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Arun Kumar

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Arun has 30+ years of experience in Procurement, Supply Chain and Operations. He has worked in Consumer Durables, Chemicals and in Fast Moving Consumer Goods industries. He leads Perfetti’s procurement transformation efforts and helped to build Perfetti’s Group Procurement function from scratch. He has worked across India and, in Asia, in Manila and Singapore, where he is now based.

He is an engineer in Production Engineering from PSG Tech, Coimbatore, India.

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Koen Cardon

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Koen Cardon has been living and working in Asia for over 20 years.

As a business manager for a leading marine construction company he was overlooking Port Development Projects in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

In 1996, Koen Cardon joined the Katoen Natie group to develop their business in South East Asia. Today, Katoen Natie Asia is a leading logistics company in Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam with a total workforce of approximately 2,000 people. Over the last 10 years, the privately owned company invested over 300 million S$ in South East Asia and now group owns and operates five large logistics terminals in the region.

He remains actively involved in some academic programs at various Business Schools and he is a regular speaker at chemical conferences to share his know how in Asia logistics.

Koen Cardon is an active member of the Belgium Luxembourg Business Group ( BLBG ) where he has served as President and Vice President. He is appointed by the Belgium Minister of Foreign Affairs as Advisor in Economic Diplomacy to advice the Belgium Embassy representatives on Economic, Social and Foreign Trade relations for Singapore and the region.

Koen Cardon is married with three kids and calls Singapore his home.

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Joachim Essig

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Joachim Essig has been Head of Sales in the market segment of cocoa processing equipment for the Bühler Group since 2011, where he is responsible for the global sales activities. He has been working in the cocoa and chocolate industry in different positions for more than 25 years.

One of the direct sales areas of Joachim is the Asia Pacific region, where he is familiar with all the global and local players in the cocoa processing industry.

The professional background of Joachim as a graduated engineer is mechanical engineering and process engineering. However due to many years of promoting cocoa lines around the globe, he has a comprehensive expertise in the worldwide cocoa processing landscape.

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Chris de Lavigne

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Chris works in the Financial Advisory practice in Southeast Asia specialized in Corporate Strategy & M&A.  He brings 20+ years of experience in growth strategies, M&A, turnaround and operational excellence, focused on providing advisory services to Corporates, Financial Institutions and Governments. He has worked in both Strategy Houses and the Big 4, and has been in Southeast Asia for over 17 years.

He drives Deloitte’s Value Creation Services (M&A Strategy and M&A Integration and Separation) in South East Asia and focuses on Agriculture, Energy, Fuels, and Chemicals.

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Doug Hawkins

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Doug Hawkins has combined a 40-year career in the international capital markets arena, as an analyst, investment banker and industrial sector advisor, alongside a private focus on agriculture. As Chairman of Agronomy Capital Advisors Ltd, established in 2006, Doug has developed an advisory service business which fuses capital markets services with in depth knowledge of the value chains for many of the major agri-commodities including, cocoa, coconuts, dates, timber products, palm oil, natural rubber and tree nuts. In addition to serving as Chairman of Agronomy Capital Advisors Ltd, Doug also serves on the boards of a number of companies operating in these value chains, including the boards of Andean Cacao Ltd (a company investing in the cocoa production sector), Bacao S.A.S., (a cocoa production business in Colombia), and the Academy of Chocolate, (an institution based in London and focused on the promotion of excellence in the production of chocolate and chocolate based products, known internationally for its annual Taste Awards, The Golden Bean and Golden Bonbon).

Raised in the New Zealand dairy sector, Doug has farmed beef cattle under an organic production system in the UK for the past 31 years.