|Barbara 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 Haus, Managing Director, Dorfner Anzaplan
Dr Haus’ focus is in the speciality mineral, rare metals and speciality minerals business. He has a strong academic background in applied and engineering geology. After completing a PhD at KIT in Karlsruhe, Dr Haus held a senior research manager position and was awarded a research fellowship at MIT in Boston, Dept of Mechanical Engineering.
In 2000 he became head of engineering, research and development at Dorfner, a renowned European producer of industrial and speciality minerals. Shortly after 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.
In January 2016 he became Managing Director of m.PLAN International, a joint venture of Anzaplan and Micon International based in Toronto, Canada.
He completed his EMBA at RWTH Aachen/University of St. Gallen in 2005.
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.
| William Reid, Associate Director: Airfoil Castings, Structural Castings, Forgings & Mill Products Strategy, Pratt & Whitney
Bill Reid is Pratt and Whitney Associate Director for Forgings, Airfoil and Structural Castings and Mill Products Strategy. Bill is responsible for leading the team that establishes the long term strategy and contractual negotiation of these products used in the manufacture of PW products. In addition, Bill’s team manages and directs the sourcing of the billet for those forgings and melt stick for castings used by PW US. His team is also responsible for metals industry analysis and managing cost via elemental strategies for elements that are used for the billet and cast melt stick alloys.
| Anand Gupta, Chief Executive, Aamor Inox
Anand joined his family’s stainless steel business, Ambica Steels, in 2001, and started taking the regular family business to a global and international platform. He started the first export business of stainless steel billets produced by Ambica Steels in 2004. And he established a greenfield cold-finishing plant for producing stainless steel bright bars, squares and hexagons in 2005. Hanand started product sales in Europe — Aamor-Inox’s biggest market — and later developed sales across 50 countries worldwide, achieving sales growth of more than 100pc/yr. Anand renamed the company Aamor Inox from Ambica Stainless Steel on 31 January 2016. Aamor Inox has become one of the most trusted names in stainless steel bright bars and one of the largest exporters of “specialty” stainless steel long products from India. Anand has a BA (Honours) degree in International Business from the University of Portsmouth, UK.
| Michael Lillja, Marketing Director, Afarak Group
Michael Lillja is head of marketing and sales at Finland-based integrated ferro-alloy producer Afarak’s trading subsidiary in Malta. Michael has held a number of leading positions in energy sector firms over the past few decades including Luxembourg’s Alloy 2000, Kazakhstan’s ENRC, Australia-based International Ferro Metals, Russia’s Serov Ferro Alloy, the UAE’s SamChrome and South Africa’s Samancor Chrome. Michael has an MSc in economics.
| David Weight, President, The Cobalt Institute
David graduated with a BSc Hons in applied science and has been involved with the metal mining industry for 37 years, having spent 20 years with the Zambian Mining Industry providing technical and commercial services to one of the world’s largest refined copper and cobalt producers. For a significant portion of this time he was chief executive of Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines UK.
David then worked with Mitsui, providing consulting in financial risk management and metals trading before working with Anglo American Corporation of South Africa specialising in the integration of base metal assets.
He then moved into the Lloyd’s insurance market and spent a number of years with Jardine Lloyd Thompson, the largest Europe-based insurance broker, specialising in managing mining risks.
David is now president of the Cobalt Development Institute, and director of the Cobalt REACH Consortium, which represents a large part of the global cobalt industry and works to promote sustainable and responsible production.
| Marko Kusigerski, Head of Ferrous, London Metal Exchange
Marko Kusigerski, business development manager at the LME, is responsible for various strategic initiatives, including the new steel contracts. He joined the London Metal Exchange in February 2014. Previously, he was working for an American investment bank and he started his career at Credit Suisse covering industrial clients within the Investment Banking Division.
| Catherine Girard, Expert Leader Energy and Raw Materials, Groupe Renault
Catherine Girard worked for 10 years in a consulting agency as project manager for the automotive sector, in charge of strategic stakes and responsible for short term and medium term European market forecasts.
She joined Nissan Europe in 2007 as Economist.
In 2009 she took over as Corporate Economist at Renault at the corporate and strategic planning department.
She currently holds the position of Expert Leader in Energy and Raw Materials, in charge of medium and long-term visions.
|Anthony Milewski, Chairman, Chief Executive and Director, Cobalt 27
Anthony Milewski is the Chief Executive and Chairman of Cobalt 27. He has spent his career in various areas of the mining industry, including as a company director, advisor, founder and investor. In particular, he has been active in battery metals commodities including investing in nickel, lithium, and cobalt and actively trading physical cobalt. In 2016, one of the industry’s leading publications, “The Mining Journal,” named him as a future mining leader. Anthony currently sits on the LME cobalt committee.
Anthony has managed numerous mining investments at various stages of development, including exploration, development, production and turnaround situations, and across a broad range of commodities. He has served as a director of public and private companies. He is a member of the investment team at Pala Investments and prior to joining Pala Investments, he worked at Firebird Management.
He previously worked at Renaissance Capital and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom in Moscow, where he focused on advisory and transactional work in the metals and mining and oil and gas sectors. He spent a year as a Fulbright scholar.
He holds a BA in Russian history from Brigham Young University, an MA in Russian and Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington, and a JD from the University of Washington. He holds an LLM from the Russian Academy of Sciences.
| Gordon Buchanan, Senior Trader, Stratton Metal Resources
Gordon Buchanan is Senior Trader for Stratton Metal Resources, joining the company in 2004 as a minority shareholder and managing its more than $1bn annual Ni and Co business. He joined the LME Cobalt committee in 2011 and has been Chairman for the past five years. Gordon worked for four years in Tokyo before joining ThyssenKrupp in 1999 to run the company’s Ni book for its trading entity. He has 27 years of experience in the metals and alloys sector and has a BA degree in finance.
| Fabio Maggiore, Sales Manager, Hobrè Instruments
Fabio Maggiore has an MSc in Chemical Engineering from Edinburgh University in Scotland, having studied an International Baccalaureate Diploma at the RCN United World College in Norway.
He joined BP during his degree. From 2005 to 2018 he has worked for Italy Orim in the waste recovery sector as R&D and metal recovery manager, leading research in innovative recycling processes, with an internal team and universities and research centres, among the fields he researched was management of the recyclable materials loop — from purchasing to recovery operations to sales. In future, he expects to research real-time analyser solutions.
| Intissar Benzakour, Scientific Director, Managem Group
She is a metallurgist engineer and graduated from the National School of Mineral Industries of Rabat in 1992.
With more than 25 years’ experience at Managem, where she had various responsibilities in research and development, production and sustainable development., she has been Director of the research and development centre since 2000, then Director of cobalt production in the hydrometallurgy complex from 2007 for five years.
She has been Scientific and Sustainable Development Director since 2011. She has directed various research and development projects relating to hydrometallurgy, mineral processing, waste beneficiation and new products development in cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, gold, silver, and manganese.
She has given various key note lectures and seminars on research and development, innovation and sustainable development, mineral processing and hydrometallurgy at national and international events.
| Claes Lundman, General Manager Cell Mark Metals Division, Cell Mark Metals / Sonaco Trading
| Tony Southgate, Head of Strategic Marketing, Cobalt Marketing
Tony Southgate is Head of Strategic Cobalt Marketing for Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), one of the world’s largest diversified mining companies and a leading producer of cobalt. ERG’s Chambishi Metals Refinery is an existing LME-registered cobalt producer and the company’s Metalkol RTR project will become one of the world's largest cobalt producers when commissioned in 2018. Tony has nearly 25 years of experience focused exclusively on the financing, trading and marketing of cobalt. Prior to ERG, Tony worked for a number of cobalt institutions including SFP and ECTP.
| Eelco Vogt, Research and Development Director, Albemarle Catalysts Company
Professor Eelco Vogt is Distinguished Advisor at Albemarle Catalysts, and Professor of Refinery Catalysts at Utrecht University.
Eelco Vogt is a catalyst research and development distinguished advisor at Albermarle Catalysts — formerly Akzo Nobel Catalysts — and professor of refinery catalysis at the Netherlands’ Utrecht University. He received his PhD from the same university in 1988.
He has worked for Albemarle Catalysts for 28 years in various research and development roles, covering fluid catalytic cracking, hydroprocessing, hydrocracking, biomass conversion and other processes, and was global director for catalyst research and development in 2006-09.
He joined Utrecht University as a professor in 2014. He is chairman of the industrial advisory board to the Netherlands Institute for Research in Catalysis, and principal and co-author of the Science and Technology Roadmap for Catalysis in the Netherlands. He is also chairman of the programme council for chemical conversion, process technology and synthesis at the Netherlands’ Topsector Chemie.
| Stephane Chorlet, Sales and Marketing Vice President, Erasteel - VALDI
| Alexis Mikandji, Director General, CEE, Ministry of Mines,Democratic Republic of Congo
| Carl Landuydt, Managing Director, Aperam Sourcing
| Edward Lauer, Head of Portfolio Optimisation, Eurasian Resources Group
| Barry Jackson, Principal Market Analysis Nickel, Anglo American
| Damian Brousse, Managing Director, Wogen
| Nigel Clarke, Manager Alloys and Metals Procurement, Liberty Speciality Steels
| Denis Sharypin, Head of Market Research, Norilsk Nickel