Speakers 2024

América Ramírez / Speaker
Head of Studies and Market Intelligence / Decofrut

She is Head of Studies and Market Intelligence at Decofrut and, since this year, President of the Table Grapes Group of IFPA.

She holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and has coordinated and managed projects at the Fruit Development Foundation and other private institutions.

Andro Vidal / Panelist
Commercial Manager / Exp. Subole

Commercial Manager at Exportadora Subsole

Andro Vidal Gallardo Agronomist Engineer from the University of Chile, has worked in different areas of the company for the last 20 years, and nowadays he is the Commercial Manager of the table grape programme at Exportadora Subsole S.A.

Chris Dubois / Speaker
Fresh Foods Team Lead / Circana

Executive Vice President, Perimeter Practice Leader

Chris DuBois is a widely respected sales and marketing leader who delivers breakthrough growth for clients and builds-high performance teams. A frequent presenter on industry-changing trends, his expertise is sought by executive leaders of retailers as well as food and packaged goods companies. He also partners with CPG industry trade associations and serves on several councils and boards.

For Circana, DuBois leads a portfolio of larger fresh-food clients and heads the company’s engagement with the Food Marketing Institute and other industry associations. He speaks regularly at industry events such as FMI Connect, FMI Midwinter, the NAMI/FMI Annual Meat Conference, IPPE, the National Chicken Marketing Summit, the Urner-Barry Global Protein Summit, and the Global Seafood Marketing Conference. DuBois is a frequently quoted expert in CPG industry and national media such as CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Progressive Grocer, National Provisioner, and Supermarket News.

Gabriel Noboa / Panelist
Commercial Manager / Agricola Don Ricardo

Commercial Manager, Agricola Don Ricardo

Country Manager, Food Engineer with a Master’s in Business Administration, with over 14 years of experience leading commercial teams in the agro-export sector. From 2022, has been part of Agricola Don Ricardo, leading the commercial area.

Demonstrates professional competence with a high level of commitment, high potential and analytical skills. Identifies and pursues solutions across functional areas, with a focus on achieving strategic objectives.

Gerd Burmester Bast / Panelist
Partner and Director / Vecs

Partner and Director – Vecs

Gerd holds an MBA from the University of Piura, and for 10 years he headed the commercial area of Ecosac, a leading Peruvian company in the fresh fruit business as well as in the canned, dried fruit and shrimp business, and before that he held senior executive positions at Avianca Taca, Supermercados Peruanos and Alicorp among others.

In August 2022 he joined Peru-based Inversiones Vecs as a partner and director of the company.

During his 26+ year career, he has developed expertise across the agribusiness value chain with extensive knowledge of the Peruvian fresh fruit industry, global markets and variety innovations that are of great value to the global network of customers and growers.

Vecs markets cherries, blueberries, apples, pears, avocados, grapes, citrus, plums, nectarines, kiwis and mangoes from Chile, Peru and Argentina, from more than 30 exporters and to different destinations such as USA, Canada, Portugal, Netherlands, Malta, Cyprus, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam.

Ignacio Caballero / Speaker
Executive Director of the Grape Committee / Comité de Uvas

Executive Director of the Grape Committee

Ignacio Caballero is the Marketing Director of Frutas de Chile A.G. and also the Executive Director of the Grape Committee of the same institution.

He is a Commercial Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, bilingual, with extensive experience in Marketing and Sales in multinational companies and trade associations for over 18 years, leading multidimensional teams. He is currently the leader of the marketing area of Frutas de Chile, defining the strategy, coordinating and implementing promotional campaigns for Chilean fruit around the world and also in Chile, where the Association has won important international awards for its marketing implementation in different markets.

Jerry Clode / Speaker
Founder / The Solution

Founder, The Solution

Jerry Clode is recognized as a leading expert in China’s consumer and digital culture. In a 20+ year career, he has helped iconic brands such as Disney, Budweiser, and Unilever establish footholds in China. Jerry is one of the few, if not the only Chinese language consumer interviewer of foreign origin, speaking to over 200 local consumers each year.

More recently, Jerry has created Chinese brand names and strategies for many leading nutrition brands, including Synlait, Rockit Apples, NZ Avocado, and the World Macadamia Organisation. His viewpoint is widely sought after by leading publications, including the SCMP, Washington Post, WARC, and Ad Age. He has also been a regular keynote speaker at Asiafruit Logistica.

Jerry has held senior roles in China, London, and Singapore. In London, he led WPP’s global Cultural Insight division, with a focus on brand strategy in emerging markets – China, Brazil, and India. He is the consecutive recipient of China’s Digital A-List award in both 2017 and 2018 and was recognized by the Business of Fashion as a global pioneering thinker in business, technology, and creative leadership.

John Pandol / Panelist
Director of Special Projects / Pandol Bros. Inc

Director of special projects for Pandol Brothers Inc.,
John observes the grape business from all points along the supply chain, the closer to the consumer the better.
As the “physical and digital presence” , John travels 120 days per year and comments frequently and freely in the press, online forums, industry conferences and government meetings.
John Pandol has 4 decades of experience in sourcing and sales of grapes.
John holds a BS in international business from the University of Southern California with additional studies at the Universidad Catolica de Chile.

Manuel Enrique Yzaga Dibos / Speaker
President / ProVid

President ProVid
He is CEO of Vanguard International Group and has been CEO, director and founder of several agricultural companies in Peru and Europe, such as Agro Pucalá and FruitOne Europe. He was also an advisor on agricultural issues for the financial sector in Peru. He started in agriculture in early 1992 participating in the evolution of the Peruvian agribusiness to date, his experience and performance covers the management of the entire agricultural chain, from market detection, material selection, to the cold and commercial chain, with human vision, sustainability and leadership in sustainable water management.

Manuel José Alcaino / Moderator
Founder / Decofrut

President of Decofrut

Manuel Alcaino is an Agronomist Engineer specialised in fruit growing. He is the founder and President of Decofrut, a service company for the fruit industry. The company has 15 offices in 3 continents and its main service is the reception of fruit and quality certification.
With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Alcaino has held senior management positions in both national and international companies. He has served as a director of the International Advisory Council of IFPA and an active member of its Council in Chile. Additionally, he has been a permanent collaborator of Chilean trade associations. He has also participated as a speaker at seminars and fruit congresses in Chile and abroad. Since 2017, he has been lecturing on “”International Marketing of Fresh Fruit”” at the Faculty of Agronomy of the University of Chile. Decofrut has the longest-established research department in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Southern Hemisphere develops studies and publishes reports on the movements and trends of fruit markets worldwide.
It is the main source of information and market analysis for the fruit export industry in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

Rafael Rodríguez Alonso / Panelist
President / Uvanova

President of UvaNova

Chilean, Agricultural Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Diploma in Project Development and Evaluation UAI.

He has held the roles of Technical and Production Manager in fresh fruit exporters (1988-2019) and Agricultural Manager (2003-2019).

He is currently working as an advisor to fruit producers, agro-input companies and investment funds.

Ricardo Koch / Panelist
General Manager / Exp. Rio Blanco

General Manager, Exportadora Rio Blanco

He served as Commercial Manager of Exportadora Rio Blanco Ltd for a decade. Subsequently, he relocated to the United States, where he held the position of General Manager of Safco of America, a receiving and marketing company, for three years. Upon his return, he resumed his role as Production Manager of Exportadora Rio Blanco for almost seven years.
Since 2014, he has held the position of General Manager of Rio Blanco Spa, which encompasses the exporter, the cooling facilities and the orchards (approximately 700 hectares).

Tim Dayka / Panelist
CEO/Founder / Dayka & Hackett

In 2005, Tim Dayka co-founded Dayka & Hackett LLC where he and his partners successfully built a fresh fruit company servicing a wide range of products and services to major US retailers and club stores as well as numerous international receivers in more than 20 different countries. In 2021, Dayka & Hackett sold a majority interest to private equity start-up Frutura LLC where Tim sits on that Company’s Board of Directors. Tim still serves as the CEO of Dayka & Hackett where he will remain through the end of this year. In early 2025 Tim will be stepping down as CEO while staying on with the company in significant role.

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