Former President and CEO, Orinoco Iron
Alberto Hassan has over 50 years of industrial experience in the Iron, Steel, Direct Reduction and Automotive industries. He was instrumental in the development of the Hot Briquetted Iron (HBI) industry in Venezuela, as well as the FINMET® Process Technology.
Among others, he served as General Manager of Siderurgica Venezolana, SIVENSA and FIOR de Venezuela, Project Director of the VENPRECAR HBI plant and the CASIMA Steel mill as well as President & CEO of ORINOCO IRON. Also held the positions of COB of the COPAL Palua Port, President of BRIFER, IBMS, SDP International Corp and Factory Manager at General Motors de Venezuela. He has been an independent industry consultant since 2003 with specialty in Direct Reduction, Iron, Steel and Project Management.
Mr. Hassan founded in 1998 the HBIA, Hot Briquetted Iron Association Ltd., the international trade association for HBI and served as Chairman until its merger with International Pig Iron Association (IPIA) to form the International Iron Metallics Association (IIMA), which he presided for 3 years and also served as a Director until 2018.
Mr. Hassan received a BS from Lowell Technological Institute (University of Massachusetts) and a special post-graduate degree in Industrial & Automotive Engineering from the General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan. He is fluent in English, Spanish & French.
Hassan has been a guest speaker at numerous international Iron, Direct Reduction, Steel conferences, symposiums and seminars in North & South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania (Australia).