Authors’ Bios

Jack Lifton is a Founding Principal of Technology Metals Research, LLC. He is also a consultant, author, and lecturer on the market fundamentals of the technology metals, the term that he coined to describe those strategic rare metals whose electronic properties make our technological society possible. These include the rare earths, lithium and most of the rare metals.

Educated as a physical chemist, specializing in high-temperature metallurgy, Jack was first a researcher before becoming both a marketing and manufacturing executive. Finally, he became a metal trader specializing in the field of technology metals and of rare metals.

Today, after 50 years of industry involvement, he advises both OEM high tech industry and the global institutional-investment community, on the natural resource issues that impact either a proposed business model or a high-volume manufacturing plan for the mass market.

His work today is principally as a due-diligence consultant for institutional investors, looking into opportunities where rare and technology metals availability are a factor in determining the probability of commercial success of a metals-related venture.

Jack is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security.

Christopher Ecclestone is a Principal and mining strategist at Hallgarten & Company and is based in London.

Prior to founding Hallgarten & Company in 2003 he was the head of research at an economic thinktank in New Jersey which he had joined in 2001. Before moving to the U.S., he was the founder and head of research at the esteemed Argentine equity research firm, Buenos Aires Trust Company, from 1991 until 2001. Prior to his arrival in Argentina, he worked in London beginning in 1985 as a corporate finance and equities analyst and as a freelance consultant on the restructuring of the securities industry.

He graduated in 1981 from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

John Petersen is a lawyer and accountant who’s devoted over three decades to advising clients on complex corporate finance, disclosure and reporting, and corporate governance issues. He has held board seats and executive suite positions in the mining, oil and gas and battery industries, and served as issuer’s counsel for several SEC registration statements.

His decades of experience give him a unique insider’s view of the public and private equity markets and an encyclopedic knowledge of the business and technical issues that he writes about. Over the last decade, he has earned a global following for his articles on the energy storage and alternative energy sectors. He has contributed to SeekingAlpha, The Street,, AltEnergyStocks, InvestorIntel and Batteries International Magazine.

He is a 1979 graduate of the Notre Dame Law School and a 1976 graduate of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1980 and licensed to practice as a CPA in 1981. His diverse experience in corporate finance, natural resource development and energy storage give him a unique and sometimes unsettling perspective on the technical, economic and supply chain challenges facing the battery industry.

Robin Bromby has been a working journalist for 56 years, and since 1988 has been specialising in mining and commodity issues. He wrote on those subjects for “The Australian”, the national daily based in Sydney for 19 years as a staff writer, and then as a contributing columnist for a further nine years. He is also the author of a number of books, including “The Mining Investor’s Handbook” and “Gold Always Wins”. He now writes extensively about technology metals.