13 May

Keynote speech

Septian Hario Seto

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

Septian Hario Seto is a Deputy of Investment and Mining Coordination to the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investments of Republic of Indonesia. He has successfully driven various government project financing across different sectors, from energy to infrastructure to tourism. He has held the position of an Expert Staff in different ministries: Executive Office of the President, Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, and Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs since 2015 and is recognized as project structurer amongst the government and private sector stakeholders.

Guy-Robert Lukama

Chairman Gecamines

Trained as an economist, Guy-Robert Lukama worked at Belgolaise in the 2000s and later at BCDC, where he was appointed Chairman of the Board in 2007. When he transitioned to a different sector, he found himself in the mining industry as the Country Manager of AngloGold Ashanti in 2006. As the Executive Director of Fimosa Capital and the principal shareholder of Mongbwalu Gold Mines (MGM) since 2015, GECAMINES called upon him to lead its transformation, appointing him as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In 2019, he joined the Board of Directors of GECAMINES, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board.

He also holds the roles of Vice-President of the Mines Commission at the FEC and President of the Board of Directors of the Société congolaise pour le traitement du terril de Lubumbashi. He has a particular passion for African art.

Launch of Cobalt Market Report 2023

Harry Fisher

Senior Consultant, Benchmark Minerals Intelligence

Harry is a Senior Consultant in Benchmark’s Consultancy division, supporting clients with market analysis and strategic decisions throughout the lithium-ion value chain, with a particular focus on cobalt and nickel. Harry has a background in geology and 8 years of experience in commodity markets in both consultancy and analytical roles, primarily focussed on the battery supply chain.

Session 1:
State of the cobalt market


Kwasi Ampofo

Head of Metals and Mining, BloombergNEF (BNEF)

Kwasi Ampofo is the Head of Metals and Mining at BloombergNEF based in London. His team’s research covers industrial metals, rare-earth metals, battery metals and the pathways for miners to reach net-zero. Prior to BloombergNEF, he was a mining engineer at Anglo American and a management consultant at Nous Group in Australia. He completed his PhD in Mineral Economics at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is currently a non-executive director at Amira Global.

Gregor Spilker

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

Gregor Spilker works in metals research and product development at CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace. He has been at CME Group since 2015, covering a wide range of product launches and initiatives across the commodities space. Prior to CME Group, Gregor worked at Commerzbank in commodity derivatives structuring and at EDF Energy in power markets.

Xu Aidong

Chief Expert of Antaike /Advisor of CNIA Nickel Branch and Cobalt Branch

From 1993 to present, Mrs. Xu have been working at the Beijing Antaike Information Development Ltd. Co., engaged mainly in metal market consulting, investigation and research, and large-scaled market conference organization, esp. in nickel, cobalt & stainless steel raw material fields. In recent year, with the development of EV industry, Mrs. Xu also expand her research scope to battery metal and material industrial chain. Mrs. Xu is a veteran in China’s nonferrous metal industry, and is active in worldwide stage.

From 1986—1990, Mrs. Xu spent her undergraduate period in the Metal Forming Department, Beijing University of Science and Technology, received a Bachelor Degree, and in the following three years, Mrs. Xu spent her Postgraduate Period in the same Department and the same University, received a Master Degree.

Session 2:

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

Duncan Wood

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

Duncan Wood, PhD, Vice President for Strategy & New Initiatives and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, focuses his research and publications on supply chain policy, critical minerals, Mexican politics and U.S.-Mexican ties.  He regularly gives testimony to Congress and other national legislatures, and has published 12 books and is a widely quoted source in national and international media.

Session 3:

DRC: stocktaking collaborative efforts on ASM Cobalt

Louis Maréchal

Senior Advisor – Minerals and Extractives, OECD

Louis Maréchal joined the Centre for Responsible Business Conduct of the OECD in September 2014. He specifically works on projects related to the implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. His current portfolio entails, amongst other things, responsible sourcing of transition / critical minerals and responsible sourcing of gold.

Prior to joining the OECD, Louis Maréchal worked for four years with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France on issues related to transparency and governance in the mining sector, and security of supply of strategic metals.

He started his career with a strategic consultancy firm focusing on the defence and extractives industries.

 14 May

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

Session 5:
Unlocking the value of secondary cobalt

Joe Kaderavek

CEO, Cobalt Blue

Mr Kaderavek is the CEO of Cobalt Blue, an Australian based cobalt exploration and development business and 100% owner of the Broken Hill Cobalt Project (BHCP). BHCP is one of the largest new cobalt projects (ex-Africa) globally – aiming to produce ~17,000 tpa (over a 20 year operating life) of high purity cobalt sulphate for the global battery market.

Mr Kaderavek, an aerospace engineer, commenced his career as an RAAF Engineering Officer before transitioning to PricewaterhouseCoopers, preparing operational reviews and examining strategic options across mining, processing, railway and port facilities throughout Australia, North America and Europe. Operationally he has seven years of experience in large open cut mining operations and associated logistics. Over the last 15 years he has been involved in equities/investment research (including senior roles with Deutsche Bank and Five Oceans Asset Management) focussed on mining, minerals processing and energy storage technologies. Mr Kaderavek also held an international consulting role focussed upon renewable energy and battery storage technologies.

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