5th Africa Oil Palm & Rubber Summit

25-26 Apr, 2018 - Accra, GHANA

Labadi Beach Hotel
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. 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 09:00 AM

Mr. 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 Côte 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".

Mr. 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 09:30 AM
Chairman’s Introduction
Day 1 [Wed 25, April], at 01:40 PM

Dr. Tabuna Honoré

Dr. Tabuna Honoré, Coordinator, Biodiversity and Environmental Economics
Communauté Economique Des Etats De L'Afrique Centrale (CEEAC) / ECCAS
Responsible & Sustainable Development of Palm Oil & Rubber Sectors in Central Africa
Day 1 [Wed 25, April], at 01:45 PM

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 12:00 PM

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 04:15 PM
Chairman’s Introduction
Day 2 [Thu 26, April], at 08:50 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 04:45 PM

Mr. Léandre Gbeli

1. Principal Agricultural Economist at the African Development Bank from July 2010 to date



2. Senior Agricultural Economist at the African Development Bank from May 2004 to July 2010



3. Long-term consultant at the African Development Bank from January to April 2004, as trainer for operations staff on project financial setup ( with the COSTAB tool), as well as, on Projects Financial & Economic Feasibility (with the other packages of the World Bank's Compass Tools)



4. Director of Domain (Directeur du Domaine) of the National Agricultural Research Center (CNRA) from September 1998 to December 2003, with oversight on the management of about 22,500 ha of pilot plantations equipped with oil palm, rubber, coffee processing, and cotton ginning units



5. Agricultural Economist at the World Bank Office in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire from April 1994 to September 1998



6. Consultant/Agricultural Economist  with miscellaneous assignment with the World Bank and IFAD, in Burkina Faso & Côte d'Ivoire from October 1992 to February 1994



7. Civil Servant with the Ministry of Agriculture of Côte d'Ivoire, as Agricultural Economist for the Pre-extension Office, from March 1989 to October 1992



8. US Department of Agriculture Farmers' Home Administration Office (FmHA) in Lubbock, TX (U.S.A.), from July to December 1988, practical training.



I hold a master's degree of science (MSc) in Agricultural Economics from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX,



A degree in Agricultural Engineering from the National Upper School of Agronomy of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (École Nationale Supérieure d'Agronomie d'Abidjan - ENSA),



A University degree of scientific studies in Chemistry, Biology & Geology - CBG from the National University of Abidjan.

Mr. Léandre Gbeli, Principal Agricultural Economist
African Development Bank Group
Potentials of the Oil Palm Industry in Contributing in the Bank’s Feed Africa Strategy
Day 2 [Thu 26, April], at 09:00 AM

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.

Joseph-Olivier Biley, CEO
WeFly Agri
New Technologies - Migrating Traditional to Precision Agriculture
Day 2 [Thu 26, April], at 11:00 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 12:00 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 12:30 PM