation in the Commission Working Group of Fertilizers. Afterwards, she worked in the Ministry of Science and Innovation, as Head of Unit of International Cooperation, R&D and Technology Transfer, promoting the participation of the companies and the technology centers in the EU Research Framework Program (currently Horizon 2020). She has been working as Secretary General of the Spanish National Association of Fertilizers Manufacturers (ANFFE) from 2011.
Jean-Patrick Caumont
Senior Business Manager, Groupe Eyssautier-Verlingue
Jean-Patrick CAUMONT is Senior Business Manager at Groupe Eyssautier-Verlingue. This company is one of the French leaders in insurance brokerage. His added value is mainly based on his experiences as a logistics manager especially in fertilizer trading companies, especially for potash, nitrogen fertilizers and ammonium nitrate, to destinations such as Brazil, Africa, Europ...
Jean-Patrick CAUMONT is Senior Business Manager at Groupe Eyssautier-Verlingue. This company is one of the French leaders in insurance brokerage. His added value is mainly based on his experiences as a logistics manager especially in fertilizer trading companies, especially for potash, nitrogen fertilizers and ammonium nitrate, to destinations such as Brazil, Africa, Europe from Baltic and Black Sea - Mediterranean region. He joined the insurance industry in 2014, bringing this strong experience to the benefit of his insureds through risk analysis and insurance policy innovations.
Oliver Hatfield
VP Sustainable Fertilizers, Argus
Oliver Hatfield, is VP Business Development for Argus Media in London. Oliver joined Argus in October 2018 following its acquisition of Integer Research, where he spent 15 years as head of the fertilizer market research team. Oliver has more than 20 years of experience in business analysis and consulting, and he was also one of the founders of Integer. Oliver has worked e...
Oliver Hatfield, is VP Business Development for Argus Media in London. Oliver joined Argus in October 2018 following its acquisition of Integer Research, where he spent 15 years as head of the fertilizer market research team. Oliver has more than 20 years of experience in business analysis and consulting, and he was also one of the founders of Integer. Oliver has worked extensively on multi-client and bespoke fertilizer market analysis studies, covering market forecasts, strategy, due diligence, market entry and project feasibility. He has worked as an analyst on all the key fertilizer and related chemical markets: nitrogen, phosphates, potash, sulphur and sulphuric acid. Oliver is a graduate of economics and development economics from the University of Manchester in the UK.
Matthew Lisley
Analyst, Argus
Matt is a senior analyst in Consulting Services at Argus, and provides bespoke research and modelling within the fertilizer projects team across all the nutrients. He has an MSci in Geology from Imperial College London, and conducted academic research in the fields of both mineral processing and geochemistry.
Matt is a senior analyst in Consulting Services at Argus, and provides bespoke research and modelling within the fertilizer projects team across all the nutrients. He has an MSci in Geology from Imperial College London, and conducted academic research in the fields of both mineral processing and geochemistry.
Kwang Young Lee
Director, Drybulk Chartering, SkyFusion
Marc Ostwald
Chief Economist & Global Strategist, ADM Investor Services
Analysing and forecasting the impact of macro / microeconomic trends on a broad range of asset classes, where necessary challenging market psychology and consensus views. The joy of working as a market economist is a constant need to research and learn about the changing landscape of the way that the world works, well beyond the limited scope of economics and financial ma...
Analysing and forecasting the impact of macro / microeconomic trends on a broad range of asset classes, where necessary challenging market psychology and consensus views. The joy of working as a market economist is a constant need to research and learn about the changing landscape of the way that the world works, well beyond the limited scope of economics and financial markets. The desire is to enable and facilitate critical & lateral thinking perspectives on global economic, political and asset market trends; to convey these ideas enthusiastically in terms that are accessible and thought provoking. Having spent much of his childhood in Libya and Iran, Marc has a particular interest in the Middle East, is passionate about music of all genres, and a regular guest on TV & Radio, and widely quoted in the media.
Hugo Carrasco
Head of Europe, Sulphur Mills Ltd
Graduated from Instituto Superior de Agronomia of Lisbon Technical University & MBA Institute of Business Management in Nova University Lisbon, Hugo comes with over 18 years of experience in Sales & Marketing, and business development, as also winemaking experience. He is currently Head of Europe for Sulphur mills limited and has previously worked with Companies like Roven...
Graduated from Instituto Superior de Agronomia of Lisbon Technical University & MBA Institute of Business Management in Nova University Lisbon, Hugo comes with over 18 years of experience in Sales & Marketing, and business development, as also winemaking experience. He is currently Head of Europe for Sulphur mills limited and has previously worked with Companies like Rovensa, ORO AGRI, Nufarm Portugal Lda, Globalcoop – Cooperativa Agricola Transnational, CRL, AJAP – Associação de Jovens Agricultores de Portugal, Pernod Ricard – Gisborne, Kendal Jackson Vinwood, Foster Group wines, etc. As a winemaker, he worked on 3 different continents and explored different cultures and wine techniques. His experience in the agriculture sector, with boots on the ground and multiple roles in the business, makes him fully aware of what type of products the market is looking for and how to bring a product from R&D to sales with a complete business case, go-to-market strategy and a sustainable marketing plan.
Tiago Santos
Business Development and Sales Manager, ORO Agri
Christoph Leufen
Plant Head, RWZ

Specialty Fertilizer Forum speakers:

Dr Elisa Capellán
Managing Director - Senior Regulatory Affairs Executive, KAELTIA
Dr. Elisa Capellan, PhD in Biology, is the Managing Director of KAELTIA, a Regulatory Affairs Consultancy company which deal with the worldwide registration of chemicals. Since she started working as a Regulatory Affairs in the Chemical Industry, she has been continuously updating her knowledge on the new regulations that apply to the commercialization of products, such as...
Dr. Elisa Capellan, PhD in Biology, is the Managing Director of KAELTIA, a Regulatory Affairs Consultancy company which deal with the worldwide registration of chemicals. Since she started working as a Regulatory Affairs in the Chemical Industry, she has been continuously updating her knowledge on the new regulations that apply to the commercialization of products, such as fertilizers, plant protection, biocides amongst others. Thanks to that, she has become in a Regulatory Affairs Reference in Europe that offers an honestly, professional and high-qualified assistance. Elisa has an excellent relationship with regulatory authorities in Europe, Latin America, the United States and Canada. In the rest of the countries Kaeltia has a network of local contacts with an excellent relationship with Authorities. ” Expertise: Project Management; HR Management; Data Gap Analysis; Strategic advice and guidance; Registration/notification dossiers; Renewals of authorizations; Toxicological, Environmental and Dietary risk assessments; Expert judgments as well as Liaison with the Authorities.
Peter Prentice
Founder, Agripower Australia
Peter is the founder and managing director of Agripower. During his time at Agripower he has led research and development in commercial development, product trials and designing and building the world’s first silicon fertilizer granulation processing facilities. He has an extensive background in developing resource projects internationally, as well as project finance and ...
Peter is the founder and managing director of Agripower. During his time at Agripower he has led research and development in commercial development, product trials and designing and building the world’s first silicon fertilizer granulation processing facilities. He has an extensive background in developing resource projects internationally, as well as project finance and marketing. Peter has read in Mathematics and Engineering Science. Completed post graduate studies leading to doctoral research in mineral bioavailability.
Steve Hallam
Secretary, International Fertiliser Society
Steve Hallam took a degree in agriculture, and then worked in sales and marketing in the animal feed industry for several years. Having gained an MBA, he then worked for Fisons Horticulture in the UK, focusing on the development of new products, and rising to Head of Consumer Marketing. In 1995 he left to become a self employed market researcher and planner, carrying out w...
Steve Hallam took a degree in agriculture, and then worked in sales and marketing in the animal feed industry for several years. Having gained an MBA, he then worked for Fisons Horticulture in the UK, focusing on the development of new products, and rising to Head of Consumer Marketing. In 1995 he left to become a self employed market researcher and planner, carrying out work for around 100 organisations, covering many business and public sectors. In 2014 he took on the part time (in theory) role as Secretary of the International Fertiliser Society. This has mainly involved organising the two conferences that the Society runs each year, boosting awareness of the Society’s unique archive of over 830 technical papers on fertilisers and crop nutrition, and growing Society membership. He is particularly pleased to have driven the establishment of the Brian Chambers International Award for Early Career Researchers in Crop Nutrition, organised and funded by the Society.
Tal Shani
Marketing Manager - Soluble Fertilizers, Haifa Group
Tal Shani is the marketing manager of Haifa Group’s Water Soluble Fertilizers product range. Backed by 20 years of activity in the fertilizers business, Tal has broad knowledge and experience in plant nutrition solutions, commercial management and business development for the agri sector. During his years with Haifa Group Tal served as a field agronomist, market dev...
Tal Shani is the marketing manager of Haifa Group’s Water Soluble Fertilizers product range. Backed by 20 years of activity in the fertilizers business, Tal has broad knowledge and experience in plant nutrition solutions, commercial management and business development for the agri sector. During his years with Haifa Group Tal served as a field agronomist, market development manager, sales manager for Asia, Africa and the CIS Regions. Tal holds a BSC degree from the Hebrew university in Jerusalem.
Bernardo Marin
Quality Director and Fertilizer Expert, Fitsoil
Thomas Proffit
Member of CEFIC-Fertilizer Efficiency Enhancers
Vasilis Tsambardoukas
EU Μarket Development Μanager of Biostimulants and Micro-elements, Haifa
Vasilis Tsampardoukas is the European Development Manager of Biostimulants & Microelements in Haifa Group. He is an agronomist and holds an M.Sc. in Plant Nutrition & Ph.D. in Pomology. During all his professional years involved in various roles to plant nutrition under modern & intensive crop systems, that became his field of expertise. Based on his background in plant n...
Vasilis Tsampardoukas is the European Development Manager of Biostimulants & Microelements in Haifa Group. He is an agronomist and holds an M.Sc. in Plant Nutrition & Ph.D. in Pomology. During all his professional years involved in various roles to plant nutrition under modern & intensive crop systems, that became his field of expertise. Based on his background in plant nutrition & the Sales & Marketing experience in the fertilizer industry his latest challenge is the development of Biostimulants for Haifa Group on a road to a more sustainable agriculture.
Kurt Mertens
Manager Operations Verticals Ocean, Rhenus
Tim Borteel
Commercial Manager, Vlaeynatie
Javier Branas
Director of Research, Development and Innovation, Grupo Fertiberia
Javier Brañas, Doctor in Agricultural Engineering, is Director of Research, Development and Innovation in Grupo Fertiberia since 2006. In this period, he has developed a number of projects aimed at optimising the efficiency of fertilisers and ensuring the agricultural sustainability. He also is External Scientific Collaborator of the University of León, member of the EIP F...
Javier Brañas, Doctor in Agricultural Engineering, is Director of Research, Development and Innovation in Grupo Fertiberia since 2006. In this period, he has developed a number of projects aimed at optimising the efficiency of fertilisers and ensuring the agricultural sustainability. He also is External Scientific Collaborator of the University of León, member of the EIP Focus Group Fertiliser Efficiency in Horticulture and has collaborated in other H2020 initiatives. Previously he was Chairperson of the Spanish Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry SUSCHEM-Spain.