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Icsoba

The International Committee for Study of Bauxite, Alumina & Aluminium

ICSOBA Presidents

Beginning in 2018 the ICSOBA President is elected by the Board of Directors and comes from the organization becoming the host sponsor of the annual event. In the 55 years of ICSOBA’s endeavor, 15 individuals enjoyed the honor of serving the society as President.

Dr. Claude Vanvoren

Dr. Claude Vanvoren

2020 ICSOBA President
President, C2V Consulting
Short Bio
Containment strategies, travel restrictions and global economic situation challenge conference organisation at present time. However promoting industry collaboration through exchange of ideas and know-how is as important as ever for swift recovery from COVID-19 pandemiс. That is why ICSOBA 2020 is maintained and will be held as a virtual conference.
Viktor Mann

Viktor Mann

2019 ICSOBA President
Technical Director of UC RUSAL
Short Bio
Technological leadership, environmental safety and waste recycling are the most important challenges for aluminum industry. It is essential to work together to solve them. ICSOBA gives opportunity not only to discuss these challenges but also to find answers to global questions and make steps for the prosperity of the industry for the years to come.
Raphael Costa

Raphael Costa

2018 ICSOBA President
Technology Director, Hydro Bauxite and Alumina
Short Bio
ICSOBA is well-known for promoting knowledge exchange in fundamental research, technology development and innovation in bauxite - to - aluminium value chain. Tangible benefits for member companies, including Hydro from the ideas promoted by ICSOBA are gains in throughput, operational cost and capital intensity: safety and environmental performance.
Dr. Claude Vanvoren

Dr. Claude Vanvoren

2016-2017 ICSOBA President
Vice President Strategic Projects, Technology and Projects Development, Rio Tinto Aluminium
Short Bio
Over last 55 years ICSOBA continues to unite aluminium industry professionals and organizations, providing a travelling forum for discussions and exchange of experience from research and current practice. Beyond this objective ICSOBA is striving towards its vision to be The Technology Conference of the Aluminium Industry, for the Aluminium Industry.
Dr. Ali Al Zarouni

Dr. Ali Al Zarouni

2015 ICSOBA President
Senior Vice President, Jebel Ali Operations, Technology Development and Transfer, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)
We strongly believe in value of knowledge sharing for personal and professional growth and for continuity of expertise. We also believe in supporting the progress by participating in forums like ICSOBA, where we can not only showcase our own developments but also learn from other players. This exchange is key to sustainability of aluminium industry.
Dr. Frank Feret

Dr. Frank Feret

2011-2014 ICSOBA President
Retired Senior Technology Consultant, Arvida R&D Centre of Rio Tinto Alcan
Short Bio
It is a great honor to serve the members of ICSOBA. Together, we cover the entire spectrum of the aluminum industry and share a common conviction for its strategic role in global development. We find strength in the diversity of our respective social and economic frameworks, as we share research and influence progress at our annual conferences.
Dr. Claude Vanvoren

Dr. Claude Vanvoren

2020

Viktor Mann

Viktor Mann

2019

Raphael Costa

Raphael Costa

2018

Dr. Claude Vanvoren

Dr. Claude Vanvoren

2016-2017

Dr. Ali Al Zarouni

Dr. Ali Al Zarouni

2015

Dr. Frank Feret

Dr. Frank Feret

2011-2014

Board of Directors

Dr. Claude Vanvoren

Dr. Claude Vanvoren

Chairman

Association:
C2V Consulting

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Dr. Frank Feret

Dr. Frank Feret

Vice Chairman, CEO

Association:
ICSOBA

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Dr. Andrey Panov

Dr. Andrey Panov

Vice Chairman, Secretary General

Association:
Rusal

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Matthieu Arlettaz

Matthieu Arlettaz

Director - Conference Management

Association:
R&D Carbon

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Michel Reverdy

Michel Reverdy

Program Director

Association:
Emirates Global Aluminium

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Prof. Houshang Alamdari

Prof. Houshang Alamdari

Director, University Affairs

Association:
Laval University, REGAL

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Dr. Bijoy Satpathy

Dr. Bijoy Satpathy

Acting Director, Asia

Association:
Indian Institute of Technology

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ICSOBA Regional Ambassadors

To support its strategic objectives, ICSOBA aims to increase its worldwide visibility and capacity to regularly interact with Bauxite, Alumina and Aluminium players around the world.

For this purpose, ICSOBA aims to deploy a network of regional “ambassadors”.

ICSOBA Regional Ambassadors (IRA) are persons demonstrating the willingness to support ICSOBA future by successfully identifying new Corporate Members as well as contributing to the success of ICSOBA annual conference. There could be several IRA for the same region in order to cover all subjects of forthcoming ICSOBA conference (for example: B&A, Smelting, Academia, …).

ICSOBA Regional Ambassadors demonstrating the willingness to be associated to ICSOBA on the long run and achieving results will be rewarded and incentivised.

ICSOBA Regional Ambassadors (IRA) are proposed to the Board and are appointed by the Board.

Feel free to contact any Board Member to further discuss those positions.

Bertrand Allano

Bertrand Allano

Reduction Principal Advisor, Aluminium Technology Solutions, Rio Tinto

Country: France

Domain: Aluminium

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Gu Songqing

Dr. Gu Songqing

Former Technical Consultant and Chief Engineer of CHALCO

Country: China

Domain: Bauxite & Alumina, Carbon, Aluminium

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Dr. Pratapaditya Mishra

Dr. Pratapaditya Mishra

Former Additional Director General, Aluminium Association of India

Country: India

Domain: Aluminium

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Roberto Seno Junior

Roberto Seno Junior

Technology Manager, Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio (CBA)

Country: Brazil

Domain: Bauxite & Alumina

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Gu Songqing

Dagoberto Schubert Severo

Director, CAETE Engenharia

Country: Brazil

Domain: Aluminium

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Carlos Enrique Suarez

Carlos Enrique Suarez

Independent Consultant, ConsulTech Solutions

Country: USA

Domain: Bauxite & Alumina

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Yi Xiaobing

Dr. Yi Xiaobing

Vice Chief Engineer, GAMI, CHALIECO, CHINALCO

Country: China

Domain: Aluminium

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