Day - 1, Thursday February 9, 2017 (All conference sessions at Grand Ballroom 1)

11:00 - 17:00 - Registration at Grand ballroom Foyer (Level 4)

12:30 - 14:00 - Lunch at Waterfront Ballroom (Level 2)

All sessions at Grand Ballroom 1 & Exhibition at Grand Ballroom 2 (Level 4)

14:00 - 15:00 - Inaugural Ceremony


  • Ms Amreeta ENG, Group Director, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore
  • Mr P Sundaran, Chairman, Cashew Export Promotion Council of India
  • Mr Alex Tran, Trade Promotion Director, Vinacas - Download PPT - (English) (French)
  • Mr Karim BERTHE, Cotton and Cashew Council of Cote d'Ivoire, MD Technical Adviser
  • Mr Mahesh Patel, Executive Chairman, ETG Group - Download PPT
  • Mr Srivatsava Ganapathy, Cashewinfo.com
  • Mr Olusegun Awolowo, CEO, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC)

15:00 - 16:00 - RCN Markets in 2017: Crop status and outlook


Moderator: Mr Krishnan Nair, MD, KGN Group - Download PDF

16:00 - 17:00 - Changes Sweeping Global RCN Markets and Dealing with them


Moderator: Mr Shaktipal, Global Cashew Sector Lead, TechnoServe

17:00 - 18:00 - RCN Processing in Africa- Opportunities and Challenges


Moderator: Mr Jim Fitzpatrick, Business Development Consultant and Mentor, Ingredient Sourcing Solutionse - Download PPT - (English) (French)

  • Mr Vasudev Barkur, Executive Director, ETG Group - Download PPT - (English) (French)
  • Ms Johanna Adotevi, Commercial Director, Cajou des Savanes - Download PPT - (English) (French)
  • Mr J C Reddy, Technical Head, Vink Corporation - Download PPT - (English) (French)
  • Ms Shiru Mwangi, Regional Topic Head- Agricultural Debt Investments, responsAbility - Download PPT - (English) (French)

18:30 - 20:00 - Cocktail Reception at Waterfront Ballroom (Level 2)

Day - 2, Friday February 10, 2017

09:00 - 09:30 - Special address TBC

09:30 - 10:30 - Innovation / Technology Trend in Cashew Processing


Focus: Post-Peeling Technologies

Moderator: Mr Hari Nair, President, Western India Cashew - Download PPT

10:30 - 11:30 - Changes in Global Kernel Markets and Dealing with them


Moderator: Ms Mary Adzanyo, Director Private Sector Development, Com Cashew

  • Mr Seshu Kumar, Head-Merchandising, Bigbasket.com - Download PPT - (English) (French)
  • Mr Bob Bauer, President, Association of Food Industries, USA - Download PPT - (English) (French)
  • Mr Somnath Chatterjee, Head Procurement and Logistics, ITC Limited- Food Division - Download PPT - (English) (French)

11:30 - 12:00 - Networking break

12:00 - 13:00 - Women Ground-breakers in Cashew Business


Moderator: Ms Rita Weidinger, Executive Director, Com Cashew - Download PPT, Download Video

  • Dr. Mariam Ouattara, Technical Director-Cashew, CCA, Cote d'Ivoire
  • Madam Ferdjani, CEO, FMA Industry, Cote d'Ivoire
  • Madam Minata Kone, Director General, SOTRIA Burkina Faso
  • Ms Vidya Kamath, Bola Cashew, India - Download PDF
  • Madam Phoung, Vietnam

13:00 - 14:30 - Networking Lunch at Waterfront Ballroom (Level 2)

14:30 - 15:00 - Sponsored Slot

15:00 - 16:00 - Financing the Cashew Value Chain


Moderator: Mr Rahul Kamath, Partner, Bola Surendra Kamath & Sons,

  • Mr Vipul Sardana, Senior Director Strategy & Transformation, Maersk Group - Download PPT - (English) (French)
  • Ms Suhasini Singh, Head - Agriculture Debt Investments Asia Pacific, responsAbility - Download PPT - (English) (French)
  • Ms Fanja Ravoavy, Senior Operation Officers, Cote d'Ivoire, IFC - Download PPT - (English) (French)
  • Mr Sumit Aggarwal, Head of Product Sales, Standard Chartered Bank

16:00 - 17:00 - Cashew Kernel Market Outlook


Moderator: Mr Pankaj Sampat, MD, Samsons Traders

19:00 - 21:30 - Gala Cocktail Dinner at Promenade-Riverside (Lobby Level)

Day - 3, Saturday February 11, 2017

09:30 - 10:15 - Country Forum - India


Moderator: Mr Walter D'Souza, Chairman, Fernandez Brothers

  • Mr Rajendra Sabat, President, Odisha Cashew Processors Association - Download PPT
  • Mr Kalbavi Prakash Rao, Director, Kalbavi Industries - Download PPT
  • Dr. Venkatesh Hubbali, Director, Directorate of Cashewnut and Cocoa Development - Download PPT
  • Dr. D L Maheswar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot, India - Download PPT

10:15 - 11:00 - Country Forum - Vietnam


Moderator: Mr Ashok Narayanan, Director, Orion Commodities

  • Mr Alex Tran, Trade Promotion Director, Vinacas
  • Mr Vu Thai Son, General Director, Long Son Joint Stock Company
  • Mr Dang Van Tuyen, Mekong Technology

11:00 - 11:45 - Africa Investment Forum


Moderator: Mr Jim Fitzpatrick, Business Development Consultant and Mentor, Ingredient Sourcing Solutions - Download PPT - (English) (French)

  • Mr Olusegun Awolowo, CEO, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) - Download PPT - (English) (French)
  • Mr Deepak Kacher, CEO, Vink Corporation DMCC
  • Mr Jauad Bruno, General Director, Investment Promotion Agency, Guinea Bissau - Download PPT - (English) (French)
  • Mr Karim BERTHE, Cotton and Cashew Council of Cote d'Ivoire, MD Technical Adviser - Download PPT - (English) (French)

11:45 - 12:15 - Networking Break

12:15 - 13:00 - Round-table on Vision 2025 for Global Cashew Sector - Download PDF

13:00 - 13:15 - Valedictory Function followed by lunch at Waterfront Ballroom (Level 2)

End of WCC 2017

* Subject to change