With an excellent line up of speakers, hot topics, and controversial questions – this is a not to miss opportunity especially when the world seems to lose touch with its different corners.

AZ Global Consulting is taking virtual conferences to new horizons, where delegates will have a near to real life experience attending and smart networking opportunities to make participation rewarding, profitable and fun. We are on the cusp of an amazing new world and this conference will create a space to discuss the compelling future for our industry with admired and expert speakers and people from all over the world.

When the world looks stretched apart and far apart, there has never been a time more important to stay connected. This conference brings it all to you, the excitement of networking, the interesting debates, the hot topics, the live forums and Q&As. It is all there with a touch of a button, all live, fresh in a fascinatingly close to reality platform from the ease of your office and home. 


From the 16th to the 18th of November. AZ Global Consulting will take you past the short-term ‘noise’ and look at the bigger picture and the role that the international aluminium industry plays in it.


The sessions will be live and will be replayed. In total, each session will be played 6 times making it convenient for every time zone to watch it in every time zone at least twice.


The conference is proudly sponsored by Tokai Cobex as a Diamond Sponsor. Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA) and Sohar Aluminium as a Gold Sponsors, Sinoway as a Silver Sponsor and Rain Carbon as a Supporter.

The conference is also supported by the International Aluminium Institute, The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative and The Gulf Aluminium Council. Media partners include the Aluminium International Today and Al Circle.


The conference topics focus on the long-term future of aluminium amid the world’s moves to address climate change. Hot topics and challenges about the production of green aluminium, and the industry’s ability to truly go green, outside China as well as inside. The 45mt capacity cap imposed by China on its domestic aluminium industry, and what are China’s options to make enough anodes to meet demand? Is technology providing the answers we need or is it falling behind? What about the long-term outlook for alumina? Are shipping costs on a continuous rise? Or is it just temporary? Where will China’s next investments be?? What are the risks and opportunities for investing in foreign countries? What will be the future role that the downstream sector will play in reducing emissions? What is the status of recycling and remelting abilities in China? News and views about calcined coke and green coke supply from the horses’ mouth.


We managed to get a speaker line up represented by the leaders of the industry from all around the globe with a combined experience of over 500 years. From all over Europe, North, middle and South America, China, Australia, Africa, India, Russia among many other.

Keynote Speakers will include international stars like the Futurist Matthew Griffin, the Founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute. Among his customers are Samsung and Huawei who look at how the world will be shaped in 20 to 50 years’ time.

Professor Liu Fengqin, Professor and PhD program Leader at Beijing Science and Technology University is also the keynote speaker.; Lasse Kristoffersen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Torvald Klaveness, and the Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

Some very senior Chinese Speakers will also be present as panelists and speakers throughout the various sessions such as Xing Jiguang, General Manager and Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of SPIC (State Power Investment Cooperation) Aluminium International Trade Co., Ltd., and Lv Dingxiong, Director of the Northeastern University Engineering & Research Institute Co., Ltd (NEUI), and

Les Edwards, Vice President Control and Technical Services, Rain Carbon Inc., will be moderating a session represented by the most influential technology leaders in the global aluminium industry like Dr. Hans Erik Vatne, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Norsk Hydro ASA, Najeeba Al Jabri, Vice President, Technical, Midstream, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), Dr. Pascal Lavoie, Director-Smelting Manufacturing Excellence, Alcoa and Olivier Martin, Chief Technology Officer, Rio Tinto Aluminium.

The sessions will have powerful moderators, like Miles Prosser the Secretary General, International Aluminium Institute, and Jerry Van Alphen, Chief Financial Officer, Sohar Aluminium LLC.

Several senior analysts and internationally renowned journalists will be giving an exclusive and intensive keynote speeches about hot topics. They include Julia Attwood who leads the Sustainable Materials team at Bloomberg, Andy Home who has been writing about the metal markets and other commodity sectors since 1987, Clyde Russell Asia Commodities and Energy Columnist at Reuters, and Alice Mason the European Base Metals Editor at Fastmarkets.

Industry leaders, whose names have been associated with excellence and could give us a unique insight, such as Dr Mark Cooksey, Chief Executive Officer, ALCORE Limited, Bibhu Mishra, President and Head Manufacturing Center of Excellence at Hindalco Industries Limited at Aditya Birla Group, Torbjorn Sternsjo, President Europe, Gränges AB, Waleed Tamimi, Aluminium Bahrain, Chief Supply Officer, Julian Kettle, Senior Vice President, Vice Chair Metals and Mining, Wood Mackenzie, Chris Bayliss, Director of Standards at Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, Panthea Geramishoar, Chief Executive Officer, SBDT Guinea, HBR Member of Advisory Council, Catherine Athènes, Vice President Group Sustainability and Public Affairs Europe, Constellium, Deeptaman Mukherjee Director, Group Commercial Bauxite & Alumina, Vedanta,

Sanjay Agarwal, President & Chief Procurement Officer Hindalco at Hindalco Industries Limited, and Zeljko Rakic, Business Improvement and Strategy, Sohar Aluminium LLC.

Some of the most renowned consultants in our industry will be in one room, Dr. Mark Dorreen, Consultant on Energy Efficiency, Flexibility and Decarbonisation Across Energy Intensive Heavy Industries, Jim Lennon, Managing Director of Red Door Research Ltd., Bob Adam, Chief Executive Officer, Mining Consulting, Rob Hounsome, Africa Regional Managing Director, SLR Consulting, Scott Phegan, Managing Director and Founder of ByDesign Technology & Strategy, and Trey McArver, Co-Founder and Partner, Trivium China.

At every AZ Global Consulting conference since 2008, we have had the leaders of the calcined coke industry come together to discuss the market and industry trends. This year will be no different. CEOs and top-level executives will join this panel discussion to shape the future of our industry. They will include Mohamed Al Bibi, Managing Director, Saudi Calcined Petroleum Coke Company (SCPC), Liu Tao, Chairman of the Board, Sinoway Carbon Co.,Ltd. Founder&CEO at Sinoway Int’l Hlds Ltd., Gord McIntosh, President, Oxbow, Scott McLean, Director, Commercial Sales and Pricing, BP, and Gerard Sweeney, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rain Carbon Inc

You will also meet the amazing team behind AZ Global Consulting, led by Paul Adkins, the Founder and Managing Director, Monte Zhang, General Manager of China Business Department, June Wang, Director and Business Manager Carbon and Raw Materials, along with the Senior Analysts Kiki Xi and Xavier Gou.


Questions can be voiced 24 hours prior to the broadcast of the live session. Delegates can also send their questions throughout the duration of the session. The moderator will be receiving the questions and including the relevant ones in the panel discussion. The audience can choose whether they require to remain anonymous or if they allow for their name to be mentioned. Every session will be broadcast, at least twice, at a convenient time in every time zone. This will happen a total of 6 times to cover all time zones.

Digital technology has become a key enabler in the delivery of a compelling virtual customer experience with just a single click. The evolution of technology has allowed for seamless interaction, from all corners of the globe, and AZ Global Consulting’s approach to ensuring our conference is as impressive and effective as a real-life experience. Or even better!


AZ Global Consulting Limited was established in 2006 and delivers market intelligence and analysis on the China and global aluminum industry. Our diverse team is comprised of consulting and industry experts with over 30 years of experience. Although we have a strong aluminium and carbon background, we also have expertise in a broad range of sectors, with skills ranging from chemical engineering to economics. For more info about the conference visit

Please contact Dana Geadah [email protected] or Nicole [email protected] for more information.