Dr Patrice CHRISTMANN started his career in 1970 as a geologist at the Ministry of Natural Resources for the Québec Province (Canada). He joined the French Geological Survey (BRGM) in 1977 and has developed top level expertise in mineral raw materials related economics, strategies and policies within BRGM since then. He was twice seconded to Brussels, once to the European Commission as National Seconded Expert (1997-2000) and once as General Secretary of EuroGeoSurveys, the association of European Geological Surveys (2004-2005). Since 2010 he is the Deputy Strategy Director of BRGM as well as a member of the United Nations International Resources Panel. Patrice holds a PhD in Geosciences from and an executive degree from ESCP Europe Business School.
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 is polymers engineer (Ecole d'Application des Hauts Polymères Strasbourg). He earned a Ph.D. in composite materials at University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg. He spent one year at Cornell University as a post-doc in polymer processing. He 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.
Philippe VARIN started his career in 1978. He held various R&D, Plant and Business Unit Management roles at Péchiney in France and the USA and he was the Group Executive Vice President for the Aluminum sector when he left Péchiney to become the CEO of the Anglo Dutch steel conglomerate Corus in 2003. The Corus turnaround ended with its acquisition by the Indian Group Tata in 2007. Philippe Varin remained two years with Tata, in Mumbai and in London, and he then moved to the French car making group Peugeot Citroen where he was Chairman of the Managing Board between 2009 and 2014. Since 2012, he chairs the "Cercle de l'Industrie". Since 2014 he is the Special Representative of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs to the ASEAN countries. He is also the Chairman of the utility company Areva and sits on the board of Saint Gobain. Philippe graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines de Paris.
Prof. Victoire de Margerie started her career in 1986. She held various Business Development, Plant and Business Unit Management roles at Atochem (fine chemicals), CarnaudMetalbox (packaging) and Péchiney (aluminum and packaging) in France, Germany & the USA until 2002. She then became a Professor of Strategic Management at Grenoble School of Management (2003-2011). Since 2012, she is the majority shareholder and Chairman of Rondol Industrie (small scale machinery) and a Board Director at Arkema (France) and Eurazeo (France). Since 2014 she is also the Vice Chairman of the World Materials Forum and since 2016 a Board Director at Babcock International (UK). Prof. de Margerie graduated from HEC Paris and Sciences Po Paris and holds a PhD in Management Science from Université de Paris 2, Panthéon Assas.
Dr. Catherine MAIERON started her career in 1995. She held various production and R&D roles at Daum (crystal glass), and Saint Gobain Desjonqueres (glass) in France until 2011. Since 2012, she works at Materalia, the materials cluster for North Eastern France and she was nominated the Materalia Managing Director in 2014. She is the Operations Director of Rondol Industrie since April 2016. She holds a PhD in Materials Science from Université de Nancy 1.
Philippe BIDEAU started his career in 1980 at Hewlett Packard as sales field engineer and distribution manager in the USA. He then created and led the McKinsey European Operations Practice, headed the Industry sector in France and sat several years on the worldwide senior partners’ evaluation committee. During his time at Mc Kinsey (1983-2012) he served the most prestigious companies worldwide in Metals and Mining, Automotive and Aerospace Industries. Since 2013 he is a Partner Emeritus of Mc Kinsey and he runs his own strategic and financial advisory firm that he created in New York City. Philippe graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris and Supelec and holds a Master in Economic Systems from Stanford University.
Stéphane Mangin is a senior member of Institut Universitaire de France and a Member of the scientific committee of the French Parliament Technology Assessment Office – OPECST. Stephane Mangin is a Co-Founder of the French-US International Associated Laboratory on Nanoelectronics at UC San Diego as well as a member of the Lorraine Academy of Science. He holds a PhD in Physics from Université Joseph Fourrier in Grenoble. He has been a Professor since 2008 at Université de Lorraine where he heads the research team of Nanomagnetism and Spintronics at the Institut Jean Lamour. He is the scientific director of a unique tool (TUBE-Davm) : a 70 meter Tube under Ultra High Vacuum which connects 30 equipments to growth and characterise material down to the atomic scale.