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Expert in Commodities, Agricultural, Metals & Mining, Hedging

Expert ID: 730282 United Kingdom

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With degrees in engineering (Pune, India) and MBA (Iowa, USA), Expert spent several years in a variety of roles with Tata/Alfa Laval (India), Alcan (Canada) & Balli (U.K.) and currently is a consultant.

At Alcan, as Director he was responsible for $1 billion purchasing/supply chain as well as optimizing the $2 million annual ton global metal system. Expert pioneered their LME hedging program. He oversaw the joint ventures in Japan, South Africa, and Jamaica. Expert was Managing Director of a massive company in the U.K. He directed $590 million physical & LME trading. He played a key role in the acquisition of businesses in the former Soviet Union, Romania and the Middle East.

Expert has focused the last 15 years on offering research and consulting services to the steel & all non-ferrous (LME) metals, products, raw materials (e.g. iron ore, coal/coke, ferro-alloys, alumina, bauxite & others) and FCOJ, wheat, sugar & energy industries, particularly in strategy, supply chain, cost reduction as well as risk management/LME hedging. His clients include producers, traders, end users and funds worldwide.

He has provided expertise to software companies in developing ERP systems.

Expert has been active in commodity related equities and investments.

Expert is an accomplished educator. He has taught Marketing at University of Iowa (USA), Cross Cultural Management at McGill University (Canada) & in the U.K, Principles of Trading in Commodities for FOW, Physical Trading & Hedging for LME as well as several in-house training sessions for the clients.

He has written articles for LME Ringsider, Aluminium World, FOW, Steel Business Briefing, and Metal Bulletin. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and is often quoted in industry publications.

He is also a business mentor for Prince’s Trust, a charity of HRH Prince Charles.

A board level British executive with degrees in engineering and business administration coupled with wide experience in commodities/mining/manufacturing, physical/financial trading, consulting, teaching/mentoring as well as in contract negotiations and implementation with clients in over 30 countries.

 Supply chain/business development
 Risk management/ London Metals Exchange (LME) hedging
 Industry analyses & M&A
 Contract negotiations/Change management

Global clients: producers, traders, manufacturers, software companies


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1970 Degree: MBA/MS Subject: Finance/Marketing Institution: University of Iowa
Year: 1967 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Poona

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1996 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1991 to 1996 Employer: Balli Group, U.K. Title: Managing Director Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1974 to 1991 Employer: Rio Tinto Alcan Title: Director Global Metal Management & Trading Department: Responsibilities:

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
 Silicon Smelters Ltd, S. Africa (Alcan subsidiary)
 Alpac Limited, Canada/Japan
 Balli Metals Limited, U.K.
 Balli Products Limited, U.K.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Educator for:
London Metal Exchange (LME),
Futures & Options World (FOW),
Metal Bulletin

Several examples of teaching experience available upon request.
Marketing Experience
Clients include producers, traders, end users & funds
Other Relevant Experience
Cross cultural management

Volunteer Work:
 Business mentor: Prince’s Trust, Surrey
 Youth Adviser: Surrey Care Trust, Surrey
 Teaching: Ryden’s School, Surrey
 Policy Discussion Group: IOD, London

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Working knowledge

Fields of Expertise

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