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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

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.

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 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”.

Sergey Shchavelev Head of Precious Metals Market Moscow Exchange

Nikolay Matyash Executive Director Mining Advisory Council

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.

Saida Litosh Senior Precious Metals Analyst GFMS, Thomson Reuters

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. 

Diana Asonova Metals and mining correspondent Thomson Reuters/ RMET

A reporter for over 10 years, Diana has also worked as a public relations representative for one of Russia’s largest gold mining companies. Before joining Reuters in 2013, she worked at Nordgold and leading Russian newswire Interfax.  She graduated from Moscow State University with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 2003 and obtained a post-graduate diploma in economics from the University of London in 2010.

Andrey Timoshkin Vice President - Engineering Polyus Gold

Mr. Andrey Timoshkin joined Polyus Gold in May 2014. Prior to joining the Company, from 2010 to 2014, he was Engineering Director at Hatch Engineering and Consulting in StPetersburg. Previously, from 2001 to 2010 he held various positions in engineering in Rusal, the world’s largest aluminum producer, including the posts of deputy general manager and later general manager of Rusal-VAMI, a leading engineering and project design centre in StPetersburg.

Mr. Andrey Timoshkin graduated from Tsiolkovsky Moscow State Aviation Technology University and holds a PhD in Technical Sciences. He also holds an MBA from Moscow State University (Lomonosov).

Igor Shelukhin Deputy COO Nordgold

Mikhail Dyagilev CEO Krastsvetmet

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

Roman Schetinskiy Head of New Projects GV Gold

Roman Shchetinskiy was born in 1983.

He 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.

Vasiliy Makarov CEO Arlan Investment Company

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).

Valeriy Machulov Strategic Director Modular Mining Systems EurAsia

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.

Sergey Kashuba Chairman Union of Gold Producers of Russia

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. 


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).

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.

Lou Naumovski General Director - Russia Kinross Gold

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.

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.

Sagynbek Abdrakhmanov Deputy Chairman Kyrgyzaltyn

Дополнительная информация:
Член правления Уральского Федерального университета имени Б. Ельцина, Екатеринбург
Председатель Правления Общественного фонда С. Чокморова.

Знание языков: кыргызский, русский
1979 г. – Техническое училище № 5, г. Кара-Балта
1984-1990 гг. – Уральский политехнический институт г. Свердловск. Россия
1991 г. – Институт повышения квалификации руководящих работников г. Москва. Россия

Трудовая деятельность:
2013 по настоящее время – зам. председателя правления ОАО "Кыргызалтын"

2013 – член Совета директоров ОАО "Кыргызалтын"
2010 г. – Губернатор Чуйской области
2010 г. – Депутат Парламента КР
2000 – 2009 гг. – Предприниматель-бизнесмен
1997 – 2000 гг. – Директор ОсОО «Амиль», г. Бишкек
1996 -1997 гг. – Эксперт-экономист по финансам корпорации «АЗАНС», г. Бишкек
1995 – 1996 гг. – Руководитель отдела по экономике и финансам Аппарата правления Концерна «КызылКумРедМетЗолото» г. Навои, Узбекистан
1994 -1995 гг. – Главный экономист в аппарате управления НГМК, г Навои, Узбекистан
1993 – 1994 гг. –  Главный экономист гидрометаллургичского завода №1, НГМК, г. Навои, Узбекистан
1992 – 1993 гг. – начальник планово-экономического отдела ремонтно-механического завода, НГМК, г. Навои, Узбекистан

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).

Nelli Galimhanova Deputy Head, Oversight of Industrial and Defence Sectors Federal Antimonopoly Service

Nelli Galimkhanova – Deputy Head of Industrial Control and Defence
Born in Ufa.
2005: Graduated from the All-Russian State Tax Academy, specialising in finance & credit.
2008: Graduated from Moscow State Legal Academy, specialising in law.
Since 2011: Master’s student at the higher school of economics at the Federal Antimonopoly Service.
2012-2013: Further professional training in management at Moscow M.V Lomonosov State University.
Has worked at the Federal Antimonopoly Service since 2009.
Since October 2010: Head of the metallurgy department, industrial control and defence division.
In January 2014: Named Deputy Head of Industrial Control and Defence.
Executive secretary at the FAS’s expert committee for developing competition in the metallurgy sector.

Wu Wenzhang President STEEL HOME CHINA

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.

Dmitry Popov Consultant - Steel Team CRU Group

Dmitry Popov has worked across several metals areas for CRU,
including global aluminium markets and copper costs modelling.  He now
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, having
already passed two levels.

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.

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.

Konstantin Lagutin Vice President for Investment NLMK

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).

Sergei Gorbachev Sales Director, Metals Shell Neft

Aleksey Ivanov Vice President - Steel Division Director Evraz

Francois Eijgelshoven Vice President EMEA Quintiq

Francois Eijgelshoven is Quintiq’s vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He leads a team which develops and markets innovative supply chain concepts. These concepts are aimed at helping customers improve their bottom line. Prior to taking up this position in 2013, Francois was responsible for the efficient running of a number of Quintiq’s business units, including metals and oil and gas. He holds an MSC in industrial engineering and management service from the Eindhoven University of Technology, with a major in international logistics.

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.

Konstantin Arshakuni Director of Strategy and Business Development NLMK

Vyacheslav Romaschenko Chief Engineer Russia Cluster ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants

Vyacheslav is a graduate of the mechanical faculty of the Donetsk Polytechnic Institute with the speciality in "Mechanical equipment of steel plants". His graduation work awarded medal of the Academy of Sciences. First field experience was gained at the Donetsk metallurgical plant and then on the S. M. Kirov Makeevka Metallurgical Works where he was sent as a young specialist. He continued professional growth at full-time postgraduate of the National University of Science and Technology (MISIS) on the department of "Machines and aggregates for the metallurgical plants". Defended his dissertation and received PhD in Technical Sciences in 1991 and continued his research and teaching work in MISIS.

In 1994 Vyacheslav joined ExxonMobil company as Industrial Territory Manager and was responsible for business development in ferrous and nonferrous metallurgy sector. Later got the position of Head of the Industrial division in Russian cluster (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova). On his next position was the Zone Marketing Advisor in Energy sector responsible for Europe, Africa and Middle East.

From 2012 Vyacheslav works as Chief engineer of ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants in the Russian cluster and responsible for the Field Engineering Support (FES) team, activities planning, execution and stewardship . Main job tasks and priorities of ExxonMobil Field engineers is to work in close cooperation with industrial enterprises, customers of Mobil products through the monitoring of operating equipment , discovering suffering points and their elimination through high-performance lubrication solutions and providing planned engineering services (PES). 

Sergei Bytkin Marketing Director Zaporizh Steel


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Victor Kovshevny Director, Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap and wastes processors and recyclers RUSLOM

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.” (Rusmet.ru), 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.

Nikolay Konovalov Regional Sales Director Scania Mining

Nikolay Konovalov started his career in 1998 just after graduation from the university in Moscow with an engineering degree. Since that, he has held various positions in the area of sales and marketing, engineering and competence development, being employed by companies – world leaders in manufacturing and sales of construction, mining and heavy industrial equipment. Having professional product knowledge as well as knowledge of different segments and applications, he was involved in long term projects and tenders with the biggest companies – international Key Accounts. During the last 10 years Nikolay has been acquiring practical knowledge and experience, meeting customers and visiting job-sites, quarries and mines in a number of different countries. Nikolay joined SCANIA AB Sweden in 2011 as a Product Manager and was appointed to his current role in January 2012.
He is now responsible for development of SCANIA business in mining and oil & gas segments in Russia and CIS countries.

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.

Aleksandr Shevelev CEO Severstal Metiz

Mike Fujisawa General Director, Corporate Planning JFE Steel, Japan

Mario Sucker Managing Director SIEMENS VAI Metals Technologies Russia

Basic vocational training
1979 – 1981 Basic training as maintenance technician with higher school-leaving certificate (Abitur) at the vocational college operated by the Stahl- und Walzwerk Brandenburg, skilled worker examination (Facharbeiterprüfung)
University education
1981 – 1982 ABF Halle/Saale at the Martin-Luther-University, preparation for study abroad, higher school-leaving certificate (Abitur)
1982 – 1987 Degree course at the Moscow Institute for Steels and Alloys (MISIS)
in the faculty of metal compression (metal-forming), dissertation

Career to date
1987 – 1990 Employed in the Research and Development department of the Eisenhüttenkombinat Ost, Eisenhüttenstadt, GDR
1990 –1999 Project management/coordination for CSP plants SMS Schloemann-Siemag AG (after 1999 SMS Demag AG)
1999 - 2008 Director of the CSP Coordination section of SMS Demag Aktiengesellschaft's CSP plants Acquisition/Coordination/Commercial Marketing division
2008 – 2009 Metalloinvest Management Company, Deputy Director of the Metallurgical Division for Development
2008 - 2011 Member at The Board of Directors of Gipromez (formerly Mosgipromez)
2009 - 2010 Consultant of the Board of Directors UMC United Metallurgical Company, Moscow
2010 - 2011 Director Flat Projects Development UMC United Metallurgical Company, Moscow
2011 - 2013 Managing Director Siemens VAI Russia and Central Asia
Since 2013 CEO Siemens VAI Metals Technologies LLC (further Primetals Technologies)

Time abroad
1965 – 1969 Budapest, Hungary, due to parents' occupation
1972 – 1979 Budapest, Hungary, due to parents' occupation
1982 – 1987 Moscow, USSR, university degree
since 2007 Moscow, Russia

Vocational knowledge and experience
- a thorough knowledge of management, procurement
- technical and commercial director, sales division
- working and living in an international environment
- presentation in the trade press, at conferences, in the media
- competence in the field of office communications

Foreign languages
Russian: perfect spoken and written
English: excellent spoken and written

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.

Boris Romantsev Head of Department - Tube industry MISIS Steel & Alloys Institute

Head of the department for technologies and equipment in pipe and tube production

Mr Romantsev graduated from the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys in 1969. He is a metallurgy engineer specialising in metal forming, a doctor of technical sciences and a professor.

His professional interests include: technology and equipment for tube-rolling and finished roll products, minimill screws and lengthways rolling.

Mr Romantsev has published 170 articles in Russian and international publications.

Ekaterina Ourakova Senior Editor Argus Media

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.

Sergei Bytkin Marketing Director Zaporyzh Steel

Aleksandr Grigorev Director of Coal Research Natural Monopolies Research Institute

Jiao Jian Vice Chairman China Coal Importers Association

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.

Vladimir Savchuk Head of Rail Transport Research Natural Monopolies Research Institute

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.

Anatoliy Kuzhel Head of Central Logistics Russian Railways

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.

Yuri Kuznetsov Director of Sales, Mining Shell Neft

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.

Aleksandr Kovalchuk Advisor to General Director Russian Coal Co.

Dmitry Churilov Deputy General Director - Resource Management RAO Energy System of East

At 1995 graduated from the Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography.

From 2008 to 2011 worked at JSC "INTER RAO UES" as Head of the Department of fuel and resource provision.

Since 2011 has been working in JSC "RAO Energy System of East". Currently holds the position of Deputy General Director for Resource Management.

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.

Kirill Kozenyashev Director BTG Pactual Commodities

Nataliya Krut Deputy Head Industrial Cargo - Information Service

Natalya Krut has worked for Industrial Cargo for eight years, the last three years as its deputy head. She is manager of the production service.

Ms Krut is a leading expert on the railway and offshore transportation markets, as well as on goods exports, and has experience of creating analytical resources for these sectors.

Ms Krut has great experience of preparing individual reports for leading transport companies and large-scale investment projects.

Marvin Woodie Vice President - Field Operations Conn-Weld Industries

Alexander Lukyanenko Deputy CEO for Strategic Sales and Development United Wagon Company (UWC)

Alexander Lukyanenko became Deputy CEO at UWC in May 2012. Before joining United Wagon Company, Alexander held a position of Deputy Director for railway transportation at JSC Siberian Energy Coal Company (SUEK) with the responsibility for overlooking the engagement with logistical and leasing companies and sourcing gondola fleets. Before joining SUEK

Alexander held positions at JSC Kuzbassrazrezugol where he was responsible for the railway logistics.

Alexander holds a BA in Economics and MA in Business Management from the Economics Faculty of the Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Grigoriy Karkashadze Professor MISIS Mining Institute

Position: Professor of the Department "Physics of Rocks and Processes"
Education: Graduated from the Moscow Mining Institute  in the year 1975.
Specialty and qualification: Mining engineer in the specialty "Physical processes of mining or oil and gas production".

Academic degree: Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor
Area of scientific interests: Physics of rocks and processes, the processes of mass transfer of methane in coal seams, the destruction of rocks, methods of the invention and the solution of technical problems, geomechanics, physical processes of mining, computer modeling of physical processes.
The author of the text book destruction, co-author of a textbook on hydromechanics, author of 5 textbooks. He has over 150 publications, 90 inventions and patents of the Russian Federation. Inventive activity awarded 10 medals and diplomas of international exhibitions. He has supervised 2 dissertation research work, over 100 theses of engineers.

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).

Mikhail Popov Fuel Portfolio Director Fortum Energy Russia

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