Robert Fig

The Metals Risk Team, Partner

Robert has recently set up his own commodity risk management consultancy and is part of the Metals Risk Team, the world’s foremost authority on metal price risk management. He comes with over 40 years of experience in the commodity markets. From post-graduate studies in economics and development studies in South Africa, he moved into mining and agricultural commodity research, then into a base metal marketing capacity at a number of institutions, most notably the Bank of Nova Scotia.

In 2003 working for Mittal Steel and later ArcelorMittal, he set up, centralized and ran a commodity risk management operation for the world’s largest steel producer giving him invaluable experience inside a major industrial institution. Robert has also been consulted by various global, regional and academic institutions on commodity risk management. After joining the London Metal Exchange in 2011 Robert ran over 100 public and bespoke training courses in commodity risk management.

Robert has significant experience in analyzing commodity risks in softs, metals, energy, shipping and carbon both in exchange and OTC products. He has delivered training to senior decision makers at major mining, industrial and global institutions across the world helping them to understand best practice in the management of their commodity risks. Much of his work centers on the steel, specialty and stainless-steel industries.

As a widely considered world leader in this field his career has delved into every area of the commodity markets having worked in research, banking, trading, managing corporate risk, working for an exchange and adds training to a most interesting career.

Robert continues to provide bespoke training services for the LME and Euromoney in the delivery of LME public training and has been a regular presenter at Oxford University’s Programme in Leadership and Public Policy. In 2020 Robert has gone back to university part-time to undertake a PhD in commodity risk management.

Robert’s simple, inclusive and engaging teaching methods have always garnered great feedback from those he trains.