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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.
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
Author of the Smithers MetCoke Market Report
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.
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.
Brett Levy is currently the Director of Finance and M&A at Weathervane Resources. An experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in Leveraged Finance Research, Brett holds a B.A in Finance Marketing from Boston University and a Masters In Finance and M.IS from MIT.
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.