3rd Starch World Middle East

18-19 Sep, 2018 - Dubai, U A E

Grand Millennium Dubai
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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.
Ziyad Al-Sheikh


In 2001, Ziyad started his professional career with Arasco and lead its corn wet milling business from 2007 until 2012. Currently, and since its formation in Saudi Arabia early 2013, Ziyad is leading the Arasco/Cargill joint venture “Middle East Food Solutions Company” (MEFSCO). In addition, Ziyad is a board member in three different companies related to various fields from family business to food safety, build and construction material. Ziyad is also a former board member in Alkharj city chamber of commerce and a volunteer, as a cultural transformation tool consultant (CTT), with Alghad Values Center, part of Alghad Youth Association

Ziyad Al-Sheikh, President
MEFSCO - Middle East Food Solutions Company (Arasco/Cargill JV)
MEFSCO's Business Update and Future Plans for Sweeteners and Starches
Day 1 [Tue 18, September], at 09:45 AM

Mr. Rohit Bhandari


Rohit is Graduate in Agriculture and Post Graduate in Business Administration. He has 42 years of experience in Food and Agribusiness sector. He has worked in well known Consulting companies and has also managed operations of companies in retail, edible oil, dairy products, etc. In the year 2011 he set up own consulting company Dynamic Agri & Foodbiz Consultants Pvt. Ltd where “Concept to Commissioning” services are offered for food and agro processing projects. He has carried out more than 150 assignments in his consulting career in India and abroad. His recent interest is developing value chain for potato.

Mr. Rohit Bhandari, Consultant
Dynamic Agri & Foodbiz Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
India’s First Potato Starch Project – from Concept to Commissioning
Day 1 [Tue 18, September], at 03:45 PM

Dr. Satyajit Karandikar


Dr. Satyajit Karandikar joined his family business as 3rd generation entrepreneur in 2010. His grandfather, an oil technologist, was the first person to manufacture Tapioca Starch and derivatives in Mumbai region in 1960s.  Satyajit has grown up listening to Starch tales eventually developing interest in chemical sciences. In order to rightfully channelize his passion, he pursued his Masters in Chemical Process R & D from The University of Liverpool, UK. Later, he completed his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Italy after being awarded Marie curie fellowship of European commission. Satyajit Karandikar has a vision for his company to develop innovative starch and natural products to solve chemical needs in various fields, using green chemistry. Satyajit has a new start-up laboratory, “Karandikars Pharmachem Pvt. Ltd.” to cater to Pharmaceutical impurities market and to fuel innovations in Starch and Natural product chemistry

Dr. Satyajit Karandikar, Director
Karandikars Cashell Private Limited
Industrial Dextrins and Adhesives from Modified Starch
Day 1 [Tue 18, September], at 10:45 AM

Dr. Fady Elassaad


Dr. Fady Elassaad graduated from the University of Maryland with a Ph.D. Degree in Food Engineering along with a BS and MS degree in food science and engineering from the Mississippi State University. His area of academic specialization was in food processing, fruit juices and food safety. He has more than 25 years’ experience in R&D, Quality and Manufacturing in many multinational and regional companies. He has worked with Abbott Laboratory, Borden & Heinz, PepsiCo, Mars, Agthia and last with Nadec

Dr. Fady Elassaad, VP – Business Development and Technical Services
MEFSCO - Middle East Food Solutions Company (Arasco/Cargill JV)
MEFSCO's Technical & R&D Capabilities
Day 2 [Wed 19, September], at 10:10 AM

Frank Sarracino


Frank Sarracino has been with Tate & Lyle for 30 years working in a variety of Research & Development roles. In his current role, Frank manages the technical service function for a number of Tate & Lyle's Global Accounts based in EMEA. Prior to joining Tate & Lyle, Frank spent 3 years working in product development at Leatherhead Food International. He is a qualified Food Technologist, having graduated from Southbank University in London.


Frank Sarracino, Technical Service Manager, Food & Beverage Solutions
Tate & Lyle PLC (HQ)
Soluble fibres to reduce sugar & calories
Day 1 [Tue 18, September], at 11:15 AM

Ibrahim Yalgin


Started as Shift Engineer at Amylum Nisasta in 2005 and was promoted to Wet Mill Manager position in 2008.
In 2011 promoted to European Corn Wet Mill Team Leader position to drive continuous improvement within the plants. In 2012 he left Tate&Lyle and now he is working for local starch companies. He installed and started a potato starch plant for Konya Sugar factory.
Since 2015 working at Ak Nisasta.
Has Chemical Engineering Bs Degree from Gazi University.

Ibrahim Yalgin, Plant Manager
AK Nisasta Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S.
Cost Saving and Yield Improvement Opportunities in Corn Wet Milling and Sweetener Refinery Processes
Day 1 [Tue 18, September], at 11:45 AM

Dr. Nadia Boudries-Kaci


Nadia Boudries-Kaci graduated from Polytechnic school of Algiers, Algeria in 2010 with a Degree in biotechnology and from Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, University of Liege, Belgium with a Degree in agronomic sciences and bioengineering in 2017. She has taught courses in biotechnology and chemistry and conducted several research projects related to the characterization of starches and their transformation. She supervises 4 Phd students who work on the characterization of new starches, production of sugar syrups from starches and elaboration of starch-based microcapsules.


Dr. Nadia Boudries-Kaci, Research Professor
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Kouba
Structure and Functional Properties of Sorghum Starches & its Application in the Region
Day 1 [Tue 18, September], at 02:10 PM

Dr. Emad Yaseen


Dr. Emad Yaseen holds a Ph.D in Food Technology from Kansas State University - USA. He has more than twenty years of experience in the food industry in Research and Development, innovation, ingredients functionalities & applications, and business development. He worked for several international companies such as Mead Johnson Nutrition, Du Pont, and International Flavors and Fragrances. He has been working for Al Rabie Food company as R&D director for three years.

Dr. Emad Yaseen, Research & Development Director
Al-Rabie Saudi Foods Co.Ltd
Sugar Reduction in Beverages Formulation - Technical Challenges
Day 2 [Wed 19, September], at 09:40 AM

Jens Buller


Jens has extensive knowledge and technical competencies in Structures and properties of biopolymers. He has developed biopolymer products for
Paper , packaging, adhesives, food & coatings industry . He is currently the Head of Department for Starch Modification / Molecular Properties,
at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research

Jens Buller, Head of the Department of Starch Modification/ Molecular Properties
Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Polymerforschung IAP
Morning Chairman’s Introduction
Day 1 [Tue 18, September], at 09:00 AM
Potato Starch as a Biobased Solution for Paints, Coatings & Varnishes
Day 1 [Tue 18, September], at 02:40 PM

Bharat Gothi


Bharat is founder & CEO of Stagot Potatoes Product. Coming from farming background he is qualified in Business Administration from New Zealand accompanied by 5 years of experience in Operations in Multinational Company makes him a perfect blend. At the age of 28 in the year 2015; Bharat has untapped an industry which never exists in INDIA. He found potential in potato processing Sector; therefore from concept to commissioning he worked closely with his team to accomplish the much needed business in INDIA. He is the only potato starch manufacture in the world’s Second largest potato producing Country that is INDIA. Mr Bharat carries ample amount of energy & passion to take forward STAGOT to another level by adding more than 20 Potato Starch modify product for various industries.

Bharat Gothi, CEO & Founder
Stagot Potatoes Products LLP
Potato Starch and Growing Market Applications in India
Day 1 [Tue 18, September], at 04:15 PM

Michael Radeloff


Dr. Michael Radeloff is a carbohydrate chemist from Hamburg University. He held several international management positions in the starch industry in R&D, Product Development and Marketing. Michael is currently the Senior Tutor for Technolgy Training Courses, a specialist training organisation providing in depth technical courses for industry both on line and in house. He also owns and runs a successful consultancy, Thales Consult,specializing in renewable agricultural raw materials, their derivatives and applications.

Michael Radeloff, Consultant / Carbohydrate expert
Clean Label Starches
Day 2 [Wed 19, September], at 01:30 PM

Mr. Bassem Barakat


Bassem Barakat is Managing Director of Arab Sweeteners Company. Coming from Industrial  background he is qualified in Business Administration from Arab Academy  accompanied by 23 years of experience in Operations in Multinational Company makes him a perfect blend. At the age of 22 in the year 1994; Bassem Barakat was in the Paper industry as Mill manager in FLORA one of leading company in Egypt. He joined AMRICANA Group in 2005 as Deputy General Manager Egyptian Starch and Glucose Company (ESGC) then in 2011 and due to the good impact of his discussions to company he was selected to be the Project Managing director of the Cairo Poultry Group (CPG) in EGYPT; Therefore in 2014 when NAEEM holding decided to establish an new company in starch and glucose field Bassem Barakat was the perfect choice to be the Managing Director in order to achieve their goal of building the largest corn wet-milling in MENA region.

Mr. Bassem Barakat, Managing Director
Arab Sweeteners Company (ASC)
Modified starch in Egypt
Day 2 [Wed 19, September], at 09:05 AM

Mr. Serkan Kayikci


Serkan currently controls the purchases and supply of all raw materials for Matli Group, one of the biggest animal feed producers in Turkey.  He monitors crude feedstuffs, grains and cereals markets and manages all import and export operations.
He has many years of experience and building effective supply chain partnerships as prior to Matli he was also in the same capacity at  Elita Gida ( Sunar Group )

Mr. Serkan Kayikci, Raw Materials Purchasing Manager
Matli Yem Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S
Use of tapioca at Turkish compound feed industry
Day 2 [Wed 19, September], at 11:40 AM

Mr. Simon Bentley


Simon has 18 years of experience analysing and understanding commodity markets. He is a director of Commoditia, an advisory business based in Singapore focussed on supporting investors in, and traders and processors of South East Asian commodities.

Previously, as a Vice President of Invenio, part of Olam International, Mr Bentley led the research for a macro commodity fund trading agricultural commodity futures using fundamental models. Before this, and as a Director of LMC International, Mr Bentley led for many years a team advising multinational agribusinesses, energy and chemical companies, as well as governments, on all aspects of carbohydrate and protein markets. Through many different assignments he has developed a deep understanding of the fundamental structural factors underpinning agricultural commodity prices, costs, trade and production, which he uses to help clients position themselves in the face of changing market conditions.

Mr Bentley is a graduate of Trinity College, Oxford University and the London School of Economics

Mr. Simon Bentley, Managing Director
Commoditia Ltd
Outlook for End Use Markets for Starch in the MENA Region
Day 1 [Tue 18, September], at 09:05 AM
Chairman’s Remarks
Day 2 [Wed 19, September], at 09:00 AM

Mr. Harun Uluyol

Mr. Harun Uluyol was born in Germany but returned to Turkey for an education in International Trade and Business Development at Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir. He graduated at Chalmers University of Technology - Sweden with a degree in Environmental Engineering in a project that focussed on biogas production from household waste.


Mr. Uluyol started his professional career at Emsland Nisasta as Sales Engineer and Business Developer for modified (potato-) starches and dehydrated potatoes. He then moved to Thailand where he became Managing Director at Emsland Asia Logistics Co.. In this position he built a network with suppliers of modified tapioca and transferred know-how and technology to local Thai producers. Mr. Uluyol developed the Emsland Group tapioca business and established relationships with producers and agents in South-East Asia, China, Bangladesh and India. His main achievement was realization of a break-even situation within 9 months from start-up.


Mr. Uluyol speaks Turkish, English, Swedish, German and Thai and is Associate Member at the Thai Tapioca Starch Association in Bangkok. Recently he became managing Director at Agro by Nature, a distributor of food ingredients based in Izmir.


Agro by Nature distributes innovations, bridges between customers and principals and creates value for partners. Their staff are seasoned in food with extensive local market knowledge, supported by international teams from amongst others KMC the Danish potato starch manufacturer. Agro by Nauture's policy is to blend deep-seated Turkish traditions with a sense of innovation that is both responsive and perceptive.

Mr. Harun Uluyol, Managing Director
Agro Anatolia Gida ve Tarim San Tic. A.S.
Importing Tapioca from Thailand and its Properties in Feed
Day 2 [Wed 19, September], at 11:00 AM
Afternoon Chairman’s Introduction
Day 1 [Tue 18, September], at 02:05 PM