• Contributors


    The main contributors of this guide were:

    • Gérald Estur, coordinator, editor and collaborating author, international cotton trade consultant, former Statistician of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), Washington, DC, USA, and previously General Manager of Compagnie Cotonnière (COPACO), Paris, France.
    • Matthias Knappe (coordination, strategic direction and management); Chief, Market Development Section, International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO (ITC), Geneva.

    This guide was made possible through the voluntary contributions of expertise, experience, insider knowledge and valuable time by the people, companies and organizations below, whose assistance is acknowledged with thanks and appreciation.

    Chapter 1: The World cotton market 

    • Michael Edwards, Director, Cotton Outlook, Cotlook Limited, Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Chiedu Osakwe, Director of the Doha Development Agenda Special Duties Division, World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva, Switzerland
    • Terry Townsend, Executive Director, Armelle Gruère, Statistician, Alejandro Plastina, Economist, Andrei Guitchounts, Economist, International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), Washington, District of Columbia, USA

    Chapter 2: Cotton value addition 

    • W. Stanley Anthony, President and Chief Executive Officer, Enhanced Technologies, Inc., Greenville, MS, USA; Supervisory Agricultural Engineer/Research Leader, Cotton Ginning Research Unit, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Stoneville, Mississippi, USA (Retired)
    • David M. Clapp, Fiber Processing Technical Services
    • Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC, USA Cotton Incorporated, Raleigh, NC, USA
    • Axel Drieling, Senior Manager, Cotton; Member of the Executive Board, Faserinstitut Bremen e.V.
    • Dean Ethridge, Managing Director, Eric F. Hequet, Associate Director, International Textile Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
    • Lawrance Hunter, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
    • International Textile Centre – Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
    • James Knowlton, Chief, Standardization & Engineering Branch, USDA, AMS, Cotton Program, Memphis, TN, USA
    • Andrew G. Jordan, Private Consultant in Agricultural and Biological Engineering Solutions; former Vice President of Technical Services Division for the National Cotton Council of America
    • M.N. Vijayshankar, Vice President, PT Apac Inti Corpora, Semarang, Indonesia

    Chapter 3: Cotton marketing

    • John R. Beck, Director General, The International Cotton Association Limited, Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Rupert Cutler, Associate Director – Special Risks, Miller Insurance Services Limited, London, United Kingdom, Dunvanant SA, Geneva, Switzerland
    • Hein Jan van Hilton, Commodity Development Consultant, Pennington, South Africa
    • International Cotton Association Limited, Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Gérard Kassarian, Président, Association Française Cotonnière, Le Havre, France
    • Simon McHattie, Administration Manager, Plexus Cotton Ltd., Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Gideon E. Onumah, Agricultural Economist/Rural Finance Specialist, Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich, Chatham Maritime, United Kingdom
    • Jagdish Parihar, Managing Director, Cotton Department, Olam International Limited, Singapore
    • Rabobank, The Netherlands
    • Jeffrey Silberman, Executive Director, International Forum for Cotton Promotion (IFCP), Washington, DC, USA; Chairperson, Textile Development and Marketing Department, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York, NY, USA
    • Derek A. Tanner, D.A.T. Arbitration and Consultancy, Senior Vice President, Newbridge Trading Corporation, United Kingdom, past President of the Liverpool Cotton Association (LCA)
    • Rob van Uffelen,GMGlobal Hazardous Cargo Management, Maersk Line, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
    • Gerrit Uitbeijerse, Maersk Line, Western Operations Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    • Peter Wakefield, Gary Whittington, Wakefield Inspection Services (W.I.S.), Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Bruno Widmer, Global Business Manager, Cotton, Wool, Silk & Fibres Agricultural Services, SGS, Geneva, Switzerland
    • Hans-Günter Wiesenack, Managing Director, Structured Trade & Commodity Finance, BHF-BANK, Frankfurt, Germany

    Chapter 4: Cotton trading 

    • John Baffes, Senior Economist, The World Bank, Washington, DC, USA
    • Kevin Brinkley, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, The Seam, Memphis, TN, USA
    • Ted Davis, former Managing Director, Corporate Communications, and Tim Barry, ICE Futures U.S., Inc. (formerly the New York Board of Trade – NYBOT), New York, NY, USA
    • Paul J. Fisher, Commodity Specialist, trader and author, New York, USA
    • William Griffin, Program Director, International Cotton Institute, Memphis, TN, USA
    • Ambassador Burton Levin, Noble Cotton, Shanghai, China
    • Philip Stern, Weil Brothers and Stern Ltd, Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Frédéric Viel, Bill Ballenden, Louis Dreyfus Commodities Suisse SA, Geneva, Switzerland

    Chapter 5: Market segments 

    • Helen Chen, Esquel, Hong Kong, China, Beijing Office
    • Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    • Alex Kasterine, Senior Trade Development Adviser on Organics, International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO (ITC), Geneva
    • Marc A. Lewkowitz, Executive Vice President, Supima, Phoenix, AZ, USA
    • Andrew MacDonald, President, Brazil Cotton Association, São Paulo, Brazil
    • Rabobank, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    • Peter Ton, Organic Cotton Consultant, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Chapter 6: Market profiles 

    • Aftab Ahmad, Aftab Associates (Pvt) Ltd, Pakistan
    • Sebahattin Gazanfer, former General Manager, Taris, Izmir, Turkey
    • Vivek Joshi, former Director and now Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India
    • Nurlaila Nur Muhammad, Commercial Attaché, Permanent Mission of Indonesia, Geneva, Switzerland
    • A.S.M. Quasem, Chairman, Newage Group, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    • Chanchai Sirikasemlert, Director, Technology Promotion Department, Thailand Textile Institute, Bangkok, Thailand
    • Sun Juan, General Manager, China National Cotton Exchange International Trade Co. Ltd, Beijing, China
    • Virat Tandaechanurat, Executive Director, Thailand Textile Institute, Bangkok, Thailand
    • M.N. Vijayshankar, Vice President, PT Apac Inti Corpora, Semarang, Indonesia
    • Lauren Wilson, China Liaison Officer, Queensland Cotton, Shanghai, China


    • Bremer Baumwollbörse (Bremen Cotton Exchange), Bremen, Germany
    • Committee for International Co-operation between Cotton Associations (CICCA)
    • Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • Cotlook Limited, Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), Washington, District of Columbia, USA

    At ITC, Daniel Torres, Consultant, Market Development Section, provided managerial inputs. Alison Southby edited the guide, Kathryn Della Corte provided administrative support, and Isabel Droste and Carmelita Endaya prepared the copy for printing.

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