Khalid Idriss was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He
pursued his education in the United States where he earned his Bachelor of
Science Degree in Civil Engineering followed by Master of Science Degree in
Civil Engineering, majoring in Geo-technical Engineering, both degrees from the
University of California at Berkeley.
Eng. Talal Idriss holds Executive Positions in
many commercial businesses and charitable institutions. He is the Chief
Executive Officer of Electric House Establishment, a family business
established in 1955 with diverse business activities in manufacturing, sourcing, supply and distribution of materials and parts
in the electrical industry throughout Saudi Arabia and GCC.
He is also the Chief Executive Officer of
Bahra Advanced Cable Manufacture Co. Ltd., one of the
leading companies operating in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rapidly building a
fine reputation for its quality wiring and cabling manufactured products.
Alan is qualified
as a Management Accountant and also a Treasury Accountant. He has worked in
professional services for 30 years including almost 20 years at Accenture where
he was a Managing Director/Partner and then 8 years in Private Equity. Alan led a team of 1,700 people and has
received multiple awards for inspirational leadership.
Alan has extensive
international experience and has worked on subsea pipeline projects in Africa,
Europe and in the UK. This has included building and operating a pipe coating
factory at a greenfield site in Nigeria.
Xavier Vallez serves as Global Head of Renewables Business Unit, where he is responsible for leading sales, marketing, product development and developing go-to-market strategy. A seasoned industry senior with over two decades of experience in electrical products in many different segments: automation and motion control, safety cabinets & electrical protection, utilities sector, nuclear… , is working for Prysmian from 2007 and active on Renewables (PV Solar and Wind) segment from 2016.
Mr. Vallez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering and an executive Master of Business Administration from Barcelona Business School.
Pratik Agarwal is the Managing Director of Sterlite Power, a leading power transmission company in India and Brazil, that leads with the core purpose of empowering humanity by addressing the toughest challenges of energy delivery.
With his deep commitment to reversing climate change, Pratik aspires to build a carbon-free world, and he is actively working towards this goal through his role as Director for Serentica Renewables. This decarbonisation platform is focused on providing large energy-intensive industries in India with round-the-clock clean energy, making renewable energy a viable alternative for industries across the globe.
Under his leadership, Sterlite Power has grown from a USD 150mn project in 2010 to developing 31 projects across India & Brazil, worth ~USD 6bn. In 2017 Sterlite spun-out its Indian operating assets into a yield platform called IndiGrid – India’s first power sector Invit (Infrastructure Investment Trust). IndiGrid, was subsequently acquired by a consortium of Infrastructure funds and co-investors.
Pratik has pioneered the use of cutting-edge technologies in the design, engineering, and construction of transmission systems, including the use of heli-crane technology for the first time in Asia. In 2019, Sterlite Power won the coveted International Project Management Association Gold award (highest honor) in the mega-projects category, and the Standard & Poor Global Platts Energy Award for Construction Project of the year.
In addition to his current portfolio, Pratik is also a non-executive director at Sterlite Technologies Limited and Sterlite Investment Managers Ltd. Previously, he has held directorship positions in Sterlite Ports, Vizag General Cargo Berth Ltd, and Sterlite Networks Limited.
¬In 2022, Pratik was named the Economic Times CEO of the Year Award at the Energy Leadership Summit. In 2018, he had also received Economic Times 40 under 40 award, which recognizes young business leaders under the age of forty.
Pratik is the chairman of sub-committee on Power Transmission at the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), co-chair of the committee on Infrastructure and Real Estate at IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, member of the Indian advisory board of the India Brazil Chamber of Commerce (IBCC) and the current President of Electric Power Transmission Association (EPTA) of India.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA degree from the London Business School.
Michael Hellemann is a Danish citizen, based in Hamburg, Germany. Mr Hellemann joined Aurubis AG in 2020 and is heading the Commercial organisation (Primary and Secondary Raw Material Procurement, Sales & Marketing of Products, Intermediates and Co-products)
Mohammad Almutawa is the Group CEO at Ducab. Mohammad joined Ducab in 2015 as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), and in 2021 took the position of Group CEO - Ducab.
Mohammed made significant impact by developing and implementing the strategic initiatives and growing Ducab’s cable business both in local and export markets, as well as spearheading the brand refreshing and communication efforts of the company.
Prior to Ducab Mohammad was with Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) for 14 years, developing global markets especially in Southeast Asia, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
Mohammad holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from University New Haven, USA.
Dr Bragagni is Chairman and CEO of Tratos Ltd, the manufacturing division of global cable maker Tratos Group, he also serves as a board member.
Under his leadership, the company won the Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2019 for one of its most advanced cables.
Embracing the principles of giving back to society, Dr Bragagni set up Esharelife Foundation, with the aim of supporting children, women, and young people throughout the most disadvantaged areas of the world.
A successful entrepreneur with business acumen, Dr Bragagni was appointed Consul of the Republic of San Marino to the UK and Northern Ireland.
Linus Karlsson joined Borealis in 2010
and, has since been working in development and marketing roles related to wire
and cable applications. Since 2014, he has held the marketing responsibility of
Borealis’ flame retardant products, driving the growth of halogen-free
materials and introducing new solutions for solar PV cables, automotive wire
and energy cables.
In 2023, Linus moved into the position
of Business Growth Manager, Circular Economy Solutions Energy, where he is
responsible to lead the growth and implementation of sustainable material
solutions in Borealis Energy portfolio.
Linus has more than 15 years of
experience with wire and cable materials and holds a M.Sc. in Material
Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science, both from Chalmers University of
Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.
CEO of Elcowire Group with Headquarter in Helsingborg, Sweden with a MBA from Copenhagen Business School and previously been Managing Director and Head of Business Unit within Buhler Group.
Elcowire is one of the leading suppliers in Europe of products based on copper and aluminum wire rod, copper ropes, profiles and conductor materials made of copper, copper alloys for the electrical and infrastructure industry and contributes to the global transition to renewable energy.
The solutions enable efficient energy transmission and can be found in everything from electric vehicles to power transmission within and between countries - above and below ground.
In short, the Elcowire Group contributes to everything related to electrification.
In 1985, Paul J. Wagner joined the 56-year-old family business in sales. Mr Paul became President in 1992 and Chairman/CEO in 2000. He greatly expanded the company’s market exposure to include medical, defense, and space technology sectors. He provided strategic direction to evolve the business into a high technology development house primarily through federal research and development grants.
He won the prestigious Tibbetts Award in 2007 for excellence in Small Business Innovation Research and is a currently a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS). In 2021, Minnesota Wire was nominated for the White House National Medal of Technology and Innovation award.
Mr Xinliang (Lucas) Lu joined ZTT in 2010 and now is deputy general manager of international business division, ZTT Marine Industry Group. He is responsible for strategic management of international sales & marketing, project risk management, contract compliance and also overall management and goverance of teams' performance. Mr. Lu holds a Bachelor of Arts form Harbin Engineering University and a Master of Business Administration from Shanghai Jiaotong University. Being a market leader of cable & wire industry in China, ZTT is now providing an alternative to the shortage of HVAC and HVDC cables of the highest voltages in the European market and many other geological regions.
Michael Weiss is heading the Siemens Purchasing Council (PUC) Cables
since mid of 2011.
His earlier assignment was the lead of the Strategic Product Portfolio
Management Department for Medium Voltage Equipment. Before this he was employed
in the Business Excellence Organization of the Power Transmission and
Distribution Division. He held various internationally orientated sales
positions and in earlier times even within the cable organization of Siemens.
Additionally, Mr Weiss gained experience specifically on the Commodity Cables
during his time in Siemens cable factories in Berlin and Mudanya, Turkey, where
he held different positions in R&D and Quality Management functions.
Juan Mogollon is the Executive Vice President of the Energy Division of the Prysmian Group.
Before joining Prysmian, Mr Mogollon spent 2 years at General Cable as Senior Vice President of General Cable Latin America.
Prior to joining General Cable, he served as President of Emerging Markets at Tyco International, and President of Security Services for United Technology in Europe.
He started his career at General Electric where he held various global leadership positions, including Global Commercial Director for GE Capital Equipment Services; Commercial Director for GE Consumer & Industrial in Europe; General Manager for Global Services of GE Healthcare; and Managing Director for GE Medical Systems Brazil.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Deborah leads Eland Cables’ sustainability and ESG work, in
addition to their wider communications efforts, ensuring actions and
communications to stakeholders internally and externally is both relevant and
delivers value. Over the last 8 years as part of the senior management team,
she has helped Eland Cables take the lead in its sustainable actions and to
build a corporate website that is used as a reference tool across the
electrical industry. Deborah also works closely with the Electrical Industries
Charity, sitting on an advisory board and fundraising to benefit those in need.
Deborah is passionate about sharing knowledge in a clear and accessible way to
help raise standards across the industry.
Leon Bost is CRU’s European Economist. Prior to joining CRU, he worked at the Institute for Applied Economic Research in Germany and in the office of the Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London.
Mr Bost now works in the CRU London office and holds a master's degree in economics from the University of Hohenheim in Germany.
At HIS they have set themselves the task to provide operators of photovoltaic plants with comprehensive and integrated cabling and switching solutions with which they can achieve their objectives and maintain their long-term position in the market.
Together with the owner of the group, Sebastian developed HIS from foundation for 13 years to European´s leading manufacturer for eBOS components & solutions in the PV industry. Since then, HIS supplied PV plants totaling > 40.0 GW across Europe and Overseas.
Sebastian Holzer gained profound knowledge about PV market cable needs collect installation numbers and project lists for all major markets in Europe. Currently Mr Sebastian is working on a extension of current business to convert HIS to full one-stop-provider for integration of Renewables.
Alberto is Public Affairs Director at Europacable, the European wire and cable manufacturers association in Brussels which includes the largest cable makers in the world providing global technology leadership, as well as highly specialized small- and medium sized businesses from across Europe. Mr Lampasona joined Europacable in 2018 as Public Affairs Manager, after previously working for public affairs consultancies where he advised clients on energy and environmental policies, the Italian Government delegation managing the Italian EU Presidency of the Council in 2014 and the European Commission. He holds a Master’s Degree in EU International and Diplomacy Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
Björn Spiers is 55 years old and circulating around in the electrical industry since Mr Spiers did his apprenticeship in a company developing and building electrical switches for low- and medium voltage with only a short interruption for studying ceramic engineering.
He is working for NKT now for more than 15 years and taking fulltime care about offshore cable accessories now since 2016.He is working now in the role as Head of Competence center wind power cable accessories at the NKT site in Nordenham Germany.
In 2002 Luiz Zalamea earned a B.S and M.Sc. degrees in Colombia and in 2007 Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University (USA). Mr Zalamea then joined the polymers business unit of Dow in Switzerland and held various roles in technical service and development with emphasis in microcellular foaming and extruded film orientation applications in EMEA adding in 2016 global responsibilities for extrusion coating. In October 2021 he joined Dupont’s Mobility and Materials unit as technical service and application development leader for the wire and cable market segment in EMEA. In December 2022 he became Field Development Leader for W&C in Celanese Corp. for EMEA Region.
Malte Witowski is the managing director of Friesland Kabel and joins the company in 2020. Friesland Kabel is the market leader in the trade of cables and wires with a focus on maritime applications and offers full service. In addition to leading shipyards, electrical installation companies and service providers, Friesland Kabel’s customer portfolio also includes network operators. Friesland Kabel is part of Klaus Faber AG, one of the largest cable distributors in Europe. Before joining Friesland Kabel, Mr Witowski spent 17 years in international Japanese corporations in various sales, marketing and planning positions with multinational teams.He graduated with a bachelor's degree in international management.
Ir. Tom Claessen graduated in 1996 at KU Leuven and has gathered over 25 years of experience in thermoplastics, thermosets and biobased chemistry. At Cardolite Corporation, AEP Polymers, Greenseal, Vito and KU Leuven Ir Claessen has developed applications and market opportunities for cashew nutshell liquid, lignin, furanics, biopolyols and other biobased feedstocks in the coatings-, composites-, foam- and adhesives-market. At Avantium Renewable Polymers, he is responsible for the valorisation of humins, a 100% biobased sidestream of the production process from sugars to PEF.
Chief Operating Officer for the Condumex Group and
Industrias Nacobre, both companies headquartered in Mexico City. Seasoned
executive with more than 35 years of experience in Operations Management
including, Production, Manufacturing, Logistics, Plant Engineering, Product
and Process technology as well as R&D. Extensive I&T prowess with
emphasis in Lean Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, HR management and Leaderships
Programs. Over his tenure holding numerous board seats in different companies
of the Group domestically and international with extensive international
exposure for Key accounts in the Automotive and Industrial Sectors. Member
for the Mexican Electrical Manufacturing Chamber (CANAME) leading the
Electromobility Section. Mr. Villalobos holds a bachelor’s degree in
Mechanical Engineering from the ITESM (Instituto Tecnológico Superior de
Monterrey) and a MSc in Manufacturing Technology and Machine Tools from the University
of Birmingham in Birmingham, UK.
Aisling joined CRU’s Wire and Cable Market Outlook team as editor in January 2022. Her work involves analysing trends and developments across the global metallic wire and cable industry.
Before joining CRU, Aisling worked as a market research analyst within the platinum group metals (PGM) industry, with an emphasis on the environmental, social and governance performance of the PGM producers. She has also worked as a base and precious metals exploration geologist with field experience in East Africa. Aisling holds a MSci in Geology from the University of Southampton and is a member of Women in Mining UK.
Emir is an analyst in CRU's Wire and Cable team and works across the
full portfolio of products analysing key trends and developments in both the
metallic wire and cable, and optical fibre industries, primarily focusing on
Emir joined CRU in early 2021 as an intern and then joined the Wire
and Cable team as analyst in 2022. At CRU, Emir works in multitude of different
products such as Wire & Cable Outlook, Optical Fibre Monitor and HV and EHV
Cables Market Outlook.
He holds an BA in International Development from Kings College
London. Emir is located in CRU’s London office.
Erik Plieth is actually Deputy Head of Sales and Execution as well responsible for the Project Management at Suedkabel in Mannheim Germany. Main responsibilities are the coordination and steering of all worldwide business activities related to Extra-High-Voltage- (EHV) and High-Voltage- (HV) Cable Systems. Suedkabel is specialised for design, engineering, production and construction of Large projects for AC- as well as DC-Landcables.
Max Yates is an Executive Director in the Morgan Stanley
European Capital Goods Equity Research team, responsible for covering
Industrial Equipment and Cables companies. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in
2022, he worked at Credit Suisse from 2011 to 2022, where he was one of two
lead analysts covering the Capital Goods sector and also selective parts of the
Healthcare Equipment sector. Max holds a BA Hons degree in History from Trinity
Chenfei is Head of CRU's Wire and Cable team, and works across the full portfolio of products analysing key trends and developments in both the metallic wire and cable, and optical fibre industries. He is a Principal Analyst and also the current editors of CRU's Telecom Cables Market Outlook and Optical Fibre and Cable Monitor.
Chenfei joined CRU in early 2019 as an Analyst within the Wire and Cable team. At CRU, Chenfei held various editorship roles including Wire and Cable Market Outlook and HV and EHV Cables Market Outlook. Prior to CRU, Chenfei was working at Rolls-Royce in a variety of engineering leadership roles, with a focus on aeroengine technology development and manufacturing process improvement.
He holds an MSc in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering from Imperial College London, and a BEng (Hons) in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the University of Auckland. Chenfei spent 3.5 years in CRU London office and he is now based in CRU Shanghai office.
Natalie Noor-Drugan is a content driven journalist and editor with 15 years' experience in daily, weekly and monthly business-to-business publishing for the petrochemicals, fertilizers, steel and wire & cable industries.She has a proven track record in product launches, change management, online and print content creation and content improvement projects. She writes and commissions articles which analyse the wire & cable industry.