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Russian & CIS Industrial Metals Summit 2013 - Video Highlights

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Summit's Speakers

Summit's Speakers

Levon Kocharyan, Partner Norton Rose Fulbright (Central Europe) llp

Levon Kocharyan has built an impressive mining and oil and gas practice and earned an enviable reputation as a leading practitioner in his specialized field of mining law in Russia.  He is widely regarded and sought after for his knowledge and practical application of law in the natural resource sector by both clients and fellow professionals. 

Levon has 20 years of experience in assisting clients with mining and oil and gas projects.  His practice area includes not only the corporate structuring of mining and energy projects but also advising clients on the structure of joint ventures to conduct mining and oil and gas activities; drafting and negotiating metal sales agreements; participating in litigation over title issues; obtaining and transferring mineral licenses; advising on complex tax structures and conducting complex tax work related to mining and oil and gas projects; issuance and transfer of shares; preparing and drafting legal documentation on behalf of clients participating in the auctions granting mineral rights in Russia.

For many consecutive years Levon is recognised as a top energy and natural resources lawyer by the leading legal directories, such as Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 EMEA, Who’s Who Legal, PLC Which Lawyer. In 2008-2012 Chambers and Partners awards Levon with a Band 1 ranking saying that Levon “climbs the rankings on the basis of excellent market endorsement”. In 2005-2012 Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500 and European Legal Experts also acknowledge Levon’s outstanding expertise, the latter stating that he is “one of the country’s finest mining and subsoil lawyers”. Levon is also ranked as a top lawyer in Energy and Natural Resources in Best Lawyers 2011-12.

Levon graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, specialising in international trade law (three-year course in international economics and a five-year course in international law). He participated in an East/West Exchange Program on Business Administration at York University, Ontario.

Nikolay Radostovets Managing Director Association of mining & metallurgical enterprises, Kazakhstan

Mr Radostovets is an honours graduate of Alma-Ata Institute of Economics (1976), and completed his doctorate at the USSR Academy of Sciences in Moscow in 1990. He has studied and worked in Austria, Hungary, Poland, Turkey, the United States and England.
Doctor of Economics (1989). Professor (1989–1990).
Mr Radostovts has written several books on labour collectives and antimonopoly policies, and articles on the development of entrepreneurship, Kazakhstan’s accession to the WTO and development of export.
Between 1976 and 1991 he worked at the Institute of Economics at the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan, first as an economist, and becoming Head of antimonopoly policy and development of competition.
In 1991 Mr Radostovts became Deputy Chairman of the Kazakh Government’s committee for support of new economic structures and limitation of monopolies. In 1993 he became Deputy Chairman of the committee for antimonopoly policy, and in 1997 – Deputy Minister for Economy and Trade of Kazakhstan.
In 1998 Mr Radostovts was named Chairman of the committee for regulation of natural monopolies, and in 1999 – Chairman of the Agency for regulation of natural monopolies and protection of competition.  In 1999 and 2000 he was Minister for employment and social protection of Kazakhstan, in 2001 he became Chairman of the Eurasian Industrial Association, and in 2003 was named General Director of the Association of Kazakh Exporters.

Since 2004 Mr Radostovts has been President of the Union of Goods Producers and Exporters of Kazakhstan, and Executive Director of the Republican Association of Mining and Metallurgy Enterprises.
He is a member of the board of the National Chamber of Economy of Kazakhstan and a member of the Union of Kazakh Entrepreneurs.

Sergey Kashuba Chairman Russian Union of Gold Producers

Sergey Kashuba was elected as the Chairman of the Russian Union of Gold Producers in April 2012.  
During previous ten years Sergey Kashuba  worked in different mining companies: deputy Chairman for corporate development of the Zapadnaya Prospectors Artel (Sakha (Yakutia) Republic); deputy CEO of GeoProMining; investment adviser in Tugansky GOK “Ilmenit” (Tomsk Region) and in Geo-Systema (Moscow); deputy CEO for economy of gold mining company “Zolotaya Zvezda” (Khakassia Republic).  He has experience in geological and economic evaluation of about 60 gold deposits in Russia and CIS countries and experience in structuring sales transactions of gold deposits. 
From 1999 to 2002 he was the Chairman of the Committee on precious metals of the Russian Banking Association. He took an active part in developing legislative initiatives for liberalisation of Russian precious metals market. 

In 1995-1998 he completed courses on “Banking operations with gold, precious metals and precious stones” in the Management Training Center (Switzerland) and in the Institute of Business and Management (Switzerland); professional courses on “Banking operations with precious metals” in the Banking Academy and in the Higher School of Economics (Moscow) and a course on “Custom Clearance of export operations with refined gold and silver” in the Academy of Management and Market (Moscow).
From 1996 to 2002 he was a head of Precious metals Department of Incombank and Investment Banking Corporation.  Has considerable experience in lending to Russian gold mining companies. 
From 1992 and till 1995 worked in “Poisk” Bank (Minsk) where he started as a head of international transactions department and worked his way up to Director of the foreign economic activity department.  At the same time he advanced his professional qualifications in Swiss Bank Corporation (Switzerland), Commerzbank (Germany) and in the MIRBIS Banking School (Moscow). 
Graduated from the Institute of Foreign Languages and worked from 1979 till 1992 in various state enterprises including Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR. 


Julia Lebedeva Associate Norton Rose Fulbright (Central Europe) LLP

Julia is an associate based in Moscow, specialising in corporate law, mining, anti-trust regulation matters as well as in matters of energy and construction regulation.

On behalf of clients Julia takes part in various transactions with mining companies as well as with companies engaged in oil-and-gas refining. In addition, Julia conducts legal due diligence reviews, drafts various contracts and corporate documents, assists clients with general contractual matters and carries out legal research and analysis. 

Julia has an experience in working for one of the largest oil companies in Russia, focusing mostly on corporate and anti-trust law.
Julia graduated with honours from Moscow State Law Academy, specialising in corporate law.

Being a Russian native speaker, Julia is also fluent in English.

Nikolay Matyash Executive Director Mining Advisory Council

Mr. Nikolay V. Matyash graduated from the Department of Journalism at Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov in 1987.  He worked for “Novosti” Press Agency in Moscow and for Federal News Service in Washington, D.C.  In 1996, he graduated from School of International Service at the American University, Washington, D.C., with Master’s degree in International Affairs: International Politics.  

The same year he returned to Moscow and started working for Petroleum Advisory Forum as Co-ordinator for Services and Equipment Committee and Transportation Committee.  

In 2001, international mining companies operating in Russia invited Mr. Nikolay V. Matyash to join the Mining Advisory Council in Moscow.  Since then he has been working as the Council’s Executive Director.  

In 2002, Mr. Nikolay V. Matyash completed Corporate Governance Program at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada.  He was awarded with a Certificate of Achievement.  

In 2004, Mr. Nikolay V. Matyash became a Member of the Expert Council under the Committee for Natural Resources, Use of Natural Resources and Ecology of the State Duma (the lower house of the Russian parliament) of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

In 2013, he was delegated to the post of Co-Chairman of the Subcommittee for Subsoil Users of the Committee of Precious Metals and Precious Stones at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

Mikhail Leskov Board Member Union of Gold Producers of Russia

Mikhail Leskov is metallurgist with more that 35 years’ experience in management, engineering and consultancy for the wide range of project for mining and extracting of different mineral commodities. Graduated as mineral processing engineer in Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys, with specialty on an Engineering and Design for Mineral Processing/Beneficiation Plants.

Since that, about 10 years he has been working on large number of different projects located in various ex-USSR republics, Vietnam, Mali, Mongolia and Cuba for wide range of mineral commodities – from diamonds and gold to tin and rock salt.

After that together with his colleagues founded and then has been for 20 years uninterruptedly chairing NBLgold JSC (later known as NBL International (UK) Ltd), which long time been one of the largest engineering consulting groups at post-Soviet territory and worked  for very large number of projects for many different commodities in Russia and in other various countries of ex-USSR, Asia and Africa.
After that worked on top positions inside such a structures as Atomredmetzoloto, Russian Platinum, Severstal, Gazprombank and Renova.

Board Member of the Union of Gold Producers of Russia.
Head of Section for Evaluation and Valuation of Mineral Properties in Russian Society of Experts for Sub-soil Use/NAEN, GKZ expert.
Author of large number of articles published in different Russian and international professional magazines and journals as well as of wide range of presentation at many professional forums, conferences and seminars.
More than 10 year giving in Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys course for students on “Base and precious metals market”.

Diana Asonova Metals and mining correspondent Thomson Reuters/ RMET

A reporter for over 10 years, Diana has also worked as a public relations representative for one of Russia’s largest gold mining companies. Before joining Reuters in 2013, she worked at Nordgold and leading Russian newswire Interfax.  She graduated from Moscow State University with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 2003 and obtained a post-graduate diploma in economics from the University of London in 2010.

Andrey Tarasov First Deputy CEO Petropavlovsk

Andrey Tarasov was born in 1972 in Moscow. He graduated from Moscow State Legal Academy in 1995.

Mr Tarasov joined Petropavlovsk in 2008. He has great experience in various managerial roles within the mining industry.

Sergey Vasiliev General Director GV GOLD - VISOCHAYSCHIY

Educational background: Mr. Vasiliev graduated from the Moscow Geological Prospecting Institute n.a S. Ordzhonikidze with a degree in geology, survey, search and exploration of mineral deposits; is chartered mining engineer/geologist.

Positions held:
From 1980 to 1987 he was senior geo technician, geologist, senior geologist of Jansk (Arctic Circle) geological survey expedition at PGO Yakutsgeologiya ASSR.

From 1987 to 1990 he served as senior geologist at the mining and concentrating mill Kularzoloto, Production Association Yakutzoloto of the USSR Ministry of Non-ferrous Metallurgy.

From 1990 to 1991 he was 1st category expert at Geological Department of Glavalmazzoloto under the Council of Ministers of the USSR.

From 1991 to 1994 he was analyst, Deputy Director of the Investment Program Directorate at JC RC Almazzoloto, from 1994 to 1995 Deputy CEO of Azcol CJSC.
From 1995 to 1996 he was Director of Imperialzoloto CJSC, Vestzoloto LLC.
From 1996 to 1997 he was Deputy Head of the Precious Metal & Stone Department at RF Ministry of Industry.

From 1997 to 2004 he was Divisional Manager, Head of Technical and Economic Development Section, Head of Expert Section of Stock Exchange Transactions Department at JSCB Lanta-Bank (CJSC), and from 2001 to 2005 CEO of Pervenets OJSC.

Since 2000 Mr. Vasiliev has been CEO of Vysochayshi OJSC (GV Gold)

Vasiliy Makarov CEO "Vostok Biznes" LLC

Born on August 28, 1955г in Tashkent. In 1977 he graduated from Tashkent State University, the faculty of Geology with a specialization in geological survey and mineral exploration.       

From 1977 till 1994 he worked for Kysylkum geological prospecting expedition (Muruntau).  Main areas of activities are geological survey, mineral exploration and prognosis evaluation of gold, silver, copper and other deposits.

In 1995-2006 he worked for Zarafshan-Newmont JV. In 2006 Mr. Makarov worked for NBLgold consulting company (Moscow, Russia). From 2007 till now he has been working for Arlan Investment Company. Mining sector of Arlan IC is dealing with gold deposits (Magadan region, Russia) and uranium (the Republic of Namibia).

Werner Klemens Head of Exploration Highland Gold

Werner Klemens holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Toronto and the equivalent of a Master’s degree in Geology from the University of Bonn, Germany. Prior to joining Highland in 2007 he held project managerial positions within Barrick Gold’s Russian exploration entities since 1998 and in 2005 became Barrick’s Exploration Manager for Russia and Central Asia. He also was General Director of Barrick Gold Kyrgyzstan which later became Highland Exploration where he was responsible for exploration activities at several projects in the south of Kyrgyzstan. He has been involved in exploration at numerous precious metals deposits, most notably gold, throughout Russia and the CIS, as well as British Columbia.

Dennis Kwong Vice President, Business Development Centerra Gold

Dennis Kwong, Vice President, Business Development, joined Centerra Gold Inc. in October 2008. In this role, Dennis directs the activities focused on non-organic growth of the organization by identifying, evaluating, recommending, and negotiating value-adding business opportunities including corporate acquisitions.

Denis Aleksandrov CEO Auriant Mining AB

Was born in Vladivostok in 1974. Graduated from Far Eastern State University and Maryland University. Denis holds an MBA (Moscow School of Management Skolkovo) and ACCA (UK).

His previous work experience includes:
Leading positions in Investment companies A1 and Arlan.
Finance Director and Board member of Highland Gold mining plc.
2001-2003 work in Alfa Group, London
1996-2001 work in Pricewaterhouse Coopers 
Board member in a number of resource public and private companies

Sergei Padalko Head of Metals & Mining Prime Business News Agency

In 1986, after graduating from the Irkutsk State University as a journalist, had worked in a number of Siberian media agencies as a photo reporter. In 1995-2000, worked as a Moscow-based economic correspondent at USA Global Financial Information Company BridgeNews.

In 2000, joined PRIME business news agency and created a successful news project Prime Gold ("Вестник Золотопромышленника") about precious metals and stones, which comprises a news wire and a weekly newsletter, in 2005.

Lou Naumovski General Director - Russia Kinross Gold

Lou Naumovski joined Kinross Gold Corporation in September 2007, and is Head of Kinross’ Moscow Office.  Kinross has been an active investor in Russia since 1996, and its Kupol Gold mine in Chukotka was launched in 2008, while in October 2013 Kinross opened the Dvoinoye Mine also in Chukotka.  Kinross is the largest Canadian investor in the Russian Federation and also the largest foreign investor in the Russian gold mining industry. In September 2013, Mr Naumovski was elected Chairman of the National Board of Directors of CERBA, where in addition to his position as Chairman, Mr Naumovski is also on the Boards of CERBA’s Moscow and Toronto chapters.

Prior to joining Kinross, Lou was Senior Vice President at Visa International, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa Division (CEMEA) from August 2000 to July 2007.  Mr Naumovski led the development of Visa’s business in Russia and the eleven other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and was also Head of Strategy for the CEMEA Division from 2005-2007.

From 1992-2000, Mr. Naumovski was a member of the Russia Team of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), including five years as Resident Representative and Senior Banker in Moscow (1992-1997), and latterly as Senior Banker in London from 1997-2000. Mr. Naumovski helped to launch, and was also the first Executive Director of the Canada - USSR Business Council from 1990-1992.

Mr. Naumovski has a Honours B.A in economics and political science from the University of Toronto (1978), and a M.A. in International Relations (1980 - specialized in Russian / Soviet affairs) from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa.  He began his professional career as a diplomat and trade commissioner for Canada (1980-1990). His assignments included Moscow, Atlanta, Georgia, Baghdad, Iraq, and as Deputy Director for Trade and Investment Development, Eastern Europe and the USSR at the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa from 1988-1990. 

Finally, Mr Naumovski is a honourary member of the Board of Directors of Macedonia 2025, a non-profit international association of Macedonians in the Diaspora dedicated to supporting the economic and social development of the Republic of Macedonia. 

Lou is married with two children and has homes in Toronto and Moscow.

Geoffrey Cowley Non-Executive Director; Chairman Blackmont Gold; Energy Mining Advisory Partnership

Over the past 35 years Dr Cowley has built a successful career in business, both in the public and private sectors. He has been CEO of major corporations in Africa, Russia, UK and the Middle East, including senior executive positions in Anglo American Corporation, De Beers, British Energy, British Rail, Murray and Roberts, the Press Corporation, Basic Element, Kinross (Russia), Maple Minerals Corporation and White Tiger Gold. He has advised several governments on economic growth and expansion (Oman, Malawi, South Africa and Romania), was involved in the privatisation of British Rail and British Energy and was one of two UK representatives on the Business Council for Europe Africa and the Mediterranean, (BCEAM, Group 7 initiative). Working with the Adam Smith Institute, he advised on  the economic and industrial rebuilding of several countries in Eastern Europe, following which for several years was Senior Advisor on Africa (Political and Economic), to the World Economic Forum attending the annual meeting of government and business leaders at Davos.

In January 2013 he was appointed as NXD to the Board of Lydian International (TSX: LYD) and also NXD to the board of Blackmont Gold Group. In addition to which he is currently  Non Executive Chairman of Energy Mining Advisory Partnership which provides Risk Management and Corporate Advisory Services exclusively to the Mining, Metallurgical and Minerals industry and is a frequent speaker at major international conferences.

Dr Cowley has a Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Engineering; is a chartered engineer and holds fellowships of several major professional institutions in the UK.

Mikhail Damrin CEO Kopy Goldfields

Russian citizen, born 1970. Joined Kopy Goldfields in January 2009.

Education: MSc degree in optical engineering, Bauman Moscow Technical University (Russia), BSc degree in Mining engineering from Tomsk Polytechnic University (Russia), BSc degree in International Economics from Russian Academy of Foreign Trade (Russia) and an MBA degree from Cranfield University (UK).

Experience: During 2007-2008 Mikhail Damrin was employed with Central Asia Gold AB as senior project manager responsible for corporate development, M&A and planning. Mikhail Damrin kept top management positions with West Siberian Resources and with Vostok Nafta Investment Ltd. Mikhail Damrin is fluent in English and Russian.

Evgeniy Kudzin Deputy Medical Director Centre of Corporate Medicine

Randolph Lewis Managing Director, Russia Silver Bear Resources

Randolph Lewis graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1995 with a degree in Russian Studies. Since that time he has grown and developed enterprises in Russia and the CIS, working in manufacturing, logistics and construction. He is fluent in Russian and specializes in business development, project management and government/external relations.

Meyramgaliy Tleuzhanov CEO Tau Ken Altyn

Graduated from Kazakhstan Polytechnic University named after V.I.Lenin, Machine Building Department, as a mechanical engineer. Doctor of Science, Academician of International Informatization Academy, Professor emeritus of Kazakhstan National Technical University named after K.I.Satpaev.  Mr.Tleuzhanov has number of developments devoted to machine building.  He was awarded orders “Star of Commonwealth” (Russian Federation) and Anniversary Medal “10 year of Astana”.

He began his working experience as a shop foreman of the press shop in the Almaty Heavy Engineering factory. In the period within 1985-2004 he worked as a senior shop foreman, head of section, head of workshop, CEO of Mining equipment plant (JSC “Massaget”). In 2004-2006 he was a Head of JSC “Machine Tool Plant”. In the period within 2006-2009 Mr.Tleuzhanov was president of JSC “Almaty Car-repair Plant”. In 2009-2011 – President of JCS “Lokomotiv Assembly Plant”. Since 2012 he has been working as a Head of “Tau-Ken Altyn”,Ltd.

William Husband Head of Metals & Mining CITIBANK MOSCOW

Ayuna Nechaeva Business Development Manager London Stock Exchange

Ayuna Nechaeva is responsible for London Stock Exchange’s business development activities in Russia, CIS and Mongolia. Ayuna promotes London Stock Exchange markets, Main Market and AIM, among companies in these regions and facilitates communication between them and the London-based advisor and investor community. 

Ayuna Nechaeva holds a Master’s in International Business from Grenoble Graduate School of Business and an MA in Linguistics and Intercultural Communications from the Moscow State University. 

Prior to joining the London Stock Exchange, Ayuna worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) both in Russia and the UK. 

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Mikhail Orlenko Director, Commodities Market Moscow Exchange

In 1996 he graduated from the Finance Academy (now – the Finance University under the Government of the Russian Federation). In 2004 he earned an MBA from the Higher School of Economics. He has been involved in the finance industry since 1992 by working in different banks, financial companies and audit firms.  Mr. Orlenko held different positions within the Sberbank’s precious metal division for 8 years. In 2011-2012 served as the Deputy Director of the Retail Brokerage Service at Sberbank.He joined Moscow Exchange in early 2013 as the Director of the Commodities Market. He is also the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of National Mercantile Exchange and the member of supervisory boards of some other companies.  He is married, has two sons.

Aleksandr Vorobyev Deputy Chief Editor Rudmet Ore and Metals Publishing House

Born in 1958 in Moscow
Head of the economics department at Moscow Engineering Physics Institute
Editor-in-Chief of the publishers “Ore and Metals”, deputy editor of the journals “Mining Journal”, “Base Metals” and “Ferrous Metals”.
Doctor of Economics; Professor
Education: Moscow Automotive Institute (economics and transport management, 1983); National Economics Academy (business and economics programme); California State University (business and economics qualification)

Lindsay Forbes Director, Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness in Russia EBRD Bank

Lindsay Forbes has been at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) since 1994 and is currently Director for all Corporate Projects in Russia having previously been Director, Corporate Equity managing a portfolio of equity investments across all EBRD countries of operation in excess of Euros 2.5 billion.

Before joining EBRD, he spent 13 years with the British Linen Bank, the investment Bank subsidiary of Bank of Scotland working in both the UK and the USA.
A British national, he qualified as a Solicitor with Norton Rose in 1978. He has a law degree from Oxford University (1975) and an MBA from INSEAD (1981).
Currently he is also a member of the Board of Lenta, a Russian hypermarket chain. In the past he has represented EBRD on a number of corporate listed and unlisted investments in various of the Bank’s Countries of Operation. He has served on the Board and Audit Committee of the International Moscow Bank (now UniCredit) as well as a Board Member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Orgresbank (now Nordea), both in Russia.

Rebecca Gordon Managing Consultant CRU Group

Rebecca joined CRU Strategies in 1995 and has worked on and managed many single client consultancy projects across a broad range of metals and subjects. From 2004 until 2007, Rebecca was Practice Area Leader for the Performance Improvement Practice and in particular developed this business in South America. Between 2007 and 2010, Rebecca spent time as Head of Business Development within CRU focusing on internal improvement projects including introducing an internal investment approvals process. In 2010, Rebecca returned to CRU Strategies and has taken charge of the group’s Strategy Practice.

Rebecca has managed a wide variety of projects include corporate planning reviews, management training workshops and projects on implementation of maintenance outsourcing and value based management key performance indicators. Rebecca is an expert on the labour related aspects of performance improvement. The project teams for these projects have included many external consultancies and subcontractors requiring a high degree of project management expertise. Rebecca has also provided strategic consultancy to clients, including acquisition and disposal recommendations on assets in India, China and Australia and metal purchasing advice for an automotive supplier.
Rebecca holds both an MA and an MEng in production engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA from IMD, Switzerland. She is fluent in French and has conversational German and Spanish.

Nelli Galimhanova Deputy Head, Oversight of Industrial and Defence Sectors Federal Antimonopoly Service

Nelli Galimkhanova – Deputy Head of Industrial Control and Defence
Born in Ufa.
2005: Graduated from the All-Russian State Tax Academy, specialising in finance & credit.
2008: Graduated from Moscow State Legal Academy, specialising in law.
Since 2011: Master’s student at the higher school of economics at the Federal Antimonopoly Service.
2012-2013: Further professional training in management at Moscow M.V Lomonosov State University.
Has worked at the Federal Antimonopoly Service since 2009.
Since October 2010: Head of the metallurgy department, industrial control and defence division.
In January 2014: Named Deputy Head of Industrial Control and Defence.
Executive secretary at the FAS’s expert committee for developing competition in the metallurgy sector.

Viktor Mann Technological Development Director Rusal

Victor Mann has been Technical Director of UC RUSAL since 2005, being in charge of research and development, engineering, design; process management; technical development and modernization of production facilities; start-up and commissioning of green-field and upgraded capacities.

In 2002 - 2005 Victor Mann was Head of RUSAL’s Engineering and Technology Centre.

In 1998 - 2002 he was Deputy Technical Director of the Krasnoyarsk smelter.

In 1991 - 1998 Victor Mann was promoted from Design Engineer to Head of Automation with the Krasnoyarsk smelter.

Victor Mann was awarded the Order of Merit for the Fatherland and is on the list of Honourable Metallurgists of Russia.

Aleksandr Shevelev CEO Severstal Metiz

Yuliya Chekunaeva Vice President - Metals & Mining Investment Research Goldman Sachs

Yulia Chekunaeva joined Goldman Sachs Investment Research in April 2010 and covers CEEMEA metals and mining companies. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, she worked at Sberbank. Yulia has a BSc in banking and finance from the international programme run by the London School of Economics and the Higher School of Economics (Russia), and an MSc Economics and Finance from Warwick Business School (University of Warwick).

Andrey Laptev Head of Corporate Strategy Severstal Group

Andrey holds BSc (Honours) in Economic Geography from Moscow State University and Diploma in Economics from University of Cambridge.

Later he also received MSc (Honours) in Management from London School of economics and political science and became Doctor of Business Administration (Cranfield University).

Since 2004 Andrey has been working for Severstal Group, as Head of Strategic Planning and Market Foresight. In 2008 Andrey was appointed Head of Corporate Strategy at Severstal and he also became responsible for business development in the new regional markets.
During Russia’s presidency in G20 in 2013 Andrey worked as a Sherpa of Alexey Mordashov within the B20 Trade Taskforce.

He is currently responsible for Severstal corporate strategy, global market analysis and strategic resource allocation. In his new role at Severstal Andrey reports directly to CEO.

Alexander Erenburg Business Development Director Evraz Group

Born in 1979 – Novosibirsk, Russia.

Joined EVRAZ in 2003.

In 2000 graduated from Novosibirsk State University with a degree in Economics and Mathematics, in 2002 graduated from Central European University with MA in Economics. Mr. Erenburg is a Charted Financial Analyst.
Presently Mr. Erenburg serves as Business Development Director for EVRAZ Nizhny Tagil Metallurgical Plant. His responsibilities include management of operational activities, investment and development projects as well as coordination with other EVRAZ facilities.

Roman Andryushin Sales Director – Russia & CIS Rusal

Mr Andryushin is responsible for increasing RUSAL’s sales on the domestic market by creating new joint enterprises and implementing projects to stimulate local demand.
For the last seven years Roman Andryushin worked as operations and finance director of RUSAL Marketing GmbH – the Swiss affiliate company responsible for RUSAL’s global sales. In this position he formed an effective commercial structure for the company, developed relations with key clients, optimised logistics and supply chains, improved sales of value-added products, and took direct control over RUSAL’s export management.
Between 2003 and 2007 Mr Andryushin was financial director of CJSC Komi Aluminium (at the time a joint enterprise of RUSAL and SUAL), financial director of RUSAL’s milling division, and financial director of Alcoa in Russia. From 1996 to 2002 he held managerial positions at the Belokalitvinsky metallurgical production plant.
Roman Andryushin graduated with honours from the economics and management department of Novocherkassk State Technical University, Lorange Institute of Business in Switzerland (ЕМВА) and the University of Wales (МВА). He has a PhD in economics.

Sergey Rezontov CFO INSAJUR Group

Sergey Rezontov has joined Lysva Metallurgical Company as a CFO in April 2013. Before he hold a position of the Head of Corporate Finance Department in Mechel Group since August 2006 and Relationship manager in Metals and Mining Industries Group, Corporate Clients Department, Commerzbank (Eurasija) SAO since January 2004. He graduated from the Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics with a first-class honors degree and holds a Specialist Diploma in Management of investments and innovations.

Gennadiy Skopov Deputy Technical Director Urals Mining & Metallurgical Company

Until 1999 Gennady Skopov performed academic research work in commercial structures.
In 1986 he was presented with an award by the Council of Ministers of the USSR, in recognition of his development and implementation of a series of technological processes for the extraction of copper and precious metals from  semi-finished metallurgical products.
 In 1992 Mr Skopov became a Doctor of Technical Sciences. He is the author of more than 100 academic works and patents.
Since 1999 Mr Skopov has worked at the Urals Mining and Metallurgy Company as Strategic Planning Director and Deputy Technical Director for metallurgy.
Mr Skopov is a Professor at the Urals B.N. Yeltsin Federal University, a full member of the Academy of Engineering Sciences of the Russian Federation, and an honoured metallurgist of the Russian Federation.

Yulia Shabala Deputy CEO, Legal and Corporate Affairs Baikal Mining Company

In 2002 graduated with honours from the law department of Moscow M.V. Lomonosov State University.
2002 – 2004: Leading specialist, consultant, deputy head of the department for state ecological expertise at the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources.
2004 –2007: Deputy head of the division for special natural territories, ecological expertise and permitting activities, Rosprirodnadzor.
2007 – 2009: Deputy director of the department for state environmental policy at the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources.
2009 –2011: Executive secretary at the State Duma committee for natural resources and ecology.
Since July 2011 — Deputy General Director for legal and corporate issues, Metalloinvest Holding Company.
Since July 2011 — Deputy General Director for legal and corporate issues, Baikal Mining Company LLC.

Kylyshbek Izbashanov Managing Director Tau Ken Samruk

Mr. Izbaskhanov was born on October, 26 1952 in a large family in the Kyzyl-ui village of Tolebi district of South Kazakhstan Oblast, Kazakhstan.

After school graduation in Langer town, during 1970-1975 he was studying in the Kazakhstan Polytechnic University named after V.I. Lenin as metallurgical engineer.  After graduation from university he worked as a burner in the Ust-Kamenogorsk lead-zinc plant. 
In 1976 he began work in the Shymkent lead plant and where he was promoted from smelter to head of smelter workshop. 
In July 1985 by order of Ministry of Nonferrous Metal Industry of the USSR he was appointed to Head of Shymkent Lead Plant position. 
After Kazakhstan had got its independency Mr.Izbaskhanov in 1993-1996 was appointed to the position of Chairman of State Committee on Government Property of Republic of Kazakhstan.  
In 1993-1996 he was a Head of the first government holding “AKSUNKAR”, which brought together a number of mining and metallurgical complexes in Kazakhstan.
In 1996-2002 he held senior positions of Deputy Mayor of South Kazakhstan region, Mayor of Shymkent.

In 2002-2006 he worked as the Executive Director of JSC "National Company" Kazakhstan Temir Zholy".
In the period within 2006 to 2008 Mr. Izbaskhanov worked as First Vice-President of JSC “National Company “Kazakhstan Engineering”, which brought together machine builders, which were part of military-industry complex of USSR earlier.
Since January 2009 he was appointed Director of the Directorate for management of industrial assets of JSC "National Welfare Fund" Samruk-Kazyna".
Since May, 2009 he has been working as the Managing Director, Member of the Board of JSC "National Mining Company" Tau-Ken Samruk ".
Mr. Izbaskhanov K.S. has a number of development and research papers devoted to improvement of the technology and equipment in non-ferrous metallurgy.
For the merits in the civil service, for the contribution to the development of Kazakhstan industry he was awarded orders "Kurmet", "Parasat", five medals of the Republic of Kazakhstan of different values, he has titles "Honorary metallurgist" and "Honorary machine- maker"

Rodrik Cave Director - Russia, Eastern Europe & Central Asia CRU Group

Rodrik first visited Moscow in June 1991 and after university his employer was a Canadian junior miner in the CIS in 1996-97.

He has worked and lived in the Russia for over a decade principally focused on the resource sector in senior management roles for Western companies.

Based in London since 2008, he represents CRU in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia as their Regional Director. CRU regularly consults for miners and investors in the region and separately Rodrik is an advisory board member for Silk Roads Mining & Development, a Canadian junior miner with projects in Central Asia.

He has degrees in engineering, Russian, and management from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and has taken courses at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute and the London Business School.

Rajendra Pathak Procurement Director ArcelorMittal - Flat Carbon Europe

Rajendra Pathak is the Chief Purchasing Officer for ArcelorMittal Flat Carbon Europe, Business Division East. Business Division East has manufacturing capacity of more than 9 million tons of Steel consisting of units in Poland, Czech Republic and Eastern Germany. During last more than 6 years of his tenure in ArcelorMittal in Purchasing & Procurement he has developed a vast experience of working in Central Eastern European culture.

Along with this role, he holds positions in the Boards of various ArcelorMittal Companies. His current role covers procurement of Steel Making Raw materials, Scrap procurement, Supply Chain Spare Parts, Logistics, Industrial Products & Services, Energy, Capex, Vendor development, LCC sourcing and Sale of By Products. The total spend of the Business Division exceeds 4 billion euros under him more than 300 people work in Purchasing & Warehousing department in more than 12 locations. He has been instrumental in consolidating and restructuring of the Procurement function to make it more vibrant, lean efficient and IT process oriented in many companies he worked. His virtues include change management, strategic thinking and team work orientation. As a result of implementation of many strategic ideas and focus on Total Cost of Ownership he has been able to bring millions of euros of value added savings to the Company.

Rajendra is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from University of Jodhpur, India and also holds Professional Law Degree & Post Graduate Diploma in Training & Development. Prior to this role, he worked as the General Manager Commercial for Vedanta Alumina and Sterlite Energy. His professional career represents more than 23 years of experience at various positions within Purchase & Procurement, Commercial, Energy Management and Sales. He has worked in many countries India, UK, Czech Republic and Poland and has visited many countries including Russia and Ukraine, US, UK, Switzerland, Singapore, Indonesia, European countries etc. several times in business relation.

Vladimir Zaluzhsky Investor Relations Director Severstal Group

At Severstal since 2010. Prior to that for four years was Communications Director at Mint Capital, a Scandinavian private equity fund in Moscow. From 2003 to 2006, held the position of Deputy Head of the Communications Department at Mechel, a NYSE-listed Russian mining company. From 2001 to 2003, was head of the PR Department at Business League, a leading Russian PR agency at the time. Graduate of the Moscow Linguistic University and the Russian Finance Academy. In 2013, completed Strategic Investment Management program at the London Business School.

Sergei Bytkin Marketing Director Zaporyzh Steel

Alexei Mojarov Economic Affairs Officer United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Alexei has graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1977 with diploma cum laude, specializing on international economy of commodities.
He has been working from 1977 to 1983 in V/O "Sojuzpromexport", the USSR state monopoly for foreign trade in minerals and ferrous metals, dealing with foreign trade of iron, manganese and chrome ores.  In 1983-1986 he was representing V/O "Sojuzpromexport" and V/O "Raznoimport" in Italy. 

Upon his return to Moscow he worked for the Department of International Economic Organizations of the USSR/Russia Ministry for Foreign Trade/Foreign Economic Relations. 

In 1990 he joined the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) working in its Commodities Division (currently Special Unit on Commodities) and dealing with minerals and metals. Alexei is also the Project Manager of the UNCTAD Trust Fund on Iron Ore Information.

His mother tongue is Russian, he also speaks English, French, Italian and Polish.

Alexander Sidorin Deputy Purchasing Director OMK STEEL

Oleg Kalinsky Director General Pipe Industry Development Fund

Born in 1977 in Stavropol Region.

Since 2013: Head of the Fund for development of pipe and tube production.
2011-2013: Business Development and Marketing Director, Ernst & Young CIS.
2008-2010: Director of corporate policy, Vice-President for corporate relations, Alkoa Russia.
2008-2009: Chairman of Alkoa Metallurgy Rus.
2006-2008: Vice-President of The PBN Company.
2005-2006: Deputy General Director, Gazmetallproekt
Adviser to the General Director of Oskolsky Electrometallurgy Plant.
2003–2004: Head of strategic development and energy conservation, Department of industrial innovations and metallurgy, Russian Ministry of industry, science and technologies.

Professor and PhD in economics.
2006: Graduated with honours from the Russian Academy of Public Service, specialising in law
2003: Graduated with a metallurgy engineering degree from the “MISIS” University of Science & Technology (Moscow).
2000: Graduated with honours from the Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University, specialising in translation.
1998: Graduated with honours from Hastings College (USA) with qualifications in economics and management.

Aleksandr Andreev Deputy CEO for Strategic Planning Raspadskaya Coal

Head of Business Development, Head of Raw Materials, Vice President at Evraz Group in 1999–2005

Mr. Andreev graduated from the State University of Management in 1986 with a degree in automatic systems of management in construction industry and the Diplomatic Academy established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in 1997 with a degree in international relations.

Sergei Frolov Vice-President, Strategy & Communications KOKS Group

Born in 1980 in Moscow. In 2002 graduated from State University of Management with honors with a degree in management, specialization — World Market of Metals. In 2005 obtained a Ph.D. degree in management of metallurgical companies. In 2001-2006 worked as an analyst in OAO Chermetinfromatsiya and in Infomine Research Group. In 2006-2010 was head of marketing department of Industrial Metallurgical Holding. Since June 2010 — investor relations director.

Sergey Alekseev Marketing Director TMK Group

Sergey Alekseev has been operating in marketing and business development for 12 years. Sergey graduated from the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics and received his Master Degree from the Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Alekseev gained an extensive experience in marketing and consultancy during his career in a range of companies.
In 2002 he joined TMK. During 2002-2010 he held various positions in TMK.
Since December 2011 Mr. Alekseev has been Marketing Director.

Youngil Oh Chief Economist, Senior Principal POSCO Steel, Korea

Dr.Youngil OH is a Senior Principal Researcher of POSCO Research Institute and is in charge of Russia and CIS business strategy for POSCO Group.
Before joining POSCO Research Institute, Dr.Youngil OH worked for Korea Investment and Securities as a Director of Overseas Investment Strategy Department. He organized several Project Financing Deals,
and closed several M&A deals.
He graduated from Korea University and earned his Ph.D degree(Economics) from State University of Management(Russia, Moscow) in 2002.

Kazuo Fujisawa General Director, Corporate Planning Department JFE Steel Corporation, Japan

Kazuo Fujisawa joined NKK Corporation in 1982 and has held management positions in sales, engineering and in an assistant role to CEOs. 

After NKK merged with Kawasaki Steel to create JFE Steel in 2003, he has held positions in the Corporate Planning Department. His responsibilities include strategic planning and overseas business development.

Gorkem Bolaca Director Galex Steel

After receiving his master's degree in Management of Business Administration in 2002 from La Salle University - Philadelphia,he worked as a Business Analyst for a multinational pipe and glass manufacturer; Saint Gobain – Philadelphia. In 2003,  he started to work in the stock market at SEI Investments ( Fortune 500 company in US ) as a Mutual Fund 
By 2005 right after he returned back to Turkey, Mr Bolaca has started to work for Tezcan Galvanized steel mill and he was responsible for the whole sales towards Europe, CIS and Northern America regions.
In 2007, He joined to Promeks Steel trading. Mr. Bolaca has established coated steel department in the company and  afterwards he managed  flat steel division at Promeks Steel Inc.
In 2010, Mr. Bolaca has joined to LN Metals International to manage the steel division. LN Metals is an international trading company with an annual turnover of 850 million USD. Company supplies both ferrous and non ferrous metals through offices in England, China and in Brazil and also holds steel stocks mainly in EU and in South America.
Besides participating to international steel conferences as a speaker, Mr Bolaca writes articles for international steel publications.

Ersun Ozdemirel Export Manager Borcelik, Borusan - ArcelorMittal JV

Ersun Ozdemirel is the export manager at Borcelik, which is a joint venture of Borusan Holding of Turkey and ArcelorMittal.
After he acquired his degree in Business Administration in 1997 from Middle East Technical University (METU), he started to work in finance sector for 3 years in corporate marketing division. 

Afterwards, he completed his masters degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburg, USA. 

Then, he joined Borcelik, which is a re-roller specialized in cold rolled and coated flat steel and giving service to automotive, consumer (white) goods, radiator and construction sectors. At first, he worked in purchasing division and was responsible for Hot Rolled Coils (HRC) and Zinc (Zn) purchasing and supply agreements.

Afterwards, he became member of sales group and now acting as export manager. Under his leadership, Borcelik is one of the biggest exporters of Cold Rolled (CR) and Hot-dip Galvanized (HDG) flat steel, mainly to European Union, Middle East and CIS countries.

Ankur Singh Marketing Manager DANA’s Group Steel Trading & Coil Service

Dr Ankur Singh is the Marketing Manager for DANA Group's Steel Trading & Coil Service Centre division since July 2005, and is also responsible for procurement & operations for the company. He is also Instrumental in starting the Value-added steel Manufacturing division in the Group,and is also actively involved in strategic planning.

Prior to his experience in the steel business, he completed his bachelors' degree in medicine and surgery from India, and also practiced medicine for one year.Later on he also did his Executive MBA from Dubai.In 2005 he moved to Dubai with DANA Group, and joined as a procurement executive for their manufacturing division, and his passion for steel has gradually led him to head the steel division.Since then there has been no looking back.

DANA group's Steel division now has established manufacturing/servicing operations in UAE,INDIA & LIBYA and representative/agent offices in QATAR,IRAQ,SAUDI ARABIA. "

Alexander Gurov Editor-In-Chief Steel Times International, UK

Editor of the “Steel Times International” (UK) and “Aluminium International Today” (UK) published in Russia from 1992 by Quartz Business Media Ltd. (UK), Representative consulting company McLellan and Partner Co. (UK) in Russia.

Education: Moscow Steel and Alloys Institute (Russia) and London University, Imperial College of Science and Technology (UK), PhD, economist in metallurgy.

Expert of dozen International projects (UN ECE, EBRD, IISI, TACIS, etc) on Restructuring and developments of the Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe steel and metals sector, including steel market study.

Publications: 3 books on Russia and EU steel sector, 5 patents and more than 400 articles on Russia, CIS and world iron and steel industry (including about 100 in English).

Irina Koenig Managing Director Chandler

1986 - 1988  Technical university. Omsk city
1988 - 1993  Pedagogical university, majoring in mathematics computer skills and informatics science, Omsk City.
1993 - 2000  Head of department informatics science in training center for administration retraining in Omsk.
2000 - 2003  maternity leave
2003 - 2005  Self-employed businessmann. Darmstadt, Germany
2003 - 2005  Education in Germany, getting of TELC-European Certificat, by speciality Office Management, Business Communication
from 2005    Work in the company Chandler GmbH, Office in Hamburg. Employee of the international maritime transport
from 2007    Head of department of intermodal transport in Chandler GmbH
2009           Head of sales and international transport department
from 2012    Managing Director of Chandler GmbH, Hamburg Branch

Vladimir Nekhvyadovich CEO Chandler Group

19.04.1969   born in Grodno (Belarus)

1976-1988    high school

1988-1996    higher professional education in St Petersburg (Russia) and Hanover (Germany)

1996-2003    1996 Chandler was founded in St Petersburg (Russia) as a Russian company. Starting from the year 2001 Chandler is represented by its affiliate in Lübeck, Germany. In 2004 head quarter of Chandler moved to Hamburg, Germany and established as German company. 

2004-2005    business Academy in Kaliningrad (Russia), degree in "Management and Finance"

2004 – 2014  Managing Director Chandler GmbH. Chandler goes to be International company with offices in different countries.  Developing of Energy and Construction business. CEO Chandler Group.

Nikolay Belov Director of the engineering centre,
Head of the alloy making department
MISIS Steels & Alloys Institute

Graduated from the Moscow Institute of Steels & Alloys in 1978, qualifying as a metallurgical engineer.
Professor and Doctor of technical sciences

Academic interests:
Materials and components science, including development of alloys, analysis of  polycomponent phase diagrams (including with the use of the Thermo-Calc program); crystallisation processes; mechanic, alloy and physical properties, phase and structural change during heat treatment; creation of mathematical modules for structures and properties.


Andrey Voronin Executive Director SpetsStal Association

Born in 1964.
Education: Moscow Aviation Institute (1981-1986)
Qualification: Engineering Economist
Speciality: Machinery Construction Economy and Management
Professional activities:
•    from 2006 until now - Executive Director of SpetsStal Association
- popularization and development of stainless steel applications
•    from 2004 until 2006 - Deputy General Director of Intellectual Resources, RUSMET.RU
- information and analytics procurement to stainless steel market players
•    from 1998 until 2004 - General Director of Saturn Technology
- manufacturing of titanium and titanium alloys
•    from 1992 until 1998 - President of Platan Company
- manufacturing and exporting of ferrotitanium and ferronickel
•    from 1989 until 1992 - Commercial Director of Intervils Joint Venture
- manufacturing and supply of aviation materials
•    from 1986 until 1989 - Engineer at AviaZagranPostavka Company of the Ministry for Aviation Industry of USSR
- organization of cooperational manufacturing of aviation equipment

Sergey Islamov General Director Sibtermo

Natalya Tverskaya Senior Investment Officer International Finance Corp

Born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Graduated from Saint-Petersburg Institute of Engineering and Economics with Masters Degree in Economics.  In 1996, she received the Master of Business Administration degree majoring in International Finance from the George Washington University, Washington, DC.
She has been working in Washington at the World Bank Group since 1996 and at IFC since 1998. Presently, she is the Senior Investment Officer at the Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services investment department, focusing primarily on Europe, Middle East and North Africa region. The scope of her professional expertise spans over many countries and regions and several manufacturing sectors such as construction materials, cement, glass, chemicals, machinery with a specific focus on steel and other metals.  Natalya has lead many IFC investments in these sectors, involving international and local sponsors, different financial structures and instruments. 

Pavel Efimov Deputy Head, Capital Markets Division Moscow Exchange

Pavel Efimov works as a Sales manager шn the Primary Market Department of the Moscow Stock Exchange.

In this role Pavel helps companies to raise capital on the Moscow Exchange by means of IPO\SPO.  He advises also the issuers on the process of admission their securities to trading and listing on the Moscow Exchange, market-making and exchange provided book building services.

Pavel has extensive experience of audit and consulting services for the Russian majors in different industries, such as Energy, FMCG and Oil and Gas during his work in international consulting firm KPMG.

In 2006 - 2008 Pavel turned to entrepreneurship, having established Russian subsidiary of the major international trading company.

Pavel graduated from the Saint-Petersburg University of Economics and Finance, diploma cum laude. He has qualification certificate of Federal Financial Markets Service 2.0

Nergui Byambadavaa Director - Division of Mining Policy Mongolian Mining Ministry

Nergui Byambadavaa was born on July 8, 1959  in Sukhbaatar district, Ulaanbaatar city.

Mr. Byambadavaa has more than 22 years experience in Mining industry at the decision making level.

In 1982 he graduated from Mongolian National University with a degree in Mining Engineering, and in 1995 obtained MSc degree in Mining at University of Science and Technology, Mongolia.

From 2000 till 2009 Nergui Byambadavaa worked in the Ministry of fuel and energy of Mongolia as the Deputy Director, Department of Geology, Mining and Heavy Industry.

In 2009-2012 he was Senior Officer at the National Development and Innovation Committee.

In September 2012 Mr. Byambadavaa was appointed to the post of Head in Division of Mining Policy at the Ministry of Mining of Mongolia. He currently participates in development of sector's long and midterm policy, budget law, financial and investment policy.