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Lorenzo Banchero (Banchero Costa)

Lorenzo Banchero owner and president of Banchero Costa finanziaria s.p.a. He started  in 1968 with partner Umberto Costa and  developped into the shipping service. In 1999 acquired Umberto Costa’s shares becoming in 2000 chairman of Banchero-Costa group. In 2011  appointed “Cavaliere del Lavoro” by the President of the Italian Republic (honour bestowed upon those who have developed important and high-value projects which have an influence on the economic, occupational and social development of Italian nation).

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Piermichele Bernardo (IBC)
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Piermichele Bernardo is CEO of IBC Lugano, he co-founded in June 2000. He gained experience in the  insurance industry and is active in the brokerage for 25 years. He has a large experience in many branches, with focus as regard as the non-life lines of business as team leader. He especially likes Credit Insurance and his aim is to deliver the most tailor-made solution matching with the expectations and the needs of its clients and prospects.


Michael Buisset (Holman Fenwick Willan)
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Michael Buisset has over 11 years experience in shipping and trade dispute resolution and was based in HFW’s Singapore office for about 7 years. Michael relocated to the Geneva office in January 2015 and has worked in London, Singapore and Geneva handling shipping and international trade matters as an English qualified solicitor. He is also qualified as a French Avocat. As a native French and German speaker, Michael practices in English, French and German. As part of his shipping practice, Michael advises shipowners, charterers and P&I Clubs on all aspects of dry shipping litigation and arbitration, including charterparties, bills of lading, ship sale and purchase, marine insurance (hull, cargo and P&I) and contracts of affreightment. As part of his commodities practice, Michael advises commodity traders, producers, financiers and insurers on all aspects of their business, including international sale of goods, commodity trading contracts for most soft and hard commodities, transportation and letters of credit issues. He has particular experience of disputes involving grain and fertiliser cargoes as well as oil, mineral ores and coal shipments. Michael has acted as solicitor on behalf of clients in arbitrations in numerous jurisdictions, including London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Paris. He has particular knowledge of arbitrations in LMAA, GAFTA, ICC, SIAC, SCMA and HKIAC.

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Nicola Capuzzo (Journalist at MF – Milano Finanza)

Nicola Capuzzo is a highly qualified journalist with broad experience in both online and printed media. He started working as a freelance reporter for Ship2Shore in 2006 and from 2009 has become shipping and logistics dedicated journalist for MF-Milano Finanza (Italian n.1 financial title) in charge for the weekly news section MF Shipping&Logistica. Graduated in Maritime and Port Economics at the University of Genoa, Nicola has also worked as freelance journalist for wide range of national and international publications since 2007 (such as Cargonews Asia, Lloyd’s List, TrasportoEuropa, Liguria Business Journal, Il Giornale della Logistica, Largo Consumo and some others).  From November 2014 he has been appointed contributor from Maritime CEO (Asia Shipping Media Group) covering Italy, Greece and Mediterranean market.  Specialties: Shipping, Ship-finance, banking, commodities, port economics, land transport, logistics.


Andrea Casadei (BilanciaRSI)
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Founder and Director of BilanciaRSI, Italian consultancy company concerned with training and research on CSR, sustainability and legality. Andrea cooperates with a number of Italian Universities, Public Administrations and private companies for the implementation of numerous projects on sustainable development and social responsibility. He is a founding member of EBEN Italia (European Business Ethics Network), a member of AIAF (Associazione Italiana Analisti Finanziari), and a member of Adaci – Associazione Italiana Acquisti e Supply Management. Andrea belongs to the Bocconi Alumni Association and teaches “Accountability ed Etica degli Affari” at the Master in Enterprise Law of the School of Public Administration Studies (SP.I.S.A.) at the University of Bologna.


Federica Cembali (BilanciaRSI)
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Consultant at BilanciaRSI. Federica graduated in International Science and Diplomatic Relations from the University of Bologna. Within BilanciaRSI, she carries out research activities focusing on national and international developments in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. She is in charge of the company’s communication and website.



Fabrizio Ferrini (Bloomberg)
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Fabrizio is currently an Application Specialist at Bloomberg where he is involved in structuring and pricing FX and Commodity derivatives on both the asset and liabilities sides, from vanilla instruments to complex and exotic solutions. He is advising and support the Bloomberg community with extensive coverage of Russia, Israel, Turkey, Spain, Switzerland and Italy market. Client base ranges from banks, corporates, HNWI, prop. desks, ALM department, Asset Managers and Treasuries. Since starting in Bloomberg, Fabrizio has logged more than 500,000 miles. Prior to this, Fabrizio worked at Commerzbank AG London in foreign exchange and precious metals sales. He also worked at Dresdner Bank London where he was in charge of distribution and marketing of Foreign Exchange Derivatives, Short Term Interest Rate Derivatives, FX Linked Structured Products and Precious Metals Derivatives to Southern European Banks and Financial Institutions. Between 2001 and 2005 he worked at Unicredit Milan as FX and IRS structuring and pricing sales specialist to asset managers and large corporates.

Maurizio Floris (Associazione Granaria di Milano)

Maurizio Floris, segretario dell’Associazione Granaria di Milano dal 2005. L’Associazione nasce nel gennaio del 1902 in diretta continuazione della tradizionale attività di commercio dei cereali e di altri prodotti per alimentazione umana e animale, oggi commodity, che si svolgeva dall’epoca medievale. La missione della Granaria è ancora oggi attuale:
– risolvere i problemi che si dovessero instaurare tra le diverse categorie di soci
– organizzare le riunioni di mercato apprestando gli opportuni servizi
– fissare con la partecipazione delle categorie interessate, le condizioni per la negoziazione delle merci anche mediante la formulazione di contratti tipo
– favorire la conciliazione delle controversie fra soci e fra non soci anche con il ricorso all’arbitrato irrituale
– far conoscere gli usi normativi e negoziali applicati nelle negoziazioni


 Francesco Foti (Diamond Laser Invest)

Born in Reggio Calabria on June 6, 1947, Francesco built his early professional experience in the marketing offices of multinational corporations across various Italian and European cities. In 1973, following a true passion, he dedicated himself to the world of luxury goods, through the creation and launch of a number of enterprises. A keen observer of social phenomena, client needs and technological innovation, he created in 1995 the revolutionary laser certification system for diamond, known as “Diamond Laser System,” which allows to identify in permanent fashion a unique gem, without compromising its aesthetics and structure. Among the world top experts in gems and in particular diamonds and pearls, Francesco has published numerous times, including his key work “The Lord of Pearls” and “The Lord of Diamonds.” He currently serves as Strategic Director in one of the most active companies in the world of diamonds, and has been the engine behind a relentless effort of promotion of the diamond in general and of its “DIAMOND LASER INVEST” product in particular.


Andrea Guarneri (Kommodities Partners)
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He assumed in March 1995 the management of the family farm (170 hectares). In the meanwhile he develops the activities of financial hedging of USA markets grains. Then spreads his knowledge on the trading of all major commodities and related indices. Since September 2006, he played the role of technical analyst and trader on non-ferrous metals on LME and Forex. He is teacher in technical analysis and financial instruments such as futures and options training courses. He has held  lectures on the financial markets at the Bocconi University of Milan. Andrea Guarneri is interviewed on a weekly basis from the financial channel CNBC Class. Currently he has been working as technical analyst and trader on commodities, forex and indices at Kommodities Partners SA.


Saida Litosh (Thomson Reuters)
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Saida Litosh is a Senior Precious Metals Analyst in the GFMS team at Thomson Reuters, focusing on investment and fabrication demand in Europe, and is the key analyst covering precious metals research in Russia. As well as the work that ties into the GFMS supply/demand analysis and price projections, she is responsible for guiding the economic scenarios and forecasts that govern the Thomson Reuters Commodities Research and Forecast matrices. Saida holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics

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Elide May Gravina (Borsa Italiana – Agrex)

Elide May Gravina  has joined Borsa Italiana in 2010 where she works in Business Development for Energy & Commodities markets. She is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with institutional investors, as well as collaborating to the development of new Commodities products. Prior to joining Borsa Italiana, Elide May worked as FFA (Forward Freight Agreement) broker from 2006. Elide May obtained a BSc Honours degree in Business Management from the University Roma Tre of Rome and an MSc degree in Energy, Trade and Finance from CASS Business School of London.



Stefano Messina (Gruppo Messina)

Stefano Messina born in Genoa, 46 years old, two sons, first born of Paolo, on his turn third born male of Ignazio, founder in 1921 of Gruppo Messina SpA; qualified at the high school and graduate in law at the Genoa University. After the military service answered at the Italian Coast Guard and a work experience abroad in the London office of a primary Italian bank, in 1994 entered into the family companies Group, in the shipping core-business and the liner international maritime transports, that show a annual turnover of about 330 mio Euro. His present charges are:
– Chairman and CEO of Gruppo Messina SpA,
– Vice President of Ignazio Messina & C. S.p.A.,
– C.E.O. of Finemme SpA, Holding Company of the Group,
– President of Four Jolly SpA (tanker business),
– President of Yarpa SpA (Private Equity Fund),
– Member of Executive Board of Confitarma (Italian Shipowners Association),
– Vice President of Confindustria Genoa
– Member of the Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping


Gianmarco Migliavacca (Moody’s)
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Gianmarco Migliavacca has joined Moody’s in February 2011 as a Vice President – Senior Analyst in the European Corporate Finance Group based in London. His portfolio includes chemical, metal & mining companies headquartered in the EMEA region. Prior to joining Moody’s, Gianmarco spent 8 years in leveraged and mezzanine finance at European investment banks and alternative investment funds, and before that he had worked for 4 years as an equity research analyst covering the chemical, automotive components and industrial equipment industries. He started his career as an industry analyst at the Economic Research Department of the Italian Chemical Industry Association. Gianmarco graduated with honour in Economics from the Bocconi University in Milan and holds a MSc in Finance degree from the London Business School.

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Nicola Passariello (Thomson Reuters)
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Nicola Passariello is a Sales Specialist- Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) EMEA at Thomson Reuters and an expert in Know Your Customer (KYC) & Due Diligence.  Through his international career Nicola has gained extensive industry experience having worked for different information providers such as S&P, as well as advisors like ISS and Glass Lewis. He also brings valuable regulatory experience after working with French Market Regulator AMF. Nicola holds an MBA from the prestigious French school, ESCP-EAP.

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Martin Pfiffner (IBC)
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Martin Pfiffner has joined IBC as Managing Partner and Head of International in 2014. Prior to that he has worked for more than 20 years for large multinational insurance brokers based in Switzerland and the Americas. He has spent all his life servicing multinational clients for their risk and insurance needs particularly with respect to export/import of (semi) finished or manufactured goods and the servicing and hospitality industry. He started his career as an insurance underwriter, claims adjuster and continued as reinsurer before he entered the International Division field. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London and an Associate in Risk Management Chapter New York. His field of expertise is Casualty, global insurance programs on all lines and w/w Network matters.

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Emanuele Piazza ( Comune di Genova)

Emanuele Piazza, nato a Genova il 20 maggio 1973, coniugato con tre figli e residente in città, laureato in giurisprudenza con indirizzo economico, ha svolto fino ad oggi attività professionale presso l’Acquedotto De Ferrari  Galliera e successivamente presso Iren Mercato spa e Olt Offshore Lng Toscana e ha ricoperto la carica di consigliere di amministrazione in società del gruppo Iren (Lng Medgas Terminal srl, Astea Energia Spa, Gesam Gas Spa).Ha fatto parte dell’assemblea del Fondo Pegaso e dal 2003 al 2008 è stato consigliere di amministrazione di Sviluppo Genova. Dal gennaio di quest’anno ha collaborato con il professor Filippo Taddei nel dipartimento economico nazionale del Pd.

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Ugo Salerno (RINA)

Graduated in marine and mechanocs engeneering, Ugo Salerno is Chairman of The Board and Chief Executive Officer of  RINA SpA since 2002.


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Alberto Scala (P.L. Ferrari)

Alberto graduated in Law from the University of Ferrara. He entered La Gru Srl (company specialized in P&insurance) with an internship at Skuld P&I Club in Oslo in 1980. From 2009, Alberto was CEO, partner and director of P&I broker BseaG. Alberto joined P.L Ferrari in January 2015.


Marco Segala (Cardinal Consulting)

Marco started his consulting activity in 1991, since 2000 he gained experience in the analysis and risk management in the currency market. In 2010 he founded Cardinal Consulting Srl,  company specializing in the analysis and risk management of foreign exchange markets and commodity.


Rinaldo Sorgenti (IUS Sitris)

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He started his professional career in 1978 with the Italy affiliate of the SGS Group (swiss multinational, world leader in the inspection, control and certification services of  almost all goods). In June 1990 he moved to the INSPECTORATE Plc Group – U.K. (equally involved in the inspection and control services) and appointed General Manager of the Italy affiliate. In November 2006 he established the company IUS SITRIS S.r.l., with head-office in Milan (always involved in the same professional field of activities), of which he is the Managing Director. Rinaldo Sorgenti is a Board Member of ASSOCARBONI (Italian Coal Association) since 1993 and then appointed Deputy Chairman. From 1998 he is a  Board Member of  S.S.C. (a Public Fuels Research & Experimental Station) and  Deputy Chairman for 10 years until May 2010 (when SSC has been transferred by Law to the CCIAA, Milan Chamber of Commerce). In the last 15 years Rinaldo Sorgenti is an active discussant at various Conferences and Seminars involving the Energy and Environmental sectors where he is trying to inform and motivate the Government and the Public opinion on the absolute need for the country to diversify and optimize the “Fuels Mix” to produce Power for the country. He is a critical analyst of the 1997 “Kyoto Protocol” and of the related Ue Directives, trying to demonstrate the active role and deep level of achievement Italy has always had (amongst the most advanced European countries) as far as CO2 emissions and industry efficiency.


Sarah Taylor (Holman Fenwick Willan)
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Sarah Taylor specialises in international commodity trade and shipping. She assists clients with negotiation and dispute resolution relating to both physical and derivative commodity transactions and marine transportation.


Pascal Timmerman (IBC)
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Pascal Timmerman (LL.M) has been with IBC since April 2010 where he manages cargo, charterer’s liability and other trade and credit risks insurance accounts for commodity traders, import/export manufacturers and financial institutions. He has a 20 years’ hands-on working experience in marine, trade and political risks insurance as well as international specialty insurance, whereof approx. 10 years based within in the London insurance market. He also has built up considerable international experience in commercial dispute resolution (trade, shipping and (re)insurance).


 Simon Tywuschik (Baringa)
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Simon Tywuschik is a senior commodity trading expert with more than 10 years of consulting and business experience. At Baringa, Simon is a regular advisor to commodity trading companies on commercial, regulatory and business transformation topics. His expertise includes the elaboration of business and market entry strategies particularly for energy commodities, regulatory reviews within the commodity trading sector, and execution of complex organizational and transformation projects including the interfaces to up- and downstream units. His expertise also includes commodity risk management, ETRM system analysis, and transfer pricing topics.

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Responsible for managing the International Development of the company across all different asset classes, including cash, derivatives, fixed income and FX, targeting both institutional and retail clients. With a 12-years consolidated expertise on cash equity and derivatives products, leading the business development with global Exchanges and MTFs. Reporting to the CEO, in charge of the analysis and the implementation of all strategic opportunities across the International business.

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Christopher Wyke (Schroders)
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He joined Schroder’s in 2000 and is Product Manager for Emerging Markets Debt, Commodity & Currency Funds. Investment career commenced in 1981 when he joined Rothschild Asset Management.  Christopher became Head of US Marketing in New York in 1984.  He then moved to Bankers Trust Management in 1988 as Head of Global Bonds.  In 1991 he joined Paribas Asset Management as Head of Marketing North America and then became Head of Marketing Australia in 1996. MA (Economics & Politics) from University of Edinburgh and Kennedy Fellow in Economics from Harvard University.