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Our agenda will cover the key challenges for the global steel industry, examining the priorities for steel giants and other industry-leading experts. Throughout the conference we will be exploring the challenges across the steel supply chain, closely examining the impact of Covid-19 on this market and what the outlook is for 2021, providing crucial insight for you to best position your business during these uncertain times.

Keynote Sessions

Make sure to tune into our keynote sessions which will be taking place throughout the event, during which CEO's from leading firms will share their insight and expertise.

Confirmed keynote speakers so far include:

  • T.V. Narendran, Global CEO and Managing Director, Tata Steel
  • Jeong-Woo Choi, CEO, POSCO 
  • Lourenco Goncalves, CEO, Cleveland Cliffs
  • Leon Topalian,CEO,  Nucor
  • Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman, Liberty
  • Mark Millet, CEO, Steel Dynamics

Monday, October 26 - Timezone: Eastern Time (ET)

7:30am: Welcome Address
Raju Daswani, CEO, Fastmarkets 


7:40am:  Keynote Presentation
Peter F. Marcus, Managing Partner and Philipp G. Englin, CEO, World Steel Dynamics
Including Chinese Steel Insights from Wu Wenzhang, Chairman & President, Shanghai SteelHome

8:10am: Keynote Presentation
T.V. Narendran, Global CEO and Managing Director, Tata Steel

8:50am: European Steel Panel
Moderator: TBC
Antonio Marcegaglia, Chairman and CEO, Marcegaglia 
Yuriy Ryzhenkov, Chief Executive Officer, Metinvest
Executive Vice President, NLMK
Toker Özcan, Managing Director, Erdemir Group 
Benedikt Zeumer, Partner, McKinsey & Company


10:00am: Executive Presentation
C. Lourenco Goncalves, Chairman, President and CEO, Cleveland Cliffs 


10:40am: Steel Innovation Panel: Energizing the EV/AV Markets
Analysts expect that 2020 will be a significant year in the evolution of the Electric-Vehicle and Autonomous-Vehicle market, with more than a dozen new makes and models hitting showroom floors. Although improved batteries and longer ranges are undoubtedly helping to drive this growth, so, too, is steel. The panel will explore how sophisticated new grades are making electric vehicles, lighter, safer and more energy efficient.

Moderator:  Ron Ashburn, Executive Director, Association for Iron and Steel Technology

Peter LeBlanc, CMO North America & VP of Automotive Sales, ArcelorMittal
Dean Kanelos, Market Development and Product Applications Manager, Nucor
Bernhard Hoffman, VP Engineering Global Product Development, U.S. Steel
John Catterall, Vice President AISI Automotive Program, AISI Automotive 

Dan Gordon, GM Carbon Sales & Customer Service, AK Steel 

12:00pm: Executive Presentation

Leon Topalian, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nucor 


12:40pm: Raw Materials Earthquake: New Dynamics Amidst Seismic Shifts

How will the industry’s sustainability efforts impact the supply-demand balances for iron ore, coking coal, and steel scrap? Can raw materials providers withstand the sharp increase and eventual slowdown in Chinese steel demand?
Moderator: Thorsten Schier, Managing Editor, Americas, Fastmarkets
Panelists TBC   


1:15pm: Leveraging Risk Management Tools and Decision Science to Drive Value in Operations, Finance, Sales and Corporate Strategy

Moderator: Grace Asenov, North American Steel Editor, Fastmarkets 
Drew Lichter, VP: Strategy and Corporate Development, Mobius Risk Group
Spencer Johnson, StoneX Group Inc.
Lewis J. Hart,
Managing Director, Brown Brothers Harriman
Ganesh Natarajan, Managing Director - Europe, Enuit LLC

Alberto Xodo, VP Sales, London Metal Exchange


End of Day One of Steel Success Strategies 2020 

    Tuesday, October 27 Timezone: Eastern Time (ET)

    7:40am: Opening Remarks

    7:45am: Technology Panel 

    Moderator: Richard Barrett, Editor, Fastmarkets: Metal Market Magazine
    Guillaume Mehlman, President: Steel and Glass, Fives Group
    Chris Heuschkel, General manager: Manufacturing,
    Harald Henning, Director, PSI Metals North America
    Confirmed Speaker, Midrex Technologies
    Stefan Koch, Lead, Metals Industry, SAP


    8:30am: Keynote Presentation
    Jeong Woo Choi, Chairman, POSCO


    8:40am: USA & Canada Panel 

    Moderator: Philip Bell, President, Steel Manufacturers Association
    Pat Finan, Chief Executive Hot Rolled Products North America, NorthStarBlueScope USA
    Alan Kestenbaum, Executive Chairman and CEO, STELCO
    Theresa Wagler, Chief Financial Officer, Steel Dynamics Inc.
    Jeffrey Lorch, Partner, McKinsey & Company


    10:40am: Keynote Presentation
    Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman, GFG Alliance

    11:00am: Steel Processors and Service Providers Panel 

    Moderator: Michael Cowden, Senior Price Reporter, Fastmarkets
    Barry Zekelman, CEO, Zekelman Industries
    Alex Ulanov, Partner, McKinsey & Company


    11:45pm: Financial Dynamics Panel 

    Moderator: Philipp Englin, CEO, World Steel Dynamics
    Ira J. Kreft, National Industry Executive, Bank of America
    Vince Pappalardo, Managing Partner, Brown Gibbons Lang & Company
    Andrew Pappas, Managing Director, BMO Harris Bank
    Frederik Weissenrieder, President, Weissenrieder & Co AB 


    12:45 End of Day Two of Steel Success Strategies 2020 

    Wednesday, October 28 Timezone: Eastern Time (ET)

    7:40am: Opening Remarks

    7:45am: Asian Steel Panel 

    Moderator: TBC
    Vinay Shroff, Executive Vice President- Sales and Marketing, JSW Steel
    Li Xinchuang, Managing Director, China Metallurgical Industry Planning & Research Institute
    Kazuo Mike Fujisawa, Principal, JFE Steel Corporation


    8:45am: Keynote Presentation
    Mark Millett, President and CEO, Steel Dynamics Inc.


    9:15am: Steel Industry 2050 Panel
    Veteran steel industry experts will debate their vision of how the steel industry will evolve in the coming years. Key questions considered: 

    • How will climate change initiatives impact the industry?
    • What factors will drive or diminish future steel demand?
    • What technologies and initiatives will reshape the global industry?
    • Will the industry be under significant threat from alternative materials?

    Moderator: John Lichtenstein, Principal, Crucible Consulting
    Rod Beddows, Senior Adviser and Co-Founder, HCF International Advisers
    Marcel Genet, Founder, Laplace Counseil
    Peter Marcus, Managing Partner, World Steel Dynamics


    10:00am: Latin American Steel Markets Panel 

    Moderator: TBC

    Harley Scardoelli, Global CFO, Gerdau

    11:00am Global Sustainability Panel 

    Sustainability executives from the world's prominent steelmaking companies will gather to discuss efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the decades ahead. Key areas of focus will include:

    • New technologies and methodologies to reduce carbon footprints
    • Managing local government climate policies in a global industry
    • Economic impact of carbon initiatives 

    Moderator:   TBC

    Alan Knight, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development, ArcelorMittal
    Martin Pei, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, SSAB 


    12:00pm: Technology Panel 

    Plant Designs Panel: The Path to Climate Neutral Steel Production

    Europe’s integrated steelmakers have launched a number of initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, in line with the European Union’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. In the U.S., a predominately EAF-based industry is already ahead of the curve, but further reductions are possible. The panel will look at the processes technologies, enhanced machinery and digital tools that U.S. steelmakers are deploying to address climate challenges.

    Moderator: Ron Ashburn, Executive Director, Association for Iron and Steel Technology
    Dr. Alexander Fleischanderl, Technology Officer Up-Stream and Head of the Environmental Business, Primetals Technologies
    Professor Dr. Pino Tese, President and CEO, SMS Group
    Francesco Memoli, Executive Vice President, Tenova

    Todd Ames, Senior Key Account Manager, Midrex Technologies


    1:00pm: Exchanges Panel:

    Feng Xiazong, Senior Manager of Commodity Department, Shanghai Futures Exchange
    Alex Shaw, Head of Product Development and Research, London Metal Exchange

    End of Day Three of Steel Success Strategies 2020 and Close of Conference 



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