Largest Conference & Portal for metals producers and miners in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan & CIS

11 - 12 April 2017

Marriott Grand Hotel, Moscow, Russia

65+ Speakers & Guests Annually  |  This year:

Director of business development and effectiveness management, "ММК".
2001: Graduated from Moscow Lomonosov State University with a finance degree. He completed a Master’s course in financial economy at the same university in 2003.
2007: Received an МВА from Columbia Business School (New York) with a specialisation in corporate finance.
Mr Lapin began his career in 2001 in the financial consulting department of Niederman Financial Corporation in Moscow.
2003-2009: Worked for McKinsey & Company’s Moscow office, including on ferrous metallurgy projects in Russia and Ukraine.
2009-2014: Director of planning and analysis, Sibur LLC (Moscow).
2014: Named Director of business development and effectiveness management, "ММК".


1994 — Graduated in Aeromechanics and Aerospace Technology from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

1999 — Obtained a Master’s degree in Finance from the Institute of Business and Economics of the Academy of National Economy.

1999 — Received an MBA in Finance from the California University Business School.

Professional experience:

Since May 2014

Director of Strategy and Development of Management Company METALLOINVEST LLC.

2012 — 2014

CEO of the CIS division of Tenova Bateman.

2007 — 2012

CEO of the Russian division Bateman Engineering Russia B.V. Managing Director of the international division of Bateman Engineering CIS.

1994 — 2007

Worked in various positions in the Russian division of Bateman



A leading global producer and supplier of HBI and iron ore products, and a regional producer of high quality steel.

Metalloinvest extracts iron ore from the second largest measured iron ore reserve base in the world with approximately 14.4 billion tonnes of proven and probable reserves on a JORC (IMC Montan) equivalent basis and about 150 years of reserve life.

The Company is:
·      the world leading producer of merchant HBI,

·      the third largest producer of pellets,

·      the largest iron ore company in Russia and the CIS,

·      producer of high quality steel.

The Company is a global producer of HBI and processes a large proportion of its iron ore into high added value products, such as pellets and HBI/DRI.

According to the Company’s data, share of Metalloinvest on the Russian market in 2014 accounted for 38% for iron ore concentrate and sintering ore, 57% for pellets and 100% for HBI/DRI. The Company is also a leading regional producer of niche steel products. In 2014, the Company produced approximately 7% of Russian crude steel.

Metalloinvest comprises of leading iron ore production facilities in Russia – Lebedinsky GOK and Mikhailovsky GOK; steel mills – Oskol Elektrometallurgical Plant and Ural Steel; a ferrous scrap enterprise – Ural Scrap Company.

Metalloinvest’s sales and marketing operations are centralised. The managing company coordinates the Company’s operations in the market, their production policy and external shipments, thereby achieving synergies and increasing the efficiency of production.

The Company strives to maintain a favourable social environment in the regions wh ere it is present and at each of its plants. Metalloinvest provides stable employment for more than 62 thousand employees and assists in solving actual problems in the regions wh ere it operates. The primary principle of the Company's social policy is the “unity of purpose”

Sergey Kashuba was elected as the Chairman of the Russian Union of Gold Producers in April 2012.  
During previous ten years Sergey Kashuba  worked in different mining companies: deputy Chairman for corporate development of the Zapadnaya Prospectors Artel (Sakha (Yakutia) Republic); deputy CEO of GeoProMining; investment adviser in Tugansky GOK “Ilmenit” (Tomsk Region) and in Geo-Systema (Moscow); deputy CEO for economy of gold mining company “Zolotaya Zvezda” (Khakassia Republic).  He has experience in geological and economic evaluation of about 60 gold deposits in Russia and CIS countries and experience in structuring sales transactions of gold deposits. 
From 1999 to 2002 he was the Chairman of the Committee on precious metals of the Russian Banking Association. He took an active part in developing legislative initiatives for liberalisation of Russian precious metals market. 

In 1995-1998 he completed courses on “Banking operations with gold, precious metals and precious stones” in the Management Training Center (Switzerland) and in the Institute of Business and Management (Switzerland); professional courses on “Banking operations with precious metals” in the Banking Academy and in the Higher School of Economics (Moscow) and a course on “Custom Clearance of export operations with refined gold and silver” in the Academy of Management and Market (Moscow).
From 1996 to 2002 he was a head of Precious metals Department of Incombank and Investment Banking Corporation.  Has considerable experience in lending to Russian gold mining companies. 
From 1992 and till 1995 worked in “Poisk” Bank (Minsk) where he started as a head of international transactions department and worked his way up to Director of the foreign economic activity department.  At the same time he advanced his professional qualifications in Swiss Bank Corporation (Switzerland), Commerzbank (Germany) and in the MIRBIS Banking School (Moscow). 
Graduated from the Institute of Foreign Languages and worked from 1979 till 1992 in various state enterprises including Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR. 

Metalloinvest is:

· the world leading producer of merchant HBI,

· the third largest producer of pellets,

· the largest iron ore company in Russia and the CIS,

· producer of high quality steel.

The Company is a global producer of HBI and processes a large proportion of its iron ore into high added value products, such as pellets and HBI/DRI.

According to the Company’s data, share of Metalloinvest on the Russian market in 2014 accounted for 38% for iron ore concentrate and sintering ore, 57% for pellets and 100% for HBI/DRI. The Company is also a leading regional producer of niche steel products. In 2014, the Company produced approximately 7% of Russian crude steel.

Metalloinvest comprises of leading iron ore production facilities in Russia – Lebedinsky GOK and Mikhailovsky GOK; steel mills – Oskol Elektrometallurgical Plant and Ural Steel; a ferrous scrap enterprise – Ural Scrap Company.

Metalloinvest’s sales and marketing operations are centralised. The managing company coordinates the Company’s operations in the market, their production policy and external shipments, thereby achieving synergies and increasing the efficiency of production.

The Company strives to maintain a favourable social environment in the regions wh ere it is present and at each of its plants. Metalloinvest provides stable employment for more than 62 thousand employees and assists in solving actual problems in the regions wh ere it operates. The primary principle of the Company's social policy is the “unity of purpose” 

Andrey holds BSc (Honours) in Economic Geography from Moscow State University.

In 2003 he received Diploma in Economics from University of Cambridge.

And in 2004 - MSc (Honours) in Management from London School of economics and political science.

Doctor of Business Administration (Cranfield University)

Since 2004 Andrey has been working in Severstal, from 2005 as Head of Strategic Planning and since 2008 as Head of Corporate strategy department.

He is responsible for corporate strategy and business development at the new regional markets.

Kazuo Fujisawa joined NKK Corporation in 1982 and has held management positions in sales, engineering and in an assistant role to CEOs.

After NKK merged with Kawasaki Steel to create JFE Steel in 2003, he has held positions in the Corporate Planning Department. His responsibilities include strategic planning and overseas business development.


Igor was appointed as HSE Director in 2015, having joined Nordgold as Underground Mines supervisor in 2011.


Previously he was a COO at Severstal Resource’s Vorkutaugol coal mining company with a focus on safety, operational improvement and processing plant improvement.


Before joining Severstal Resources, Igor had extensive experience in strategic planning and project management in numerous companies, including Siberian Coal Energy Company and Boston Consulting Group.


At Nordgold Igor works on production improvement at underground mines and oversees the safety function for all mines.


Igor graduated from St Petersburg State University School of Management with a Master’s degree in International Business

Sergey Rezontov has joined Lysva Metallurgical Company as a CFO in April 2013. Before he hold a position of the Head of Corporate Finance Department in Mechel Group since August 2006 and Relationship manager in Metals and Mining Industries Group, Corporate Clients Department, Commerzbank (Eurasija) SAO since January 2004. He graduated from the Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics with a first-class honors degree and holds a Specialist Diploma in Management of investments and innovations.

Born in 1980 in Moscow. In 2002 graduated from State University of Management with honors with a degree in management, specialization — World Market of Metals. In 2005 obtained a Ph.D. degree in management of metallurgical companies. In 2001-2006 worked as an analyst in OAO Chermetinfromatsiya and in Infomine Research Group. In 2006-2010 was head of marketing department of Industrial Metallurgical Holding. Since June 2010 — investor relations director.

Oleg Ilyin is a mining engineer and geologist, holds a PhD in geological-mineralogical sciences. He has 30-years’ experience in research, exploration and mining companies. He worked as Chief Geologist for coal mining company. For the last 9 years Oleg Ilyin has been working for Mechel Engineering that is one of Russia’s leading mining and metallurgical companies. He is responsible for geology and mineral resources development, specialising in raw materials for ferrous metallurgy (coal, iron, ferroalloys). He is also a freelance expert of the State Commission on Mineral Reserves of Russian Federation (GKZ). He is a member of the Russian Society of Subsoil Use Experts (OERN). From 2012 he is a member of CRIRSCO (Committee on International Accounting Standards).

Executive Director, Private Equity, VTB Capital.

Member of Board at Zapadnaya Gold Mining.

Vladimir has over 15 years of experience in investment banking, audit and financial analysis, as well as several years of top managerial experience in Russia.

Vladimir has been a Managing Director Russia and Deputy CEO of Alpcot Group, with book value in excess of US$200m of assets across seven Russian regions.

Prior to that Vladimir was an investment banker with JPMorgan, Rothschild and Renaissance Capital in Moscow and London.

Vladimir is an ACCA affiliate and holds an INSEAD MBA degree.

Elena is a highly experienced sales and business development executive, with strong knowledge of financial markets and over 10 years of experience in commodity derivatives and other asset classes. In her current capacity, Elena is responsible for the financial users of the LME markets, focusing on hedge funds, CTAs, pension funds, sovereign funds as well as proprietary trading businesses. This includes an educational aspect to keep clients abreast of new products which best suit their strategies and liaison with all parts of the business, including front, middle and back offices. Elena’s helicopter view of the market affords her a unique perspective and insight into the myriad trading strategies deployed by various business types and risk appetites, as she keeps a keen eye on the reports and data releases which might impact volatility and she ensures proper communication of these with her client base.

Previously, Elena covered business development at OSTC - the largest proprietary trading company in Europe - with responsibility for a variety of aspects of the business, including cost reduction, revenue generation and maintaining strong working relationships with external counterparties. Elena’s highlights at OSTC include overseeing the opening of new greenfield offices in Russia and Turkey. Prior to that, Elena worked in the commodities team at NYSE Liffe, the derivatives arm of  NYSE, where she was responsible for generating new business and increasing liquidity from existing clients, predominantly on the proprietary trading side, covering soft and agricultural commodities. She started her career 10 years ago at the precious and base metals consultancy GFMS - now part of Thomson Reuters - where she was covering precious metals; PGMs and industrial metals research and analysis.

Fluent in several languages, Elena holds a Masters’ degree from Birmingham Business School at The University of Birmingham and a Bachelors degree in Economics with a focus on Financial Security.

Sergey Alekseev has been operating in marketing and business development for 14 years. Sergey graduated from the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics and received his Master Degree from the Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Alekseev gained an extensive experience in marketing and consultancy during his career in a range of companies.
In 2002 he joined TMK. During 2002-2010 he held various positions in TMK.
Since December 2011 Mr. Alekseev has been Marketing Director.

Born in 1977 in Stavropol Region.

Since 2013: Head of the Fund for development of pipe and tube production.
2011-2013: Business Development and Marketing Director, Ernst & Young CIS.
2008-2010: Director of corporate policy, Vice-President for corporate relations, Alkoa Russia.
2008-2009: Chairman of Alkoa Metallurgy Rus.
2006-2008: Vice-President of The PBN Company.
2005-2006: Deputy General Director, Gazmetallproekt
Adviser to the General Director of Oskolsky Electrometallurgy Plant.
2003–2004: Head of strategic development and energy conservation, Department of industrial innovations and metallurgy, Russian Ministry of industry, science and technologies.

Professor and PhD in economics.
2006: Graduated with honours from the Russian Academy of Public Service, specialising in law
2003: Graduated with a metallurgy engineering degree from the “MISIS” University of Science & Technology (Moscow).
2000: Graduated with honours from the Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University, specialising in translation.
1998: Graduated with honours from Hastings College (USA) with qualifications in economics and management.

Rodrik first visited Moscow in June 1991 and after university his employer was a Canadian junior miner in the CIS in 1996-97.

He has worked and lived in the Russia for over a decade principally focused on the resource sector in senior management roles for Western companies.

Based in London since 2008, he represents CRU in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia as their Regional Director. CRU regularly consults for miners and investors in the region and separately Rodrik is an advisory board member for Silk Roads Mining & Development, a Canadian junior miner with projects in Central Asia.

He has degrees in engineering, Russian, and management from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and has taken courses at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute and the London Business School.

Mikhail Leskov is metallurgist with more that 35 years’ experience in management, engineering and consultancy for the wide range of project for mining and extracting of different mineral commodities. Graduated as mineral processing engineer in Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys, with specialty on an Engineering and Design for Mineral Processing/Beneficiation Plants.

Since that, about 10 years he has been working on large number of different projects located in various ex-USSR republics, Vietnam, Mali, Mongolia and Cuba for wide range of mineral commodities – from diamonds and gold to tin and rock salt.

After that together with his colleagues founded and then has been for 20 years uninterruptedly chairing NBLgold JSC (later known as NBL International (UK) Ltd), which long time been one of the largest engineering consulting groups at post-Soviet territory and worked for very large number of projects for many different commodities in Russia and in other various countries of ex-USSR, Asia and Africa.

After that worked on top positions inside such a structures as Atomredmetzoloto, Russian Platinum, Severstal, Gazprombank and Renova.
Board Member of GV Gold, Russia.
Board Member of the Union of Gold Producers of Russia.
Head of Section for Evaluation and Valuation for Mineral Properties in Russian Society of Experts for Sub-soil Use/OERN, GKZ expert.
Author of large number of articles published in different Russian and international professional magazines and journals as well as of wide range of presentation at many professional forums, conferences and seminars.
More than 10 year giving in Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys course for students on “Base and precious metals market”.

Russian citizen, born 1970. Joined Kopy Goldfields in January 2009.

Education: MSc degree in optical engineering, Bauman Moscow Technical University (Russia), BSc degree in Mining engineering from Tomsk Polytechnic University (Russia), BSc degree in International Economics from Russian Academy of Foreign Trade (Russia) and an MBA degree from Cranfield University (UK).

Experience: During 2007-2008 Mikhail Damrin was employed with Central Asia Gold AB as senior project manager responsible for corporate development, M&A and planning. Mikhail Damrin kept top management positions with West Siberian Resources and with Vostok Nafta Investment Ltd. Mikhail Damrin is fluent in English and Russian.

Hugo du Mez (1958, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) has a BA in information sciences from the University of Applied Sciences in The Hague. After working for several years at the local municipal power company, he joined the Port of Rotterdam Authority in 1986.

Hugo has worked at the Port Authority in several roles. In this time he was mostly active in market research, strategic planning, benchmarking and commodity flow forecasts, all in the field of dry bulk cargoes like iron ore, coal, industrial minerals, agricultural commodities and biomass.

Since August 2014 Hugo has the function of Advisor within the Business Analysis & Intelligence department of the Rotterdam Port Authority, on the topics Dry Bulk & Energy.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority

The objective of the Port of Rotterdam Authority is to enhance the port of Rotterdam’s competitive position as a logistics hub and a world-class industrial complex. The Port Authority manages, operates and develops the port and industrial area of Rotterdam. The Port Authority is also responsible for maintaining the safe and smooth handling of shipping in the port area.


MISSION: The Port of Rotterdam Authority develops, in partnership, the premier world-class European port.


VISION: We continuously improve the port of Rotterdam, to make it the most efficient, safe and sustainable port in the world. We create value for our customers by developing logistics chains, networks and clusters, both in Europe and in growth markets worldwide. As an entrepreneurial port developer, the Port Authority is the partner for world-class customers in market segments such as the petrochemical industry, the energy industry, and transport & logistics, while at the same time we are strengthening the competitive position of the Netherlands as a whole.


THE PORT: The port of Rotterdam’s annual throughput amounts to some 450 million tonnes. This makes the port of Rotterdam the largest port in Europe. The port area includes 12,500 ha (land and water, of which 6,000 ha is business sites). The total length of the port area is more than 40 km. Approximately 30,000 seagoing vessels and 110,000 inland vessels visit the port of Rotterdam every year.

Alex has established CRU’s office in Sydney with his role focusing primarily on the development of CRU’s coal market offerings and CRU Consulting consultancy work in the region.  Prior to joining CRU, Alex has worked for several years as a commodities analyst with a broad knowledge of metals and mining commodities and companies.  Alex gained his experience at several major banks including Citigroup and Merrill Lynch, for a period of 12 years where he covered bulk commodities and base metals.

He was then appointed as manager of Market Analysis at Xstrata Coal, where responsibilities included the formulation of the company’s business strategy, marketing plans, budgeting and work on business development and M&A reviews and analysis.

Alex brings an extensive real-world experience of the thermal and metallurgical coal markets, as well as a broader multi-commodity experience and expertise in the financial analysis of resource companies and assets.

Alex holds a Master of Commerce (Majoring in Finance) and BEng in Mining Engineering and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Elena Nesterova was born on January 13. She graduated from the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation with a degree in Finance and Credit. From 1992 to 1999 she held various managerial positions at a number of Russian banks. Before joining Arlan, she was employed at AtomRedMetZoloto – a subsidiary of Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation. She was appointed CEO of Arlan Investment Company in 2009.

Arlan IC

The company was founded in 1990 and for decades has worked in the dynamically changing Russian market. It has managed to win a reputation as a reliable partner able to provide investors with high returns and a diversified portfolio of investments.

Thanks to constant development of our professional competencies, a deep understanding of market conditions, and strategic vision, we have managed to develop significant projects in the fields of metallurgy, real estate, extraction and the production of nonferrous metals and non-metallic raw products.

Among successful investment projects implemented by IC Arlan are Tabornoje and Pogromnoje, The First Moscow Watch Factory, Balashejsky Mining and Processing Complex, Trade House Salt, Club Kupi Vip.

For many years our professional team, including specialists in finance, law, commerce, corporate management, manufacturing, and technicians of the highest level, have been our main competitive advantage.

Unique investment and analysis, the ability to make complex management decisions and to attract strategic investors to our projects let us create competitive enterprises with an effective and clear management system and strong development prospects.

Today the project portfolio under IC Arlan management includes: gold extraction projects in Pavlik,  Burkhalinskoje,  Shakhskoje,  Utinskoje and Rodionovskoje situated in Magadan Region, a large agricultural project Zolotaja Niva in  the Safonovsky district of Smolensk Region in Russia and also a uranium deposit, Klein Spitzkoppe, in the Erongo district in Namibia.


Oleg Pertsovskiy, Chief operating officer of the Energy Efficiency Cluster of the Skolkovo foundation, responsible for all the activities related to financial and non-financial support of  Skolkovo portfolio start-ups. Holds Master degrees from National Research University "Higher School of Economics" (Moscow) and University Paris-1, Sorbonne. Before joining Skolkovo worked in Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK), one of the world top 10 coal companies, where he was a Head of Strategy and Risk Management Department being responsible inter alia for search, analysis and development of innovative technologies. After that he was a Deputy CFO responsible for strategy in Siberian generating company that united all the power generating assets of SUEK. In 2003-2008 worked in Russian vertically integrated power monopoly RAO UES of Russia as a Deputy Head of economic planning and analysis Department and Advisor to Deputy CEO being responsible for long term planning, macroeconomic analysis, implementation of Kyoto protocol mechanisms, also was actively involved in Russian power sector reform. 

Maxim Matveev is a Vice-President of Aterra Capital.

Prior to joining Aterra Capital in 2015, Maxim was a senior metals and mining analyst at ING Bank. Before he joined ING in 2008, he worked in the Corporate Finance department of Deutsche Bank, holding a Vice President position, where he had extensive experience in both M&A and capital markets transactions.

Maxim has an MSc degree in physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He is a CFA charterholder.

Randolph Lewis graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1995 with a degree in Russian Studies. Since that time he has grown and developed enterprises in Russia and the CIS, working in manufacturing, logistics and construction. He is fluent in Russian and specializes in business development, project management and government/external relations.

Georgi joined Marex Spectron in 2013 as a Head of Research. His team is responsible for the research & analysis of all key energy, basic materials & industrial transportation markets.  

He is a former Navy Officer and holds Engineering and Economics degrees. Georgi is also a member of the Business Advisory Committee at Henley Business School ICMA Graduate Center and a guest lecturer in International Trade at the graduate school. He is also a Fellow of the I.C.S. in London and a published author by Incisive Media/Risk Books in the financial  derivatives markets field.

Alexei has graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1977 with diploma cum laude, specializing on international economy of commodities.

He has been working from 1977 to 1983 in V/O "Sojuzpromexport", the USSR state monopoly for foreign trade in minerals and ferrous metals, dealing with foreign trade of iron, manganese and chrome ores. In 1983-1986 he was representing V/O "Sojuzpromexport" and V/O "Raznoimport" in Italy.

Upon his return to Moscow he worked for the Department of International Economic Organizations of the USSR/Russia Ministry for Foreign Trade/Foreign Economic Relations.

In 1990 he joined the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) working in its Commodities Division (currently Special Unit on Commodities) and dealing with minerals and metals. Alexei is also the Project Manager of the UNCTAD Trust Fund on Iron Ore Information.

His mother tongue is Russian, he also speaks English, French, Italian and Polish.

Saida Litosh is a Senior Precious Metals Analyst at GFMS, Thomson Reuters focusing on investment and fabrication demand in Europe, and is the key analyst covering precious metals research in Russia. Saida holds a Master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics, and is primarily responsible for developing GFMS economic scenarios and forecasts that tie into supply/demand analysis and price projections. She has worked for GFMS as part of the precious metals research team since 2011.

Mikhail Dyagilev graduated from Norilsk Industrial Institute, from the Faculty of Technology in 1995.

The first decade of his career, from studying at a higher technical institution with an industrial internship system, was dedicated to work at the subdivisions of MMC “Norilsk Nickel” in Norilsk, Moscow and on the Kola Peninsula. Over his last few years at the company, he worked as Director for Economics and Finance at the Severonickel Refining Plant and as Chief Accountant of the Kola Mining and Metallurgical Company.

From 2002 to 2003, Mikhail was First Deputy Director General at Krasny Vyborzhets Metallurgical Plant (St. Petersburg) and the Head of the Economy and Planning Department at FSUE “Rosspirtprom” (Moscow).

In 2004, he commenced work at Krastsvetmet. As First Deputy Director General, he worked on economics, finance, marketing, the supply of materials and machinery, the management of investment projects and non-core activities. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors since 2007. In 2011, the Board of Directors elected Mikhail Dyagilev as the Director General of JSC “Krastsvetmet”.

Robin joined Wood Mackenzie in 2003 and has spent considerable time in both coal consulting and research roles. Consulting assignments included project due diligence, market assessments, price forecasting and coal procurement. An integral part of the research team since 2007, Robin has undertaken global mine cost estimation and supply analysis for both coal and base metals. Robin joined the coal markets team in 2012 and is now responsible for global metallurgical coal markets analysis.
Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie Robin spent 7 years in the power and coal industries in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia and Australia undertaking coal procurement, coal exploration, project development geological and engineering roles. Robin also worked as a coal marketer selling thermal coal in Asia.
Robin holds a BSc (Hons) in Geology and an MSc in Mining Engineering, from Camborne School of Mines, UK.

Roman Shchetinskiy graduated from Moscow State University of Steel and Alloys, specializing in Mineral Economy.

Roman has more then 10 years of experience in gold mining industry, in particular in project management, technical audits and investments analysis.

In 2010 he joined GV Gold (Vysochaishy, OJSC), one of the top-ten Russian gold mining companies and is currently managing long term strategies of the company’s assets. On the operational side he is supervising feasibility studies for development projects as well as covering mid-term and long-term exploration activity. He is a member of GV Gold M&A team, managing projects evaluations and deals structuring.

He is also a Director of the affiliated exploration company and a Member of the BOD in a junior mining company with a number of early stage exploration projects.


GV Gold

A dynamically developing company with a high production efficiency level - it is the 8th largest gold producing company in Russia. The Company has a balanced portfolio of mining and exploration assets.  In 2015 GV Gold produced 181 koz (5.6 t of Au).

GV Gold’s investment program is aimed at modernization of the existing facilities, new projects’ implementation and resource base expansion in the areas where the company operates: Irkutsk Region and the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic.

Aydin Jebrailov is a leading mining, energy and subsoil lawyer in Russia. He has hands-on-experience in leading transactions from a legal perspective covering all aspects of negotiating, structuring and financing subsoil operations in Russia. His legal expertise also includes assistance to clients on regulatory compliance issues such as land, environmental, technical standard and health and safety-related matters. Aydin's clients extend beyond the borders of Russia. He has overseen oil and gas legal assignments in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

 Aydin regularly advises on high profile, large scale transactions. In the energy sector, he has advised on the acquisition of subsoil properties at auctions and tenders, direct and indirect acquisition and sale of interest in existing natural resource projects, profit sharing agreements, and advising parties on energy production sharing agreements. He also assists clients with title legal opinions on Russian subsoil licenses and the conversion of exploration licenses into production licenses. Aydin also has comprehensive experience in complex reorganizations and transfers of subsoil rights of potentially troubled companies to legally secure corporate entities. In addition, he has obtained approvals on many occasions from subsoil authorities for amendments to licenses, and has successfully defended subsoil users from suspension or termination of their rights in administrative disputes and in Russian commercial courts. Aydin also has considerable experience related to acquisitions of interest in "strategic" companies and legal framework pertaining to subsoil plots of federal significance.

 For many consecutive years Aydin is recognised as a top mining and oil and gas lawyer by the leading legal directories, such as Chambers, Legal 500 EMEA, Who’s Who Legal, PLC Which Lawyer. Legal 500 EMEA 2015 ranks Aydin as a Top-10 energy and natural resources lawyer in Russia and quotes clients as saying, ‘Aydin is one of the finest, if not the best, specialist on Russian subsoil legislation and related regulations’. In 2008-2015 Chambers awards Aydin with a Band 1 ranking in Mining reporting clients as saying that Aydin is ‘diligent, detail-oriented, very organised and systematic, and his analysis is thorough and trustworthy’. In 2005-2015 Who’s Who Legal also lists Aydin as a leading energy and mining lawyer in Russia.

 Aydin became a partner in 2002. Aydin graduated from Baku State University, School of Law and with a PhD from the Academy of Sciences, Moscow. He is fluent in Russian, English, Azeri and Turkish.

Levon Kocharyan has built an impressive mining and oil and gas practice and earned an enviable reputation as a leading practitioner in his specialized field of mining law in Russia.  He is widely regarded and sought after for his knowledge and practical application of law in the natural resource sector by both clients and fellow professionals. 

 Levon has over 20 years of experience in assisting clients with mining and oil and gas projects.  His practice area includes not only the corporate structuring of mining and energy projects but also advising clients on the structure of joint ventures to conduct mining and oil and gas activities; drafting and negotiating metal sales agreements; participating in litigation over title issues; obtaining and transferring mineral licenses; advising on complex tax structures and conducting complex tax work related to mining and oil and gas projects; issuance and transfer of shares; preparing and drafting legal documentation on behalf of clients participating in the auctions granting mineral rights in Russia.

 For many consecutive years Levon is recognised as a top energy and natural resources lawyer by the leading legal directories, such as Chambers, Legal 500 EMEA, Who’s Who Legal, PLC Which Lawyer. In 2008-2015 Chambers awards Levon with a Band 1 ranking in Mining reporting clients as saying that Levon “is one of the best mining lawyers in Russia”. In 2005-2015 Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500 and European Legal Experts also acknowledge Levon’s outstanding capabilities. Levon is also ranked as a top lawyer in Energy and Natural Resources in Best Lawyers 2011-15.

 Levon graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, specialising in international trade law (three-year course in international economics and a five-year course in international law). He participated in an East/West Exchange Program on Business Administration at York University, Ontario.

Dmitry Popov is currently working as the editor of CRU’s Crude Steel Market Outlook and also specialises in the analysis of CIS finished and semi-finished steel and metallics markets. Dmitry holds a BEng in Engineering with Business Finance and MSc in Finance. He is now working towards CFA qualification.


The founder and director of Mongolia Mining RF Capital Markets. Upon relocation from the United States in 1996 Vladislav M. Portnov worked in architectural, real estate advisory and industrial real estate development sectors.  In 2008 Mr. Portnov completed his US MBA studies focusing on International finances and business strategies. Due to his outstanding experience in managing international business projects, he made the decision in October 2014 to expand his business goals to working with the mining sector of Mongolia. Currently Mr. Portnov is focusing selling rock-gold and non-ferrous metals deposits at advanced stage to mid-size and large Russian investors. 

Robert heads M2 Capital's Metals and Mining practice. Over his career, Robert has worked in the mining capitals of Moscow (Alfa-Bank, Otkritie Capital, PwC Russia), New York City (Salomon Smith Barney [Citibank] and Westdeutsche Landesbank [WestLB]) and Toronto (PwC Canada and DBRS). Robert holds a Master of Science in Mining Engineering and an MBA from Queen's University (Canada).

Mr. B.S.Shetty is the General Manager - Commercial at Al Ghurair Iron & Steel LLC. He has been associated with the plant since its inception in 2005 and played a key role from the project stage until commercial launch of the company.

Prior to AGIS, Mr. Shetty was the General Manager of Trans Gulf Aluminium Industries, Dubai – another Al Ghurair Group company. Mr. Shetty has been in the UAE for the last 12 years and has traveled widely in the markets of Middle East & Africa for business development.

A Management graduate from India, Mr. Shetty also holds a post-graduate diploma in Business and Administrative Management.  He has 20 years of rich & varied experience in the fields of international trading, sales & marketing and general management.

2012-present: Project manager at Metal Expert Consulting. Multiple consulting and market research projects for clients in CIS and Europe.

2006-2011: Worked for investment company “Sovlink” as a senior analyst with focus on Metals&Mining sector.

2009: Graduated from Moscow Lomonosov State University with an “international economy” degree. He completed a Master’s course in international economy at the same university in 2004.

2005-2006: Worked for investment company “Eurofinances” as a senior analyst. Blue chips coverage.

Born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Graduated from Saint-Petersburg Institute of Engineering and Economics with Masters Degree in Economics.  In 1996, she received the Master of Business Administration degree majoring in International Finance from the George Washington University, Washington, DC.
She has been working in Washington at the World Bank Group since 1996 and at IFC since 1998. Presently, she is the Senior Investment Officer at the Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services investment department, focusing primarily on Europe, Middle East and North Africa region. The scope of her professional expertise spans over many countries and regions and several manufacturing sectors such as construction materials, cement, glass, chemicals, machinery with a specific focus on steel and other metals.  Natalya has lead many IFC investments in these sectors, involving international and local sponsors, different financial structures and instruments.  

International Finance Corp

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries.

We utilize and leverage our products and services—as well as products and services of other institutions in the World Bank Group—to provide development solutions customized to meet clients’ needs. We apply our financial resources, technical expertise, global experience, and innovative thinking to help our partners overcome financial, operational, and political challenges.

Clients view IFC as a provider and mobilizer of scarce capital, knowledge, and long-term partnerships that can help address critical constraints in areas such as finance, infrastructure, employee skills, and the regulatory environment.

IFC is also a leading mobilizer of third-party resources for its projects. Our willingness to engage in difficult environments and our leadership in crowding-in private finance enable us to extend our footprint and have a development impact well beyond our direct resources.


Niko Vardapetyan is Managing Director of Natural Resources Client Coverage in Eurasian Development Bank, an international financial organization established to promote economic growth in the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union. Prior to that, Mr. Vardapetyan worked as the CFO of Geotransgaz group of gas companies, and Director of Natural Resources group in VTB Capital investment bank. He also worked for Shell International in London and Deutsche Bank in London and Moscow.

After receiving his master's degree in Management of Business Administration in 2002 from La Salle University - Philadelphia,he worked as a Business Analyst for a multinational pipe and glass manufacturer; Saint Gobain – Philadelphia. In 2003, he started to work in the stock market at SEI Investments ( Fortune 500 company in US ) as a Mutual Fund
By 2005 right after he returned back to Turkey, Mr Bolaca has started to work for Tezcan Galvanized steel mill and he was responsible for the whole sales towards Europe, CIS and Northern America regions.
In 2007, He joined to Promeks Steel trading. Mr. Bolaca has established coated steel department in the company and afterwards he managed flat steel division at Promeks Steel Inc.
In 2010, Mr. Bolaca has joined to LN Metals International to manage the steel division. LN Metals is an international trading company with an annual turnover of 850 million USD. Company supplies both ferrous and non ferrous metals through offices in England, China and in Brazil and also holds steel stocks mainly in EU and in South America.
Besides participating to international steel conferences as a speaker, Mr Bolaca writes articles for international steel publications.

Mr Geoffrey Cowley

Chairman, Energy Mining Advisory

Non-Executive Director, Blackmont Gold

Over the past 35 years Dr Cowley has built a successful career in business, both in the public and private sectors. He has been CEO of major corporations in Africa, Russia, UK and the Middle East, including senior executive positions in Anglo American Corporation, De Beers, British Energy, British Rail, Murray and Roberts, the Press Corporation, Basic Element, Kinross (Russia), Maple Minerals Corporation and White Tiger Gold. He has advised several governments on economic growth and expansion (Oman, Malawi, South Africa and Romania), was involved in the privatisation of British Rail and British Energy and was one of two UK representatives on the Business Council for Europe Africa and the Mediterranean, (BCEAM, Group 7 initiative). Working with the Adam Smith Institute, he advised on the economic and industrial rebuilding of several countries in Eastern Europe, following which for several years was Senior Advisor on Africa (Political and Economic), to the World Economic Forum attending the annual meeting of government and business leaders at Davos.

In January 2013 he was appointed as NXD to the Board of Lydian International (TSX: LYD) and also NXD to the board of Blackmont Gold Group. In addition to which he is currently Non Executive Chairman of Energy Mining Advisory Partnership which provides Risk Management and Corporate Advisory Services exclusively to the Mining, Metallurgical and Minerals industry and is a frequent speaker at major international conferences.

Dr Cowley has a Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Engineering; is a chartered engineer and holds fellowships of several major professional institutions in the UK.

Over 15 years of management experiences in the Middle East Metals, minerals industry and commodities market

Started his career in Dubai in the year 1999, worked with management positions for big commodity traders and producers from Belgium, Saudi, India, Germany and UK mainly active in steel, raw materials, non-ferrous, minerals and Oil products.

After he resigned from his previous position of Group General Manager with his employer from Germany, joined Trade Management Team of Liberty Group UK

Graduated from an American university and hold a Master degree in addition to two certificates in Engineering, IT and Business Administration.

He is particularly a very well connected person in the steel industry globally and is now a regular face on speakers’ panels at top international steel and raw materials conferences in EU, UK, Canada, China, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Australia, Dubai and Qatar. He is also often called upon by the wider media to comment on trends within the Middle East or global steel or raw materials market.

Dmitriy Kolomytsyn joined Sberbank CIB in September 2015 as Commodity Strategist in the company’s Investment Research Division. Prior to this he worked as Managing Director, Research Analyst covering Russian Metals & Mining and European Steel Sectors at Morgan Stanley in London and Moscow from 2008. In this role he took leading positions in Extel’s and Institutional Investor’s rankings multiple times from 2008 to 2014. Most recently (in 2014) he took No. 1 in Extel Russia M&M (both individually and as a team); No. 1 in Extel EMEA M&M individually and No. 3 as part of a team; and No. 1 individually in II’s All-Russia Research Team results. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Dmitriy was a Senior Research Analyst for CIS Metals & Mining at UniCredit Securities in Moscow from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that, he had worked in leading Canadian investment banks, Dundee Securities and Desjardins Securities. Dmitriy began his research career at the National Bank of Kazakhstan in 1999.

Dmitriy graduated from the Kazakh State Academy of Management in Almaty with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Finance and Credit, and holds a Master’s degree in Science in Administration from John Molson School of Business, Concordia University (Canada). In 2006 he was awarded the CFA charter.

Since 1999 Mr Skopov has worked at the Urals Mining and Metallurgy Company as Strategic Planning Director and Deputy Technical Director for metallurgy.
Mr Skopov is a Professor at the Urals B.N. Yeltsin Federal University, a full member of the Academy of Engineering Sciences of the Russian Federation, and an honoured metallurgist of the Russian Federation.


Until 1999 Gennady Skopov performed academic research work in commercial structures.

In 1986 he was presented with an award by the Council of Ministers of the USSR, in recognition of his development and implementation of a series of technological processes for the extraction of copper and precious metals from semi-finished metallurgical products.
In 1992 Mr Skopov became a Doctor of Technical Sciences. He is the author of more than 100 academic works and patents.

GUROV Alexander: Editor Russian language editions of the “Steel Times International” and “Aluminium International Today” (UK) published in Russia from 1992 by Quartz Business Media (UK).

Education: Moscow Steel and Alloys Institute (Russia) and London University, Imperial College of Science and Technology (UK), PhD, economist in metallurgy.

Expert of the International projects on developments of the Russia and Eastern Europe steel and metals sector. Publications: 3 books and about 400 articles in Russian and English.

Valery Machulov. Date of birth: 13.03.1963.

Director for strategic development, Modular Mining Systems Eurasia from 2012.

From 1990 to 2012 he worked in Yakutugol JSC.


Modular Mining Systems, Inc. headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, USA, provides open pit and underground mining customers worldwide with field-proven products that enhance productivity, safety and equipment availability and utilization.

Modular offices are located in all key world-mining markets. With over 550 employees and 11 offices worldwide, we offer the most complete lineup of mine management solutions on the market.

A graduate in Economics with a wealth of international experience in the fields of operational management performance and strategic project management.

Having worked with many majors in both management and consultancy roles he has worked with EDC Holdings and EMAP for a number of years on projects covering forensic business analysis, acquisition integration,the management of change, operational performance improvement, supply change development and project management with particular emphasis on the direction, management and achievement of project teams undertaking targeted capital projects around the world.

With global experience he has an enviable expertise in the management of change in diverse cultural environmenets

Mr. Nikolay V. Matyash graduated from the Department of Journalism at Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov in 1987.  He worked for “Novosti” Press Agency in Moscow and for Federal News Service in Washington, D.C.  In 1996, he graduated from School of International Service at the American University, Washington, D.C., with Master’s degree in International Affairs: International Politics.  

The same year he returned to Moscow and started working for Petroleum Advisory Forum as Co-ordinator for Services and Equipment Committee and Transportation Committee.  

In 2001, international mining companies operating in Russia invited Mr. Nikolay V. Matyash to join the Mining Advisory Council in Moscow.  Since then he has been working as the Council’s Executive Director.  

In 2002, Mr. Nikolay V. Matyash completed Corporate Governance Program at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada.  He was awarded with a Certificate of Achievement.  

In 2004, Mr. Nikolay V. Matyash became a Member of the Expert Council under the Committee for Natural Resources, Use of Natural Resources and Ecology of the State Duma (the lower house of the Russian parliament) of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.


In 2013, he was delegated to the post of Co-Chairman of the Subcommittee for Subsoil Users of the Committee of Precious Metals and Precious Stones at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

Melnik Vladimir Vasilyevich
Date of birth 02.08.1957

Position: Head of the Department "Geotechnology Exploitation of Mineral Resources", The Mountain Institute, National University of Science and Technology "MISIS".
Education: Graduated from the Moscow Mining Institute in the year 1984.
Specialty and qualification: Mining engineer with a degree in "Technology and complex mechanization of underground mining of mineral deposits".

Academic degree: Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor
Area of scientific interests: Underground, open-underground and hydraulic coal mining technology, physical and chemical geotechnology, downhole hydraulic mehanogidravlicheskih and coal, the theoretical bases of designing of mining systems, the technology of mining of thick flat and steep coal seams, a combination of short and long production faces.

He is the author of 144 articles, 12 monographs, 18 manuals, 1 textbook, 5 patents and 3 patents. Under his supervision 10 theses for the degree of candidate of sciences and 2 for the degree of Doctor of Technical Sciences.

PwC Russia ( provides industry-focused assurance, tax, legal and business consulting services. Over 2,500 professionals working in PwC offices in Moscow, St Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Voronezh, Vladikavkaz and Ufa share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice for our clients. The global network of PwC firms brings together more than 208,000 people in 157 countries.

In 1986, after graduating from the Irkutsk State University as a journalist, had worked in a number of Siberian media agencies as a photo reporter. In 1995-2000, worked as a Moscow-based economic correspondent at USA Global Financial Information Company BridgeNews.

In 2000, joined PRIME business news agency and created a successful news project Prime Gold ("Вестник Золотопромышленника") about precious metals and stones, which comprises a news wire and a weekly newsletter, in 2005.

Vladimir Savchuk was born on 5th of March in 1971. In 1994 he graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute. Before IPEM Vladimir Savchuk worked in areas of export freight transportation service, rolling stock components production, freight car operator business. Since 2005 Vladimir is working in IPEM.

In IPEM Vladimir Savchuk is guiding the research work in railway transport and railway industry sectors. He took part in development of strategic branch documents, wide variety of macroeconomic models, different international researches. Particularly, Vladimir Savchuk made a huge contribution in next Institute papers:

- The Russian railway industry development strategy for the period until 2015.

- The analysis of railway transport reforming global experience.

- The analysis of the infrastructure and haulage activities dividing reasonability for Russian economy.

Vladimir Savchuk is one of the key Russian experts in railway transport and railway industry sectors. As IPEM member he takes part and makes reports at many international and Russian branch conferences, regularly comments the major branch events and news in media. Also Vladimir Savchuk is the author of many publications in professional issues and several IPEM writings, particularly collective monographs

Peter Dormann is Head of Sales and Marketing of New World Resources Plc (‘NWR’), one of Central Europe’s leading hard coal producers.

Peter Dormann (51) has 20 years experience in coal marketing and trading. As Head of Sales and Marketing, he leads the NWR sales team and holds key responsibilities in the delivery of the NWR’s strategic goal of becoming Europe’s leading miner and marketer of coking coal by 2017, serving as a one-stop shop for European steel companies.

Prior to joining NWR, Peter Dormann was Senior Physical Coal Trader at Freepoint Commodities Europe LLP, in charge of marketing and origination of thermal and coking coal, with a focus on the Atlantic market. Before that he held various senior coal buying, trading and sales positions, among others as a Director International & Continental European Marketing at RWE Supply & Trading GmbH and as a General Manager with RAG Trading GmbH of Germany.

Peter Dormann holds a Masters degree in mining engineering from the Technical University Clausthal in Germany, and a Doctorate in mineral economics from the Norwegian University of Technology in Trondheim. Married with two children, Peter is a native German speaker and is fluent in English and Norwegian.

Lindsay Forbes has been at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) since 1994 and is currently Director for all Corporate Projects in Russia having previously been Director, Corporate Equity managing a portfolio of equity investments across all EBRD countries of operation in excess of Euros 2.5 billion.

Before joining EBRD, he spent 13 years with the British Linen Bank, the investment Bank subsidiary of Bank of Scotland working in both the UK and the USA.
A British national, he qualified as a Solicitor with Norton Rose in 1978. He has a law degree from Oxford University (1975) and an MBA from INSEAD (1981).
Currently he is also a member of the Board of Lenta, a Russian hypermarket chain. In the past he has represented EBRD on a number of corporate listed and unlisted investments in various of the Bank’s Countries of Operation. He has served on the Board and Audit Committee of the International Moscow Bank (now UniCredit) as well as a Board Member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Orgresbank (now Nordea), both in Russia.

Education: graduated with honors from Moscow State Institute of Steel and Alloys in 1997 with Dipl. Eng. Degree. Specialization is «Solid state physics».
Fluent English skills.

Proffessional: Victor is the founder and a co-owner of «Intellectual Resources Ltd.” (, which was established in 1997 on the basis of the Moscow State Institute of Steel and Alloys. The activities of the company comprise market studies and business events organization for he following sectors: mineral resources, petroleum, metallurgy, ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals, ELV recycling, energy industry, coal, cement and building materials, housing and utilities, roads and roadside service, agriculture, and forest industry.
In recent 5 years over 100 events were held in Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran, UAE, USA, China, Turkey, Singapore, Uzbekistan, and EU countries, which were attended by 7000 companies. In 2009 the company was the operator of the «Russian National Exhibition in Chicago» organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russian Federation.
Over 50 market studies were made for the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russian Federation, Shell, Severstal, Magnitogorsk Iron&Steel Works, Vallurec&Mannesman, ArcelorMittal, and APEC.

Scientific: 2009-2010: Victor Kovshevny was the team leader of the research group in APEC project “Sustainable development of APEC countries’ mining complex”. He was the author of the presentation made in Singapore in 2009 on behalf of Russia. The presentation was approved by the ECOTECH commission and forwarded to the UN commission on sustainable development.
2010: National system of professional education and training in the sphere of metallurgy.
2011: The project manager and the author of the “Modelling of economies sustainable development using of input-output tables” study in October 2011.
2013-2014: The author of the «Perspectives of Russian scrap metals market until 2025» study.
2006-2014: The manager of the research work for the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russian Federation in 2006-2014: «The strategy of the non-ferrous metallurgy development, and monitoring of technical and economical characteristics of metallurgical enterprises»;
A co-author of the Concept of the national system of industrial enterprises financing in the environment of the sanctions.
2014-2015: The concept of the R&D center in a metallurgical holding.
2011-the present: “Financing of industry and international trade” research work.

Public: The assistant to the Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation of the 5th calling Yuriy Karabasov.
A participant as an expert in business broadcasting at RBC-TV, Vesti, and Expert-TV.

Born on August 28, 1955г in Tashkent. In 1977 he graduated from Tashkent State University, the faculty of Geology with a specialization in geological survey and mineral exploration.

From 1977 till 1994 he worked for Kysylkum geological prospecting expedition (Muruntau). Main areas of activities are geological survey, mineral exploration and prognosis evaluation of gold, silver, copper and other deposits.

In 1995-2006 he worked for Zarafshan-Newmont JV. In 2006 Mr. Makarov worked for NBLgold consulting company (Moscow, Russia). From 2007 till now he has been working for Arlan Investment Company. Mining sector of Arlan IC is dealing with gold deposits (Magadan region, Russia) and uranium (the Republic of Namibia).

Lou Naumovski joined Kinross Gold Corporation in September 2007, and is Head of Kinross’ Moscow Office. Kinross has been an active investor in Russia since 1996, and its Kupol Gold mine in Chukotka was launched in 2008, while in October 2013 Kinross opened the Dvoinoye Mine also in Chukotka. Kinross is the largest Canadian investor in the Russian Federation and also the largest foreign investor in the Russian gold mining industry. In September 2013, Mr Naumovski was elected Chairman of the National Board of Directors of CERBA, where in addition to his position as Chairman, Mr Naumovski is also on the Boards of CERBA’s Moscow and Toronto chapters.

Prior to joining Kinross, Lou was Senior Vice President at Visa International, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa Division (CEMEA) from August 2000 to July 2007. Mr Naumovski led the development of Visa’s business in Russia and the eleven other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and was also Head of Strategy for the CEMEA Division from 2005-2007.

From 1992-2000, Mr. Naumovski was a member of the Russia Team of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), including five years as Resident Representative and Senior Banker in Moscow (1992-1997), and latterly as Senior Banker in London from 1997-2000. Mr. Naumovski helped to launch, and was also the first Executive Director of the Canada - USSR Business Council from 1990-1992.

Mr. Naumovski has a Honours B.A in economics and political science from the University of Toronto (1978), and a M.A. in International Relations (1980 - specialized in Russian / Soviet affairs) from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa. He began his professional career as a diplomat and trade commissioner for Canada (1980-1990). His assignments included Moscow, Atlanta, Georgia, Baghdad, Iraq, and as Deputy Director for Trade and Investment Development, Eastern Europe and the USSR at the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa from 1988-1990.

Finally, Mr Naumovski is a honourary member of the Board of Directors of Macedonia 2025, a non-profit international association of Macedonians in the Diaspora dedicated to supporting the economic and social development of the Republic of Macedonia.

Lou is married with two children and has homes in Toronto and Moscow.

Ersun Ozdemirel is the export manager at Borcelik, which is a joint venture of Borusan Holding of Turkey and ArcelorMittal.

After he acquired his degree in Business Administration in 1997 from Middle East Technical University (METU), he started to work in finance sector for 3 years in corporate marketing division.

Afterwards, he completed his masters degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburg, USA.

Then, he joined Borcelik, which is a re-roller specialized in cold rolled and coated flat steel and giving service to automotive, consumer (white) goods, radiator and construction sectors. At first, he worked in purchasing division and was responsible for Hot Rolled Coils (HRC) and Zinc (Zn) purchasing and supply agreements.

Afterwards, he became member of sales group and now acting as export manager. Under his leadership, Borcelik is one of the biggest exporters of Cold Rolled (CR) and Hot-dip Galvanized (HDG) flat steel, mainly to European Union, Middle East and CIS countries.

Marino G. Pieterse, Strategic Metals Analyst, speaker and panelist at worldwide mining events

Having a professional back ground in the Dutch financial sector, including seven years as a Senior Investment Officer for a Dutch Investment House, of which the last two years in the position of Vice-President, Marino Pieterse has been an independent financial and gold analyst since 1975.

Since China joined the World Trade Organization in late 2001, Marino Pieterse has also focused his expertise on the impact of globalization of the economic world order, including the shift of economic growth and wealth from western to emerging countries, culminating in China having emerged to the world’s second biggest economy and dictating today’s course of the international financial and commodity markets.

Organizing European Commodity Forums, the European professional investment community and wealthy individual investors are advised on attractive speculative investment opportunities in the global strategic mining sector.


Metal Commodities Investment Platform is Media Partners to major world-wide mining events.

Goldletter International:

A premier independent information and advisory source on investing in the worldwide gold equity markets, particularly focused on attractive equity investment opportunities in emerging gold regions.

Uraniumletter International:

Published since October 2005, has become one of the premier information and advisory sources for investing in the international uranium equity markets.

Strategic Metals & Rare Earths Letter:

Commenced its publications in September 2010, covering the international rare earth elements, critical metals and special mineral markets, and is particularly focused on investment opportunities in advanced-stage development companies.

Educational background: Mr. Vasiliev graduated from the Moscow Geological Prospecting Institute n.a S. Ordzhonikidze with a degree in geology, survey, search and exploration of mineral deposits; is chartered mining engineer/geologist.

Positions held:
From 1980 to 1987 he was senior geo technician, geologist, senior geologist of Jansk (Arctic Circle) geological survey expedition at PGO Yakutsgeologiya ASSR.

From 1987 to 1990 he served as senior geologist at the mining and concentrating mill Kularzoloto, Production Association Yakutzoloto of the USSR Ministry of Non-ferrous Metallurgy.

From 1990 to 1991 he was 1st category expert at Geological Department of Glavalmazzoloto under the Council of Ministers of the USSR.

From 1991 to 1994 he was analyst, Deputy Director of the Investment Program Directorate at JC RC Almazzoloto, from 1994 to 1995 Deputy CEO of Azcol CJSC.
From 1995 to 1996 he was Director of Imperialzoloto CJSC, Vestzoloto LLC.
From 1996 to 1997 he was Deputy Head of the Precious Metal & Stone Department at RF Ministry of Industry.

From 1997 to 2004 he was Divisional Manager, Head of Technical and Economic Development Section, Head of Expert Section of Stock Exchange Transactions Department at JSCB Lanta-Bank (CJSC), and from 2001 to 2005 CEO of Pervenets OJSC.

Since 2000 Mr. Vasiliev has been CEO of Vysochayshi OJSC (GV Gold)