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Eng. Abd Elzaher Abd Elsattar Hassan
Chairman & 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: 11:30 - 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: 11:30 - 12:15

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Abdulla Jassem Kalban
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
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: 11:30 - 12:15

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Ali Al Abri
General Manager & Country Head of HR
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 12: How Should the Right Balance be Struck Between Automation, Employment & Productivity? 

Wednesday 8 November 2017: 13:45 – 14:30

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Ali Al-Baqali
Chief Financial Officer
Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba)

Ali Al-Baqali is the Chief Financial Officer of Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) since June 2013. 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 7: Global Market Economic Review and LME Price Outlook: What’s the Road Ahead?

Wednesday 8 November 2017: 08:30 - 09:15

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Dr Ali H A Mohamed Al Zarouni
Executive Vice President: Midstream, Technology Development & Transfer
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 9: Technology, Research and Development: Smelter of the Future and Art of Technology

Wednesday 8 November 2017: 10:00 - 10:45

 

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Andy Blamey
Associate Editorial Director, EMEA Nonferrous Metals & 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 2: Outlook 2020: Future of aluminium Demand for Finished Products? 

Tuesday 7th November: 12:15 - 13:00

 

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

Wednesday 8th November: 08:30 - 09:15 

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

Er. 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 6: Future Demand for Aluminium from Emerging Markets

Tuesday 7 November 2017: 16:15 – 17:00

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Chris Bayliss
Deputy Secretary General
International Aluminium Institute

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

Wednesday 8 November 2017: 10:00 - 10:45

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Georgina Hallett
Chief of Staff
London Metal Exchange

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 3: Warehouse Storage Facilities Around the World: Global Challenges and Solutions

Tuesday 7 November 2017: 14:00 - 14:30

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Dr Hans Erik Vatne
PhD, SVP, Head of Technology; 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 9: Technology, Research and Development: Smelter of the Future and Art of Technology
Wednesday 8 November 2017: 10:00 – 10:45
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Hilal Saif Rashid Al Dhamri
Senior Production Manager
Oman Cement Company SAOG

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 10: Environmental Factors and Recycling

Wednesday 8th November: 11:30 - 12:00

 

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

Wednesday 8 November 2017: 13:45 – 14:30

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Jerry van Alphen
Chief Financial Officer
Sohar Aluminium

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

Wednesday 8 November 2017: 08:30 - 09:15

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Jorge Vazquez
Founder & Managing Director
HARBOR Aluminum

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: 11:30 - 12:15

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Julian Kettle
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 6: Future Demand for Aluminium from Emerging Markets

Tuesday 7 November 2017: 16:15 – 17:00

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Khalid A. Latif
Chief Marketing Officer
Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (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 4: 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: 14:30 – 15:15

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Khalid Mohamed Sultan Laram
Chief Executive Officer
Qatar Aluminium Limited (QSC) – 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: 11:30 - 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 4: 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: 14:30 - 15:15
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Sh. Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Harthy
Executive Vice President - Strategic Development
Be'ah

Sh. Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Harthy is the Executive VP, Strategic Development at

Oman Environmental Services Holding Company “be’ah". 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 10: Environmental Factors and Recycling

Wednesday 8 November 2017: 11:15 - 12:00

 

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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 4: 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: 14:30 - 15:15

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Marwan Chaar
Vice President of Project Development
GlassPoint Solar

Marwan is the Vice President of Project Development at GlassPoint Solar, the leading provider of solar steam generators for the oil and gas industry. Marwan brings a long track-record in the global energy sector spanning finance, project management and business development roles. 

He joined GlassPoint from GE Energy, where he spent time on the business development team, exploring strategic partnerships in the Gulf region, as well as the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) team focused on GE’s Power and Water division. Previously, he also worked for Crescent Petroleum, the Middle East’s oldest private oil and gas company, FuGu Energy, an energy efficiency company that he co-founded; and, DC Energy, a US-based leader in electricity trading. His renewable energy experience started with Ausra (later Areva Solar) in 2008 and includes feasibility studies for solar in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, as well as wind in Morocco. 

Marwan holds masters degrees in mechanical engineering and business from Stanford University and Harvard Business School.

 

Speaker: Session 11: Roadmap to 2025: What are the Next Steps Needed for Renewable Energy to Become Viable in the Aluminium Industry?

Wednesday 8 November 2017: 12:00 - 12:45

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Max Layton
Managing Director, Commodities Research, Global Investment Research
Goldman Sachs & Co

Max is Managing Director, Commodities Research, Global Investment Research.

He joined Goldman Sachs in 2011 and was named managing director in 2015.

Prior to joining the firm, Max was head of Metals Research at Macquarie Bank. Previously, he was a commodities economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Max earned a bachelor's degree in finance and a first class honors degree in economics from Macquarie University.

 

Moderator: Session 7: Global Market Economic Review and LME Price Outlook: What’s the Road Ahead?

Wednesday 8 November 2017: 08:30 - 09:15

 

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

Wednesday 8 November 2017: 12:00 - 12:45

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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.

 

Opening statement 
Tuesday 7th November 2017: 09:00
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Oleg Mukhamedshin
Deputy CEO, 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 6: Future Demand for Aluminium from Emerging Markets

Tuesday 7 November 2017: 16:15 – 17:00

 

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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 4: 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: 14:30 – 15:15

Speaker: Session 6: Future Demand for Aluminium from Emerging Markets

Tuesday 7 November 2017: 16:15 - 17:00

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Professor Paul Stevens
Distinguished Fellow
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
Paper Title: Natural gas in the GCC: Prospects for future energy prices in the Gulf
Tuesday 7 November 2017: 15:45 - 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 8: Current Raw Material Trends and Their Impact upon the Markets?

Wednesday 8 November 2017: 09:15– 10:00

 

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Qais Saud Al Zakwani
Executive Director
Authority for Electrical Regulation

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

Wednesday 8th November: 12:00 - 12:45

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Rob Hounsome
Regional Director Environment & Infrastructure
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 10: Environmental Factors and Recycling

Wednesday 8 November 2017: 11:15 – 12:00

 

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Robert C. Dickie
Senior Carbon Consultant
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 8: Current Raw Material Trends and Their Impact upon the Markets?

Wednesday 8 November 2017: 09:15 - 10:00 

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Eng. Said Mohammed Al Masoudi
Chief Executive Officer
Sohar Aluminium

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: 09:00
 
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: 11:30 - 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 10: Environmental Factors and Recycling

Wednesday 8 November 2017, 11:15 - 12:00

 

 

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Professor Steve Halls
Chairman, Senior Environmental Expert
Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (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 10: Environmental Factors and Recycling                                                                                                                                  
Wednesday 8 November 2017: 11:15 – 12:00
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Prof. Thomas E. Bernard
Professor and Chair
University of South Florida College of Public Health, Tampa FL USA

Professor Bernard is most active in occupational exposures to heat stress. His recent research in exposure assessment

characterizes the interaction of environment, work demands and protective clothing in terms of the ability to sustain exposures to heat stress. Other heat stress topics include personal monitoring to determine exposure limits, the utility of personal cooling systems, and the relationship of heat exposures to illness and injury. In the field of ergonomics, Professor Bernard led a team to develop job assessment for musculoskeletal disorders that is currently used by a US automobile manufacturer. In addition to department chair, Professor Bernard is the director of a USA NIOSH-supported training and research center at the University of South Florida. He is an active member if the ACGIH Physical Agents Committee and the ISO working group on Thermal Environments.

 

Speaker: Session 13: Occupational Health and Safety: Worker Well-Being Programs and Best Practices

Wednesday 8th  November: 14:30 - 15:00

 

 

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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: 11:30 - 12:15

 

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Tom Leary
Vice-President of Aluminum Market Intelligence & Consulting
Harbor Aluminum

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

Wednesday 8th November: 08:30 - 09:15

 

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Dr. Yanchen Wang
Principal Consultant Lead Chinese Market & Cost Analyst
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

 

Moderator: Session 8: Current Raw Material Trends and Their Impact upon the Markets?

Wednesday 8 November 2017: 09:15 - 10:00

 

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

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

Wednesday 8th November: 10:00 - 10:45

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