9 MAY 2023



14.00 – 15.00

Coffee break

15.00 – 17.00

Parallel expert session: Unlocking cobalt’s potential with smart legislation – EU workplace limit values as a case study

Derya Ercikan

Secretary General, Turkish Chemical Manufacturers Association

Moderator: Vanessa Viegas, Principal Toxicologist – Human Health, Cobalt Institute

15.00 – 17.00

Parallel expert session: Environmental and human rights due diligence

Lisa Fleckenstein

Project Coordinator Human Rights, Sustainability, Supply Chains, Mercedes-Benz Group AG

Yann Wyss

Global Head, Social Impact & Human Rights, Nestlé

Louise Herring

Executive Director, AIM-Progress

Moderator: Anna Triponel, Founder, Human Level

18.00 – 19.30

Welcome reception, Swissôtel Garden

 10 MAY 2023

09.00 – 09.10

Welcome address

09.10 – 09.30

Keynote speech

09.30 – 09.50

Launch of the Annual Cobalt Market report:

Harry Fisher

Consulting Project Manager, Benchmark Minerals Intelligence

09.50 – 11.20

Session 1: Global market dynamics

This session will review the cobalt market trends in 2022, examine the impact of geopolitical and industry developments, and look at the drivers for the market in 2023.

Robert Searle

Analyst, Battery Raw Materials, Fastmarkets

Harry Fisher

Consulting Project Manager, Benchmark Minerals Intelligence

Yanchen Wang,

Managing Director, SMM (Shanghai Metals Market) Global

11.20 – 11.40

Coffee break

11.40 – 13.10

Session 2: Global drive for raw materials

As the transition to a green economy is upending established value-chains, what was once the lifeblood of economies will soon be replaced by metals like cobalt. Global economies are now starting to consider the sourcing of these metals, and the impact it has on security, industry and politics. The response has been new partnerships, “clubs” and trade agreements. 

So what will this look like, and what does it mean for the interface between the public and private sectors, and global trade? Join us as we explore the global drive for raw materials. 

Moderator: Mike Blakeney, Head of Government and Public Affairs, Cobalt Institute

13.10 – 14.30

Networking lunch

14.30 – 14.50

Keynote speech

14.50 – 16.20

Session 3: Cobalt as the global resource

This session will look at the global nature of cobalt with a special focus on the geographic diversity of reserves and supply, as well as discuss non-DRC countries’ ambitions to contribute to the security of cobalt supply.

Mitchell Smith

Director, Battery Metals Association of Canada (BMAC)

Robert Searle

Analyst, Battery Raw Materials, Fastmarkets

Moderator: Marina Demidova, Head of Communications, Cobalt Institute

16.20 – 16.30

Concluding remarks


Departure for the evening programme

18.30 – 19.30

Boat cruise on the Bosphorus

19.30 – 22.30

Gala Reception, Sait Halim Pasa Mansion

11 MAY 2023

08.15 – 09.00


09.00 – 09.30

Keynote speech

09.30 – 11.00

Session 4: DRC: fostering a transparent, verifiable and responsible cobalt value chain

Opening remarks:

  • Molly McCoy, Associate Deputy Undersecretary for International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor


Marie-Chantal Kaninda

President of Glencore DRC; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kamoto Copper Company

Assheton Stewart Carter

Executive Director, Fair Cobalt Alliance

Moderator: Susannah McLaren, Head of Responsible Sourcing and Sustainability, Cobalt Institute

11.00 – 11.30


11.30 – 13.00

Session 5: The New Prize: Securing low carbon cobalt in a world of increasing demand

This session will look at opportunities to decarbonise cobalt value chains, ore and process variation and how this might impact GWP – geographic specificities. Additionally, it will discuss whether ESG standards can help achieve decarbonisation or a two-tier market. It will also look at demand from downstream users and challenges of sourcing low-carbon cobalt in a tight market.

Alice Lim

Assistant Vice President – CEO Office, LME

Moderator: Tom Fairlie, Senior Sustainability Manager, Cobalt Institute


Close of Congress

13.00 – 14.30

Networking lunch

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