2017 Agenda Sneak Peek

Wood Mackenzie, Xcoal, ArcelorMittal, Coal Science, Inc, and more confirmed for MetCoke World Summit 2017 agenda

Smithers Apex and the expert advisory board are working hard to finalize the agenda for the MetCoke World Summit 2017. With the agenda announcement coming in the next few weeks, we wanted to give you a sneak peek of what you can expect at this year's summit.

With a pre-conference workshop, offsite plant visit, and 2 full conference days, some highlights will include: 

Workshop 1- Full day 9am to 5pm

Steelmaker’s Guide to Cokemaking

Presented by: Ingomar Kohler

Workshop 2 – Half day 1.30pm to 5.30pm:
New coals and new coal blending

Presented by: Dr. Neil Bristow Principal Managing Consultant, H&W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd, Australia

Jorge Caldeira, Manger Technical Marketing, Jellinbah Group, Brazil


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Marcelo Andrade

    Raw Material and Ironmaking Manager ArcelorMittal

    Marcelo Andrade was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

    He attended to Rio de Janeiro Federal University  where he graduated in Chemical Engineering in 1992 in sequence he did a Master Degree in Industrial Engineering in the same university. 

    Marcelo joint Tubarao Works (steel mill located in Vitoria in Southeast of Brazil) in 1994 . This mill latter become part of Arcelormittal group. He worked in that mill for 13 years working in Coke Plant, Blast furnace and Sinter Plant as process engineer and operational manager.

    In 2007 he was invited to join Arcelormittal Global R&D as Raw Material and Ironmaking Manager in its facility in East Chicago Indiana and since then he is leading R&D initiatives in the areas of Cokemaking, Sintering , Ironmaking, DRI and Recycling.

  • Dr. Neil J. Bristow

    Principal/Managing Consultant H&W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd, Australia

    Dr. Bristow has been actively involved in the steel and steelmaking raw materials industries for over 22 years. During this time, he has led numerous investigations in coal and iron ore technical and market research, minerals strategy development, and market planning for BHP’s coal business, and was Chief Analyst for BHP Billiton’s Carbon Steel Materials Group, leading the Market Intelligence Group in Singapore.

    His key expertise in steel, metallurgical coal, iron ore, and manganese ore and ferroalloys, coupled with strategic vision and long term analysis on future directions in emerging markets, saw him as an early proponent of the rebirth of the global steel industry, the rise of China and of coal’s growth story, together with a strong belief in China’s emergence as a major seaborne metallurgical coal importer. He has been a strong advocate for India’s growing coal demand.

    In April 2009, he formed H&W Worldwide Consulting, putting his strong market analysis and strategy skills to good use across bulk commodities, including iron ore and coal –for both coking and thermal.

    As an internationally recognized expert in areas of steel and steelmaking raw materials, long term trends and scenarios, he has written and presented numerous publications at highly respected international conferences and meetings.

    • Australia
  • Dr. Ahmed S. Firoz

    Chief Economist Economic Research Unit, Ministry of Steel - India

    Dr. Ahmed Shah Firoz, born in 1959 and currently serving as Chief Economist at the Economic Research Unit of the Ministry of Steel, studied Economics  in India’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi,  to acquire  is his Masters (MA) ,M.Phil. and Doctorate  (Ph.D.) degrees. He worked on the problems of disequilibrium states of the market specifically involving consumer behavior in shortage economies of the erstwhile USSR, Hungary and Poland. He also worked on the concepts of soft budget constraints in investment decisions in both centrally planned and market economies.

    He then moved on to study industrial development and growth and focused on metal and natural resource industries, including energy related products. He has been working for over 20 years on steel, aluminium, coal ( coking and thermal) , metallurgical coke, petroleum coke, iron ore, etc. in both the Indian and global context.

    He has a large number of publications in academic journals apart from over four hundred and fifty articles in various other journals, web based research publications, newspapers, etc.. He has addressed over one hundred and fifty international and national seminars and conferences in India and across over twenty five other countries.

    Firoz is globally recognized as an expert in steel and energy. While on sabbatical from the current position,  he worked on several important research projects involving coal, iron ore, steel and oil with industry behemoths such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, POSCO, the Aditya Birla Group, wtc.. In addition he was deeply involved in major research works with organizations such as Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), National Council for Applied Economic Research ( NCAER), Federation of Indian Mineral Industries ( FIMI), Hatch (UK), etc..

    Firoz advises the government on various policy and strategic matters related to the iron and steel and coal and other related sectors. He is also seen as the architect of India’s  new steel policy. He is a member of various high level committees which are set up to deal with the policy issues of the government.

    He is also a passionate photographer and has held several exhibitions of his fine art photographs in the top galleries in the country. 

  • Ernie Thraser

    Chief Executive Officer Xcoal

    coming soon! 

  • Jim Truman

    Director - Global Metallurgical Coal Markets Wood Mackenzie, USA

    Jim Truman is the Director - Global Metallurgical Coal Markets with Wood Mackenzie. He is a geologist by training, having attended West Virginia University and the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, he worked for a number of major coal companies and has specialized in the evaluation of the Central Appalachian coal industry. He now focuses on trends in global metallurgical coal trade.

    • USA
  • Dr Hardarshan S. Valia

    President Coal Science Inc., USA

    Dr. Hardarshan Valia started his career in steel industry in 1979 at R&D Laboratories of Inland Steel Company (now Arcelor Mittal) in East Chicago, Indiana as a research engineer and after 22 years retired as Staff Scientist. Thereafter, he started his own consulting firm, Coal Science Inc His expertise is in the field of coal selection and blend design for non-recovery and slot oven coke making, prediction of coking coal quality of coal reserve, use of poor quality coals and additives in coke making, coke behavior inside the blast furnace and coal selection for use as Blast Furnace PCI.  Dr. Valia has published more than 85 scientific articles and various book chapters including in Making, Shaping, and Treating of Steel,  and co-authored a book entitled Indiana Coals and the Steel Industry, and is a contributor to American Iron and Steel Institute’s web site. He has been honored with the Joseph Becker Award by the Iron & Steel Society for distinguished contributions in the field of coal carbonization and technology. He also received Joseph Kapitan Award by the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (for best paper)  and was the recipient of the American Iron & Steel Institute Medal for a co-authored paper. He also was invited to participate in the Eminent Visor Program sponsored by CCSD/CSIRO, Australia. Dr. Valia received his M.A. in Geology from Bryn Mawr College and Ph.D. in Geology from Boston University.