Mike O’Driscoll

United Kingdom

Basic Instinct: Dead Burned and Fused Magnesia Supply to the Refractories Industry.

Mike O’Driscoll is Director and co-founder of IMFORMED Industrial Mineral Forums & Research, established in January 2015 with Ismene Clarke, focused on specific industrial minerals research and conferences including magnesia, graphite, fluorspar, oilfield, logistics, and recycling. He has over 27 years experience specialising in industrial minerals and markets.

Mike joined London-based Industrial Minerals (IM) magazine in 1987, was posted to New York as Associate American Editor 1988-90, before serving as IM Editor 1995-2012. He became Global Head of Research IM in 2012 before leaving in July 2014 to pursue a career as an independent expert in industrial minerals.

Mike has researched, written, and devised editorial, event, and research report concepts on all aspects of the industrial minerals mine to market supply chain. He has visited a wide range of mineral supply and end user operations worldwide, meeting senior executives from all key sectors, and has regularly organised, chaired, and presented at many industry conferences.

He was Associate Editor and contributing author to the 7th edition of Industrial Minerals & Rocks, published by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) in 2006; and was Chairman of the SME Short Course on Industrial Minerals Due Diligence, 1999, Denver.

In 2011, he was recipient of the Hal Williams Hardinge Award, from the AIME, for services to the industry as Editor of IM.

He holds a BSc in Geography & Geology, and an MSc in Mining Geology from the Camborne School of Mines and is a member of the SME, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the Association of Mining Analysts.

Pedro Videla

CHILE

Worlwide Economic Outlook: Perspectives to consider in the Refractory Industry




Pedro Videla is professor in the Economics Department at IESE Business School. He holds a Ph.D. and an MA in economics, both from the University of Chicago, and a commercial engineering degree in economics from the Universidad Católica de Chile.

His areas of specialization include macroeconomics, international economies and emerging economies.

As a consultant Prof. Videla has been involved in projects with institutions such as the World Bank, IMF, EU, the Inter American Development Bank, and the USAID.

He has been a guest professor at many universities worldwide, including Reykjavik University (Iceland), Nile University (Egypt), Lagos Business School (Nigeria), CEIBS (China), Universidad de los Andes, (Chile) and Wharton School (USA).