Series of Open Lectures on Commodites, by Prof. Indjikian

In the framework of his regular courses on commodities Prof. Rouben Indjikian is traditionally organising open lectures, by inviting speakers representing leading experts from industry, international organisations, academia.

The following lectures open for Webster University Geneva Campus students and faculty, and those who will register online to join by Zoom, will take place on 6, 8 and 13 February 2024, from 08:45AM to 10:45.


“International Copper and Nickel markets : performance and price regimes”, By Carlos Risopatron , 6 February, by Zoom

Carlos Risopatron is an economist and engineer with distinguished career and professional experience in the areas of governance, mineral policy, energy, economic and environmental issues. He started his career in 1984 and worked in the United Nations, Ministries of Mines and Planning of Chile, Inter-American Development Bank. In 2007 he joined the International Copper Study Group and served as the chief economist at ICSG until December 2023.


“Different Aspects of Risk Management in Commodities Trading”, by Gilles Benzakein, 8 February, WUG Campus, classroom Jura 12   

Gilles Benzakein worked with his family business active in the international trade of raw cotton for 10 years before starting a company intermediating exports of capital equipment for another 17 years. For the last 5 years, Gilles has been carrying out operational and governance reviews at commodity traders to understand how those are organised to identify, qualify, quantify, manage and ultimately account for the risks that the lenders put on their balance sheets.


“What Happens if Commodity Trade or Finance Transaction Goes Wrong?” by Robert Parson, 13 February, WUG Campus, Jura 12

Robert Parson is a partner in London of Squire Patton Boggs, a distinguished global law firm. practicing commercial law and related arbitrage and litigation. Robert is a leading legal expert on commodities trade & finance and logistics, with strong interest in digitalisation of legally binding instruments such as contracts, bill of lading and L/C. British Parliament asked to present his expert view on digitalisation of trade finance.


Those interested to attend from WUG Campus or by Zoom please register here

Thursday, February 8 at 8:45am to 10:45am

Event Type

Global Campuses, Geneva

Webster Geneva Campus
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