AZ CHINA 5th BIENNIAL CONFERENCE
“BRAVE NEW WORLD”
In today’s tough market conditions, the companies who survive and thrive are the ones who adapt to the situation, change the way they think, and adopt new strategies. Follow the phoenix and rise to the brave new world.
Christopher BaldingProfessor of Economics at Beijing University School of Economics
Christopher Balding is an associate professor finance and economics holding tenure with Chinese
characteristics at the HSBC Business School of Peking University Graduate School. A recognized expert
in the Chinese economy sovereign wealth funds, he has written a book entitled Sovereign Wealth Funds:
The New Intersection of Money and Power published by Oxford University Press. He is a columnist for
BloombergViews as well as a regular contributor to the Financial Times. His work has been cited by a
variety of global media outlets including the CNBC, Wall Street Journal, and the BBC where he speaks
regularly on the Chinese economy and financial markets. His scholarly work has been published in such
leading journals as the Review of International Economics, the International Finance Review, and the
Journal of Public Economic Theory on such diverse topics as CDS pricing, the WTO, and the economics of
adoption and abortion. Prior to entering academia, Prof. Balding worked in private equity focusing on
turnaround and special situations across industries including mining, high technology, water and waste
water, natural resources, and food processing becoming junior vice president of operations and finance
for portfolio holdings. He received his PhD from the University of California, Irvine and worked in
private equity prior to entering academia. He is happily married with two daughters and one son, (all of
whom speak Chinese) and lives in Shenzhen, China.
Dr Stian MadshusMarketing and Sales Director, Elkem Carbon AS
Stian is currently responsible for Elkem Carbon’s global cathode materials business area. He
has more than 10 years experience from various positions within research and development,
process management and international marketing and sales. With a true passion for carbon
materials and a solid understanding of the industry’s requirements and challenges, Stian has
successfully led the development and market introduction of several high value added
products to the primary aluminium industry. He has dedicated much of his time working with
the Chinese market, where he has built up extensive knowledge and management
experience over the last years.
Before joining Elkem Carbon, Stian held a post doctoral research fellow position at the Light
Metals Research Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. He has a PhD degree from the
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, specializing in pitch carbonization
chemistry and structure of carbon materials.
Matt PowellPresident of International Aluminum Solutions
Matt Powell holds a bachelors degree in Biology and Mathematics from the
University of Rio Grande. He has been the primary aluminum business for 21 years.
Matt has worked previously with Century Aluminum as the Vice President of U.S.
and Asian Operations along with Global Commercial Services and Business
Development. Mat was also the Chief Commercial Officer for Ormet Primary
Aluminum Corporation. Matt is currently the President of International Aluminum
Andreas HommertHead of Research at Citrine Capital Management
Over 26 years of experience in the Commodities and financial industry
Director of Research at Touradji Capital Management
Head of Research at Catequil Asset Management, focusing on metals, shipping and China
Research at Mitsui Bussan Commodities (subsidiary company of Mitsui & Co. Ltd.), as Head of base metal derivatives operation then and as Head of sales EMEA base metal derivatives trading unit
Base metal futures and metal index derivatives trader at Metallgesellschaft AG
Holds a degree in Business from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Barry John WELCHEmeritus Professor
Emeritus Professor Barry Welch’s more than half a century of involvement with the aluminium smelting and extractive metallurgy industries, has been a continuous blend of academic research and industrial involvement.
The Light Metals division of TMS have recognised his distinguished contributions through awarding him both its Distinguished Service and Technical Service awards. He is the most cited author in its recent “Essential reading for the aluminium industry” series and the recipient more “Best paper” awards than any other contributor or company. Recently TMS-AIME awarded him the James Douglas Gold medal for extractive metallurgy and mineral processing, while he was also elected both a Fellow and honorary member of TMS one of the very few people outside North America are to be elected.. Internationally his contributions have been recognised by being elected an Honorary Academician of the CIS, an Honorary member of the Norwegian Academy of Technical Sciences, and an honorary Professor at North East University Shenyang PRC. His involvement with the Chinese smelting industry dating back more than 30 years.- Throughout his career he has simultaneously served as a consultant to aluminium smelting companies on performance enhancement and improved materials and technology, including involvement with development of all the DX series
Stuart EhrenreichDirector, Cascade Resources
Stu has been in the coal, metcoke and petcoke business for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the oldest engineering school in the United States. The company he started, Pacific Basin Coal and Carbon, was purchased by Bill Koch in 1984 and became the core business around which Oxbow Carbon and Minerals was formed. He has worked for Kennecott Copper, California Portland Cement, SSM, Occidental Petroleum and Koch and has worked in China, Singapore and Holland. He is currently the Director of Cascade Resource and Consulting’s industrial carbon and consulting business located in Anacortes, Washington. Stu has degrees in both Geology and Civil Engineering and a Master’s in Mineral Economics from Arizona School of Mines. He is an avid boater, private pilot and scuba diver. Both he and his wife Judy enjoy life in the Pacific Northwest but are also avid adventure travelers having journeyed to Antarctica, the Amazon, Greenland, Africa, Indochina and India. Stu’s latest challenge is learning how to catch a 20 pound steelhead on a 12 lb test line!
Anne Stevenson-YangDirector, J Capital Research
Anne Stevenson-Yang co-founded J Capital Research in late 2007 to provide independent, bottom-up research on China’s listed companies and macroeconomy. Her areas of expertise include China’s political economy, Internet, property, and direct-sales, and alternative energy. She also covers global companies in fast-developing industries such as online payments, new energy sources, and automotive technologies
Anne was formerly co-founder of a group of online media businesses called Blue Bamboo Ventures and also founded and operated a CRM software company, Clarity Data Systems, and a publishing company whose flagship magazine is City Weekend. Over 25 years in China, Anne has also worked as an industry analyst and trade advocate. Anne is author of the 2013 book China Alone: China’s Emergence and Potential Return to Isolation, written while she served a guest lecturer at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Ron KnappSecretary General, International Aluminium Institute
Ron Knapp was appointed Secretary General of the International Aluminium Institute, London in December 2008.
Prior to this, Ron was Executive Director of the Australian Aluminium Council from 2002 to 2008 – and earlier roles include the World Coal Institute (London) and the Minerals Council of Australia.
The International Aluminium Institute is the global forum of the world’s aluminium industry. Through the Institute, the aluminium industry aims to promote a wider understanding of its value and that of its products to society – and seeks to demonstrate its responsibility in relation to all key sustainability issues . . . environmental, health, safety and recycling.
Wang TaoCarnegie Tsinghua Centre for International Policy
Wang Tao is the assistant director of China Business News Research Institute (CBNRI), a Chinese think tank established by one of the most influential Chinese economic and finance newspapers and media groups. Wang heads the energy program and Beijing office of CBNRI, seeking to provide independent, objective and insightful suggestions to China’s historic economic and energy transition that is unfolding. Wang is also a nonresident scholar of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, a guest lecturer in the International Department of the Tsinghua University, a guest advisor to the One Belt One Road 100 Forum and a board member of Beijing Energy Network.
Prior to joining CBNRI, Wang was the resident scholar of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy since 2012, with research focusing on China’s climate and energy policy, including unconventional oil and natural gas, transportation, electric vehicles, and international climate negotiation. Wang was program manager at World Wildlife Fund China between 2009 and 2012, working in the Climate and Energy Program on scenario analysis, energy policy, and climate change adaptation. From 2006 to 2009, he was a core researcher at the UK’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the Science and Technology Policy Research Department at the University of Sussex.
Wang published several Carnegie policy outlooks and research reports published in the last few years. Wang is author of numerous articles in the journals Climate Policy, Energy Policy, and Science of the Total Environment. He is also a regular commentator to the International media such as CCTV, BBC, CNN, Sky News, ABC and published a number of op-eds in Financial Times, the Diplomat, People’s Daily, and China Daily. Wang contributed to the State of the World 2009 report by the Worldwatch Institute and the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Report 2007–2008. He is a contributing author to Energy for the Future and Introduction to Low Carbon Economy.
Gerard SweeneyChief Executive Officer, Rain CII
Mr. Gerard Sweeney is President of Rain Carbon Inc. and has 30 years experience with leaders in the industrial carbon industry. Over the last 15 years, Mr. Sweeney has been instrumental in the global expansion of CPC production throughout Asia, especially in China, India, and Kuwait. Mr. Sweeney sits on the board of Rain Commodities (USA) Inc., Rain Carbon Inc., Rain CII Carbon LLC, Rain Global Services Inc., Rütgers N.V., Ruetgers Polymers Ltd., and Ruetgers Canada Inc. He also serves on the boards of several local charities and non-profit organizations. Mr. Sweeney aspires to build the world’s most Resourceful, Reliable, and Responsible industrial organization. He leads Rain Carbon Inc. with the belief that leadership means more than being recognized for industry accomplishments and rankings; it means stepping forward and doing the right things for customers, suppliers, employees, the environment, and the communities in which we live and work. Mr. Sweeney resides in Stamford, Connecticut.
Paul AdkinsAZ China
AZ China is proud to announce its 5th biennial conference. Covering the world of aluminium and the carbon raw materials, once again we will bring you the latest trends, the most learned opinions and the best thinking.
In 2016, our conference fee has been slashed. If you register before May 31, you will pay only $1000 – less if you are a subscriber to one of our reports. Go to the Registration Page to see more information about the cost.
We recognize that in today’s market it is bordering on rude for conference organizers to charge up to $2500 to attend. Companies are struggling to make a profit, and managers are having their budgets cut. So we want to do our bit to help you keep up to date and to keep in touch with the industry.
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