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Rolando started his career with CRU Analysis in 2008, working in the Steel team in London, specifically in the design and development of the nickel industry cost model (Nickel & Chrome team).

After this, Rolando joined the CRU Consulting team in Santiago and participated in several projects for mining producers and investment entities in Chile and Latin America, mainly focused on performance improvement, cost analysis and risk assessments.

Later he worked for another company in Chile, providing consulting to major mining operations and government entities, including risk management, mining project evaluation, real option valuation, stochastic analysis for strategic mine plan selection, mine evaluation tools and technical tender design for the Chilean government.

After this he returned to CRU Consulting in 2012, where he has been involved in leading projects on strategic decision making for metal producing companies, mainly South America, market studies for various metal commodities, opex benchmark analysis and copper marketing modelling. Rolando leads and manages the delivery of all studies in Santiago related to operational benchmarks and assessments in mining and metallurgy.

Rolando holds a BSc in Industrial Mining Engineering and an MEng in Mineral Economics from the Catholic University of Chile. He is fluent in Spanish and English and has conversational Portuguese.

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Global lithium supply exceeds expectations despite varying producer fortunes

Recent developments in mined lithium supply, at both incumbent producers and new or expanding projects, have served to reinforce the concentration of production among a...

By Alex Laugharne, Ying Dai, Rolando Lay, Amir Sabet & Alice Yu 20 April 2017