Preliminary program


Daryna Kovalska
Agricultural Trading Desk
Mykola Gorbachev
Oleg Nivievskyi
Agricultural policy adviser
World Bank Group
Oleg Ustenko
Executive Director
The Bleyzer Foundation
Anna Tanskaya
Head of the grain
market department
APK-Inform Agency
William H. Meyers
Emeritus Professor
Peter Sand
Chief Shipping Analyst
Daniella Horton
Honorary Secretary
Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou
President, WISTA
Siddharth R.Amin
Fengying Nie
Deputy Director General,
Svetlana Synkovskaya
Marketing director,
APK-Inform Agency
Soren Larsen
Deputy Secretary General,
Natalja Skuratovic
Senior trader,
Andrey Perepelitsa
Senior lawyer,
Vitaliy Smilyk
Marketing manager,
Aquavita International
Alex Younevitch
Managing Editor,
Freight Markets
S&P Global Platts
Gennadiy Ivanov
General manager,
BPG Shipping
Andrey Kupchenko
Grain market analyst,
Henry Shterenberg

Preliminary program *


May 24


08:00-09:30 — Registration of participants. Coffee-break


09:30-09:45 — Official opening ceremony of the conference.

Welcoming speeches:

  • Organizers
  • Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
  • Heinz Strubenhoff, Agribusiness Program Manager, IFC/World Bank Group
  • Alexander Voznyuk, CEO, SGS Ukraine
  • Alexander Ocheretny, Director of Grain Logistics Department, B?hler Ukraine
  • Alexei Grushko, Director, Variant Agro Build LLC
  • Sergei Petrovsky, Chairman of the Standing Commission on transport, communications and marine economic complex of the Odessa oblast council



Session 1. Global grain market: trends and forecasts. Key players

Moderator: Svitlana Synkovska, Marketing Director, APK-Inform Agency



Global grain market development – FAPRI forecast till 2026: drivers and uncertainties

William H. Meyers, Emeritus Professor of Agricultural & Applied Economics of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri (FAPRI)



Black Sea region on the global grain market: achievements and challenges of 2017/18 MY. Prospects – 2018

Daryna Kovalska, Strategist, Agricultural Trading Desk, MACQUARIE GROUP



European grain market trends: results of the season-2017/18, production and trade forecasts in 2018/19 MY

Natalya Skuratovich, Senior trader, Alfagra



Chinese grain market: forecast of development in 2018/19 MY, prospects of Ukrainian-Chinese trade

Nie Fengying, Deputy General Director, Center for International Agricultural Research, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences



India on the grain market: export and import trends in 2018/19 MY, quality requirements to the imported grains

Siddharth R.Amin, Director, inspection company Dr. Amin Controllers Pvt. Ltd.



Prospects of the Black Sea grain trade in the MENA region in 2018/19 MY

Roman Rusakov, Black Sea trader, Olam Ukraine



Grain freight: prospects and challenges

Alex Younevitch, Managing Editor, Freight Markets, S&P Global Platts






Panel discussion "Grain trade – 2018: key trends"

Moderator — Mykola Gorbachev, President, Ukrainian Grain Association (UGA)

  • - Macroeconomics and agrarian policy: impact factors on grain trading; Oleg Ustenko, Executive Director, The Bleyzer Foundation
  • - Estimations of trends of the grain market, trade prospects in the season-2018/19, foreseeable risks, by traders

Panel members:

  • - Andrei Grigorov, Co-founder and CEO ceREALIA
  • - Vladimir Osadchuk, General Manager, COFCO Agri Resources Ukraine
  • - Timur Shishlov, Trader, RisOil Ukraine
  • - Olena Neroba, Head of the analytical department, Marcoрolo Commodities SA






15:00-18:00 Parallel sessions 


Large conference hall

Session 2. International grain sea carriages

Moderator: Arthur Nitsevych, Partner, lawyer, Interlegal, Member of LMAA and SCMA, FNI



Tomorrow’s maritime professionals: what does the future look like?

Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, President, Wista



Is the dry bulk industry still on track for profitability in 2019?

Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO



Round tour in the documentary world of BIMCO

Soren Larsen, Deputy Secretary General, BIMCO



Adjusting the sails in resolving cargo sea carriage disputes

Daniella Horton, Honorary Secretary, LMAA



Round table: Pricing mechanisms and price risk management in the Black Sea region

Moderator — Alexandr Bobylov, Commodities derivatives specialist, EMEA S&P Global Platts
- New CME Black Sea wheat and corn futures contract — why trade them
Eric Hasham, Senior Director, CME GROUP
- Black sea pricing: use of Platts’ price assessment both in physical and futures markets of wheat and corn
Alexander Bobylev, Commodities derivatives specialist, Department of Agriculture, EMEA S&P Global Platts



Panel discussion “What factors facilitate (not impede) the maritime business development in Ukraine”

Moderators: Arthur Nitsevych (partner, Interlegal), Vladimir Torskiy (Honorary Secretary of Nautical Institute of Ukraine)



Panel members:

  • - Vladimir Koval, Vice-President, the International Ship Suppliers Association (ISSA)
  • - Vladimir Rabotnev, Expert
  • - Sergey Nedyak, President, the Association of International Freight Forwarders of Ukraine (AIFFU)
  • - Yuri Vaskov, Expert, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine in 2015-2016
  • - Vyacheslav Kislovskiy, Vice-President of the Maritime Chamber of Ukraine



Discussions, negotiations of participants



Gala-dinner in the restaurant "Maristella Marine Residence",  Bernardazzi St., 2A (Krasnykh Zor St.)


Optional Round tables for conference delegates (May 24)

Small conference hall

11:00-12:00 — Trends in ship arrest and release in the Mediterranean and Black Seas region

  • - Focus on practical issues
  • - How does arrest works in different countries
  • - How to ensure the prompt and effective arrest
  • - How to release from the arrest

Moderator — Karyna Gorovaya, Senior lawyer, Interlegal


13:00-14:00 Insurance: Yes or No — Andrejs Radionovs, Managing Director, Marine Insurance Services

- Key figures in insurance

- Cargo Insurance – Yes or No – this is the question!
- How to insure cargo in 2(two) minutes ang get benefits?


15:15-16:45 — Non-resident companies in the global trade: challenges-2018
- Non-resident companies and bank accounts – news and tendencies
- Information exchange and creation of substantial presence (CRS, BEPS, Substance), BEPS implementation in Ukraine
- Georgian companies and bank accounts for international business
Viktoria Ruseva, Lawyer, Interlegal

Daria Liashenko, Lawyer, Interlegal


16:45-18:00 — How to purchase a new yacht for 10.990 and pay less in taxes
Moderator — Nikolay Melnykov, Partner, Interlegal

- Purchasing a turn-key yacht; Nikolay Melnykov

- Innovative technical solutions in modern yachting; Gennady Petrovsky
- Tax and other convenience during registration of the yacht; Kirina Ryashentseva
- How not to lose the yacht: insurance in the EU; Marta Sverdlikovskaya



May 25


09:00-10:00 — Coffee-break



Session 3. Ukrainian grain market

Moderator: Rodion Rybchinskiy, Head of Business project unit, APK-Inform Agency



Development trends of the Ukrainian grain market influenced by the global trends

Representative of Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine



Agro Sector is ready to be disrupted by blockchain

Henry Shterenberg, President, SUNTRI INC


Blockchain platform for trade, financing, and hedging for small- and medium-scale enterprises in the grain business

Andrei Grigorov, Co-founder and CEO at the blockchain grain trade start-up - ceREALIA


Results of the grain season-2017/18. Harvest forecasts for the main grains in 2018/19 MY

Andrei Kupchenko, Grain market analyst, APK-Inform Agency



Development prospects of the market of alternate crops and by-products (buckwheat, millet, oats, peas, chickpeas)

Anna Tanskaya, Head of the grain market department, APK-Inform Agency



Agricultural production in Ukraine and weather factor

Tetyana Adamenko, Head of the Agrometeorology department, Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center



Quality issues of Ukrainian grains

Oleg Onischenko, Technical & Claims Questions Manager, SGS Ukraine



Ins and outs of the effective elevator construction: stages from the pre-design to operation

Alexei Grushko, Director, Variant Agro Stroy LLC






Panel discussion "Logistics — Achilles heel of the Ukrainian agricultural exports"

Moderator: Heinz Strubenhoff, Senior Private Sector Specialist, World Bank Group| IFC 



- The «Pain points» of agricultural logistics in Ukraine

- Promising projects to improve agricultural logistics

- Delivery of Ukrainian grain to the ports: truck shipment, railway, river. Tariffs for transportation VS conditions and quality of services

- Public-private partnership in the port sector as an effective mechanism for overcoming bottle necks in the transport infrastructure


Panel members:

  • - Mykola Gorbachev, President, Ukrainian Grain Association (UGA)
  • - Oleg Nivievskyi, Agricultural policy adviser, World Bank Group
  • - Representative of the Committee on transport issues, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
  • - Representative of PJSC Ukrainian Railways (Ukrzaliznytsia)
  • - Yuriy Shuklin, Owner of a transport and logistics company Alex Rail
  • - Oksana Gyrba, Logistics and execution manager, NWGU Soufflet Group
  • - Taras Boychuk, Head of the Project Office on public-private partnership in infrastructure "SPILNO" under the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine
  • - Vyacheslav Voronoy, Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA)






Parallel sessions


Conference hall


Round table by Kyiv-Mohyla Business School (kmbs)

Evolution of agribusiness in Ukraine: from raw materials to product logic

  • How can Ukrainian agribusiness escape the penalty of average profitability?
  • What technologies and organizational transformations do large companies miss to make a breakthrough?
  • What experience can we get from international companies, and what strengths does the Ukrainian business have in the production of goods for exports?




  • - Iryna Chernyshova, Founder, СhangeImpulse, Expert on change management
  • - Alexei Pakhomov, General Manager, Olam International Limited
  • - Inna Sosnovskaya, Project manager on international business development, STRATEGIC
  • - Gleb Lukyanenko, СЕО, PE Agroecology


Large conference hall

Session 4. Grain sea carriages in the Black Sea region

Moderators — Nikolay Melnykov (partner, Interlegal), Boris Khrebtov (director, Maxmarine)



Panamax market in the Black Sea region

Vitaliy Smilyk, Aquavita International SA



Maersk: business in Ukraine and new solutions in the multimodal freight

Roman Koloianov, MAERSK Ukraine



River-sea vessels

Alex Tarazanov, Soylu Shipping SA



Recommendations upon vessel chartering in a new season

Alex Sysoev, Interlegal



Charterer’s liability insurance

Valentin Melkis, Head of the department of maritime perils insurance, Marine Insurance Services



Features of grain shipment from the Azov Sea ports

Anton Shapran, Maritime Logistic



When someone is wrong in the trade dispute, while the cargo is en route: how to save goods, money and relationship

Andrey Perepelitsa, Interlegal



Dnieper-Danube-Black Sea logistics

Volodymyr Kozakevich, AP-Marine



New market players

Gennadiy Ivanov, BPG



Discussions, negotiations of participants. Closing cocktail



Optional Round tables for conference delegates (May 25)

Small hall
10:30-11:30 — London arbitrations (LMAA, GAFTA, FOSFA): trends-2018

  • - Statistics on LMAA cases consideration
  • - Milestone cases of the English court ruling: limitation periods for the vessel demurrage disputes and meaning of “always accessible”
  • - LMAA jurisdiction over voyage charter disputes
  • - Changes in GAFTA proforma and FOSFA arbitration rules
  • - Issues of the proper notice of the respondent in the London Maritime and Commercial Arbitration

Ekaterina Gadetskaya, Senior lawyer, Interlegal


11.30-12.30 — Container shipping risks in modern trading
Using the case history, participants to discuss the risk capacity of modern container shipping from the point of view of the sales contracting parties, variants for minimization and effective behavior of the parties

Moderators: Natalya Myroshnychenko, Partner, Interlegal, Oleksandr Chebotarenko, Legal Counsel at Maersk Ukraine

10:00-13.00 — Workshop "HACCP system launch at Ukrainian elevators"
Organizer: Ukrainian Grain Association (UGA)


* Please, note the agenda is subject to change, and will be updated