5th Commercial Farm Africa
14-15 Mar, 2017 - Dar es Salaam
Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro
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. M D Ramesh

.Ramesh has made a distinguished career expertise in Agriculture /Food Commodities and Africa. His geographical supervision consists of 20 countries in Central, South and East Africa. His current strategic business unit employs over 3,000 people including 50 top global managers. He serves on the Olam's Global OPCO and ManCo.


Ramesh joined Olam at its inception in Nigeria 24 years ago, and has been a part of the core team that saw the company grow from a green field start up to a Singapore listed USD 18 billion revenue organization today. Ramesh has lived and worked in multiple countries across Africa and also headed Olam's India operations at one time and started Olam's trading desk in Europe before returning to Africa.


Ramesh has worked closely with farmer groups, worked alongside government programs, set up and run logistics and processing operations and also set up distribution structures in a variety of African markets. He is widely consulted by banks, government structures, NGOs and private businesses. He is based in Durban and teaches at the University of Cape town.



Mr. M D Ramesh, President and Regional Head - South & East Africa
Olam South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
PRODUCTION ECONOMICS & ACCESS TO MARKETS
Day 1 [Tue 14, March], at 10:45 AM
Mr. Sean Shiels

Sean Shiels, CFA is a Graduate from University of Cape Town and started working at Export Trading Group in 2009 as a junior trader. He currently overseas the Group Maize operations which has presence in 28 countries. He has been based in South Africa but travels extensively throughout the continent.



Mr. Sean Shiels, Trader
Export Trading Group
GLOBAL AGRI COMMODITIES MARKET TRENDS
Day 1 [Tue 14, March], at 11:45 AM
Mr. Dessalgn Jena

Mr. Dessalegn Jena  is the  Deputy General Manager of Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union. He has 35 years of experience in the coffee sector in different Gov't  offices at different positions in which 18 years is in Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union.

 

He has a BA Degree in Accounting and  MA  Degree in Rural Development.



Mr. Dessalgn Jena, Deputy General Manager
Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union Limited
MAXIMIZING PROFITS THROUGH COOPERATIVE UNION IN ETHIOPIA’S COFFEE SECTOR
Day 2 [Wed 15, March], at 09:10 AM
Mr. Craig Hardie

Craig Hardie is the Co-Founder and former Joint Managing Director of Malawi Mangoes, an inclusive agribusiness in Malawi. Along with his business partner Jonathan Jacobs, he created an organisation which in five short years: raised US$55m in investment from a blend of private and public sector investors (including the International Finance Corporation), created a blended supply chain of Rain Forest Alliance certified, drip-irrigated anchor farms and a burgeoning smallholder programme affecting 25,000 of the rural poor, and signed and delivered against contracts with international and regional juice giants Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Doehler, Rhodes Food Group and Ceres.

 

He is now Co-Founder of Longevity Development, an advisory and operations implementation business that works with public and private sector, to bring together 'best in class' competencies in the Developing World in pursuit of launching and building lasting, progressive enterprises, and creating opportunities for the next generation of innovators, leaders and activists.



Mr. Craig Hardie, Co-Founder
Longevity Development
WHY YOU NEED TO THINK BROADER THAN JUST A COMMERCIAL FARM - A CASE STUDY ON MALAWI MANGOES
Day 2 [Wed 15, March], at 09:40 AM
Mr. Fabrice Blanc

.Fabrice is Head of Procurement & Demand Supply Planning for Nestlé Equatorial African Region. He has almost 20 years' experience in Procurement. After having worked in the automotive & consulting industries, Fabrice joined Nestlé 14 years ago. During this time, he supported strategic sourcing of Direct & Indirect materials across the world. Prior to his relocation in Nairobi, Kenya, 4 years ago, he was procurement manager for Nestlé Nespresso, based in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Nestlé Equatorial African Region oversees the multinational's operations in 20 countries including 4 factories, and Fabrice is currently responsible for the sourcing needs of the factories & offices, local production planning as well as the supply planning of imported finished products.

Fabrice is a Physics Engineer and holds an MBA with specialization in Procurement.



Mr. Fabrice Blanc, Head of Procurement and Demand & Supply Planning
Nestle Equatorial African Region Limited
SUSTAINABLE & STRATEGIC SOURCING STRATEGY IN EQUATORIAL AFRICA – NESTLE’S PERSPECTIVE
Day 2 [Wed 15, March], at 10:10 AM
Ms. Nadia Paschetta

Nadia Paschetta is the Tanzanian Country Director & East Africa Representative with  ETG Farmers Foundation.

 

Nadia studied Economics and Development and worked extensively in Africa as a development professional with cross-disciplinary experience in project planning, management and execution at field level, resource mobilization, donor relationship management, community mobilization in the public health and agriculture sectors.

 

She joined Export Trading Group Farmers Foundation in 2012 where she works closely with smallholder farmers and leads a team of competent and dedicated project managers, agronomists, analysts, extension and community officers across East Africa to equip farmers with knowledge and skills needed to succeed beyond subsistence farming in a sustainable way, connecting them to the global economy.



Ms. Nadia Paschetta, Tanzania Representative
ETG Farmers Foundation
ADOPTING CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE PRACTICES IN AFRICA TO MITIGATE CLIMATE RISKS AND FOOD SECURITY
Day 2 [Wed 15, March], at 11:10 AM
Mr. Cln Rao

Mr. Cln Rao has more than 25 years of working experience in the agri sector. He is currently the Agro-Commercial Director - East Africa of Netafim Ltd. Prior to this, he was the Global Director of Small Holder Projects & Agronomy Expert with Netafim India from 2013-2015. In Netafim India, he held positions as Dep GM of Green House Division from 2010 - 2012 as well as Head of Dept Agronomy Division from 2000 - 2009. Prior to Netafim, he worked with VST Industries and IML Seeds from 1991 - 1999.

 

He has vast international assignments & knowledge involved in projects in SEA, South America, Middle East and Africa.          



Mr. Cln Rao, Agro Commercial Director - East Africa
Netafim Irrigation Ltd
ADVANCED AGRICULTURE UNDER DRIP IRRIGATION
Day 2 [Wed 15, March], at 11:40 AM
Ms. Angela Mandi

Angela Mandi is Stanbic Bank Tanzania’s Head of Corporate and Investment Banking – Credit. Her roles encompass developing the team in the CIB Credit space and ensuring a sound portfolio, among other responsibilities. Angela has over a decade of work experience in Investment Banking, Credit Risk Management, Corporate Finance Mergers & Acquisition Structuring. Besides working for Standard Bank Group in both Kenya and South Africa in the capacity of Senior Credit Manager, she has also worked for Barclays Capital in the United States of America and Barclays Capital UK as an Investment Banking Analyst. She has also held other positions within Barclays Bank Group in Kenya, South Africa and Botswana, including stints at two major Audit firms; KPMG and PwC in Kenya as a Graduate Trainee and Corporate Finance Associate respectively.

 

Angela is a qualified Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She has successfully completed her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance, and a Masters of Arts in Economics & Economic Policy Management, both from the University of Nairobi.



Ms. Angela Mandi, Head, Corporate and Investment Banking Credit, Credit Department
Stanbic Bank Tanzania Ltd
PANEL DISCUSSION: INNOVATIVE FINANCING OF AGRIBUSINESS IN AFRICA
Day 1 [Tue 14, March], at 01:45 PM
Ms. Vanessa Adams

Vanessa Adams has over 20 years of professional experience, including with Fortune 500 companies in the US. She has fourteen years' experience working in 27 African countries with businesses and farmer cooperatives to increase productivity, meet buyer specifications, access finance, and compete in international markets. She partners with governments, donors and businesses to develop and implement strategies which increase productivity and international trade, expand investments, improve business environments, access financial services as well as reduce constraints to trade.

 

Vanessa managed $50+ million USD USAID-funded projects with multi-cultural teams, facilitated over $300 million in exports from Africa, and catalyzed over $57 million in investments as well as over $140 million in credit. She contributed to the foundation of three pan-African NGOs including the African Cashew Alliance, Borderless Alliance, and Global Shea Alliance, as well as initiating the Women in Agribusiness Leadership Network in Ethiopia.

 

Vanessa has an Executive MBA from INSEAD.



Ms. Vanessa Adams, Director/Chief of Party
USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub implemented by DAI
LEVERAGING PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS FOR IMPACT IN AFRICAN AGRIBUSINESS
Day 1 [Tue 14, March], at 02:15 PM
Mr. Robert Coleman

.Robert was born into a farming family in Zimbabwe and has worked in a practical capacity in agriculture from an early age having gained a Higher Diploma in Agriculture from Gwebi Agricultural College, Zimbabwe in 1979. Robert joined Dangote Rice Ltd. in May 2014 and was employed as Director of Rice in Nigeria.


Robert has been involved in Nigerian agribusiness for the last 5 years with his main focus on developing Greenfield rice farms.


Over the last eighteen years he has experienced senior management in large-scale global agriculture institutions in Russia, Romania, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia - Robert has extensive first-hand experience of providing business and technical management skills in hardship agricultural locations, focusing on making farming businesses more effective and delivering returns to the investors and employers.



Mr. Robert Coleman, Director
Dangote Rice Ltd
DEVELOPMENT OF RICE VALUE CHAIN THROUGH SMALL HOLDERS FARMERS TO MEET GROWING DEMAND IN AFRICA
Day 1 [Tue 14, March], at 02:45 PM
Mr. Cobus Burger
.Mr Cobus Burger graduated from University of the Freestate with a degree in Soil Science and Agronomy. He specializes in soil physical- and soil chemical properties as well as nutrient management of crops. Worked for 12 + years in the fertilizer industry where he developed new fertilizer- as well as foliar products. Last 13 + years he managed Precision Farming operations in different African countries with the main focus on gathering information to understand variability's and using the captured data to influence the sustainability of a project or a farmer.

Mr. Cobus Burger, Business Manager
SGS Precision Farming Services, Africa
DATA AND IMAGERY IN AGRICULTURE TO IMPROVE YIELD, EFFICIENCY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Day 1 [Tue 14, March], at 03:45 PM
Mr. Patrick Oketa

.Mr. Patrick Oketa is the Associate Director for Portfolio at Acumen in East Africa. He leads and guides the team in shaping Acumen's portfolio strategy, management process, team and influence in East Africa. Patrick bears a wealth of experience in private equity, project financing, project cycle management, and a practical understanding of how resources can best flow to those who need them most.

 

Over the last 15 years, he has worked with various projects and entrepreneurs to deliver practical financial and social value and added innovative solutions to their businesses across Africa. Patrick joined Acumen from the Uganda Development Bank where he was the Director of Development Finance, a position that allowed him to oversee the development and improvement of credit, risk management and customer service at the largest government owned bank in Uganda. Prior to that, he was a Partner at Pearl Capital Partner - a fund manager that focuses on investments in the Agribusiness value chain in East and southern Africa. In the past, Patrick was the Chief Investment Officer of the African Agricultural Capital and also worked as the international fund manager Actis where he was responsible for the administration of the $100 million Actis Agribusiness Fund. He began his banking career at the East African Development Bank where he worked for 5 years in Uganda and Kenya in various capacities.

 

Patrick attained an honors degree from Makerere University, an MBA from the University of Nairobi and holds an MA in Banking and Finance from Middlesex University.



Mr. Patrick Oketa, Associate Director
Acumen East Africa

Day 1 [Tue 14, March], at 01:45 PM