Russian & CIS Metals & Mining Summit 2019

24th Summit for Russian & CIS metals producers and miners: Industrial and precious metals. Inner markets and export. Political and ecomonical forecasts and leading projects.

16 - 17 April 2019

Marriott Grand Hotel, Moscow, Russia

Speakers 2018

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.


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.

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.

Родился в 02.07.1963 г. в Курской обл. В 1985г. окончил механико-математический факультет Харьковского Государственного Университета по специальности «математик».

С 1985 г. работал на Оскольском электрометаллургическом комбинате, где под его руководством был реализован ряд проектов по внедрению автоматизированных систем управления технологическими процессами и управления производством в электросталеплавильном цехе, цехах окомкования и металлизации, в Техуправлении.

С 2001 г. работает в Москве. В группе компаний «IBS» руководил сегментом «Металлургия и Машиностроение», проектами внедрения ERP и BI-систем на ведущих металлургических и машиностроительных предприятиях.

В его активе успешно реализованные проекты в компаниях и холдингах: Металлоинвест, НЛМК, Мечел, РМК, Евразхолдинг, Уралвагонзавод, ИСД Польша и др.

С 2014 г. в компании ПАО «ГМК «Норильский никель» возглавляет группу управления Программой «Технологический прорыв».

Mongolian Mining Corporation (MMC) is a high-quality coking coal producer and exporter in Mongolia. The Company owns and operates two open-pit coking coal mines - Ukhaa Khudag and Baruun Naran, both located in Southern Gobi of Mongolia. MMC’s operations have grown rapidly from a green-field project in 2009 to a world-standard mining complex to date. With its premium quality coal products, international standard project development and effective management practices, the Company has secured its position as the largest producer and exporter of washed coal in Mongolia. The Company was listed on the main board of Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2010, making it the first Mongolian company to offer its shares internationally.

Born on August 28, 1955 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).

Boris is the Head of the Metals & Mining Group in Russia and CIS

Starting from 2016, Boris is a Global Client Servicing Partner for ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation (a large state-owned global company alone responsible for the development of the civil nuclear industry in Russia and owing all stages of the nuclear power production chain).

Boris is also a Partner in Transaction Advisory, Valuation & Business Modelling Services of EY, based in the Moscow office.

Boris has over 13 years of experience in financial modeling, business and intangible assets valuation, valuation of capital investment project efficiency, commercial due diligence, valuation advisory services and business planning.

Starting from 2014, Boris actively participates in Russian and International arbitrations as a quantum or industry expert.

Boris has industry focus in Metals & Mining, Nuclear, Oil & Gas and Transportation sectors.

Participated in more than 100 engagements of business valuation and financial modelling. His major clients are ROSATOM, Atomredmetzoloto, Uranium One, Metalloinvest, Evraz Group, Mechel, CHECK-SU.VK, Magnesit Group, Vi Holding,, Kuzbassrazrezugol, Siberian Anthracite, SDS-Ugol, Port Vostocny, Port Muuga, Antipinski Oil Refinery Plant, etc.

Ph. D in Physics and Mathematics (2003), Ph.D. in Economics  (2006), Lomonosov Moscow State University

Diploma with honor in Business Valuation, Moscow University of Industry and Finance

Johannes Rothberger

Has been in technical sales for direct reduction plants at Primetals Technologies (former Siemens VAI) for more than six years. Prior he has been working as a consultant in the automobile industry. Johannes was greatly involved in the Midrex plants for voestalpine in Texas and Lebedinsky GOK in Russia and many other projects. In both projects Primetals as a consortium leader was working with Midrex for engineering, equipment supply, training and advisory services. Johannes is currently responsible for the technical sales of direct reduction plants. Johannes is a graduate of the Technical University in Vienna with a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering.

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.

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.

Education: Moscow Steel and Alloys Institute – metallurgical engineer, 1977

Technical science degree (PhD) in metallurgy 1985

Professional experience:

Research engineer, Moscow Steel and Alloys Institute; Head of department, Central Research Institute for information and techno-economic studies in metallurgy.

Since 1990 – various positions in the leading Russian metallurgical companies: director for export sales, marketing director, director for trade and industrial policy.

In 2017 joined the Russian Aluminium Association as Director for international affairs.

About CRU

CRU’s reputation with customers across mining, metals and fertilizers is for integrity, reliability, independence and authority. CRU’s insights are built on a twin commitment to quality primary research and robust, transparent methodologies. You can rely on our work – our data, our views, our models - because we have built them ourselves, from the ground up, since our foundation in 1969. The requirement for exclusive, first-hand knowledge has driven us to invest in a global team of analysts, the key to gaining a real understanding of critical, hard-to-reach markets such as China. CRU’s people - whether delivering market outlooks, price assessments, cost analysis or consulting - focus on helping customers to make important business decisions. Across a comprehensive range of commodities, we strive to provide customers with the best service and the closest contact - flexible, personal and responsive. CRU - big enough to deliver a high quality service, small enough to care about all of our customers.


About speaker

Kirill Kirilenko joined CRU in November 2010. He primarily covers precious metals such as Gold, Platinum and Palladium, and is an editor of Precious Metals Quarterly Industry and Market Outlooks.

Prior to CRU, Kirill worked as a Metals Analyst for GFMS, a precious metals consultancy, and for a number of other companies focusing on precious metals markets and based both in the UK and Russia, including the precious metals refiner Johnson Matthey Plc.

Kirill holds a PhD in Economics from the St. Petersburg State University for Engineering and Economics – ENGECON, Russia.

Born in the Octyabrskoye settlement of the Kustonaiskaya region in 1973, Sergey graduated from the Moscow Institute of Industrial Property and Innovation Studies with a degree in Patenting, and he holds a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys as well as a degree in Finance and Credit from the Moscow University of Consumer Cooperation. 

From 1995 to 2000, he worked in the JSC “Plant Severonickel” as a smelter in the smelting department of the refining shop, as a pot operator of aqueous solutions in the nickel electrolysis shop, as a financial economist of the finance department, as deputy head of the property department, as head of the property department, and as head of the property management department.

In 2000, he was invited to JSC “Kola Mining and Metallurgical Company” as Deputy Chief of the Consolidated Legal Division, and was Chief of the Consolidated Property Department.

From 2001, he worked as Financial Director of the Murmansk Aviation Company.

From 2000 to 2008, he worked in executive positions at JSC MMC “Norilsk Nickel”.

In 2008, he became the Head of JSC MC “Amazarkan”.

From 2009, he worked in executive positions at financial institutions — JSC “Alfa-Bank”, LLC “RusInterCom”.

In 2011, he was invited to join LLC “Astron” as Executive Director.

Since January 2012, he has been the Head of the Refinery Division of JSC “Krastsvetmet”.

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.

Alexandr Grigoriev graduated from the Moscow State Mining University, Ph.D in Economics. He has been working in IPEM Institute since 2006 and during this period has participated in the working out of the industrial strategies commissioned by state authorities, the analysis of the Russian power sector stature, the framing of unified methodology for natural monopolies tariff setting in terms of the Eurasian Economic Union, the analysis of Paris Agreement implementation risks for the Russian economy. Grigoriev is the co-author of IPEM monographs on the development of natural monopolies and scientific paper "Russia in the conditions of global competition: from anti-crisis measures to industrial policy"

Maria worked more than 13 years in banking, including 9 years in investment banks. Maria’s experience includes fundamental analysis of M&M sector, participation in restructurings of CIS metal companies, high-yld corporate bond research. She started career in UBS as a credit analyst in 2007, was promoted to Associate Director & later to Director. In 2013-14 Maria worked in BTG Pactual, one of the leading Emerging markets hedge funds in London. In 2015 she graduated from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and returned back to Moscow to join Sberbank CIB. Maria’s work in Sberbank CIB is focused on metals&mining industry strategy and forecasting of commodity prices

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.

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.

Konstantin Shelyastin is a Senior Principal of Bryanston Group leading assignments for clients in multiple industries, including metals and mining, energy, transportation, and some others. Konstantin has been working in business consulting services for 15 years, rendering projects in operations efficiency (process optimization, lean implementation, interim asset management and integration), and strategy development for clients in Russia and CIS countries. The globalized nature of his work at Bryanston sees him connecting to a number of different countries daily

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.

Paulo is a Principal Consultant at CRU’s Steel and Raw Materials Consulting practice, where he advises Russian and global clients on strategy, market and commercial due diligence, competitor benchmarking and related topics. With 8 years of metals & mining industry experience, Paulo was previously in-house Senior Economist at global diversified metals major Vale, and lectured Macroeconomics at PUC-Rio University in his native Brazil. Paulo trained General Management at the Chicago Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, and holds a Master’s degree and a B.A. in Economics from PUC-Rio University.

To successfully lead the commodities business of DMCC, the world’s number one Free Zone for commodities trade and enterprise, requires a commodities expert that goes way beyond the numbers, logistics and supply chain ‘know-how’ to give the organisation agility to maintain its competitive edge - today, tomorrow and long into the future.

Meet Sanjeev Dutta, Executive Director, Commodities, DMCC, who brings over two decades of multi industry expertise in both audit and consulting as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, India and KPMG, Bahrain and Oman, as well as a wealth of knowledge on the global commodities trade from his more recent roles at DMCC.

Since he joined the organisation 12 years ago, Sanjeev has subsequently taken on a range of both financial and operational roles within DMCC, that span Chief Financial Officer for the Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange, through to DMCC’s Director of Control, with overall responsibility for financial controls, corporate governance and risk management.

He has been instrumental in building DMCC’s Innovation Hub; its Tea Centre, which handles over 41 million kgs annually; and DMCC Tradeflow, the dedicated online platform for registering possession and ownership of commodities stored in the UAE; and the much anticipated DMCC Coffee Centre. Sanjeev’s latest role to lead and cement DMCC’s position as the global gateway for commodities trade and enterprise, continues to evolve.

Drawing upon DMCC’s world-class trade infrastructure from its DMCC Free Zone, home to over 14,100 companies; through to its trade facilitation for key commodities sectors such as precious metals, its financial services platforms including the Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange; and its unique platforms like DMCC Tradeflow; Sanjeev ensures the organisation develops the appropriate infrastructure the trade needs to succeed, as well as connecting market participants from all over the world through global events such as DMCC’s annual global Dubai Precious Metals Conference; the Global Dubai Tea Forum; and the Dubai Diamond Conference.

From precious metals, diamonds, tea, coffee, to the food and agri trade; and its financial services platforms that brings trade finance solutions as well as Commodity Murabaha mechanisms to market, Sanjeev ensures the suitable infrastructure that enables people to trade with confidence is in place.

Sanjeev is also a member of DMCC’s executive leadership team, responsible for contributing to the organisation’s general management, strategic direction and growth initiatives. He graduated from Calcutta University in 1995.

Georgy currently holds a position of Investment Director in the Russia`s Far East Investment and Export Agency (Ministry for the development of the Russia`s Far East) with focus on metals & mining projects.
Prior to joining the Agency Georgy worked for a large private equity fund with assets under management of more than USD 3 BN where he was responsible for overseas development of nickel and platinum projects. Georgy also has investment banking experience with VTB Capital.
Georgy holds MA degree in Financial economics and securities markets from Moscow state institute of international relations – MGIMO (under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

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. 

Партнер, руководитель практики EY по оказанию услуг в области корпоративного налогообложения в СНГ. Работает в компании около 23 лет.

В течение четырех лет возглавлял группу по оказанию услуг организациям банковского сектора и рынков капитала, входящую в состав налоговой и юридической практики в СНГ.

Имеет опыт разработки взаимодействия с государственными органами:

o    С декабря 2010 года координирует работу налоговой подгруппы в рамках Рабочей группы по созданию Международного финансового центра в России.

o    Являлся членом Экспертного совета по проведению налоговых реформ при Министерстве финансов Российской Федерации.

o    Является сопредседателем Подкомитета по лизингу при Американской торгово-промышленной палате.

Среди клиентов - российские и международные банки, лизинговые компании, а также компании горнодобывающего и металлургического сектора.

Кандидат экономических наук (тема диссертации – «Секьюритизация лизинговых платежей»), Государственный университет управления

Действительный член Ассоциации дипломированных присяжных бухгалтеров Великобритании (ACCA) и прошел аттестацию в качестве ассоциированного члена Ассоциации корпоративных казначеев Великобритании (AMCT)

Vice President Business Development in Eusider S.P.A. Italy.  Having 27 years experience in bulk raw materials in ferrous and non-ferrous sector. Have worked in multinational companies like ArcelorMittal SA, Vedanta Resources Plc., Indo Gulf Fertilizers Ltd. etc. in the field of Procurement, Supply Chain, Logistics, Optimization, M&A, Product development and Sales of various finished and semi finished products.


Highland Gold Mining is an established gold producer with a world class asset base and competitive cost structure. It has strong management and operational teams, with local and international expertise, an exciting portfolio of JORC audited resources estimated at 16.7 million oz, and annual production of about 265,000 oz of gold and gold equivalents.


Highland Gold’s main operations are located in the Khabarovsk, Zabaikalsky and Chukotka regions of Russian Federation. The Company has 3 operating mines, 4 development projects and several exploration properties, one of which is located in Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia.


Highland Gold Mining Limited was incorporated in Jersey in 2002 with a vision to become the most profitable gold mining company in the region with a firm commitment towards safety, health and the environment, and social responsibility towards employees and communities. The company’s shares are traded on AIM in London under the symbol "HGM.L".