2018 Speakers

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

  • Carl De Maré

    Vice-President, Head of Technology Strategy ArcelorMittal Group CTO, Belgium

    Civil Engineer, Master (Specialisation Electro-Mechanical Engineer) – University Gent 1985 
    Joined the company on September 1988 - site of ArcelorMittal Gent. Active in different areas as IT developments, Research center for steel applications, quality responsible for the finishing area. 
    Was from 2002 to end 2006 general manager of the Steelplant department of ArcelorMittal Gent 
    Moved end 2006 to the segment level of ArcelorMittal, first as Continuous Improvement responsible for Flat Europe and was since May 2008 nominated to Vice-President of ArcelorMittal as CTO of Flat Carbon Europe, responsible for technology, strategy, innovations and continuous improvement 
    Since 2014, he was nominated to Vice-President ArcelorMittal as Head of Technology Strategy. In this function he is responsible for the global program on Low Impact Steel technologies. 

  • 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

    Manager Technical Marketing Jellinbah Group, 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.

  • Hector Forster

    Senior Editor Steel Raw Materials S&P Global Platts, UK

    Mr Forster joined Platts in May 2008 and is currently Senior Editor of Steel Raw Materials based in London. He led the launch of Platts Atlantic coking coal spot assessment coverage in 2012, and covered markets and assessed prices for metallurgical and thermal coal since 2008, as well as for iron ore, steel products and ferrous scrap at Platts. He previously was energy industry and markets reporter at Bloomberg News covering oil and gas, utilities, commodity traders in Japan, and Asia-Pacific including Far-east Russia from the Tokyo bureau for over three and a half years. He was research analyst at Dealogic for energy and infrastructure project finance, and covered emerging markets prior, both in London. Mr. Forster graduated BA (Hons) in European Business Studies with Spanish, including participating in the Erasmus program in Spain.

  • Rishi Gupta

    Senior Manager Improvement Tata Steel Limited, India
    • B. Tech in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur India and joined Tata Steel Limited in 2008
    • Currently pursuing Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (part time) from Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, India
    • Worked in R & D project “Kinetic Study of Organic Solvent Extraction Technique of Coal”. Based on this study pilot project commissioned for reduction of coal ash 
    • In 2010 joined Stamp charged coke oven battery and developed expertise in crude coke oven gas & ammoniacal liquor handling and tar separation process
    • Commissioned 1.4 MnTPA Coke Ovens Battery 10 & 11 in 2012
    • Became operational in charge of 1 MnTPA Coke Oven Battery 8 & 9 in 2014 

    Currently Rishi is looking after improvement activities in Iron Making Division of Tata Steel 

    • Certified six sigma green belt professional and got several recognition and certificates in DMAIC projects of Coke Plant
    • Coke quality paper got presented in The Asian Network of Quality Congress 2016 held in Russia
    • Patent has been filled in 2017 for binder addition method in blended coal 
  • Gregory Holt

    Senior Coking Coal Correspondent Argus Media, Singapore

    Gregory Holt joined Argus in 2013 as a Senior Correspondent based in the company’s Singapore office. His initial focus was on the Asia-Pacific dry bulk and tanker markets before switching to the steel feedstocks desk in 2015, where he now focuses on price discovery, news and analysis of regional metallurgical coal markets. Greg started his journalism career at newspapers in the in the US and previously covered commodity markets in the Houston office of ICIS before moving to Asia in 2009.

  • Alexander Ignatov

    President & Founder ICG Consulting, Inc., Russia

    Alexander Ignatov has 28 years of experience. He holds a  Diploma in economics and Post Graduate Degrees in Informational Sciences, Economics, and Management.

    Prior to leadership in Ignatov & Co he worked as a governmental analyst and economical advisor. Experience within multiple industries and government. He is Russian now living in Switzerland. He has directed many projects throughout the globe.

  • Arun Kumar Jagatramka

    Chairman and Managing Director Gujarat NRE Coke Limited, India

    Mr Arun Kumar Jagatramka is the Chairman and Managing Director of Gujarat NRE Coke Limited (GNCL). He is a Chartered Accountant with an all India 1st rank and gold medal.  Under his able guidance, the NRE group has emerged as one of the largest independent producers of metallurgical coke in India with production capacity of around 1.5 million tonnes per annum, spread over three plants in the states of Gujarat and Karnataka. GNCL is the pioneer of coke exports from India and has successfully undertaken export consignments to various countries like Argentina, Brazil, France, Japan and Malaysia. The company also has a mini steel mill in Gujarat which produces TMT bars.

    Mr Arun Kumar Jagatramka is a member of the India-Australia CEO’s forum as well as a member of India-Japan Business Leaders Forum from the Indian side nominated by The Honourable Prime Minister of India. Mr. Jagatramka had earlier served as the Honorary NSW ‘Sydney Ambassador’ to India, appointed by the Government of New South Wales, Australia. Mr Jagatramka was nominated for “The Australian of the Year 2010” and was conferred with the title “Person of the Year 2009” by Illawarra Mercury, in Australia.

    He is an active member of prominent industry associations of the country like CII and ASSOCHAM. He is the Chairman of ASSOCHAM’s National Council on Ease of Doing Business in India. He is a sought-after speaker in various national and international platforms on a wide range of subjects like economy and industry, steel, coking coal and met coke as well as on ethics and integrity. 

  • Jeong-Hoon Kim

    Coke Plant Manager, Krakatau POSCO, Indonesia

    Jeong-Hoon Kim has been working in the Cokemaking Department, Pohang Works, POSCO since 2002. He was Operational Improvement Team Leader in the Cokemaking Department, Pohang Works from 2012-2015. He was then No.1 Coke Plant Manager in Cokemaking Department, Pohang Works from 2015-2017. Since 2017 he has been Coke Plant Manager in Krakatau POSCO.

  • 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
  • Guilherme Liziero

    Technical Manager Coke Plant Gerdau, Brazil

    Guilherme Liziero has a PhD in Materials Engineering, Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil. He has experience in the process of building coal blends for the production of metallurgical coke. He is currently Technical Consultant at the Gerdau Ouro Branco Coke Plant and Professor of the Metallurgical Engineering Course at the Federal Institute of Minas Gerais, where he teaches and researches in the Coal and Metallurgical Coke Area.

  • Tom Luttikhuizen

    Team Manager Coke Oven Batteries Tata Steel, The Netherlands

    Tom Luttikhuizen is currently the Maintenance Team Manager of the Coke Oven Batteries of Tata Steel IJmuiden. With several years of experience on the Coke and Gasplants, Tom started his career as an mechanic at Tata Steel in 2008. Besides the job as a mechanic he followed a part time study and graduated in 2014 BSc in Mechanical Engineering. In 2016 he started with an MSc Maintenance and Asset Management (and is on track). Next to the fulltime job and the part time studies he also obtained several certificates in Project Management, Six Sigma, Lean, Problem Solving and of course Coke Making.

    Due to this ambition with corresponding results his career at the Coke and Gasplants is experiencing a stormy growth. He performed various functions at the Coke and Gasplants, started as a graduate student, Technical Specialist, Project Manager and Team Manager. In his time as Technical Specialist and Project Manager Tom carried out several successful improvement projects and executed also several OPEX/CAPEX projects.

    With his experience Tom will talk about some successful case studies of Tata Steel IJmuiden.

  • Reji Mathai

    Senior Manager (Coke Oven Operation) JSW Steel Ltd, India

    Career started at SAIL, Bhilai Steel plant in 1988 with 7-meter-tall recovery oven, and was instrumental for the project, commissioning and successful operation for 20 years.

    In 2007 joined in Jindal Steel (JSL) Orissa as Associate manager, in 4.5 meter stampeded charged Recovery oven project work and visited China for two weeks for advanced training.

    In 2009 joined SBQ steel AP, Non recovery coke oven as Deputy Manager Operation.

    In 2010 took charge as a Production manager in Gujarat NRE coke and was responsible for quality and quantity of coke productions

    At present working as Sr. Manager (Operation) in 0.5 MTPA (SSIT, China) Heat recovery coke oven at JSW steel, Salem, since May 2011

    Total work experience:

    30 years of Glorious experience in Recovery and Non-recovery type coke oven.

    • Bagged Viswakarma National Award in 2006 from Govt. of India.
    • Recipient of Apex award from SAIL (BSP) prestigious awards in 2005,
    • Won INSSAN Gold medal for Best technical papers presentation in 2007
    • Presented paper at IIM -NMD Jamshedpur, Pune, Coimbatore, Goa in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017 respectively.
    • Technical Paper presented   at International seminar (ICISM) at Raipur 2015 on “Coke moisture reduction to 2.5 % by utilizing waste heat gas”
    • Member of AIST coke making (India).
    • Various Paper Published in International Journals.
  • William May

    Steel Raw Materials Analyst CRU Group, UK

    Will joined the CRU Steel Raw Materials team a year ago primarily as the editor of the Metallurgical Coke Market Outlook.  Will also contributes to CRU’s Metallurgical Coal, Iron ore and Manganese services with research, analysis and modelling of supply/demand balance and costs.  Will holds a BSc in Geography from the University of Exeter and Masters in Mining Engineering from the Camborne School of Mines.  On graduation he worked at Xstrata’s Newlands Coal in the Bowen basin and got first-hand experience of post-boom coal mining in Queensland.  Following that, he returned to the UK and worked as a research consultant for AMC Consultants on analysis of hard-rock open-stope mine sequencing.  His interest in the market and financial side of the industry brought him then to CRU and steel raw materials.  

  • Michael Neumann

    Deputy Head of Coke Oven Department, Coke Plant Technologies thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG, Germany

    Michael Neumann is currently Deputy Head of Coke Oven Department, Coke Plant Technologies at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG. 

    His past experience:

    • 2005 / Graduated as Civil Engineer at the RWTH in Aachen
    • 2005 / Joined Coke Plant Technologies at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (former Uhde GmbH)
    • 2007 to 2012 Lead Engineer for various Coke Plant Projects (e.g. Hyundai Steel, Posco Gwangyang, Dragon Steel)
    • 2012 / Head of Civil & Steel Structure Group Coke Plant Plant Technologies
    • 2016 / Head of Proposal Management
    • 2017 / Deputy Head of Coke Oven Department
    • 2018, March / Head of Coke Oven Department
  • 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. 

  • Rich Pearson

    President Pearson Coal Petrography, Canada

    Bachelors of Science from University of Victoria in Computer Science.  Four years experience working in the software industry before joining the family company; Pearson Coal Petrography. Have been working at Pearson's for 14 years, during which time I have developed automated microscopy systems for analyzing coal, coke and other carbons.  When I'm not working, I enjoy cycling, and raising my two boys aged 9 and 11. 

  • Abhijit Sen

    Vice President Coke Ovens Bhushan Power & Steel, India

    Abhijit Sen was schooled in Jamshedpur, India. He passed higher secondary with distinction in 1968, received national merit scholarship and graduated in chemical engineering with distinction from Bit Sindri, India in 1974.

    Mr Sen joined national metallurgical laboratory in 1975 and joined Fertilizer Corporation of India in December 1975. He completed an M.Tech in Environmental Engineering from Indian School of Mines as a part-time student.

    Mr Sen served Fertilizer Corporation for 27 years of which 12 years were spent in Karl Still coke ovens. He served as Visiting Lecturer of Chemical Engineering at Bit Sindri for 8 years. He started his own consultancy in 2003 & modified semet-solvay horizontal flue recovery type coke oven.  Mr Sen then joined Adhunik Group as GM, Coke Oven in January 2004.

    He then joined Bhushan Power & Steel as Senior General Manager Coke in December 2004, joined Adhunik Metalliks, Rourkela as Executive In-Charge (projects) in 2006. He erected & commissioned Procer gas, lime calcination plant & coke ovens.

    Finally Mr Sen joined Bhushan Power & Steel as Vice President Coke Ovens.

    He is widely travelled in China as well as Europe on various technical assignments.

  • 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
  • Chris Urzaa

    Coal Marketing Manager Jellinbah Group, Australia

    Chris Urzaa is a Coal Marketing Manager for the Jellinbah Group.  At sales of approximately 14Mtpa, the Jellinbah Group is the 4th largest metallurgical coal producer in the seaborne market, and produces hard coking coal and PCI from the Lake Vermont and Jellinbah mines.  Chris has primary responsibility for the Indian, South American, South East Asian and European markets as well as Korea and Taiwan.

    Chris has more than 20 years experience working in the coal sector both in site based roles across Australia and Indonesia, and then in commercial roles in coal marketing, consulting and business development.  Prior to Jellinbah, Chris was the Director of Commercial Services at HDR|Salva, consulting to clients on the status of the global metallurgical and thermal coal markets in terms of supply, demand, costs, logistics and quality.  Prior to HDR|Salva, Chris worked for Ausenco, Vale, AMCI, BMA, Leightons Asia, Thiess and Fuchs.  

  • Ing Jeroen Vermeij

    Director, Market Analysis and Economic Studies EUROFER, Belgium

    Jeroen Vermeij has well over 35 years of experience in the steel industry. After completion of his mechanical engineering studies, he started his career in 1977 at TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research.

    In 1979 he moved to the R&D department of Dutch steelmaker Hoogovens.

    He followed additional studies in economics and industrial marketing and holds a master’s degree in business marketing from TIASNimbas Business School in the Netherlands.

    For most of his career, he has been working in the field of economic & steel market analysis and strategic marketing at Hoogovens and later Corus (the merger between Hoogovens of the Netherlands and British Steel of the UK).

    His last position at Corus was manager market intelligence at the Ijmuiden operations of Corus in the Netherlands.

    Since 2007, he is Director Market Analysis and Economic Studies at EUROFER (Brussels).

    He has been a long-time member of prestigious economic steel industry committees such as the United Nations Steel Committee (chairman 2000-2001), WorldSteel Economic Committee, EUROFER Economic Committee (chairman since 2004). He has been asked to speak at many international conferences related to the steel market. He is a lecturer at the annual SteelMaster Course in Italy.