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ICAspire Development Forum

Bremen, Germany

ICAspire Development Forums are unique opportunities for young professionals, or those new to the industry, to take part in personal and professional development sessions delivered by some of cotton’s leading professionals.

The first ICAspire Development Forum & Networking Dinner will be held on Monday 23 March 2020 at the Bremen Radisson Blu Hotel to coincide with the Bremen Cotton Conference which takes place from 25-27 March. The event is free for ICAspire members or those eligible for membership.

Who should attend?

Only those eligible for ICAspire membership are able to attend. ICAspire Membership is applicable to those who are aged under 40 or are within the first 5 years of their career in cotton.

You can find out more about ICAspire membership here >

What’s included in the programme?

Taking place on Monday 23 March, the Development Forum will include over 6 hours of learning, development and networking; split across two pillars – Learn & Build:


Delivered by Colin Iles (Glencore) and Peter Wakefield (Wakefield Inspection Services), Learn will explore the major roles within the cotton industry; focusing on the challenges they face and how cotton professionals can best interact with each other to the benefit of the entire cotton community. Learn will cover:

  • Producers
  • Agents / Brokers
  • Merchants
  • Spinners
  • Controllers
  • Retailers
  • Risk Management


Build will be delivered by Bill Ballenden (Dragon Tree Commodity Trading) and Mark Pryor (The Seam). Given their experience in innovative agricultural commodity focused businesses, their interactive sessions will focus on leadership and adaptability along with a specific focus on innovation.

Mark and Bill will develop themes around leadership and innovation, challenging some of these in the context of adaptability; coming from an industry where the status quo is too often embraced over innovation. Build will ask:

  • What skills will the leaders of the future need?
  • What is innovation and how do you test innovation in the agri business space?
  • What is the risk of not innovating?

How much does it cost?

This development forum is free to attend for ICAspire members or those eligible for membership.

How do I register?

Registration is now open. Click here to register >

What about accommodation?

We have secured a limited number of rooms at the Radisson Blu Hotel at discounted rates. Booking is available during online registration.


Want to attend the Bremen International Cotton Conference?

Why not extend your trip and attend the Bremen International Cotton Conference? ICAspire delegates are entitled to 50% discount on registration fees. Details of how to register with this discount will be sent to you shortly after you have completed registration for this ICAspire event.

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