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The Oxford Platinum Lectures 2020

Platinum: The next five years

Friday 15th May, exclusive online event with Green.TV

In 2020, was proud to celebrate 11 years of hosting the Oxford Platinum Lectures. Although extremely disappointed at being obliged to cancel our event in Oxford due to the Covid-19 crisis, we felt that it was very important to find a way to deliver our planned Lectures to the industry at this time, particularly in light of the cancellation of London Platinum Week. Our exclusive closed event lasted for around two hours to host expert presentations, followed by live Q&A sessions where delegates had the opportunity to pose questions to each speaker.

Our speakers provided their view of the potential impacts of the global Covid-19 outbreak in light of their topic.

Now, more than ever, SFA has a valuable role to play in bringing the industry together and providing an informed view of how the platinum sector is likely to be affected over the next five years and the scenarios that are likely to play out across the value chain. 

Our guest speakers

Martin Poggiolini, Head of Strategy and Business Development, Anglo American Platinum

Primary PGM supply – will history repeat itself?

Martin joined Anglo American in 2007, holding senior leadership positions in finance, strategy and business development across both bulk and precious metals. As the Head of Strategy and Business Development of Anglo American Platinum since 2015, he is responsible for developing the corporate strategy of the group. In 2017, he took on the responsibility for business development where various value accretive commercial transactions are pursued.

Dr Andy Walker, Technical Marketing Director, Johnson Matthey

The role of fuel cell vehicles in enabling the move to net zero greenhouse gas emissions

Andy joined Johnson Matthey (JM) in 1991 and has since held various roles including working in automotive catalysis, coordinating the development of JM’s heavy-duty diesel (HDD) technology, and leading JM’s global HDD technical activities in the US. In 2018, he was appointed Technical Marketing Director, where, amongst other things, he analyses and evaluates the scope, timing and likely impacts of the evolution of the automotive powertrain towards electrification.

Mark Preston, Team Principal of the Techeetah Formula E racing team & CEO of StreetDrone

Racing to an electric future

As one of the founding Team Principals of Formula E, and Chief Strategist and Founder of the StreetDrone autonomous car company, Mark continues to keep a watchful eye on the future of Connectivity, Autonomy, Sharing and Electrification (CASE) in the fast changing transportation industry. He has held previous roles at General Motors Holden (GM) and Spectrum Racing Cars (Formula Ford), as well as with the Arrows Grand Prix (F1) and McLaren F1 teams.

Jenny Luker, President, Platinum Guild International, USA

Cultural epicentres: how the US is shaping consumer cultures globally

With nearly twenty-five years of experience devoted to working with jewellery designers, manufacturers and retailers, Jenny Luker holds the position of President of Platinum Guild International USA. In this role, Jenny is responsible for the strategic business development of the platinum jewellery industry in the US. She leads her team in developing innovative marketing and trade programmes that create value for the jewellery industry and foster new generations of consumers.

Beresford Clarke, Director of Research, SFA (Oxford) Ltd

SFA (Oxford)'s market view plus Covid-19 impact

Beresford’s principal remit is to service SFA (Oxford)'s wide range of clients worldwide. He has responsibility for the analyst team, product delivery and innovation, and is the lead research author. Beresford has been a metals market analyst for 17 years, covering platinum-group metals on a daily basis on behalf of clients, but also providing in-depth analysis on the lithium, cobalt, gold and other commodity markets.

The Platinum Standard 2020

In addition, Beresford Clarke presented the latest issue of The Platinum Standard. This highly sought-after publication provides SFA’s market view and collates all the key industry data and indicators for the past 12 months. The 2020 publication features SFA’s view on the impact of Covid-19 on the platinum market.


Edition 9 – Featured articles


  1. Why the post-COVID-19 economy will be different

    George Magnus, University of Oxford's China Centre & SOAS University of London

  2. Green hydrogen from electrolysers: An all-rounder to fight climate change

    Dr. Philipp Walter & Dr Christian Gebauer, Heraeus

  3. The hydrogen society: Decarbonisation drives long-term PGM demand growth

    Dr. Jenny Watts, SFA (Oxford) Ltd


Download the 2020 report


History of the Oxford Platinum Lectures

Since SFA (Oxford)'s first event in 2010, the Oxford Platinum Lectures have become an annual staple of the London Platinum Week calendar. Here you can read up on the history of on SFA's annual event that brings together individuals from companies representing the entire platinum industry value chain.

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