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Black Sea Forum - 13th November

9:00am- 9:15am: Welcome Remarks

9:15am- 9:45am: Presentation: The Crop In Numbers

Andrey Sisov, Managing Director, SovEcon


9:45am- 10:30am: Outlook on the Region: Looking at this year’s crop

An analysis of the reduction in crop this year. Can anything be done to mitigate it next year?

A look at cropping choices and variable costs against price

Do small trading house lose their ability to compete at a higher price for Black Sea wheat?

Confirmed Speakers:

Andrey Sisov, Managing Director, SovEcon

Nikolay Gorbachov, Director, Soufflet Ukraine

Simon Cherniavsky, CEO, Myriya Agroholding


10:30am – 11:15am: Networking Coffee Break


11:15am- 11:45am: Presentation: Coastal Freights in the Baltic, Black Sea and Mediterranean: Mitigating the Impact of Port Congestion


11:45am- 12:45pm: The Future of Trading in the Region: What is next?

  • Swaps and Futures: A look at the new CME black sea contract
  • Cryptocurrency: Is it a one off deal or the new normal?
  • How is the growing use of blockchain going influence change in the region? Will it have any impact?

Ivan Cherevko, Managing Director, Cardiff Trading


12:45pm- 2:00pm: Networking Lunch Break


2:00pm- 2:30pm: Presentation: 2018 Wheat Crop Quality Results

Irina Sarycheva, Customer Care and Technical Governance Manager, Russia, SGS Group Management SA


2:30pm- 3:30pm: Infrastructure & Logistics Challenges In the Region

A look at internal logistics, silo capacity, storage security

Evaluating the risks of port congestion and how to improve the domestic grain movement

How is the use of blockchain impacting logistics in the region?

Confirmed Speakers:

Moderator:Svetlana Maylsh, Black Sea Agriculture Markets Analyst,Thomson Reuters

Petar Dmitrov, Founder and Director, Agricore Bulgaria


3:30pm – 4:00pm: Networking Coffee Break


4:00pm – 5:00pm: Roundtables: A closer look at: production, consumption, storage-logistics and ports for each micro-region.

Black Sea

(Russia & Ukraine) 


(Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia)

Central Asia

(Kazakhstan, Turkey)




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