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Break-out session: Finance and investment (pt 1)

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Scope /
As an investor and financer, Rabobank continually tries to understand which farming and supply chain models are likely to be successful. Shrimp farming continues to be as too risky to invest activity for most international banks that do finance other aquaculture and agricultural sectors. In this session, we aim to listen to high-level executives of some of the major shrimp farming companies around the world to better understand the challenges of their respective farming and supply chain models. We will also facilitate a dialogue between different types of investors about their perspectives on increasing investment in the shrimp industry.
Gorjan Nikolik
Rabobank
Chair
/ Gorjan Nikolik

Since joining Rabobank International in 2005, Gorjan Nikolik (42) has been an industry analyst focusing on the global seafood sector including aquaculture, wild-catch, seafood trade and processing. In his primary role, he works as a senior sector expert to Rabobank departments such as Mergers and Acquisitions, Leveraged Finance, Venture Capital, Credit Risk Management and the Relationship Bankers. He is a regular speaker on global seafood and aquaculture conferences and has published research reports covering the seafood industry. He also has experience as a commodity analyst having covered the sugar industry. Gorjan holds a masters degree in Finance and Business Administration from the University of Maastricht and an MBA from Maastricht School of Management.

Program /
9:00-9:05
Opening
9:05-9:30
CEO visions: Driving industry development in Venezuela

Speaker: TBA

9:30-9:55
CEO visions: Large-scale semi-intensive farming in the Middle East

Speaker: TBA

9:55-10:15
CEO visions: RAS farming in Singapore and the Middle East

Speaker: Farshad Shishehchian, CEO, Blue Aqua International

10:15-10:45
Coffee break
10:45-11:10
CEO visions: Semi-intensive and hyper-intensive farming in Peru

Speaker: Roberto Ferron, CEO, Marinasol

11:10-11:30
Pioneering institutional investment in shrimp farming operations

Speaker: David Evans, Industry Specialist, International Finance Corporation

11:30-12:00
Panel: Investor perspectives

Panelists: TBA

12:00
Closing remarks