Oana Niculita is the Head of Sales and Marketing of John M Henderson, the Scottish engineering company, one of the world’s leading suppliers of Coke Oven Machinery.
Oana has been working in the coke making industry for more than a decade and has had the opportunity of visiting many Coke Making plants in the world, witnessing firsthand the technical and operational challenges of the coke making operators worldwide. Oana’s main interests lie in the environmental and technological aspects of the coke-making, with special focus on developing technological solutions for improving the quality of the air and life for people working and living near the coke batteries.
Oana is a Chartered Manager and a member of the Coke Oven Managers Association in the UK, as well as a regular speaker at coke making congresses worldwide. Professional qualifications include an Honours degree in Business Administration, Masters Degree in Economics from the Universities of Freiburg, Germany and Lisbon, Portugal and a PhD in development with the University of Dundee, Scotland. She has worked as a business consultant for major multinational companies and has published a number of books and papers in the areas of strategic marketing.
Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal
In 1986 he graduated Faculty of Technology and Chemical Engineering of the Silesian Technical University - Gliwice (Poland) and obtained Ph. D. at the same University in 1993. The main interest of his research works include coke making technology and thermal processing of solid fuels and wastes.
At present he is Director of the Institute of Chemical Processing of Coal in Zabrze. He is a member of Polish Standardisation Commission, expert of Polish Ecological Chamber and member of European Coke Committee.
His is an author of more then 100 scientific and technical papers and 10 patents.
Research and Development Specialistat
Graduated in Metallurgical Engineering and Master and Ph.D on coal and biocarbon combustion for PCI in blast furnaces at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Currently acts as Research and Development Specialist at Tecnored Technological Development S.A, focused on sustainable development of biomass carbonization for ironmaking.
Ranjana von Wendland
Head of Atlantic Basin, Coking coal and Met Cokeat
McCloskey by OPIS, A Dow Jones Company
Ranjana von Wendland is the lead in covering European coking coal, met coke, steel and scrap markets in the Atlantic Basin. She covers pricing for coking coal, met coke, scrap and thermal coal in Atlantic Basin and writes for various McCloskey Publications. In her six years of service at McCloskey, she has covered almost all aspects of energy value chain. Previously, she covered European gas and LNG markets at other energy publications. She holds an MA in Financial Journalism from City University, London and MBA from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi.
Natalie is the global head of Wood Mackenzie’s thermal coal markets research for the Metals and Mining group. She has over 15 years of experience in the global coal and energy industry; authoring reports, forecasting markets and model development, and financial valuation of individual mining assets.
She joined Wood Mackenzie in 2007 and initially helped to develop new coal market forecasts for the short-term. Her work quickly expanded to international markets and eventually led to managing Wood Mackenzie’s global coal markets products.
She has played an integral role in the evolution of the Wood Mackenzie’s Coal Market Service products over the years, providing product enhancements and better integration across market sectors. She previously led commercial strategy efforts for the coal research group and currently focuses on the delivery of essential industry data and insightful analysis of thermal coal globally.
Prior to Wood Mackenzie, Natalie had worked in US-based coal research and consulting, gaining experience with linear programming models for forecasting US coal prices, supply and demand.
Natalie holds a Master’s in Finance, MBA, and a BS in business economics.
EAME Market Development Managerat
Benoit Fecamp is Solar Turbines EAME Market development manager. He has been working in the energy business for 20 years holding various positions in R&D, Systems engineering, process improvement and business development. He holds a master’s degree in Energy engineering from National Institute of Applied Sciences in Rouen, France and an executive MBA from the SDA Bocconi school of management in Milan, Italy. His expertise is in decarbonization strategies, hydrogen, renewable and process off-gas utilization.
Jorge Caldeira has been actively involved in the ironmaking and ironmaking raw materials industries for 40 years. He is a graduated Metallurgical Engineering from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in 1977 and got a Master´s degree in Coal Science at the Pennsylvania State University in the USA in 1981. Had an extension program with Professor Harry March at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK in 1985.
As a professional, he worked for CSN- Brazilian National Steel Co. for 16 years (12 years at their R&D Centre leading coal & coke projects and 4 years as General Manager Coke Oven and By-Products operations as well as Head of the Central Laboratories.
Since 1993, he has started his own consulting company – COALBIZ - and has rendered technical and commercial services to various coal suppliers from Australia, USA and Canada and to end user from various countries such as Brazil, India, Vietnam and Thailand. For the last 24 years, he has also been with the Australian Jellinbah Group where he currently serves as their Manager Technical Marketing.
Jack Porco brings over forty years of experience in global coal sales and marketing, with extensive experience as a senior executive for both public and private production and marketing companies.
Prior to joining Oluma Resources Jack Porco served as President and Chief Commercial Officer of Xcoal Energy & Resources since September of 2009. Prior to joining Xcoal, Jack was with Alpha Natural Resources from September 2006, where he held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Alpha Natural Resources and President of Alpha Coal Sales Co., LLC.
Jack began his career in the coal industry with CONSOL Energy in 1974, holding a number of financial and marketing positions before joining AMCI as Vice President in 1996.
Jack received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Robert Morris University and a Masters in International Business from Point Park College.
Marketing Manager - Coalat
Bio to follow
Before founding his own company SomiteC, Pieter Claes has collected over 10 years of experience in key functions at some of the most renowned European suppliers of Coke Oven Technology, Hude and Paul Wurth. Due to his solution minded and respectful approach, Pieter Claes has built up a positive long term relationship with coke plant operators all over the world. Over the last decade, Pieter Claes has been gathering on-site experience in major projects at, for example, ArcelorMittal (Ukraine), TATA Steel (India), JSW (India), SSAB (Finland) and NLMK Altai-Koks (Russia).
Pearson Coal Petrography
Bio to follow
Pearson Coal Petrography
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.
Dr. Olaf van Morstein
Senior Process Engineerat
Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions
Olaf von Morstein is a senior process gas engineer with more than thirty years of experience in process engineering of gas treating and gas processing technology in the Coke Plant Division of thyssenkrupp Uhde, Dortmund, Germany. He holds a Diploma in Process Engineering and a PhD from the Technical University of Magdeburg, Germany. His professional interests include gas treating technologies for synthesis gas from gasification plants, coke oven plants, acid gas removal and sulphur recovery. His recent activities are focused on still mill gas upgrading and CO2 recovery. He is a member of VDKF (Association of German Coke Plant Professionals) and VDI (Association of German Engineers).
Dr. Ahmed S. Firoz
Former Chief Economistat
Economic Research Unit, Ministry of Steel Government of India; Member Expert Group on Mines of Niti
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.
Research and Development Coordinatorat
Graduated in metallurgy with 15 years of experience in the steel and metallurgy area. With R&D, he accumulates 10 years of experience in iron ore, coal, biomass and mining and metallurgy waste recycling. He currently works as Research and Development Coordinator at Tecnored Desenvolvimento Tecnológico S.A, focusing on the sustainable development of biomass carbonization for steelmaking.
Mr. Huang Yunlai is from ACRE Coking & Refractory Engineering Consulting Corporation, MCC, acting as the Marketing Director, Europe & America. He has been working in coke making industry for over 12 years and is now a dedicated professional in implementation and delivery of international coking projects. He has been deeply involved in dozens of coking projects in India, Brazil and Indonesia etc. in the scope of consultation, feasibility study, engineering and project implementation, through which he has gained deep understanding of plant-wide coke making technologies and the trends in coke making industry. His qualifications include Master’s Degree and National Registered Consulting Engineer etc.
Business Unit Director - Iron & Steel, Cement & Non-Ferrous (India)at
Fosbel India Private Ltd
Bio to follow
Analyst, Met Coke and Coalat
Devanshi is responsible for CRU’s metallurgical coke analysis.
She is CRU’s primary analyst for metallurgical coke including forecasts and analysis of demand, supply, balance, technical assumptions, trade, capacity and prices. She is the Editor of CRU’s quarterly Metallurgical Coke Market Outlook.
Devanshi has worked with clients all over the world. She brings a broad range of experience from different commodities gained while working at CRU as thermal coal, iron ore and ferroalloys analyst in her prior role.
Senior Editor, Steel Raw Materials and Metals Analysisat
S&P Global Platts
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
General Manager Technical Serviceat
Paul Wurth Italia SpA
Present Job Title: General Manager Technical Service Paul Wurth Italia SpA
Current Company and Plant Location: Paul Wurth Italia SpA - Genova Italy
Siew Hua Seah
Global Editor, Argus Ferrous Marketsat
Argus Media Ltd
Siew Hua Seah is the Global 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.
Dr.-Ing. Hans Bodo Lüngen
Former Executive Member of the Managing Boardat
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.
Principal Researcher Coal & Biomass, R&D PRC Ironmakingat
Bio to follow
Fuel Procurement Supervisorat
Dexin Steel Indonesia
Wang Haichao is a Procurement Manager, focusing on market analysis and judgment. Wang joined PT Dexin Steel Indonesia in 2018. He is responsible for coke and coal procurement. Wang has rich experience in mine investment research.
Prior to joining PT Dexin Steel Indonesia, Wang worked at Umetal.
HeatTeQ Refractory Services
Jan Soonius is the Managing Director of HeaTeQ, where he is active in Engineering, Project/Site Management & Construction Projects in Iron & Steel, Non-Ferrous, Aluminum & other Heavy Industries.
Key Activity is Refractory Installation Work. Soonius has been with in this position since May of 2009.
Prior to joining HeaTeQ, Jan was a member of the Lizmontages Group and both Project manager and managing Director for Prison Refractories. Soonius began his career with 23 years of service as Construction manager at Hoogovens/Corus, where he built his expertise in Refractory Engineering & Construction of Blast Furnaces, Hot Blast Stoves and Coke Batteries.
General Manager of Coke Plant Deptat
Thyssenkrupp Uhde Japan
After graduating Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in Japan, I joined OTTO corporation in 2005 and started my career as mechanical engineer for Coke plant and Oven machines. Since then, even though company name had been changed to thyssenkrupp Otto and now thyssenkrupp Uhde Japan, I have been always working for Coke plant business in Japan as mechanical engineer, commissioning supervisor and project manager. Through those experiences, I got knowledge about the feature of coke making technology in Japan.
I’m a member of Japan Engineers Association as Professional Engineer Jp (Mechanical Engineering).