2021 Agenda

All timing is US Eastern Time

Day 1: November 9th, 2021

8:00am – 8:05am (ET)

Chairman’s Opening Remarks

John MacNamara CEO Carshalton Commodities Ltd Chairman London Trade Roundtable

John MacNamara CEO Carshalton Commodities Ltd Chairman London Trade Roundtable

8:05am – 8:25am (ET)

Live Fireside Chat with Reuters Editorial

Russell Hardy CEO Vitol

Interviewer: Dmitry V Zhdannikov Energy Editor EMEA Reuters

8:35am – 8:50am (ET)

The Effects of Energy Transitions on the Commodity Market and the Global Commodity Economic Outlook

  • Outlook for fossil fuel replacement with renewable sources of energy
  • Environmental impacts of increased production of biofuels & other unintended consequences of the run to renewables
  • Impact of energy transitions on metals markets and food prices

Jeffrey Currie Global Head of Commodities Research Goldman Sachs


8:50am – 9:10am (ET)

Exclusive Interview with BP and Reuters Editorial

  • How do BP plan to reduce emissions, and pivot from international oil company to integrated energy company, while continuing to deliver for their shareholders?
  • In the last 18 months, bp has announced partnerships with Microsoft, Uber, Amazon and others. How important is collaboration to bp’s new strategy?
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  • Shipping is a notoriously tricky transport to decarbonise. What is BPs approach?

Carol Howle EVP Trading and Shipping BP

Interviewer: Ron Bousso Oil and Gas Corporates Correspondent Reuters

9:10am – 9:35am (ET)

The Retreat by Banks, the Influx of Alternative Lenders and the Perceived Failure of the Trade Credit Insurance Model

  • Why Banks have retreated
  • Alternative Lenders line up but in what volume and at what price?
  • The Trade Credit Insurance Model in doubt?
  • What new solutions replace lost liquidity?

Simon Collins CEO & Co Founder TradeCloud

Maarten Koning Managing Director, Global Head Trade and Commodity Finance ING

Moderator: Deepesh Patel Editor in Chief Trade Finance Global

9:35am – 9:55am (ET)

The importance of reframing the challenge of net zero- A Fireside chat with Refinitiv.

Alessandro Sanos, CAIA, SCR Global Director Sales Strategy & Execution, Commodities Refinitiv

9:55am – 10:25am (ET)

LNG Bounced Back Quickly Following the Oversupply During the Summer of 2020. What is the Outlook Over the Next Couple of Years?

  • Demand trends – will the energy transition support or stifle demand? Where is demand expected to grow
  • Supply trends
  • How has LNG trading been able to deal with the volatility over the last 18 months and what implication does that have for the development of liquid spot market for LNG?

Jonathan Westby Senior Vice President JERA Global Markets

Cristian Signoretto Director Gas & LNG & Deputy General Director for Natural Resources Eni

Rosario Sgarioto Head of LNG Trading SOCAR Trading

Moderator: Deepesh Patel Editor in Chief Trade Finance Global

10:35am – 11:10am (ET)

LIVE Q&A: Are we in a Commodity Super Cycle?

  • Where is the commodity space today relative to the macroeconomy and broader markets?
  • What factors have got us here?
  • Where are the opportunities and risks within the sector?
  • Do metals and agri enjoy an energy that is denied to oil & gas?
  • Recovery and demand: just how long does a Covid bounce last?

Jeffrey Currie Global Head of Commodities Research Goldman Sachs

Saad Rahim Chief Economist Trafigura

Derek Sammann Global Head of Commodities and Options Products CME Group

Alex Booth Head of Research Kpler

Moderator: Paul Chapman Managing Director Human Capital

11:20am – 11:40am (ET)

How should Big Mining Companies Respond to a New Commodities Boom in the age of Responsibility and ESG?

  • Growth without glut: How should miners gauge sustainable production growth to meet renewed demand?
  • How to reconcile ‘extractive industry’ with the public’s ESG expectations? Minerals for ‘electric everything’- How the Major Mining Players see that Opportunity
  • Do big miners still need the big traders?

Mikael Staffas President and CEO Boliden

11:50am – 12:10pm (ET)

Softs: Are the ABCCD Traders Still Alone at the Top of the Agri Tree?

  • Can traders other than the ABCCD five take meaningful market share?
  • The big just get bigger every year: can they be caught by the rest of the pack? Or are they simply too big to share?
  • How do those further down the food chain see their future?

Scott Wellcome Director, Grains Risk Management GoodMills Group


12:20pm – 12:40pm (ET)

Exclusive interview

Chris Mahoney Chairman ED&F Man Former CEO Glencore Agriculture

Day 2: November 10th, 2021

8:00am – 8:05am (ET)

Chairman’s Opening Remarks

John MacNamara CEO Carshalton Commodities Ltd Chairman London Trade Roundtable


8:05am – 8:25am (ET)

Live Fireside Chat with Reuters Editorial

Torbjörn Törnqvist Chairman and CEO Gunvor Group

8:25am – 9:10am (ET)

Digitising financial and physical supply chains in the agricultural commodities trade

  • What are the long-term benefits of digitisation to commodity trading houses and their partners
  • Which technologies are enhancing both physical and derivative commodity trading?
  • What is the benefit of connecting the trade finance supply chain with trade networks and agri post-trade networks?

Carl Wegner CEO Contour

Petya Sechanova CEO Covantis

Andre Schneiter Global Chief Technology Officer COFCO International

Moderator: Paul Chapman Managing Director Human Capital

9:20am – 9:55am (ET)

Commodities and Climate Change: can Genuine Carbon Neutrality be Achieved through Carbon Credits & Offsets?

  • Brussels has set out its intentions for reducing fertilizers and pesticides usage and to increase organic commodity production amongst other initiatives. 
  • “carbon credit’ trading, is it real, just another fad, benefits only the big names etc, how will this market grow and develop, and does it really help to reduce greenhouse gases. 
  • How can we create industry accounting solutions to ensure all GHG emissions are accounted for and offsets are not double pledged or spent?

Arnoud Star Busmann CEO MineHub

Dr Tasneem Krueger-Vally Founder KruegerVallyConsulting

Chris Leeds Head, Carbon Markets Development Standard Chartered Bank

Andrew Glass Head of Sales & Partnership Viridos Capital

Moderator: John MacNamara CEO Carshalton Commodities Ltd Chairman London Trade Roundtable

9:55am – 10:05am (ET)

Networking Break

10:05am – 10:30am (ET)

Will Fraud Finally Push the Finance of Commodity Trading into the 21st Century?

  • The ease with which title documents for goods onboard or in-store can now be faked and baked, lay behind the serial frauds in commodity trade finance seen in Singapore and elsewhere in 2020. This has decimated the ranks of banks who traditionally supported this business. Can Fintech save the day?

Peter Hopkins Managing Director DRUM Risk

Samir Neji Founder & CEO DLT Ledger

10:40am – 11:05am (ET)

The Resilience of Trade during COVID-19 - Agricultural and other Supply Chains. The Global Outlook for 2022

  • The resilience of supply chain trade - Despite a few shortages, supply chain trade held up much better than expected despite massive combined supply and demand shocks -- examples taken in agricultural/food, health, and other supply chains will be discussed. The global financial crisis had led a decade ago to a deeper collapse of GVCs and a longer recovery. However, the supply shock is leading to a consideration of "backward" supply links in certain strategic sectors.
  • A recovery underway, with fear of a "great divergence" - A clearer picture will have emerged in the second part of the year regarding the pace and profile of global trade's current recovery, which drivenby major production and consumption "clusters" (China, US). Risks of a divergent recovery between regions and levels of development have been flagged by major international institutions.

Dr Marc Auboin Counsellor,Economic Research and Statistics Division WTO

11:15am – 11:40am (ET)

A New Level of Fully Digitised Global Trade after the Pandemic/ Commodity Trading & Digitalization Era: Ongoing & Expected Changes

  • Supply chain resilience with the use of electronics, traceability, tracking, data analytics, cloud computing, Blockchain technology and IoT
  • Where cargo is and where the product is at any one time
  • AI and machine learning for trade and how to make a decision
  • How to build robust systems in case of future pandemics

Tom James CIO & CEO TradeFlow Capital Management

Jürgen Mayerhofer CEO and Co-founder enspired

John MacNamara CEO Carshalton Commodities Ltd Chairman London Trade Roundtable


11:50am – 12:10pm (ET)

Live Fireside Chat: with Reuters Editorial

Marco Dunand CEO Mercuria Energy Trading

12:10pm – 12:20pm (ET)

Networking Break

12:20pm – 12:40pm (ET)

Transparency and Certification in Energy Transition and Efforts to Decarbonize the World on Commodities

  • Which ones could grow, which ones could diminish, how can new systems help this?
  • The big shift of going to zero emissions
  • Digitalization of infrastructure and facilities and the business case for it

Paul Sébastien Co-Founder Climate Neutral Commodity

12:50pm – 1:10pm (ET)

Live Fireside Chat

Matthew Chamberlain Chief Executive London Metal Exchange