Ibrahim joined CRU Consulting in November 2017, following three years of market research experience in the primary metal and value-added metal sectors with IBISWorld Inc.
Prior to CRU, Ibrahim worked for three years at industry research firm IBISWorld, where his work spanned multiple sectors across the US and Canadian economies, but with a particular focus on primary metal production, value-added metal product manufacturing and consumer packaged goods. His experience covers project and personnel management, market research and publishing market insights for various media organizations and trade associations. Prior to his time at IBISWorld, Ibrahim studied Economics and International Relations at Colgate University and served as a structural firefighter with the Village of Hamilton for four years. Ibrahim holds a BA in Economics and International Relations from Colgate University; he is fluent in Turkish and conversant in Arabic. Ibrahim is based in CRU's Pittsburgh office.
Dr. James Stevenson
Executive Director and Research Head, Coal, Metals & Miningat
McCloskey by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company
Global research lead for Coal, Metals & MiningJames Stevenson is Senior Director and Research Lead for Coal, Metals and Mining within IHS Markit. Previously he headed up analysis of Global Coal and before that North American coal. Dr. Stevenson's expertise includes supply-demand dynamics of the North American and international thermal and metallurgical coal markets, coal price forecasting, coal mining and transportation costs, and coal export logistics and infrastructure. He also has extensive experience in trading, asset due diligence, and integrates his analysis into related commodities power, natural gas, dry bulk freight, and the steel and iron ore sector.
Prior to joining IHS Markit, Dr. Stevenson spent five years in coal trading, most recently as Vice President, Coal Analysis at Mercuria Energy Trading, and before that as Coal Strategist at Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy. He also worked in the energy trading team, buying coal and selling power, at Eraring Energy in the Australian utility industry.
Dr. Stevenson holds undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Sydney in Australia, and a PhD from Yale University.
Research Analyst, Metallurgical Coalat
Luke Fritz joined Wood Mackenzie in January of 2020. He is responsible for delivering comprehensive research coverage of the Atlantic basin’s metallurgical coal sector including supply, demand, pricing and costs. He also contributes to the thermal coal sector on the supply side, detailing production and costs in Appalachia.
Prior to joining Luke was a geologist at CNX Resources, an E&P company in Northern Appalachia, and an adjunct professor of geology at Slippery Rock University.
Luke holds an MS in Geology from West Virginia University and a BS in geology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Joseph J Poveromo
Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting
Dr. Joseph J. Poveromo (Ph.D., M.S. Center for Process Metallurgy, State U. of New York/Buffalo; BS Chem. Eng. Rensselaer Poly). From 1974 he was at Bethlehem Steel’s Homer Research Laboratories. In 1993 he established his consultancy, Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting. Through 2008 his principal client was the Quebec Cartier Mining Company, serving as Director Technology-International. Currently, he consults for steel, iron ore, other natural resource, technology provider, financial and consultancy companies on a global basis. 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).
David C. Ailor, P.E.
American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute
Bio coming soon
Dr. John Richardson
Director of Technologyat
Technology development leader with career experiences spanning R&D to manufacturing within oil & gas, petrochemicals, and specialty chemicals. Highlights include; managing the startup of a new manufacturing plant, supervising and developing direct reports, leading multiple technical teams, running research projects and leading multiple volunteer based organizations.
Head of Departmentat
Paul Wurth SMS Group
Biography to come
Managing Partner and CCOat
Bio Coming Soon
Director of Met Coal Procurement and Coke Sales at
Mike Nobis is Director of Met Coal Procurement and Coke Sales for DTE Vantage. 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.
Energy Ventures Analysis
Mr. Schwartz is the President of the consulting firm of Energy Ventures Analysis and was one of the founders of the firm in 1981. He and his firm specialize in applied analysis of energy markets, including power, coal, natural gas, oil, renewables, and emissions. EVA publishes regular reports on energy markets, including forecasts of supply, demand, and prices. EVA’s clients include energy consumers, producers, and transporters as well as investors and regulators. Mr. Schwartz manages EVA’s coal consulting practice, which includes market studies, investment analysis, procurement operations, property valuations and transaction services. Mr. Schwartz testifies on energy markets before courts and regulatory agencies and has served as an arbitrator in contract disputes. He has also served as CEO of Centennial Resources and Atlantic Carbon, two coal producers and has been an agent for power plant coal procurement activities. He received a degree in Geological Engineering from Princeton University in 1977.