Featured Speakers Include

SMM2021 Q2 Speakers

 Vice President and Head of Advisory,

With an ability to weave together technology, economic and market trends, and competitiveness Abhijit leads Dastur’s strategy, restructuring and investment advisory business, consulting at the highest levels with companies, financial institutions, investors and policy makers on operations, strategy and policy. In recent years, his team has assessed the techno-economic viability of and restructured more than $20B of stressed assets for corporates, lenders and investors, and designed clean energy transition strategies for clients in metals and mining, oil and gas and refining industries in the Middle East, India and North America.
Passionate about uncovering trends that create new opportunities for clients, Abhijit is a sought after speaker at international events and conferences. Prior to Dastur, Abhijit acted as an advisor to the C-suite through his own firm. Abhijit also worked at Janus Capital, Denver, USA and led significant investments in the iron & steel and global commodities, among other sectors. Before that, Abhijit led business development and product teams at Microsoft in Seattle, USA. He has dual BS degrees in Computer Science & Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Outside of work, Abhijit’s interests include long distance cycling, running, craft beers and experiencing new cultures. Abhijit splits his time between Cambridge, USA and Kolkata, India.

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.

Vice President,

Ahmet Soybaş

Born in Istanbul in 1976, Ahmet Soybaş completed his primary and secondary education in Istanbul. He graduated from Istek Belde College in 1994, and graduated from Marmara University Faculty of Business Administration in 1998 and did his master’s degree at Aston Univetsty-Birminghan/England in 1998-1999. Ahmet Soybaş, who has been the Deputy Chairman of Sami Soybaş Demir Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş since 2001, is married and has two children.

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.

Sales Director Duferco México,

Alfonso Figueroa has Bachelor’s Degree from the Universidad de Guadalajara, 25+ years’ experience in sales and business development, 15 of those in the steel industry. He’s worked in the construction, industrial and oil & gas markets in Mexico for Sumitomo Corporation, Salzgitter Mannesmann International, Benteler Group and joined Duferco Mexico as Commercial Director since early 2020.

Director, Trade and Economic Affairs,

Alik Angaladian is the Director, Trade and Economics Affairs of the Canadian Steel Producers Association representing Canada’s primary steel and pipe and tube industry.

Alik has over a decade of policy, regulatory and advocacy experience in Canada’s national capital of Ottawa. Prior to joining the CSPA, Alik was a consultant in some of Canada’s top government relations firms with a successful record of providing strategic advice in a variety of sectors including international trade, energy, finance, transportation, labor and consumer products.

Alik is a licensed lawyer and holds a civil law degree and a Juris Doctor common law degree, from which she graduated with honours, from the University of Ottawa. Prior to obtaining her two law degrees, Alik earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Dalhousie University.

Alik is fluent in English, French and Armenian. She is a member of the Government Relation Board of Directors as well as on the Board of Lawn Summer Nights, a national Canadian fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis.

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.

Global Head of Metals & Mining Research,
Head of Sales & Partnerships at Viridios Capital,
Founder & MD at Avatar Commodities

Andrew has had a diverse career in international commodities for over 25 years, posted in four continents, in a variety of disciplines with a range of physical trading & financial organisations. Each role has had him successfully leading & developing businesses, creating sustainable value in varied products & services across agriculture, energy, mined resources & carbon markets.

Recently he has added carbon emissions & ESG to his expertise in joining Viridios Capital that utilises unique AI technology to value the taxonomy of attributes in the voluntary carbon markets, including sustainability co-benefits. S&P Global Platts has partnered with Viridios Capital to launch voluntary carbon indices for broad price transparency.

He is a passionate advocate of contributing to positive evolution in commodity & carbon markets with innovation, collaboration, transparency & accountability.

Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development,

Drew leverages over 20 years of experience in commodities trading, financial risk management, and corporate finance leadership to identify and implement the best solutions for Mobius Risk Group’s clients.

Drew joined Mobius from AK Steel, where he was responsible for the build out and leadership of AK’s financial hedging and risk management functions. In addition to his risk management responsibilities, Drew led corporate development, including multiple acquisitions and divestitures, financial oversight of subsidiaries and international operations, and served on the Boards of several metals processing and service center businesses including Spartan Steel Coatings, Combined Metals of Chicago, and Vicks Metals. Prior to AK Steel, Drew spent 15 years in roles of increasing responsibility in commodities sales and trading.

After beginning his career as an options market maker and member of the Chicago Board of Trade, he moved off the floor into trading and leadership roles including at RBC Capital Markets, where as Director of Commodities he led several trading desks as well as the commodities quantitative analysis group.

Joint Director & Head - Mines, Metals & Cement,

Arpan Gupta is the Joint Director at Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, leading divisions steel, mining, cement & non-ferrous metals. His primary role at FICCI encompasses regulatory & policy deliberations with governments, organization of seminars along with report development and research management. He maintains strong relations with various Government officials; alongside strong connect with steel, cement & mining organizations in India & abroad. He has also been involved in leading industry delegations abroad for exploring steel & mining opportunities.
At FICCI, he has spearheaded reports on Mineral Exploration, Indian Mining & Steel Industries. He has also written numerous representations and is a widely known figure across the industries.
Prior to joining FICCI, Arpan worked with IDC India for more than four years as Senior Manager Industry Verticals Research. He spearheaded key assignments for top IT vendors and was widely appreciated for his project management and leadership skills. He had conducted many feasibility and exploratory studies that have helped clients in taking winning business decisions. He was responsible for establishing the Government Sector IT Research Practice at IDC India.
He is a regular speaker in various summits around the above mentioned sectors and is widely quoted in national dailies and magazines. He has presented papers on Indian IT market, Indian steel & mining industries and has led mining delegations to Germany & Australia and steel delegations to Czech Republic & China. He regularly writes for various B-school journals and has been invited for numerous guest lecturers across management schools. He has also judged inter-college debate competition at Delhi School of Economics.
Arpan completed his MBA from Delhi School of Economics, specializing in International Business. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce from University of Delhi. He has also completed one-year diploma from NIIT and holds a certificate course in derivatives, commodities and capital markets from National Stock Exchange of India. He also acquired beginners proficiency in SPSS.

Managing Director ,
Alliance Industries Limited

Born in India in 1953, Kumar has lived in the United States since 1975.  He earned a B.Com degree from University of Delhi and a B.B.A. degree from St. John Fisher College, Rochester, N.Y. in 1976.  In 1980, Kumar saw an opportunity and new business to efficiently recover platinum group metals from the automobile catalytic converters that had only recently been required, and advanced that business as the requirement became worldwide.  Over 35 years he became the world’s largest recycler of salvage automotive converter/catalyst, and a major supplier to the automotive industry of platinum, palladium and rhodium metals. In 2008, he committed to smelt auto catalyst in Swindon, UK, the first salvage consolidator to do so. He has also sponsored university research into this field, including a broad study of PGM life cycle stocks and flows. In 2011, amid concerns of supply shortages, Kumar promoted and further supported research to investigate the recovery of cerium oxide from auto catalyst.  Kumar at present is the Managing Director of Alliance Industries Limited, and exploring further opportunities in growing Asian markets.

Senior Analyst, Deputy General Manager,

Chen Yan worked as raw material market analyst since 2002 after graduating from metallurgy major in Anhui University of Technology. In 2004, Chen Yan joined in Shanghai SteelHome and focused on iron ore and scrap research till now. Chen participated into the calculation of SteelHome China Raw Material Price Index (SH-CMPI), SteelHome Iron Ore Weighted Price, SteelHome Scrap Price Index, the strategic cooperation with global research institutes, bringing SteelHome to be one of authoritative information sources among international steel and raw material industry. She has been invited to speak at international raw materials conferences in Australia, Singapore, India, Russia since 2011. 

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.

Vice President Supply Chain,

Chris Shipp is currently Vice President of Supply Chain at Priefert Manufacturing/Priefert Steel with a primary role of procuring over 150,000 tons a year.

Born and raised in Texarkana TX he joined the U.S. Navy in 1988, serving for 22 years in Special Operations as a Cryptologic Technician. Deploying on submarines the majority of his career, he led over 28 missions supporting the Global War on Terrorism and other combat military operations.

He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2010 and moved to back to East Texas.  He started working for Priefert as a Purchasing Agent, and progressed to Director of Procurement, General Manager, Vice President of Sales/Priefert Steel, and his current position as Vice President of Supply Chain.

Director & Zinc Market Specialist,
Chief Operating Officer,

Mr. Haymaker is Chief Operating Officer of HedgeStar where he oversees the risk management consulting, software advisory, hedge accounting and valuation groups.  He is a subject matter expert in financial reporting and accounting for debt, equities, derivatives, and other financial instruments.  Mr. Haymaker has over 14 years of audit, professional accounting, and risk management experience.  Mr. Haymaker has held positions with top companies including Deloitte & Touche LLP (Boston), Liberty Mutual Group (Boston) and U.S. Bank (Minneapolis) with a focus on treasury departments, capital markets and risk functions.   


Mr. Haymaker is also an Events Committee Chair and Steering Committee Member for the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) in Minneapolis. 


Mr. Haymaker holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Stonehill College and earned his CPA accreditation in 2010

Gold & Silver, Forex, International Monetary System Analyst,
Investment Research Consultant

Mr. Popescu is an independent investment consultant and studies the forex, gold and silver markets and the international monetary system. He has followed and researched the gold, silver and foreign exchange markets for 50 years. He has a bachelor degree in physics from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and has completed the Canadian investment management certificate. He was the president in 2004 of the Canadian Society of Technical Analysts and he was also president in 2005 of the Montreal CFA Society

Managing Director Distribution,

With a Masters degree in Mathematics from Oxford University, Dick is now approaching his 45th year in steel trading and distribution, Stemcor being his employer for much of that time.
After a long period importing finished steel into the UK and Ireland, Dick moved to international trade for the next 15 years, initially in long products, and then for a long period trading coking coal and steel scrap across the globe. For the last 7 years Dick has been managing finished steel products trade into European markets, focusing on Central Europe, Scandinavia, Iberia and the UK.

Chairman of The Board for North & South America,
Mr. Gibeaut has served in the induction heating and melting industry for 40 years. He is currently managing all global businesses for AjaxTOCCO Magnethermic regarding bar and tubular products. He is currently serves as the Chairman of the ITA (International Tube Association) for North and South America and serves on the International Technical Board as well. As of March 2021, he was appointed to the FMA/TPA (Tube and Pipe Association) Advisory board serving North America.
Donald Gibeaut has formerly served on multiple committees for the FIA (Forging Industry Association) to include a PAC, which we now call fly-ins, and taught an annual Induction workshop. Mr. Gibeaut has written multiple articles for the Forging Magazine. He has had several published articles and authored or contributed to TPT and TPJ magazine articles and editorials for years. He recurrently presents at the Brazil Senafor industrial conference, Forge Fair conference, Tube and Pipe Conference for the AMM, and Tube coating conferences for the AMI globally. He has taught several webinar courses for Tenaris University, power utility seminars, and training programs.
His studies were in Electric Engineering at The Ohio State University. So, even though he now lives in Texas, he is, and always will be, a dedicated Buckeye. He resides in Huntsville, Texas, just north of Houston, with his wife and two of their five children, and three grandchildren.

Dr. Manenti is President of Metal Consulting, a Pittsburgh (USA) based consulting firm specializing in strategy and technology consulting for all key aspects of the production, management, and procurement for the steel and metals industries and especially in the Direct Reduced Iron technology.

He served on the board of Directors of AIST (Association of Iron and Steel Technology) the world’s largest steel non-profit association with 17,500 members from more than 70 countries. For AIST, he founded the Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) Technology Committee and served also as its first Chair.

Dr. Manenti is a renowned and regular speaker at metal and mining industry events, institute meetings, and other conferences worldwide with more than 30 Presentations in International Conferences and several publications on industry magazines. He advises companies on technology trends, decarbonization, and the use of ore-based metallic and hydrogen in iron and steel production.

In addition to his consulting practice, he brings more than 25 years of leadership experience as a Senior Executive with Multi-billion USD steel equipment suppliers and producers such as the TECHINT Group and DANIELI. For TECHINT he managed companies, and he has participated in most of TECHINT’s mergers and acquisitions in the U.S.A., creating and developing the worldwide marketing & sale strategy for the Consteel® process, and creating and directing TECHINT’s iron & steel business unit in Pittsburgh, PA (currently TENOVA Inc.).

Founder & CEO,

Dr. Anrin Bhattacharyya is the inventor of several new technologies in iron and steel industries, while also being active in trading and arbitrage business of raw materials and steel products. Two groundbreaking techlogies of DRI production from plant and mining wastes – RECYRON and NO-MUD, were invented by him. As the Founder & CEO of RECYRON Engineering & Consulting e.U., he leads the company from its base in Leoben, Austria with partner offices in India, China and Canada. He studied metallurgy in Calcutta, India and completed his PhD from Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria. He has worked in numerous projects with companies like voestalpine, Primetals, Thyssenkrupp, HKM, Alzchem, POSCO etc. He has won several entrepreneurship awards. He is a distinguished speaker on numerous global platforms related to the steel industry. He is also actively involved in raw materials sourcing and re-utilization of decommissioned plants. His new business ventures include digitization in the steel industry and strategic asset management for heavy industries in the developing countries. He is fluent in Bengali, Engllish and German. He was also honoured as one of the top 40 under 40 EU-India Business Leaders at the European Parliament, Brussels in 2019.

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. 

Manager ‑ Steel Alloys,

Dr. Nils Backeberg is the Manager of the Steel Alloys division at Roskill. He brings academic rigour and industry experience to Roskill’s market research and is a regular speaker on steel and alloy market developments and outlooks, with a special focus on chromium. Before joining Roskill in 2017, he worked as an exploration geologist on rare earth deposits in South Africa, gold deposits in Canada and geothermal projects in Guatemala. Nils completed his PhD at McGill University in structural geology and after his PhD worked on rock mechanics of shale gas exploitation technologies at the University College London. Nils has published several peer-reviewed research articles and received his Chartered Scientist accreditation in 2019. His home is in South Africa where he heads up Roskill’s regional office and team.

Technical Marketing Manager,

Shankar Venkataraman is the Technical Marketing Manager at Schmidt + Clemens Group, a specialized high alloy foundry headquartered in Germany. Shankar is a metallurgist and holds a doctorate from the Dresden University of Technology in Dresden, Germany. He has experience in the application engineering of heat resistant and corrosion resistant high alloy castings for various industrial applications. An author of more than 30 publications, Shankar is also a steering committee member with Stainless Steel World, Duplex World global conferences and is a professional member of AMPP (formerly NACE), AISTECH and TAPPI as well as the German Corrosion Society.


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.

38th Director of the United States Mint (2006-2011),
Director at Commodity Research Group,
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).

Foreign Trade Manager,

Bachelor of economics. Experienced in Foreign Trade with a demonstrated history of working in steel industry for about 15 years in various Turkish producers such as Ozkan Steel, Diler And IDC. Acting as deputy general manager (Foreign Trade) of BASTUG Metallurgy for 5 years responsible of import and export operations & strategy of the company.

Marketing & Strategy Manager,

Ersun Ozdemirel is the Marketing and Strategy Manager at Borcelik, which is a joint venture of Borusan Holding of Turkey and ArcelorMittal.


Borcelik is a re-roller specialized in giving service to automotive, white (consumer) goods, panel radiator, hvac, industrial packaging and construction sectors. We are one of the biggest exporters of Cold Rolled (CR) and Hot-dip Galvanized (HDG) flat steel, mainly to European Union, Middle East, North America and CIS countries.


Ersun has more than 15 years of experience in flat steel; in purchasing, export sales and marketing&strategy divisions.



Eurometal – President since December 2018
Tata Steel Layde – Managing Director since March 2009
Economist, Master in Business Administration, Master in International Economics
More than 20 years of experience in commercially high demanding organizations, of which more than 10 as Managing Director. Change promoter and customer-oriented profile. Wide international experience in the steel business.

CEO, Founder, Precious Metals & Cryptocurrencies Expert, Analyst, Investor, Trader,
Independent Analyst,
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.


His Excellency Eng. Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi is Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Steel. In this role, he leads the company’s strategic development as a regional leader in the steel manufacturing sector. During his tenure, he has been instrumental in expanding the company’s manufacturing capability and product range to include new types of steel products of varying grades, in mitigating its environmental impact, and in stepping up efficiencies to increase exports to more than 40 countries around the world.
Al Remeithi brings to his role nearly two decades of experience in the industry, the majority of it acquired at Emirates Steel, and holds expertise in leadership, project management, maintaining key relationships, corporate governance and in trend-spotting to identify key global markets.
Prior to his promotion as CEO, Al Remeithi was Senior Vice President, Operations and Acting CEO. Earlier, he was Vice President, Production at the company following a stint as Assistant Vice President – Rolling Mills. He first joined Emirates Steel at its inception as a Production Manager and worked his way through the ranks. Al Remeithi started his career as Project Manager at General Holding Corporation (GHC).
Al Remeithi also serves as Chairman of the World Steel Association’s (worldsteel) Economic Committee.
His Excellency Eng. Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University in the United States of America.


CEO of Maghreb Steel since 2019.
Graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris.
Mr. Senhaji is working in the steel industry for 7 years. Before that, he worked for financial institutions and other industrials producing commodities.

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.

General Manager (Middle East),

Huseyin OCAKCI is General Manager of Middle East Office, having 22 years in Steel Business of Foreign Trade experience,
previously worked in Turkish Steel Producers as Foreign Trade Manager
and presently handling Business Development for Hangzhou CIEC International Co., Ltd. in Middle East Region.

General Manager ,

Ian is a highly regarded industry analyst, with over 20 years’ experience in metals, starting at CRU in London. Since 2003, Mr Roper was based in Shanghai, China initially with Steel Business Briefing and then Macquarie, before a five year stint at Rio Tinto running their iron ore analysis. Over 2010-2017, Mr Roper worked as a sell-side analyst with CLSA and Macquarie based in Shanghai and Singapore.


James Kennedy is a consultant in the critical materials and energy space (see ThREEConsulting.com).
Mr. Kennedy owns the Pea Ridge iron ore mine in East Central Missouri and 800-acres of development real estate on the Mississippi River, 35 miles south of St. Louis. Mr. Kennedy recently applied for DoE funding to complete feasibility studies to confirm the economics of his fully integrated zero-hydrocarbon Green Steel project. The project includes reopening the Pea Ridge mine, a pipeline for transportation of the Fe Concentrates to the river property, development of a large-scale hydroelectric facility (at the mine site), the acquisition of off-peak wholesale energy from underutilized nuclear facilities (and curtailed renewables), thermo-electric production of hydrogen, reduction of iron concentrates to hot DRI and conversion into Steel Slab via EAF. Historically Pea Ridge produced over 50 million tons of +68% Fe concentrates prior to closing in 2001. More recent feasibility work projects the delivered cost of +70% Fe to the river property below $50 per ton. The benefits of integration allow for DRI production below $150 per ton and slab steel production below $300 per ton. The Missouri mining permit remains active and valid.
Education: Masters in Political Economics, Washington University

Prior experience: Consulting the U.S., foreign governments and financial institutions regarding rare earths, critical materials and nuclear energy. Acquired / developed / sold mining project.


Iron & Steel Consultant,

Joseba Méndez has an experience of +30 years in the steel industry, supervising the erection and commissioning of projects worldwide, collaborating with some of the main OEMs. He is also interested in knowing and implementing cutting-edge technologies and strategies to achieve Operational Excellence for Global Initiatives, drive improvement in the process, focus on financial benefits and achieve the Company’s objectives through consulting services.

Co-Head EV Battery Materials Research,
McKinsey & Company
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.



Chief Commercial Officer,

Li-Cycle’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Kunal Phalpher, has been with the company since 2017. After initially joining the team as an Advisor, he was nominated as a member of the board shortly thereafter, before moving into his current role in 2018.

With nearly 15 years of work experience, Kunal brings extensive international expertise in the lithium- ion battery and renewable energy sectors to his current role. His wealth of knowledge has been a principled and significant asset to both Li-Cycle’s business development and corporate strategies.

Prior to joining the Li-Cycle team, Kunal worked for a residential solar company as the Director of Product Development and was the Director of Business Development for a lithium-ion battery manufacturer, both in Toronto, Canada. He brings broad, comprehensive international experience to his position as Li-Cycle’s CCO, having spent several years working in Germany in the cleantech sector.


Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Kunal has a reputation for being Li-Cycle’s biggest Raptors fan. He is equally passionate about travel and outdoor activities.


A University of Toronto graduate, Kunal possesses a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Electrical Engineering and also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management.

Iron Ore Analyst,

Leo Gong

Mysteel Iron Ore Index Analyst

Leo holds dual master’s degrees in both engineering and management from University College London, joined Mysteel in 2020 as an iron ore analyst and has been in charge of Mysteel ironore index assessment and methodology, iron ore spot price and fundamentals analysis.


Mr.Li Xinchuang, Professorate Senior Engineer and Registered Consulting Engineer (investment), enjoying special allowance approved by the State Council, Foreign Member of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. Now he works as Chairman and Chief Engineer of China Metallurgical Industry Planning and Research Institute (MPI), Vice Chairman of China Iron & Steel Association (CISA), Vice Director General of China Energy Conservation Association (CECA), Member of Expert Committee of 14th Five-year National Development Plan and Chief Expert of Research Office of National Air Pollution Prevention and Control Center.
He has participated in and undertaken development planning of China’s iron & steel industry from the “8th Five Year Plan” to the “14th Five Year Plan”, as well as study and formulation of related industrial policies. He has participated in and undertaken development planning for several hundred domestic and overseas iron & steel enterprises, as well as early stage debate for key projects. He has been invited to participate in the 25th China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Industry and G20 Steel Forum, and in numerous international planning consultation and cooperation negotiation. He has great influence in the industry due to rich experience on large project organization and in-depth research on industrial development and market dynamics.

Director - Policy and Government Relations ,

Liam McHugh is the Director of Policy and Government Affair at the World Coal Association (WCA) – the global industry association for progressive members of the coal value chain who are committed to advancing clean coal for sustainable economic development

In this role, Liam leads the WCA’s advocacy work with a particular focus on energy poverty, sustainable development and climate change issues. He regularly attends United Nations climate and development negotiations on behalf of the global coal industry and has spoken in a number of forums on the importance of low-emission technology in meeting global energy and environmental objectives. In addition, Liam holds advisory roles to the International Energy Agency and Department of Energy (US).

Prior to joining the WCA, Liam held senior policy and research positions in the UK and Australia. He holds a Master of Arts (International Relations) from Curtin University with further post-graduate qualifications in energy economics from the same institution.

Head of Business Development,
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.

Director of Marketing and Customer Experience Improvement,

Maria Shalina has a degree in State and Municipal Management provided by the State University of Management.
Maria completed the Executive MBA program at the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management in 2019.
Before joining Severstal, she worked for eight years as Director of Telecommunication Services and Financial Services at Euroset.
Under Maria’s leadership, Severstal’s achievements become recognized internationally. In September 2020, Severstal won the international Zero-Distance Award 2020 in the category “Exploring ways to reduce the distance between customers and the company as much as possible.” In addition, Severstal won in the Best B2B Customer Experience category among industrial companies in the Customer eXperience World Awards 2020 for the second year in a row. Last year Maria was claimed as the best marketing director of industrial companies at the “Top 1000 Russian Managers” rating.
Maria is a jury of the Effie Russia Awards and the Silver Mercury Festival. In 2021 Severstal became the first industrial company to win Silver of the Effie Russia Awards.

Head of Research, Volta Fund; MD of Battery Materials Review,

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.

Senior Manager - Government and Public Affairs,
Principal, Global Business Development,

Kazuo Mike Fujisawa joined NKK Corporation in 1982 and has held management positions in sales, engineering and in an assistant role to CEOs. After NKK merged with Kawasaki Steel to create JFE Steel in 2003, he has held positions in the functions of Corporate Planning and Global Business Department. He was on the committees and the Board of Directors of California Steel Industries from 2003 to 2016. He is the member of worldsteel’s Communication Committee and Economic Committee. He has spoken at a number of steel conferences around the world. He graduated from Seattle University, USA and from Sophia University, Japan.

Executive Director I Chief Investment Officer,
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.

Head of Strategy Planning Department,

Olga Shemshur is currently the Head of Strategic Planning at Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works. She has held this position since 2014.
Olga has over 15 years of experience in marketing, strategic marketing and strategy. She is a member of the Economics Committee (ECON) of the World Steel Association.
Olga graduated from Chelyabinsk State University with a degree in financial management and completed a Strategy Course at the LINK International Institute of Management.

Purchasing Manager,

Onur ÖNEN is a senior executive leader in steel industry with 18 years progressive experience. After graduating from İstanbul University / Faculty of Business & administration, he has started his professional career in 1998 and worked in several different business sectors until joining Borusan Mannesmann pipe company(*) in 2003. He has a diverse experience set in steel business including six sigma project management, purchasing and procurement. After taking various leadership roles in Borusan Mannesmann Pipe; as of 2020 he is working as Purchasing & Procurement Director.  


(*) Borusan Mannesmann is one of the foremost manufacturers of the European steel tube and pipe industry operates with five plants, three in Turkey, one in Italy and one in USA, with a total capacity of 1.4 million ton/year. 

Commercial Director EAF & LF,

MSc in Mechanics, active in the steelmaking business since 2004. Experienced in Design, Project Management and After-sales. Keen public speaker who represented TENOVA Meltshops in several international congresses and webinars. Passionate about technologies, curious about people, confident about the world to come.


I studied Business Economincs at Southwestphalia University of Applied Science (Bachelor of Arts), finished in 2015. Afterwards I finished my Executive Master of Business Marketing at Freie University of Berlin in 2016 and took part of the “circle of excellence in Marketing”
I am working within the Waelzholz Organization since 2010 and was in charge for different sales business units, such as Cold Rolled Steel strip for Automotive Application and Electrical Steel for Western Europe. I have been trough different positions like Sales Manager and Deputy Sales Director at our HQ in Germany.
Waelzholz is the leading supplier of cold rolled steel strips: See more at https://www.waelzholz.com/en/company.html
I am half French and half german, born in Germany in Hagen
I am CEO at Waelzholz Brasmetal Ltda. Since January 2021, and living with my wife and our two little kids in Sao Paulo since September 2019
As CEO at Waelzholz Brasmetal I am responsible for the Brazilian market as well as for the entire South American Market

Technical and Marketing Advisor,

43 years in iron related ore businesses, twenty seven years with Corus Consulting (formerly British Steel Consultants Ltd) working in global mining, iron ore and steel industry developments.

Since 2007 held various executive positions at Northland Resources SA before joining Nordic Iron Ore AB as Technical Sales and Marketing Director in November 2011 and becoming Managing Director in September 2015. Stepped down from this position in September 2018 to take up a Technical and Marketing advisory role. Worked on EU sponsored ERA-MIN exploration project and currently a Member of Smart Exploration Executive Board since 2017 looking for advanced exploration solutions that are environmentally friendly, cost-effective and technically sensitive for deep exploration.

Specialist expertise is in iron ore beneficiation, iron ore product development, (including BF & DR pellets) alternative iron-making processes and global iron ore markets. Qualified Person, in accordance with the Institute of Metals, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and its regulatory framework.

Head of Unit - DG TRADE,

Peter is the Head of the Industry, Goods, Energy, Customs and Origin unit in DG TRADE of the European Commission.

His unit is responsible for the negotiation, implementation and enforcement of the relevant provisions of trade agreements between the EU and its trading partners: Trade in goods, Energy and raw materials, Rules of origin, and Customs and Trade facilitation. His team is the DG TRADE contact point for industry stakeholders on trade policy issues. They provide trade policy support for EU initiatives in different areas. Peter is the EU representative to the OECD Steel Committee and the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity (GFSEC).

He has extensive experience in trade matters including in customs and trade facilitation, intellectual property and public procurement, as well as in security policy and in international relations.  Before joining DG TRADE, he spent his career in DG TAXUD of the European Commission, at NATO International Staff and at the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Director, Metals Equity Research Analyst,

U.S. Carbon Steel Supply/Demand Outlook 


Phil Gibbs, Director & Senior Research Analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets, will provide an overview of the U.S. carbon steel supply/demand landscape through 2022, including pricing expectations and other key macro considerations.  


Philip Gibbs is a Director, Equity Research Analyst with KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.  With the Company since May 2006, his research focuses on the Metals & Mining and Aerospace industries. Prior to his promotion to Senior Research Analyst in 2013, Gibbs worked as a Research Associate on KBCM’s Metals & Mining team.  Previous professional experience includes working for A.G. Edwards & Sons Financial in Westlake, Ohio. Gibbs earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  He holds the Series 7, 63, 86 and 87 industry licenses, and is a CFA Level III candidate. In its June 2019 Analyst Awards, Thomson Reuters recognized Gibbs as the #1 earnings estimator in the Metals & Mining sector.  This was his third Starmine award.  In Institutional Investor’s 2014 All America edition, Gibbs was named a Rising Star for his coverage of the Metals & Mining sector.  Phil has also been quoted in a myriad of media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, The NY Times, Investor’s Business Daily, CNN Business, Platts Steel Business Briefing, and AMM Fastmarkets.

Vice President, Board Member ,
Chief Marketing Officer,

Mr Ranjan Dhar, Sr. Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Arcelor Mittal Nippon Steel India Ltd, is a seasoned professional having more than 20 years of experience in steel industry.
A qualified engineer with senior management qualification from prestigious management institute – Indian School of Business Hyderabad, Mr. Dhar has spearheaded many roles and established many businesses in Essar Steel such as: Regional Business Head for North, South & West India; Business Head Automotive Steel; Business Head Construction Steel; National Sales Head; Business Head Hot Rolled Products; Business Head Coated Steel; Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer Iron Ore Pellet business.
Since October 2015, He is heading the overall Sales and Marketing function of domestic & export for Hot Rolled, Cold Rolled, Galvanized, Large Dia Pipe & Service Centre Business, as Sr VP & CMO. In past he has worked for Ispat Industries Limited (now JSW).
Mr. Dhar is a widely travelled person & regular speaker at many national and international conferences and management institutes.


Robert Kientz 

Mr. Kientz has over 20 years of experience as an auditor, business analyst, and economic analyst. Prior to founding Gold Silver Pros, Robert wrote for many popular online financial publications, ran two real estate investment companies in Texas, and completed 25 years in technology and consulting. With Gold Silver Pros he educates the public on the precious metals market and connects investors with precious metal companies. 


Website: www.goldsilverpros.com 

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/GoldSilverPros/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/goldsilver_pros 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/goldsilver-pros/ 

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.


Mr. Sanjay Mehta is the President of Material Recycling Association of India (MRAI – the apex body of recycling trade in India) and Mr. Mehta heads MTC Group, a 47 years’ old business group employing more than 5500 personnel in the Group.

MTC Group has business activities in Trading of Ferrous & Non-Ferrous scrap, Ferro Alloys, Iron Ore, and Coking Coals, Manufacturing of Steel, Aluminium Alloy Ingots & Copper Tubes. The Group is also into Automobile dealerships (for Toyota cars).

MTC Group is the largest Ferrous Scrap procurement, processing, recycling & steel manufacturing company in India having various scrap yards across India, handling a yearly volume of over 2 million tons of Ferrous & Non-Ferrous metals/scrap and ferro alloys.

Mr. Sanjay Mehta holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and brings along a vast experience of more than 35 years in Metal Scrap Recycling trade in India & International trade, having his offices in USA, UK, Singapore and Dubai.

Mr. Mehta has travelled extensively over the world and he has been handling the international business of his MTC Group. 

Vice President for Logistics,

Sergei Likharev joined NLMK in October 2013.
From 2012 to 2013, he was Aviation Business Director at Russian Machines Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Aviacor aviation plant.
After serving as CEO of Aviacor Aviation Plant in Samara from 2004 to 2007, he became CEO of the Basel Aero airport group from 2008 to 2012.
From 1993 to 2004, he held senior positions at Interros, Ostankino Meat Processing Plant, Golden Telecom, Cannon Associates and Coopers & Lybrand.
From 1990 to 1993, he worked as a researcher at Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Sergei Likharev holds a PhD in Physics and Mathematics and a Masters of Business Administration from Cornell University, USA.


Stanislav Zinchenko

GMK Center, CEO

Stanislav Zinchenko is the CEO GMK Center, leading industry expert at the Center for Economic Recovery, Chair of the Committee for Environment and Sustainable Development of the European Business Association.

Stanislav Zinchenko has 15-year experience in consulting for manufacturing companies. He has expertise in operational management and logistic. Team leader, consultant and analyst in international projects in the field of entrepreneurship, production efficiency, infrastructure, economics.

Stanislav has a MA in International Economics at Kyiv National Economic University and also studied economy at University of Konstanz in Germany. He is Certified REFA trainer & consultant at Bundesverband Darmstadt, Hessen in Germany.

LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stanislav-zinchenko-96bb669a?originalSubdomain=ua

President & Chief Technical Officer,
CEO, Power Nickel Inc. & Founder, Save Canadian Mining,

Mr. Lynch graduated in 1981 from St. Francis Xavier University with a joint honours degree in Economics and BBA. Prior to becoming a director with International PBX Ventures in 2012, Mr. Lynch had been CEO of privately held Nevada-focused Relief Gold. He also had been a director and later CEO of TSX-listed Firstgold Corp. He assumed the CEO position after the company had run into financial difficulty bringing its Relief Canyon mine into production. He arranged a sale of 51% of the company for a total capital injection of $26.5 million from Northwest Non-Ferrous Metals, one of China’s largest mining engineering and consulting groups.

From 2005 to 2008 Mr. Lynch was a partner with Kingsmill Capital Partners, a financial advisory firm specializing in advising public and private early stage growth companies. Prior to joining Kingsmill Capital he spent 15 years operating startup companies in industrial products, oil and gas and media. Mr Lynch is also currently a director and Co Founder of Cardiol Therapeutics, TSX listed Biotechnology Company it is a leader in producing pharmaceutical CBD and developing groundbreaking therapies for heart disease.

Head of Corporate Development and Investor Relations ,
Parilla Investment Group

Thomas Parilla was Born in The Best Small Town in America – Mineral Ridge, Ohio. He attended Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania where he played 4 years of Varsity Football, was a 2 Year Member of the Student Government, and Graduated with a Degree in Economics. He would go onto sit on the Mercyhurst University President’s Board, and lnvestment & Finance Committees. Thomas began his career on Wall Street with Margan Stanley – eventually moving onto become one of the Top Producing Brokers at National City Bank, and finally Became the Head of Brokerage Operations in NW Pennsylvania for 1st National Bank. He would be Recognized Multiple times as a Chairman’s Conference Award Winner. Thomas would then form The Parilla lnvestment Group which specializes in lnvestment Banking, and Acquisitions mainly in the Precious Metals, and the Cannabis Sectors. Mr. Parilla has Directed Corporation’s in the US, Korea, China, and India.

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


Tim was born and grew up in the home of UK stainless steelmaking,
Sheffield. Whilst at school he worked part-time for his father making
steelworks thermocouples and laboratory furnaces. After leaving school
he studied metallurgy at university and joined British Steel Stainless
immediately after graduating. A succession of industry mergers saw Tim
undertaking senior stainless technical, operations and supply chain roles
in the Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK before joining the ISSF in August
2019. During his career Tim also found time to study Goldratt’s teaching on
lean flow and operations, gain a post-graduate diploma in operations and
inventory management and a masters degree in business administration.
Away from work Tim still supports his boyhood football club, Sheffield
Wednesday and enjoys rock music, cycling, fine wines and craft ales.


Tito Martins has been Chief Executive Officer of Nexa Resources since 2012.

He graduated in Economics at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and obtained an M.B.A. degree at the IEAD Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has attended many advanced management programs in Kellogg Institute in the USA, INSEAD in France and others.

Mr. Martins has more than 30 years of experience in the metals and mining industry, and extensive Board experience, in both Brazil and overseas.

Prior to joining Nexa, Mr. Martins was Executive Director for Base Metals at Vale from 2006 to 2012. Before that he was the CEO of Caemi S.A, a Brazilian diversified mining company, from 2003 to 2006. He also served as a member of the Board of Norsk Hydro in Norway, of the Brazilian Mining Institute, of the Brazilian Aluminum Association (ABAL) and of a number of other companies.

Earlier in his career he had been employed by Vale, from 1985 to 2003, where he held several positions in the finance and corporate areas.

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.

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.

Head, Economic Research and Investment Strategy,

Dr. Patikis holds the title of Director in the Economic Research and Investment Strategy Division. He is responsible for the Global Economic Research, Investment Strategy and Portfolios & Communication teams. His main interests and work lie in the, the systematic study of economic cycles and their implications for investment strategy and asset allocation as well as the development of market valuation models and trading strategies. He has 25 years working experience and before Piraeus Bank he has held positions in the Greek and the UK Banking and Asset Management Industries (Eurobank, Geniki bank, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, JP. Morgan Asset Management). Dr. Patikis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Athens University of Economic and Business and also, a Master’s and a Ph.D degree in Economics from the University of Rochester (NY, USA). His PhD thesis studied the effect of information asymmetries in asset prices and portfolio choice. He has been the author of various articles on markets and investing in newspapers and economic magazines.




Deputy Sales Director,

Daniel is the Sales subdirector (Deputy Director) at Altos Hornos de México (AHMSA), the largest integrated Steel making Company in México.

Daniel has served at AHMSA since 1993, and started in AHMSA as Controlling Manager. In 2002 he was appointed as Deputy Director of Logistic and Customer Services, in 2015 he was appointed as Deputy Director of Sales in the domestic market for distributors and light profiles companies and in 2018 became Deputy Director of Sales for the industrial market. Daniel has participated as speaker in several steel forums in Mexico and Chicago. Daniel received a degree in industrial engineering and a master degree in administration from the Tec de Monterrey (ITESM).

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.

Supplier to the Iron & Steel Industry in Latinamerica,

Ms. Cossio holds a degree on Industrial Engineering from the Univ. of Lima and CIP Registry 59939 at Peruvian School of Engineers. She is also member of the YLAI – Young Latin American Initiative, where she was a Partners of the Americas fellowship recipient, program of the US Dept. of State.

Her first experiences were in Production, Marketing and Purchasing areas, the latter at CAASA steel mill in Peru. These five years allowed her to comprehensively analyze the steel market and project her capabilities at COSANDES INV; a Peruvian Trading office she established back in 2003 following her interest in the development of Small enterprises in Latinamerica. Cosandes began selling calorized lances in alliance with Daiwa Steel, Japanese group with presence in more than 50 countries but not in Latinamerica, where she developed market from zero and now having stable business with sales in the whole region, with distributor in Brazil – selling to 17 foundries – and Chile and Colombia agents into mining sector.

Since 2005, other product lines were added like ferroalloys, refractories (mass and isostatics), cored wire for secondary metallurgy, water cooled cables, secondary circuit, rolling rings, etc. and expanded to mining sector 2 years ago, where Cosandes is offering products for heavy equipment maintenance and special applications. Besides its participation in supply of special quality piping supply, like casings for petroleum industry, stainless steel for tunneling, or other infrastructure projects.

During these last 17 years Ms. Cossio performed continuous visits to almost all the 70-80 regional steel mills, most of them being now Cosandes’ customers like Ahmsa, Simec, Deacero, Gerdau, Ternium, Mittal, Votorantim, Sidor, etc; and of course its European/Asian sources.


Dr. Waldo Perez is a well-known mining executive with 28 years of experience in industry and academy. Currently is the President and CEO of Neolithium Corp. a company incorporated in January 2016 for the development of the 3Q Lithium project in Catamarca, Argentina. 

 Dr. Waldo Perez was the founder, President and CEO of Lithium Americas Corp. (LAC:T) from 2009 to 2013. This company found the third largest brine lithium deposit in the world and took it from discovery to definitive feasibility study in just 5 years.  

Prior to joining Lithium Americas Corp., Dr. Perez was the President and CEO of Latin American Minerals (LAT:T) between 2009 and 2010 and the VP of Exploration between 2006 and 2009. In Latin American Minerals Waldo Perez headed the exploration team that discovered a significant gold deposit in Paraguay (Paso Yobai) that today is under pilot scale production as well as identified significant zinc project in Argentina and a new diamond discovery in Paraguay. 

Dr. Perez also worked as Senior Geologist for Barrick Gold Corporation (ABX) and was responsible for project generation for 6 years. In Barrick Dr Perez carried on gold project generation in Patagonia (Argentina) that lead to the discovery of Lomada de Leiva and El Tranquilo Gold Project, today in Production by Patagonia Gold PLC (PGD.L). He was also involved in the exploration of Veladero and Lama in Argentina, and Alto Chicama in Peru, as well as responsible for regional exploration in Eskay Creek, Canada. 

He also held positions at IAMGOLD, Opawica Explorations Inc and Apex Geoscience. Dr. Perez brings 18 years of industry experience and 6 years in academia as a distinguished lecturer.  

Waldo A. Perez, B.Sc.(Honors Geology), Ph.D., P.Geo., received his undergraduate and Doctorate degree in geology from the Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, Argentina (1982-1991) and completed Postdoctoral studies at the University of Alberta (1992-1993). Dr. Perez is a registered Professional Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Engineers, and a Geoscientist of British Columbia (2006).  

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.

Secretary General,

Wee Jin Yeoh is the Secretary General of the South East Asian Iron and Steel Institute (SEAISI) with its office in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. He has been in the steel business for about 20 years, covering corporate strategy, market research & analysis, project feasibility studies, M&A, government relations, as well as general management of a few regional business units of NatSteel Holdings (Singapore). He has a wide knowledge of the ASEAN steel market as well as industry experience in the various countries where he managed the business units. He has also actively participated in SEAISI activities at regional as well as at ASEAN levels in the past.
Wee Jin Yeoh holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Melbourne, Australia), a Graduate Diploma in Computing Studies from the University of Canberra and a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School Management at the University of New South Wales, Australia.