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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

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.

Jiao Jian Vice Chairman China Coal Importers Association

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

Sergey Kashuba Chairman Russian Union of Gold Producers

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. 


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)

Alexander Erenburg Business Development Director Evraz Group

Born in 1979 – Novosibirsk, Russia.

Joined EVRAZ in 2003.

In 2000 graduated from Novosibirsk State University with a degree in Economics and Mathematics, in 2002 graduated from Central European University with MA in Economics. Mr. Erenburg is a Charted Financial Analyst.
Presently Mr. Erenburg serves as Business Development Director for EVRAZ Nizhny Tagil Metallurgical Plant. His responsibilities include management of operational activities, investment and development projects as well as coordination with other EVRAZ facilities.

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).

Werner Klemens Head of Exploration Highland Gold

Werner Klemens holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Toronto and the equivalent of a Master’s degree in Geology from the University of Bonn, Germany. Prior to joining Highland in 2007 he held project managerial positions within Barrick Gold’s Russian exploration entities since 1998 and in 2005 became Barrick’s Exploration Manager for Russia and Central Asia. He also was General Director of Barrick Gold Kyrgyzstan which later became Highland Exploration where he was responsible for exploration activities at several projects in the south of Kyrgyzstan. He has been involved in exploration at numerous precious metals deposits, most notably gold, throughout Russia and the CIS, as well as British Columbia.

Dennis Kwong Vice President, Business Development Centerra Gold

Dennis Kwong, Vice President, Business Development, joined Centerra Gold Inc. in October 2008. In this role, Dennis directs the activities focused on non-organic growth of the organization by identifying, evaluating, recommending, and negotiating value-adding business opportunities including corporate acquisitions.

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

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.

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.

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.

Aleksandr Shevelev CEO Severstal Metiz

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.

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.

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"

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.

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).

Alexander Sidorin Deputy Purchasing Director OMK STEEL

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.

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.

Yulia Shabala Deputy CEO, Legal and Corporate Affairs Baikal Mining Company

In 2002 graduated with honours from the law department of Moscow M.V. Lomonosov State University.
2002 – 2004: Leading specialist, consultant, deputy head of the department for state ecological expertise at the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources.
2004 –2007: Deputy head of the division for special natural territories, ecological expertise and permitting activities, Rosprirodnadzor.
2007 – 2009: Deputy director of the department for state environmental policy at the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources.
2009 –2011: Executive secretary at the State Duma committee for natural resources and ecology.
Since July 2011 — Deputy General Director for legal and corporate issues, Metalloinvest Holding Company.
Since July 2011 — Deputy General Director for legal and corporate issues, Baikal Mining Company LLC.

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. "

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.

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.


Andrey Voronin Executive Director SpetsStal Association

Born in 1964.
Education: Moscow Aviation Institute (1981-1986)
Qualification: Engineering Economist
Speciality: Machinery Construction Economy and Management
Professional activities:
•    from 2006 until now - Executive Director of SpetsStal Association
- popularization and development of stainless steel applications
•    from 2004 until 2006 - Deputy General Director of Intellectual Resources, RUSMET.RU
- information and analytics procurement to stainless steel market players
•    from 1998 until 2004 - General Director of Saturn Technology
- manufacturing of titanium and titanium alloys
•    from 1992 until 1998 - President of Platan Company
- manufacturing and exporting of ferrotitanium and ferronickel
•    from 1989 until 1992 - Commercial Director of Intervils Joint Venture
- manufacturing and supply of aviation materials
•    from 1986 until 1989 - Engineer at AviaZagranPostavka Company of the Ministry for Aviation Industry of USSR
- organization of cooperational manufacturing of aviation equipment

Natalya Tverskaya Senior Investment Officer International Finance Corp

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

Mikhail Orlenko Director, Commodities Market Moscow Exchange

In 1996 he graduated from the Finance Academy (now – the Finance University under the Government of the Russian Federation). In 2004 he earned an MBA from the Higher School of Economics. He has been involved in the finance industry since 1992 by working in different banks, financial companies and audit firms.  Mr. Orlenko held different positions within the Sberbank’s precious metal division for 8 years. In 2011-2012 served as the Deputy Director of the Retail Brokerage Service at Sberbank.He joined Moscow Exchange in early 2013 as the Director of the Commodities Market. He is also the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of National Mercantile Exchange and the member of supervisory boards of some other companies.  He is married, has two sons.

Yury Makarov CEO Petropavlovsk IRC - Industrial Commodities

Mr Makarov is also the Chairman of IRC’s operations committee. He began his career as an engineer at the company NT Сomputers. In 2002 he joined Aricom as operations director, before moving to Petropavlovsk to become Head of Production. In 2010 Mr Makarov was named General Director of IRC. 
Mr Makarov was previously commercial director at NT Сomputers in Moscow, where he managed the company’s sales and service divisions. He is a certified specialist in development of airborne electrical equipment, and holds an engineering degree from the Russian K.I. Tsiolkovsky State Technical University.

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.

Andrey Smirnov Coal Production Director DTEK

In May 2011 he was invited to take the office of the Coal Production Director at DTEK.

In 1998-2004, he occupied managerial positions at Vorgashorskaya Mine (Russia). From 2004 to 2007, he held the position of the General Director at Southern Coal-Mining Company (Russia) which was producing and processing anthracite in Rostov Region (Russian Federation). In 2007-08, Mr Smirnov was in charge of Novo Group (Russia), where he led a project on setting up a power and coal company, dealing with recovery and construction of mines and thermal power plants in Rostov and Tula Regions of Russia. In 2007-08, he was also the Advisor of Tula Region Governor for Fuel and Energy Sector. From 2008 to 2011, Mr Smirnov was the CEO of En+ Coal Company, a large player in the world coal market having coal reserves of several billion tonnes and integrated with RUSAL, EuroSibEnergo and other assets in mining, processing, non-ferrous metals and energy sectors into En+ Group.

In 1989, Andrey Smirnov graduated with honours from Donetsk Polytechnic Institute majoring in Mine Surveying. In 1998, he obtained a degree in Finance from Syktyvkar State University. Andrey Smirnov holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and is a full-fledged member of the Academy of Mining Science of the Russian Federation.

Airat Khabibov Deputy HR and Administration Director SUEK