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Eng. Abd Elzaher Abd Elsattar Hassan
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Egyptalum

Eng. Abdelzaher Abdelsattar Hassan Abdou is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Egyptalum.

He brings more than 37 years of experience to Egyptalum in the Aluminium production process.

He was graduated from the faculty of metallurgical engineering, Suez canal university in 1977 then he joined Egyptalum on July 1979 as Aluminium reduction specialist in pot room No. 2 then he promoted gradually and contributed with his experience and leadership in the same line of Egyptalum strategic view of  increasing the productivity by transformation of existing production lines- Soderberg cells- (pot lines No 1 to 6) to prebaked cells which increased the annual production capacity to 320,000 tons by the end of 2010.

Depending on his experience and good well which came from both his managerial tasks and many training courses, he was assigned to be Egyptalum chairman & CEO on December 2012- which helps him more keep the profitability level of Egyptalum- as well as both Egyptanode and Ferrous Silicon company's board member.

 

Speaker: Session 1: Industry Keynote Panel: Global Map Redrawn: As New Supply & Demand Centers Emerge, What Are the Challenges & Opportunities for the Middle East’s Aluminium Sector?

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 11:30 to 12:15

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Abdulaziz A. Al Harbi
President
Ma’aden Aluminium Company

Ma’aden Aluminium Company is a joint venture between Ma’aden and Alcoa.  Once fully completed, the US$10.8b project will the largest and most efficient fully integrated aluminium complex in the world.

MA’s facilities consist of a bauxite mine at Al Ba’itha in Qassim province in the centre of the Kingdom, which connects by railway to an alumina refinery, aluminium smelter, can sheet rolling mill and automotive mill at Ras Al Khair, 90km north of Jubail in the Eastern Province.

Mr. Harbi joined Ma’aden in 2007 as project director of Ma’aden Phosphate Company, and a year later was named President of the business. He led the company’s Phosphate Project, which involved using natural gas and sulfur resources at the Al Jalamid site to manufacture various types of phosphates, including Diammonium Phosphate (DAP), which is used as a fertilizer and fire retardant, and ammonia, primarily sold to the international market. He was named to head Ma’aden Aluminium in 2011.

Before joining Ma’aden, Mr. Harbi held leadership positions and led major projects with several well established Saudi companies. He was Director General, Operation, Technical & Expansion Project for SAFCO (Saudi Arabian Fertilizer Company), the country’s first petrochemical company, a position he held for five years starting in 2002. Earlier, Mr. Harbi served as General Manager, Planning for SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation. From 2000-2002 he led SABIC’s Transformation Project, which involved developing an Enterprise Resource Planning System. It was a major change in the company unifying the business process across the organization and implementing SAP system. He also held plant operation and technical positions with IBB, a SABIC affiliate that produces ammonia and urea, where he worked for several years.

Mr. Harbi is a member of the Ma’aden Aluminium Board of Directors and a member of its Executive Committee, which sets strategic direction. Previously, he served on the board of MIC (Ma’aden infrastructure Company), Project Interface Manager at Ma’aden, which facilitated the development of Saudi Arabia’s mineral resources. He also served as a board member in AlBayroni, a 50/50 SABIC joint venture formed in 1981 with Taiwan Fertilizer Company, and IBN AL-BAYTAR, the National Chemical Fertilizer Company.

Mr. Harbi holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Chemical Engineering from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and an Advanced Management and Leadership degree from Oxford University, London.

 

Speaker: Session 1: Industry Keynote Panel: Global Map Redrawn: As New Supply & Demand Centers Emerge, What Are the Challenges & Opportunities for the Middle East’s Aluminium Sector?

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 11:30 to 12:15

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Abdulla Jassem Kalban
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)

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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

BSc (Industrial Engineering)

University of New Haven, USA

CORE AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Strategic business initiatives and management.

Negotiating strategic collaborations and partnerships.

Asset development and management.

Business analysis and modelling.

Benchmarking and process improvement.

Quality management.

Emiratization initiatives.

Global policy-making.

Market expansion.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Leading role in developing the UAE’s largest industrial company outside oil and gas.

Heads EGA, which is a major UAE exporter with customers in over 60 countries

EGA is also the first UAE industrial company to export large-scale industrial technology

Now leading expansion of EGA upstream and internationally.

Presiding board member of corporate and financial entities.

Led the integration of DUBAL and EMAL to form EGA.

LANGUAGES:

English & Arabic

 

Speaker: Session 1: Industry Keynote Panel: Global Map Redrawn: As New Supply & Demand Centers Emerge, What Are the Challenges & Opportunities for the Middle East’s Aluminium Sector?

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 11:30 to 12:15

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Ali Al Abri
Treasurer and Board Member; General Manager and Country Head of HR
OSHRM; HSBC Bank Oman

He graduated in Business Administration, Foreign Trade and Investment.

Ali has extensive experience and professional qualifications in the field of Human Resources whilst serving tenure with the InterContinental Hotel Group from 1995, wherein he assumed different roles within HR, Learning and Development. He also served as Head for HR for Al Bustan Palace Hotel and Regional Director, Manpower Planning for the Group in Oman. Ali is a founding member of Oman Bankers Association and serves in the Broad of Directors of Oman Society for Human Resources Management.

 

Speaker: Session 8: How Should the Right Balance be Struck Between Automation, Employment & Productivity? 

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 09:15 to 10:00

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Ali Al-Baqali
Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Supply Chain Officer
Aluminium Bahrain (Alba)

Ali Al-Baqali is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Supply Chain Officer. In his current

position, he manages the following departments – Financial Accounting & Controlling, Strategic Supply & Planning, Legal, Procurement & Warehousing, and Calciner & Marine.

Prior to this position, Ali was the Manager of Procurement & Warehousing, where he led the Purchasing, Warehouse & Inventory Management functions since April 2010, during which he made significant improvements in the procurement cycle & the supply chain, as well as formulated various sourcing strategies for key material categories.

Ali’s experience in procurement is extensive as he was known for being perceptive in handling strategic issues with the company’s major vendors. At various stages during his 18 years with Alba, he led many successful projects namely the Bar-coding system in Warehouse, Satellite Stores optimisation, AlbaSmartWay Wave program, etc. Starting his career in Alba as a purchasing officer Ali then got certified as QMS & EMS internal auditor and headed various sections in Materials Management. Prior Alba, Ali worked in the fields of Accounting in YBA Kanoo and of Purchasing in GIIC (Gulf Industrial Investment Company) and Delmon Poultry.

Ali holds a B.S.C. degree in Accounting from the University of Bahrain, an MBA from the French Arabian Business School / ESSEC, is a Professional member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), UK. He is a Board member of INJAZ and of Tenmou, The first Bahraini Business Angels Company. 

 

Speaker: Session 3: Global Market Economic Review and LME Price Outlook: What’s the Road Ahead?

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 14:00 to 14:45

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Dr. Ali Hussain Ahmed Mohamed Al Zarouni
Executive Vice President: Midstream, Technology Development and Transfer
Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)

Dr. Ali Al Zarouni holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from University of Arizona (U.S.A.),

a Master’s degree in Quality Management from University of Wollongong, a Doctorate (Ph.D.) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and completed a Program for Executive Development in IMD, Switzerland. 

Having joined Dubai Aluminium PJSC (“DUBAL”) in March 1991, Ali has served at the company for 24 years.  During his tenure, Ali has been involved in all of DUBAL’s expansion projects – from the Falcon project (1995) to the Potline 5B expansion project (completed August 2007), and thus holds extensive knowledge and expertise in the aluminium smelting industry. He began his career as a Graduate Trainee in the Potrooms, becoming Shift Supervisor in 1993, and then Operations Engineer in 1997. He was promoted to Manager: Reduction Lines 1-9 in 2001, subsequently becoming Senior Manager: Potrooms in 2004. 

Ali was appointed General Manager: Smelter Operations mid-2007 and was promoted to the post of Vice President: Smelter Operations in 2008 (making him a member of DUBAL’s ExecutiveManagement team). Conceptualised and implemented amperage creep projects that enabled DUBAL to increase its hotmetal production by 15% to 30% across different technologies with minimal investment In 2011, he also assumed responsibility for DUBAL’s Technology Development & Transfer department and launched development of DUBAL’s proprietary, in-house developed high-amperage DX and DX+ reduction cell technologies. He also played a lead role in the development of the next generation DX+ Ultra reduction cell technology.

Following the integration of DUBAL and Emirates Aluminium PJSC (“EMAL”) in 2014, coincident with the formation of Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC (“EGA”), Ali was initially appointed as Senior Vice President: Jebel Ali Operations, Technology Development & Transfer and currently holding the position of Executive Vice President, Midstream, leading the Midstream Business Unit, comprising of Energy, Technical, Reduction, Carbon & Port, Technology Development & Transfer and Maintenance. He has published numerous technical papers in industry journals and regularly delivers presentations at trade conferences.

 

Speaker: Session 7: Technology, Research and Development: Smelter of the Future and Art of Technology

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 08:30 to 09:15

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Ameen Al Ghamdi
Director, Mine and Technical
Ma’aden Bauxite and Alumina Company

I have been working in Ma’aden Aluminum since 2003. (14 years so far). 
B. S. Degree in Geology - King Abdul Aziz University. 
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 
Master in Mining Engineering - Ecole Nationale des Supérieure Mines de Paris 
Fontainebleau, France 
Master of Business Administration- Marketing Open University of Malaysia 
Manama, Bahrain 
Member at The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy 
Board Member in Saudi Arabian Mining Polytechnic from 2012 until today. 
Assigned in Jan 2017 as Board Member in Ma’aden Gold and Base Metal Company

 

Speaker: Session 10: Current Raw Material Trends and Their Impact upon the Markets?

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 11:10 to 11:45

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Badr S. Al-Olama
Head of Aerospace Business Unit
Mubadala Investment Company

Badr Al-Olama heads the Aerospace Business Unit at Mubadala Investment Company

which invests in high-tech manufacturing and industrial service businesses, including Strata Manufacturing PJSC (Strata) and Turbine Services and Solutions (TS&S). 

Nominated as a Young Global Leader for the Middle East and North Africa region by the World Economic Forum, Badr leads the organizing committee for the world's first Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) - a joint initiative between the UAE Government and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) that aims to transform and shape the future of manufacturing.

As the Chief Executive of Strata, Badr was instrumental in Strata’s recent growth in the aerospace industry, forging new partnerships and deals with industry leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s), and growing the company to become a global tier 1 supplier with more than half of its workforce formed from young talented UAE men and women. 

To date, Badr has also played a key role in the development of Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park, a joint initiative between Mubadala and Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), which aims to establish a sustainable global aerospace ecosystem in Abu Dhabi.

During his tenure with Mubadala, Badr has served as President of the Harvard Club of the UAE (2012 - 2016) and previously chaired Bidayaat - one of the region’s leading childcare companies. 

Holding a bachelor's degree in Sharia’h and Law from the UAE University (2002) and an LLM degree from Harvard Law School (2005), Badr worked as an advocate and legal consultant at Habib Al-Mulla & Company – now operating as Baker & McKenzie Habib Al-Mulla – prior to joining Mubadala.

 

Speaker: Session 11: Outlook 2020: Future of Aluminium Demand for Finished Products?

Wednesday 8th November from 11:45 to 12:15

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Andy Blamey
Associate Editorial Director, EMEA Nonferrous Metals and Analytics
S&P Global Platts

Andy Blamey is associate editorial director of the S&P Global Platts EMEA nonferrous metals team,

based in London. Andy began his journalism career in 1989 when he first joined Platts as an assistant editor. He is currently on his third stint at the company, interspersed with a spell as a commodities correspondent at Reuters and two years’ research towards a PhD in modern French literature. Andy’s second spell at Platts included three years in the company’s New York office as head of the U.S. metals team. He has a degree in modern and medieval languages from Trinity College, Cambridge and a diploma in French-English translation from the Institute of Linguists in London.
 

Moderator: Session 11: Outlook 2020: Future of Aluminium Demand for Finished Products? 

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 11:45 to 12:15

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Bernard Allais
Director Smelter Technology Sales
Rio Tinto Aluminium

Bernard Allais joined Aluminium Pechiney, now part of Rio Tinto, in 1983 as an engineer in the Australian operations at

the time of the Tomago AP18 project. He then moved to France and took part in the stabilisation of the new potline equipped with the AP28 pots at Saint Jean de Maurienne. From 1989 to 1992 Bernard was the Head of the Potline in the Aluminium Dunkerque Smelter project in France until the stabilisation of operation. From 1993 to 1995, he was at the R&D Center (LRF - France) involved in the development of the AP50 pot technology. In 1996, Bernard joined the Technology Sales Group where he looked after the implementation of AP18 and AP30 technology on smelter projects around the world. He was also involved in the technical assistance to many plants using AP technology as well as the development of the ALPSYS pot control system. In early 2009 Bernard was appointed Director, Technology Sales & Marketing - Smelters at Rio Tinto Aluminium. Bernard has an Engineering degree from the French engineering school Ecole Centrale de Paris (1979) and a Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin (USA-1980).

 

Speaker: Pre Conference Workshop: Smelter Process and Production Optimisation: Technology contributions to support Primary Aluminium Producers entry into the 21st century By AP Technology, Rio Tinto

Monday 6 November from 14:00 to 16:00

 

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Andy Home
Senior Metals Columnist
Thomson Reuters

Andy Home has been writing about the metal markets and other commodity sectors since 1987. He started at Metals Week,

progressing to Knight-Ridder Financial and then to Bridge over the course of the 1990s. In 2002 he co-founded Metals Insider, which was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2008. Since then he has been a regular Reuters columnist, writing across the industrial metals spectrum. 
He is the author of “Siberian Dreams”, published in 2007, a book about the Russian mining city of Norilsk. The journey also featured on BBC Radio 4 and was the subject of a lecture at the Royal Geographical Society in London. 

Speaker: Session 3: Global Market Economic Review and LME Price Outlook: What’s the Road Ahead?

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 14:00 to 14:45

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Eng. Bibhu Prasad Mishra
President and Chief Operating Officer
Aditya Aluminium, Sambalpur

Eng. Bibhu Prasad Mishra is a Metallurgical Engineer.  He holds a B.Sc (Eng) Degree in Metallurgy from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India and a Graduate-ship in Industrial Engineering from Indian Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai.

He has also secured MBA Degree from Heriot-Watt Edinburg Business School with special focus on HR Management and Negotiation.  Mr Mishra has experience of more than 30 years in the Aluminium and Power Industries and is at present working as the President & Chief Operating Officer of Aditya Aluminium, Sambulpur.

Prior to joining Hindalco Industries Ltd., he was the Chief Operating Officer with Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd. (BALCO), heading the overall operations of the Plant.  His earlier assignments include working with companies like BHO Billiton Plc. for the start-up and commissioning of Mozal 1 and 2 Plant in Mozambique, Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA) and National Aluminium Company (NALCO).

 

Speaker: Session 2: Future Demand for Aluminium from Emerging Markets

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 12:15 to 13:00

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Bob Adam
Consultant
Alliance Mining Commodities Limited

Bob Adam is a mining engineer with 30 years’ experience in surface mining in Australia, Africa and Europe.  

From late 2006 to end of 2016, he managed the development of AMC’s world-class Koumbia Bauxite project located in NW Guinea. During this period the project was taken from initial exploration, through feasibility studies and the ESIA.  A Mining Concession was awarded in 2010, and following delays due to the Government review of the Convention and the Ebola outbreak, the project is now preparing to start construction for first production in late 2018.

During this time with AMC, Bob has developed extensive knowledge of the traded bauxite market and the dynamics of the bauxite mining industry.  Although he no longer holds an executive role with AMC, Bob continues to support the company in other areas such as Government relations and technical support.

 

Speaker: Session 10: Current Raw Material Trends and Their Impact upon the Markets?

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 11:00 to 11:45

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Claude Ritter
Smelter Technology Sales Director
Rio Tinto Aluminium

After one year working as a visiting scientist at MIT (Boston – USA) in 1987, Claude Ritter joined Aluminium Pechiney,

now part of Rio Tinto, in 1988 as an R&D engineer in Voreppe (France). He then took several positions within the reduction departments of St Jean de Maurienne and Dunkerque smelters. In 1995 he was appointed reduction manager at Aluminium Dunkerque. In 2000, Claude moved to Canada as the mission leader of the AP Technology™ team supporting the Alma start-up.  In 2002, Claude joined the Technology Sales Group in Voreppe where if took in charge various smelter projects around the world like Alba Line 5 expansion, Kitimat modernization, Tomago technical assistance and AP24 creep, Alba AP40LE creep. He also took in charge the ALPSYS business from 2009 until 2014. Claude has an Engineering degree from the French engineering school Ecole des Mines de Nancy (1986).

 

Speaker: Pre Conference Workshop: Smelter Process and Production Optimisation: Technology contributions to support Primary Aluminium Producers entry into the 21st century By AP Technology, Rio Tinto

Monday 6 November from 14:00 to 16:00

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David Roth
President
GPS Global Solutions
David has over forty years experience in the aluminum industry.  Originally employed by ALCOA and then Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO),
David has held various positions within both companies in the manufacturing process of aluminum.  These positions included Process Metallurgical Engineer, Cast House Metallurgical Engineer, Chief Metallurgical Engineer, Senior Process Engineer, Engineering and Maintenance Manager and Director of Technical Services for their Aluminum and Vinyl Extrusions Division.
 
David has also been involved in major projects for both companies, including plant installations of propriety processes, development of recovery devices for reclamation of aluminum from dross, established technical services for organizations and project engineering on complete recycling facility projects. 
 
Mr. Roth was with ALTEK for twenty five years. He was involved in dross handling projects, casting projects and furnace installations.  He developed patents issued to ALTEK in these areas.  As a principle and President of the company, David oversaw all aspects of ALTEK dross handling systems and engineering services.
 
Currently as President of GPS Global Solutions, he is focused on providing consulting services and equipment focused on working with the primary aluminium industry in the processing of bauxite residues, spent carbon, old bath, SPL and dross wastes with the goal of total metal recovery and useful by product generation. Ultimately ensuring zero land fill waste with commercially and socially sound solutions.  
 
David has a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla, USA.
 

Speaker: Session 12: Lean Manufacturing and Sustainable Waste Management: Success Stories and Effective Solutions to Reducing the Burden of Waste

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 12:15 to 13:00

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Chris Bayliss
Deputy Secretary General
International Aluminium Institute (IAI)

Chris Bayliss has fifteen years’ experience in the sustainability of the aluminium industry, as part of the International Aluminium Institute team.

He is involved in all aspects of the Institute’s activities, from data collection and analysis to communication and has played a leading role in collaborative projects to develop, among other things, the industry’s greenhouse gas accounting protocols, occupational health performance measurement tools, the global aluminium mass flow model and The Aluminium Story (www.thealuminiumstory.com). Chris holds Masters degrees from the Universities of Cambridge and London

 

Moderator: Session 7: Technology, Research and Development: Smelter of the Future and Art of Technology

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 08:30 to 09:15

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Dr. Hans Erik Vatne
PhD, Senior Vice President , Head of Technology, Primary Metal Technology
Norsk Hydro ASA

Hans Erik Vatne is Head of Technology in Hydro and heads Hydro’s Corporate Technology Office as well as Primary Metal Technology.

He holds a Master degree in Physics and a PhD in Metallurgy, both from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. He has more than 20 years of experience within the aluminium industry in Hydro, holding positions in R&D, rolling operations (a.o. plant manager of Holmestrand Rolling Mill, Norway), Head of Business Unit Remelters and lately Head of Technology, the latter with a special focus on smelter technology. Vatne is also board member of the faculty of natural sciences and technology at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.

 

Speaker: Session 7: Technology, Research and Development: Smelter of the Future and Art of Technology

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 08:30 to 09:15

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Georgina Hallett
Chief of Staff
London Metal Exchange (LME)

Georgina is the Chief of Staff for the LME, having previously served as Chief of Staff for the LME's Business Development Department.  Georgina has been responsible for a number of key LME strategic projects, across market policy (coordinating the delivery and implementation of all aspects of the warehousing reform package), product development (responsible for the LME’s aluminium and aluminium alloys contracts, including market engagement and contract optimisation) and government relations in respect of business development initiatives (including senior political and regulatory engagement in both London and Washington)

Georgina has worked at the LME since September 2012, initially concentrating on research and analytics.  She began her career at Euromoney Institutional Investor, and holds a doctorate in psychology.

 

Speaker: Session 4: Warehousing - Global Challenges and Solutions

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 14:45 to 15:15

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Hilal Saif Rashid Al Dhamri
Senior Production Manager
Oman Cement Company SAOG (OCC)

Hilal Al Dhamri is a Senior Production Manager at Oman Cement Company, a 3.5 million tonnes capacity of cement per annum

with three production lines. 
Hilal has experience in cement manufacturing of sixteen years. He has BSc and MSc in Chemistry. He success to replace the imported bauxite with local Omani raw materials which had contributed in reducing the cost of raw materials in cement manufacturing in Oman and convert the cement sector to be 100% local raw materials supply. The work has been published in international scientific journal. In 2010, he participated in a research funded by the Ministry of Oil and Gas to find practical solutions for the reuse of spent catalysts generated by refineries. He studied the spent catalyst as additives to replace bauxite in raw materials in the manufacturing of Portland clinker. The laboratory investigation in these applications showed positive results, which might lead to providing a safe environmental solution for the disposal of spent catalyst in Oman. The work has been presented in the International Congress of the Chemistry of Cement in Spain in 2011.  
Currently, he is doing PhD in Civil Engineering focusing on waste recycling technology in cement manufacturing as split-site program at the University of Leeds in UK. The program is fully funded by Oman Cement Company. 
He has participated in the National Program for Enhancing Economic Diversification which is an action-oriented program derived by the Oman Government from the 9th Five-Year Development Plan (2016 – 2020). And then chosen by Ministerial decision to lead the follow-up non-metal group in manufacturing sector for two years effective from Feb 2017.

 

Speaker: Session 12: Lean Manufacturing and Sustainable Waste Management: Success Stories and Effective Solutions to Reducing the Burden of Waste

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 12:15 to 13:00

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Hilal Al Jadidi
SPHRI, SHRM-SCP Director of Consulting Services
Takatuf Oman for Human Capital Solutions

Hilal Al Jadidi is a professional in the field of HR Management and heads Takatuf’s consulting activities. Hilal’s experience spans HR roles in

the multinational Energy and Consumer Goods sectors, including BP and Unilever Middle East, as well as localised national HR management projects for OOC’s group of companies. Hilal sits on several HR committees at the board level for companies inside and outside Oman. 

Hilal holds a BSc in Management and an MBA from Sultan Qaboos University. He is currently a Doctor of Business Administration candidate at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Business School, United Kingdom.

About Takatuf Oman LLC
Takatuf is the strategic provider of innovative Human Capital solutions. Since 2013, Takatuf has been responding to Oman’s workforce development needs and providing strategic, innovative Human Capital solutions for a wide variety of corporate and institutional projects across the Sultanate. Takatuf operates in five key areas: Assessment: We support our clients in making objective and informed decisions about staff selection and development. Coaching: We offer professional coaching with a focus on developing leadership skills of our clients. Human Capital Consulting: We create customised and effective solutions for our clients that enable their organisations to attract, develop and retain employees. Takatuf Scholars Programme: We enable Omani students to develop 21st century competencies through a rigorous academic enrichment programme, preparing them for personal and professional success in Oman and abroad. Training Institutes: We establish strategic partnerships with global organisations to create internationally-accredited training opportunities. For more information, visit www.takatuf.om 

 

Speaker: Session 8: How Should the Right Balance be Struck Between Automation, Employment & Productivity?

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 09:15 to 10:00

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Hilde Merete Aasheim
Executive Vice President, Primary Metal
Norsk Hydro ASA

Hilde Merete Aasheim has served as Executive Vice President for the Aluminium Metal business area

since November 2008.
Aasheim joined Hydro in October 2005 as Executive Vice President for Leadership and Culture (human resources, health, environment, safety and corporate social responsibility).
In January 2007, she stepped out of Hydro’s corporate management board to lead the planning of the integration between Hydro’s oil and gas activities and Statoil. When the merger closed in October 2007, she became executive vice president of staff functions and corporate services in StatoilHydro.
From 1986 to 2005 she held several senior positions in Elkem. In 2002 she was head of Elkem's Silicon division and member of the corporate management board.
In the period 2015-2017 she was the chairperson in the Federation of Norwegian Industries (Norsk Industri), and she is currently Chair of the Board of International Aluminium Institute (IAI).. 
Aasheim has a master's degree in business economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen and is also a state authorized public accountant. Aasheim has also work experience from Arthur Andersen & Co. Hilde Merete Aasheim was born in Larvik, Norway. 

Speaker: Session 2: Future Demand for Aluminium from Emerging Markets

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 12:15 to 13:00

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Hugues Vincent
CEO Aluminium Division
Fives Group (France)

Graduated in mechanical engineering from Ecole Centrale in Paris, France, and in Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, USA.
Various positions in Technology, Sales, Projects of large international industrial capital projects in the field of Power, Waste to Energy, Oil & Gas.
Managing Director of several companies specialised in industrial gas filtration and treatment: Belco Technlogies( USA), LAB( France), Mikropul( USA)
Joined Fives in 2003 as Managing Director of Solios Carbone and currently CEO of the Aluminium Division of Fives, encompassing Solios and ECL, with 850 employees dedicated to the aluminium industry worldwide.

 

Speaker: Session 8: How Should the Right Balance be Struck Between Automation, Employment & Productivity?

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 09:15 to 10:00

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Sheikh Ibrahim Al Harthi
Managing Director
Takatuf Oman for Human Capital Solutions

A founding member and key contributor to its success, Ibrahim oversees Takatuf as its Managing Director.

Ibrahim’s professional background is rooted in diverse HR roles, enabling a leveraged accumulated experience to support Takatuf’s insightful and powerful business solutions.

Ibrahim sits on the boards of Takatuf Petrofac Oman, Oman Institute for Oil and Gas and is Chairman of Sohar Aluminium’s Human Resource Committee.

Education

MBA, Victoria University, Australia

BSc- Business, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

 

Moderator: Session 8: How Should the Right Balance be Struck Between Automation, Employment & Productivity?

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 09:15 to 10:00

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Ihab Mouallem
Chief Executive Officer
National Aluminium Products Company (Napco)

Ihab Mouallem, renowned veteran in the Aluminum and metals industry and system

designs has worked with and for private and investment companies for the past two decades and has gained a prominent background and reputation in mega-international projects. 

He joined NAPCO in September 2017 as CEO, responsible for the organization’s leadership, strategic direction and day-to-day operations. Mr. Mouallem is au fait for all strategic, operational, budgeting, cost controls, export, supply chain and technical management, and strategic business development as well as restructuring and creation of new market expansion and other performance matters pertaining to the business.

Prior to his appointment as CEO for NAPCO, Mr. Mouallem was the Managing Director of Al Baddad Capital group of companies, since 2015. Mr. Mouallem managed the growth and expansion of the group which holds underneath its wings 5 downstream companies, specialized in heavy aluminum structures fabrication, Steel structures fabrication, PVC welding. Mr. Mouallem also served previously as Commercial Director of Gulf Extrusion, of Metals Industries part of Al Ghurair group of companies, with 7 Aluminum extrusion presses, where he oversaw successful growth and expansion into regional and international markets. Ihab was instrumental in driving Gulf Extrusion into global expansion into Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Mr. Mouallem has extensive experience in Europe for over a decade serving as International Director for Profils Systèmes, Montpellier-France, one of the biggest groups in Europe with 17 aluminum extrusion presses and SAPA Building Systems, Lichterveld-Belgium.

Mr. Mouallem brings to his current role more than two decades of experience in the Aluminum/Engineering and system design industry, including tenures with various Companies. During a career that has taken him from Europe (Eastern and EU) to the Middle East, Africa (Sub-Saharan), India, America, and Asia, Ihab has been leaned on by management to goose profits, market penetration and regional/International expansion.

Mr. Mouallem holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the Lebanese American University (L.A.U) an affiliated from New York State University - with emphasis on Steel Construction, Hydraulics, Transport & Environmental sciences. He is a certified international assessor for EFQM, holds a Metal hedging certificate in LME and its trading functions, CMA (Morgan), and Supply chain management from the American University of Sharjah.

Speaker: Session 11: Outlook 2020: Future of Aluminium Demand for Finished Products?

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 11:45 to 12:15

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Jerry van Alphen
Chief Financial Officer
Sohar Aluminium Company (SAC)

Jerry van Alphen has been Chief Financial Officer of Sohar Aluminium since 2013, responsible for Finance, IT, Supply Chain and Commercial.  During this time he has helped to grow Sohar’s position as a global benchmark smelter.  Previously he spent 20 years with aluminium multinational Alcoa Inc., in a number of senior finance assignments in Europe, the USA and China.  Jerry is a qualified Chartered Accountant, with degrees in commerce and systems management.

 

Speaker: Session 3: Global Market Economic Review and LME Price Outlook: What’s the Road Ahead?

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 14:00 to 14:45

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Jorge Vazquez
Founder and Managing Director
Harbor Aluminum Intelligence

Started in 1995 as an aluminium industry analyst. In 2007, founded HARBOR Aluminum and became Managing Director of Market Intelligence and Industry Consulting. Jorge is advisor to the world's largest aluminium upstream and downstream companies on topics related to aluminium market intelligence, trade, prices, procurement/marketing strategy, and industry competitiveness. He has become the world’s most sought-after aluminium expert for legal disputes, arbitration cases, and government hearings. Mr. Vazquez has been advisor to the US Senate (Carl Levin and John McCain), US Department of Justice, US International Trade Commission and the Canadian Trade Tribunal on matters related to the aluminium industry.

Mr. Vazquez is the only aluminium market expert that has ever been invited to testify on matters related to the aluminium market before the US Senate.

 

Moderator: Industry Keynote Panel: Global Map Redrawn: As New Supply & Demand Centers Emerge, What Are the Challenges & Opportunities for the Middle East’s Aluminium Sector?

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 11:30 to 12:15

 

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Julian Kettle
Senior Vice President, Vice Chairman of Metals and Mining
Wood Mackenzie

Julian joined Wood Mackenzie in 1989 and is based in our Guildford office in the UK. He has 30 years’ experience in the analysis of metal markets.

  Julian is a recognised authority on the aluminium industry across the value chain from bauxite mining through to end-use analysis. Julian has broadened his expertise around mined commodities across the value chain to include copper, lead, nickel, zinc, iron ore and steel. He is regularly involved in consulting assignments where is long history of involvement, particularly in the aluminium space, is leveraged to provide advice to clients.  Assignments include: Strategic and competitor analysis of the global alumina market, pre-feasibility, valuation and socio-economic impact studies in support of greenfield smelters, advisory consulting relating to contract pricing and off-take agreements for bauxite, alumina and aluminium and expert witness work. Julian has provided advice to principals considering building and expanding refineries and investing in greenfield and brownfield smelter projects. Julian has acted as an expert witness in arbitration proceedings relating to alumina contract pricing. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie Julian worked in British Aerospace Commercial Aircraft Division where he was a development engineer responsible for the development and evaluation of advanced materials and processes for aerospace applications. Julian holds a degree in metallurgy and micro-structural engineering.

 

Moderator: Session 2: Future Demand for Aluminium from Emerging Markets

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 12:15 to 13:00

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Kathrine Fog
Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Analysis
Norsk Hydro ASA

Current job SVP Corporate Strategy & Analysis at Norsk Hydro, responsible for the corporate strategy process; industry structure,

macro- and market analysis for the total aluminium value chain including energy, financial/project analysis, trade and industrial policy.
25 years' experience across various business areas in Hydro, including the Petrochemicals Division, Oil & Energy Markets, Energy Business Area, as well as corporate projects. Areas of experience include commercial responsibilities, contract negotiations, raw materials supply and purchasing, market analysis, strategy development, political framework conditions and policy positioning.
Graduated from Norwegian School of Management (BI) in Oslo, Norway.

 

Speaker: Session 9: Roadmap to 2025: What are the Next Steps Needed for Renewable Energy to Become Viable in the Aluminium Industry?

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 10:00 to 10:45

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Khalid Abdul Latif
Chief Marketing Officer
Aluminium Bahrain (Alba)

Khalid A. Latif was appointed as Chief Marketing Officer at Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) on September 30, 2015, in line with Alba’s strategy to develop Bahraini nationals from within the Company into key leadership positions.

In his current role, Khalid leads the Company’s global marketing strategies to drive innovation across its business divisions, depending on the deep knowledge he has in both marketing and operations fields. He continuously simulates Alba’s existing business and develops new markets to meet the Company’s growth targets.

Khalid joined Alba as an apprentice in 1989 and worked in various operational areas including Power, Reduction Lines and Carbon. He rose through the ranks and promoted to Supervisor followed by Superintendent. Prior to his current executive role, in 2012, he was promoted to Manager of Engineering and then to Alba’s Marketing Manager for Customer Services & Market Operations.

An MBA from the French Arabian Business School/ESSEC (Bahrain), he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Gulf University in Bahrain as well as a completion certificate for the Executive Education Programme in Strategic Sales Management from University of Chicago, USA.

 

Speaker: Session 6: What are the Implications of Current Aluminium Trade Trends and Tariffs for Gulf Producers in Their Fight for Global Market Share?

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 16:15 to 17:00

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Khalid Mohamed Sultan Laram
Chief Executive Officer
Qatar Aluminium Limited (Qatalum)

Khalid Mohamed Sultan Laram holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California, USA. In 1985, after obtaining his degree, Mr. Laram joined Qatar Petroleum, where he held various positions over the past 32 years, starting out in gas processing at the Mesaieed gas plant and working his way up to CEO of QATALUM.

Mr. Laram’s expertise covers engineering design to start ups, including operation of complex facilities. Notable projects in which he has been involved include the early development of the North Field Dome, Qatar Gas’ first LNG Trains, the NGL-4 Project – for which he was the Project Manager – and Phases 1 and 2 of the Al-Khaleej Gas Project, where he held the position of Deputy General Manager. Mr. Laram also worked very closely with well-known major international companies in their home offices representing Qatar Petroleum such as British Petroleum, Total, ExxonMobil and Chevron-Phillips/Conoco-Phillips.

Mr. Laram has successfully moved his way up to Deputy CEO of Qatalum and is currently the Qatalum CEO.

 

Speaker: Session 1: Industry Keynote Panel: Global Map Redrawn: As New Supply & Demand Centers Emerge, What Are the Challenges & Opportunities for the Middle East’s Aluminium Sector?

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 11:30 to 12:15

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Mahmood Al Daylami
Secretary General
Gulf Aluminium Council (GAC)

Thirty three years of work experience in all aspects of the Aluminium industry. Prior to joining Gulf Aluminium Council, held the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA), with executive responsibilities for smelter Operations, Power Stations, Calciner Plants, Plant Maintenance, Engineering and Project Development. M.Phil. in Management Studies from Brunel University and Henley Business School, UK.

 

Moderator: Session 6: What are the Implications of Current Aluminium Trade Trends and Tariffs for Gulf Producers in Their Fight for Global Market Share?

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 16:15 to 17:00

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Marc Gillis
EMEA Industry Manager for Metals Mining Cement and Aggregates
Rockwell Automation

As Metals and Mining Industry Manager within EMEA, Marc Gillis has a long term experience with Aluminium Smelters

all over Europe, Middle East and Africa. He assists Aluminium Smelters, EPC's and OEM's to help creating a long term vision on technology implementation and maintenance, and on related processes and change management.   The Digital impact on the Aluminium Industy is one of his key focuses.
Marc Gillis is leading a team that helps customers with the acquisition, development and co-ordination of the delivery of smart, safe and sustainable production solutions. His team works with businesses that want to increase output and improve efficiency. 
After graduating  as Engineer in  Automation,  Electronics and Computer Science, Marc started his career in ABB and joined Rockwell Automation in 2004, covering  different roles as consultant, smelter project manager, sales and industry leader in EMEA.
Marc brings more than 31 years of experience in Metals and mining industry, 
Rockwell Automation deliver high quality automation platforms, leading edge technology and solutions from extraction through processing plant and machine builders. High attention is always on new and  emerging technologies, and finding new ways that help to improve operational efficiencies, maximize yield recoveries, meet regulatory requirements, and maintain safe or zero-harm environments.

Speaker: Session 8: How Should the Right Balance be Struck Between Automation, Employment & Productivity?

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 09:15 to 10:00

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Mark Geilenkirchen
Chief Executive Officer
Sohar Port Freezone

After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Logistics from the Maritime Institute De Ruyters, in his native Vlissingen in the Netherlands, Mark set-up and managed HT Research from 1991-2001, an international business consultancy focusing on logistics and quality.

In 2002, he returned to De Ruyters as a lecturer for nearly five years, where he established a specialised business faculty for logistics and established many working relationships with other leading universities across Europe and Asia.

In 2006, Mark joined ABN AMRO as Vice President and Regional Banking Director, where he successfully led the company through the global financial crisis and one of the most turbulent periods in the bank’s history. During this time, Mark also acquired his Master’s Degree in Retail Banking from the TiasNimbas School of Business in Tilburg.

From 2010-2014, Mark was appointed CEO and Chief Commercial Officer of APM Terminals at the Port of Zeebrugge, in Belgium, where he was responsible for attracting significant Chinese investments and returning the loss-making port to profit.

Mark joined SOHAR Port and Freezone as CEO in July 2016 from Hong Kong, where he had been working for two years as Global Client Director with APM Terminals, managing client portfolios at over 60 ports around the globe. Mark is married, lives in Oman and has three children.

 

Speaker: Session 6: What are the Implications of Current Aluminium Trade Trends and Tariffs for Gulf Producers in Their Fight for Global Market Share?

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 16:15 to 17:00

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Dr. Mark Dorreen
Director of the Light Metals Research Centre, the University of Auckland
and Vice President, Technical at Energia Potior Limited

Mark is the Director of the Light Metals Research Centre, based at the University

of Auckland in New Zealand. Mark has over 20 years’ experience (9 years at the Light Metals Research Centre) in research and development, technical support and project management in metal production industries.  

Mark holds a Bachelor degree and PhD in Chemical and Materials Engineering, both from the University of Auckland. His PhD focussed on current efficiency measurement and anode effect gas emissions, and included his first time spent working in aluminium smelters. 
His main smelter based projects now involve working in carbon plants and rodding rooms. Mark is also a lead instructor for LMRC’s industrial training courses that are customised for and delivered at various smelter sites.  He also plays a guiding role in the fundamental research programs carried out in the Centre.
Mark is also the Vice President, Technical at Energia Potior Limited, the company responsible for bringing the EnPot shell heat exchanger technology to smelters worldwide.  EnPot enables smelters to modulate their energy consumption on an hourly, daily or seasonal basis, changing the energy supply dynamic and allowing them to integrate with renewable energy grids. 

 

Speaker: Session 7: Technology, Research and Development: Smelter of the Future and Art of Technology

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 08:30 to 09:15

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Matt Liddy
Vice President Business Development, Pacific Asia
Rio Tinto, Aluminium

Vice President Business Development, Aluminium, Rio Tinto
Matt Liddy is Vice President Business Development, in the Aluminium product group in Rio Tinto.
Matt joined Rio Tinto in 1989 and has held technical, commercial, strategic, operational, engineering and business development roles. Matt has lived in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and the USA and has extensive global business experience.
Matt has held a number of board positions and currently represents Rio Tinto on the Board of Sohar Aluminium.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) (Honours) from the University of Queensland.

Speaker: Session 2: Future Demand for Aluminium from Emerging Markets

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 12:15 to 13:00

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Max Wiestner
Industry Manager Aluminium
ABB Switzerland

Max has been working with ABB since 1979 He has a degree in electro mechanics and project management from state college Switzerland and ABB Fläkt University.

He’s current position is Industry Manager Aluminium. Previous positions included: Global Product Group Manager Aluminium, Industry Manager Primary Aluminium with ABB Switzerland, Manager rectifier plants for the America’s, Sales and product manager rectifier systems for steel plants and sales manager HV substations ABB Zimbabwe.

 

Speaker: Session 9: Roadmap to 2025: What are the Next Steps Needed for Renewable Energy to Become Viable in the Aluminium Industry?

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 10:00 to 10:45

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Sheikh Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Harthy
Executive Vice President, Strategic Development
Be'ah, Oman Environmental Services Holding Company

Under this role, he is responsible in

 

setting out be'ah’s strategic direction, enhance corporate performance, maintain and improve public relations, and develop a sustainable business model for the different waste streams. be’ah adheres to a sustainable framework that is derived in principle from the concepts of waste management hierarchy and circular economy.

Sh. Mohammed holds a Master degree in Business Administration with concentration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, a Master degree in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering. Prior to joining be’ah, Sh. Mohammed held several leading roles at different organizations including Shell Oman Marketing and Omania E-Commerce.

 

Speaker: Session 12: Lean Manufacturing and Sustainable Waste Management: Success Stories and Effective Solutions to Reducing the Burden of Waste

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 12:15 to 13:00

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H.E. Dr. Mehdi Karbasian
Deputy Minister and Chairman of the Board
Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organisation (IMIDRO)

Dr. Mehdi Karbassian, born in 1951 in Isfahan, got his Bachelor of Accounting from Auditing

Institute, Master of Business Administration MBA from the University of Oklahoma America, graduated from the Higher School of senior management of "Banff", University of Alberta, Canada and a PhD in management from the University of Paisley in Scotland , has received the 2nd degree of Merit in management and has been serving diverse responsibilities in different sectors of Economy and right now Dr Karbasian is deputy Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade of Iran and IMIDRO's Chairman.

 

Speaker: Session 2: Future Demand for Aluminium from Emerging Markets

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 12:15 to 13:00

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Mohammed Al Naki
Chairman
ARABAL Steering Committee

Mohammed Al Naki founded the Arab International Aluminium Conference in 1981 to establish greater cooperation between leaders in the Arab Aluminium Industry and the global player in the Aluminium Industries. This culminated to hold first ARABAL in 1983 in Kuwait.

Mr. Al Naki was commissioned from both The Military Academy and The Royal School of Military Engineering in the United Kingdom.

During his military career, he was a member of staff in Kuwait Military Academy and second-in-command of Kuwait Army Engineers.

He is an advocate of renewable energy and a life member of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) since 1983.

Mr. Al Naki was awarded the President’s Medal, Lion of Republic of Finland, from the President Martti Ahtisaari in 1996.

He was honored as Senior Citizenship of the Republic of Turkey from the President Tayyip Erdogan in 2010.

 

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Tuesday 7 November 2017 at 09:00
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Eng. Nahla Abdulwahab Al Hamdi
Director General of Industry
Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Oman

Mrs. Nahla Abdulwahab Ahmed Al Hamdi is the Director General of Industry with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Nahla is a Master in Business Administration (2003) specializing in Strategy and Competitiveness from Edinburgh University and a Bachelor in Engineering (1998) from Strathclyde University with an Honours in Manufacturing Engineering and Management.
As Director General, Nahla is responsible for policy making, governance, and providing the thrust to manufacturing sector in Oman. She has been a key member in preparation of various plans, policies, and strategies for diversification of manufacturing.
As Director General of Industry, she has been the architect of some key reforms in the government like ease of doing business, modifying the framework and assessment methodology for the Sultan Qaboos Award for Industrial Excellence (previously known as His Majesty’s Cup for the best five factories), and currently overseeing the development of the manufacturing strategy for Oman.
Mrs Nahla is an active board member of various professional organisations and manufacturing companies. She is an active member of various committees and national delegations to advance the manufacturing in Oman.

 

Speaker: Session 6: What are the Implications of Current Aluminium Trade Trends and Tariffs for Gulf Producers in Their Fight for Global Market Share?

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 16:15 to 17:00

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Nick Carter
Director
Baringa Partners and Convenor, EU-GCC Clean Energy Network

Nick Carter is the Director for the Middle East Office of Baringa Partners LLP, a deep knowledge

London Based Management Consultancy, but now with offices in the Middle East. He is also a Convenor with the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network concentrating on market trading and interconnections.

Nick joined the water and electricity market reform team for Abu Dhabi in 1998 as an advisor and in 1999 he was appointed Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Distribution Company – for water and electricity. From 2001 – 2015 he served as Director General of the Regulation and Supervision Bureau (RSB) in Abu Dhabi, creating a world-class regulatory body.

Prior to his UAE roles he held senior executive positions with Southern Electric PLC (now SSE) and London Electricity PLC. In London Electricity he played a pivotal role as Strategy Manager during privatisation in the early 1990s and was subsequently appointed General Manager for Networks. 

Nick is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a member of the UK Engineering Council. Educated at University College London with a BSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and at INSEAD and London Business School. 

 

Moderator: Session 9: Roadmap to 2025: What are the Next Steps Needed for Renewable Energy to Become Viable in the Aluminium Industry?

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 10:00 to 10:45

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Oleg Mukhamedshin
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Director for Strategy, Business Development and Financial Markets
UC RUSAL

Oleg Mukhamedshin was appointed Deputy CEO, Director for Strategy, Business

Development and Financial Markets in 2012. Prior to his current position, in 2011 Mr Mukhamedshin was RUSAL’s Head of Equity and Corporate Development, RUSAL’s Director for Financial Markets, and Director for Capital Markets from 2007 to 2011.

Oleg Mukhamedshin is responsible for Company's strategy development and implementation, M&A deals and growth projects, raising finance and RUSAL's debt portfolio management.

He was also in charge of restructuring RUSAL’s USD 16.6 billion debt in 2009-2011 and RUSAL’s USD 2.2 billion IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Paris’ Euronext in 2010.

From 2006 through 2008 Oleg Mukhamedshin took part in preparing and implementing major M&A transactions, including the acquisition of a 25% stake in MMC Norilsk Nickel and merger with SUAL and Glencore’s bauxite and alumina assets.

From August 2004 through March 2007, Mr Mukhamedshin was RUSAL’s Deputy CFO, overseeing corporate finance.

From 2000 to August 2004, Oleg Mukhamedshin was Director of RUSAL’s Department for Corporate Finance.

Prior to joining RUSAL, Oleg Mukhamedshin occupied various executive positions in corporate finance in leading Russian natural resourse companies. Between 1999 and 2000, he was an advisor to the principal shareholder of the Industrial Investors Group. From 1994 to 1995, he worked with the investment bank PaineWebber to help establish the Russia Partners Fund, one of the first international direct investment funds in Russia.

Oleg Mukhamedshin was born in 1973.

Oleg Mukhamedshin holds a BA in Economics with Honours from Moscow State University.

 

Speaker: Session 2: Future Demand for Aluminium from Emerging Markets

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 12:15 to 13:00

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Paul Adkins
Founder and Managing Director
AZ China Ltd.

Paul Adkins is founder and Managing Director of AZ China Ltd, a leading China-based consultancy on China’s primary aluminium industry.

AZ China provides strategic consulting on the China primary aluminium and raw materials markets.   AZ China publishes multi-client reports on a weekly and monthly basis, as well as regular client briefing notes.   We conduct competitive analyses, gather market intelligence, perform pre-feasibility studies and other high level consulting.

Our clients include most of the major aluminium companies, raw materials suppliers, trading companies, and commodity analysts.

Our blog, the Black China Blog (www.az-china.com/blackchinablog) is widely read, with readership from more than 90 countries around the world.

Paul has more than 30 years experience, including almost 14 years with Alcoa, 5 years with the former Alcan (now part of Rio Tinto) and 4 years with Tomago Aluminium in Australia.   Paul holds an MBA from Newcastle University GSM.

 

Speaker: Session 2: Future Demand for Aluminium from Emerging Markets

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 12:15 to 13:00

 

Speaker: Session 6: What are the Implications of Current Aluminium Trade Trends and Tariffs for Gulf Producers in Their Fight for Global Market Share?

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 16:15 to 17:00

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Paul MacGregor
Managing Director, Head of Sales
London Metal Exchange (LME)

Paul MacGregor is Managing Director, Head of Sales at the London Metal Exchange, where he is responsible for engaging with current

and prospective customers of the LME’s market and ensuring that new product initiatives are made available to the widest possible audiences.

Paul joined the LME from ION Trading, where he was Head of European Agency Sales and responsible for business development across agency trading and trade processing. Paul previously held the position of Managing Director of Product Strategy at FFastFill Limited, and prior to this he gained substantial exchange experience during his 18 years at NYSE Euronext. His most recent role at NYSE Euronext was as Executive Director and Head of Fixed Income Derivatives – the largest derivatives business at the Exchange. 

 

Speaker: Session 3: Global Market Economic Review and LME Price Outlook: What’s the Road Ahead?

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 14:00 to 14:45

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Professor Paul Stevens
Distinguished Fellow, Royal Institute of International Affairs
Chatham House

Educated at Cambridge and SOAS; 1973-1979 teaching at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon; 1979-93 at the University of Surrey;

1993-2008, Professor of Petroleum Policy and Economics at the University of Dundee, Scotland, a chair created by BP. Currently Professor Emeritus at Dundee and a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ). March 2009 he was presented with the OPEC Award in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of oil research. He has published widely on petroleum, economic development in the Gulf and other related issues.

Speaker: Session 5: Prospects for Gas in the Arab Gulf, the Middle East and the Implications for the Aluminium Industry

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 15:45 to 16:15

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Paul Williams
Research Manager
CRU

Paul Williams is the Head of Aluminium at CRU, responsible for the team's research programme.

Mr Williams joined CRU in 1986 and for many years ran the Aluminium Semis and Downstream areas specialising in flat rolled product markets and demand analysis. A regular speaker at major aluminium events, he also contributes to aluminium association publications including those of the Aluminum Association and the Gulf Aluminium Council. Mr Williams has a MSc in Economics, London School of Economics. BA in Economics, University of Swansea.

Paul Williams is the Head of Aluminium at CRU, responsible for the team's research programme.

Mr Williams joined CRU in 1986 and for many years ran the Aluminium Semis and Downstream areas specialising in flat rolled product markets and demand analysis. A regular speaker at major aluminium events, he also contributes to aluminium association publications including those of the Aluminum Association and the Gulf Aluminium Council. Mr Williams has a MSc in Economics, London School of Economics. BA in Economics, University of Swansea.

 

Moderator​Session 10: Current Raw Material Trends and Their Impact upon the Markets?

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 11:00 to 11:45

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Qais Al Zakwani
Executive Director and Member
Authority for Electricity Regulation, Oman

As a specialist in utility regulation and management of major programs, Qais Al Zakwani was first appointed as the

Executive Director and Member of the Authority for Electricity Regulation by the Council of Ministers in 2014. In his role as Executive Director, Al Zakwani oversees the regulation of Oman’s electricity sector which includes more than 22 companies and some aspects of the water sector. He has particular responsibility for proposing the general policy of the sector and for preparing programs for its development and governance in accordance with the appropriate laws. 

He joined the Authority for Electricity Regulation in 2007 as a Regulatory Advisor in the Office of the Executive Director, and in 2009, was promoted to the position of Deputy Executive Director. Prior to this, he served as an economist at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

A member of a number of steering committees, Al Zakwani was also Chairman of the Oman Post Company and led the restructuring and transformation initiative. 

Al Zakwani graduated from the University of Oxford’s Said Business School with a Master’s in Major Programme Management and holds a second Master’s degree in Utility Regulation with a specialization in Competition Policy from the London School of Economics. 

 

Speaker: Session 9: Roadmap to 2025: What are the Next Steps Needed for Renewable Energy to Become Viable in the Aluminium Industry? 

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 10:00 to 10:45

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Qin Junman
Vice Chairman of N.E.U. Engineering and Research Institute (NEUI)
and Vice President of China Nonferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering And Construction Co., Ltd. (NFC)

Qin Junman started his career with NFC in

 

1985 in the field of international project contracting, and had worked overseas for 13 years in NFC offices in Singapore, Kuwait, Iran and Kazakhstan. He was appointed Assistant President of NFC in 1998 and Vice President in 2002. He is mainly responsible for international contracting business in the non-ferrous metals industry, in particular, aluminum. He was involved in signing and implementing major contracts for the construction of concentrators and smelters for copper, gold, zinc, aluminum etc. in a number of countries. As early as 2001, he signed China’s first contract to export Chinese aluminum technologies to other countries. He led the contract signing and construction of a 250,000 tpy aluminum smelter in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan from 2005 to 2009. Mr. Qin has a BA from Shanghai International Studies University and completed MBA courses at Central South University of China. He is also currently Vice Chairman of NEUI, the engineering and research institute that designed 65% of China’s total alumina production capacity as well as the world’s first 600kA potline. China Nonferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering & Construction Co – NFC for short – was established in 1983 to promote non-ferrous mining and metallurgical technology, and was listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 1997. Its non-ferrous metal project execution ranges from engineering, consultancy, equipment supply and installation to technical services, commissioning and personnel training. The company has a strong focus on the markets of Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

 

 

Speaker: Session 7: Technology, Research and Development: Smelter of the Future and Art of Technology

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 08:30 to 09:15

 

 

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Rob Hounsome
Regional Director, Infrastructure and Environment
Ramboll Middle East

Rob Hounsome is the Regional Director Infrastructure & Environment at Ramboll Middle East and has nearly 25 years consulting experience worldwide. 

Rob has considerable experience in guiding clients on the strategic implications of environmental management issues in decision-making and planning from site-level to the boardroom.  He has particular expertise in the life-cycle of the aluminium sector having worked on projects ranging from bauxite mines through refineries, smelters and downstream processing in six continents including the Middle East. 

 

Moderator: Session 12: Lean Manufacturing and Sustainable Waste Management: Success Stories and Effective Solutions to Reducing the Burden of Waste

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 12:45 to 13:00

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Robert Dickie
Senior Consultant, Carbon Products
Harbor Aluminum Intelligence

Mr. Robert Dickie has been an Independent Carbon Consultant to the Global Primary Aluminium Industry since 2009.

He previously was Vice President of Sales at Oxbow Carbon and Great Lakes Carbon LLC (GLC) since 1995, and was Director of Sales from 1992.  He was Plant Manager of GLC’s Enid, OK, calciner from 1989 to 1992.  Prior to joining GLC, Mr. Dickie spent over 16 years in the aluminum industry with Alumax at their Eastalco and Mt. Holly smelters, where he held positions in environmental, technical and carbon operations. Mr. Dickie holds a degree in Chemical Engineering received from the University of Pittsburgh and completed MS studies in Business Management at Frostburg State University. Mr Dickie has presented at ARABAL prior. Mr. Dickie has visited over 87 different smelters worldwide.

 

Speaker: Session 10: Current Raw Material Trends and Their Impact upon the Markets?

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 11:00 to 11:45 

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Siddiqa Al Lawati
Project Development Analyst
GlassPoint Solar

Siddiqa Al Lawati is part of the Project Development International team at GlassPoint Solar,

the leading supplier of solar energy to the oil and gas industry. As the lead analyst, her work involves overlooking all technical details associated with solar thermal applications in Oman and the Gulf region. Prior to joining GlassPoint, Al Lawati was an engineer at General Electric (GE) Water and Process Technologies and later at Shell Oman Marketing focused on water treatment and energy technologies.  She holds a BEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester and an MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London.

 

Speaker: Session 9: Roadmap to 2025: What are the Next Steps Needed for Renewable Energy to Become Viable in the Aluminium Industry?

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 10:00 to 10:45

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Eng. Said Mohammed Al Masoudi
Chief Executive Officer
Sohar Aluminium Company (SAC)

Mr Said Al Masoudi is the CEO of Sohar Aluminium Company, a 370 000 tonnes per annum aluminium smelter situated in Sohar, the industrial hub of the Sultanate of Oman.

Said graduated in 1991 from the Sultan Qaboos University, Oman with BSc in Petroleum and Minerals Engineering. In 2001 he completed his MSc in Energy Studies from University of Dundee, Scotland, UK.

Prior to joining Sohar Aluminium on 1 February 2011, Said was the Head of Business Development for Oman Oil Company and led three key investment sectors namely Infrastructure, Power and Shipping as part of the company’s growth strategy.

In his capacity as Deputy CEO and now the CEO, Said has been instrumental in ensuring that Sohar Aluminium contributes effectively to its local community by dealing with local vendors as well as overseeing the well-defined Corporate Social Responsibility framework whereby Sohar Aluminium contributes to the sustainability of a stable social and economic environment.

 

Welcome Address
Tuesday 7 November 2017
 
Speaker: Session 1: Industry Keynote Panel: Global Map Redrawn: As New Supply & Demand Centers Emerge, What Are the Challenges & Opportunities for the Middle East’s Aluminium Sector?
Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 11:30 to 12:15
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Stephan Broek
Director Light Metals
Hatch

Stephan Broek graduated in Amsterdam (1991) with a degree in Chemical Engineering and completed further studies in Process Technology at the University of Twente (Netherlands).  He now has over 25 years’ experience in the field of environmental engineering and development of technologies in the power generation and primary metals sectors, predominantly related to Aluminium. 

A member of the Hatch family for 15 years, Stephan is presently a Director within the Aluminium Centre of Excellence and based in Abu Dhabi (AUE).  He leads a team of technical specialists dedicated to environmental projects in aluminium smelters globally. Stephan is an expert in smelter emission reduction technologies and in SPL processing.  Stephan is also responsible for management of projects related to Reduction, Carbon and Casthouse areas.

Stephan frequently publishes his work in addition to sharing and collaborating on his knowledge with industry colleagues. He is a member of the executive committee of the TMS Aluminium Committee that is responsible for the TMS Light Metals program. Together with Professor Margaret Hyland of the University of Auckland, Stephan created and lectures in the successful “TMS Industrial Course for Environment” that draws participants from all over the world for a dedicated week of teaching in the smelter environmental field.

 

Speaker: Session 12: Lean Manufacturing and Sustainable Waste Management: Success Stories and Effective Solutions to Reducing the Burden of Waste

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 12:15 to 13:00

 

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Dr. Sgouris Sgouridis
Associate Professor
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

Dr. Sgouridis is Associate Professor at Masdar Institute (MI). His research interests focus on understanding sustainable energy

transitions using engineering systems modeling. He is involved in projects and writes about the energy currency, electric vehicle adoption, sustainable aviation, and the energy transition globally and regionally. Dr. Sgouridis was instrumental in establishing the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium and was head of Institute Center for Smart and Sustainable Systems (2013-2014). He has participated in the Zayed Future Energy Prize as a member and chair of the review committee. Prior to his role at MI, Dr. Sgouridis supported governmental and private organizations including the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Port Authority of Thessaloniki, and the Hellenic Army. At MIT he obtained a PhD in Engineering Systems, and a dual MSc in Technology and Policy  and Transportation. He holds a BS (Hons.) in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

 

Speaker: Session 9: Roadmap to 2025: What are the Next Steps Needed for Renewable Energy to Become Viable in the Aluminium Industry?

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 10:00 to 10:45

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Professor Steve Halls
Senior Environmental Expert
Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, Oman (MECA)

Professor Steve Halls is an Engineer and Biologist by training and has been an Environmental and Sustainability Professor,

Researcher and Consultant for the past 25+ years.

His fields of educational and professional expertise include sustainability/environmental education; Environmental policy development, analysis and review; Risk assessment (including climate change); Renewable energy policy and technology; Industrial ecology, eco-innovation and eco-efficiency; Environmental Biotechnology; Environmental Management Systems; Technology assessment and transfer.

Recently he has been working with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, Oman to define, in consultation with relevant external and internal stakeholders, strategic sustainability, environmental, energy efficiency and low-carbon objectives. On a day-to-day basis he specifically is involved in the evaluation of EIA’s, revision of EIA regulations, guidelines and evaluation criteria. In addition, he is the chair of the EIA Review and Approvals Task Force. He is involved in the development of a National Environmental Policy for Oman based upon energy source diversification. Additionally, in consultation with stakeholders, he has been providing advice and input on the relevant policies, strategies and procedures to ensure alignment and compliance with National legislation and international best practice.

Additionally, in consultation with stakeholders, he has been providing advice and input on the relevant policies, strategies and procedures to ensure alignment and compliance with National legislation and international best practice.  In addition, he has developed and implemented EIA’s, EMP’s, Water Management, Rehabilitation and Closure plans associated with approvals, licences and work permits. He also develops and conducts environmental training programs for Ministry staff, on-site work force and contractor compliance. Specifically he has been responsible for the development of corporate policies relating to climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and transition to a low carbon business. These latter activities required the selection, deployment and use of GHG Management tools (e.g.  SAP Energy and Carbon Management Software, GaBi™, OurImpacts™).

In summary, Dr Halls fields of professional expertise include sustainability/environmental policy analysis and compliance; risk assessment (including climate change); renewable energy policy and technology; industrial ecology, eco-innovation and eco-efficiency; EIA: EMS (viz. ISO 14001) and Risk Management (viz. ISO 31000); CSR and LCA, M&A due diligence, technology assessment and sustainable construction and EMP implementation.

He is an external advisor to the European Commission (EC) RTD Directorate on the development of the European Environmental Technology Action Plan and the European Union (EU) 7th Framework Programme (Environment and Climate Change). He was also a member of the EC team involved in the negotiations associated with the Kyoto Protocol.

Previously he was the Director of Murdoch Environment and Professor of Environmental Science at Murdoch University (October 2004 to September 2008), where he led Murdoch’s development and implementation of integrated projects in the field of renewable energy technologies, resource and waste recovery, industrial and environmental biotechnology, notably the bioremediation of contaminated soils and wastewater.

From January 2000 to August 2004 he was Director of UNEP-ITEC, the United Nations Environment Programme International Environmental Technology Centre (www.unep.or.jp), and UN Diplomat based in Japan. Additionally he worked with the Global Reporting Initiative (www.globalreporting.org), the UNEP Financial Institutions Initiative (www.unepfi.org), the EBRD, Development Bank of Japan, Asian Development Bank and World Bank on technology development, and science and innovation. In addition, while with UNEP, he developed and was responsible for the UNEP Sustainable Construction Initiative (www.unepsbci.org/) originally based in Osaka, Japan and recently relocated to Paris, France. This initiative involved the further development and deployment of sustainable construction decision-support tools such as UK BREAM and US LEED. He was also team leader for UNEP’s Strategy for Environmental Education and Training (www.unep.org/training/downloads/PDFs/strat_full.pdf) that was designed to support the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2004 – 2014).

 

Speaker: Session 12: Lean Manufacturing and Sustainable Waste Management: Success Stories and Effective Solutions to Reducing the Burden of Waste

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 12:15 to 13:00

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Eng. Suhaila Marafi
Director, Department of Studies and Research
Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait

Eng. Suhaila Marafi is responsible for the long & short term planning by reflecting annual increase in  

Demand  & the projects planned by housing Authorities  & Industries on the future Energy and Water Demand in order to plan building new power stations & desalination plants  to avoid any shortage in either Power or Water

The  Development  Planning follow  Up  System online data for  all MEW Projects up to 2014 & 2015-2019

 

Speaker: Session 9: Roadmap to 2025: What are the Next Steps Needed for Renewable Energy to Become Viable in the Aluminium Industry?

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 10:00 to 10:45

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Tim Murray
Chief Executive Officer
Aluminium Bahrain (Alba)

Tim Murray has been Chief Executive Officer of Alba since October 2012.  He has been with Alba since 2007 when he joined as General Manager of Finance.  During his time at Alba he has held the roles of Chief Finance & Supply Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Marketing Officer.

Tim has played an instrumental role in the transformation of Alba’s Safety Culture through the implementation of the “ZERO Accident Principals”.  He has been instrumental in the training and development of people including Alba’s MBA sponsorship program.  In addition, he launched the “Project Titan” cost improvement program.

In 2017 Tim was recognized as a “CEO Who Gets It” by the US National Safety Council for his contributions on Safety, Health and Environment.

Tim led Alba’s IPO when the company listed on both the London and Bahrain Stock exchanges in November 2010.

Before joining Alba, Mr. Murray spent 10 years at ARC Automotive where in his last role he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Tim holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University where he graduated Beta Gamma Sigma.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Susquehanna University.  He is a CPA and member of the American Institute of CPAs.  He has attended various Executive Management Programs at Wharton and University of Chicago.

Outside of work Tim enjoys spending time with his Family, Coaching, Reading and summertime in Cape Cod Massachusetts.

 

Speaker: Session 1: Industry Keynote Panel: Global Map Redrawn: As New Supply & Demand Centers Emerge, What Are the Challenges & Opportunities for the Middle East’s Aluminium Sector?

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 11:30 to 12:15

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Tom Leary
Vice President, Market Intelligence and Consulting
Harbor Aluminum Intelligence

Tom Leary is Vice President of Aluminum Market Intelligence & Consulting with 25 years of experience in

the Aluminum Industry Tom began his career as a process engineer in aluminium smelting. He later moved into metallurgical support of aluminum casthouse products, including process management of high purity and super high purity operations at Alcoa’s fractional crystallization plants in Badin, NC and New Kensington, PA. Later, Tom went into commercial roles in sales and marketing of high purity to the electronics industry and then became the Marketing

Manager for Alcoa’s defense business unit. He spent his remaining years as Strategic Marketing Director of Alcoa Materials Management in Knoxville, TN, where he also served on the Aluminum Association’s statistics committee and as a board member of the Aluminum
Extruders Council. Tom has a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Washington, a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and is an Executive Scholar in Marketing through Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

 

Speaker: Session 3: Global Market Economic Review and LME Price Outlook: What's the Road Ahead?

Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 14:00 to 14:45

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Vincent Christ
Vice President, Technology and Project Development, Aluminium
Rio Tinto

Of Swiss origin, Mr. Christ joined Alusuisse in 1984 as an Industrial Software Engineer.  

From 1987 to 1994, Vincent relocated to Venezuela for a major investment project where he held such senior positions as Process Automation Manager and Project Manager including the group’s country representation. In 1995, Mr. Christ returned to Switzerland as Director Smelter Technology, Alesa Alusuisse Engineering, to head the global Technology Sales and Transfer in the field of Aluminium Smelting.  In 2003, he relocated to Alcan’s headquarters in Montreal where he joined the Alcan Primary Metal group as Director of Engineering and Maintenance.  In this role, he oversaw the global capital investment and maintenance projects of 22 operating sites and the process engineering for all AP-30 projects; as well as the definition and implementation of mega projects. 

In 2006, Mr. Christ joined B&A as Vice-President, Technology.  In this role, he  oversaw global Technology Sales; Knowledge Management; Maintenance; Research and Development; Technical Assistance; Engineering and Project Delivery.  As part of this mandate, he also lead the implementation of a project conceptualizing of the ‘refinery of the future’, which involves more compact design, smaller environmental footprint, lower capital cost and faster implementation and ramp-up.  

Following the combination of Rio Tinto and Alcan in 2007, Mr. Christ was named General Manager, Technology, for the merged B&A headquartered out of Brisbane, Australia.  In this role he was responsible for Operational Excellence; Asset Management, Research and Development; Engineering and Project Management. A specific focus was also given to the area of process and construction safety. In 2009 Mr. Christ was appointed Vice-President Value Improvement for the Rio Tinto and relocated to Montreal. The main responsibility of this role was to achieve a 30% cost reduction of its multi-billion projects in the aluminum sector.  From 2011 to 2016 he headed RTA’s global technology, R&D, cathode business and equipment sales & services business. Since 2016 Mr. Christ heads Atlantic Operation’s technology and R&D, automation program and major projects development and studies.

Mr. Christ was born in Sierre, Switzerland in 1961.  He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Software from Yverdon-Les-Bains after completing an apprenticeship in Industrial Electronics.  He is married with two sons and, while he speaks English and Spanish fluently thanks to international assignments, German and French are his primary languages.  For leisure activities, Mr. Christ enjoys yoga, cycling, ski touring and golf.

 

Speaker: Session 7: Technology, Research and Development: Smelter of the Future and Art of Technology

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 08:30 to 09:15

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Xiao Fu
Head of Commodity Markets Strategy
Bank of China International

Xiao Fu is the head of Commodity Markets Strategy at Bank of China International. Xiao's team

covers all commodity markets ranging from base metals, precious metals, energy and agriculture. The team focuses on combining macro top down, fundamental supply demand drivers and speculative flows to deliver directional, curve based and volatility strategies.
Xiao has extensive experiences interacting with clients across Europe, Asia and Americas. She speaks regularly at global conferences and is frequently quoted by media.
Before joining BOCI, Xiao worked as a commodity strategist at Deutsche Bank in London. She majored in Economics at the London School of Economics.

Speaker: Session 3: Global Market Economic Review and LME Price Outlook: What’s the Road Ahead?
Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 14:00 to 14:45 

 

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Dr. Yanchen Wang
Principal Consultant Lead of Chinese Aluminium Market Research
CRU

Dr Yanchen Wang is the leader of Chinese aluminium market research.

Dr Yanchen Wang joined CRU in June 2006. He is responsible for Chinese aluminium market research and the development and improvement of CRU’s aluminium cost analysis, including Primary Aluminium Costs, Alumina Costs, Bauxite Costs and Aluminium power tariff Costs.

His areas of expertise include cost modelling, aluminium, alumina, bauxite and power/energy market analysis, and value assessment of aluminium asset. Specific projects include the benchmarking and technical assessment of bauxite mines, alumina refineries, aluminium smelters, anode and power plants. He has visited more than 100 bauxite mines, alumina refineries and aluminium smelters around world, in China, Russia, Australia, Europe, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Middle East and USA

Yanchen has a PhD in Engineering from Chinese Academy of Sciences

 

Speaker: Session 10: Current Raw Material Trends and Their Impact upon the Markets?

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 11:00 to 11:45

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Yasmin R. Brown
Group Manager
Jacobs Consultancy

As business developer, market researcher, engineer, and consultant, Yasmin is a Group Manager within the Carbon practice

for Jacobs Consultancy, headquartered in Houston, Texas USA.  Yasmin’s career with Jacobs has included fast-track roles of increasing responsibility in technical and managerial roles in Process Engineering, Project Management, and Quality Management for major lines of business including Refining, Pharmaceuticals, Foods, Chemicals, and Specialty Chemicals.  

A major promotion with the Company led Yasmin to relocate from Cincinnati, Ohio to Houston, Texas USA in 2001, where she assumed the role of Business Development Manager, developing new opportunities for Jacobs Engineering within the refining and inorganic chemicals industries, followed by broadening assignments in Process and Project Engineering where she gained practical experience executing front-end engineering assignments for major refinery projects.  

Yasmin joined Jacobs Consultancy (formerly the Pace Consultants) in February 2004.  Her tenure within the Consultancy has allowed Yasmin to acquire expertise in carbon markets, notably green and calcined petroleum coke, coal tar pitch, and other specialty carbons.  She continues to broaden her knowledge bases in all aspects of the Petroleum and Chemicals line of business.

Yasmin has a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA), and a B.S. in Chemistry from Morris Brown College (Atlanta, GA).  She has completed post-graduate studies in Management, Biological Sciences, and Biblical Studies.  

 

Speaker: Session 10: Current Raw Material Trends and Their Impact upon the Markets?

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 11:00 to 11:45

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Yousuf Bastaki
Executive Vice President, Upstream
Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)

Yousuf is responsible for the Upstream business unit at Emirates Global Aluminium, as well as Capital Projects and Major

Materials Procurement. An Executive MBA graduate from American University of Sharjah in 2004, an a BSc (Electrical Engineering) graduate of University of Colorado, Denver, USA in 1985, Yousuf Bastaki joined Dubai Aluminium PJSC (“DUBAL”) as a Special Entry Graduate at the end of 1985 and has since acquired more than 30 years of technical, managerial and leadership experience in the heavy metal industry. 

Over the years, he was promoted through the ranks to senior positions including General Manager Engineering Expansion & Technology  Development at DUBAL in 2005; and Project Director – Emirates Aluminium Company Limited (“EMAL”) (Phase I & Phase II), then Vice President, Projects at EMAL in 2007. Following the integration of DUBAL and EMAL in 2014, coincident with the formation of Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC (“EGA”), Yousuf became Senior Vice President, Capital Projects. He was appointed to his current role in March 2016.
During his career, Yousuf has managed many successful projects, the most significant to date being the USD10 Billion two-phased project to construct the largest single site aluminum smelter in the world, with a completed capacity of 1.35 M tonnes per year. He previously led a team that successfully implemented ISO 9001/2000 in the Engineering department. He is currently managing a project to construct the first alumina refinery in the UAE, one of the EGA’s most ambitious projects. Acknowledging his in-depth knowledge and vast expertise, he is regularly invited to speak at aluminium trade and product management conferences.
Yousuf has held several professional memberships, namely Chartered Engineer (UK); Fellow member of International Institute of Engineering and Technology; PMP® - Project Management Professional from PMI International (USA); and Professional Engineer (EIT). He has served as a member of the board of editors of Quality Review Magazine, and World of Engineering Magazine; Advisory member of the Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering College at UAE University in Al Ain; and Member of advisory boards for Rochester Institute of Technology.

 

Speaker: Session 10: Current Raw Material Trends and Their Impact upon the Markets?

Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 11:00 to 11:45

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