19 февраля - 21 февраля 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

Samuel Gameda
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) Ethiopia
Dr Samuel Gameda is a Senior Soil Scientist with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and is based in Ethiopia. Samuel was formerly a senior research fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute, where he was seconded to the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency as Director of the soil health and fertility programme. While th...
Dr Samuel Gameda is a Senior Soil Scientist with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and is based in Ethiopia. Samuel was formerly a senior research fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute, where he was seconded to the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency as Director of the soil health and fertility programme. While there, Samuel helped launch the Ethiopian Soil Information System. Prior to that, he worked as a Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa. Samuel holds a PhD from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, with specialisation in agricultural engineering and soil science.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Charlene Migwe
VIFAA Project Manager, Kenya
Charlene is a senior consultant at Development Gateway. She has experience working with various partners supporting the use of data to meet strategic priorities. Charlene has direct experience working in strengthening agricultural data supply, where she leads the implementation of Visualizing Insights on Fertilizer for African Agriculture (VIFAA) in Kenya, a programme desi...
Charlene is a senior consultant at Development Gateway. She has experience working with various partners supporting the use of data to meet strategic priorities. Charlene has direct experience working in strengthening agricultural data supply, where she leads the implementation of Visualizing Insights on Fertilizer for African Agriculture (VIFAA) in Kenya, a programme designed to holistically address the supply, demand and use of fertilizer data. VIFAA is currently piloting its first dashboard in Kenya, which will include pricing, trade and consumption data.
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.
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.
Anthony Selorm Kofituo Morrison
CEO Chamber of Agribusiness Ghana and Chair, West Africa Chamber of Agribusiness
Anthony believes that agricultural production and agribusiness is the only economic endeavour that can transform Africa's problems and truly make it financially and economically independent. Anthony formed the Federation of Young Farmers Ghana and the Agriculture Volunteers of Ghana, to provide Africa’s youth with social enterprise skills and encourage competencies in both...
Anthony believes that agricultural production and agribusiness is the only economic endeavour that can transform Africa's problems and truly make it financially and economically independent. Anthony formed the Federation of Young Farmers Ghana and the Agriculture Volunteers of Ghana, to provide Africa’s youth with social enterprise skills and encourage competencies in both young male and female agribusiness entrepreneurs. Anthony is the Managing Director of Farm Masters Africa, an agricultural services provider that offers bespoke agricultural management services to the agri-sector, with offices in Ghana, Liberia, Togo, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast. Anthony is an international agribusiness speaker and has appeared at many high-level events, including the African Union CAADP Conference, the Africa Economic Forum, the Ghana Economic Forum, the Investing in Africa Conference, the World Health Nutrition and Agriculture Conference, and the West Africa Trade and Investment Conference. A strong advocate for agricultural technical vocational training (CBT), Anthony has contributed to the development of the ATVET /CBT training manual for COTVET in various sectors of the agribusiness value chain. In both 2018 and 2019, Anthony won the Young Agriculture award in Ghana and was recognised as an African Agriculture Leadership Personality by the India Food and Agriculture Council. A leading African and global agribusiness shaper and a pillar of Ghana and Africa's agribusiness policy development and advocacy, Anthony currently serves as the chairperson for the West Africa Agribusiness Chamber CEO of Chamber of Agribusiness Ghana (a member of the Global Conclave of Chambers), and is a Management Board member at the University of Ghana’s School of Applied Sciences. He is also a member of the Ghana Agriculture Skills Council. He is currently studying for a PhD at Michigan State University in the US, where he is researching Social Entrepreneurship, which aims to enhance skills development for young people and bridge the gap between academia and the private sector agribusiness ecosystem.
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.
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.
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.
David Buruchara
Fertilizer Logistics Specialist, One Acre Fund
David is a supply-chain professional at One Acre Fund, a social enterprise that provides financing, inputs and training to help smallholders grow their way out of hunger and build lasting pathways to prosperity. Over the past two years, he has managed the logistics of delivering over 100,000t of fertilizer to rural warehouses across sub-Saharan Africa. David also recently ...
David is a supply-chain professional at One Acre Fund, a social enterprise that provides financing, inputs and training to help smallholders grow their way out of hunger and build lasting pathways to prosperity. Over the past two years, he has managed the logistics of delivering over 100,000t of fertilizer to rural warehouses across sub-Saharan Africa. David also recently assumed responsibility for managing deliveries of seed, off-grid solar kits and other non-agricultural products to smallholders. He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
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.
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.
Mahamadou 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.
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.
Pierre Brunache Jr
Coordinator, Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism, African Development Bank
Pierre Brunache Junior has more than 21 years of experience in the technology, international development and agribusiness sectors. Pierre has advised agro-industry professionals in 20 sub-Saharan African countries since 2010. He is now based in Atlanta, Georgia, where he founded MyAgricSpace, an agtech firm, to link smallholder farmers to the market. Before relocating to t...
Pierre Brunache Junior has more than 21 years of experience in the technology, international development and agribusiness sectors. Pierre has advised agro-industry professionals in 20 sub-Saharan African countries since 2010. He is now based in Atlanta, Georgia, where he founded MyAgricSpace, an agtech firm, to link smallholder farmers to the market. Before relocating to the US, he led two projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — one in South Africa worth $10mn as Chief Agribusiness Officer at African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), and one in Ghana worth $3mn as Program Director at Creating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA). From Washington, DC, he executed a $25mn USAID-funded agribusiness project in Haiti. In Boston, he was the International Market Entry Manager at a $1bn technology firm with internet infrastructure projects in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Pierre is now a consultant in the agro-industry unit at the African Development Bank in Ivory Coast. He advises the Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) on technical and financing solutions for the fertilizer value chain. Pierre has an MBA from Northeastern University. He is fluent in English, French and Creole.
Grace Chilande
Fertilizer Market Specialist, IFDC Kenya
Grace is lead programme co-ordinator and a market specialist with AfricaFertilizer.org (AFO). The initiative provides reliable and timely fertilizer market intelligence for sub-Saharan Africa and is implemented by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) in more than 10 countries. Grace — with a wealth of experience gained over the last seven years in assessm...
Grace is lead programme co-ordinator and a market specialist with AfricaFertilizer.org (AFO). The initiative provides reliable and timely fertilizer market intelligence for sub-Saharan Africa and is implemented by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) in more than 10 countries. Grace — with a wealth of experience gained over the last seven years in assessments of key fertilizer markets in east and west Africa — is a member of IFA’s Future Fertilizer Leaders initiative.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeff Ivan
Director International Sales, AGI Fertilizer Systems
Jeff Ivan is the Director International Sales with the AGI Fertilizer Systems division within the AGI (Ag Growth International) group. Jeff Ivan has spent 30 years in the Agricultural field, most recently with AGI Fertilizer Systems working on International Fertilizer projects in developing agricultural regions. Prior to AGI, Jeff worked with Tiger-Sul Products on the de...
Jeff Ivan is the Director International Sales with the AGI Fertilizer Systems division within the AGI (Ag Growth International) group. Jeff Ivan has spent 30 years in the Agricultural field, most recently with AGI Fertilizer Systems working on International Fertilizer projects in developing agricultural regions. Prior to AGI, Jeff worked with Tiger-Sul Products on the development of International Sulphur and micronutrients business development and marketing establishing new Sulphur fertilizer manufacturing facilities. Jeff started his career in the retail fertilizer sector in Canada. Jeff originates from a family farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. Jeff has been involved in several committees such as the Fertilizer Canada’s Agronomy and Environment Committee, The Sulphur Institute’s Sulphur Advocacy Group, acting as lead for the development of sulphur fertilizers in India and is active with the IFA African Forum for the development of fertilizer in Africa. Yargus is part of the Ag Growth International Group (AGI) consisting of 28 individual companies with 33 leading brands focusing on material handling equipment for the grain and fertilizer industries. AGI Fertilizer Systems is a world leading manufacturer of material handling and blending equipment with equipment installation in all agricultural regions around the world. AGI Fertilizer Systems produces one of the widest ranges of handling, blending and coating systems and establishes projects from 6 Tons per hour to over 600 TPH capacities.
Steven A. Oosthuyse
Owner and General Manager, HortResearch SA
Dr Steve, as he is mostly called, has been active in agricultural research since 1983. He is best known for his work on potassium nitrate foliar application, maximising nitrate for Nitrogen in fertilizer salt mixes to maximise uptake efficiency, and maintaining the productivity of subtropical fruit and nut trees in keeping the trees small. Small tree systems of cultivation...
Dr Steve, as he is mostly called, has been active in agricultural research since 1983. He is best known for his work on potassium nitrate foliar application, maximising nitrate for Nitrogen in fertilizer salt mixes to maximise uptake efficiency, and maintaining the productivity of subtropical fruit and nut trees in keeping the trees small. Small tree systems of cultivation are the “new way” and are being progressively adopted worldwide. Dr Steve was contracted to SQM Worldwide as Market Development Manager for 17 years. He was directed to recognise and implement product opportunities in countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Central and South America. Dr Steve in 1996 established HortResearch, a private agricultural research company that he owns and manages, and which has a 43 hectare fruit and nut farm on the outskirts of Tzaneen near Lushof and Hamawasha. Dr Steve has published more than 100 scientific papers and continues to publish research of practical relevance to growers. His time is also currently devoted to new fertilizer and chemical product registration in South Africa. He is also active in marketing good research results, and certifies spray and field products such as fertilizers, bio-stimulants or other additions, yielding solid positive scientifically derived results. Besides research, Dr Steve gives crop cultivation courses to growers, currently focusing on macadamia.
Sheila Keino
Regional Director, New Business & Partnerships, AFAP Malawi, Business and Technical Services Unit (BTS)
Sheila started her career in banking and worked for Citibank Kenya for 10 years, followed by a brief stint in humanitarian work before moving into the agricultural space, where she has worked for 12 years supporting research, development and financing of the sector, primarily along the inputs value chains and particularly on seed and fertilizer systems. She has supported i...
Sheila started her career in banking and worked for Citibank Kenya for 10 years, followed by a brief stint in humanitarian work before moving into the agricultural space, where she has worked for 12 years supporting research, development and financing of the sector, primarily along the inputs value chains and particularly on seed and fertilizer systems. She has supported implementation of agricultural development programmes in 18 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and set up, designed and led implementation of fertilizer programmes in Malawi. Before joining AFAP Sheila worked for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, based in Kenya. Prior to her current role Sheila was AFAP’s Country Director for Malawi. She has held other posts at AFAP — including Director of Programmes for the Productivity Improvement Programmes for Smallholder Farmers — and was initially based in South Africa supporting AFAP’s country programmes.
Pierre Illiaquer
Sales & Marketing Manager Africa & Middle East, EuroChem Group
Pierre Illiaquer is the sales and marketing manager for Africa and the Middle East at EuroChem Group. He has 10 years’ experience in the African fertilizer sector and has recently begun his role at EuroChem.
Pierre Illiaquer is the sales and marketing manager for Africa and the Middle East at EuroChem Group. He has 10 years’ experience in the African fertilizer sector and has recently begun his role at EuroChem.
Abdoulaye Dieye
Secretary for Research and Training, West African Fertilizer Association, IFDC
Dr. Abdoulaye Dièye is a leading chemical engineer, with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of fertilizer manufacturing, including Research and Development of fertilizer and agricultural products, marketing, quality control, and environmental management. He holds both a Doctorate in Industrial Processing and an MBA in Marketing. As an executive at ICS, which market...
Dr. Abdoulaye Dièye is a leading chemical engineer, with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of fertilizer manufacturing, including Research and Development of fertilizer and agricultural products, marketing, quality control, and environmental management. He holds both a Doctorate in Industrial Processing and an MBA in Marketing. As an executive at ICS, which markets fertilizer throughout Africa and the world, he combines a wealth of experience in both the technical and economic dimensions of the fertilizer industry in Africa. Dr. Dieye draws on a combination of skills and a familiarity with the African context to provide technical expertise in all aspects of the fertilizer industry, from product development to consumer application.
Robson Mutandi
Country Director, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Robson is the Director and Head of the IFAD Sub-Regional Hub. He is based in Johannesburg in South Africa, from where he has responsibility for IFAD operations in 10 Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries. Robson has vast experience in agriculture and rural development, natural resource management and diplomacy, having represented IFAD in a number of count...
Robson is the Director and Head of the IFAD Sub-Regional Hub. He is based in Johannesburg in South Africa, from where he has responsibility for IFAD operations in 10 Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries. Robson has vast experience in agriculture and rural development, natural resource management and diplomacy, having represented IFAD in a number of countries as Country Representative before his assignment to South Africa. He has more than 30 years of experience working with national governments, UN agencies, international finance institutions and bilateral agencies. Robson has dedicated most of these 30 years to championing sustainable, innovative and dynamic approaches to lift rural poor people out of poverty. In this respect he has championed the rural transformation agenda as an important vehicle for eradicating poverty from rural areas. He is an agriculturalist and economist by training, and has a PhD in dryland ecosystems management from the University of Waterloo in Canada as well as an MBA from the University of Liverpool in the UK. Robson also has master’s degrees in agricultural economics and in development planning from the University of London in the UK and the University of Zimbabwe respectively, along with a degree in agriculture from the University of Sierra Leone
Nana Serwah Amoako
Senior Advisor, Office of the President Accra, Ghana