Lars Schernikau

Shareholder HMS Bergbau AG
Germany & Singapore


Dr. Lars Schernikau joined the commodity business 20 years ago and before worked at The Boston Consulting Group in the USA and Germany from 1997-2003. As a co-founder, shareholder and former member of the supervisory board in the German-based, publicly listed, international commodity marketing and mining companies HMS Bergbau AG and IchorCoal NV, Lars has founded, worked for, and advised a number of companies in the global raw material sector in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.

Currently, Lars focuses on further developing the companies’ global operations as well as marketing of energy and other commodities in Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe and the Indian subcontinent. HMS has been marketing US coal and petcoke products for over a decade.
Next to his operational work in the commodity industry, Lars is an energy economist and a regular keynote speaker at major energy & commodity conferences, workshops, and universities around the world. Lars advises selected governments, banks, and conglomerates on energy policy. Lars has published books, scientific research, and press articles relating to energy raw materials and energy policy and has been peer-reviewing several energy related books and research papers. His most recent book “The Unpopular Truth… about Electricity and the Future of Energy” can be accessed at

Lars currently resides primarily in Switzerland, was raised Berlin, Germany, studied Finance at New York University, received his MBA from INSEAD in France, and earned his doctoral degree in energy economics with focus on energy, commodities, and coal at the Technical University Berlin, Germany.