Cape Town, South Africa
May 31 to June 2, 2022
The IMnI Annual Conference is a unique global platform for manganese leaders to meet, network and exchange on the development of manganese industry. Hosted by the International Manganese Institute, the conference moves around the world and always includes technical visits to mines and/or plants. The IMnI conference is open to IMnI Members and relevant stakeholders.
After the success of the 2019 edition in Vienna, where 200+ delegates of the manganese community networked and learned about the latest trends of the industry, Cape Town has been chosen for the 2022 event.
The conference will include technical visits to:
- Manganese Metal Company (MMC), Transalloys and Transnet Port Elizabeth & Coega on Monday, May 30
- 4 open-pit mines (Kudumane, South32 Mamatwan, Tshipi & UMK) and 2 underground mines (Assmang Gloria & Nchwaning) on Friday, June 3
Robert Ward is Director of Geo-economics & Strategy and Japan Chair at The International Institute for Strategic Studies, one of the world’s leading authorities on global security, political risk and conflict. Robert Ward is Director of Geo-economics & Strategy and Japan Chair at The International Institute for Strategic Studies, one of the world’s leading authorities on global security, political risk and conflict. Before joining the IISS in 2019, Robert was the Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence Unit where he led the EIU’s country, industry and data analysis and forecasting teams. Robert joined the Economist Group in 1997. After graduating from Cambridge University in 1989, Robert went to Japan where he lived and worked until 1996. Robert also studied in the Soviet Union in 1986.
Goolam is the chief economist and head of research for the Standard Bank Group. The bank’s commercial emphasis is on Africa and the research unit is aligned to this pursuit. Standard Bank Research comprises 53 analysts and 10 support staff, variously located in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos, London and Beijing. Goolam and his team consistently earn accolades for macroeconomic, political, sectoral and financial markets research. The team has been rated the Best Research House in South Africa for the past 4 years in the coveted Financial Mail Ranking the Analysts survey. Goolam’s interest spans politics, the macroeconomy and financial markets, and he regularly engages in public dialogue on national and continental issues across the globe.
Maxime Vandersmissen is an Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company in Brussels Maxime focuses on serving companies in the metals industries. Over the past 9 years he has led engagements in the Metals value chain, working in more than 15 countries across all continents Maxime co-leads McKinsey's Basic Materials practice in Europe, where he also co-leads McKinsey’s Digital in Metals service line. Examples of recent work include
- Leading multiple comprehensive operational transformation programs in the steel industry, incl. Asset footprint choices, technical improvement levers, labor productivity improvement and optimisation of raw material sourcing
- Leading the digital transformation of several players in the metals industry, across multiple geographies, through the development of more than 100 digital use cases and the set-up of a Digital Academy
- Developing raw material value-in-use optimization tools (scrap, iron ore, coal, alloys) for steelmaking groups around the world
Gajanan U. Kapure
Mr. Kapure is a Head of Ferro alloys and minerals research group at R&D department of Tata Steel, India. He is a chemical engineering graduate and did his post-graduation in chemical engineering – Master of Science by research from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. He is working in the area of Ferro Alloys and Minerals from last 17 years at Tata Steel. His research interests are Ferro alloys extraction processes, mineral processing, Process engineering, smelt reduction and alternate processes. Mr. Kapure has more than 20 research papers in national and international journals as author and 25 national and international patents and one National Award from department of scientific and industrial research, government of India to his credit.
Ramsey joined Roskill in November 2019 primarily focusing on manganese, chromium and steel alloy research. From 2017 to 2019, Ramsey worked as a Management Consultant within the Strategy and Operations service line at Deloitte in Tbilisi, Georgia. In addition, he worked as a Mining Manager at TurkMangan in Ankara, Turkey. Ramsey graduated from Cass Business School with a MSc in International Accounting and Finance and a BSc in Business.
是国际锰研究所的执行主任，该研究所是代表全球锰工业的巴黎组织。 Aloys于2014年加入IMnI，担任市场研究经理，专注于分析锰业务的供需基本面。他毕业于蒙特利尔商学院HEC，专攻市场情报。在加入IMnI之前，他是国际铬发展协会（ICDA）的业务分析师。 Aloys是金属和矿物行业活动以及全球其他会议的常规演讲者。
Kevin Fowkes has 20 years’ experience working as an economist and consultant in the ferroalloy industry. From 2007 to 2009, Kevin Fowkes was a business development manager in the metals division of Privat Group. Before that he was the senior market analyst for the Norwegian ferroalloy group Elkem, and a consultant for Hatch Beddows and CRU International. Since 2009, Kevin has run AlloyConsult, his own company, which provides bespoke consulting services to the ferroalloy industry. Kevin Fowkes is a graduate of the London School of Economics.
Rorie obtained his Honours Degree in Economics (International Trade and Finance) in 2004. After spending a year on a banking graduate programme, he joined the Standard Bank Group as part of the Investment banking and Investment Banking Coverage teams concentrating on Telecoms and Media across African and other emerging markets, with a key focus on M&A ,debt and financing options in various jurisdictions. In 2010, he worked in London for Standard Bank Plc in Investment Banking Coverage. In 2011, Rorie joined Assore Limited (Assore) which is a mining holding company principally engaged in ventures involving base minerals and metals. He was appointed a Director of Ore & Metal in 2014 and also an alternate director for Assmang and Cato Ridge Alloys.
Navesh started his career as a mining engineer at AngloGold Ashanti and thereafter at Rio Tinto, serving in various roles in underground and open pit production as well as mine design. Later, Navesh spent 10 years as a seasoned management consultant having worked at Bain & Co and Deloitte Consulting as an Associate Director serving the mining industry. Navesh joined Transnet in March 2017 with the objective of connecting mining companies to the global platform through efficient rail and port solutions. He currently leads the portfolios of Iron ore and Manganese for Transnet. During this tenure, Navesh and his team have concluded formal contracts with all major manganese producers and implemented tools and systems for effective contract management. Supported by the business, manganese has become an important commodity for Transnet due to its remarkable year on year growth. Navesh has a Mining Engineering degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, MBA from the University of Stellenbosch, and a Post Graduate Management Diploma from INSEAD in France.
Dr. Sebastian Kreft is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Metalshub, a Germany based commoditech company with the vision to make ferroalloy and metal trading more efficient. Previously he was Head of Nickel Sales for the leading mining company Anglo American where he was responsible for marketing ferronickel and nickel cathodes and served on the LME Nickel Committee. Sebastian started his career with The Boston Consulting Group, where he led transformational commercial projects in the mining industry across the globe for over 7 years. He holds a Master degree in business and economics and a PhD from WHU, Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management. Sebastian is married and has a son and a daughter.
International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Mr Song is the Secretary for the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC), which is the key international body, dealing with cargo related issues including solid bulk cargoes (International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code), bulk gas cargoes, dangerous goods, and containers. Mr Song is also dealing with maritime regulations related to alternative fuels, under the framework of the International Code of Safety for Ship Using Gases or Other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), in particular with the implementation of IMO 2020 sulphur limit (1 January 2020 entry into force of the new global sulphur limit of 0.5 per cent for ships’ fuel oil).
S.H. Bell Company was founded in 1933, and is currently owned and operated by the third and fourth generation Bell family. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, the Company provides handling, warehousing (regular, LME, and CME), processing, packaging, and transportation services at five warehouse locations in five States serving the North American market. The Company and its subsidiaries presently handle over 80 different products - including ferroalloys, non-ferrous metals, pig iron, scrap metals, frac sand, and industrial minerals used in a wide spectrum of steel, metals, oil/gas/energy, and related industries. John Bell has been associated with the business for his entire life. During summers while in high school, his first job with the Company involved sweeping the warehouse floors. Mr. Bell holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and later received an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Bell started with the business “full time” in 1973, was appointed Vice President – Sales & Marketing in 1978, and took over as President in 1985 . . . where he continues in that position today.