Mr. H.E. Minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam, Education: PhD in agriculture, Member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Viet Nam (11th, 12th tenures), Deputy to the National Assembly (14th tenure), Member of the Party Central Committee, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Mr. Donald Pratt

Managing Director - McCormick Global Ingredients Ltd

Mr. Donald G. Pratt is the Managing Director for McCormick Global Ingredients Ltd. (MGIL), a wholly owned subsidiary of McCormick & Company, Inc. He has been with the company for 11 years and, along with his MD duties, he is responsible for the development and application of McCormick’s global Spice and Herb source strategy and its 2025 sustainable source goals delivery. Mr. Pratt's team does all the sourcing, origin development and relationship management for all the spices and herbs McCormick uses globally. He champions the McCormick Sustainable Sourcing program that facilitates the inclusion, development and integration of vetted and competitive diverse smallholder farming businesses into the McCormick Supply Chain.

Mr. Dirk Haucap

Managing Director - Fuchs Gewürze GmbH

Dirk Haucap, Managing Director Procurement and Board Member of the FUCHS Group, is working in the Spice Industry since 1990 and graduated in 1996 as an Economist VWA. During 1994 he began to work for FUCHS Germany as a purchase manager for raw-materials. In 2001 he has taken over the responsibility of Global Sourcing for the FUCHS Group international and in 2002 as a Managing Director. In 2007 he was appointed as board member of the FUCHS Group.

Dr. Martin Einig

Secretary General of ESA

ESA, a non-profit association representing the interests of its members in all matters pertaining to the processing, packing, quality assurance and food safety and/or marketing of herbs, spices and spice products (e.g. seasonings).

Ms. Laura Shumow

Executive Director - ASTA

Laura Shumow has been with the American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) since September, 2018. She works with the ASTA Board of Directors to set the strategic direction of the association and with the ASTA staff to ensure the goals are met. Prior to joining ASTA, Laura worked at the National Confectioners Association as the vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs. In this role, she also oversaw the Chocolate Council, a decision making body that handles issues specific to the cocoa and chocolate industry. She has a strong background in domestic and international regulatory issues, and a proven track record of success addressing challenges related to the supply chains of food ingredients sourced from developing countries. Laura received her master’s of health sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and bachelor’s degree in food science from the University of Wisconsin. She is an active member of several professional societies, including the Institute of Food Technologists, where she serves as chair of the Food Laws and Regulations Section.

Mr. Ravindranath Balakrishnan

Vice president – Olam Viet Nam Ltd.

B Ravindranath has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cochin India and a Masters in Business Management from OUBS UK. With a career spanning more than 30 years in the food business he has wide ranging experiences in Cashew, Tea, Coffee, Fruits and Spices. In his present assignment with Olam he heads the Operations in Vietnam and the Pepper Plantations in Central Vietnam. Olam is a leading agri-business operating from seed to shelf in 66 countries, supplying food and industrial raw materials to over 22,000 customers worldwide. We grow, source, process, manufacture, transport, trade and market 47 different agri-products.

Mr. Mike Liu

President China Spice Association, Chairman of BCFoods

BCFoods (www.bcfoods.com) is one of leading global food raw ingredient supplier with manufactures in China, distribution and custom blending in Chicago, and also warehouses in USA, Canada and Europe. Culinary Farms (www.culinaryfarms.com) is BCFoods' specialty foods company for tomato and chilies, manufacture in California, USA and sales worldwide.

Mr. Jasvinder Sethi

Director - NAMAGRO

Mr. Jasvinder Singh Sethi is the founder and CEO of a movement called NAMAGRO. Based in Vietnam his company focuses on capability building and sustainability of small and medium scale participants in the black pepper supply chain. Prior to being an entrepreneur, he worked as a senior manager in the realm of agricultural commodities for over 15 years with companies such as Olam and ITC. He has worked extensively in all major black pepper origins as a trader, purchaser and a plant head. NAMAGRO is movement that supports small and medium scale enterprises to move up the value chain, works with farmers on sustainability and helps sourcing of commodities by international corporations. We deal in specialty commodities such as Pepper, Cashew Nuts, Cinnamon, Coffee;etc.

Mr. Lam Ngoc Nham

Farmer - Bau May Cooperative

Over 20 years of discovering, taking care of and catching every breath of pepper tree Bau May, with the brave spirit of innovating how to take care of and anticipate new technologies, breakthrough bravery, promote creativity. The pepper in Bau May becomes a bright spot in Vietnam's agriculture. Bau May Agricultural - Trade - Tourism Cooperative has become one of the leading Cooperatives in Vietnam for pepper production, making a great contribution to the development of rural agriculture in Vietnam. With these outstanding achievements, Cooperative Agriculture - Trade - Tourism Cooperative has the honor to achieve noble certificates and titles

Mrs. Cris Sartori Guerreiro

CSG Trade Brazil


Mr. Var Roth San

Adviser - Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia


Dr. Heenkende Aruna Parakrama Heenkende

Director General - DEA

The Department of Export Agriculture (DEA) is the main government institution which comes under the purview of Ministry of Social Welfare and Primary Industries, is responsible for the Research and Development by means of productivity, production and quality improvements of a group of perennial, Export Agricultural crops (EAC) namely Cinnamon, Pepper, Cardamom, Clove, Nutmeg, Coffee, Cocoa, Vanilla, Betel, Citronella, Lemongrass, Arecanut and traditionally grown in Sri Lanka

Mr. Stanley Liew Joo Kong

Director General - Malaysian Pepper Board

Malaysian Pepper Board (MPB) is a federal statutory body under the Ministry Primary Industries of Malaysia, established on 1st January 2007 under the Malaysian Pepper Board Act 2006. MPB head office is located at Kuching, with nine branches in Sarawak and two regional offices in Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu. The Board is responsible for the development of the Malaysian Pepper Industry in areas of production, marketing and research.

Mr. Antonius Yudi Triantoro

Director APEC and International Trade Negotiation, Indonesian Ministry of Trade

Administers Small-scale Industry and Trade such as Food Small-Scale industry; Chemical Non Food Agriculture and Forestry Product Small-Scale industry; Machinery and Electronic Small-Scale industry; Clothing, Leather and Multifarious Small-Scale industry; Small-Scale Company Infrastructure Development; Supporting Small-Scale Company; etc.

Mr. M. Saravanan

Director of Plantation Division - Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, India

Plantation Division in the Department of Commerce deals with all matters related to international trade in tea, coffee, rubber and 52 notified spices. The Division also lays down and implements the statutory and policy framework for production, development, and marketing of the related commodities.

Dr. Tran Thanh Tung

Director of Southern Pesticide Control and Testing Center - MARD