U.S., MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA GRAIN FORUM
PARTNERSHIP FOR FOSTERING TRADE

Conference Agenda

10:00-16:00 Registration Hotel Lobby
20:00-22:00

Dinner Reception

Sponsored by:

U.S. Wheat Associates, Inc.  (USW)

U.S. Grains Council   (USGC)

U.S. Soybean Export Council   (USESC)

North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA)

 USDA/Foreign Agriculture Service (USDA/FAS)

 

 

Grill Terrace

08:00-10:00 Registration  
08:30-09:00 Welcome Coffee in the Meeting Area Al-Silia Ballroom I Foyer
09:00-09:15

Opening Remarks and Introductions

Mr. Mark Samson, Regional Vice President

Middle East, East and North Africa Region

U.S. Wheat Associates, Inc.

Al-Silia Ballroom I
09:15-09:30

Doing Business in the Middle East 

Invited: Her Excellency Susan L. Ziadeh, U.S. Ambassador to Qatar

U.S. Embassy, Doha, Qatar

 
09:30-10:30

How the Middle East and African Diet is Changing

Mr. Lamine Lahouasnia, Head of Packaged Food Research Euromonitor International Ltd , London, U.K.

 
10:30-11:00

Risk Management Tools for the Importer

Ms. Gladys Negrete-Lampat, Marketing Manager EMEA (Invited) Cargill Risk Management, Geneva, Switzerland

 
11:00-11:20

Coffee Break

Sponsored by:  Cargill

Al-Silia Ballroom I Foyer
11:20-12:00

Relationship between Commodities and its Impact on World Trade and Prices.

Mr. Jeff McPike, Global Marketing Manager

McDonald Pelz Global Commodities Inc., Colorado, USA

 
12:00-12:30

Supply/Demand for Wheat:

Ms. Casey Chumrau, Market Analyst

U.S. Wheat Associates, Inc., Arlington, USA

 
12:30-13:00

Supply/Demand for Corn, Sorghum and Barley

Mr. Alvaro Cordero, Manager of Global Trade

U.S. Grains Council, Washington, DC, USA

 
13:00-13:30

Supply/Demand for Soybeans

Mr. Howard Jay O’Neil, Senior Agricultural Economist

International Grains Program, Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas, USA

 
13:30 Questions and Answer Session  
14:00

Lunch at “Isaan Restaurant” at Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel

Sponsored by:  Buhler AG

Hosted by U.S. Wheat Associates, Inc.
19:30-22:00

Gala Dinner at Hotel Garden (overlooking the sea) at Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel

Sponsored by:

U.S. Wheat Associates, Inc. 

U.S. Grains Council

U.S. Soybean Export Council 

North American Export Grain Association

USDA/Foreign Agriculture Service

Hosted by U.S. Wheat Associates, Inc.

08:30-09:00 Welcome Coffee in the Meeting Area Al-Silia Ballroom I Foyer
09:00-09:15

Wrap-up of previous day sessions

Mr. Cary Sifferath, Regional

Director Middle East, Africa and

Europe U.S. Grains Council, Tunis, Tunisia

Al-Silia Ballroom I
09:15-10:00

U.S. and World Ocean Freight 

Mr. Jerry Cotter, Senior Advisor 

North American Export Grain Association,Washington, DC, USA

 
10:00-11:00

New Technology in Grain Handling, Storage and Milling

Mr. Walter Bruggmann, Area Sales Manager for Grain Milling

Mr. Elias El Cheikh, Area Sales Manager for Feed & Biomass

Buhler, AG, Geneva, Switzerland

 
11:00-11:20

Coffee Break

Sponsored by:  Cargill

Al-Silia Ballroom I Foyer
11:20 – 11:50

U.S. and World Ethanol Policies

Mr. Alvaro Cordero, Manager of Global Trade

U.S. Grains Council, Washington, DC, USA

 
11:50-12:30

Avoiding Problems and Disputes - Arbitration in Grain Contracts

Mr. Sam Bonilla, NAEGA Senior Advisor and President of Rich-Port Consulting, LLC, Florida, USA

 
12:30-13:15

World Trade Policy and the Future of Biotech

Mr. W. Kirk Miller, Senior Advisor

North American Grain Export Association Washington, DC, USA

 
13:15-13:45

Regional Market Development Outlook

U.S. Wheat Associates, Inc. 

U.S. Grains Council

U.S. Soybean Export Council 

 
13:45 – 14:00 Question and Answers  
14:00

Lunch at “Isaan Restaurant” at Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel

Sponsored by:

U.S. Wheat Associates, Inc. 

U.S. Grains Council

U.S. Soybean Export Council 

North American Export Grain Association

USDA/Foreign Agriculture Service

 
19:30-21:30

Closing informal Dinner

Sponsored by:

U.S. Wheat Associates, Inc. 

U.S. Grains Council

U.S. Soybean Export Council 

North American Export Grain Association

USDA/Foreign Agriculture Service

 

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