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Argus LiCoNi 2017
Argus LiCoNi Markets and Investment 2017

Dr Ricci
Bernardino Ricci, Director of Corporate Strategic Planning, Samsung SDI

Dr Ricci is the Director of Corporate Strategic Planning at Samsung SDI, one of the biggest lithium-ion battery manufacturers in the world. He has been involved in numerous projects aimed at understanding the economics of Li-ion batteries, scouting new technology and applications, identifying growth opportunities worldwide and providing strategic support for development and investment activity.
2017 Speakers
   Tim Johnston  
Gao Yuan
Gao Yuan, President & CEO, Pulead Technology Industry

A world-renowned inventor, Dr Yuan Gao has over 20 years of experience in the complete supply chain of the lithium-ion battery industry, from lithium extraction to batteries. One of his inventions, Ti/Mg technology, enables high-voltage lithium-ion batteries and is applied today in the vast majority of lithium-ion batteries in small portable electronics such as smart phones and tablets.

Dr Gao joined Pulead Technology in May 2014 and has been president and CEO since January 2015. He previously served as a corporate vice president at Molycorp (USA), and global marketing director and technology manager as well as other management positions at FMC Corporation (USA).
                                   Robert Adair, Director, International Equities & Fund Manager, UOB Asset Management
David Weight
David Weight,
President, The Cobalt Development Institute

David Weight has been involved with the metal mining industry for 36 years, having spent 20 years with the Zambian mining Industry, where he was the chief executive of Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines before the industry was privatised. He then worked with Mitsui before moving to Anglo American and then insurance broker Jardine Lloyd Thompson. He is now president of the Cobalt Development Institute and director of the Cobalt Reach Consortium, which represents part of the global cobalt industry.

Xu Aidong

Xu Aidong, Secretary General, China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association Cobalt Branch

Ms. Xu spent her undergraduate period in the Metal Forming Department at Beijing University of Science and Technology from 1986-90, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree. She spent the following three years as a postgraduate in the same Department, where she was awarded a Master’s Degree. Ms. Xu has been engaged mainly in metal market consulting, metal market investigation and research, and large-scale market conference organization, especially in the nickel and cobalt & stainless steel raw material fields.

Mike Tamlin
Mike Tamlin,
Chief Operating Officer, Neometals

Mr Tamlin has more than 25 years’ experience in the mining and smelting industry, with significant expertise in lithium, tantalum, vanadium, industrial minerals and chemicals. His 21 years of lithium experience covers the development of the China chemical market and global technical spodumene markets for the Greenbushes Mine, the Zhangjiagang Lithium Carbonate Project and the Rincon Brine Project.

He is now chief operating officer responsible for the development of Neometals’ lithium business. He has a strong track record in maximising commercial performance and developing and implementing strategy, and experience in the development of both hard rock and brine lithium projects, lithium supply negotiation, lithium markets and management at the executive level.

Alberto Migliucci,
Chief Executive and Founder, Petra Commodities

Alberto Migliucci is chief executive and founder of Petra Commodities . He has 25 years’ industry and finance experience within the mining, energy and oil and gas sectors. He was former managing director and head of mining and metals for Credit Suisse Investment Bank and the head of South East Asia Oil & Gas/Energy (Global Energy Group) in Asia. He has worked for Standard Bank of South Africa, where he was head of energy finance for Asia Pacific, and Societe Generale in Hong Kong, where he was a vice-president in the project finance and advisory team.

Nigel Tunna, Vice President, Argus

Nigel Tunna has been involved with the metals industry since 1979 when he joined Cominco as a metals trader. He then worked with Sassoon Metals and Chemicals and China Industrial Resources before setting up his own trading company Rushmore. His experience covers base metals, ferro-alloys, minor metals and rare earths. In 1999 he started Metal-Pages to provide business intelligence to the metals industry. In 2014 he joined Argus Media following their acquisition of Metal-Pages. He is a former chairman of the Minor Metals Trade Association.

Mark Seddon
Mark Seddon, Senior Manager, Consulting (Metals), Argus

After a brief stint as a sugar trader, Mark spent 25 years in metals and minerals research including 2.5 years running his own company, Tungsten Market Research Ltd. He has travelled the world giving presentations and writing reports about metals no one has heard of.

Vicky Zhao
Vicky Zhao, Battery Metals Market Analyst , Argus

Vicky Zhao is an Argus analyst for battery metals, covering Chinese markets for nickel, cobalt and lithium. She is responsible for price assessments, news and analysis for the Chinese battery metals market. She is based in Beijing and joined Argus in 2013.


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