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2020 Advisory Board

This program is shaped by a panel of expert advisory board members who know this industry inside and out. These experts lend their experience and expertise to the program, ensuring a relevant and industry-leading event. Meet the Advisory Board members!

  • 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
  • Shea Ferguson

    Sr. Engineer Supervisor of Quality Teck

    Currently residing in Fernie, British Columbia.  Attended University of Alberta and got a degree in Materials Engineering in 2007.

    Began working at Fording River Operations as a Metallurgist with Elk Valley Coal company, which later became Teck Coal.  In Teck I have worked as a Metallurgist at Teck’s Fording River Operations, Greenhills Operations, Line Creek Operations and it’s Lead-Zinc smelter.  For the last 3 years I have been working with Technical Marketing for our Coal Business Unit.

  • Wayne Harman

    Division Manager, Solid Fuels Procurement ArcelorMittal USA LLC

    Mr. Harman has responsibility for all metallurgical coal purchasing for the USA and Canada and all coke purchasing for the USA for ArcelorMittal USA LLC.  Prior to this he was responsible for the purchase of all electricity, natural gas, industrial gases, and liquid fuels for ArcelorMIttal USA LLC.  He previously held positions of project management, operations management, technical sales and sales management within the industrial gas business, and he served as a nuclear submarine officer in the U. S. Navy.  Mr. Harman holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U. S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Catholic University of America. 

  • Dr. John F. Quanci

    VP of Engineering and Technology SunCoke Energy

    Dr. John F. Quanci is SunCoke Energy’s Vice President of Engineering and Technology, and Chief Technology Officer.  In his present position, Dr. Quanci is helping build critical competencies and improving/advancing SunCoke’s existing technology as well as leading the development of next generation coking technology for both US and international applications in the pursuit of global growth opportunities.

    Dr. Quanci has over 25 years in US and overseas experience in process research, development, plant optimization and in plant manufacturing experience, and has managed a breadth of organizations internal and external to Petroleum industry such as Mobil Research, Mobil Oil, BP/Mobil, Exxon/Mobil, Sunoco, Rodel and Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials (now Dow Electronic Materials).  Prior to SunCoke, his most recent position was Director, Corporate Technology within Sunoco’s Corporate Engineering & Technology organization in which he leads their initiatives to consolidate and leverage process technology/expertise across all of their business units.  

    Dr. Quanci earned a Ph.D. and Masters in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science in New York City.  Dr. Quanci is also a registered Professional Engineer and has over forty US and international patents and patent applications.

  • Dr. Samuel Sheyn

    Principal Sam Sheyn Consulting

    Manager of Technology and Operations.  Cokemaking, AK Steel Corporation 2005-2019

    Senior Stuff Engineer.  Cokemaking, AK Steel Corporation 1990-2005

    Director of Research Laboratory . Eastern Coal and Chemicals  Institute, Russia , 1985-1989

    Senior and Principal Research Fellow.  Eastern Coal and Chemicals Institute, Russia , 1973-1985

    Over 40 years experience in all aspects of Cokemaking including R & D, Operations, Quality and Process Control, Environmental and Safety management.

    20 publications and 2 patents, Russia, related to cokemaking, preheat charge technology, heat transfer in coke ovens and process optimization.


    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Metallurgical Engineering. Eastern Coal and Chemical Institute, 1979 – 1985

    MS, Metallurgical Engineering. Ural State Technical University, 1967-1973

    AIST Cokemaking Technology Committee, Chair, 2014-2016

  • Shiju Thomas

    Research Scientist US Steel

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  • 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.

  • Dr. Hardarshan S. Valia
    Coal Science Inc., USA

    Dr. Hardarshan S. Valia

    President Coal Science Inc., USA

    Dr Hardarshan Valia retired as a Staff Scientist at Inland Steel Research Laboratories (now Arcelor Mittal), and is currently the President of Coal Science, Inc. He has published more than 85 scientific articles and various book chapters including in “Making, Shaping, and Treating of Steel,” and in “New Trends in Coal Conversion,” 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 (Iron & Steel Society), the Joseph Kapitan Award (Association for Iron & Steel Technology), and the American Iron & Steel Institute Presidential Medal. He received his Ph.D. in Geology from Boston University.