17 February - 19 February 2020
London, UK

Argus Metals Week

Speakers at Argus Metals Week 2020

Alice Minuto
Trading Unit Manager, North West District Young BPW Representative, Duferco international Trading, International Federation of Business and Professional Women
Mark Seddon
Senior Manager, Argus
Mark Seddon is Senior Manager (Metals), Consulting Services, based in London. He is responsible for Argus’ rare earths and tungsten monthly outlooks and for developing metals consulting services. With over 25 years’ experience in the commodities industry as a trader, researcher, consultant and company executive, Mark has a wealth of experience in the metals sector. After ...
Mark Seddon is Senior Manager (Metals), Consulting Services, based in London. He is responsible for Argus’ rare earths and tungsten monthly outlooks and for developing metals consulting services. With over 25 years’ experience in the commodities industry as a trader, researcher, consultant and company executive, Mark has a wealth of experience in the metals sector. After gaining a BA (Hons) Degree in European Business Administration, as well as a Diplôme d’Études Supérieures Européennes de Management, Mark spent three years as a sugar trader with Louis Dreyfus, a leading global soft commodities company. The next 20 years were spent at Roskill Information Services, a leader in international metals and minerals research. In January 2001, Mark was appointed a director at Roskill and in December 2010 became the Managing Director of the company. Prior to joining Argus, he ran his own metals consulting company, Tungsten Market Research.
Marco Roque
Associate Director, Emerging Markets Capital, Hong Kong
Claudine Sigam
Commodities Branch / Division on International Trade and Commodities (DITC), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Claudine Sigam works for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Switzerland. Until recently, Claudine was the Head of the Capacity Development Unit at the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC), based at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Ethiopia, and under the tutelage of the African Union Commission. Prior to joining A...
Claudine Sigam works for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Switzerland. Until recently, Claudine was the Head of the Capacity Development Unit at the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC), based at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Ethiopia, and under the tutelage of the African Union Commission. Prior to joining AMDC, she led the oil, gas and minerals, trade, risk management and finance programme at UNCTAD. Claudine has more than 25 years of experience in natural resource management, policy advocacy, business development and public-private partnerships. She holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, in the US, and a master’s degree in industrial economy from the University of Grenoble, France.
John Eastwood
Head of Nickel Sales, Anglo American
Barbara Buck
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Climax Molybdenum Company
Barbara Buck is Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Planning of Climax Molybdenum Company, a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan Inc. with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. She is responsible for global molybdenum marketing and sales to the steel, stainless steel and chemical industries. She joined Climax Molybdenum in June 2005. Barbara has more than 35 years of sales an...
Barbara Buck is Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Planning of Climax Molybdenum Company, a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan Inc. with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. She is responsible for global molybdenum marketing and sales to the steel, stainless steel and chemical industries. She joined Climax Molybdenum in June 2005. Barbara has more than 35 years of sales and marketing experience in the chemicals, plastics, specialty chemicals, coatings, industrial gases and molybdenum industries where she has specialized in growing world-class global businesses serving customers in a variety of end use markets throughout the world. She is an active member of the International Molybdenum Association (IMOA) serving as the Chair of the Market Development Committee for more than 5 years and is now serving a two-year term as President of IMOA’s Executive Committee.
Candida Owens
Senior Trader and Company Director, Cronimet
Based in Switzerland, Cronimet Central Africa trades and processes tantalite, cassiterite and wolframite and has been present in Rwanda for a decade. Candida has worked in the industry for 19 years, after having worked for UK trading houses Capital Minerals & Metals, RJH Trading and Simmonds Metal Trading, where she was responsible for minor metal scrap and concentrates. C...
Based in Switzerland, Cronimet Central Africa trades and processes tantalite, cassiterite and wolframite and has been present in Rwanda for a decade. Candida has worked in the industry for 19 years, after having worked for UK trading houses Capital Minerals & Metals, RJH Trading and Simmonds Metal Trading, where she was responsible for minor metal scrap and concentrates. Candida sits on the multi stakeholder steering committee of the OECD’s working group, which is responsible for mineral supply chains from conflict-affected and high-risk areas. She is also a member of the executive committee of the Tantalum & Niobium International Study Centre (TIC). She studied English, politics and economics and is passionate about sailing and keeping fit.
Ran Maimon
Director, Thh Molyprocessing
Ran Maimon is the owner and president of Metal Tech Israel which recycles tungsten scrap, produces tungsten and tungsten carbide powder for the cemented carbide industry and developed a process for the recovery of molybdenum spent catalyst. He also owns Jurametal in Bolivia which collects and processes tungsten and tantalite concentrates and will soon start processing anti...
Ran Maimon is the owner and president of Metal Tech Israel which recycles tungsten scrap, produces tungsten and tungsten carbide powder for the cemented carbide industry and developed a process for the recovery of molybdenum spent catalyst. He also owns Jurametal in Bolivia which collects and processes tungsten and tantalite concentrates and will soon start processing antimony concentrates. He has been involved in the molybdenum industry for many years and is a long standing member of the IMOA. He holds a BA in mechanical engineering and a Masters in business and industrial management from Ben Gurion University, Israel.
Ana Cabral Gardner
Managing Partner, A:10 Investimentos
Bryce Lee
Director of CSR, Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt
Michael Insulan
Senior Market Analyst, Eurasian Resources Group
Michael Insulan is a commodity analyst with Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), focusing on cobalt and other battery materials. He has been involved with the commodities industry since 2003, having previously worked at Shell and CRU. Michael holds a PhD in Economics.
Michael Insulan is a commodity analyst with Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), focusing on cobalt and other battery materials. He has been involved with the commodities industry since 2003, having previously worked at Shell and CRU. Michael holds a PhD in Economics.
Maarten Gassman
Head of Asian Business, Grondmet GmbH & Co KG
Maarten trades tungsten, moly, manganese, cobalt, antimony and other metals in the steel and foundry industries, with a strong focus on tungsten and business in Asia. He has worked as a trader in New York and Beijing, and also sits on the advisory council of the newly established initiative Metal Alliance for Responsible Sourcing (MARS), a role in which he fields queries r...
Maarten trades tungsten, moly, manganese, cobalt, antimony and other metals in the steel and foundry industries, with a strong focus on tungsten and business in Asia. He has worked as a trader in New York and Beijing, and also sits on the advisory council of the newly established initiative Metal Alliance for Responsible Sourcing (MARS), a role in which he fields queries related to EU and OECD regulations.
Meera Pau Mehta
Corporate Responsibility Manager, ArcelorMittal
Stephen Krause
President, GAM Technology, Global Advanced Metals
James May
Chief Executive Officer, Midland Silicon Company
Filipe Manjolinho Costa
Chief Executive, Cronimet Envirotec
Filipe Manjolinho Costa is Chief Executive of Cronimet Envirotec. The company, based in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany, is part of the Cronimet group and specialises in recycling metal soft scrap, contaminated spent catalysts and drilling muds. Filipe joined Cronimet Envirotec in 2015 and has positioned the company as a technology leader in thermal desorption treatment of meta...
Filipe Manjolinho Costa is Chief Executive of Cronimet Envirotec. The company, based in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany, is part of the Cronimet group and specialises in recycling metal soft scrap, contaminated spent catalysts and drilling muds. Filipe joined Cronimet Envirotec in 2015 and has positioned the company as a technology leader in thermal desorption treatment of metal sludges. Filipe possesses valuable insights about the global stainless steel scrap market and innovative, sustainable recycling processes.
Stephen Taiwo
Supply Chain Standards Manager, International Tin Association
Denis Gorbachev
Director International Business, WOLFRAM Company
Bent Laine Larsen
Senior Category Manager, Haldor Topsøe
As the senior category manager at Haldor Topsøe, Bent is responsible for commodity raw materials such as the molybdenum, nickel, cobalt, tungsten and vanadium compounds used in the production of catalysts. He has spent more than 30 years sourcing catalyst raw materials globally for Haldor Topsøe. Bent’s previous roles include that of chemical engineer. He has also been inv...
As the senior category manager at Haldor Topsøe, Bent is responsible for commodity raw materials such as the molybdenum, nickel, cobalt, tungsten and vanadium compounds used in the production of catalysts. He has spent more than 30 years sourcing catalyst raw materials globally for Haldor Topsøe. Bent’s previous roles include that of chemical engineer. He has also been involved in health, environmental and safety aspects for chemicals and catalysts and evaluated reclamation options for spent catalysts and catalyst scrap. He has a PhD in thermodynamics.
Giampaolo Guiducci
Managing Director, GALMET
Daniel Persico
Senior Vice-President Global Sales & Marketing/M&A, TOKIN Corporation
Alina Racu
Market Analyst, Nornickel
Max Court
Business Development Manager, Argus
Tom Mulqueen
Head of Research, Amalgamated Metal Trading
Tom heads the research department at Amalgamated Metal Trading (AMT), a leading ring-dealing member of the London Metal Exchange. He is responsible for interpreting and reporting on metal-specific and macroeconomic trends driving the base metal markets. Previously, Tom was head of market intelligence at the International Tin Association, gaining four years’ experience anal...
Tom heads the research department at Amalgamated Metal Trading (AMT), a leading ring-dealing member of the London Metal Exchange. He is responsible for interpreting and reporting on metal-specific and macroeconomic trends driving the base metal markets. Previously, Tom was head of market intelligence at the International Tin Association, gaining four years’ experience analysing the global tin industry’s supply and demand fundamentals. Tom holds a master’s degree in geology from Imperial College London.
Anuradha Ramanathan
Deputy Editor, Metals, Argus
Stuart Penson
Senior Editor, Argus
Yuri Miranda
Marketing Intelligence Specialist - Marketing Department, CBMM
Andrea Valentini
Principal, Consulting Services, Argus
Andrea Valentini heads up Argus’ fertilizer consultancy services in Asia and the Middle East and has several years of experience as a fertilizer market analyst. Prior to joining Argus, he was the head of consulting for Integer Research. He has travelled extensively on consultancy and research work and is a graduate in Economics from the University of Padua in Italy and hol...
Andrea Valentini heads up Argus’ fertilizer consultancy services in Asia and the Middle East and has several years of experience as a fertilizer market analyst. Prior to joining Argus, he was the head of consulting for Integer Research. He has travelled extensively on consultancy and research work and is a graduate in Economics from the University of Padua in Italy and holds an MBA from McGill University, Canada. He led consulting work on a number of consulting projects, including feasibility studies for nitrogen, phosphates, and potash projects, and specialty fertilizers marketability research in Southeast Asia.
Fedor Mironenko
General Manager, AVAS Trading
Polina Sparks
Analysis Editor, Argus
Mary Anne Alvin
Technology Manager, National Energy Technology
Mary Anne Alvin joined the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in 2005, and since 2015 she has served as NETL’s Rare Earth Element Technology Manager (TM), responsible for validating the technical and economic feasibility for separation and recovery of salable, high purity, rare earth elements from domestic coal-based resources in conventional, prototype, and adva...
Mary Anne Alvin joined the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in 2005, and since 2015 she has served as NETL’s Rare Earth Element Technology Manager (TM), responsible for validating the technical and economic feasibility for separation and recovery of salable, high purity, rare earth elements from domestic coal-based resources in conventional, prototype, and advanced operating systems. Prior to assuming the TM position, Ms. Alvin served as Division Director for both the Geosciences Division and the Functional Materials Development Division. Prior to joining NETL, Ms. Alvin had 30 years of experience at the Westinghouse Electric Corporation and at Siemens Westinghouse Power Generation, working in advanced energy systems. As a Fellow Scientist, she led the development of advanced high temperature ceramic, intermetallics, and superalloy materials for components used in the domestic and off-shore, pilot- and demonstration-scale, land-based, power generation island wrap-around systems. She currently holds 28 patents, with additional pending.
Mihal Manasov
Head of Trading, RJH Trading
Mihal is an experienced trader/supervisor with a demonstrated history of reliable performance, risk management, metals and currency hedging, custom risk/financial solutions creation and problem solving in the import and export industry. He is skilled in commodity risk management, particularly in the non-ferrous, precious and minor metals trading industries. Mihal has a deg...
Mihal is an experienced trader/supervisor with a demonstrated history of reliable performance, risk management, metals and currency hedging, custom risk/financial solutions creation and problem solving in the import and export industry. He is skilled in commodity risk management, particularly in the non-ferrous, precious and minor metals trading industries. Mihal has a degree in economics, focusing on global economics from Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje.
Dharam Kotecha
Director, Halcyon