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DATE    January 25-26, 2018
LOCATIONLe Méridien Etoile, Paris
TICKETS250 participants
LANGUAGESEnglish & French

Time until Paris Grain Day

26 January 2018 (Paris)


About Paris Grain Day 2018

The second edition of the Paris Grain Day will be held on 25-26 January 2018. Already part of the international agricultural agenda, the event continues to develop and will welcome 250+ delegates at Le Méridien Etoile. The conference will remain focused on the international aspects and challenges of the European grain industry. Particular attention will be given to the various drivers that could influence 2018 price structure, including funds behavior and quantitative analysis.

World class experts will provide high quality information related to their core business. The ambition to make a major yearly contribution to the European grain industry will be preserved. The audience will have its say in voting by the end of each chapter to express market opinion.

All the participants will enjoy a welcome cocktail reception in the center of Paris on Thursday 25th, the day before the conference. The outcome of the various plenary sessions, round tables or talks, will determine a bullish or bearish “Paris Grain Day consensus 2018 ©”.

See you in Paris!


Christophe BEAUNOIR
Trading officer - Groupe AVRIL -

Christophe Beaunoir is Chief Commercial and Trading Officer Oilseeds Processing for the AVRIL group. He is in charge of the risk management policy to align with the corporate guidance. Previously, being the General Director of BOREALIS France and Head of trading, he deployed the growth strategy of the group in the fertilizer trading sector. In the early 2000’s Mr Beaunoir worked for Cargill as a cash and futures sugar trader. He was also involved in seeds (canola, corn & sunflower) distribution and marketing.

Head Of Clients Commodities - CACEIS -

Jean-Loïc Bégué-Turon earned experience in markets activity during more than 30 years, including 18 years in agricultural sector. After being a trader in currencies and interest rates, Jean-Loïc joined the agricultural sector.
During last 18 years, he has acquired expertise in trading business, risk management and brokerage of agricultural commodities.
Before joining CACEIS, subsidiary of Crédit Agricole Group, to develop its new pole Commodities, Jean-Loïc spent about 10 years with L'UNION INVIVO, first French cooperative in agriculture.


Olivier Bouillet is the managing Director of Agritel International in Kyiv.
He started his career more than 10 years ago in the Black Sea region. He first worked in Russia and Kazakhstan in various positions. He was involved in the production, animal breeding and trading for Lactalis group and Nobel Agro.
In 2011, Mr. Bouillet joined Agritel International in Ukraine to set up the Black Sea region consulting and price risk management activities.

Philippe CHALMIN
Founding Chairman - Cyclope -

Philippe Chalmin is professor of economic history at Paris-Dauphine University where he is in charge of the International Affairs Master.
He is the founding president of Cyclope, the leading European institute of research on commodity markets which annually publishes the Cyclope report on the economy and world markets.
He was appointed in October 2010, President of the Observatory of price and Food Margins for the Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Economy and Finance.

Jean-Yves CHOW
Senior Vice President Food and Agri sector - Mizuho Bank -

Jean-Yves Chow covers the Food, Beverage and Agriculture sectors to deliver strategic and financial solutions to Mizuho clients in Asia Pacific. Prior to join Mizuho, he held research, advisory and trade finance roles at Rabobank for 7 years. At this position he has been originating, advising, and financing transactions in the food and agriculture supply chain across Asia. Mr Chow initially built his food and agri fundamentals while operating as a technical director at Invivo/Neovia in China for 5 years.

Mr Chow is the lead author of in depth and forward-looking agriculture reports and media speaker for sector press and financial media.

Juan R.E. GEAR
CEO - Gear SA -

Since 1972, Juan R.E. Gear is the President of GEAR SA (founded in 1922), company specialized in the grain business in Argentina. This trading company is a leading player of the Argentinian cereals and oilseeds industry, involved from the production and storage to exports trading. Activities also include inputs and services for farmers.
Mr Gear is an agronomist with a wide expertise of the grain industry in the Mercosur area. Former representative of Argentina at the IGC, he was the GAFTA ambassador in Argentina from 1994 to 2010.
Mr Gear is a member of the Bolsa de Comercio de Rosario and the Bolsa de Cereales de Buenos Aires and A.S.A. (Argentinean Seed Association).

Weather Research - Thomson Reuters -

Isaac Hankes is a Weather Research Analyst with Thomson Reuters’ Supply Chain & Commodities team. He leads the forecasting efforts of the Weather Research team focusing on applied short, medium, and long range forecasting. He also conducts research for use in seasonal prediction, and collaborates with other teams (agriculture, energy, etc.) on weather applications. He completed a B.S. in Meteorology from St. Cloud State in 2007 before graduating from the University of Illinois with a M.S. (2009) and Ph.D. (2014) in Atmospheric Science.

Managing director - Peter Cremer Australia LTD -

Scott HAUGHTON has spent over 15 years in the Australian grain industry. He has held roles in procurement, trading and management.

After 7 years at Ridley Agriproducts, an ASX listed compound feed manufacturer which had a raw grain demand of over 1mmt per year, he moved to CBH Grain, the grain trading arm of the CBH Group.

In this Western Australian co-operative owned by farmers, he traded books for wheat, barley and sorghum and spent time leading the trading team in Melbourne. Scott moved on to become managing director of Peter Cremer’s Australian operation at the end of 2016, where he currently manages the domestic and export trade team.

CEO - The Hightower Report -

David Hightower is a founding principal of The Hightower Report, a commodity research and information firm specializing in high quality futures research and analysis.
Prior to the inception of The Hightower Report, Mr Hightower was the Director of Research at what was then the world's largest commodity brokerage firm, Stotler and Company. In total he has over 30 years of experience in nearly every aspect of the futures industry.
Mr. Hightower is thoroughly versed in the complex interaction of the world markets and global businesses, and his closeness to the markets is evidenced in his direct and insightful analysis.

Chief economist - Crédit Agricole SA -

Isabelle Job-Bazille started her career in 1997 at Paribas as a country risk analyst in charge of the Middle-East & Africa area.
After 3 years in this role, she joined Crédit Agricole S.A. as an economist specialist of Japan and Asia, before becoming the head of the Macroeconomics’ department.
As a part of the group’s economist business line, she has been a part-time posted worker, from 2007 to 2011, in the Market Research teams of Crédit Agricole CIB in Paris and London.
In 2013 Mrs. Job-Bazille has been named as chief economist at Crédit Agricole S.A, and has been a member of the board at Predica for 5 years.

Owner - East Med Commodities Trading LLC -

Amr Kassem is the owner of East Med Commodities Trading LLC. His brokerage firm deals with agricultural commodities, servicing producers and trading companies exporting commodities to the Egyptian market to private or governmental importers (such as GASC or FIHC). He has 30 years of experience in brokerage and trading of commodities. In the past, Mr Kassem has represented major multinational agricultural commodities trading houses on the Egyptian market including Nidera, Felda and Bunge. Mr Kassem has served on boards of companies in food industry such as Nestlé Water Egypt and holds an MBA from Texas A&M University.

Nicholas KENNEDY
Head of Commodities - Euronext -

Nicholas Kennedy started his career as an equity sales trader at Instinet in 1999. He then moved into commodities in 2005 when he joined the sales team at Diapason Commodities Management. Following this commodities hedge fund experience, Nicholas moved back into trading and held senior brokerage roles in cocoa and soft commodities at ED&F Man (MCA) and UBS in London. In 2009 Nicholas joined NYSE Liffe’s Commodities Team. Following the acquisition of NYSE by ICE, he led the commodities sales team as Director and Head of Business Development of Euronext before taking over as Head of Commodities in December 2017.

Vice President & senior commodities trader - Merrill Lynch -

William Shikani is a Vice President and senior commodities trader at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In his role, William trades commodity investor products, including commodity indexes and alpha strategies, where he specializes in agricultural commodities. William also manages Bank of America’s agricultural commodities business, which provides risk management solutions for producers and consumers of agricultural commodities. William is based in New York and joined the firm in 2014. Previously, William worked at the Macquarie Group as a commodities trader specializing in agricultural commodities trading. William holds a BA cum laude in Economics from Yale University.

Andrey SIZOV Jr
Managing director - SovEcon -

Andrey Sizov Jr. is a managing director of SovEcon, a Russian company specializing in agricultural market research and analysis.

Mr Sizov is an expert on Black Sea grains and oilseeds markets. He has 20 years of experience in consulting, research as well as business development and government relations.

Mr. Sizov is regularly solicited to give his opinion to leading medias. Specialist of agriculture and food industry. He is a member of 4 Agriculture committees for the Russian Federation.


One event, two major highlights !

  • Thursday25/01/2018
  • Friday26/01/2018
7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

8:30 AM

Welcome Coffee

9:00 AM

Macroeconomy and geopolitical conference

10:00 AM

Financial markets and investment funds

11:20 AM

Weather market Conference

12:30 PM


2:00 PM

Cereals Round-table

3:30 PM

Oilseeds Round-table

4:50 PM

The last vote

4:55 PM

The Last Word


Crédit Agricole

CACEIS* offers powerful solutions managed by a team of experts for all your trades on the agricultural commodity futures and options markets.

CACEIS’s solution has many advantages:
- Personalised customer service
- Voice trading or via an electronic trading platform
- Real time risk monitoring
- Secure automated processing

With CACEIS, comprehensive execution and clearing services are part of a fully-integrated solution with a single point of entry.

For more information : +33 (0)1 57 78 02 60

*Subsidiary of Crédit Agricole S.A. dedicated to investors services


Euronext, the leading exchange for commodities in Europe

Euronext offers the industry an expanded range of efficient and competitive instruments for managing price risk.

Our commodity contracts have long been relied upon as trusted global and European benchmarks for products including Milling Wheat, Rapeseed and Corn, while we continue to expand into new segments including biomass and fertiliser solution.

High levels of liquidity combined with the price volatility inherent in the underlying markets provides a wide range of trading opportunities over both the short and long term, as well as offering effective portfolio diversification. Both futures and options contracts are available for the main underlying physical markets.

Contact our commodities team on commodities@euronext.com


Humanis, a joint and mutual non-profit group working for you

Striving to ensure that each and every person, regardless of their age and circumstances, has a better life : this is our driving ambition for today and tomorrow.

Our history and values are testament to this. Our joint and mutual non-profit governance model is the very foundation of this ambition : a policy that combines innovation, accountability, cost-effectiveness and social benefit bears witness to this.

Key figures :
- 700 000 member companies
- 10 million people protected



Benefit from a group discount: 10 % off for additional registrations



Before November 1st

This includes:

  • Welcome cocktail (january 25th)
  • 1 conference entrance (january 26th)
  • Breakfast & lunch
  • Ending cocktail


Place of the conference

81, Boulevard Gouvion Saint-Cyr
75017 PARIS


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