2019 Speakers

The experts who are currently confirmed to speak at the event include:

  • Ravikumar.S

    VP-Coke Ovens JSW Steel Limited, Dolvi Works

    Educational Qualification: Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

    Work Experience:

    Started career with OTTO INDIA  (Branch of Dr.C.OTTO & Comp Gmbh) since July 1978. During the course of stay with Otto till 1998, worked in various work sites in India for installation of Coke oven Batteries and By Product plants.

    Subsequently worked with Companies like Bhilai Engineering Corporation        ( BEC Ltd)  and Beekay Engineering Corporation for execution of Coke oven batteries based on sever other designers like : “GIPROKOKS”, “HUTNI” “MECON”, ” SSIT China”,” Beijing Shougang “ and Others, Also worked in association with several Machine building Companies like “ KBK”  of Ukraine,” H&K “  “  Vitkovice “.

    In the year 2010 joined JSW ( Jindal Steel) and working with them since then. During this period of stay, have been involved in Execution of several Stamp Charged  Coke Oven Batteries of 4.3 Mtr  and 5.5 Mtr  including By product plants which were supplied by” Sino Steel MECC” , China.

    Currently involved in  installing a 3 MTPA coke oven plant with SCP machines of which 1.5 MTPA is commissioned and the other part will be commissioned towards the end of 2019.


    • India
  • Charles Dayton

    Vice-President of Market Analytics Doyle Trading Consultants

    Charles Dayton joined DTC in 2016 as Vice President of Market Analytics.  Previously, he spent six years with Arch Coal, working in a variety of senior market research roles within Arch’s Analysis and Strategy group and ultimately as the head of investor relations going into and through Arch’s restructuring.  Prior to Arch he spent a few years in various financial analysis roles at Edward Jones.  Starting out his career he was an army officer, serving two combat tours in Iraq leading infantry units in frontline combat roles.  Charles brings extensive coal industry knowledge and modeling experience to DTC.  He graduated with honors from the College of William and Mary with a degree in History and has an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters of Information Systems Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

    • Canada
  • Andrés Jorge Aused

    Senior Coal & Cokemaking Specialit, Siderar Plant Ternium

    As professional, worked for Molinos Rio de la Plata (Local Food Industry), as Process Engineer for Minera Alumbrera (Sulphuric Acid and Zinc Industry), then as General Manager for Master Oil (local industry for lubricating oils and greases).

    From 2005 worked for Ternium Argentina (Large Steel Industry) as Manager of By-Product  Operation as well as Head of Coke and Coals Operations.

    Since 2009 as Senior Process Engineer of Coke Oven Plant, By-Product Plant and Coal and Coke Process.

    • Argentina
  • Mark Bolton

    General Manager Marketing Jellinbah Group

    Mark Bolton is the General Manager-Marketing at the Jellinbah Group and has twenty-five years of bulk commodity marketing and supply chain experience. 

    Building on his formative years in industrial minerals, mineral concentrates and refined base metals, Mark has focused the past 11 years of his career in senior marketing roles in the Queensland metallurgical and thermal coal industries.  Passionate about marketing value maximisation through optimisation of the coal chain, Mark brings a wealth of current operational insight from the perspective of a 15 Mtpa private and independent metallurgical coal producer operating across multiple coal export chains in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.

    • Australia
  • 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
  • Jorge Caldeira

    Consultant Coalbiz, Brazil

    Jorge Caldeira has been actively involved in the ironmaking and ironmaking raw materials industries for 40 years. He is a graduated Metallurgical Engineering from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in 1977 and got a Master´s degree in Coal Science at the Pennsylvania State University in the USA in 1981. Had an extension program with Professor Harry March at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK in 1985.

    As a professional, he worked for CSN- Brazilian National Steel Co. for 16 years (12 years at their R&D Centre leading coal & coke projects and 4 years as General Manager Coke Oven and By-Products operations as well as Head of the Central Laboratories.

    Since 1993, he has started his own consulting company – COALBIZ - and has rendered technical and commercial services to various coal suppliers from Australia, USA and  Canada and to end user from various countries such as Brazil, India, Vietnam and Thailand. For the last 24 years, he has also been with the Australian Jellinbah Group where he currently serves as their Manager Technical Marketing.

  • Frederick Cushmore

    Vice President International Market Corsa Coal
    • Born in New York city and educated in the US Northeast as well as schooling in Germany and an MBA from the American Graduate School of Int’l Management in Arizona.
    • Fred Cushmore has been working in the coal and carbon industry for 30 years.
    • He has established and built origination, sales and trading models in metallurgical, thermal and stoker coals and along the way with metallurgical coke and petroleum cokes
    • After initial years in Freight Forwarding and paper trading, the coal career started with positions with Ruhrkohle Trading in New York, Duesseldorf and Sydney.
    • Thereafter, there were several years helping rebuild Oxbow in West Palm Beach before moving on to positions with AMCI, Trafigura and consultancy roles.
    • For the last three years, the role has been that of building an export business and trading platform for Corsa Coal as its VP, Head of Int’l Sales.
    • Currently lives in Connecticut and Florida when not traveling overseas or at company operations in Pennsylvania.
    • Married with two grown sons.
    • Hobbies include golf, reading, traveling and more golf.
    • USA
  • Jason Fannin

    Senior Vice President Contura Energy

    Jason Fannin has served as senior vice president, metallurgical sales of Contura Coal Sales, LLC since October 2017, overseeing the sales, marketing, logistics, and quality assurance of Contura Energy’s approximately 10.5 million ton metallurgical coal portfolio with customers across North and South America, Europe, the Mediterranean, India, and Asia. He previously served as vice president, metallurgical sales & services at Contura, a position he held from April 2017.

    Prior to joining Contura, Mr. Fannin was the managing member of Highlands Energy Advisors, LLC, a position he held from May 2016, providing specialized coal consulting services dealing with all aspects of the coal supply chain, with a focus on metallurgical coal. Mr. Fannin previously served in a number of sales and marketing roles at Alpha Coal Sales Co., LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources.

    Prior to joining Alpha in 2004, Mr. Fannin served in various other operations, distribution, and quality assurance roles within the coal industry. Mr. Fannin holds bachelor of science degrees in both chemical engineering and chemistry from the West Virginia Institute of Technology and earned his law degree, summa cum laude, from the Appalachian School of Law.

    • USA
  • Mathias Hoffmann

    Assistant Vice-President, Head of Coke Oven Machines Paul Wurth

    Coming soon..

    • Germany
  • Anne-Claire Howard

    Executive Director Bettercoal

    Anne-Claire has over 15 years’ experience in raw materials (mining, oil and gas) sustainability, good governance and responsible supply chains having held positions with Royal Dutch Shell, Eurasia Group, the International Finance Corporation. Her career has focused on ensuring that, through sustained stakeholder interaction, commercial business imperatives are not impacted by regulatory, political, environmental and social risks. She was involved in the successful delivery of high value projects in mining, oil and gas through sustainable supply chain activities, local economic development, political, social and environmental risk assessments, governance capacity building and non-technical risk management in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas.

    She joined Bettercoal as Executive Director in January 2017, growing the initiative to include more coal mining companies as well as more Members.

    • United Kingdom
  • Ana Patricia Jaccard

    Senior Coal and Cokemaking Specialist, Sant Cruz plant Ternium

    Ms Jaccard is Chemical Engineer with 15 years of experience in the Production Sector in Large Steel Industry.  She has strong knowledge in metallurgical coke production technologies and processes, quality management of raw materials (reducers) and Quality Management System (QMS).

    • Brazil
  • Ingomar Köhler

    Consultant PROCOMCO, Germany

    Ingomar Koehler is a former Senior Development Engineer with ThyssenKrupp. He is now retired and working in a consulting capacity with procomco. He has over 30 years experience in all areas of cokemaking including coal and coke analysis, design of charging coal blends, cokemaking technology/process engineering, commissioning of coke oven batteries, and research and development of new technologies for slot type and heat-recovery coke ovens and by-product plants.

    He performs plant inspections worldwide and elaborates feasibility studies whose findings and results are implemented in practice jointly with his customers. Ingomar Koehler is a pragmatist who managed to acquire experience and know-how in the fields of research and development and passes his wide-spread know-how of cokemaking in training courses as well as in seminars for plant management, operators, and young design engineers.

    • Germany
  • Kobie Koornhof

    Coal Marketing and Quality Consultant Kobie Koornhof Association Inc.

    Kobie is a consultant on coal quality and market dynamics, having provided quality assessment, market positioning and price analysis on numerous metcoal properties in Canada, Australia, the US and South Africa.

    Trained as a Coal Exploration Geologist, he was introduced to the international scene through the marketing of thermal coal with Anglo Coal in South Africa from 1981 to 1987.

    Over the last 25 years, Kobie has been active in metallurgical coal from all three western Canadian supply regions - Alberta, southeast BC and northeast BC.

    He has the dubious distinction of having sold coking coal at less than $29 per tonne, but is quick to add that he has also sold coal in excess of $300 per tonne. He was once described by a Japanese trading company as “a gentle man, but a tough negotiator”.

    Note: the following covers all the countries where I have marketed and sold coal, but spin this as you see fit, whether mentioning continents, or just “most corners of the world”. 

    Japan/Korea/Taiwan/China/ India

    Brazil/Chile /Argentina

    United Kingdom/ Switzerland/ France/ Sweden / Finland / Denmark / Ukraine / Belgium / Spain / Germany/ Italy /Netherlands/ Turkey

    Israel/ Egypt / Zimbabwe

    • Canada
  • WeonHui Lee

    Senior Researcher, Ironmaking Research Group POSCO

    WeonHui Lee is currently a senior researcher of ironmaking research group at POSCO, South Korea.

    Before joining POSCO in 2015, he recieved his Ph. D. in 2015 at Ferrous technology department, POSTECH, South Korea after recieving BS in 2009 at materials science and engineering, POSTECH. He studied pore structure formation under the rapid heating conditions of non- or slightly coking coals which are mainly used for cokemaking and POSCO FINEX process.

    He now focuses on the development of coke oven diagnosis method and tools prior to the rebuilding and revamping of coke ovens at POSCO. He also has worked with the development of high strength coal briquette as a reductant for FINEX process which is the unique ironmaking process developed by POSCO.

    • Korea (Democratic Republic of)
  • Oana Niculita

    Head of Sales and Marketing JOHN M HENDERSON

    Oana Niculita is the Head of Sales and Marketing of John M Henderson, the Scottish engineering company, one of the world’s leading suppliers of Coke Oven Machinery.

    Oana has been working in the coke making industry for more than a decade and has had the opportunity of visiting many Coke Making plants in the world, witnessing firsthand the technical and operational challenges of the coke making operators worldwide. Oana’s main interests lie in the environmental and technological aspects of the coke-making, with special focus on developing technological solutions for improving the quality of the air and life for people working and living near the coke batteries.

    Oana is a Chartered Manager and a member of the Coke Oven Managers Association in the UK, as well as a regular speaker at coke making congresses worldwide. Professional qualifications include an Honours degree in Business Administration, Masters Degree in Economics from the Universities of Freiburg, Germany and Lisbon, Portugal and a PhD in development with the University of Dundee, Scotland. She has worked as a business consultant for major multinational companies and has published a number of books and papers in the areas of strategic marketing.



  • Jordan Permain

    Analyst - Metallurgical Coke CRU Group

    Jordan joined CRU in May 2018 as an Analyst, and brings with him experience from various commercial roles in the commodities and steelmaking industries.

    He is the editor of the Metallurgical Coke Market Outlook, and contributes to various publications across the Steelmaking Raw Materials division.

    Jordan has an MBA from Nagoya University of Commerce and Business in Japan, and a BA in Commerce and Economics from the University of Western Australia.

  • Jack Porco

    President & Chief Commercial Officer XCoal Energy & Resources, USA

    Jack Porco has served as President and Chief Commercial Officer of Xcoal Energy & Resources since September of 2009. Prior to joining Xcoal, Jack was with Alpha Natural Resources from September 2006, where he held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Alpha Natural Resources and President of Alpha Coal Sales Co., LLC.   

    Jack began his career in the coal industry with CONSOL Energy in 1974, holding a number of financial and marketing positions before joining AMCI as Vice President in 1996.  

    Jack received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Robert Morris University and a Masters in International Business from Point Park University. 

  • Brian Ricketts

    Secretary-General EURACOAL aisbl (European Association for Coal and Lignite)

    Mr Ricketts is Secretary-General of EURACOAL – the European Association for Coal and Lignite, a position he has held since August 2010. Prior to joining EURACOAL, Mr Ricketts was with the International Energy Agency, which he joined in 2005 as a coal analyst in the Energy Diversification Division of the Energy Markets and Security Directorate, later spending time in China in 2007/2008 to author the IEA’s “Cleaner Coal in China” publication. 

    His time at the IEA was preceded by UK Coal which he joined In 1997as a project engineer working on a new integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC); this included political lobbying. This followed a position at Alstom, which he joined in 1987 and where he was responsible for dynamic modelling of power systems. Mr Ricketts is a chartered mechanical engineer and holds an MBA from the Open University.

    • Belgium
  • Ellie Saklatvala

    Argus Media European Editor, Ferrous Markets

    Ellie is the European editor for Argus’ ferrous raw materials coverage. Based in London, she overseas price assessments and analysis for the Atlantic coking coal, met coke and iron ore markets, working closely with Argus’ global ferrous team which is also spread across offices in Singapore, China, the US, Russia and Australia.

    Ellie has been with Argus for 5 years, initially joining as a thermal coal reporter and then as deputy editor for steel coverage. Prior to Argus, she got her degree at Cambridge University and began her career in conference production at Euromoney.

    • United Kingdom
  • Juan Manuel Sanchez Vergara

    CEO C.I. Carbocoque S/A, Colombia

    Civil Engineer with post graduate specialization in Mining Projects, Negotiation and International Business Relations with over 25 year of experience in the coal industry. Is the president of FENALCARBON, Federacion Nacional de Productores de Carbon de Colombia; and the CEO of C.I. Carbocoque S.A. Worked as Counseling Minister of the Colombian Embassy in Argentina between 1999 and 2002, also served as charge d’affaires, running the Colombian embassy during 2002.Governor pro-term of the Atlantico province during 1997 and Chief of Staff and Private Secretary of the Governor of the Atlantico Province between 1998-1999. Has been a professor of Business Negotiation in the graduate program of Finance in the University of Rosario in Bogota and Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla.

    • Colombia
  • Maninder Singh

    Managing Director Lotus Wireless Technologies India Private Limited

    Maninder Singh is Managing Director of Lotus Wireless Technologies India Private Ltd, An Indian Industrial Automation Technology Company into Design, Engineering, Manufacturing of Products and Solutions. His role with Lotus Wireless is to drive the organization to Create Industry 4.0 Business Solutions and to become a Prominent Technology contributor in the International Coke Making Industry by 2022.

    With Over 20 years of his experience in the Steel industry, he acquired extensive experience in International Steel Making technologies through opportunities of visiting many Steel Plants and Coke Making countries in the world.

    His Professional qualifications include a Bachelor Degree in Electronics and Communication and an entrepreneurial experience since 1992.

    • India
  • Aleksander Sobolewski

    Director Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal, Poland

    In 1986 he graduated Faculty of Technology and Chemical Engineering of the Silesian Technical University - Gliwice (Poland) and obtained Ph. D. at the same University in 1993. The main interest of his research works include coke making technology and thermal processing of solid fuels and wastes.

    At present he is Director of the Institute of Chemical Processing of Coal in Zabrze. He is a member of Polish Standardisation Commission, expert of Polish Ecological Chamber and member of European Coke Committee.

    His is an author of more then 100 scientific and technical papers and 10 patents.

    • Poland
  • Jan Soonius

    Managing Director HeatTeQ, The Netherlands

    Jan Soonius is the Managing Director of HeaTeQ, where he is active in Engineering, Project/Site Management & Construction Projects in Iron & Steel, Non-Ferrous, Aluminum & other Heavy Industries.

    Key Activity is Refractory Installation Work. Soonius has been with in this position since May of 2009.

    Prior to joining HeaTeQ, Jan was a member of the Lizmontages Group and both Project manager and managing Director for Prison Refractories. Soonius began his career with 23 years of service as Construction manager at Hoogovens/Corus, where he built his expertise in Refractory Engineering & Construction of Blast Furnaces, Hot Blast Stoves and Coke Batteries.

    • Netherlands
  • 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
  • Johan Van Boggelen

    Technology Manager HIsarna Pilot Plant Tata Steel IJmuiden

    Mr Van Boggelen graduated from Delft University of Technology (NL) with an MSc in Materials Science. He started work at the Teesside Technology Centre (UK) research laboratories of Tata Steel and its predecessors, first as a researcher, later as Knowledge Group Leader. The main topics of this knowledge group were BOF steelmaking and ladle metallurgy. He started at HIsarna as a shift manager for the first four test campaigns. He became Operations Manager for the 5th test campaign. With the transition of HIsarna from R&D facility to pilot production facility, he took on the role of Technology Manger for the HIsarna pilot plant.

    • Netherlands
  • Qun Zhang

    Sr. Research Engineer Teck Metal Ltd

    Ms Qun Zhang,  Sr. Research Engineer of Applied Research & Technology (ART) of Teck Metals Canada. She has been in charge of coal/coking research projects for Teck for the last seven years. Before that, she worked for Baosteel , China for 15 years, where she gained on-site experience in coke making as well as blast furnace and alternative ironmaking. Ms Zhang is also the Teck representative on the technical committee of the Canadian Carbonization Research Association and take a lead role in many of their research projects. She is the chair of ISO/TC27 SC3 technical committee of coke.

    • Canada