Mostafa Aboulfaraj

General Manager at France Aluminium Recyclage (FAR)

Mostafa Aboulfaraj held various positions in R&D, sales and operations within the Pechiney Alcan between 1994 and 2003. He then joined the company Capital Safety as VP Operations Europe and VP Purchasing worldwide from 2004 to 2007. From 2008 to 2012, he served as VP sales & Marketing stainless steel for process and Resources applications at Outokumpu. Since 2013, He has been running a consultancy company in the area of recycling of materials. And acting as MD France Aluminium Recyclage.

Mostafa Aboulfaraj holds polymer engineering degree and PhD (from Ecole d’Application des Hauts Polymères Strasbourg). He spent one year at Cornell University as a post-doc and has been 4 years Senior lecturer at the Ecole des Mines de Nancy, where he taught the mechanics of materials and mechanical behavior of polymers.

Murat Bayram

Director of EMR European Metal Recycling GmbH

Murat Bayram, Director of EMR European Metal Recycling GmbH

Murat Bayram holds the strong belief that recycling is not an option, but a must. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and is a Director of EMR. He is responsible for EMR’s non-ferrous business in continental Europe and has more than 24 years experience in the scrap recycling industry.

Christian Bohling

General Manager at SECOPTA Analytics

Dr. Christian Bohling, General Manager at SECOPTA Analytics

Dr. Christian Bohling is a General Manager at SECOPTA Analytics. Since his Ph.D. at the Department of Physics of the Clausthal Technical University in 2007, Christian is focused on customer-driven developments of photonic sensor solutions. His mission is to get the LIBS technology out of the lab into real world applications.

Kastalie M. Bougas

Principal Consultant/ Environmental Policy & Economics – Wood PLC – Environment and Infrastructure UK

Kastalie Bougas is a Project Manager and Principal Consultant at Wood. She is a business engineer and economist, focusing on environmental and chemical policies and their impact on businesses and EU competitiveness. She is currently leading various assignments for public sector clients, such as the European Commission and national governments including technical studies on REACH, e.g. on identifying and grouping polymers of concern and potential registration requirements; assessing the presence of CMR substances in consumer articles for potential restriction and studies on chemicals innovation and design for sustainability. She helped coordinate the evaluation of the Waste Shipment Regulation, to assess its effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, relevance and EU added value.

Magdalena Garczynska

Director Recycling, European Aluminium

Director Recycling, European Aluminium

Magdalena Garczynska has about fifteen years of experience in engineering and public affairs. After obtaining a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Poznan Technical University and a post-graduate degree in Fluid Dynamics from The von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics she started her career working as a researcher at the Berlin University of Technology. Before joining European Aluminium, she was a technical manager at the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries (CECIMO) where she guided the association’s work on environmental, energy, research and engineering issues. She also worked at NSF International as quality control auditor. She now leads European Aluminium’s recycling division.

Gerd Götz

Director General, European Aluminium

Director General, European Aluminium

Dr. Gerd Götz has been Director General of European Aluminium since 2013. Gerd looks back to more than 20 years of experience in the electronics industry where he has held different managing roles in public affairs, corporate communications and brand management in Hamburg, Brussels and Amsterdam, after having started his career as a business editor in Berlin. He was most recently Vice President and Global Head of Public Affairs with Royal Philips and has been deputy global director of Philips‘ Corporate Communications department between 2003 and 2008. A German national, he studied Business Administration and Economics at Berlin’s Free University and Université Paris-Dauphine and earned his Ph.D. from Berlin’s Free University.

Karl Hoffmann

Global Sales Director Separation Technologies in Metal Recycling at Steinert GmbH

Global Sales Director Separation Technologies in Metal Recycling at Steinert GmbH, Germany.

Karl has collected more than 20 years of experience in different positions within the environmental technology business.

Since 2010 Karl works for Steinert in Cologne/Germany in different positions. After he joined as Sales Manager for UK/France/Benelux he became Global Key Account Manager and Product Manager for Separation and Sorting solutions in Metal recycling.

Since beginning of 2018 he is responsible for Steinert’s global sales activities in Metal Recycling

Karl holds a Diploma in Process Engineering of Technical University of Cologne and a postgraduate MBA of University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern.

Andreas Jessberger

Head of Sales at RUF Maschinenbau GmbH Co KG

Dipl.-Ing. FH Andreas Jessberger, Head of Sales at RUF Maschinenbau GmbH Co KG

Andreas Jessberger is a qualified engineer, who has been working at RUF Maschinenbau GmbH Co KG, a leading manufacturer for briquetting machines and chip processing solutions worldwide, for 13 years. Before joining RUF, he worked in the recycling industry for seven years. Since 2015 Andreas is a Head of Sales at RUF and is responsible for several sales regions as well as for special relations to customer groups in recycling, foundries and the aluminium industry. He is also developing projects for aluminium briquettes and remelting with external research institutes.

Christian Lehmann

Senior Expert, German Environment Agency

Since 2009, Christian Lehmann works as a senior expert in the German Environment Agency, Section III2.2 Resource Conservation, Material Cycles, Minerals and Metals Industry. He is responsible for research and funding projects as well as for “Best Available Techniques” in the Non-ferrous metals industry and in shredder plants. His special fields of interest are technical solutions to improve metals recycling and to make the metals production more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Christian holds a Diploma in Energy and Environmental Engineering from Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK Leipzig).

Aminda Leigh

British journalist

Aminda Leigh is a British journalist with 30 years’ experience, almost half of which working for various BBC radio and TV channels. She moved to Italy in 2001, from where she runs her own business offering journalism, moderation, production and translation services for a wide variety of international clients. She specialises in environmental issues, culture and EU affairs. Aminda has made award-winning web-documentaries and news videos for the European Commission, among others. She has moderated entire conferences as well as sessions at major events – for example, EU Green Week, the European Business Summit and COP23 – covering subjects such as the circular economy, resource efficiency, sustainable development, and climate change.

Alexander Lutz

Post-doctoral researcher of the SURF group, Free University of Brussels (VUB)

Alexander Lutz graduated in 2009 with an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Vienna University of Technology. After a one-year researcher stay at the KU Leuven, he joined the Research Group Electrochemical and Surface Engineering (SURF) at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). For his PhD he developed self-healing coatings for the corrosion protection of metals. As a post-doctoral researcher of the SURF group, he tries to understand the effect of alloying elements in recycled 6000 aluminum alloys for a greener future.

Laura Manzanal

Project Manager/Technical Sales Department, GHI Smart Furnaces

Laura Manzanal graduated with an MSc engineering from the Superior College of Engineers from the University of Bilbao. After obtaining a Master in Mechanical engineering with a focus on aeronautics, she started her career working in GHI Smart furnaces, where she remains. She is responsible for the execution of projects in the field of aluminium Recycling. Her aim as a Project manager is to ensure that clients obtain the most suitable solution to enhance their productivity while their factories become eco-friendly.

Olivier Néel

Sustainability Manager at Constellium

Dr. Olivier Néel, sustainability manager at Constellium, has been working in Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment since 2007. He began his career with the former Pechiney and worked as R&D scientist. He also held various positions in the field of metal packaging, corrosion, surface science, and coating for about two decades before moving to a full-time Sustainability assignment.

Graduated in organic chemistry from French Engineering school ENSCP, Dr. Néel holds a Ph.D. in polymer science and a degree in Organizations Social Responsibility.

James Nix

Climate Director at Transport & Environment

James Nix is Freight and Climate Director at Transport & Environment, or T&E. With more than 50 civil society member organisations from across Europe, T&E works to advance cleaner and safer transport.

James’ previous roles include director of Green Budget Europe and director of Ireland’s national trust, known as An Taisce. James has also served as a non-executive director of Ireland’s state railway company, Irish Rail, and as a board member of T&E. He holds qualifications in transport, law and real estate development.”

Julia Patorska

Senior Manager at Deloitte

Julia Patorska leads the Economic Analysis Team at Deloitte Poland. She has over 15 years of professional experience in consulting and the public sector. Starting a few years ago, Julia’s effort was concentrated on developing consulting services in the area of economic analysis that touches upon sustainability issues. For the last three years, her focus has intensified in a few areas: Extended Producer Responsibility schemes for packaging waste, waste management, circular economy, the bio-economy and resource economies. Julia is the President of the Board of the Association of Polish Economists and an external expert of the Research and Analysis Centre of Employers RP.

Alan Peel

Managing Director of the ALTEK group

Alan’s career began as an apprentice engineer, later graduating with a BEng (Hons) in Control Engineering. Subsequently Alan became a Chartered Engineer & gained Honours in his Masters Degree in Business Management.

Alan has held positions with several multi-national engineering/manufacturing companies & has 35 years’ experience of designing, selling, managing capital plant projects & businesses in the global metals industry .

Alan is Managing Director of the ALTEK group, specialising in technical innovation & solutions for the aluminium cast house & recycling operations. ALTEK was recently acquired by Harsco & Alan sits on the Metals & Mineral Executive Management team & is a recognised authority on electromagnetic stirring technology.

Denis Reuter

CFO of TSR Recycling GmbH & Co. KG

Denis Reuter is COO of TSR Recycling GmbH & Co. KG, one of the leading metal recycling groups in Europe. He started his career in metal recycling with Alba Interseroh being responsible for projects in controlling and M&A activities before joining TSR 9 years ago. Since then, Denis has held different CFO positions within TSR’s associated companies in Czech Republic and the Netherlands and joined the group’s executive board as CFO in 2015. Since July 2018, he is in charge of TSR’s worldwide trading activities and sales of ferrous and non-ferrous metals to companies of the steel and metal industry.

Anne Sander

French Member of the European Parliament

Anne Sander has been a French Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 2014. She is part of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) and sits on the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON).

She is also a substitute in the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL).

Anna Sapota

Vice President at CanPack Recycling

Anna Sapota is a Vice-President of CP Recycling Organizacja Odzysku Opakowań S.A., which is a part of CANPACK Group. She joined the Group in 2008 and has been a part of CP Recycling executive team since 2015. In her role, Anna is responsible for development of the recycling chain within the CANPACK Group, development and implementation of the company’s strategy and corporate governance. Previously, she served as the counselor in the Legal Office of CAN-PACK S.A. Prior to joining the firm she worked as an independent legal advisor.

Anna is a proven expert in leading the legal aspects of international and cross-border investment, as well as mergers and acquisitions. She also played a pivotal role in projects related to corporate governance and compliance.

Anna holds a PhD degree in Law from the Jagiellonian University and a Master’s degree in International Law from the University of Orleans.

Roland Scharf-Bergmann

Senior Vice President, Hydro Aluminium

Roland Scharf-Bergmann is responsible for the Business Unit Recycling in Hydro Aluminium and has a governance role for recycling globally. He has been a member of the Metal Markets and Primary Metal Management Teams since he joined Hydro in 2009.

From 1998 to 2009 he worked for VAW-IMCO, IMCO Recycling, and Aleris, finally serving as CEO of Aleris’ European recycling operations. From 1990 to 1998 Roland worked for Air Products & Chemicals serving as product, sales and marketing manager.

During his career, Roland held several positions in German and European Recycling associations as well as on the LME aluminium committee. Currently, he serves as chairman of European Aluminium’s Recycling Division.

Markus Taube

Chair for East Asian Economic Studies / China

Prof. Markus Taube holds the Chair for East Asian Economic Studies / China and is the Director of the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He also holds various guest professorships and advisory board positions and acts as President of the Euro-Asia Management Studies Association (EAMSA). Markus is a founding partner of THINK!DESK China Research & Consulting. In this capacity, he has been preparing a series of studies on the state-business nexus of China’s industry, submitted background reports to various anti-dumping procedures against China and provided counsel to the EU’s deliberations on granting China market-economy status, or not, in 2016.

Karmenu Vella

EU Commissioner Environment, Fisheries & Maritime Affairs

Karmenu Vella is the European Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs. He was born in Malta in June 1950. Karmenu graduated in Architecture and Civil Engineering and later obtained a Master of Science in Tourism Management from the University of Sheffield. He was first elected to the Maltese Parliament in 1976 and was re-elected nine consecutive times. During his political career, he has been appointed Minister for Public Works, Minister for Industry and Minister for Tourism twice. Karmenu has also held various senior posts in the private sector.

Paul Williams

Head of Aluminium, and Research Manager at CRU International

Paul Williams is the Head of Aluminium, and Research Manager at CRU International, a leading consultancy and analysis company in the metals, mining and minerals area. Paul is responsible for the research programme of the team. He joined CRU in 1986 and for many years ran the Aluminium Semis and Downstream areas specialising in flat-rolled product markets and demand analysis. A regular speaker at major aluminium events, including at GLAFRI, he also contributes to aluminium association publications including those of the Aluminum Association. Paul has a MSc in Economics, London School of Economics. BA in Economics, University of Swansea.

Günther Wimroither

Senior Process / Design Engineer Hertwich Engineering

Günther Wimroither graduated from Technical University, Graz, Austria before joining Hertwich Engineering some 17 years ago as automation / process engineer. Since 2003 he is responsible for International Sales of melting and casting equipment predominantly to the secondary aluminium industry. He is also project manager of certain strategic recycling projects.

Hertwich Engineering is an international supplier of speciality casthouse equipment to the primary and secondary aluminium industry. Founded in 1973 the company has grown steadily on the core business of continuous homogenizing and HDC casting. Today Hertwich covers the entire range of equipment in a modern Aluminium casthouse, with special competence on remelting of scrap with organic impurities. Hertwich Engineering is part of the SMS group, Germany.