Who We Are

The Basis Commodities Group was established in 2014 by founder and Managing Director, Chris Whitwell, to assist flour and feed manufacturers with their raw material needs. Since then, Basis Commodities has grown into a successful global agricultural commodity consultancy business with a team of experienced professionals located between offices in Sydney and Dubai.

Our reach extends across the globe, connecting a network of trusted associates in Europe, North and South America and Asia.

Meet the team

Our team is made up of industry professionals with over

60 years cumulative experience in agricultural commodities across grain trading, supply chain management, contract execution and finance.

Chris founded Basis Commodities in 2014 after more than 28 years’ experience in developing and managing teams for a number of major commodity companies including GrainCorp, AWB & Sucden across Asia / Oceania, the Middle East, Europe & Africa.

Chris Whitwell
Managing Director

Steven’s previous roles encompass commodity trading, foreign exchange, banking, shipping, logistics, contract, documentation and operations. Prior to joining Basis in February 2019, Steven held General Manager and Leadership roles with Agricultural businesses as well and managed the container packing and export program at GrainCorp.

Steven Foote
Finance & Operations Manager

Elias is based in Dubai and brings over 25 years of experience working in various family businesses across agricultural project management, trading and real estate. Elias joined Basis Commodities in 2017 and is responsible for Dubai Office operations and providing “in time zone” support to our clients in Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Elias Azar
General Manager - Dubai

Dean has over 25 years’ experience spanning the global soft commodity sectors in senior executive roles in Asia and Africa, managing businesses involved in the sugar, cocoa, coffee, molasses, animal feed and ethanol industries. As Managing Director for Asia/Pacific with the London based ED & F Man Group, Dean established a comprehensive track record for growing profitable businesses, encompassing trading, production, marketing, merchanting and distribution activities across global, regional and domestic markets.

Dean Nelson
Business Development Associate

Our History

Basis Commodities was founded in 2014 to assist Food & Animal Feed manufacturers with their soft commodity procurement needs.

Since then, we have grown into a successful agricultural commodity business with offices in Sydney & Dubai.

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Suppliers and Trade Partners

Trade Partners



Basis Commodities' joint venture with Rochford provides our clients with access to advice on cash flow, funding, FX hedging, profitability and transaction cost modelling and the accounting treatment of hedging programs to reducing profit and loss volatility.

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In 2019 we were pleased to announce that through a partnership with “Arthur J. Gallagher”, a leading international insurance brokerage, we are able to assist international clients with their insurance needs. Arthur J. Gallagher was recognised in 2020 as a ‘World’s Most Ethical’ company for the 9th consecutive year, and the only insurance broker globally to achieve this award.


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