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Proudly organized by the Cocoa Association of Asia (CAA), this September the 2022 Asian Cocoa Conference will bring together over 400 of the world’s leading players in cocoa & chocolate to Singapore for a powerful 2-day event of discussions, networking and reconnecting.

Join us and participate as renowned experts present and debate in a series of interactive panel discussions on 5 key topics:

  • Macroeconomic Outlook for Asia
  • Latest supply & demand outlooks
  • Marketing, and innovation Trends
  • Sustainability
  • Women in Cocoa & Chocolate

 Past attendees: over 400 attendees from

  • Government agencies
  • Cocoa producers, processors, traders, grinders, manufacturers
  • Trading organizations
  • Financial institutions
  • Insurance providers
  • Equipment and processing providers
  • Agricultural stakeholders
  • AI and technology providers
  • Researchers and academicians

We hope you will take this opportunity to be an integral part of this event in the most dynamic part of the world.

If you had previously bought tickets, we look forward to meeting you soon!
If you have not, don't wait, register your interest now at www.caacocoaconference.org/register/

For more information about the Cocoa Association of Asia, visit www.cocoaasia.org
We look forward to welcoming you in Singapore!

Yours sincerely

Alvin Lee,

CAA Chairman

Build relationships in the cocoa sector

Over 1200 attendees from 60+ countries bringing together the major players from across the value chain, including government agencies, chocolate manufacturers, trading companies, cocoa processors and service providers.

1200+ Attendees

60+ Countries

500+ Organisations

Who Should Attend

Cocoa producers, traders, grinders, manufacturers

Cocoa related and derivative industries

Bankers, hedge funds, logistics providers, machinery suppliers

Policy makers from public and private institutions

Organisations and individuals interested and involved in cocoa and chocolate

Researchers and academicians

Conference Fee

Full Conference Package

USD$980

Best Value

All Conference Sessions
Tea Breaks & Lunch
Networking Reception
Gala Dinner

Conference + Networking Package

USD$680

All Conference Sessions
Tea Breaks & Lunch
Networking Reception
No Access to Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner ONLY

USD$380

Gala Dinner
No Access to Conference Sessions
No Access to Tea Breaks & Lunch
No Access to Networking Reception

DRESS CODE

CONFERENCE

Business Attire

WELCOME RECEPTION

Smart Casual

GALA DINNER

Dark Lounge Suit / Formal for Gentlemen
Cocktail Dress or Gown for Ladies

Conference Sponsors

Platinum

 

Gold

 

Silver

Bronze 

Official Chocolate Partner

Official Sustainability Partner

Lanyard and Bag Exclusive Sponsor

Partner Sponsors

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Nina Rossiana

 

Nina Rossiana's work at Rainforest Alliance started in 2017 through Strategic Partnerships Program supporting coffee and cocoa alliances across the country under various initiatives related to climate, gender, child labor, good farm practices, forestry and integrated pest management. Nina also supports companies in their sustainability journeys, from the sourcing of sustainable and certified raw materials, the involvement of supply chain in supporting good practices in the farm, to the communication of their efforts for a more sustainable business.

Nazlin Imram

 

Nazlin joined Firmenich Singapore in 2017 and manages the Beverage and Sweet Goods Business Units as well as the Marketing, Consumer and Sensory Insights functions across Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining Firmenich, Nazlin started her career in 2000 as a Product Developer in the TetraPak Centre of Expertise, Soya in Singapore, where she wrote the Tetra Pak Soya Handbook. She then proceeded to take on various roles in the flavour and ingredient industry, in companies such as Symrise, Kerry and Ingredion, in the areas of sensory science, marketing and business development.

Nazlin holds a PhD in Sensory Science from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh UK, an MSc in Biochemical Nutrition in the University of Nottingham, UK, and a BSc in Biological Science from the National University of Singapore.

Antoine Delsart

 

Antoine Delsart is the Deputy Director Cocoa Beans Trading at Touton SA in Bordeaux, the headquarter of Touton Group. Before focusing on cocoa trading, he spent 2 years in Vietnam working on local coffee green beans supply and processing. With almost 10 years' trading experience in Asia, he has acquired extensive knowledge in the region and developed commercial relations with all the major cocoa and coffee players. Tout on is a leader in the agro-industrial field with over 150 years' experience of providing customers with high quality commodities and services.

Vivian Sia

 

Vivian currently serves as the President of WOMAG (Women in Agribusiness Asia). In this capacity, she is responsible for driving the strategic change that accelerates the development of women leaders in the food and agribusiness.

Vivian has more that 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors with key focus in the agri-commodities trade cluster. She has led various initiatives on innovation, talent development, digitalization and sustainability that contributed to the development of Singapore as a global trading hub.

Vivian is passionate about driving positive changes in the development of women leadership and promoting gender diversity in the agri-food sector.

Manfred Borer

 

Manfred co-founded Koltiva in 2013 and led the Jakarta headquartered company since 2017. Koltiva has evolved into the leading farmer-first triple-tech firm utilizing proprietary technologies and services to enhance global supply chain traceability, inclusiveness, and sustainability. From Seed to Table. Koltiva is a global company with local operations. Registered in Switzerland but with its roots in emerging markets, now operates in 23 countries. Over the past four years, Manfred has grown the company to 520 employees and established offices in 6 countries.

Manfred graduated as a Business Process Manager with a Wirtschaftsingenieur title from the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, majoring Plant Management. Before joining Koltiva, Manfred worked as software developer, project manager and country director for a Swiss based organization in Indonesia.

Max Goettler

 

Mr Goettler is the Head of Trading at JB Cocoa. He has been a member of the ICCO Expert Working Group on Stocks since 2016.

Mr Goettler started his career in 2014 with ADM Cocoa in Germany and then Switzerland. He later worked as a trader for Cocoanect in the Netherlands and Ecuador before joining JB Cocoa in 2019. He oversees JB Cocoa’s activities and expansion in Africa and Europe.

Mr Goettler holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Darren Stetzel

 

Darren Stetzel started his career in 2004 at Dow Jones Newswires in London covering commodity markets, with articles published in The Wall Street Journal. He went on to spend eight years at S&P Global
Platts as Senior Pricing Analyst in 2008, covering energy and agricultural markets when the company bought the Kingsman sugar business in 2012.

Darren joined INTL FCStone in London in August 2016, clearing and executing energy and soft commodity business, also publishing regular commodity analysis. Darren moved to Singapore in early 2018 as Risk Management Consultant for Softs and Agriculture, promoted to Vice President of Asia Soft Commodities in early 2021.

Karmjit Singh

 

Karmjit Singh was the Chief Executive of SATS Airport Services from 1998 to 2004.  He was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of SATS in 2004, where he held the position till his retirement in 2009.

Karmjit Singh has been the Chairman of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Singapore since 1992.  He was an Independent Director at Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation from 2010 to 2021.

Karmjit Singh was formerly Chairman of SingPost Advisory Council on E-Commerce and E-Fulfilment, and served on the Boards of the Public Transport Council and The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific.

Alvin Lee

 

Alvin Lee is the Commercial Director for Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate in Asia Pacific. He leads the business unit’s trading, risk management and international physical sourcing efforts in the region.  He is also responsible for the product line & margin management of the group’s cocoa processing asset in Gresik, Indonesia.

Before joining Cargill in early 2015, Alvin was responsible for the regional dairy sourcing and risk management for Kerry Ingredients. Prior to that, Alvin worked for ADM Cocoa  for over 6 years in both Singapore and the United States in a variety of trading & sourcing roles.

Alvin is based in Singapore and also currently serves as Chairman of the Cocoa Association of Asia, the leading industry body that represents the interest of the cocoa & chocolate industry in Asia Pacific. In his time with the CAA, he has overseen the successful organizing of 2 international conferences and the creation of an Asia cocoa benchmark.

Racheal Toh

 

Racheal Toh, Head of Marketing (APAC) at Barry Callebaut Chocolates

Racheal is the Head of Marketing for the Barry Callebaut Group in the Asia Pacific region, Leading trends and creating the chocolate experiences of tomorrow is a key mission in her current role. Prior to Barry Callebaut, she has 18 years of multi-category experience across food & beverages, skincare, and nutrition, developed and built prominent consumer brands such as Cadbury, Lux, and PediaSure. A strong advocate of experiential marketing, Racheal believes in creating tailored experiences for the target audience within the consumer/customer journey.

Pranav Sethaputra

 

Pranav Sethaputra, Lead, Partnerships & Communications at Grow Asia

Pranav is the Lead, Partnerships & Communications at Grow Asia, a multi-stakeholder partnership platform that catalyzes action on inclusive agricultural development in Southeast Asia. The platform convenes governments, farmers, NGOs, and other stakeholders to co-create value chain initiatives focused on smallholder farmers and environmental sustainability of agriculture. Grow Asia was established by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat.

Pranav is responsible for supporting and strengthening the Grow Asia Country Partnerships in Cambodia (CPSA), Indonesia (PISAgro), Myanmar (MAN) and the Philippines (PPSA), which currently engage 390+ partner organizations across 34 crop and issue-based Working Groups, reaching close to 2.1 million smallholder farmers. Pranav is also responsible for managing Grow Asia’s learning and communications efforts, including case studies, reports, learning events and Grow Asia's online presence.

Prior to Grow Asia, Pranav was the Group Sustainability Manager of MCI. In this role, Pranav provided strategic guidance to organizations such as SAP, Booking.com the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on sustainable management systems, delivering solutions across Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. He was also responsible for managing MCI’s internal sustainability program, leading a team of 106 sustainability champions across 61 locations globally.

Pranav holds a B.A. (First Class) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Gricha Safarian

 

Gricha Safarian, Shareholder and Managing Director of Puratos Grand-Place Indochina, has been in the B-to-B chocolate business for over 30 years, being one of the founder of OCG Cacao Group (acquired by Cargill after 5 years of successful operation) and founder of Grand-Place Chocolate, head quartered in Belgium.

Gricha and his team have been involved in the introduction and development of cocoa plantations in Vietnam since 2008 with a number of sustainable cocoa sourcing programs. Gricha’s latest achievement was to set up the Cacao Trace program and standard including innovative incentives for farmers as well as developing a full “pod to bar” model that is giving a strategic place to the fermentation of the beans in the overall process of chocolate.

Gricha has graduated from Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) with a master degree in Political Sciences and International Relations, has attended several courses on sustainable strategy and supply chain at Harvard Business School and is a LEAD Alumni from Stanford Graduate School of business with a Certificate in Corporate Innovation.

Simon Bakker

 

Simon Bakker is the CEO of Kennemer Foods International, a Filipino agribusiness focused on the growing of crops on a sustainable basis with fair income sharing for all, with expertise in value chain development, farm management and the creation of collaborative community models.

Today, Kennemer is known for the sustainable growing and sourcing of fermented cacao and is the Philippine’s leading supplier of cacao beans to the international market. Starting with 200 farmers in its Grower Program in 2012, Kennemer has now engaged more than 15,000 farmers in more than 30 provinces and planted 15 million cacao trees.

Through its inclusive business model, the company provides end-to-end support to smallholder farmers including access to financing, good quality inputs, technical assistance and a guaranteed market. By intercropping with coconut and other trees, Kennemer has been able to engage farmers at scale to improve yields, to increase and sustain smallholder farmers’ incomes and to expand the footprint of Philippine cocoa without cutting down trees. Kennemer aims to engage 30,000 farmers and plant 40 million trees by 2025.

Fay Fay Choo

 

Fay Fay Choo is the Asia Director for Cocoa Sustainable Sourcing for Mars, Incorporated. She has 23 years of supply chain and strategic sourcing experience in the food industry and in the past five years has been directly responsible for sustainable cocoa development in Asia, where Mars has an extensive program covering plant science research, technology transfer and certification with tens of thousands of farmers in Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.

Francesca Kleemans

 

Francesca Kleemans has worked in cocoa and chocolate for the past 19 years. Her experience stems from sales, strategy, market research, risk management and procurement. In her last role with Cargill, Francesca was the Global Director for the cocoa product lines and was responsible for driving global growth through optimizing capabilities and generating synergies for customers.

At present, Francesca is the Managing Director for Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate Asia Pacific. She plays a pivotal role in creating differentiated value to help Asian customers respond to consumer trends and market demands. Known for her play-to-win mindset, Francesca has plans to expand the Asian sustainable footprint. Building on a foundation of uncompromising high quality cocoa products, she believes that innovation and digitalisation pave the way for continued growth and the future of cocoa and chocolate in Asia.

Francesca has just relocated to Singapore with her husband and three children. Together, they are enjoying Singapore’s melting pot of people and food flavours. Originally from Italy, Francesca’s favorite way of recharging her energies is to bask in the beauty of an art-filled piazza while sipping on a hot cocoa drink.

Dr. David Kannar

 

Dr. David Kannar is Founder and Chairman of Nutrition Innovation Group who recently launched a range of less refined raw sugars and sugar products. The company has been recognized as one of the World’s best start-ups in 2018, best technologies for significant added sugar reduction in 2019 and most recently receiving the Singaporean Government Slingshot, Danone Nutrition Research and Yield Lab awards for best 2019 food technology innovation.

David has worked as Associate Professor at Monash University, Faculty of Medicine, Practice Professor in the Food and Agriculture Initiative and clinical R&D at the Peninsula Heart Centre, Victoria, Australia. Since graduating David has worked in the food and pharmaceutical industries in Asia, Australia, France, North and South America which included cocoa research and awarded new chocolate product developments. He is one of Australia’s largest individual patent holders and leading innovators recognized by Australian Government and CSIRO Innovation Awards. He however cites his most important achievement as having 4 wonderful children and 5 gorgeous grandchildren with his wife Sally.

Irene Kersbergen

 

Irene Kersbergen is an Insights & Innovation Manager at Innova Market Insights, a leading international market research company that tracks new food and beverage product launches. Irene holds a master’s degree in Economics and Business and is specialized in consumer behavior and marketing.

Irene is located in Indonesia and within Innova she uses her commercial knowledge and analytical skills to provide Innova’s Asia Pacific customers the industry insights they need to succeed.

Michel Arrion

 

Mr. Michel Arrion, is the Executive Director of the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, since January 2019.

A lawyer by training, he has been an EU civil servant for thirty years, serving as Ambassador of the European Union in various African countries such as Nigeria, Rwanda, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire.

Joachim Essig

 

Joachim Essig has been Head of Sales in the market segment of cocoa processing equipment for the Bühler Group since 2011, where he is responsible for the global sales activities. He has been working in the cocoa and chocolate industry in different positions for more than 25 years.

One of the direct sales areas of Joachim is the Asia Pacific region, where he is familiar with all the global and local players in the cocoa processing industry.

The professional background of Joachim as a graduated engineer is mechanical engineering and process engineering. However due to many years of promoting cocoa lines around the globe, he has a comprehensive expertise in the worldwide cocoa processing landscape.

Frederic Wenger

 

Frederic Wenger has been Head of Research at Olam Cocoa since 2014, where he is responsible for the overall analysis of the Cocoa Supply & Demand, with particular focus on the Demand side.  He has over 21 years’ experience in the Cocoa and Chocolate industry and in Soft Commodities markets, gained previously at Barry Callebaut and Noble Group.  Frederic is a member of the ICCO Expert Working Group on Stocks.

Oscar Tjakra

 

Oscar Tjakra is an Executive Director in Rabobank’s global RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness department. He is located in Singapore, and focuses on grains and oilseeds and soft commodities sectors. He is frequently invited to speak at various agri commodities outlook conferences.

Oscar was previously a RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness Analyst with the Singapore branch from July 2008 to October 2010 covering various sectors including grains & oilseeds, soft commodities and animal protein.

In his previous role, he was Senior Vice President of Freight Research with Oldendorff Carriers Singapore, where he led global supply and demand research of the grains & oilseeds sector.

Oscar holds a Master of Science in Applied Finance from Singapore Management University and Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from Nanyang Technological University.

Chris de Lavigne

 

Chris works in the Financial Advisory practice in Southeast Asia specialized in Corporate Strategy & M&A.  He brings 20+ years of experience in growth strategies, M&A, turnaround and operational excellence, focused on providing advisory services to Corporates, Financial Institutions and Governments. He has worked in both Strategy Houses and the Big 4, and has been in Southeast Asia for over 17 years.

He drives Deloitte’s Value Creation Services (M&A Strategy and M&A Integration and Separation) in South East Asia and focuses on Agriculture, Energy, Fuels, and Chemicals.

Ani Setiyoningrum

 

Ani Setiyoningrum is a Business Development Manager at Barry Callebaut Asia Pacific. She oversees the implementation of sustainability programs in Indonesia, to meet the standard and expectation of relevant parties involved. Her other main task is supporting sales and commercial team to raise awareness of customers in Asia Pacific on the importance of sustainable products and how it can create impact for the community and planet. She is also actively engaged in the Cocoa Sustainability Partnership and government outreach in Indonesia.

Ani had worked in the area of raw-material Sourcing, Procurement, Supply Chain and led the team for implementation of Sustainability programs on ground. The experience has shaped her knowledge on various issues, from cocoa beans trading and supply chain structure, dealing with customers, until off-farm and on-farm problems. She enjoys working for Barry Callebaut, a company with diverse employee backgrounds which allows her to learn and respect people from various unique cultural backgrounds. Integrity is one of her keywords which she applies to both her personal and working environment.

Ani is originally from Bandung and lived in the outskirt several kilometers away from the factory where she’s based, when not travelling. She enjoys cooking simple foods, music, reading, watching movies and hanging out with friends and family.

Alister Haigh

 

Alister Haigh is the Chief Executive of Haigh’s Chocolates, Australia’s oldest chocolate retailer and one of only a handful worldwide making premium chocolates from raw cocoa beans that are sold in their own retail stores.  Haigh’s is also the largest importer of cocoa beans into Australia.

Alister is the fourth generation to work in this family owned and run business based in Adelaide, South Australia which celebrated its centenary in 2015.  After progressing from factory floor to various management roles over an 11 year period, Alister was appointed General Manager of the Haigh’s group in 1984.  Six years later Alister was appointed Joint Managing Director with his brother Simon and in 1997 became CEO.  Since then, Haigh’s has more than quadrupled in size and now has 21 retail stores across Australia in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and online.

A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Alister is a committee member of the Australian Industry Group (SA Branch) and was previously on the board of Service Skills SA representing the retail industry.  For more than 20 years Alister has been a committee member of Family Business Australia (SA), was previously on the National Board and in 2018 was awarded life membership.

In addition, Alister is a member of The Executive Connection (an organisation for CEOs), and a longstanding supporter of Variety SA, the Children’s Charity.  He is an Ambassador to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and also supports other selected organisations and charities.  Until recently Alister was co-chair of the Heritage Appeal for Australia’s renowned landscape painter Hans Heysen and was instrumental in raising millions of dollars to purchase his historic property, all of its contents and artworks and to help build an iconic art gallery in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills.

WELCOME NOTE

Dear delegates,

CONFERENCE UPDATE

We are pleased to announce the new dates of the CAA International Cocoa Conference, 1 – 2 September 2022, in Singapore.

The biennial international conference brings more than 400 global participants together and has established itself as an important industry forum offering senior business leaders, key stakeholders, decision makers, including the most influential people in Cocoa & Chocolate supply chain a platform to discuss strategic topics of common interests.

There will be ample network opportunities as we recognise this is especially important after more than 2 years of travel restrictions, the conference will end on a high note with a spectacular dinner event.

Join us and participate as renowned experts, present and debate in a series of interactive panel discussions on the key topics that will underpin growth for the future:

  • Macroeconomic Outlook for Asia
  • Latest supply & demand outlooks
  • Marketing, and innovation Trends
  • Sustainability

Attendees include:

  • Government agencies
  • Chocolate manufacturers
  • Cocoa processors
  • Trading organizations
  • Financial institutions
  • Insurance providers
  • Equipment and processing providers
  • Agricultural stakeholders
  • AI and technology providers

Since the 2017 Conference theme “Making Asian Cocoa Great Again,” you may have noticed that Asian has grown in affluence…. changing lifestyles, and boosted consumption of cocoa products, raising demand year on year. Asia’s cocoa processors are now heading for their busiest year on record.

In contrast to this boom in demand), the production of Asian cocoa has dwindled further – giving the outlook for the fundamental supply a particularly high importance, however this year we’ve seen the grind performance setting a new record for Q2 grind in Asia Pacific and is the 3rd highest number in CAA history. This reflects a positive recovery from a Covid-pressured 2020 and puts the cocoa & chocolate industry back on an encouraging growth path that it was on prior to Covid.

Registrations will re-open in the 1st quarter of 2022, kindly register your interest with us, we’ll let you know once ticketing starts here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch: registration@caacocoaconference.asia / enquiry@cocoaasia.org

Looking forward to meeting you soon!

CAA Organizing Committee