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The Oxford Platinum Lectures 2022

New Beginnings

Join us Friday 13th May

SFA (Oxford) is delighted to announce that the Lectures will be an in-person event once again this year, having been held online for the past two years due to Covid-19 restrictions. Our theme this year is "New beginnings" and will take place at the internationally renowned Oxford Museum of Natural History, a spacious venue that will enable us to observe the necessary Covid-19 protocols. We are therefore limiting the number of delegates compared to previous in-person events. The event will also be streamed for those delegates who cannot attend in person. Our international audience represents companies spanning the PGM value chain, from producers, refiners, fabricators, end-users, recyclers and investors. The Oxford Platinum Lectures is a staple of the London Platinum Week calendar delivering thought-provoking presentations and passionate debate.

At Oxford University's Museum of Natural History and live online

  • A special hybrid event: Attend in-person or watch via Zoom.

  • Renowned speakers from Anglo American Platinum, General Motors, Umicore, Valent Asset Management and the Responsible Jewellery Council.

  • SFA's latest PGM market view and The Platinum Standard 2022

  • Stephen Forrest's farewell and highlights from his 42-year PGM career.

  • Enhanced Covid-19 protocol including limiting attendee numbers and providing a spacious venue for networking.

  • Early Bird discount for in-person delegates who register and pay before 31st March.

Our guest speakers

Natascha Viljoen,
CEO, Anglo American Platinum

The purpose of mining

Natascha is an executive process engineer with over 25 years of experience, having held numerous senior processing roles across a variety of commodities before becoming CEO at Anglo American Platinum in 2020. She joined AAP in 2014 as Group Head of Processing. Other senior positions include Executive vice president and Vice President: Concentrators at Lonmin, General manager at Kilpspruit Colliery, and Metallurgy Manager at BHP’s South African chrome operations.

Dr Bernhard Fuchs,
Senior Vice President, Umicore

Megatrends and their impact on the PGM-market today & tomorrow

Bernhard was appointed in 2009 as senior vice president at Umicore, bringing over 15 years of expertise in precious metal markets, trading, financing, and risk management to the table. As senior VP Bernhard oversees the precious metals management and marketing services at Umicore. Prior to his current position, Bernhard held the position of CFO with Allgemeine Gold und Silberscheideanstalt AG and worked for five years in China where he was inter alia responsible for the creation of the first precious metals recycling plant established by a western company.

Fred Gersdorff,
Socially Responsible and Sustainable Supply Chains Manager,
General Motors

How GM is building a sustainable supply chain to meet the changing requirements for the production of new powertrains

Fred is an experienced business executive, with over 15 years of experience in management positions across the medical, food, power, and automotive industries. Fred currently oversees the sustainability strategy for GM’s purchasing and supply chain organization. Fred received a BA in chemistry and later an MBA in 2015, he is currently undertaking a PhD in Industrial engineering.

Iris van der Veken,
Executive Director,
Responsible Jewellery Council

How a sustainable and ethical approach to jewellery manufacture can enhance the consumer appeal of platinum jewellery

Iris has a background in law and international relations. A sustainability pioneer, leadership executive, humanitarian, and coalition-builder, with more than 20 years of global experience working in fast-paced environments including technology, diamonds, jewellery, fashion, and government. She was appointed as RJC Executive Director in March 2019 and is dedicated to a ‘members first’ strategy and contributing towards the 2030 agenda and the 17 Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). Under her leadership she launched the Generation Equality Campaign for the global jewellery and watch industry.

Terence Kooyker,
Founder and CEO,
Valent Asset Management

How fund managers screen equity opportunities in terms of clean technology and ESG

Terence co-founded Valent after serving as a partner, MD and portfolio manager at Blenheim Capital Management which he joined in 2007. He has extensive experience in the management of commodity funds and working in metals markets, having gained exposure across both precious metals, rare earth elements and other physical metals markets. As a partner at Blenheim Capital Management Terence has overseen risk exposure operations and served on their allocation committee which determined PM allocations of the $9 billion in peak assets. Terence has a background in sciences, gaining a BSc and MSc in neurosciences and an MBA in 2013.

Stephen Forrest,
Chairman, SFA (Oxford)

New beginnings and farewell

After 20 years at the helm of SFA (Oxford), Stephen is retiring from the company. He would like to take this opportunity to look back over some of the highlights of his 42-year PGM career, as well as bid farewell and thank those who have supported the Oxford Platinum Lectures now and over the many years.

The Platinum Standard

In addition, Beresford Clarke will present the latest issue of The Platinum Standard. This highly sought-after publication provides our latest market view and collates all the key industry data and indicators for the past 12 months. 

SFA (Oxford)’s associated publication, The Palladium Standard, was first launched in New York in September 2016 and is released annually.

Event programme

Join us for thought-provoking presentations and passionate debates.

SFA's Covid-19 event policy

Enhanced safety measures for delegates attending our lectures.

Register for the Oxford Platinum Lectures

Friday 13 May 2022 − Attend in-person or watch live online.

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