2018 Speakers

Smithers Apex is pleased to announce the speakers for MetCoke World Summit 2018

  • David Ailor

    President American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute (ACCCI)

    David Ailor has been President of the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute (ACCCI) since January 2015.  Prior to joining ACCCI, Ailor was with the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) in Washington, DC, holding positions of Vice President, Regulatory Affairs from 2005 to 2010 and Executive Vice President, Regulatory Affairs from 2010 to 2015.  Prior to that, he held positions with Hauck and Associates (Washington, DC), where he served as Director of Regulatory Affairs for ACCCI and NOPA from 1989 to 2005; Frito-Lay, Inc. (Plano, TX); The Standard Oil Company of Ohio (Cleveland, OH); TRW Environmental Engineering (Research Triangle Park, NC); and the California Air Resources Board (Sacramento, CA).  He holds an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Purdue University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University.

  • Ashutosh Bhushan

    Senior Manager, Coal & Coke Technology Tata Steel Limited

    I am working as senior manager, Coke making process analysis in process technology , Tata Steel, India.

    I started my career as Graduate Engineer trainee with JSW steel ltd, Bellary in 2007. I was working as the project manager, looking after erection activities for Coke oven project. Later, I worked as plant manager and involved in commissioning and stabilization of eight stamp charge batteries with a total annual production capacity of 3.5 MTPA. Further, as a process in charge of the plant, my major role was to maintain the thermal regime, oven health and  coke making process control.

    Joined Tata Steel in the year 2012 in process technology group as Manager, Coal and coke technology. The major role was related to coal blending, quality control of coal and coke. I was involved in the successful blend design of two new stamp charge batteries at Tata Steel, Kalinganagar.  In 2014, I advanced to senior manager, coke making process analysis. Currently looking after the process and quality control of stamp charge by- product as well as heat recovery ovens of Tata Steel Ltd.

    I graduated from BIT Sindri , Jharkhand in Chemical engineering in the year 2007 . I live in Jamshedpur, India with my wife and one kid.

  • Matt Borman

    Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)

    Matthew S. Borman currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration. In this position‚ Mr. Borman is responsible for implementing the Bureau of Industry and Security's (BIS) controls on the export of dual-use and military items for national security‚ foreign policy‚ nonproliferation‚ and short supply reasons. In addition‚ he oversees BIS's programs to ensure that industrial resources are available to meet national and economic security requirements‚ BIS's implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention‚ and BIS's implementation of the Additional Protocol to the US-IAEA Agreement. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary‚ Mr. Borman served as Acting Chief of the Enforcement and Litigation Division of the Office of Chief Counsel for Export Administration.

    As division chief‚ he was responsible for providing legal advice to the Export Enforcement unit of BIS‚ including the adjudication of administrative enforcement actions. Mr. Borman entered the Commerce Department in 1992 as an attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel for Export Administration. As an attorney in that office‚ Mr. Borman was responsible for a variety of matters‚ including attempts to revise the Export Administration Act‚ Congressional‚ General Accounting Office and Office of Inspector General investigations and studies‚ Freedom of Information Act requests‚ and export control cooperation with other countries. Mr. Borman received his B.A. in History from Northwestern University‚ his M.A. from Northeastern University‚ and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

  • 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.

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  • Ian Cameron

    Senior Director, Iron & Steel Hatch

    Mr. Ian Cameron is Hatch’s Principal Metallurgist in the ferrous sector. He develops client-focused solutions to produce iron and steel starting from the basic raw materials.  Ian has extensive international experience in process technology, plant operations, technology transfer, commissioning and training with iron & steel clients and resource companies.  His experience includes coke plant, pellet plant and blast furnace design and operations, assessing steel works energy balances, and the implementation/impact of future iron and cokemaking technologies. Mr. Cameron holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from Montreal’s McGill University and is a Professional Engineer in Ontario.

  • Dan Cannistra

    Partner Crowell Moring

    Dan Cannistra is a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on
    legislative, executive and regulatory representation of domestic and international clients on a broad spectrum of international trade matters. Dan has represented domestic and foreign companies in over 75 U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty cases before the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission under the Tariff Act of 1930. Many of these matters involved appeals to the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, binational panels under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and dispute settlement
    proceedings before the World Trade Organization (WTO). Dan has also represented clients in antidumping proceedings in the European Union, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, India, Thailand, Singapore, Guatemala and Taiwan.

    Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Dan was a director in a national accounting firm providing customs and international trade guidance to multinational clients related to the supply and distribution of goods and services across international borders. Areas of specialization included antidumping and countervailing duties and policy, trade remedies and litigation, free trade agreements and negotiations, classification and valuation, and international trade and development.

    Dan's government appointments include service to U.S. Trade Representative on the roster of international trade practitioners to resolve antidumping disputes involving NAFTA members. For the European Commission, Dan provided advice and training on international trade and antidumping methodology and practice. In addition, Dan has served as an international trade consultant to the governments of Guatemala and Singapore, providing technical advice to these governments on the application of international trade regulations consistent with international law and World Trade
    Organization agreements and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, Agreement
    on Antidumping.

  • Dr. Ahmed S. Firoz

    Chief Economist Economic Research Unit, Ministry of Steel - India

    Dr. Ahmed Shah Firoz, born in 1959 and currently serving as Chief Economist at the Economic Research Unit of the Ministry of Steel, 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.

    He then moved on to study industrial development and growth and focused on metal and natural resource industries, including energy related products. He has been working for over 20 years on steel, aluminium, coal ( coking and thermal) , metallurgical coke, petroleum coke, iron ore, etc. in both the Indian and global context.

    He has a large number of publications in academic journals apart from over four hundred and fifty articles in various other journals, web based research publications, newspapers, etc.. He has addressed over one hundred and fifty international and national seminars and conferences in India and across over twenty five other countries.

    Firoz is globally recognized as an expert in steel and energy. While on sabbatical from the current position,  he worked on several important research projects involving coal, iron ore, steel and oil with industry behemoths such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, POSCO, the Aditya Birla Group, wtc.. In addition he was deeply involved in major research works with organizations such as Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), National Council for Applied Economic Research ( NCAER), Federation of Indian Mineral Industries ( FIMI), Hatch (UK), etc..

    Firoz advises 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. He is a member of various high level committees which are set up to deal with the policy issues of the government.

    He is also a passionate photographer and has held several exhibitions of his fine art photographs in the top galleries in the country. 

  • 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.

  • Anthony B. Hatch

    President ABH Consulting

    Anthony “Tony” Hatch has been a senior transportation analyst on Wall Street for over thirty years, starting at major financial institutions (Salomon Brothers; Argus, PaineWebber, NatWest Markets) prior to STARTING HIS INDEPENDENT analyst/consultantCY IN 1999, working with resEARCH sales partners (IFS in 2018). Mr. Hatch's coverage has been focused on the freight transportation segment, particularly surface transportation.  Mr. Hatch is known for his knowledge of the intermodal area, where the various modes of freight transport converge, on which he has held several dozen specialized conferences, prior to co-founding and co-leading Railtrends in the 21st century, the rail industry’s most comprehensive conference.

     Mr. Hatch has been provides not only “traditional” yet independent institutional transport research but also provides “bespoke” research such as  due diligence and other services to “new” players in transport investment such as private equity, infrastrcuture and activist and other hedge funds IN SUCH areas as intermodal, short lines, rail maintence and construction, railcar leasing and 3pls, as well as specific research for or concerning major railroads in north America as well as in brazil, china, the uk, india and, especially, australia, in addition to working with various trade and government organizations (such as the Association of American Railroads, the American Short Line and Regional Rail Road Association, the United Transportation Union, the Canadian Transportation Agency, the Railway Association of Canada, THE INTERMODAL ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA, THE NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF RAIL SHIPPERS, AREMA/NRC/RSI, the Railway association of the uk, australian railways, railInc/steelroads), various OTHER freight shipper and supplier organizations (including  nitl, ngfa, and nEARS/SEARS/MARS/SWARS, etc), and management consulting firms such as PWC, oliver wyman/ Mercer Management, etc.  He has also worked with an extensive list of private equity/infrastructure firms in the space, both here and globally.

    Mr. Hatch, when directly on “the street”, was named to various honor rolls, including the Institutional Investor (“ii”) and Wall Street Journal All Star teams and HE HAS GarnerED the top spot in the PRESTIGIOUS Greenwich Poll.  He is a past President of the Motor Carrier Analysts association. His career highlight had been testifying before Congress on railroads, starting in 1998, among other testimonies.

    Mr. Hatch graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in American History in 1982.  He lives in New York City, and enjoys baseball (watching – LA dodgers!  - and playing), English soccer (SPURS) & history, us, Canadian & uk politics, and sports cars.

  • John Keeshan

    Senior Director Dry Bulk Chartering Simpson Spence Young USA

    John Keeshan started his career in shipping in 1981 at Skaarup Shipping .Primarily focusing on the competitive grain markets and coastwise trading this area led into efforts with the U.S Utilities on the import of Coal from Colombia , Venezuela and Indonesia . John continues with Utilities in their freight purchases as well as arranging Shipping contracts for the U.S exporters into Europe , the med and Asian markets . John currently co-manages The New York office of Simpson Spence Young one of the oldest shipbroking companies in existence today .

  • Alan Kestenbaum

    Executive Chairman and CEO Stelco Holdings Inc, & Bedrock Industries

    Alan Kestenbaum has served as the Executive Chairman of our Board and our Chief Executive Officer since September 25, 2017. Mr. Kestenbaum has over 30 years of experience in the metals and mining production, trading, distribution and finance business. Mr. Kestenbaum founded Bedrock in 2015 in partnership with Lindsay Goldberg. He was also the founder of Globe Specialty Metals and was the former Executive Chairman of Ferroglobe PLC (NASDAQ: GSM). Prior to forming Globe Specialty Metals, Mr. Kestenbaum founded Marco International, a leading international metals trader and investor, and led its expansion in North America and around the globe. He has extensive investing and operating experience in the natural resources sectors as well as a successful track record in turnarounds and restructurings. Mr. Kestenbaum is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bedrock where he is responsible for setting the vision, strategy, investment objectives and providing direction to achieve the strategic objectives of the company. In addition, he serves as an independent consultant to Ferroglobe PLC, advising on matters relating to international trade, contract negotiations, legacy customer relationships and business development opportunities.

  • Bhaskar Kodukula, PhD

    Scientist Iron Marking Raw Materials ArcelorMittal USA

    Coming soon!

  • Lynn Lupori

    Head of Metals Consulting- North America CRU Group

    As head of Metals Consulting, North America, Lynn is focused on guiding the CRU Consulting team to bring exceptional insight into strategic questions to companies with interests in the metals related industries throughout North America. Lynn is focused on working with customers to develop and execute projects related to important and strategic issues such as market analysis, strategy development, risk assessment, as well as valuation services and negotiation support.

    Prior to joining CRU, Lynn worked for over 20 years with domestic as well as international manufacturers (primarily in the metals and mining industries) determining strategic growth opportunities as a Managing Consultant with Hatch Consulting. Throughout, her career she has worked with North American as well as global companies on issues such as market assessment/forecasting, capital investment plans, marketing and competitive strategy.

    Lynn holds a BSBA and a Certificate in International Business from Duquesne University.

  • Mike Nobis

    Director of Coal Trading DTE Energy

    Mike Nobis is Director of Met Coal Procurement and Coke Sales for DTE Energy Services based in Ann Arbor, MI.  He has been involved in the coal industry since joining DTE in 2000. 

    Prior to assuming his current position, Mike was Director of Coal Trading for DTE Coal Services where he was responsible for leading DTE’s trading activities in the OTC markets. 

    Before joining DTE, Mike obtained his MBA in Finance from Michigan State University following a brief foray in the auto industry.  He also holds a BA in Economics and a BS in Engineering from MSU.     

  • Scott Paul

    President Alliance for American Manufacturing

    Scott N. Paul is President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), a partnership established in 2007 by some of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers union. Scott and AAM have worked to make American manufacturing and “Made in America” top-of-mind concerns for voters and our national leaders through effective advocacy and data-driven research.

    Scott served as a member of the White House Manufacturing Jobs Initiative before resigning on August 15, 2017. He authored a chapter in the 2013 book ReMaking America and has written extensively about Alexander Hamilton’s role in forming U.S. national economic policy. Scott hosts the Manufacturing Report podcast.

    Scott currently serves as the Board Chair of the National Skills Coalition and on the Board of Visitors of the Political Science Department at the Pennsylvania State University. He sits on the Leadership Council of the Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight.

    Scott earned a B.A. in Foreign Service and International Politics from Penn State and an M.A. with honors in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Raised in the small town of Rensselaer, Indiana, he currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his spouse Ilisa Halpern Paul and twin boys.

  • 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.

  • Dr. Joseph J. Poveromo

    President Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting

    Joseph J. Poveromo received his Ph.D. in 1974 at the Center for Process Metallurgy, State U. of New York/Buffalo after receiving a BS Chem. Eng. from Rensselaer Poly. He then joined Bethlehem Steel’s Homer Research Laboratories. In 1993 he established his consultancy, Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting, serving steel, iron ore, other resource, technology provider, financial and consultancy companies. Dr. Poveromo is a Distinguished Member of AIST (Assoc. of Iron & Steel Technology); his awards include the T. L. Joseph Award for long-standing contributions to ironmaking technology.  He is also a Special Member of the IIMA (International Iron Metallics Association).

  • Michael Rhoads

    Plant Manager, Mon Valley Works, Clairton US Steel

    Michael Rhoads serves as Plant Manager of United States Steel’s Clairton Plant, Mon Valley Works’ cokemaking facility in Clairton, Pa.

    Rhoads joined U. S. Steel in 1994 as a student co-op at the Clairton Plant and was hired as a staff associate upon completion of his undergraduate degree. He progressed through increasingly responsible management roles at the facility and was named Division Manager of the Coal, Coke and Services Division in 2006.

    He was named plant manager of Minnesota Ore Operations’ Keetac facility, an iron ore mining and pelletizing operation in Keewatin, Minn., in 2007. In 2009, he advanced to division manager – steelmaking & casting at the company’s Gary Works in Gary, Ind. In 2011, he relocated to the Republic of Serbia after being appointed executive director – operations for the former U. S. Steel Serbia, advancing to vice president and general director of the operations in the Republic of Serbia. Upon his return to the Pittsburgh area in 2012, he worked on assignments at U. S. Steel’s corporate headquarters, prior to being named Plant Manager at Clairton in 2015.

    Rhoads graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and received a master’s degree in business administration from Duquesne University in 2002. He is a native of Rockwood, Pa. and resides in the Pittsburgh area with his wife and two children.

  • Paul Saffrin

    CEO Vanocur Refractories LLC

    Paul A. Saffrin, a business owner, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, is chief executive officer of Vanocur Refractories, an innovator in the manufacture and repair of coke ovens.  Mr. Saffrin has over 15 years’ experience manufacturing coke and repairing coke ovens.  In addition, he co-owns two U.S. patents in the corbel repair of coke ovens. 

    Mr. Saffrin sits on various boards and has recently finished a 2 year term as the Chairman of the American Coke and Coal Chemical Institute(ACCCI).

  • Matt Schicke

    Chief Commercial Officer Corsa Coal Corporation

    Matt Schicke is the Chief Commercial Officer at Corsa Coal Corporation.  Prior to Corsa, Matt was Head of Americas, Coal Trading for Noble Group.  Prior to Noble he worked at Mercuria Energy Trading, Merrill Lynch Commodities, DTE Coal Services and Koch Industries.  He is the former Board of Directors President for the American Coal Council and the Coal Trading Association.  Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Manufacturing Engineering from Pittsburg State University and is a MBA candidate at the University of Michigan.  Matt lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and three kids.  

  • 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.

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  • Adam Zirkin

    Senior Analyst Knighthead Capital

    Mr. Zirkin is a Partner and Senior Analyst at Knighthead Capital Management.  Before joining Knighthead in 2012, he was Vice President and Director of Investments at Harbinger Capital Partners, LP where he was responsible for investments in the energy, chemicals, and transportation sectors.  Prior to joining Harbinger in 2007, he was Head of Research at Libertas Partners, a boutique broker-dealer focused on distressed and special situations debt and equity.  In addition to public securities analysis, Mr. Zirkin has worked on several public and private capital markets transactions spanning a wide array of industries. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Biochemistry from Brandeis University in 2001, where he also studied philosophy, and was one of the top intercollegiate debaters in North America.  Mr. Zirkin has served on the Alumni Board of Brandeis University.