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Alex established CRU's office in Sydney with his role focusing primarily on the development of CRU's Coal market offerings and CRU Consulting work in the region. 

Prior to joining CRU, Alex worked for over a decade as a commodities analyst with a broad knowledge of metals and mining commodities and companies. Alex gained his experience at several major banks including Citigroup and Merrill Lynch, for a period of 12 years where he covered bulk commodities and base metals.

He was then appointed as manager of Market Analysis at Xstrata Coal, where responsibilities included the formulation of the company's business strategy, marketing plans, budgeting and work on business development and M&A reviews and analysis.

Alex brings extensive real-world experience of the thermal and metallurgical coal markets, as well as a broader multi-commodity experience and expertise in the financial analysis of resource companies and assets.

Alex holds a Master of Commerce (Majoring in Finance) and BEng in Mining Engineering and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.