Charlie Durant joined CRU in 2010. He is a Research Manager within CRU’s Sustainability Division, providing thought leadership, insight and data on emissions, the energy transition, and the circular economy.
Charlie was previously Head of Demand and Markets Research in CRU’s Base and Battery Metals team. In this role he managed a global team of analysts, delivering world-class research on all aspects of base, battery, precious and technology metal markets.
Earlier in his career he was editor of the Copper Market Outlook, as well as Head of CRU’s Aluminium Downstream and Demand Team. Charlie also was part of a team that established CRU’s Thermal Coal market research.
He gained a Master’s in International Business at the University of Nottingham, where he also obtained his undergraduate degree.
Willis Thomas joined CRU Consulting in February 2017. He has worked in the metals industry for more than five years, in pricing, sales, production, and procurement activities. Since joining he has worked with a range of commodities including Tin, Zinc, Potash, Phosphates, Pig Iron, and Wire and Cable.
Previously, Willis was the Inside Sales and Production Manager at Kapp Alloy & Wire, Inc., a US-based manufacturer of solder and other non-ferrous wires. There he focused on daily metal pricing for raw and finished products, metals purchasing, and the management of production operations. Before this he worked in economic development with a focus on business outreach and retention. Willis holds an MS in Finance from Colorado State University and a BA in Political Science from Washington & Jefferson College.
Clare Hanna joined CRU in August 2019 and currently works as a Senior Analyst covering Manganese Ore and Ferroalloys and is Editor of the Bulk Ferroalloys Monitor.
Ms Hanna has over 30 years’ experience in the steel industry with British Steel, Tata Steel and Corus in a range of strategy, sales, marketing and procurement roles. Recent responsibilities include business development for wire rod and, prior to that, lead buyer ferroalloys for Tata Steel Group.
She holds an MBA from Warwick Business School and BA Honours degree in Economics from Leeds University.
Sonja joined Ore & Metal Company Ltd, a Division of Assore Ltd, in 2004 as part of the marketing and sales team responsible for all Assmang’s products worldwide. Over the span of her career she has been involved in the sales of Chrome Ore and Alloy, Iron Ore, Manganese Ore as well as Manganese Alloys. The majority of which she spent in Manganese.
She is the Senior Sales Manager of the Manganese Alloy Sales Division responsible for the sales strategy for a two South African Ferromanganese smelters as well as a Ferromanganese smelter in Malaysia owned either fully or jointly by Assmang, which is a JV between Assore and African Rainbow Minerals. Sonja holds a Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics from the University in South Africa.
Matthew Schmink is the General Manager at AmeriTi
Manufacturing, a division of Kymera International. AmeriTi Manufacturing
produces ferrotitanium, titanium scrap products, titanium hydride-dehydride
powder, and processes scrap for the aerospace industry. The company is in
Detroit, Michigan where it employs 140 people.
Mr. Schmink began his career in
telecommunications following completion of his Bachelor of Arts degree in
History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He joined the
AmeriTi team in 2006 and has served in a variety of roles within the
organization. In 2015, Mr. Schmink completed a Master of Business
Administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
Mr. Hasenclever has been the Director of Economics & Statistics and Long Products at the ISSF International Stainless Steel Forum in Brussels since 2014. He has more than 17 years of experience in stainless steel.
Having grown up in Germany, India, Taiwan, the USA and Brazil he started his professional career in 1995 in New York City at Ferrostaal Inc. in international steel and raw material trade and subsequently became a board member assistant in the German corporate headquarters of Ferrostaal AG. After working in the management of the metal market place www.steelscreen.com he joined ThyssenKrupp in 2001. There he held several senior management positions in ThyssenKrupp group companies, foremost at ThyssenKrupp Stainless AG with the focus on stainless steel project management, consultancy, strategy and raw material studies.
Mr. Selby was formerly President & CEO of RNC Minerals (Royal Nickel Corporation) where he led a team that successfully raised over $100 million and advanced the Dumont nickel-cobalt project from initial resource to a fully permitted, construction ready project.
He has held a number of senior management roles with Quadra Mining, Inco, and Purolator Courier, and was a partner at Mercer Management Consulting.
Since 2001, Mr. Selby has been recognized as one of the leading authorities on the nickel market. He graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and has also served on the boards of multiple junior mining companies.
Megan McElwain earned her B.A. in Communications at Ryerson University in 2000. Throughout her career Megan produced content for Fox Television in Los Angeles, A&E Television Networks in New York and then Alliance Atlantis, CTV News,Discovery Channel, BBC, National Geographic and Global News from Toronto.
In 2008, Megan founded McElwain & Company, a marketing firm in downtown Torontothat quickly distinguished itself as the go-to agency for brands from GreatWest Life, MNP, Price Waterhouse Coopers, PCL, Nestle Canada and GAP Inc. In 2018, Megan joined the Fraser Institute, an independent public policy research and education organization, as Director of Development. Two years later, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce offered Megan the Vice President & General Manager position. Megan was appointed President & COO of KWG Resources in January 2022.
Gnann has held his current position since March 2022. In this capacity, Chris has responsibility
for Climax Molybdenum’s global sales and market development for molybdenum
products to both the chemical and steel industries. He also manages commercial operations
including third party toll conversion of molybdenum products.
joined Climax Molybdenum in 2007 following a 21-year career in the United
States Air Force. From 2007 to the
present, Chris has held successive roles of increasing responsibility within Climax’s
Sales and Marketing department. Chris holds a Master of Science degree from
Purdue University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Campbell
University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of
is the Founder & CEO of IQ Group. He has extensive experience of more
than 2 decades in various business segments including metallurgical
industry. His strength lies in a deep understanding of global commodity market
& logistics operations.
Under his leadership, IQ Group
forayed into diverse arenas encompassing the areas of global sourcing &
supply of Ferro Alloys, Noble Alloys, Minerals, Metals, Ores, Chemical,
& Carbon Materials creating a unique niche every step of the way.
He has played a pivotal role in
setting up international operations & expanding our footprints in global
markets. He is the support that enabled us to take the business forward across
the international boundaries.
The strategy roadmap defined under
his leadership has transformed IQ Group into an organisation focused on
creating sustainable value through robust risk management framework that
delivered consistent top returns through decisive strategic choices in
His strength lies in maintaining
close ties with the clients across the spectrum. He is the public face of the IQ
Group with excellent PR skills to his credit.