Join 1,000+ senior decision makers at Middle East Iron & Steel. This is your opportunity to meet, network and negotiate with the who's who of the region across three days.
Saeed AlghafriCEO of Emirates Steel, an Emirates Steel Arkan company
Dear Esteemed Guests and Industry Colleagues,
I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to each of you as Emirates Steel Arkan assumes the role of the regional host for the 26th Fastmarkets Middle East Iron and Steel Conference 2023. It is an honor to be part of this prestigious gathering that brings together over 1,000 senior decision makers in the iron and steel industry.
Saeed Al Ghafri
Eng. Saeed Khalfan Al Ghafri is the CEO of Emirates Steel, an Emirates Steel Arkan company, where he is driving the growth and success in the industry. Al Ghafri brings to his role more than 17 years of industry and executive managerial experience. Prior to his current role, Al Ghafri held the position of Chief Commercial Officer at Emirates Steel Arkan, he was also Chief Supply Chain & Planning Officer. He is one of the key players who contributed to at Emirates Steel Arkan establishment and key expansion projects. Before joining at Emirates Steel Arkan, Al Ghafri worked at the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO) as Operations Engineer.
He holds an MBA from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the University of Tulsa in the United States of America.
Jindal Shadeed Iron & Steel
Harssha Shetty is the esteemed Chief Executive Officer of Jindal Shadeed Iron & Steel LLC (JSIS), a prominent integrated steel producer located in Oman. With an impressive annual production capacity of 2.4 million tons, JSIS stands as one of the largest and most influential players in the Gulf of Arabia's steel industry. What sets JSIS apart is its commitment to environmental sustainability, boasting one of the lowest carbon footprints in the global steel sector.
Bringing over 20 years of diverse leadership experience, Harssha has made significant contributions to the Aluminium, Zinc, and Steel industries throughout his career. Notably, he has held key executive positions such as Chief Marketing Officer with Jindal Steel & Power Ltd India, Chief Marketing Officer for the Aluminium Business at BALCO & Vedanta Aluminium, and Chief Marketing Officer at Hindustan Zinc Ltd (Vedanta Group). In these roles, Harssha not only spearheaded strategic marketing initiatives but also served as a valuable member of the esteemed Executive Committees within Vedanta Group companies. With Harssha's visionary leadership, JSIS continues to thrive as a game-changer in the steel industry, exemplifying excellence, sustainability, and forward-thinking practices.
Member of the Founding Family of Essar Group
As a member of the founding family of Essar, Rewant has developed considerable knowledge and experience in the oil & gas, refining, metals & mining, and infrastructure sectors.
His global exposure, fresh perspectives and arc of activities have contributed to Essar’s strategy and operations.
Rewant has been focused on Essar’s expansion in overseas markets and has been involved in identifying and investing in new business opportunities for the group.
He is focused on Essar’s greenfield expansion, acquisition opportunities in core economy sectors, transitioning Essar’s Portfolio into Green Technology focused investments in Metals & Mining and Energy.
Rewant received his MBA from Stanford and travels between New York, London, Middle East and Mumbai. His understanding of global markets helps drive the strategy of Essar as well as complex financings and transactions.
Rewant’s aspiration is to transition the organizational portfolio from assets built over the last fifty year to assets that are state-of-the-art and relevant for the next fifty years.
Raju Daswani is the CEO of Fastmarkets – an independent and privately-owned global cross-commodity Price Reporting Agency (PRA).
Fastmarkets, which incorporates the businesses formerly known as Metal Bulletin, AMM and RISI, is headquartered in London but has over 550 employees located across 14 global locations, including London, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Sao Paulo, Kyiv, Brussels, Boston & New York. The business has expanded rapidly since 2014 through organic growth and a number of important M&A deals that have been transacted successfully.
Fastmarkets publishes over 5,500 commodity price benchmarks for the metals, mining and forest products markets, many of which are used as financial benchmarks for derivative contracts on the world’s largest exchanges, including the SGX, Nasdaq and the CME.
Fastmarkets prices are supported by its highly-regarded market commentary, forecasts, research, and a portfolio of over 25 leading industry conferences each year, including events for the global grain and coal markets.
Raju joined Fastmarkets (Metal Bulletin) in 1995 as a commodities economist prior to which he spent three years at British Alcan (now Rio Tinto) as a business and marketing analyst. He graduated in 1991 with a B.Sc. in Economics with Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics.
Yuan Wenjiong is Chairman of Dao Fortune Co., Ltd. As a proficient economist, he is deeply involved in steel trading over last 25 years.
He and his team have been leading China's steel exports since 2004, covering most of the markets in Asia, Central and South America and the Middle East.
Nowadays Dao Fortune has become an international steel trading company and is very active in the regions.
Dao Fortune owns a research team of 11 people, covering studies of macro economy and industrial status both domestically and internationally, which helps Dao Fortune have a deep understanding of its domestic steel market.
SULB Bahrain & KSA
Ravi Singh is a 32 years experienced, Steel professional, having mostly worked in integrated plants of SAIL, Tata Steel & Essar Steel (now AMNS) and has multi-function experience across General Management, Engineering, Operations and Sales & Marketing.
As CEO SULB, Ravi is tasked with profitably driving the business of Sulb Bahrain & Saudi Arabia with its Integrated Steel plants – Gas based DRI+ EAF + L/M/H Structural Mills serving GCC & Global markets.
Previously, Ravi has served as Chief of Business/VP ( Operations) at Tata Steel Downstream Processing Limited (1997 onwards) , Sr VP ( Marketing) Essar Steel and since 2013 – CEO Essar Steel -Hypermarts & Service Centres and Group CEO Al Nasser Industries. As Corporate Quality Head, Ravi developed a keen sense of Total Quality Management Systems & Change management.
Ravi is a Mechanical Engineer from BIT with an MBA from IIM, Calcutta, India. His thinking has been honed with various training programs at SIM, ISB & TMTC and great mentors.
Ravi is a creative thinker, plays Chess and loves travel.
Hatim Senhaji is a highly accomplished business executive who currently serves as the CEO of Maghreb Steel. With a proven track record in the industry, he has held various key positions throughout his career.
Hatim Senhaji joined Maghreb Steel in 2014 to setup the Business Steering department as part of a new independent management team with a mission to realize a massive turnaround of the company. His responsibilities included integrated and optimized planning of the operations and raw material procurement. He was then promoted to deputy CEO in charge of operations and sales, before being appointed as CEO of the company in 2019.
Prior to this, Hatim worked for OCP, the largest phosphate producer worldwide, both within the corporate strategy team and the business steering department that he led in 2013.
In Morocco, Mr Senhaji also worked as Project Manager in Strategy for CDG Capital, the investment bank of CDG.
Earlier, he held several positions in the financial markets industry, namely Société Générale, Reuters and BNP Paribas, where he was mainly involved in quantitative analysis and software development for financial risk calculation.
Hatim Senhaji holds a Master's degree in Information Technology and Strategy-Marketing-Finance from Ecole Centrale Paris, as well as additional qualifications such as an MIT Sloan School of Management certification, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute, and Risk Management certification from the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). Furthermore, he also holds a Master's degree in Probability and Finance from Université Paris 6.
Liesbet Gregoir is the Sustainability Lead for Cargill Metals. In this role she actively works on driving the development of responsible, low emission and transparent steel supply chains.
Prior to her role at Cargill, she has worked in the steel industry and the consulting and academic sector. Liesbet started her career at ArcelorMittal Belgium where she led technical optimization and logistical organization for the raw material procurement. She also worked as expert consultant at McKinsey&Company. She supported metals and mining clients across the globe on strategy questions. In the latter years, she worked on the intersection of commodity markets and decarbonization/the energy transition. After leaving consulting, Liesbet continued to work on these topics at the University of Leuven where she published the report on the impact of the Green Deal on the European Metals&Mining markets with Eurometaux.
Liesbet has a geology degree from the university of Leuven.
Partner and Executive Board Member
Dr Ruchi Dana is a qualified medical practitioner, who has transitioned successfully into a seasoned entrepreneur and Business Leader. Ruchi did her MD from AMU and her full-time MBA from Stanford University. Ruchi has been recognized by Forbes Middle East as the “Next Generation Business Leader, Arab World” for 3 consecutive years 2017, 2018 and 2019. She has also been recognized by Campden Wealth as the “Women to Watch” in September’18 issue, and was conferred with the Yuva Ratna Award, 2018. Ruchi has also been recognized as “Top 75 Family Business Leaders” 2019 by Campden Research (UK). Recently, Dr Ruchi was featured on the Forbes ME Top Power Businesswomen 2020
Since joining Dana Group, Ruchi has been instrumental in starting the Value-added Steel manufacturing division in 2008, Lubricants and Grease manufacturing division and also Retail and Real estate divisions for Dana Group in 2014. Ruchi has also worked with Golden Seeds, an investment firm in New York and New Silk Route Growth Capital, a PE firm in Dubai, she has mainly focused on investments at both these firms.
In the year 2008-2009, when the global recession struck UAE, Ruchi was instrumental in steering DANA Group amidst the rough economic climate and navigating through the crisis. Her strategic insights in "Value-Add" were instrumental in establishment of DANA group's Value Added Steel Product Manufacturing Verticals.
Salam Al Sharif
Sharif Group of Companies
Dr. Salam Al Sharif
Is a Civil and Metallurgical Engineer, graduated from Texas A&M University in 1984, and had his Executive MBA from Cambridge Massachusetts. He has a Doctorate in Business Administration and Complete Strategic Management from London.
Dr. Salam Al Sharif has over 37 years of experience in the Metals Recycling industry. His extensive hands-on experience has paved the way for Sharif Metals Group of Companies to achieve regional and global recognition. Advisory leadership of 4th generation.
Presently the Founding Chairman of Recycling Association of Africa- RAA. He has held progressive positions at the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR); from a Board Member to Vice President and Chairman of the Ambassadors Committee for more than 2 decades. Also, he has served as President of the Bureau of Middle East Recycling (BMR) for 10 years, 3 years as Honorary Chairman, and now holds the position of Patron.
Dr. SALAM AL SHARIF has frequently been invited as a ‘Guest Speaker’ in different prestigious local and international forums and conferences related to Metals, Recycling, Environment, Energy, COP 28, and Sustainability to share his knowledge and showcase his commitment to the industry.
He has received several prestigious awards recognizing his enormous contribution towards the development of the recycling industry, including the Best Recycling to the Middle East in 2017 and also Best Middle East Recycler in 2018, and Gold Winner in the Middle East Personality of the Year Award 2018 & 2022.
Abu Bucker Husain
Meet even more CEOs and C-suite attendees than ever at the 2023 event. With confirmation from senior stakeholders from across MENA, you won’t want to miss the conversations and deal-making opportunities.
2023 sees an expanded agenda, diving into decarbonization ahead of COP28 to ensure that steel-making is a key part of the conversations in December. Help set the agenda in the run-up to COP28.
2023 will bring together even more of the supply chain, looking at scrap and secondary raw materials in detail for the first time.
Focus in on the mega projects across the region from Saudi Arabia to UAE, which are driving steel consumption and what that means for supply and demand dynamics in the coming months.
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