Steel, Metals and Mining Week

2021 Q1

Sponsors & Supporters

Belgravia Hartford
Tubular Steel Inc.
Azincourt Energy

Featured Speakers Include

Chief Executive Officer,

Abu Husain has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce & Accounting, Membership in The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers London, and an MBA in Finance from Boston University, United States.

Mr. Husain has worked in Wall Street for 8 years, before joining AGIS to setup the Steel Galvanizing Plant in Abu Dhabi, the first of its kind in UAE.  He took the operation from a start-up to completing twelve successful years of operation including the Joint Venture deal with Nippon Steel Corporation and successfully doubling of capacity from 250k tpa to Half a Million tpa.  He has won several awards including ‘Best CEO – Steel & Metals Industry Middle East’ & ‘UAE’s Growth Strategy CEO of the year’ from Business Worldwide Magazine in 2016 and ‘Man of the Year-2016’ Award by World News Media.

Executive Director,

Adalberto holds a metallurgical engineering degree, post-graduate degrees in industrial marketing and project investment analysis, administration and an MBA in marketing.

He also participated in advanced management courses. After working at several companies, such as Grupo Paranapanema and Sumitomo Corp. do Brasil, Adalberto joined CBMM in 2007, first as part of the commercial team in China then in EMEA. Today, as Commercial Director and CMO, he is responsible for the company’s sales and marketing activities.

Head of Mining & Portfolio Manager,

Alain Corbani joined FINANCE SA in July 2013 as Head of Mining and Natural Resources and portfolio manager of the Global Gold & Precious fund. From November 2008 to July 2013 he was COO of Commodities AM and portfolio manager of the same precious metal fund. Under Alain’s tenure, the fund has outperformed its benchmark, the FTSE Gold Mines Index, while displaying a lower volatility.  It was the best performing precious metals fund among its French managed peers in 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2020. It is the best performing fund over the last five years. * Prior to managing the Global Gold and Precious fund, Alain worked for 17 years as a Sell-side analyst and investment banker, notably as Director of Dominion Securities, then RBC Capital Markets prior to founding Green Oak Securities.

He has developed an expertise in North American equity investing and financing of North American mining companies.

Alain holds an MBA in International Management from George Washington University (USA).

Chief Executive Officer,

Alastair McIntyre, is a well-known accomplished metals and mining executive with senior management expertise through roles with leading natural resources banks including Scotiabank, Natixis and Landsbanki (in Toronto, New York, Sydney, and Hong Kong) where he executed hundreds of structured deals in multiple currencies, metals, and products for metal producers and consumers in North and South America, Africa, Australia and Asia.

In addition, Mr. McIntyre has held numerous capital market and technical advisory roles, including Senior Managing Director at Behre Dolbear Capital, responsible for providing support for numerous M&A transactions and IPO’s on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Prior to finance, Alastair held senior roles in gold refining at the Royal Canadian Mint and worked as an exploration and underground mine geologist in Atlantic Canada.

Mr. McIntyre currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Altiplano Metals Inc as well as serving on the Advisory Board of Benchmark Metals and Director of VOX Royalty Limited. Mr. McIntyre holds MAusIMM CP (Man) and P. Geo (Limited) professional accreditations and has earned a BSc (Geology) and a B. Comm. (Bus Admin and Economics) from Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Director of Market Analysis and Economic Studies,

Alessandro Sciamarelli (born in 1970) holds the position of Director of Economic and Market Analysis at the European Steel Association (EUROFER) based in Brussels, where he carries out economic research and analysis linked to the steel sector.

Prior to joining EUROFER, he held for over ten years equivalent positions at other Brussels-based European associations (namely in the mortgage lending sector and the cement sector) and, before that, he worked for the Economic Studies Office of a leading cement and construction group in Rome and for the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht. He holds a PhD in Economics (1999) and a degree in political science (1995) from the University of Pisa, Italy.

President, CEO & Director,

Mr. Klenman has served as president and CEO of Azincourt since July of 2017. He brings over 30 years of business development, marketing, finance, media and corporate communications experience. He has held and currently holds senior management and board positions in both the public and private sectors.

Mr. Klenman is currently president & CEO of Nexus Gold Corp (TSX.V: NXS), CEO of Leocor Ventures (CSE: LECR), and Director of Corporate Development for Arbor Metals Corp (TSX.V: ABR).  From 2010-2014, he was Vice-President, Communications and partner with Falcon Point Capital Partners, a firm that provided finance, communications and marketing initiatives for TSX Venture listed resource companies, including Roxgold Inc, Forum Uranium, Integra Gold, Midnight Sun Mining, and others.

Mr. Klenman also spent ten years in broadcasting, which included notable board positions with CKVU Television and Canwest Pacific Television in Vancouver.

Ex-Chief Procurement Officer,

Alexander Sidorin is Ex- Chief Procurement Officer of United Metallurgical Company (OMK).

He has worked in the steel industry for 20 years.

Alexander joined OMK in 2005 as Director of Business Development and has a deep understanding of the company and its operations across Russia. He has held several senior leadership positions in the company and was appointed Chief Procurement Officer in 2017.

Alexander received an Executive MBA degree from the European Institute of Purchasing Management (French Geneva) and an engineering degree from the Moscow Engineer and Physics Institute (nuclear phisics).

Nickel Market Analyst,

Alina Racu is a nickel market analyst at Metal Trade Overseas, the Switzerland-based subsidiary of the leading producer Nornickel.

Before joining Nornickel, she worked for almost 7 years at the market research company Steel & Metals Market Research (SMR) in Austria as a market analyst with focus on stainless steel and nickel alloys.

Alina holds a Master degree in Business Consultancy from the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt in Austria.


Former Executive Director,
Steel Authority of India Limited

Mr. Alok Sahay, Executive Director (Commercial), SAIL has 38 years of varied experience in the steel industry.

In addition to his responsibilities in SAIL, Mr. Sahay serves on the Board of Directors of several companies and is the Chairman of M/s SAIL-RITES Bengal Wagon Industry Limited.

He holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Physics (Honors) and Law. His experience includes training at British Steel and a tenure as a visiting fellow at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University.

He has held positions handling marketing and operations in SAIL’s International trade division as well as in domestic markets all over the country. Record exports by SAIL during his tenure remained unsurpassed for over 15 years.

He developed and headed the Defence vertical of SAIL, developing critical import substitution products in a joint effort involving R&D establishments of SAIL, Defence and other Government units. These efforts led to successful launching of fully indigenous warships.

He heads SAIL’s Defence & Railways vertical, the Special Steels Group and the division for Trade and Economic Partnerships, apart from other responsibilities.

He has worked closely with industry & Government and isone of the core industry representatives, who participate in advocacy on trade related matters on behalf of steel industry.

He has also represented India at international forums.

Executive Director,

Dr. Andrew Green is the Executive Director for the International Zinc Association (IZA), a non-profit organization representing the global zinc industry with market develop, market access and communication activities.  Prior to this, he was Director Environment, Health and Sustainability as well as Director of the Zinc Nutrient Initiative (ZNI) at IZA.

Before joining IZA, he was an Assistant Research Professor at the University of South Carolina as well as a National Research Council Post-Doctoral Researcher.  Dr. Green received his Ph.D. from the School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.


Since October 2020, appointed Member of the Board of Danieli SpA.

In addition, He is right now covering the below positions:

  • President of Danieli Automation SpA.
  • Chairman of the Board of Danieli Engineering Japan (Japan)
  • President of Danieli Rotelec (France)
  • Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Danieli Automation Co., Ltd. (Thailand)
  • Member of the Board of Danieli Fata Hunter (Italy, USA)
  • President of the Board of Automation Integrated Solution (Italy)

Inventor and Patent Owner of Q ONE System. This power electronic system is designed to melt recycled scrap without generating Reactive Power to the network in the Electric Arc Furnace. Its application is already in use on industrial basis.


  • Year 2017, June 16, University of Trieste, Italy, Faculty of Engineering. Honor Doctor Degree in Electrical Energy engineering and Systems. Title of the Lectio Magistralis: “Energy, automation and robotics towards a sustainable metallurgy: vision 2060 and beyond”
  • Year 1996, Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand, Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering.
  • Year 1985, Don Bosco Technical School, Genoa, Italy, Diploma of Electronic Engineer
Commercial Director Latin America,

Commercial Director for Latin America at Leeco Trading (

President of the Brazilian Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (

Mr. Rosset has more than 34 years experience in the overseas market.

He worked as Commercial Director for Hyundai Corporation and Commercial Manager for Samsung C&T.

Besides his experience in Korean companies, Mr. Rosset worked for British American Tobacco, LG International Corporation, TDK Electronics, Sharp, Consulate of India and in a cooperative of pork in the south of Brazil named FRIMESA.

He was the Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and member of the American Chamber in Brazil – Amcham in 1989

VP, Aluminium,

Antti Koulumies leads Outotec’s Aluminium Business line, which comprises of Outotec’s carbon area and casthouse technologies globally. Previously, Antti worked as Outotec’s head of corporate strategy and controlling, leading Outotec’s strategy development, business controlling, as well as several corporate transformation programs.

Before Outotec, Antti worked at McKinsey and Company as a consultant and senior project manager, working across Europe, South Africa, China and North America.

He holds a Master of Science in technology from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland (2010) having studied also at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Antti is based in Cologne, Germany and is a native of Finland.

Key Accounts Head (West),

Apramey has 13 years of experience in sales & marketing of Non-Ferrous Metals. He started his career as a market analyst and subsequently worked with International Zinc Association to develop the Indian Zinc demand.

Apramey has also worked in leadership roles for Zinc, Lead, Copper and Silver marketing. His areas of interest are Market Research, Commodity Hedging, Digitization in commodity sales. Recently, he has spearheaded the recently launched Ecommerce portal of Hindustan Zinc –Evolve.

Proposal Engineer,

Ashton Hertrich, has a master degree in Construction Management in the Oil&Gas sector, worked as a technical engineer in EPC projects for Oil & Gas Industries. He joined Danieli two year ago in the sales department as Sales Engineer. Nowadays he is dealing with proposals for DRP Energiron projects worldwide taking care of the technical and commercial portion, feasibility studies with particular focus on customer demands. Also, involved in the development of environmentally sustainable solutions in the iron making industry with the aim of reduction of CO2 footprint, applying Energiron technology.  He is following the marketing activity regarding Energiron technology.

Senior Commodities Analyst,

Bernard Dahdah is senior commodities analyst at Natixis and leads the commodities research team.

Bernard specialises in metals and mining and is regularly ranked as one of the top forecasters by Fastmarkets, Bloomberg and the LBMA. Most recently, Bernard topped the LBMA’s 1998-2019 Historical Review of the Precious Metals Forecast Survey.

Head of Buy-Side Sales,

Bernd is the Head of Buy-Side Sales at the London Metal Exchange covering clients across EMEA and the Americas. His buy-side clients include hedge funds, proprietary traders, asset managers and pension funds.

Before joining the London Metal Exchange, Bernd was the Global Head of Metals and Iron Ore at Thomson Reuters and Refinitiv for 6 years working with metal clients across the supply chain on their data and trading platform requirements.

Prior to his role at Refinitiv, Bernd was a commodity derivatives trader with a focus on LME base and precious metals at Credit Suisse before joining Alaska Metals to work on the base metals hedging desk.

Bernd started his career in London at Lehman Brothers in the Fixed Income division focused on debt syndication for European corporates, financials, and Supra/Sovereign/Agency clients.

Chief Executive Officer,

After Bernhard Steenken completed his master’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, he joined the SMS group in Düsseldorf in Corporate Development until he took over the position as CEO of SMS digital in 2018.

Sr. Commodity Analyst,

Carsten Fritsch works as a senior commodity analyst at Commerzbank since July 2008 and is responsible for analysing developments and forecasting prices in energy, precious metal and agricultural markets. He is regularly quoted in media and highly regarded as a speaker on commodity related topics at conferences and client events. Before that he served for seven years as a currency strategist at Commerzbank. He started his career at the Commerzbank Economic Research department as a research assistant and as a junior financial analyst for foreign exchange markets at a news agency. Carsten holds a degree in Economics at Magdeburg University.



Chief Executive Officer,

Cesar Canali is the CEO of Argentem Trade Services, a specialized metals and minerals trade finance company that is affiliated with Argentem Creek Partners, which has offices in the United States and United Kingdom.

With a successful career extending over 20 years in the financial and metals industries, Mr. Canali is also a technology investor and guest speaker sharing his expertise with audiences and industry publications around the world. He is based in New York, fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.


Jin is Director  – Commodities at the SGX. His responsibilities include development and enhancement of bulk commodity products focusing on iron ore and coal.

Before joining SGX, he was a trader at Pavilion Gas and Hess Energy Trading Company where he covered LNG and freight. He started his career at Glencore in 2003 where he was on the graduate trader programme in the London office before being transferred to Singapore as a gasoline trader.

Jin has an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.

Founder and President,

Chris has been an independent analyst since 2009 with a focus on Energy Metals supply chains including lithium, cobalt, graphite, nickel, copper, vanadium, and rare earths.

His advisory work provides strategic insights to asset managers, banks, corporates and academia and has a specific focus on how strategic metals supply chains are evolving to create opportunities and threats. Before shifting focus to analysis of these trends, Chris gained twelve years of capital markets experience on both the buy side and sell side.

He has visited and performed economic analysis of metals deposits on six continents and has been featured in multiple media outlets including the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post and CNN International.

Chris holds a Master of Business Administration in finance with an international focus from Fordham University, and a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from The Virginia Military Institute.

He can be reached at cberry (at) house-mountain (dot) com or on Twitter @cberry1

Founder and CEO,

Chris is the host of the Arcadia Economics show on YouTube, author of The Big Silver Short, and you can also contact him to buy, sell, or store physical precious metals through his partnership with Miles Franklin.

Deputy CEO, SICG,

Mr. Aramayo has more than seventeen years of experience in the mining industry in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. Throughout his career, he has been closely associated with the practices that make for world-class mining operations and projects including challenging operations as Pueblo Viejo, Paracatu, Fruta del Norte and Tasiast.

Mr. Aramayo is a Chartered Engineer who holds a Master’s Degree in Science from the University of Manchester (UK) in Decision Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Metallurgy.

Asia Commodities & Energy Columnist,

Clyde Russell is Asia Commodities and Energy Columnist at Reuters. He has been a journalist and editor for 33 years covering everything from wars in Africa to the resources boom and its current struggles. Born in Glasgow, he has lived in Johannesburg, Sydney, Singapore and now splits his time between Tasmania and Asia. He writes about trends in commodity and energy markets, with a particular focus on China. Before becoming a financial journalist in 1996, Clyde covered civil wars in Angola, Mozambique and other African hotspots for Agence-France Presse.


Director – Supply Chain & Metallics,

Denis currently acts as the CFO and joined Gerdau in 2005 as a Financial Trainee in Brazil’s Head Quarter. After, he assumed a new challenge in Peru and since 2012 he is based in Mexico City, developing important roles in Latin America and USA Finance and Planning projects.

Prior to joining Gerdau, Denis had business experiences in Coca Cola Company and also served the Brazilian Army.

His educational credentials include bachelor’s degree in business administration in Brazil, MBA in Finance (FGV) and Programa de Perfeccionamiento Directivo – Ipade Business School (on going).

Chief Executive Officer,
Dilip Oommen is Chief Executive Officer of ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India and a member of the company’s Management Committee. He has worked in the steel industry for 37 years.
Oommen joined Essar Steel (now AM/NS India) in 2003 as Chief Operating Officer and has a deep understanding of the company and its operations across India. He has held several senior leadership positions in the company and was appointed Managing Director and CEO in 2019.
Oommen’s international steel industry experience includes senior operational roles at Hadeed, the leading steel manufacturer in the Gulf, owned by SABIC, one of the world’s largest petrochemicals manufacturers.
In 2020, Oommen was elected President of the Indian Steel Association, the industry body that represents major public and private sector steel companies in India. He has also served in the past as Co-Chair of FICCI’s Steel Committee, one of several industry leadership roles he has taken on during his career.
Oommen is a qualified as a metallurgical engineer and obtained his degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Chief Executive Officer,

Diora is an independent precious metals analyst and host of the gold and silver assets youtube channel –

Senior Technology Analyst,

Dr Alex Holland is a Senior Technology Analyst within the Energy Storage team at UK-based market research company IDTechEx. His activities include technology benchmarking, supply chain analysis and developing market forecasts, authoring, and contributing to various reports on lithium-ion batteries, electric vehicles, and future electric vehicle material demand. Prior to joining IDTechEx in 2019, Alex completed his PhD in electrochemical engineering from the University of Southampton and worked as an analyst at a renewable energy supplier.

IDTechEx provide market intelligence on a range of emerging technologies, helping to guide strategic business decisions through its Research, Subscription and Consultancy product

Secretary General & Executive Head,

Between 2004 and 2006, Dr. Chatterjee was the Principal Secretary to the Government of Orissa for Steel and Mines. In that capacity, he was part of the core negotiating team for the single biggest FDI in Indian history – the POSCO Steel Project. He also successfully negotiated and signed MOUs for some of the biggest Steel, Aluminium, and Mining Projects in the country.

He has worked in various assignments related to the energy and power sector – specifically in Industries, Coal, Mining, Steel, and Land issues.

With respect to industries, he worked closely with the Industrial Development Corporation of Orissa in the allocation of power, land and other infrastructure to the various mega industries that were being set up.

With respect to steel and mining, he was primarily responsible not only for the POSCO project but also for negotiating mega projects that were being set up by groups such as JSPL, Jindal Stainless, Vedanta, Arcelor Mittal, Rio Tinto, Tata Steel, Aditya Birla, Monet Ispat, Visa Steel etc.

As Principal Secretary Mining and Chairman of the Orissa Mining Corporation, he was involved with all the mining operations and raw material procurement for the steel industry particularly iron ore. He was fully concerned with all the backward and forward linkages concerned with the steel industry and was part of the team that was consulted during the formulation of the Steel Policy.

Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee is widely acclaimed as the Father of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India. He was instrumental in framing and issuing the CSR guidelines for Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) in April, 2010. Thereafter, he played a major role in the inclusion of Section 135 in the Companies Act of 2013 and in the framing of the rules thereafter.
As the DG & CEO of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), under the aegis of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India, he spearheaded the National Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility (NFCSR). Here, Dr. Chatterjee also helped to shape the contours of the subject of Corporate Affairs and prepared strategies for capacity development, knowledge dissemination and quality research.

He has spoken and lectured on the subject of CSR at a very large number of National and International forums over the last five years and is acknowledged as the primary force for bringing a new paradigm to the realm of CSR and providing it with an innovative and strategic vision.

Dr. Chatterjee is also a widely acclaimed management practitioner, theorist and teacher. He has written and lectured over many years on issues of social and sustainable development, corporate responsibility and human resources.

He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1975 and has held many distinguished positions. In 2008-09, he was Principal Adviser in the Planning Commission. Here he was deeply involved with a number of micro and macro-economic measures. He was also a part of the team responsible for shaping India’s response to the global economic crisis of 2009. Thereafter, he held the position of Secretary to the Govt. of India in the Deptt. of Public Enterprises.

Dr. Chatterjee has most recently authored his latest Book entitled “Sustainable Futures – Imperatives For Managing The Social Agenda”. In this book, Dr. Chatterjee shows how governments, corporates and civil society organizations can synergize their efforts to build a whole new paradigm of development that is sustainable, humanistic and inclusive.

CEO and Shareholder, VOSCO M.C. GmbH & President, ITA,

Dr. Gunther Voswinckel is currently a CEO and Shareholder at VOSCO M.C. GmbH. 

Dr. Voswinckel has a wealth of experience in board level positions having spent 16 years at Mannesmann Demag Ag in a variety of roles. 

He worked as a CEO for 9 years at Otto Junker GmbH and has been a shareholder in Dr. Voswinckel Management consultants and VOSCO for 5 years. 

He is a president of the International Tube Association and sits on several boards in supervisory capacities. 

Managing Director Industrials / Automotive,

Dr Heinz-Jürgen Büchner is Managing Industrials / Automotive at the IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG at Frankfurt.

Broad range of publications and presentations to metal and commodity related issues worldwide. More than 25 years experience in the global metals industry.

He has been with IKB since September 1990. Prior to that, he was with the Landesbank Rheinland-Pfalz at Mainz, and from 1981 to 1987 was an Assistant Professor at the Economics Department of the University of Bonn.

He studied Economics at the University of Bonn, where he received his Ph.D. His dissertation was on “Economic theories of tax evasion”.


Mr. Yayan got B.A. degrees from Faculty of Political Sciences of Ankara University in 1977 and Faculty of Law of the Istanbul University in 1987. Then he got his PhD degree from the Istanbul University Faculty of Economics in 1997. Mr. Yayan has diplomas from University of Michigan on Development Economy and Population Planning; from the University of Sussex on Labor Market Information System and Japan Int. Coop. Agency on Development and improvement of Employment.

Mr. Veysel Yayan started his career as Reporter at the Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Trade in 1976. Then he worked at State Planning Organization, as Expert and Undersecretariat of Defense Industries, as Head of Department, Deputy Undersecretary and Acting Undersecretary until he retired in 1998.

After serving 22 years for government from expert to Undersecretary levels between 1976-1998, he was appointed as Secretary General to the Turkish Steel Producers Association in 1998. On 25 September 2018, Dr. Yayan was appointed as Undersecretary to Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology. In August 2018, Yayan retired from government and returned to his position as Secretary General of Turkish Steel Producers Association. He is also chairman of the Iron and Non-Iron Metals Assembly at the Turkish Chamber of Commerce.

Managing Partner,

Emily Sarah Hersh resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she works as Managing Partner of DCDB Group. Emily is a well known expert in the lithium and battery industry. She is the host of The Minerals Manhattan Project podcast and the Weekly Recharge video series. In addition, it manages projects in South America for companies in the mining, energy, oil and gas industries. Her lithium expertise includes project due diligence, country risk assessment, and emerging battery technologies.

Emily has given keynote speeches on lithium, energy storage, renewable energy in Latin America, and emerging battery technology at events organized by the Institute of the Americas, Metal Bulletin, Fastmarkets, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, Euromoney, GFC Media, Greenpower Conferences, SolarPlaza , Real Clear Politics, and many others.

She has appeared on CNN and Al-Jazeera America regarding the Argentine economy, and her work appears frequently on Business Insider, The Bubble, Wolf Street, and InfoBAE. It is regularly quoted in The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Quartz, and Reuters in relation to lithium materials and batteries.

In 2018, Emily founded AMES Argentina, the Association of Women in Energy and Sustainability in Argentina. She is a member of the international Kappa Kappa Gamma brotherhood and the Electrochemical Society.

Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Tulane University, a MA in International Affairs from American University, and has done graduate coursework in Renewable Energy at the Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).

Managing Director,

Enrique Gasca Neri studied Industrial Engineering at the UAM in Mexico City as well as postgraduate studies in Finance at Harvard University.

He started his career in 1983 in Thyssen Carbometal NY as a trader in raw materials. He held several positions in that company in Germany and the US. Mexico City was his last post as Managing Director of Thyssen Mexico.

In 1992, Enrique joined Altos Hornos of Mexico (AHMSA) as Chief Commercial Officer.

In 2002, Enrique Joined the Ferrostaal group in Houston, TX, as Chief Commercial officer. During his 10 year career at Ferrostaal, Enrique’s last position was CEO of Coutinho Ferrostaal for the Americas.

In 2012 Enrique founded XSTEEL USA, a firm that, through a series of merges and commercial alliances, has been successful in positioning in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia as a reliable trading company, reaching more than $228 million sales in 2018.

XSteel is based in Houston and is owned and managed by Enrique Gasca and Sebastian Hermann. It specializes in Special Steels, Aluminum, Tinplate as well as commercial grade steels and has as strong position in the structured trade activities.

Founder & CEO,

Dr. Falk-Florian Henrich is founder and managing director of Smart Steel Technologies. The company offers AI-based software products to optimize steel production. Leading steel manufacturers apply SST software 24/7 in production.

After a very short setup project, production quality is substantially increased and energy consumption is reduced. Prior to founding Smart Steel Technologies, Dr. Henrich built the high-tech company CeleraOne (2011-2018), established it as the market leader in the paid content sector and sold it to Axel Springer SE. Dr. Henrich holds a PhD in mathematics and contributed substantial research to the theory of loop spaces of Riemannian manifolds and artificial intelligence.

President & CEO,

Mr O’Neill established the Company and has been President & CEO since its inception. He has been involved in managing junior exploration companies in the minerals sector for a number of years and is experienced in logistics, planning, and operations development. He has a strong background in the regulatory and compliance requirements of public companies.

Chief Investigator - Global Marketing,

Hiroyuki Kurosawa is Japanese journalist specializing for steel industry. He has long experiences about global steel market and the strategy of Japanese steel company, Nippon Steel, JFE or Kobe steel from 2005. He covers various steel area, sales include domestic market, plant technology and international business development.

His career is not only reporter also editor of global steel news. He is inaugurated as the first Chief Editor of Japan Metal Daily English Online. It will launch from March or April 2021.

Head of Editorial,

She joined Mysteel Global as Head of Editorial in October 2017 to lead Mysteel’s 11-person English editorial team.

Prior to this, worked as a senior editor in Platts for six years, Senior editor in FastMarkets for two years, and Senior Correspondent in Metal Bulletin for five years, all companies being nonferrous metals and steel web news and pricing agencies, covering the nonferrous metals and ferrous commodities news since 2004, primarily focusing on China, but at the same time reporting related happenings in Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Taiwan, and ASEAN countries.

Migrated to Singapore in 2001, originally from Beijing, China, working as an associate editor at the Overseas English News Department of Xinhua News Agency headquarters over 1998-2001.

Managing Director/ CEO,

Humphrey is a graduate of Industrial Physics, from the University of Benin, Nigeria. He also holds a master’s degree in Banking and Finance from the same University. He is also an Alumnus of the Lagos Business School (LBS) Senior Management Program.

He started his banking career with Guardian Express Bank (GEB) Plc (which later became Enterprise Bank Limited and is now a part of Heritage Bank Ltd). He was later seconded to the capital market subsidiary of GEB, Guardian Express Trust Ltd (GETL) as Head, Finance and Administration.

On the emergence of PanAfrican Capital Plc (Then Spring Capital Markets Ltd) after the banking consolidation in 2006, he was retained as the pioneer Head, Clients’ Services and later served in different capacities under PanAfrican Capital Holdings Ltd (PAC Holdings) as the reporting accountant of PAC Securities Limited, Regional Director, South Region; Head, Projects & Infrastructure Financing and later as Head, Specialized Finance.

Humphrey is currently the Managing Director/CEO of PAC Capital Limited-the investment banking arm of PAC Holdings. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS). Humphrey is an Authorized Dealing Clerk of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). He is also a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registered officer.

He has a strong transaction experience spanning various sectors of the Nigerian economy and across Africa. He participated actively in the Privatization of the Power sector in Nigeria and led the team that raised financing for three (3) Power Generating Companies (GENCOs) out of seven (7) that were available for acquisition and two (2) Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) out of eleven (11). Humphrey has been exposed to several training programs in Project Finance, Financial Modelling & Analysis and holds certificates in various other courses.

President & Chief Executive Officer,

As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aluminium Association of Canada (AAC) since 2009, Jean Simard is the industry’s official representative and spokesperson with governments, business associations and the media, as well as with international organizations linked to the industry.

Mr. Simard holds a degree in Civil Law from the University of Ottawa and is a member of the Barreau du Québec. He possesses extensive professional experience in public and government relations, mainly in sustainable development, energy and environmental affairs.

He is a member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of the Quebec Industrial Aluminium Cluster (AluQuébec). Co-founder and member of the Board and Steering committee of SWITCH, the Alliance for a greener economy, he is one of the Leaders of the Canadian Smart Prosperity Initiative. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the newly created Canadian Institute for Climate Choices. He sits on several boards in the areas of business and the arts.

EY Canada National Mining and Metals Co-Leader,

As the National Mining and Metals Co-Leader at EY Canada, Jeff leads a team of professionals across the country supporting mining and metals companies as they pursue their growth ambitions in the wake of a transformed competitive and operating landscape.

Jeff leverages years of business strategy, structuring, change management, M&A and relationship building experience in CEO/CFO positions for intermediate to large public companies and over 25 years of experience in the sector and finance. Jeff has successfully built and led finance teams through the different stages of financing, construction and production. He also brings international experience in the mining and finance industries with an extensive network, operating and undergoing development in North and South America, as well as Africa.

Jeff has served on boards of publicly-traded companies, such as First Cobalt and Tonbridge Power. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Toronto and a four-year Honours Economics degree from the University of Western Ontario. He’s also a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Chief Executive Officer,
Aaristic Services Inc.

He works regularly with market analysis companies & scrap yard owners supplying knowledge & global market intelligence. This includes banker dinners with investment/fund manager participants & consulting projects with scrap yard owners.

On Sep 2017, he was, Appointed as an Adviser to BOD for Petram Technologies to assist commercializing Patented Technology for Plasma Blasting on earth. Originally developed by NASA by Auburn Univ to perform Moon & Mars Mining in an environmentally friendly, non- intrusive, noiseless, non-pollutant process.

Consults with scrap companies that are diversifying into pit mining & iron ore projects.

Contracted as an Expert Witness; Jan 2015, for prosecuting attorney in a scrap theft trial; in 2012, for UK law firm for a commercial international scrap cargo dispute.

Frequent speaker for ISRI, CARI, IIMA, SMU & others for iron & steel making raw materials, dynamics for global metallics markets & recycling industry.

He retired from ArcelorMittal in Jun 2011.

General Manager,

Born in Istanbul in 1971, Kerem Çakır is graduated from Istanbul (Erkek) High School, and then from Boğaziçi University Mechanical Engineering Faculty in 1994. After graduation, he started his business life and career in Borusan. In 2000, he completed his post-graduate study (Executive MBA) Koç University.

Within Borusan Group of Companies, Kerem Çakır worked in Borusan Birleşik Boru Fabrikaları (currently named Borusan Mannesmann Boru), Borusan Elektronik, Borçelik and Kerim Çelik. After working as General Manager in Kerim Çelik between 2008 and 2015, Kerem Çakır is still working as Borçelik General Manager since January 2015.

Mr. Çakır is also Chairman at Turkish Cold Rolling, Galvanized and PPGI Manufacturers Association.

Managing Consultant,

Kevin Fowkes has worked as an economist and consultant in the ferroalloy industry since 1998.

From 2007 to 2009, Kevin Fowkes was a business development manager in the metals division of Privat Group.  Before that he was the senior market analyst for the Norwegian ferroalloy group Elkem, and a consultant for Hatch Beddows and CRU International.  Since 2009, Kevin has run AlloyConsult, his own company, which provides bespoke consulting services to the ferroalloy industry.

Kevin Fowkes is a graduate of the London School of Economics.



Managing Partner,

Krisztina is the Managing Partner of DMM Advisory Group, an international management consultancy providing strategy, commercial and technical consulting services for the metals, mining and diamond sectors. Krisztina has gathered over 20 years expertise in strategy and management consulting. Her commodity focus has been copper and steel raw materials with focus on nickel. She developed and led a number of relevant projects including strategy development, custom-made market investigation and outlook, evaluation of material movements, value chain study, market entry analysis, project evaluation, and due diligence. Her list of clients includes several mining majors, metal producers, junior mining companies, investors, and sector bodies. She has a Bachelor degree from the University of Cologne, Germany, and an MBA from NYU Stern Business School New York, USA. She regularly speaks at international conferences.


Past Chair of the Kansas City Art Institute Board of Trustees.
Past President of the SMACNA, (North American Sheet Metal Association)
Past Member of the Manufacturing Advisory Board to the US Secretary of Commerce
Member of the Advisory Board for the School of Engineering, University of Kansas
Director of Kansas City Design Center
Advisory Board to Stainless Steel World, The Netherlands
Member of the District Export Council, Department of Commerce
Advisory Board to Skills KC, Kauffman Foundation

Chief Executive Officer,

Lobo Tiggre is the founder and CEO of Louis James LLC, and the principal analyst and editor of He researched and recommended speculative opportunities in Casey Research publications from 2004 to 2018, writing under the name “Louis James.” While with Casey Research, he learned the ins and outs of resource speculation from the legendary speculator Doug Casey.

Although frequently mistaken for one, Mr. Tiggre is not a professional geologist. However, his long tutelage under world-class geologists, writers, and investors resulted in an exceptional track record.

A fully transparent, documented, and verifiable track record is a central feature of services today. As of May 2, 2020, the average gain of all closed trades is 40%. Another key feature is that Mr. Tiggre will put his own money into the speculations he writes about, so his readers will always know he has “skin in the game” with them.

Chief Market Analyst,

In 1964, Lynette Zang began her studies on gold and collectibles via her uncle, who was a high-end antique dealer in New York. Her father was a real estate developer in Kingston, New York. With his contacts in local commercial banking, she began her banking career at 15.

Lynette focused her college education on business finance, first at Fairleigh Dickenson University and England’s Wroxton College. She then transferred, completing her degree at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

She remained in commercial banking until 1986 when she shifted to investment banking with Larson Lehman/American Express and became a stockbroker. Initially she focused her attentions on the government bond market, learning the nuances of debt and interest rate moves on bond maturities. In that capacity, she stumbled across non-dollar denominated bonds and added the currency dimension. This led to the discovery of currency life cycle patterns and a deep understanding of the impact of those life cycles on all socioeconomic levels and asset classes.

Lynette’s mission is to translate financial noise into understandable language and enable educated, independent choices. All her work is fact and evidence based and she shares these tools openly. She believes strongly that we need to be as independent as possible and at the same time, we need to come together in community to survive and thrive through any financial crisis.

Managing Director,

Mr. M C Thomas works as Managing Director of Tata Steel Mining Limited, a subsidiary of Tata Steel focused on commercial mining and Ferro Alloys business leading the full mining value chain from Chrome ore Manufacturing of Ferro Alloys and handling Global Customers for Chrome Alloys.

He joined Tata Steel as a Graduate Trainee in 1992. He worked in various roles in Mines division till he became Chief (Noamundi) in February 2005. He also was associated with special projects like Total Operational Performance (TOP) with McKinsey, Developing IT strategy for Tata Steel with Gartner, Leading an Iron ore task force to evaluate commercial opportunities in Iron ore etc during this stint.

In 2007, post acquisition of Corus by Tata Steel, he was assigned to lead the Global Minerals Resources team formed to explore globally possible raw materials linkage for Corus.


Mr. Thomas had a 5-year stint in Ivory Coast, West Africa since 2008, as the Managing Director for of Tata Steel Cote d’lvoire SA, a JV of Tata Steel with State Mining company. He worked to develop Mt Gao Iron ore project from start, involving acquiring the lease, detailed exploration, resource & mine planning and a feasibility study up to port for a possible 24 mtpa project. He also worked as EIC (Western Africa) for exploring other mineral projects in Western and central African regions especially in Guinea, Liberia, Gabon and Ghana for Tata Steel.

He returned to Tata Steel in June 2013 as General Manager (Operations), FAMD and then moved to lead Iron ore operations of as General Manager (OMQ). He also worked as General Manager, Raw Materials Strategy Group before being transferred as EIC (FAM) in June 2017 till May 20.

He is passionate about adventure sports like Off-roading, trekking, river rafting etc and serving the community spending time for useful projects. He is also an Erikson International certified coach.

Chief Executive Officer,

Marco Micciché, after a degree in Political Science and International Relations from University of Genoa, attended as Assistant and Associate of Compared Public Law at the University of Genoa during which he wrote articles and publications about international politics and economics.

He holds a Master Degree in “European Studies and Global Affairs” at ASERI (High School of Economics and International Relations) from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan.

He has 17 years’ experience in the steel trading whose 16 spent in Duferco SA where he managed first Flats products and thereafter Metallics for the group.

He joined Eusider Group in 2020 as CEO of Eusider Trading, focusing in the international trade of Scrap, Semis and Finished Productsfrom the Swiss-based headquarter in Lugano.

Chief Industry Risk Officer - Metals & Mining,

Maria Krasnikova has more than 15 years of work experience providing financing and investment banking services to metals and mining companies. She has been working at Sberbank CIB since the beginning of 2015 analyzing precious metals, base metals and coal sectors. Prior to that, she served at hedge fund BTG Pactual in London, and from 2007 to 2010 she worked at investment banks RBS and UBS. She was actively involved into bond placements of metals & mining companies as well as into debt restructurings. Maria also was deputy head of the credit department for metals companies at UniCredit’s Moscow office, where she participated in project financing and syndicated loan deals. She graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Lomonosov Moscow State University’s faculty of economics and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Head of Corporate Strategy,

Maxim holds MSc (Honors) in Applied Mathematics from Moscow State University and Diploma in Finance from Russian Academy of National Economics. 

Maxim joined Severstal in 2011 and since then was involved in development of Severstal’s corporate strategy and asset portfolio optimization. He actively participated in development of Severstal updated Strategy-2023; previously he was involved in restructuring of Severstal’s assets in North America.

Prior joining Severstal he successfully worked as research analyst covering metals and mining equities in one the leading Russian investment banks, Alfa Bank. Maxim started his career in Mars CIS (FMCG) and Gazmetall (steel and mining) focusing on investment management and corporate finance.

President & CEO,

With over 19 years’ experience in the capital markets, Mr. Azodi was the CEO of IC Potash – the company that was restructured out of debt and became Belgravia Capital.

Azodi has extensive experience built around private/public equity and debt financings and has held senior executive roles in various companies listed on the TSX/NYSE.

Executive Director,

Michael DiRienzo serves as the Executive Director of the Silver Institute, an international association whose membership comprises the major participants in the silver industry.  In that capacity, Michael manages the Institute’s overall daily activities, budget development and management, implementing the annual plan, public affairs, and government relations’ activities.

Michael also served as Vice President of the Gold Institute, managing that association’s government and public relations activities.   He represented a member company of the Toyota Group as Director of Government Relations.  Formerly, Michael served as Legislative Assistant and Press Secretary to the Chairman of the House Rules Committee, U.S. Congressman David Dreier (R-CA).  During his tenure with the Chairman, Michael worked on issues before the Financial Services and Small Business Committees.


Michael Lockwood is a Partner of The Metals Risk Team that includes David Waite, Robert Fig and Fred Demler.  Their guidance helps clients build and strengthen price risk management programs that improve business control and yield intended results.  Services include guidance for policies, governance and structure, process, goals and measures, reporting, education and networking.  Past and present clients include base metal producers, processors, end-users and traders around the world.

Michael gained extensive risk management and commercial experience over 30 years working with multi-metal producers, processors and traders in Canada, Chile and the UAE.  He holds a Master’s of Science and an MBA and has served on the board of the LME, two LME committees as well as boards of various metals industry associations.

Chief Executive Officer,

Michelle Manook is Chief Executive of the World Coal Association. She has held the role since July 2019, based in
London. Previously, she was Head of Strategy, Government and Communications for Europe, Asia and Africa for the
multinational company, Orica, based in Perth, Australia.

Michelle has a diverse range of experience under her belt, with over 25 years in senior roles in the energy and mining
industry. She has also held non-exec director positions in the voluntary and healthcare sectors and early in her
career, worked in policy and public affairs for the Government of Western Australia.
She is passionate about coal’s role in powering sustainable economic development, and how this can transform the
lives and livelihoods of our global communities. She is looking to foster international collaboration and promote real
solutions to the world’s energy challenges.

Michelle was born in Dhaka in Bangladesh and has a BA degree in Psychology from the University of Western Australia.

Director – Supply Chain Management,

Mihir Desai is the Director of Supply Chain Management at Welspun Tubular.

Desai has more than 12 years of experience with Welspun where he manages the company’s logistics, procurement, risk management and inventory management. In his role, he oversees nearly all of company’s purchasing decisions – including $500 million in annual purchasing requirements – as well as inbound and outbound logistics.

Known for his versatility in project management, Desai is a team builder that recognizes leadership succeeds when it a team is motivated. He teaches his team to be dynamic and has instilled a global mindset to be aware of customer needs and a changing industrial landscape. From Section 232 duties to transportation challenges, he guides Welspun through seamless transitions. Desai’s leadership has helped gain Welspun the reputation of delivering product before time and above quality.

Desai is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from Bhavnagar University and master’s degree from Syracuse University in New York.

Senior Vice President - Marketing,

Mohammed Salem Al Afari is Senior Vice President – Marketing at Emirates Steel. In this role, he is responsible for providing strategic direction and driving the company’s marketing programmes and initiatives in the UAE and across the world.

In a previous role, Mr. Al Afari was Vice President of Sales – HSM at Emirates Steel. He was responsible for developing plans and strategies to improve heavy sections sales and oversee the financial success of the department.

Bringing to his role more than 15 years of experience, Al Afari is a founding member of Emirates Steel, and has played an important role in the company’s growth trajectory. He was instrumental as part of the wider team in leading the implementation of the company’s two-phased expansion project that resulted in a considerable increase in plant capacity to 3.5 million tonnes. He also championed the company’s rebranding process and spearheaded the creation of its new identity.

Mohammed Salem Al Afari holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Abu Dhabi University and a bachelor’s in Information Management from the Higher College of Technology in Abu Dhabi.

Chairman of IREPAS,

Murat Cebecioglu has a business degree from New York Institute of Technology. After his graduation, he worked at multinational companies like Gillette and Allied Domecq. Since 2007, he has worked for Turkish steelmaker ICDAS in different commercial roles. He has served as export manager at ICDAS since 2009.

Head of Sales, USMCA, Tubular Steel Inc. & President, Toronto Steel Buyers & Associates,

Nicholas has over 18 years of experience in sales and marketing. For the past 7 years he has been at Tubular Steel Inc. managing sales and marketing for North America. He was actively involved in helping Tubular Steel to successfully navigate the Section 232 tariffs on Canadian steel tubes. He has been featured on Al Jazeera TV and CBC News discussing the 232 tariffs. Nicholas is the current president of the Toronto Steel Buyers and Associates and plays an active role in the steel and tube industry across North America.

Lead Dry Cargo Analyst,

Head of dry cargo research in London for Braemar ACM, one of the leading shipbroking firms globally. Starting with Braemar ACM in 2016, Nick is in regular contact with some of the worlds largest shipowners, charterers and trading houses, advising on all aspects of the dry bulk freight market. Nick’s analysis frequently appears in the Financial Times, Tradewinds, Lloyds List and others.

Nick received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Leeds, focusing on Applied Econometrics and Shipping, winning the Oxford University Press Achievement in Economics Prize.

Senior Partner,
Mining For Facts, llc

Patrick is the principal of both Mining for Facts and intherightvein. Mining for Facts is an advisory service, aimed at the financial sector and intherightvein is a blog covering the details of the steel and steel raw materials industry. The blog has an extensive readership along with benchmarks of various raw materials –the financial community wants to know what the real prices are and not the list or index prices. He has consulted with major corporations in both the consuming and production sector as well as the financial community.

Prior to this, he was the co-owner of Ryan’s Notes which covered the same areas as the blog and the advisory service. Six years ago, he sold Ryan’s Notes, along with its prices and conference business to CRU. He ran Ryan’s Notes for 15 years. Prior to that, he was the head of commodity information for Platts after running Metals Week for over 20 years. He has written about, consulted on, and set prices for virtually all the world’s nonferrous and ferrous metals. He also started all the index prices in Metals Week and Ryan’s Notes. He has been in the business for nearly 50 years and has seen it all.


Peter Zimm leads strategy, market positioning, and operations improvement consulting projects for aerospace companies.  A Principal for aerospace-focused management consulting firm Charles Edwards, he has delivered scores of projects for OEMs, Tier 1s, subtier suppliers, and raw materials companies across the world. Peter is an internationally-recognized market expert in aerospace raw materials, aircraft components, manufacturing process technologies, and aircraft emissions.

Prior to joining Charles Edwards, Peter was a Principal at ICF Aviation’s Aerospace & MRO practice. He began his career at Timken Aerospace where he held various business development, marketing, and sales management positions and co-architected the company’s aftermarket entry strategy.  Peter has a Masters in Business Administration from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.

Chief Marketing Officer - Copper Business,

Rakesh is the Chief Marketing Officer for Copper Business at Sterlite Copper – Vedanta Limited.

With almost 15 years of experience in Vedanta, Mr. Mishra has served as a manager for Thailand, India, China, and Zamba.

He studied at the National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology, and holds a master’s in International Business Field Of Study at Gandhi Institute of Technology & Management (GITAM) University, Visakhapatnam.

MMSteelClub Research Team,

Robin is an independent consultant covering the metals & mining sector. Robin has worked as a metals analyst/strategist for over 35 years for various investment banks and brokers; as a top ranked sell-side commodity analyst providing thought leadership for the global metals & mining industry.

He has managed commodity research and analysis teams, providing innovative, opinionated and award-winning research on the market outlook for the Industrial Metals – aluminum, copper, lead, zinc, nickel and tin; Precious Metals – gold, silver, platinum and palladium; Battery Raw Materials – lithium, cobalt, graphite and manganese.

He has worked most recently at Société Générale CIB since 2012, providing research and strategy for the bank’s clients and internal trading and sales teams. Prior to SG, Robin worked at Credit Agricole, UBS and Standard Bank London working with the metals & mining advisory, trading and sales teams. Robin holds an Honours degree in geology and a Master’s in mineral exploration.


Rodney started his career in asset management in 1992 and became a portfolio manager and head of derivatives and quantitative research. He has previously been ranked amongst the top 3 derivatives analysts in the independent Financial Mail surveys.

From 2005-2008, based in London, he ran a proprietary mining book for a large bank focusing on early-stage commodity companies, in particular, iron ore, copper and nickel. From 2009 – 2015 Rodney ran the South African equity derivatives desk for Macquarie Bank and sat on the executive committee. Since 2015 he has been providing independent energy vehicle battery metals research and investment/corporate advisory to clients with a particular focus on lithium.

Rodney holds a B.A. honours degree in Economics from the University of Natal and a CFA. In addition, he is a fellow of the Institute of Financial Markets in South Africa.

Head Of Research,

Ryan Cochrane has over twelve years of experience as a metals analyst and geologist having worked on gold and polymetallic projects in South Africa, Western China, Armenia and the Northern Andes.

Prior to joining Open Mineral, he led CRUs base metals supply and cost research, worked on copper mine costs and later led the gold mining research team at Wood Mackenzie. In earlier roles, he covered precious metals at Thomson Reuters GFMS.

He has strong expertise of zinc, lead and copper markets along with precious metals. Ryan holds a PhD in geochemistry, geochronology and thermochronology from the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Principal and Chief Operating Officer,

Samir N. Kapadia is Principal and Chief Operating Officer at The Vogel Group, a bipartisan, top-rated lobbying firm in Washington, DC. Having spent a decade in policymaking and consulting from New York City to Mumbai, Samir helps some of the largest companies in the world understand how Washington can create risk or drive business growth.

With a bipartisan background, his previous policy experience includes serving Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA). At the Vogel Group, Samir leads the firm’s trade practice, advising clients on issues relating to tariffs and supply chain strategy. Within the steel industry, Samir currently advises large multinational companies such as JSW Steel and Danieli Corporation on trade policy. Samir received his B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A from the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his fiancé, Sofia Longoria.

Chief Marketing Officer,

Sergio Pérez Jiménez has over 27 years of experience with working for the steel industry at ArcelorMittal. He started  in Argentina and moved into Central America and Brazil.

His main responsibilities include technical support, sales, marketing, logistics, exports & commercial.

He is also a member of several steel associations and boards in different countries.

Sergio has a background in civil engineering with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.


Corporate Advisory, Assurance and Due-Diligence services to businesses, covering Financial Markets including Technology, Operations, Risk Management, Legal & Compliance, Advisory to the Mining and Precious Metal Refining Sectors covering such areas as M&A, Capital introductions, Equipment Leasing, Precious Metal and PGM Refining and Laboratory Turnkey Solutions for end to end business optimization.

Founding Partner at,

Mr. Narholz is holding a university degree in Metallurgical Engineering / Energy & Business Administration Management and has 26 years of consultancy, complete plant building, engineering and operational experience with a specific focus on electric steel making, long product casting and rolling.

His current positions are:
• Founding Partner NPT AG Switzerland
• Founding Partner TEC Austria GmbH & TEC Swiss AG

His positions held were
• Chief Executive Officer (CEO) NORIC Swiss GmbH
• Chief Sales Officer (CSO) and Member of the Managing Board of DANIELI Group,
• Executive Vice President DANIELI CENTRO MET with global responsibility for the electric steel making and long product
casting division of DANIELI Group,
• Managing Director of DANIELI Swiss GmbH (in parallel to the listed positions in DANIELI group),
• Managing Director and Partner VWN Steel Solutions GmbH/Switzerland
• Senior Vice President Sales Siemens VAI Metals Germany (former VAI FUCHS, today PRIMETALS Germany),
• Product Manager Mini Mill VOEST Alpine Industrieanlagenbau GmbH / Austria

Executive Director,

Tom Brady is currently serving as the Executive Director of the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities at the University of Colorado Denver Business School and is the Managing Director of Capitalight Research, providing outlook and advisory on precious metals.  Most recently Tom was the Chief Economist at Newmont Mining Corporation and was responsible for generating key commodity price, foreign exchange and other financial assumptions used throughout the company. In this role, Tom also developed methods to effectively quantify and communicate the economic impact of Newmont’s operations to host communities and countries. Previously at Newmont, Tom led the Strategic Planning function that developed and implemented portfolio modeling analytics and also held positions in Investor Relations, Treasury and Corporate Development.

Prior to rejoining Newmont. Tom was a Senior Manager at Risk Capital Management, a consultancy that advised energy and natural resource companies on financial risk, valuation and commodity hedging.

Tom holds a Ph.D. in Mineral Economics with research emphases in commodity markets from the Colorado School of Mines. In addition, Tom holds a Masters degree in Mathematics, also from the Colorado School of Mines.

Cobalt Trader,

Tony has 27 years of experience in the Cobalt market. After graduating in Materials Engineering from the University of Cambridge, Tony has held roles in the physical trading, marketing and financing of Cobalt.

In recent years, Tony was appointed Head of Strategic Cobalt Marketing at ERG, responsible for the sales strategy of Cobalt Hydroxide from their new Cu/Co project in DRC, RTR.  In 2018,  Tony joined Stratton Metals in London, a physical Cobalt and Nickel trading company, to develop their business in Cobalt intermediates and salts for the burgeoning battery industry.

President & CEO,

Trent Mell is a mining executive and capital markets professional with 20 years of international experience in mine permitting, development and operations. His mining career spans base and precious metals, including Barrick Gold, Sherritt International, North American Palladium and AuRico Gold. His commercial experience includes offtake contracts, M&A and over $2.6 billion in equity and debt financings.

In junior mining, he was CEO of Falco Resources, where his team delineated a mineral resource estimate at the Canadian Horne 5 Project to over 6.5 million gold equivalent ounces. As President and Head of Mining of PearTree Securities, Trent created a mining team and led the firm to become the largest provider of flow through capital in Canada, placing more than $300 million in capital in their first year. Trent holds a B.A., a B.C.L. and LL.B. from McGill University, a LL.M from Osgoode Hall as well as an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and Schulich School of Business.

Chief Executive Officer,

Uğur Dalbeler was born in Istanbul in 1964. He graduated from Middle East Technical University with a BSc in Metallurgical Engineering.

In 1986 Mr. Dalbeler joined Colakoglu Group, where he has served as Sales Manager, Trade and Finance Coordinator and been serving as CEO since January 2005.

Ugur Dalbeler is also on the Board of Directors of the Turkish Iron & Steel Producers’ Association and Turkish Steel Exporters’ Association. He has served as chairman of IREPAS ( International Rebar Producers and Exporters Association ) between 2004 and 2014.

Managing Director,

Mr. Vidya Rattan Sharma is a leading Technocrat with more than 37 years of experience in Steel, Power, Cement and Mining Industry. At present he is working as the Managing Director of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL), one of India’s leading conglomerates with interests in Steel, Power, Mining and Infrastructure. He joined JSPL in June 2019. During his tenure, JSPL has undertaken several steps to transform itself and shown excellent performance on all fronts. This includes an impressive higher production and Sales turnover during the Covid-19 induced economically challenging period. Under his leadership JSPL recorded its highest ever consolidated EBIDTA figure in Q1 FY21.

Mr. Sharma has worked in different parts of the world with various organisations. Prior to joining JSPL, he worked with Abul Khair Group of Bangladesh as MD. He has also worked in UAE and Africa for 5 years. Before that Mr Sharma was Dy MD & CEO (Steel) of JSPL.  He has also worked with ISPAT Industries, Bhushan Steel Group and Socialist Steel Libya in senior positions.

Mr. Sharma is a qualified Mechanical Engineer. He holds a degree in MBA from the United Kingdom.

DRI & Steel Plant Director,

Shiva Kumar is DRI Technology and Project Expert having 26 years of experience, presently handling Business Development for IDOM in East Europe and MENA Region.

Project Management professional with an in-depth knowledge of Steel Plant Process. Completed projects from concept to commissioning included two Green Field projects of DRI of 1.8MTPA and 2.5MTPA, Involved in Steel Melt shops, Slab Casters, Billet Caster, Round Caster and Plate Mill.

Experienced in Equipment manufacturing for Slab Caster, BOF Auxiliaries, Blast Furnace Auxiliaries and Coke Ovens.

Did Due Diligence of a 1.5MTPA DRI plant and a Feasibility report of 1.5MTPA DRI Plant.

Experience in Project Management, Construction Management, Quality Management and Contract management.

Executive Vice President - Strategy, Mill & Marine Services,

Venkat has extensive international experience in leading Integrated Steel Plants and Mini-Mill clusters serving the range of markets including automotive, construction, energy & transportation.

Effective change manager with strengths in P&L, marketing, sales, M&A, supply chain, plant acquisition, optimization of operations, re purposing and divestitures.

Successfully integrates assets and people to achieve manufacturing synergies in unionized facilities. He is known for sourcing raw materials and maximizing ROI in highly volatile international commodity markets.


Senior Market Research Analyst,

Victor Constant joined the International Chromium Development Association in 2017 as a Market Research Analyst. Today, as Senior Market Analyst, he is in charge of market intelligence and analysis for the association.

He produces annual and quarterly market analyses as well as expert reports for the chromium industry and presents regularly at major ferroalloys conferences about chromium and related markets. After a cursus in political science at McGill University and Paris 2 – Assas university, he graduated from the School of Economic Warfare (Ecole de Guerre Economique) in Paris, France, with an expertise in economic intelligence and strategy.


Victor Kovshevny was born in 1974. In 1997 he graduated with honors from the Moscow institute of steel and alloys, the engineer-physicist, «The physics of a solid body».

Since 1997 – the cofounder and the head of Market researches and organization of branch conferences and exhibitions (metallurgy, coal, grain, oil products, cement and construction materials, housing and communal services, roads and roadside service).

Since 2012, he has headed the National recycling association RUSLOM.COM. The Association includes more than 300 enterprises for the processing and procurement of scrap and metal waste. As part of the organization’s activities, legislative initiatives are being formed and implemented to increase the industry’s efficiency in Russia and abroad. Analytical work is carried out daily on the markets of ferrous, non-ferrous and e-scrap, as well as work on legal issues of the industry.

Global Head (Stainless Steel),

Vinayak comes from a 12+ years of global experience in steel and related products. During his career he has worked in various countries across Europe and Asia. He held several key positions in leading stainless steel mills. He has been key note speaker and presented in many conferences and has also done international market research projects at International Stainless Steel Forum. He carries vast techno commercial skills covering the entire value chain of steel. He joined EU-Metal BV in 2020 which is a reputed company associated with 70+ mills, trading houses and service centres across the globe, dealing in prime and non-prime flat & long steel products, stainless steel flats, ferrous & non-ferrous scraps & wood. At EU-Metal he is leading the stainless steel business development and trade finance initiatives.

Director of PGMs,

Wilma Swarts joined Metals Focus as  Director of PGM Research in April 2020. Prior to this she headed the commercial services and marketing functions at Lonmin Plc.

Prior to joining the mining sector she worked in the automotive industry. She holds a M.Sc. in International Business Administration from the University of London and an honours degree from the University of Johannesburg.

She is also the current chairperson of the Women in PGM network.

Policy Officer,

Zinaida Nazarenko is a policy officer at the European Precious Metals Federation (EPMF). She oversees Responsible Sourcing working group that deals with the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation and due diligence issues.

Zinaida has a legal background and studied political science at the university in Berlin, Germany. She is fluent in Lithuanian, German, English and Russian.