Dear Colleagues,

You certainly noted that sustainability is an increasing trend in the oils & fats market worldwide. Of course, we talk a lot about sustainable palm oil in the EU which is largely adopting a certified supply chain. But sustainability is not limited to the palm or soybean sourcing, and this trend is expanding outside of European borders. A strong social, environmental and health and nutrition awareness is rising in consumers’ minds all around the world. Consequently, new sourcing, technologies, supply chain, certification system, labeling and claims are spreading rapidly, hence creating new business models.

Surprisingly, international congresses are granting at best one session about sustainability. We, at FAT & Associés, have decided to organize an international event in order to gather all industrial and institutional actors, and also decision’ markers, around the last disruptive actions surrounding sustainability. The 3rd Sustainable Oils & Fats International Congress (SOFIC2019) will take place on the 4th and 5th of April 2019 in Paris, France.

You are engaged in the sustainability trend, or you would like to understand how far this phenomenon is expanding: join us and share your experience within the community!

F&A Congress team


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      Christophe BENE

      Christophe BENE is Senior Policy Advisor at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) based in Cali, Colombia. Christophe has 15+ years of experience in interdisciplinary research and advisory work focusing on poverty alleviation, vulnerability, and food security. He is currently leading the policy analysis cluster of the CGIAR flagship program “Food System for Healthier Diet”. He holds a PhD in Environment and Life Sciences and a post-graduate Diploma in Development Economics from the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia (UK).

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      Marcello BRITO

      Marcello BRITO is graduated in Food Engineer by UNIFEB, Barretos - Brazil, and holds a MBA in International Trading from FIA/University of São Paulo, Brazil. With more than 30 years of experience in the oils and fats industry, Marcello currently serves as Director of the Brazilian Agribusiness Association, counselor of the Brazilian Palm Oil Association, member of the executive board of the Brazilian Organic and Sustainable Association and as the CEO of Agropalma group.

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      Gabriela BURIAN

      Gabriela BURIAN is the Global Director for Sustainable Agriculture at Bayer Crop Science. Gabriela joined Monsanto in 1996 and has served in a number of leadership roles throughout the company and with Monsanto joint-ventures. She directed the first Monsanto Regional Sustainability Initiative as Sustainability Manager in Brazil. Gabriela is an Agricultural Engineer (Unicamp, Brazil) with a Master Degree from University of Science and Technology Languedoc (USTL, France).

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      Clara CICATIELLO

      Clara CICATIELLO holds a PhD in Economics and Local Development at University of Tuscia - Italy. From 2012 to 2017, Clara works as research assistant at department of Economics of University of Tuscia and she moved in May 2017 to department of Innovation in Biological, Agro Food and Forest System as assistant professor. She is author of 10+ papers in topics of alternative food chains (food industry, retail, household), food waste, and marketing of sustainable food products.

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      Benoit GABRIELLE

      Benoit GABRIELLE is currently research professor in environmental biophysics at the Paris Institute of Life and Environmental Sciences (AgroParisTech). Benoit joined the French National Institute for Agricultural Research after a PhD on the environmental balance of oilseed rape in the context of biodiesel production. His research interests include the biophysical modelling of agro-ecosystems, the environmental assessment of arable and energy crops, and the sustainability analysis of bioenergy chains.

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      Laurent GILBERT

      Laurent GILBERT is in charge of L’Oréal Sustainable Innovation program for R&I. After his thesis in organic chemistry, Laurent joined Rhône Poulenc where he worked in various fields, from the synthesis of key intermediates for new actives, to process development, and business development. In 2002, he joined L’Oréal as Director of the International Raw Materials Department. In 2011 he took the responsibility for the international development of Advanced Research. Currently, Laurent is leading the team in charge of Environmental Research and Sustainable Development.

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      Lénaïc GRIGNARD

      Lénaïc GRIGNARD is developing the agriculture and forestry offer at Delair, a leading company in professional drones for industry and aerial data. Lénaïc joined Delair in 2016, convinced that drone’s solution will bring considerable value to agriculture. She was previously leading the R&D department at GEOSYS, a world pioneer company in remote sensing for agriculture. Lénaïc is graduated from the agricultural engineering school, Montpellier SupAgro, specializing in ag-tech and innovation.

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      David JACKSON

      David JACKSON studied Economics at Cambridge University before working in the City of London as an analyst. He subsequently spent five years working on agricultural projects in southern Africa before joining LMC International, where he has worked extensively in many commodity sectors, including oilseeds, sugar and cereals, and their extension into biofuels. He is currently a Director of LMC International, and heads their Oilseeds and Oils and research team.

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      Jean François KLEINFINGER

      Jean François KLEINFINGER is Engineer from Ecole Centrale de Nantes in Mechanics and Automatics, PhD in robotics. Jean François founded NextAlim in 2013, gathering around the project a team of skilled engineers, researchers, prestigious investors, and industrial partners. NextAlim proposes a new valorization process transforming organic waste and side streams into fertilizers, proteins and fats, through a new domestic animal: the Black Soldier Fly.

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      Peter LOVETT

      Dr Peter LOVETT studied Biochemistry at Oxford University and Shea Genetics at Southampton University. Peter has worked in the African Shea sector for almost 25 years. Noteworthy successes include founding The Savannah Fruits Company & mentoring formation of The Global Shea Alliance. Currently, he continues to provide consultancy to The World Bank Group, Form International and LMC International.

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      Since 2009, Rob MCWILLIAM has worked for The Forest Trust (TFT) in Switzerland. He was part of the team that developed the High Carbon Stock (HCS) methodology in 2011. Rob has also been supporting TFT members such as Nestlé, Ferrero, and Mars as well as producers such as Golden Agri Resources and Wilmar, implement their responsible sourcing policies. Since 2016 Rob has led TFT’s partnership with Airbus to provide the Starling service, as well as leading TFT’s Landscape program with projects in Indonesia, Peru, and Brazil.

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      Marijn MEIJERS

      Marijn MEIJERS is an assistant professor in Environmental Communication at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) based at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Marijn studies the dynamics of pro-environmental behaviors by investigating what factors influence pro-environmental behaviors. Additionally, she studies how to stimulate pro-environmental behaviors by means of communication.

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      Juliette MODOLO

      Juliette MODOLO is an Innovation and Insights Manager at Mintel, providing support and collaboration on research briefs and presentations for FMCG clients located in Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa. After studying science, she graduated with a Master’s degree in Marketing and Business from Sorbonne Business School. She has worked on summits about sustainability and implemented a corporate digital strategy focused on sustainability.

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      Jaap PETRAEUS

      Jaap PETRAEUS is Manager Corporate Sustainability at FrieslandCampina. Jaap is responsible for the development and implementation of the corporate sustainability policy of one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the world. Together with the large dairy producers, processors and dairy customers he is the initiator of the international standard for sustainable dairy. Jaap is the deputy chairman of the SAI Dairy Working Group and he is chairman of the Dutch Dairy Energy and Environment Group.

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      Alexia PRADES

      Alexia PRADES is working at CIRAD as a researcher, being the focal point for coconut sector. Alexia holds a PhD in Food Science and Technology from the University of Montpellier, France. Between 2014 and 2016, Alexia has been given the opportunity to coordinate the International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT) on behalf of Biodiversity International. COGENT is a network of 39 countries coordinating research activities of national, regional and global significance, particularly in germplasm exploration, collecting, conservation and enhancement.

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      Andy RICHARDON

      Andy RICHARDON is head of marketing and corporate affairs at Volac, a leading dairy nutrition business. Having graduated in Agriculture at Seale Hayne in the late 1980s, Andy’s early career was spent in Unilever and BOCM PAULS advising dairy farmers in Oxfordshire and Somerset. Andy passionately believes in the contribution Agriculture, Food and Drink can make to the UK economy, healthy consumers and as custodians of natural capital. He believes in cutting through complexity and in the lasting impact which true and trusting collaboration can achieve.

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      Thomas SEMBRES

      Thomas SEMBRES works at the European Forest Institute (EFI) in the EU REDD Facility where he leads the work on agricultural supply chains and drivers of deforestation linked to international trade. Thomas is engaged in the development of “Transparency for Sustainable Economies” (Trase), a global initiative that brings unprecedented transparency to commodity supply chains revealing new pathways towards achieving a deforestation-free economy. Thomas is a graduate in environmental policy from Cambridge University.

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      Fabrice TURON

      Fabrice TURON has over 18 years’ experience in the oils & fats. He began his career with Danone group in the formulation department. Later at Bertin, Fabrice managed the lipid products portfolio development. As oil trait lead for Syngenta Seeds Company, he investigated various quality oil projects and he assembled a strategic output trait portfolio for oilseeds. Since 2010, Fabrice is leading the Research activities at FAT & Associés, a specialized consultancy for the lipids, oils and fats industry.

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      Mark WONG

      Mark WONG is the head of downstream sustainability for Sime Darby Plantation Berhad. In previous roles, Mark led the development of the Sime Darby Group’s annual sustainability reports, established targeted stakeholder engagement programs on sustainability issues, helped define sustainability strategy, and managed the Group’s climate change agenda. An Environmental Engineer by profession, Mark was previously an Associate Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Sustainability and Climate Change practice.


Thursday, April 4th 2019


8:30-9:30 Registration

9:30-9:40 Welcome & Congress Introduction


Session 1 – Sourcing & Production Sustainable Oils & Fats

How to operate an organic and sustainable oil palm plantation
Marcello Brito (AGROPALMA GROUP, Brazil)

Coconut at a crossroad: is the copra route sustainable?
Alexia Prades (CIRAD, France)

Whole refined Shea: A palm alternative

Agriculture, climate change and sustainability

Trase Platform: harnessing data for sustainable sourcing and investments


12:00-13:30 Lunch


Session 2 – Creating, Maintaining, Controlling Sustainable Supply Chain

Sustainability in the air
Lénaïc Grignard (DELAIR, France)

Accuracy for action: addressing deforestation in the palm oil supply chain
Rob McWilliam (THE FOREST TRUST, Switzerland)

Delivering on deforestation, peat, and exploitation free supply chains
Mark Wong (SIME DARBY BERHAD, Malaysia)

Deriving practical indicators to aid the cultivation of oil palm and improve its environmental performance
Benoit Gabrielle (AgroParisTech, France)


15:00-16:00 Networking Coffee Break



Session 3 – Economy & Business Reality

Next high price era for vegetable oils: the slowdown in palm oil supplies
David Jackson (LMC International, UK)

The impact of EU biofuel policy reform on vegetable oils market
Fabrice Turon (FAT & Associés, France)


20:00-22:30 Gala Dinner


Friday, April 5th 2019


Session 4 – Demand and Uses in Food and Non-Food Segments

Exploring the sustainability of our food systems

Accelerating sustainability in fats and oils: the power of collaboration and system thinking
Andy Richardson (VOLAC, UK)

Insect farms gear up to feed soaring global oil and meal demand
Jean François Kleinfinger (NextAlim, France)

Working on sustainability with our 20,000 dairy farmers
Jaap Petraeus (FRIESLAND CAMPINA, The Netherlands)

Sustainable sourcing of oils and derivatives at L’Oréal
Laurent Gilbert (L’OREAL, France)


10:30-11:00 Networking Coffee Break


PANEL OPINION:  What implication of the out-of-palm trend in the EU?


12:00-13:30 Lunch


Session 5 – Consumers’ Perception, Raising Awareness Among the Value Chain

The global picture of sustainability in B2C
Juliette Modolo (MINTEL, UK)

Insects as food: barriers and potential for consumption
Clara Cicatiello (UNIVERSITY OF TUSCIA, Italy)

Communication sustainability to Consumers
Marijn Meijers (UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands)

PANEL OPINION: Are Sustainable labels working?


16.00-16.15 Closing Remarks & Conclusions



The National Horticulture Society of France
84 Rue de Grenelle
Paris 7e, France

Founded in 1827, the National Horticulture Society of France (SNHF) is a well-known association which brings together the gardeners around common values such as the environment protection. Its headquarter, located in one of the most famous and luxury district of Paris downtown (The Eiffel Tower, the Hotel Matignon, the Orsay Museum …) is welcoming the 3rd Sustainable Oils & Fats International conference.