Najeeba Al Jabri

Najeeba Al Jabri

Vice President Technical, Midstream, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)

A Chemical Engineer with 20years+ experience, and completed high class Executive MBA from Hult International Business School in 2018.

Started her career with Dubal Aluminium as Graduate Trainee in 2001. Her enthusiasm, commitment and focus driven goals elevated her role to Operations Manager (the first National Lady) in DUBAL. She was involved on the Start Up of 79B Expansion Project in 2006, with annual production of 450,000 tones. In 2007 she was awarded by the International Aluminum Institute for Best Environment Friendly Producer award. In 2008 she was awarded on leading the restoration of the production lines after long power outage.

In April 2010, she joined joined Dragon Oil as Assistant Planning Manager and promoted to Senior Manager Planning. Working in Dragon Oil is totally different experience for her. But she has proven that nothing is impossible if you are passionate about your work and you are interested in learning new things.

After a brief break from the Aluminium Industry, in 2013 she joined Emirates Aluminium (“EMAL”, now known as EGA Al Taweelah), and was given the task of leading the start-up of the world’s longest potline utilizing the most advance smelting technology within EGA. Despite the intense pace and the volume of activity required, the energization of the entire pot-line was achieved with zero lost time injury and the project was delivered to Operations ahead of scheduled time. Since 2016 Najeeba is leading the EGA technical department as Vice President - Technical Midstream. In this role she drives many strategical initiatives for the company.

Panelist: SESSION: Technology and Application
Vision without Execution is Hallucination: How can we move from targets to execution? From commitment and planning to action and results?

All Sessions by Najeeba Al Jabri

5:20 am - 6:00 am

  • To deploy new technology we need to mainly consider: Capital, Operating cost, and Operational skills among others. Where do we stand on each? What are the implications in the real world?
  • Will the performance be as good as it is being marketed? What is the transition from invention to commercial use? What are the timelines we are looking for?
  • What do operations people need in order to get the best out of new technology? How to take technology to the next level in terms of efficiency, lean manufacturing, increase productivity and improve performance on initial results? Are processes and protocols in place for the next wave of R&D?
  • How can academia and R&D take us to the next level of performance? What specializations are needed? Is academia in the loop as an active partner? Are they shaping the minds of future generations to lead the operations and address the needs of the industry?
  • How can we deploy Industry 4.0 to help our industry reach our operational goals?
  • The industry relies on Automation to eliminate mundane tasks as well as improve safety where operators are in the line of fire and the need for human intervention. Can we optimize Automation in new technologies?
  • How to ensure that we can streamline supply chain and responsible sourcing? How to balance strategic supply imperatives with cost reduction, just-in-time sourcing and logistics for raw material?
  • What else can procurement people do to maximize profitability? In terms of logistics, transportation, taxes, and supply versus demand?