Bernard Allais joined Aluminium Pechiney, now part of Rio Tinto, in 1983 as an engineer in the Australian operations at the time of the Tomago AP18 project. He then moved to France and took part in the stabilisation of the new potline equipped with the AP28 pots at Saint Jean de Maurienne. From 1989 to 1992 Bernard was the Head of the Potline in the Aluminium Dunkerque Smelter project in France until the stabilisation of operation. From 1993 to 1995, he was at the R&D Center (LRF – France) involved in the development of the AP50 pot technology. In 1996, Bernard joined the Technology Sales Group where he looked after the implementation of AP18 and AP30 technology on smelter projects around the world. He was also involved in the technical assistance to many plants using AP technology as well as the development of the ALPSYS pot control system. In early 2009 Bernard was appointed Director, Technology Sales & Marketing – Smelters at Rio Tinto Aluminium. Bernard has an Engineering degree from the French engineering school Ecole Centrale de Paris (1979) and a Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin (USA-1980).