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Ben joined CRU in October 2016. He has over twelve years' experience of working in commodity research and policy.

Ben leads CRU’s multi commodities consulting team. He has overseen a wide range of market facing macroeconomic and commodity research across energy & metals markets, including projects relating to investment strategy and portfolio management. He has also undertaken extensive analysis into, for example, the implications of clean energy transition for the mining industry, the impacts of public policies on financial performance in the commodities sector, as well as broader issues relating to the contribution of mining to economic development across countries and states.

Prior to joining CRU, Ben was a Principal Economist at BG Group responsible for leading macroeconomic and energy demand analysis, and advising on strategic upstream investment decisions. He has previously worked at the International Monetary Fund and UK Treasury on energy and commodity related (as well as more general macroeconomic and fiscal) policy and research.

Ben has an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Economics from the University of Birmingham. He has published widely on fiscal energy, and commodity related topics in leading international journals.

Forthcoming engagements:

Inter American Development Bank, Washington DC, 15 April 2018, “What does transition to “low carbon” economy mean for resource rich countries in Central and Latin America?”

CRU World Copper Conference 2018: “Will electric mobility transform future copper markets?”

Recent speaking engagements:

CRU Breakfast, London October 2017

CRU Mining and Metals Seminar, Singapore, September 2017

4th Mining on Top- Africa Summit (MOTA), Frankfurt, July 2017

Junior Indaba, Johannesburg, June 2017

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What does a low carbon transition mean for economic development in mining rich countries?

A low carbon transition has begun, bringing huge structural changes in power and transport markets. These trends will have substantial implications not only for metals...

By Ben Jones 02 March 2018