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Expert in Agri-Supply Chain Management, Cotton,sesame.tobacco,coffee

Expert ID: 727552 Uganda

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Expert has applied his supply chain management with special emphasis to cotton and sesame crops growing, buying in Uganda with two major international companies Olam Uganda and The Defunct Copcot East Africa Cotton Trading Company which operated under Expert Reinhart International a cotton merchant since 1788.

A client, an analyst at an investment management firm
discussed with Expert about issues regarding agricultural commodities supply chain management, in particular to understand the business model of Olam International, the market and the future dynamics that is going to affect this business.

Specific topics for conversation will include:

a)Competitive landscape in different segments (edible nuts, pulses, confectionary beverage ingredients, food staples and packaged foods)

b)Price trends in agricultural commodities and effects on gross contribution margins ( ross profit adjusted for transportation/ volume of agricultural commodities handled)

c)Future profitability and growth trends (fluctuations in profit margins and volume growth)

d)Evolution of working capital and its financing given the current situation in credit markets

e)Value added activities and their effect on gross contribution margins (vendor inventory management, risk management solutions, organic certificates etc.)
One of our clients, an analyst at an investment management firm spoke with Expert who is familiar with Supply Chain Management Services Companies. She wanted to better understand the industry dynamics, competitive landscape and key players. In addition, she wanted to have more detail on the following:
1. How does the business flow from suppliers to customers (buyers)?
2. How do they charge the customers exactly? Commission base?
3. How do they fit in the commodities trading industry? What's special?
4. What are the value added services they provide?
5. How do they manage the risk? To what extent do they take proprietary positions?

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2003 Degree: Bachelor of Commerce Subject: Finance Institution: Makerere University Kampala

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2008 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Consultancy Works Responsibilities: He is the founder and he is Managing the firm operations.
His major service is providing agri-commodity consultancy services for cotton, coffee, sesame, cocoa and related products.
Years: 2006 to 2008 Employer: Olam Uganda Title: Business Unit Head Department: Cotton and Sesame Responsibilities: Responsible for cotton and sesame/Simsim farmers mobilization and training using agronomical approaches to improve crop productivity and improve their income in Nebbi District, parts of Arua District and Congo. In charge of seed cotton procurement during the marketing season. Leadership role with issues relating to Unit staff being accountable for Smooth running of the Unit. Establishment and engagement of relationships with the farmers/suppliers and related stakeholders in line with the company interests and objectives. Monitoring the key competitors in the Region and undertaking preemptive Strategies and plans to achieve the seed cotton volumes targets. Liaising with the Region Audit Control and Expertise staff on matters of quality and procedure. Supervising the Unit staff including Training, coaching, mentoring and primary input to their performances. Overseeing finance and accounting functions of the Unit. He was responsible for maintaining Finance controls and accountability for all the funds. Coordinating and monitoring multiple and diverse work processes and activities ensuring that overall management decisions are properly implemented. Supervising Local Buying Agents in Nebbi, Arua and Congo.
Years: 2004 to 2006 Employer: Copcot East Africa Cotton Company Title: Cotton Buying Manager Department: Crop Buying Responsibilities: He was Monitoring the company daily cotton procurement/Marketing in Northern Western Uganda and midwestern Areas of Masindi and Hoima districts.-Coordinating Seed cotton Procurement in Geita, Mwanza, and parts of southern Kagera regions in Tanzania Branch. Stock Position reporting to Switzerland.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2005 to 2005 Country / Region: Tanzania Summary: He was incharge cotton season monitoring and coordinations in Tanzania.for copcot east african cotton company under Expert Reinhart international

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
ENGLISH He is Fluent, execellent in speaking, reading and writing English
KISWAHILI He can speak, read and write Kiswahili

Fields of Expertise

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