Meet the Team

Global connections & local solutions for the food & feed industry

Key Executives

Chris Whitwell - Basis Commodities

Chris founded Basis Commodities in 2014 after more than 27 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

Chris Whitwell - Basis Commodities

Chris Whitwell

Managing Director
Passionate & Resourceful with over 27 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 founded Basis Commodities in 2014.
Elias Azar - Basis Commodities

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 trade executions and Dubai Office operations.

Elias Azar
General Manager - Dubai

Elias Azar - Basis Commodities

Elias Azar

General Manager - Dubai
Elias is based in Dubai and brings over 25 years’ experience working in various family businesses across agricultural project management, trading and real estate. Elias joined Basis in 2017 and is responsible for our trade executions and Dubai Office operations.
Dean Nelson - Basis Commodities

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 trade executions and Dubai Office operations.

Dean Nelson
Associate

Dean Nelson - Basis Commodities

Dean Nelson

Associate
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.
Steven Foote - Basis Commodities

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 program at GrainCorp. Steven is also a Director of Two Rivers Agri Group.

Steven Foote
Finance & Operations Manager

Steven Foote - Basis Commodities

Steven Foote

Finance Manager
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 program at GrainCorp. Steven is also a Director of Two Rivers Agri Group.
Rowan Fessey - Basis Commodities

Rowan was formerly the freight manager at Agfarm before joining Basis Commodities in the Trading and Operations Manager Role. Rowan has a strong operations background as well as experience in trade execution, financial modelling, commodity analysis and an appreciation of the Australian grain markets and how they trade.

Rowan Fessey
Trading Manager

Rowan Fessey - Basis Commodities

Rowan Fessey

Trading & Operations Manager
Rowan was formerly the freight manager at Agfarm before joining Basis Commodities in the Trading and Operations Manager Role. Rowan has a strong operations background as well as experience in trade execution, financial modelling, commodity analysis and an appreciation of the Australian grain markets and how they trade.

Who We Are

Contact Us

Basis Commodities Pty Ltd
PO Box 340, Northbridge
NSW 1560, Australia

Ph. +61 (0)2 9967 2481

Basis Commodities Consulting DMCC
PO Box 488112
Dubai, UAE

Ph. +971 (0) 55 92 600 60 (UAE)

Ph. +961 70 670 412 (Lebanon)

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