QED Conference on EU Agricultural Commodities Markets

State of play and challenges ahead


Prof. dr. hab. Andrzej Babuchowski

President and CEO, Dairy Industry Innovation Institute, Poland

Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Babuchowski is a president and CEO in the Dairy Industry Innovation Institute. Until February 2018 he was a professor of Food Technology in the Faculty of Food Sciences at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland. In years 2007-2015, he was a Minister-Counsellor in the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the EU and a Polish representative in the Special Committee for Agriculture of the Council. Previously, he was secretary and undersecretary of state and deputy minister of agriculture and rural development in Poland responsible for foreign cooperation and collaboration with the EU as well as for fishery and agricultural markets.

Member of the Agricultural Markets Task Force DG AGRI appointed by Commissioner for Agriculture Mr Phil Hogan, in year 2016. Member of Advisory Council on Agricultural Markets and Expert Team for Dairy at KOWR (National Agricultural Support Center) and member of the CAP Expert Team at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Poland.

Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Babuchowski, after graduation in 1973 from the University of Agriculture in Olsztyn joined the staff of the University serving in a variety of postings related to the development of the education, science and research. During his active scientific life, he spent several years working at different universities in USA, Africa and Europe. He coordinated several research and educational programmes, wrote more than 180 publications and promoted 8 doctorates.

Nicholas Kennedy

Head of Commodities, Euronext

Nicholas Kennedy started his career as an equity sales trader at Instinet in 1999 promoting electronic trading to large European Buy side customers from Paris then London before joining a Swiss Private bank and running the trading desk of their Paris office. Mr Kennedy then moved into commodities in 2005 when he joined the sales team at Diapason Commodities Management, co-founded by Jim Rogers, in Lausanne then in the UK where he helped open the London office. Following this commodity hedge fund experience, Mr Kennedy moved back into trading and held senior brokerage roles in cocoa and soft commodities at ED&F Man (MCA) and UBS in London. In 2009 Mr Kennedy joined NYSE Liffe’s Commodities Team. Following the acquisition of NYSE by ICE and the subsequent IPO of Euronext he then lead the commodities sales team as Director and Head of Business Development before taking over as Head of Commodities in December 2017.

Mr Kennedy holds a BA(Hons) International Business from Plymouth University.

Phillippe Mitko

Public Affairs, InVivo Trading

Mr Mitko started in 1985 as an internal physical broker for UNCAC, then became an oilseed trader in 1992; he participated actively in the foundation of Euronext futures commodities contracts, and in the management of the executing and clearing house SIGMA Terme, subsidiary of cooperative group SIGMA.

After managing the grain relations with all cooperative members from 2004 to 2011, Mr Mitko switched to a business development position in Eastern Europe.

He is now projects manager of InVivo Trading, and is in charge of public affairs, treasurer of Synacomex, Board member of Coceral, Gafta Council member, as well as vice-chair of the European Commission Civil Dialogue group on “arable crops”.

Fabien Santini

Advisor to the Director on Markets and Observatories, DG AGRI, European Commission

Fabien Santini is an agronomist and political scientist by training, having graduated from Agro Paris Tech and Sciences Po Paris. He is a Commission official since more than 20 years and occupied positions in different DGs (AGRI, DEVCO and the JRC), most of them related with analysing the development of agricultural markets. He is currently advisor to the DG AGRI director on markets and observatories, particularly on issues related to improving the information available to the public on agricultural markets in the EU.