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, for which he has also served as a member of the Board since 2000. Tratos is an innovative international cable producer with factories in the UK and Italy, offices in five continents and customers worldwide, servicing the power, transport, shipping, communications and oil and gas industries. With a turnover of more than €350 million, it is one of the world’s largest independent cable manufacturers and is involved in many high-profile and technologically advanced projects across the globe.
Chartered Director and Fellow Member of the Institute of Directors, Dr Bragagni now exercises his roles in full compliance with the IoD Code of Professional Conduct. He is keen to implement an appropriate governance structure within every organisation he works for, accompanied by robust financial management and strong control of leadership and strategy.
In addition to his successful business career, Dr Bragagni has written several books on the importance of family business and sustainable strategy. He is a proud member of the Institute for Family Business (IFB). This interest has led to his appointment as Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow of management at the Bayes Business School, City University of London, where he concentrates his time on the study of sustainability strategy. He is also Visiting Professor of the Institute of Management and Leadership, University Bolton, contributing to the development of leadership and advancing research in challenging fields such as sustainable development, circular economy, energy security, and net-zero emissions commitments.
Juan Mogollon is the Executive Vice President of the Energy Division of the Prysmian Group
Before joining Prysmian, He spent 2 years at General Cable as Senior Vice President of General Cable Latin America.
Prior to joining General Cable, Mogollon served as President of Emerging Markets at Tyco International, and President of Security Services for United Technology in Europe.
Mogollon 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.
Charlie Murrah is Southwire's Chief Supply Chain Officer and Executive Vice President of the Metals Group, which sources and manages the company’s metal position, serves aluminum and copper OEM rod markets, and sells Southwire continuous rod systems (SCR) globally.Murrah began his career with Southwire in 1984 as an industrial engineer in the Carrollton Utility Products Plant. He subsequently held numerous positions in the company’s engineering, manufacturing, metals, supply chain and sales organizations, serving most recent as the president of the company’s Power Systems & Solutions Group.The Carrollton native is a graduate of Carrollton High School and a 1984 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. He is a Georgia registered professional engineer and a certified production and inventory manager. He serves on the advisory board for Georgia Tech’s College of Industrial Engineering, and is a current board member of the Carrollton City School’s Education Foundation and the Aluminum Association. In 1996, he was inducted into the Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni of Georgia Tech.
Marcello Del Brenna has been CEO of Prysmian Group in United Kingdom since 2018. He obtained a Masters Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 1992, and joined Pirelli Cables straight after graduation in the R&D Department.
After experiences in R&D Management, including a stint in Australia as Chief Engineer from 1999 to 2001, and Product Marketing, he has been assigned to CEO positions in the Group since 2005, in Finland, Prysmian Powerlink (Submarine and High Voltage) and South America.
Roland Montagne joined IDATE in 1998 and he is now Principle Analyst Broadband & FTTx. In his position, he is responsible of IDATE Consulting and Research activities covering Broadband / FTTx fields. Mr Montagne played a leading role in previous IDATE International studies. He has carried out several studies dealing with European Broadband roll out as annual Surveys on Broadband Access for the DGInfSo. Since 2004, Roland Montagne is leading FTTx works at IDATE and is also the project leader, on yearly basis, for the FTTH Council Europe European FTTH projects panorama (18th edition in 2020). He also achieved a major study for the French Government on scenarios for deploying Very High Broadband networks in France (cost model and Government options). Roland Montagne also carried out several strategic analyses focused on US and Asian developing FTTH markets. He has been involved on FTTH cost model analysis for the United Kingdom as well as best practice study looking at fibre indoor deployments as well as ducts sharing. Recently, He was also leading a study on the potential of NGPON technologies as well as maturity of active wholesale for developing FTTH markets. Since 2013, on yearly bases, Roland is conducting FTTH projects Panorama for Latin America FTTH Chapter (17 countries covered), FTTH Council APAC (21 countries studied/7th edition), FTTH Council MENA (19 countries covered), and leading an annual worldwide FTTx watch service proposed by IDATE and covering more than 70 countries (11th edition). In 2017 & 2018, Roland conducted the first FTTH Panorama for Sub Saharan Africa (FTTH Council Africa).
Roland is a regular speaker in key events related to FTTH topics at an international level (FTTH Councils Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Latin America, Africa and US, FTTH Forum, Broadband World Forum, IIR, CRU, Informa, Terrapinn & IQPC events, ETNO, CITI, Convergence India and IDATE DigiWorld Summits).
Roland Montagne is a Telecommunications Engineer (ENST Paris, 1994) and received a Master on Electronics (University Paris 6, 1994). He also worked for AT&T Bell laboratories (USA) as Engineer on DWDM Optical Networks and ATM technologies. He started his carrier in the France Telecom R&D labs working on optical communications.
Roshene McCool is a Senior Commercial Technology Associate for Corning Optical Fiber and Cable, specialising in fiber optic networks and their associated applications and technologies. She provides technical and market insight for Corning’s global fiber and cable product line management teams. Roshene has 30 years of experience in engineering and optical communications systems and subsystems, including many years designing networks for advanced radio telescopes. Roshene has held project management and coordination lead roles in diverse teams through her career.
Roshene holds a Masters Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom and is a chartered member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
John Chamberlain is the Vice President of Technology for CommScopes CCS segment and is the technology lead for passive fiber cable, connectivity, data center and PON based businesses.
Mr. Chamberlain has previously served at CommScope in CTO, R&D, Product Line Management and Manufacturing management roles. Previous to CommScope experience, he worked in R&D for Corning, Manufacturing management for Furukawa, and started, owned and ran telecommunications engineering and manufacting companies. He holds a number of patents from CommScope and other entities, and is well published.
John is a graduate of The Georgia Institute of Technology.
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.
Tom is head of the Optical Network Solutions team at Fujikura Europe. Prior to this he has held a number of business development and operations roles at AFL – a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujikura. He has over 20 years’ experience in the optical communications industry and previously worked at ESB Telecoms in Ireland, as well as Corning and Nortel Networks in the USA. He has been heavily involved in a number of FTTH projects at AFL and Fujikura in recent years.
More than 10 years of experience working in the petrochemical and electricity industries in various commercial roles. Responsible for the marketing and business growth of polymers for low voltage cable insulation at Borealis
Axel Schlumberger joined Southwire Company in 1997 and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Wire & Cable R&D and Technology.Prior roles at Southwire include multiple technical and commercial leadership and executive roles in High Voltage Cable Systems, Southwire’s Utility Business and Southwire Canada.Axel is a leading expert on engineered cables and conductors, Power Delivery and High Voltage Cables & Systems.He holds a master’s degree in Electric Energy Systems and Power Apparatus from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. A senior member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, he is also a member of CIGRE and a contributing author of EPRI's Underground Transmission Systems Reference Book.Axel is a native of Germany and resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr VK Bajaj, is an Electrical Engineering graduate from IIT Kanpur, India, with experience of over 45 years in the Indian Cable Industry (Energy & Telecom). He has worked in leading Indian organizations like Apar Industries, RPG Cables, Finolex Cables, Cable Corporation of India and Siemens India.
Tanja Winter studied Business in Mannheim, Germany, from 2001 to 2004 while being in a trainee-program at Berkenhoff GmbH, a producer of non-ferrous precision wires. She also spent a semester abroad at the semi-finished metals company Avins USA. Afterwards, she started her career in the Rolled Products division at Gebr. Kemper in Olpe, Germany, where she held the position of Sales Manager for Asia-Pacific/India/Americas from 2011 to 2014. She has been with Aurubis’ Business Line Rod + Shapes in Hamburg since 2015, initially serving as Area Sales Manager Germany and CEE; since 2016 as Head of Marketing & Sales Rod.
Zaid joined CRU Consulting in January 2017, bringing extensive experience from the aluminium and nonferrous metals industry.
Prior to CRU, Zaid 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. He previously worked in London for several years for a number of commodity-focused consultants as an analyst, where 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.
Zaid holds an MA with honours 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.
Piotr joined CRU in 2021 and is responsible for development of the value creation tool for base metals, where he assesses the benefits of the capital expenditure in the mining industry.
Piotr has 9 years’ experience in the industry – spanning mineral exploration, mine operations and business analytics – having worked for First Quantum Minerals and McKinsey between others – in a range of business development, planning and technical roles. His interests lie in the strategic and operational mine planning, asset optimization using data analytics and new technologies that drive the improvements of the industry.
Piotr holds a master’s degree in mining engineering from Camborne School of Mines and Earth Science degree from University of Glasgow and is a registered member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining ( MIMMM). Piotr is based in the London office.
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. He is also chairman of the Infrastructure Task Force at Orgalim, Europe’s technology industries association in Brussels. Alberto 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. Alberto holds a Master’s Degree in EU International and Diplomacy Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
Filippos joined the Economics team in September 2021 and is in charge of the European region.
Before that, he was an Analyst in the Base metals team, where he was the editor of the Wire and Cable Market Outlook report. He holds a MSc in Economics from University College London.
Rahul has been associated with STL for over 3 years and Heads Business in Europe. He has around 20 years of experience in the Telecom and technology industry. Prior to joining STL, Rahul worked with Apple, Samsung, LG and Airtel
Michael 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. Michael joined CRU Analysis in 2015 gaining experience across several commodities including; nickel, chrome, molybdenum and stainless steel. Before Joining CRU, Michael gained experience as an exploration geologist focusing on precious and base metal mineralisation in North Africa. He completed his undergraduate studies at Cardiff University where he attained a First Class degree with Honours in Geology. He also holds an MSc in Mining Geology (Distinction) from Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter.
Chenfei joined CRU as an Analyst within the Wire and Cable Team and is the current editor of CRU’s Wire and Cable Market Outlook. Prior to CRU, Chenfei spent 4 years working at Rolls-Royce in a variety of engineering leadership roles, with a focus on aeroengine technology development and process improvement. He holds an MSc in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering (Distinction) from Imperial College London, and a BEng (Hons) in Chemical and Materials Engineering (First Class and Dean’s List) from the University of Auckland.
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.
Carlos Risopatron is the Director of Economics and Environment at the International Copper Study Group since 2007. He is an economist and engineer with 37 years of professional experience as advisor of governments, international organizations and corporations in the areas of governance, mineral policy, energy, economic and environmental issues. He started working with the United Nation Economic Commission in 1984-1989. Then he worked for the Ministries of Mines and Planning in Chile during 1990-1995. Between 1996 and 2005 he was consultant at the United Nations and the Inter-American Development Bank in many countries and missions. Between 2005 and 2007 he was contracted by the UN Secretary General as UN staff member of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. The International Copper Study Group (ICSG) is an intergovernmental organization that serves to increase copper market transparency and promote international discussions and cooperation on issues related to copper. Together with the Lead, Zinc and Nickel Study Groups they serve 40 countries in 2021.