HighQuest Partners plans inaugural events

by World Grain Staff
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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S. —  HighQuest Partners recently announced two inaugural events planned for 2014: the first global Women in Agribusiness Summit which will be co-located with the Oilseed Congress Europe/MENA conference.

The Women in Agribusiness event is planned Feb.3-4, 2014, and the congress is planned Feb.4-5, 2014, both at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Spain.

The European Women in Agribusiness Summit will bring the same intimate gathering atmosphere to the Barcelona event as the U.S. summit, while also providing an interactive platform for women to discuss their unique experiences in the industry and hear from women leaders regarding industry trends and current topics. The goals of the summit are twofold: to make the agriculture and food sectors career destinations for today's talented women, and to provide tools for women to become informed leaders in the industry. 

The Barcelona agenda includes topics such as the Impact of Climate and Weather on Agricultural Production; Maintaining a Sustainable Supply Chain: Doing business across borders; and the Future of GMO Crops.  

Additional breakout sessions focus on ag policy, sales and marketing trends and best practices, and innovations across the industry supply chain. Executive roundtable discussions with today’s ag leaders will bring the pathways to leadership in ag closer to all across the entire value chain, and provide ample opportunities for networking across organizational levels.  

The full agenda is available at www.womeninageurope.com

The Oilseed Congress Europe/MENA will address key opportunities and challenges facing the oilseed trade in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and provide networking opportunities for senior executives and participants operating across the supply chain. Key industry analysts, including Thomas Mielke, editor-in-chief of OIL WORLD, will discuss supply and demand trends in the oilseed sector and the opportunities and challenges for those operating in the these markets.  

“We have tailored this European conference to provide an in-depth focus specifically on the oilseeds trade in order to fill a need in the region for this important market information,” said Mark Dineen, director at HighQuest Partners, the agribusiness strategic advisory firm that hosts the congress.

The agenda for the event, in association with platinum sponsor CME Group, covers:        
•           Global overview of the oilseed market;
•           Overviews of major origins for oilseeds and consumptive markets for oilseeds and derivatives;
•           Identifying new sources of trade financing;
•           Developments in risk management strategies; and
•           Trends and developments regarding trading rules and arbitration.

Philippe de Lapérouse, chair of the Oilseed Congress Europe/MENA, said that based on feedback from attendees at previous conferences, this event will use a format that encourages more interactive exchanges of information, not static presentations, in order to promote participation and open sharing of key knowledge between attendees. 

“We strive to provide information and networking opportunities at our events that have tangible benefits to players active in the supply chain, and therefore create the most favorable conditions for key decision makers to interact with their industry peers,” said Lapérouse.

Numerous networking opportunities will be available during the two-day conference to foster relationship building amongst the many exporters and importers, merchandisers, traders, and primary processors and downstream consumers in feed, food, biodiesel and industrial applications who will be in attendance. 

More information is available at www.oilseedcongress.com.