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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.