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Dr Ricci
Bernardino Ricci, Director of Corporate Strategic Planning, Samsung SDI

Dr Ricci is the Director of Corporate Strategic Planning at Samsung SDI, one of the biggest lithium-ion battery manufacturers in the world. He has been involved in numerous projects aimed at understanding the economics of Li-ion batteries, scouting new technology and applications, identifying growth opportunities worldwide and providing strategic support for development and investment activity.
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Gao Yuan
Gao Yuan, President & CEO, Pulead Technology Industry

A world-renowned inventor, Dr Yuan Gao has over 20 years of experience in the complete supply chain of the lithium-ion battery industry, from lithium extraction to batteries. One of his inventions, Ti/Mg technology, enables high-voltage lithium-ion batteries and is applied today in the vast majority of lithium-ion batteries in small portable electronics such as smart phones and tablets.

Dr Gao joined Pulead Technology in May 2014 and has been president and CEO since January 2015. He previously served as a corporate vice president at Molycorp (USA), and global marketing director and technology manager as well as other management positions at FMC Corporation (USA).
David Weight
David Weight,
President, Cobalt Institute

David Weight has been involved with the metal mining industry for 37 years, having spent 20 years with the Zambian mining Industry, where he was the chief executive of Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (UK) Ltd before the industry was privatised. He then worked with Mitsui before moving to Anglo American and then insurance broker Jardine Lloyd Thompson to specialise in managing mining risks. He is now president of the Cobalt Institute and director of the Cobalt Reach Consortium, which represents a significant part of the global cobalt industry.

Michael Schmidt,
Research Associate, German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA)

Michael Schmidt is a research associate at the German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA) based in Berlin, which is part of the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR). He is a geologist with practical experience in exploration, global market analysis and consultancy.

Between 2009 and 2012, Michael worked for the Martin Luther University Halle – Wittenberg where he worked on CCS technology. He also worked for different Junior Mining Companies (mostly Silver and Gold but also Antimony). Since October 2012 he works in risk analysis for different commodities including Antimony, PGMs and Lithium. In this position he is also consultant to the German Industry in commodity related issues.

Xu Aidong

Xu Aidong, Secretary General, China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association Cobalt Branch

Ms. Xu spent her undergraduate period in the Metal Forming Department at Beijing University of Science and Technology from 1986-90, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree. She spent the following three years as a postgraduate in the same Department, where she was awarded a Master’s Degree. Ms. Xu has been engaged mainly in metal market consulting, metal market investigation and research, and large-scale market conference organization, especially in the nickel and cobalt & stainless steel raw material fields.

Mike Tamlin
Mike Tamlin,
Chief Operating Officer, Neometals

Mr Tamlin has more than 25 years’ experience in the mining and smelting industry, with significant expertise in lithium, tantalum, vanadium, industrial minerals and chemicals. His 21 years of lithium experience covers the development of the China chemical market and global technical spodumene markets for the Greenbushes Mine, the Zhangjiagang Lithium Carbonate Project and the Rincon Brine Project.

He is now chief operating officer responsible for the development of Neometals’ lithium business. He has a strong track record in maximising commercial performance and developing and implementing strategy, and experience in the development of both hard rock and brine lithium projects, lithium supply negotiation, lithium markets and management at the executive level.

Alberto Migliucci,
Chief Executive and Founder, Petra Commodities

Alberto Migliucci is chief executive and founder of Petra Commodities . He has 25 years’ industry and finance experience within the mining, energy and oil and gas sectors. He was former managing director and head of mining and metals for Credit Suisse Investment Bank and the head of South East Asia Oil & Gas/Energy (Global Energy Group) in Asia. He has worked for Standard Bank of South Africa, where he was head of energy finance for Asia Pacific, and Societe Generale in Hong Kong, where he was a vice-president in the project finance and advisory team.

Nigel Tunna, Vice President, Argus

Nigel Tunna has been involved with the metals industry since 1979 when he joined Cominco as a metals trader. He then worked with Sassoon Metals and Chemicals and China Industrial Resources before setting up his own trading company Rushmore. His experience covers base metals, ferro-alloys, minor metals and rare earths. In 1999 he started Metal-Pages to provide business intelligence to the metals industry. In 2014 he joined Argus Media following their acquisition of Metal-Pages. He is a former chairman of the Minor Metals Trade Association.

Robert Adair, Director, International Equities & Fund Manager, UOB Asset Management

Robert joined UOBAM in 2008 and has responsibility for global commodities within the Global Equities team. He also manages the United Gold & General Fund and the United Global Resource Fund. Prior to joining UOBAM, Robert worked for several investment firms as a sell-side Analyst and Head of Research covering Indonesia and other Asian countries. He previously worked as a Fund Manager for the Royal Bank of Scotland in London, covering North American equity markets, and in total has over 20 years of investment experience.

Anthony Tse, Managing Director and CEO, Galaxy Resources

Mr Tse has over 20 years of corporate private and public company experience in numerous high-growth industries including the TMT sectors and resource & commodities – primarily in senior management, corporate finance and M&A roles across Greater China and Asia Pacific region.

He was appointed Managing Director and CEO of Galaxy Resources in June of 2013 and was responsible for leading the corporate turnaround, which has across three years, involved over A$500M of debt restructuring, refinancing and divestments. This was followed with the restart of production at its Mt Cattlin Lithium Project in Australia, and the Company is also now pushing ahead on its initiatives to advance development of it’s flagship Sal de Vida Lithium Brine Project in Argentina, as well as its James Bay Lithium Pegmatite Project in Canada – all of which have well positioned Galaxy to become the leading pure play lithium company globally.

Andrew Tunks, CEO, Auroch Minerals

Dr Andrew Tunks holds a B.Sc (Hons) Monash and a Ph.D UTAS in geology and has over 25 years’ experience in the minerals industry. He previously held senior technical roles at North Limited, Paladin Resource, Ranger Minerals and Iamgold and was CEO of A-Cap Resources, Botswana Metals and Ausgold.

He has been involved in Gold discoveries in Ghana and Tanzania and led A-Cap Resources to discover one of the world’s largest uranium resources in Botswana. He has been CEO at Auroch since May 2016.

Martin Stephan, Chief Executive Officer, Rock Tech Lithium Inc

Mr. Stephan is a successful manager and investment advisor with twenty-five years of experience, focusing on investments in the natural resources and exploration sector over the past fifteen years. While focusing primarily on exploration companies in North America, Mr. Stephan has built a strong network in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

In the late 1990’s, Mr. Stephan founded and was the CEO of one of Germany’s most popular internet companies providing stock market analysis. The website was purchased by one of the biggest telecommunication companies in Germany. Mr. Stephan regularly contributes analyses and commentaries to leading internet portals in Europe. Mr. Stephan has been CEO of Rock Tech Lithium since February 2015 and is responsible for the successful turnaround of the Company into one of Canada’s most promising lithium exploration companies.

Waldo Perez,
President & CEO, Neolithium

Dr. Perez has 28 years of academic and industry experience in mineral exploration in South America. He was the founder and technical leader of the Cauchari project acquired through Lithium Americas Corp., and its President and CEO from inception until the end of the technical work resulting in a definitive feasibility study with strong economics.

Previously he served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Latin American Minerals Corp and Senior Geologist for Barrick Gold, IAMGOLD, Opawica Explorations and APEX Geosciences.
Mark Seddon
Mark Seddon, Senior Manager, Consulting (Metals), Argus

After a brief stint as a sugar trader, Mark spent 25 years in metals and minerals research including 2.5 years running his own company, Tungsten Market Research Ltd. He has travelled the world giving presentations and writing reports about metals no one has heard of.

Vicky Zhao
Vicky Zhao, Battery Metals Market Analyst , Argus

Vicky Zhao is an Argus analyst for battery metals, covering Chinese markets for nickel, cobalt and lithium. She is responsible for price assessments, news and analysis for the Chinese battery metals market. She is based in Beijing and joined Argus in 2013.

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