TabExpo

TabExpo

08 May - 09 May 2025
Geneva Switzerland


TabExpo was back with a bang in 2023 and we can't wait to land in beautiful Geneva in 2025, the home of some of the world's largest cigarette companies.

WVS - Meet the Buyer UK

WVS - Meet the Buyer UK

08 May 2024
East Side Rooms, Birmingham, UK


A unique opportunity for UK brands, retailers, and distributors to meet at an intimate networking event.

WVS - Meet the Buyer Asia

WVS - Meet the Buyer Asia

05 February 2024
Sofitel, Manila, Philippines


A unique opportunity for brands, retailers, and distributors in the Philippines to meet at an intimate networking event.

WVS - Meet the Buyer Europe

WVS - Meet the Buyer Europe

16 April 2024
The Westin, Warsaw, Poland


A unique opportunity for brands, retailers, and distributors in Poland to meet at an intimate networking event.

Wednesday 15th May 2024

Time Session title
Main Auditorium
09:30
|
09:35

Welcome from the organisers

Main Auditorium
09:35
|
09:45

Welcome to Zimbabwe

Speaker

Patrick Devenish

Chairman

Tobacco Industry Marketing Board (TIMB)

Mr Patrick Devenish is a seasoned executive; he has run three public

listed companies in Zimbabwe and has risen to leadership roles in every

organization he has been involved in. He is currently active as Chairman

of First Capital Bank and the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board as

well as running his solar energy business and managing his property

portfolio. His key interests are strategy and corporate governance and

helping young people get ahead in life.

Tobacco Industry Marketing Board (TIMB)

Main Auditorium
09:45
|
10:00

Opening keynote address: Zimbabwe's Tobacco Sector Transformation for Vision 2030

Speaker

Hon. Dr. Anxious J. Masuka

Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water & Rural Development

Main Auditorium
10:00
|
10:05

Welcome from the conference chair

Speaker

Dr Frank Magama

Chief Executive Officer

Tobacco Research Board t/a Kutsaga

Dr. Frank Magama is a seasoned tobacco scientist with 18 years of

experience at the Tobacco Research Board. Before this appointment, he

was the Head of the Plant Breeding Division, chiefly responsible for the

development and commercialization of elite tobacco cultivars for

Zimbabwe, the SADC region and beyond. He also provided consultancy and

advisory services to tobacco-producing countries and companies.

Dr. Magama graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a BSc (Hons)

in Agriculture (Crop Science), an MSc in Plant Sciences and

Biotechnology from the University of Leeds (England), and a PhD in Plant

Molecular Genetics from the University of Dundee (Scotland). He also

holds business qualifications; an MBA from NUST (Zim), an Executive

Diploma in Business Leadership from the Zimbabwe Institute of Management

and a Certificate of Competency in Project Management from the Project

Management Institute of Zimbabwe. He is the current President of the

Zimbabwe Plant Breeders Association.

Tobacco Research Board t/a Kutsaga

Main Auditorium
10:05
|
10:20

Keynote: Leaf tobacco - a global perspective

Speaker

Mercedes Vázquez

Chief Executive Officer

International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA)

Since joining the International Tobacco Growers' Association (ITGA) in 2010, Spanish- born Mercedes Vázquez, accumulated a rather prominent profile in the tobacco sector thanks to her work travels to all corners of the world closely liaising with local growers and their institutions. This has made it possible for her to get close to the specific concerns and challenges growers are facing, as well as the common ones. In this process, Mercedes has reunited a vast knowledge of the sector as she has been part of the many and different activities developed by ITGA. Besides, Mercedes has also participated in International events all through these ten years. Before joining ITGA, Mercedes was a teacher and worked also in the leisure and tourism business. She is graduated in translation and interpretation, but her focus in the last ten years have been in the area of communication.

International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA)

Main Auditorium
10:20
|
10:35

Global outlook – FCV and burley tobacco (pre-recorded presentation)

Speaker

Ivan Genov

Manager of Tobacco Industry Analysis

International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA)

Ivan Genov is experienced in producing in-depth briefings and analysis on the global tobacco industry. He is in charge of content creation at ITGA, including the popular Tobacco Monitor and Tobacco Courier publications. Ivan is also a contributor to the business and mainstream media on tobacco-related topics, including Bloomberg, Tobacco Reporter and Tobacco Journal International.

Ivan has worked within the EU institutions in Brussels and as a senior tobacco analyst at Euromonitor International in London. He holds a bachelor's degree in International Business and Management from Aston University in the UK and a master's degree in Strategic Management from Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands.

International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA)

Main Auditorium
10:35
|
11:00

Networking coffee break

Main Auditorium
11:00
|
11:15

The cost of production: challenges and opportunities for the sustainability of Zimbabwean tobacco

Speaker

Mayiwepi Jiti

Founder and President

Zimbabwe Integrated Commercial Farmers Union (ZICFU)

  • Maie Jiti, the founder and incumbent president of the Zimbabwe Integrated
  • Commercial Farmers Union (ZICFU) and a commercial farmer.
  • She is one of the biggest tobacco producers and other crops. In 1999 she resigned from her teaching job to take on full time farming
  • The Vice Chairperson of the Marondera Show Society and a member of the Harare Agricultural Show Society.
  • In 2006, she penetrated in the United Kingdom market and exported tonnes and tonnes of horticulture products
  • In 2007 she won an international gold award for the best quality producer
  • of fruits and vegetables, that was presented in France and several local show awards.
  • A member of the International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA)
  • 2023 she participated on the SADC
  • She participated in 2024 SADC Capacity building of small scale farmers
  • on compliance with sanitary and Phytosanitary measures focusing on food safety held in Mozambique.

Zimbabwe Integrated Commercial Farmers Union (ZICFU)

Main Auditorium
11:15
|
11:30

The contracting model in Zimbabwe: challenges and opportunities for Zimbabwean tobacco

How tobacco is financed from merchant/contractor role seed to sale

The cost of production

Speaker

Rob Holmes

Executive Officer

Tobacco Leaf Exporters Association of Zimbabwe (TLEAZ)

Rob is a Chartered Accountant whose career included merchant banking, manufacturing, transport & logistics, tourism, property, development, agriculture & fuel trading. He has worked in or had business dealings with many countries in Southern & East Africa. The latter part of his working life was in the tobacco industry in the FD role of major tobacco merchants in Tanzania and Zimbabwe. On retirement from the industry, he was asked to develop the Tobacco Leaf Exporters Association of Zimbabwe in 2021 which he does on a part time basis – with the goal of making TLEAZ a world recognised brand for quality, competitive and sustainably produced tobacco for its members.

He is also a Financial Consultant and a trained Executive Coach and qualified Commercial & Workplace Mediator – always having had a strong interest in self-development of his employees and colleagues.

Tobacco Leaf Exporters Association of Zimbabwe (TLEAZ)

Main Auditorium
11:30
|
11:45

The situation for tobacco farmers in Malawi

Speaker

Nixon Lita

CEO

TAMA Farmers Trust

Joined TAMA in 2006 as Operations Manager and rising since then 2000 – 2007 worked as Credit Officer with state run Malawi Rural Finance Company Present Employer TAMA Farmers Trust - a tobacco farmers organization established in 1929 to represent and promote members interests in tobacco farming. TAMA is governed by a team farmer representatives who are elected by fellow farmers every four years. Secretariet is employed by the farmers and reports to a board elected from within a national council of farmers.

TAMA Farmers Trust

Main Auditorium
11:45
|
12:00

The situation in Zambia

Speaker

Phonto Mumbi

Tobacco Association of Zambia (TAZ)

Tobacco Association of Zambia (TAZ)

Main Auditorium
12:00
|
12:15

Q&A with speakers

Speaker

Mayiwepi Jiti

Founder and President

Zimbabwe Integrated Commercial Farmers Union (ZICFU)

  • Maie Jiti, the founder and incumbent president of the Zimbabwe Integrated
  • Commercial Farmers Union (ZICFU) and a commercial farmer.
  • She is one of the biggest tobacco producers and other crops. In 1999 she resigned from her teaching job to take on full time farming
  • The Vice Chairperson of the Marondera Show Society and a member of the Harare Agricultural Show Society.
  • In 2006, she penetrated in the United Kingdom market and exported tonnes and tonnes of horticulture products
  • In 2007 she won an international gold award for the best quality producer
  • of fruits and vegetables, that was presented in France and several local show awards.
  • A member of the International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA)
  • 2023 she participated on the SADC
  • She participated in 2024 SADC Capacity building of small scale farmers
  • on compliance with sanitary and Phytosanitary measures focusing on food safety held in Mozambique.

Zimbabwe Integrated Commercial Farmers Union (ZICFU)

Speaker

Rob Holmes

Executive Officer

Tobacco Leaf Exporters Association of Zimbabwe (TLEAZ)

Rob is a Chartered Accountant whose career included merchant banking, manufacturing, transport & logistics, tourism, property, development, agriculture & fuel trading. He has worked in or had business dealings with many countries in Southern & East Africa. The latter part of his working life was in the tobacco industry in the FD role of major tobacco merchants in Tanzania and Zimbabwe. On retirement from the industry, he was asked to develop the Tobacco Leaf Exporters Association of Zimbabwe in 2021 which he does on a part time basis – with the goal of making TLEAZ a world recognised brand for quality, competitive and sustainably produced tobacco for its members.

He is also a Financial Consultant and a trained Executive Coach and qualified Commercial & Workplace Mediator – always having had a strong interest in self-development of his employees and colleagues.

Tobacco Leaf Exporters Association of Zimbabwe (TLEAZ)

Speaker

Nixon Lita

CEO

TAMA Farmers Trust

Joined TAMA in 2006 as Operations Manager and rising since then 2000 – 2007 worked as Credit Officer with state run Malawi Rural Finance Company Present Employer TAMA Farmers Trust - a tobacco farmers organization established in 1929 to represent and promote members interests in tobacco farming. TAMA is governed by a team farmer representatives who are elected by fellow farmers every four years. Secretariet is employed by the farmers and reports to a board elected from within a national council of farmers.

TAMA Farmers Trust

Speaker

Phonto Mumbi

Tobacco Association of Zambia (TAZ)

Tobacco Association of Zambia (TAZ)

Main Auditorium
12:15
|
13:15

Lunch and networking

Main Auditorium
13:15
|
13:30

Prospects of the leaf tobacco sector in Africa - Past, Present, and Future

Speaker

Phineas Mukomberanwa

Founder

The Farmer Talk Club

Phineas Mukomberanwa is the Founder of The Farmer Talk Club, incorporating Tobacco Farmer Talk (TFT) and TFT Climate Change and Sustainability. His deep understanding of the tobacco industry, from production to marketing, makes him a sought-after speaker at industry events, particularly on how best to embed sustainable practices in tobacco production. He holds an EMBA from MSU and is a Harvard Business School-trained Financial Inclusion Specialist.

The Farmer Talk Club

Main Auditorium
13:30
|
14:15

Panel: Market expectations regarding tobacco leaf

This panel of industry leaders will discuss the current and future requirements for leaf tobacco for traditional and new products – what are the new opportunities for African tobacco?

Speaker

Koen Monkau

Founder and Chairman

Cavendish Lloyd Group

It has always been my dream to run a family business. However not coming from a business family I had to start my own. The people working in Cavendish Lloyd are like family to me and some of them actually are! As in any family there are arguments sometimes but overall there is a sense of belonging.

However the essential ingredient of both family and business alike is trust. Not any contract stipulating every possible aspect of a transaction can override the fact that all business revolves around trust. In order to gain and maintain that trust with our customers we work as a team sharing the same values.

From being traditional tobacco traders we moved successfully into other segments of the industry; we are innovative in our cigarette marketing and we offer anything you see in a box of cigarettes. Our in house team has a full understanding and control of the whole supply chain and is based in various locations around the globe. Please check our website for a location near you. We welcome you to our world, welcome to Cavendish Lloyd!

Cavendish Lloyd Group

Speaker

Dickson Ndanga

Operation Director

G4 AGRO LIMITED

G4 AGRO LIMITED

Speaker

Nixon Lita

CEO

TAMA Farmers Trust

Joined TAMA in 2006 as Operations Manager and rising since then 2000 – 2007 worked as Credit Officer with state run Malawi Rural Finance Company Present Employer TAMA Farmers Trust - a tobacco farmers organization established in 1929 to represent and promote members interests in tobacco farming. TAMA is governed by a team farmer representatives who are elected by fellow farmers every four years. Secretariet is employed by the farmers and reports to a board elected from within a national council of farmers.

TAMA Farmers Trust

Main Auditorium
14:15
|
14:30

Sustainable livelihoods: Lessons from initiatives for empowering smallholders in the tobacco sector in Africa

This session will explore and discuss effective strategies for improving the livelihoods of smallholders engaged in the tobacco sector. Drawing on real-world projects and initiatives implemented by ECLT since 2003, the presentation will provide tangible takeaways for the audience to implement in their own contexts. The focus will be on promoting sustainability, diversification, and community development to ensure a more resilient and prosperous future for smallholder farmers. Key points to cover include:

· Synthesis of findings from independent ECLT baseline studies on root causes of child labour in tobacco growing in Africa

· Overview of initiatives to improve smallholder livelihoods, and impact of such initiatives on child labour in tobacco

· Critical success factors: what works and doesn't work, and why.

· The challenge of sustainability: key lessons from ECLT social return on investment (SROI) and tracer studies

Speaker

Innocent Mugwagwa

Executive Director

ECLT Foundation

Innocent earned his PhD from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, focusing on the drivers and effects of smallholder participation in modern agrifood chains. Innocent has over 15 years of development experience, the last 10 years of which were dedicated to working as the Finance Director for Save the Children Norway and Zimbabwe. Innocent joined the ECLT Foundation in September 2010 as Senior Programme Manager and, since October 2022, he holds the position of Executive Director

ECLT Foundation

Main Auditorium
14:30
|
14:45

Sustainable livelihoods: uplifting rural communities through tobacco production

Speaker

Alistair Mackenzie

CEO

Maguires

Maguires

Main Auditorium
14:45
|
15:00

Afforestation and Forestry Projects

Speaker

Andrew Mills

Sustainable Afforestation Association

Sustainable Afforestation Association

Main Auditorium
15:00
|
15:15

The role of research in enhancing tobacco sustainability

Speaker

Dr Susan Dimbi

Executive Director - Research, Development & Extension

Tobacco Research Board t/a Kutsaga

Tobacco Research Board t/a Kutsaga

Main Auditorium
15:15
|
15:30

Trends and focus on tobacco agronomic research

Speaker

Jacob B. Lisuma (PhD)

Research Director

Tobacco Research Institute of Tanzania (TORITA)

Tobacco Research Institute of Tanzania (TORITA)

Main Auditorium
15:30
|
15:45

Q&A with speakers

Speaker

Innocent Mugwagwa

Executive Director

ECLT Foundation

Innocent earned his PhD from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, focusing on the drivers and effects of smallholder participation in modern agrifood chains. Innocent has over 15 years of development experience, the last 10 years of which were dedicated to working as the Finance Director for Save the Children Norway and Zimbabwe. Innocent joined the ECLT Foundation in September 2010 as Senior Programme Manager and, since October 2022, he holds the position of Executive Director

ECLT Foundation

Speaker

Alistair Mackenzie

CEO

Maguires

Maguires

Speaker

Andrew Mills

Sustainable Afforestation Association

Sustainable Afforestation Association

Speaker

Dr Susan Dimbi

Executive Director - Research, Development & Extension

Tobacco Research Board t/a Kutsaga

Tobacco Research Board t/a Kutsaga

Speaker

Jacob B. Lisuma (PhD)

Research Director

Tobacco Research Institute of Tanzania (TORITA)

Tobacco Research Institute of Tanzania (TORITA)

Main Auditorium
15:45
|
16:15

Networking coffee break

Main Auditorium
16:15
|
16:30

Sustainability of tobacco production in Zimbabwe

Speaker

Glen Young

CEO

Northern Tobacco

Northern Tobacco

Main Auditorium
16:30
|
17:15

Panel discussion: Sustainability and ESG in African leaf tobacco

Issues to be discussed around minimising the environmental and social impacts of tobacco include governance….

Meeting strict environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria

Agricultural practices

Labour conditions

Environmental impacts

Speaker

Phineas Mukomberanwa

Founder

The Farmer Talk Club

Phineas Mukomberanwa is the Founder of The Farmer Talk Club, incorporating Tobacco Farmer Talk (TFT) and TFT Climate Change and Sustainability. His deep understanding of the tobacco industry, from production to marketing, makes him a sought-after speaker at industry events, particularly on how best to embed sustainable practices in tobacco production. He holds an EMBA from MSU and is a Harvard Business School-trained Financial Inclusion Specialist.

The Farmer Talk Club

Speaker

Innocent Mugwagwa

Executive Director

ECLT Foundation

Innocent earned his PhD from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, focusing on the drivers and effects of smallholder participation in modern agrifood chains. Innocent has over 15 years of development experience, the last 10 years of which were dedicated to working as the Finance Director for Save the Children Norway and Zimbabwe. Innocent joined the ECLT Foundation in September 2010 as Senior Programme Manager and, since October 2022, he holds the position of Executive Director

ECLT Foundation

Speaker

Moses Chiswa

Sustainability & Agronomy Officer

Tobacco Leaf Exporters Association of Zimbabwe (TLEAZ)

Moses Chiswa is a Sustainability & Agronomy Officer at the Tobacco Leaf Exporters Association of Zimbabwe (TLEAZ), with 12 years of experience in the agricultural industry. He has played a pivotal role in aiding the tobacco industry in the development, monitoring, and reporting of sustainability standards within the industry's value chain. Specializing in Human and Labour Rights as well as Agricultural Labour Practices (ALP), Moses leverages his expertise to address industry-prioritized issues such as grower livelihoods, climate change and its impacts, workers' rights, child labor, and the establishment of grievance mechanisms, among other sustainability challenges. Moses is also a member of the National Steering Committee for Child Labour in Zimbabwe and has global-level experience within the tobacco industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management, a Certificate in Labour Law, Conciliation and Arbitration, a Certificate in Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Management, and a Certificate in Human Rights Due Diligence.

Tobacco Leaf Exporters Association of Zimbabwe (TLEAZ)

Speaker

Sheilla Bauren

Sustainability Office

TIMB Zimbabwe

With over a decade of experience in the agricultural sector, particularly in the realm of the tobacco industry, Sheilla Bauren has been a driving force in promoting sustainable practices and ethical standards in Zimbabwe's tobacco sector. Her efforts have been instrumental in pioneering the Sustainability Unit within the Zimbabwe Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB), contributing significantly to the development of the Agricultural Labour Practices (ALP) code specific to the tobacco sector of Zimbabwe. This comprehensive code aims to uphold labour standards, ensuring the inclusion of ethical labour practices throughout the supply chain. She has made substantial contributions to the drafting of the Child Labour Statutory Instrument aimed at mitigating the issue of child labour within the tobacco industry.

Sheilla has gained comprehensive insights into the various facets of the tobacco industry, enabling her to make informed and impactful decisions in fostering environmentally sound, socially responsible, and economically viable practices within the tobacco industry. Overally, Sheilla embodies the spirit and commitment to sustainability, and her contributions continue to be invaluable in shaping the ethical landscape of Zimbabwe's agricultural and tobacco sector.

TIMB Zimbabwe

Speaker

Mayiwepi Jiti

Founder and President

Zimbabwe Integrated Commercial Farmers Union (ZICFU)

  • Maie Jiti, the founder and incumbent president of the Zimbabwe Integrated
  • Commercial Farmers Union (ZICFU) and a commercial farmer.
  • She is one of the biggest tobacco producers and other crops. In 1999 she resigned from her teaching job to take on full time farming
  • The Vice Chairperson of the Marondera Show Society and a member of the Harare Agricultural Show Society.
  • In 2006, she penetrated in the United Kingdom market and exported tonnes and tonnes of horticulture products
  • In 2007 she won an international gold award for the best quality producer
  • of fruits and vegetables, that was presented in France and several local show awards.
  • A member of the International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA)
  • 2023 she participated on the SADC
  • She participated in 2024 SADC Capacity building of small scale farmers
  • on compliance with sanitary and Phytosanitary measures focusing on food safety held in Mozambique.

Zimbabwe Integrated Commercial Farmers Union (ZICFU)

Main Auditorium
17:15
|
17:30

Closing remarks from the conference chair

Speaker

Dr Frank Magama

Chief Executive Officer

Tobacco Research Board t/a Kutsaga

Dr. Frank Magama is a seasoned tobacco scientist with 18 years of

experience at the Tobacco Research Board. Before this appointment, he

was the Head of the Plant Breeding Division, chiefly responsible for the

development and commercialization of elite tobacco cultivars for

Zimbabwe, the SADC region and beyond. He also provided consultancy and

advisory services to tobacco-producing countries and companies.

Dr. Magama graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a BSc (Hons)

in Agriculture (Crop Science), an MSc in Plant Sciences and

Biotechnology from the University of Leeds (England), and a PhD in Plant

Molecular Genetics from the University of Dundee (Scotland). He also

holds business qualifications; an MBA from NUST (Zim), an Executive

Diploma in Business Leadership from the Zimbabwe Institute of Management

and a Certificate of Competency in Project Management from the Project

Management Institute of Zimbabwe. He is the current President of the

Zimbabwe Plant Breeders Association.

Tobacco Research Board t/a Kutsaga

Main Auditorium
17:30
|
18:30

Networking event - WT Africa invitees all delegates and speakers for food drink in the VIP Room

Thursday 16th May 2024

Time Session title
Main Auditorium
09:30
|
09:35

Welcome from the conference chair

Speaker

Dr Frank Magama

Chief Executive Officer

Tobacco Research Board t/a Kutsaga

Dr. Frank Magama is a seasoned tobacco scientist with 18 years of

experience at the Tobacco Research Board. Before this appointment, he

was the Head of the Plant Breeding Division, chiefly responsible for the

development and commercialization of elite tobacco cultivars for

Zimbabwe, the SADC region and beyond. He also provided consultancy and

advisory services to tobacco-producing countries and companies.

Dr. Magama graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a BSc (Hons)

in Agriculture (Crop Science), an MSc in Plant Sciences and

Biotechnology from the University of Leeds (England), and a PhD in Plant

Molecular Genetics from the University of Dundee (Scotland). He also

holds business qualifications; an MBA from NUST (Zim), an Executive

Diploma in Business Leadership from the Zimbabwe Institute of Management

and a Certificate of Competency in Project Management from the Project

Management Institute of Zimbabwe. He is the current President of the

Zimbabwe Plant Breeders Association.

Tobacco Research Board t/a Kutsaga

Main Auditorium
09:35
|
09:50

WHO FTCT COP 10 and what it means for African leaf tobacco industry

Click here to view Abrie Du Plessis presentation

Update on WHO FCTC COP 10 what happened in February in particular:

Articles 17&18 (on economically sustainable alternatives to tobacco growing)

Articles 9&10 - testing and measuring of the contents and emissions of tobacco products, and their regulation as well as the disclosure of tobacco product information to governmental authorities and the public.

Speaker

Abrie du Plessis

Trade Law Consultant

Abrie du Plessis taught Law at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa before he joined a multinational company as an Intellectual Property Practitioner. As part of several subsequent roles within the Tobacco Industry he spent more than a decade tracking the development of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). While based in Brussels he also followed the initial development of the 2014 European Union (EU) Tobacco Products Directive.

After retiring in 2013 he joined the South African Trade Law Centre (Tralac) as an Associate, with the focus on supporting African free trade initiatives. He still follows FCTC and EU developments and takes a special interest in the approach of the Convention and the EU towards novel and emerging tobacco and nicotine products, most of which did not exist when the final text of the Convention was agreed.

Being based in South Africa, he has also witnessed the increase in illicit trade in that country, at a time when the FCTC Protocol on Illicit Trade appears to be in a state of inertia.

Main Auditorium
09:50
|
10:05

Talking about WHO FCTC MOP 3 and the plague of illicit trade in tobacco: overview and actions

Speaker

Abrie du Plessis

Trade Law Consultant

Abrie du Plessis taught Law at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa before he joined a multinational company as an Intellectual Property Practitioner. As part of several subsequent roles within the Tobacco Industry he spent more than a decade tracking the development of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). While based in Brussels he also followed the initial development of the 2014 European Union (EU) Tobacco Products Directive.

After retiring in 2013 he joined the South African Trade Law Centre (Tralac) as an Associate, with the focus on supporting African free trade initiatives. He still follows FCTC and EU developments and takes a special interest in the approach of the Convention and the EU towards novel and emerging tobacco and nicotine products, most of which did not exist when the final text of the Convention was agreed.

Being based in South Africa, he has also witnessed the increase in illicit trade in that country, at a time when the FCTC Protocol on Illicit Trade appears to be in a state of inertia.

Main Auditorium
10:05
|
10:20

Q&A

Speaker

Abrie du Plessis

Trade Law Consultant

Abrie du Plessis taught Law at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa before he joined a multinational company as an Intellectual Property Practitioner. As part of several subsequent roles within the Tobacco Industry he spent more than a decade tracking the development of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). While based in Brussels he also followed the initial development of the 2014 European Union (EU) Tobacco Products Directive.

After retiring in 2013 he joined the South African Trade Law Centre (Tralac) as an Associate, with the focus on supporting African free trade initiatives. He still follows FCTC and EU developments and takes a special interest in the approach of the Convention and the EU towards novel and emerging tobacco and nicotine products, most of which did not exist when the final text of the Convention was agreed.

Being based in South Africa, he has also witnessed the increase in illicit trade in that country, at a time when the FCTC Protocol on Illicit Trade appears to be in a state of inertia.

Main Auditorium
10:20
|
11:00

Networking coffee break

Main Auditorium
11:00
|
11:15

Tobacco seed breeding and supply to the SADC region and beyond

Speaker

Dr Frank Magama

Chief Executive Officer

Tobacco Research Board t/a Kutsaga

Dr. Frank Magama is a seasoned tobacco scientist with 18 years of

experience at the Tobacco Research Board. Before this appointment, he

was the Head of the Plant Breeding Division, chiefly responsible for the

development and commercialization of elite tobacco cultivars for

Zimbabwe, the SADC region and beyond. He also provided consultancy and

advisory services to tobacco-producing countries and companies.

Dr. Magama graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a BSc (Hons)

in Agriculture (Crop Science), an MSc in Plant Sciences and

Biotechnology from the University of Leeds (England), and a PhD in Plant

Molecular Genetics from the University of Dundee (Scotland). He also

holds business qualifications; an MBA from NUST (Zim), an Executive

Diploma in Business Leadership from the Zimbabwe Institute of Management

and a Certificate of Competency in Project Management from the Project

Management Institute of Zimbabwe. He is the current President of the

Zimbabwe Plant Breeders Association.

Tobacco Research Board t/a Kutsaga

Main Auditorium
11:15
|
11:30

Building systems to grow good agronomics practices

Speaker

Kondwani Ngwira

Head of Agronomy

HAIL & COTTON (Malawi) Limited

Kondwani is a seasoned Impact-Driven Agfinance, Food & Agriculture Professional with extensive expertise in agriculture value chain finance. With a background spanning roles as an Agri banker, agronomist, and business development specialist, his passion for Agri-finance, rural development, and financial inclusion shines through. Recognized for consistently exceeding expectations, he has been honored with multiple awards for his commitment to excellence and quality. Kondwani commenced his career with Japan Tobacco International (JTI), then transitioned to First Capital Bank Plc where he established and spearheaded the bank’s Agriculture lending and management portfolios. Later, he briefly served at NBS bank Plc before joining Hail & Cotton (Malawi) Limited as Head of Agronomy.

Kondwani is a certified Agriculture Finance expert, accredited by the Frankfurt School of Business and Management. He is a Financial Modeling and Valuation Analyst, certified by the Corporate Finance Institute. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in General Agriculture and a Diploma in Food, Nutrition, and Livelihood Security from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi.

HAIL & COTTON (Malawi) Limited

Main Auditorium
11:30
|
11:45

Growing and developing shisha style tobacco in the southern African region

Speaker

Koen Monkau

Founder and Chairman

Cavendish Lloyd Group

It has always been my dream to run a family business. However not coming from a business family I had to start my own. The people working in Cavendish Lloyd are like family to me and some of them actually are! As in any family there are arguments sometimes but overall there is a sense of belonging.

However the essential ingredient of both family and business alike is trust. Not any contract stipulating every possible aspect of a transaction can override the fact that all business revolves around trust. In order to gain and maintain that trust with our customers we work as a team sharing the same values.

From being traditional tobacco traders we moved successfully into other segments of the industry; we are innovative in our cigarette marketing and we offer anything you see in a box of cigarettes. Our in house team has a full understanding and control of the whole supply chain and is based in various locations around the globe. Please check our website for a location near you. We welcome you to our world, welcome to Cavendish Lloyd!

Cavendish Lloyd Group

Main Auditorium
11:45
|
12:00

Reducing harvest and post-harvest losses: pest control

Speaker

Rodolfo Maria Salvi

Salvarat, Italy

Raised in the Valtiberina Valley, a renowned Italian cultivation area of premium tobacco, Rodolfo merges his family ties to the tobacco industry with a fervent dedication to sustainability to unlock the hidden value beyond any tobacco product.

Drawing upon over 50 years of expertise inherited from Salvarat srl SB, his family's company, Rodolfo pioneers bespoke and innovative pest management strategies that enhance quality, mitigate tobacco-losses and champion sustainability practices.

With a hands-on approach, Rodolfo collaborates directly with tobacco industry stakeholders throughout Europe, and advises leading players worldwide. A regular participant at international conferences, he also shared insights on sustainabile pest management approaches as a speaker at events WT Europe Sofia 2021 in Bulgaria and WT East Dubai 2022.

Salvarat, Italy

Main Auditorium
12:00
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12:15

Tobacco sorting for GLT’s & Primary’s - latest innovation

· Current challenges in tobacco sorting

· Technical innovations

· HAUNI Pure sorter family

· Test results

Speaker

Ralf Kohlhardt

Head of Primary Services

Koerber

Ralf Kohlhardt, a trained mechanical engineer, has had a dynamic career in the mechanical engineering industry since July 1991. He began as a global customer service engineer at Hauni Maschinenbau AG, progressing to Head of the Cigarette Manufacturing Machines Mechanics Group in 1999. After leading Technical Customer Service and Training at Topack Verpackungstechnik GmbH (2003-2004), he returned to Hauni Group. From 2004 to 2007, he managed Technical Customer Service at Hauni Primary GmbH and expanded his role in 2008, also overseeing customer training and service sales. In 2021, he was promoted to Head of Technical Sales Primary at Hauni Maschinenbau GmbH, today known as Körber Technologies.

Koerber

Main Auditorium
12:15
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12:30

Q&A with speakers

Speaker

Dr Frank Magama

Chief Executive Officer

Tobacco Research Board t/a Kutsaga

Dr. Frank Magama is a seasoned tobacco scientist with 18 years of

experience at the Tobacco Research Board. Before this appointment, he

was the Head of the Plant Breeding Division, chiefly responsible for the

development and commercialization of elite tobacco cultivars for

Zimbabwe, the SADC region and beyond. He also provided consultancy and

advisory services to tobacco-producing countries and companies.

Dr. Magama graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a BSc (Hons)

in Agriculture (Crop Science), an MSc in Plant Sciences and

Biotechnology from the University of Leeds (England), and a PhD in Plant

Molecular Genetics from the University of Dundee (Scotland). He also

holds business qualifications; an MBA from NUST (Zim), an Executive

Diploma in Business Leadership from the Zimbabwe Institute of Management

and a Certificate of Competency in Project Management from the Project

Management Institute of Zimbabwe. He is the current President of the

Zimbabwe Plant Breeders Association.

Tobacco Research Board t/a Kutsaga

Speaker

Kondwani Ngwira

Head of Agronomy

HAIL & COTTON (Malawi) Limited

Kondwani is a seasoned Impact-Driven Agfinance, Food & Agriculture Professional with extensive expertise in agriculture value chain finance. With a background spanning roles as an Agri banker, agronomist, and business development specialist, his passion for Agri-finance, rural development, and financial inclusion shines through. Recognized for consistently exceeding expectations, he has been honored with multiple awards for his commitment to excellence and quality. Kondwani commenced his career with Japan Tobacco International (JTI), then transitioned to First Capital Bank Plc where he established and spearheaded the bank’s Agriculture lending and management portfolios. Later, he briefly served at NBS bank Plc before joining Hail & Cotton (Malawi) Limited as Head of Agronomy.

Kondwani is a certified Agriculture Finance expert, accredited by the Frankfurt School of Business and Management. He is a Financial Modeling and Valuation Analyst, certified by the Corporate Finance Institute. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in General Agriculture and a Diploma in Food, Nutrition, and Livelihood Security from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi.

HAIL & COTTON (Malawi) Limited

Speaker

Koen Monkau

Founder and Chairman

Cavendish Lloyd Group

It has always been my dream to run a family business. However not coming from a business family I had to start my own. The people working in Cavendish Lloyd are like family to me and some of them actually are! As in any family there are arguments sometimes but overall there is a sense of belonging.

However the essential ingredient of both family and business alike is trust. Not any contract stipulating every possible aspect of a transaction can override the fact that all business revolves around trust. In order to gain and maintain that trust with our customers we work as a team sharing the same values.

From being traditional tobacco traders we moved successfully into other segments of the industry; we are innovative in our cigarette marketing and we offer anything you see in a box of cigarettes. Our in house team has a full understanding and control of the whole supply chain and is based in various locations around the globe. Please check our website for a location near you. We welcome you to our world, welcome to Cavendish Lloyd!

Cavendish Lloyd Group

Speaker

Ralf Kohlhardt

Head of Primary Services

Koerber

Ralf Kohlhardt, a trained mechanical engineer, has had a dynamic career in the mechanical engineering industry since July 1991. He began as a global customer service engineer at Hauni Maschinenbau AG, progressing to Head of the Cigarette Manufacturing Machines Mechanics Group in 1999. After leading Technical Customer Service and Training at Topack Verpackungstechnik GmbH (2003-2004), he returned to Hauni Group. From 2004 to 2007, he managed Technical Customer Service at Hauni Primary GmbH and expanded his role in 2008, also overseeing customer training and service sales. In 2021, he was promoted to Head of Technical Sales Primary at Hauni Maschinenbau GmbH, today known as Körber Technologies.

Koerber

Speaker

Rodolfo Maria Salvi

Salvarat, Italy

Raised in the Valtiberina Valley, a renowned Italian cultivation area of premium tobacco, Rodolfo merges his family ties to the tobacco industry with a fervent dedication to sustainability to unlock the hidden value beyond any tobacco product.

Drawing upon over 50 years of expertise inherited from Salvarat srl SB, his family's company, Rodolfo pioneers bespoke and innovative pest management strategies that enhance quality, mitigate tobacco-losses and champion sustainability practices.

With a hands-on approach, Rodolfo collaborates directly with tobacco industry stakeholders throughout Europe, and advises leading players worldwide. A regular participant at international conferences, he also shared insights on sustainabile pest management approaches as a speaker at events WT Europe Sofia 2021 in Bulgaria and WT East Dubai 2022.

Salvarat, Italy

Main Auditorium
12:30
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12:45

Closing remarks from the conference chair

Speaker

Dr Frank Magama

Chief Executive Officer

Tobacco Research Board t/a Kutsaga

Dr. Frank Magama is a seasoned tobacco scientist with 18 years of

experience at the Tobacco Research Board. Before this appointment, he

was the Head of the Plant Breeding Division, chiefly responsible for the

development and commercialization of elite tobacco cultivars for

Zimbabwe, the SADC region and beyond. He also provided consultancy and

advisory services to tobacco-producing countries and companies.

Dr. Magama graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a BSc (Hons)

in Agriculture (Crop Science), an MSc in Plant Sciences and

Biotechnology from the University of Leeds (England), and a PhD in Plant

Molecular Genetics from the University of Dundee (Scotland). He also

holds business qualifications; an MBA from NUST (Zim), an Executive

Diploma in Business Leadership from the Zimbabwe Institute of Management

and a Certificate of Competency in Project Management from the Project

Management Institute of Zimbabwe. He is the current President of the

Zimbabwe Plant Breeders Association.

Tobacco Research Board t/a Kutsaga

Main Auditorium
12:45
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14:00

Lunch and networking

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