CONGRESS 2018

Speakers


Eric Bender
General Manager, Markets, Strategic Services & Publications
TZMI Inc.

Eric leads MSSP business globally. Eric joined TZMI in 2009 and has more than 15 years experience in the chemical industry. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University and has prior experience in the chemical industry with Eastman Chemical and Momentive in various corporate strategic roles. Eric's TiO2 pigment experience came from Tronox, where he held numerous positions from Engineering to Strategic Sourcing, Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions.



Shen Bing
Deputy General Manager (Head of Purchasing Department)
Hainan Wensheng High-Tech Materials Co., Ltd.

Mr Shen joined HAINAN WENSHENG in 2007 and is currently the Deputy General Manager (Head of Purchasing Department). Mr Shen has significant experience (10+ years) in the mineral sands industry and is particularly knowledgeable on the zircon and ilmenite markets.



Tim Carstens
Managing Director
Base Resources

Tim is an experienced mining executive, with a career spanning more than 20 years in senior resources-sector roles both in Australia and overseas. He has been Managing Director of Base Resources Limited since the Company's inception in May 2008. During this time, it has acquired, designed, funded, developed and successfully operationalized the US$310 million Kwale Mineral Sands Project, Kenya's first large scale mining project. It has also now acquired the world-class Toliara Sands Project in Madagascar.

Tim is also the Chairman of the Australia-Africa Minerals & Energy Group (AAMEG), the peak body representing Australian companies engaged in the development of Africa's resource industry.



Gavin Diener
Chief Executive Officer
TZ Minerals International Pty Ltd

Gavin joined TZMI in 2008 and has technical, management and business skills gained through experience in plant operation, pilot plant test work, plant design, commissioning, process optimisation, operations management, project development, business and market analysis, due diligence work and product development. After graduating from the University of Natal with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, Gavin spent 16 years in the Anglo American Group working in mineral sands, gold and iron operations.



Louis Gallois
Business Development Manager
Orano TN

Louis Gallois is Business Development Manager at Orano TN, the worldwide leader in Nuclear Transports, and has extensive experience of Class 7 transport (radioactive materials) around the world. This includes managing all stages in the supply chain (mine, conversion site, enrichment plant, fuel maker site, nuclear plant) and the supporting services linked to such transport (package manufacturing, leasing of containers, support for lashing plan, inland transport, sea transport, licensing etc). His current mission is to identify new business opportunities and provide solutions based on TN International's mastery of Class 7 transport. He previously worked at AREVA Large Projects (nuclear plant construction) and ArcelorMittal in R&D.



Luke Graham
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Strandline Resources

Mr Graham, joined ASX listed mineral sands developer Strandline Resources Limited (Strandline) in 2016 as CEO and MD.

Mr Graham has a broad range of international leadership, technical and commercial expertise in the execution of major engineering projects within the resources (mine and port) and industrial sectors, including mineral sands, coal, iron ore, copper, gold and alumina. Extensive experience in managing financial operational performance and achieving strong business growth in difficult market conditions.

Since joining the Company, Mr Graham has ramped up Strandline's exploration and project development activities across their large portfolio of mineral sands assets in Tanzania and Australia, with particular focus on advancing the zircon-rich Fungoni Project in Tanzania and the large-scale Coburn Project in Australia, as well as building mineral resources further to the north of the country and signing a JV with Rio Tinto to accelerate exploration in the south of Tanzania; Strandline's project portfolio provides development optionality, geographic diversity and scaleability.



Bruce Griffin
Senior Vice President Strategic Development
Lomon Billions

Bruce Griffin joined Lomon Billions in 2017 as Senior Vice President Strategic Development. His role is to lead the company's domestic and international expansion in feedstock, pigment and titanium metal. Bruce is an experienced executive with international experience in mining, oil and gas, chemicals and agribusiness. Prior to Lomon Billions, Bruce was CEO of TZMI (2014 to 2016) and World Titanium Resources (2011 to 2013) and held a number of positions over seven years at BHP Billiton including four years as Vice President Titanium where he was responsible for BHP Billiton's titanium business, including the Richards Bay Minerals joint venture with Rio Tinto and the Corridor Sands and Tigen projects in Mozambique. His career started at Shell working as an engineer and economist in New Zealand, Venezuela and the Netherlands. Bruce has also worked as a consultant for Bain and Company and as a senior executive at GrainCorp in Australia. Bruce holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Process Engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and an MBA.



Keven Harlow
Executive Director
Zircon Industry Association

A metallurgical graduate, Dr Harlow spent over 20 years in the global metals industry where he was able to marry his technical knowledge with sales and marketing experience. He served as Managing Director of Höganäs (GB) Limited for five years. Dr Harlow became involved with the EU-REACH regulation in 2006, supporting various companies and trade associations with REACH compliance strategies and consortia management. In 2016, Dr Harlow assumed the role of Executive Director of the Zircon Industry Association (ZIA) - the international trade association for those companies involved in the zircon / zirconia / zirconium value chain.



Graham Howard
Managing Director
VHM Exploration

Graham, FAusIMM, has more than 30 years' experience, including 20 years operating in executive leadership and senior operations management. Roles include CEO with an ASX listed gold company between 2011 to 2013. Graham has been the Managing Director of VHM Ltd since September 2016. Graham has extensive corporate and operations experience and a proven record of identifying and delivering multibillion dollar resource projects.

Graham has held significant roles in major projects such as Newcrest Mining Ltd Telfer, where he delivered the project from concept to feasibility, construction through to operations, Boddington (Newcrest) and Silangan Copper Gold Project in the Philippines.



Victor Hugo
Chief Operating Officer
Kalbar Resources

Victor Hugo graduated in 1993 from the University of Natal, South Africa with a PhD in Geology. His thesis was on titanium minerals along the east coast of South Africa. Since that time, he has accumulated over 25 years of experience in the titanium and zircon industries, having worked in a variety of roles for Richards Bay Minerals, Cable Sands, RGC, TZMI and Iluka. He spent the last 13 years working for Iluka at a senior leadership level in roles which included GM Sales and Marketing (2003 to 2009), GM Product and Technical Develo