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2nd Saudi International Iron & Steel Conference 2022

Steel Sept. 12, 2022, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 3 days

 

Overview

The 2nd Saudi International Iron & Steel Conference 2022, will be held on the 12-14 September in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The event is proudly organised by KSA National Committee for Steel Industry and Kallanish is proud to be the event programme partner. The event is accepting registrations here.

 

Event Homepage

You can view the full event details here.

 

Topics and Themes

  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the timeline of Saudi Vision 2030.
  • Saudi Arabia’s economic project and diversification timeline in light of higher oil prices
  • The Ukraine war impact on global ferrous commodities trade and economic growth
  • Decarbonisation and the energy transition – how is the steel industry embracing this change?
  • Outlook for GCC iron and steel industry post COVID-19 and oil price rebound
  • The evolution of flat steel consumption and investments in the Middle East
  • MENA’s new role as steel exporter
  • Saudi rules of origin impact on Saudi steel sourcing and GCC suppliers
  • The future of the re-rolling model in MENA
  • China's steel demand outlook amid zero-Covid policy, reduced economic growth
  • The threat of export duties to India’s new global exporting powerhouse status
  • The impact on steelmaking and manufacturing in Europe amid the energy crisis
  • Freight costs and vessel shortages impact on steel trade
  • Soaring input costs/shortages and what can be done to overcome them
  • Impact of Ukraine war on MENA steelmakers’ supply chains/competitiveness
  • Technological innovations to help increase efficiency/reduce cost of steelmaking

 

Participants

Speakers Categories

  • Leaders of Saudi, GCC & International steel producers
  • Regional and International steel traders
  • Raw material producers & suppliers
  • Analysts and steel industry associations
  • Regional government bodies
  • Technology and scientific organizations

Audience Categories

  • Representative from the global iron and steel industries
  • Representatives from the conversional iron and steel industries
  • Traders of steel products
  • Official agencies and bodies
  • Businessmen and investors
  • Press and media agencies

 

Organisers & Partners

 

Organiser:
 National Committee For Steel Industry
Programme Partner:
 Kallanish Commodities 
Managing Partner:
 Unicoil

 

 

 

 


Strategic Partner:
 Rajhi Steel
Strategic Partner:
Saudi Aramco
Strategic Partner:
Sabic
Event Management:
Marcom Arabia

 

 

2nd Saudi International Iron & Steel Conference 2022 Sept. 12, 2022, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  • 07:30-09:30

    Registration

  • 09:00-11:00

    Workshop

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  • 11:00-13:00

    Workshop

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  • 13:00-15:00

    Workshop

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  • 16:00–16:05

    National Anthem and verse from the Holy Qur’an

  • 16:05–16:10

    Selective Introductory Film

  • 16:10–16:15

    Conference Chairman’s opening and honorary introduction

  • 16:15–16:25

    Patronage speech

    H.E. Mr. Bandar AlKhorayef, Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources

  • 16:25–16:35

    Honorary speech

    H.E. Eng. Khaled Al-Faleh, Minister of Investment

  • 16:35–16:45

    Welcome speech

    Mr. Ajlan Al-Ajlan, Chairman of the Federation of Saudi Chambers

  • 16:45–17:00

    Conference Chairman Opening Introduction

    Documentary Snap-shots and Recommendations from SIIS2019 Conference

  • 17:00–18:00

    Keynote Ministerial Panel

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest economy in the Arab world and the wider Middle East and North Africa region, and is the only Arab member of the G20. Since Saudi Arabia announced its ambitious Vision 2030 strategic framework to diversify non-oil sources of income, it has made many structural changes. These aim to achieve economic transformation by attracting investments and establishing giant vital projects that are likely to stimulate iron and steel consumption. Has the process of economic transformation in the Kingdom been affected in light of the previous decline in oil prices, which lasted for a period before values rebounded to good levels now? Indeed, to what extent has the growth in oil prices following the outbreak of war in Ukraine improved Saudi Arabia’s public spending and overall economic outlook? Has the Covid-19 pandemic, whose effects are gradually receding, delayed the economic transformation process? How have these factors affected the economy of Saudi Arabia, and what are the measures taken by authorities to ensure that growth continues as planned? How can different authorities best harmonise their efforts to stimulate local investment and attract foreign investment to support the national strategy for the development of national industry sectors, including iron and steel as a strategic national industry? What are authorities doing to support an increase in non-oil foreign trade, including Saudi steel exports, which have accelerated in recent years? What progress is being made on training up the next generation of Saudi engineers to ensure a sufficient native labour force for industrial expansion?

    Topics:
    • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the timeline of Saudi Vision 2030.
    • Saudi Arabia’s position on overcapacity which is subject to continuous discussions in the Global Forum on Steel Capacity
    • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s measures to increase economic investment associated with stimulating domestic and foreign investment
    • The Public Investment Fund (PIF) project/investment outlook, progress in Saudi economic diversification
    • Stimulating and supporting the industrial sector in light of Saudi Vision 2030 –What will the Kingdom look like at the beginning of the next decade?
    • Renewable energy investment as part of Saudi Vision 2030 – what are authorities doing to support the global trend of decarbonization?
    • How have Saudi steel exports evolved since they were liberalised in 2017, and what support are authorities giving the industry to trade abroad?
    • Saudi Arabia is opening up more to international business. What is the government doing to encourage foreign talent to live and work in Saudi?
    • The progress of training up the Kingdom’s next generation of engineers to operate the steel plants and manufacturing plants?
    • How will the war in Ukraine impact Saudi Arabia’s economy and what measures is government taking to ensure the situation benefits rather than hinders growth?
    Speakers:
    • H.E. Bandar Ibrahim AlKhorayef, Minister, Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources
    • H.E. Khaled Abdulaziz Al-Faleh, Minister, Ministry of Investment
    • Noor Shabib, Vice President for Strategic Planning & Business Development, SIDF (Moderator)
  • 18:00–18:05

    Conference Chairman’s Closing Remarks

  • 18:10–18:40

    Break for Maghreb Prayers

  • 18:45–20:00

    Exhibition Tour & Networking Reception

  • 20:00–21:30

    Gala Dinner

  • 07:30 – 09:30

    Welcome Coffee & Snacks

  • 09:30 – 09:35

    National Anthem and verse from the Holy Qur’an

  • 09:35 – 09:50

    Patronage speech

    H.E. Dr. Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf, Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf

  • 09:50 – 10:00

    Conference Chairman’s opening remarks

  • 10:05 – 10:55

    Session 1. Vice-Ministerial & Executives Panel

    Saudi Arabia is a land rich in natural resources that could be exploited to develop the country into an industrial powerhouse. Among other minerals, the Arabian Shield is known to possess rich deposits of chrome, manganese, tin and, most importantly, iron. Coupled with its substantial natural gas reserves, this makes the kingdom a prime potential location for steelmaking and downstream investment. However, the pace of mineral exploitation and availability of natural gas for industry have been major issues. What actions need to be taken in order to resolve these issues, and what more can the government do to adopt enablers that support the provision of raw materials locally and push for the development and structuring of the national iron and steel industry? Increasing non-oil exports is one of the targets of Saudi Vision 2030, and Saudi steel mills have expanded foreign trade significantly in recent years. What can authorities do to support this further? The Saudi rules of origin decree has meanwhile limited volumes of steel coming from abroad. What was the intention of this decree and what has been the impact since its introduction? How have supply chain disruptions in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and war in Ukraine impacted the Saudi steel industry, and what more can be done to alleviate these disruptions? Will the Ukraine war have any longer-term consequences for Saudi Arabia’s economy and steel industry, in particular, and how can these be exploited and/or resolved? What are Saudi Aramco’s plans to tackle lower future oil use in light of the decarbonization trend? What are the prospective investments in the iron and steel industry that will provide a base for economic diversification? The session will bring together Saudi government deputy ministers and executives from key strategic companies in the Kingdom to discuss the current landscape and future prospects for industry and economic diversification in Saudi Arabia.

    Topics:
    • Saudi progress on mineral exploitation – Wadi Sawawin iron ore deposit
    • How can Saudi Arabia exploit it resources more efficiently to support steelmaking? Saudi Aramco/SABIC cooperation progress since takeover – has this changed steel sourcing?
    • Saudi natural gas capacity investments to meet growing demand
    • The enablers available for structuring the national iron and steel industry and stimulating its growth and expansion
    • What challenges and opportunities have arisen for Saudi Arabia as a result of the war in Ukraine, and how can these be tackled?
    • How do SABIC and Maaden contribute to economic diversification?
    • Options to stimulate foreign investment in the Saudi iron and steel industry
    • Measures to alleviate supply chain disruptions caused by Covid-19
    • Saudi Arabia’s export push – what support is government providing?
    • Impact of rules of origin decree on Saudi steel industry and manufacturing
    Speakers:
    • Ahmed Ezz, Founder & Chairman, EZZSTEEL
    • Ahmad Al-Sa’adi, Senior Vice President, Technical Services, Saudi Aramco
    • H.E. Khalid Al-Mudaifer, Vice Minister for Mining Affairs, Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources
    • H.E. Osama Al-Zamil, Vice Minister, Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources
    • Talat Hafiz, Economic Columnist & Banking Expert (Moderator)
  • 11:00 – 11:30

    WorldSteel: a closer look at the MENA Region

    Speakers:
    • Dr. Edwin Basson, Director General, World Steel Association - Belgium
    • INTERVIEWER: Mohammed Al-Jabr, Vice Chairman, National Commitee for Steel Industry
  • 11:35 – 12:35

    Session 2. MENA Steel Market Landscape

    The Middle East and North African steel industry has suffered from reduced demand on account of previously lower oil prices and the Covid-19 impact. However, steel imports into the region have declined as local mills increase self-sufficiency and authorities impose tighter trade controls. Exports, meanwhile, have grown, as MENA mills gain a foothold in international markets. Since liberalising steel exports in 2017, largest regional economy Saudi Arabia’s steel trade deficit has narrowed considerably. What progress have its mills made in establishing themselves in global markets? The Saudi rule of origin decree has meanwhile seen steel imports into Saudi Arabia from other Gulf Cooperation Council countries drop to almost zero low levels since July, removing an important market for many suppliers. How have mills in other GCC countries reacted to this? What has been the response of the GCC’s steelmakers to the increasing push for steel certification within the bloc? How have mill margins been impacted by increasing input costs and inflationary pressure? Have suppliers struggled with supply chain disruptions? Re-rollers’ margins have meanwhile recently been under severe pressure, with rebar and billet prices pegged at similar levels. Does this spell the end for the re-rolling model? The outbreak of war in Ukraine and consequent sanctions against Russia have severely disrupted the supply of raw materials and steel from a major exporting region. How is this affecting MENA mills and steel buyers, and what measures have been/can be taken to mitigate the impact? Have trade flows been redirected? Now that oil prices have rebounded strongly, the 2022 demand outlook has improved for the region’s oil exporters, although this raises the question of whether it will discourage the process of economic diversification which many countries in the region have embarked on. A question mark also remains over investment into regional flat steelmaking capacity, which is considered to be in deficit. Emirates Steel’s hot rolled coil mill aims to reduce the deficit. Essar is also investing in new flat steel capacity in Saudi Arabia. How are these issues likely to develop going forward? This session will aim to answer these questions and forecast the MENA steel market landscape post Covid-19 and Ukraine war.

    Speakers:
    • Ahmed Kalifa, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Qatar Steel
    • Hilal Al Tuwairqi, Chairman, Al-ITTEFAQ STEEL
    • Meshary Al-Judaimi, Chairman of the Board, Foulath Holding | Bahrain Steel
    • Saeed Al Remeithi​, Group CEO, Emirates Steel Arkan
    • Salah Al Ansari​, President - HADEED​, SABIC
    • Yousef Al-Muhannadi, General Manager / Chief Executive Officer, Algerian Qatari Steel
    • Yuliya Filali Ansary, Editor, Metal Expert (Moderator)​
  • 12:35 – 14:30

    Prayer & Lunch

  • 14:30 – 15:30

    Session 3. Global Steel Market Game-Changers

    A series of global, game-changing events has hit the world steel market in recent years. The initial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic hit the global economy arguably harder than the 2008-09 financial crisis, compounding the existing pre-pandemic drag on growth stemming from the global manufacturing downturn and rising trade barriers. Steel demand, however, rebounded ferociously towards the end of 2020 and in the first half of 2021, with supply unable to keep up in many cases. Even after supply and demand rebalanced, supply chains remained disrupted as a longer-term consequence of the pandemic. The automotive industry, a major steel consuming sector, has underproduced millions of vehicles globally as a result of semiconductor shortages, despite robust demand for automobiles. Surging Chinese demand growth throughout 2020 and the first half of 2021 slowed considerably in the second half, with concerns arising over future Chinese economic growth and potential sizeable steel surplus in 2022. These have since been allayed by the Chinese government’s announcement of continued infrastructure spending in 2022. However, a renewed Covid outbreak in China amid its zero-Covid policy could spell economic disruption for an unknown period of time. Weakening demand in China has seen the country return in force to the export market, shipping both HRC and slab westwards. India, having taken second spot among the world’s largest producing nations, is eyeing its own large-scale government stimulus that is expected to boost steel consumption. It has also become a major player on the export market. Besides Covid, the outbreak of war in Ukraine and consequent sanctions against Russia have taken huge tonnages of raw materials and steel out of the global market, leading to fears of shortages in some regions, pushing up global ferrous prices and drastically changing long-established trade patterns almost overnight. This has also caused prices of oil and gas to skyrocket, exacerbating already growing inflation and demand for resources, and further lifting costs of steelmaking inputs such as energy, magnesium and electrodes. What are the long-term consequences for global ferrous trade? Are we entering a new era of protracted inflationary pressure? The earlier trade disrupter, Section 232, is taking on a different form after the US signed trade pacts with the EU, Japan and UK. There has been criticism that this move has created a “rich nations’ trade club” to the detriment of other countries. What long-term impact will this have on global trade? In the meantime, the pre-pandemic global steel industry issues of overcapacity, protectionism and environmental impact have not gone away, and have in fact been brought more into focus by the crisis. How has the global steel industry’s stance on these issues changed amid the pandemic? What will the sector look like once Covid-19 is brought under control? Which countries and end-use sectors will lead the recovery? How will the hydrogen revolution change the face of the global steel industry? Will the increased use of ferrous scrap to reduce carbon emissions result in long-term shortages of the steelmaking feedstock? The surge in fossil fuel prices is seen accelerating the energy transition to renewables, but will it hamper or hinder the move towards low-carbon steelmaking technology? What have steel players learnt from the pandemic experience? In this session, top steel industry executives will aim to answer all these questions and debate in detail what future the steel industry can expect post-Covid-19.

    Speakers:
    • Alok Sahay, Secretary General, Indian Steel Association
    • Edwin Basson, Director General, Worldsteel
    • Frank Bekaert, Senior Partner - McKinsey, Benelux Office
    • Veysel Yayan, Secretary General, TCUD
    • Zhijun Ni, President - BAOSTEEL Europe GmbH – Germany
    • Adam Smith, Editor in Chief, Kallanish
  • 15:30 – 15:45

    Coffee Break

  • 15:50 – 16:50

    Session 4. Supply Chain, Energy and Raw Materials

    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. The steel industry is nevertheless at the forefront of new technological developments designed to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, which could be utilised in Saudi Arabia. The kingdom’s stepping up of exports in recent years since restrictions were eased presents new opportunities, but does domestic logistical infrastructure facilitate or hinder export competitiveness? Will Saudi make increased natural gas available for the steel industry? Are there technologies available to tackle gas shortages? Is more support for exports, including export financing, required? What are the prospects for Saudi establishing a captive iron ore supply? How has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted regional supply chains and what measures can be taken to alleviate this? What has the impact of the global energy crunch been on MENA’s economies and its steel industry? The outbreak of war in Ukraine has further inflated global oil and gas prices, thereby exacerbating energy costs and restricting steel production in Europe. To what extent can hydrocarbon-rich Saudi Arabia exploit this opportunity for the benefit of its steel suppliers? Will disrupted supply of DR-grade pellet and HBI from Russia impact Saudi steelmaking costs? How is increasing investment in renewable energy and hydrogen as the future fuel of choice going to impact the steel industry? This session will aim to answer these questions, as well as looking at potential renewable energy investments and how they could benefit the steel industry.

    Speakers:
    • Abdulrahman Althukair, CEO​, Saudi Export Development Authority
    • Dilip George, Group CEO​, Foulath
    • Loay Mashabi, Deputy Minister of Logistics Services, Ministry of Transport and Logistic Services
    • Marcello Spinelli, Executive Vice President, Iron Ore, VALE
    • Onur Yigiter, Chief Executive Officer, AMSTEEL
    • Suliman Almazroua, Chief Executive Officer, National Industrial Development and Logistics Program
    • Abdulaziz Al-Mogbil, Energy Observer (Moderator)
  • 16:50 – 17:05

    Conference Chairman’s Closing Remarks

  • 19:00 – 20:00

    Gala Dinner

    Networking Reception

  • 20:00 – 21:00

    Gala Dinner

    Gourmet Dinner served

  • 07:30 – 09:30

    Welcome Coffee

  • 09:30 – 09:35

    National Anthem and verse from the Holy Qur’an

  • 09:35 – 09:50

    Patronage speech

    Eng. Nadhmi Al-Nasr, Chief Executive Officer of NEOM

  • 09:45 – 10:00

    Conference Chairman’s opening remarks

  • 10:05 – 11:00

    Session 5. Modern Economic Cities

    Amid the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has begun accelerating the steps of economic transformation to attract foreign investments, in order to support recovery processes in the post-pandemic era. It is launching numerous special economic zones that will lead the Kingdom’s economy to a better reality. This comes within the context of Saudi Arabia’s focus on achieving added value from the economic zones to obtain a large share of foreign investments coming to the Middle East. The economic cities constitute an exceptional investment opportunity for both national and international investors. Naturally, these economic cities, led by “NEOM”, will create massive investment opportunities in the field of specialised products such as iron, steel and various other metals. How will these economic cities affect investment stimulation, the growth of demand for regular iron and steel products, and the creation of new demand for specialised iron, steel and other metal products? What is the plan to deal with all these opportunities, and what will their impact be on economic diversification and industrial development in Saudi Arabia? The session will bring together government officials at the ministerial level and executives of economic cities and major strategic companies in the Kingdom to discuss the economic cities landscape and their role in stimulating demand and motivating and diversifying the economy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    Topics:
    • The announced economic cities and the estimated investments. Are there other new economic cities expected?
    • What has been accomplished on the ground, and what is expected to be done in the coming period?
    • Foreign investments in economic cities are a vital goal. How far have they gone and what is the plan to achieve the targeted levels?
    • The impact of economic cities on the diversification of the economy and the growth of demand for iron, steel and other metal products
    • The specialised steel and metal products that the industrial cities will require, what are they, and what is the plan to stimulate investment to produce them locally?
    • What progress has been made on Saudi Arabia’s automotive cluster?
    • What is the outlook for renewable energy capacity expansion in Saudi Arabia and what steel products will this require?
    Speakers:
    • David Grover, Chief Executive Officer, Public Investment Fund
    • Edward Sammut, Delivery Advisor, Qiddiya
    • Philippe Gas, Chief Executive Officer, Qiddiya
    • Vishal Wanchoo, CEO – OXAGON Industrial City, NEOM
    • Paul Mullins, Director, Kallanish (Moderator)
  • 10:05 – 11:00

    Session 6. Industry, Investment & Innovation

    Saudi Arabia and the wider GCC were once fertile territory for new steelmaking investment, which has seen the region become self-reliant in many long products and increase its presence on export markets. Although the pace of investment has slowed in the last decade, a multitude of recent new project announcements have brought the theme of investment back to the fore. Saudi Vision 2030 is set to drive demand growth in the kingdom over the next decade, and economic diversification will demand flat products whose regional production remains limited. India’s Essar Group plans to build a 3 million tonnes/year hot strip mill in Saudi Arabia, while Saudi Aramco is partnering with Baosteel to build the long-awaited first plate mill in the kingdom. India’s Vedanta is meanwhile planning on exploring zinc deposits in Saudi Arabia that could be processed and supplied, among others, to steel galvanizers. The long-ago touted iron ore pelletising plant in Saudi Arabia is however yet to materialise. These prospective projects are in line with the Saudi National Industrial Development Center (NIDC)’s Minerals and Metals Cluster strategy, and are designed to supply burgeoning new end-use sectors in the kingdom. What support is NIDC providing to attract foreign investment into steelmaking in Saudi Arabia, and what progress has been made so far on its strategy for the steel industry? What technological specifications will be required for the prospective plants and where will equipment be sourced from? In neighbouring United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, Emirates Steel is pushing ahead with its long-awaited Phase 3 hot strip mill expansion. The firm has already been operating a carbon capture and storage (CCS) plant since 2016, a technology which is now increasingly advertised as being significant in the first stage of global steelmaking decarbonisation. The firm has also signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi National Energy Company to develop a green hydrogen project to be used in steelmaking. What potential does the GCC have for decarbonising its steel industry and how can this be achieved? How can steelmakers work together with technology suppliers to ensure they utilise technology suitable to the regional conditions? Given the GCC’s economic diversification and growth, what are the prospects for further investment into steelmaking capacity? Will there be sufficient regional raw materials supply to support this? All these topics and more will be discussed during this session.

    Topics:
    • Prospects for foreign investment into GCC steelmaking
    • Technological partnerships/requirements for new capacity
    • Policy support for industry investment
    • Achievements of the Minerals and Metals Cluster strategy
    • New steel products required for Saudi economic diversification
    • Outlook for investment into regional raw materials supply
    • The GCC’s role in and approach to decarbonizing steelmaking
    Speakers:
    • Hassan Shashaa, Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer, Emirates Steel Arkan
    • Matar Al-Harthi, Vice President for Mining and Minerals, Industrial Center
    • Naushad Ansari, Country Head - Saudi Arabia, ESSAR
    • Adam Smith, Editor in Chief, Kallanish (Moderator)
  • 11:50 AM – 13:25

    Prayer & Lunch

  • 10:05 – 11:00

    Session 7. Steel Pipe Connects the Kingdom

    The oil and gas industry has traditionally been Saudi Arabia’s main economic driver and one of its most important steel consumers. Growing global oil demand saw Saudi invest substantially into increased production capacity, requiring vast tonnages of products such as plate, beams and pipe. The revenue earned from oil exports has allowed Saudi Arabia to make massive economic investments over recent decades, in turn generating demand for construction steel. Oil prices dropped in 2014, changing the landscape. Oil and gas spending and therefore drilling activity is down in recent years. Hydrocarbon prices have however rebounded in recent months, with gas especially seeing more demand than there is supply. Since the outbreak of war in Ukraine, these prices have been driven up higher, with oil returning to 2014 levels and boosting industry sentiment. The question is, will this translate into increased drilling investment, or will the longer-term trend of decarbonisation continue to gradually phase out oil demand? Natural gas is seen as a transition fuel and should therefore enjoy stronger investment prospects in the medium term. A significant number of welded pipe makers have been established in Saudi Arabia to serve the oil & gas sector, while the Middle East’s only two seamless pipe makers are both based in Saudi. Will they find continued demand from the oil & gas sector, or turn to other applications such as water or new streams such as hydrogen transportation? Analysts believe the outlook for Saudi gas demand is promising due to increased domestic consumption. What is the outlook for the oil & gas market going forward? Given the reduced oil & gas investment, does the sector still require as much steel as before? Do Saudi steel suppliers offer the products, grades and qualities required by the local oil & gas industry? Are they prepared for a potential future switch to hydrogen transportation? If not, what has to be done? This session will examine these issues and more.

    Topics:
    • Do Saudi suppliers offer the required grades and qualities needed by the oil & gas sector?
    • Prospects for Saudi natural gas market and consequences for steel suppliers
    • How long will high oil prices last?
    • Saudi oil drilling/capital expenditure outlook
    • Prospects for pipe demand from investment into natural gas as a transition fuel
    • How can the pipe making industry prepare for the transition to hydrogen use?
    • Saudi pipe capacity investment overview
    • Seamless pipe requirement in Saudi market
    • Pipe making technology options available for Saudi mills to improve supply to oil & gas sector
    Speakers:
    • Abdallah Al-Thaaly, General Manager of Industrial Investment Programs (Namaat), Saudi Aramco
    • Gabriel Monti, Chief Executive Officer, Arcelor Mittal Tubular Products Jubail
    • Mariano Armengol, Managing Director and CEO, Tenaris SaudiSteelPipes
    • Sang Bum (Daniel) Hong, Sr. Managing Director, CMO & Head of Global Operations, SeAH Besteel
    • Paul Mullins, Director, Kallanish
  • 14:30 – 15:30

    Session 8. SIIS2022 lessons learned and next steps

    Following a comprehensive look into the steel industry in Saudi Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa, and across the world over two days, with invaluable insight provided by the world’s top industry executives, the final session will bring together the moderators from each session to recap and discuss the most important issues raised during SIIS21/22. What is the future for the industry post-Covid-19? What challenges remain after the pandemic and how should the industry approach them? What will the long-term impact be from the Ukraine war on global trading patterns? What are the main challenges and opportunities for Saudi Arabia’s steel industry and what measures need to be taken to support local suppliers? This session will aim to bring the most pressing issues into focus and debate what priorities industry players must set. Participation from the audience will be encouraged to get a broader and interactive perspective of the main issues affecting the industry. Steel has been hit hard by various game-changing events and the future looks uncertain. Although we may not have all the answers, SIIS21/22 has gone a long way to shedding light on the key themes within the steel industry and provided a solid platform for discussion on what steps to take going forward.

    Speakers:
    • H.E. Bandar AlKhorayef, Minister, Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources
    • Abdulaziz Al-Mogbil, Energy Observer
    • Adam Smith, Editor in Chief, Kallanish
    • Mohammed Al-Jabr, Vice Chairman, National Committee for Steel Industry
    • Noor Shabib, Vice President for Strategic Planning & Business Development, SIDF
    • Paul Mullins, Director, Kallanish
    • Talat Hafiz, Economic Columnist & Banking Expert
    • Yuliya Filali Ansary, Editor, Metal Expert
    • Rayed Al-Ajaji, Chairman (Conference Chairman), National Committee for Steel Industry (Moderator)
  • 15:30 – 15:45

    Conference Chairman’s Closing Remarks

2nd Saudi International Iron & Steel Conference 2022 Sept. 12, 2022, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

H.E. Bandar AlKhorayef, Minster, Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources

Mr. Bandar bin Ibrahim AlKhorayef was appointed as a minster of the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources in August 2019 by a royal decree to found the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, and transferring competencies, tasks and responsibilities related to the industrial and mineral resources sectors. On 1/12/1441 AH, a royal decree No. 2064, was issued to assign the minister of industry and mineral resources to the presidency of the sectors councils under the Industry and Mineral Resources System (the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, Modon, the Saudi Industrial Development Fund, the Saudi Geological Survey, the Saudi Export Development Authority, National Program for the Development of Industrial Clusters (the National Center for Industrial Development) the former name. Also, he became the head of the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program, and the head of the Board of Directors of the Local Content and Government Procurement Authority.

H.E. Khalid Al-Faleh, Minister, Ministry of Investment

Abdallah Al-Thaaly, General Manager of Industrial Investment Programs (Namaat), Saudi Aramco

Abdallah Al-Thaaly is currently the General Manager of Saudi Aramco’s Industrial Investment Programs (shortly known as Namaat). In this role, Abdallah oversees over $30 billion portfolio of investments that will contribute to the Kingdom’s GDP growth, attract international direct investments, create jobs and ultimately lead to establishing National Champions. With over 27 years of experience, Abdallah’s other career highlights include: Abdallah leading the localization initiative (iktva Program), managing suppliers relationship and the strategic procurement, managing JV projects for PetroRabigh and Sadara, leading JV portfolio management, serving as the board chairman of the Silk Road JV with China, served as Chief Operating Officer for Aramco Development Company and as the CEO of Aramco Venture Capital Group. Abdallah has attended the senior executive education program at the London Business School, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals.

Abdulaziz Al-Mogbil, Energy Observer

  Abdulaziz is a prominent Public Saudi figure on Energy and Climate issues. An avid reader of the energy sector on a global scale. A public speaker for major energy issues for the chamber of commerce, municipalities and many other entities. A Geophysical Modeling specialist with a passion for the Energy industry business who holds a B.S Degree in Geophysics from the University of the Pacific and an M.S Degree in Geophysics from KFUPM and a Higher Education Diploma in Geophysics and the Oil Business from the Institute Française du Pétrole ( IFP- School ). For the past 15 years Abdulaziz has been an avid observer in the E&P activities in the MENA region. His daily activities involved reporting on the regional competitors activities in the Upstream Sector as well as reporting quarterly updates on updated Business activities globally and in the region. These duties required the monitoring of all oil and gas discoveries in the Middle East, North Africa and global frontier areas. Abdulaziz has been tasked with observing business trends and visions of the O&G upstream business. This required an overall understanding of the oil markets and associated value chains. Abdulaziz has published numerous articles and reports related to Energy and the Oil and Gas markets. 

Abdulrahman Althukair, CEO, Saudi Export Development Authority

Abdulrahman Al Thukair is the CEO of the Saudi Exports Development Authority. An expert in strategic advisory, innovation development, risk management, and corporate governance, Abdulrahman has been working in several government entities and national companies. Throughout his positions, he contributed to policy developments and led operational transformations in the field of international trade facilitation. Abdulrahman served in multiple high-level positions including as Vice Governor for Trade Facilitation and Customer Experience at the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) and as Director of Governance, Risk Management, and Business Continuity at Saudi Customs. Earlier, he was Strategy Advisor for the Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources and Manager of Exports Strategy Department and of Stakeholder Relations at Saudi Exports. In addition to chairing SAFE Working Group of the World Customs Organization, he was a member of the board of several commissions within the trade and industry ecosystem, including Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), Saudi Standards Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), and National Trading Across Borders Committee (Tayseer), among several others. He is currently a board member of the General Authority of Foreign Trade (GAFT), Saudi EXIM Bank, and the National Center for Palms and Dates. Abdulrahman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering (minor in Business) from Kansas State University, USA.

Adam Smith, Editor in Chief, Kallanish

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. 

Ahmad Al-Sa'adi, Senior Vice President, Technical Services , ARAMCO

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. 

Ahmed Ezz, Founder & Chairman, Ezzsteel

Mr. Ezz is the founder and chairman of Ezz Industries. He represents a 3rd generation of an Egyptian family investing in the construction industry followed by the trade in construction material. He founded Ezz Steel in 1994 and for nearly three decades has led the company to become the largest steel producer in the Arab World and the African continent, the first ever private-sector company to be elevated to such status. Ezz Steel is also the largest industrial group in Egypt, employing around 10 thousand workers, with a production capacity of 7 million tons of finished steel and generating an annual turnover of circa $4.3 billion. In 2020 and 2021, Ezz Steel was included in Worldsteel’s Top Steel Makers List. Mr. Ezz’s achievements in the steel industry have been recognized at multiple occasions. In 2008, Mr Ezz became the first Chairman of ‘The Arab Iron & Steel Union’ to come from the private sector. In 2010, he was awarded the Willy Korf/Ken Iverson Steel Vision Award for making the ‘greatest contribution to the development of a local steel industry, turning it into a global player’. In 2017, upon recommendations from fellow steel producers in the Arab World, Mr. Ezz was named ‘The Arab Iron & Steel Man of the Year’. In 2021, Mr. Ezz steered Ezz Steel to become Egypt’s largest industrial exporter on record, with exports reaching 1.4 million tons with a value $1.3 billion. Mr. Ezz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Cairo University.

Ajlan Al-Ajlan, Chairman, Federation of Saudi Chambers

Qualification: BBA Specialized training courses in Business Experience: Chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers. Chairman of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Member of the Council of Riyadh Region. Member of the Board of Directors of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. Member of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Export Development Authority Member of the Board of Directors of the Saudi-American Business Council. First deputy and member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of GCC Chambers. Chairman of the Projects Follow-up Committee in the Council of Riyadh Region. Chairman of Economy and Development Committee in the Council of Riyadh Region. Chairman of Dispute Resolution Commission, that arise between Chambers in the Council of Saudi Chambers. Chairman of the Development Initiatives Committee at the Council of Saudi Chambers Member of the Business Development Committee in the Chamber of Commerce & Industry at the Ministry of Trade and Investment. Member of the Supervisory Committee of National Center for Palms & Dates. Member of the Supervision and Follow-up Committee for the implementation of the National Employment Plan in the public and private sectors. 40 years wok in commercial, industrial and investment fields. Present Occupation: Chairman of more than 65 companies around the world, Saudi, US, European & Chinese.

Alok Sahay, Secretary General, Indian Steel Association

Alok is a steel industry veteran with nearly 38 years of varied experience in the steel industry. His experience includes training at British Steel and tenure as visiting fellow at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University. Alok has been at the forefront in ensuring trade remedial measures are put in place especially when the Indian steel industry went through a rough patch in 2015-2016. He has worked closely with the steel industry & the Government as one of the core industry representatives to advocate on trade related matters at national and international forums. Alok has all through championed the cause of the Steel industry. He also represented India at the first meeting of Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity (GFSEC) held in Paris. In his previous stint at the Steel Authority of India (SAIL) he was instrumental in bringing together R&D establishments of SAIL, the Defence Ministry and other Government units to ensure critical import substitution of products within defence manufacturing. These efforts led to successful launching of fully indigenous warships and warranted that India moves towards Aatmanirbharta in steel requirement for the defence sector.

Ahmed Kalifa, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Qatar Steel

Chief Manufacturing Officer of Qatar Steel Company (Q.P.S.C) responsible for all aspects of the company’s manufacturing operations. Currently in-charge of Direct Reduction & Lime Plant, Steel Making (EAF-LF-CC), Rolling Mill and Production Planning Departments. Vast experience managing the Electric Arc Furnace, production of DRI/HBI, Billets and long products particularly Rebars. Developing long and short-term strategy and initiatives for the company mainly focusing on cost reduction. Studying initiatives currently that focus on Carbon Neutrality and Green Steel. Eng. Ahmed currently is holding Board Directorships & Management positions with Qatar Steel Affiliate Companies, which are Vice-Chairman of the Board of SULB Company B.S.C., Board Director of Foulath Holdings B.S.C., Board Director of United Stainless-Steel Company B.S.C. (USCO)m and Chief Operating Officer of Qatar Metals Coating Company WLL (Q-Coat) Eng. Ahmed is holding a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  

David Grover, CEO, ROSHN Public Investment Fund

David Grover is Group Chief Executive Officer at ROSHN, a mixed-use community developer Giga Project powered by the Public Investments Fund. He is responsible for overseeing all the operations of ROSHN in Saudi Arabia. Prior to joining ROSHN, David served as Group Board Director at Mace Group in the United Kingdom. With a turnover of more than $2.5bn, the firm employed 6,500 people and operated through five global hubs, across 65 countries. David also held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Mace Developments. Joining the UK firm in 1992, David worked across most key aspects of the business, from consultancy to construction and development and played a key role in the successful growth of the company. David’s major achievements included setting up and driving the growth of the company’s development business, and delivering multiple infrastructure and mixed-use projects. David holds a Master of Science in Construction Law from Kings College London and a Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying from the University of Birmingham.

Dilip George, Group CEO, Foulath Holding BSC

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. 

Edward Sammut, Delivery Advisor, Qiddiya

GEORGIOU GROUP PTY LTD Executive General Manager [Managing Director] -Australia- 2Years CIMIC GROUP & CPB CONTRACTORS PTY LTD (formerly Leighton Contractors) Group Executive General Manager (Global responsibility for all CIMIC Group Entities) – 4Years   JOHN HOLLAND GROUP PTY LTD (Formerly a subsidiary of the CIMIC Group) New Business Manager – Australia- 3Years   CONFLUENCE PROJECT MANAGstrongENT (Formerly APP International) REGIONAL MANAGING DIRECTOR – Europe- Middle East -UK Board Director General Manager-Middle East General Manager – Middle East Project Director: Index Tower and Ritz Carlton Hotel DIFC -Dubai- 4Years     PRADELLA DEVELOPMENTS PTY LTD Project Director- Australia-1Year   GAMMON SKANSKA LTD Senior Project Manager- Hong Kong- 2 Years   WESTPOINT DEVELOPMENTS PTY LTD –5Years Director and National Construction Manager Construction Manager, Eastern Australia Construction Manager, Western Australia Project manager, Western Australia   DRAGAGES ET TRAVAUX PUBLICS PTY LTD Contracts Manager – Singapore – 3years FLETCHER CONSTRUCTION Project Manager- Australia- 8Monthes   DRAGAGES ET TRAVAUX PUBLICS PTY LTD Chief Quantity Surveyor- Singapore- 2Years   MULTIPLEX CONSTRUCTIONS Assistant Project manager- Singapore-10 Months THIESS CONTRACTORS PTY LTD Projects Administrator- Australia – 3Years

Edwin Basson, Director General, Worldsteel Association

Dr Basson received his PhD in economics from Pretoria University and taught economics at the same university from 1984 to 1990. After a few years in the banking industry, Dr Basson joined the steel industry in 1994 as Chief Economist at Iscor Ltd. in South Africa. In 1996 he became Business Unit Manager for coated steel products and flat steel products. He later headed Strategic Initiatives at the company. Dr Basson was transferred to Europe when Iscor became a part of Mittal Steel (now ArcelorMittal) in 2004 as a General Manager responsible for Marketing Strategy and was part of the Merger & Acquisition team in Mittal steel. From 2006 until he joined worldsteel, he was Vice-President, Commercial Co-ordination, Marketing and Trade Policy at ArcelorMittal. Dr Basson joined World Steel Association in August 2011 as Director General.

Gabriel Monti, Chief Executive Officer Arcelor Mittal Tubular Products Jubail

Is the Chief Executive Officer at Arcelor Mittal Tubular Products Jubail (AMTPJ). He obtained a degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de Buenos Aires early 1986 (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and by end 2001 Gabriel completed the Executive Program at University of California at Berkeley. In 1986, joined SIDERCA (now, TENARIS/SIDERCA, a subsidiary of TECHINT Group) under the Young Professionals Program. Gabriel’s professional journey within TECHINT Group consolidated two decades of an international career both in the SMLS Tube Group and Engineering & Construction arms. Following an extensive international career through Asia, CIS and Latin America, Gabriel assumed the position of General Manager for Tenaris Middle East in 1997, position which he held through 2002. Other selected Senior Executive positions within the SMLS Tube business followed, providing Gabriel additional exposure to international markets (Asia – West & East Europe), product-market segments and technologies. Gabriel set his base in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by the end of 2017 when taking over the CEO position at Jubail Energy Services (JESCO), position which he held through end of July 2021, moving into the CEO position at AMTPJ early Aug 21.

Frank Bekaert Senior Partner – McKinsey, Benelux Office, McKinsey & Company

Frank Bekaert is a Senior Partner in the McKinsey Benelux office. Since joining the Firm in 1997, Frank primarily serves clients in Steel and Metals industries on a global scale, with a focus on Strategy and Growth, Performance transformations and Organization. He combines industry knowledge with deep experience in our different strategic and transformational diagnostic, planning and implementation methodologies. Internally, he co-leads our research throughout the Mining and Metals value chain, covering a broad range of topics including recent challenges like raw materials and mining dynamics, decarbonization propositions, and the impact from the energy transition. Frank holds Masters in Metallurgy (University of Gent, Belgium) and Business Administration (Olin School of Business, Washington University, USA). He is fluent in Dutch, English, French and has working knowledge in German, Italian and Russian.

H.E. Khalid Al-Mudaifer, Vice Minister for Mining Affairs, Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources

Khalid Al-Mudaifer is the Vice Minister for Mining Affairs, Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources. Khalid was appointed in the position in June 3, 2018 to lead the execution of the newly approved mining & mining industries development strategy under Vision 2030 to maximize the value of the Kingdom mineral resources, increase the contribution of the sector to the Kingdom economy, creating growth engine beyond oil and gas, job creation, fiscal income, and remote area development. Mr. Al Mudaifer has 34 years of experience, including 25 years in executive leadership roles. Khalid was the CEO of Saudi Arabian Mining company (Ma’aden) from January 2011 where he led the company as it grew into a world class integrated national mining champion serving global market where revenue grow by 20 times to nearly 4 billion US Dollar and assets grow by 3 times to 26 billion US Dollar. Prior to being the CEO, Khalid was Vice President for Phosphate and Business Development where he led the development of the Ma’aden Phosphate Company and the master planning and development of Ras Al Khair Industrial City. Prior to joining Ma’aden, Mr. Al Mudaifer was the President of Qassim Cement Company and Vice President and Director of Finance at the Eastern Petrochemical Company (Sharq/SABIC JV). Khalid has held a number of board memberships with Qassim Cement, Saudi Arabian Railways, Gulf International Bank, U.S.-Saudi Arabia Business Council (USSABC), International Fertilizer Association (IFA) and a number of social and government committees, boards and councils, and is currently on the Board of Ma’aden, and the Chairman of Saudi Public Transport Company (SAPTCO). He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Global Business from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, an MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

Loay Mashabi Deputy Minister of Logistics Services, Ministry of Transport and Logistic Services

As Deputy Minister of Logistics Services, Loay O. Mashabi leads multiple initiatives that are pivotal in positioning Saudi Arabia to be a global logistics hub as part of National transport Logistic Strategy. With over 15 years of experience in the logistics sector, occupying key leadership positions in both private and government entities, Loay brings the necessary skillset and acumen to lead such initiatives. Loay earned his MBA from London Business School in 2016. Today, he sits on the boards of Saudia Cargo and Saudi Exports.

Marcello Spinelli Executive Vice President, Iron Ore, VALE

Marcello Spinelli is Vale’s Executive Vice President, Ferrous Minerals. He has built solid experience in integrated logistics operations throughout the nearly 10 years he has been at the forefront of the Value of Integrated Logistics (VLI) of intermodal transport in Brazil. At VLI, he conducted a cycle of robust investments in operating efficiency and company growth. He had held senior leadership positions in Vale from 2002 to 2010 in the general cargo commercial area and in the Tubarão Complex operations. He was the CEO of the Vila Velha Terminal and accumulated the position of Vale’s Logistics Director with the president of the Centro-Atlântica Railroad. He led the creation of VLI in 2008. Previously, he worked at Submarino and Ambev. Marcello has a production engineering degree from USP and has different extension courses in business, operations, management and infrastructure.

Paul Mullins, Director, Kallanish

Steel

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 it does. Previously, Paul was a Commercial Director and negotiated strategic alliances for blue chip companies in the payments industry. He also holds 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.

Mariano Armengol, Managing Director and CEO, Tenaris Saudi Steel Pipes

Meshary Al-Judaimi, Chairman of the Board Foulath Holding (B.S.C.) | Bahrain Steel (B.S.C)

Mr. Meshary Al-Judaimi was appointed in April 2020 as the new Chairman of the Board of the Bahrain-based Foulath Holding (B.S.C) and Bahrain Steel (B.S.C). Mr. Al-Judaimi represents Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC), the largest shareholder of Foulath. Mr. Al-Judaimi is the Group Head of Principal Investment at GIC. He is the senior executive responsible for a portfolio of over thirty equity investments. These investments cover a range of sectors including steelmaking, chemicals, power generation, water desalination, logistics, telecoms, financial services, and others sectors. Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) is a financial institution wholly and equally owned by the six countries that make up the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC.) GIC is one of the largest GCC principal investors that supports the development of private enterprise and economic growth in the region. It acts on a purely commercial basis, despite its status as a multilateral. Mr. Al-Judaimi acted as a board and board committees member of various companies including Ras Laffan Power Company (Qatar), Gulf Reinsurance Company (UAE), Securities and Investment Company (Bahrain), Shuqaiq Power and Water Company (Saudi Arabia) and ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Company (Kuwait). Mr. Meshary holds an MBA from Emory University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kuwait University. He is a CFA charter holder. Mr. Al-Judaimi attended Executive Education Programs at Harvard University, LBS, and INSEAD.    

Mohammed Al-Jabr, Vice Chairman, National Committee for Steel Industry

With more than 30 years of experience in the Steel industry. He was the president of Hadeed & VP of Metal SBU SABIC, then Middle East VP of ArcelorMittal, and then CEO of SULB in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. His last job was as the CEO of JESCO. Mr. Al-Jabr was the Chairman of Arab Iron & Steel Union. He was a Board member of Alba & Garmco in Bahrain. Currently, he is an advisor for several industrial companies and organizations and is Vice Chairman of the National Committee for Steel Industry (NCSI) which is embedded in the Federation of Saudi Chambers, also is an NCSI representative for World Steel Association. Mr. AlJabr is professional & strong in business excellence and strategy, he studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder to enhance his English language, he graduated as an economist from Riyadh university KSA and had executives short courses with Ashridge Management College in England and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Nadhmi Al-Nasr, Chief Executive Officer, NEOM

Nadhmi Al-Nasr has enjoyed a long and rewarding career leading several of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s most reputable companies and projects. Since July 2018, Al-Nasr has been at the helm of NEOM – a cornerstone of Saudi’s Vision 2030 strategy. As the Chief Executive Officer of NEOM, Al-Nasr is responsible for leading and delivering the company’s bold and ambitious program of work. Under Al-Nasr’s leadership, NEOM is set to become an economic engine for the nation and a global hub for innovation and new enterprise to shape the new future. With an Engineering degree from King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals, Al-Nasr began his career at Saudi Aramco in 1978. Over many years, he held positions of increasing responsibility within the company and was lead manager on many of Aramco’s signature engineering projects. Some of the most notable projects Al-Nasr oversaw at Aramco were the crude expansion project in the Ghawar oil field and the Shaybah Development Program. He also served as Manager of Facilities and Planning, Manager of Long-Range Planning and Managing Director of Saudi Petroleum Overseas Ltd. (SPOL). In 2006, Al-Nasr became Vice President of the KAUST Development Program and just two years later he was appointed as KAUST’s Executive Vice President of Administration and Finance. Al-Nasr also holds significant board positions. In 2009, he was appointed by Royal Decree to serve on the Advisory Board of the Supreme Economic Council. In 2017, he was appointed Interim President of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC).

H.E. Nayef Al-Hajraf, Secretary General of the Cooperation Council

Positions and experiences: Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) since February 1, 2020. Minister of Finance, Kuwait (December 2017 – November 2019). Chairman of the Board of Commissioners and Managing Director of the Kuwait Capital Markets Authority (CMA) (September 2014 – December 2017). Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education (February 2012 – January 2014). Acting Minister of Finance (May- December 2012). Chairman of the General Investment Authority. Chairman of the General Organization for Social Insurance. Member of the Supreme Council for Planning. Member of the Civil Service Council. Member of the Supreme Petroleum Council. Member of the Board of Directors of Bahrain and Kuwait Bank (January 2014). Member of the First Board of Commissioners of the Capital Markets Authority (September 2010-2012). Board Member of the Youth and Sport Authority (2010). Board Member of the Arabian Investment Company (2010). Board Member of Bahrain Real Estate Development Company (2006). Vice President of the Gulf University for Science and Technology for Academic Services (2008-2010). Assistant Professor, Accounting Department, Gulf University for Science and Technology (2003-2010). Education: PhD. in Accounting and Finance, University of Hull, U.K. (2002). Master degree in Accounting, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, U.S.A (1997). Bachelor degree in Accounting, University of Kuwait (1994).  

Naushad Ansari, Country Head – Saudi Arabia, ESSAR

Capable professional with a demonstrated successful history of working in the mining & metals industry.   Prior to joining Essar, he spent 45 years in Steel Industry including 11 years in Jindal Steel & Power and 34 years in Tata steel.   Mr. Ansari has held top management positions including Joint Managing Director of Jindal Steel & Power, CEO of Jindal Shadeed, Oman & general manager of Kalinganagar Project in Tata Steel.   By virtue of holding top positions in large & reputed Steel businesses, & succeeding therein, he has developed a keen understanding of all aspects of the business.   He is a strong business excellence professional with a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Aligarh Muslim University & short term courses in Wharton & other institutes.

Noor Shabib, Vice President for Strategic Planning & Business Development, SIDF

Eng. Noor Shabib, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Business Development, is responsible for strategic alignment with all national entities on Vision 2030 objectives. She supervises the demands of the private sector for SIDF’s services and develops partnerships with domestic and global entities. Shabib started her career in 2003 as a Field Engineer in “Schlumberger Oilfield Services” until 2007, then became a Consultant in “DeBeers Family of Companies” during the summer of 2008. Shabib then joined “Rawabi Trading and Contracting Co.” as Deputy Director of Services from 2009 until 2010. She worked for Aramco from 2011 to 2017 as a Specialist in transformation, corporate strategy, and business development. Finally, Eng. Noor returned to work in the government sector through the Center for Strategic Development in Ministry of Economy and Planning from June 2017 until March 2018. Eng. Shabib plays an essential role in SIDF, as she contributes to setting the strategic direction of the SIDF (vision, mission, and objectives) in alignment with Vision 2030 objectives and the National Development Fund mandate. She also develops and enhances the SIDF financial and non-financial programs and products to serve investors. In addition, Shabib creates and manages partnerships to maximize industry impact and expertise. Shabib contributes to identifying and quantifying the performance of SIDF and reporting it to the board of directors. Eng. Noor obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the American University of Sharjah in 2002. , she Additionally, she obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Said Business School of Oxford University in 2008 and a Master’s degree in Advanced Studies in Oil and Gas Leadership from the Higher Institute of International Studies and Development in 2014. Eng. Shabib was granted the Eisenhower Fellowship in November 2015.

Onur Yigiter, Chief Executive Officer, AMSteel

Mr. Onur Yigiter is the Chief Executive Officer in AMSteel, He is high caliber person with more than 15 years of leadership and work experience in the Steel and port industry. He contributes to drawing a logistical vision and a strategic approach for customers to support the growth of King Abdullah Port and achieve the goals of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia vision 2030 Mr. Onur has MBA from Sacred Heart University.

H.E. Osama Al-Zamil, Vice Minister, Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources

Engineer Osama Al-Zamil, Vice Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones (Modon), as well as a member of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, the Export Development Authority, the National Center for Industrial Development, the Local Content and Government Procurement Authority, the General Authority for Foreign Trade, The Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization and State Properties General Authority and Board Member of the National Competitiveness Center. He is a member of several national committees, including the Industrial Development and Logistics Program Committee and the Housing Program Committee. Al-Zamil began his career as a researcher in the Marketing Department and Analyst for Business Development at SABIC in 1998, then joined the Zamil Group as a Regional Director for the Central Region in 2000, then as General Manager of the Business Development Department in 2002, then Vice President of Business Development in 2013, and then Vice President of Zamil Group, Riyadh office in 2016, then head of Zamil Group Holding Company, Riyadh office, in November 2018. Previously, he held the position as a Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Industries Development Company, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of National Energy Company and Saudi German Company for Nonwoven Products. He is a board member of Sahara Petrochemical Company, Al Waha Petrochemical Company, Bischof + Klein Middle East Company. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Riyadh Chamber and Board of Trustees of Riyadh Economic Forum, as well as a member of Family Business Committee, International Relations Committee, Advisory Committee of the Industrial Engineering Department at King Saud University, Administrative Committee of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center in King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. Al-Zamil Chaired National Industrial Committee at the Federation of Saudi Chambers, as well as Industry, Energy and Mineral Resources Committee, and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Center. He has also attended several conferences, including as a keynote speaker on topics such as family businesses, entrepreneurship, industrial investments, and petrochemicals. Engineer Osama holds an MBA from the University of Houston in 1998, and a Bachelor of Systems Engineering with a specialization in Industrial Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1995.

Philippe Gas, Chief Executive Officer, Qiddiya

CEO Qiddiya – Saudi Arabia – since Nov 2020 – present President Walt Disney – Japan – 1 year & 9 months President & GM Shanghai Disney Resort 4 years & 5 months President & CEO Eurodisney SAS – France 6 years & 5 months Executive Vice-President – California – 1 year & 6 months Senior Vice President – France – 3 years Regional Vice President, Human Resources Asia Pacific – 4 years Director, International Human Resources – 1 year Director, Corporate Compensation – California 2 years Manager, Project Manager, Finance Controller, Internal Auditor – 8 years

Rayed Abdullah Al-Ajaji, Chairman, Saudi National Committee for Steel Industry

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. 

Salah Al Ansari, President, Saudi Iron & Steel Company (HADEED) - Sabic

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..

Sang Bum (Daniel) Hong, Sr. Managing Director, CMO & Head of Global Operations, SeAH

aniel Hong is Senior Managing Director of two key companies of SeAH Group, SeAH Besteel and SeAH CSS in Korea. SeAH Group is one of the top tier specialty steel companies in the world, focused on producing carbon alloy and stainless steel bars and pipes, since 1960. Daniel is in charge of marketing, sales and global operations of SeAH Besteel and SeAH CSS, leading 3 billion dollars in sales. He headed the recent JV project with Dussur, establishing “SeAH Global MENA Special Steel”, which will be the first stainless seamless pipe and tube manufacturer in the Kingdom. He has wide experience in strategy, marketing and corporate development from various industries, such as specialty steel, electrical machinery, consumer finance, strategic consulting, fashion & cosmetics and international trading, and from such companies as Bain & Company, Softbank nPlatform and Samsung Corporation. He holds an MBA degree from University of Michigan and a bachelor of mechanical engineering from Yonsei University, Korea.

Suliman Almazroua, Chief Executive Officer, National Industrial Development and Logistics Program

Eng. Suliman Almazroua, CEO of the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP). He leads to change and strives for innovation at this important stage of the program to contribute to achieving the strategic objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, Eng. Suleiman is also a member of the Board of Directors of Wadi Taiba Company, and the Board of Directors of the Fourth Industrial Revolution Center of the World Economic Forum “WEF”. In recent roles prior to his assignment as Head of the Program Office, he acted as Executive Director in the National Transformation Program, the NTP program was mandated to achieve the 37 strategic objectives of Vision 2030. Almazroua also acted as the Director General of the Delivery and Rapid Intervention Center where he managed a team of over 90 professionals to support the delivery of Vision 2030 goals. Eng. Almazroua received his Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 2001 and his master’s degree in business administration from Hull University (UK) in 2006. He also participated in many global leadership programs, including Program Management from Rice University, Executive Program of Harvard University and Advanced Management Program from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD). Since then, he has gained a wealth of experience in technical, managerial, and leadership roles in the industrial sector; he began his career in Saudi Aramco in the technical field and then he moved to the managerial field, both experiences contributed to shaping his technical, managerial and leadership skills. In 2011, Almazroua was appointed as Manager of the International Operations for Saudi Aramco in Houston, USA where he contributed to establishing North America Satellite Research and Development Centers, improved Cybersecurity Posture in all Saudi Aramco international offices, and technical management of the healthcare sector in Saudi Aramco. Almazroua acquired the technical skills and industry knowledge that enabled him to build a unique problem-solving ability. Equipped with his skills and work ethics, Almazroua aspires to play a pivotal role in KSA’s most prominent Vision Realization Program, NIDLP, which is focused on transforming Saudi Arabia into a pioneering industrial powerhouse and a global logistics hub by integrating growth in four key sectors: Mining, Industry, Logistics, and Energy (with focus on Industry 4.0) in line with Vision 2030.

Talat Hafiz, Secretary General, Media & Banking Awareness Committee - Saudi Banks

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 . 

Vishal Wanchoo, CEO – OXAGON Industrial City, NEOM

As both Chief Executive Officer of OXAGON and NEOM’s Head of Manufacturing, Vishal Wanchoo and his team are set to build the region’s leading zone for advanced and clean industries, research and innovation and next-generation port, supply chain and logistics platforms. In his role as OXAGON’s CEO, Wanchoo is focused on redefining the existing industrial model, incorporating NEOM’s philosophy of creating an ecosystem to live, work and play. He will help realize OXAGON’s vision of creating the world’s most sustainable automated port and a fully integrated physical and digital supply chain, orchestrated by a single digital platform. OXAGON will also be home to a dedicated Research and Innovation District with world-class facilities that will drive sustainable innovation. Under Wanchoo’s leadership, NEOM’s manufacturing sector will bring together state-of-the-art approaches for Industry 4.0 and the circular economy through the development and implementation of advanced and clean manufacturing systems. This will be executed in collaboration with the manufacturing tenants as well as OXAGON’s Research and Innovation District. Over the course of his nearly 40-year career, Wanchoo has developed extensive expertise in business management and growth in a variety of sectors, including energy, health care and aviation. Prior to joining NEOM, he spent over two decades at General Electric (GE), holding the position of President and CEO of GE South Asia for nearly three years. In this role, he was responsible for business in five South Asian countries, overseeing 17,000 employees and 20 manufacturing plants and research and development centers. Wanchoo also served as President and CEO of GE Healthcare IT in the United States, where he was responsible for expanding the company’s global presence. He successfully tripled business volumes, growing the business from USD 500 million to USD 1.4 billion. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of two listed publicly listed companies in India in the power generation and power transmission and distribution business from 2018 to 2020. Wanchoo holds a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, as well as a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.   

Yuliya Filali Ansary, Editor, Metal Expert

Yuliya Filali Ansary has many years of experience in journalism, public relations and metallurgy. She joined Metal Expert team in 2013 as an editor of the corporate and industrial news section. Since 2014, Mrs. Filali Ansary is a responsible for coverage of MENA, Turkish and CIS markets in World Steel News. Moreover, her responsibility includes the development of market gaps and production of special reports. Before joining Metal Expert, Yuliya worked for more than 7 years as a head of communications in Interpipe company, one of the leading seamless and welded steel pipe manufacturers. Mrs. Filali Ansary graduated from Dnipropetrovsk National University with a Master of Education and Geography. Later she completed the marketing MBA programme at Alfred Nobel University.

Yousef Al-Muhannadi, General Manager / Chief Executive Officer, Algerian Qatari Steel

Mr. Al-Muhannadi is the General Manager & Board Member of Algerian Qatari Steel “AQS” and the (Chief Operating Officer at Qatar Steel – Algerian Qatari Steel Secondee) since year 2016. He started his professional career in year 2002 as Drilling Services Engineer at SCHLUMBERGER, then joined Qatar Steel in year 2003 as Operation & Maintenance Engineer at Ras Laffan Power Plant. Consequently, he becomes the Maintenance Assistant Manager and the Rolling Mill Manager at Qatar Steel tell year 2016. Mr. Al-Muhannadi possess deep technical knowledge and strong leadership traits backed up of 20 years of experience. He is holding a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Qatar University (2002) and a Master’s degree in Energy & Natural Resources from Hamad Bin Khalifa University (2017).

Zhijun Ni, President – BAOSTEEL Europe GmbH – Germany

Mr. Zhijun Ni, is currently Chief Representative of China Baowu Steel Group in Region of Europe, Middle East, Africa & CIS , President of Baosteel Europe GmbH in Germany. Mr. Ni, an MBA degree holder, joined Basoteel in 1993. He worked in multiple positions since then and was very experienced in global steel business.  He used to be Chief Representative of China Baowu Steel Group in Region of North & South America, CEO & President of Baosteel America Inc. in USA.