World Rubber Week 2017

Welcome Address Speakers


Satvinder Singh
Assistant CEO
IE Singapore

Salvatore Pinizzotto
Secretary-General
IRSG


Keynote Speaker


SUNNY VERGHESE
Co-Founder & Group CEO
Olam International





Plenary Speakers


NGUYEN NGOC BICH
Secretary-General
ANRPC

ROBERT MEYER
Executive Director and CEO
Halcyon Agri

Anthony Song
Director
IHS

JUAN RAMON SALINAS
Managing Director and CEO
IISRP

Aly Toure
Permanent Representative of Côte d’Ivoire to International Commodity Organizations

Lekshmi Nair
Head of Economics and Statistics
International Rubber Study Group

SALMIAH AHMAD
CEO
IRCo

Abdul Aziz
Secretary-General
IRRDB

Robert Simmons
Head of Rubber and Tyre Research
LMC International

Supramaniam
Vice President
MARGMA

Thierry SERRES
Group NR and Composites Technical Director
Michelin

ASHISH GOVIL
Senior Vice President
Olam International

GIUSEPPE CATTANEO
CEO
Pirelli APAC

Jason Schenker
President and Chief Economist
Prestige Economics

Sandana Dass
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer
R1 International Pte Ltd

Chris Pardey
CEO
RCMA Group

Michael Coleman 
Managing Director
RCMA Group

Krissada Sangsing
Director of Production Promotion and Development Division,
Rubber Authority of Thailand (RAOT)

TAN TEE YONG
Director
SGX

Lisa Peterskovsky
Team Leader Agribusiness
GIZ Indonesia

DAVID SHAW
Chief Executive
Tire Industry Research

MASAHIRO YAMASHITA
General Manager
Research Institute of Market Structure (TOCOM)
   
Salvatore Pinizzotto
Secretary-General IRSG

Salvatore Pinizzotto is the Secretary-General of the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) based in Singapore. Salvatore has worked for three decades in the metals and non-ferrous metals industry focusing in market research and analysis of environmental and economic trends on a regional and global basis. His career has strong international dimension having worked for the Metals Study Groups (ILZSG and INSG) both in the United Kingdom and Portugal. He has been invited as a speaker at several international conferences in Europe, China, India and the US.

Tan Tee Yong
Director
Derivatives
Singapore Exchange

Tee Yong currently manages the team in Singapore Exchange that is responsible for developing and growing the commodities derivatives business for the oil, power, gas and rubber sectors. In his previous role in the company, he was focused on attracting and facilitating sizeable regional companies to list and raise capital in Singapore.
He has a strong understanding in commodities trading, having previously worked in BP and Tudor Capital as a analyst responsible for formulating strategies for trading the oil market.
He holds a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Business Administration from the Judge Cambridge Business School.

Jason Schenker
President and Chief Economist
Prestige Economics

Mr. Schenker is the world’s top ranked financial market Futurist. Bloomberg News has ranked Mr. Schenker one of the most accurate forecasters in the world in 35 different categories since 2011, including #1 in the world in 20 categories for his forecasts of the Euro, the Pound, the Swiss Franc, crude oil prices, natural gas prices, gold prices, industrial metals prices, agricultural commodity prices, and non-farm payrolls.
Mr. Schenker has written four books: Commodity Prices 101 (2012), Recession-Proof (2016), Electing Recession (2016), and Jobs for Robots (2017). The first three have been best sellers. Mr. Schenker has appeared as a guest and guest host on Bloomberg Television, as well as a guest on CNBC. He is frequently quoted in the press, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Financial Times. Mr. Schenker is also a Columnist for Bloomberg View and Bloomberg Prophets.
Prior to founding Prestige Economics, Mr. Schenker worked for McKinsey & Company as a Risk Specialist, where he was responsible for directing trading and risk initiatives on six continents. Before joining McKinsey, Mr. Schenker worked for Wachovia as an Economist.
Mr. Schenker holds a Master’s in Applied Economics from UNC Greensboro, a Master’s in Negotiation from CSU Dominguez Hills, a Master’s in German from UNC Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s with distinction in History and German from The University of Virginia. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in FinTech from MIT, a Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management from MIT, a Graduate Certificate in Professional Development from UNC, and a Graduate Certificate in Negotiation from Harvard Law School. Mr. Schenker holds the professional designations CMT® (Chartered Market Technician), CVA® (Certified Valuation Analyst), ERP® (Energy Risk Professional), and CFP® (Certified Financial Planner).
Mr. Schenker is an active executive in the FinTech startup scene, as the founder of Hedgefly, a FinTech startup, and as a member of the Central Texas Angel Network. Previously, he was also the CFO of a private equity crowdfunding startup. In October 2016, Mr. Schenker founded the Futurist Institute of America to help analysts and economists become futurists.
Mr. Schenker is a member of the Texas Business Leadership Council, the only CEO-based public policy research organization in Texas, which has a limited membership of 125 CEOs and Presidents.

Sunny George Verghese
Co-founder and Group CEO
Olam International Limited

Sunny George Verghese is the Co-founder and Group CEO of Olam International Limited and is responsible for strategic planning, business development and overall management of the Olam group of companies worldwide. Olam is listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and ranks amongst the top 40 companies in Singapore in terms of market capitalization.

In 26 years, Sunny and his team have built this business to S$19 billion in Sales Revenues for 2015. Today, Olam operates in 70 countries, delivering 47 products (organised into 16 platforms) to more than 16,200 customers in 70 destination markets and employs around 62,500 people worldwide.

Sunny is presently Chairman of the Board of the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI), Singapore. Sunny was appointed Director on the Board of International Enterprise Singapore in 2002, and served as its Chairman from 2008 to 2013. Sunny also served on the Board of Trustees of the National University of Singapore from 2009 to 2013. He was also the first Chairman of CitySpring Infrastructure Management Pte Ltd from 2006 to 2010.

Sunny holds a post graduate management degree from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) and has also completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from the Harvard Business School.

Michael Coleman
Managing Director
RCMA Asset Management Pte Ltd

In 2004 Coleman founded and together with his partner Doug King runs RCMA Asset Management Pte Ltd (formerly known as Aisling Analytics) ,a Singapore based commodity focused hedge fund manager. RCMA AM’s flagship product is The Merchant Commodity Fund which launched in June 2004.


In 2010 Coleman and King became the major share holders and directors in the RCMA Group Pte Ltd, a global commodity merchant focused on rubber and soft commodities. A proprietary commodity trader since starting work in 1982 Coleman worked for Cargill for 19 years in a variety of commodity trading and trading management positions. In 2001, Coleman, in conjunction with Marubeni, founded U Derivatives where he was Chief Operating Officer until April 2004. Coleman has been based in Singapore since 1984. He is active in, and was a former Chairman of, the Singapore Chapter of the Alternative Investment Management Association.
Michael is also currently Chairman of SGX’s Rubber Committee and Deputy Chairman of The Singapore International Chamber of Commerce Rubber Association.


A UK citizen, Coleman was born in St Helens Lancashire and is a director of St Helens Rugby League Football Club.


He studied at Exeter College Oxford where he took a BA in Natural Science (Geology). He is married to Swee Yep, and they have 2 sons.

Juan Ramon Salinas
Managing Director
International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP)

Mr. Salinas is the Managing Director of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) since 2015. Before taking this position, Mr. Salinas served as Worldwide Commercial and Marketing Director of Dynasol, a SSBR, SBS and SEBS rubber producer for the past seven years. He occupied several positions in Dynasol as Business Developing and Marketing Manager, Logistic and Customer Service Manager and Technical Service Manager for more than 10 years.

His prior experience includes Plant Director at Resirene (PS producer) in Monterrey, N.L. and Project Manager in Caterpillar Mexico and Grupo Cydsa.

He has more than 35 years of experience in logistics, customer service, quality systems, and project and process management.

Mr. Salinas has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the U.A.N.L. and Business Administration Program from IPADE.

Robert Meyer
Executive Director and CEO
Halcyon Agri Corporation Limited

Mr Meyer is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Group, and is also a member of the Nominating Committee. He is in charge of formulating and executing the strategic business development of the Group, and his responsibilities include overseeing the core aspects of the business such as our plantation development, rubber processing operations, sales and marketing, and distribution operations.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Diplom- Betriebswirt) from the European Business School (Schloss Reichartshausen) in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany in 1999.

Dr Salmiah Ahmad
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
International Rubber Consortium (IRCo)

Datuk Dr Salmiah Ahmad is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of International Rubber Consortium (IRCo), Headquarter in Bangkok Thailand. She started as CEO of IRCo on 1st September 2015, after retiring on 23rd July 2015. Her term in IRCo will end on 31st August 2017.

Prior to this appointment, Datuk Dr Salmiah was the Director General of the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) from 9th February 2010 to 22nd July 2015.

Datuk Dr Salmiah started her career as a lecture in University Science Malaysia in 1981, joined Palm Oil Research Institute of Malaysia (PORIM) in 1982 as a research officer and climbed the career ladder to finally hold the post of Deputy Director General (Services) at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB formerly PORIM), prior to joining MRB.

Datuk Dr Salmiah holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Organic Chemistry from Northern Illinois University, USA. She received her PhD from Imperial College London, United Kingdom in Physical Chemistry. She also holds an Executive MBA from the Asean Institute of Management (AIM), Manila, Philippines. She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia in March 2012.

In addition to her expertise in organic chemistry, Datuk Dr Salmiah also has vast experience in the operational and policy sectors and Research & Development (R&D) and R&D Management – especially in the commodities (palm oil and rubber) sector.

David Shaw
Chief Executive
Tire Industry Research

David Shaw is the owner and Chief Executive at a small company called Tire Industry Research (TIRes). He has 30 years' experience of the global tire industry.

TIRes publishes a weekly newsletter on the tire industry in China as well as monthly reports on the global tire industry. His company recently published a market research report titled 'Sustainability in the Tire Industry 2016' and before that the company published China Tire Industry 2015-2018.

He is also managing the Tire Technology conference – the leading conference in the world on tire technology. It takes place in Germany every February.

He regularly advises chief executives and corporate strategists on the future development of the global tire industry

David chaired the World Rubber Summit in Singapore in 2013 and 2014 and 2015 (it did not take place in 2016) and regularly presents at conferences and events in Asia, the Americas and Europe.
Dr Supramaniam
Vice President
Malaysian Rubber Gloves Manufacturers Association (MARGMA)

Dr Supramaniam is the Managing Director of Bonric Sdn Bhd, an entity that specialises in the manufacture of Cleanroom Class 10 and Class 100 gloves. He is the pioneer of the cleanroom gloves industry in Malaysia and has been at it for the past 25 years He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) , from University of Science Malaysia , Masters and Doctorate from the Southern Cross University , Australia.

He is the Vice President of Malaysian Rubber Gloves Manufacturers Association (MARGMA) as well as the Vice President of the Asean Rubber Gloves Manufacturers Association (ARGMA).

He’s also an Alumni of the Cranfield School of Management, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK , and an Associate of the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry. .

He sits on the Expertise Committee of the Masters of Rubber Technology Program of the Malaysian Agriculture University and is Board member of Malaysian Rubber Board’s , Scientific and Economic Advisory Council (SEAC) as well as Board member of the Malaysian Rubber Exchange. He is the Malaysian industry expert on the ISO TC45 Technical Committee. He is also an Expert member of the Asean Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality ( ACCSQ), for Rubber based products.

His passion for “ Industry Driven Quality” , has seen him work on numerous Quality initiatives for the benefit of the industry as a whole. Currently, he is the Global Project Leader for the development of the ISO standards for Cleanroom Latex Gloves as well as a second project on ISO standards for Cleanroom Synthetic gloves.

Prior to his foray into the glove industry, he has served in various senior Quality and Technical positions with the Guinness(UK) and Heineken ( Holland) Group, both in Malaysia and overseas, for 10 years.
Dr Abdul Aziz
Secretary-General
IRRDB

Dr. Abdul Aziz has been associated with the Natural Rubber (NR) industry for more than 50 years. He has served the RRIM in different capacities including as Deputy Director of Research and as the Director of the organisation, beginning in 1986.

In 1997, following the merger of three rubber organisations in Malaysia, he was appointed as the first Director General of the Malaysian Rubber Board.

He is currently the Secretary General of the International Rubber Research Development Board (IRRDB), which has a membership of 18 NR-producing countries.

He is also the Senior Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.
Dr Nguyen Ngoc Bich
Secretary-General

ANRPC

Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Bich has been in rubber industry for the past thirty years as a research scientist specialised in rubber technology and pollution control. As a researcher associated with the Rubber Research Institute of Vietnam, he has held various positions such as Senior Researcher, Head of Rubber Processing & Pollution Control Division, Director of Rubber Technology Centre and Deputy Director of Rubber Research Institute of Vietnam.

After graduation in mechanical engineering, Dr. Bich got his Masters in Waste Water Treatment from University Putra Malaysia and his PhD in Water & Waste Water Treatment from Vietnam National University. Dr. Bich has to his credit 20 published research papers and 4 patents on rubber technology and wastewater treatment.

Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Bich has assumed office of Secretary General of ANRPC since 1 December 2016.
Fazilet CINARALP
Secretary General


Linguistic/economics graduate of UCL-Mons in Belgium, Cinaralp has worked in the rubber industry since the 1990s, focusing on environmental issues at the European rubber industry liaison bureau, before joining ETRMA in 2006, and is leading the Association since then.
Mrs Cinaralp is member of GEAR2030 and EIP on Raw Materials High Level Groups. She is member of several Expert Groups of the European Commission (Raw Materials Supply Group; EGLA, MSTyr15, ADCO).
Chair of Industry Advisory Panel of the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) 2011-2016, and of the Sustainable Natural Rubber Working Group (SNRWG), which is promoting SNR-i.

Giuseppe Cattaneo
CEO
Pirelli APAC

Mr. Giuseppe Cattaneo
Giuseppe Cattaneo currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Pirelli’s Asia Pacific Region, a role he assumed in September 2014 and which marks his return to the Pirelli group.

From January 2013 he headed Ferrari Far East and before that had served in Pirelli and held key positions in various industries.

Mr. Cattaneo has a success filled track record and a wealth of experience in business development and multi-cultural management. Prior to joining Pirelli in 2004, he directed Montedison S.p.A’s chemical-pharmaceutical business unit and managed its operations in China, Spain, and Italy.

His career in management began in Hong Kong, serving as Financial Controller for H&L Cosmetics from 1995-1997.

Mr. Cattaneo was born in Bergamo, Italy on July 31, 1968 and graduated from Bergamo University in 1993 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Finance and top scores from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
Masahiro Yamashita
General Manager

Research Institute of Market Structure (TOCOM)

Masahiro Yamashita Masahiro joined Tokyo Commodity Exchange, Inc. (TOCOM) in 2013. Prior to joining TOCOM, he worked at Mitsubishi Bank and Tokyo Grain Exchange.

He has twenty years of work experience in the commodity futures and options market and is an expert in the area of contract design and commodity risk management. He led a product development team to conduct an intensive economic research and launched wide range of commodities including agricultural commodities(rice futures, coffee futures, Non-GMO soybean futures)and precious metal(Gold Rolling Spot Futures, Gold Options). He is currently responsible for designing Japanese electricity futures market.

Masahiro received a Master of Science degree from University of London (now known as Imperial College London).
Thierry SERRES
Group NR and Composites Technical Director
Michelin

46 years old, French citizen, with an educational background as an Agronomist and e-MBA at HEC business school.

oined Michelin in 1995 with several experiences as technical/operation manager in many countries (Africa, Asia, Brazil, and France). Also launched and led several Group projects including M&A in the Natural Rubber domain.

Based in Singapore, he now manages worldwide Group Natural Rubber technical teams and operations and contributes to lead Group strategy in the domain.
Sandana Dass
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer
R1 International Pte Ltd

Sandana Dass joined the industry in 1973 as a “Rubber Scholar” with the Malayan Rubber Fund Board (MRFB) in Kuala Lumpur and trained in rubber marketing and promotions in the MRFB offices in London, Milan, Vienna and Hamburg.

Whilst with MARDEC from 1974 – 2001, he served as the Director of Marketing & Operations & Investments for MARDEC Group as well as the Managing Director of MARDEC International Sdn. Bhd.

Dass conceptualized, formed and manages the R1 International Group as its Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer from its Headquarters in Singapore since 2001.  He oversees R1 International Group of Companies as Chairman in Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, China, India, Cambodia and USA with an annual turnover which had reached about US$3 billion.

With over 40 years of experience in the rubber industry, Sandana Dass has acted as expert advisor on rubber trade and marketing to the Government.  He has been actively involved as Chairman and Speaker in international forums on rubber trading and marketing and has served as the Chairman of the Industry Advisory Panel and the Chairman of the Statistical Committee and Economics Committee of the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG).  He was a member of the Malaysian Rubber Exchange and Licensing Board, the Management Committee of the International Rubber Association (IRA) and the Chairman of the Rubber Committee of the Singapore Commodity Exchange Limited (SICOM).
Robert Simmons
Head of Rubber and Tyre Research
LMC International

Robert Simmons joined LMC in 1994. He is LMC International’s Head of Rubber and Tyre Research, a position he has held since 2000. He learnt about natural rubber in Papua New Guinea where he worked for the Department of Agriculture in the early 1990s. He is an economist by training and has a Masters Degree from Reading University.

LMC International is a leading independent economic and business consultancy providing economic research and consultancy services for a broad range of industries, related to agricultural commodities, foods, industrial materials, biofuels and their end-markets. This includes the rubber and tyre industries. Founded in 1980, its headquarters are in the UK, and it has offices in New York, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Each year LMC publishes detailed forecasts of global tyre markets, the LMC World Tyre Forecast Service and Tyre Size Service, and the natural and synthetic rubber sectors.
Lekshmi Nair
Head of Economics and Statistics
International Rubber Study Group

Dr Lekshmi Nair is Head of Economics and Statistics at the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) based in Singapore. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of London, UK. Dr Nair has extensive experience in commodity research and in the rubber industry. Prior to joining IRSG, Dr Nair has research and academic association with the University of London, the Australian National University, Canberra and with the Commerce and Trade Ministry of India.

Dr Nair is responsible for regular publications of the IRSG Secretariat, co-ordinating the pilot phase of the Sustainable Natural Initiative and organizing rubber workshops/seminars of the Secretariat across regions. 
Aly Toure
Permanent Representative of Côte d’Ivoire to International Commodity Organizations

Aly Toure is the Permanent Representative of Cote d'Ivoire to the International Commodity Organizations and is based In London with thirteen years of experience in the commodity field. He is therefore the interface between the Government of Cote d'Ivoire and the International Commodity Bodies (ICB's). Prior to that position, he was deputy Permanent Representative from 2004 to 2010. He is the chairman of the International grain Council, chairman of the Governing Council of the Common Fund for Commodity, Vice Chairman of the council at the International Coffee Organization, chairman of the strategic review group at the international coffee organization, spokesperson for Cocoa Producing Countries at the international Cocoa Organization, previously chairman of the Economic and Statistic committee at the IRSG, Chairman of the finance committee at the Inter-African Coffee Organization, and Chairman of the Alliance of Cocoa Producing countries.

Mr Aly Toure is a Graduate from the University of Greenwich in London in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Chris Pardey
CEO
RCMA Group

Chris Pardey joined RCMA Group as CEO in 2010 and under his leadership, expanded RCMA Group’s portfolio of agriculture offerings and started its energy business. Chris brings more than 30 years of commodity experience to the Group. He joined the group from Barclays Capital where he was global head of trading agricultural products, coal and freight. From 2006 to 2010, Chris also worked for Merrill Lynch Commodities in Singapore. Before moving to Singapore to head Noble's grain and oilseed business as Managing Director, Chris spent 20 years with Cargill, in Europe, in trading and asset management roles focused on oilseeds and vegetable oils. A veteran in the commodities business, Chris started his career with BP in 1981 as a graduate trainee. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Brunel University London.
Ashish Govil
Senior Vice President, Global Head – Natural Rubber
Olam International Ltd

Ashish Govil is the Global Head for the Rubber Division of Olam International Limited, a leading agri-business operating across the value chain in 65 countries and listed on the Singapore Exchange. He has over 24 years' experience in supply chain and logistics in both emerging and developed markets. Between 1996 and 2001, Ashish was based in West Africa as the Country Head of Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Liberia. He then lived and worked in the Netherlands for seven years. Ashish is currently based in Singapore and responsible for developing the entire value chain of the Rubber business including supply chain, processing and the investments in Rubber plantations in Gabon. He holds a Masters in International Business and a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Delhi, India.

Olam started sourcing its first product - cashews - at the farm gate in Nigeria in 1989. Twenty five years later, Olam is present in 24 African countries. In addition to a supply chain network of around 2.8 million African smallholders, Olam has deep experience in managing large investments on the continent from coffee plantations to world-class processing plants (S$1.78 billion up to FY2015). In Gabon, Olam is developing Palm and Rubber plantations under a Public-Private Partnership with the Gabonese Government.
Anthony Song
Director
IHS Markit

Anthony joined IHS Markit Chemical Singapore in April 2013 as Senior Manager – Asia Olefins and Elastomers. His responsibility in IHS includes the support of the Asia olefins service leader in the publication of the Asia Market Report – Light Olefins. In addition, he is also responsible for the daily coverage for the butadiene/C4 and elastomers markets in Asia pacific, including the monthly contributions to the Global Outlook for Feedstock (C4) and Elastomers Report.
Anthony started his career as petrochemical trader at Hanwha Corporation in Korea. His duties were Trading Manager for handling Crude C4/Butadiene/Raffinates as well as supporting other Olefin products.
In 2006, he was sent to Dubai, UAE, as a regional experts program started by Hanwha Group.
In 2008, he was sent to Singapore to work at Hanwha International (one of overseas office in Hanwha) as Team Manager handling Olefins and Aromatics
Mr Satvinder Singh
Assistant CEO
International Enterprise (IE) Singapore

Mr Satvinder Singh was appointed Assistant Chief Executive Officer of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore with effect from 1 November 2013.

As the government agency driving Singapore’s external economy, IE Singapore spearheads the overseas growth of Singapore-based enterprises and promotes international trade. The agency also has a global network in more than 35 locations, with presence in many emerging markets.

Mr Singh oversees IE Singapore’s Trade Promotion Group, Trade Services and Policy Group, Customer Services Group, and International Operations (Americas Group and Europe Group).

His previous portfolios at IE Singapore include serving as Group Director for the Trade Promotion Group and the Organisational Excellence Unit. Under the Trade Promotion Group, and oversaw a team which fostered the growth of Singapore’s offshore commodities trading cluster. The cluster generates an annual offshore trading volume of more than US$1 trillion and contributes an estimated 5% to Singapore’s GDP. As head of IE’s Organisational Excellence Unit, he oversaw the propagation and development of innovation initiatives spanning the people, customer and process domains in IE Singapore, striving to inculcate an innovative culture and bringing it into the core of IE Singapore’s operations, customer and stakeholder interface.

From August 2006 to July 2010, Mr Singh was stationed in New York as IE”s Group Director for the Americas region. He developed IE’s network of connections and strategy for the Americas region. During this period, he managed an international team of over 20 officers across Singapore, and four overseas centres in New York, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo and Mexico City. Mr Singh also led the formation of the Latin Asia Business Forum in 2004, which is now the premier platform in fostering investment, trade and thought leadership between Asia and Latin America. Since its inception, it has brought together over 3,000 high level government and business leaders from 50 countries.

Mr Singh sits on the boards of the ICC Academy and SPRING Singapore. He is also a member of Nanyang Business School’s Nanyang MBA Industry Advisory Council.
Lisa Peterskovsky
Team Leader Agribusiness
GIZ Indonesia

Lisa works as Team Leader Agribusiness for the Sustainable Regional Economic Growth and Investment Programme (SREGIP), a cooperation project between the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) and the Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Main focus is the support of smallholder rubber and pepper farmers in West-Kalimantan. In addition to that, Lisa is responsible for a number of public-private cooperation projects related to pepper and coffee. Before coming to Indonesia, Lisa worked as a policy advisor for private sector development for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as well as a planning officer for GIZ projects in various countries. Lisa holds an Msc in Political Economy of Development from School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK and a BA in East Asian Economics from University Bochum, Germany
Krissada SANGSING
Director of Production Promotion and Development Division
Rubber Authority of Thailand (RAOT)

Education:
  • M.S. Master of Science (Agriculture): Kasetsart University, Thailand
  • PH.d. Tropical Agriculture: Kasetsart University, Thailand

Work History:
  • 1995-2014: a Researcher at SuratThani Rubber Research Center, Rubber Research Institute of Thailand (RRIT), Department of Agriculture in the field of:
    • Rubber breeding program
    • Rubber cultivation
    • Plant physiology
    • Rubber wood
  • 2015: Director of Nongkhai Rubber Research Center, RRIT
  • 2016: Director of Production Promotion and Development Division, RAOT which take the responsibilities for:
    • Technology transfer
    • Technical service
    • Rubber planting material producing and propagation
    • Rubber replanting aid fund
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