CommTrade

CTO securely facilitates trades by providing independent escrow, dispute and mediation services. Parties otherwise unknown to each other can trade with confidence that they will receive their funds and their products on time, in full and on spec. In the event the product does not match volume or specification, CTO provides independent review and mediation to fairly complete the trade. If the product does not arrive, the buyer will receive their money back, removing the risk.

Our Director & Advisory Team

CTO has a diverse advisory board with extensive experience across all categories of physical commodity exchange, digital,
blockchain and logistics. The members actively contribute their expertise along with our core team members.

AMANDA RODGERS

CHAIR

Amanda Rodgers is the Managing Director of WK Digital – a leading digital agency on the east coast of Australia. With over 20 years of experience delivering eCommerce, online marketing and software, she has razor...
Amanda Rodgers is the Managing Director of WK Digital – a leading digital agency on the east coast of Australia. With over 20 years of experience delivering eCommerce, online marketing and software, she has razor sharp skill in growing companies through successful technology implementation. With a focus on digital innovation with real world impact she hold a Bachelor in Computer Science from the University of Wyoming and two board positions with Cannon Hill Anglican College and the Tech Girls Movement which ensures that this generation of school girls OPTS IN to STEM careers. Amanda, together with her team, bring world class technology leadership to CTO.
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JOSH OOI

BOARD ADVISOR (BULK LIQUIDS)

Josh brings over 17 years of global working experience in the Americas, Europe and Asia as an experienced business leader with extensive management skills. With a degree in Engineering and an MBA, Josh has strong...
Josh brings over 17 years of global working experience in the Americas, Europe and Asia as an experienced business leader with extensive management skills. With a degree in Engineering and an MBA, Josh has strong technical and business acumen that he has been able to apply to all aspects of a business through his career. His exposure in the field of commodities started in 2002 as Commercial Manager for ExxonMobil Chemicals Polyolefins division, managing sales of plastic resin to markets in South East Asia. This was subsequently followed by an 11-year career with ED&F MAN, a major global agricultural commodities trade house specializing in sugar, coffee, molasses and animal feed, where Josh held a variety of roles across the globe. Presently, Josh leads a boutique management consultancy firm where he works with SMEs in Asia in various industry sectors, but still predominantly in agricultural commodities. Himself a keen investor, Josh is passionate and continues to keep close watch on developments in the global energy and agricultural sectors.
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FREDERICK LUND

BOARD ADVISOR (LEGAL)

With a Master of Law from the University of Oslo, Frederick has had extensive international practice in commodity trading, regulation, finance, technology and most recently blockchain. Frederick supports CTO with advice enabling CTO to understand...
With a Master of Law from the University of Oslo, Frederick has had extensive international practice in commodity trading, regulation, finance, technology and most recently blockchain. Frederick supports CTO with advice enabling CTO to understand the strategic approach for all legal matters.
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FUNDA SAYGIN

BOARD ADVISOR (ENERGY)

Funda Saygin has nearly 20 years of experience in global energy markets in public and private sectors. She has held a variety of research and analysis positions in California, Washington D.C, and New York. She...
Funda Saygin has nearly 20 years of experience in global energy markets in public and private sectors. She has held a variety of research and analysis positions in California, Washington D.C, and New York. She started her energy career in the public sector, serving as a regulatory analyst for California Public Utilities Commission, the State regulatory agency for electric utilities. She was directly involved in the making of the State’s first renewable energy portfolio standards, focusing primarily on quantifying environmental externalities associated with fossil fuel generation. She then worked for Argus Media and later S&P Global Platts, the two main pricing agencies for global energy markets, where she focused on the pricing of energy in physical and forward markets. Following her tenure in the physical markets, Funda joined the Research and Product Development and Indexing team at CME Group’s New York Mercantile Exchange. At the Exchange she created a variety of successful futures and options contracts in oil, refined products, and petrochemicals markets. Funda holds M.A. and B.A. degrees in Economics from San Diego State University and University of San Diego respectively. Her graduate work focused on natural resources and environmental economics. Funda feels passionately about community service and volunteers her time to support her local community of Brooklyn, New York. She also has held a variety of non-profit board positions in New York City. Funda is currently pursuing a Data Science certificate program at Cornell University.
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JUNIE COSCOS

BOARD ADVISOR (GRAINS AND OTHER FOOD TRADE)

Junie is a graduate of Central Mindanao University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He has held leadership roles in Sarangani Agricultural Company and CDO Food Sphere Inc with experience in farm production for...
Junie is a graduate of Central Mindanao University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He has held leadership roles in Sarangani Agricultural Company and CDO Food Sphere Inc with experience in farm production for sweet corn, corn, pineapples, livestock and a range of fertilizer trade.
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ANTONIO BRANCO

BOARD ADVISOR (International Logistics and Agriculture Trade)

Antonio is an experienced commodity trader across a range of agricultural commodities from South America into East Asia and the Middle East. He brings a wealth of experience to CTO in international shipping,customs brokerage and...
Antonio is an experienced commodity trader across a range of agricultural commodities from South America into East Asia and the Middle East. He brings a wealth of experience to CTO in international shipping,customs brokerage and documentation,import/export regulations and trade restrictions.
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