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Speakers Announced for Soya & Oilseed Summit 2009 in New Orleans (9.22.2009)

Speakers Announced for Soya & Oilseed Summit 2009 in New Orleans

Press Release -- SOUTHWEST HARBOR, ME -- September 22, 2009 -- Soya & Oilseed Summit, the annual industry-leading conference from Soyatech, LLC, has announced its initial slate of speakers for the 2009 event, which will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 3-5, 2009.
Leading participants from around the globe include:
·        - Timothy Andriesen, Managing Director – Agricultural Products, CME Group
·        - Alexander Döring, Executive Director, European Feed Manufacturers’ Association (FEFAC)
·         -Christopher Lytle, Deputy Executive Director & COO, Port of Long Beach
·        - Robert Reeves, Director of Public Affairs, QUALISOY
·         -Ricardo Tatesuzi de Sousa, Executive Director, Brazilian Association of Non-Genetically Modified Grain Producers (ABRANGE)
·        - Michael Whitehead, Executive Director, Food Research & Advisory, Rabobank International

As previously announced, Blairo Maggi, governor of Mato Grosso state in Brazil and CEO of Grupo Andre Maggi, will deliver a keynote address to the Soya & Oilseed Summit audience during the closing session of the conference. Also, Thomas Mielke, Executive Director of Oil World, will offer a video presentation of the global outlook for oils, fats and meals.

"We appreciate that so many prominent industry leaders have made the commitment to share their expertise at this year’s Soya & Oilseed Summit," said conference chair Philippe de Lapérouse, Managing Director of the Global Food, Agribusiness & Biofuels Practice at HighQuest Partners. "This annual event provides an unparalleled opportunity for industry, government and academic representatives to network with each other and share information on the outlook for the soybean and oilseed industries. Co-locating the Summit this year with the Global Soybean and Grain Transport conference also adds an entirely new dimension to the Summit. Having such diverse input from an unprecedented number of countries will create the richest dialogue yet at the Soya & Oilseed Summit."

Other key participants include:
·         -Omar Abou-Sayed, Vice President of Corporate Development, Elevance Renewable Sciences
·        - David Elsenbast, Vice President of Procurement, REG Services Group
·        - Peter Golbitz, Director of International Business Development, SunOpta Grains & Foods Group
·         -Greg Grow, Sales Director, ADM Investor Services
·         -Eric Jackson, CEO, Carbonless Promise
·         -Susan Knowlton, Research Manager, DuPont Company
·        - Neil Sims, President, Kona Blue Water Farms
·        - Hunt Stookey, Managing Director, HighQuest Partners
·         -Johann Tergesen, President & COO, Burcon NutraScience
·        - John Vickerman, President, Vickerman & Associates

Sponsors for Soya & Oilseed Summit 2009 include: Agniel Commodities, Carbonless Promise, CME Group, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Pioneer, Eurofins, Gavilon, HighQuest Partners, The Missouri Partnership, National Corn Growers’ Association, North Star Grain International, Pioneer Hi-Bred, The Russell Marine Group, SGS Group and SunOpta Grains & Foods Group.

Early registrations for the Soya & Oilseed Summit and Global Soybean & Grain Transport represent at least fifteen countries and will include commodity buyers from Southeast Asia, China and Europe.

For more information about this conference (and the co-located Global Soybean & Grain Transport event) or to register, visit
www.soyatechevents.com or call 800-424-SOYA.

About Soyatech, LLC

Soyatech (
www.soyatech.com) is a global media, marketing and event company that assists food, oilseed, agri-business and agri-transportation sector firms to assess and develop market opportunities through its publications, conferences, webinars, and widely-used internet platform. More about Soyatech-produced conferences can be found here: www.soyatechevents.com. Founded in 1985, the company publishes the annual Soya & Oilseed Bluebook, the industry’s leading source of information on oilseed and agribusiness companies and products, an industry-focused email newsletter (in daily and weekly editions), and Soyatech.com, the award-winning business-to-business online resource for the industry. Soyatech’s information services are referred to by tens of thousands of the world’s leading commodity, food and biofuels companies in over 100 countries every week. Soyatech, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HighQuest Partners.

About HighQuest Partners LLC
HighQuest Partners (www.highquestpartners.com) is a management consulting and strategic advisory firm that helps executive teams around the world to make better informed decisions about their strategies, investments/m&a, and governance. Since 1992, HighQuest and its subsidiary SJH & Company have completed over 500 strategic assignments for strategic players and financial investors & their portfolio companies in the global grain, oilseed, food, agribusiness, biofuels, industrial, & financial services sectors.

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