Abdulla J M Kalban MD & CEO Abdulla Kalban is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside the oil and gas industry.
Abdulla has spent his entire career at EGA and its predecessor companies. He joined as a graduate trainee in 1985. He has played a leading role in the development of EGA from a single regional aluminium smelter into a global aluminium industry leader.
Today EGA’s production makes the UAE the world’s fourth largest aluminium producing nation. Aluminium is the largest made-in-the-UAE export after oil and gas.
Under Abdulla’s leadership, EGA is expanding upstream and internationally, building a bauxite mine and alumina refinery project in the Republic of Guinea and the UAE’s first alumina refinery in Abu Dhabi. EGA now has over 300 customers in more than 60 countries. EGA’s aluminium reaches every inhabited continent, and is part of buildings and products from the Burj Khalifa to BMW cars.
EGA has used its own technology in every expansion in the 1990s and in 2016 became the first UAE industrial company to licence its core industrial process technology internationally. Abdulla leads a team of over 7,500 people at EGA including 1,200 UAE Nationals.
Abdulla was appointed Chief Executive Officer of EGA’s predecessor company Dubai Aluminium in 2005 and President and Chief Executive Officer in 2008. EGA was formed through the merger of Dubai Aluminium and Emirates Aluminium in 2014, and Abdulla was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
He is also the Chairman of the Gulf Aluminium Council, Vice Chairman of the Federal Electricity & Water Authority, and a board member of the International Aluminium Institute, Dubai International Financial Centre, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University and Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.
Abdulla is a member of committees at The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and the Dubai Executive Council Committee for Infrastructure & Environment.