FIA Lunch Series: 
The CEO Forum on the 2017 Business Outlook for the Food Industry

Date: Friday, 21 October 2016
Venue: Thomson Reuters Auditorium, #28-00, One Raffles Quay, North Tower, Singapore 048583
Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm

In collaboration with DutchCham and Thomson Reuters, The CEO Forum takes a look at what the future looks like for the food and beverage industry in Asia. What impact will rising commodity prices, tighter regulation and the threat of impending taxes on selected foods and beverages have?

Hear from a panel comprising of senior commodities analysts at Thomson Reuters, CEOs of food and ingredient companies as well as representatives from financial institutions on: 

  • What commodities are likely to be most volatile?
  • What are the financial and non-financial risks that could impact the food industry?
  • Can the AEC deliver on its promises of a harmonised trading block?
  • Asia: Growth or stagnant market for the food industry?


Piet HilaridesPiet Hilarides
Executive Board Member
COO Consumer Products Asia
Piet is a member of FrieslandCampina's Executive Board and is based in Singapore, FrieslandCampina's regional headquarters in Asia. In his new role, Piet will assume responsibility for the production and sales of FrieslandCampina's broad range of dairy products to consumers in Asia. 

He has a strong track record in leading FrieslandCampina's Cheese, Butter & Milkpowder business group and the FrieslandCampina Milkvalorization strategy. During the past two years, Piet has also been responsible for developing and implementing the Company's African strategy, including new market entry and mergers and acquisitions.

Jorgen Kokke
Senior Vice President and President, Asia-Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
Ingredion Incorporated

Based in Singapore, Jorgen Kokke is President, Asia-Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa. Jorgen is a member of Ingredion’s Executive Leadership Team. Before assuming this position in January of 2014, Jorgen served as Vice President and General Manager, Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) based in Hamburg, Germany.  Prior to joining the company in 2009, he served as Vice President at CSM NV, a global food ingredients supplier, where he had responsibility for the global Purac Food & Nutrition business from 2006 to 2009.

Prior thereto, Jorgen was Director of Strategy and Business Development at CSM NV. He held a variety of roles, of increasing responsibility, in sales, business development, marketing and general management in Unilever, both in Europe and in the United States. Jorgen, who has the Dutch nationality, holds a Master degree in economics from the University of Amsterdam.

Ping Chew
Managing Director
& Regional Head of Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory, Asia
Ping Chew joined Rabobank in January 2015 as the Regional Head of Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory Asia based in Hong Kong. 

In his role as Regional Head of Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory Asia, Ping is responsible for managing the team of analysts across Asia, building F&A knowledge and insights to support Rabobank’s F&A commercial activities, engaging and sharing the research and ideas with clients, and profiling Rabobank externally as the leading F&A bank.

Prior to joining Rabobank, Ping was Managing Director and the Head of Standard & Poor's (S&P) Credit Ratings in the Greater China region where he was responsible for strategic planning, franchise and business development, and stakeholder and market outreach.

Ping began his career at Standard and Poor's in 1998, where he has held various credit research and leadership roles for Standard & Poor's Credit Ratings Services in Sovereign, Public Finance, Corporate, Infrastructure, and Financial Services. Prior to joining Standard & Poor's, Ping Chew was with Singapore's Ministry of Defence where he was responsible for research, analysis and strategic planning.

Gavin Maguire (Moderator) 
Asia Commodities Editor in Charge 
Thomson Reuters

As the Asia Commodities Editor in Charge for Reuters, Gavin Maguire manages the news production and strategy for the region’s team of reporters and editors, covering all aspects of the agriculture, energy and metals arenas. Prior to that, Gavin was the Reuters Agriculture Markets Columnist, producing lively and insightful commentary and analysis on global grain, oilseed and livestock markets that complemented Reuters’ industry-leading news file.

Before joining Reuters, Gavin was the Director of Research at Iowa Grain Company, an independent Chicago-based clearing firm, where he helped market professionals formulate hedging and trading strategies. Gavin began his career in the commodities arena as a journalist with Bridge News, covering the metals markets in London before moving to New York in 2001. Gavin holds an undergraduate degree from the University of York, England and a MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Mathys Boeren 
President Flavors Asia Pacific

Mathys joined Symrise Asia Pacific Pte Ltd in 2008 as its Vice President for Strategy, Innovation and Marketing. Effective 1st August 2014, he has taken on the role of President Flavors, Asia Pacific. 

Prior to joining Symrise in Singapore, he worked for Unilever and ICI in amongst others Ireland, China and the USA being responsible for their international flavors business. Mathys has a passion for the industry and drives the development for healthy and tasty foods and beverages for consumers around the world.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delft in the Netherlands and a Masters in Business Administration. Mathys has recently been elected as the President of FFAS (Flavors and Fragrance Association Singapore).