Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New February 2015 dates announced for European debut of co-located Oilseed Congress Europe/MENA and Women in Agribusiness Summit

The co-located Oilseed Congress Europe/MENA and Women in Agribusiness Summit Europe will now be held in February 2015, deferred from the previous February 2014 dates, to ensure the highest quality content, programming and speaker line-up for which these events have come to be recognized.

These European debut events will take place in Barcelona, Spain, at the Hotel Arts in February 2015: the Oilseed Congress Europe/MENA on February 9-10 and the Women in Agribusiness Summit on February 11-12.  Attendees can take advantage of scheduling that allows for consecutive attendance at both events for a more in-depth examination of the ag sector.

Preliminary information on the Oilseed Congress, which is being launched in Europe by the producers of the Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit, the successful U.S. agricultural commodities event now entering its 9th year, is available at www.oilseedcongress.com.  Details on the Women in Agribusiness Summit, which received outstanding accolades for its U.S. events and is known for bringing women from across the value chain together for high-caliber business and career-enhancing discussions, can be found at www.womeninageurope.com.

“This new timing will enable us to delve even deeper into market research to make certain that we deliver the content, and convene the subject matter experts, that are of utmost relevance and importance to the European markets,” said Joy O’Shaughnessy, event director for HighQuest Partners, the conference host.  “These events promise a comprehensive look at the sector with the most pertinent industry content and speakers, and networking opportunities that expand business acumen, professional relationships and business possibilities.”


The inaugural Oilseed Congress Europe/MENA will address key opportunities and challenges facing the oilseed trade in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and provide networking opportunities for senior executives and industry players operating across the supply chain.  Key industry analysts, including Thomas Mielke, editor-in-chief of OIL WORLD, will discuss supply and demand trends in the oilseed sector and the opportunities and challenges for those operating in these markets.

The agenda for the event will address:   

•    Global overview of the oilseed market;
•    Overviews of major origins for oilseeds and consumptive markets for oilseeds and derivatives;
•    Identifying new sources of trade financing;
•    New developments in risk management strategies; and
•    Trends and developments regarding trading rules and arbitration.

The conference will use a format that encourages more interactive exchanges of information, not static presentations, in order to promote participation and open sharing of key knowledge between attendees.


The European Women in Agribusiness Summit will bring the same intimate atmosphere to the Barcelona event as the U.S. Summit, while also providing an interactive platform for women to discuss their unique experiences in the sector and hear from women leaders regarding industry trends and current topics.  The goal of the summit is twofold: to make the agriculture and food sectors career destinations for today's talented women, and to provide tools for women to become more informed leaders in the industry.

The Barcelona agenda has been designed to encourage dynamic participatory discussions concerning important topics such as Opportunities for Innovation in Agribusiness; Maintaining a Sustainable Supply Chain: Doing Business Across Borders; and The Future of GMO Crops

Additional breakout sessions will focus on ag policy, strategies and best practices, and innovations across the industry supply chain.  Executive roundtable discussions with today’s ag leaders will bring the pathways to leadership in ag closer to participants across the entire value chain. 

For sponsorship information on the oilseed event, contact Ann Parker at +1.978.887.8800, x113 or aparker@highquestpartners.com; for the Women in Agribusiness Summit, contact Belinda Harter at +1.978.887.8800, x130 or belinda@womeninag.com.  Receive a 10% discount on attendee registration for either conference using promo code: EUROPE-PR2.


HighQuest Partners is a globally-recognized strategic advisory and consulting, events and media company serving the food, agriculture, agribusiness, feed, and biofuels sectors. Its team of advisors has worked with more than 100 clients across the agricultural value chain, while its Global AgInvesting Research & Insight online platform provides critical education and information to hundreds of investors to make qualified, decisive investment decisions.

For over 25 years, Soyatech, the company’s publishing subsidiary, has been the leading source of information on soy and oilseeds for the industry with its Soya & Oilseed Bluebook and business-to-business e-newsletter and website resources.

The company also hosts world-renowned conferences that include the GlobalAgInvesting series, the Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit, and the Women in Agribusiness Summit.


Michelle Pelletier Marshall
PR/Media Manager
978.887.8800, x117

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