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
08:45 State of the industry – Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
09:00 Welcome address – Micheal Austin, VP, BYD North America
09:30 Developing cathode capacity outside of Asia – Robert Privette, Business Development Manager – North America, Umicore
10:00 Cathodes and the 21st century lithium ion battery industry – Sam Jaffe, Managing Director, Cairn ERA
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 Michael Insulan, Senior Market Analyst, Eurasian Resources Group
12:10 Supplying increasingly nickel intensive cathode chemistries – Anton Berlin, Marketing Director, Norilsk Nickel (Russia)
12:40 Financial derivatives for EV battery metals – Alberto Xodo, Business Development, LME
13:00 Lunch is served
Session Three: 13:30 Lunch workshops
  • Chair: Andrew Miller, Senior Analyst, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
  • Mike Tamlin, COO, Neometals Ltd
  • Jerko Zuvela, MD, Argosy Minerals Ltd
  • Joe Lowry, President, Global Lithium LLC
Cobalt & Nickel
  • Chair: Caspar Rawles, Analyst, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
  • Ian Pringle, Technical Director, Battery Mineral Resources
  • Dan Carroll, New Product Development, Freeport Cobalt
  • Todd Coy, VP, Kinsbursky Brothers Inc
  • Jim Lennon, MD, Red Door Research
15:00 Coffee & Dessert
Session Four: New supply pipeline
15:30 Keynote: The strategic importance of Western Australian lithium  – Ken Brinsden, Managing Director & CEO, Pilbara Minerals
15:50 Michael Callahan, President & CEO, eCobalt Solutions Inc
16:05 Stephen Biggins, MD, Core Exploration Ltd
16:20 Bruce Richardson, Managing Director, Anson Resources Ltd
16:35 Steve Promnitz, MD, Lake Resources N.L. (Australia)
16:50 Trent Mell, President & CEO, First Cobalt
17:05 Keynote: Battery raw material forecasting Andy Leyland, Head of Forecasting, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (UK)
17:30 Networking drinks reception in exhibition area


08:00 Breakfast is served
Session Five: Demand
09:00 Progress and prospects for xEV batteries: BYD’s chemistry roadmap – Xi Shen, Senior Director – Shenzhen Battery Development Center, BYD (China)
09:20 The outlook for stationary storage – Julia Attwood, Team Leader – Advanced Materials, Bloomberg New Energy Finance TBC
09:40 The development in cathode requirements – Dan Blondal, CEO, Nano One Materials TBC
10:00 Consumer electronics: lithium ion’s foundations Jeff Bruce, Director Battery Technologies, Microsoft
10:20 Developments in EVs and Energy StorageHenrik Fisker, Chairman & CEO, Fisker Inc
10:40 Q&A Panel
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 Robert Mintak, CEO, Standard Lithium Ltd
12:05 Carlos Vicens, CFO, Neo Lithium Corp (Canada)
12:20 Brendan Borg, Managing Director, Celsius Resources Ltd (Australia)
12:35 Calvyn Gardner, Executive Chairman, Sigma Lithium
12:50 Keith Phillips, President & CEO, Piedmont Lithium
13:05 Keynote: The lithium ion battery megafactories are here Caspar Rawles, Analyst, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
13:30 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
  • Dee Strand, CSO, Wildcat Discoveries
  • David Deak, Independent
16:30 End of conference