19:00 – 22:00 Benchmark Minerals Week 2018: Dinner & Drinks Dinner and drinks for delegates and speakers attending Graphite + Anodes 2018 and Cathodes 2018 in the stunning setting of Balboa Bay. An opportunity to network with the decision makers from both sides of the lithium ion battery supply chain.


07:30 Registration & Breakfast
Session One: Keynotes
08:15 Welcome address – Micheal Austin, VP, BYD North America
08:30 State of the industry – Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
09:00 Shaping the EV revolution EV Producer – TBA
09:30 Developing cathode capacity outside of Asia – Tom Van Bellinghen, Marketing & Sales Director, Umicore (BEL)
10:00 Developments in EVs and Energy Storage – Henrik Fisker, Chairman & CEO, Fisker Inc
10:30 Coffee and Networking
Session Two: Raw material supply
11:00 Lithium supply bottlenecks: from mine to market  – Eric Norris, President, Lithium, Albemarle
11:40 Sustainable battery-grade cobalt production
12:10 Supplying increasingly nickel intensive cathode chemistries – Anton Berlin, Marketing Director, Norilsk Nickel (Russia)
12:40 Financial derivatives for EV battery metals – Oscar Wehtje, Head of Product Development, London Metal Exchange
13:00 Lunch is served
Session Three: 13:30 Lunch workshops
  • Chair: Andrew Miller, Senior Analyst, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
  • Chris Reed, Managing Director, Neometals
  • Jerko Zuvela, MD, Argosy Minerals Ltd
  • Joe Lowry, President, Global Lithium LLC
  • Chair: Caspar Rawles, Analyst, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
  • Ian Pringle, Technical Director, Battery Mineral Resources
  • Dan Carroll, New Product Development, Freeport Cobalt
  • TBC
  • Chair: Andy Leyland, Head of Forecasting, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
  • Jim Lennon, MD, Red Door Research
  • Frank Nikolic, Senior Marketing Manager, Vale
  • TBC
15:00 Coffee & Desert
Session Four: New supply pipeline
15:30 Keynote: The strategic importance of Western Australian lithium  – Ken Brinsden, Managing Director & CEO, Pilbara Minerals
15:50 Robert Mintak, CEO, Standard Lithium
16:05 Scott Williamson, MD, Blackstone Minerals Ltd
16:20 Tim Johnston, President & CEO, Desert Lion Energy
16:35 Steve Promnitz, MD, Lake Resources N.L. (Australia)
16:40 Trent Mell, President & CEO, First Cobalt
16:55 Keynote: Battery raw material forecasting Andy Leyland, Head of Forecasting, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (UK)
17:20 Networking drinks reception in exhibition area


08:00 Breakfast is served
Session Five: Demand
09:00 The lithium ion revolution – Xi Shen, Senior Director – Shenzhen Battery Development Center, BYD (China)
09:30 Bringing the E-bus outside of China Dustin Grace, VP of Engineering, Proterra
10:00 Stationary storage applications for batteries TBC
10:30 Consumer electronics: lithium ion’s foundationsJeff Bruce, Director Battery Technologies, Microsoft
11:00 Coffee and Networking
Session Six: New supply pipeline II
11:30 Keynote: Meeting the lithium needs of the battery marketAnthony Tse, Managing Director, Galaxy Resources
11:50 Paul Farquharson, President & CEO, e-Cobalt Solutions Inc (Canada)
12:05 Carlos Vicens, CFO, Neo Lithium Corp (Canada)
12:20 Bruce Richardson, Managing Director, Anson Resources Ltd (Australia)
12:35 Brendan Borg, Managing Director, Celsius Resources Ltd (Australia)
12:50 Patrick Highsmith, CEO, Pure Energy Minerals (US)
13:05 Keynote: Have we underestimated utility storage demand? An independent view on lithium ion battery demand from the stationary / utility market Sam Jaffe, Managing Director, Cairn ERA (USA)
13:15 Networking Lunch is served
Session Seven: 14:30 Roundtables
Sustainable sourcing roundtable
  • Ephi Banaynal dela Cruz, SEA Director, Microsoft
  • Michael Insulan, Senior Market Analyst, Eurasian Resources Group
  • Ajay Kochhar, CEO, Li-Cycle
  • Nick Garrett, CEO, RCS Global
Future battery technologies
  • Dan Blondal, CEO, Nano One Materials
  • Director of Residential Sales – North America, Eguana Technologies Inc
  • Dee Strand, CSO, Wildcat Discoveries
  • TBC
16:30 End of conference