Confirmed speakers for the conference include:

Aldo Bernasconi

Aldo Bernasconi is Director of Information and Research, GOED, U.S.A. His experience as a Data Scientist includes modeling and forecasting, algorithm development, and data analysis in a variety of fields, including biostatistics, bioinformatics, market analysis and environmental science. His responsibilities at GOED include coordinating the collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of multiple sources of information relevant to Omega-3 markets. Before joining GOED, Aldo spent two years at the University of Utah, developing strategies and procedures for the management of research samples and creation of biobanks. He holds a BS in mathematics from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Valparaíso, Chile, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Utah.

Market Forum 2

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Update on the omega-3 market

Charlie Wu

Charlie Wu is currently serving as Managing Director, Asia Pacific in Mowi ASA (formally known as Marine Harvest ASA) since August 2007. Prior to joining Mowi, Charlie served as Managing Director at Pan Fish Japan Co. Ltd for 5 years, which was later merged into Marine Harvest in 2007. Charlie’s significant achievement and contributions to the Company include growing the profitability 5 folds in his position as MD Asia and launching first ever farm to the dinning table B2C Salmon Brand in Asia.

Charlie holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from University of Chicago, Illinois USA.

Opening session

Monday 4 November 2019

New B2C Distribution channels of fresh seafood and their impact on supply chain transparency

China is the largest e-commerce market in the world. Top 3 platform Chinese B2C biggest e-commerce players are:

- Tmall: A B2C platform part of Alibaba Group, it is a popular online marketplace in China.

- JD.com, Inc.: Known as China’s equivalent of Amazon, JD.com has an extensive product offering as well as a cross-border service, JD Worldwide –allowing merchants to sell directly to Chinese consumers without a Chinese presence.

- Suning.com is a leading online-to-offline (O2O) smart retail company in China. 

The success of these platforms in fresh food shows how much the new up and coming middle class consumers distrust the traditional brick & mortar retail chain and value transparency in the supply chains.

Christian Meinich

Christian Meinich joined Chr. Holtermann AS, Oslo, Norway in 1987 and is today the General Manager of the company. Holtermann is an independent commodity brokerage house est.1916, mainly brokering raw materials for the food- feed- and technical industries. Christian is also the immediate past president and a Council member of FOSFA International, London, a contract issuing and arbitral body covering 85% of the global trade in oils and fats. Christian holds a BSBA degree in Finance from University of Denver and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Market Forum 2

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Update on fish oil trade

Dag Sletmo

Dag Sletmo is Senior Vice President in DNB, Norway’s leading bank and the world’s largest seafood bank. Prior to joining DNB he was Head of investor relations & business development in Cermaq, the global salmon farmer, and seafood analyst and head of equity research at ABG Sundal Collier, the Nordic investment bank. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and a degree from the Norwegian School of Economicis in Bergen, Norway.

Closing session

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Global Salmon farming; Trends, Price developments and feed demand​ 

Dag will give an overview of the trends in salmon farming globally and the drivers behind these trends. The industry today enjoys very high profitability but stagnant volumes. The key growth barrier is related to sustainability challenges. There is a lot of innovation going on however which may help ease some of the challenges. There are also major efforts in developing end consumer branding and new niches. Dag will also look at the implications of these developments for demand for fish oil and fishmeal. This includes the potential for renewed growth driven by higher salmon production volumes, but also demand changes related to new production methods such as land based, changes in diets related to premium products, and new competing ingredients such as algal and insect-based products.

Doug Tocher

Professor Douglas Tocher is Researcher at the University of Stirling, U.K.. He has a PhD (1982) in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He worked for 16 years for the UK Natural Environment Research Council at the Institute of Marine Biochemistry, Aberdeen and the Unit of Aquatic Biochemistry, University of Stirling. In 1998 he joined the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling and was awarded his personal chair in 2009. His primary research interests are the molecular biology and genetic basis of regulation of lipid and fatty acid metabolism and nutrition in fish, with particular focus on omega-3 (n-3) long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA).

Closing session

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Comparing the sources of EPA and DHA for aquafeed: Fish Oil and the commercial reality of the rise of the alternatives

The global supply of the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA acids from all current traditional sources like fish oil is insufficient to satisfy human nutritional requirements. In the last few years efforts have focussed on the development of entirely new supplies of EPA and DHA produced de novo to supplement existing sources. Recently, this has resulted in various new sources that are already available or will be in the near future. In his talk Douglas Tocher will summarise the current gap between supply and demand, the role of aquaculture, the range of potential novel sources and suggest how these new products could be used effectively supplementary to the annual available volume of fish oil.

Duncan Leadbitter

Duncan Leadbitter is a director of Fish Matter, a consultancy that provides practical advice to industry, government and NGOs regarding the sustainable use of fish and other aquatic natural resources. Clients have included Aquaculture Stewardship Council, Sustainable Fisheries Partnerships, Thai Sustainable Fisheries Roundtable, Taronga Zoo, ADM Capital Foundation, International Finance Corporation, Commonwealth Fisheries Association, Conservation International, the UN FAO and Fair Trade USA. He has spent 30 years in fisheries management and marine conservation planning, working for government, the commercial fishing industry and NGOs. Leadbitter holds a Science Honours degree from the University of Sydney and a master’s degree in Environmental Planning from Macquarie University, Sydney.

Technical Forum

Tuesday 5 November 2019

Comparing the environmental impacts of marine protein with land-based vegetable protein: Update on the IFFO project

Minimising the environmental footprint of aquafeeds has become a focus for many in the industry and the wider community. The wide variety of ingredients in aquafeeds (hundreds of different species of plants and animals are used on a global basis) create challenges for those evaluating potential impacts on diverse areas of community interest such as greenhouse gas emissions, water use, land use, pollution and the like. One of the main areas of interest is the potential impact of ingredient production systems on biodiversity. IFFO has funded a project involving senior scientists from the US, UK and Sweden to investigate the relative impacts of the production/supply of land and marine ingredients.

Eduardo Goycoolea

Eduardo Goycoolea is one of the founders of IFFO when former IFOMA and FEO were merged, and was also IFFO’s co-president during its first year. He stepped down in 2015 from his 23 years management career as Sales and Marketing Director at Blumar. He has also been a Board Member of IFFO and other several international fishing organizations around the world. Eduardo is currently the Executive Director of New World Currents, a joint venture of five Chilean salmon farming companies for the Chinese market. He also represents the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) in the design and development of the ASC new feed standard and is a member of the IFFO RS Governing Body Committee.

Opening session

Monday 4 November 2019

President's Address

Enrico Bachis

Enrico Bacchis joined IFFO in 2009 as Business Manager and Information and was then promoted to Market Research Director in 2017. He is responsible for the market intelligence produced by IFFO also representing the industry within the working group on agri-commodities of OECD-FAO. Enrico graduated from Cagliari University in Sardinia with a Political Science degree before obtaining an MSc in Financial Economics and a PhD in Industrial Economics from the University of Nottingham (UK).

Market Forum 2

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Fishmeal and Fish oil demand: an overview of the global demand

Francisco Aldon

Francisco Aldon is the General Manager at IFFO RS. Francisco has been leading the development and implementation of the IFFO RS certification programme that includes the main standard for marine ingredient producing sites, a chain of custody standards and the IFFO RS Improver Programme. As well as managing IFFO RS, he is also Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee, the Standards Steering Committee and is a member of the IFFO RS Improvers Programme Acceptance Committee. Francisco has a fisheries engineering degree from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima and a MSc in Marine Ecology and Environmental Management from Queen Mary University, London.

Technical Forum

Tuesday 5 November 2019

IFFO RS Update

Frank Li

Frank Li is Technical Service Manager at Kemin Industries. He has a Master degree of Clinical Veterinary Medicine from Nanjing Agricultural University. He has a nine-year pet food industry experience in the Chinese market and worked as Cargill China Pet Food Technical Manager for more than six years. He then joined Royal Canin, a branch of Mars Pet Care Segment, where he worked as Scientific Communication Manager for two years. He has developed a series of super premium pet food for the Chinese market and has deep understanding and insight of China’s pet food industry.

Market Forum 2

Wednesday 6 November 2019

The developing petfood market in China: Opportunities for marine ingredients

Gen He

Dr. Gen He is Professor at the Ocean University of China. He received his Ph.D from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004 and is an expert in the field of fish nutrition. He then worked as a postdoc in the laboratory of Nobel Prize winner Dr. Paul Greengard’s lab in the Rockefeller University. From 2010, he has been a professor in the Ocean University of China. His research focus is on the protein metabolism of fish and better utilization of dietary proteins in aquafeeds. He has been the chief scientist for projects including National Key R&D program, Special Fund for Agro-scientific Research in the Public Interest etc. He has authored over 50 research papers and holds 7 patents.

Technical Forum

Tuesday 5 November 2019

The elements and mechanisms that make fishmeal a superior ingredient in aquafeeds

As the primary protein source in aquafeeds, fishmeal is indispensable for many, especially carnivorous, species. Fishmeal replacement by other protein sources in diets generally leads to inferior growth and health problems in aquaculture. During the past several years, we have characterized the elements and metabolic responses of fishmeal vs other protein sources. Dr He will delineate the underlying mechanism why fishmeal is much required for optimal growth and health maintenance in fish. New strategies for better use of fishmeal as superior protein source will also be proposed.

Guo Jiyuan

Guo Jiyuan is Vice Dean of Feed Research Institute at New Hope Liuhe Co., Ltd, China. He is also a Member of the Technical Committee of the Aquaculture Industry in China and participates in the Feed Industry Standardization Technical Committee Advisory Committee. He works as a feed ingredients review expert for the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture. Guo Jiyuan is also Vice President of the Feed Branch of China Society of Toxicology,Executive Director of the China National Cereals and Oils Society Feed Branch Council and Vice President of Corn Branch of China Food Commercial Circulation Association.

Closing session

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Fishmeal application in pig feed and implications from ASF epidemic in China

Guo Jiyuan will provide a review of the effect and quality requirements, evaluation and testing methods of high quality fishmeal in pig feed and aquatic feed. He will underline the changes which have occurred in demand for fishmeal and quality and safety requirements for pig feed under African swine fever conditions. He will also focus on the quality of imported and domestic fishmeal and the revision of the national standard for fishmeal.

Hans de Wit

Hans de Wit is Regional Director for the Americas at Marvesa and Köster and is based in Peru. De Wit became Chairman of IFFO Supply & Demand Meeting (Market Forum) in 2014 and sat on the IFOMA/IFFO Board of Directors (1999-2004). Born in the Netherlands, de Wit has nearly thirty years of experience in the fishing industry, starting at Damen shipyards and then moving to Peru in 1994, working for San Fermin Group as Sales Director (1998- 2004). He holds a BSc degree in Business Maritime Engineering from University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam and an MBA from Nijenrode University.

Market Forum 2

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Opening Remark and Consclusion

Ian Lahiffe

Ian Lahiffe has been based in Beijing, China for 8 years and is General Manager for Antelliq, part of Merck Animal Health for Northern Asia. He completed a master’s degree International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, before moving to Beijing to work for the European Union. He speaks fluent Mandarin and is very active in the agri-food technology space in China, working on a range of projects, including food traceability systems, technology acceleration. He is an Industry Mentor to Bit x Bites, China’s first agri-food accelerator, and a Mentor on China Agricultural University’s Elite Cattleman Programme.

Technical Forum

Tuesday 5 November 2019

Digitalisation: the 4th Agricultural Revolution, its application to aquaculture and relevance for nutrition 

The digitisation of agriculture and food production is changing our world. Ian will explain the underlying trends, from the abundant computing power that can be harnessed, to the explosion of connected devices and how we need to constantly re-assess technologies due to the dramatic trends of demonetization. These technologies and trends can enable breakthroughs in how we farm and feed the world.

Jamil Anderlini

As Financial Times’ Asia Editor, appointed in 2015, Jamil oversees the FT’s coverage of the Asia region from Afghanistan to Antarctica, including China, India, Indonesia and Japan. Jamil joined the FT in 2007 and worked as Beijing Correspondent and Deputy Beijing Bureau Chief before he was named Beijing Bureau Chief in 2011, with overall responsible for China coverage at the FT. In 2010, Jamil was named Journalist of the Year at the Society of Publishers in Asia Editorial Excellence Awards and in 2013, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Jamil was awarded a certificate of completion for the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century Programme, April 2016, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Education. Prior to joining the FT, he was Beijing Business Correspondent for the South China Morning Post for two years. Before that, he was Chief Editor of the China Economic Review.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Opening session

Jennifer Kuo

Jennifer Kuo is the Spokesperson & Convenor of Environmental, Social and Governance Committee at Grobest Group. Ms. Kuo has broad experience from the aquaculture industry. Her previous positions in Grobest Group include General Manager of Animal Health Business Group, General Manager of Animal Health Research Institute, Vice President of Business Development Planning and Special Assistant to CEO on business management. Ms. Kuo holds a master degree from the Department of Aquaculture, National Taiwan Ocean University.

Monday 4 November 2019

Opening session

Update on the shrimp market in Asia

The reducing farmed shrimp output has reversed since 2017. Entering 2019, forecasts from the industry on supply level will be similar to that of 2018. An outlook of persisting low shrimp price throughout 2019 due to shrimp production recovery surpass the growth of shrimp consumption and higher shrimp inventory carried from 2018 seems to remain a big challenge.

Jon Tarlebo

Jon Tarlebø has a Master’s Degree in Fishery Biology from the University of Bergen, and held different positions in the aqua industry (mainly smolt production) from 1982 to 1989. He then joined Norsildmel as a sale manager, moved to the role of marketing manager, and Finally, since 2003, he has been acting as managing director of the same company.

Market Forum 2

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Update on Fishmeal consumption in Europe

Libby Woodhatch

Libby Woodhatch is Executive Chair of IFFO RS. She has had a varied career in the seafood supply chain and standards development spanning over 20 years. Prior to taking on the role of Executive Chair of the IFFO RS GB, she was Head of Advocacy at Seafish, where her remit included the development of the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) standard and Seafish’s wider programme in seafood ethics. Libby was CEO of the industry body Seafood Scotland for ten years, where she helped improve the value of return to the Scottish seafood industry. During this time she also sat on the MSC’s Stakeholder Council. Libby is also Vice Chair of the charity the Fishermen’s Mission, which provides welfare and support to fishermen and their families. Libby holds a BSc (Hons) in Fisheries Science from the University of Plymouth and an MSc in Fisheries Development & Planning from the University of Hull. 

Opening session

Monday 4 November 2019

Rebranding IFFO RS

Maggie Xu

Maggie Xu joined IFFO in October 2011 as the China Manager and was promoted in October 2013 to China Director. She was previously a Trade Commissioner responsible for fish, seafood, meat and processed food and beverage products at the Embassy of Canada to the P. R. China for ten years. Maggie has a B.A. degree in English language and completed a summer school jointly given by London School of Economics and Peking University on international finance.

Market Forum 2

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Update on China

Magnus Jones

Magnus Jones is a Tax Technologist at the law firm of EY. In addition, he is also leading the Norwegian EY Blockchain group. Within this area he works close together with key stakeholders such as authorities and banks and assist clients with everything from regulatory challenges to technical implementations. Magnus is an experienced international speaker within digital trends and technology, covering many different areas through some of his roles as a board member of the Norwegian Computer Society Group for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, board member of Oslo Blockchain Cluster, Norwegian Ambassador of European Legal Technology Association, and a lecturer at EMBA classes at BI Norwegian Business School.

Opening session

Monday 4 November 2019

Blockchain and farmed salmon (and potential application to fishmeal)

EY has been in the Blockchain industry for many years, and among others created the World’s first Blockchain verified wine, with a track & trace supply chain solution. The platform that has arisen out of this project is now available for the fish industry as well. It is compatible with traditional Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems like SAP, and tracks the fish along its supply chain, creating a digital twin for each fish. Magnus Jones from EY Norway will illustrate with real life examples how EY have used Blockchain to enhance time and cost savings, while also increase trust and transparency towards producers, retailers, restaurants and consumers.

Marcio Castro de Souza

Marcio Castro de Souza is a Senior Fishery Officer at FAO. He is the Secretary of the FAO Sub-Committee on Fish Trade (COFI-FT), the main global forum for consultations between countries on technical and economic aspects of international fish trade; and the coordinator of GLOBEFISH – a specific FAO unit responsible for information and analysis on international fish trade and markets. His main tasks include the development of analysis and policy orientation on international fish trade, particularly market access issues.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Closing session

Major global trends in the aqua sector

Mike Cici

Mike Cici is Senior Group Manager, The Scoular Group, U.S.A.. He graduated from the University of Minnesota receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy and minoring in Agriculture Economics. He has held positions in food science and technology in General Mills, Inc, then in Agri-Sales Inc. as an edible bean agronomist.  He then joined Groupe Limagrain creating and developing markets for their highly nutritional alfalfa and corn varieties for use in dairy feeds.  Since 2000 Mike has been with The Scoular Company where is a Senior Group Manager of Fats & Oils & Functional Protein business groups.   Here he has developed and expanded the use of marine and specialty proteins, fats, & oils into the US pet food market.

Market Forum 2

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Update on fishmeal consumption in North America

Neil Auchterlonie

Dr Neil Auchterlonie has been Technical Director with IFFO since 2015.  A native of Scotland, he comes from an aquaculture and fisheries background that includes roles right across industry, trade bodies, government and academia.  A specialist in applied science and regulation for the seafood sector, he has held representation on numerous scientific and technical committees.  Neil holds a BSc in Biology (Stirling University, UK), a MSc in Applied Fish Biology (University of Plymouth, UK), and a PhD in Aquaculture (Stirling University, UK).

Technical Forum

Tuesday 5 November 2019

Overview of IFFO antioxidant trials

IFFO has previously (2017) been successful in amending the IMO’s IMDG Code for packaged goods, with wording specific to the transportation of fishmeal reducing the required level of ethoxyquin and adding in reference to the option for a tocopherol-based antioxidant.  This presentation covers a continuation of IFFO’s work on the subject, with experimental work relevant to bulk cargoes.

Peter Thomson

Peter Thomson is the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Ocean. He is a Fijian diplomat who served as President of the General Assembly of the United Nations from September 2016 until September 2017. He was Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations between 2010 and 2016. For the year 2014, he was elected President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS). He led the Fiji team of diplomats that in 2013 chaired the Group of 77 and China – the UN’s largest negotiating group comprised of 133 developing countries. He was elected as President of the International Seabed Authority’s Assembly in 2011 and as President of its Council in 2015. In October 2017, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed Ambassador Thomson as the first UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, in which role he is driving the implementation of SDG14, the UN Sustainable Development Agenda’s goal to conserve and sustainably use the resources of the Ocean.

Opening Session

Monday, November 4th, 2019

The UN SDGs, SDG 14 and their relevance to the Fishmeal Industry  

Petter M. Johannessen

Petter M. Johannessen joined IFFO in 2018 as Director General. Johannessen has previously worked as Global Business Director for Risk and Management Sourcing at Cargill Aqua Nutrition and before that Supply Chain Director and Global Sourcing and Purchasing lead at EWOS Group. Johannessen has also worked at PWC Norway and other major process industry businesses. He holds a Diploma in International Marketing and a degree in business administration from the Norwegian School of Management. He has also studied petroleum economy, economics and science at the University of Bergen.

Opening session

Monday 4 November 2019

Opening Remarks

Richard Newton

Richard Newton is a researcher at the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture in the UK. His main interest is in investigating the ways to improve efficiency in aquaculture value chains by creating circular economies and synergies between different food production industries. As such he has conducted research into the best use of by-product fractions from aquaculture to improve resource efficiency and reduce environmental impact. He has worked mainly in the UK salmon industry and in SE Asia but with emerging interests in Africa and China.

Technical Forum

Tuesday 5 November 2019

A more sophisticated way of looking at FIFO: Update on the IFFO project

Fish in: fish out ratios (FIFOs) were first used nearly twenty years ago to highlight the increasing amount of marine ingredients which were being utilised in aquafeeds. They have often misrepresented sustainability issues concerning marine ingredient supply and, in their current form, are incredibly crude tools that do not take accoun​t of the quality of either the fish input or the fish output. The purpose of thework presented was to revisit FIFO calculations and investigate the more qualitative issues, including the nutritional value of feed inputs and especially highlighting the diversity of post-processing value addition, following on from previous IFFO work on by-products.

Rodrigue Yossa

Dr. Rodrigue Yossa is the Lead Fish Feeds and Nutrition Scientist of WorldFish, Malaysia, with extensive research, development and project management experiences in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Dr. Yossa is based in WorldFish headquarters in Penang, Malaysia, from where he leads fish nutrition research at the global level and provide support to WorldFish country offices and research teams in their efforts to develop and promote sustainable ingredients and aquafeeds.

Closing session

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Aquafeed production in Africa, and future prospects for fishmeal and fish oil

Fish farming is growing faster (10% per year) in Africa than any other continents. Fish feed plays a major role in the production cycle, as it is one of the determinants of profitability. The available fish feeds in many African countries are expensive and not always of good quality. Further growth in the fish farming sector in Africa will require continued availability of quality feeds. Given that the quality of the feed depends on the quality of the ingredients used, the formulation and the processing of the diets, one could ask the following questions: what are the available ingredients in Africa? What role would marine ingredients continue to play in support of the growing fish farming industry in Africa?

 

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