Dr.-Ing. Hans Bodo Lüngen
Dr. Hans Bodo Lüngen was born in 1955 in Germany.
After the study of metallurgy at Technical University Aachen, Germany, he started his professional work on 1 March 1985 at Steel Institute VDEh, Düsseldorf, Germany, in the metallurgy department. He finished his Dr.-Ing. thesis in the field of iron ore sintering in the year 1990.
He was for many years responsible for the ironmaking department. In April 2008 he was appointed director technology and in November 2019 Executive Member of the Managing Board of Steel Institute VDEh and chairman of the board of administration of the VDEh Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH (BFI), a 100 % daughter of VDEh.
Hans Bodo Lüngen had and still has activities in European Committees and in expert groups within the European research work since 1985.
He currently has more than 300 technical publications in the field of iron and steelmaking including environmental and CO2 mitigation aspects.
Johan Van Boggenlen graduated from Delft University of Technology (NL) with an MSc in Materials Science. He started work at the Teesside Technology Centre (UK) research laboratories of Tata Steel and its predecessors, first as a researcher, later as Knowledge Group Leader. The main topics of this knowledge group were BOF steelmaking and ladle metallurgy. He started at HIsarna as a shift manager for the first four test campaigns. He became Operations Manager for the 5th test campaign. With the transition of HIsarna from R&D facility to pilot production facility I took on the role of Technology Manger for the HIsarna pilot plant.
Dr. Bristow has been actively involved in the steel and steelmaking raw materials industries for over 22 years. During this time, he has led numerous investigations in coal and iron ore technical and market research, minerals strategy development, and market planning for BHP’s coal business, and was Chief Analyst for BHP Billiton’s Carbon Steel Materials Group, leading the Market Intelligence Group in Singapore.
His key expertise in steel, metallurgical coal, iron ore, and manganese ore and ferroalloys, coupled with strategic vision and long term analysis on future directions in emerging markets, saw him as an early proponent of the rebirth of the global steel industry, the rise of China and of coal’s growth story, together with a strong belief in China’s emergence as a major seaborne metallurgical coal importer. He has been a strong advocate for India’s growing coal demand.
In April 2009, he formed H&W Worldwide Consulting, putting his strong market analysis and strategy skills to good use across bulk commodities, including iron ore and coal –for both coking and thermal.
As an internationally recognized expert in areas of steel and steelmaking raw materials, long term trends and scenarios, he has written and presented numerous publications at highly respected international conferences and meetings.
Hector Forster oversees iron ore, met coal and coke coverage editorial, pricing and analysis at S&P Global Platts. He also oversees price and trade analysis and analytics products such as Turkey ARC, Plats TSI met coal and iron ore RSIs, steel mill economics, and models and ratios around steel raw materials with steel
Jim Truman is the Director - Global Metallurgical Coal Markets with Wood Mackenzie. He is a geologist by training, having attended West Virginia University and the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, he worked for a number of major coal companies and has specialized in the evaluation of the Central Appalachian coal industry. He now focuses on trends in global metallurgical coal trade.
Becky is a global steel industry professional who has served as an equity analyst, project finance and mergers and acquisitions investment banker, cost modeling expert, industry trend macro and micro consultant, expert witness and C-level strategic planning consultant. Included in her credits are being on the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team for Metals in 2001 and four consecutive years of recognition in 1993 to 1996 by the Wall Street Journal for earnings accuracy.
In 2012, she formed Steel-Insights, LLC, a strategic consulting firm focused on the steel, metals and manufacturing industries, which was profitable in its 1st full year of independent operation, generating a six figure top line with a 40% gross margin and has generated over $1 million of revenue since inception adding new clients in every year since forming the firm.
Prior to Steel-Insights, Becky was a Managing Partner of World Steel Dynamics Inc., the world’s leading steel information firm run by Peter Marcus, where she worked for almost a decade tracking and forecasting trends in the global steel industry.
Becky earned an economics degree from the State University of West Georgia and an MBA from Georgia State University. She is the secretary for the SE Chapter of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), membership chair for the ironmaking committee and a board nominee for June 2021.
Bio- Devanshi is a thermal coal analyst at CRU Mumbai for the last 2.5 years. She has done her masters from Tata Institute of Social Studies.
Since 2004, Manager of Information Technology, Vice President of Operations and now President at David E. Pearson & Associates Ltd, Pearson Coal Petrography Inc, Pearson Coal Petrography Pty Ltd.
These companies provide coal petrographic services from laboratories in British Columbia Canada, Charleston West Virginia, South Holland, Illinois, United States and Mackay Queensland, Australia.
Solving water and process challenges, along with meeting industry and customer demands, is the backbone to innovation. Currently focused on growing, adapting and developing technology solutions to tackle these emerging trends in the metal industry.
His professional experience include;
• Controller - Bombardier Transportation
• Commercial Manager - Paul Wurth Italia S.p.A.
• Deputy Project Manager at Site - BSL Coke Oven Plant for Paul Wurth Italia
• Project Manager Coke Plant projects with TATA, SDM, Severstal, ArcelorMittal for Paul Wurth Italia
• Sales Manager for Paul Wurth Italia
Author of the Smithers MetCoke Market Report
Mr Mathai has 32 years of operational experience in Recovery and Non-recovery type coke.
Presently working at Jindal Saw Limited, Mundra Gujarat as Head - Coke Oven
Served as General Manager (Coke ovens) at Bhatia Coke & Energy Ltd, near Chennai, India. Served as Sr. Manager (Operation) Heat recovery coke plant with 35 MW JSW Steel, Salem (India) and worked 2 decades for Bhilai Steel Plant, 7-meter-tall recovery coke ovens.
• Bagged Vishwakarma national award (Govt. of India 2005) & prestigious Apex awards (BSP 2006), also won a gold medal for technical papers presentation at INSSAN (TATA steel 2006).
• Two technical papers published in international journals and 5 papers in national level.
• Participated many paper presentations in NMD-IIM & international conferences 2012 to 2017
• Recipient of JSW Innovation award 2016 and Best safety (DuPont) performance award 2017.
• Visited various recovery and Non recovery coke plant SAIL PLANTS, RISUN COKE CHINA, JSW-ISPAT Dolvi, JSPL Raigad, TATA MET COKE, BHUSAN POWER & STEEL ORISSA, JAISAWAL NECO RAIPUR, ECL Bokaro, SMIRE Hospet, Mahashakti coke Gujarat.
• Presented international paper on Usage of catalyst in coke making at Bangkok 2019.
• Hobby: Stamp & Coin collection, Traveling (PAN India & UAE, China, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Sri Lanka Singapore Malaysia. Australia, Germany, Thailand.)
• Technical Education: B.Sc.& PGD in Environment management.
Siew Hua Seah is the Europe Editor for Argus Ferrous Markets, a daily report covering the iron ore, coking coal, steel and scrap markets. Her focus is on ferrous raw materials, particularly the Atlantic coking coal and iron ore markets. In her time at Argus, Siew Hua has covered fertilizers, LNG, freight and thermal coal. In 2014, Siew Hua was granted the OIES-Saudi Aramco Fellowship at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies where she researched Indonesia’s policy on natural gas.
Mr. Gao Xingsuo is an expert in Cokemaking industry with 35 years’ experience in the R&D, engineering, project delivery, heating and commissioning of coke plants. He has been deeply involved in hundreds of cokemaking projects both in China and abroad, with deep understanding about the technology trends in cokemaking industry.
Arun Kumar Jagatramka is a Chartered Accountant with an all India 1st rank and gold medal; and the Chairman of Gujarat NRE Group.
With more than 2 decades of experience in coking coal and coal mining under his belt, Arun is a coveted speaker at national and international platforms like Horasis, Coaltrans, Carbon Forum, Met Coke World on a wide range of subjects like economy, industry, steel, coking coal, met coke, ethics, integrity and corruption in India.
His recent book My Selfie with Integrity which chronicles his quest for integrity in a corrupt world and shows a path towards corruption-free India, has been received favourably.
Arun has also taken a keen interest in building a close India–Australia relationship and is a strong advocate for strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries. He was conferred “Person of the Year 2009” by Illawarra Mercury, and has served as the Honorary NSW ‘Sydney Ambassador’ to India, appointed by the Government of New South Wales, Australia.
Dr. Ahmed Shah Firoz served as Chief Economist at the Economic Research Unit of the Ministry of Steel till recently, studied Economics in India’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, to acquire is his Masters (MA) ,M.Phil. and Doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees. He worked on the problems of disequilibrium states of the market specifically involving consumer behavior in shortage economies of the erstwhile USSR, Hungary and Poland. He also worked on the concepts of soft budget constraints in investment decisions in both centrally planned and market economies.
Firoz is currently a member of the Expert Group in the government project Mining 2035 undertaken under the auspices of Niti Aayog, the government’s most important think tank and policy driver. He is a Member of the Governing Body of Thought Arbitrage Research Institute ( TARI), a professional research body. He is also member of the Advisory and Governing Body of Steel User Federation of India ( SUFI). He continues to advise the government on various policy and strategic matters related to the iron and steel and coal and other related sectors. He is also seen as the architect of India’s new steel policy.