The 7th Mining and Exploration forum “MINEX Russia 2011″ was held in Moscow from 4 to 6 October 2011. Main topic of the forum this year – “Russia – Open for Business” – reflected positive trends in the Russian mining industry and opening for business opportunities in exploration, extraction and processing of solid minerals. Forum participants expressed the hope that mining companies and the state can make an effective use of current favourable trends in the commodity markets to push further development of efficient and investor friendly mining industry in Russia.

The Forum reaffirmed its status as the largest and most prestigious international business event for the Russian mining industry. Over 120 speakers and 600 participants from Russia and CIS, Western Europe, Asia and North America took part in the forum. The exhibition almost doubled this year to 44 exhibitor’s stands, presenting advanced technical and management solutions for the mining industry, as well as mineral exploration projects.

The guest of honour at this year’s forum was a well-known CNN host Mr Larry King who also acts as an advisor to the Silver Bear Resources (Lead sponsor of the forum) – a member company of the Canada based Forbes and Manhattan Group of Companies. Mr King believes that thanks to the huge natural resources, Asia and Russia will be determining further development of the global economy. Mr King, who revealed at the forum his “Russian Core” and family ties with the Belarus republic, also spoke of Silver Bear Resources’ ambitious investment plans in Russia.

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Key speakers at “MINEX Russia 2011”

Speakers Row 1

Larry King  Stan Bharti Prof. Iakov Shneerson

Larry King

Member of the Advisory Board, Forbes & Manhattan Group of Companies, advisor to Silver Bear Resources.

Stan Bharti

Member of Board of Directors of Silver Bear Resources and Chairman and CEO of Forbes & Manhattan Inc.

Prof. Iakov Shneerson

Director of Gidrometallurgiya Research and Development Centre, Professor, Doctor of Engineering Science
Gidrometallurgiya Research and Development Centre

James Nieuwenhuys  Nikolai Zelenski Vasily Makarov

James Nieuwenhuys

Chief Operating Officer, Polyus Gold

Nikolai Zelenski

Chief Executive, Nordgold

Vasily Makarov

General Director, “Pavlik Gold Mining Company”

Speakers Row 2

John Campbell  Mark Trevisiol Lydia Petrashova

John Campbell

Industrial Products Leader for Russia and CEE, PwC

Mark Trevisiol

President and Chief Executive Officer, Director, Silver Bear Resources

Lydia Petrashova

Partner, Transactions and Restructuring/Metals and Mining Sector Head, Russia and CIS, KPMG in Russia and CIS

Dr Hua Guo  Sergey Vasiliev Warwick Morley-Jepson

Dr Hua Guo

Theme Leader, Coal Production, CSIRO

Sergey Vasiliev

CEO, GV Gold

Warwick Morley-Jepson

Regional Vice President, Russia, Kinross Gold Corporation

Speakers Row 3

Jonathan Guy  Jan Lewis Nick Coppin

Jonathan Guy

Director, Equity Research, RBC Capital Markets

Jan Lewis

President, IOM3 – Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Nick Coppin

Managing Director, Wardell Armstrong International

David Pearce  Craig Morley Dr Geoffrey Cowley

David Pearce

General Director, SRK Consulting (Russia)

Craig Morley

CEO, Snowden

Dr Geoffrey Cowley

CEO, White Tiger Gold Ltd

Speakers Row 4

Robin Birchall  Yury Samoletov Sergey Garichev

Robin Birchall

Vice President, Investment Banking, BMO Capital Markets

Yury Samoletov

General Director, Mechel-Engineering OOO

Sergey Garichev

Deputy General Director, MBC Corporation

Kirill Kozenyashev  Jon Edwards Prof. Vadim Petrov

Kirill Kozenyashev

Head of Strategy and Business Development Department, Severstal Resources

Jon Edwards

Deputy Head of Primary Markets – Emerging Markets, London Stock Exchange

Professor Vadim Petrov

Provost, Moscow State Mining University; Vice-president, Mining Educational and Methodological Association of Russian Universities (RMPI)