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Attend the First Saudi International Iron Steel Conferene, held on the 16-18 September 2019 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The event is proudly organised by KSA National Committee for Steel Industry.
Join this large gathering of global steel industry leaders at the conference, and also visit the Exhibition & participate in workshops during conference.
King Faisal Conference Hall (Intercontinental Hotel)
Address: King Saud Rd, Riyadh 11481, Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966 11 465 5000
Saudi Vision 2030 – the transformation of Saudi Arabia's economy and opportunities for its steel industry
Outlook for GCC iron and steel industry – UAE demand post Expo 2020
Outlook for Arab region steel demand and investments into new production capacity
Global trade wars and protectionism – how it is affecting trade flows and regional steelmakers
Global steel overcapacity – progress in tackling and challenges remaining
China's steel demand outlook amid reduced government stimulus
India's potential to become the new steel demand driver
Investments into higher value-added steel production/increased local content
The challenge of rising production costs and how to handle them
Technological innovations to help increase efficiency/reduce cost of steelmaking
And much more...
HE. Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources
Dr. Sami Abdullah Al-Abidi
Once a major steel importer, considerable investment into steelmaking and processing capacity has seen Saudi Arabia become much more self-sufficient, while the opening up of exports has resulted in the kingdom competing in the regional and global billet and long products markets, in addition to its already-established flat product exports. There is much potential in Saudi Arabia for further investment into value-added steel production to support the kingdom's drive for economic diversification and cement its place as the regional steelmaking hub. This will require investment into innovative new technology as well as further exploration of the kingdom's resources that could be used to support industrial expansion. International steel producers have the opportunity to lend their expertise and invest in the Saudi steel industry. This session will look at the prospects for Saudi Arabia's steel industry development: investment opportunities in the kingdom, its future relationship with global markets, and Saudi Arabia's potentially-pivotal role in the global iron and steel industry.
Saudi Arabian economic growth and, with it, steel demand, are poised to recover following a challenging few years due to lower oil prices. The Kingdom is implementing its Saudi Vision 2030 programme that aims to reboot construction activity and encourage new end-uses for steel. As part of its economic diversification drive, Saudi is supporting the development of local content, which will provide a push for new manufacturing capacities in the kingdom. Buoyed by the recovery in oil prices, the Saudi government's 2019 budget forecasts increased spending versus 2018, with capital spending set to rise 20% to SAR 246 billion. This is likely to give a boost to steel demand. However, with protectionism becoming the new buzzword worldwide following the imposition of US Section 232 tariffs last year, and with interest rates rising, the economic recovery remains fragile and must be properly managed. Also requiring management is the pressure building on Saudi Arabia's natural resources following decades of rapid economic growth. For this reason, the Kingdom has developed several strategies, such as the National Environmental Strategy, to promote sustainable development. This session will examine the prospects for Saudi economic growth, the opportunities ahead and how they will be exploited, and also the potential challenges to growth and how they can be overcome.
Moderator: Nadia AlAmoudi, Business Development Advisor, Ministry of Energy, Industry and Minerals Resources
Investment into specialised "value-added" steel, as well as digitalisation, has become popular concepts in recent years. However, as we live in a world of finite resources, competitively sourcing input materials required for steelmaking is becoming difficult. This session will bring together the world's largest steel producers to discuss today's key challenges in steelmaking, as well as any further obstacles that may appear on the horizon, and the techniques and processes being put in place to deal with them.
Moderator: Paul Mullins, Director, Kallanish
The National Industrial Clusters Development Program (IC), in coordination with key Saudi private and government sector stakeholders, is developing a road map to ensure the sustainability of the Saudi steel sector and foster its growth, in line with the industrialization objectives of Saudi Arabia Vision 2030. This session will highlight the key aspects of the Saudi steel development strategy, including enabling measures and growth opportunities in high value-added steel products. The session also will also discuss local content initiatives that aim to support the development of local industries and encourage economic diversification.
Moderator: Fernando Oliveros, Managing Director, AlixPartners
Saudi Arabia has long been touted as an excellent location for low-cost direct reduced iron-electric arc furnace-route steelmaking thanks to its plentiful gas reserves and low energy prices. The discovery of iron ore deposits in the west of the kingdom has also raised the prospect of Saudi steelmakers becoming self-sufficient in raw materials. However, increased gas costs and supply shortages have led to DRI production issues in recent years, while tight iron ore pellet availability globally, coupled with a graphite electrodes shortage, has increased raw materials sourcing costs. Will Saudi make increased natural gas available for the steel industry? Is there technology available to mitigate the increased gas and electricity cost? What is being done to improve infrastructure in the kingdom in order to support logistics? This session will discuss all of these topics and more.
Moderator: Mohammed Saleh AlJabr, Vice Chairman, National Committee for Steel Industry
The Saudi construction industry is the kingdom's largest steel consumer. However, its output has fallen considerably since 2015 when state spending was curtailed due to lower oil prices. This, coupled with new steel capacity coming on line, resulted in a sizeable steel supply surplus in Saudi Arabia, especially for rebar. The outlook for construction has nevertheless improved with an array of huge projects set to break ground as part of Saudi Vision 2030. The most significant of these are Saudi Arabia's economic cities. These will be smart cities that incorporate highly-advanced technology in transport infrastructure, automated government services, internet infrastructure and online education, and construction. There will also be focus on renewable energy, as the kingdom plans to invest in the latest solar power technology to conserve the environment and diversify away from fossil fuels. This session will look at the latest developments in the Saudi construction sector and how they bode for future steel demand.
Moderator: Adam Smith, Editor in Chief, Kallanish
Another key facet of Saudi Vision 2030 is plans to accelerate the kingdom's long-touted diversification away from oil dependence. This should see the establishment of sectors such as automotive production, shipbuilding and military equipment manufacturing, all of which will provide new opportunities for steel consumption. Along with Saudi's aim to increase local content, the development of these new industries will require investment into new steelmaking capacity for products not currently available in the kingdom. This session will examine the prospects for new Saudi steel end-user sectors.
Moderator: Alistair Ramsay, Head of Research (Metals & Mining), Fastmarkets
Although fears over global steel overcapacity have subsided to some degree, the threat has not disappeared. China has reduced exports but, given its considerable production growth so far in 2019, there is concern over what will happen if government stimulus subsides and consumption falls. Growing protectionism has made some regions more vulnerable to surplus exports than others. The focus is gradually shifting to India as the next growth driver. Government spending on infrastructure is driving steel demand growth, but is the country's ambitious 300 million tonnes/year capacity target justified? In the US, the economy appears to be booming despite President Trump's promises of a massive infrastructure-spending programme yet to materialise. In Turkey, economic growth has slowed dramatically since mid-2018, impacting the global scrap market. Will Chinese steel demand remain balanced with production? Will India fulfil its potential? Will global trading patterns recover from protectionism? This session will aim to answer all these questions and more by looking at the prospects for global steel demand growth, with particular focus on key steel producing and consuming countries.
Moderator: Paul Mullins, Director, Kallanish
Eng. Ibrahim Al-Omar is the Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), appointed in April 2017. He brings over fifteen years of private sector experience to SAGIA, with a strong professional background in the information communications technology (ICT) and logistics sectors. His career has included leading appointments as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri); the Chief Alliance & Partnership Officer and Chief Product Development Officer at the Etihad-Etisalat Company (Mobily); the Chief Executive Officer of VIVA Bahrain; and numerous appointments at the Saudi Telecom Company (STC). He has served on the boards of numerous public and private sector organizations, and as the chairman for three major international telecom projects for various consortiums. Eng. Ibrahim is an Alumnus of Harvard's Program for Leadership Development, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electric Engineering from the King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM).
HE Eng. Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi is Emirates Steel's Chief Executive Officer. He is a UAE national and holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from California State University. Mr. Al Remeithi has over 17 years of experience in the steel industry covering all aspects of the business. He successfully led Emirates Steel to solidify its position as the leading steel producer in the GCC region, to embed an operational culture based on best business practices, draw up and deliver ES' strategy and business development plans to transform the firm into a world class steel producer, maintain a high level of competitiveness and achieve set EBITDA, Net Profit and Emiratization targets for each year since becoming the firm's CEO in 2011. He is currently focused on leading the company into its next phase of business development and to realize its objectives as an integral part of Abu Dhabi 2030 vision with emphasis on Emiratization and developing a local pool of expertise for the steel industry. Mr. Al Remeithi is the Chairman of the Economic Committee for the World Steel Association, the first Arab individual to hold this position.
Peter F. Marcus, a steel securities analyst, is founder of World Steel Dynamics and a consultant to the steel industry. He began his career on Wall Street in 1961 with L.F. Rothschild & Co. In early 1999, after 28 years at PaineWebber, Peter with his World Steel Dynamics staff formed their own separate and independent company. Peter graduated from Cornell University in 1960 and received a MBA from New York University in 1965.
Dr Nae Hee Han joined worldsteel as the Chief Representative of the Beijing office in 2006 and held the position till October of 2014. Since January 2007, Dr Han has been also Director, Economic Studies and Statistics. Before Joining worldsteel, she worked for POSCO Research Institute for 15 years, where her last position was Director of China Study Center. She got her doctoral degree in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a citizen of Republic of Korea and currently lives in Brussels.
Al-Saleem is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of International Maritime Industries. Previously, Al-Saleem led the multi-company JV project team during the feasibility and commercial development stages as Saudi Aramco's JV Project Development Director. With more than 23 years' experience at Saudi Aramco, Al-Saleem has led high performing teams in New Business Development, Corporate Planning, and Investment Analysis for Upstream and Downstream Facilities. In 2014, he led the Corporate Portfolio Analysis and Decision Support function at Saudi Aramco responsible for Corporate Decision Support, Enterprise Risk Management, Portfolio Analysis, and Economic Evaluation Guidelines. From 2010-2014, Al-Saleem was responsible for Capital Planning and Evaluation for Upstream and Downstream Investments. A 1994 graduate of the King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia, (Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering), Al-Saleem also received a Master's in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portland, USA, in 2001.
Mr. Hamdan has over 26 years international experience in R&D, product design, automation, manufacturing, business turn around and development. Over the last 12 years Mr. Hamdan's area of focus has been in mining and metals. Mr. Hamdan is currently the Senior Director at the National Industrial Cluster Development Program. In addition to developing the cluster strategy, Mr. Hamdan is responsible for growing the metals industrial base in Saudi Arabia through expanding current manufacturing operations and development of new manufacturing operations. Prior to his current post, Mr. Hamdan oversaw for electric motors and power generators product development and global operations at RBC Corporation in the USA. Mr. Hamdan has also headed R&D and New Product Development of semi-conductor high speed test systems globally for Robotic Vision Systems, Inc. in the USA and led Engineering and Machine Design at DLS Engineering & Automation, corporation in the USA.
Abdulrahman is the managing director of LCGPA. He is an executive who brings a longstanding experience of strategy consulting for public and private sectors coupled with industrial experience in oil & gas sector during his previous jobs. He has an extensive experience in business strategy, supply chain development, operational & capital budgeting, workforce planning, and performance measurements. He started his successful journey at Saudi Aramco working on several assignments related to upstream business strategy, oil operations, capital projects, and systems integration. As a Business Strategy Manager at Accenture, Abdulrahman has worked with numerous energy clients (IOCs and NOCs) on local content development, supply and demand analysis, and integrated strategic & business planning focusing on oil, gas, and petrochemical sectors across Middle East and UK. In 2016, Abdulrahman decided to join the forces in executing Vision 2030 and became a civil servant in Saudi Government. He has been an advisor at the Ministry of Economy Planning, and now is part of the founding team of LCGPA leading the establishment phase of the authority. Abdulrahman holds a bachelor degree in Information Systems and a Master degree in Business Administration.
Engineer Fuad Mosa is Vice President of SABIC's Local Content & Business Development Unit – an arm of the company created to develop local content and investments in the Kingdom according to KSA 2030 Vision. In addition, he is currently the CEO of Sabic Investment & Local Content Development Company.He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from KFUPM in Dhahran, a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering from KSU in Riyadh and an MBA degree from Thunderbird School of Management in Arizona, USA.He has over 22 years of experience in deferent fields related to petrochemical industry. He contributes in more than 35 patents during his earlier years of experience in developing deferent Technology for SABIC. He serves as board member at different companies, centers and institutions. Before appointed to his current role, he was serving as a General Manager of SABIC Global Chemical Technologies.
Engineer Salah Ahmed Al Ansari graduated from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Chemical Engineering. He is currently the Company President of Saudi Iron & Steel Company (HADEED) since April 2019, and also served as the President of Eastern Petrochemical Company (SHARQ) from April 2015 to March 2019. Additionally, he was a former Board Member to Saudi Iron and Steel Company (HADEED) and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Company (SOCC). He has more than 22 years of diverse experience in the fields of Plant Operations, Production, Manufacturing, Project Management and Engineering..
Ibrahim Almojel is the Director General of the Saudi Industrial Development Fund. He sits on multiple boards including Samba Financial group, Raidah Investment Company (overseeing the public pension fund), Awqaf Investment Company and the Arab mining company. Previously he worked at Saudi Aramco in multiple functions including corporate strategy and Saudi Aramco energy ventures. Most recently he was the CEO of Wisayah the investment management arm of Saudi Aramco. He completed his BS in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, MS in Electrical Engineering and PHD in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.
Dr. Klaus Kleinfeld is an Advisor to His Royal Highness the Chairman of NEOM's Founding Board and a Member of the Founding Board. Prior to this, since October 2017 Dr. Kleinfeld was CEO of NEOM. From 2008-2017, he served as Chairman and CEO of Alcoa/Arconic. Previously, Dr. Kleinfeld had a twenty-year career with Siemens, where he served as CEO of Siemens AG from 2005 to 2007, and prior to this, he was president and CEO of the Siemens Corporation, the company's U.S. arm, representing its largest region. He is a member of the boards of Ma'aden and Fero Labs, an Honorary Senator of the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting, an Honorary Trustee of the Brookings Institute, a life time member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Metropolitan Opera Board. He has been advising multiple US Presidents in various roles, was a member of the Chinese Premier Li's Global CEO Advisory Council, a member of the Major of Shanghai's International Business Leaders Advisory Council and a member of the Foreign Investment Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of Russia, the Chairman of the US Russian Business Council and the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum. He served on the board of Bayer, Citibank, Hewlett Packard and Morgan Stanley. Dr. Kleinfeld was born in Bremen, Germany. He holds an MBA from the University of Goettingen and a PhD from the University of Wuerzburg.
Eng. Nizar Al-Hariri comes with over 25 years of successful track record of business development in both government and private sectors. Experienced across all aspects of business developments from concept to JV set-ups, contractual negotiations and funding arrangements to major project management, strategic planning and organization structuring. Having worked in SIDF for ten years and managed Capital Advisory Group for five, he has a recognized management and consultancy records appointed him to manage the advisory services for the Economic Offset Program, EOP and Public Investment Fund, PIF between 2003 and 2006. Later, Eng. Al-Hariri was assigned as CEO for CAD Middle East for Pharmaceutical Industries. He joined the Industrial Cluster (IC) in 2015 as VP for Pharma and Biotech and currently is IC President. Eng. Al Hariri also represents MEIM in board member in the Saudi FDA. Eng. Nizar Al-Hariri has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from King Saud University and a high degree from the University of Cambridge, Engineering Dept. in Design, Manufacture & Management.
Mr. Gasem Al Maimani is Deputy Governor – Industry, General Authority for Military Industry since July 2019. Prior joining General Authority for Military Industry Mr. Gasem Al Maimani was the CEO for Taiba Holding Company. In his vast and distinguished career Mr. Gasem Al Maimani was involved in various management positions contributing to several Industries like Arabian Cement Company, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, National Industrial Clustering Development Program, Al - Watania for Plastics, Fertilizers Strategy, Economics and Business Support and Polymers SBU Business Planning & Support He was associated as Chairman and Member of Board of Directors with several companies like SABIC Polymers Turkey Company, Gulf Organization of Industrial Consultations (GOIC), Jubail United Company, Jubail, Yanbu Petrochemical Company (YANPET), Jubail Petrochemical Company (KEMYA), Technical Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) to name a few. Mr. Gasem Al Maimani holds a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering with Honors, 1989; KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
Li Xinchuang has served in many roles previously including those approved by the State Council. He was Professor Senior Engineer, Vice Secretary-General of China Iron & Steel Association (CISA), President and Chief Engineer of China Metallurgical Industry Planning and Research Institute (MPI), and Director of Technical Economics Branch of the Chinese Society for Metals.
Mr. Vukusic has been with the Group for almost 20 years, and since 2009 heholds the position of the General Manager of Metinvest International SA, Gulf Branch, with the responsibility for all sales of steel products from the biggest metallurgical holding in Ukraine into the GCC Market. Viktor has graduated at the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, Serbia. Most of his vast experience in the world wide steel sector was gained by holding different commercial and managerial positions for the leading Ukrainian steel products supplier. Within the same Group, he has previously held positions of Deputy General Manager in Latin American office, Commercial Director in Swiss office and Export Director in the Ukrainian office. Metinvest International SA, Gulf Branch in GCC was established, organized and managed till date by Mr. Vukusic. They Company has achieved delivering regular quantities to all major GCC ports and have obtained a quality acceptance among various sectors in the GCC market.
Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee has been associated with the Steel Industry from the year 2004 when he served in the Government of Odisha as the Principal Secretary for Steel, Mines and Coal. He was also the Chairman of the Odisha Mining Corporation. During his tenure in these positions, he signed a large number of MoU's with the major players in the Steel Industry paving the way for the entry of large scale steel related investments into the State. He is particularly remembered as the person responsible for spearheading the State Government's negotiations with POSCO STEEL of Korea. He has travelled to the sites of many steel production units as well as many mining conglomerations. Subsequently, as Secretary in the Department of Public Enterprises, he was closely associated with the leading Public Sector Steel Enterprises such as SAIL & RINL. As Principal Secretary Steel and Mines in Odisha he was also closely associated with the formulation of National Policies on Steel and Mines. Dr. Chatterjee is also a widely acclaimed management practitioner, theorist and teacher. He has written and lectured over many years on issues of social and sustainable development, corporate responsibility and human resources. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1975 and has held many distinguished positions. In 2008-09, he was Principal Adviser in the Planning Commission. Here he was deeply involved with a number of micro and macro-economic measures. He was also a part of the team responsible for shaping India's response to the global economic crisis of 2008. Currently, as the Secretary General of the Indian Steel Association he is involved with a large number of concerns and issues in the Steel Sector. He is in constant interaction with all the Government Ministries and Departments whose policies and programmes impact the Steel Industry. He is also working on initiatives that help to promote the usage of steel in various sectors of our economy. As the Secretary General of the ISA, his primary task is to coordinate the efforts of the Member companies to alert policy makers and decision takers at the National & State levels to current issues and trends and to help promote a conducive and helpful climate for the growth of the Steel Sector as a major and vital contributor to the Indian National Economy.
Ahmed has been with Saudi Mechanical industries (SMI) since 1998. Started at the company as a procurement engineer, then became head of Operations in 2006. During his time as Chief Operating Officer (COO), Ahmed, managed several vertical integration and manufacturing expansion projects including the establishment of four metal foundries with a total casting capacity of 40,000 tons per annum. One of SMI's foundries included the largest fully automated ferrous sand-casting foundry in Saudi Arabia with a casting capacity of 6 tons per hour. Ahmad played a key role in developing export markets for SMI in the USA and Europe, supplying 100% Made in Saudi Arabia machined castings and engineered mechanical parts to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the pump and heavy equipment industries. Currently, Ahmed is the CSO of SMI. Also, he is a researcher and a visiting academic at Alliance Manchester Business School in the University of Manchester.
Mr. Ahmad Al-Sa'adi was appointed senior vice president of technical services on December 16, 2015, effective January 1, 2016. Mr. Al Sa'adi heads Saudi Aramco Engineering Services, Project Management, Procurement & Supply Chain Management, and Information Technology. In this capacity, he directs approximately 7,500 employees and oversees more $100 billion in capital expenditures. Mr. Al Sa'adi also manages the direction of Saudi Aramco's corporate, environmental, and occupation health policies and provides guidance to management on the impact of environmental trends. In July, 2010, Ahmad became the vice president of Gas Operations, headquartered in 'Udhailiyah, where he led a complex organization comprising seven gas processing centers with a capacity of 12 billion SCFD. Prior to that, Mr. Al Sa'adi was vice president of Pipelines, Distribution, and Terminals, which operated more than 50 facilities throughout the Kingdom. He was responsible for the transportation of oil, gas, and domestic fuel distribution through bulk plants and air fueling units, and for Kingdom crude exports through terminals. Mr. Al Sa'adi held the position of chief engineer of Saudi Aramco; and prior to that, president and CEO for Aramco Gulf Operations Company (AGOC), and chairman of the Executive Committee, providing policy and direction to Al-Khafji Joint Operations. He served in a supervisory capacity - domestically and internationally - over a multitude of engineering, refining, and project management fields. Ahmad is currently a Board Member of Pandlewood Corporation N.V. and National Industrial Cluster Development Program, and serves as chairman of Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery (SAMREF), the Sadara Chemical Company, and International Maritime Industries. He is also a member of the Saudi Aramco Management Committee. Mr. Al Sa'adi joined Saudi Aramco in 1981 after earning his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from KFUPM. In 2000, he completed the Management Development program at Harvard Business School.
Since May 2016, Eng. Ahmed Al Balawi has been the Director General of the National Project Management, Operations & Maintenance Program (Mashroat). In this capacity, Eng. Ahmad leads Mashroat national pursuit to enable Saudi Arabia's public entities to transform their project delivery, operations and maintenance capabilities based on best global standards while building Mashroat as an organization and a national center of excellence and a point of reference in Project Management, Operations and Maintenance. Prior to his current role, Eng. Ahmed was appointed in 2010 as the General Manager of the Technical Affairs Sector at the Royal Commission in Jubail, with responsibility over Project and Urban Planning, Engineering, Construction and Environmental Protection matters of key projects such Jubail 2 and Ras Al Khair. In 2006, Eng. Ahmed was appointed as the Director of the Engineering Department at the Royal Commission of Jubail where he successfully led the expansion of the Jubail Industrial City, the Residential Districts and the Commercial Port. He also directed the planning and the engineering work for the facilities and utilities of the Royal Commission in Jubail. Eng. Ahmed Al-Balawi joined the Engineering Department at the Royal Commission in Jubail in 1997 as a Mechanical Engineer, where he served in a number of positions of rising responsibilities as a Senior Mechanical Engineer, a Project Engineer and a Head of the Engineering Services Section. Eng. Ahmed earned his B.Sc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1995 from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) and started his professional career as a Mechanical Engineer in Tabuk Electricity Company.
Alistair Ramsay is Head of Research (Metals & Mining) at Fastmarkets, formerly Metal Bulletin and has been since October 2012. He manages a team that is responsible for analysing and forecasting steel and steelmaking raw materials prices and markets in multiple locations around the world. Besides being directly involved in the short-term subscription services of the analytical team, Alistair is also building some more detailed data services providing clients with fundamental, strategic support through the longer term. Prior to joining Fastmarkets, Alistair spent eight years at CRU in London where he became a principal analyst focused on finished carbon and stainless steel markets.
Lt Gen Anjan Mukherjee was commissioned in the Indian Army in 1973. He has worked on artillery guns of British, Russian and Indian origin. He has served in all the operational sectors where Indian Army is in action. He has been part of Strategic Thinking community in India. He was senior Faculty Member of National Defence College (NDC), New Delhi. As faculty member of the NDC he visited Tanzania, Botswana, Sri Lanka, Italy, Bhutan, Netherland, UK and other countries where he spoke on strategic issues concerning security challenges in those regions and exchanged his views with top military and civilian leadership in these countries. In India, his contribution towards conceptualizing and manufacture of India’s first indigenous hi-tech 155mm 45 calibre medium artillery gun system named ‘Dhanush’ from special steel to final artillery gun production is well known. He is presently working as Consultant to the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Ministry of Defence, Government of India. He did his PhD in artillery weapon systems modernization, with stress on indigenous manufacture. After retirement he was Consultant to Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and later joined the Ordnance Factories Board. Thus he has deep all round knowledge and experience of strategic, operational, R&D and manufacturing issues in defense sector. He was Director General of Indian Artillery in the rank of Lt General. He has been awarded twice by the President of India for his exceptional contribution to the nation.
Dilip George is the Group CEO of Foulath Holding and is responsible for managing the affairs of the companies comprising the Foulath Group, which includes Bahrain Steel, a 100% subsidiary of Foulath. Foulath Holding is an investment vehicle focused on investing in the steel industry in the GCC region. Dilip joined Foulath in January 2009. Over the past 10 years, Dilip has held various leadership positions in Foulath. In this period, powered by organic and inorganic growth, Foulath's sales turnover has grown 3x. Dilip joined Foulath as the Group CFO. In February 2014, Dilip was appointed CEO of Foulath Holding, heading the Group's shared services. In October 2017, Dilip was named as the Group CEO. Dilip has more than 25 years of experience driving growth in the manufacturing industry. Prior to joining Foulath, for 10 years, Dilip was CFO of MANSO group of companies based in Saudi Arabia, responsible for strategy and corporate finance. MANSO is a diversified business group whose activities spanned petrochemicals, steel and decorative wood. At MANSO, Dilip led the organic growth of the group, with the group sales turnover growing at 55% year on year over a ten-year period. Dilip led the successful public listing of the petrochemical business, Methanol Chemicals Company on the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul). Dilip started his career in 1990 as an auditor with Ernst & Young in India. He then joined Carrier India, a supplier of air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, where he worked for two years. Dilip then spent five years as a management consultant at Arthur Andersen in Saudi Arabia. Dilip is a Chartered Accountant (CA) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and holds a B.Com honours degree from Delhi University, India.
Fernando Oliveros is Managing Director at AlixPartners since 2014, in its Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh offices. He has 25+ years of consulting experience and 10+ years of experience in industry positions, including manufacturing, engineering, robotics and automation.He has worked on Steel, Specialty Metals and Aluminium players in Europe and Middle East from casting to hot, cold rolling, and finished products, including working at final destination industries like railways (bars for rails)), construction (rebar) and automotive (rolled). His experience includes strategy, operational improvement, financial and operational turnaround, and corporate finance, including M&A and post-merger integration. This experience has been developed working with clients in more than 25 countries across Europe, South and North America, Middle East and North Africa, and Asia. Fernando has a MS. Solid State Physics degree from Madrid Complutense University and an MBA from IESE in Madrid. He is and has been Board member of several companies in Spain and India (Acuntia, Cirta Emissions, Tecverge). He is Associate Professor at ESCP Business School (Madrid) where he teaches Valuation of Energy Assets and has served as Associate Professor to IE Business School on Corporate and Competitive Strategy (Sao Paolo, Madrid)
Benedetti Gianpietro started his career at Danieli & C. in 1961. From 1976 was appointed Director to the Research & Development, becoming the Sales Director in 1982. He was appointed Danieli Group Managing Director in 1986, 4 years later he ascended to Group President and CEO. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Acciaierie Bertoli Safau S.p.A. (Italy) since 1994. Mr. Benedetti has received honorary degrees from three different universities: in 2000 in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Trieste, in 2016 in management engineering from the University of Udine and in 2018 for International Business from the MIB School of Management of Trieste. In June 2006 the National order of Chivalry made him a knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, the highest ranking honor awarded for "merit acquired by the nation". In 2018 in recognition of his leadership in steelmaking technology and plant building over four decades, he received the Tadeusz Sendzimir Memorial Medal from AIST (Association for Iron & Steel Technology, U.S.A.). In addition, Mr. Benedetti is the holder of numerous patents for steelmaking machines and processes and over 85 inventions have been registered under his name.
Hussain graduated with a degree in Geology from King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals in 1984, at which point he commenced his career with Saudi Aramco. Comprehensive multi-disciplinary work and management experience in exploration, geology, petrophysics, geophysics, drilling operations and reservoir management. Played vital role in managing major strategic projects at Aramco, Rub-Alkhali joint ventures gas exploration program, exploration technical Services projects and Aramco hydrocarbon resource assessment strategy. Breadth of knowledge in the field of resource and reserve management. At Saudi Aramco, he led the concept generation and process management effort to add hydrocarbon reserves from extensions and discoveries. Hussain, served as international distinguished lecturer at the SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) in 2005. He was also member of SPE/AAPG/WPC Oil and Gas Reserve Committee. Attended the Advanced Executive Management Program in 2011 with Wharton school of University of Pennsylvania. Hussain M. Al-Otaibi is revered as a champion of Professional Societies in the Middle East. Active member of The American Association of Petroleum Geologist (AAPG) for more than 32 years. Established The AAPG Middle East Region and was first president during (2009-2011). Member of AAPG Executive committee for 6 years (2007-2013). Received AAPG's Distinguished Service Award in 2014 and in 2016 the Honorary Member Award for his distinguished service and devotion to the science and profession of petroleum geology community. He established the first Geology Club at King Fahad University 1983 and later on, the Dhahran Geoscience Society (DGS), first professional society in the Middle East, in 1987. Currently he is leading the Saudi Geological Survey.
Kareem Shamma is a real estate and construction expert with over 35 years of experience in the industry, primarily in the GCC. He possesses a special flair for managing and driving challenging and iconic projects, all the way from drawing board to reality. Shamma has been at the helm of key projects in hospitality, leisure and mixed-use real estate development. With a Masters degree in Structural Engineering from Imperial College, London, his technical experience began with projects covering bridges & highways, dredging & reclamation and geotechnical engineering, working for many years with global consultants Dar Al Handasah. He moved on to Project Management, honing his commercial and development skills on such iconic projects as Amwaj Islands in Bahrain, and has in recent years held top posts with key real estate developers including the Al Futtaim Group in the UAE. His skill set is as impressive and extensive as his career trajectory. Fluent in Arabic and English, he is a problem solver with a deep understanding of cultural norms and values, having started his career in Saudi Arabia over 30 years ago, working on Riyadh's ring road network. Now he is back in the Kingdom as the CDO of Qiddiya, mandated to deliver, along with the rest of the development team, this capital of entertainment, sports and the arts.
Nadia AlAmoudi is the current business development advisor at Ministry of Energy, Industry and Minerals resources. Nadia was the general manager of the Economic Programs Department at Economic Affairs Deputyship with the Ministry of Economy and Planning for almost 3 years. She has an interest in global and local economic affairs. She also has made a multitude of contributions towards moderating dialogue between groups and entities related to societal and economic development. Nadia has MBA and has held leadership positions in national development and human development. She has also served as a university lecturer on a number of subjects in management and economics. Nadia Alamoudi held various positions in Jeddah Chamber of Commerce. She has been responsible for government files related to the issue of women's participation in national development. Furthermore, Nadia has served as Director of the Research and Studies Center in Jeddah Chamber. Nadia represented Saudi Arabia in various training programs on leadership and empowerment of women in the private and government sectors in Japan, the United States and other countries. Nadia is a Vice-Chairman of the National Statistics Committee at the Council of Saudi Chambers, and was a member of the Women Employment Coordination Council.
Paolo Rocca is Chairman and CEO of Tenaris, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of steel tubes and related services for the world's energy industry as well as other industrial applications. Listed on the New York, Italian, Buenos Aires and Mexican stock exchanges it has an integrated worldwide network of steel pipe manufacturing, research, finishing and service facilities with industrial operations in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa and a direct presence in most major oil and gas markets. He is also Chairman of Ternium, one of the leading steel companies in Latin America, and CEO of the Techint Group, which, in addition to Tenaris and Ternium, has interests in Engineering and Construction, and Energy. Rocca is also member of the Executive Committee of the World Steel Association and of the International Council of J. P. Morgan Chase. Born in Milan in 1952, Paolo Rocca graduated in Political Science from the University of Milan. In 1985 he obtained his PMD (Program for Management Development) at Harvard University.
Mr. R. K. Goyal, an Engineering Graduate from BITS, Pilani and M.B.A., is currently the Managing Director of Kalyani Steels Ltd, Pune. Mr Goyal is also Chairman of Saarloha Advanced Materials Pvt Ltd and Director of Kalyani Investment Company Ltd, Pune. Currently, Mr. Goyal is responsible for overall management of Kalyani Steels Ltd, Saarloha Advanced Materials Pvt Ltd and Kalyani Investment Company Ltd. Before joining Kalyani Steels Ltd, Mr Goyal was the Director, Strategy & Corporate Affairs at Jindal Stainless Ltd and was responsible for overall Growth Strategy Formulation, Mining Business, Strategic Alliances, Mergers & Acquisitions, Indirect Taxation and monitoring performance of all companies in the Jindal Stainless Ltd Group. In an industry experience of more than 38 years, Mr Goyal has travelled to more than 60 countries and delivered presentations and lectures at various international and national forums. Mr Goyal has been awarded and honoured by various bodies such as EEPC (Engineering & Export Promotion Council), CONCOR, ECGC (Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Limited), CEO India Forum, Construction World (CW) Magazine etc.. Further, under his leadership, Kalyani Steels Ltd has received ‘Secondary Steel Sector Award’ from Ministry of Steel, Govt. of India (Sep, 2018), ‘Emerging Steel Company of the Year 2017’ award by Steel Users Federation of India (SUFI) (Dec, 2017) and ‘Silver Certificate of Merit’ by Frost & Sullivan & FICCI’s India Manufacturing Excellence Awards (Nov, 2017). Mr Goyal is also associated with various forums and platforms such as International Stainless Steel Forum, CII, Karnataka Iron & Steel Manufacturers’ Association (KISMA), Alloy Steel Producers Association (ASPA) etc. He is also a Member of the Advisory Board of Centre of Excellence in Steel at IIT Bombay, Member of CII Steel Committee.
Mr. Talat Zaki Hafiz has over 30 years of working experience in Banking Industry & Financial related areas. In addition, possess economic & business management experience. He started his career in 1977 as lecturer in the accounting department with King Saud University. Thereafter he worked with the National Commercial Bank (NCB) in various positions as Head of Private Banking - Central Region & Head of Commercial Businesses Banking, Assistant Regional Manager, Deputy Regional Manger & Assistant General Manager. He was also associated as a CEO with United Assets Co, an Investment & Real Estate Development Company and Deputy General Manager with Baa- Azeem Trading Co. (FMCG business). Presently he is Secretary General of the Media & Banking Awareness Committee, responsible in enhancing banking knowledge & awareness in Saudi society. He is a Board member with several institutions like Saudi Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI), Consultant Board of Partnerships & Knowledge Center at Ministry of Finance, Saudi Arabia, to name a few. Mr. Talat Zaki Hafiz Bachelor degree in Accounting from King Saud University and has a Master degree in Professional Accounting from University of Hartford in USA .
Mr. Vidya Rattan Sharma is Managing Director-Designate for Jindal Steel & Power Ltd. Prior to joining JSPL, he was Group CEO of AbulKhair Group and managing its Steel, Power, Cement & Mining business and previously he was Dy. Managing Director & CEO of Jindal Steel & Power Limited. He has also worked as Executive Director of Ispat Industries Ltd, Joint MD & Whole time Director of Bhushan Group. He also worked in management position with other steel companies overseas including Socialist Steel Limited Libiya, Lloyd Steel Group and Arrasate Steel Spain. Extremely passionate for Steel, Mr. Sharma has given 36 years to the industry while leading multi-locational Steel/Power/Cement/Mining operation, innovative cost effective large steel projects management and was instrumental in bringing in transformation changes of various steel corporate. Mr. Sharma is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering and has completed his Master's in Business Administration from UK.
Yun Choi is the CEO of Korea Zinc Company, the world's leading non-ferrous metals processing company with worldwide operations. Prior to taking up the executive roles within Korea Zinc, he was also the CEO of Sun Metals Corporation, a zinc refinery in North Queensland, Australia. Yun has been responsible for providing visionary leadership for the company's energy and business improvements, including a major expansion at the refinery to implement new technology, a construction of a 125MW solar farm and a 270MW LNG power plant, and Australia's transport and stevedoring businesses. He also served as a leader in developing a steel scrap recycling business that is already in operation in Korea and the next plant in Vietnam will be commissioning soon. He has extensive business and commercial knowledge of metals refining and mining, with experiences in running and developing overseas resource projects in multiple countries and forming strategic partnerships in international commodities markets. Before he joined the company he practiced as an attorney at law in a renowned New York law firm, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, having completed a Juris Doctorate Degree in the Columbia University School of Law.
Paul is a director and co-founder of Kallanish, which he helped to create after working for Steel Business Briefing as General Manager for Asia. With the co-founders he felt there was a gap for simple, good quality journalism and market intelligence combined with a focus on listening to customer needs. Kallanish aims to put the customer at the forefront of everything we do. Previously Paul was a Commercial Director and negotiated strategic alliances for blue chip companies in the payments industry. He also hold an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. Paul is based in Kallanish's London HQ and previously lived in Paris and Shanghai. He speaks fluent French and conversational Mandarin.
Rayed Abdullah Al-Ajaji graduated from the University of Miami, Florida, USA. He has a B.S. & M.S. in Industrial Engineering & Engineering Management. He has diverse experience in various steel manufacturing processes, commercial steel trade, building materials & business process re-engineering of more than 17 years in the markets of Saudi Arabia, GCC & related Arab countries. Rayed started his career as an Industrial Analyst at SABIC (HADEED). He then joined UNICOIL as Sales & Marketing Manager. In 2005, he joined Rajhi Steel as Commercial Operations Vice President in charge of sales, procurement & re-engineering for the company. In 2007, he joined Al-Muhaidib Building Materials as General Manager of Saudi Arabian Market with more than 80 warehouses. Rayed re-joined UNICOIL in January 2013 as its President. UNICOIL is a BOD of the AISU. In December 2016 Mr Al-Ajaji was appointed CEO of UNICOIL, in October 2017 Rayed was elected as the Chairman of the Saudi National Committee for Steel Industry which embedded from the Council of Saudi Chambers based in Riyadh the Saudi capital.
Having graduated from university in England's steel city of Sheffield, Adam was destined to end up in a career related to the steel industry. He has worked at Kallanish since 2014 as an editor for The Middle East and Turkey, as well as CIS and Eastern Europe, contributing his experience gained from five years in Dubai of the vibrant and fast-growing Middle Eastern and Turkish markets. Adam regularly attends events in the Middle East and Europe, moderating and speaking at some of them. He was previously steel editor at Platts in Dubai and before that Central and Eastern European reporter for Steel Business Briefing in London. Adam prides himself on providing friendly, informative and accurate journalism. He is currently based in Frankfurt and speaks fluent Polish and intermediate German.
With more than 30 years of experience in Steel industries, He was the president of Hadeed & VP of Metal SBU SABIC then Middle East VP of ArcelorMittal and then CEO of SULB – Bahrain in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Last Job was the CEO of JESCO. Mr. Al-Jabr was the Chairman of Arab Iron & Steel Union. He was Board member of Alba & Garmco in Bahrain . Currently, he is advisor for several industrial companies and organizations and is Vice Chairman of National Committee for Steel Industry which embedded from the Council of Saudi Chambers.
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|Al Rashed Building Materials||Saudi Arabia|
|Al Yamamah Company for Reinforcing Steel Bars||Saudi Arabia|
|Al Yamamah Steel Industries||Saudi Arabia|
|Al-Jazera Factories for Steel Products Co. Ltd.||Saudi Arabia|
|Al-Shareef sons Company||Saudi Arabia|
|Arabian Refractories Factory Company - Harariyat||Saudi Arabia|
|Bait Al-Tatawor||Saudi Arabia|
|Bawan Metal Ind. Co||Saudi Arabia|
|Indian Steel Association||India|
|Industrial Cluster||Saudi Arabia|
|Industrial Clusters||Saudi Arabia|
|Korea Zinc||South Korea|
|Madar Building Materials Co.||Saudi Arabia|
|Masdar Building Materials||Saudi Arabia|
|National Committee for Steel Industry||Saudi Arabia|
|National Industrial Development and Logistics Program||Saudi Arabia|
|Rajhi Steel Industries Company Ltd.||Saudi Arabia|
|Salem Bin Yamani||Saudi Arabia|
|Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA)||Saudi Arabia|
|Saudi Contractors Authority ( SCA)||Saudi Arabia|
|Saudi Dolomite||Saudi Arabia|
|Saudi Geological Survey ( SGS)||Saudi Arabia|
|Saudi Lime Industries Co.||Saudi Arabia|
|Saudi Mechanical Industry Co.||Saudi Arabia|
|Solb Steel||Saudi Arabia|
|Steel Products Co. - STEPCO||Saudi Arabia|
|Sultan Mohamed al-Qahtani & Sons Transport Company||Saudi Arabia|
|The Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources||Saudi Arabia|
|United Iron & Steel Company||UAE|
|United Sulb Company||Saudi Arabia|
|Universal Metal Coating Company - UNICOIL||Saudi Arabia|
|Watania Steel Factory Corporation||Saudi Arabia|
|World Steel Association||Belgium|
|World Steel Dynamics||USA|
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