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Agenda Overview

Pre-conference: Battery and EV Briefing Day: Monday, June 10, 2019

9:00AM Pre-conference: Battery and EV Briefing Day

This Battery and EV Briefing Day will focus on the following topics:

  • Outlook for Electric Vehicle (EV) adoption
  • Chinese EV market and cathode selections
  • Cobalt, nickel and graphite in Li-ion batteries
  • Future of mobility 
  • Next generation lithium-ion batteries 
  • Solid-state lithium-ion batteries
  • Critical look at cathodes and their raw materials composition

PLEASE NOTE: This day requires an additional registration fee to attend. 

You can view the full agenda for the day and registration details here>>>


5:30PM Welcome party (Hosted by SQM)

You are invited to the SQM welcome drinks party. Come and enjoy champagne, great food and catch up with old and new friends.

Main Conference: Day One: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

7:30AM Registration desk opens
8:45AM Opening address
8:50AM Welcome address
Alberto Salas, Chairman, SQM

Lithium fundamentals from the world leaders’ perspective

9:00AM Keynote address: Chile and lithium industry
Baldo Prokurica, Minister Of Mining, Ministry of Mining Chile
9:15AM Executive panel discussion

Senior executives examine and discuss the global lithium industry

  • How have the lithium producers adapted to the evolving lithium market to meet the long-term demand?
  • Challenges and opportunities of the lithium supply chain arising from the rapid growth of the industry.
  • Impact of weather and regulatory frameworks on lithium producers.
  • Commoditisation and standardisation of lithium compounds.
  • Lithium-ion battery market, key opportunities and challenges for lithium?
  • What could we expect to see changing in the next 5 years?


Moderator: Martim Facada, Senior Market Reporter, Fastmarkets
Pablo Altimiras, Vice President of Lithium and Iodine Business, SQM
David Ryan, Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Investor Relations, Albemarle Corporation
Emma Hall, Vice President - Corporate Development & Marketing, Tianqi Lithium Corporation
10:15AM Networking coffee break
10:45AM Embedding progressive transparency to change the world with lithium
Vivian Wu, Executive Director & President, Tianqi Lithium Corporation
11:05AM Sustainable Lithium Production
11:25AM The three Ps: Prices, products and places
  • Pricing trends across the world
  • In which products are noticeable developments happening?
  • Price forecasts for upcoming year  
Martim Facada, Senior Market Reporter, Fastmarkets
William Adams, Head of Base Metals and Battery Research, Fastmarkets
11:50AM Price discovery and hedging in the Lithium industry

Details will be announced soon

Antonio Masiero, Product Development Manager, London Metal Exchange
12:00PM Lithium: A pricing evolution
  • How has differing demands for transparency throughout the lithium supply chain impacted pricing?
  • What are the existing obstacles associated with adopting a third party pricing mechanism?
  • How has the move from the LME to develop a cash-settled contract affected the development of a benchmark?
  • What are the current inadequacies in the pricing mechanisms provided by PRA’s?
  • Will increased pressure for transparency and the potential opportunity to manage risk on lithium lead to a move away from trade statistic based pricing mechanisms?
Moderator: Ken Hoffman, Leader McKinsey EV Battery Materials Research Group, McKinsey& Company
Anthony Tse, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Galaxy Resources Limited
William Adams, Head of Base Metals and Battery Research, Fastmarkets
Jingwen Sun, Assistant Director - Equity Research, Minmetals Securities
Javier Martinez de Olcoz Cerdan, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
12:55PM Networking lunch break

Breakout sessions - STUDIO 4/5 (smaller conference rooms)

2:00PM Breakout session 1: Recycling of lithium-ion batteries
  • Will secondary supply be the solution to the shortages in the value chain?
  • How will secondary lithium supply impact the whole supply chain?
3:00PM Breakout session 2: Financing a lithium project
  • Case studies
  • How to start?
  • What to consider?


Jon Hykawy, President & Director, Stormcrow Capital
Philip Clegg, Portfolio Manager, Orion Resource Partners
Howard Klein, Partner, RK Equity
4:00PM Breakout session 3: Future Mobility

We will provide high-level insights about how trends in connected, automated, electrified, and shared mobility are creating new opportunities for using transportation in novel ways:

  • Electrification: Regulatory and societal pressures are both putting pressure on all forms of mobility to reduce emissions and increase sustainability, leading to innovative powertrain designs to improve or replace combustion of fossil fuels
  • Autonomy: Connected and autonomous vehicles can enable more efficient traffic management and improve safety, while also adding convenience to passengers
  • Shared mobility: Shared mobility in the form of ride-hailing, car-sharing, or multi-modal services are disrupting conventional ownership structures and the way we interact with mobility
Ken Hoffman, Leader McKinsey EV Battery Materials Research Group, McKinsey& Company
Chloe Holzinger, Senior Analyst, IHS Markit
5:00PM Breakout session 4:Lithium-ion batteries and their future

Ask the battery experts anything you need to know

Chloe Holzinger, Senior Analyst, IHS Markit
Ken Hoffman, Leader McKinsey EV Battery Materials Research Group, McKinsey& Company

MAIN STAGE Regional focus: South America

2:00PM National strategies promoting lithium industry
Pablo Terrazas, Vice Minister of Mining, Government of Chile
2:20PM CORFO’s efforts for Chilean’s future lithium industry
  • R&D: creating the first Chilean Institute for Clean Technologies
  • Chile is open for business – developing Chile’s lithium industry by added value
  • Recycling and circular economy: ‘Urban Mining’ for Electric Vehicles first Economy Center of Latin America
Victoria Paz, Director of Strategy and Sustainability, CORFO
2:40PM The impact of weather on lithium ponds
  • How have heavy rains impacted the lithium brines? 
  • Dry season
  • Concerns and dealing with uncertainties of the weather
José Gustavo de Castro, Manager of Lithium Operations, Lithium Chile
3:00PM Networking break
3:30PM Maricunga – Chile’s next lithium mine
Cristóbal Garcia-Huidobro, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Lithium Power International Ltd
3:50PM On track for pilot operations and definitive feasibility in Q2 2019
4:10PM Value creators, lithium and gold in Argentina
David Mason, Managing Director, Dark Horse Resources
4:30PM Tres Quebradas (3Q) lithium project
Waldo Perez, CEO, NeoLithium
4:50PM 17 Premier projects – in the world’s highest-grade lithium district
Steven Cochrane, President/CEO, Lithium Chile Inc.
5:10PM New high-grade lithium brine discovery in South America’s lithium triangle
5:30PM Global cost structures for lithium processing
  • What are typical costs of hard rock and brine plants around the world?
  • How much should the costs be?  
Nicholas Johns, Senior Process Engineer, Hatch Pty Ltd
5:50PM Optimized process for lithium production with KBR technologies
Juho Savikangas, Process Engineer, KBR
6:15PM Celebrate the good times – Networking party hosted by Tianqi Lithium

After a full day of meetings and learning the latest development in the lithium industry, you have earned a pisco sour and great food! Come join our networking party.

Main Conference: Day Two: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

8:15AM Registration desk opens


8:55AM Opening remarks
9:00AM Tenova’s lithium recovery technology – one process for all brines
Jonathan Lipp, CTO - Lithium, Tenova Advanced Technologies
9:20AM Extraction technology and recent process innovations
9:40AM Sustainable technologies for lithium value chain
Liisa Haavanlammi, Sales Manager, Outotec Oyj
10:00AM Saving money, time and water: Solvent Extraction of Li w/ Cyanex 936P
Alejandro Quilodran, Chemical Engineer, SOLVAY SA
10:20AM Morning networking break
10:50AM New technology for fine grinding battery grade lithium carbonate
Tomas Johansson, Director, Sturtevant - Komarek
11:10AM Get dressed for success: The latest fashion in feasibility studies
  • Metallurgy and pilot plants
  • Marketing and offtake
  • Financial evaluation
Ryan Hanrahan, Director, Wave International
11:30AM Magnetic Separation as applied to Lithium Processing / Options for Micronization of Lithium Carbonate
Bill Brown, Director of Sales & Marketing, Hosokawa Micron Powder Systems
Jose Marin, Director - Minerals and Material Processing, Eriez Magnetics
11:50AM How is Europe positioned in the global lithium race?
Vincent Ledoux-Pedailles, Executive Director, Infinity Lithium Corporation Limited
12:15PM Keliber – Vertically integrated lithium hydroxide producer in Europe
Pertti Lamberg, CEO, KELIBER OY
12:35PM Lunch break
1:30PM POSCO lithium project, demand and supply dynamics
Youngil Oh, Chief Business Economist, POSCO Research Institute
1:50PM Investor perspective on lithium industry
  • How to consider the overestimating / expectation pattern to bringing new projects online?
  • Continuous challenges for the lithium industry
Tobias Tretter, Managing Director, Commodity Capital AG
2:15PM Investor panel: Closer look at funding lithium projects
  • What are the ideal parameters for investors when considering funding lithium projects?
  • Strategic approach for lithium projects: What makes good partnerships and why are they a vital component for investors?
  • Challenges and expectation management
Moderator: Abid Mukhtar, Partner, Commodity Capital
Tobias Tretter, Managing Director, Commodity Capital AG
Ernie Ortiz, President, LRC
Chris Berry, Founder, House Mountain Partners
Wanda Cutler, Investor Relations, Nemaska Lithium Inc
3:00PM Lithium investment opportunities in Argentina
Victor Javier Delbuono, Coordinator of Statistics and Economic Research, Secretariat of Mining Policy, Government of Argentina


8:50AM Opening remarks
8:55AM 10 years of the lithium conference– looking back and forward
  • How has the lithium industry changed since the 2009 Lithium conference?
  • What can we expect for upcoming year?
  • Looking to the future: What might the lithium industry look like 10 years from now?
Daniela Desormeaux, Gerente General , SignumBox
9:15AM China and its lithium supply and demand dynamics
  • Different logic between China and lithium market outside of market (commodity vs. speciality chemical)
  • Taking a closer look at WA concentrate, China lithium salt capacity/output and China cathode and battery output.
  • Hard-rock or brine? Looking at Qinghai output, cost curve, product quality and Capex.
Jingwen Sun, Assistant Director - Equity Research, Minmetals Securities
9:45AM Inside the Asian battery market
  • How is the Chinese lithium and battery market structured?
  • How many converters are there and how much is their capacity?
  • What are the new economic incentives for electric vehicle purchases? Did they affect the projected growth figurers?
10:05AM Morning networking break
10:25AM Australian lithium industry under the microscope
  • Closer look at the Australian lithium value chain
  • Future opportunities:
    • How can Australia maximize their lithium wealth?
    • How to increase their competitive position within global lithium supply chain?
  • Downstream: What are the plans for increasing cathode production in Australia?
Moderator: Chris Berry, Founder, House Mountain Partners
Anand Sheth, Sales and Marketing, Pilbara Minerals Limited
Michael Tamlin, Chief Operating Officer, Neometals
Anthony Tse, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Galaxy Resources Limited
Joe Lowry, President, Global Lithium
Alex Cheeseman, GM Marketing, Altura Mining
11:15AM Neometals - Why we still love lithium
Michael Tamlin, Chief Operating Officer, Neometals
11:35AM Regional Critical Minerals Strategy, Trade War, and Impact on Lithium Supply Chains?
  • BNEF battery demand forecast (updated EVs, stationary storage 2019)
  • BNEF lithium supply demand forecast (updated 2019)
  • Impact of trade war and regional critical minerals strategies on lithium supply chains and cost
Sophie Lu, Metals and Mining Head, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
11:55AM The Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron project in Nevada

A unique sedimentary lithium-boron deposit set to quadruple US lithium production

12:15PM Lunch break
2:00PM Lithium production costs and the factors driving the viability of new supply
  • Overview of the current cost structure of lithium supply
  • Evaluation of the key lithium projects within the development pipeline
  • Analysis of the factors driving their viability and likely development
Oliver Heathman, Manager - Mining Research & Cost Analysis, Roskill Information Services Ltd
2:20PM Panel: Current Practices and Pitfalls with Lithium Off-Take Agreements
  • Assessing: Issues to overcome
  • Viability and economics?
  • Particular issues for the lithium industry


Moderator: David Redford, Partner, Cassels Brock
Daniel Jimenez, Partner, iLi Markets
Ana Cabral, Vice Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Sigma Lithium Resources Inc.
Emily Hersh, Managing Partner, DCDB Group
3:20PM End of the conference

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