Conference program

May 29

Welcome to Odessa!

Evening meeting of participants of Grain & Maritime Days in Odessa-2019
The organizers propose you to choose the most interesting events:

1. Welcome drinks

The conference partner — Benjamin wine & bar — invites you.
The program includes: 20% discount for conference participants for dinner and wine list, stories about Odessa from bartenders, vinyl DJ set by charming Sasha Zetqa.

Benjamin is the fancy place in the heart of Odessa, around the corner from the Odessa Opera Theater. It is ideal for old friends reunion, making new acquaintances and gathering of cheerful groups.
You are welcome to the original cuisine in Modern Bistro style, wine list from all parts of the world, 12 meters of the contact bar counter, 25 original cocktails and classic strong drinks.

26/28 Grecheskaya st., booking telephone number: +38 (097) 633-03-30

2. AgroMafiaClub — annual open meeting of the club members and their friends

It is a fair opportunity to communicate with participants of the grain market in the informal atmosphere, relax and play "Mafia", which already became a tradition of the event.

For the game organization, the club invited the leading coach, founder of the project "Motivator" and the club IQ Mafia, Kyiv — Dmitriy Velichko.

Venue: 19:00, hotel Maristella Marine Residence (2A Bernardazzi St.)

MAY 30

Venue: hotel "Maristella Marine Residence" (2A Bernardazzi St.)

08:00-09:30 Registration of participants. Welcoming coffee

09:30-09:45 Official opening of the conference

Welcoming speeches of the organizers, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine and the Exclusive Sponsor SGS Ukraine

09:45-11:45 Section I. Macroeconomics

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

- Development trends of the Ukrainian grain market, positions on the global market. Opening of the land market, as the change driver in the Ukrainian agricultural production
- Market drivers and trade trends: FAPRI commodity outlook challenges
- Ukrainian economy in terms of the global trends: chance of a breakthrough?
- Political and economic features of business development in Ukraine
- Global economic trends and macroeconomic developments in Ukraine - a year of uncertainty
- Building of international relations between Ukraine and other prospective consumer markets: specific features of the mentality and the geopolitics impact

Viktor Sheremeta, Deputy of Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
William H. Meyers, Emeritus Professor of Agricultural & Applied Economics of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri (FAPRI)
Oleg Ustenko, Executive Director, The Bleyzer Foundation
Dimitar Bogov, Regional Lead Economist for Eastern Europe and Caucasus, EBRD
Suvra Chakraborty, Director, AMC Overseas FZE

11:45-12:30 Coffee-break


Main sections


(large conference hall)

12:30-14:30 Section II. Global grain perspective

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

- North and South American market: prospects of the grain season-2019/20
Viktoria Blazhko, Consultant-analyst, Agritel International

- EU grain market: challenges of the season-2018/19, expectations for 2019/20 MY
Natalya Skuratovich, Senior Manager Sales CIS, PETKUS Technologie GmbH

- Lithuania — Northern gates of Europe
Paulius Grubinskas, Representative of JSC Lithuanian Railways in Ukraine

- Global demand for Black Sea grains: prospects of 2019/20 MY
Andrei Kupchenko, Grain market analyst, Head of the information department, APK-Inform Agency

- Price formation methods on the global grain market
Alexander Bobylev, Commodities derivatives specialist, Department of Agriculture, EMEA S&P Global Platts

- Qualitative and phytosanitary features of soft wheat, corn and soybeans of the harvest-2018, in terms of the statistics data by SGS Ukraine
Oleg Onischenko, Technical & Claims Questions Manager, SGS Ukraine


Optional parallel sections

(small conference hall)

12:30-13:30 International business by new rules

Moderator — Irina Voyevodina, Partner, Interlegal

- Deoffshorization. How to restructure a business in the BEPS terms (bank account management, substance, corporate structures)

- Where is it profitable to register a company and keep on the safe side? Overview of convenient jurisdictions for transport, trading and IT companies

- How business can use benefits of the foreign exchange liberalization?

Daria Liashenko, Associate Attorney, Interlegal
Viktoria Ruseva, Associate Attorney, Interlegal
Marta Sverdlykivska, Lawyer, Interlegal

13:30-14:30 Why purchasing of a new yacht is no longer a luxury?

Questions for discussion TBA


 14:30-15:30 Lunch


Main sections


(large conference hall)

15:30-17:30 Section III. Global shipping perspective

Co-Moderator — Arthur Nitsevych, Interlegal
Co-Moderator — Nikos Marmatsouris, GAC Shipping SA

- Modern challenges in the maritime industry
Vassilios Logothetis, Vice President, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping

- Current trends in the European port management
Paul van Ulam, Director, MTBS

- Funding of the fleet in the following 5-10 years. What prospects?
Basil Karatzas, Founder and CEO, Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co

How the maritime industry fights against corruption through collective actions
Martin Benderson, Project officer of the Collective Action and Funding direction, Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)

- One Belt. One road. What is the position of Ukraine?
Ruslan Osipenko, CEO, Chinese Commerce Association

- Corinth canal. The safest sea route, the shortest waterway
Georgios Zouglis, General Manager, Corinth Canal S.A.

- Near future of the maritime industry. The passion which creates reality
Nikos D. Marmatsouris, Senior Marketing Manager, GAC Shipping SA


Optional parallel sections

(small conference hall)

15:30-17:00 Crisis on course

Panel discussion "How to shield from fraud in grain trading: challenges-2019"

Moderator — Ekaterina Gadetskaya, Senior Associate, Interlegal

- Fraudulent schemes in agribusiness. Will checking of the contractors help?
- Is the cargo insurance panacea?
- Innovations and changes in international arbitrations (GAFTA, FOSFA, LMAA)
- Trends in the consideration of Black Sea disputes in GAFTA
- How to pay back for transportation services?

Panel members:

Ivanna Dorichenko, Managing Director of TRADAIDE, International arbitrator and GAFTA dispute settlement expert
Vitalii Tolstik, Associate Attorney, Lawyer, Interlegal
Karyna Gorovaya, Senior Associate, Interlegal
Stanislav Kovaljov, Head of cargo/logistics insurance, Marine Insurance Services
Andrey Perepelitsa, Senior Associate, Interlegal


17:30-18:30 Completion of the presentation part of the first day

18:30-19:30 TOP-FACE rating of the grain market and logistics

Awarding of companies that won in the following exclusive categories:
1. Opening of new markets — "Over hill and dale"
2. Exotic & Long way — "Over hundreds of seas"
3. Organic Production & Trade
4. Information activity — "Openness — road to success"

19:30-20:00 Evening art auction by GREENLIGHT-IN

For the first time, the evening art auction will exhibit the work “WHEAT” from the new photo project of the high-profile Ukrainian photographer Igor Gaidai “VERUM IN GRANO”.
The photographic work is the real dignity of the collection including 13 views of grains and one “secret” image which each guest can discover personally within the exhibition.

The opening price of the photographic work totals 2500 USD.
The registration of participants takes place at the reception on May 30 at 14.30-15.30.

19:30-23:00 BIG Grain & Maritime Dinner for the conference participants

May 31 (DAY 2)

9:30-10:30 Morning coffee


Main sections


(large conference hall)

10:30-12:30 Section I. Local shipping perspective

Panel discussion "Topical features of the Black Sea shipping"

Maxim Gardus, Journalist, Transport manager
Nikolay Melnykov, Partner, Interlegal

- Digitalization in Shipping and IMO 2020
- Autonomous vessels in the Black Sea. What if?
- Stowaways as consequence of modern migration processes
- Maritime infrastructure projects of Turkey
- Business at the banking speed. Delays in payment, jurisdictions, bank compliance
- Review of the Black Sea freight market
- TOP-5 illusions of traders in the exports of Ukrainian goods
- Impact of sanctions on the Black Sea trade. Cases from the legal practice
- Features of grain cargoes transportation from the Black Sea to hard-to-reach regions

Panel members:

Svetlana Balaban, Black Sea Sales Manager for Sealand, Maersk Company
Ilias Mouzakis, Member of the Management Board, Piraeus Bank
Vitaliy Smilyk, Marketing manager, Aquavita International S.A.
Maksym Sheremet, Chartering and operations manager, Baywa
Alexey Remeslo, Associated Partner, Interlegal
Gennadiy Ivanov, CEO, BPG Shipping
Bahadir Tonguc, Vice President, Turkish Shipbrokers Association
Alexander Sagaydak, FNI, MIMarEST, CEO, Olvia Maritime Ltd
Dmitry Rudenko, Maritime security consultant



Optional parallel sections

(small conference hall)

10:30-12:00 The future is now

Section partner — Codeska
Speaker — Andrew Lander, Codeska

Panel discussion "IT-solutions in the grain and maritime business"

Moderator — Artem Skorobogatov, Partner, Interlegal

Panel members:
Natalya Dresvyannikova, AGROXY
Sergey Dzhashitov, Searates
Stanislav Kovaljov, Head of cargo/logistics insurance, Marine Insurance Services
Irina Voyevodina, Interlegal
Andrew Lander, Codeska

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:30 Section II. Local grain perspective. Features of the Ukrainian market: in 20 mln to 100 mln tonnes

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

- Potential of the Ukrainian grain market VS features of its performance: gray market, illegal takeover, laws…
Mykola Gorbachev, President, Ukrainian Grain Association (UGA)
- Whether the Ukrainian farmer to keep the marginality of production, if he harvests 100 mln tonnes of agricultural products? The best global cases
Oleg Nivievskyi, Kyiv School of Economics, coordinator of the UaFoodTrade project
- Infrastructure and logistics issues: role and prospects of the Azov Sea ports of Ukraine VS global cases
Pavel Plotnikov, General Director, UkrTransAgro LLC and UTA Logistic LLC
- Logistics problems of the Ukrainian grain market and its solutions — position of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia
Dmitry Bazarov, Business Development Director, Group of companies Weight-measuring systems LLC
Sergiy Komlik, Head of trade department, Group of companies Weight-measuring systems LLC
- Notifications and phytosanitary issues: real problem or part of the global trade wars?
Vladyslav Sedyk, President, Phytosanitary Association of Ukraine
- Using of the computer vision technologies for identification of grain impurities: wild-growing, toxic, quarantine seeds
Alexander Plehve, Director, SocTrade LLC

Panel discussion "Does the world need 100 mln tonnes of Ukrainian agricultural products?" (50-60 min)
Key discussion issues:
- 100 mln tonnes harvest — win or fail?
- Ukrainian features of the grain market, and how does one manage to work with them?
- Dialogue between the authorities and business: in the pursuit of compromise
- Infrastructure issues: where, how and what?
- What's to be done with niche crops, which have even more difficult situation?
- Where should the trader to look for demand, and how to have the best of the trade wars?
- How to make the trader's life easier? Trading instruments and new opportunities

Viktor Sheremeta, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
Vladimir Osadchuk, General Director, COFCO Agri Resources Ukraine
Timur Shishlov, Trader, RisOil Ukraine
Alexander Shtefanets, Director, Shtef Logistic LLC
Andrey Druzyaka, Director, Grain Star International
Vadim Bikulov, CEO JIT+
Olena Neroba, Head of the analytical department, MarcoPolo Commodities SA

16:00-17:00 Completion of the conference, final cocktail

June 1

10:00-13:00 Yacht trip in the Gulf of Odessa for the conference participants

Seats are limited

Registration: +38 (094) 956-05-96 (Karina Kharchuk)

15.00-20.00 Football tournament Odessa Shipping Cup 2019

Venue: FC Chernomorets training fields (Vitse-Admirala Azarova St, 1)


Basil M. Karatzas

Founder and CEO,
Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co

Vasileios Logothetis

Vice President,
Hellenic Chamber of Shipping

Ilias Mouzakis

Member of the board,
Piraeus Bank

Ruslan Osypenko

Chinese Commerce Association

Paul van Eulem


Oleksandr Sagaydak

Olvia Maritime Ltd

Nikos Marmatsouris

Senior marketing manager,
GAC Shipping SA

William H. Meyers

Emeterius professor,

Martin Benderson

Collective action lead,
Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)

Andrei Kupchenko

Analyst, head of the information department,
APK-Inform Agency

Oleg Ustenko

Executive Director,
The Bleyzer Foundation

Dmitry Rudenko

Maritime security consultant

Oleg Onischenko

Technical & Claims Questions Manager, SGS Ukraine

Natalya Skuratovich

Key Account Manager, PETKUS Holding GmdH

Suvra Chakraborty

Director of AMC Overseas FZE

Nataliia Dresviannikova


Ivanna Dorichenko

Managing director at TRADAIDE, international trade expert and commodity arbitrator

Ivan Myroshnychenko

Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Parliament), Member of the Committee on Agrarian Policy and Land Relations of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

Ekaterina Gadetskaya

Senior associate, Interlegal

Vitaliy Smilyk

Marketing manager, Aquavita International SA

Maks Sheremet

Chartering and operations Manager, Baywa

Arthur Nitsevych

Partner, Interlegal

Gennadiy Ivanov

Director general, BPG

Bahadir Tonguc

Vice President of the Turkish Shipbroker’s Association

Andrey Lander

Founder & CEO, Codeska

Irina Voyevodina

Partner, Interlegal

Sergey Dzhashytov

Founder & CEO, Searates

Artem Skorobogatov

Partner, Interlegal

Rodion Rybchinskiy

Head of business project unit at APK-Inform Agency, President of the Union "Millers of Ukraine"

Nikolay Melnykov

Partner, Interlegal

Olena Neroba

Head of the analytical department, Marcoрolo Commodities SA

Alexey Remeslo

Associated partner, Interlegal

Stanislav Kovaljov

Head of cargo/logistics insurance, Marine Insurance Services

Viktoria Blazhko

Consultant analyst, Agritel International

Pavel Plotnikov

General Director, UkrTransAgro LLC and UTA Logistic LLC

Alexander Pleve

Director, SOK-Trade

Vladyslav Sedyk

President, Phytosanitary Association of Ukraine

Nikolay Gorbachev

President, UGA

Dimitar Bogov

Regional Lead Economist, EBRD