Speaker Profile An Agricultural Graduate who was elected to the Jamaican Parliament in 1976 and appointed as the Junior Minister of Foreign Affairs with responsibility for Foreign Trade.  Later served as a Cabinet Minister with responsibility for Industry and Commerce. In 1989 was appointed Consul General to New York and in 1991 became Jamaica’s first […]

Speaker Profile Jayant Godbole graduated from the University Department of Chemical Engineering, Mumbai and worked with Chemical Engineering Companies including Alfa Laval in India before joining Praj. He has extensive experience in international marketing and processes.  He adds the Commercial and Techno-economic perspective to the project.  He presently heads Business Development as the Regional Director for […]

Speaker Profile Barbara A. Fecso is currently the Economist, Dairy and Sweeteners Analysis Staff, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture with main focus on administering the domestic sugar program. She provides guidance in the formulation and implementation of national sugar policies and procedures, as well as economic and budgetary impact analysis of programs relating […]

Speaker Profile Santiago Arcila joined Verenium in March of 2008 as a Senior Director in charge of Latin America, with additional responsibilities supporting development in the Southeastern United States. From 1998 to 2008, Mr. Arcila worked for several non-regulated subsidiaries of Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG), a diversified energy company headquartered in New Jersey, and […]

Speaker Profile Chris Richards qualified from Heriot-Watt University in 1981 with a BSc.  In  Brewing and Biological Sciences,  He started his career  at Traquair House Ales (a small brewery attached to the oldest inhabited house in Scotland – using equipment dating back to the 1700s).  On leaving Chris spent 3 years in micro-brewing both running […]

Speaker Profile Born in Buenos Aires on March 26th, 1945. He graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He completed his university training by studying the career of Actuary at the above mentioned University (thesis pending). He specialized in International Trade by undertaking postgraduate studies in Argentina and further […]

Speaker Profile Morris J. Bitzer is State Extension Specialist for corn, soybeans, small grains, grain sorghum and sweet sorghum production. He is now on Post Retirement Appointment as Sweet Sorghum Breeder for Univ. of Kentucky. He has received many awards for outstanding service to Kentucky Agriculture, Certificate of Excellence for Development of Agronomic Educational Material […]

Speaker Profile Faustino Jimenez, an Economist by profession, graduated from the Autonomous University of Santo Dominingo. He obtained his Masters in Agricultural Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) He has held various positions in public and private institutions, including: • Executive Director of the Institute Dominican Sugar (INAZUCAR) 1998-2000 / 2004-2008. […]

Speaker Profile Jaime Finguerut, Brazilian, Chemical Engineer since December 1974, post-graduate from Polytechnical School of Engineering of the São Paulo University (Brazil) in Biochemical Engineering. Has worked since 1972 with fermentation, having teached biochemical engineering at Industrial Engineering Faculty in São Bernardo do Campo, Sao Paulo worked in the Biological Process Treatment Development at the […]

Speaker Profile Owen Wagner is a Research Economist specializing in the US and Mexican sugar and sweetener markets for LMC International, a UK based consultancy specialzing in agricultural commodities and their end products. He is based out of the LMC office in Washington, DC. Prior to joining LMC, Mr. Wagner worked in a genetics lab […]

Speaker Profile Ricardo E. Schaeuffler is Guatemalan born, with more than 32 years of professional experience in the sugar industry in Guatemala and the region. He holds a BS. from Nicholls State University (LA) with an Agricultural Economics degree, and some studies on Business Administration in a Guatemalan University. Before joining La Union Sugar Group, […]

Speaker Profile Ron Cascone is Manager of Biofuels Development at Nexant, Inc / ChemSystems’ White Plains, NY office. He is a chemical engineer with forty years of industrial experience in a broad range of energy and chemical processes and products, most recently focusing on biorenewables (fuels and chemicals) as part of Nexant’s global practice. He […]

Speaker Profile Dr. George Philippidis is Associate Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and Co-Director of the Energy Business Forum (EBF) at Florida International University.  He has 18 years of experience in leading strategic business units in biofuels, energy, and biotechnology.  Before joining FIU, he worked in the private sector as business director at […]

Speaker Profile Manuel Enríquez Poy is a Graduate in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in tha UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).  He has been a member of the Engineer Faculty teaching  for more than 30 years. Enríquez started to work in the sugar cane industry since 1970 in several Sugar mills (La Margarita, Central Progreso, […]

Speaker Profile Paul Mazzarulli is currently Director of Biofuels at Evolution Markets Inc. in White Plains, New York. He has over 16 years of experience in energy, transportation, and emerging markets, including physical freight, shipping derivatives, electricity, and renewable fuels. During 2003-2004 Paul was Chairman of the Forward Freight Agreement Brokers Association at the Baltic […]

Speaker Profile Francois Nehama is the Director of Trade at Sucden Americas Corp. based in Miami, FL where he has been working for the last 12 years. At Sucden Americas, Mr Nehama is in charge of trading and management in the Americas with direct supervision of Sucden Americas subsidiaries located in Mexico, Peru, Chile and […]

Speaker Profile Guillermo Ferreyros obtained a Bachelor degree in Business Administration at Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru and a Master degree in Business Administration at Harvard University.  He worked for IBM in Peru and for Colgate Palmolive in Mexico, in the Marketing Area.  He started working for Maple Gas Corporation in 1993 as Vice […]

Speaker Profile Antoine Halff is head of energy research at Fimat USA, Inc, the brokerage arm of Societe Generale bank, and adjunct professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University (Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy), both in New York City.   From 2001 to 2005, Halff was a Principal Administrator of the […]