See below for the already confirmed speakers for the OFI Trade Outlook and Logistics Conference with more being confirmed soon.

Palm oil and the EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR): A new Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) traceability system for enhanced trade and regulatory compliance

Ruben Brunsveld, Deputy Director Market Transformation EMEA, RSPO

Ruben has a background in human rights, multilateral diplomacy and responsible business. He joined the RSPO in August 2021 to lead the market transformation division for Europe, Middle East & Africa.

He has both the supply and the demand side of the value chain within his remit and engages with members, policymakers and other stakeholders to promote sustainable palm oil production and uptake. He is also a highly experienced moderator and speaker on various sustainability topics.

Ruben uses his broad international personal experience, as a Colombian born, Indonesian
bred, Dutchman living in Sweden, and professional background to connect with stakeholders throughout the sustainable palm oil value chain.

Global soyabean outlook and price forecast including the impact of renewable diesel demand and shipping/climate risks

Darren Cooper, Senior Economist, International Grains Council (IGC)

Darren has spent more than two decades in the commodities sector, with vast experience across a range of sectors, including mining and metals, rubber and related industries, dry bulk freight and agriculture, notably grains, rice, oilseeds and pulses. He has travelled extensively and presented on a range of topics at many international events.

The impact of climate and geopolitical risks on oilseeds and vegetable oil trade flows

Elwin de Groot, Head of Macro Strategy, RaboResearch – Global Economics and Markets (GEM)

Elwin de Groot is heading the macro strategy team of RaboResearch – Global Economics and Markets (GEM) in the Netherlands. The team covers the main areas of G7 economics, key emerging markets, central bank policy and money markets. The European economy and financial markets, including ECB monetary policy are his key areas of attention. He joined Rabobank in 2006.

Being a seasoned speaker, Elwin gives many presentations and lectures for various client groups of Rabobank, including institutional investors and large corporates. He also regularly appears in the national and international press.

Between 1998 and 2006, Elwin worked for Fortis Bank as a European economist. He started his career at the Dutch Institute for Applied Scientific Research, where he worked as a researcher and project manager in the area of contract research for various clients in the public and private sector.

Elwin holds a Masters Degree in Economics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.

The EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) – meeting sustainability requirements

Alison Kopf, CEO, TRACT

Allison Kopf is a prominent agtech entrepreneur who has over a decade of experience building and scaling companies. Kopf is a pioneer in the controlled environment agriculture industry in the United States. Early in her career, she was the Real Estate and Government Relations Manager at BrightFarms, responsible for scaling up projects and improving operational performance. In 2015, she founded the company, Artemis, which built traceability, compliance, and risk software for the fresh produce industry.

Artemis scaled to become the largest enterprise software company in the greenhouse industry and was acquired by IUNU, the leading artificial intelligence company in the industry in 2021. Kopf scaled commercial growth for the business leading to the company’s highest growth years in history.

Allison was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 as well as the 2021 Global Women Fresh “Woman of Impact,” and has spoken on the future of agriculture at TEDx, Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit, Forbes AgTech Summit and the Alltech Ideas Conference. She is also an Investment Partner at XFactor Ventures, has mentored over 100 startups, and sits on the Boards of Santa Clara University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Ciocca Center for Entrepreneurship.

EU sustainability demands – a round-up of EU policies, feedstock pressures and the availability of used cooking oil (UCO) and tallow

Caroline Midgley, Director of Oleochemicals and Biofuels Research, Agri-business division, GlobalData

Caroline Midgley is Director of Oleochemicals and Biofuels Research at the Agri-business division of GlobalData (previously known as LMC International prior to its acquisition at the end of 2022).

Based in Oxford, Dr. Midgley is responsible for several areas that include waste oils, biodiesel, sustainable aviation fuel, marine biofuels, oleochemicals and glycerine.

GlobalData is a leading consulting company and provider of market analysis. In addition to Agri-business, related industry sectors such as Oil & Gas and Consumer Goods are also covered.

The shipping market, an owner’s perspective

Nils Jørgen Selvik, VP Corporate Analysis & IR, Odfjell SE

Joined Odfjell in early 2023 as VP Corporate Analysis & Investor Relations. I head up a team that work closely with both the commercial side in Odfjell as well as finance and capital markets, providing business and market analysis.

Prior to joining Odfjell, I have ~15 years of experience from shipping and ship finance. Including ~8 years with DNB Bank, latest as SVP/ Relationship Manager working with bank lending and financing for clients in the shipping and offshore sector. Also ~6 years as CFO for local vessel owner in Bergen, EGD Holding.

I hold a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Norwegian School of Economics.