Robert read Classics and Law at Cambridge. Called to the Bar 1968 and worked in the law for 5 years. Joined Gill & Duffus Group in 1972 as group research manager. In 1980 set up Primary Commodity Research Ltd. He has considerable experience of cocoa and coffee farms in Africa, Brazil and Indonesia. Robert keeps the office in check and all our commercial responsibilities, in check . Fluent in Brazilian Portuguese.
Pascal has an M.Sc in Software Engineering and started his career as an IT engineer. Always up for a challenge he changed job and trained for 2 years in Uganda as coffee trader. Then worked in senior roles in Indo-China, Laos, Vietnam, Ghana and Ecuador. Pascal manages the sustainability systems, traceability, certification, and processing modules. French native speaker with working knowledge of Spanish.
Vlad has an MSc in Object Orientated Information Systems and Software Engineering from City University. Vlad has worked tirelessly on PCR systems for over 15 year. Vlad knows a thing or two about trading, warrant management systems and LIFFE/LME integration. He is currently focused on collateral, repo and trade finance initiatives. Vlad speaks more than one Balkan language.
Steve has a Master’s Degree in Physics from Lyon and Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and a Master’s Degree in Nanotechnology from Grenoble. Since graduating, Steve has worked in all stages of the software life-cycle. He has worked in numerous roles supporting data management, algorithm design and software development. Steve looks after technical development of trade finance and blockchain solutions. French native speaker.
Nayyab has an Erasmus Mundus M.Sc. in Networks and e-Business from University of Reading and a Ph.D. Computer Science, KU Leuven. She has worked as a software analyst & developer with Microsoft development stack, Java/Android toolset and Powerbuilder. Further, she has built context-aware Mobile Cloud Computing solutions using reinforcement learning. Nayyab supports the mobile technology solutions for CCOne-Suite and is the go-to for technical server and network challenges. Urdu native speaker.
Simon studied Economics and Business Computing. He started his career as the risk and optimisation lead in an oil trading room. He then worked as a business consultant across Africa, South America, Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia for a number of multinational commodities companies, directing operational improvement and systems programmes. Simon looks after project management, professional services and has knowledge of ERPs, CTRM and Commercial Agricultural Trading. Simon speaks French and some Hungarian.
Amy is an experienced Development practitioner. She has worked on large donor programmes (£40m+ UK-DfID, USAID and World Bank) and commercial commodity programmes across a range of markets for rural finance and gender sensitive initiatives. Amy has worked in over 20 countries including Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Peru and Indonesia often focusing on agricultural projects including softs, grains, horticulture and livestock. Amy's skills support our agri-economic development and contract farming capability.
Ammo has had the privilege of working across a multitude of categories in the retail and FMCG spaces, including supermarkets, producers, farmers, wholesalers, own-label and branded suppliers alike, having previously worked in the City of London as a commodities trader with an extensive network across various banks, brokers, trading houses, producers and end users. Ammo’s mission has been helping those businesses to protect themselves against volatile commodity markets – specialising in obscure markets such as juices, dairy, salmon, grains, softs, metals and energy.
Yang is our reference point for all things exchange integration related. He has a great working knowledge of establishing real-time execution integration and warrant management solutions. Yang also has led development projects for PCR particularly focusing on contract and risk management.
At PCR, we operate a lean core team. In order to support this, we have a wide ranging associate and business partners network. We can source the right people for a project and always look to compliment client skill sets and teams, in order to make a project succeed. We are always interested to hear from individuals or organisations that would like to work with us.