Director - Global Metallurgical Coal Marketsat
Wood Mackenzie, USA
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.
Ranjana von Wendland
Lead Reporter, Atlantic Basin, coking coal / Senior Analyst | Energy Insight at
IHS Markit Ltd
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 and thermal coal in Atlantic Basin and writes for various McCloskey Publications. In her over five years of service at IHS Markit, 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.
Dr. Neil J. Bristow
Managing Director at
H&W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd
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.
Dr. John F. Quanci
VP of Engineering and Technologyat
Dr. John F. Quanci is SunCoke Energy’s Vice President of Engineering and Technology, and Chief Technology Officer. In his present position, Dr. Quanci is helping build critical competencies and improving/advancing SunCoke’s existing technology as well as leading the development of next generation coking technology for both US and international applications in the pursuit of global growth opportunities.
Dr. Quanci has over 25 years in US and overseas experience in process research, development, plant optimization and in plant manufacturing experience, and has managed a breadth of organizations internal and external to Petroleum industry such as Mobil Research, Mobil Oil, BP/Mobil, Exxon/Mobil, Sunoco, Rodel and Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials (now Dow Electronic Materials). Prior to SunCoke, his most recent position was Director, Corporate Technology within Sunoco’s Corporate Engineering & Technology organization in which he leads their initiatives to consolidate and leverage process technology/expertise across all of their business units.
Dr. Quanci earned a Ph.D. and Masters in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science in New York City. Dr. Quanci is also a registered Professional Engineer and has over forty US and international patents and patent applications.
Dr. Joseph J Poveromo
Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting
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).
Head of Consulting – North Americaat
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.
David C. Ailor, P.E.
American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute
Bio coming soon
Becky E. Hites
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.
Director, Finance and M&Aat
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.
Principal Researcher, Research & Developmentat
Tata Steel Limited, Jamshedpur, India
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.
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
National Metal Industries Executiveat
Bank of America
Ira is a Senior Vice President at Bank of America Business Capital and National Metal Industries Executive. His office is in Chicago; and, he leads the metal industries effort in North America. In this capacity, he collaborates with Bank of America Merrill Lynch's general industrial and metal industries middle market and large corporate investment banking coverage; metals and mining equity and debt research; commodity metals strategy and research; and commodities hedging.
Ira has been with Bank of America Merrill Lynch for 25 years in leveraged cash flow and asset based lending, providing financing to scrap metal recyclers, steel and aluminum mills, metal service centers, fabricated metal manufacturers, metal intensive end-product manufacturers and transportation and logistics companies serving the industry. He regularly speaks at industry conferences, serves on the Affiliate Committee of the Metal Service Center Institute and is active in the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Association of Steel Distributors, North American Steel Alliance and Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. He comes by the industry naturally as his father spent his entire career with U.S. Steel.
Carvers Creek Resources
Bio Coming Soon
Siew Hua Seah
Editor, Argus Ferrous Marketsat
Argus Media Ltd
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.
Ranjan Kumar Singh
Chief Coke Ovensat
Tata Steel Limited, Jamshedpur, India
Mr. Ranjan currently servers as Chief of Coke Ovens, Coke plant Tata Steel and operates from Jamshedpur, India. With experience of more than 20 years in the field of coke making, he is responsible for coke plant production and drives innovation for excellence and safety. He has bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Business Administration. He is a certified auditor for OHSAS and a green belt practitioner in DMAIC.
Energy Ventures Analysis
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.