DUBAI DIAMOND CONFERENCE

AGENDA

14:00 - 14:10

Welcome Remarks

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Host of the DDC2017 and Executive Chairman of DMCC

14:10 - 14:30

Official Opening Speech

HE Abdulla Alsaleh, Undersecretary for Foreign Trade & Industry, Ministry of Economy

14:30 - 14:50

Keynote Address

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman, Global Compact Foundation

14:50 - 15:00

Welcome Address

Peter Meeus, Chairman, Dubai Diamond Exchange

15:00 - 15:15

Speech

Hon Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane, Minister of Mineral Resources, Republic of South Africa

15:15 - 15:25

Speech

Paul Rowley, Executive Vice-President – Global Sightholder Sales, De Beers Group

15:25 - 15:35

Speech

Robert Owen-Jones, Kimberley Process Chair 2017

15:35 - 15:45

Speech

Ernest Blom, President, World Federation of Diamond Bourses

15:45 - 15:55

Speech

Stéphane Fischler, Acting President, World Diamond Council

15:55 - 16:10

Coffee Break

16:10 - 17:10

Diamond Expert Panel 1

"Uniting the industry to accelerate initiatives driving the SDG agenda forward"

Introduction:
Dr Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair, OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct

Moderator:
Iris Van der Veken, Director – Public Affairs & Policy International, DMCC

Participants:
Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman, Global Compact Foundation

Andrew Bone, Executive Director, Responsible Jewellery Council

Ernest Blom, President, World Federation of Diamond Bourses

Feriel Zerouki, Head of Government and Industry Relations, The De Beers Group of Companies

Gaetano Cavalieri, President, CIBJO The World Jewellery Confederation

Praveen Shankar Pandya, Chairman, The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council

David Bouffard, Vice President – Corporate Affairs, Signet Jewelers Ltd.

17:10 - 17:30

Speech by Special Guest Speaker

"One year in, update on the Diamond Producers Association category marketing campaigns"

Jean-Marc Lieberherr, Chief Executive Officer, Diamond Producers Association

17:30 - 18:20

Diamond Expert Panel 2

"How diamonds fit in the new era of millennials?"

Moderators:
Dr T.B. (Mac) McClelland Jr., President & CEO - Middle East, The Luxury Marketing Council

Tim Dabson, Director, TD Consulting Ltd.

Participants:
Jean-Marc Lieberherr, Chief Executive Officer, Diamond Producers Association

Amit Dhamani, CEO and Managing Director, Dhamani Jewels

Rajiv Mehta, Director, Dimexon International

Kolia Neveux, Managing Director - Middle East & Africa, Bulgari

18:20 - 20:00

Free Time

20:00 - 23:00

Gala Dinner

Al Safina Ballroom, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai

* Agenda is subject to change at any time

08:30 - 08:40

Welcome Address

Peter Meeus, Chairman, Dubai Diamond Exchange

08:40 - 09:40

Press Conference

Nemesis/DeGRISOGONO/Christie's

09:40 - 10:10

Coffee Break

10:10 - 10:25

Speech

Platinum Sponsor - Ashit Mehta, Director, Aurostar

10:25 - 10:40

Speech

Hon Walter K. Chidhakwa, Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Republic of Zimbabwe

10:40 - 10:55

Speech

Hon Keketso Sello, Minister of Mining, Kingdom of Lesotho

10:55 - 11:10

Speech

Hon Leopold Mboli Fatran, Minister of Mines and Geology, Central African Republic

11:10 - 11:25

Speech

Dr Obolokile Obakeng, Acting Permanent Secretary, Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Republic of Botswana

11:25 - 11:30

Speech

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DMCC

11:30 - 12:30

Speech by Special Guest Speaker

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 14:40

Diamond Expert Panel 3

"Lab-grown diamonds and their disclosure: Is there a problem?"

Moderators:
Peter Meeus, Chairman, Dubai Diamond Exchange

Tim Dabson, Director, TD Consulting Ltd.

Participants:
Ernest Blom, President, World Federation of Diamond Bourses

Tom Moses, Executive Vice-President and Chief Research and Laboratory Officer, Gemological Institute of America

Praveen Shankar Pandya, Chairman, The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council

Kevin Ryan, Chief Operating Officer, Damas Jewellery LLC

Debbie Azar, Co-Founder, Gemological Science International

Ayesha Al Mazrooei, Gemstones Expert, Dubai Central Laboratory (DCL)

14:40 - 15:20

Diamond Expert Panel 4

"Bankability, transparency, innovation"

Moderators:
Peter Meeus, Chairman, Dubai Diamond Exchange

Tim Dabson, Director, TD Consulting Ltd.

Participants:
George Abraham, General Manager, Strategic Growth Sectors, Emirates NBD

Biju Patnaik, Head of Gem & Jewellery Segment, IndusInd Bank Limited

Erik Jens, CEO, ABN Amro Bank ID&JG

Alain Spruyt, Managing Director, Driesassur Group

Varda Shine, Vice-Chairman, Channel Capital LLC

Davy Blommaert, Unit Head – Precious Metals & Diamonds, National Bank of Fujairah PJSC

15:20 - 15:40

Coffee Break

15:40 - 16:20

Diamond Expert Panel 5

"KP Reform: A reality or a never ending story?"

Moderators:
Mark Van Bockstael, Chief Officer Business Intelligence, Antwerp World Diamond Centre

Peter Meeus, Chairman, Dubai Diamond Exchange

Participants:
Maryam Al Hashemi, Director, UAE Kimberley Process

Dr Sipho Manese, Chair, KP Working Group of Monitoring

Stéphane Fischler, Acting President, World Diamond Council

Sabyasachi Ray, Executive Director, The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council

Leanne Kemp, Chief Executive Officer, Everledger

Lehlohonolo Chefa, Executive Director, Policy Analysis and Research

Dr Ola Bello, Executive Director, Good Governance Africa

Maurice Miema, Kimberley Process Focal Point, Democratic Republic of Congo

16:20 - 17:00

Diamond Expert Panel 6

"The impact of value added tax (VAT) or GST on wholesale diamond trading"

Moderators:
Peter Meeus, Chairman, Dubai Diamond Exchange

Tim Dabson, Director, TD Consulting Ltd.

Participants:
Karim Merchant, CEO and Managing Director, Pure Gold Jewellers

Tawhid Abdullah, Chairman, Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group

Rajesh Mehta, Chairman, Super Gems Group

Praveen Shankar Pandya, Chairman, The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council

Alexander Pschenichnikov, Head of Corporate Governance in Precious Metals and Precious Stones, Ministry of Finance, Russia

Thomas Scaria, Head of Corporate Finance, Joyalukkas Group

Rihen Mehta, Chairman, 7Cs Group

17:00 - 17:40

Diamond Expert Panel 7

"Tenders and auctions: Temporary phenomenon or new business model of the future?"

Moderators:
Peter Meeus, Chairman, Dubai Diamond Exchange

Tim Dabson, Director, TD Consulting Ltd.

Participants:
Philip Hoymans, Managing Director, Bonas-Couzyn NV

Adam Schulman, CEO, Koin International

Mike Aggett, General Manager, Trans Atlantic Gem Sales

Neil Haddock, Managing Director, Global Diamond Tenders DMCC

Sahag Arslanian, Director, Arslanian Frères NV

Johan Erikson, Managing Director, First Element DTC

17:40 - 18:00

Closing Remarks

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Host of the DDC 2017 and Executive Chairman of DMCC

* Agenda is subject to change at any time