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Ian has 9 years’ experience both as a market analyst and industry consultant. He is currently Head of Consulting, Hong Kong and SE Asia with overall responsibility for CRU’s Consulting business in the region. Between 2015-2017, he was Desk Manager Non-Ferrous Metals and 2012-2015 Desk Manager Ferrous Metals with responsibility for designing and executing consulting projects in these respective areas for a global client base.

Ian has lead numerous consulting projects in the areas of strategy development, financial transactions and negotiation support across a wide range of commodities including iron ore, coal, manganese, copper, aluminium, sulphur, sulphuric acid and uranium. He has undertaken primary research at mines and metals processing facilities all over the world and delivered presentations and workshops to senior managers and company executives. Additionally, Ian is recognised as an expert on the uranium and nuclear power markets. Some recent consulting projects include the following.

  • Uranium Market Expert Witness. Lead a team of 4-5 consultants and experts to evaluate a number of commercial and technical assumptions used in a damage claim in a legal dispute. This included pricing, costs, industry structure and market conditions. Ian gave evidence at the London Court of International Arbitration in late 2017
  • Lithium IPO, Project Director. Overall responsibility for quality and issue resolution for the development of an IPO prospectus and supporting consulting services for a Chinese company listing on the Hong Kong Exchange in 2018
  • Iron Ore Pellet Project Due Diligence. Project design and client liaison for a Chinese company looking at acquiring an mining and pelletising project in the Americas.
  • Steel Market Acquisition Due Diligence. Assessment and development of market and technical inputs for a financial model for a SE Asian steelmaker

Ian holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom.

Articles by our industry expert


Silk Road yellowcake trade and its impact on Chinese stockpiles

It is difficult to overstate the importance to the uranium market outlook of inventories held by Chinese utilities. Over the past 5-10 years, the magnitude of planned...

By Ian Hiscock 18 February 2016   
Topic: Uranium