Well over 50 people gathered at the exhibition space in the European Parliament in Brussels to attend the opening reception of the Critical Raw Materials Exhibition. Bulgarian MEP Prof. Vladko Panayotov, Vice-President of the Interparliamentary Raw Materials Group to the EU Parliament hosted the exhibition which was sponsored by the Beryllium Science and Technology Association, Euroalliages (Silicons) the International Platinum Group Metals Associations, and Tasman Metals (Rare Earths).
Mrs Geoghegan-Quinn has been the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science since 2010. Between 2000 and 2010, she served as a Member of the European Court of Auditors. From 1975 to 1997, she was a Member of the Irish Parliament. In 1979 she became the first woman to be appointed as a Cabinet Minister since the foundation of the Irish state.
Professor Vladko Panayotov is a Bulgarian MEP and member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee. He is the Vice President of the Interparliamentary Raw Minerals Group to the EU Parliament. Mr Panayotov created an environmentally friendly technology which extracts non-ferrous metals from industrial waste (including copper, nickel and aluminum). He recently received the award for best MEP in the ‘Environment’ section.
Mattia Pellegrini is currently Head of Unit for Raw Materials, Metals, Minerals and Forest-based Industries. Previously, he worked as Member of the Cabinet of the Vice president of the European Commission, in charge of Enterprise and Industry. Prior to that, he was Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission in the Strategy and Analysis Unit of DG Health and Consumer Protection (DG SANCO). He has also worked in DG Environment, where he was responsible for WTO negotiations on Trade and Environment, and in DG Competition (Merger Task Force).
After graduating in Modern Languages, and completing a post-graduate teaching qualification, Maria Cox enjoyed a first career as a lecturer. She then spent several years within the Global Security team of American Express, achieving a Masters in Security Management and leading the UK security team. She then took on the role of General Manager of the Minor Metals Trade Association in 2011, and has since been working towards growing the Association in the interests of its international membership, and the minor metals sector as a whole.
Egbert joined the central research laboratories of Degussa AG (Germany) in 1987, where he set up the R&D group for automotive emission control catalysts. He lectures on automotive emission control catalysts at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany, at the Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP) in Paris, France, and at the AutoUni, the Corporate University of Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany. In 2009 he was elected permanent member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts (KVAB). He is author or co-author of about 130 technical papers and is also co-inventor of more than 90 patents in the field of heterogeneous catalysis.
Robert joined Roskill in 2006 and has since undertaken a variety of report writing, editing and consultancy assignments. His consultancy experience includes both research on, and management of, several feasibility-level market studies, in-depth market appraisals and due-diligence assessments. Robert’s subject knowledge is extensive. He is the author of Roskill’s cobalt, lithium and soda ash reports and has undertaken major single-client projects on lithium, boron, tungsten, molybdenum, rhenium, talc, bauxite and fluorspar. He has been Managing Director since January 2012 and is also Manager of Roskill’s Minor Metals Research division. Robert has a BSc in Geological Sciences and MSc in Mineral Project Appraisal from Imperial College.
Nicholas Morley is a director and co-founder of Oakdene Hollins and of the Centre for Remanufacturing and Re-use. The Centre is the main source of information in Europe on remanufacturing. It promotes the concept where it can be shown to be environmentally beneficial, including development of procurement specifications and standards. His other responsibilities at Oakdene Hollins include raw material supply risk and stewardship, where the company leads the revision of the EU Critical Raw Materials list, and in textile and clothing sustainability. His prior background is in industrial chemistry and waste treatment.
Maurits Bruggink is the Director of Ridens Public Affairs and the Director European Affairs of the Beryllium Science & Technology Association. Maurits has been involved in international advocacy and government affairs for over 20 years in different positions. He was a lawyer at the European Union Office of Arthur Andersen & C°, Director General of the European Spirit Drinks Federation, Managing Director at the Brussels-based lobby firm Grayling, Secretary General of the European Associations for the amusement machine industry and the casino sector. Today, Maurits Bruggink is also Executive Director of Seldia, the European Direct Selling Association.