June 13th 2019, 17:30-22:00

Venue: Tenuta Bally Von Teufenstein, via E.O. Bally 1, Vezia (Lugano)

A great occasion to meet in Switzerland commodity traders as well as representatives of banks, insurances, fiduciaries, shipping companies and other services providers. Speeches and discussion opportunities will focus on current hot topics, trends and business prospects.


17.30 Registration and welcome drink

18.00 Welcome speech. Thomas Patrick, President LCTA

18.10 Speech by the sponsor of the event. Alexander Galilov, Client Executive, Filhet-Allard Maritime

18.20 “Swiss Commodity Hub: Where are we?”. Ramon Esteve, President STSA

18.40 Presentation of the Swiss Federal Council Report “The Swiss commodities sector: current situation and outlook”. Nina Taillard (SECO), Frédéric Chenais (DFAE) and Julie Tomka (SIF)

19.15 Humanitarian project: hospital construction in India. Barbara Engeli, Aarambh Joyti Association

19.30 Networking Standing Dinner

22.00 End


Raised in an international and multilingual environment with strong links to the Lake Geneva Region where I completed my law degree, I have devoted the past 35 years to turning ECOM – a 160 year old family-owned commodity trading company – into one of the world’s leading softs commodity trading firms.

My experience is rooted in agricultural science and management and encompasses the various related aspects of commodity trading and supply chains, farmer development and commodity trade finance.

In each area, I have been active in developing corporate policies and best practices adapted to the agri/softs industry. I have developed particular expertise in product traceability, processing, certification and have worked closely with development banks and NGOs.

Besides my role with ECOM, I am active in a number of Boards, notably the SRIC Advisory Board and am the newly elected President of the STSA.

In addition, I am an elected member of the Paudex (Vaud) municipal council.

Other activities:

  • Member of the Board of Banque Heritage, Geneva
  • Vice-president Swiss-Latin American Chamber of Commerce, Zurich
  • Member Conseil Communal of Paudex
  • President of the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association


We are marine insurance independent brokers specialized in international trading operations.

Our focus is the World! The slogan « Serving International commodity trade » expresses the vision of FILHET-ALLARD MARITIME.

We provide our clients with an invaluable service to the international trade and shipping industry since 1895. The main goal of our highly trained, dedicated and experienced teams is to hedge our client’s risks inherent to their operations with first class underwriters.

The risks we handle, include Marine Cargo, Storage, Charterer’s liability / FDD, Cargo owners legal liability, Political and war risks, Trade disruption, Credit risks, Contract frustration, Hull and Machinery, Ship owner’s liability, P&I, Claims recoveries, defence and so forth.

We differentiate through:

  • A proper and performing dynamic client’s team always at your service,
  • Extensive operational authorities of first class insurance markets,
  • Our efficient organization in claims, underwriting and recoveries

Our head office is located in Bordeaux / France and we are present in Geneva as specialized branch. We also have a subsidiary in Ivory Coast and 3 rep offices in Mauritania Angola and Turkey We also have an important footprint in FSU countries as well as in Singapore and Dubai.

“You are marked to Markets, we are marked to Clients”

Registration: by invitation only

Sponsor of the event