About Us

Broad Gate is an agriculture company based in Poland pursuing value and growth opportunities in Eastern Europe and the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).  As the name implies, we are an entry point for agriculture companies looking to expand their capacity in Eastern Europe and exit point for traders and food producers looking for a reliable source of healthy grains and oils. Core activities include grain origination and custom farming; to land acquisition and development, to running one of Europe's largest supply chains of specialty grains and healthy "high oleic" oils.  The company also distributes crop inputs and provides agronomy, operations and marketing services to large agricultural enterprises and land holders in Poland and the Central Black Earth and Volga regions of Russia.

Broad Gate seeks to partner with companies that instinctively understand the agriculture opportunities emerging in that part of the world and want to capture and develop them in a controlled and sustainable manner.  



Alec Fesenko - Chairman

Alec is a Ukrainian born, naturalized U.S. citizen currently living and working in Moscow.  He is a former senior executive of Cherkizovo Group (LSE: CHE), one of Russian largest international food conglomerates.  His responsibilities there included reorganizing and modernizing the company’s global raw materials sourcing operations and management of all group purchasing, including the full management of five meatpacking plants which supplied 80% of McDonalds Russia meat needs.  He holds a law degree from George Washington University.



Supervisory Board

Viktor Semyonov

Viktor is a former Minister of Agriculture of Russia and Deputy of the State Duma.  He is the founder and head of the Association of Industrial Unions AIC and Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Russia for the development of agribusiness.  In the private sector Viktor founded "Belaya Dacha" which is now one of the largest fresh produce companies in Russia and exclusive supplier to McDonalds, Burger King and other food services providers.  The company is also a leading developer of warehousing and commercial real estate in the Moscow region.  Viktor has long been recognized as a strong advocate of managerial best practices and leading edge technology in food production in Russia.

Viktor actively supports many charities including the Children’s Regional Burn Center, the child equestrian school “Squirrel” and the “Save Your Forest” campaign.  He oversaw the construction of the St. Nicholas Monastery in Ugresh Kotelniki and holds an Order of Friendship of the Russian Orthodox Church.  He is married and father of two children, grandfather of five, and an avid traveler, fisherman, equestrian and photographer

Wade Barnes

Wade is the Founder and President of Farmers Edge – the largest agronomy and farm services consulting firm in Western Canada.  With 70 agronomists and operations specialists on staff Farmers Edge provides a comprehensive, hands-on approach to risk management and maximizing yields across over four million acres under management.   Wade grew up in a small rural farming town in Manitoba, Canada where during his education as an agronomist he developed a strong interest in bridging the gap between technology and agronomy.  It became the driving force behind starting Farmers Edge and under his leadership the company developed an agronomic management system that brings precision agronomy, geo-referenced field mapping and variable rate production to farms of all sizes.  Wade has the title of Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) of the Year and Farmers Edge was awarded Manitoba’s Fastest Growing Company in 2010.  He is recognized nationally and globally as an expert on the impact of technology on agribusiness and has spoken to growers, investors and industries at the Master Seeders, Global AgInvesting, and TedX conferences. Wade enjoys spending time with his three young children and wife in rural Manitoba.

John Schmorhun

John is President and CEO of Agrogeneration. Established in 2010, Agrogeneration is operating over 73,000 hectares in Poltava and Kharkiv Oblasts and is amongst the largest agricultural companies in Ukraine.  John started DuPont’s operations in Ukraine in 1993 and served in Kyiv as the General Manager from 2003-2008 where he was responsible for DuPont’s agrochemical business and eventually he became a Director of DuPont in Moscow, Russia responsible for operations across eight regions.  John has served on numerous boards such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia and two agricultural companies in Ukraine.  He holds an MBA from the International Management Institute in Geneva and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. John served 10 years as a navy pilot before joining DuPont.  John and his wife currently live in Kyiv, Ukraine from their home base in Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland.

Brett Duffy

Brett is a currently corporate development and analytics officer for the fifth largest dairy cooperative in the United States producing over 6 billion pounds of milk annually.  His background includes managerial positions at Cargill in their renewable energy and environmental securities trading unit after serving as General Director of an affiliate that managed Cargill’s operations across southern Russia.  Between 2004 and 2007 Brett was the founding member of a corporate investment fund at Cargill charged with accelerating emerging business across the globe in the agro supply chain.  Before Cargill, Brett was a Vice President of a boutique investment bank that structured and transacted over $1B in mergers and acquisitions in the food and beverage industry.  He is a U.S. Army veteran of the Persian Gulf War, is fluent in Russian, and he holds an MBA from Northwestern University