Tolga Egrilmezer is Vice President Sales & Marketing at Rio Tinto and member of the Rio Tinto Aluminium Executive Committee as well as Commercial Senior Leadership where he is leading the global mine to market organisation in bauxite, alumina, aluminium & value added products, sales, marketing, trading & supply and technical & product development teams. Tolga is also a member of the IAI Board of Directors as well as Vice Chair of the Board (International Aluminium Institute) and member of the Board of Directors - Aluminum Association (United States). Previously, Tolga was Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development and President for Asia for Sapa Group. He has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science & Administration degree as well as Master of Business Admininstration – MBA.
John Slaven is Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Alcoa, responsible for the daily operations of the Company’s global bauxite, alumina and aluminum assets. Alcoa has the largest bauxite mining portfolio in the world and is the world’s largest alumina producer. John also focuses on Alcoa’s global aluminum smelting system, its network of casthouses, U.S. rolling mill, and the Corporation’s substantial energy assets. Alcoa Corporation operates in 10 countries. John is also a member of the Alcoa Executive Team, which sets strategic direction for the Corporation.
Most recently, John served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, a position he assumed in February 2019 when he joined Alcoa. In this role, he was accountable for the Strategy, Corporate and Business Development functions and Supply Chain group as well as Energy Development.
John has extensive experience in the metals and mining business, including global experience in several commodities and industry sectors across the aluminum value chain.
Prior to joining Alcoa, he served for 13 years as Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). In his last assignment, he led BCG’s practices for North American Metals and Mining and Infrastructure and Public Transport. Prior to BCG, John worked for 9 years at BHP Billiton, where he held senior strategy and business development roles in both Perth, Australia, and Singapore in the Iron Ore, Minerals Exploration, and Aluminum, Manganese and Nickel business units.
From 2002 through 2006, John worked for Alcoa Inc., where he implemented its Asia growth strategy and the turnaround of its Latin America business. He also led Alcoa Inc.’s sales and marketing growth in Asia before returning to New York to lead the corporate strategy, and financial planning and analysis functions.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, John served as a Sub-Lieutenant, Officer in Charge in the South African Navy. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town.
Bart Van Gils has been active in the logistics business for over 30 years, and this in various locations around the world such as Antwerp, Rotterdam, Dubai, Baltimore & New Orleans. Focus has always been on commodities moving worldwide, with non ferrous metals - including aluminium - as main commodities. Warehousing (LME, CME, SHFE) and logistics linked to these have been at the centre of his activities. Since 2017, he has become a partner in The Agency, a logistics company focusing on road transport in Europe and container shipping worldwide.
Dagny is Director of Business Analaysis and Market Development at Landsvirkjun, the National Power Company of Iceland. She has diverse experience within the fields of economic research and software development, but the focus for the past few years has been the energy sector. Dagný and her team are responsible for analysing Landsvirkjun‘s business environment as well as its customers’ markets, such as aluminium, silicon metal and power markets.
Dagny holds degrees in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Iceland, and a certificate in Business Sustainability Management from the University of Cambridge.
Max (Maximilian J.R.) Layton is a Managing Director at Citi Research. His focus is on cross commodity and cross asset strategies involving commodities and he has oversight over global commodities research in industrial and precious metals and bulk commodities. Prior to joining Citi Max was a Managing Director and Head of European Commodities Research at Goldman Sachs. He has also held positions as Deputy Head of Commodities Research at Macquarie Bank and as a commodities Economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Max received his bachelor’s degree in finance at Macquarie University followed by a first class honors degree in economics.
Hisham Alkooheji is Director Marketing Middle East, Africa & Asia (MEA - Asia). He has spent 11 years at Alba in various leadership positions. His experience spans across production planning, logistics, pricing and sales.
Hisham played an integral role in the development of Alba’s marketing strategy post the Line 6 Expansion project through which he has led the team to achieve the highest value-added sales within MEA & Asia, expanding the product and customer portfolio, in particular the slab market. Additionally, he has spearheaded the establishment of a new Singapore branch office.
Hisham holds an MBA from the College of William & Mary, an MSc in International Business & Finance and a BA Economics from the University of Reading, UK.
As Vice President, Government Relations and International Programs, Virginia Gum Hamisevicz provides strategic leadership for advancing the mission and vision of the Aluminum Association. Mrs. Gum Hamisevicz has almost 20 years of experience advocating on energy, natural resources and trade policy before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch. She spent more than a decade with the National Mining Association as Vice President, Government Affairs. Mrs. Gum Hamisevicz served in the U.S. House of Representatives. She has held positions with the Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Service and Independent Petroleum Association of America.
Tim Murray is CEO of Cardinal Virtues Consulting and has over 20 years of executive leadership experience. Mr Murray spent 12 years with Alba where he was CEO for 7 of those years. He also spent 10 years with ARC Automotive where was EVP & Chief Financial Officer. Under Mr Murray’s leadership, Alba’s Line 6 project was commissioned ahead of schedule and $370 million under budget. He has also been credited with transforming Alba’s Safety culture. Mr Murray holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University along with an Accounting degree from Susquehanna University. He is an avid reader and passionate about coaching & mentoring.
Kelly Driscoll has been with CRU in London since 1995, following a ten-year career as a process metallurgist working with Kaiser Aluminum in the US and with Johnson Matthey in London. Mr Driscoll’s current main responsibility is for the development and improvement of CRU’s aluminium industry cost models, and for the technical development of CRU’s Aluminium products and services. He holds a BSc in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in Metallurgy from Cambridge University.
Mark worked for Jaguar most of his career since graduating in 1983. Starting in Body Engineering in 1987, Mark became Sports car BIW Manager in 1990 & in 1998 took responsibility for all Jaguar BIW Programs. In 2002, he also took responsibility for Land Rover BIW.
In 2004, Mark was promoted to Chief Technical Specialist, for Body Engineering Strategy & Research projects, including Light Weight Vehicle development.
In 2012, he took responsibility for the Body Complete Business Unit for JLR, responsible for the Design & development of JLR Body Structures, Closures, Roof Systems & related mechanisms.
Mark was awarded a Doctor of Engineering by Brunel University in 2011, for his work on light weight structures. Examples include the 2002 XJ, 2006 XK, 2010 XJ & 2012 Range Rover & F-type LWVs.
Mark retired from JLR in 2016 due to a health issue, but before retiring, completed development of JLR’s first BEV LWV body, the Jaguar I Pace, as well as launching the 3rd D7u derivative, Land Rover Discovery 5 & 4th D7a derivative, Range Rover Velar.Mark is working part time with the aluminium industry, to promote wider use of aluminium in the Automotive Industry.
Colin Hamilton is a Managing Director and Commodities Analyst for BMO Capital Markets. Based in London, he leads BMO’s market intelligence and price forecasting efforts across base metals, bulk commodities, precious metals and battery raw materials. With a background as a metallurgist, and a strong focus on China and global trade flows, and deep subject knowledge, Colin’s regular publications offer value-added insight on industry developments. Previously he headed up Macquarie’s commodities research team, and before that spent time at CRU in London where he was responsible for steelmaking, iron ore and metallurgical coal cost services.
Zaid Aljanabi joined CRU Consulting as a principal consultant in January 2017, bringing an extensive experience in the aluminium and nonferrous metals industry. Prior to CRU, Mr Aljanabi spent more than six years in the Middle East working for Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), where he led the market research unit and held various positions within marketing and sales, corporate strategy and finance. Before EGA, Mr Aljanabi worked in London for a number of commodity focused consultants, including Thomson Reuters, as an analyst and he also managed the precious and base metals research unit at Diapason Commodities Management. He began his commodities research career in 2002 as a global energy economist with AUPEC, an oil and gas consultancy firm. Mr Aljanabi holds an MA with honours in economic science from the University of Aberdeen and an MSc in economics from the University of Amsterdam. He also spent a year studying economics at the Université Panthéon-Assas in Paris. Zaid speaks Arabic and French.
Rolf Prack is the Director Sales and Strategic Procurement of PCC BakkiSilicon hf in Húsavík, Iceland.
PCC BakkiSilicon, belonging to the PCC Group (www.pcc.eu), operates one of the world’s most modern Silicon Metal plants in Husavik, Iceland.
Rolf is responsible for the strategic purchase of raw materials (Coal, Quartzite, Wood, Electrodes) as well as for the sales of Silicon Metal and by-products such as Microsilica. A graduate in business administration, he previously worked for thyssenkrupp in raw materials trading for over 7 years. The reason for PCC BakkiSilicon´s location in Iceland, apart from its central geographical location, is the use of geothermal resources as an energy source.
Laurent specialises in a broad range of international trade issues including anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, safeguard procedures and litigation, customs matters under EU and Member State legislation, as well as under the WTO and other international agreements.With substantial experience in product safety and life sciences regulatory matters, as well as with EU environmental law, data privacy and intellectual property rights, he regularly advises clients on handling these issues from an international trade perspective.He advises clients in many industries, including manufacturers of computer and other electronic equipment, renewable energy products, durable goods, consumer products, agriculture and food products, chemicals and pharmaceutical products, automobiles and auto parts, aviation, iron and steel products, non-ferrous metals, textiles and non-wovens, publishing, oil and gas, banking, insurance and financial services industry, as well as other service sectors.Laurent regularly speaks at external events and feature prominently in the trade and WTO rankings of the leading bar publications such as Chambers Global, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal, where he is described as "an excellent lawyer."He has contributed to a number of publications, including ’Enforcement of EU TDI measures : Addressing the Challenges of the 21st Century’ (Global Trade and Customs Journal, Volume 15, Issue 9, September 2020) and ’Addressing overcapacities: the shoe does not fit’ (MLex, 02 April 2019).
Aline combines a strong sustainability background with advanced mathematics to manage an absolute return fund focused on investments that support energy efficiency and carbon neutrality. She is Portfolio Manager of Pala’s proprietary derivative hedge fund, having been an early investor in the electric mobility supply chain and carbon credits.
Aline has 16 years of experience in portfolio management, equities, derivatives, commodities and rates trading, credit analysis, fundamental research, artificial intelligence big data analysis and forecasting, ESG investing and reporting, risk analysis, syndicated finance, debt restructuring, private and equity capital markets.
Laís joined CRU in August 2018 as an analyst in the Aluminium Primary and Products team and is the Editor of the Aluminium Long Term Market Outlook. Prior to joining CRU, she worked for 6 years at CBA, a Brazilian integrated aluminium producer, performing analytical roles in commercial and strategic planning areas.
Duncan Hobbs brings over 25 years of experience to his London-based role as director of market research for all non-ferrous metals and related materials, including copper, traded by Concord Resources Ltd. Previously he managed a team of four senior staff responsible for non-ferrous metals and bulk commodities market research at Noble Group, based in Singapore. Underlying these positions with physical traders, Duncan’s previous experience includes commodities market research and business development roles in financial services with Macquarie Bank; mining and metal production with Nyrstar; engineering services with Hatch; and independent research with CRU, where he was a member of the steel team. He began his career in dry bulk shipping market research with Drewry in London.
Chris Bayliss joined ASI in May 2021 as Director of Standards, leading the ongoing development and implementation of ASI Standards to promote the responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium.
Chris has two decades of experience in the sustainability of the aluminium sector. In various roles at the International Aluminium Institute, he led the development and implementation of science based approaches to improving occupational health and well-being, reducing sector wide greenhouse gas emissions and maximising the enabling potential of aluminium products in sustainable socio-economic systems.
Anthony Everiss is a Senior Analyst in the Aluminium Raw Materials Team and is editor of the Bauxite and Alumina Market Outlook, Monitor and Long Term Market Outlook. His main areas of specialism include market fundamental analysis, price forecasting and the creation of CRU’s Alumina Price Index and CRU’s Bauxite Price Index. Mr Everiss holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick.
Andrew Wood has responsibility at Alumina Limited for strategy and development, including market analysis and strategic investments. Alumina own 40% of the AWAC joint venture, a large global bauxite and alumina producer. He worked for 15 years at WMC in commercial and legal roles in the energy and nickel and gold businesses. He was then a consultant in Hamburg for 2 years, followed by 5 years at Sibelco, a Belgian industrial minerals producer, as Executive General Manager, with management, legal and EHS responsibilities. Mr Wood holds Bachelors of Laws and Arts degrees and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance.
Miles Prosser is the Secretary General of the International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the only body that represents the aluminium industry at the global level.
With more than twenty years’ experience working on various industry policy issues, Miles brings in-depth knowledge on resource allocation, sustainability and climate change.
Miles joined the IAI from the Australian Aluminium Council where he served as Executive Director for more than 10 years.
He leads the IAI to promote the unique and valuable properties of aluminium in sustainable development. He holds an honours degree from the Australian National University and is a member of the Institute of Directors in London.
Amelia Xiao Fu is the head of Commodity Markets Strategy at Bank of China International. Her team covers all commodity sectors ranging from energy, base metals, precious metals and agriculture. The team’s focus is to combine top-down global macro / financial drivers with fundamental analysis to provide investment advice. In 2019, BOCI won ‘Commodities Research House of the Year’ Award by Energy Risk.
She speaks regularly at global conferences and is frequently quoted by media including Bloomberg, Reuters, the FT and the Wall Street Journal.
Before joining BOCI, Xiao worked as a commodity strategist at Deutsche Bank in London. She studied Economics at the London School of Economics and Harvard University.
Alex Tuckett is Head of Economics at CRU. He has over 15 years experience in economic analysis. Alex joined CRU in 2020 from PwC, where he was a Senior Manager in their economics advisory practice, leading analytical projects for a range of clients as well as contributing to their macroeconomic commentary. He began his career in the UK Treasury, later moving to the Bank of England, and has provided macroeconomic modelling and analysis to policymakers in fiscal, monetary and financial policy. He has published his analysis through a number of working papers, journal articles and blog posts on topics including productivity, exchange rates and modelling credit flows. Alex has an MSc in Economics from University College London, and a BSc in Economics and Economic History from the London School of Economics.
Paul Williams is the Head of Aluminium, and Research Manager responsible for the research programme of the team. 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. Mr Williams has a MSc in Economics, London School of Economics. BA in Economics, University of Swansea.
Hammerer Aluminium Industries (HAI), headquartered in Ranshofen, Austria is one of the biggest family owned businesses within the European Aluminium Industry operating out of 8 locations across Europe.
After taking over responsibility as Group CEO Rob van Gils has significantly changed the portfolio of HAI group over the last years. Supported by consequent investments in back- and forward integration HAI today covers the whole value chain from recycling, billet production, extrusions and aluminium components for B&C, Industrial Applications and the Transportation Industry.
Mr van Gils brings to his position a well-established background in mechanical engineering and business administration. Prior to his role as CEO he held several management positions within HAI and AMAG resulting in more than 20 years of experience in the Aluminium Industry.
Paul Warton has been Executive Vice President for Hydro Extrusions since 2021.
Warton came from a job as business unit president at aluminium company Constellium. He is a UK national with extensive experience from the aluminium industry, including different leadership positions in U.S.-based aluminium company Alcoa and in aluminium extrusions company Sapa (now a part of Hydro) which he joined in 2005.
Warton was responsible for Sapa Building Systems EMEA in 2005-2006 and later headed Sapa Profiles North Europe in 2007-2009.
He has a BSc degree from University of Birmingham, UK and a MBA from London Business School.
Emilio Braghi is Executive Vice President and President, Novelis Europe. In this role, which he assumed in September 2016, Mr Braghi oversees 11 European facilities that recycle and manufacture aluminum for many markets, including automotive, building, packaging and transportation. He was previously Vice President, Operations, Novelis North America. Before that, Mr Braghi served as Vice President, Sales and Operations for Novelis Asia, with responsibility for all commercial and manufacturing activities in the region. Prior to joining the Asia leadership team in March 2012 as Vice President, Operations, he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Specialties value stream in Europe. From 2006 to 2012, Mr Braghi held various general management roles with Novelis Europe’s Litho and Painted Products value streams. Prior to the formation of Novelis, Mr Braghi had been with Alcan since 1999, where he began as Sales Manager, Europe. Mr Braghi graduated from Politecnico di Milano with a degree in engineering and industrial production technologies.
Claudia is an advocate for the circular economy with over 20 years’ experience in Public Affairs, Sustainability, stakeholder engagement and communications in Europe, North America, and India for large multinational corporations, non-profits, SMEs and the public sector. At Ball, she leads European Affairs in Brussels as well as Sustainability and Public Affairs in Central Europe.
Claudia believes that near 100% recycling rates for packaging are possible if policy, product design and recycling infrastructure are aligned. To achieve a true circular economy, recycling rates must be complemented by packaging materials and design made for circularity.
Torbjörn Sternsjö works as Senior Advisor to the CEO, located in Stockholm, Sweden. Gränges is an aluminium technology company with operations in Asia, Americas and Europe. Prior to his present position, Mr. Sternsjö was responsible for Gränges Europe as well as Group activities such as Business Development, Global Sales and Global R&D. Mr. Sternsjö spent several years in the aluminium fabrication industry in China, from 1999 to 2016. He was acting as a CEO of the alumnium extrusion JV between Sapa and Chalco, Managing Director for Sapa Profiles China and Managing Director of a Gränges >Shanghai.