Technological innovations in commodity trading and shipping industry

What is the future of commodities?

The commodity trading and shipping has started to move into the era of new technologies. In the past years, innovation has been growing rapidly: integrated trading system platforms, in depth big data analysis, block chains technology, compliance reporting, algorithmic trading, market price transparency, market modelisation and forecasting analysis.

New technologies are able to help forecasting weather for better crops or electricity consumption. Large amount of data are collected and need to be transformed for a better analysis. Companies want to have better control over their data in order to better manage their risks.

The shipping industry has becoming more and more competitive and data analytics can help freight trading decisions. Hedge funds bring more liquidity on the commodity market thanks to their complex algorithmic trading. Start-ups are building new tools to analyze large amount of data and consulting companies help trading firms in their technological transitions.

Today, performing IT systems have become indispensable for companies in order to remain competitive. Changes in government regulations are becoming more and more challenging for compliance and risk management reporting.

In the future, more decisions will rely on in-depth data analysis, electronic trading will be more used. We would like to present the current state of technological innovations in the commodity trading and shipping industry and to discuss the futures trends.

CTA, together with the participation of important players from the trading sector, opens the debate on this pertinent topic to address the challenges and opportunities facing the commodities industry in the future.



Ms Victoria ATTWOOD SCOTTGlobal Head of Compliance at Mercuria
Ms. Victoria Attwood Scott is the Global Head of Compliance at Mercuria Energy Trading SA.Previously, Victoria worked for Goldman Sachs in the UK where she was a Managing Director and Global Head of Commodities Compliance. Victoria joined Goldman Sachs in 2003, and had previously been a compliance officer at Investec and Barclays Capital. Victoria started her career with Barclays working on the London International Financial Futures and Option Exchange (LIFFE).
Mr Gérard DELSAD
Mr Gérard DELSADChief Information Officer and member of the Group Executive Committee and Compliance Committee at Vitol
As CIO of Vitol, Gérard is responsible for all aspects of IT, including: strategy, application, infrastructure, and market information, as well as streamlining processes. He joined Vitol in September 1996 from KPMG. One of his first main projects was the design and management of an integrated system (CTRM) to manage Vitol’s global trading business, a system which, in an evolved form, is still the backbone to support Vitol’s trading. Gérard holds a Master of Engineering graduate from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Télécom ParisTech), 1986. Previously, from 1986 to 1996, he worked for CERN (European Centre for Research in Nuclear Physics), Sopra Informatique and KPMG. His experience encompassed a range of projects and consulting engagements, from IT project design, management and business process re-engineering across various business areas.”
Mr Panos DIMITRACOPIOULOSChief Commercial Officer at Signal Maritime
Panos obtained his MEng degree in 2000 from Oxford University and joined Thenamaris in 2002. He has worked as an operator, freight and demurrage analyst and bunkers buyer before joining the chartering team in 2006, handling Aframaxes and MRs. In 2011 he joined the planning department and undertook the company-wide annual planning project. In parallel he contributed to the design of a new performance management system with a focus in commercial operations. In 2013, he was appointed as head of chartering department managing a team of 14 people handling 46 tankers, 12 dry bulk carriers and 3 container ships. Since April 2014, he is the Chief Commercial Officer in Signal Maritime, a ship management company with strong focus on data analytics.
Mr Olivier TISON
Mr Olivier TISONNatural Gas Analyst at Gunvor
Olivier Tison is the lead fundamental analyst and deal structurer at Gunvor’s European natural gas desk in Geneva. Prior to Gunvor Olivier worked at leading European utilities such as RWE and Engie and experienced the vast transformation of the energy sector in Europe. Olivier holds an MSc in Economics and BSc from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris.
Mr Jeremy WILLI
Mr Jeremy WILLIVegoil Trader at Cargill
Jeremy is a Global Vegetable Oils Trader at Cargill. He joined the company in 2009 as a trainee in the World Trading Unit before working as a macro analyst and then moving to trade a basket of agricultural commodities for financial customers. In 2011, he moved to Brazil working in the grains and oilseeds trading and origination business. Since 2014, he is back to Geneva trading vegetable oils with a focus on soybean oil, also handling a price risk management book for latam customers.


Mr John KEMP
Mr John KEMPSenior Market Analyst at Reuters London
John Kemp is a senior market analyst specializing in oil and energy at Reuters. John runs a small team of analysts covering everything from industrial metals to grains and Asian commodity markets. Before joining Reuters in 2008, he was an in-house analyst for Sempra Commodities, now part of JPMorgan and Mercuria. His career started at Oxford Analytica, a small consulting company specializing in economics and geopolitics, where he worked on international finance and trade issues. He holds a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University.


  • 6:00 – Registration
  • 6:30 – Moderator questions to the panel and debate
  • 7:45 – Floor questions to the panel and debate
  • 8:30 – Networking Cocktail & Workshop Presentations by Sponsors
    • Ernst & Young
    • Reuters
    • Genscape
  • 10:00 – End of Networking Cocktail


The conference will take place in the Forum Genève, Credit Suisse.


Forum Genève, Credit Suisse
Rue de Lausanne 11-19