19 февраля - 21 февраля 2020
Cape Town, South Africa

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.
Fatiha Charradi
Vice President, Agricultural Development- Domestic Market , OCP Group
Gideon Negedu
Interim Executive Secretary, FEPSAN
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).
Innocent Okuku
Vice President, West African Fertilizer Association
Innocent Okuku is the Vice-President and Coordinator for Partnerships of the West Africa Fertilizer Association (WAFA), an umbrella for all private sector players in the fertilizer industry operating within the ECOWAS region. Mr Okuku is also the Chief Executive Officer of Intrio Synergy Limited (ISL), an agro-allied company based in Nigeria and focused on helping smallhol...
Innocent Okuku is the Vice-President and Coordinator for Partnerships of the West Africa Fertilizer Association (WAFA), an umbrella for all private sector players in the fertilizer industry operating within the ECOWAS region. Mr Okuku is also the Chief Executive Officer of Intrio Synergy Limited (ISL), an agro-allied company based in Nigeria and focused on helping smallholder farmers achieve increased production and income through the adoption of improved farming practices and inputs, including balanced fertilizers. He has over 25 years experience in the agricultural industry spanning research, development and commercial positions in both public and private organizations, including over 8 years in the fertilizer industry in Nigeria where he served as Group Head of Commercial Services at Notore Chemical Industries PLC, West Africa’s premier Urea Manufacturer, where he was responsible for all the functions related to business Development, marketing and sales in all markets including locally in Nigeria and exports globally. Mr Okuku has great capacity and experience in developing and running Public-Private-Partnerships towards deploying appropriate farm inputs and technologies to help increase farm yields across Africa. Innocent is an alumnus of the prestigious London Business School and also holds a Doctorate degree in Crop Production.
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.
Julia Franklin
Global Sourcing Director, One Acre Fund, Kenya
Julia Franklin is the Global Sourcing Director at One Acre Fund, responsible for executing a $70M annual purchasing budget, developing and improving agricultural supply chains, and managing a team of 40+ international procurement professionals to deliver impact at the feet of over 700,000 smallholder farmers. One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the tools and fi...
Julia Franklin is the Global Sourcing Director at One Acre Fund, responsible for executing a $70M annual purchasing budget, developing and improving agricultural supply chains, and managing a team of 40+ international procurement professionals to deliver impact at the feet of over 700,000 smallholder farmers. One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the tools and financing they need to grow their way out of hunger and poverty. Julia has lived and worked in Kenya for the past 5 years and is passionate about delivering life-changing goods - like high-quality agricultural inputs delivered on credit - to smallholder farmers - ultimately giving them the same access to resources and on time deliveries as large-scale agribusinesses.
Karim Lotfi Senhadji
CEO, OCP Africa
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.
Munhamo Chisvo
Chief Executive Officer, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
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
Founder and CEO, MyAgricSpace LLC
Pierre Brunache, Jr., has over 20 years of experience in hi-technology and international development. Since 2010, Pierre has networked with and advised fertilizer industry decision makers in more than 20 Sub-Saharan African countries. He is now based in Atlanta, Georgia where he founded MyAgricSpace LLC, an Agritech company. Prior to relocating to the USA, he managed two B...
Pierre Brunache, Jr., has over 20 years of experience in hi-technology and international development. Since 2010, Pierre has networked with and advised fertilizer industry decision makers in more than 20 Sub-Saharan African countries. He is now based in Atlanta, Georgia where he founded MyAgricSpace LLC, an Agritech company. Prior to relocating to the USA, he managed two Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded projects in South Africa as the Chief Agribusiness Officer at the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) and Ghana as Program Director at Creating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA). From Washington DC, he implemented a US$25 million USAID-funded agriculture project in Haiti. In Boston, he was the International Market Entry Manager at a US$1 billion hi-tech firm with projects in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Pierre is passionate about Agritech and market-oriented farming. He holds an MBA from Northeastern University. He is multilingual in English, French, and Creole.
Raghav Mathur
Director, Projects, Dangote Industries
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.
Tariye Gbadegesin
Head, Heavy Industries & Telecoms, Africa Finance Corporation
Tariye is the Head of Heavy Industries and Telecommunications at the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a multilateral development finance institution for Africa. AFC was formed to provide specific project structuring expertise and risk capital for the large-scale infrastructure projects that are needed across Africa to grow its economies. Now celebrating 10 years of pionee...
Tariye is the Head of Heavy Industries and Telecommunications at the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a multilateral development finance institution for Africa. AFC was formed to provide specific project structuring expertise and risk capital for the large-scale infrastructure projects that are needed across Africa to grow its economies. Now celebrating 10 years of pioneering activity in the field of infrastructure investment, AFC has invested more than US$ 4.5 billion in projects across 28 African countries, enabling social and economic development. AFC’s industrial business is investing up to US$400 million per year in petrochemicals, fertilizer (ammonia, urea, phosphates) and gas processing among others having successfully invested in and arranged funding for several large petrochemicals and fertilizer companies in Africa. Tariye is an investment professional with over 19 years of experience in the financial services sector, both internationally and in Africa. Tariye was on the founding team to establish the Africa Finance Corporation and has over the years led and managed investments in the sectors of power, infrastructure, industrials as well as media & telecommunications. At AFC, Tariye manages the corporation’s investments in the Industrial and Telecom sector, defining the firm’s investment strategy and leading the firm’s deployment of debt and equity capital across Africa. Tariye is a non-executive Director on the Board of the Main One Cable Company, a telecoms and data services company serving West Africa. She is also a non-executive Director on the Board of Cabeolica S.A, a wind power company in Cape Verde, an IFC ranked top 10 IPPs in Sub Saharan Africa. Tariye has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Amherst College, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.