Vice President/Executive Director, International Copper Association
Steven Kukoda joined the International Copper Association in 2004 and is currently the organization’s vice president. ICA is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 6 trade association that represents the world’s copper industry. In 2009 he was elected an ICA officer and he was also named to the ICA Management Committee. He develops and maintains relationships with organizations external to the copper industry, including governments, intergovernmental organizations, the United Nations, foundations, and more. He is also responsible for increasing the association’s membership base, which currently represents 55-percent of world copper output, and to ensure ICA’s existing membership base and external partners continue to see value in the organization.
In 2013 ICA joined like-minded organizations, including the United Nations Environment Program and the United Nations Development Program, to form United For Efficiency. This public-private partnership aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Energy For All initiative, and its goals are to reduce global electricity consumption by 10-percent and to reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to removing half of the world’s cars from the road. U4E is the official “Energy Efficiency Accelerator” for appliances under SE4ALL, and Kukoda represents ICA as co-lead for this initiative.
In a career that goes back to 1987, Kukoda has held a number of positions for different industries in the fields of communications and public/investor relations. Most recently, he served as the director of communications and investor relations for Multiplex, Inc., a high-technology start-up focused of ten-gigabits-per-second fiber-optic systems. In 2001, Multiplex, Inc. raised in excess of $105 million in private funding, which was the largest round of funding for any organization, in any industry, in the New York Tri-State Area that year.
Kukoda is based in ICA’s global headquarters in New York and lives in New Jersey.