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José Alberto Orive Vides

José Alberto Orive Vides

Executive Director of the International Sugar Organization

Education: Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala, Ciudad
Specialty: Abogado y Notario. Licenciado en Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales 1983, “Cum Laude”. University, Washington, D.C. LL.M., Maestría en Derecho Internacional Comparado 1985, “Suma Cum Laude”.

1995 - 2013 — Executive Director of Central American Sugar Association (AICA) / Negotiations for the private sugar industry, with emphasis on coordination of    joint actions on priority issues, clearinghouse for information relevant to the sector, publications, participation in international forae.

2010 - 2014  — Partner, ARTLEX (Law firm) / In charge of large corporate clients, distribution contracts and environmental issues, arbitration. 

2014 - present  — Executive Director, International Sugar Organization (ISO).

Andrey Bodin

Andrey Bodin

Executive Director of the Eurasian Sugar Association

1992 - 2007 — He has experience in working with different international trading companies and Russian agroholdings as Director.

Since 2007 — Charmain of the Board of the Russian Sugar Manufactures Union.

Since 2010 — Executive Director of the Association of the Sugar Producers of the Custom Union.

* In 2015 The Association of the Sugar Producers of the Custom Union was renamed to Eurasian Sugar Association.


Sergey Gudoshnikov

Sergey Gudoshnikov

Senior economist, International Sugar Organization

Education: International trade economics in Moscow 

More than 30 years of his professional carrier have been dedicated to the world sugar market.

1978 - 1988 —  worked as a sugar trader, deputy director of Sugar Department of V/O Prodintorg, Moscow, at that time the sole importer of sugar in the Soviet Union. 

In 1988 he joined the Secretariat of the International Sugar Organization in London and now he is responsible for economic and policy analysis of the world sugar market. 

He has published numerous articles on different aspects of the world sugar economy as well as has addressed many international conferences around the globe on different issues related to the world sugar market. He co-authored the book “The World Sugar Market” published by Woodhead Publishing Ltd. in the UK and the USA in 2004.

Marie-Christine Ribera

Marie-Christine Ribera

Director-General, European Association of Sugar manufacturers, CEFS

Marie-Christine Ribera is a French citizen and lives in Brussels.  She began her professional career in 1987 with an internship at the European Commission (DG Agri) before becoming a policy officer in variety of settings, initially with the French National Federation of Rural Territory Management and later in the regional Chamber of Commerce of Industry of the Ile-de-France region.  In 1991, Marie-Christine Ribera joined the French National Centre for Young Farmers as Advisor in charge of Community matters.  During this time, she was also a substitute member of the Economic and Social Committee of the EU.  In 1993, she became legal advisor to the Director General of the French inter-professional National Cereals Office.

In 1999, Marie-Christine Ribera joined COPA-COGECA (the Committee of professional agricultural organizations and agricultural cooperatives) in Brussels as Policy Advisor with special responsibility for arable crops and bilateral agreements.  Over the past 9 years, Marie-Christine Ribera has been deeply involved in agriculture, environment and food policies of the European Union, developing a robust network of relations on the Brussels/EU scene.

In 2008, Marie-Christine Ribera was promoted to the position of Director of Commodities & Trade, reporting directly to COPA-COGECA’s Secretary General and managing a team of 9 persons.  She had direct responsibility over arable crops, technology in agriculture, relationships with international farming organizations and bilateral trade agreements between the EU and third countries.

In 2009 she joined the European Association of Sugar manufacturers, CEFS (Comité Européen des Fabricants de Sucre in French) as Director-General.

Ekaterina Tsyplakova

Ekaterina Tsyplakova

Sugar Analyst, Wilmar International
Ekaterina graduated from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland with a Master degree in Economics.
Ekaterina has been working as a sugar analyst for the past 3 years, focusing on CIS and EU sugar markets.
Since Ekaterina joined Wilmar in Geneva, she has been covering global sugar market.
Mikhail Orlenko

Mikhail Orlenko

Director of the Department of the commodity market, Moscow Exchange
Date of birth: 8th February, 1974
Place of birth: Moscow
Marital status: married, two sons
Education: Higher, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation
Additional qualifications:  State University – Higher School of Economics, Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Previous employment and positions held
1999-2007: Worked at Sberbank of Russia in various positions, specialising in the precious metals market. He was directly involved in the creation of an unallocated bullion bank account system, including correspondent accounts, under which Sberbank became the largest banking operator in the precious metals market.
2008-2010: Led a project in the automobile sector; served as General Director for a number of major enterprises.
29/09/2011-20/12/2012: Deputy Director of retail brokerage services and the sales network support at Sberbank of Russia; responsible for developing the bank’s brokerage department.
11/01/2013-present: Director of the commodities department for the OAO Moscow Exchange; responsible for the commodity market on the Moscow Exchange.
Additional information
He is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the National Commodity Exchange; a member of the Board of Directors of the ETS Commodity Exchange.
Sergey Nosenko

Sergey Nosenko

President of “ASKOND”
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the “United Confectioners” Holding
President of the Association of Confectionery Manufacturers “ASKOND” 
He is a Doctor of technical science, professor.
He is an Honoured Worker of the Food Industry of the Russian Federation.
He is President of the Association of Confectionery Manufacturers of the Russian Federation (АSKOND), the Chairman of the Association of confectionery industry of the countries of the Customs Union "ASKOND-CU". A member of the public Council under the Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation (2016).
In 1978, he graduated with honours from the Moscow Technological Institute of the Food Industry.
Since 1995, he has served as General Director and President of the Confectionery Company “Babaevsky”.
In 1998 by Decision of the dissertation Council of Moscow State University of Food Production was awarded the Degree of Candidate of technical Sciences.
In 2000, he graduated from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration as a Master of Economics and Finance.
In 2002, has been awarded the Title of Honorary Professor by the decision of the Presidium of the Academic Council of Moscow State University of Food Production
Since 2003, he has served as General Director and Managing Director of United Confectioners LLC.
In 2004, was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Technical Sciences by the decision of the Higher Attestation Commission of the Ministry of Education of Russia
In 2007, he received an Executive MBA in Strategic Management.
In 2007, he was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Confectioners LLC.
Salis Karakotov

Salis Karakotov

Director General JSC "Schyolkovo Agrochim"

1976 – Graduated from the Department of chemistry and technology of organic synthesis in D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia. Then studied in postgraduate study, in 28 years became the Candidate of chemical Sciences, in February 2006 he became a Doctor of chemical Sciences

1981 – start working as a Junior researcher in the Schyolkovo branch of all-Union scientific research Institute of chemical crop protection with experienced factory

1998 – became General Director of "Schyolkovo Agrochim". Under the directorship  of  Salis Karakotov in 18 years from a small plant, produces only eight  chemicals , Schyolkovo Agrochim became one of the leaders in its industry. The company increases its research and production potential each year. For the first time in world practice the production of fungicides, herbicides and seed disinfectants on nanotechnology on an industrial scale

2006 - Schyolkovo Agrochim invests in the project development management in farm "Dubovskoe" in the Oryol region and it has invested the most advanced ideas, knowledge and experience

2011 – S. Karakotov initiates the construction of a modern plant sugar-coated seeds of the Voronezh region, "Betagan Ramon". The company is the largest in Europe, it is able to provide the growers with seeds for almost 40 percent of the needs in Russian Federation.

2014 - the opening of a modern cattle-breeding centre "Betagan Lipetsk". The task of the centre is creating its own domestic production of embryos of elite breeds of livestock for efficient development of livestock farms-customers

Bruno Vandamme

Bruno Vandamme



Graduated as Bio Engineer at the UCL University of Louvain-La-Neuve in Belgium, in 1983

Master of Business Administration (MBA)  in Administration and Management at the UCL University of Louvain-La-Neuve in Belgium, in 1987



Bruno Vandamme has been working for the company SESVanderHave (which was then named SES Europe, and was a part of ICI Seeds-Zeneca) since 1990.

First, he was Sales Representative for the Northern European countries.

Six years later, in 1996, the existing company Zeneca merged with Vanderhave, and the new entity called Advanta was created. In this new structure, Bruno Vandamme was appointed Business Manager for the Central and Eastern European market. In this role, he was responsible for developing the Advanta activities in sugar beet, maize and sunflower seeds in this region.

Almost ten years after this, in 2005, the brand SESVanderHave was created. Bruno Vandamme took the role of the Commercial Director for the whole international group. Therefore, he is responsible for the sales activities in 25 countries, from the United States over Europe and Russia, and as far as Japan. In this role, Bruno Vandamme is also member of the Executive Board of Directors of SESVanderHave. SESVanderHave is now one of the leading sugar beet seed companies worldwide.

Dirk Seelig

Dirk Seelig

Deputy General Director and Director of sales, marketing and after-sales services Claas Vostok LLC
Born on the 21st of May, 1969, in Altenburg, Germany. He graduated from the Technical University of Berlin with a degree in Business Management. Over a period of 15 years he worked at Daimler AG, where he held a number of different positions. Between 2003 and 2010, he worked in Russia on the Board of JSC Mercedes-Benz RUS.
Since 2013 he has worked for Claas Vostok LLC, where he is currently Deputy General Director and Director of sales, marketing and after-sales services.
In 2014, he was appointed as Chairman of the agribusiness Committee for the Association of European Businesses.
He is married with son. 
Oleg Alexandrov

Oleg Alexandrov

Head of the project Integrated technologies, Rostselmash
Born in 1979 in Baku. Have journalistic education. Graduated from the faculty of public Relations Armavir Linguistic University. 
From 1997 to 2005 he worked in television. 
2005 - 2007 he directed konsaltingovoy company. 
From 2007 to 2013 vozglavil marketing Department of AMACO in Russia. 
From 2014 to 2016 worked in the marketing team of the company Syngenta. 
From November 2016 head of the project Integrated technologies of Rostselmash. 
Married. Three children.
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