2020 Speakers

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

  • Mark Kirkbride

    CEO West Cumbria Mining Ltd

    Mark has 25 years’ experience in the mining and civil engineering industries, primarily in underground construction and operations with Trafalgar House, Cementation Mining, Kvaerner and Skanska Construction.

    He has worked on a wide range of mine developments, operational mines, tunnelling and heavy civil engineering construction projects, from graduate engineer through to project director.

    His mining expertise includes deep shaft sinking, hard and soft rock tunnel developments (including coal, salt, potash, gold, platinum, lead/zinc and copper) and production operations. Specialist engineering work has included tunnel boring machines, tunnel refurbishment, sprayed concrete linings, hydroelectric schemes and deep geological disposal investigations.

    Mark has also held a series of leadership roles as a senior manager, director and CEO within a range of specialist businesses. These roles have incorporated strategic development, project financing, mergers/acquisitions and divestments.

    He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering and a Master of Philosophy in Geomechanics, both from Camborne School of Mines. He is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Chartered Engineer.

  • Joanna Kühn-Gajdzik

    Senior Process Engineer - Coke Plant Technologies / Gas Cleaning ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG

    In 2004 Ms. Kühn-Gajdzik graduated Szczecin University of Technology in Poland, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and has received graduate engineer in materials science. In 2010 she graduated University of Kassel in Germany, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. In 2012 she has received Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. In 2010 Ms. Kühn-Gajdzik joined the company ThyssenKrupp Industrials Solutions in the coke plant technology department.

  • Jeffery Lu

    Managing Editor, Metallurgical Coal & Coke S&P Global Platts

    Jeffery Lu is S&P Global Platts Managing Editor, Metallurgical Coal, based in Singapore. Jeffery has been in the international commodity business for more than 10 years and has hands-on experience with building supply and demand models, analyzing trade flows as well as producing price forecasts. Before starting his career in the metals business, Jeffery spent the past decade in agriculture as research analyst with some time spent as a trader, for some of the largest commodity firms globally including Noble Group, Czarnikow Group and RCMA Group. Jeffery has a master’s degree in intercultural business communication.

  • Dave Pearson

    CEO & Founder Pearson Coal Petrography Inc

    Dave Pearson has worked in the coal and cokemaking industry in Canada for over 40 years. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, and in 1981, he founded a global coal and coke petrography business in Victoria, British Columbia, of which he is currently emeritus CEO.

    Since 2011, his research interests have been in the optical analysis of metallurgical coke.

  • Martin Pei

    Executive Vice President & CTO SSAB AB

    Martin Pei has been a member of the Group Executive Committee at SSAB since 2007 and joined the company in 2001. His previous roles included Head of Business Area APAC; EVP and Technical Director; Manager R&D Department, and General Manager, Slab Production: SSAB Plate.

  • Larry Runner

    Vice President Technical Marketing Arch Coal, Inc

    Larry joined Arch in 2004 and during his tenure has held various roles in both the production and commercial sides of the company .   Larry currently holds the position of Vice President Technical Marketing where his focus is the on the metallurgical coal segment and quality where he works closely with the mining operations, marketing and customers.  

    Larry is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a B.S. in Mining Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Charleston. 


  • Alessandro Sciamarelli

    Senior Economic Analysis Manager European Steel Association (EUROFER)

    Alessandro Sciamarelli holds the position of Senior Economic Analysis Manager at the European Steel Association (EUROFER) based in Brussels, where he carries out economic research and analysis linked to the steel sector. Prior to joining EUROFER he has held for over ten years equivalent positions at other Brussels-based European Associations (namely in the residential mortgage sector and the cement sector) and, before that, he has worked for the Economic Studies Office of a leading cement and construction group in Rome and for the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht. He holds a PhD in Economics (1999) and a Degree in Political Science (1995) from the University of Pisa, Italy.

  • Evgenii Volkov

    Leading Expert, Ironmaking PAO Severstal, Russia

    Mr Volkov has worked in the metallurgical industry for over 16 years. In his current position he is responsible for improving production technologies and developing and implementing innovative technologies. Notable achievements in blast furnace performance indicators for the period 2016 to 2018 include reducing specific consumption of metallurgical coke by 4.4% or 17.8 kg / THM; and reducing output of blast furnace slag by 3.4% or by 8.8 kg / THM.

    Mr Volkov is also the author of 5 patents of the Russian Federation in the field of ferrous metallurgy and more than 15 scientific articles.