Regional Director for Southeast Asia & Oceania
U.S. Grains Council
Manuel Sanchez serves as the regional director of Southeast Asia for the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the global use of U.S. corn, barley, sorghum and related products including ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). In this capacity, Sanchez identifies and addresses all relevant trade, technical and policy factors relevant to building and maintaining the market for U.S. coarse grains and co-products for the countries stretching from Myanmar to New Zealand. Before his current function, Sanchez held various positions for the Council in both the Southeast Asia Office and headquarters in Washington, D.C. His most recent position was Assistant Director for Southeast Asia, where he assisted with the overall coordination and management of Council programs in the region. Manuel Sanchez also served as the manager of global trade for the U.S. Grains Council. In this capacity, Sanchez will provide support for the Council’s worldwide trade servicing, monitor and track trade issues in expanding markets and the overall management of Council programs involving U.S. corn and barley. Prior to joining the Council, Sanchez worked at Cargill Incorporated from 2007-2014, serving in various roles including grain marketing advisor in Valparaiso, Indiana and trade execution supervisor in Coral Gables, Florida. Sanchez brings an extensive set of experience and skills in the arena of international trade of grains and oilseeds.