The 2021 agenda featured expert speakers from S&P Global Platts, CRU, Tata Steel Limited, Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting, Energy Ventures Analysis, and much more. Take a look at the 2021 agenda!
Tony Knutson joined Wood Mackenzie’s coal research team in Annapolis, Maryland in 2018
Tony has over 20 years of operations, fuel supply, exploration, project and consultant management, regulatory, stakeholder engagement and market dynamics experience across coal and power generation industries. At Wood Mackenzie, he covers global coking coal markets and Canadian supply as part of WM’s global coal research team.
Prior to Wood Mackenzie, Tony worked for an Independent Power Producer based in Calgary, Canada in their Corporate Development group in increasingly senior leadership roles. He was involved in advancing an underground export coking coal mine, 500 MW coal fired power plant, and procuring coal for a 150 MW power plant. Tony began his career with a large Canadian utility in their coal supply department, eventually working at Highvale Mine, Canada’s largest surface coal operation in a management role.
Tony holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology degree from the University of Calgary (Canada), an Honours Diploma in Geological Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (Canada) and a Master of Earth and Energy Resource Leadership from Queen’s University at Kingston (Canada).
Mr. Ajinkya currently servers as Principal Researcher, Tata Steel R&D and operates from Jamshedpur, India. He joined Tata Steel in 2015 after completion of his Masters in Engineering in Mechanical engineering. He works in the field of coke making, process design and pilot plant setup.
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Lynn M. Lupori is Head of Consulting – North America for CRU. Lynn is focused on guiding the CRU Consulting team to bring exceptional insight into strategic questions to companies with interests in the metals related industries throughout North America. Lynn is focused on working with customers to develop and execute projects related to important and strategic issues such as market analysis, strategy development, risk assessment, as well as valuation services and negotiation support. Lynn has worked for over 25 years with domestic as well as international manufacturers (primarily in the metals and mining industries) determining strategic growth opportunities. Throughout, her career she has worked with North American as well as global companies on issues such as market assessment/forecasting, capital investment plans, marketing and competitive strategy.
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
Dr. Joseph J. Poveromo (Ph.D., M.S. Center for Process Metallurgy, State U. of New York/Buffalo; BS Chem. Eng. Rensselaer Poly). From 1974 he was at Bethlehem Steel’s Homer Research Laboratories. In 1993 he established his consultancy, Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting. Through 2008 his principal client was the Quebec Cartier Mining Company, serving as Director Technology-International. Currently, he consults for steel, iron ore, other natural resource, technology provider, financial and consultancy companies on a global basis. Dr. Poveromo is a Distinguished Member of AIST (Assoc. of Iron & Steel Technology); his awards include the T. L. Joseph Award for long-standing contributions to ironmaking technology. He is also a Special Member of the IIMA(International Iron Metallics Association).
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. She’s a proven leader with deep financial, operation, trade and market relationships with steel producers, traders, processors and users.
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. She produces reports on the strength of the US and global economies, the global steel cycle, USA mill profitability and utilization, and specific product market micro analysis. 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.
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.
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Shinta Wada is currently a senior manager of Coke-making Technology division , Nippon Steel Corporation. He received his master degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology and entered Nippon Steel Corporation in 2009. He was in charge of the operation of the SCOPE21 Plant at the Oita works from 2017 to 2019.
Currently residing in Fernie, British Columbia. Attended University of Alberta and got a degree in Materials Engineering in 2007.
Began working at Fording River Operations as a Metallurgist with Elk Valley Coal company, which later became Teck Coal. In Teck I have worked as a Metallurgist at Teck’s Fording River Operations, Greenhills Operations, Line Creek Operations and its Lead-Zinc smelter. For the last 3 years I have been working with Technical Marketing for our Coal Business Unit.
BE in Electrical Engineer, Post Graduation in Control System, PhD in motor condition monitoring
BRIEF TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Started carrier in Researh & Development Center for Iron & Steel, SAIL, Ranchi, India in 1982 as researcher and control system developer
• Joint Tata Steel, Jamshedpr in 1991 till retirement in 2016. Worked as control system designer & integrator for process control applications mainly in coke oven, power system, rolling mill, logistic management etc.
• Joined Lotus wireless in 2016 as Principal Technologist. (Technology Groupdate for process control application Technical consultant for Logistic system design
• Visiting Lecturer as industry specialist for different Institutes
• No of Journal Publications in Peer Reviewed National & International Journals 9
• No of conference presentation National & International forum 37
• No. patents granted 3
• No of patent pending 4
Area of Expertise
Coke oven process control, Steel Plant Logistics Management, Embedded Controller Design, Application of IIoT, Condition monitoring
Mr. Schwartz is the President of the consulting firm of Energy Ventures Analysis and was one of the founders of the firm in 1981. He and his firm specialize in applied analysis of energy markets, including power, coal, natural gas, oil, renewables, and emissions. EVA publishes regular reports on energy markets, including forecasts of supply, demand, and prices. EVA’s clients include energy consumers, producers, and transporters as well as investors and regulators. Mr. Schwartz manages EVA’s coal consulting practice, which includes market studies, investment analysis, procurement operations, property valuations and transaction services. Mr. Schwartz testifies on energy markets before courts and regulatory agencies and has served as an arbitrator in contract disputes. He has also served as CEO of Centennial Resources and Atlantic Carbon, two coal producers and has been an agent for power plant coal procurement activities. He received a degree in Geological Engineering from Princeton University in 1977.
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