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Battery Conference | 27 — 28 February 2018

 Mark Seddon 100Mark Seddon, ConsultantArgus

 Angela Lee, Manager of Overseas Department, Do-Fluoride Chemicals Co
 Bert Witkamp, Project Coordinator, EAFO
 Christopher Reed, Managing Director, Neometals
 Marco Romero, President & CEO, Euro Manganese
 Hakim Faqir, R & D Hydrometallurgy Deputy Director, Managem Group
 Senior Representative, Bacanora Minerals
 Nicole Willing, Minor Metals Editor, Argus 
 Mikhail Nikomarov, Chief Executive Officer, Bushveld Minerals
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SnWTa Summit | 27 — 28 February 2018

Michael DornhoferMichael Dornhofer, Director of Purchasing & Logistic, Wolfram Bergbau und Hütten

Michael is director of sourcing, purchasing and logistics at Wolfram Bergbau and Huetten (WBH). WBH is a subsidiary of Sandvik, a world leader in hard metals.

In addition to scheelite from Wolfram's mine, WBH buys primary raw materials (tungsten concentrate), secondary raw materials (hard and soft scrap) and APT/oxides direct from mines and producers, as well as from traders.

As WBH is one of the largest consumers of tungsten raw materials, the sourcing is challenging and constant contacts to existing and potential suppliers worldwide are a key to success. The continuous observation of market trends is an absolute must.

Before joining WBH 10 years ago, Michael worked in sales and management positions at Rio Tinto Minerals and for equipment producers.

He has a mining engineering university degree and a postgraduate education in international trade.

Michael lives in Graz, Austria with his wife and two daughters.
Michael Mastermann Michael Masterman, Executive Chairman, W Resources

Michael is co-founder of W Resources and has an exceptional track record in establishing and financing new resources companies. In 2010, Michael took on an executive role with Fortescue Metals Group overseeing the FMG Iron Bridge iron ore company and completing the $1.15bn sale of a 31pc interest in the project to Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Group. He was chief financial officer and executive director of Anaconda Nickel (now Minara Resources). Michael oversaw the financing of the $1.2bn Murrin Murrin nickel and cobalt project in Western Australia, which involved negotiating a $220mn joint venture agreement with Glencore International and the raising of $420m in project finance from a US capital markets issue — the first of its kind for a greenfield mining project.

Prior to joining Anaconda Nickel, he spent eight years at global management consulting firm McKinsey and Company, serving major international resources companies, principally in the area of strategy and development. He is a founding shareholder at Fortescue Metals Group, Po Valley Energy and Atacama Metals.
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Mark SeddonConsultantArgus

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.
Fedor Mironenko Fedor Mironenko, General Manager, Avas Trading

Fedor Mironenko is general manager of UK-based Avas Trading, which he joined as director in 2014. Previously, he worked in Wogen Resources’ Moscow office in 2008-014, handling physical trading in Russia and the CIS, and business development in neighbouring countries and regions, including Turkey, Mongolia and eastern Europe. Fedor started his career in metals at Russian Tungsten producer Wolfram in 2001, where he managed international sales and purchasing, marketing and logistics.
Denis GorbachevDenis Gorbachev, Director International Business, Wolfram Company

Denis has over 13 years of experience in the tungsten business and long-standing involvement with Wolfram, a large Russian manufacturer of tungsten products with over 1,500 employees. He worked in various roles in the international trade department and procurement before his appointment as business development director and is also involved in expanding the company’s operations.
 Polina SparksPolina Sparks, Analysis Editor, Non-Ferrous Metals, Argus
 Andrew O'Donovan, CEO, Global Advanced Metals
 Per-Olof Loof, CEO, Kemet Electronics
 Richard Lucas, Managing Director, Wolf Minerals
 Cristian Cretu, Director, Business Development, H.C. Starck
 Stephen Nicol, CEO and Director, Saloro
 Lawrence Heim, Managing Director, Elm Group
 Keith Jones, Managing Director, Conflict Free Certification
 Johann Jacobs, Chairman, King Island Scheelite
 Kay Nimmo, Manager of Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, ITRI
 P. S Mony, Trader, Krome Commodities
 Burghard Zeiler, General Secretary, International Tungsten Industry Association
 Roland Chavasse, Director, Tantalum-Niobium International Study Center (T.I.C.)
 Ran Maimon, Director, Metal-Tech
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NiCoMo | 1 — 2 March 2018

Barbara Buck, Climax MolybdenumBarbara Buck, Vice President, Climax Molybdenum

Barbara Buck is the Vice-President, Marketing and Sales for Climax Molybdenum. Barbara joined Climax Molybdenum in 2005. She has held sales, marketing, and business management positions with Union Carbide, Amoco Chemical and UCB Chemical. She holds a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and completed the Wharton Senior Management Program.
Reiner HausReiner Haus, Managing Director, Dorfner Anzaplan

Reiner became managing director in January 2016 of m.PLAN International, a joint venture of Anzaplan and Micon International based in Toronto, Canada.

He became head of engineering, research and development at Dorfner, a European producer of industrial and speciality minerals in 2002. He was appointed managing director of Dorfner Anzaplan, a leading independent analytical and engineering firm in strategic minerals and metals based in Germany with projects globally.

Reiner focuses on rare metals and speciality minerals with a strong academic background in applied and engineering geology. After his PhD at KIT in Karlsruhe, He held a senior research manager position and was awarded a research fellowship at MIT in Boston, department of mechanical engineering.

He completed his EMBA at RWTH Aachen/University of St. Gallen in 2005.
Nigel Tunna Nigel Tunna, Vice President Business Development, Argus

Nigel has been involved with the metals industry since 1979 when he joined Cominco as a specialty metals trader. Since that time he worked with Sassoon Metals and Chemicals and China Industrial Resources trading in a wide range of metals, ferro-alloys and rare earths from China and the CIS before setting up his own trading company, Rushmore, specialising in antimony and tungsten. In 2000 he started Metal-Pages to provide business intelligence to the metals industry. He is a former chairman of the Minor Metals Trade Association.

 Carl Landuydt, Managing Director, Aperam Sourcing

 Bill (William) Reid, Pratt & WhitneyWilliam Reid, Associate Director: Airfoil Castings, Structural Castings, Forgings & Mill Products Strategy, Pratt & Whitney
 Anand GuptaAnand Gupta, CEO, Aamor Inox
 Michael LilljaMichael Lillja, Marketing Director, Afarak Group
 David WeightDavid Weight, President, The Cobalt Development Institute
 Eelco Vogt, R&D Director, Albemarle Catalysts Company
 Catherine Girard, Expert Leader Energy & Raw Materials, Groupe Renault
 Stephane Chorlet, Sales & Marketing Vice President, Erasteel - VALDI
 Claes Lundman, General Manager Cell Mark Metals Division, Cell Mark Metals / Sonaco Trading
 Anthony Milewski, Chairman, CEO & Director, Cobalt 27
 Tony Southgate, Head of Strategic Marketing, Cobalt Marketing
 Damian Brousse, Managing Director, Wogen
 Gordon Buchanan, Senior Trader, Stratton Metal Resources
 Marko Kusigerski, Head of Ferrous, London Metals Exchange
 Edward Lauer, Head of Portfolio Optimisation, Eurasian Resources Group
 John Eastwood, Head of Nickel Sales, Anglo American
 Fabio Maggiore, Sales Manager, Hobrè Instruments
 Nigel Clarke, Manager Alloys & Metals Procurement, Liberty Speciality Steels
 Denis Sharypin, Head of Market Research, Norilsk Nickel
 Philippe Richard, Secretary General, International Chromium Development Association
 Intissa Benzakour, Scientific Director, Managem Group
 Mahdi Ghaffari, Senior Expert of International Relations, Iran Minerals Production and Supply Company (IMPASCO)
 Fariborz Ghani, Expert of Managing Director's Office, Iran Minerals Production and Supply Company (IMPASCO)
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