Programme & Speakers

Global drive for critical minerals: securing cobalt supply for a resilient world

13-14 May 2024   /  Sofitel Manhattan, New York, USA

15:00 - 18:00

Registration

Sofitel Manhattan, 45 W 44th St, New York

19:00 - 21:00

Welcome Cocktail

Skylark, 200 W 39th St, New York

09:00 - 09:10

Opening remarks

Speakers

Dinah McLeod

Dinah McLeod

Director General, Cobalt Institute
09:10 - 09:30

Welcome Address

Speakers

Jose W. Fernandez

Jose W. Fernandez

Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, U.S. Department of State
09:30 - 10:10

Keynote speech

Speakers

Guy-Robert Lukama

Guy-Robert Lukama

Chairman Gecamines
Septian Hario Seto

Septian Hario Seto

Deputy of Investment and Mining Coordination to the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investments of Republic of Indonesia
10:10 - 10:40

Launch of Cobalt Market Report 2023

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Speakers

Harry Fisher

Harry Fisher

Senior Consultant, Benchmark Minerals Intelligence
10:40 - 12:00

Session 1: State of the cobalt market

Moderated by Kwasi Ampofo, Head of Metals and Mining, Bloomberg NEF

This session will review the cobalt market trends in 2023, examine the impact of geopolitical and industry developments, and look at the drivers for the market in 2024. 

Speakers

Grace Asenov

Grace Asenov

Base & Energy Metals Editor - the Americas, Fastmarkets
Gregor Spilker

Gregor Spilker

Director, Metals/Energy Research & Product Development, CME Group
Harry Fisher

Harry Fisher

Senior Consultant, Benchmark Minerals Intelligence
Kwasi Ampofo

Kwasi Ampofo

Head of Metals and Mining, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Xu Aidong

Xu Aidong

Chief Expert of Antaike /Advisor of CNIA Nickel Branch and Cobalt Branch
12:00 - 13:00

Lunch

13:00 - 14:15

Session 2: Cobalt in the US: achieving US critical minerals security of supply

Moderated by Dinah McLeod, Director General, Cobalt Institute

In an era marked by global resource challenges and geopolitical shifts, securing adequate supply of critical minerals, including cobalt, is crucial to the United States’ future economic, environmental, and technological resilience. What are the key factors that will help achieve security of cobalt supply and how quickly can this be done? What are the barriers to progress? In this session, we will be joined by policy and business experts to explore the key issues relating to security of cobalt supply.  

Speakers

Abby Wulf

Abby Wulf

Head of the American Battery Materials Initiative, U.S. Department of Energy
Dinah McLeod

Dinah McLeod

Director General, Cobalt Institute
Duncan T. Blount

Duncan T. Blount

Chief Executive Officer and Director, Chilean Cobalt Corp.
Duncan Wood

Duncan Wood

Vice President for Strategy & New Initiatives; Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
Heather Smiles

Heather Smiles

Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Development, Electra
14:15 - 14:45

Fireside Chat

Speakers

Dinah McLeod

Dinah McLeod

Director General, Cobalt Institute
Marie-Chantal Kaninda

Marie-Chantal Kaninda

President of Glencore DRC, Chairman of the Board of Directors Kamoto Copper Company (KCC)
14:45 - 16:00

Session 3: DRC: stocktaking collaborative efforts on ASM Cobalt

**IN PREPARATION FOR 2024 OECD FORUM ON RESPONSIBLE MINERAL SUPPLY CHAINS**

Moderated by Susannah McLaren, Head of Responsible Sourcing and Sustainability, Cobalt Institute

Speakers

 Éric Kalala

 Éric Kalala

Managing Director, Entreprise Générale du Cobalt
Assheton Stewart Carter

Assheton Stewart Carter

Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor, Fair Cobalt Alliance
KaLeigh Long

KaLeigh Long

CEO, Westwin Elements, Inc.
Louis Maréchal

Louis Maréchal

Senior Advisor – Minerals and Extractives, OECD
Professeur Raphaël Matamba Jibikila

Professeur Raphaël Matamba Jibikila

Coordinator, Cellule Technique de Coordination et de Planification Miniere (CTCPM), Minister of Mines, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Richard Robinson

Richard Robinson

Senior Minerals Advisor, USAID DRC
Susannah McLaren

Susannah McLaren

Head of Responsible Sourcing & Sustainability, Cobalt Institute
16:00 - 16:30

Fireside chat & book signing session

Speakers

Ernest Scheyder

Ernest Scheyder

Journalist and author of "The War Below"
Marina Demidova

Marina Demidova

Head of Communications, Cobalt Institute
18:30 - 21:30

Gala Dinner

Dress code: cocktail / business formal
620 Loft & Garden, 620 5th Ave, New York

09:00 - 09:20

Expert presentation: Focus on China

Speakers

Dr Yanchen Wang

Dr Yanchen Wang

Director, Shanghai Metals Market (SMM) UK
09:20 - 10:35

Session 4: Cobalt value chain in North America: can supply meet demand?

Moderated by Marina Demidova, Head of Communications, Cobalt Institute

As the transition to a green economy is upending established value chains and cobalt demand is expected to increase, North America is assessing its capabilities to build up cobalt value chain domestically. This panel will look at cobalt mining potential in US and Canada, as well as explore how cobalt can be used as a key ingredient in North American automotive and defence sectors.

Speakers

Marina Demidova

Marina Demidova

Head of Communications, Cobalt Institute
Matthew Zolnowski

Matthew Zolnowski

President, Greyfriars LLC
Michael R. Hollomon II

Michael R. Hollomon II

Commercial Director / Member of the Board of Managers, US Strategic Metals
Navaid Alam

Navaid Alam

President and CEO, EVelution Energy
10:35 - 10:55

Expert presentation: The Impact Of Chemicals Management Policies On The US Supply Chain: Using US EPA IRIS As A Case Study

Speakers

Dr Vanessa Viegas (DABT, ERT)

Dr Vanessa Viegas (DABT, ERT)

Head of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Principal Toxicologist (Human Health), Cobalt Institute
10:55 - 11:45

Session 5. Unlocking the value of secondary cobalt

Moderated by Tom Fairlie, Senior Sustainability Manager, Cobalt Institute

Speakers

Dr. Bill Fisher

Dr. Bill Fisher

Co-Founder and CTO, Exsolve Recycling Technologies
Harry Kumar

Harry Kumar

Director of Government Relations, Li-Cycle
Joe Kaderavek

Joe Kaderavek

CEO, Cobalt Blue
Lynn Lupori

Lynn Lupori

Head of Consulting - North America, CRU
Tom Fairlie

Tom Fairlie

Senior Sustainability Manager, Cobalt Institute
11:45 - 12:00

Closing remarks

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch

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