Alison Conroy is the Director of Global Sustainability at Novelis, where is responsible for identifying actionable opportunities for decarbonization and executing the company’s sustainability roadmap.
She has a master’s degree in chemical engineering and biorenewable resources and technology. Alison has been in the sustainability field for over 15 years, previously working in corn processing, pulp and paper, and now aluminum. She is also the Sustainability Chair of Alumobility, a global ecosystem of the leading aluminum and enabling downstream technology partners. In this role, Alison oversees the development of Life Cycle Assessment tools and their use in the association’s technical studies.
Ross re-joined CRU in August 2020 and was subsequently promoted to Lead Analyst, Aluminium, Primary and Recycled Metal. Between 2004 and 2009 he worked for CRU, initially joining as a research analyst for the aluminium team and latterly becoming principal price risk advisor for the price risk management team. Subsequently, he worked for Capital Economics, Thomson Reuters and GFMS in analytical roles covering a variety of metals markets as well as presenting to industry gatherings. Ross will be based in our London office and holds a Masters in Economics from Heriot-Watt University.
Julie Al-Saadawi has 2 decades of
experience with International Trade Administration at the U.S. Commerce
Department. She and her team follow the global aluminum and steel
industries and support related policy work. She developed the public U.S.
import monitoring systems for steel and aluminum and led the effort to add
information about which country the original metal inputs used in these imports
were sourced. Julie was a consultant prior to joining the
Klaudia Michalska joined Aluminium Stewardship Initiative as an Impacts Analyst in 2021. She is responsible for the collection and analysis of quantitative data from ASI's Certification program, and in particular coordinating ASI's Certified Entities' Annual Reporting on Chain of Custody Material flow along the aluminium value chain. Previously, she worked at Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and WWF. She has a master’s degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Amsterdam and a bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of Warsaw.
Emilio Braghi is Executive Vice President, Novelis Inc., and President, Novelis Europe. In this role, which he assumed in September 2016, he oversees 10 European manufacturing facilities that recycle and manufacture aluminium for many markets, including automotive, aerospace, beverage cans, building, packaging, and transportation.
Mr. Braghi previously was Vice President, Operations, Novelis North America. Before that, he 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, Mr. Braghi served as Vice President and General Manager to the Specialties value stream in Europe. From 2006 to 2012, he 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.
Hao is a manager with RMI’s Climate Intelligence Program, which leverages data and innovative technology to support the decarbonization of industrial supply chains. She focuses on the market activation efforts of the Horizon Zero project, collaborating with a global network of NGOs, academics, policymakers, financial institutions, and businesses to scale up carbon accounting practices and enable emissions reductions in some of the highest emitting industrial sectors.
Before joining RMI, Hao was a climate and energy efficiency specialist with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where she worked with developing countries to help bring in energy-efficient and climate-friendly products to their markets. She contributed to the development of comprehensive policy roadmaps and tools, capacity building, and communication and engagement activities. She was also responsible for establishing the first-of-its-kind Africa Centre of Excellence of Sustainable Cooling and Cold Chain (ACES) in Kigali, Rwanda.
M.S., International Development, Sciences Po Paris
B.A Shanghai International Studies University
Khalid A. Latif was appointed as Chief Marketing Officer at Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C.(Alba) in September 2015, in line with Alba’s strategy to develop Bahraini nationals from within the Company into key leadership positions. Khalid heads the following departments: Casthouse (Maintenance & Operations), Customer Service & Marketing Operations, Sales (all regions) and Alba Americas.
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 increases Alba’s existing business and develops new markets to meet the Company’s growth targets.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 & Marketing Operations.Khalid joined Alba as an apprentice in 1989 and worked in various operational areas including Power Station, Reduction Lines and Carbon Plant. He rose through the ranks and was promoted from Supervisor to Engineer followed by Superintendent.
An MBA from the French Arabian Business School/ESSEC (Bahrain), he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc.) in Electrical Engineering from Gulf University in Bahrain as well as a High National Diploma in Mechatronics from Abertay University, Dundee, UK. He also possesses a completion certificate for the Executive Education Programme in Strategic Sales Management from University of Chicago, USA.
Patrick is leading the commercialization of Agora, a joint venture
between Trafigura and Palantir. Agora helps commodity companies achieve
commercial and sustainability goals by making supply chain emissions data more
available and useful.
Patrick has been growing technology companies for the last decade, with
a particular focus on sustainability. Prior to this, Patrick worked as an
energy and infrastructure lawyer based out of London and Abu Dhabi.
Hafren joined Fauna
& Flora in September 2022. She supports multi-national companies including
mining, biofuels and finance sector partners to contribute towards a Nature
Positive future. This includes developing common biodiversity accounting,
monitoring and reporting frameworks, piloting the Taskforce and Nature-Related
Financial Disclosures and supporting internal capacity-building. Previously she
specialised in mining sector sustainability standards, biodiversity and
responsible sourcing, and has worked in community development in Cameroon and
in UK-based charities.
his education in Earth and Environmental Science in Kingston and Bath
Universities, Andy has worked in the resources field for the last thirty years
in both the public and private sector with local and national Government in the
UK and Novelis Europe. Andy joined Novelis, the world’s largest recycler of
aluminium in 2006 and now deals with Government affairs, recycling development
and sustainability activities in the Novelis Europe group as Novelis become
established as the producer of low-carbon, circular aluminum solutions
As president and CEO
of the Aluminum Association, Charles “Chuck” Johnson serves as the chief
advocate for the full aluminum value chain in the United States, which supports
hundreds of thousands of American workers. The association’s 120+ members make
70 percent of the aluminum and aluminum products shipped in North
Prior to joining the association in 2022, Charles served as the
President of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), the trade
organization for personal protective equipment and technologies. During his
tenure, he modernized ISEA’s operations and spearheaded the passage of key
liability legislation for safety equipment manufacturers. Notably, Charles led
the ISEA as the industry was at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic
He previously served as the vice president of policy for the Aluminum
Association, acting as strategic advisor to the industry and advancing the
aluminum industry’s interests in Washington D.C. and abroad. His
responsibilities included federal affairs, environmental regulation,
occupational health and safety, community and consumer protection,
international regulation and sustainability.
Charles has 18 years of aluminum industry experience, during which he
represented the U.S. industry in international corporate stewardship
deliberations, diverse standards setting forums and at the WHO/FAO.
He holds a B.A. from the University of Mississippi and
an M.A. in international environmental policy from The American University
Mr Alghamdi is Vice President, Strategy &
Business Development since January 2021. He was the
Vice President, Technical of Ma’aden Aluminum
Company prior to that. He first joined Ma’aden in June
of 2009 as part of Maaden’s Aluminum project
in Ras Al-Khair, where he became a Director Energy and Interface in 2015.Eng.
Alghamdi is a board member of Maaden Aluminium Company and prior to that a
Board Member of Ma’aden Phosphate Company and Ma’aden Rollin Mill Company. Before
joining Ma’aden, Eng. Alghamdi worked for over 10 years
at SABIC in different positions. He also worked at Shell Chemicals in Deer
Park, Texas in the Major projects Organization for an olefins plant
project. Eng. Alghamdi holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical
and communication Engineering from King Fahd University of
Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).”
Lachlan is a Manager with RMI’s Climate Intelligence Program, where he focuses on efforts to reduce emissions in heavy industry. His work includes developing and deploying carbon accounting frameworks specific to industrial sectors (e.g., steel, aluminum) to enable the development of a differentiated commodities market for products with low embodied emissions.
Prior to RMI, Lachlan worked as a Senior Engineer at Hatch in Australia, focusing on the development of base and battery (i.e., lithium and nickel) metals projects. Lachlan specialized in the delivery of feasibility studies, including process design and technoeconomic modeling.
B.Eng., Chemical Engineering, University of Queensland
Wenjuan is a Senior Associate with RMI’s Climate Intelligence Program. Her work supports the development and implementation of carbon accounting frameworks for heavy industries (such as aluminum) to enable the development of a differentiated commodities market for products with low embodied emissions.
Prior to joining RMI, Wenjuan received her Ph.D. in sustainability from Arizona State University, where she studied the social and environmental externalities of extracting critical minerals (such as lithium and nickel) for the low-carbon economy. Throughout her Ph.D., Wenjuan strongly advocated for sustainable governance of critical minerals by actively engaging with diverse stakeholders such as communities, industrial players, and scholars.
EducationPh.D., School of Sustainability, Arizona State UniversityM.Sc., School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, Ann ArborB.S., School of Environment, Renmin University of China.
Sam joined CRU in 2023 and is Head of Battery Materials Analysis. He is a regular commentator on the e-mobility transition, with a speciality in batteries and powertrain technologies. Sam is an automotive expert with over a decade of industry experience at leading analysis firms and working on advanced engineering projects at automakers. Sam holds a master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Manchester. He is based at the London office.
Steve Williamson is CRU's Research Manager, Aluminum. Steve has joined as our lead North American Aluminum Analyst, and is based in Louisville, KY.
Steve has a distinguished career in the aluminum industry holding high profile roles at leading downstream aluminium companies including Chief Commercial Officer at Tri-Arrows Aluminum. Prior to joining Tri-Arrows (then ARCO), Steve held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at Commonwealth Aluminum. More recently, Steve has worked as an independent consultant to the industry. Steve has also had successful spells in not-for-profit organizations, including President of Providence High School in Clarksville IN.
After finishing a bachelor as a media designer in Eupen (Belgium) and Cologne I started very early my first company in 2001 with 21 years.
In 2004 I had my first contact to a the aluminium industry as a junior sales representative for Alcoa Europe. After several joint ventures between Alcoa, Sapa and Hydro and different management positions my actual role since 2018 is Vice President D-A-CH & Head of commercial Extrusion Europe (9.000 FTE’s, 2,5 Billion € turnover). I serve for Norsk Hydro ASA additionally as an executive manager in several management boards and boards of director in Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium and as a director of the national federation of employers in Eastbelgium.
I invest a lot of time and efforts in high level education, just one example is my participation in the Insead TGM Course in 2015 – 2016 in France, US and Singapore. Life long learning and giving access to others to important business inside is very important to me.
One of the biggest milestones in my career was to be the first aluminium extrusion company in the world certified with the ASI (Aluminium Stewardship Initiative) standard performance certificate 2018 in the Netherlands. Since then I am recognized as a specialist and spearhead to drive our sustainability agenda, and to marry sustainability and sales, which is a wonderful and powerful connection.
Luciano Alves is the CEO of
CBA, a brazilian low-carbon aluminium producer, fully integrated in the value
chain, from bauxite mining to primary products, downstream and recycling. `
With more than 20 years of
experience in Finance, Strategic Planning and M&A, Luciano took over the
position of CEO in May 23, to continue to implement CBA’s long term strategy,
execute the portfolio of
growth and modernization projects, consolidate the ESG 2030 Agenda and
accelerate digital transformation and innovation initiatives.
Luciano joined Votorantim
Group in 2005, worked for Votorantim Siderurgia (steel) and Votorantim Metais
(Zinc, Copper and Nickel). He was CBA`s CFO from 2017 to 2023.
Luciano has a degree in Industrial Engineering from
the Polytechnic School at USP; a graduate degree in Business with emphasis in
Finance from FGV; and Leadership Development Programs from Harvard Business
Mahmood Dailami is
Secretary General of the Gulf Alumnium Council (GAC) with over forty years of
work and associations with the alumnium industry.
He is the former Deputy
Chief Executive at Alumnium Bahrain (ALBA), one of the top 100 companies in the
Middle East and one of the largest primary alumnium producers in the world.
is based in London and joined ASI in September 2021. As the Membership
Director, she is responsible for leading membership growth, retention and
general engagement strategies, and working with the ASI team on the enabling
resources to support achievement of ASI’s broader strategies.
over 18 years’ experience in the corporate membership sector, she has a flair
for managing relationships. Her career has specialised in developing and
embedding pragmatic customer focussed approaches to keep members at the heart
of decision making. She was most recently Director, Membership Services at the
Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), where she developed engagement strategies
including key account management processes and procedures which culminated in a
93% retention rate and an increased uptake in new member certifications.
is based in Canberra, Australia and joined ASI in January 2020 as Director of
Assurance, with leadership responsibility for ASI’s assurance systems including
auditor accreditation, oversight processes, and ASI Certification to support
assurance quality and integrity.
is an environmental scientist with 20 years’ experience in HSEC performance
standards, management systems, auditing and assurance, risk assessments,
strategic reviews, and non-financial reporting. He also has extensive
on-the-ground experience with biodiversity action planning, land and
rehabilitation management and closure planning, including direct experience
working in the aluminium value chain with bauxite mining, alumina refining and
aluminium smelting operations. Previous to ASI, Cameron ran his own sustainability
management consultancy, and worked with Rio Tinto for seven years as a senior
environmental advisor working as both a corporate and business unit advisory
and support role.
Nicole Hanson is a sustainability professional working as the Responsible Sourcing Manager for the LME Group. She works with LME-listed metal producers to embed globally accepted sustainability standards into their supply chains. In addition, she is developing the future responsible sourcing strategy at the Exchange.
Nicole studied at the Colorado School of Mines as a mechanical and humanitarian engineer, previously working in sustainable development at the International Copper Association.
Georgina is the Chief of Staff and Chief Sustainability Officer for the LME Group, incorporating the LME and LME Clear, where she plays a central role in all aspects of the LME's operations and strategic initiatives. She is also responsible for leading the LME’s work on sustainability, incorporating LME responsible sourcing – delivering an industry-wide programme in partnership with the OECD to ensure globally accepted standards for the sourcing of metals are embedded for production of LME-listed metals. Georgina has worked at the LME since September 2012, initially in research and analytics. She began her career at Euromoney Institutional Investor and has a doctorate in psychology.
joined ASI in January 2020 and is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She is
responsible for managing ASI’s learning and capacity building program. As
Learning Manager, she is responsible for managing educationAL, ASI's learning
program for members, auditors, registered specialists and stakeholders.
from France, she holds a Master in Business Management and a Master of Science
in Creative Business and Social Innovation. Before joining ASI, she has
experience working in local and international organizations on environment
protection and sustainable development issues (including in the energy,
forestry and tourism fields). She is a French native speaker and is fluent in
Christian KOULIC started his career at TotalEnergies in 2003 and
held a variety of roles within Petrochemicals and Refining (corporate strategy,
business development, planning, sustainable development). He was a member of
the managing committee of the Polymers Europe & Orient Division, in charge
of Packaging before being appointed Global Market Executive within the division
OneB2B Solutions supporting the Metals industry to decarbonize. Christian is a
graduate from the University of Liège (Belgium) and the University of Toronto
(Canada) and holds a PhD in Polymer Science
Tolga Egrilmezer is Head of 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.
Sam is Director of Nature Strategy for Environmental Markets
at NatureMetrics. She leads NatureMetrics’ advisory work with financial sector
and nature-based climate solutions clients. Prior to this, she managed
NatureMetrics’ Business Development team focused on the restoration and
conservation of nature through public, philanthropic and private channels,
including advising on product and metrics development for those sectors. She
has a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and a PhD in microbial genetics
from Imperial College. She spent 16 years working in responsible investment and
has advised investors and companies globally regarding the implementation of
effective ESG management systems, particularly applying the IFC Performance
Standards in complex emerging market contexts. Sam has acted as advisor to
numerous sectoral working groups on investor impact and ESG metrics and land
Alice is the Head of Corporate Sustainability at the
London Metal Exchange (LME). Alice’s role involves the creation and execution
of sustainability-related strategy at the LME. This includes leading the work
on the LME’s net-zero strategy and LMEpassport, a digitals credentials register
which LME-listed metal producers to publicly share environmental, social and
governance (ESG) certifications and metrics. Alice joined the LME in 2019,
having previously worked at Morgan Stanley.
Kelly Thomas joined Alcoa as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer on February 14, 2022. In this role, Kelly is responsible for leading the commercial function including sales and trading, marketing, supply chain, commercial operations, and procurement. Kelly leads customer-focused commercial strategies across the bauxite, alumina, and aluminum markets, as well as Alcoa’s global procurement function.
Prior to joining Alcoa, Kelly was with Vista Metals Corp, as the Vice President, Finance. She joined Vista Metals in 2015 and was responsible for strategic planning, business development, finance, accounting, and metal risk management for the company. Prior to Vista Metals, Kelly served as Chief Operating Officer of Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), responsible for leading operations, procurement, and logistics and providing strategic direction and tactical oversight to eight operating plants.
Prior to ERI, Kelly worked in the aluminum industry for fifteen years. She was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Aleris North America Rolled Products division from 2012 to 2014, responsible for over 1,800 employees at seven U.S-based aluminum mills. Prior to that, Kelly was Vice President and Treasurer from 2011 to 2012 and started with Aleris in 2010 as Vice President of Global Risk Management in Zurich, Switzerland where she was responsible for managing and executing all aluminum and copper hedging on the London Metal Exchange (LME).
Kelly began her aluminum career at Reynolds Metals in 1999, later acquired by Alcoa Inc. Her career with Alcoa spanned over a decade, with various leadership roles including Vice President of Alcoa Materials Management where she led all commercial aspects of Alcoa’s European primary aluminum business. Prior to that she was Director of Metal Risk Management, and Marketing Manager for Alcoa Primary Products. Kelly began her career in 1991 with IBM.
Kelly graduated from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce with a Bachelor of Science degree in commerce, concentration in Finance.
Predrag Ozmo leads sustainability engagement with Ball’s global Beverage and Aerosol key accounts. He is advising global commercial teams on the development of sustainability-based business strategies and contributing to the development of Ball's overarching sustainability strategy. He is involved in various projects around aluminium packaging optimization, carbon footprint reduction, sustainable material sourcing, recycling and circularity.
Before joining Ball, Predrag served as a recycling, environmental and hazardous waste management consultant for more than five years. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental science from the University of Belgrade and a business sustainability management certificate from the University of Cambridge.
Mr. Satish Pai is Managing Director of Hindalco Industries. He took over as the CEO of Hindalco’s Aluminium Business in August 2013.Mr. Pai was the driving force behind three mega greenfield projects that established Hindalco as among the biggest producers of primary aluminium in Asia. He is also on the Board of Hindalco subsidiary - Novelis - the world’s largest aluminium rolling and recycling company.
In February 2014, he was appointed as the Deputy Managing Director of the company and was also entrusted with Hindalco’s copper business.
Mr. Pai became the Managing Director of Hindalco in August 2016, where he oversees the Indian metals business and guides Novelis’ operations globally.
Prior to joining the Aditya Birla Group, Mr. Pai worked with Schlumberger, based out of Paris. Over the course of his 28-year-career with the MNC, he held important positions and was responsible for Schlumberger operations globally.
Mr. Pai holds a patent in directional drilling. He received the ‘Distinguished Alumni Award’ by IIT Madras in 2017. He was conferred the Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa (D. Litt) by Ajeenkya DY Patil University in 2020.
Mr. Pai serves as Director on the boards of Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd. and BP p.l.c. He is the Chairman of the International Aluminium Institute; Chairman, Non-Ferrous Metals at FICCI and the Indian Institute of Metals.
Rosa M. García Piñeiro is Alcoa Sustainability Vice-president and President of Alcoa Foundation since November 2016. Previously, she served as Global Director of Sustainability since September 2015.
Rosa joined Alcoa in 1999 to work as an Environmental Engineer for the San Ciprian Smelter and Refinery in Spain. In 2001, she moved to the Corporate EHS Audit Department, working with the North American and European Audit Teams first in Pittsburgh and then in Madrid. In 2003, she moved back to San Ciprian to take over the Environmental Department as Environmental Manager for the Smelter and the Refinery.
In 2005 Rosa moved into a European position as Director Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) for the Primary Products business, where she stayed for three years, taking in 2008 the responsibility for EHS and Sustainability for the region.
Rosa expanded her role in 2012, when she was appointed Director of Government Affairs in addition to her role in Sustainability. In her new function she had responsibility for coordinating and overseeing government interactions in the different countries where Alcoa has interests across Europe.
In March 2014 Rosa was named President of Alcoa Spain, where her main target was to obtain an energy framework favorable for the energy intensive industry at national level.
Rosa serves in the Board of Directors of the Alcoa Foundation since 2012 and in the Advisory Board of the School of Mining Engineers of Madrid since 2014. From March 2014 to September 2015 Rosa was President of the Board of Alcoa Inversiones España, the holding group financing Alcoa operations in Europe, Middle East and Brazil. In 2003 she was named “Woman Worth Watching” by the Diversity journal.
She is passionate of Diversity and Education and supports different organizations in coaching and teaching programs.
Rosa is holder of a master degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Vigo (Spain), a master degree in Environmental Engineering from Escuela de Organización Industrial - University of Madrid (Spain), an Executive MBA from the Haute École de Comerce - University of Geneva (Switzerland) and a master degree in Commodity Trading from the Geneva School of Business (Switzerland). Of Spanish nationality, Rosa speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
Fiona Solomon is the Chief Executive Officer of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), which she joined in March 2015 with the responsibility for leading the development and implementation of ASI’s strategy and operations.
Her career has specialised in building new and innovative initiatives in mineral supply chains over more than twenty years. She was previously Director – Standards Development at the Responsible Jewellery Council from 2007 to 2015, where she developed a certification program for gold, diamonds and platinum group metals which has been adopted by more than 1000 companies across the supply chain from mine to retail. She has served as a Board Member of the ISEAL Alliance and a founding member of the OECD’s Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group for responsible mineral supply chains. From 1997, Fiona worked for ten years at Australia’s CSIRO, leading research into mining and sustainability, and was also seconded to WWF to manage a multi-stakeholder project on the feasibility of mine-site certification. She has a Bachelors degree (Hons 1) in mechanical engineering and a PhD in philosophy of technology, both from the University of Queensland, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Katrine Barø Talgø is VP, Head of Group Treasury & Tax at Norsk Hydro, a leading aluminium and renewable energy company committed to a sustainable future. Katrine has worked for Hydro since 2011, where she has held various positions, including Head of Group Tax and Legal Counsel. Her professional background is as a lawyer. She worked for Deloitte Law firm in Norway for several years before joining Norsk Hydro. Katrine also holds other directorships, and is inter alia the chairman of the board in Norsk Hydro’s Pension Fund and a board member of Industriforsikring AS (Hydro’s captive) and Hydro Aluminium AS.
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.
Lavan is CRU's Research Director. He and his team for responsible for CRU's product development, data governance, and driving consistency and quality in models and methodologies.
Lavan is an expert in applying agile methods to product development and identifying and targeting customer needs in CRU's data service. As a leader, his focus is on workshops, internal alignment, governance and collaboration. Lavan has spent at least 20 years of experience of models, data, and interpretation at the highest level, with first-hand experience of many applied economic techniques and statistics.
He joined CRU in March 2014 from the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies where he was a Senior Research Fellow on oil, macroeconomics and finance. Prior to that, he worked for 16 years at the Bank of England, in a variety of roles, but specializing in econometrics, modelling and forecasting. Lavan has edited or co-edited four books on monetary policy and the transmission mechanism of interest rates, one of which was awarded central banking book of the year and is widely published in leading journals, including on commodity markets.
Lavan has a PhD from the European University Institute, a Masters from Warwick and a BA from Trinity College Cambridge. He speaks English and Spanish fluently.
Raphael Thevenin has a long experience in the aluminum industry. Raphael
earned a marketing and economics degree in France. He started his professional
career in Australia, UK and Belgium in the automotive industry. In 2001, he
joined Pechiney as marketing manager. Then he moved to Sales role in Alcan.
Following the creation of Constellium, Raphael was given the responsibility for
the cansheet sales team covering Europe and Middle East markets. In 2015,
following the acquisition of Wise Alloys in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Raphael
moved to Baltimore, to restructure the global cansheet sales organization. In
summer 2022, he moved back to Europe as VP strategy and sustainability for the automotive
and packaging business. He is based in Zurich, Switzerland. Raphael is married
and has 3 children who are studying in France and Switzerland. He likes flying
airplanes in his free time and is passionate for all water sports such as
kitesurfing and sailing
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.
Jinny joined ICBC Standard Bank in early 2016 as Chief China Economist, and leads the China markets strategy and research team. Her focus is to deliver China macroeconomic and market insights to internal and external stakeholders. Her team launched the Belt and Road Economic Indices, which offers unique insight into China’s increasing connectivity with emerging economies. She also helps stakeholders to understand more about China’s Interbank Bond Market (CIBM), as it opens further to foreign investor access.
Prior to joining ICBCS, Jinny was a London-based Senior Economist at Standard Chartered Bank. She covered key China-Europe macro topics with a focus on Renminbi internationalisation. Her previous economist roles include covering China based in Shanghai, Europe, and supporting the Chief Economist.Heading up the European RMB Solutions team, Jinny chaired the Education and Marketing stream of the City of London’s Renminbi initiative. Widely recognised as a China and Renminbi expert in London, she makes frequent appearances in media and at high-level conferences.Jinny studied Economics (BA Hons) at the University of Durham.Later in her career, she gained her Masters of Development Studies (MSc.) from the London School of Economics.
As President and CEO of the Aluminium Association of Canada (AAC) since 2009, Jean Simard is the industry’s official representative and spokesperson. Mr Simard is a member of the Board and of the Executive Committee of the Quebec Industrial Aluminium Cluster (AluQuébec), member of the Board of the Conseil patronal de l’environnement du Québec (CPEQ), and the Quebec Aluminium Research Development Centre (CQRDA). Co-founder of SWITCH, the Alliance for a greener economy, he is one of the Leaders of the Canadian Smart Prosperity Initiative, as well as of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices.
Simone Utermarck is a Director,
Sustainable Finance at the International Capital Market Association (ICMA)
based in London. She is part of the Secretariat that supports the Principles,
Secretary to the Advisory
Council and the Global Sustainable Finance Council (GSFC).
Simone is also part of the joint Secretariat for the ESG Data and Ratings
Working Group that has been mandated by the FCA to develop a voluntary Code
Simone’s other roles include(d)
being a member of the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance, the UK Stakeholder
Discussion Forum and the ASEAN Joint Sustainable
Finance Working Group Industry Advisory Panel. She is a trained banker
with extensive international experience having lived and worked in Europe, the
United States, Asia and the GCC. Her previous roles were with Thomson
Reuters, S&P Global Ratings, Bloomberg, PwC, Ernst & Young,
DaimlerChrysler Global Capital Services.
Simone holds a double degree in International Business from Dublin City
University (DCU), Ireland and the ESB Business School, Reutlingen Germany. She
also completed the International Certificate in Investor Relations and the CFA
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.
William joined Citi over 10 year ago. He now runs the Global M&M Corporate Banking team out of London after running the European business. William has 25 years of banking experience focused on Corporate Finance to Natural Resources companies across Capital Structuring Advisory, Acquisition financing, Bonds, Loans transactions in both Developed and Emerging Markets William has been providing capital structuring advice to the worlds largest Metals and Mining companies for several decades and can offer perspectives on optimal capital structures as well as ESG strategies
Lucaes, is the CEO of FAST FORWARD ZERO.
advises business leaders, investors and funds to transform to net zero
carbon, circular and fair models
has over 25 years of world-leading experience in the various sectors, including
20 in the aluminium industry both upstream and downstream, having worked for
Pechiney, Alcan (now Constellium), Rio Tinto and RUSAL. articulating business
functions having a climate and sustainability impact.
has an impressive track record with few world premieres. Notably, he co-created
the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative in 2011. At Rio Tinto he initiated the
first low carbon partnership with key customers like Apple. For EN+ and RUSAL,
he created the first low carbon aluminium brand, ALLOW, (which reached 3 Bn of
$ sales within 4 years), and he prepared the first corporate commitment to net
zero carbon (in Jan 2020), at that time it was the first commitment across the
mining and metal sector.
Andrew joined ASI in October 2022 and is currently
based in Melbourne. As Director of Sustainable Investment and Legal, he is
responsible for driving ASI’s engagement with the sustainable finance and
investment sector, including working on frameworks and assessment of
sustainable financing of aluminium investments and capital raising. Andrew also
acts as ASI’s internal legal counsel and joint Company Secretary. Prior to
joining ASI, Andrew was Group Executive Strategy and Business Development at
Alumina Limited, where he gained 14 years’ aluminium industry experience. This
included strategy, capital investment, M&A and business development
activities and market analysis. Prior to Alumina, he had around 20 years’
experience at Sibelco and WMC in resource company legal, commercial and EHS
roles. Andrew holds Bachelors of Laws and Arts from Monash University and a
Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute
Dr. Selahattin Armağan Vurdu completed his undergraduate education at the Faculty of Business Administration of Middle East Technical University and his master's degree at the Department of International Political Economy at Warwick University in United Kingdom. He completed the European Union Specialization Program at Ankara University European Union Research and Application Center (ATAUM) and the Leadership, Individual and Team Performance Coaching certificate programs at Paris-based International Mozaik and London-based Performance Consultants International (PCI). He attended the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) Principles and Practices Certificate Program at the International Development Law Institute in Rome. He completed the International Trade Doctorate Program at Istanbul Commerce University and received the title of doctor. After serving as Foreign Trade Specialist at the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade, Commercial Counselor of the London Embassy, Private Secretary at the Ministry of State (Responsible for Foreign Trade, Customs and Eximbank), Deputy General Manager for European Union, General Manager for Economic Research and Evaluation, Turkic World Working Group After serving as the President of the Free Zones General Manager in historical order, he served as the Ministry Counselor in the Ministry of Economy. He was appointed as the General Secretary of IMMIB on August 26, 2015. In addition to his duty at IMMIB, he teaches at Istanbul Commerce University and Istanbul Aydın University as a lecturer, and writes weekly columns in Ekonomi, previously Dünya, newspaper.
Scott Breen is vice president of sustainability at the Can Manufacturers Institute
(CMI). CMI represents U.S. metal can manufacturers and their suppliers. His
responsibilities include promoting the can as a sustainable/circular package,
advocating for federal and state legislation and regulation that reflect the
can’s sustainability advantages, and leading the industry’s efforts to build
upon the can industry’s leading recycling rates.
Scott’s roles prior to CMI were associate manager of the Sustainability
and Circular Economy Program at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and
attorney-adviser at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Along
with his position at CMI, Scott also explores various aspects of sustainability
as creator and co-host of the podcast Sustainability Defined.
Sustainability Defined has monthly episodes that reach thousands of listeners
across more than 100 countries and all 50 states.
Tom is a senior associate with RMI’s Center for Climate-Aligned Finance. His work focuses on enabling financial institutions that lend to “hard-to-abate” sectors to align their investment decisions to the goals of the Paris Agreement. Before joining RMI, Tom worked across several industries in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He has experience with consulting in the dairy industry, research into the production of graphene, and manufacture of catalytic converters. Tom more recently completed an MPhil in Sustainable Development where his research focused on energy and emissions in New Zealand, and the role of demand reduction in achieving national emissions targets. MPhil, Engineering for Sustainable Development, University of CambridgeBEng, Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Waikato
Lin is responsible for statistical analysis and environmental impact information. She manages the Life Cycle Impact and Life Cycle Assessment data collection and analysis. Her work also focusses on sustainable development of the industry. Lin is a key liaison with our members and industry collaborators who are based in China.
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.
Michael completed an Advanced Metallic Systems CDT (Centre for Doctoral Training) course at the University of Manchester in September 2018. His PhD project was based around the effect of increased impurity elements on the precipitation behaviour of dispersoids in Al-Mg-Si alloys. As part of the CDT programme, he was awarded a postgraduate diploma in personal and professional skills.
As a member of our Materials Development group, Michael works across numerous sectors including automotive, aerospace and packaging, helping to improve our client’s products and processes. Michael is also heavily involved in our Innovate UK-funded collaborative R&D projects.
Michael is passionate about promoting sustainable aluminium and he works on delivering Life Cycle Assessments as part of our strategic support, whether it is on a single process or studying the entire supply chain of a product. This allows our clients to understand and improve their sustainability performance.
Michael also represents Innoval within several institutes including the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) as a member of the Student and Early Career Committee, IOM3 Light Metals Division, and Transforming Foundation Industries (TFI) Future Leaders Group.
Thomas Quinet is Managing Director of PSI Metals GmbH and PSI Metals Non
Ferrous GmbH. He became Managing Director of PSI Metals in 2017 after almost
two decades of helping leading metals producers
across the globe to define their manufacturing transformation roadmap and
successfully implement their digital Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES),
logistics, quality management projects. He is also a member of the Strategy
Committee, the highest executive body of PSI Metals.
After joining AIS (now PSI Metals) in 2001 as an
Application Consultant, Thomas was immediately promoted to Sales Executive
where his experience was sought after to help large and medium scale metals
producers execute their Advanced Planning and Scheduling projects. Having
established his expertise, Thomas took on higher responsibilities, becoming the
Commercial Sales Director in 2004, working with customers across five
continents to build a strong business case and increase their business growth. As Director of Non
Ferrous, Flat & Long (NFL), he was actively part of a team that championed
numerous digitalization, MES and SCM optimization projects for leading metals
producers in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
2014 saw Thomas become the Chief Financial Officer of PSI Metals. In
2017, he was appointed Managing Director of PSI Metals. In addition to
overseeing the finances of PSI, he was responsible for the product development
at a time the company was laying the foundation of the future architecture. The
product is successfully designed to serve the needs of metals producers in the
areas of MES, SCM and logistics.
In 2020, Thomas continued in his role as Managing Director of PSI
metals, with a focus on sales and marketing and further offering senior
executives support to customers on a global scale.
Thomas has a degree in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA.
Rachel joined Innoval in 2018 as a Process Engineer. She works with our clients to optimise their rolling and finishing operations. Rachel also delivers Life Cycle Assessment and sustainability projects as part of Innoval’s Strategic Service team, and she teaches on several of our training courses.
Prior to joining Innoval, Rachel studied mechanical engineering at university and entered the aluminium industry on a graduate programme. Rachel worked in Operational, Maintenance and Technical teams before becoming a Process Engineer within the finishing departments of a large rolling company which served the lithographic industry.
Rachel is passionate about encouraging young people into STEM related subjects.
Marlen is responsible for IAI’s material flow analysis, including the Alucycle visualization and develops scenarios and forecasts for the industry. Marlen also manages work related to aluminium recycling and greenhouse gas modelling
Ken Ash is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide, and Director of Ash Global Insights, offering advice to businesses and to governments on international trade and agricultural policies, with a focus on subsidy reform, supply chains, and global food systems.
Ken was Director of Trade and Agriculture at the OECD between 2008 and 2020, having served as Deputy Director since 1999. Ken led OECD efforts to provide evidence-based advice to governments, including in G7 and G20 groupings, with the aim of improving the domestic and international performance of trade, food, agriculture, and fisheries policies. During this period OECD expanded its annual agriculture policy monitoring and evaluation to 54 countries and 75% of global value-added, created internationally comparable policy data on trade facilitation, services trade, industrial subsidies, cross-border data flows, and export restrictions, and integrated trade and sectoral analysis into comprehensive structural policy advice to support economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable outcomes.
Prior to joining the OECD Ken had extensive experience in the Government of Canada. As Director General, Economic and Policy Analysis (1995-99) he provided strategic advice on agriculture and trade policies and on government-wide institutional reform. He holds both B. Comm and MBA degrees.
Neill specialises in the human rights challenges faced by migrant workers and the companies who recruit and employ them. He has undertaken a number of initiatives with the apparel, construction and hospitality sectors and the international employment industry to promote responsible recruitment. Neill also helped oversee the development of the Dhaka Principles for Migration with Dignity, a key framework for responsible business practice relating to migrant workers.
Neill is responsible for the strategy and day to day management of the IHRB migrant workers programme along with matters relating to forced labour, trafficking and other abuses of workers rights. Currently much of his focus is on promoting responsible recruitment and the prohibition of recruitment fees being paid by migrant workers.
Neill worked for 15 years as a forestry contractor before returning to education as a mature student. After university he joined the Campaigns Team at The Body Shop International working on a number of environmental and human rights campaigns. Neill also owns and manages a popular website providing fundraising ideas to charity groups, schools and sports teams.
is currently Head of Research at Amalgamated Metal Trading, a ring dealing
member of the London Metal Exchange. He works closely with the company’s base
metal traders and is responsible for research and price forecasting across the
base metals complex.
was previously Managing Director at Commodity Market Analytics Ltd. He set up
the company in July 2019 to provide analysis, advice and analytical services to
companies involved in the commodity markets.
this, he was Director of Commodity Services at Oxford Economics, where he headed
up a team responsible for industry and price forecasts across extraction,
metals and mining. He was also responsible for the company’s forecasts for oil
to this, Dan was Head of Metals Research at Standard Chartered Bank and had
global responsibility for the bank’s price forecasts and market analysis on
base and precious metals. According to Bloomberg, he was one of the most
accurate forecasters while at the bank. The metals research team was also
ranked first in the AsiaRisk magazine.
is regularly asked to talk on major TV networks about oil and commodities. He
has been a key-note speaker at metals and mining conferences around the world.
He has led training programs for both the LME and CFA society on commodity
market analysis and forecasting.
graduated from the University of Birmingham, with an Honours degree in
economics and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Barry heads the LME’s Buy-Side and
financial client coverage. He has extensive experience in capital markets, OTC
and Exchange Traded Derivatives, commodities and fintech, having previously
served in senior leadership and advisory positions with UBS, TP ICAP and Trust
Payments. Barry holds an Executive MBA from Cass Business School and is a
graduate of King's College London.
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 is a principal analyst covering primary and secondary
aluminium, value-added products, aluminium raw materials, and carbon products
in North America and worldwide.
Prior to joining the aluminium analysis team, Zaid spent six
years with CRU’s consulting division as head of aluminium consulting. Before
CRU, he worked for several years at Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) in the UAE
where he led the market research unit and held various positions within
marketing and sales, corporate strategy, and finance. He previously worked in
London for a number of commodity-focused firms as an analyst, including Thomson
Reuters and Diapason Commodities Management, where he managed the precious and
base metals research unit. He began his commodities research career in 2002 as
an economist with AUPEC, an oil and gas consultancy firm.
Zaid holds an MA in Economic Science from the University of
Aberdeen and an MSc in Economics from the University of Amsterdam. Zaid is
fluent in Arabic and French.
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.
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.