2017 Industry Expert Speakers

Meet the industry experts who will spoke at the TiO2 World Summit 2017 conference:

  • Reg Adams

    Chief Executive Artikol

    After graduating in Chemistry & Economics from Birmingham University, Reg Adams began his career at Amalgamated Metal and was later seconded to English China Clays (now Imerys), where he wrote his MBA thesis on company growth. At British Sulphur (now CRU) during the 1970s, he edited a range of publications on industrial chemicals and fertiliser raw materials. His first book Titanium & Titanium Dioxide (ISBN 0903199793) was published by Financial Times Business Books in May 1984. His seventh and most recent book Titanium Minerals: Global Industry, Market & Outlook (ISBN 9781910922088) was published by Roskill in August 2016. Reg Adams has also been retained as an expert witness in matters of commercial litigation or investment scrutiny and he has been commissioned as a speaker at more than 60 international conferences, including each of the TiO2 conferences hosted by Smithers (and predecessor companies) since 1992. He has also chaired a number of conference sessions. His company - Artikol (founded in 1977) - specialises in market intelligence and publishing on mining and chemicals. Drawing on Artikol’s extensive information database, Reg Adams compiles and edits the monthly bulletin Focus on Pigments and the quarterly TiO2 Worldwide Update. For further details, see http://www.artikol.com.

    • United Kingdom
  • Mazen Alnaimi

    Chairman of the Board & CEO Argex Titanium Inc

    Vast experience spanning almost 30 years in commercialization of projects. Started the first private-sector petrochemical facility in the Arabian Gulf, Chemanol (from a $1.5M venture investment to a $700M publicly traded company). He was the visionary and oversaw all aspects of project. BS in Civil Engineering from University of Nebraska and MBA from University of Houston.

  • Eric Bender

    General Manager MSSP TZMI

    Eric is the general manager of TZMI’s Markets, Strategic Services, and Publications business unit at TZMI. Additionally, Eric is the lead subject matter expert for TZMI’s TiO2 business practice. He has been with TZMI since 2009.

    Eric has more than 20 years of experience in the chemical industry. Eric’s TiO2 experience comes from Tronox where he held positions in engineering, strategic sourcing, strategy, and M&A from 1999-2007. He also worked for Eastman Chemical as a corporate strategy manager between roles at Tronox and TZMI. Academically, Eric has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Mississippi State University.

    Eric is located in the Houston, TX area where he also serves as the country manager for all US employees.

  • Jirko Bezdicek

    CEO Levenger Nanotechnology

    Jiri Bezdicek, 57 years old, born in Czech Republic, living in Spain, studied economics, founded Levenger as renewable energy company, Levenger is also dedicated to bring to market nanotechnology applications for photocatalysis to clean the air and water.

    I participate in many R&D projects focusing the photocatalysis on clean air, developing new way of purifying emerging pollutants from residual and industrial waters, reducing bacteria in salted water as pretreatment for inverse osmosis.

  • Javier Cabedo

    General Manager Endeka Ceramics

    Chemical Engineer specialized in Ceramics by the University Jaime I of Castellón. Obtained a degree in Business Management while working in the development of glazes, frits, and colors in Endeka Spain laboratory. Currently, lead the team developing and producing the ceramic digital inks for Endeka Ceramics from 2013. Also appointed as General Manager for SE Asia unit by the end of 2014. Rewarded with a position as a Shareholder on 2016.

  • Gary L. Cianfichi

    President FP-Pigments Inc.

    Gary Cianfichi is the President of the FP-Pigments’ Americas business.  FP-Pigments is a privately held Finland based producer of high-performance specialty pigments for a variety of end-use applications. 

    Prior to his current role, Cianfichi was the marketing director for the Materials Technology business of WR Grace, a titanium industry consultant and for 27 years an executive for Cristal, formerly the Millennium Chemicals TiO2 business. 

    At Cristal and Millennium, Cianfichi held a number of executive management positions including, Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales and Vice President of Supply Chain and IT. 

    He has lived and worked in various countries including stints in the United Kingdom, Belgium and Australia.  He was the Chairman of the Cefic Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association (a TiO2 industry trade group based in Europe), is a past member of the U.S. National Paint and Coatings Association Board of Directors (now the ACA), has served as Chairman for a few global TiO2 industry conferences, was on the executive planning committee for the Maryland affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and currently volunteers with the Maryland Special Olympics. 

    Cianfichi is married with two adult children and resides in Delray Beach, Florida. 

  • Damjana Drobne

    Head of the group for Nanobiology and Nanotoxicology Univeristy of Ljubljana

    Damjana Drobne is a Professor of Zoology and Professor of Toxicology from University of Ljubljana  with over twenty five years of research experiences. She is the founder and principal investigator of a research group for nanobiology and nanotoxicology (http://www.bionanoteam.com/). Togetehre with national and interabntional coleegs she has   published more than 100 original scientific publications and many book chapters. Her group was a partner in two large scale 7.OP EU projects (NanoMile, NanoValid), and is a partner in two Horizon 2020 project (NanoFase) and MSCA-ITN-2015 project (Pandora).

    At a national level, her group was founder of two national centers of excellence (CO NAMASTE and CO NanoCentre).  Since 2001, she is continuously coordinating national research projects. Recently she become an advisor to Slovenian Innovation Hub-European Economic Interest Grouping (http://www.sis-egiz.eu/) as an expert responsible for nanosafety. In 2017, Biotechnical Faculty awarded her by Jesenko Prize in order to recognize her lifetime achievements

  • Bill Eibon

    Director - Global Color Technology Platform PPG

    Education - B.S. Chemistry Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, Ohio. Began coatings career at PPG Industries in 1986 color matching metallic automotive paints and developing color master panels. Four years developing & commercializing first waterborne automotive basecoat system at PPG.

    Eight years’ experience in Operations leading teams in Project management, Civil, Mechanical & Chemical Engineering, advanced equipment prototyping, and waterborne basecoat production. Four years as Global Manager, Waterborne Basecoat Technology. Responsible for New Product Development Process for waterborne coatings, polymers and intermediates.

    Three years as Global Director Technology Transfer for PKAF LLC a joint venture between PPG Industries, Inc. and Kansai Paints LLC. December 2006 to present as Director, Global Color Technology Platform for Automotive OEM.  Responsibilities include pigment design & evaluation, tint paste development & commercialization, instrumental color & machine learning, computer generated imaging and new color styling.

    In 2011, Bill also assumed the position of Director-Global Technical Processes. As part of this new position, he is responsible for technical specifications, technology transfer and processing parameters for raw materials, resins, intermediates and finished good products. December 2015, Assumed position Director, Technology Acquisition.  Focusing on material science, pre-commercial R&D and external collaboration.

    • USA
  • Pierfrancesco Fois

    Deputy Executive Director ETAD

    Pierfrancesco Fois was born in Italy in 1969, where he completed his Master degree in Organic Chemistry in 1995.

    He continued to do research work in Italy until 1997, when he went abroad and first worked at the University of Ulm in Germany, then moved to Zurich, where he obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University in 2003.

    After having worked as a chemistry teacher he started in 2005 at ETAD (the Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers) as Responsible for Research and Documentation. He is now Deputy Executive Director of the association.

    The main focus of his activities is the collection, evaluation and distribution of all information on the eco/toxicological properties of colorants in all colorant applications. This information is the basis of the communication with ETAD’s members, with other associations and with national as well as international authorities. He represents ETAD’s international group of responsible companies and their common goal to use up-to-date, sound scientific knowledge to improve continuously the safety of colorants for workers and consumers.

  • Robert Gibney

    General Manager Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Sales Iluka Resources

    Robert Gibney is General Manager Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Sales for Iluka Resources, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. 

    Mr. Gibney has over 30 years of pigment industry experience, having spent over 21 years with Tronox/Kerr-McGee Chemical in a wide variety of management positions, including

    Vice President Global Pigment Marketing, Vice President Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs, Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain and Chief Administrative Officer.

    [Gibney_Robert] Having joined Iluka on February 1, 2014, Mr. Gibney is focused on developing Iluka’s TiO2 feedstock sale strategies along with increasing the TiO2 expertise within the company.

  • Colin Godefroy

    International Raw Material Manager L’Oréal Research and Innovation

    After a MSc in biotechnology from Compiègne University of Technology (France) and KAIST (Korea), I started working in the food industry in Japan, then joined L’Oréal Research 10 years ago. I first held formulation positions in make-up and skincare, before moving on to the raw materials department, where my playground is Open Innovation in color and photoprotection.

    I am passionate about color ingredients and the richness of the cosmetic world in terms of needs, cultures, scientific problematics and technologies. I am thrilled to live the present time, when the color cosmetic market is booming while our industry undergoes deep transformations through consumers and competition change of model, going towards clean, natural and sustainable beauty.

  • Andriy Gonchar

    Head of R&D and QA RD Titan Group Innovative TiO2

    Research and development of the new technologies of TiO2 manufacturing and different innovative TiO2 grades for special applications: for Paint and Coatings (e-Coat, Printing Inks, Coil Coating, Automotive, Industrial, Marine, Aerospace, Powder Coatings, Wood), Plastics (Masterbatches, Thin Film, Plastisols, PVC for Windows Profiles), Decor Paper, Food and Drugs, Cosmetics including nano-TiO2. Consulting and transfer of the technologies for reconstruction old TiO2 plants and development new TiO2 projectsHead of R&D and QA, RD Titan Group Innovative TiO2


  • Philippe Guillemaille

    TiO2 Manager TNG Limited

    Philippe Guillemaille is a highly experienced sales and marketing professional in the chemical industry. He has held positions as sales manager for Fuji Film (Japan), Metallgesellschaft (Germany) and Monsanto/Exxon Chemicals (U.S.) among others. He began his career in the TiO2 industry 20 years ago with Kronos and Argex Titanium. His academic studies include a degree from the Lyon Institute of Technology, France.

  • Fiona Macleod

    General Manager Billions Europe Ltd, Lomon Billions Group

    Fiona is a chartered engineer with over 30 years of practical experience leading multidisciplinary and multinational teams through times of change. As general manager of Billions Europe Ltd, she runs the international sales office of a wholly owned subsidiary of Lomon Billions, the largest manufacturer of high performance titanium dioxide pigments in China.

    Prior to joining Lomon Billions, Fiona worked with BP, Johnson Matthey, Victrex, Eastman, Hovione and ICI in a variety of manufacturing, engineering and project roles. She studied Chemical Engineering in the UK at Cambridge University and is a fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

  • Roderick McIllree

    Managing Director Blue Jay Mining Plc

    Mr Roderick McIllree is a corporate geologist. A graduate Kalgoorlie School of Mines he has focussed on frontier locations gaining a global perspective of commodities. Having worked in Greenland for the last 10 years he was the founding Managing Director of Greenland Minerals and Energy Ltd which worked successfully to overturn the multi decade Danish / Greenlandic ban on Uranium exploitation/exploration.

  • Frank J. Mitsch

    Managing Director Wells Fargo Securities

    Frank J. Mitsch is a Managing Director and Senior Chemicals Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2011, Frank followed the chemicals sector as a sell-sider for 15 years, including at Merrill Lynch, Chase H&Q, and BB&T Capital Markets. In its World’s Top Analysts survey, the Financial Times/StarMine ranked him No. 1 for estimate accuracy for 2010 and 2011, and he has been named a top three earnings estimator in his industry in seven out of ten years.

    Frank has also been named four times in The Wall Street Journal’s Best on the Street analyst survey for stock selection.  Prior to his Wall Street career, he worked for 11 years in the chemical industry, including two years in Europe.

    Frank received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, where he was a midfielder on the record-setting lacrosse team. He holds an MBA from Montclair State University.

  • Guy Parker

    Public Affairs Manager Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association (TDMA)

    Guy has been working in Brussels since 1999. He has held a number of positions in European organisations since completing an internship with the European Commission in 2000. After working with the EU Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce, he spent four years in SME support with the former Commission Directorate for Enterprise and Industry. This was followed by nearly nine years with FORATOM, the European representation for the nuclear energy industry. Since the beginning of 2015, Guy works at Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, firstly in energy policy and since September 2016, as Manager for Public Affairs under the Specialty Chemicals division.

  • Jan Prochazka, PhD

    President Advanced Materials – JTJ

    The president of Advanced Materials JTJ, Dr. Jan Prochazka, has spent over two decades in nano-technology research in the USA and in the Czech Republic. Dr. Prochazka is an author of over hundred patents, while most of them were brought to the commercial stage.  His technologies are being used by the Advanced Materials-JTJ,  its four daughter companies,  or have been licensed and implemented by large companies. 

    After joining the Advanced Materials-JTJ in 2006 Dr. Prochazka has continued his intensive nano research in the Czech Republic.  He and his team have brought the air purification photocatalytic technology to the global market. The technology of TiO2 air purifying and self-cleaning coatings is patent-protected worldwide. The FN® Coatings technology is based on TiO2 nano-materials and a special inorganic binding system.  Jan Prochazka has created a whole new generation of intelligent air purifying coatings with a unique three-dimensional structure. This open morphology with highly accessible surface offers a high air and water depollution capacity and many new benefits when compared to the conventional TiO2 photocatalytic paints.  

    Advanced Materials-JTJ  is a recognized leader in the field of applied nanotechnology research and environmental science.  It  has four daughter companies now. Most important are  HE3DA, producing lithium batteries, FN NANO, marketing the photocatalytic coatings and NanoTio with exclusive rights to the patent protected economical manufacturing of TiO2 nanoparticles. NanoEma’s program for thermal barriers allowing construction of faster airplanes, more economical air transportation, and cheaper generation of electricity by gas turbines still provides an opportunity for motivated investors. 

    • Czech Republic
  • Philippe Reutenauer

    Additives, Colorants, Barriers & Differentiation Manager Danone

    I like to tell people I have a superpower: I can see the world at the level of molecules. And I am lucky my job is to use that superpower to look after what is happening within Danone’s packaging.  You should think of me as a translator between chemistry world and packaging world.

    My employment history is as follows:

    Danone, Evian, France, 2016 to present. Additives, Colorants, Barriers & Differentiation Manager within Danone’s Plastic Material Techno Center. Innovation and problem solving by understanding what is added to plastic to transform it into packaging attractive to consumers. This is done in multilateral conversations with various actors in plastic packaging production value chain. + Selection of HDPE for use in caps in Danone Waters.

    Danone, Evian, France, 2011 to 2016. Plastic raw material Manager within Danone Reaserch Packaging Center. Managing projects linked to 100 % biobased plastic for producing bottles for waters and beverages applications: 1) PEF via consortium with Avantium, Alpla and Coca-Cola, 2) scouting for 100% biobased PET leading to NatuALL, an alliance between Danone, Nestlé and Origin Material

    Cuisine Innovation, Dijon, France, 2008 to 2010. R&D Manager. Innovation in cooking by making molecular gastronomy accessible.

    ETH, Zürich, Switzerland, 2007. Post-doctoral fellow in the team of Pr. Diederich. Synthesis of a new class of polycyanoolefins.

    Institut de Sciences et Ingéniérie Supramoléculaire, Strasbourg, 2003 to 2006. PhD studies under the supervision of Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn (Nobel Laureate 1987). Dynamic combinatorial chemistry based on Diels-Alder reaction leading to room temperature self-healing polymers.

  • Alison Saxby

    Director Roskill Information Services Ltd

    Alison Saxby graduated in Minerals Engineering from Leeds University. She has had a 30-year career studying and analysing mineral and metal markets.  Working for companies such as Metal Bulletin, Material Technology Publications, Fergusson Wild, and for the last five years, Roskill.

    Alison has written many publications and articles on all aspects of the titanium minerals industry. Roskill has been covering the titanium metal markets for over 40 years, and Alison recently edited and co-authored the latest edition of "Titanium Metal; Global Industry, Markets and Outlook". 

  • Magnus Thörnqvist

    Lead Buyer Colorants A.Schulman

    Am currently Lead Buyer for color pigments in EMEA. Leading the strategic pigment evaluation as well. Both commercial and technical background. Been in the Masterbatch and color business since 1996 where have had various responsibilities in procurement, sourcing, laboratory, quality control and manufacturing segments over the years.

  • Jean-François Turgeon

    Executive Vice President Tronox

    Jean-François Turgeon serves as Executive Vice President since joining Tronox on January 1, 2014. He oversees the combined business operations of the company’s Mineral Sands and Pigment & Electrolytic Divisions.

    Turgeon brings decades of experience in leadership positions in the global titanium dioxide business.  He joined Tronox from the Rio Tinto Group, where he served for more than 24 years, most recently in London as managing director of its $3 billion iron and titanium division.  In that role, he had oversight over international TiO2 operations in Canada, South Africa, and Madagascar, and regional sales offices in the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Asia and the Pacific.  Previously, he held several executive, mining operations, and chemical research engineering positions in Rio Tinto’s titanium dioxide business unit.

    Turgeon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Universite Laval in Quebec City and a master’s degree in hydrometallurgy from McGill University in Montreal.


    • USA
  • Wu Zhonghui

    Founder and Managing Director KComber

    Mr. Wu has worked in the chemical industry as a senior government official, and he was a factory director before he founded Kcomber. With his strategic vision, extensive administration experience and solid knowledge, Mr. Wu has led Kcomber to become a leading data and Business Intelligence provider focused on China and the Asia Pacific Rim. Kcomber as a brand has been highly respected among international counterparts.

    In his early years in Kcomber, Mr. Wu led the company to build robust methodology in research that focuses on being accurate, complete and timely. In recent years, Mr. Wu has been leading Kcomber to integrate advanced technologies and consultancy capacities to provide a web based online database called ValoTracer, the largest data driven online platform in China suited for investors and corporations. With a decade’s development, Kcomber major brand, CCM, now runs 17 newsletters and 400 industry & product reports, monitors 2000 product prices, consumption, producers and import/export information, and provides tailored consultancy service upon demand.

    Mr.Wu is a Chinese market expert himself. He has been working closely with clients from crop protection and seed industry giants, helping multi-national companies to grow and expand in China’s world second largest market. He has been invited to speak in numerous forums and summits. Mr.Wu’s knowledge and leadership have been respected by executives of world leading corporations such as Monsanto and BASF.

    Mr. Wu earned a B.S degree in Polymers from Tianjin University in 1991 and a M.S. degree in high polymer from South China University of Technology in 1996. He and his wife have two sons.

    • China