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MENA Steel Forum

6–8 June 2023 • Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski Cairo • Cairo, Egypt

Tour of Ezz Steel, Al Sokhna Plant

Schedule of Events

6–8 June 2023 • Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski Cairo • Cairo, Egypt
All presentations will be in English, unless stated otherwise.

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Tuesday, 6 June 2023


Registration and Refreshments


Chapter Welcome and Introduction

AIST MENA Member Chapter Chair
Karim Badr, Technical Director, RHI Magnesita

AIST Global Association Overview
Brian Bliss, General Manager – Programs & Publications, Association for Iron & Steel Technology

Keynote Presentation
El Sayed Ibrahim, Division Director, Ezz Steel

State of the industry and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the MENA region. What makes this region unique? What challenges do we face? What is driving the steel demand in the region? How do we adapt to constant economic challenges?


The Future of Green Steel
Can the MENA region leverage its assets in the path to green steel? In this session, we will be discussing the future technologies that impact carbon reduction in the steelmaking process through the use of hydrogen, hybrid technologies and carbon capture.

Moderator: Dr. Jürgen Cappel, Managing Director, Cappel Steel Consulting

Confirmed Panelists:

Layla El Hares, Managing Director Green Energy, Siemens Energy

Riccardo De Michielis, KAM & Technical Consulting, SMS group S.p.A.

Dr. Alexander Fleischanderl, Head of Green Steel, Primetals Technologies

Antonio Sgrò, Vice President, Danieli Green Technology




Modern Electric Arc Furnace Operation
The MENA region has the highest DRI production density per ton produced in the world. Consequently, the EAFs are pushing the limits on virgin iron units charge percentages. This session will focus on challenges and potential innovations in EAF operations.

Moderator: Ashraf Hanna, Director Technical Marketing, RHI Magnesita

Confirmed Panelists:

Didier Morice, CTO, ALTech Group

Osama Azab, Plant General Manager, Egyptian Steel

Bouchta Bourzgui, Steel Plant Manager, Maghreb Steel

Antonio Sgrò, Vice President, Danieli Green Technology

Ahmed Abdallah Abdelfatah, Senior Process Engineer (EAFs &LFs), EZDK


Afternoon Break


Innovations in Continuous-Continuous Casting Through Rolling Technologies
New technologies are creating efficiencies in the entire steelmaking process. The session will focus on the latest applications of continuous-continuous casting and rolling technologies.

Moderator: Dr. Gamal Megahed, General Manager for Technical Affairs, Egyptian Steel

Confirmed Panelists:

Magdy Talaat Process Engineering Manager, EZDK

Moataz Shafik, CSP Process Engineering Manager, EZDK

Khaled Taha, Plant General Manager, Egyptian Steel

Andrea De Luca, Vice President, Danieli MIDA Technology

Dr. Ayman Fathy, Quality & Product Development Executive Manager, Ezz Steel

Omar Taha, Technical Marketing & Excellence solutions -Flow Control, RHI Magnesita

Wednesday, 7 June 2023


Registration and Refreshments


Economic Challenges of the Steel Industry in Egypt
Can we overcome the constantly changing economic conditions in the post-COVID era? In this session, industry specialists will be addressing challenges in supply chain, foreign currency, customs freezes, and delays and product delivery–locked scenarios.

Moderator: Hany Genena, Adjunct Faculty, The American University in Cairo

Confirmed Panelists:

Mohamed Hany Zada, Supply Chain Director, Suez Steel Co.

Ramy Saleh, CBDO, Elmarakby Steel

Hisham El Tawil, Corporate Flat Sales Director, Ezz Steel

Reem Mansour, Board Member, Misr Measurement & Control

Karim Badr, Technical Director, RHI Magnesita




Innovations in the Direct Reduction Production Route
What are the next-level innovations that are going to impact the DRI process? In this session, industry specialists will share the latest developments and projects in the DRI process.

Moderator: El Sayed Ibrahim, Division Director, Ezz Steel

Confirmed Panelist:

Dr. Vincent Chevrier, General Manager – Technical Sales and Marketing, Midrex Technologies

Islam Gadou, DRI Operations Senior Manager, EZDK

Ali El-Keshawy, Technical Sales Manager, EMEA, UNICAT

Mohamed Attia, Senior Process Manager, ERM-DRP, Ezz Steel

Angelo Manenti, President, Metal Consulting LLC


Afternoon Break


Future of Young Professionals and Industry Support 
Do we have enough people in the talent pipeline to sustain our industry? In this session, young professionals will present their work and our industry leaders tackle the important topics regarding the latest activities in development and support of our young professionals. We will also address the needs and gaps for our industry to thrive.

Moderator: Dr. Iman El Mahallawi, Professor, University of Cairo

Student Presentations from:
German University in Cairo, The British University in Cairo, Cairo University, and Suez University

Confirmed Panelists:

Carsten-Michael Walbiner, Director Regional Office Cairo, DAAD

Nader Nabil, Head of Dual System Governance Component, GIZ

Mahmoud Taha, Rolling Mills Manager, Ezz Steel

Karim Alshurafa, President, Vollmer America Inc.

Dr. Taha Mattar, Director, TIMS


Thursday, 8 June 2023


   Plant Tour: Ezz Steel, Al Sokhna Plant

*All times are local to Cairo (GMT+2). Schedule is subject to change and will be updated as additional details are confirmed.