SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS

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Jorge Vazquez started in 1995 as an aluminum industry analyst. In 2007, founded HARBOR Aluminum and became Managing Director of Market Intelligence and Industry Consulting. Jorge is advisor to the world’s largest aluminum upstream and downstream companies on topics related to aluminum market intelligence, trade, prices, procurement/marketing strategy, and industry competitiveness. He has become the world’s most sought-after aluminum expert for legal disputes, arbitration cases, and government hearings. Mr. Vazquez has been advisor to the US Senate (Carl Levin and John McCain), US Department of Justice, US Department of Commerce, US Department of Defense, US International Trade Commission and the Canadian Trade Tribunal on matters related to the aluminum industry. Jorge is the only aluminum market expert that has ever been invited to testify on matters related to the aluminum market before the US Senate.

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George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster, international affairs strategist and New-York Times best-selling author. He is also Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, a new online publication dedicated to forecasting the course of global events.

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Alan has been a macroeconomic and policy resource for central banks, policy makers and business leaders around the world.

He is author of three books on Capital Markets Derivatives and the Law, and a Senior Lecturer of Laws at New York University.

Alan is managing commodity risk using futures at UBS and was recently named to the FT 400 Financial Advisor list.

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Chairman of EN+ Group. Former UK Minister for Energy and Climate Change. Member of the House of Lords.

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Bill Dempsey is the Chief Procurement Officer for Ball Corporation. Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, personal care, and household product customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government.

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Matthew Chamberlain is the CEO of the London Metal Exchange and a member of the Management Committee of HKEX Group. He joined the LME in 2012, having advised HKEX on the acquisition of the LME while at UBS. He started his career at Citibank, and holds an MA from Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Adel Abubakar has been based in the US for over 7 years running and growing the Americas business for EGA. He joined DUBAL, now EGA in 2006 initially working on new smelter projects and was directly involved in key negotiations that lead to the creation of a new smelter in Abu Dhabi – Emirates Aluminium, which is today part of the EGA family. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from an American University and spent over a decade in the banking industry prior to joining EGA.

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Brian’s career has focused on global metals at the producer and distributor levels. He has held leadership and marketing roles at Vedanta, Aleris, Alcan and Ryerson which gives him valuable insight into the complex worldwide marketplace of aluminum.

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Lloyd A. “Buddy” Stemple, began his career in the aluminium industry in 1979 with Kaiser Aluminium and moved to Alcan Aluminium/Novelis in 1983 where he held various positions. Buddy joined the Oman Aluminium Rolling Company in 2010 as Chief Executive Officer and has overseen the establishment of the facility, organization and marketing plans. In March 2014, Buddy was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Constellium Ravenswood LCC in Ravenswood WV.

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Mr. Gamba is currently Director, Global Metal Procurement at Arconic, the largest consumer of primary aluminum, which gives him direct aluminum spend responsibility in excess of $2.0 billion. He has held roles in the past including that of CEO of Ohio Valley Aluminum, President & Co-Founder of Skana Aluminum & Global Director of Aluminum Procurement at Novelis.

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Marcus Becker started his career in the aluminium industry more than 20 years ago. He held several positions of increasing responsibility and leadership exposure over the years, particularly in Europe and the Middle East, Africa and India region. Born and lived in Germany, Marcus spent some years in the Middle East and is now based in Switzerland.

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Tim has 30+ years of experience in the industry working for Elkem, Sapa, and Hydro. He manages a purchasing team supporting 700,000 mt of aluminum billet production in 9 cast houses and external billet sourcing for the company’s 18 extrusion plants in North America.

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Peter is on an ongoing mission to help entrepreneurs build and grow profitable business. He has over 40 years of extensive international experience in restructuring and organizing, refinancing, steering companies into a new strategic direction, and advising companies how to achieve sustainable profitability. The combination of technical & management experience has taken him around the world to support entrepreneurship and early-stage venture development in sectors ranging from value-added food production to advanced manufacturing and high technology.

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Mike T. Keown was previously Executive VP and President of Aleris NA beginning in 2015 up until the acquisition of Aleris by Novelis on April, 14, 2020. He is currently responsible for running and divesting the Aleris Lewisport business. Prior to 2015, Mr. Keown spent three years working for Aleris in Europe, where he served as VP and General Manager for the company’s extrusions business and earlier as VP of Supply Chain, Europe. Mr. Keown has been with the company since 1998.

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Donald L. Foster is a globally recognized metals executive with more than 40 years’ experience in manufacturing and financed supply chain management. An expert in building shareholder value, he previously served as an officer of both United States Steel Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, and the L.B. Foster Company, a NASDAQ listed firm. Foster is a board-certified Governance Fellow and a member of the Private Directors Association. 

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Tim Weiner is responsible for overseeing the development of all global risk management hedging strategies for the global commodity portfolio at Molson Coors Brewing Company. He is a member of the London Metals Exchange Physical Markets Committee and a founding member of the Aluminum Users Group. He comes to Molson Coors with over 25 years of risk management, asset management and trading experience.

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Hudson Moore joined Anheuser-Busch InBev in 2012 from the financial services industry and has since held various roles in sourcing and sales strategy, located in the U.S. and Belgium. Hudson is currently located in St. Louis and is responsible for global cansheet procurement and sustainability.

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Young-Jin (Jin) Chang is responsible for leading the strategic development, management and profitability of the company’s global metals business across all metals complex. She has served in roles of increasing responsibility within the metals business line since joining CME Group in 2011. Chang also serves on CME Group’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, which is responsible for driving the company’s D&I strategy.

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Patrick has gained in-depth knowledge and expertise in manufacturing, specifically in aluminum extrusion, casting and ductile iron automotive castings over a 30-year career. Patrick earned his Doctorate in Engineering from Cleveland State University, and is a senior member of the American Society of Quality and carries certifications as a CQE, CQA, CQM/OE and Six Sigma Black Belt.

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Mr. Rosenblum has been in the aluminum scrap industry for over 40 years. For the last 15 years, David has been Vice President of Non Ferrous Sales for OmniSource, one of the largest scrap processors in North America, where he oversees the sales and marketing of aluminum scrap on a global basis.

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Mr. Grobien has been in the service center / service center related industry for over 25 years, the last 12 years with NMM, serving mainly automotive / non-automotive OEM’s and Tier 1 companies, covering the industrial/automotive production backbone in Mexico. With a total of seven partner locations in Mexico, NMM has become one of the largest service centers in the country. 

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Mary Jane joined the Beer Institute after serving as general counsel for Subway Franchisee Advertising Trust Fund, the marketing and advertising arm of Subway restaurants. Prior to that, she was a partner at two national law firms, Venable LLP and Arter & Hadden. She graduated with a B.A. from Virginia Tech and earned a J.D. from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.

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Ram Ramanan is considered one of the foremost experts in the aluminum billet and extrusion industry world-wide. Ram’s career spans more than 40 years at Alcan and the last 4 years as a consultant to two of the world’s leading international aluminum primary producers.

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Frank van de Winkel’s career, started with the company CommoDaS GmbH in Wedel, Germany, in 2005. Within CommoDaS, he served as an engineer in application development, and he was responsible for the implementation of new sensor developments into sorting applications. With the acquisition of CommoDaS by TOMRA, Mr. van de Winkel took sales responsibility for both the North American metals and Australian markets. In 2015, Mr. van de Winkel became Business Development Manager for the Metals sorting business within TOMRA Sorting. Here, he is responsible for the development of new markets, new segments and new applications within the metals sorting business.

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Jesus Villegas started in 2001 as macroeconomic analyst for HARBOR Intelligence. In 2006, became an aluminum analyst for HARBOR Aluminum. In 2007, became co-editor of HARBOR‘s publications: Aluminum Market and Price & Premiums Outlook. In 2010, became Vice President of Aluminum Industry Analysis (scrap and primary aluminum markets).

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Tom Leary has over 25 years of manufacturing and commercial experience in the aluminum industry. He began his career as a metallurgist supporting smelting operations, cast house products, and process development on high purity and super high purity aluminum alloys. Later, Tom went into commercial roles in sales and marketing of value-add products, including sheet, plate, extrusions, castings, and aluminum powders. Tom joined HARBOR in March 2017 as HARBOR’s VP of Market Intelligence & Consulting and leads HARBOR’s flat rolled products practice.

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Juan Betancourt started his career in 2006 as a financial planning analyst for Alcoa. In 2008, became commercial liaison for Latin America for Alcoa’s Flat Rolled Products Group. In 2011, became marketing analyst for Alcoa’s Material Management Group. In 2014, joined HARBOR as Senior Aluminum Trade Analyst (slab, billet, PFA, WR and P1020).

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Started in 1969 as an aluminum scrap buyer and trader for US Reduction. In 1975, joined Salomon Brothers/Philipp Brothers as a Senior Vice President of Trading in all nonferrous metals. In 1993, joined a NY/Russian based trading company, as Senior Vice President of Aluminum Trading. In 1996, became Vice President of Alcoa Materials Management (metal purchasing and trading). In 2013, joined HARBOR as Senior Consultant.

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