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Driving Strategic Growth across the Global Aluminium Industry

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Pre Conference
08:00 - 20:00

Conference Registration
Venue: Reception areas of Al Husn, Al Bandar and Al Waha Hotels, Shangri-La Al Jissah Resort & Spa

14:00 - 16:00

WORKSHOP: Smelting Process Optimisation
Venue: Barr Al Jissah Ballroom C, Shangri-La Al Jissah Resort & Spa

19:00 - 22:00

NETWORKING: WELCOME RECEPTION

Venue: Al Waha Dhow Beachfront, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

Conference & Exhibition
07:00 - 09:00

Registration

Registration, networking breakfast, arrival and seating of delegates

Venue: Barr Al Jissah Ballroom, Al Bandar Hotel, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

09:00

Opening Statement
Mohammed Al Naki, Chairman, ARABAL Steering Committee

Welcome Speech by Sohar Aluminium
Eng. Said Mohammed Al Masoudi , Chief Executive Officer, Sohar Aluminium, Sultanate of Oman

Keynote Speech

Shayma Al Mughairi Sand Art Performance

10:30 - 11:00

The Gulf Aluminium Council Community Award Ceremony

11:00 - 11:30

Exhibition Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

NETWORKING: REFRESHMENT BREAK

11:30 - 12:15

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?

- Current Global Economic Situation and Market Challenges

- Role in Global Aluminium Markets

- Supply and Demand - Trends, Prospects and Future Plans 

- Exports from GCC and Middle East to the World - Current Situation and Future Prospects

- Sustainable Resources, Raw Material & shifting towards Alternative Energy in the Gulf & Middle East

Moderator: Jorge Vazquez, Founder and Managing Director, Harbor Aluminum Intellegence

Speakers:

Eng. Said Mohammed Al Masoudi , Chief Executive Officer, Sohar Aluminium Company (SAC), Sultanate of Oman

Abdulaziz A. Al Harbi, President, Ma’aden Aluminium Company, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Abdulla Jassem Kalban, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Global aluminium (EGA), United Arab Emirates

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

Eng. Abd Elzaher Abd Elsattar Hassan, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Egyptalum, Arab Republic of Egypt

Tim Murray, Chief Executive Officer, Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), Kingdom of Bahrain

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

12:15 - 13:00

SESSION 2:

Outlook 2020: Future of Aluminium Demand for Finished Products?

The future of the finished products appears bright and will be characterised by strong demand for the long term.

- Demand Prospects and Market Growth

- Usage Expansion and New Application Opportunities

- Properties and Benefits

- Aluminium Premiums Outlook

- Customer Expectations in Product Quality and Supply Reliability

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

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

13:00 - 14:00

NETWORKING: LUNCH

14:00 - 14:30

SESSION 3:

Warehousing – Global Challenges and Solutions

Speaker: Georgina Hallett, London Metal Exchange, Chief of Staff

Presentation followed by Questions and Answers

14:30 - 15:15

SESSION 4:

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

- Tariffs in the Arab Gulf, the Middle East and Trade Barriers and Opportunities

- Imports, Curtailments, Market Growth and Risk Management

- Mega Trends in China

- Exports to the USA and Europe

- Free Trade Agreement between the US and Oman

- Sohar Industrial Development and Opportunities

Moderator: Mahmood Al Daylami, Secretary General, Gulf Aluminium Council (GAC)

Speakers:

Mark Geilenkirchen, Chief Executive Officer, Sohar Port Freezone

Paul Adkins, Founder and Managing Director, AZ China Ltd

Khalid Abdul Latif, Chief Marketing Officer, Aluminium Bahrain (Alba)

Eng. Nahla Abdulwahab Al Hamdi, Director General of Industry, Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

15:15 - 15:45

NETWORKING: REFRESHMENT BREAK

15:45 - 16:15

SESSION 5:

Prospects for Gas in the Arab Gulf, the Middle East and the Implications for the Aluminium Industry

Speaker: Professor Paul Stevens, Distinguished Fellow, The Royal Institute of International Affairs

Chatham House  

Presentation followed by Questions and Answers

16:15 - 17:00

SESSION 6:

Future Demand for Aluminium from Emerging Markets

- Current Capacity of the Aluminium Market in Various Countries

- Local Consumption, Exports, Supply

- Emerging Markets

- Raw Material, Investors, Imports etc.

Moderator: Julian Kettle, Senior Vice President, Vice Chairman of Metals and Mining, Wood MacKenzie

Speakers:

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

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

Paul Adkins, Founder and Managing Director, AZ China Ltd

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

Pierre D. Chenard, Senior Vice President, Business Development and General Counsel, Aluminium Rio Tinto

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

19:00 - 23:00

NETWORKING: CULTURAL DINNER

Venue: Turtle Beach Al Bandar Hotel, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

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Conference & Exhibition Continues
07:30 - 08:30

Registration continues

Registration, networking breakfast, arrival and seating of delegates

Venue: Barr Al Jissah Ballroom, Al Bandar Hotel, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

08:30 - 09:15

SESSION 7:

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

- Current Trends, Intel and Sales Forecasting

- Sustainability of the LME and Risk Management

- China Implementation of New Pollution Laws

- Global Economics and the Role of the Arab Gulf and the Middle East

- Demand and Supply, Competition and New Markets

- Finding Financial Balance of the Industry

Moderator: Max Layton, Managing Director Commodities Research, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Speakers:

Jerry van Alphen, Chief Financial Officer, Sohar Aluminium

Ali Al Baqali, Chief Financial Officer, Alba

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

Andy Home, Senior Metals Columnist, Thomson Reuters

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

09:15 - 10:00

SESSION 8:

Current Raw Material Trends and Their Impact upon the Markets?

- Global Challenges and Opportunities in Demand and Imports

- Impact of China with the New Environment Regulations and Consumption

- Growth, Investments and Future Markets and Prospects Regionally and Globally

- Evolution of the Raw Material Specifications in the Market (Quality, Density etc. of Coke, Bauxite and Alumina)

Moderator: Paul Williams, Research Manager, CRU

Speakers:

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

Robert Dickie, Senior Consultant, Carbon Products, Harbor Aluminum Intelligence

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

10:00 - 10:45

SESSION 9:

Technology, Research and Development: Smelter of the Future and Art of Technology

- Process Optimisation and Innovation in Smelting, Upstream and Downstream

- Automation Towards Operation Excellence: Future Potential, New Trends and Breakthroughs

- Environmental Factors and Emission Reduction

- Development for Sustainability

- Balance between Efficiency, Productivity, Safety and Quality

- Energy Consumption and Efficiency

- Health and Safety Challenges

Moderator: Chris Bayliss, Deputy Secretary General, International Aluminium Institute (IAI) 

Speakers:

Ali Hussain Ahmed Mohamed Alzarouni, Executive Vice President, Midstream, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) 

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

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

Discussions / Presentations followed by Questions and Answers

10:45 - 11:15

NETWORKING: REFRESHMENT BREAK

11:15 - 12:00

SESSION 10:

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

- Social and Regulatory Trends and Best Practices in Waste Management

- Innovative Approaches to Recycle Critical Waste Streams

- Spent Pot Lining and Lean Manufacturing

Moderator: Rob Hounsome, Regional Director, Infrastructure & Environment, Ramboll Middle East

Speakers:

Stephan Broek, Director Light Metals, Hatch

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

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

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

Presentations followed by Questions and Answers

12:00 - 12:45

SESSION 11:

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

- Glass Point Solar: The Largest Solar Panel Project in the Middle East

- New Regulations for Solar Energy in Oman and its Implication on the Aluminium Industry

- Wind turbines: Great Supply of Power with Substantial Savings

- Climate Change and its Implications on the Aluminium Industry

Speakers:

Marwan Chaar, Vice President of Project Development, Glass Point Solar

Max Wiestner, Industry Manager Aluminium, ABB Switzerland

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

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

12:45 - 13:45

NETWORKING: LUNCH

13:45 - 14:30

SESSION 12:

How Should the Right Balance be Struck Between Automation, Employment & Productivity?

- Future of Work and Innovation in the Information Age

- Does Artificial Intelligence Create More Jobs or Reduce the Human Labour?

- Impact of Technology on the Standards of Living

- Finding the Right Balance Between Job Creation and Modern Automation

- What are the Top Strategies Needed to Align Industry & Academia for Future Labour Market Requirements?

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

Speakers:

Ali Al Abri, Treasurer and Board Member, Oman Society for Human Resource Management (OSHRM)/General Manager and Country Head of HR at HSBC Bank Oman

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

14:30 - 15:00

SESSION 13:

Occupational Health and Safety: Worker Well-Being Programs and Best Practices

Speaker: Professor Thomas E. Bernard, Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health at University of South Florida College of Public Health, Tampa FL, USA

Presentation followed by Questions and Answers

15:00 - 15:15

Closing Statement

15:15 - 15:45

NETWORKING: REFRESHMENT BREAK

*The website will be updated regularly, please check back for updates

08:00 - 17:00

Site Tour

The conference delegates will be invited on a private tour to see Sohar Aluminium Smelter and its facilities