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Board of Directors
Ali Al Baqali
Chief Executive Officer
Khalid A. Latif
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Power Officer
Chief Supply Officer
Abdulla Habib Ahmed Ali
Chief Operations Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Ali Al Baqali,
(Chief Executive Officer)
Ali Al Baqali was appointed as the CEO of Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) on 13 February 2020. Al Baqali has been a part of the Alba family for more than two decades and brings years of leadership and honed experience from within the Company. Al Baqali joined Alba as a Purchasing Officer back in 1998 and was appointed as the Manager for Procurement in 2010.
In 2013, Al Baqali became part of Alba’s Executive fold with his appointment as the Chief Financial Officer moving further up the ranks to become Deputy CEO and Chief Supply Chain Officer in 2017 then Acting CEO in 2019. In his Executive Management roles, Al Baqali has been instrumental in the fast-paced progress of Alba’s landmark Line 6 Expansion Project, especially in securing the US$3 billion financing for the Project and formulating sourcing strategies for key raw materials.
As a Bahraini who grew from within Alba, Al Baqali believes that Alba’s growth and success depend heavily on the Company’s entrenched principles on Safety, Development of Human Capital, Social and Civic Responsibility as well as Community Development.
Al Baqali is a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), UK; Board member of the International Aluminum Institute (IAI), INJAZ, Saint Christopher’s School and is on the Board of Tenmou, the first Bahraini Business Angels Company. Ali holds a B.Sc. degree in Accounting from the University of Bahrain and an MBA from the French Arabian Business School - ESSEC.
Khalid Abdul Latif,
(Chief Marketing Officer)
Khalid A. Latif was appointed as Chief Marketing Officer at Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) on September 30, 2015, in line with Alba’s strategy to develop Bahraini nationals from within the Company into key leadership positions.
In his current role, Khalid leads the Company’s global marketing strategies to drive innovation across its business divisions, depending on the deep knowledge he has in both marketing and operations fields. He continuously stimulates Alba’s existing business and develops new markets to meet the Company’s growth targets.
Khalid joined Alba as an apprentice in 1989 and worked in various operational areas including Power Station, Reduction Lines and Carbon Plant. He rose through the ranks and was promoted to Supervisor followed by Superintendent. Prior to his current executive role, in 2012, he was promoted to Manager of Engineering and then to Alba’s Marketing Manager for Customer Services & Marketing Operations.
An MBA from the French Arabian Business School/ESSEC (Bahrain), he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Gulf University in Bahrain as well as a Diploma in Mechatronics from Abertay University, Dundee, UK. He also possesses a completion certificate for the Executive Education Programme in Strategic Sales Management from University of Chicago, USA.
(Chief Power Officer)
Amin Sultan holds Chief Power Officer position of Alba’s 3600 MW ISO Power & Utilities. He was in charge of the construction of Potline 6 Expansion Project for the new 1800 MW Power Station 5 using H-class gas turbine technology. He also oversees Alba wide property and business interruption all risks insurance. He has been with Alba since 1997.
Amin played instrumental roles in Alba’s organization restructuring process in 2010, implementation of Lean & Six Sigma tools during STAR project 2011/2012 and finally cost saving Titan Project.
Before joining Alba, he spent 5 years at the leading Japanese control and instrumentation firm, Yokogawa, wherein his role covered engineering, maintenance and projects experiences in vast industries such power & utilities, refineries, and petrochemicals.
Amin holds M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Bahrain and an MBA from ESSEC Business School. He has also attended various Executive Management Programmes at University of Chicago Business School and University of Cranfield School of Management.
Outside of work, Amin Sultan enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and reading.
(Chief Supply Officer)
Waleed Tamimi holds the position of Chief Supply Officer of Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C (Alba) overseeing the departments of Calciner & Marine, Procurement & Warehousing, Strategic Supply & Planning, Workshop & Maintenance and Engineering. Prior to this he was appointed Chief Administration & Supply Officer in August 2019.
Prior to his present role, Waleed was the Chief Administration Officer and before that was the Director of Administration. Within Alba, he successfully held the position of Senior Manager of Strategic Supply & Planning, charged with controlling the company’s procurement requirement of all major raw material and corresponding logistics. Moreover, Waleed was responsible for the management and development of Alba’s raw material and freight suppliers’ network in addition to managing all trading & selling initiatives for excess procured Alumina and surplus production of Calcined Petroleum Coke.
In 2013, Waleed served as Manager - Operational Excellence where he led the operational excellence initiatives alongside the continuous improvement strategy and roadmap. Moreover, Waleed was responsible for the development, establishment and initiation of an Enterprise Continuous Improvement and Cost Cutting Programme (Titan Programme), based on the Lean-Six Sigma methodology. The developed Programme is a company-wide philosophy aimed at improving quality, reducing lead time and bringing in sizable cost reduction levels.
Prior to his tenure with Alba, he was General Manager of Business Improvement Group at Rezayat Group of Companies in Khobar, Saudi Arabia where he led a strategy building initiative at Rezayat Group, resulting ultimately in the establishment and direct utilization of Balance Score Cards. He also led the development, establishment and initiation of an Enterprise Excellence Program. The developed system was called Rezayat Achieving Competitive Excellence (RACE) and is a mix of the Six Sigma philosophy, the Lean Manufacturing methodology and Continuous Improvement principles.
Waleed holds an Executive MBA from the French Arabian Business School / ESSEC in addition to a BS and MS degrees in Industrial Engineering from Wichita State University in the USA. He is also a Certified Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing Master Black Belt. Waleed has served for 20 years in different capacities for a number of companies in the USA and in the Middle East ranging from an Implementation Consultant in a software start-up company in San Jose, California to a Six Sigma Black Belt in a world-class Aircraft Manufacturer (Lear-Jet, Bombardier).
Dr. Abdulla Habib Ahmed,
(Chief Operations Officer)
Dr. Abdulla Habib was appointed as Chief Operations Officer on 2nd December 2018 and he has been Director of Reduction Line 6 Start-up since July 2017. Prior to this he was Director of Reduction Lines and Services since February 2015. He has been with Alba since 1995 when he joined as trainee engineer after completing his B.Sc. in chemical Engineering with first honor class. During the last 23 years, Dr. Abdulla has grown in Alba and held the roles of Superintendent Reduction Line, R&D Manager, Reduction Lines Manager, and Customers Technical Support Manager. He has played a vital role in improving safety performance in Alba Operations. He was in charge of Line-5 recovery in 2017, after a long power outage, as one of the safest and faster recoveries in the world. He contributed significantly in increasing metal production in Alba to 1,011,101 in 2018 by aligning the teams, driving innovative ideas and introducing more disciplined culture among workforce.
Dr. Abdulla holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Master’s Degree in Aluminium Smelting from University of New South Wales, Australia. He also holds MBA from ESSEC/French Arabian School.
Dr. Abdulla is a member of many international committees related to Aluminium Industry like The Material Society (TMS) and has been an advisor to the Engineering College of Bahrain University.
During his private time, reading is his favourite hobby.
(Chief Financial Officer)
Bryan joined Alba in 2009 as Chief Internal Auditor and Risk Officer, reporting to the Board and Board Audit Committee, and indirectly to the CEO. In addition to his responsibilities in overseeing Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk management, he also led the development and implementation of the Integrity and Ethics program, including the Code of Conduct and Integrity Reporting hotline system.
Bryan was appointed Acting CFO on 4 December 2018, and was appointed CFO on 25 September 2019. As part of his role, Bryan oversees the Finance, Legal, IT and Operational Excellence departments, as well as serving on a number of subsidiary directorships and chairing a number of management committees.
Bryan is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 26 years of experience. He started his career with PWC, from which he had received a university scholarship. After a 2-year career interruption of community service in South Africa and Namibia, Bryan worked for 3 years for another big 5 accounting and auditing firm, before taking on a role as Financial Manager of a South African telecoms company.
Prior to moving to Bahrain, Bryan spent 10 years in international leadership roles in Internal Audit, Risk, Planning and Performance Management as well as Compliance and Ethics, in BP, one of the world’s largest energy companies. Five of these years were spent heading BP’s UK Internal Audit team, and his last role was as the Manager of Compliance & Ethics for BP Downstream Europe, Africa and Australasia.
Bryan is accompanied in Bahrain by his wife and two youngest children, while his oldest studies in the UK. Besides hanging out with his family, and serving in community roles, Bryan enjoys kayaking, hiking, reading, and participating in Ironman triathlons.