28th May 2019

The 2nd Annual Ukrainian Agro-Industrial & Food Forum

Rotterdam, Mainport Hotel


Anastasiya Sobotyuk, Head of Investor Relations at MHP, will provide an insight into the international capital markets activity and operational priorities of the leading international agro-industrial group in Ukraine

Official Partners

Ukrainian Embassy The Hague
Dutch-Ukrainian Joint Business Council



Olga Trofimtseva

Acting Minister of Agrarian Policy & Food of Ukraine

Oleksiy Pavlenko

Co-Chairman, Ukrainian-Dutch Joint Business Council /
Former Minister of Agrarian Policy & Food of Ukraine

H.E. Vsevolod Chentsov

Ambassador of Ukraine to the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Kateryna Rybachenko

Chief Executive Officer,

Dmytry Skornyakov

Chief Executive Officer,

Volodymyr Lapa

State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety & Consumer Protection

Oleksiy Vadaturskyy

Chief Executive Officer,

Elena Voloshina

Head of Operations, Ukraine,
International Finance Corporation

Anastasiya Sobotyuk

Head of Investor Relations,

Victor Gladkiy

Chief Financial Officer,

Anja Strothkämper

Vice President,
SAP Agribusiness

Dirk Aleven

Chief Executive Officer,

Felix Potishman

Senior Investment Officer,

Oleksandr Melnikov

Vice President & Director, Ukraine,

Cornelis Vrins

Director of Trade,

Jacques Scheutjens

Business Developer, Food & Agro,

Dmitry Prikhodko

Senior Economist, Investment Centre,
Food & Agriculture Organisation of the UN

Mariia Makhnovets

Ukrainian Organic Cluster

Mykhailo Bechkalo

Acting Director,

Lesya Kuzmenko

Deputy Head in Ukraine, ICA (Industry, Commerce & Agribusiness)

Tom Van Goey


Andrew Chakhoyan

Chief Executive Officer,
Strategic Narrative Consulting

Eric Egberts

Chief Executive Officer,
Dutch Greenhouse Delta


Information partners and supporting organisations
Media partners


The Ukrainian Agro-Industrial & Food Forum has quickly established itself as the premier gathering for senior executives and stakeholders from 2 of the leading global agrifood exporters and innovators.


The Forum first took place at the end of May 2018 in Amsterdam, in partnership with the Ukrainian Embassy in the Netherlands and the Ukrainian Dutch Joint Business Council with its Co-Chairs, Oleksiy Pavlenko and Hans De Boer, and supported by ING, FMO, Evris Law Firm, Immer Group, Credendo and Kyivstar.


The Forum highlights the synergies that exist between the 2 major agricultural countries and more than 120 attendees, drawn equally from the 2 countries and their neighbours, made invaluable business contacts in the course of last year’s event.

With this year’s Forum taking place in Rotterdam, there will be a strong focus on trading, logistics and infrastructure, alongside such key topics as financing, AgTech, growth markets and exports, trade and investment dynamics, organic production and moving up the value chain.


The idea for the Forum was formed at our flagship annual Agribusiness Forum, which takes place  in Kyiv each November - a key date in the Ukrainian agribusiness calendar with such influential partners as the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation, Credit Agricole, the Rada Agrarian Committee, IFC, EBRD, US-Ukraine Business Council and the Ukrainian Grain Association. The efficient and productive 1-day format manages to cover the widest spectre of topics, including financing and investment, innovations & agtech, new export markets, agriholdings’ corporate strategies and logistics and infrastructure.


  • 08:30   Registration and coffee

  • 09:30   Session 1: Ukraine’s Role In Ensuring The Sustainability Of Food Security Of Europe And Beyond And The Opportunities For European Partners This Creates

    • An overview of the agri trade and investment dynamics between Ukraine and the EU / the Netherlands. Which are the growth areas?
    • Applying international expertise and technology to move Ukrainian exports of food products further up the value chain. moving from commodities to greater value-added, processed products
    • Implementing EU standards of food safety and quality
    • Identifying and growing new export markets and new export products
    • Opportunities for Ukrainian exporters of agri-food products to supply major European retail chains
  • 11:00   Morning refreshments

  • 11:30   Session 2: Case Studies By Leading Agro-Industrial Groups Of Successful Investment Projects And Identifying Where Further Opportunities Lie

    • Where are the opportunities to invest in Ukraine: Seed production, organic and niche crop production, laboratories, infrastructure, food processing equipment, biofuels, irrigation systems, river logistics, agricultural equipment leasing
    • Where to invest in value-added production: Cereals and oilseeds processing, processed fruits and vegetables, meat production and processing, finished goods and food brands, poultry
    • Stimulating the further growth of AgTech in Ukraine through greater cooperation with major agri producers – case studies
    • Implementing best in class business processes and technologies to raise productivity, efficiency and yields
    • What will be the next wave of emerging technologies that are most applicable for Ukrainian agriculture?
    • Expanding the role of river transportation of agricultural commodities in Ukraine. Lessons from the Netherlands


  • 13:15   Lunch

  • 14:30   Session 3: The Availability Of Finance And Investment For The Ukrainian Agro-Industrial Sector And Where It Can Add The Greatest Value

    • Where is investment most needed in the value chain: spotlight on logistics and infrastructure
    • The availability of finance to support investment in the latest technologies and machinery. Which financing instruments are most popular at present?
    • What are the most attractive assets to invest in: port terminals, silos, elevators and storage facilities, processing and crushing plants, cold storage, rolling stock, irrigation, river transport
    • The growth of activity by both strategic investors and private equity houses in buying stakes in Ukrainian agricultural companies. What are the key fundamentals driving investor interest?
    • The impact of the nationwide crop receipts roll-out for farming communities
    • Can the collateralisation of leased land unlock and protect investment in agriculture?
  • 16:00   Afternoon refreshments

  • 16:30  Session 4: Themed Roundtable Discussion Groups

    Participants will have the opportunity to join the roundtable of their choice, focused on key agrifood segments and hosted by expert members of the speaker panel.

    Roundtable topics will include:

    • Grains, oils and oil seeds
    • Dairy and meat
    • Logistics, infrastructure & trading
    • Finance and investment
    • AgTech and innovation
    • Ukrainian export and European retail
  • 18:00   Evening reception