5th Africa Oil Palm & Rubber Summit

25-26 Apr, 2018 - Accra, GHANA

Labadi Beach Hotel
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About our Event Speakers
We pride ourselves in presenting to you accomplished leaders, authors and advocates with strong track records of achievement and vision in a wide array of backgrounds, professional fields and life experiences. We believe you will benefit from their years of knowledge and experience and also from the latest thinking and innovative processes driving individuals and organizations forward.
Mr. Joseph-Olivier Biley

He is passionate about innovation in all the fields. He studied in many cities, such as Paris, London, Chicago, San Francisco, which allowed him to learn from the best. He decided to be an entrepreneur in Africa to have a REAL impact on his community. With a world population that is expected to reach 9.1 billion by 2050, who will feed the world if we do not make a radical change that makes agriculture and farms profitable and attractive? So he decided to create WeFly Agri, an ivorian startup with one objective: Turn the traditional agriculture into a precision agriculture using technologies like drones, sensors combined with a wonderful software. Thanks to that startup it is possible to see, manage and monitor a plantation from any location in the world and from any device.

Mr. Joseph-Olivier Biley, CEO
WeFly Agri
New Technologies - Migrating Traditional to Precision Agriculture
Day 2 [Thu 26, April], at 10:40 AM

Mr. David Jackson
David studied Economics at Cambridge University before working in the City of London as an analyst. He subsequently spent five years working on agricultural projects in southern Africa before joining LMC International, where he has worked extensively in many commodity sectors, including oilseeds, sugar and cereals, and their extension into biofuels. He is currently a Director of LMC International, and heads their Oilseeds and Oils and research team.

Mr. David Jackson, Director of Oils Research
LMC International Ltd
Are We Heading Towards Higher Palm Oil & Rubber Prices?
Day 1 [Wed 25, April], at 09:10 AM

Dr. Godswill Ntsomboh Ntsefong

Dr. Godswill Ntsomboh Ntsefong has a Doctorate/PhD in Plant Biotechnology with specialization in Genetics and Crop Improvement from the University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon.

Currently, Dr. Godswill is the Lipids Analysis Laboratory Manager, Chief of improved oil palm seed production unit and Chief of phytopathology unit at the Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD) Dibamba-Cameroon. As University lecturer and Oil palm researcher, he has contributed to sustainable oil palm development through field experimentation, peer reviewed publications, and presentations in several workshops and conferences. He served as expert for the technical evaluation of the oil palm research partnership agreement between IRAD Cameroon and PT Astra Agro Lestari TbK of Indonesia in 2012; visited the oil palm plantations, mills and Research Centre of PT Astra in Indonesia. Godswill is member of the national committee for the elaboration of Cameroon’s national strategy for sustainable oil palm development since 2013. He is also a member of the group of experts for the validation of the strategic document for the sustainable development of oil palm in the Economic Community of the Central African States (ECCAS-CEEAC) Sub-Region.

Author of several scientific articles and member of editorial boards (reviewer) of several peer-review international scientific journals. Has authored a book on ‘Innovative and Efficient Laboratory Management’ and a book chapter on ‘The Oil Palm’. Trained on Bioinformatics by CETIC (Cameroon)-ACEGID (Nigeria) and on laboratory management and equipment operations at BecA-ILRI Hub Nairobi, Kenya. Did research on palm oil lipid analysis for his PhD at CNRS, LBM-UMR5200, 33140 Villenave  d'Ornon, Bordeaux in France 

Dr. Godswill Ntsomboh Ntsefong, Head of Laboratory, Chief of Improved Oil Palm Seed Production Unit
Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD)
Managing Major Diseases of the Oil Palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.)
Day 1 [Wed 25, April], at 04:35 PM
Chairman’s Introduction
Day 2 [Thu 26, April], at 09:00 AM

Mr. Pierre Bois d'Enghien
Pierre has a degree in Agronomical engineering for tropical areas, and a Master's degree in environmental sciences. He has more than 25 years of experience in the operational management of agro-industrial plantations (oil palm and rubber) and in the management of the environment. He is currently the Head of Sustainability Department of the Socfin Group and RSPO lead auditor

Mr. Pierre Bois d'Enghien, Head of Sustainability
Sustainability in Natural Rubber Supply Chain. Between Standards, Commitments & Assessments - Expectations of a Rubber Grower
Day 1 [Wed 25, April], at 12:15 PM

Prof. Kiyozo Okada

Kiyozo Okada, The palm oil of Indonesia & Malaysia since 1980 transports the ports of Africa and India, he inspected the production plants in various parts of the production process.

In order to increase the economy, technical advice and recently 
Indonesia is familiar with large facilities built in Sumatera and
Sulawesi Island, while the chemicals an extraordinary lecturer at the World Maritime University (WMU), ISEM University of Morocco Kingdom, in relation to maritime education and has raised educators in developing countries.

Currently, he holds a Maritime counsel license and is a professor at the Marine technical College, and Representative of the Kobe Marine Corporation (private company).

Prof. Kiyozo Okada, Professor
Kobe Marine Corporation
Kobe Marine’s Biomass Fuels Generation Plans for Ghana
Day 2 [Thu 26, April], at 11:40 AM

Mr. Safianu Moro

Safianu is the Managing Director of Serendipalm Company Limited. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a Master of Philosophy degree in Agricultural Extension at the University of Ghana, Legon. He has several years of work experience in Fairtrade and Organic crude palm oil production as well as working closely with Smallholder farmers and their Communities.

Mr. Safianu Moro, CEO
Serendipalm Co. Ltd.
Organic Palm Oil: From Seeds to Soaps
Day 2 [Thu 26, April], at 11:10 AM

Mr. Christopher Duran

Christopher DURAN is an Agronomist specialized in Tropical Agriculture. He studied Agronomy between Europe and Africa being a part of different projects of research in Crop Sciences. He started his career working in rubber and oil palm plantations in Asia and Africa. He joined PalmElit in 2016 as the Technical Sales Representative in charge of the key clients and projects involved in the oil palm value chain in Africa.

Mr. Christopher Duran, Sales Representative
PalmElit SAS
New Planting Materials & Procedures, Improving Cultivation Techniques & Yields
Day 1 [Wed 25, April], at 05:05 PM

Ranveer Singh Chauhan

Ranveer has been long at Olam and now heads the Edible Oils and Natural Rubber Business. To Olam’s credit they have the best, biggest and most successful plantation project in Africa, their plantations are in Gabon. Apart from the plantations Olam also has rubber factories, edible oil refineries, soap plants and they own brands for their edible oil and soap products. They also have a global spread of trading teams for these businesses. Prior to this role as head of Edible Oils and Rubber, Ranveer lived and worked in Africa and built Olam business across many countries.
Ranveer has worked all his career in Agri-Commodity sector, before starting his Africa stint in Africa Ranveer worked in India in the oilseed crushing sector.
Ranveer studied Business Management and Leadership at IIM-Ahmedabad (India), Wharton (US) and at the Said Business School at Oxford University, UK.
Ranveer works in Business advisory capacity pro-bono and is Vice Chairman of the African Business Group at SBF (Singapore Business Federation), he is also member of the Advisory Board of CAS (Centre for African Studies). For his leading investment and business development work in Co^te d'Ivoire during their difficult years, the country recognized Ranveer's contributions with a National Award.
Ranveer has been in Singapore since 2009, and to address the gaps in real understanding about 'living and working in Africa', Ranveer partnered with his colleague and wrote a book which they self-published in Singapore. The book is called "Amazing Africa: A corporate journey".

Ranveer Singh Chauhan, MD & CEO - Edible Oils & Natural Rubber Business
Olam International Limited
Integrating Africa with the Global Industry
Day 1 [Wed 25, April], at 09:40 AM
Chairman’s Introduction
Day 1 [Wed 25, April], at 02:00 PM

Mr. Sadiq Usman

Sadiq is currently the Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the Agro-Allied Division of FMN Plc. In his current role he is responsible for the business and strategic initiatives of Agro-Allied division. In addition, he also oversees some of the farming and processing operations – Cassava, Oil Palm, Maize Soya bean and Sorghum. Sadiq also is a Non-Executive Director at the Northern Nigeria Flour Mills Plc., a grain processing company. He had joined the Group as the Head, Corporate Business Development.
Prior to this role, Sadiq worked with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as a Special Assistant to the Governor on Economic Development. While at the CBN, he was involved in crisis resolution, banking reform and policy development. Sadiq also served as the Secretary to the Bankers' Committee sub-Committee on Economic Development and Sustainability.
Before taking up the role at the CBN, Sadiq was a Vice-President at JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., where he worked in a variety of roles serving the financing needs of sub-Saharan African Financial and Corporate clients.
Sadiq has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business and Finance from the University of East Anglia, UK. He also has a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK.

Mr. Sadiq Usman, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Agro Allied Division
Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc
Backward Integration & Maximizing Local Content : FMN’s Perspective
Day 1 [Wed 25, April], at 10:10 AM

Mr. Ronald Clemens

Ronald Clemens is working in the ICL Specialty Fertilizers Group as Global Market & Product Development Manager for Controlled Release Fertilizers within the global operating ICL team of Specialty Agriculture.

In his role he is working on the development of specific coated fertilizers for use in tropical crops and in particular for oil palm, rice, sugarcane and forestry.

He is working for the company since 22 years and developed and tested CRF products in mainly Specialty Agriculture and Ornamental Horticulture markets. He is the co-inventor of Osmocote Exact, a product line which has been introduced in Europe since 1999-2000 and successful due to its specific designed release patterns for various crops. Also, since 20 years he is involved in leaching studies done with coated fertilizers in soil, container grown crops and lysimeters.

Ronald has an agronomy degree, studied Horticulture in Utrecht and got his degree in 1989.

Mr. Ronald Clemens, Global Market & Product Development Manager Controlled Release Fertilizers
ICL Specialty Fertilizers
Sustainable Fertilization in Oil Palm Plantations by Using Controlled Release Fertilizers
Day 1 [Wed 25, April], at 03:05 PM

Mr. Yao Boue

https://www.cmtevents.com/EVENTDATAS/180407/speakers/YaoBoue.jpg- Graduate in Litterature University Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire. He is also graduate of MDE/IESE Business School of University of Navara Spain Bar
- Executive Training in Rubber Development in Africa – Europe – Asia
- He has twenty one years experience in the field of Rubber Development.
- Member of CATS of Apromac
- Mr YAO is the head of plantation of Tropical Rubber Côte d’Ivoire (TRCI,
- One of the Halcyon Agri’s subsidiary company throughout the world

Mr. Yao Boue, Head of Plantations
Tropical Rubber Cote d’Ivoire
Effective Measures Adopted to Improve Quality of Rubber Produced by Smallholders in Ivory Coast
Day 1 [Wed 25, April], at 02:35 PM

Mr. Seamus Gunton

https://www.cmtevents.com/EVENTDATAS/180407/speakers/SeamusGunton.jpgSeamus Gunton is the Director of Grow Africa – West Africa, with Unilever and has over 20 years of experience working with small-holder farmers. Seamus graduated from the University of London with a Masters in Tropical Agriculture and joined British American Tobacco in 1996. Starting as an extension worker in Brazil with 100 farmers, over the next 17 years, Seamus worked in various supply chain and general management roles in Eastern Europe and East Africa. In 2014, Seamus joined Universal Leaf, the world’s largest tobacco merchant, as the Regional Agronomist – Africa, overseeing agronomy operations in 6 countries in Central and Southern Africa with over 250,000 small-holder famers. Seamus joined Unilever in 2017 and in his current role, Seamus collaborates with partners to secure the sustainable sourcing of Unilever’s agricultural commodities including oil palm, in Ghana, Nigeria and CDI.

Mr. Seamus Gunton, West Africa Regional Agriculture Development Director
Unilever Ghana Limited
Sustainability Strategies in Supply Chain – Unilever’s Perspective
Day 1 [Wed 25, April], at 11:15 AM

Dr. Isaac Danso
https://www.cmtevents.com/EVENTDATAS/180407/speakers/IsaacDanso.jpgJob Title:
  • Senior Research Scientist (CSIR-Oil Palm Research Institute),
  • Head Agronomy Division (CSIR- Oil Palm Research Institute)
  • Climate Change Specialist/Crop Modeller and Agronomist

Dr. Isaac Danso is a Senior Research Scientist with Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Oil Palm Research Institute incharge of the Agronomy Division. He holds Ph.D in Cropping systems, climate change and adaptation from University of Bonn, Germany. His research and teaching interest cover a number of the following areas: Crop modelling, climate change and adaptation, cropping systems and soil fertility. He has worked extensively in West Africa in countries such as Burkina-Faso, Togo, Republic of Benin and Nigeria. He has published a number of scientific papers in several scientific journals and has supervised and continue to be External Examinar for students in Ghanaian universities. He has presented some of his papers to local and international workshops and conferences. Among his works, he recently drafted the climate change component of the 40-year Development Plan for Ghana.

Dr. Isaac Danso, Climate Change Specialist / Crop Modeller / Agronomist
CSIR-Oil Palm Research Institute
Chairman’s Welcome & Introduction
Day 1 [Wed 25, April], at 09:00 AM
Research and Development & Changing Dynamics in the Oil Palm Sector – Ghana’s Perspective
Day 1 [Wed 25, April], at 02:05 PM

Mr. Kolawole Shawana

Kolawole Shawana is graduate of Physics (Electronics) from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (Nigeria), he started his career in Procurement with Guinness Nigeria PLC as a procurement analyst, spent a year in the UK as a Regional Buyer for packaging materials (crown corks, labels and bottles), and later became the Category Manager for Grains and Raw Materials, promoting the sustainability agenda for locally sourced grains . He moved to PZ in 2014 as the Senior Sourcing Manager of Raw Materials and Commodities and is responsible for the purchase of all palm oil and derivatives for the manufacture of soaps and liquids detergents. He has over 10 years of experience in core procurement strategy development and operations.


Mr. Kolawole Shawana, Senior Sourcing Manager - Raw Materials and TPO
PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc
Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Policies - its Implementation Challenges: A Personal Care’s Perspectives
Day 1 [Wed 25, April], at 11:45 AM

Mr. Tomasz Nowak
Tomasz Nowak is a start-up Engineer and Project Manager with more than 15 years experience in the Oils and Fats industry, especially in the field of oleo-chemistry and organic chemistry. After the completion of a degree in Chemical Technology at the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow, he got Master degree at the Faculty Marketing and Management which led him to build up a carrier in Bioagra and Komagra, one of the biggest edible oil production companies in Europe. In 2008, he joined CMBITALY-TECHNOILOGY, a leading engineering company specialized in the design and manufacturing of plants for edible oils, Oleochemicals and Biodiesel production, where he is responsible of complex projects and technical assistance in countries such as Poland, Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Italy, U.A.E., Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia and others. Tomasz Nowak pre-commissioned and commissioned more than 20 plants around a world and provided technical assistance for more than 500 plants.


Mr. Tomasz Nowak, Area Manager
Processing Crude Palm Oil After Extraction
Day 1 [Wed 25, April], at 04:05 PM