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Russian & CIS Metals & Mining Week

The only strategic conference in Russia and the CIS for industrial and precious metals executives

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Early Speaker Confirmations for 2015

Early Speaker Confirmations for 2015

Aleksey Ivanov Vice President - Steel Division Director Evraz

Igor Shelukhin Deputy COO Nordgold

Sergei Bytkin Marketing Director Zaporizh Steel


Rajendra Pathak Procurement Director ArcelorMittal - Flat Carbon Europe

Rajendra Pathak is the Chief Purchasing Officer for ArcelorMittal Flat Carbon Europe, Business Division East. Business Division East has manufacturing capacity of more than 9 million tons of Steel consisting of units in Poland, Czech Republic and Eastern Germany. During last more than 6 years of his tenure in ArcelorMittal in Purchasing & Procurement he has developed a vast experience of working in Central Eastern European culture.

Along with this role, he holds positions in the Boards of various ArcelorMittal Companies. His current role covers procurement of Steel Making Raw materials, Scrap procurement, Supply Chain Spare Parts, Logistics, Industrial Products & Services, Energy, Capex, Vendor development, LCC sourcing and Sale of By Products. The total spend of the Business Division exceeds 4 billion euros under him more than 300 people work in Purchasing & Warehousing department in more than 12 locations. He has been instrumental in consolidating and restructuring of the Procurement function to make it more vibrant, lean efficient and IT process oriented in many companies he worked. His virtues include change management, strategic thinking and team work orientation. As a result of implementation of many strategic ideas and focus on Total Cost of Ownership he has been able to bring millions of euros of value added savings to the Company.

Rajendra is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from University of Jodhpur, India and also holds Professional Law Degree & Post Graduate Diploma in Training & Development. Prior to this role, he worked as the General Manager Commercial for Vedanta Alumina and Sterlite Energy. His professional career represents more than 23 years of experience at various positions within Purchase & Procurement, Commercial, Energy Management and Sales. He has worked in many countries India, UK, Czech Republic and Poland and has visited many countries including Russia and Ukraine, US, UK, Switzerland, Singapore, Indonesia, European countries etc. several times in business relation.

Avetik Chalabyan Director McKinsey Russia

Leads strategy development, organization, and operational performance improvement for major Russian companies in the oil, metallurgical, mining, and aviation industries. Has served several CIS governments on economic and administrative reforms and policy development for selected industries.

Avetik joined McKinsey in 2001 and has led client work for leading domestic and foreign companies in the basic materials and petroleum sectors, with a particular focus on strategy, manufacturing operations, procurement, supply chain management, marketing, organizational development, and management systems.

Avetik also advises the governments of CIS and other countries on economic policy and administrative reform. He has been active in structuring public-private partnerships applying innovative methods to improve interactions between governments and a wide range of stakeholders.

Recent engagements include: leading a large-scale operations transformation program for the largest Russian steel company; reforming investment governance for the largest Russian petroleum company; leading upstream strategy development for the largest Russian petroleum company; leading a comprehensive procurement optimization program for a large power equipment manufacturer; developing a global mining strategy for the largest Russian steel company; developing a global market/product strategy for the largest Russian aircraft manufacturer; helping to develop a fact base and analysis to inform the development of a comprehensive economic reform program for one CIS country and supporting efforts to upgrade critical business legislation for another.

Avetik leads McKinsey’s Metals & Mining practice in CIS and Eastern Europe and is an active contributor to our Operations Practice. He is a core member of our European Public Sector practice.

Tokon Mamytov Board Chairman Kyrgyzaltyn

Mehmet Anadol Group Coordinator Marvel Group

Mr. Mehmet Anadol, aged 51, has more than 28 years of Sales and  Marketing experience with roles in Sales and Marketing, administration Management, which include executive level responsibilities both in Turkey and Abroad (Russia, United States and Middle East)

Mr. Anadol is currently the Group Coordinator of Marvel Group.
Marvel Group  has been in seaborne business since 1980, are especially specialized in shipping of the following goods such as, cement, clinker, grain, coal, iron and steel products… Any kinds of the partial and break bulk cargo transportation are also in Marvel Group scopes. Ship owning, chartering, port agency services, consultation, foreign trade
are also the main activities of Marvel Group.

Mr. Anadol graduated from the University of Istanbul, Turkey,1984, Business Administration. He has also got his polytechics in 1986, at Kings Cross College – London UK.

Tekfen Group – Istanbul; Eczacibasi Group – Istanbul and Kale Group of Companies – Istanbul were his former companies that he used to work for them in seniour position in the field of Marketing and Sales.

Mr. Anadol’s areas of expertise are New Business / Reorganisation /Joint Ventures / Start Ups / Operations / Sales / Marketing / Budgeting/ Forecasting / Advertising and Public Relations / Cooperate Image / Human Resource (HR).

Mike Fujisawa General Director, Corporate Planning JFE Steel, Japan

Wu Wenzhang President STEEL HOME CHINA

Chen Yan Manager, Coal and Iron Ore Steel Home China

Chen Yan, Raw Material Department Manger of SteelHome, graduated from Anhui University of Technology in 2002. In 2004, Chen Yan joined SteelHome. She was invited to deliver speeches at International conferences held in Australia, Singapore and India.

Gennadiy Skopov Chief Technical Specialist Urals Mining & Metallurgical Company

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.
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.

Sergey Shchavelev Head of Precious Metals Market Moscow Exchange

Craig Parry Managing Director & CEO Tigers Realm Coal

Mr Parry, BSc (Hons), MAusIMM,  has worked internationally in a business development capacity across a broad range of commodities with Tigers Realm Coal (TIG), Tigers Realm Minerals, G-Resources Group Limited, Oxiana Limited (now OZ Minerals Limited), Rio Tinto Limited and RSG Consulting Pty Ltd over the past 14 years.

He is a founder of TIG and has been responsible for TIG’s business development activities since inception, including the acquisition of the Amaam Project.

Mr Parry has held a number of executive roles in the resources industry, including Business Development Manager for G-Resources Group Limited responsible for mergers and acquisitions and Principal Geologist – New Business at Oxiana Limited responsible for strategy and business development initiatives in bulk and energy commodities. At Rio Tinto Limited, Mr Parry led exploration programs for iron ore, copper, diamonds, coal and bauxite in Australia, Asia and South America and was Principal Geologist for the Kintyre Uranium project pre-feasibility study. Mr Parry is a graduate of The University of New South Wales, holds a Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology) with first class Honours and the University Medal. He is a Member of the AusIMM.

Hadi Hami Trade Manager Liberty Group

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.

Konstantin Lagutin Vice President for Investment NLMK

Anatoliy Kuzhel Head of Central Logistics Russian Railways

Maksim Lapin Director for Business Development and Efficiency Magnitogorsk Steel

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".

Andrey Laptev Head of Corporate Strategy Severstal Group

Andrey holds BSc (Honours) in Economic Geography from Moscow State University and Diploma in Economics from University of Cambridge.

Later he also received MSc (Honours) in Management from London School of economics and political science and became Doctor of Business Administration (Cranfield University).

Since 2004 Andrey has been working for Severstal Group, as Head of Strategic Planning and Market Foresight. In 2008 Andrey was appointed Head of Corporate Strategy at Severstal and he also became responsible for business development in the new regional markets.
During Russia’s presidency in G20 in 2013 Andrey worked as a Sherpa of Alexey Mordashov within the B20 Trade Taskforce.

He is currently responsible for Severstal corporate strategy, global market analysis and strategic resource allocation. In his new role at Severstal Andrey reports directly to CEO.

Patrice L’Huillier Vice President of Operations Eramet

Konstantin Arshakuni Director of Strategy and Business Development NLMK

Sergey Alekseev Marketing Director TMK Group

Sergey Alekseev has been operating in marketing and business development for 12 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.

Evgeniy Masternak Managing Director, Coal Business En+ Group

Evgeny Masternak, Managing Director (coal business) En+

General Director of the company Vostsibugol; board member of Tubinsk Ore Mining Company
Evgeny Masternak was worked at En+ Group since August 2012, where he holds the positions of General Director of the companies En+ Coal and Vostsibugol.
Before joining EN+ Mr Masternak worked for three years as manager of the Moscow  Measuring Equipment Plant.
Between 2000 and 2009 Evgeny managed the departments for coal projects and energy development at RUSAL, where he also directed investment projects and M&A deals.
From 1997 until 1999 Evgeny Masternak worked at various investment companies, where he managed regional projects and M&A deals in agriculture and heavy industry.
Mr Masternak is a graduate of Moscow State Legal Academy and the International Institute of Economics and Law.

Vitaliy Luparev Managing Director MC Kolmar

Виталий Лупарев родился в 1972 году в г.Чехов Московской области.

В 1994 году с отличием окончил Санкт-Петербургское военное училище связи, затем в 1997 году – Военную Академию бронетанковых войск, также с отличием. Специализировался на аналитике и математическом моделировании.

Имеет длительный опыт работы в угольной отрасли России. В 1997-2002 годах работал на руководящих должностях в экспортной сбытовой компании «Кузбассразрезуголь». Затем возглавлял департамент продаж антрацитов в компании «Русский уголь», являвшейся крупнейшим производителем антрацитов в России. В 2009-2010 годах занимал позицию заместителя генерального директора в «Южной топливной компании», занимавшейся реализацией всех углей «Южной угольной компании» (Россия), которая осуществляла добычу и переработку антрацита в Ростовской области РФ.
С 2010 по 2013 годы работал в должности  коммерческого директора компании «Эн+ Уголь», управляющей угледобывающими и углеперерабатывающими активами Группы Эн+.
С февраля 2013 года работает в Управляющей компании «Колмар» в должности Директора по маркетингу и сбыту.
Группа компаний «Колмар» осуществляет добычу и переработку угля в Южной Якутии и реализует проекты строительства Горно-обогатительных комбинатов Денисовский и Инаглинский.

Aleksandr Kovalchuk Advisor to General Director Russian Coal Co.

Vladimir Fedorov Head of Strategy Chelpipe

Jiao Jian Vice Chairman China Coal Importers Association

Sergey Kurapin Managing Director A - Group

Maxim Ovchinnikov Director, Dept for Control of Heavy Industries Federal Antimonopoly Service

Mikhail Popov Fuel Portfolio Director Fortum Energy Russia

Mikhail Leskov Board Member Union of Gold Producers of Russia

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 the Union of Gold Producers of Russia.
Head of Section for Evaluation and Valuation of Mineral Properties in Russian Society of Experts for Sub-soil Use/NAEN, 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”.

Roman Andryushin Sales Director – Russia & CIS Rusal

Mr Andryushin is responsible for increasing RUSAL’s sales on the domestic market by creating new joint enterprises and implementing projects to stimulate local demand.
For the last seven years Roman Andryushin worked as operations and finance director of RUSAL Marketing GmbH – the Swiss affiliate company responsible for RUSAL’s global sales. In this position he formed an effective commercial structure for the company, developed relations with key clients, optimised logistics and supply chains, improved sales of value-added products, and took direct control over RUSAL’s export management.
Between 2003 and 2007 Mr Andryushin was financial director of CJSC Komi Aluminium (at the time a joint enterprise of RUSAL and SUAL), financial director of RUSAL’s milling division, and financial director of Alcoa in Russia. From 1996 to 2002 he held managerial positions at the Belokalitvinsky metallurgical production plant.
Roman Andryushin graduated with honours from the economics and management department of Novocherkassk State Technical University, Lorange Institute of Business in Switzerland (ЕМВА) and the University of Wales (МВА). He has a PhD in economics.

Sergey Vasiliev General Director GV GOLD - VISOCHAYSCHIY

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)

Vasiliy Makarov CEO "Vostok Biznes" LLC

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).

Denis Aleksandrov CEO Auriant Mining AB

Was born in Vladivostok in 1974. Graduated from Far Eastern State University and Maryland University. Denis holds an MBA (Moscow School of Management Skolkovo) and ACCA (UK).

His previous work experience includes:
Leading positions in Investment companies A1 and Arlan.
Finance Director and Board member of Highland Gold mining plc.
2001-2003 work in Alfa Group, London
1996-2001 work in Pricewaterhouse Coopers 
Board member in a number of resource public and private companies

Johann Kriechmair Vice President Siemens VAI Metals

Vladimir Zaluzhsky Investor Relations Director Severstal Group

At Severstal since 2010. Prior to that for four years was Communications Director at Mint Capital, a Scandinavian private equity fund in Moscow. From 2003 to 2006, held the position of Deputy Head of the Communications Department at Mechel, a NYSE-listed Russian mining company. From 2001 to 2003, was head of the PR Department at Business League, a leading Russian PR agency at the time. Graduate of the Moscow Linguistic University and the Russian Finance Academy. In 2013, completed Strategic Investment Management program at the London Business School.

Rebecca Gordon Managing Consultant CRU Group

Rebecca joined CRU Strategies in 1995 and has worked on and managed many single client consultancy projects across a broad range of metals and subjects. From 2004 until 2007, Rebecca was Practice Area Leader for the Performance Improvement Practice and in particular developed this business in South America. Between 2007 and 2010, Rebecca spent time as Head of Business Development within CRU focusing on internal improvement projects including introducing an internal investment approvals process. In 2010, Rebecca returned to CRU Strategies and has taken charge of the group’s Strategy Practice.

Rebecca has managed a wide variety of projects include corporate planning reviews, management training workshops and projects on implementation of maintenance outsourcing and value based management key performance indicators. Rebecca is an expert on the labour related aspects of performance improvement. The project teams for these projects have included many external consultancies and subcontractors requiring a high degree of project management expertise. Rebecca has also provided strategic consultancy to clients, including acquisition and disposal recommendations on assets in India, China and Australia and metal purchasing advice for an automotive supplier.
Rebecca holds both an MA and an MEng in production engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA from IMD, Switzerland. She is fluent in French and has conversational German and Spanish.

Mikhail Damrin CEO Kopy Goldfields

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.

Randolph Lewis President - Russian Operations Amur Minerals Corp

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.

Meyramgaliy Tleuzhanov CEO Tau Ken Altyn

Graduated from Kazakhstan Polytechnic University named after V.I.Lenin, Machine Building Department, as a mechanical engineer. Doctor of Science, Academician of International Informatization Academy, Professor emeritus of Kazakhstan National Technical University named after K.I.Satpaev.  Mr.Tleuzhanov has number of developments devoted to machine building.  He was awarded orders “Star of Commonwealth” (Russian Federation) and Anniversary Medal “10 year of Astana”.

He began his working experience as a shop foreman of the press shop in the Almaty Heavy Engineering factory. In the period within 1985-2004 he worked as a senior shop foreman, head of section, head of workshop, CEO of Mining equipment plant (JSC “Massaget”). In 2004-2006 he was a Head of JSC “Machine Tool Plant”. In the period within 2006-2009 Mr.Tleuzhanov was president of JSC “Almaty Car-repair Plant”. In 2009-2011 – President of JCS “Lokomotiv Assembly Plant”. Since 2012 he has been working as a Head of “Tau-Ken Altyn”,Ltd.

Geoffrey Cowley Non-Executive Director; Chairman Blackmont Gold; Energy Mining Advisory Partnership

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.

Nikolay Radostovets Managing Director Association of mining & metallurgical enterprises, Kazakhstan

Mr Radostovts is an honours graduate of Alma-Ata Institute of Economics (1976), and completed his doctorate at the USSR Academy of Sciences in Moscow in 1990. He has studied and worked in Austria, Hungary, Poland, Turkey, the United States and England.
Doctor of Economics (1989). Professor (1989–1990).
Mr Radostovts has written several books on labour collectives and antimonopoly policies, and articles on the development of entrepreneurship, Kazakhstan’s accession to the WTO and development of export.
Between 1976 and 1991 he worked at the Institute of Economics at the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan, first as an economist, and becoming Head of antimonopoly policy and development of competition.
In 1991 Mr Radostovts became Deputy Chairman of the Kazakh Government’s committee for support of new economic structures and limitation of monopolies. In 1993 he became Deputy Chairman of the committee for antimonopoly policy, and in 1997 – Deputy Minister for Economy and Trade of Kazakhstan.
In 1998 Mr Radostovts was named Chairman of the committee for regulation of natural monopolies, and in 1999 – Chairman of the Agency for regulation of natural monopolies and protection of competition.  In 1999 and 2000 he was Minister for employment and social protection of Kazakhstan, in 2001 he became Chairman of the Eurasian Industrial Association, and in 2003 was named General Director of the Association of Kazakh Exporters.

Since 2004 Mr Radostovts has been President of the Union of Goods Producers and Exporters of Kazakhstan, and Executive Director of the Republican Association of Mining and Metallurgy Enterprises.
He is a member of the board of the National Chamber of Economy of Kazakhstan and a member of the Union of Kazakh Entrepreneurs.

Aleksandr Shevelev CEO Severstal Metiz

Sergey Rezontov CFO Lysva Steel

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.

Alexei Mojarov Economic Affairs Officer United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

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.

Rodrik Cave Director - Russia, Eastern Europe & Central Asia CRU Group

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.

Kylyshbek Izbashanov Managing Director Tau Ken Samruk

Mr. Izbaskhanov was born on October, 26 1952 in a large family in the Kyzyl-ui village of Tolebi district of South Kazakhstan Oblast, Kazakhstan.

After school graduation in Langer town, during 1970-1975 he was studying in the Kazakhstan Polytechnic University named after V.I. Lenin as metallurgical engineer.  After graduation from university he worked as a burner in the Ust-Kamenogorsk lead-zinc plant. 
In 1976 he began work in the Shymkent lead plant and where he was promoted from smelter to head of smelter workshop. 
In July 1985 by order of Ministry of Nonferrous Metal Industry of the USSR he was appointed to Head of Shymkent Lead Plant position. 
After Kazakhstan had got its independency Mr.Izbaskhanov in 1993-1996 was appointed to the position of Chairman of State Committee on Government Property of Republic of Kazakhstan.  
In 1993-1996 he was a Head of the first government holding “AKSUNKAR”, which brought together a number of mining and metallurgical complexes in Kazakhstan.
In 1996-2002 he held senior positions of Deputy Mayor of South Kazakhstan region, Mayor of Shymkent.

In 2002-2006 he worked as the Executive Director of JSC "National Company" Kazakhstan Temir Zholy".
In the period within 2006 to 2008 Mr. Izbaskhanov worked as First Vice-President of JSC “National Company “Kazakhstan Engineering”, which brought together machine builders, which were part of military-industry complex of USSR earlier.
Since January 2009 he was appointed Director of the Directorate for management of industrial assets of JSC "National Welfare Fund" Samruk-Kazyna".
Since May, 2009 he has been working as the Managing Director, Member of the Board of JSC "National Mining Company" Tau-Ken Samruk ".
Mr. Izbaskhanov K.S. has a number of development and research papers devoted to improvement of the technology and equipment in non-ferrous metallurgy.
For the merits in the civil service, for the contribution to the development of Kazakhstan industry he was awarded orders "Kurmet", "Parasat", five medals of the Republic of Kazakhstan of different values, he has titles "Honorary metallurgist" and "Honorary machine- maker"

Sergei Bytkin Marketing Director Zaporyzh Steel

Yuliya Chekunaeva Vice President - Metals & Mining Investment Research Goldman Sachs

Yulia Chekunaeva joined Goldman Sachs Investment Research in April 2010 and covers CEEMEA metals and mining companies. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, she worked at Sberbank. Yulia has a BSc in banking and finance from the international programme run by the London School of Economics and the Higher School of Economics (Russia), and an MSc Economics and Finance from Warwick Business School (University of Warwick).

Gennadiy Skopov Deputy Technical Director Urals Mining & Metallurgical Company

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.
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.

Oleg Kalinsky Director General Pipe Industry Development Fund

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.

Sergei Padalko Head of Metals & Mining Prime Business News Agency

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.

Sergei Frolov Vice-President, Strategy & Communications KOKS Group

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.

Youngil Oh Chief Economist, Senior Principal POSCO Steel, Korea

Dr.Youngil OH is a Senior Principal Researcher of POSCO Research Institute and is in charge of Russia and CIS business strategy for POSCO Group.
Before joining POSCO Research Institute, Dr.Youngil OH worked for Korea Investment and Securities as a Director of Overseas Investment Strategy Department. He organized several Project Financing Deals,
and closed several M&A deals.
He graduated from Korea University and earned his Ph.D degree(Economics) from State University of Management(Russia, Moscow) in 2002.

Kazuo Fujisawa General Director, Corporate Planning Department JFE Steel Corporation, Japan

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.

Gorkem Bolaca Director Galex Steel

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.

Ersun Ozdemirel Export Manager Borcelik, Borusan - ArcelorMittal JV

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.

Ankur Singh Marketing Manager DANA’s Group Steel Trading & Coil Service

Dr Ankur Singh is the Marketing Manager for DANA Group's Steel Trading & Coil Service Centre division since July 2005, and is also responsible for procurement & operations for the company. He is also Instrumental in starting the Value-added steel Manufacturing division in the Group,and is also actively involved in strategic planning.

Prior to his experience in the steel business, he completed his bachelors' degree in medicine and surgery from India, and also practiced medicine for one year.Later on he also did his Executive MBA from Dubai.In 2005 he moved to Dubai with DANA Group, and joined as a procurement executive for their manufacturing division, and his passion for steel has gradually led him to head the steel division.Since then there has been no looking back.

DANA group's Steel division now has established manufacturing/servicing operations in UAE,INDIA & LIBYA and representative/agent offices in QATAR,IRAQ,SAUDI ARABIA. "

Alexander Gurov Editor-In-Chief Steel Times International, UK

Editor of the “Steel Times International” (UK) and “Aluminium International Today” (UK) published in Russia from 1992 by Quartz Business Media Ltd. (UK), Representative consulting company McLellan and Partner Co. (UK) in Russia.

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

Expert of dozen International projects (UN ECE, EBRD, IISI, TACIS, etc) on Restructuring and developments of the Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe steel and metals sector, including steel market study.

Publications: 3 books on Russia and EU steel sector, 5 patents and more than 400 articles on Russia, CIS and world iron and steel industry (including about 100 in English).

Nikolay Belov Director of the engineering centre,
Head of the alloy making department
MISIS Steels & Alloys Institute

Graduated from the Moscow Institute of Steels & Alloys in 1978, qualifying as a metallurgical engineer.
Professor and Doctor of technical sciences

Academic interests:
Materials and components science, including development of alloys, analysis of  polycomponent phase diagrams (including with the use of the Thermo-Calc program); crystallisation processes; mechanic, alloy and physical properties, phase and structural change during heat treatment; creation of mathematical modules for structures and properties.


Vladimir Savchuk Head of Rail Transport Research Natural Monopolies Research Institute