Electronic Engineering Professional with strong experience in automation,
instrumentation, solving-problems, processes and projects of industrial plants.
Solid background in control processes and real time measurement at mining
Humphrey Knight leads CRU's phosphate and potash analysis in the Fertilizer Team. Mr Knight joined the company in August 2016 as the Fertilizer Team's Cost Analyst. In 2018, he became the company's potash analyst, subsequently adding phosphate analysis to his remit in 2022. Prior to joining CRU, he worked as a geologist at a major lead-zinc mine in the Republic of Ireland and at a gold exploration project in Mexico. He holds an MSci in Geology from Imperial College London and an MSc in Mining Geology from Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter).
Sam Adham is CRU’s Head of Battery Materials and leads the research into the battery value chain. Sam is an automotive and battery expert with over a decade of industry experience at leading analysis firms and working on advanced engineering projects at automakers.
Maurício is a market analyst at CRU. He primarily works as editor of the Phosphate Fertilizer Market Outlook, but has recently began to work on research on industrial uses of phosphates, in particular in LFP batteries. Though he is based in our London office, he is originally from Brazil, and takes a particular interest in that regional market. He holds a Master’s in International Political Economy from King’s College London, and a bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bath.
Nicola is Chief Executive Officer of CRU Events, which builds lifetime value for customers through its knowledge and networking events.
Nicola has worked in the conference and publishing business for 26+ years, launching her career with IBC/informa, marketing oil and gas conferences. In 2000, Nicola moved to Metal Bulletin where she held senior positions including Head of Marketing and then Director of Events. Nicola was recognised for establishing a conference team and building a highly successful portfolio of international metals and mining events.
Nicola joined CRU in 2008 and is currently part of the Management Executive team and Group Executive Board.
Nicola has a BA Honours degree in Business and International Marketing from the University of Greenwich.
Rajesh Raitani is a Senior
Marketing Manager (Segment Manager) in Global Mining Division at Nalco Water –
an Ecolab Company and is currently responsible creating and implementing
business growth strategies for the fertilizer segment (phosphate and potash). His
areas of expertise include product development & implementation, manufacturing
& operations, process improvements and marketing derived from his knowledge
on surface chemistry, mineral processing and application of anti-scalants,
flotation reagents, solid-liquid separation and defoamers. In his service
tenure exceeding 20 years, Rajesh has contributed to mining and metals,
chemicals, and building materials industries through his work at various
organizations like USG Corporation, Solvay, and NMDC Limited in research,
technology, operations and management functions.
Rajesh holds a Bachelor of
Technology in Mining Engineering (IIT-ISM Dhanbad, India), a Master of Science
in Environmental Engineering (University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA) and a
Global Master of Business Administration (University of Durham, Durham, UK). He
is also a certified First Class Mine Manager under the Indian Mines Act, 1952, has
several publications and presentations in many reputed mining, tunneling and
processing journals and symposia and a couple of patents.
Before joining Outotec in 2002 as a process engineer in Sulfuric Acid Technologies, Hannes Storch studied at the Technical University of Clausthal and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Dr. Storch holds a doctor degree in Chemical Engineering. In the course of his work for Metso Outotec, he held various positions, including several years in Chile. Today, he is on the management board of Metso Outotec's German subsidiary and heads the Metals and Chemical Processing business line. He is also a member of the board of the VDMA - AG Großanlagenbau (Large Plant Building Section).
Ravi Rajshekar Hiremath is an experienced process
control and applications engineering specialist with ~13 years of total
professional experience including alumina refinery operations and applications
development of mining chemicals. Mr. Hiremath holds a Master’s degree in
Chemical Engineering from Univ. of Southern California and has in-depth
knowledge of working environments in chemical/manufacturing industry. Mr.
Hiremath is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt from American Society for Quality
(ASQ). Recent works of Mr. Hiremath include developing sustainable solutions
for removal of cadmium and arsenic from phosphoric acid containing streams. Mr.
Hiremath has been actively involved with ACCO-PHOS technology development and
its implementation at the user sites. To facilitate the effective application
and optimize the heavy metal removal process, Mr. Hiremath has worked closely
with the large scale phosphate producers across the globe.
Dr. Heebner received his Doctorate
Degree in Physical Chemistry from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, USA with a
focus on Surface and Colloidal Chemistry.
He has worked in the pine chemical industry for over 30 years in numerous
application areas with many roles in technology and marketing. He currently
holds the position of Sr. Manager Market Development at the Kraton Technology
Center in Savannah, Georgia.
Juliano de Goes Arantes is a Digital Account Executive responsible for Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning and MPC Sales in the EMEA region focused on Mining, Fertilizers, Metals and Cement. He has 12+ years’ experience implementing Advanced Process Control solutions in Cement, Mining and Minerals processing. He has 25+ years’ combined experience (engineering + sales) in Advanced Process Control solutions in Cement, Mining and Minerals Processing. He also speaks Portuguese, English, German and Spanish. Regular speaker in cement and mining/minerals processing events.
Greg began his career as an Application Engineer with BW Rogers Co., a distributor of many linesof equipment for the CPE. He then moved The Carborundum Company in 1987, where he learnedthe application and design o'f graphite heat exchangers from the bottom up. After the Division wassold to Carbone, Greg took on the job of Sr. VP, Sales and Marketing of the AstroCosmos Divisionof Mersen, becoming an expert in the applications of reactive metal heat exchangers and processequipment, in addition to graphite and ceramics.Greg has been involved in almost every aspect of the graphite and ceramic corrosion resistantheat exchanger market, including design and application engineering, development of advanceddesign heat exchangers, and the full range of sales, marketing, and international businessdevelopment activities. With his extensive CPE experience, and a B.S. Degree in MechanicalEngineering, Greg is a recognized expert in corrosive heat transfer applications.Greg is a principal and chart-er member of CG Thermal LLC, and brings his considerable technicalexpertise and knowledge of the needs of the CPE to our customers.
Mr. Raffa is a Digital Solution Consultant responsible for MPC & digital solutions in the EMEA region focused on Fertilizers, Oil & Gas and Chemicals. He has 10+ years’ experience in pre-sales and implementing Advanced Process Control solutions in Oil & Gas, chemical and fertilizer processes. He speaks Italian and English
Born in Barcelona and with a Chemical background. PhD in Analytical Chemistry in collaboration with the Dow Chemical Company.From 2016, started in Kao as R&D researcher in surfactants for Technical Applications Group mainly focus in Fertilizers and Floatation fields, covering different additives solutions and studying and developing new collector tendencies.From 2019, switch to Sales & Marketing area, focussed in different customers and applications globally, between the fertilizers and mineral flotation market.
Before joining Outotec in 2002 as a process engineer in Sulfuric Acid Technologies, Dr. Storch studied at the Technical University of Clausthal and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Dr. Storch holds a doctor degree in Chemical Engineering.
In the course of his work for Metso, Dr. Storch held various positions, including several years in Chile.
Today, he is a member of the management team of Metso’s German subsidiary and heads the Metals and Chemical Processing business line.
Dr. Storch is also a member of the board of the VDMA - AG Großanlagenbau (Large Plant Building Section).
Bevor Herr Dr. Storch im Jahr 2002 bei Outotec als Prozessingenieur im Bereich Sulfuric Acid Technologies begann, studierte er an der Technischen Universität Clausthal und am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). Herr Dr. Storch hat einen Doktortitel in Chemie-Ingenieurwesen.
Im Rahmen seiner Tätigkeit für Metso hatte Herr Dr. Storch verschiedene Funktionen, u.a. einen mehrjährigen Aufenthalt in Chile.
Heute ist er in der Geschäftsführung der deutschen Niederlassung von Metso und leitet die Business Line Metals and Chemical Processing.
Herr Dr. Storch ist zudem Mitglied des Vorstands des VDMA - AG Großanlagenbau.
Rene Dijkstra graduated from Twente University, The
Netherlands, with a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering in 1995. He spent
the next two years working for ICI Acrylics (now Mitsubishi Chemical) in
Billingham UK as a plant engineer for the Sulphuric Acid Regeneration plant
before joining Chemetics as a process engineer in 1997. As a process engineer
he contributed to the development, design and startup of custom sulphuric acid
and nitric acid recycling plants. He was promoted to Chemetics Acid Technology
Manager in 2007. In this role he overseas the technical aspects of all sulphur
and sulphuric acid technologies offered by Chemetics and leads the R&D
efforts. His latest achievement in this role has been the commercialization of
Chemetics’ patented CORE-SO2™ technology.
Edward is an
innovative licensed Professional Engineer with over 16 years of experience
in operations leadership, process engineering, design, process improvement,
startup, and commissioning of phosphate plants. He has supported large
scale greenfield and brownfield phosphate projects across the globe in the
areas of phosphoric acid production, granular phosphate fertilizer production,
and purified phosphoric acid production. Edward's operational experience has
served to enhance his ability to assist in making the optimal process design
decisions for his clients, while maintaining efficiency and control of cost and
Edward has worked
with clients in numerous brownfield areas including plant debottlenecking,
increasing plant capacity, and improving gas scrubbing efficiencies to comply
with environmental regulations. Edward also has experience working with clients
on greenfield Phosphoric Acid Plant (PAP) design, greenfield Phosphate Granular
Fertilizer Plant design, and greenfield Purified Phosphoric Acid (PPA) design,
through all of the engineering design phases. Edward's process design
experience includes heat and material balances, process flow diagrams, piping
and instrumentation diagrams, equipment data sheets, operations manuals,
operator training, plant safety, plant commissioning and start-up.
currently the Global Director of Phosphates for Hatch and supports Hatch's
global portfolio of phosphate work within the areas of beneficiation,
phosphoric acid production, and downstream production of fertilizer, animal
feed, and high purity phosphoric acid.
Technology Manager in charge of Process engineering activities for all Yara Fertilizer plants linked to NPK, CN, P-Acid, S-Acid, Feed Phosphates processing units. Working for 20 years in Production plants (P-Acid, NPK, N-Acid and AN Plants) in France.
Maria is a market analyst at CRU. She primarily works as editor of the Phosphate Rock Market Outlook, but supports other phosphate related publications such as the Phosphate Fertilizers and Specialty Phosphates Market Outlook. Though she is based in our London office, she is originally from Costa Rica. Maria holds a master’s in development economics from the University of Sussex, and a bachelor’s in Economics from the University of East Anglia.
Karaki is from Lebanon and is fluent in French, Arabic, and English. He
graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Industrial
Engineering in 2006. Following this, he received his MBA from Devry University.
He has 18 years of industry experience, first working as a testing engineer at
refineries in the US and Canada and then as an project engineer in Saudi
Arabia. He has been with Weir Minerals for 15 years and is located in their St.
Louis offices. During his time at Weir Minerals, he started as a sales engineer
and worked his way up to his current position, Director of Outside Sales. Here
he is responsible for the global management of Weir Minerals Regional Account
Managers. Weir Minerals are specialists in delivering
end-to-end solutions for all mining and minerals processing plants. They supply
sulfuric Acid, molten sulphur, and phosphoric acid pumps for fertilizer plants,
smelters, and refineries.
Simon has been editor
of Fertilizer International magazine since 2015, having joined BCInsight
Ltd from Haymarket Media Group, where he was business editor at The ENDS
Report, the UK’s leading publication for environmental professionals. A
frequent participant on the conference circuit, he regularly chairs sessions at
leading international events for CRU, the International Fertilizer Association
(IFA) and others. A geology graduate, Simon previously enjoyed a successful
scientific career with the British Geological Survey, working extensively in
Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe and the Middle East. He joined CRU in
January this year and currently serves on the council of the International
Fertiliser Society (IFS).”
Anouar joined Weir Minerals in 2012 and is Regional Account
Manager – Europe / North Africa.
He holds an engineer's degree.
James is a seasoned professional with over 27 years of extensive experience in the fertilizer industry. Currently serving as the head of the Process Department at JESA's Lakeland Office, he plays a pivotal role in overseeing projects related to phosphoric acid technology and managing fertilizer technologies for the company.His expertise spans a wide spectrum of activities within the fertilizer industry. James excels in leading both greenfield projects, which involve the construction of entirely new facilities, and optimizing existing plants to enhance their efficiency and productivity through processes known as de-bottlenecking.
Julie Veevers is a Minerals Processing Corporate Account Manager for Solenis, covering Emerging Markets. Having graduated from the University of Huddersfield with an Honours degree in Chemistry, and now with over 28 years’ experience in the Chemical Industry, she has been working with the application of polymers in the Mining sector for over 15 years. Her professional activities include working closely as part of customer focussed project teams to facilitate process improvements, working towards sustainable solutions to face the challenges of the Mining industry in the fields of process water treatment, tailings management, solid-liquid separation and materials handling.
Julie has published papers on alternative binders for mineral agglomeration, the application of polymers in tailings management and future materials handling technologies to contribute to Net Zero. She also participated in last year’s African Mining Indaba on a panel discussion discussing the role of technology in reducing mining’s industrial water dependence.
Daniel Zahn studied Mechanical Engineering (B.Eng.) and Business Administration (MBA). He has been working for Düchting Pumpen since 2007 and as the International Sales Director
Gary has over 34 years of experience in the operation, maintenance and design of beneficiation plants and mining operations. This experience includes vast knowledge of best demonstrated practices and industry standards in phosphate mining and beneficiation, methods to upgrade existing operations including technical audits to improve efficiency, recovery and grade, and the integration of good metallurgical accounting practices into operations and process design. Gary has expertise in the operation and optimization of conventional flotation cells, flotation columns, hydrosizers, hydrocyclones, crushers, grinding mills and screens. Experience includes siliceous and carbonaceous sedimentary deposits as well as igneous phosphate ores.
Muhammad Faishal Ma’arif is an engineer with ten years’ experience in the fertilizer industries. For the last three years he is responsible for leading day to day operation of ammonium sulfate plant, plant troubleshooting, evaluating process and equipment modification, and occasionally arranging logistics for raw material, product and wastes as the assistant vice president for the ammonium sulfate II plant. Prior to be posted in ammonium sulfate plant he was only a desk potato planning production and maintaining product and raw material inventory.
Rachida has over 28 years of experience in engineering and is the JESA Technologies Manager of Testing services. Her duties include development of internal programs to develop and apply new minerals beneficiation technology, improved plant performance, develop flowsheets using rigorous bench scale and pilot plant testing and use it as the design for basic engineering, process modifications, feasibility studies, and process selection.
Hunter currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Phospholutions, Inc., which he founded prior to graduating with his B.S. degree in Plant Sciences from Pennsylvania State University. Phospholutions is a sustainable fertilizer company that under Hunter's leadership has raised over $29 million in venture capital to develop technologies to improve phosphorus fertilizer efficiency. Most recently, Hunter was recognized as Forbes 30 under 30 in the 2023 Social Impact class. He personally is the inventor/co-inventor on four patents issued or pending around the world. Hunter currently serves on the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisory Board within the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University. He is actively involved as a member and an Ambassador for the International Fertilizer Association.
Koyel has over 10 years of experience in market intelligence, research & consulting. At present, she is focused on the Market Intelligence activities in Ma’aden. She joined Ma’aden in 2022 from CRU. At CRU she was the Editor of Phosphates Fertilizer outlook and India Fertilizer analyst for 4 years. Prior to joining CRU, Koyel worked in Frost and Sullivan, Neilsen and Futurebridge as a research and consulting professional. Koyel has a background in food, fertilizers, and agriculture business. She completed her engineering degree in Food technology from Haldia Institute of technology.
Mindaugas Dailide is an experienced sales professional with a technical background focused on delivering optimal solutions to customers. He holds a doctor degree in chemistry acquired from Vilnius University in 2007. After graduation he was responsible for distribution of optical, analytical instruments and software in various companies. Currently he is Head of Sales in Lyncis company responsible for promotion and distribution of laser real-time elemental analyzers based on LIBS technology.
currently Chief Process Engineer at JESA and hold a position of Water Group
Lead at the Process Department. He has more than 18 years of experience in the
water sector. He joined JESA in 2017 as a project manager for industrial water.
He is a specialist in water and wastewater treatment, as well as in urban and
industrial water distribution and pipelines. Since 2019, Amine started
implementing CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) in industrial projects. He
graduated from Mohammadia Engineering School (Rabat/Morocco) in 2005 and is
involved in a PhD at UM6P (University Mohammed VI Polytechnics –
Benguerir/Morocco) in the CFD field.
Susanna Voges studied Process Engineering at Hamburg University of Technology, where she also obtained her PhD in Process Engineering from the Institute of Thermal Separation Processes in 2008. She started her career in chemical industry joining BASF late 2007. At BASF she had different functions in technical development, working on the design of key equipment for CAPEX projects, troubleshooting at production plants and on process and production optimization. Coming back from an overseas assignment, which implied setting up a regional process engineering hub for Asia Pacific in Shanghai, she eventually joined manufacturing in early 2016. After a total of six years in pigments production as a production manager and later as a plant manager she decided to join Voovio Technologies in early 2022 in order to serve the industry with innovative solutions for some of its most pressing needs.
Zahid Ahmad is
a Senior Industry Technical Consultant for India, Middle
East and Africa in Global Mining Division at Nalco Water – An Ecolab Company. He is currently responsible for
technical consulting, Innovation execution and business development across the
fertilizer segment (phosphate and potash). His areas of expertise include innovation
launch, process improvements, product development needs for the
Industry utilising his knowledge on
surface chemistry, flotation and other mineral processing Application. His
area of expertise are mainly in Flotation, Dewatering, Antiscalant, Defoamer , Solid - Liquid Separation, Filtration,
Flowability Aid and dust
his service tenure of 22 years in Nalco Water, Zahid has contributed to Phosphate,
coal and Iron Ore industries through his work at various role in sales management,
technical Consulting and innovation execution across Asia pacific, Middle East
holds a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering (AMU, Aligarh, India), and Master of Technology
in Mineral Engineering (Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India). He has several publications and presentations in many
reputed mining and processing journals.
Alfonso Fernandez was born in 1978 in Madrid, Spain. Industrial Engineer by the Universidad Pontificia Comillas of Madrid (ICAI) in 2002, he worked as a designer of hydraulic turbines for the company Andritz Hydro for five years. In 2008 he joined the Loesche Group as Project Manager, and in 2011, he took the position of Technical Director. Since then, he has been involved in grinding projects with vertical roller mills, being an expert in the grinding process. He is also involved in project execution within the Loesche Group, actively participating in plant commissioning and customer service.
Guoxin Wang, “GW” is Sr. Director for Global Mining Chemical Technologies at Arkema/ArrMaz. Dr. Wang is responsible for executing the prioritization of the mining chemical innovation and technical service portfolios. He has over 38 years’ experience in the field of Mineral Processing, including over 24 years over phosphate flotation and defoamer application with worldwide ore bodies.
Dr. Laia Llenas is a Chemical Engineer and PhD in Chemical Engineering. She is the Deputy Director of BETA Technological Center, a Catalan research institute working for the sustainable rural development. Dr. Llenas has a deep expertise in the preparation and execution of national and international research and innovation projects, as well as in knowledge and technology transfer activities to the private sector.
As a researcher, her technical expertise is focused on environmental technologies to treat and valorise different types of waste, mainly focusing in the agri-food sector and in nutrient recovery. She has also a wide background in project management, having been involved in several EU projects as coordinator or as WP leader. Currently, she is the project coordinator of the H2020 FERTIMANURE project, a project which is aiming to recover bio-based fertilisers from animal manure that can be competitive in the European fertilisers market.
Robert Van Spingelen, ESPP President since 202, has a background in the mineral fertiliser industry and has been working over the last years with fertilising products from recuperated nutrients derived from waste streams. He is currently a professional innovation broker for companies helping them out to valorize their organic waste streams into fertilising products. Robert is a firm believer in getting nutrients that are present in ‘waste” streams back into fertilising products, in quality, certified fertilising products, in order to lower the footprint of waste nutrients and of agricultural fertilisation.
Jens-Michael Bergmann is a specialist in sensor-based machine sorting and has been for more than 16 years. Mr Bergmann’s practical background created the necessary experience to even offer consultancy around sensor-based sorting technologies to his current international clients. After graduating with a master’s degree in Mining engineering, he was plant and operations manager of several mines and quarries, all for one German company. Here he learned the challenges of the mining and mineral processing business hands-on. During his university time, he worked in underground coal mines and oil drilling rigs around Europe.
Igor Makarenko joined Solex in 2010, with the past eight years spent solidifying the brand as a globally recognized technology provider for fertilizer cooling and drying. Mr Makarenko has extensive end-to-end experience developing turnkey solutions in various applications ranging from urea granules to potash.
An astute economist and entrepreneur, Michael will advise on the finances and strategic direction of Norge Mining. He’s worked for Citibank Zurich, and has held a prestigious array of senior positions at multinational financial institutions in New York and Frankfurt. He’s previously been mandated by various governments, finance ministries and state banks to help settle sovereign debts. Over the years, Michael has advised on structure financing for companies in the natural resources, commodities and mining sectors in Russia, the Middle East and Mongolia.
Martin Kibili graduated in Chemcial Engineering and Process Technology and the Technical University of Munich in 2013. After his studies he worked for Linde Gas in the USA on research and development projects for Carbon Capture Storage & Utilization and Energy Storage System.Martin joined SGL Carbon in 2015 as Project Engineer. In his role he designs processes and heat exchangers & columns made of DIABON Graphite for various applications in the chemical industry. Since 2023 Martin is responsible for the sales region Europe East as Senior Manager Sales for SGL Carbon.
Diaz Palestine currently is Technology & Operation Synergy Officer
at Pupuk Indonesia. He monitors various plants of Pupuk Indonesia
group which consist of ammonia, urea, NPK, phosphate fertilizer,
ammonium sulfate, potassium sulfate, phosphoric acid, and sulfuric
acid plants in order to optimise production process to produce high
quality product. He contributes in several plant technical audit and
cost reduction program. Prior to joining Pupuk Indonesia, he served
as Process Engineer at Petrokimia Gresik for 8 years covering
various NPK, Pottasium Sulfate, Ammonia and Phosphoric Acid
Storage facility. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical
Engineering from Institut Teknologi Bandung.
Wahome Muya joined the London Office of CRU Consulting in 2013, and is a member of the Fertilizer & Chemicals Desk. Mr Muya has worked on a wide range of consulting projects for CRU, covering areas such as industry analysis, strategy development, and market due diligence. He has been involved in assignments covering a range of fertilizer and chemical industries, including phosphates, nitrogen, sulphur, and potash.
Lucas van der Saag is a Chemical Engineering and Catalysis graduate from the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, completing his studies in 2016. Since joining ICL in 2020, he has made significant contributions as a Senior Process Engineer at ICL’s Growing Solutions Division. Over the past four years, Lucas has devoted his expertise to the dynamic field of recycled phosphate fertilizing products development. His specialization lies in the pilot scale development of products derived from recycled phosphate sources, including sewage sludge ash and bone meal ash. After the pilot-scale development, Lucas is responsible for the production of these novel products in the production plant located in Amsterdam.
ICL Group, a global leader in specialty minerals, operates ICL Growing Solutions. ICL Growing Solutions is a global leader in plant nutrition. Our experts collaborate with growers, farmers, and turf managers around the world to create cutting edge products and solutions that make plants, crops and turfgrass grow better. Together, we are paving the way towards a sustainable future. We help you to grow more with less thanks to decades of ground-breaking innovation, research, independent trials, and our expertise in the field.
Marc Sonveaux has a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louvain (UCL) in Belgium.
He commenced his professional journey as an Industrialization Manager in the pharmaceutical and Vaccine industry at GlaxoSmithKline.
In 2008, he joined Ecophos, a company dedicated to advancing and marketing technologies utilizing low-grade raw materials to produce high-quality phosphates and clean by-products. During his tenure, he held various roles, progressing from Process Manager to Technology Development Director.
In 2020, Marc Sonveaux joined Prayon as Technology Lead, integrating Ecophos Technologies, acquired by Prayon, in the company portfolio of technologies.
Now he assumes the role of Head of Industrialization, overseeing the seamless transition of projects from conception to industrial applications.
Juan started his career in a boutique wealth management firm in the City
of London, moving to CRU in 2007. There he worked with various mining companies
on cost benchmarking, valuation, capital raising and refinancing assignments. In
2012, he shifted across to become a fertilizer analyst, heading CRU’s research
in phosphate markets and costs. He has since headed up the Market Intelligence
function at Phosagro Trading, and was Head of Industry Analysis and Forecasting
at Eurochem. In 2023, he joined ICL as Market Intelligence Manager of Growing
Solutions. Juan holds a Bachelors of Commerce from Stellenbosch University. He is
a member of the TFI Economics Council, the IFA Market Intelligence Committee, and
the European Potash Producers Association.
Bryan Gooch is Senior Director of Phosphate Product Management at Nutrien. In this role, Bryan works with operations, logistics, sales, finance, and other teams to ensure the Phosphate business strategy is aligned to meet customer needs and Phosphate financial results are aligned with internal and external expectations.
Bryan has 25 years of experience in agricultural, turf, and ornamental industries - beginning his career with Bayer CropScience followed by 15 years with Nutrien and predecessor companies. He obtained a Bachelor and Master of Agronomy degree from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the University of North Carolina. Bryan has spent most of his career in various sales and marketing roles and enjoys collaboration and new business development.
Bryan and his wife reside in Fort Collins, CO and have 2 children attending Colorado State University and 1 child attending University of Colorado.
Timothy Cotton is the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Novaphos Inc.
Novaphos is dedicated to making phosphates better with breakthrough technology to sustainably produce the phosphates we need to live. Novaphos is now moving forward with commercializing its technology by building operating plants and deploying its technology across the phosphate sector (www.novaphos.com).
Mr. Cotton is also cofounder and the Vice Chairman of the Agrifos Group, which has focused on business and project development in the fertilizer and agriculture sectors since 1993. Agrifos is a major investor in Novaphos. Other transactions executed by the Agrifos Group include:
• The purchase, restructuring and subsequent sale of a major Texas-based phosphate fertilizer operation previously owned by ExxonMobil.
• Initiation and successful development of the $800m Gulf Coast Ammonia project.
• The Baobab phosphate rock project in Senegal.
• Numerous other phosphate mining and chemical projects.
Mr. Cotton is also a member of the Board of Directors of:
• Zalar Holding, the leading integrated poultry producer in Morocco.
• Zalar Farms, a 3000 Ha fruit, vegetable and nut farming operation in Morocco.
• Intact Solutions, a medical technology company focused on sterile fluid transfers.
• Virterras, a materials technology company solving the problem of plastic and rubber recycling.
Mr. Cotton is a member of the Private and Public Science, Academic, and Consumer Food Policy Group (PAPSAC) at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Fanny Tham Ratz currently holds the position of Deputy CEO at Race For The Baltic, a business and solution-driven non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of the Baltic Sea. The organization targets eutrophication as the primary issue impacting the sea, focusing on high-impact strategies for mitigation. Collaborating with researchers, government entities, fellow nonprofits, the private sector, and entrepreneurs, Race For The Baltic carefully selects projects for their cost-effectiveness and potential impact. Since 2018, Fanny Tham Ratz has been instrumental in partnering with key fertilizer producers and terminals around the Baltic Sea. Her previous work has primarily focused on minimizing the leakage of dry bulk fertilizer during port handling, thereby significantly contributing to the organization's mission.
Mr. Ernesto Lima is currently Board Executive Director & COO at Bifox Ltd, an Australian based company that is developing an ambitious phosphate rock project based in Atacama Region in Chile. Most of his professional career has been dedicated to the mining business with focus on new projects development. From an Academic perspective Mr Lima is an Civil Engineer from Universidad de la República - Uruguay, MBA from Universidad ORT - Uruguay, Doctor in Management from University of Phoenix - USA , and Executive Education from Harvard University – USA. He has over 25 years of international experience that includes studies, engineering, construction, business analysis, project management, and strategic planning. Successfully developed projects into commercial production.
During his career, he held high responsibility roles in multinational companies like Endeavor Silver Corp, Valor Resources, Luna Gold Corp, Ausenco, Silver Standard Resources Inc.
Danny Luu is a Process Engineer at Derrick Corporation with a background in Chemical Engineering, specialized in process systems. His expertise includes being the technical expert in fines separation technologies, especially in fines screening for both wet and dry applications. Process knowledge involving fine screening applications in industrial minerals sector including fertilizers.
Anthony Zanelli currently oversees the commodity operations of ICL's Growing Solutions division in Europe. This role includes managing fertilizer production in Amsterdam (Netherlands), Ludwigshafen (Germany), as well as overseeing an industrial service company in Germany and a feed phosphate company in Istanbul and Bandirma (Turkey).
With over 30 years in the fertilizer industry, Anthony began his journey as a process engineer at ICL. His deep industry experience is complemented by his active involvement in key organizations. He serves as the President of The International Fertilizer Society, Chairman of Meststoffen Nederland (the Dutch Fertilizers and Industry Association) and is a member of the Technical Committee of Fertilizers Europe. He has also contributed as a board member to the German and Dutch Nutrient Platforms.
Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial operations from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Bradford.
Ian has 35 years’ experience in Engineering and is registered as an IEng Engineer in a variety of disciplines including mechanical, electrical and instrumentation and is a fellow of the IMechE and member of the IET.
Chair of the IMechE Bulk material handling committee and IMechE Process industries board.
He now works for Bradley Pulverizer as Vice President sales and operations, managing projects from quote to commissioning as well as managing upgrades and modernisation of existing plants. Specialising in fine powders production and size classification for a wide range of industries from power generation, steel manufacturing and Fertilizer as well as the Broadfield acidulation units for SSP and other acidic salts.
Brian Ostroff is a graduate of the University of Toronto (1986) having joined RBC Dominion Securities in 1987. In 1999 Mr. Ostroff joined M&A advisory firm Goodrich Capital where he was the Canadian managing partner overseeing mandates across a spectrum of industries with a focus on mining and some advanced technologies. In 2004, Mr. Ostroff moved over to the trading side of the business as a proprietary trader with a large Canadian bank and then subsequently on his own for four years. Mr. Ostroff joined Windermere Capital in 2009 as a Managing Director; his area of focus was the junior and mid-tier mining sector. Along with his role at Windermere Capital, Mr. Ostroff joined the Board of Arianne Phosphate in 2014 and then, senior management in 2016.
Mr. Thomas Baumann has been working nearly 30 years in the field of wet-mechanical processing technologies, especially on international projects for classification and processing of ores, minerals and other raw materials.
He is in charge of the process design for individual processing steps up to complete treatment plants and their practical realization.
John Passalacqua is an international business strategist with over 35
years of extensive technology and capital markets experience. In 1998, John
gained the title of a top 50 international business strategist on the early
internet. He is involved in private and public market planning for companies in
nascent, visionary industries.
First Phosphate is a mineral development company fully dedicated to
extracting and purifying phosphate for the production of cathode active
material for the Lithium Iron Phosphate (“LFP”) battery industry. First
Phosphate is committed to producing at high purity level, in responsible
manner, and with low anticipated carbon footprint.
First Phosphate plans to vertically integrate from mine source directly
into the supply chains of major North American LFP battery producers that
require battery grade LFP cathode active material emanating from a consistent
and secure supply source.
First Phosphate holds over 1,500 sq. km of royalty-free district-scale
land claims in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean Region of Quebec, Canada that it is
actively developing. First Phosphate properties consist of rare anorthosite
igneous phosphate rock that generally yields high purity phosphate material
devoid of high concentrations of harmful elements.
Born on May 3, 1991, in Surakarta, Indonesia, Driya Herseta graduated in Chemical Engineering from Gadjah Mada University in 2014. Starting as an Operation Staff at Nippon Shokubai Indonesia, he spent two years before joining PT Petrokimia Gresik in 2016. Initially a Process Engineer for the ammonia-urea plant, he transitioned to the NPK plant in 2017, continuing in that role. He excelled in waste utilization, innovating with sludge, FABA waste, and gypsum byproducts. Driya enhanced production through equipment design, procedural changes, and product development, earning national and international recognition, including copyrights and patents.
Born on November 7, 1986, in Semarang, Indonesia, Farid Hayu Kurniawan graduated in Chemical Engineering from Diponegoro University in 2008. He started his career as a staff process engineer staff of NPK plant complex from 2011 to 2020 at PT Petrokimia Gresik. After that, he was transferred to become Assistant Vice President at the ZK and NPK I Plant for 2 years, then continued as Assistant Vice President at Utility Plant II until now. He excelled in waste utilization, innovating with sludge, and gypsum byproducts. Farid enhanced production through equipment design, procedural changes, and product development, earning national and international recognition.
Dr. Karl Wyant currently serves as the Director of Agronomy at Nutrien. In this position, Dr. Wyant contributes proven agronomic leadership in growing the Nutrien commodity and premium fertilizer product lines and promotes advanced sustainability initiatives. Before working at Nutrien, Dr. Wyant served as the Vice President of Ag Science for Heliae Agriculture (2019-2022) and as an agronomist for Helena Agri-Enterprises in California and Arizona (2014-2019). Dr. Wyant earned his advanced degrees at Arizona State University (PhD - 2014) and Colorado State University (MS - 2008). Dr. Wyant is a Certified Crop Advisor and Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg) and has his CA and AZ Pest Control Advisor licenses. Karl and his family reside in Tempe, AZ.
Total 30 Year experience manufacturing of Chemicals & Fertiliser such as Phosphoric Acid, Sulfuric Acid, phosphate based granular and prilled fertilizer like Di-Ammonia Phosphate (DAP), Mono Ammonia Phosphate (MAP), Ammonium Sulphate Phosphate (20:20:0:15), NPK fertilizer, NPK with rich micronutrient, Ammonium nitro phosphate, Single Super Phosphate (SSP), NPK Fertilizers with Elemental Sulphur, bentonite sulphur, Customized Fertilizers, Water Soluble Fertilizers, Bio-Fertilizer, Bio-Pesticide, Organic pesticide formulation, organic fertilizer.
Expertise in Operations, Maintenance Process Safety Management, Quality Assurance, Technical Service, CAPEX, OPEX, Brown field projects implementation, Procurement, Techno-commercial evaluation of manufacturing facilities, development of site business plans, Supply Chain management, Monitoring and control of COP, Operation excellence, process optimization, R&D, Process technology evaluation, New Product Development, product pricing and customer service.
Joe Garofoli is Founder and CEO of Roc Global, a NYC-headquartered financial advisory business specialized in the Mining and Clean Energy sectors. Joe and his team have developed expertise in critical, agricultural and specialty minerals-including in-depth experience financing phosphate and potash projects. Roc Global has closed transactions across multiple jurisdictions, providing M&A, strategic equity and debt advisory services.
Before founding the firm in 2011, Joe led KBC Financial Products derivatives businesses after managing D.E. Shaw & Co.’s global equity-linked securities business in New York. Prior, he was President of Cresvale International. Joe serves on the board of Astrea Farnihas e Olios, a Brazilian agricultural recycling business.
Andy Jung joined The Mosaic Company in June 2013 to provide analysis supporting the short-term operating and raw materials sourcing decisions of the company, as well as identifying and evaluating long term growth opportunities. Mr Jung role includes providing analysis of strategic initiatives, as well as being a member of Mosaic’s Commercial Leadership Team. Prior to joining Mosaic, he served as a consultant at CRU for 10 years, where he held various positions, including management of the group's phosphate research program and leading a wide range of strategic consulting assignments across the agriculture, crop nutrient and raw materials sectors.
Sara has a PhD in applied
environmental science and she is the product manager at EasyMining.
She is passionate about working with new
technology that uses intelligent solutions to close nutrient cycles.
is to be part of a team that creates new circular material flows in an
efficient commercial way.
Prof. Marzena Smol is the Head of the Division of Biogenic Raw Materials at the Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences. Her background is Environmental Engineering and Management. Coorcinator of various projects on development of roadmaps for nutrients recovery and management. Research interests include Water & phosphorus in circular economy and Green Deal Strategies. Expert in European Commission, Baltic Sea Hub. She conducts Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) for innovative technologies. She participated in the preparation of the Roadmap Transformation towards circular economy in Poland. Holder of various scientific achievements incl. Minister’s Scholarship for Outstanding Young Scientists.
He worked for eight years as a process engineer in the fertilizer industry for a major manufacturer, gaining experience in plant optimization and operations. His projects and activities covered Nitric Acid, Nitrates, and NPK plants with both granulation and prilling facilities, ranging from small plant modifications to a pre-execution study of a new granulation section. In 2021 he integrated his operational experience in the commissioning of a new Carbon Black complete production line for a major manufacturer. He joined Casale in 2022 as Nitrates & Phosphates Process Engineer. Since then, he has designed NPK and solid fertilizer granulation plants for customers around the World.
As a chemical engineer specialized in mineral processes, I have amassed 16 years of expertise in gas-solid and liquid-solid processes. Throughout my career, I have assumed leadership roles, adept at managing teams comprising engineers, draftsmen, commissioning personnel, and laboratory technicians.
I hold dual bachelor's degrees in industrial engineering in chemistry from IMC and TUM, complemented by master's degrees in environmental science and management from UCL, as well as environmental engineering from GIST-TUM in Singapore.
From 2011 to 2016, I served as a process engineer at Lhoist in Nivelles, overseeing combustion gas treatment processes in Europe. I contributed to strategic commercial development projects outside Europe, while also transferring my expertise to R&D and technical teams. Additionally, I provided technical support to Lhoist's trial teams and clients for troubleshooting.
Prior to this role, from 2008 to 2011, I worked at CMI in Liège as a process/project engineer. In this capacity, I was responsible for the calcination, sintering, and pyrolysis processes, leading multiple projects and managing technical, financial, and scheduling aspects.
Ben Lucas joined Rapid Building Systems
in 2012 and was appointed to the newly created position of Company General
Since that time, Ben was involved in the
delivery of international projects for RAPIDWALL and RAPIDFLOW FLUID BED
CALCINER plants which were established in ChongQing, China and King Abdulla
City, Saudi Arabia.
Throughout this time Ben also oversaw the
completion of the international process for the Rapidwall technology to be granted
eligibility for UNFCCC Certified Emission Reduction Credits (CERS – Carbon
Credits). The first building material in the world to be granted such status.
Ben is also the Director of RFC Plaster,
the Australian based Plaster Manufacturing division of Rapid Building
Systems. Under his leadership RFC
Plaster, has been restructured towards improved manufacturing efficiencies and
growth in market share across all customer segments. Under his leadership RFC
Plaster began the first international exports of RFC Plaster
Underground mining plasters.
Ben has developed, a Technology Network for
the Rapid Building Systems; Business units and Technologies/Products, which has
seen teams develop key hubs within Indian, China, UK, Europe and Australia who collaborate
to further enhance R&D capabilities of Rapid Building Systems for its
clients and products.
Prior to joining Rapid Building Systems Ben
held national roles within Technology sector and senior Corporate Affairs
positions within Australia.
Valery Halavachou is educated M.Sc. Thermal Energy and Power
Engineering. Has 24 years of experience in the field of power generation:
thermal power plants operation, energy projects development, sales of power
Works for Howden Turbo as Sales and Proposal Engineer, Steam
Turbines, for territory of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Based on study of customer´s technological processes and
unique features of customized Howden steam turbines Valery focuses on realisation
of energy and costs saving projects for diversified industries.
Ricardo Sepulveda has 28 years of experience in Process Design, Product Development, and Management. Industry experience includes refining, petrochemical, waste treatment, energy, and natural gas industries. His primary responsibilities as Senior Business Development Manager provides Business Development Leadership and direction for the Chemical, Renewable Fuels, Fertilizer, Petrochemical, and Refinery market sectors and other opportunities on an agreed tactical basis.
Sébastien Bernard is a process engineering and business development manager at De Smet Agro. He has a master’s degree in chemical engineering and more than 10 years experience in the engineering & design of phosphoric acid and fertilizer plants.
De Smet Agro is providing engineering solutions, from technical audits up to full EPCM services to the fertilizer industry. The company, a division of De Smet Engineers & Contractors, is based near Brussels in Belgium.
Rodrigo da Rocha Nogueira is the Technical Sales Manager
of Graphite Technology for the French speaking countries and the Benelux. He
has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of
Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ – Brazil), a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Chimie
ParisTech (ENSCP – France) and a Professional Doctorate Degree (EngD) in
Process and Product Design from the Technical University of Eindhoven (TUe –