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 Whitwell - Basis Commodities

Chris Whitwell
Managing Director

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.

Steven Foote

Steven Foote
Finance & Operations 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 packing and export program at GrainCorp.

Nader Hassan

Nadar Hassan
General Manager - Dubai

Nader joins us with a wealth of experience in food & feed grains, distribution and logistics networks. Having previously worked with Al ghurair commodities Dubai followed by Rosa grains Dmcc as commercial manager, for the past 13 years Nader has helped in the development, execution and distribution of raw materials in the GCC and Egypt. Nader is passionate about exceptional customer service and developing strong relationships with customers. Based in Dubai, Nader oversees the Basis Commodities Consulting DMCC business as General Manager where he coordinates with the Australia office in refining and developing the distribution channels into the Middle East.

Dean Nelson
Business Development 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.

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.

Our History
Basis Commodities assists in the export of over 180KMT wheat to Saudi Arabia from Australian Ports.
Our History
Steven Foote joins as Finance Manager

Basis Commodities sources feed barley from UK and soybeans and wheat from the US

Our History
Basis Commodities makes first fodder sales to the Middle East
Our History
Basis Commodities completes first container trade and charters first bulk vessels for clients

Elias Azar becomes GM of Basis Commodities in Dubai

Our History
Basis Commodities opens Dubai office

Basis Commodities organises their first feed barley cargo from Australia

Our History
Basis Commodities founded by Chris Whitwell in March 2014

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.

Balco Australia

Balco is redefining the Oaten Hay Industry. The Balco quality and procurement team work hand in hand with growers to set the benchmark in quality standards across the industry.


Basis Commodities Values Bubbles Vert

"In 2018 Basis Commodities and BALCO Australia formed an association to promote and market Australian Fodder into the Middle East and Africa. Rob Lawson CEO of BALCO Australia commented: “We wanted to place ourselves with the right partners who value our quality advantages, so we needed a regional expert to set us on the right track.”

Rob Lawson

CEO - Balco Australia

"We have found Basis Commodities to be a collaborative partner that has worked with us on developing new trading opportunities and providing creative solutions around procurement that have had a positive impact for our business."

Amir Abdul Latif

CEO - Invictus Trading FZE

"We engaged Basis Commodities to review our supply chain for imported white maize and make improvement recommendations. From the outset Basis Commodities took a hands-on approach to the project. The team provided valuable raw material and next best alternative analysis which helped us to save on our supply chain costs as well as providing assistance in securing delivery of maize from Tanzania to Rwanda during a critical supply period."

Amar Ali

CEO - Africa Improved Foods, Kigali, Rwanda

"Basis Commodities has worked with the Five Star group since their foundation. They are a trusted part of the procurement team. They have always been conscientious in their work, considered in their advice and have helped us to manage grain price volatility and our supply program effectively over the last three years."

Mahmoud El Shorbaghi

Chairman - Five Star Flour Mills, Egypt

"We engaged Basis Commodities to review our supply chain from Australia and identify and implement opportunities for improving our procurement task. Not only did they work with us on restructuring our approach to suppliers, they have also taken an effective role in helping us to develop new ways of managing the risk associated with the supply of raw materials."

Edward Hamod

General Manager - National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing, Abu Dhabi

"We found our partnership with Basis Commodities to be fruitful on a number of different levels. Apart from giving us valuable insight into developing an effective international marketing strategy, Basis Commodities also offered advice to ensure successful implementation and guided us through the diverse risk management aspects associated with expanding a business globally. They also assisted us through a challenging strategic options process in which they had to delicately manage diverse views and cultural differences."

John Murray

Former CEO - Emerald Grain