Shri Hardeep Singh Puri
Hon'ble Minister - Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas
Shri Nitin Gadkari
Hon'ble Minister - Ministery of Road, Transport & Highways
Shri Piyush Goyal
Hon'ble Minister - Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
Shri Tarun Kapoor
Advisor to PM - Government of India
Shri Sanjeev Chopra
Secretary - Ministry of Food & Public Distribution
Shri Pankaj Jain
Secretary - Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas
Shri Kamran Rizvi
Secretary - Ministry of Heavy Industries
President – Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA)
Aditya Jhunjhunwala is the President of ISMA, the premier sugar association in the country. The Association has 200+ sugar industry members from private sugar mills in India. He is the Managing Director of K M Sugar Mills Ltd. KM Sugar Mills Ltd is engaged in the manufacturing of sugar. The company operates in three segments namely sugar, distillery and co-generation. The company has sugar manufacturing facility in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh (India). Mr Jhunjhunwala is actively associated with many industry Organizations and Member of Young Presidents’ Organization (India). He is also on the board of 19 other companies.
Executive Director - ISO
José Orive has been the Executive Director of the International Sugar Organization (ISO) since 2014. Based in London, José directs the activities of the ISO, a UN commodities organization with 87 member countries, providing professional services, market analysis and perspectives for all stakeholders in the sugar chain. The scope of this role extends to anything produced from cane or beet, including biofuels, cogeneration of energy, bio-plastics and by-products. Prior to this, for nearly two decades, he was the Executive Director of the Central American Sugar Association (AICA), representing the sugar sector of Central America in international forums, trade negotiations and before governments. Prior to his tenure at AICA, José was a Partner in the legal firm of Arias & Muñoz at the Guatemala office.
Dr. Patricia Luís-Manso
Agribusiness Research & Sustainability Director - S&P Global Commodity
Patricia Luís-Manso has 20 years’ experience in analytical and leadership roles in agri-commodities, investment banking and network industries. In her current role at S&P Global, Patricia is responsible for Agriculture Research and Sustainability, leading a global team of experts in Soft Commodities, Crop Science and Animal Health to generate essential data and intelligence for the Agribusiness industry. Prior to this role, Patrícia was Head of Agriculture, Biofuels & Metals Analytics for Platts and Head of Sugar Research at Louis Dreyfus Commodities. Patrícia has also worked at Kingsman SA, now part of S&P Global, for 7 years as Senior Analyst and Head of Research & Reports. Patrícia holds a PhD in Regulatory Economics from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland. She also holds a Diploma in Organizational Leadership from Oxford University and a MSc in Economics from Nova SBE in Portugal.
Group Head of Research - ED&F Man
Kona Haque joined ED&F Man in May 2014 as Group Head of Research, responsible for the company’s commodity and macro-economic research team (including Volcafe coffee, Man Sugar, pulses and grains). She joined from Macquarie Bank where she was responsible for agriculture and soft commodities research for 7 years. Previously, Kona spent 4 years as Senior Commodities Editor at the Economist Group. She has also worked for a shipping consultancy as Director of Bulk Commodities and spent 4 years at Metal Bulletin Research, specialising in base metals. Other experience includes working as an Economist for a grains market information provider and with the United Nations in Rome, Italy. Kona has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Agricultural Economics from Reading University.
Head of Analysis - Czarnikow Group Ltd (CZ)
Stephen is the Head of Analysis for Czarnikow Group Ltd (CZ), a leading provider of financial and supply chain services to agribusiness. His team provide high-quality coverage of the agricultural products, energy, ingredients and packaging markets via Czapp.com, a platform giving access to CZ’s data and analysis. Czarnikow’s advisory team also regularly undertakes strategic consultancy work and corporate finance mandates for energy majors, banks, and agricultural businesses. Before joining CZ in 2008, Stephen worked in the downstream oil industry, primarily on carbon emissions trading and emergency oil stocks. He holds an MSci in Chemistry from Imperial College London.
Global Head of Sugar Cash Trading - Louis Dreyfus Company
Luca Meierhofer joined Louis Dreyfus Company in 2017 as the Global Head of Sugar Cash Trading, based in Geneva. He started his career with Cargill in 1996, covering all different aspects of the sugar trading business, from hedging to origination and destination marketing. Sixteen years later he joined Bunge as the head of Raw Sugar where he developed the business for over five years,while taking over the risk management responsibility as well. Luca holds a degree in Economics and Finance from Geneva’s School of Economics and Management
Head of Analysis - Wilmar Sugar Ltd.
Karim Salamon is Head of Wilmar Sugar Market Research since 2011 – He started his career as wheat cash trader, then spent 3 years as economist in French Union of beet Growers, and has more than 20 years in commodity markets in several companies. He is agronomist engineer from Agro Paris Tech and is managing a team of analyst in different countries on sugar , ethanol and energy transition.
Senior Sugar Trader - Sucden
After graduating from Babson College (Boston) in 2017, Dimitri began his career as a trader in Sucden Americas following sugar flows in the LATAM region. He then joined Sucden Paris in 2018 to implement physical and hedging strategies for the global raw sugar book contributing to its expansion in the past 4 years. As of January 2023, Dimitri is directly involved in defining and implementing Sucden’s global sugar trading strategy both on the white and raw sugar flows.After graduating from Babson College (Boston) in 2017, Dimitri began his career as a trader in Sucden Americas following sugar flows in the LATAM region.He then joined Sucden Paris in 2018 to implement physical and hedging strategies for the global raw sugar book contributing to its expansion in the past 4 years. As of January 2023, Dimitri is directly involved in defining and implementing Sucden’s global sugar trading strategy both on the white and raw sugar flows.
Dr. Plinio Nastari
Founder and President - DATAGRO Consulting
Dr. Nastari´s career is intimately associated with the development of biofuels in Brazil, the US, and countries in Latin America and Asia. Since 1978 he has been involved in energy planning at the National Energy Commission, Commission for Reexam of the Energy Matrix, and Civil Society Representative at Brazil´s National Council on Energy Policy. He fostered the connection between renewable fuels and automakers as Executive Director and President of the Board of the Brazilian Association of Automotive Engineers, and was involved in various trade negotiations and trade disputes at US-ITC and WTO. Professor of micro and macroeconomics for 21 years at Getulio Vargas Foundation in Sao Paulo. President of the Brazilian Institute of Bioenergy and Bioeconomy, since 1984 leads Datagro Group with over 180 professionals serving clients in 41 countries.
Mr. Rahul Bharti
Executive Director (Corporate Affairs) - Maruti Suzuki
Prashant K Banerjee
Executive Director - SIAM
He is an alumnus of prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai having more than 30 years of automobile industry experience. He has extensively worked in different capacities of engineering development, localisation, advance technologies, certification testing, regulations and standard formulation roles in multi-national companies namely Toyota, Daewoo and Tata Motors. On behalf of industry, he represents in various policy, regulations and standards committees of national and international levels.
Managing Director - Dhampur Bio Organics Limited
Mr. Niraj Shirgaokar
Managing Director - The Ugar Sugar Works Ltd.
Chairman & Managing Director - Balrampur Chini Mills Ltd.
Executive Chairman - Shree Renuka Sugars Limited
Atul Chaturvedi is a veteran in the Vegetable Oil/ Oil seeds /Sugar and other Agro commodities of the Country. He has more than four decades of successful and varied general and strategic management experience in the field of Manufacturing, Trading and Agri Infrastructure Development. He was associated with Adani Group since 1998 and had played a key role in the development of the Agro and Agri Infrastructure business of the Group. He is currently Director of Adani Agrifresh as well as Executive Chairman of Shree Renuka Sugar. The Companies where he serves as Director are market leaders in their category and have done pioneering work. A widely travelled International Trader, he has hands on experience in handling Agro Products, Vegetable Oils, Grains, Sugar, Oilseeds, Apples, Agri Infrastructure etc. both within and outside India. Mr. Chaturvedi has received many awards/recognitions over the years, like Best Analyst award from ZEE, Agri leadership award etc.
He was declared as “Globoil Man of the Year-2013” and “Globoil Legend “in 2023 for his contribution to Vegetable Oil Industry. Economic Times recognized him as ‘ Promising Business Leader ‘ of Asia in 2021-22.
Mr. Chaturvedi is associated with various Organisations and Trade Bodies. Currently he is Chairman of Asian Palm Oil Alliance (APOA) as well as Senior Advisor SEA. He has been President of Solvent Extractors Association (SEA) as well as Dy. Chairman of SOPA. He is also associated with CII and headed the Task Force on Edible Oil and Oilseeds.
An eminent speaker he is a familiar face in Business channels like CNBC, ZEE, ET NOW and Bloomberg. His views on commodity markets are widely followed.
Mr. Prakash Naiknavare
Managing Director - NFCSF
Vivek M. Pittie
Director - Harinagar Sugar Mills
Vivek M.Pittie, aged 64 years, has a Bachelor of Science degree from Mumbai University. He graduated in 1979 with distinction in Chemistry and Physics. He is a third generation member of the Pittie family, which owns the company. He was appointed as an executive in 1985 and was promoted to the post of Whole-Time Director in 1995. He is an able administrator with over forty years of experience in various capacities in the sugar industry. He has been instrumental in increasing the crushing capacity of the company from 3,000 TCD to 12,500 TCD and in achieving the highest total sugarcane crushed to date in its history of 1.75 million tons in Season 2017-18. He is actively involved in the company’s various cane development activities, and under his leadership the company has adopted the latest technological developments in the manufacture of sugar. He was the driving force behind the establishment of the distillery unit and the co-gen power plant at the company’s sugar complex. This forward integration into distillery and co-generation operations negates, to a large extent, the cyclicality of sugar and provides support to overall profitability levels of the company.
CEO - UNICA
Evandro Gussi is the president and CEO of the Brazilian Sugarcane and Bioenergy Industry Association (UNICA). He oversees an organization dedicated to providing clean, renewable and natural energy in the form of sugar, biofuels, bioelectricity, and biomaterials. Previously, Dr. Gussi was Comptroller General of the Brazilian House of Representatives. He was elected to Congress in 2014 (2015-2019 term) and served as his Party Chief Whip from 2016 to 2017. Dr. Gussi was the author of the “RENOVABIO” Act, a landmark Brazilian legislation to increase the use of biofuels, helping the nation meet its ambitious goals to cut greenhouse gases and live up to its Paris commitments. Dr. Gussi has a S.J.D. in Law from the University of São Paulo Law School (2009) and received a Master’s degree in Law from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2005).
Vice President, Trading Business and Risk Management - Mitr Phol Sugar Corp. Ltd.
Kannika Vongkusolkit is Vice President – Trading Business and Risk Management in International Marketing Department at Mitr Phol Sugar Corp. Ltd. She studied a Bachelor Degree in Economics (English Program) from Thammasat University in Thailand before graduated a Master Degree in Management from University of Bath, England. She started her career as an analyst for a local Market Research company specializing in consumer products. She joined Mitr Phol Sugar Corp. Ltd. in 2009 as a researcher in the Futures Market Department. She later moved to International Marketing Team, handling export sales to major traders as well as overseas industrial buyers. After gaining experiences from rotating to different departments within the company, including Finance department and Corporate Sustainability department, Kannika moved back to the International Marketing Team in 2022 to head Raw Sugar Trading and Futures Trading team. Having worked closely with cane farmers in her previous role, she believes that building relationships with cane farmers is the key to sustainable cane supply which in turn leads to sustainable growth in the business.
General Director - Sucden
Jeremy Austin started in the sugar business with Sucres et Denrees in October 1985, having completed a degree in Mathematics at Oxford. He has been with the Group ever since, between New York, Paris, London and Sao Paulo offices. He founded the Sao Paulo office in 1994 and has been responsible for the Brazilian operation since then. With the increase in export volumes from Brazil, our operation has steadily grown to a level of origination approaching 6 million tonnes per crop. Along the way, he also served on the Board of FBA and the board of Tereos International. He still participate on the board of AEXA.
Commercial Director - Raízen
Bruno Trombelli is Commercial Director at Raízen, where he is responsible for the sugar platform for both domestic and international markets. He has been actively involved with the company’s strategy to develop its international expansion, driving the change from a sugar producer in Brazil to an international player in the global sugar arena. Bruno has been working in the commodities industry since 2008. He worked for several companies such as Alcotra, Cosan, Vitol and Wilmar, covering sugar, vegetable oils, clean petroleum products and ethanol. He has held various positions spanning trading and supply to management, finance, M&A and strategy. Bruno is a graduate in Finance from Ibmec, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is a Council member at the Sugar Association of London.
Head of Trading Intelligence - Alvean
Mauro Virgino is the Head of Trading Intelligence for Alvean since 2020. Mauro started his career as a Senior Agriculture Researcher at the macroeconomic division of the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), focusing on the Brazilian agribusiness. In the private sector, he worked as ED&F Man’s Head of Sugar Research, agriculture strategist for both Citibank and hedge fund Cumulus, as well as Head of Sugar Research for Tropical Research Services. Mauro is an economist with a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Sao Paulo and a Master’s degree in Finance from the London Business School.
COP 28 International Youth Delegate, Sr. Manager - Sustainability & Climate Change - ISMA
Sankalp is a Senior Manager for Sustainability & Climate Change at ISMA and will also be India’s official Youth Delegate for COP 28 in Dubai this year. He is an alumnus of the Delhi College of Engineering (DTU) with a background of environmental engineering. Sankalp is young changemaker who has worked on various aspects of climate change including E-waste management, Carbon financing, Bioenergy, Climate Policy etc. He co-founded OffsetGo, a carbon trading platform to develop Nature based, Community centric solutions during his graduation and was awarded by Harvard Project for Asia Relations among others for the same. Sankalp is also a trained storyteller and a writer and actively works towards spreading awareness about climate change mitigation among youth, business, government and other stakeholders of the environment through rallies, seminars, workshops etc.He was awarded the National Youth Icon at the Parliament of India in 2022 for his work in environment.
CEO - Bonsucro
Danielle Morley is the CEO of Bonsucro, the leading global sustainability platform and standard for sugarcane. Prior to her appointment at Bonsucro in 2018, Danielle was European Director of Outreach and Engagement at Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, and Executive Director of the Freshwater Action Network at WaterAid. She also sits on the Board for ISEAL – the global membership organisation for credible sustainability standards. Danielle has a range of sector expertise in sugarcane palm oil, water, forests, climate change, and human rights. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Law.
Mr. Rohit Kumar
Secy General Carbon Markets Association of India, VP - EKIE
Mr. Rohit Kumar has more than 2 decades of experience in industry relationships, policy development and advocacy across sectors, project development focusing on environment and sustainability and implementation of SDG at community level, implementation of outcome driven campaigns at grassroot level. He has been at the forefront of various prestigious initiatives targeting to generate positive results for key stakeholder programs through various B2B, B2C and B2G initiatives. Currently working as Secretary General of the Carbon Markets Association of India (CMAI) and Vice President EKI Energy which is committed to enabling India in its journey towards a Net Zero Future. CMAI is associated with key stakeholder Ministries such as, MoP, MNRE, MoEF&CC, Ministry of Agriculture, and Niti Aayog etc.
Director General - Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)
Manish Dabkara is the Chairman & MD of EKI Energy Services Ltd. – a leading Carbon Credit Developer & Supplier across the globe. He founded EKI (erstwhile EnKing International) in the year 2008 with the objective to lead companies worldwide to a future of net-zero carbon emissions. Under Manish’s leadership, EKI has grown to become a catalyst for carbon offsets not only within India but globally and has supplied over 200+ million offsets as on date. Today, the company has over 3500 clients across 40+ countries globally. A subject matter expert in the field of energy, climate change, carbon and quality management, Manish is a Certified Energy Auditor & Manager under Govt. of India’s – Bureau of Energy Efficiency (Ministry of Power). He also has certifications in quality and management from IIM-A, IIM Indore, CII and GIZ, in addition to a Masters in Technology in Energy Management.
Mr. Vedang Pittie
Executive – Harinagar Sugar Mills
Ex CMD - ONGC, Advisor ISMA
Veteran in Energy Industry with over 36 years’ experience in India and abroad in a Fortune 500 Company (Current Fiscal Group turnover ~ USD 70 Billion and Net Profit ~ USD 6.5 Billion), the top ranking profitable and diversified company of India. Have dealt with all the energy majors and NOCs for building alliances and contributing towards organizational growth. Represented the organization at various national and international fora like APPEC, Global Petroleum Show, World Economic Forum and have been part of Minister level delegations at important bilateral/multilateral events such as OPEC or during ministerial visits to energy exporting countries. Contributed towards global and national expansion of group footprint on India through role in negotiating and closing multi-billion dollar transactions. Have been Board Member of 4 listed companies leading to 360-degree view of industry, management issues and stakeholder management. Have been closely associated with issues relating to sustainability and energy transition during leadership role at ONGC Group companies and also as President of Global Compact India.
Country Head & Executive Vice President (Corporate Affairs & Governance) - Toyota Kirloskar Motor
Currently working as Country Head & Executive Vice President (Corporate Affairs & Governance) at Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Limited (TKM). He is a postgraduate in Chemistry from St Stephen’s College, Delhi University and holds a management degree from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon. Earlier while serving as a Civil Servant, he also has a rich and varied experience of over 22 years of working in the Government in various capacities.
Dr Reji Mathai
Director - ARAI
Mr. Amit Sachdev
Regional Consultant - U.S. Grains Council India
Chairman and Managing Director - The Godavari Biorefineries Limited
Samir Somaiya is the Chairman and Managing Director of Godavari Biorefineries Limited, President of Somaiya Vidyavihar and Chancellor of Somaiya Vidyavihar University. He is Chairman of K.J. Somaiya Trust, K.J. Somaiya Medical Trust, K.J. Somaiya Institute of Applied Agriculture Research and the Girivanvasi Pragati Mandal. Along with his wife, he is the owner of Kitabkhana, a bookshop in Mumbai. He is currently the President Elect of the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He was the President of the Indian Sugar Mills Association in 2009, and the Chairman (Western Region) of the Indian Chemical Council in the years 2006-08. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration (2005) from Harvard University and an MBA (1993), Master’s in Chemical Engineering (1992) and Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering (1990), all three from Cornell University. He was recently awarded The ‘Knight of the Order of Star or Italy (2022). He is also a recipient of the Lala Shri Ram Award for Leadership in the Chemical Industry (2022 – awarded by the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers), the American Institute of Chemists Award (1990), and of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Award for Scholastic Achievement (1989). He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University.
Godavari Biorefineries Limited is a biorefining company with $250 million in sales, engaged in the manufacture of sugar, ethanol, renewable energy, chemicals, biogas, and compost, all from agricultural resources. More than 70% of company inputs are from renewable resources. The company also works extensively with 20,000 small farmers in over 200 villages to help improve productivity, yields and standard of living. The company has partnered with research laboratories and done remarkable research in frontier technologies on cellulose and feedstocks for polymers from renewable resources at the pilot scale. The Somaiya Trust and Somaiya Vidyavihar and Somaiya Vidyavihar University are involved in education, healthcare and rural development. The Trust manages over 30 different educational institutions of learning extending from elementary to Ph. D. The education is imparted in diverse areas such as medicine, engineering, the arts and sciences, religion, vocational studies, education, languages, etc. There are over 39,000 students and 1,300 faculty. There is also a 550 bed urban teaching hospital. The Trusts jointly run 8 schools, 6 of which are in rural Maharashtra and Karnataka. Samir is married to Amrita and has three children – Gayatri, Meera and Madhav. He lives in Mumbai, loves to play squash, do yoga, swim, and has a black belt in Taekwondo.
Dr. Prakash Lakshmanan
Professor Director - Sugarcane Research Institute, GXAAS
Dr Prakash Lakshmanan is an internationally recognized sugarcane scientist with more than thirty-five years of research and research management experience in academia, and government and industry research and development institutions. Dr Lakshmanan started his career as a Research Scientist in Thehans Laboratories, a plant biotechnology company in Singapore in 1989 before joining the Department of Biological Sciences at The National University of Singapore in 1992. In 1998, he joined Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations (BSES) in Australia, one of the oldest and well-known sugarcane research institutes in the world, and led research focusing mainly on crop improvement. A researcher with passion for commercial outcomes, Dr Lakshmanan explores an integrated multi-disciplinary approach to deliver science-based solutions to major industry issues.
Ankita Patil Thackeray
Chairman - Ashti Sugar Mills Ltd.
Dr. Larry P. Walker
Professor - Somaiya University
Dr. Sushil Solomon
Advisor - ISMA , Ex-Director at Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow
Director General - Indian Federation of Green Energy
Mr Ganjoo is Director General of Indian Federation of Green Energy (IFGE) an Industry Organisation for Green Energy Companies. IFGE is an Industry body for Green Energy Companies. IFGE has been working extensively on subjects like Bio Fuel, Waste to Energy, Electric Mobility etc and has organized many national and international conferences on these subjects. IFGE has been instrumental in bringing policy changes in terms of amendment of Forest Act and also in revival of Bamboo Mission, introduction of Bio Fuel policy through its intense effort of convincing policy makers.
Chairman - Spicejet
Mr. Atul Mulay
President - Bio Energy Division - Praj Industries
Mr. Atul Mulay currently serves as the President of the Bio Energy Division at PRAJ Industries Limited in Pune, where he also oversees global operations. With a distinguished career spanning 35 years in the biofuels sector, Mr. Mulay brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his roles. He holds key memberships in influential committees, including the Biofuel Working Group under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, the Biofuel Advisory Committee in Maharashtra State, and the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) National Task Force on Sugar and Ethanol.
As the Founder Member and Chairman of the BioEconomy Committee within the Indian Federation of Green Energy in Delhi, he is a driving force behind the promotion of sustainable practices and green initiatives in the industry. Additionally, Mr. Mulay actively contributes to academia as a member of the Board of Studies at MIT ADT University in Pune and as an Advisory Committee Member of MIT Engineering College.
Dr. Preeti Jain
Global Director - Policy, Chemicals & Carbon Solution - LanzaTech
Dr. Preeti Jain is Global Director (Policy, Chemicals & Carbon Solution) with ‘LanzaTech: a carbon capture and transformation’ leader creating a sustainable future for all. A ‘World Economic Forum Agenda Contributor’, she is passionate advocate for science-based policies. A Scientist by training (PhD, Chemistry) and MBA (AIM, Philippines); she brings 20 years of diverse geographical (SE Asia, Middle East, US) experience spread across refining & petrochemicals, renewables energy, R&D, International Advisory etc. where she contributed to craft conducive policies and support businesses towards energy transition, sustainability & climate change. In the past, she worked with prestigious National Committee on Auto Fuel Policy, Indian Clear Air Program, Source Apportionment in Indian Cities, National Energy Policy etc.; to bridge between science & technology for enabling sustainable growth and people at large.