ESG in the Fertilizer Industry

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As the role of ESG is growing for stakeholders and investors across the entire mining sector, sustainability commitments supported by proactive stakeholder engagement and strong ESG disclosures are becoming critical for industry collaboration and knowledge exchange. With nutrients being a vital element of food security architecture, the importance of sustainable practices across the entire supply chain are recognised as crucial for sustainable development of the global food sector. This panel brings together experts from different backgrounds to discuss how to make the collaboration for sustainability more efficient, and how to overcome the challenges of the global sustainability agenda, such as the ones established by the UN SDGs.


Mark Garraway, Managing Partner, Instinctif

Mark is strategic business communications consultant with over 30 years' experience advising clients across a wide range of sectors and geographies on capital markets, corporate reputation and public policy issues. As part of its international expansion, Mark established his firm's presence in South Africa, opening an office in Johannesburg, and has worked extensively across much of the wider sub-Saharan African region with clients in the energy, natural resources, infrastructure, FMCG and business services sectors.


Andy Hemphill, Senior Markets Editor, Independent Commodity Intelligence Services (ICIS)

Andy Hemphill is Senior Markets Editor for sulphuric acid and potash at London-headquartered Independent Commodity Intelligence Services (ICIS). Before joining ICIS, Andy worked as a public relations consultant for several arms of the Michelin Group, among other organisations.

He started his career in editorial in local news, before moving into business-to-business journalism.

He has also worked in the aviation industry, as part of editorial for Flight International and Airline Business magazines.

Andy has a BA in Journalism from the University of Central Lancashire, and grew up in a village north of Birmingham.

Ibrahim Sagna, Global Head & Director of the Advisory & Capital Markets, Afreximbank

Afreximbank is an investment grade rated Pan-African DFI with over US$ 15 Billion of assets.

It is Africa’s leading force in Intra-African Trade and Export Development. The Bank’s mandate is anchored in Trade Finance and its scope of interventions covers direct lending, structured risk bearing, direct equity and a broad based investment banking services.

Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Sagna headed the Financial Advisory Services of the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC). He is a seasoned executive with the privilege of more than two decades' track record in over in global finance. His international career includes North American experiences with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Emerging Capital Partners (ECP), and European experiences with Millennium Global and Blackthorn Capital. He recently served as a board director to the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) of Rwanda and as member of the President of Senegal’s Council of Investments.

Mr. Sagna holds a Bachelor degree and a Master of Finance from Boston College and has been sponsored to management programs both at Harvard Business School and London Business School.

Niels Wage, CEO, Danakali

Niels Wage is CEO of Danakali, a fertilizer company developing Colluli, the exceptional SOP resource in Eritrea. A recognised potash professional, Niels previously held senior management roles at BHP and was responsible for marketing, sales and supply chain for the Jansen Potash Project. In leading the transformation of Colluli into a producing world-class SOP asset, Niels’s focus is on sustainable development and strong stakeholder relationships, in making this multigenerational investment of the Colluli Project accessible. Niels holds a Master’s Degree in Business Economics (MSc) from University of Amsterdam, INSEAD International Directors Programme Certificate in Corporate Governance (IDP-C).