Richard XU

Regional Director of Asia, International Copper Association

Richard Xu is the Regional Director of Asia for the International Copper Association. Over the past 13 years, together with his team, he has developed effective strategic planning and management systems, which defend and grow copper applications in a variety of end-use markets. Prior to joining ICA, Richard held senior positions in the USA, Hong Kong and mainland China, with varied industry backgrounds including IT, telecommunications, and hotel and casino financing and management. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Finance and Economics from Cornell University in New York after studying Biology and Chemistry for two years at Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, China.

Steve Kukoda

Executive Director, International Copper Association

Steve Kukoda joined the International Copper Association (ICA) in 2004 and is currently the organization’s Executive Director. He develops and maintains relationships with organizations external to the copper industry, including governments, intergovernmental organizations, the United Nations, foundations, and more. Steve is also responsible for increasing the association’s membership base, which currently represents a majority of world copper output, and ensuring ICA’s existing membership base and external partners continue to see value in the organization. With over 30 years’ experience, Steve has held a number of positions for different industries in the fields of communications and public/investor relations.

Huang Fangqing

Research Director, Brilliance Consulting

Huang Fangqing graduated in Mechanical & Electronic engineering from Shanghai University and received an MBA from Fudan University. In his 15 years’ working experience, Huang has provided a large amount of product studies and market surveys, and has carried out strategic consulting for global and domestic companies, institutions, and associations. His research covers industrial products, commodities and raw materials, household appliances and consumer goods.

Keith M. Miller

Business Director, The Martec Group

Keith Miller is a Business Director with The Martec Group. Keith has over 21 years of experience in industrial market research. He has a wealth of knowledge in market analysis, financial analysis, technology assessments and advanced manufacturing systems. Keith has served clients across a broad portfolio of industries, including automotive, aerospace, biopharma, advanced materials, specialty chemicals, electronics, metals, building materials and packaging.

In addition, Keith is one of the practice leaders in Martec’s Automotive/Transportation sector. His work has extended into automotive components, advanced powertrain, electronics, advanced materials, regulations, reman components, supplier evaluation, emerging vehicle technologies, and examining optimal value chains and business plan development for such technologies. He holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and Master’s of Science in Finance from Walsh College.

Dr Luis Tercero

Head of Business Unit Systemic Risks, Fraunhofer Institute

Dr. TERCERO is head of the Business Unit Systemic Risks and coordinates all work related to materials and raw materials at Fraunhofer ISI in Karlsruhe, Germany. Starting 2009, he has managed or been actively involved in a variety of projects (German, EU, Industry) related to critical raw materials, raw material supply and demand, changing demand through emerging technologies, dynamic modelling of material flows, raw materials policy and resource efficiency. He had a leading role in supporting the Ad-hoc Working Group on Defining Critical Raw Materials (2009–2010 and 2013–2014) in the context of the EU Raw Materials Initiative, and is currently a member of the Operational Groups of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials. He received his formal training as a chemical engineer (B.Sc., M.Sc., Dr.-Ing.) in Nicaragua, the USA and Germany.

Georgina Hallett

Chief of Staff, London Metal Exchange

Georgina is the Chief of Staff for the LME, where she plays a central role in the LME's market reform and new strategic initiatives She has been closely involved in the LME's recent market structure discussion paper and resultant Strategic Pathway, the LME's warehouse reform programme, and leads the LME's work on responsible sourcing initiatives. She has worked at the LME since September 2012, initially in research and analytics. Georgina began her career at Euromoney Institutional Investor and has a doctorate in psychology.

Michèle Bruelhart

Executive Director for the Copper Mark

Michèle Bruelhart is Executive Director for the Copper Mark. She is an expert in supply chain due diligence with over 10 years of experience working on the design, implementation and independent assessment of sustainability standards. Michèle has worked in Africa and Europe, including field work in over 30 countries. She has also held positions with the Responsible Business Alliance, RCS Global, Underwriters Laboratories and the German Society for International Cooperation. Michèle holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies Geneva, Switzerland.