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Feed Milling Maximised: Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Ricardo Gomes Pereira

Ricardo studied as a veterinarian from the University of Fluminense in 1984,additionally studying Strategic management of Human resources at INSEAD(Fontainebleu, France), and FundaçãoDom Cabral (Nova Lima/MG, Brazil) in 2003. Hehas 32 years of experience in Agribusiness regarding animal health and nutrition,especially on poultry, swine, and aqua. He has contributed to Vaccines (for 14 years),pharmaceuticals (8 years), and nutritional additives (10 years).

Ricardo has experience as a head-hunter for 3 years (2007-2010) for companies on a big variety of industrial segments and has just concluded his journey at dsm-firmenich, where he headed precision services for LATAM–a business unit dedicated to purchase services on sustainability (Such as Sustell® and field diagnostic-Verax®).Hebelieves a good and constant audit service of any process is key to support customers’ prosperity and helps build value.Ricardo wishes to continue investigating the challenges of sustainability, production efficiency and real time data, by building differentiated business models to companies able to make it happen.

Gustavo Cajamarca

Gustavo Cajamarca is the Production Manager for Skretting, Ecuador.He has 29 years in the Skretting Group holding project, quality and production management positions.Gustavo Graduated in Food Technology and Commercial Engineering, and has specialised in cereals with a Diploma in Technological Innovation of polymers. He has experience in the selection of machinery and equipment, including the commissioning of plants, plant management, process optimisation, control and quality assurance, as well as the development of extruded products for human and animal consumption (shrimp, fish, pets). He also has knowledge of the pelletising of balanced aquaculture and poultry.


Romulo Resende

Romulo Resende is working for more than 4 years at CPM as Territory Manager–Feed & Industrial, based in São Paulo, Brazil.CPM provide outstanding equipment and targeted solutions for processing industries. Romulo has been involved in the front line of Animal Feed and Corn Ethanol projects but has also been supporting the aftermarket segment locally. He has more than 10 years of extensive experience in application engineering and sales of equipment. In this time, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge regarding pelleting and grinding processes and equipment. Romulo holds an ElectricalEngineering Degree from the University Cruzeiro do Sul in São Paulo, is 35 years old, married and has one daughter

Ed De Souza

Ed de Souza is theExtrusion Systems Process Director;Founder & Former President ofWenger do Brazil.He has been aMember of the Brazilian College of Animal Nutrition on thePet Food committee (CBNA) since 2011.He concluded his Master of Business Administration at Getulio Vargas Foundation–São Paulo, Brazil.Ed graduated from Fort Hays StateUniversity, Kansas in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Agriculture and joined WengerManufacturing. With 27 years of extrusion process experience, he serves Wenger Customers globally, assisting with process issues and providing both classroom and hands-on training regarding the latest in extrusion technology

José Martins

José Eduardo Martins is theApplication and Process Manager at Andritz, and he has spent8years with the company. José’s current focus is application in new projects, product specialist, process performance, and business development. He has experience in KAM development at JBS group.Currently, he is living in São José do Rio Par do, Brazil. José graduated in production engineering and electrical, with a graduate degree in production management. He has a total of 30 years of experience in Maintenance and Improvement ofProcesses in the Food and Animal Feed Industry.

Michael Cheng

Michael Cheng’s 25-year career in both academia and industry has made him globally recognised in pet food and aquafeed world. Equipped with a Master’s degree in Agricultural Machinery from Northeast Agricultural University and a Doctoral degree in Grain Science and Industry from Kansas State University, he started his career as a Research Scientist at Kansas State University Extrusion Center for five years before joining Extru-Tech, INC, where he served as the Director of Sales Asia.Over his 10-year tenure, he became not only an expert in extrusion techniques and their diverse applications, but also in international trade and global sales. At Buhler Group, Michael oversaw global business development in the pet and aqua industry, and he was instrumental in building relationships with large pet food and aquafeed manufacturers at the global theater. Currently serving as Global Solutions Director of Famsun-USA Design and Engineering, Michael Cheng continues to build strategic partnerships in the pet and aqua industry globally.

Arthur Vom Hofe

Arthur vom Hofe is working as Business Segment Manager for the Feed and Oilseed industries for the EMEA area at CPM Industrial Solutions, in Zaandam-the Netherlands for more than 32 years and has an extensive experience in all aspects concerning the grinding and pelleting process. Representing the company for pelleting and particle size reduction equipment he has been already involved in the frontline since the nineties. Building his experience with passion while being directly involved with the introduction of numerous innovative production processes to improve pellet quality, feed hygiene, and reduce energy consumption. Arthur vom Hofe can be found frequently as a speaker at short courses and conferences on subjects concerning pelleting and particle size reduction and hopes to share his passion for feed manufacturing technology with you, when informing you about energy consumption and saving opportunities in the feed grinding and pelleting processes.

Thomas Runde

Thomas Runde is CEO and Sales Director of Tietjen Verfahrenstechnik GmbH since 2013. He combines a background from machine manufacturing and environmental technologies with a hands-on and result-driven approach to business and leadership. Tietjen delivered more than 2,200 projects in particle size reduction technologies worldwide to nearly all countries of the world since 1959.Tietjen develop, design, and produce pulping systems for a wide variety of raw materials.They provide advice and project support for mechanical and plant engineering and have a speciality in Complex digestion systems.

Neal Cass

Neal Cassis the Sales Manager at Hydronix. After gaining his degree in ElectronicEngineering from the University of Southampton in England, Neal spent 10 years developing and commissioning control systems for a major international food process system manufacturer. In 2007 he started working for Hydronix as a Customer Service and Software DevelopmentEngineer before becoming Sales Manager in 2011.Hydronix is a leading manufacturer of digital microwave moisture measurement sensors.


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