26 February - 01 March 2019
London, UK

Argus Metals Week

Speakers

Michele Brulhart
Director of Innovations, Responsible Minerals Initiative
Michele Brulhart is an expert in supply chain due diligence. She has worked for more than 10 years on the design, implement and independent validation of responsible sourcing standards. She has worked at each level of the supply chain – from mine site to brand – and across multiple commodities. As Director of Innovations at Responsible Minerals Initiative, Brulhart is resp...
Michele Brulhart is an expert in supply chain due diligence. She has worked for more than 10 years on the design, implement and independent validation of responsible sourcing standards. She has worked at each level of the supply chain – from mine site to brand – and across multiple commodities. As Director of Innovations at Responsible Minerals Initiative, Brulhart is responsible for the identification and prioritising of emerging risks and works to ensure that tools, guidance and standards used for the responsible sourcing of raw materials are aligned with international best practices and regulatory requirements.
David Brooks
Senior Vice President of Metals, Argus
David Brooks is head of Metals at Argus Media.
David Brooks is head of Metals at Argus Media.
Claude Chanson
General Manager, Recharge Association
Claude Chanson is General Manager of the Recharge Association. He has an engineering degree from the Bordeaux Graduate School of Chemistry and Physics and a PhD in electrochemistry from the University of Bordeaux 1. He joined the Saft Group in 1986, initially as an engineer in research and development and as project manager in the telecommunications and e-mobility sectors,...
Claude Chanson is General Manager of the Recharge Association. He has an engineering degree from the Bordeaux Graduate School of Chemistry and Physics and a PhD in electrochemistry from the University of Bordeaux 1. He joined the Saft Group in 1986, initially as an engineer in research and development and as project manager in the telecommunications and e-mobility sectors, before taking the posts of Division Technical Manager and Director for Li-ion technology. He has been with Recharge for five years, representing the rechargeable battery industry’s interests at European bodies and international transport organisations, such as UNECE and ICAO.
Laurent Cohen
Global Marketing Manager, Solvay
Laurent Cohen is the Global Marketing Manager for Solvay’s Metal Extraction business. He has 20 years of experience in marketing and strategy, and has held leadership positions in large chemical corporations, strategy consulting firms and governmental organisations. Laurent is a graduate of MIT at Cambridge in the US and from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees in P...
Laurent Cohen is the Global Marketing Manager for Solvay’s Metal Extraction business. He has 20 years of experience in marketing and strategy, and has held leadership positions in large chemical corporations, strategy consulting firms and governmental organisations. Laurent is a graduate of MIT at Cambridge in the US and from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees in Paris, France. He will be speaking today about the economics of battery metals extraction, and particularly about lithium.
Fabrizio Corti
Project Director Conductive Additives, Imerys Graphite and Carbon
Fabrizio graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich in 1990. In 1991, he joined Imerys Graphite and Carbon as a Manufacturing Manager. In 1999, he moved to the Forbo Group as R&D Manager of the electrostatic discharging floors unit. In 2000, he returned to Imerys Graphite and Carbon as Senior Vice-Presiden...
Fabrizio graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich in 1990. In 1991, he joined Imerys Graphite and Carbon as a Manufacturing Manager. In 1999, he moved to the Forbo Group as R&D Manager of the electrostatic discharging floors unit. In 2000, he returned to Imerys Graphite and Carbon as Senior Vice-President Technological Development, responsible for research and marketing until 2005. From 2005 to 2010, he was Senior Vice-President Sales and Marketing. From 2011 to 2014, he was Senior Vice-President Sales and Business Development. In January 2015, he was appointed Business Director Synthetic Graphite. And in 2018, he took up his current position.
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.
Elbert Loois
Managing Director, HiTech Materials Advisory
Elbert Loois is Managing Director of HiTech Materials Advisory, a consultancy focused on the material value chains of hi-tech products. He has over 15 years’ management experience in international business development, acquisitions and technical project leadership. Among his previous jobs was implementing raw material strategy for major shareholders in the Resource Allianc...
Elbert Loois is Managing Director of HiTech Materials Advisory, a consultancy focused on the material value chains of hi-tech products. He has over 15 years’ management experience in international business development, acquisitions and technical project leadership. Among his previous jobs was implementing raw material strategy for major shareholders in the Resource Alliance. He is Chief Executive of German mining consultancy DMT-IMC. Elbert was also a senior mining engineer in opencast and underground mining projects, and managed international projects at RWE Power.
Furkhat Faizulla
Founding Member, Advanced Material of Japan
Furkhat Faizulla is a founding member of Advanced Material of Japan (AMJC), a leading trader and distributor of rare metals in Japan for decades. Furkhat is head of AMJC’s tungsten operation and North America office in Canada. He has more than 20 years of experience in rare metals trading. Furkhat is fluent in Japanese, Mandarin, English, and Uzbek.
Furkhat Faizulla is a founding member of Advanced Material of Japan (AMJC), a leading trader and distributor of rare metals in Japan for decades. Furkhat is head of AMJC’s tungsten operation and North America office in Canada. He has more than 20 years of experience in rare metals trading. Furkhat is fluent in Japanese, Mandarin, English, and Uzbek.
Yoran Guenegou
Managing Director, DCX Chrome
Yoran Guenegou is Managing Director of DCX Chrome, Delachaux group. He joined the company in 2009, after holding various positions in sales management for oil and gas laboratory equipment and civil explosives. Yoran has a chemical engineering degree from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon, France, and from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technol...
Yoran Guenegou is Managing Director of DCX Chrome, Delachaux group. He joined the company in 2009, after holding various positions in sales management for oil and gas laboratory equipment and civil explosives. Yoran has a chemical engineering degree from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon, France, and from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
Steven Izatt
President and CEO, IBC Advanced Technologies, Inc.
Mr. Izatt is President and CEO of IBC Advanced Technologies, Inc. IBC specializes in the development, manufacturing and commercialization of proprietary Molecular Recognition Technology ("MRT") products and processes, with industrial clients around the world. He serves on the Advisory Boards of Lthium Energi Exploration Inc. and Ucore Rare Metals Inc. Mr. Izatt has also se...
Mr. Izatt is President and CEO of IBC Advanced Technologies, Inc. IBC specializes in the development, manufacturing and commercialization of proprietary Molecular Recognition Technology ("MRT") products and processes, with industrial clients around the world. He serves on the Advisory Boards of Lthium Energi Exploration Inc. and Ucore Rare Metals Inc. Mr. Izatt has also served on the Board of Directors of the International Precious Metals Institute ("IPMI") and received the IPMI Jun-ichiro Tanaka Distinguished Achievement Award in 2008 for his entrepreneurial contributions to the precious metals industry. Prior to IBC, he was a management consultant at PA Consulting Services, Inc. and Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte Consulting), served as a charter member of the Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania State University Technology and Business Development Center in Great Valley, PA, and worked as an engineer (technology transfer and ventures) at Bethlehem Steel Corporation. A Registered Member of The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration and a member of IPMI and the American Chemical Society, Mr. Izatt has authored or co-authored over 100 publications and presentations. Mr. Izatt holds an M.S. in Chemical Engineering Practice (1984), an M.S. in Technology & Policy (1984), both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in Chemistry (High Honors, University Scholar, 1981) from Brigham Young University.
Dmitry Pastour
Chief Executive, Unichrome
Dmitry Pastour has been Chief Executive of Unichrome, a privately-owned Swiss company, since the beginning of 2017. Unichrome has broad activities and deep expertise in metals and ferroalloys, especially chrome ore and ferrochrome pricing, trading and alloys production. Prior to Unichrome Dmitry spent more than 10 years with one of the biggest ferroalloys producers in the ...
Dmitry Pastour has been Chief Executive of Unichrome, a privately-owned Swiss company, since the beginning of 2017. Unichrome has broad activities and deep expertise in metals and ferroalloys, especially chrome ore and ferrochrome pricing, trading and alloys production. Prior to Unichrome Dmitry spent more than 10 years with one of the biggest ferroalloys producers in the world, holding senior product management positions of different ferroalloys and ores, including refined FeCr and Cr ore and since 2013 as a Marketing Director, responsible for Global Sales and Marketing of Ferroalloys. Prior to that, he was involved in the ferroalloys trade since 1996 in different positions in sales, purchase, commerce and management in various companies involved in ferroalloys production and sales. Dmitry graduated from the Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology, holds a Master’s degree in Physics and Engineering and is the author of a number of articles published in scientific journals.
Marco Romero
President and Chief Executive Office, Euro Manganese
Marco is an entrepreneur with over 39 years’ experience in the technical services, mining and construction materials industries. He has held leadership roles in exploration, mine planning and operations, permitting and finance, as well as project and corporate development. He co-founded several Canadian companies, including Eldorado Gold, Polaris Materials, Delta Gold and ...
Marco is an entrepreneur with over 39 years’ experience in the technical services, mining and construction materials industries. He has held leadership roles in exploration, mine planning and operations, permitting and finance, as well as project and corporate development. He co-founded several Canadian companies, including Eldorado Gold, Polaris Materials, Delta Gold and Euro Manganese. He has received several international, national and regional awards for achievements in corporate social responsibility and environmental excellence.
Antti Saarela
Manager for Market Intelligence in Europe, Outokumpu
Antti Saarela has worked for Outokumpu since 2005 in a number of positions, from operations to strategy and raw materials procurement. Since 2012, he has been responsible for market research into stainless steels and their raw materials, and is currently Manager for Market Intelligence in Europe. Antti holds a master’s degree in process engineering.
Antti Saarela has worked for Outokumpu since 2005 in a number of positions, from operations to strategy and raw materials procurement. Since 2012, he has been responsible for market research into stainless steels and their raw materials, and is currently Manager for Market Intelligence in Europe. Antti holds a master’s degree in process engineering.
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.
Richard Williams
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Strongbow Exploration
Richard is a professional geologist with a bachelor’s degree in geology from Portsmouth University in the UK? and a master’s degree in mineral exploration from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. He is chief executive of Helio Resource, an exploration firm with a gold project in Tanzania. He has over 25 years’ experience in the mining and mineral exploration sector, mai...
Richard is a professional geologist with a bachelor’s degree in geology from Portsmouth University in the UK? and a master’s degree in mineral exploration from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. He is chief executive of Helio Resource, an exploration firm with a gold project in Tanzania. He has over 25 years’ experience in the mining and mineral exploration sector, mainly in southern Africa, South and Central America. Richard has spent the last 13 years in corporate management roles at public companies.
Nicole Willing
Editor, Argus Metals International, Argus
Nicole is editor of Argus Metals International, a global service providing independent price assessments, news and analysis for the non-ferrous metals markets. In her role as editor, Nicole is responsible for overseeing Argus’ global coverage of primary minor metals, base metals, ferro alloys and rare earths. Nicole is based in London and joined Argus in 2008. Prior to her...
Nicole is editor of Argus Metals International, a global service providing independent price assessments, news and analysis for the non-ferrous metals markets. In her role as editor, Nicole is responsible for overseeing Argus’ global coverage of primary minor metals, base metals, ferro alloys and rare earths. Nicole is based in London and joined Argus in 2008. Prior to her current role she was a senior market reporter on the Argus European Electricity team, specialising in the UK market. Before Argus she worked as a journalist covering the telecom and electronics industries.
Tomas Zednicek
President, European Passive Components Institute
Tomas Zednicek is President of the European Passive Components Institute (EPCI). Tomas established the EPCI in July 2015 in order to promote the passive components industry. EPCI’s educational and information website includes information on the latest passive components, a database of manufacturers and a free online passive components handbook, the ABC of CLR. EPCI organis...
Tomas Zednicek is President of the European Passive Components Institute (EPCI). Tomas established the EPCI in July 2015 in order to promote the passive components industry. EPCI’s educational and information website includes information on the latest passive components, a database of manufacturers and a free online passive components handbook, the ABC of CLR. EPCI organises the Passive Components Networking Symposium as a biannual international event dedicated to passive components. Tomas is the author of more than 60 technical papers, a US/international patent, and scientific articles about tantalum/niobium capacitors. Tomas joined AVX Czech Republic as a quality engineer in 1993, becoming head of failure analysis on tantalum capacitors in 1994. Tomas worked for AVX Corporation as Worldwide Technical Marketing Manager on tantalum capacitors from 1999 to 2014. His expertise in capacitors was used especially for technical communication with high reliability industry, particularly in space application and co-operation with the European Space Agency. Tomas received a PhD in electro-technology – tantalum capacitors – from the Technical University of Brno in the Czech Republic in 2000. He has a master’s degree in electro-technology from the same university.
Charles Swindon
Managing Director, HiTech Materials Advisory
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.
Ken Brinsden
President and Chief Executive Officer, Pibara Minerals
Gordon Buchanan
Senior Trader, Stratton Metal Resources
John Eastwood
Head of Nickel Sales, Anglo American
Anne Oxley
Technical Director, Brazilian Nickel
Maxwell Shumba
Director, Regulatory Affairs, Borchers Americas
Arnoud Willems
Partner, Sidley Austin
Kojima Yoshihiro
Director, Japan Oil, Gas & Metals National
Vincent Ledoux-Pedailles
Vice President - European Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Infinity Lithium Coporation Limited
Vincent Ledoux-Pedailles is Executive Director - Corporate at Infinity Lithium Corporation. Infinity Lithium is developing lithium production in Europe to power a renewable future. He previously worked at IHS Markit where he led the lithium and battery materials research team. He joined IHS Markit in 2014 where he first focused on basic chemical commodities and led the EM...
Vincent Ledoux-Pedailles is Executive Director - Corporate at Infinity Lithium Corporation. Infinity Lithium is developing lithium production in Europe to power a renewable future. He previously worked at IHS Markit where he led the lithium and battery materials research team. He joined IHS Markit in 2014 where he first focused on basic chemical commodities and led the EMEA Chlor-alkali team. Earlier in his career, he worked for Talison Lithium located in Perth, Australia, tracking the lithium industry in China and Europe. He also worked for Roskill, an international metals and minerals research and consulting company, where he monitored various metals and industrial minerals markets. Mr Ledoux-Pedailles is a regular speaker at various industry events across the world presenting at chemical, mining, and energy related conferences.
Catherine Girard
Expert Leader Energy & Raw Materials, Renault Group
Catherine Girard is Expert Leader in Energy and Raw Materials at Renault Group, in charge of medium and long-term outlooks. Catherine became Corporate Economist in the corporate and strategic planning department at Renault in 2009, having previously worked as an Economist at Nissan Europe from 2007. Prior to that, Catherine worked at a consulting agency for 10 years, as a ...
Catherine Girard is Expert Leader in Energy and Raw Materials at Renault Group, in charge of medium and long-term outlooks. Catherine became Corporate Economist in the corporate and strategic planning department at Renault in 2009, having previously worked as an Economist at Nissan Europe from 2007. Prior to that, Catherine worked at a consulting agency for 10 years, as a project manager covering the automotive sector, with responsibility for short-term and medium-term European market forecasts.

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