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Jack Lifton is an Independent consultant and commentator, focusing on the market fundamentals and future end use trends of the rare metals. He specializes in the sourcing of nonferrous strategic metals and on due diligence studies of businesses in that space. His work includes exploration, mining, refining and the recovery of metal values by the recycling of not only metals and their alloys but also of metal-based chemicals used as raw materials for component manufacturing.
Mr. Lifton has more than 50 years of experience in the global OEM automotive, heavy equipment, electrical and electronic, mining, smelting, and refining industries. His background includes the sourcing, manufacturing, and sales of platinum group metal products, rare earth compounds, and ceramic specialties used to make catalytic converters, oxygen sensors, batteries, and fuel cells. He is knowledgeable in locating and analyzing new and recycled supplies of 'minor metals' including tellurium, selenium, indium, gallium, silicon, germanium, molybdenum, tungsten, manganese, chromium, and the rare earth metals.
Today he primarily consults to institutional investors doing due diligence on metals related opportunities and to natural resource ventures on technologies and markets.
Jack wrote a weekly column on minor metals for Resource Investor for three years until December 2008, during which he authored more than 125 original articles. He is also speaks on minor metals fundamentals and end-uses at private, public, and professional meetings.
Since 2007 he has made presentations at conferences, seminars, and workshops all over the world more than 50 times.
Keith Evans, a geologist by profession first became involved in the lithium business in the early 1970’s when he was asked to evaluate the future potential of Bikita Minerals which had, until the imposition of UN sanctions against Rhodesia, been the dominant producer of lithium ores of low iron content for the glass and ceramics industries.
Subsequently, he jointed Lithium Corporation and later joined Amax Exploration. On behalf of Amax and a Chilean partner he led the negotiations with the Chilean Government to evaluate and later develop the brine resources of that part of the Salar de Atacama that had not been leased to the Foote Mineral Company.
He was subsequently responsible for all aspects of the evaluation but when Amax decided not to proceed with the project ownership passed to Sociedad Quimica y Minera (SQM). It is now the world’s leading source of lithium.
After retirement from Amax he has continued to consult on a number of industrial minerals and has written extensively on the subject of lithium reserves.
Andreas Schreyer, Founder and Editor of The Green Investor and the Investoblog, is a longtime investor and student of the markets and has been a financial newsletter editor since 2003. He continues as a partner at Fraser Partners and at MarketTrend Advisors, a full service investment advisory firm.
In addition to his investment background, Andreas has over 30 years of experience in the high tech industry, including electronics, computer and software. His career began in engineering (he has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Ecole Technique Superieure, Geneva, Switzerland). After some years in design engineering he moved to the product management and strategic planning disciplines, with positions of increasing responsibility for Fortune 500 corporations such as Motorola and Tandem Computers (later part of Compaq and now of Hewlett Packard). Andreas also served in executive management positions at a number of start-up companies such as Internet Dynamics and Globeset before moving to the financial investment newsletter sector.
Tom Konrad, PhD., CFA is a financial analyst, freelance writer, and portfolio manager specializing in renewable energy and energy efficiency. He is currently looking for a money management firm to sponsor what he believes would be the first dividend income oriented green mutual fund, based on a strategy he has been managing since December 2013.
. He is Editor at AltEnergyStocks.com.
Tom lives in New York's lower Hudson River Valley. He volunteers for the environmental nonprofit community, runs, and is a woodworker. He's currently using those woodworking skills to renovate (and upgrade the energy performance) of the 1930 farmhouse he lives in with his wife.
He can be reached at tom at tom konrad dot com.
Kay McDonald is the former author of Big Picture Agriculture. She has simplified her online work with a new, more artsy site, "Old Farm Photos and the latest agricultural and farming news" (http://oldfarmphotos.blogspot.com), because by looking back, and by keeping current of news, one can understand agriculture's complex realities.
Valerie Wood is President of Energy Solutions, Inc. and editor of The Advisor, a weekly and monthly natural gas publication that provides specific insight into natural gas pricing trends. With 26 years of experience in the natural gas industry, she is a well-known industry veteran, particularly in her ability to break down large amounts of complex information into an easy-to-understand format. In addition to the publication of The Advisor, Valerie Wood has also authored a number of natural gas-related analysis ranging from the ABCs of a Natural Gas Risk Management Plan to her most recent, Natural Gas Price Outlook. Her work has been featured in publications such as Gas Daily, Platts and Natural Gas Intelligence. In addition to her passion for writing, Valerie Wood also provides one-on-one tailor consulting and educational seminars on a variety of topics, including the development of natural gas budgets, supplier contract negotiations, and the fundamentals of the natural gas industry.
Eamon Keane has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master's degree in Energy Systems, graduating both with first class honours. He has received the Institute of Mechanical Engineers Best Student Certificate, a Veolia Environment research scholarship and two IBM PhD fellowships.
My undergraduate thesis looked at whether aluminium alloys would be a useful energy vector for in-vehicle hydrogen production (no). My master's degree thesis explored the effect high levels of wind generation would have on the economics of Combined Heat and Power (significant negative impact).
I'm interested in all things energy related, in particular oil, rare earth elements and electric vehicles.