Joel Hakim

Joel Hakim

Joel arrived in Australia in 1994 as General Manager of Pechiney Pacific which was part of the Pechiney Group, after an international career, including 8 years in Latin America as Managing Director of Carbone Lorraine (a Pechiney subsidiary), and 8 years in Japan as Managing Director of Pechiney Japan, and Managing Director of the Pechiney Group in Asia. 
Since then, the Pechiney Group has been bought by Alcan (Aluminium of Canada), which was later acquired by Rio Tinto.
In Australia, Pechiney Pacific was the manager of a Joint Venture of which AMP and CSR were members: the Tomago aluminium smelter (350,000 tons/year at the time, 550,000 tons in 2020) under license from Pechiney in the Hunter Valley near Newcastle. Tomago consumes 10 to 11% of the electricity produced in NSW
Pechiney was also in a Joint Venture in Queensland Alumina with AMP and Rio Tinto in an Alumina refinery located in Queensland at Gladstone which with a production of 3.7 million tons/year was the largest Alumina refinery in the world. 
Pechiney's assets in Australia at the time amounted to $1 billion making the Group the largest French investor in Australia.

Joël retired from Pechiney in 1999, and has since served on the boards of several French subsidiaries in Australia and South Korea (Atofina, Nexans, Pechiney World Trade among others...)
At the same time, he represented several subsidiaries of Areva until 2017, particularly in the field of research reactors.
He was Federal President of the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for 5 years, and was also President of the Alliance Française de Sydney Committee for 12 years during which time the Alliance Française Film Festival grew considerably, and the Alliance building was built in the center of Sydney. 
Since 2018, he has joined the Committee of Friends of the Lapérouse Museum, and represents in Australia the Lapérouse-Albi France Association. In this capacity he organized a series of lectures at the State Library of New South Wales around the expedition of Monsieur de Lapérouse in the 18th century.

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