DUBAI DIAMOND CONFERENCE

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HE Ahmed Al Sayegh

H.E. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh

Minister of State to the UAE and Chairman ADGM

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H.E. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh

Minister of State to the UAE and Chairman ADGM

H.E. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh has been appointed as Minister of State to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Cabinet in September 2018 and is the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). With three decades of international experience and business leadership, H.E. Al Sayegh supports the government actively in initiatives and efforts that drive the nation’s economic diversification plans and the sustainable future of the UAE.

As Chairman of ADGM, H.E. Al Sayegh oversees the growth of ADGM as one of the world’s leading International Financial Centres anchored in Abu Dhabi. He had also served in several key capacities including as the former founding Chairman of Aldar Properties founding Chairman of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), Deputy Chairman of First Gulf Bank, and held senior positions Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Abu Dhabi Investment Company (Invest AD).

H.E. Al Sayegh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lewis & Clark College, USA.

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Ahmed Bin Sulayem

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer | DMCC

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Ahmed Bin Sulayem

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer | DMCC

Ahmed Bin Sulayem is the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DMCC and has driven its growth from a start-up of 28 member companies in 2003 to the world’s leading free zone in 2018 with over 15,000 member companies from 170 countries, employing over 60,000 people.

Tasked with enhancing commodity trade flows through Dubai, DMCC has introduced to market a number of value-added products and services under Mr Bin Sulayem’s leadership. In 2018, DMCC was named the ‘Global Free Zone of the Year’ by The Financial Times fDi Magazine, for a record fourth consecutive year.

Mr Bin Sulayem oversaw the exponential growth of the DMCC Free Zone master development in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), a 200-hectare business and residential community in Dubai of over 100,000 people living and working across 68 towers. Mr Bin Sulayem also oversees the development of DMCC’s latest real estate project; the much-anticipated Uptown Dubai district.

Mr Bin Sulayem currently serves as the Chairman of the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) and the Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange (DGCX).

The Kimberley Process officially appointed the UAE as the first and only Arab country to Chair the Kimberley Process in November 2015. Shortly after, the UAE Ministry of Economy officially appointed Mr Bin Sulayem as the UAE’s Chair of the Kimberley Process for 2016.

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H.E. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh

Minister of State to the UAE and Chairman ADGM

H.E. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh has been appointed as Minister of State to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Cabinet in September 2018 and is the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). With three decades of international experience and business leadership, H.E. Al Sayegh supports the government actively in initiatives and efforts that drive the nation’s economic diversification plans and the sustainable future of the UAE.

As Chairman of ADGM, H.E. Al Sayegh oversees the growth of ADGM as one of the world’s leading International Financial Centres anchored in Abu Dhabi. He had also served in several key capacities including as the former founding Chairman of Aldar Properties founding Chairman of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), Deputy Chairman of First Gulf Bank, and held senior positions Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Abu Dhabi Investment Company (Invest AD).

H.E. Al Sayegh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lewis & Clark College, USA.

Ahmed Bin Sulayem

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer | DMCC

Ahmed Bin Sulayem is the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DMCC and has driven its growth from a start-up of 28 member companies in 2003 to the world’s leading free zone in 2018 with over 15,000 member companies from 170 countries, employing over 60,000 people.

Tasked with enhancing commodity trade flows through Dubai, DMCC has introduced to market a number of value-added products and services under Mr Bin Sulayem’s leadership. In 2018, DMCC was named the ‘Global Free Zone of the Year’ by The Financial Times fDi Magazine, for a record fourth consecutive year.

Mr Bin Sulayem oversaw the exponential growth of the DMCC Free Zone master development in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), a 200-hectare business and residential community in Dubai of over 100,000 people living and working across 68 towers. Mr Bin Sulayem also oversees the development of DMCC’s latest real estate project; the much-anticipated Uptown Dubai district.

Mr Bin Sulayem currently serves as the Chairman of the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) and the Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange (DGCX).

The Kimberley Process officially appointed the UAE as the first and only Arab country to Chair the Kimberley Process in November 2015. Shortly after, the UAE Ministry of Economy officially appointed Mr Bin Sulayem as the UAE’s Chair of the Kimberley Process for 2016.

Anish Aggarwal

Anish Aggarwal

Co-Founder and Partner | GEMDAX

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Anish Aggarwal

Co-Founder and Partner | GEMDAX

Anish is co-founder and partner at GEMDAX, a global diamond specialist consultancy and his core areas of expertise range from stakeholder management and financial trusted advisory to distribution, marketing strategy and organisational change. He is also a recognised moderator and facilitator for global industry events and conferences.

Prior to GEMDAX, Anish worked in London as a Consultant for Oliver Wyman & Co, where he focussed on strategy development for the financial services sector. During his tenure, he worked on a range of projects with major investment and retail banks.

Anish holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

David Block

David Block

Chief Executive Officer | Sarine Technology Group

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David Block

Chief Executive Officer | Sarine Technology Group

David Block is CEO of the Sarine Technology Group, one of the world's leading technology companies for the diamonds, gemstones and jewellery industries. Over the last 20 years at Sarine, David has played an instrumental role in the initiation, development and introduction of many of the revolutionary innovations the Group has brought to the diamond manufacturing segment. Under his guidance, Sarine's diamond planning systems have become the de facto standard for diamond manufacturing with over 24,000 systems installed and over 70 million diamonds planned on these each year.

In 2009, David led the rollout of the unmatched Galaxy technology for rough diamond inclusion scanning, enabling diamond manufacturers for the first time ever to accurately consider the diamond's Clarity as an integral automated part of the planning process, thereby unlocking significant added value, pushing the envelope from under 40% to over 50% utilization of the rough stone's weight.

For the past few years, Block has been spearheading Sarine's introduction of similarly uniquely innovative technologies further downstream - to the wholesale and retail trade of polished diamonds. Amongst these advances are notably the first technology based artificial intelligence driven polished diamond grading, the most complete and least disruptive end-to-end solution for diamond traceability, the emerging standard for light performance analysis, as well as other digital solutions to enable todays diamond retailers to better interact with their millennial customers.

David holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Kellogg-Recanati School of Business, a joint degree from Northwestern University in the U.S., and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.
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Anish Aggarwal

Co-Founder and Partner | GEMDAX

Anish is co-founder and partner at GEMDAX, a global diamond specialist consultancy and his core areas of expertise range from stakeholder management and financial trusted advisory to distribution, marketing strategy and organisational change. He is also a recognised moderator and facilitator for global industry events and conferences.

Prior to GEMDAX, Anish worked in London as a Consultant for Oliver Wyman & Co, where he focussed on strategy development for the financial services sector. During his tenure, he worked on a range of projects with major investment and retail banks.

Anish holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

David Block

Chief Executive Officer | Sarine Technology Group

David Block is CEO of the Sarine Technology Group, one of the world's leading technology companies for the diamonds, gemstones and jewellery industries. Over the last 20 years at Sarine, David has played an instrumental role in the initiation, development and introduction of many of the revolutionary innovations the Group has brought to the diamond manufacturing segment. Under his guidance, Sarine's diamond planning systems have become the de facto standard for diamond manufacturing with over 24,000 systems installed and over 70 million diamonds planned on these each year.

In 2009, David led the rollout of the unmatched Galaxy technology for rough diamond inclusion scanning, enabling diamond manufacturers for the first time ever to accurately consider the diamond's Clarity as an integral automated part of the planning process, thereby unlocking significant added value, pushing the envelope from under 40% to over 50% utilization of the rough stone's weight.

For the past few years, Block has been spearheading Sarine's introduction of similarly uniquely innovative technologies further downstream - to the wholesale and retail trade of polished diamonds. Amongst these advances are notably the first technology based artificial intelligence driven polished diamond grading, the most complete and least disruptive end-to-end solution for diamond traceability, the emerging standard for light performance analysis, as well as other digital solutions to enable todays diamond retailers to better interact with their millennial customers.

David holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Kellogg-Recanati School of Business, a joint degree from Northwestern University in the U.S., and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.
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H.E. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh

Minister of State to the UAE and Chairman ADGM

H.E. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh has been appointed as Minister of State to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Cabinet in September 2018 and is the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). With three decades of international experience and business leadership, H.E. Al Sayegh supports the government actively in initiatives and efforts that drive the nation’s economic diversification plans and the sustainable future of the UAE.

As Chairman of ADGM, H.E. Al Sayegh oversees the growth of ADGM as one of the world’s leading International Financial Centres anchored in Abu Dhabi. He had also served in several key capacities including as the former founding Chairman of Aldar Properties founding Chairman of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), Deputy Chairman of First Gulf Bank, and held senior positions Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Abu Dhabi Investment Company (Invest AD).

H.E. Al Sayegh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lewis & Clark College, USA.

Ahmed Bin Sulayem

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer | DMCC

Ahmed Bin Sulayem is the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DMCC and has driven its growth from a start-up of 28 member companies in 2003 to the world’s leading free zone in 2018 with over 15,000 member companies from 170 countries, employing over 60,000 people.

Tasked with enhancing commodity trade flows through Dubai, DMCC has introduced to market a number of value-added products and services under Mr Bin Sulayem’s leadership. In 2018, DMCC was named the ‘Global Free Zone of the Year’ by The Financial Times fDi Magazine, for a record fourth consecutive year.

Mr Bin Sulayem oversaw the exponential growth of the DMCC Free Zone master development in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), a 200-hectare business and residential community in Dubai of over 100,000 people living and working across 68 towers. Mr Bin Sulayem also oversees the development of DMCC’s latest real estate project; the much-anticipated Uptown Dubai district.

Mr Bin Sulayem currently serves as the Chairman of the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) and the Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange (DGCX).

The Kimberley Process officially appointed the UAE as the first and only Arab country to Chair the Kimberley Process in November 2015. Shortly after, the UAE Ministry of Economy officially appointed Mr Bin Sulayem as the UAE’s Chair of the Kimberley Process for 2016.

Anish Aggarwal

Co-Founder and Partner | GEMDAX

Anish is co-founder and partner at GEMDAX, a global diamond specialist consultancy and his core areas of expertise range from stakeholder management and financial trusted advisory to distribution, marketing strategy and organisational change. He is also a recognised moderator and facilitator for global industry events and conferences.

Prior to GEMDAX, Anish worked in London as a Consultant for Oliver Wyman & Co, where he focussed on strategy development for the financial services sector. During his tenure, he worked on a range of projects with major investment and retail banks.

Anish holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

David Block

Chief Executive Officer | Sarine Technology Group

David Block is CEO of the Sarine Technology Group, one of the world's leading technology companies for the diamonds, gemstones and jewellery industries. Over the last 20 years at Sarine, David has played an instrumental role in the initiation, development and introduction of many of the revolutionary innovations the Group has brought to the diamond manufacturing segment. Under his guidance, Sarine's diamond planning systems have become the de facto standard for diamond manufacturing with over 24,000 systems installed and over 70 million diamonds planned on these each year.

In 2009, David led the rollout of the unmatched Galaxy technology for rough diamond inclusion scanning, enabling diamond manufacturers for the first time ever to accurately consider the diamond's Clarity as an integral automated part of the planning process, thereby unlocking significant added value, pushing the envelope from under 40% to over 50% utilization of the rough stone's weight.

For the past few years, Block has been spearheading Sarine's introduction of similarly uniquely innovative technologies further downstream - to the wholesale and retail trade of polished diamonds. Amongst these advances are notably the first technology based artificial intelligence driven polished diamond grading, the most complete and least disruptive end-to-end solution for diamond traceability, the emerging standard for light performance analysis, as well as other digital solutions to enable todays diamond retailers to better interact with their millennial customers.

David holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Kellogg-Recanati School of Business, a joint degree from Northwestern University in the U.S., and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.
Davy Blommaert

Davy Blommaert

Head - Diamond Business Corporate and Institutional Banking | NBF

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Davy Blommaert

Head - Diamond Business Corporate and Institutional Banking | NBF

Davy joined the National Bank of Fujairah as a Unit Head of the bank’s precious metals and diamond unit, which falls under the bank’s corporate and institutional banking division.

With over 10 years of experience in the diamond industry, he successfully established a department within NBF that is focused on providing working capital and trade finance services specific to the diamond sector.

Prior to joining NBF, he spent six years at Antwerp Diamond Bank, where he supported the development of its Antwerp and Hong Kong businesses before moving on to oversee its Dubai office.

Stuart Brown

Stuart Brown

President and CEO | Mountain Province Diamonds

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Stuart Brown

President and CEO | Mountain Province Diamonds

Mr. Stuart Brown has been Company's President and CEO since July 1, 2018. He has over 25 years of experience in the diamond industry, where he has gained a wealth of experience across all aspects throughout the diamond pipeline from exploration, mine development and operations to the selling and marketing of diamonds.

In 2006, after numerous roles within DeBeers over a period of 14 years, Mr. Brown was appointed as the De Beers Group Chief Financial Officer. He held that position for over five years, and in 2010 was appointed joint acting CEO to run De Beers’ global activities in addition to his CFO duties.

Since September 2013, Mr. Brown has been the CEO of publicly-listed Firestone Diamonds Plc, a diamond producer in Lesotho. Mr. Brown was responsible for securing the funding and building the team that delivered the successful construction and transition to production of Firestone’s Liqhobong diamond mine.

Mr. Brown has an enviable track record of leading business transformation to develop lean, agile and high performing organisations.

Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science from the University of South Africa.

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Davy Blommaert

Head - Diamond Business Corporate and Institutional Banking | NBF

Davy joined the National Bank of Fujairah as a Unit Head of the bank’s precious metals and diamond unit, which falls under the bank’s corporate and institutional banking division.

With over 10 years of experience in the diamond industry, he successfully established a department within NBF that is focused on providing working capital and trade finance services specific to the diamond sector.

Prior to joining NBF, he spent six years at Antwerp Diamond Bank, where he supported the development of its Antwerp and Hong Kong businesses before moving on to oversee its Dubai office.

Stuart Brown

President and CEO | Mountain Province Diamonds

Mr. Stuart Brown has been Company's President and CEO since July 1, 2018. He has over 25 years of experience in the diamond industry, where he has gained a wealth of experience across all aspects throughout the diamond pipeline from exploration, mine development and operations to the selling and marketing of diamonds.

In 2006, after numerous roles within DeBeers over a period of 14 years, Mr. Brown was appointed as the De Beers Group Chief Financial Officer. He held that position for over five years, and in 2010 was appointed joint acting CEO to run De Beers’ global activities in addition to his CFO duties.

Since September 2013, Mr. Brown has been the CEO of publicly-listed Firestone Diamonds Plc, a diamond producer in Lesotho. Mr. Brown was responsible for securing the funding and building the team that delivered the successful construction and transition to production of Firestone’s Liqhobong diamond mine.

Mr. Brown has an enviable track record of leading business transformation to develop lean, agile and high performing organisations.

Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science from the University of South Africa.

Dorothee Gizenga

Dorothée Gizenga

Executive Director | Diamond Development Initiative (DDI)

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Dorothée Gizenga

Executive Director | Diamond Development Initiative (DDI)

Dorothée Gizenga has led the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) as the Executive Director since 2008. DDI was created by civil society, industry and governments, to address the development issues related to artisanal and small scale diamond and other mineral mining (ASM). In September 2019, Dorothée will take on a new role as Regional Director based in Kinshasa, DRC, to lead DDI's expansion in Africa.

Dorothée’s professional portfolio includes positions with the provincial Government of Ontario (Canada) and the Federal Government of Canada, Partnership Africa Canada (presently IMPACT) and the private sector. Over the years, Dorothée counts a number of recognized contributions to the African and Canadian communities, as well as to her career field.

In December 2016, Dorothée was appointed to the Order of Ontario, and admitted into the Order in June 2017. In November 2016, Dorothée was one of 25 recipients of the Certificate of Excellence issued by the 2016 Chair of the Kimberley Process. In June 2016, Dorothée received the Diamonds Do Good Sustainable Practices Award of the Diamond Empowerment Fund.
Sergey Ivanov

Sergey Ivanov

CEO, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board | Alrosa

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Sergey Ivanov

CEO, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board | Alrosa

Mr. Sergey Ivanov was born on October 23, 1980 in Moscow. In 2001, he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations with a degree in economics. In 2002, with a degree in finance and credit.

In 2002 – 2005, Mr. Ivanov held various positions in the State Investment Company and OAO Gazprom.

In 2005 – 2011, worked as Vice President, first Vice President, Deputy Chairman of the board of JSC GAZPROMBANK.

2011 – 2016, was Chairman of the board of SOGAZ.

Since April 2016 acted as Senior Vice President and Head of the Wealth Management of PJSC Sberbank.

On March 13th 2017 elected as the CEO of ALROSA.

Mr. Ivanov is a member of the boards of RNG Joint Stock Company, NPF Gazfond, JSC GAZPROMBANK.

Commendations of the President of the Russian Federation and the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, departmental awards.

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Dorothée Gizenga

Executive Director | Diamond Development Initiative (DDI)

Dorothée Gizenga has led the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) as the Executive Director since 2008. DDI was created by civil society, industry and governments, to address the development issues related to artisanal and small scale diamond and other mineral mining (ASM). In September 2019, Dorothée will take on a new role as Regional Director based in Kinshasa, DRC, to lead DDI's expansion in Africa.

Dorothée’s professional portfolio includes positions with the provincial Government of Ontario (Canada) and the Federal Government of Canada, Partnership Africa Canada (presently IMPACT) and the private sector. Over the years, Dorothée counts a number of recognized contributions to the African and Canadian communities, as well as to her career field.

In December 2016, Dorothée was appointed to the Order of Ontario, and admitted into the Order in June 2017. In November 2016, Dorothée was one of 25 recipients of the Certificate of Excellence issued by the 2016 Chair of the Kimberley Process. In June 2016, Dorothée received the Diamonds Do Good Sustainable Practices Award of the Diamond Empowerment Fund.

Sergey Ivanov

CEO, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board | Alrosa

Mr. Sergey Ivanov was born on October 23, 1980 in Moscow. In 2001, he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations with a degree in economics. In 2002, with a degree in finance and credit.

In 2002 – 2005, Mr. Ivanov held various positions in the State Investment Company and OAO Gazprom.

In 2005 – 2011, worked as Vice President, first Vice President, Deputy Chairman of the board of JSC GAZPROMBANK.

2011 – 2016, was Chairman of the board of SOGAZ.

Since April 2016 acted as Senior Vice President and Head of the Wealth Management of PJSC Sberbank.

On March 13th 2017 elected as the CEO of ALROSA.

Mr. Ivanov is a member of the boards of RNG Joint Stock Company, NPF Gazfond, JSC GAZPROMBANK.

Commendations of the President of the Russian Federation and the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, departmental awards.

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Davy Blommaert

Head - Diamond Business Corporate and Institutional Banking | NBF

Davy joined the National Bank of Fujairah as a Unit Head of the bank’s precious metals and diamond unit, which falls under the bank’s corporate and institutional banking division.

With over 10 years of experience in the diamond industry, he successfully established a department within NBF that is focused on providing working capital and trade finance services specific to the diamond sector.

Prior to joining NBF, he spent six years at Antwerp Diamond Bank, where he supported the development of its Antwerp and Hong Kong businesses before moving on to oversee its Dubai office.

Stuart Brown

President and CEO | Mountain Province Diamonds

Mr. Stuart Brown has been Company's President and CEO since July 1, 2018. He has over 25 years of experience in the diamond industry, where he has gained a wealth of experience across all aspects throughout the diamond pipeline from exploration, mine development and operations to the selling and marketing of diamonds.

In 2006, after numerous roles within DeBeers over a period of 14 years, Mr. Brown was appointed as the De Beers Group Chief Financial Officer. He held that position for over five years, and in 2010 was appointed joint acting CEO to run De Beers’ global activities in addition to his CFO duties.

Since September 2013, Mr. Brown has been the CEO of publicly-listed Firestone Diamonds Plc, a diamond producer in Lesotho. Mr. Brown was responsible for securing the funding and building the team that delivered the successful construction and transition to production of Firestone’s Liqhobong diamond mine.

Mr. Brown has an enviable track record of leading business transformation to develop lean, agile and high performing organisations.

Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science from the University of South Africa.

Dorothée Gizenga

Executive Director | Diamond Development Initiative (DDI)

Dorothée Gizenga has led the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) as the Executive Director since 2008. DDI was created by civil society, industry and governments, to address the development issues related to artisanal and small scale diamond and other mineral mining (ASM). In September 2019, Dorothée will take on a new role as Regional Director based in Kinshasa, DRC, to lead DDI's expansion in Africa.

Dorothée’s professional portfolio includes positions with the provincial Government of Ontario (Canada) and the Federal Government of Canada, Partnership Africa Canada (presently IMPACT) and the private sector. Over the years, Dorothée counts a number of recognized contributions to the African and Canadian communities, as well as to her career field.

In December 2016, Dorothée was appointed to the Order of Ontario, and admitted into the Order in June 2017. In November 2016, Dorothée was one of 25 recipients of the Certificate of Excellence issued by the 2016 Chair of the Kimberley Process. In June 2016, Dorothée received the Diamonds Do Good Sustainable Practices Award of the Diamond Empowerment Fund.

Sergey Ivanov

CEO, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board | Alrosa

Mr. Sergey Ivanov was born on October 23, 1980 in Moscow. In 2001, he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations with a degree in economics. In 2002, with a degree in finance and credit.

In 2002 – 2005, Mr. Ivanov held various positions in the State Investment Company and OAO Gazprom.

In 2005 – 2011, worked as Vice President, first Vice President, Deputy Chairman of the board of JSC GAZPROMBANK.

2011 – 2016, was Chairman of the board of SOGAZ.

Since April 2016 acted as Senior Vice President and Head of the Wealth Management of PJSC Sberbank.

On March 13th 2017 elected as the CEO of ALROSA.

Mr. Ivanov is a member of the boards of RNG Joint Stock Company, NPF Gazfond, JSC GAZPROMBANK.

Commendations of the President of the Russian Federation and the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, departmental awards.

Dr Martin Leake

Dr Martin Leake

Special Advisor - Precious Stones | DMCC

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Dr Martin Leake

Special Advisor - Precious Stones | DMCC

Dr Martin Leake is a Special Advisor for Precious Stones at DMCC. Appointed to the position in June 2018, Martin is responsible for expanding and diversifying DMCC’s Precious Stone portfolio and helping to grow Dubai into the number one diamond-trading hub in the world.

As Company Secretary of the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), Martin focuses on driving trade to through the Exchange by forging, and strengthening commercial partnerships with stakeholders across the diamond industry, to improve governance, compliance and responsible sourcing He also chairs the organising committee for DMCC’s flagship diamond event, the Dubai Diamond Conference (DDC).

With over 15 years of experience in marketing both rough and polished diamonds, Martin is an expert on the economics of diamond mining, and an internationally recognised exploration geologist in gold, diamonds, copper, iron ore and coal.

Prior to joining DMCC, Martin worked with BHP Billiton Diamonds Marketing and Grib Diamonds and has extensive experience in marketing, sales and business development. Across his career, Martin has lived and worked in 10 countries spanning Africa, Europe, Australia North and South America, and the Middle East.

Martin is a Board Member of the World Diamond Council, a member of the Executive Committee of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

He holds a BSc (Hons) in Geology and a PhD in Exploration Geology from the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom.

Stephen Lussier

Stephen Lussier

Chairman and EVP, Consumer Brands | De Beers Group

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Stephen Lussier

Chairman and EVP, Consumer Brands | De Beers Group

Stephen Lussier is a Forevermark Chairman and Executive Vice-President, Consumer and Brands, De Beers Group and a member of De Beers Group Executive Committee.

After working for De Beers Group’s advertising agency in the U.S, N.W. Ayer, in New York, Stephen joined De Beers Group’s Consumer Marketing Division in London in 1985 as the Market Controller for the US and Canada. He then served as Market Controller for Japan from 1989 to 1991 and Regional Director for Asia Pacific from 1991 to 1993, before being appointed Director of De Beers Group’s Consumer Marketing Division in 1993, where he oversaw the launch of diamond marketing into the China and India markets.

Stephen was appointed as a DTC (Diamond Trading Company) Director in 1995 and joined the DTC Executive Committee in 2002. In 2005 he was appointed to De Beers Group’s Executive Committee with responsibility for External and Corporate Affairs.

Stephen took up the role of CEO, Forevermark and EVP – Marketing, De Beers Group, in 2009. He was also appointed Chairman of the Diamond Producers Association in 2015.

Since taking on the role of CEO at Forevermark, Stephen Lussier has seen Forevermark grow into a truly global brand. Forevermark is present in 32 markets, with more than 2,250+ retail stores across five continents.

In April 2019, Stephen stepped away from his role as CEO of Forevermark, to increase his focus on shaping De Beers Group’s strategy at the consumer level in his role as Executive-Vice-President of Consumer and Brands. Stephen will continue to oversee the strategic role Forevermark plays within the Group’s brand portfolio as Forevermark Chairman.
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Dr Martin Leake

Special Advisor - Precious Stones | DMCC

Dr Martin Leake is a Special Advisor for Precious Stones at DMCC. Appointed to the position in June 2018, Martin is responsible for expanding and diversifying DMCC’s Precious Stone portfolio and helping to grow Dubai into the number one diamond-trading hub in the world.

As Company Secretary of the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), Martin focuses on driving trade to through the Exchange by forging, and strengthening commercial partnerships with stakeholders across the diamond industry, to improve governance, compliance and responsible sourcing He also chairs the organising committee for DMCC’s flagship diamond event, the Dubai Diamond Conference (DDC).

With over 15 years of experience in marketing both rough and polished diamonds, Martin is an expert on the economics of diamond mining, and an internationally recognised exploration geologist in gold, diamonds, copper, iron ore and coal.

Prior to joining DMCC, Martin worked with BHP Billiton Diamonds Marketing and Grib Diamonds and has extensive experience in marketing, sales and business development. Across his career, Martin has lived and worked in 10 countries spanning Africa, Europe, Australia North and South America, and the Middle East.

Martin is a Board Member of the World Diamond Council, a member of the Executive Committee of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

He holds a BSc (Hons) in Geology and a PhD in Exploration Geology from the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom.

Stephen Lussier

Chairman and EVP, Consumer Brands | De Beers Group

Stephen Lussier is a Forevermark Chairman and Executive Vice-President, Consumer and Brands, De Beers Group and a member of De Beers Group Executive Committee.

After working for De Beers Group’s advertising agency in the U.S, N.W. Ayer, in New York, Stephen joined De Beers Group’s Consumer Marketing Division in London in 1985 as the Market Controller for the US and Canada. He then served as Market Controller for Japan from 1989 to 1991 and Regional Director for Asia Pacific from 1991 to 1993, before being appointed Director of De Beers Group’s Consumer Marketing Division in 1993, where he oversaw the launch of diamond marketing into the China and India markets.

Stephen was appointed as a DTC (Diamond Trading Company) Director in 1995 and joined the DTC Executive Committee in 2002. In 2005 he was appointed to De Beers Group’s Executive Committee with responsibility for External and Corporate Affairs.

Stephen took up the role of CEO, Forevermark and EVP – Marketing, De Beers Group, in 2009. He was also appointed Chairman of the Diamond Producers Association in 2015.

Since taking on the role of CEO at Forevermark, Stephen Lussier has seen Forevermark grow into a truly global brand. Forevermark is present in 32 markets, with more than 2,250+ retail stores across five continents.

In April 2019, Stephen stepped away from his role as CEO of Forevermark, to increase his focus on shaping De Beers Group’s strategy at the consumer level in his role as Executive-Vice-President of Consumer and Brands. Stephen will continue to oversee the strategic role Forevermark plays within the Group’s brand portfolio as Forevermark Chairman.
Tom Moses

Tom Moses

Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research | GIA

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Tom Moses

Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research | GIA

Tom Moses joined GIA in 1977 and moved to the GIA New York Laboratory in 1986 to understudy with Mr. Robert Crowningshield.

In 1988, Tom was appointed Vice President of Identification Services and in 2003, named Vice President of Identification and Research Services.

During his career, he headed the Institute’s more critical research projects and co-authored many articles for GIA’s Gems & Gemology. He is the recipient of the Richard T. Liddicoat Award for Distinguished Achievement, GIA’s highest honor.

In 2005, Tom was named Senior Vice President of the GIA Laboratory and Research. Tom currently holds the title of Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research Officer and now oversees all GIA Laboratory and Research operations worldwide.

Biju Pattanayak

Bijayananda Pattanayak

Executive VP, Head Gems and Jewellery | IndusInd Bank

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Bijayananda Pattanayak

Executive VP, Head Gems and Jewellery | IndusInd Bank

Mr. Biju Pattnaik is a career banker with 35 years of experience in public, foreign and private sector banks. Started as a Probationary officer in 1984 with State Bank Group and moved in 1997 to ABN AMRO Bank NV. Worked as a Regional Manager, Asia and member Global management team of IDJG in ABN AMRO Bank. ABN AMRO appointed him Country Executive, (designate) India in 2010 for their planned return to India. He has also worked as a Managing Director & Head IDJG Asia with Royal Bank of Scotland.

He joined IndusInd Bank in August 2015 from Royal Bank of Scotland where he worked as a Managing Director and member Global Management Team IDGJ of ABN AMRO bank cohabiting with RBS. From 2015 he is working as an Executive Vice President & Head, Gems & Jewellery in IndusInd Bank. He has a Master’s Degree and is a certified associate of Indian Institute of Bankers.

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Tom Moses

Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research | GIA

Tom Moses joined GIA in 1977 and moved to the GIA New York Laboratory in 1986 to understudy with Mr. Robert Crowningshield.

In 1988, Tom was appointed Vice President of Identification Services and in 2003, named Vice President of Identification and Research Services.

During his career, he headed the Institute’s more critical research projects and co-authored many articles for GIA’s Gems & Gemology. He is the recipient of the Richard T. Liddicoat Award for Distinguished Achievement, GIA’s highest honor.

In 2005, Tom was named Senior Vice President of the GIA Laboratory and Research. Tom currently holds the title of Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research Officer and now oversees all GIA Laboratory and Research operations worldwide.

Bijayananda Pattanayak

Executive VP, Head Gems and Jewellery | IndusInd Bank

Mr. Biju Pattnaik is a career banker with 35 years of experience in public, foreign and private sector banks. Started as a Probationary officer in 1984 with State Bank Group and moved in 1997 to ABN AMRO Bank NV. Worked as a Regional Manager, Asia and member Global management team of IDJG in ABN AMRO Bank. ABN AMRO appointed him Country Executive, (designate) India in 2010 for their planned return to India. He has also worked as a Managing Director & Head IDJG Asia with Royal Bank of Scotland.

He joined IndusInd Bank in August 2015 from Royal Bank of Scotland where he worked as a Managing Director and member Global Management Team IDGJ of ABN AMRO bank cohabiting with RBS. From 2015 he is working as an Executive Vice President & Head, Gems & Jewellery in IndusInd Bank. He has a Master’s Degree and is a certified associate of Indian Institute of Bankers.

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Dr Martin Leake

Special Advisor - Precious Stones | DMCC

Dr Martin Leake is a Special Advisor for Precious Stones at DMCC. Appointed to the position in June 2018, Martin is responsible for expanding and diversifying DMCC’s Precious Stone portfolio and helping to grow Dubai into the number one diamond-trading hub in the world.

As Company Secretary of the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), Martin focuses on driving trade to through the Exchange by forging, and strengthening commercial partnerships with stakeholders across the diamond industry, to improve governance, compliance and responsible sourcing He also chairs the organising committee for DMCC’s flagship diamond event, the Dubai Diamond Conference (DDC).

With over 15 years of experience in marketing both rough and polished diamonds, Martin is an expert on the economics of diamond mining, and an internationally recognised exploration geologist in gold, diamonds, copper, iron ore and coal.

Prior to joining DMCC, Martin worked with BHP Billiton Diamonds Marketing and Grib Diamonds and has extensive experience in marketing, sales and business development. Across his career, Martin has lived and worked in 10 countries spanning Africa, Europe, Australia North and South America, and the Middle East.

Martin is a Board Member of the World Diamond Council, a member of the Executive Committee of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

He holds a BSc (Hons) in Geology and a PhD in Exploration Geology from the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom.

Stephen Lussier

Chairman and EVP, Consumer Brands | De Beers Group

Stephen Lussier is a Forevermark Chairman and Executive Vice-President, Consumer and Brands, De Beers Group and a member of De Beers Group Executive Committee.

After working for De Beers Group’s advertising agency in the U.S, N.W. Ayer, in New York, Stephen joined De Beers Group’s Consumer Marketing Division in London in 1985 as the Market Controller for the US and Canada. He then served as Market Controller for Japan from 1989 to 1991 and Regional Director for Asia Pacific from 1991 to 1993, before being appointed Director of De Beers Group’s Consumer Marketing Division in 1993, where he oversaw the launch of diamond marketing into the China and India markets.

Stephen was appointed as a DTC (Diamond Trading Company) Director in 1995 and joined the DTC Executive Committee in 2002. In 2005 he was appointed to De Beers Group’s Executive Committee with responsibility for External and Corporate Affairs.

Stephen took up the role of CEO, Forevermark and EVP – Marketing, De Beers Group, in 2009. He was also appointed Chairman of the Diamond Producers Association in 2015.

Since taking on the role of CEO at Forevermark, Stephen Lussier has seen Forevermark grow into a truly global brand. Forevermark is present in 32 markets, with more than 2,250+ retail stores across five continents.

In April 2019, Stephen stepped away from his role as CEO of Forevermark, to increase his focus on shaping De Beers Group’s strategy at the consumer level in his role as Executive-Vice-President of Consumer and Brands. Stephen will continue to oversee the strategic role Forevermark plays within the Group’s brand portfolio as Forevermark Chairman.

Tom Moses

Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research | GIA

Tom Moses joined GIA in 1977 and moved to the GIA New York Laboratory in 1986 to understudy with Mr. Robert Crowningshield.

In 1988, Tom was appointed Vice President of Identification Services and in 2003, named Vice President of Identification and Research Services.

During his career, he headed the Institute’s more critical research projects and co-authored many articles for GIA’s Gems & Gemology. He is the recipient of the Richard T. Liddicoat Award for Distinguished Achievement, GIA’s highest honor.

In 2005, Tom was named Senior Vice President of the GIA Laboratory and Research. Tom currently holds the title of Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research Officer and now oversees all GIA Laboratory and Research operations worldwide.

Bijayananda Pattanayak

Executive VP, Head Gems and Jewellery | IndusInd Bank

Mr. Biju Pattnaik is a career banker with 35 years of experience in public, foreign and private sector banks. Started as a Probationary officer in 1984 with State Bank Group and moved in 1997 to ABN AMRO Bank NV. Worked as a Regional Manager, Asia and member Global management team of IDJG in ABN AMRO Bank. ABN AMRO appointed him Country Executive, (designate) India in 2010 for their planned return to India. He has also worked as a Managing Director & Head IDJG Asia with Royal Bank of Scotland.

He joined IndusInd Bank in August 2015 from Royal Bank of Scotland where he worked as a Managing Director and member Global Management Team IDGJ of ABN AMRO bank cohabiting with RBS. From 2015 he is working as an Executive Vice President & Head, Gems & Jewellery in IndusInd Bank. He has a Master’s Degree and is a certified associate of Indian Institute of Bankers.

Jim Pounds

Jim Pounds

Executive Vice President | Dominion Diamonds

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Jim Pounds

Executive Vice President | Dominion Diamonds

Jim Pounds is the Company’s Executive Vice President, Diamonds.

He joined the Company in August 2002 as the Managing Director of the Company’s Belgian subsidiary. Prior to joining the Company, he was Project Manager, De Beers Group following his position as Managing Director, Diamdel Israel, which was De Beers’ direct trading arm in Israel.

He has over 40 years of experience in the Diamond Trade and is the Vice Chairman of the Diamond Producers Association.

Bernold Richerzhagen

Bernold Richerzhagen

Founder and CEO | Synova

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Bernold Richerzhagen

Founder and CEO | Synova

Bernold Richerzhagen is Founder and CEO of Switzerland-based Synova S.A., the world pioneer in water jet-guided laser technology. Synova’s proprietary technology was incubated at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) where Mr. Richerzhagen championed its transition from concept to today’s reality.

Recognised worldwide as the inventor of water jet-guided technology, Mr. Richerzhagen has received several prestigious accolades including: Technology Innovation Awards from the Swiss Secretary of Economy (SECO) and the Cantons of Central Switzerland (1997); the Technopark Zurich Foundation and the Swiss Minister of Economy (1998); Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst & Young Switzerland (2004); and the Frost & Sullivan’s European Technology Innovation Award (2005).

He is author of several hundred articles and has addressed numerous conferences on the subject of water jet-guided technology. He also holds several patents on the development of the water jet-guided laser and related inventions such as laser dicing tape, water film for surface protection, laser trenching of semiconductor wafers, and gas enveloped liquid jets.

Mr. Richerzhagen received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH) in 1986 and 1988, respectively, and a Ph.D. in Microtechnics from EPFL in 1994. For his thesis, he joined EPFL’s Optical Applications Institute as an assistant working on medical lasers.

In 1996, Mr. Richerzhagen founded an engineering office where he developed the first prototype of a water jet-guided laser machine, before founding Synova S.A to bring the Laser MicroJet® to market in 1997.

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Jim Pounds

Executive Vice President | Dominion Diamonds

Jim Pounds is the Company’s Executive Vice President, Diamonds.

He joined the Company in August 2002 as the Managing Director of the Company’s Belgian subsidiary. Prior to joining the Company, he was Project Manager, De Beers Group following his position as Managing Director, Diamdel Israel, which was De Beers’ direct trading arm in Israel.

He has over 40 years of experience in the Diamond Trade and is the Vice Chairman of the Diamond Producers Association.

Bernold Richerzhagen

Founder and CEO | Synova

Bernold Richerzhagen is Founder and CEO of Switzerland-based Synova S.A., the world pioneer in water jet-guided laser technology. Synova’s proprietary technology was incubated at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) where Mr. Richerzhagen championed its transition from concept to today’s reality.

Recognised worldwide as the inventor of water jet-guided technology, Mr. Richerzhagen has received several prestigious accolades including: Technology Innovation Awards from the Swiss Secretary of Economy (SECO) and the Cantons of Central Switzerland (1997); the Technopark Zurich Foundation and the Swiss Minister of Economy (1998); Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst & Young Switzerland (2004); and the Frost & Sullivan’s European Technology Innovation Award (2005).

He is author of several hundred articles and has addressed numerous conferences on the subject of water jet-guided technology. He also holds several patents on the development of the water jet-guided laser and related inventions such as laser dicing tape, water film for surface protection, laser trenching of semiconductor wafers, and gas enveloped liquid jets.

Mr. Richerzhagen received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH) in 1986 and 1988, respectively, and a Ph.D. in Microtechnics from EPFL in 1994. For his thesis, he joined EPFL’s Optical Applications Institute as an assistant working on medical lasers.

In 1996, Mr. Richerzhagen founded an engineering office where he developed the first prototype of a water jet-guided laser machine, before founding Synova S.A to bring the Laser MicroJet® to market in 1997.

Faried Salle

Faried Sallie

Head of Technology | De Beers Group

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Faried Sallie

Head of Technology | De Beers Group

In May 2013, Faried Sallie was appointed as Head of Technology reporting to Bruce Cleaver. He is responsible for elevating technology issues in De Beers and will be looking to create a central budget for R&D projects dedicated to projects with long term horizons. In addition, he has adopted evaluation and prioritisation model to evaluate and prioritise technology development projects and portfolios.

Prior to this, Faried was employed as Vice President, De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa. During his six-year tenure, he led three restructurings of DTC SA, implemented a trading model for the State Diamond Trader and concluded an agreement to provide extended contract sorting services to Petra.

Faried spent two years in the UK office in Corporate Strategy and at the DTC. During this time he helped manage aspects of the PVV and Workplace Accountability projects. Faried acted as the PA to the Chairman for a two year period and also served as Secretary to the DBSA Exco. He led a work stream in Project Rainbow. This project resulted in the separation of SA based corporate entities into DBGS and DBCM. Prior to this, Faried worked in various different roles within Technologies South Africa.

In 2010 Faried was selected as a distinguished alumni of the University of Pretoria receiving the laureate award. Faried is also a shareholder and director of an external advertising production company.
Amish Shah

Amish Shah

President | ALTR Created Diamonds

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Amish Shah

President | ALTR Created Diamonds

Amish Shah, president of ALTR Created Diamonds, has never been afraid to challenge the status quo. After gaining experience, through his family business, in the diamond industry and in fine jewellery at an early age, he joined R & R Grosbard Inc. in New York in 2001 and helped transform it into an international powerhouse.

Ten years later, Amish took over its operations and led a merger with his family business, conceiving R A Riam Group Inc. in New York, which includes ALTR Created Diamonds. As the only vertically-integrated diamond enterprise that provides a true end-to-end product, it creates the purest form of diamonds (type-IIa diamonds) known to man.

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Faried Sallie

Head of Technology | De Beers Group

In May 2013, Faried Sallie was appointed as Head of Technology reporting to Bruce Cleaver. He is responsible for elevating technology issues in De Beers and will be looking to create a central budget for R&D projects dedicated to projects with long term horizons. In addition, he has adopted evaluation and prioritisation model to evaluate and prioritise technology development projects and portfolios.

Prior to this, Faried was employed as Vice President, De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa. During his six-year tenure, he led three restructurings of DTC SA, implemented a trading model for the State Diamond Trader and concluded an agreement to provide extended contract sorting services to Petra.

Faried spent two years in the UK office in Corporate Strategy and at the DTC. During this time he helped manage aspects of the PVV and Workplace Accountability projects. Faried acted as the PA to the Chairman for a two year period and also served as Secretary to the DBSA Exco. He led a work stream in Project Rainbow. This project resulted in the separation of SA based corporate entities into DBGS and DBCM. Prior to this, Faried worked in various different roles within Technologies South Africa.

In 2010 Faried was selected as a distinguished alumni of the University of Pretoria receiving the laureate award. Faried is also a shareholder and director of an external advertising production company.

Amish Shah

President | ALTR Created Diamonds

Amish Shah, president of ALTR Created Diamonds, has never been afraid to challenge the status quo. After gaining experience, through his family business, in the diamond industry and in fine jewellery at an early age, he joined R & R Grosbard Inc. in New York in 2001 and helped transform it into an international powerhouse.

Ten years later, Amish took over its operations and led a merger with his family business, conceiving R A Riam Group Inc. in New York, which includes ALTR Created Diamonds. As the only vertically-integrated diamond enterprise that provides a true end-to-end product, it creates the purest form of diamonds (type-IIa diamonds) known to man.

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Jim Pounds

Executive Vice President | Dominion Diamonds

Jim Pounds is the Company’s Executive Vice President, Diamonds.

He joined the Company in August 2002 as the Managing Director of the Company’s Belgian subsidiary. Prior to joining the Company, he was Project Manager, De Beers Group following his position as Managing Director, Diamdel Israel, which was De Beers’ direct trading arm in Israel.

He has over 40 years of experience in the Diamond Trade and is the Vice Chairman of the Diamond Producers Association.

Bernold Richerzhagen

Founder and CEO | Synova

Bernold Richerzhagen is Founder and CEO of Switzerland-based Synova S.A., the world pioneer in water jet-guided laser technology. Synova’s proprietary technology was incubated at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) where Mr. Richerzhagen championed its transition from concept to today’s reality.

Recognised worldwide as the inventor of water jet-guided technology, Mr. Richerzhagen has received several prestigious accolades including: Technology Innovation Awards from the Swiss Secretary of Economy (SECO) and the Cantons of Central Switzerland (1997); the Technopark Zurich Foundation and the Swiss Minister of Economy (1998); Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst & Young Switzerland (2004); and the Frost & Sullivan’s European Technology Innovation Award (2005).

He is author of several hundred articles and has addressed numerous conferences on the subject of water jet-guided technology. He also holds several patents on the development of the water jet-guided laser and related inventions such as laser dicing tape, water film for surface protection, laser trenching of semiconductor wafers, and gas enveloped liquid jets.

Mr. Richerzhagen received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH) in 1986 and 1988, respectively, and a Ph.D. in Microtechnics from EPFL in 1994. For his thesis, he joined EPFL’s Optical Applications Institute as an assistant working on medical lasers.

In 1996, Mr. Richerzhagen founded an engineering office where he developed the first prototype of a water jet-guided laser machine, before founding Synova S.A to bring the Laser MicroJet® to market in 1997.

Faried Sallie

Head of Technology | De Beers Group

In May 2013, Faried Sallie was appointed as Head of Technology reporting to Bruce Cleaver. He is responsible for elevating technology issues in De Beers and will be looking to create a central budget for R&D projects dedicated to projects with long term horizons. In addition, he has adopted evaluation and prioritisation model to evaluate and prioritise technology development projects and portfolios.

Prior to this, Faried was employed as Vice President, De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa. During his six-year tenure, he led three restructurings of DTC SA, implemented a trading model for the State Diamond Trader and concluded an agreement to provide extended contract sorting services to Petra.

Faried spent two years in the UK office in Corporate Strategy and at the DTC. During this time he helped manage aspects of the PVV and Workplace Accountability projects. Faried acted as the PA to the Chairman for a two year period and also served as Secretary to the DBSA Exco. He led a work stream in Project Rainbow. This project resulted in the separation of SA based corporate entities into DBGS and DBCM. Prior to this, Faried worked in various different roles within Technologies South Africa.

In 2010 Faried was selected as a distinguished alumni of the University of Pretoria receiving the laureate award. Faried is also a shareholder and director of an external advertising production company.

Amish Shah

President | ALTR Created Diamonds

Amish Shah, president of ALTR Created Diamonds, has never been afraid to challenge the status quo. After gaining experience, through his family business, in the diamond industry and in fine jewellery at an early age, he joined R & R Grosbard Inc. in New York in 2001 and helped transform it into an international powerhouse.

Ten years later, Amish took over its operations and led a merger with his family business, conceiving R A Riam Group Inc. in New York, which includes ALTR Created Diamonds. As the only vertically-integrated diamond enterprise that provides a true end-to-end product, it creates the purest form of diamonds (type-IIa diamonds) known to man.

William Shor

William Shor

Managing Partner | Caspian VC (CVC)

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William Shor

Managing Partner | Caspian VC (CVC)

William Shor is the Managing Partner of Caspian VC (CVC) and spearheads CVC’s investments into global venture projects. Under his leadership CVC has made early investments in such companies as Diamond Foundry, Uber, Didi Chuxing, Virgin Hyperloop One, ASAPP, Astra Rocket, Otoy, Nanotronics, and Blink Health. As a result, the fund has enjoyed very strong returns since inception.

He has been active in the European private equity and finance arena for over twenty years, holding a series of executive and board positions at various companies, international investment banks, and private equity firms.

William Shor acted as the CEO of CCG, one of the largest European environmental finance firms.Prior to that, Mr. Shor was Komi Aluminium's CFO/CDO and was Deputy General Director of the major greenfield mining project in Russia until he helped lead its sale to RUSAL.

He was Managing Director of investments at a Citigroup backed venture fund and prior to that, a Director of European Emerging Markets at Salomon Smith Barney.He started his career at Chase, focusing on emerging markets trade finance.

He has made several investments that have enjoyed strong exits. He sat on the board of several companies including Virgin Hyperloop One, SMW Gold, Eristica and Beame and various non-profit institutions.

William holds MBA and MIA degrees from Columbia University.He has native fluency in both Russian and English and has lived and worked in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

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William Shor

Managing Partner | Caspian VC (CVC)

William Shor is the Managing Partner of Caspian VC (CVC) and spearheads CVC’s investments into global venture projects. Under his leadership CVC has made early investments in such companies as Diamond Foundry, Uber, Didi Chuxing, Virgin Hyperloop One, ASAPP, Astra Rocket, Otoy, Nanotronics, and Blink Health. As a result, the fund has enjoyed very strong returns since inception.

He has been active in the European private equity and finance arena for over twenty years, holding a series of executive and board positions at various companies, international investment banks, and private equity firms.

William Shor acted as the CEO of CCG, one of the largest European environmental finance firms.Prior to that, Mr. Shor was Komi Aluminium's CFO/CDO and was Deputy General Director of the major greenfield mining project in Russia until he helped lead its sale to RUSAL.

He was Managing Director of investments at a Citigroup backed venture fund and prior to that, a Director of European Emerging Markets at Salomon Smith Barney.He started his career at Chase, focusing on emerging markets trade finance.

He has made several investments that have enjoyed strong exits. He sat on the board of several companies including Virgin Hyperloop One, SMW Gold, Eristica and Beame and various non-profit institutions.

William holds MBA and MIA degrees from Columbia University.He has native fluency in both Russian and English and has lived and worked in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

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William Shor

Managing Partner | Caspian VC (CVC)

William Shor is the Managing Partner of Caspian VC (CVC) and spearheads CVC’s investments into global venture projects. Under his leadership CVC has made early investments in such companies as Diamond Foundry, Uber, Didi Chuxing, Virgin Hyperloop One, ASAPP, Astra Rocket, Otoy, Nanotronics, and Blink Health. As a result, the fund has enjoyed very strong returns since inception.

He has been active in the European private equity and finance arena for over twenty years, holding a series of executive and board positions at various companies, international investment banks, and private equity firms.

William Shor acted as the CEO of CCG, one of the largest European environmental finance firms.Prior to that, Mr. Shor was Komi Aluminium's CFO/CDO and was Deputy General Director of the major greenfield mining project in Russia until he helped lead its sale to RUSAL.

He was Managing Director of investments at a Citigroup backed venture fund and prior to that, a Director of European Emerging Markets at Salomon Smith Barney.He started his career at Chase, focusing on emerging markets trade finance.

He has made several investments that have enjoyed strong exits. He sat on the board of several companies including Virgin Hyperloop One, SMW Gold, Eristica and Beame and various non-profit institutions.

William holds MBA and MIA degrees from Columbia University.He has native fluency in both Russian and English and has lived and worked in Europe, North America and the Middle East.