Selected Speakers

Ruud Huirne ǀ Director Food and Agriculture, Rabobank, Netherlands
He graduated and got his PhD in Agricultural Economics from Wageningen University. In 1999 he became Professor of Farm Management and he served in several management positions. In 2012 he was appointed as Director Food&Agri at Rabobank Nederland, were he is responsible for lending to farmers, growers and mid-cap companies in the food- and agribusiness. He is still connected to Wageningen University through a part-time appointment ‘Cooperative entrepreneurship’.

Alex Lissitsa ǀ Chief Executive Officer, IMC S.A., Ukraine
He earned a PhD in Agriculture from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. Upon the completion of his PhD, he has served as a senior researcher at IAMO. In 2006 he came back to Ukraine and accepts an invitation to become an executive officer of Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation. In 2007 he founded association “Ukrainian Agribusiness Club” and obtained a position of the president of above mentioned association. Since 2007 Alex Lissitsa is an advisor to the Minister of Agricultural Policy of Ukraine and the Committee for Agricultural Policy and Land Relations of the Ukrainian Parliament.

Aurélio Pavinato ǀ Chief Executive Officer, SLC Agrícola S.A., Brazil
He earned a PhD in Soil Science at Federal University of the Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and has experience in technical planning of crops, agricultural projects planning and new projects of investment and execution coordination. He has also experience on development of business plans and establishment of new agricultural business partnerships. Aurélio Pavinato has been with SLC Agrícola S.A. since 1993. The company is one of Brazil’s largest soybean, cotton and corn producers, with sixteen big farms, strategically located in six states in Brazil's Cerrado region.

Philipp Schreck ǀ Friede-Springer Endowed Chair of Business Ethics and Management Accounting, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
He earned his PhD at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich), Germany, with a thesis on the Business Case for Corporate Social Responsibility. His research interests are on corporate responsibility, sustainability reporting, and behavioral accounting. His articles have appeared in such Journals as Business & Society, Business Ethics Quarterly, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, and the Journal of Business Ethics.

Richard  J. Sexton ǀ Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics (ARE), University of California, Davis, USA
He has twice served as chair of the ARE Department at Davis. He is a Past President of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and a Fellow of the AAEA. His research emphasizes competition issues and the roles of producer organizations in agricultural markets. Sexton’s recent work focuses on the rapidly changing landscape of agricultural markets, with their increased emphasis on multifaceted dimensions of product quality and differentiation, and close vertical coordination within the supply chain.

Oane Visser ǀ Associate Professor in Rural Development Studies, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
He has been visiting scholar at University of Oxford, City University New York, Cornell University and University of Toronto. His research focuses on farmland investment, large-scale farms, digital farming, interactions between small and large farms, and rural cooperation, particularly in Russia, Ukraine and Romania. European Research Council (ERC) laureate Visser, is coordinator of the Eurasian Agrofood and Land initiative (EURAL).

Anna Catharina Voges ǀ General Partner, Saat-Gut Plaußig Voges KG, Germany
She is General Partner of Saat-Gut Plaußig Voges KG, an arable farm on the outskirts of the city of Leipzig, Germany. The company focuses on the production of market crops and puts a strong focus on public relations and the dialogue with the regional society. Anna Catharina Voges holds a degree in Agricultural Sciences of the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart and finished her PhD in Economics at Imperial College London in 2009. In her PhD thesis she focussed on the valuation of farmers’ preferences for particular vocational characteristics and their influence on managing decisions.

Taras Vysotskyi ǀ General Director, Association Ukrainian Agribusiness Club (UCAB), Ukraine
He is General Director of UCAB in Kyiv, the largest professional association of Ukrainian agri-food sector. He is an expert in the field of operative management, marketing and market research, analysis of price conjuncture of international and Ukrainian crops markets.