The 55th Council Session of the International Sugar Organization (ISO) Council Meetings and one-day Conference

Preliminary program

(subject to change)

Tuesday 16 July 2019


Sugar Industry Tour
Meet in Pullman Cairns International Hotel lobby.  Board coaches
Departs from Pullman Cairns International Hotel
Returns to Pullman Cairns International Hotel

6:30 – 8:30pm

Welcome Reception
Daintrees Pooldeck, Pullman Cairns International Hotel

Wednesday 17 July 2019

Conference Sessions
Grand Ballroom
Pullman Cairns International Hotel

9:00 – 9:10am

Introduction and Acknowledgement of Country

Cathy Kelly, Manager of Grower Services and External Relations, Queensland Sugar Limited
Conference Emcee

9:10 – 9:30am

Welcome & introductions

Nicola Hinder, Chair, ISC
Jose Orive
, Executive Director,  ISO


Cathy Kelly, Manager of Grower Services and External Relations, Queensland Sugar Limited

Session One:

Megatrends impacting on Agriculture – an introduction to the Conference on the big issues we face

9:30 – 9:50am

Steve Hatfield-Dodds, ABARES

9:50 –10:20am

Panel discussion and Q&A

Issara Twiltermsup, Executive Director, Khonburi Sugar, Thailand
Frikkie Botha,
  Executive Manager Strategic Initiatives, Sugar Research Australia

10:20 – 10:50am

Morning refreshment break

Session Two:

Trade Flows – Shifting patterns and outlook

10:50 – 11:10am

Tom McNeill, Managing Director, Green Pool Commodity Specialists

11:10 – 12:00pm

Session Moderator:
Charlie McKillop, ABC Far North Rural Reporter

Panel discussion & Q&A

Eduardo Leao De Sousa, Executive Director, Unica Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association
David Rynne, Director of Economics, Policy and Trade, Australian Sugar Milling Council
Nicola Hinder, Chair, ISC, and Minister-Counsellor, Brussels, Department of Agriculture & Water Resources (DAWR)
Greg Beashel, Managing Director & CEO, Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL)

Session Three:

Forging the future of the Australian sugar industry

12:00 – 12:15pm


12:15 – 12:30pm

David Pietsch, CEO, Australian Sugar Milling Council (ASMC)

12:30 – 1:00pm

Panel discussion & Q&A

Dr Jason Eglinton, Executive Manager, Variety Development & Processing, Sugar Research Australia (SRA)
Don Murday, Chairman, Australian Cane Farmers Association (ACFA)

1:00 – 02:30pm

Lunch break – Coco’s Restaurant, Pullman Cairns International Hotel

Session Four:

Social licence, food, health and nutrition

2:30 – 2:55pm

Jacob Robbins, Founder & CEO, Emeterra, Singapore

2:55 – 3:20pm

Katherine Teh, Managing Director, Futureye

3:20 – 3:35pm


Session Five:

Environmental and industry sustainability

3:35 – 3:50pm

Matt Kealley, Senior Manager, Environment and Sustainability, CANEGROWERS

3:50 – 4:05pm

Hywel Cook, General Manager, Business Development, MSF Sugar

4:05 – 4:20pm

Andrew Dougall, Strategy Lead, Sustainability Victoria

4:20 – 4:30pm


Sum up of the day and closing remarks

4:30 – 4:40pm

Jose Orive, Executive Director, ISO

4:40 – 4:50pm

Paul Schembri, Chairman – Australian Sugar Industry Alliance


Relax and prepare to leave for Gala Event
Meet in Pullman Cairns International Hotel lobby.
Board coaches – please be on time
Coaches leave for Gala Dinner – no delay possible

Thursday 18 July 2019

9.00am – 12.30pm

MECAS Meeting

Adoption of the Agenda

Market Situation and Outlook

Coffee Break (30 mins)

Survey of Domestic Prices for Sugar (MECAS(19)05)

An Overview of the Asian Sugar Trade (MECAS(19)06)

Survey of Cane and Beet Payment System (MECAS(19)08)

Verbal report on the 2019 Work Programme

Any other business

Pedro Arruda, Economist, ISO
Peter de Klerk, Senior Economist, ISO
Sergey Gudoshnikov, Senior Economist, ISO

For MECAS Agenda in FrenchRussianSpanish

ISO Lunch – all attendees welcome
Coco’s Restaurant
Pullman Cairns International Hotel

2:00 – 4.00pm

ISO Administrative Committee Meeting (ISO Members only)

Friday 19 July 2019

9.00 – 9.30am

Credentials Committee Meeting (ISO Members only)

9.30am – 1:00pm

ISO Council Meeting (ISO Members only)


ISO Farewell Lunch
Coco’s Restaurant
Pullman Cairns International Hotel