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Julian Roche
Course Director at IFF Training

Profile

Julian Roche holds a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, an MPhil in politics from Exeter University and a PhD in agricultural risk management policy from Deakin University. He is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Agriculture Department of the University of Western Australia. 

He began his career with the UK Civil Service , specialising in foreign trade and economic modelling, and was then picked for the mainstream Civil Service fast stream. After leaving for the private sector as an economist and forecaster at the firms that now form Global Insight, he then worked on a range of commodity derivative contracts for the London Commodity Exchange, and then set up his own consultancy with a range of clients including banks and land brokers. 

Julian has been working primarily as a consultant, advising global banks, and government agencies including UNCTAD, on aspects of agribusiness, investment, valuation and restructuring. He has also published a number of books on trade, commodities and finance, including one on commodity derivatives, another on commodity forecasting, and most recently a workbook on Agribusiness Investment Modelling. 

He presents seminars worldwide on a range of agribusiness and financial topics, with a particular interest in corporate strategy, commodities, valuation, leasing, and due diligence, both for commercial firms and public organisations such as the World Bank and the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau.