Zaher Al Habtari

Zaher Abdulla Al Habtari is an Executive Vice President overseeing Capital Projects, Alumina & Bauxite at EGA.

Mr Al Habtari has been in charge of EGA’s alumina refinery operations in Abu Dhabi since 2014.

Mr Al Habtari has over 20 years of experience working in the oil and gas, and metal and mining industries, first joining the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in 1999 as a graduate trainee. From 1999 to 2007, he was a Project Manager at the Abu Dhabi National Oil Operating Company. He then worked at Mubadala from 2007 to 2011 as Vice President of Petroleum Services. Mr Al Habtari  also sat on the board of directors of Petrofac Emirates and Turbine Support Services, respectively.

Mr. Al Habtari has a degree in chemical engineering from the United States’ University of Tulsa and an MBA from the American University of Sharjah.

Zaher Al Habtari

Professor G.J. (Gus) Nathan

Gus Nathan is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide, the inaugural Energy Professional of the Year from the Australian Institute of Energy, SA, a Fellow of the Combustion Institute, a recipient of a Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council and an ATSE KH Sutherland medallist.

He is the Research Director of, the national $215m Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition Cooperative Research Centre, the HILT CRC. This builds on his prior leadership of a program to develop a technology to provide energy to the Bayer alumina process with concentrated solar thermal heat and co-leadership of a program within the Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre.

Overall, he has led the development of six technology platforms include the flame for the Sydney Olympic Relay Torch, and others currently being upscaled to decarbonise heavy industry. He has published more than 300 papers in international journals, 250 in peer reviewed conferences, 50 commissioned reports and 13 patents.

Professor Nathan is one of the joint founders of the international ISF Workshop for the Measurement and Computation of Reacting Flows With Carbon Nanoparticles, which engages some 100 researchers from around the world and is aligned with his own speciality in optical diagnostic methods to de-risk emerging technologies in hydrogen production and heavy industrial processes.

Professor G.J. (Gus) Nathan

Miles Prosser

Miles Prosser is the Secretary General of the International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the only body that represents the aluminium industry at the global level. With more than twenty years’ experience working on various industry policy issues, Miles brings in-depth knowledge on resource allocation, sustainability and climate change.

Miles joined the IAI from the Australian Aluminium Council, where he served as Executive Director for more than ten years. He leads the IAI to promote the unique and valuable properties of aluminium in sustainable development. He holds an honours degree from the Australian National University. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in London.

Miles Prosser

Israel Oyelumade

Israel Oyelumade is a master storyteller. After 12 successful years as an actor in Hollywood films ( Pirates of the Caribbean, Tiger in the snow, ), television ( BBC - The long firm B.A.F.T.A best mini-series) and London’s West End (African snow), Israel cofounded Dramalysis Consulting to coach executives, ambassadors, global figures, and Fortune 100 CEOs in their ability to deliver executive presence, oratory dynamicsTM and high impact communication. Israel teaches clients that the greatest currency you have is yourself: “How you communicate is paramount to the reach you will have and the legacy you will leave.” His deep empathy as a master storyteller coupled with his technical expertise enables Israel to role model, inspire, engage, and demonstrate why story is still one of the most needed skills in the world today. Israel’s role at Alumina 2024 is help the delegates shape the story of decarbonizing the alumina industry.

Israel Oyelumade

Raphael Costa

Raphael is the Technology Director for the Bauxite & Alumina (B&A) business division of Hydro, responsible for technology selection and development, R&D, digital transformation and the B&A lean manufacturing-based business system. The B&A Technology group also provides support to the operations, including bauxite mining and beneficiation operations at Paragominas, the bauxite pipeline, and alumina refining operations at Alunorte. Raphael is a board director of the Companhia de Alumina do Para (CAP) alumina refinery project and the Paragominas bauxite mine.

Raphael has close to 40 years of experience in the aluminum industry, working in various technical and managerial positions with Alcoa and Hydro, in Brazil, the U.S., Spain, and Australia. He also has 4 years of experience in the steel mini-mill industry in the US, working for the steelmaking company Gerdau. He has a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Houston-Victoria, in the US.

Raphael Costa

Abdalla Alzarooni

Abdalla Alzarooni is Vice President Technology Development and Transfer at Emirates Global Aluminium. In this role Abdalla leads a team of around 70, mainly technologists and engineers.

Abdalla joined EGA in 2001 and since then has been involved in the development of all EGA’s reduction technologies and their industrial implementations both locally and internationally.

Abdalla’s main interests are applied R&D in the key areas related to aluminum smelting and alumina refining: Improving energy efficiencies and productivity of smelting technologies, industry 4.0 and smart automation, bauxite residue reuse applications, and more recently decarbonization.

Abdalla holds a Bachelor’s degree from United Arab Emirates University and a Master’s degree in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Abdalla Alzarooni

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