Director - Global Metallurgical Coal Marketsat
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.
Dr. Guilherme Liziero Ruggio da Silva
Technical Consultant Coal at
Doctor of Materials Engineering by University of Ouro Preto(UFOP), Brazil. He's been a technical manager of the Coke Plant from Gerdau Ouro Branco, Brazil.
Ranjana von Wendland
Lead Reporter, Atlantic Basin, coking coal / Senior Analyst | Energy Insight at
IHS Markit Ltd
Ranjana von Wendland is the lead in covering European coking coal, met coke, steel and scrap markets in the Atlantic Basin.
She covers pricing for coking and thermal coal in Atlantic Basin and writes for various McCloskey Publications. In her over five years of service at IHS Markit, she has covered almost all aspects of energy value chain. Previously, she covered European gas and LNG markets at other energy publications. She holds an MA in Financial Journalism from City University, London and MBA from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi.
Dr. Neil J. Bristow
Managing Director at
H&W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd
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.
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.
Director of Market Analysis and Economic Studiesat
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.
Johan Van Boggelen
Technology Manager HIsarna Pilot Plantat
Tata Steel IJmuiden
Johan Van Boggenlen 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 I took on the role of Technology Manger for the HIsarna pilot plant.
Paul Wurth Italia S.p.A.
His professional experience include;
• Controller - Bombardier Transportation
• Commercial Manager - Paul Wurth Italia S.p.A.
• Deputy Project Manager at Site - BSL Coke Oven Plant for Paul Wurth Italia
• Project Manager Coke Plant projects with TATA, SDM, Severstal, ArcelorMittal for Paul Wurth Italia
• Sales Manager for Paul Wurth Italia
Head of Serviceat
thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions
Scott Perrin is a Marketing Manager at the Jellinbah Group and has 15 years of bulk commodity marketing, supply chain and infrastructure experience
Dr. Ahmed S. Firoz
Former Chief Economistat
Economic Research Unit, Ministry of Steel Government of India; Member Expert Group on Mines of Niti
Dr. Ahmed Shah Firoz served as Chief Economist at the Economic Research Unit of the Ministry of Steel till recently, 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.
Firoz is currently a member of the Expert Group in the government project Mining 2035 undertaken under the auspices of Niti Aayog, the government’s most important think tank and policy driver. He is a Member of the Governing Body of Thought Arbitrage Research Institute ( TARI), a professional research body. He is also member of the Advisory and Governing Body of Steel User Federation of India ( SUFI). He continues to advise 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.
Mr. Gao Xingsuo is an expert in Cokemaking industry with 35 years’ experience in the R&D, engineering, project delivery, heating and commissioning of coke plants. He has been deeply involved in hundreds of cokemaking projects both in China and abroad, with deep understanding about the technology trends in cokemaking industry.
Analyst, Steel at
Bio- Devanshi is a thermal coal analyst at CRU Mumbai for the last 2.5 years. She has done her masters from Tata Institute of Social Studies.
Becky E. Hites
Becky is a global steel industry professional who has served as an equity analyst, project finance and mergers and acquisitions investment banker, cost modeling expert, industry trend macro and micro consultant, expert witness and C-level strategic planning consultant. Included in her credits are being on the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team for Metals in 2001 and four consecutive years of recognition in 1993 to 1996 by the Wall Street Journal for earnings accuracy. She’s a proven leader with deep financial, operation, trade and market relationships with steel producers, traders, processors and users.
In 2012, she formed Steel-Insights, LLC, a strategic consulting firm focused on the steel, metals and manufacturing industries, which was profitable in its 1st full year of independent operation, generating a six figure top line with a 40% gross margin and has generated over $1 million of revenue since inception adding new clients in every year since forming the firm. She produces reports on the strength of the US and global economies, the global steel cycle, USA mill profitability and utilization, and specific product market micro analysis. Prior to Steel-Insights, Becky was a Managing Partner of World Steel Dynamics Inc., the world’s leading steel information firm run by Peter Marcus, where she worked for almost a decade tracking and forecasting trends in the global steel industry.
Senior Editor, Steel Raw Materials and Metals Analysisat
S&P Global Platts
Hector Forster oversees iron ore, met coal and coke coverage editorial, pricing and analysis at S&P Global Platts. He also oversees price and trade analysis and analytics products such as Turkey ARC, Plats TSI met coal and iron ore RSIs, steel mill economics, and models and ratios around steel raw materials with steel
Head Coke Ovenat
Jindal Saw Limited, Mundra, Gujarat
Mr Mathai has 32 years of operational experience in Recovery and Non-recovery type coke.
Presently working at Jindal Saw Limited, Mundra Gujarat as Head - Coke Oven
Served as General Manager (Coke ovens) at Bhatia Coke & Energy Ltd, near Chennai, India. Served as Sr. Manager (Operation) Heat recovery coke plant with 35 MW JSW Steel, Salem (India) and worked 2 decades for Bhilai Steel Plant, 7-meter-tall recovery coke ovens.
• Bagged Vishwakarma national award (Govt. of India 2005) & prestigious Apex awards (BSP 2006), also won a gold medal for technical papers presentation at INSSAN (TATA steel 2006).
• Two technical papers published in international journals and 5 papers in national level.
• Participated many paper presentations in NMD-IIM & international conferences 2012 to 2017
• Recipient of JSW Innovation award 2016 and Best safety (DuPont) performance award 2017.
• Visited various recovery and Non recovery coke plant SAIL PLANTS, RISUN COKE CHINA, JSW-ISPAT Dolvi, JSPL Raigad, TATA MET COKE, BHUSAN POWER & STEEL ORISSA, JAISAWAL NECO RAIPUR, ECL Bokaro, SMIRE Hospet, Mahashakti coke Gujarat.
• Presented international paper on Usage of catalyst in coke making at Bangkok 2019.
• Hobby: Stamp & Coin collection, Traveling (PAN India & UAE, China, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Sri Lanka Singapore Malaysia. Australia, Germany, Thailand.)
• Technical Education: B.Sc.& PGD in Environment management.
Steel Industry Leaderat
SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions
With an industrial background of 15 years in ArcelorMittal at various positions in different countries (R&D, production, technical support, commercial development), Franck has joined GE Water & Process technologies in 2011 as Account Executive to develop sales in the water treatment domain for some European steel accounts. Since 2017 acting in the environmental domain with SUEZ- Water Technologies & Solutions, his role as Steel Industry Leader in Europe is to develop sales in the steel industry market.
Siew Hua Seah
Editor, Argus Ferrous Marketsat
Argus Media Ltd
Siew Hua Seah is the Europe Editor for Argus Ferrous Markets, a daily report covering the iron ore, coking coal, steel and scrap markets. Her focus is on ferrous raw materials, particularly the Atlantic coking coal and iron ore markets. In her time at Argus, Siew Hua has covered fertilizers, LNG, freight and thermal coal. In 2014, Siew Hua was granted the OIES-Saudi Aramco Fellowship at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies where she researched Indonesia’s policy on natural gas.
Dr Hans Bodo Lungen
Executive Member of the Managing Boardat
Dr.-Ing. Hans Bodo Lüngen
Dr. Hans Bodo Lüngen was born in 1955 in Germany.
After the study of metallurgy at Technical University Aachen, Germany, he started his professional work on 1 March 1985 at Steel Institute VDEh, Düsseldorf, Germany, in the metallurgy department. He finished his Dr.-Ing. thesis in the field of iron ore sintering in the year 1990.
He was for many years responsible for the ironmaking department. In April 2008 he was appointed director technology and in November 2019 Executive Member of the Managing Board of Steel Institute VDEh and chairman of the board of administration of the VDEh Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH (BFI), a 100 % daughter of VDEh.
Hans Bodo Lüngen had and still has activities in European Committees and in expert groups within the European research work since 1985.
He currently has more than 300 technical publications in the field of iron and steelmaking including environmental and CO2 mitigation aspects.
Dr. Joseph J. Poveromo
Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting
Joseph J. Poveromo, received his B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering at Rennselaer Polytechnic in Troy, New York in 1968. After spending one year as a process engineer at the Sinclair Oil Technical Center in Harvey, Ill, he joined the Center for Process Metallurgy, Department of Chemical Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNYAB) in 1969 where he studied under the academic advisement of the late Prof. Julian Szekely. He received his M.S. degree based on his thesis on the “Vapor Deposition of Zinc” in 1971. His Ph.D. dissertation on “Blast Furnace Raceway and Stack Fluid Dynamics” was completed in 1974. Dr. Poveromo joined the Bethlehem Steel Research Department at the Homer Research Labs in Bethlehem, PA in 1974.
His value-in-use studies on coking coal and coke properties helped to reduce BF energy consumption by quantifying benefits of improved coke properties on BF operation. He then became heavily involved in Bethlehem’s iron ore operations in the USA and Canada, serving on the Technical Advisory Committees of Iron Ore Company of Canada and Hibbing Taconite in Minnesota.
He also advises a number of global steel companies, iron ore and other natural resource companies, engineering companies, financial institutions, etc, on optimizing raw material and ironmaking operations, project evaluations, market studies, etc.