Cobalt Congress 2023 Programme

  9 MAY 2023



14.00 – 15.00

Welcome Coffee

15.00 – 17.00

Expert session: Environmental and human rights due diligence

Lisa Fleckenstein

Project Coordinator Human Rights, Sustainability, Supply Chains, Mercedes-Benz Group AG

Yann Wyss

Global Head, Social Impact & Human Rights, Nestlé

Nicci Bouwman

Advisor, Shift

Louise Herring

Executive Director, AIM-Progress

Barbara Cooreman

Program Lead Responsible Sourcing, Umicore

Bart Devos

Vice President of Public Policy, Responsible Business Alliance

Tom Fairlie

Senior Sustainability Manager, Cobalt Institute

Moderator: Anna Triponel

Founder, Human Level

18.00 – 19.30

Welcome reception, Swissôtel Garden

  • Smart casual dress code – due to an outdoor venue high heels are not recommended

 10 MAY 2023

The Cobalt Congress will be moderated by Sasha Twining, journalist, radio & TV presenter

08.00 – 09.00

Welcome coffee

09.00 – 09.10

Welcome address

Caroline Braibant

Interim Director, Cobalt Institute

09.10 – 09.30

Launch of the Annual Cobalt Market Report

Harry Fisher

Consulting Project Manager, Benchmark Minerals Intelligence

09.45 – 11.00

Session 1: Global market dynamics

This session will review the cobalt market trends in 2022, examine the impact of geopolitical and industry developments, and look at the drivers for the market in 2023.

Robert Searle

Analyst, Battery Raw Materials, Fastmarkets

Harry Fisher

Consulting Project Manager, Benchmark Minerals Intelligence

Yanchen Wang,

Managing Director, SMM (Shanghai Metals Market) Global

Moderator: Kwasi Ampofo

Head of Metals and Mining, BloombergNEF

11.00 – 11.30

Networking break

11.30 – 13.00

Session 2: Global drive for raw materials

As the transition to a green economy is upending established value-chains, what was once the lifeblood of economies will soon be replaced by metals like cobalt. Global economies are now starting to consider the sourcing of these metals, and the impact it has on security, industry and politics. The response has been new partnerships, “clubs” and trade agreements. 

So what will this look like, and what does it mean for the interface between the public and private sectors, and global trade? Join us as we explore the global drive for raw materials. 

Peter Handley

Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

KaLeigh Long

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Westwin Elements

Joe Kaderavek

CEO, Cobalt Blue Holdings


Rachel Zhou

Deputy Secretary-General of Responsible Cobalt Initiative 

Moderator: Mike Blakeney

Head of Government and Public Affairs, Cobalt Institute

13.00 – 14.30

Networking lunch

14.30 – 16.00

Session 3: Cobalt as the global resource

This session will look at the global nature of cobalt with a special focus on the geographic diversity of reserves and supply, as well as discuss non-DRC countries’ ambitions to contribute to the security of cobalt supply.

Mitchell Smith

Director, Battery Metals Association of Canada (BMAC)

Founder & CEO, Global Energy Metals Corporation

Emre Kayisoglu

General Manager, Eti Bakir / Managing Director, ICoNiChem

Bryce Lee

Head of ESG & Sustainability, Huayou Cobalt

Ash Lazenby

Senior Cobalt Trader & Marketer, Glencore

Moderator: Marina Demidova

 Head of Communications, Cobalt Institute

16.00 – 16.10

Special Remark

André Wameso

Deputy Chief of Staff to the President of the DRC, in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs.


Departure for the evening programme

  • Smart casual dress code

18.30 – 19.30

Boat cruise on the Bosphorus

19.30 – 22.30

Gala Reception, Sait Halim Pasa Mansion

11 MAY 2023

The Cobalt Congress will be moderated by Sasha Twining, journalist, radio & TV presenter

08.00 – 09.00

Welcome Coffee

09.00 – 09.30

Keynote Speech

Antoinette N’Samba Kalambayi

Minister of Mines, Democratic Republic of the Congo

09.30 – 11.00

Session 4: DRC: fostering a transparent, verifiable and responsible cobalt value chain

Opening remarks:

Molly McCoy

Associate Deputy Undersecretary, U.S. Department of Labour


Paul Mabolia Yenga

Coordinator, Cellule Technique de Coordination et de Planification Miniere (CTCPM)

Marie-Chantal Kaninda

President of Glencore DRC; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kamoto Copper Company

Assheton Stewart Carter

Executive Director, Fair Cobalt Alliance

Fabien Mayani

Program Director, Governance and Extractive Industries, Carter Centre

Alexandra Cech

Director of Responsible Sourcing, Responsible Minerals Initiative

Moderator: Susannah McLaren

Head of Responsible Sourcing and Sustainability, Cobalt Institute

11.00 – 11.30

Networking Break

11.30 -12.45

Session 5: The New Prize: Securing low carbon cobalt in a world of increasing demand

This session will look at opportunities to decarbonise cobalt value chains, ore and process variation and how this might impact GWP – geographic specificities. Additionally, it will discuss whether ESG standards can help achieve decarbonisation or a two-tier market. It will also look at demand from downstream users and challenges of sourcing low-carbon cobalt in a tight market.

Alice Lim

Head of Corporate Sustainability, London Metal Exchange (LME)

Bruna Grossl

Senior LCA practitioner, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Sam Whittlesey

Sustainable Innovation Analyst, LGI Sustainable Innovation

Robert Ellenwood Ph.D.

President, New Providence Metals Marketing Inc.

Robyn Stoney

Manager Regulatory Affairs – Nickel Cobalt, Glencore

Moderator: Tom Fairlie

Senior Sustainability Manager, Cobalt Institute

12.45  – 13.00

Closing remarks

Caroline Braibant

Interim Director, Cobalt Institute

13.00 – 14.30

Networking lunch

12 MAY 2023

Site visit to Mardin Mazıdağı Metal Recovery and Integrated Fertilizer Facility.

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