A unified voice for the ore-based metallics industry


We are delighted to welcome speakers from across the globe and from the different aspects of the metallics industry over the 2 day conference.

Chris Asgill


Chris Asgill is the Analysis Lead for CRU’s global crude steel and metallics research and is the editor of the Crude Steel Market Outlook and the Metallics Market Outlook. Before joining CRU in 2014, Chris worked in the steel industry for fourteen years across a range of strategy, supply chain and operational roles. Chris holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Business (AGSM, UNSW) and Bachelor of Engineering (Materials) from the University of Wollongong.

Hector Forster

S&P Global Platts

Hector joined Platts in 2008 and is currently Senior Editor for steel raw materials and metals analysis globally. He led the launch of coking coal spot assessments and Atlantic and DR iron ore pellet premiums, and has covered iron ore, steel and metallics market developments since 2010. Prior to this, he was the energy industry and markets reporter at Bloomberg News, covering oil and gas, utilities, commodity traders in Japan and Asia-Pacific and Russia developments. He is a BA (Hons) graduate in European Business Studies with Spanish, including the Erasmus program in Spain. He holds a certificate in International Trade and Finance, a CITF qualification from 2018. Hector is widely quoted in the financial media and has presented at Coaltrans, EuroCoke, Met Coke World Summit and Midrex, IIMA and Platts steel, iron ore and coal conferences.

Derek Langston

Simpson Spence Young

Derek Langston is the Head of Research at Simpson Spence Young (SSY), one of the largest shipbroking organisations in the world, which has specialist teams working in 20 offices across the globe. The main focus of Derek’s work is in the dry bulk shipping sector, which includes trade flow analysis and coverage of fleet developments. Derek has worked at SSY for 17 years, during which time he has been based in the company’s London and Singapore offices.

Vivian Mac Knight


Vivian Mac Knight graduated in economics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and has a master’s degree in environmental planning from the Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering (COPPE, in Portuguese). Vivian is an experienced climate change advisor with special knowledge of the mining and metals industry. In recent years, Vivian has represented Vale in the Brazilian Chamber for Sustainable Development, joined the Brazilian delegation in the IMO GHG meetings and represented Vale’s climate change team within the International Council of Mining and Metals. Currently, Vivian manages Vale’s technical team on climate change, being responsible for: the implementation of the internal carbon pricing tool in the decision-making processes; the definition of KPI targets linked to executive’s remuneration; and the establishment of Vale’s carbon neutral strategy and scope 3 ambition.

Sean Barry


Sean Barry has been a professional journalist for more than two decades and started writing about metals in 2003 when he was deputy editor of nonferrous coverage for Fastmarkets MB in London.

As scrap editor for Fastmarkets AMM and managing editor of Fastmarkets SPB, he oversees the ferrous and nonferrous scrap coverage in North America. He is also responsible for the monthly Scrap Trends Outlook forecasting product. Previously, Sean headed up the nonferrous team at Fastmarkets AMM in New York for several years.

Anne-Claire Howard


Anne-Claire Howard was appointed as ResponsibleSteel’s first CEO in March 2021 joining from her previous role as Executive Director of Bettercoal. She leads the steel industry’s first global multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative aimed at maximising steel’s contribution to a sustainable society. She has over 15 years’ experience in raw materials sustainability, good governance and responsible supply chains having held positions with Royal Dutch Shell, Eurasia Group and the International Finance Corporation, Adam Smith International & Doctors Without Borders. Throughout her career, Anne-Claire has focused on the commercially sustainable development of oil, gas and mining projects and extractive sector governance. Anne-Claire is a graduate of Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies and Science Po Paris.

Nigel Noel


Nigel is based in Trinidad & Tobago. He started out studying Chemical and Process Engineering and has over 23 years’ experience working in the production and shipping of DRI A and B taking the role of Shipping and Logistics Director for Nu-Iron. He is now the Operations Manager based at the plant in Point Lisas Trinidad. He is a Recognised Competent Person in Accordance with the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargo (IMSBC) Code in specific reference to DRI A, B & C.

Wojtek Laskowski

S&P Global Platts

Wojtek Laskowski is a steel pricing specialist focused on the CIS ferrous products export (FOB Black Sea) including pig iron, billet, slab and coils, rebar and wire rod. He also covers Russian domestic rebar and hot-rolled coil markets. Wojtek has worked at S&P Global Platts for nearly ten years. Before that, he worked as a market reporter at Steel Business Briefing and an M&A analyst at Thomson Reuters. He holds a master’s degree in economics.

Sandro Raposto

AVB - Aco Verde do Brasil

Sandro Raposo is a Brazilian metallurgical engineer with a master’s degree in Materials Science. He has 27 years of experience in the steel and pig iron business from several companies such as Gerdau Brazil / USA, CSN and Queiroz Galvão Group. He was responsible for Aço Verde do Brasil’s plant implementation (greenfield project) and later for the start-up and operation of this integrated long steel plant in Brazil with 600.000 tpy of capacity (wire rod and rebar). He is also responsible for AVB’s sustainability strategic plan. At the conference Sandro Raposo will highlight the topics of 1) How to make GHG Inventory and 2) How to make green pig iron / steel.

Christian Boehm


Christian graduated from the Montanuniversität Leoben in Austria in Metallurgical Engineering and went on to join Primetals in 1990. His initial work was in the ironmaking department for COREX and FINEX, and now he is the head of technical sales of direct reduction technologies - MIDREX, FINMET, COREX and FINEX. Christian is part of several committees including those at the International Energy Agency, VDEh - the Association of German Steel Manufacturers, the International Iron Metallics Association and other organisations.

Jeremy Jones


Jeremy Jones is President and Managing Partner of CIX LLC which provides training, advisement and leadership for steel industry professionals from the shop floor level, up to the boardroom. His previous roles include Senior Manager for Hatch Associates, various senior positions at Florida Steel, Nupro Corporation and Acutus Gladwin and technical authority for iron and steel at Bechtel Corporation, and Vice President iron and Steel at Worley Parsons, VP Process Engineering at Tenova Core and VP Corporate Development Americas Transfield Services (Now Ferrovial). Jeremy graduated from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. He has published more than 100 technical papers and is the primary author for the EAF Steelmaking chapter in the Making, Shaping and Treating of Steel. In 2017 Jeremy was made a Fellow of IIMA and in 2013 Jeremy was inducted as an AIST Distinguished Member and Fellow. Jeremy is also the recipient of the AIST John Bell Award for innovation in EAF technology.

Thais Terizan


Thais Terzian is a Senior Analyst at CRU, specialising in the analysis of Latin American semi-finished and finished steel and metallics markets. Thais has over twelve years' experience in commodities research. Prior to joining CRU in August 2015, she worked in market intelligence at Nexa Resources, a Brazilian mining and metals producer, where she was responsible for the analysis of base metals markets. Thais holds a Business Administration degree from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Thais is based in CRU's Santiago office.

Peter Witz

Scandinavian Steel

Peter Witz is Vice President of Scandinavian Steel AB, Stockholm, where he started in 1991 in the traffic department before moving to the trading department. He has held different positions in the company and among other things was involved in expansions in Russia, China, Europe and South America. Today Scandinavian Steel AB has offices in Stockholm (HQ), Beijing and Tallinn. Peter is currently responsible for Pig Iron, Vanadium products, Nickel, Silicon and Magnesium. Scandinavian Steel AB is a member of MMTA, IMOA, and I2A. Peter is also a board member at IIMA.

Andrew Purvis


Andy Purvis is Director, Safety Environment and Technology at the World Steel Association, a dynamic member-led industry association with a strong focus on safety, environment, technology and sustainability. His role is to drive improvement in safety, technological and environmental performance through collaborative action across the global steel industry. Andy has been part of the steel industry for more than 25 years, having previously worked as Vice President Environment at BlueScope Steel in Australia, where he was responsible for environmental performance and greenhouse policy, as a research Manager in the British and Dutch Steel industries and in Carbon Capture and Storage. Andy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Leeds and a Masters of Business Administration from Warwick Business School. He lives close to Brussels, in Belgium.

Gilbert Wright

Marine Inspection LLC

Gilbert Wright is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner for Maritime & Commodity Services, LLC (MCS) and Marine Inspection, LLC (MIL). Mr. Wright has over 35 years’ experience in the international commodity inspection and shipping logistics industries. During his career, Gilbert has lived in Long Beach, California, New York, New York and currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana. He served as Chairman of the Mississippi Valley Trade & Transport Council (MVTTC).He participates in various other commodity trade associations including the AIIS, New Orleans Board of Trade, IIMA, TFI and the World Trade Center Association. Mr. Wright studied Business, Communications and Marketing at the University of Alabama.


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