Day 1: Wednesday, 10 April 2019

17:00 - 19:00


Atlantis Ballroom

New Delegate Registrations and Collection of Badges for Existing Registered Delegates

19:00 - 22:00

Cocktail Reception

Atlantis Ballroom Terrace

Day 2: Thursday, 11 April 2019

08:30 - 09:00

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Atlantis Ballroom

New Delegate Registrations and Collection of Badges for Existing Registered Delegates

09:00 - 09:15

Opening Address

Gautam Sashittal – CEO, DMCC

09:15 - 09:30

Keynote Speech

H.E. Juma Mohamed Al Kait - Assistant Undersecretary, UAE Ministry of Economy

09:30 - 10:30

Mining and Return of Hedging

  • This panel will discuss and gauge the current mindset of mines in terms of whether to hedge or not in the wake of rising nominal dollar interest rates creating an attractively positive forward yield curve for the first time since the GFC in 2008, and what impact that might have on rest of the precious metals community (for example, effects on demand, supply and price of gold).

Moderator: Jeffrey Rhodes - Founder RPMC & Principal Consultant - RAKGOLD

  1. Tom Kendall - Head: Precious Metals Sales, ICBC Standard Bank
  2. Rhona O’Connell – Head of Market Analysis, EMEA & Asia, INTL FCStone Ltd
  3. Nick Spencer – Managing Director, Galaxy Gold Mines
  4. Cindy Sieberts – Business Development Manager, Paxos Trust Company

10:30 - 11:30

Emerging Technology Affecting Precious Metals Industry

    • This panel will discuss the recent trends in technology innovation in precious metals industry (digitally held fractional ownership; traceability from mine to market; use of technology in advanced trading; and technology as security enabler for banks and FI’s such as in RFID etc.); identify how this could potentially affect market participants going forward; whether they need to adopt these new trends; and how the future of precious metals business is linked to technology.

    Moderator: Matthew Keen – Managing Director, RG Trading DMCC

      1. Michael Mesaric – CEO, Valcambi
      2. Scott Austin - Senior Executive Vice President, Everledger
      3. Shana Krishnan – Policy Analyst, OECD
      4. Gabriel Nasser – Co-founder, TJS

      11:30 - 11:50

      Networking Coffee Break

      11:50 - 12:50

      Central Banks Approach to Gold

      • This panel will discuss the impact of factors such as loss of faith in fiat currencies, trade spats and safe-haven aspects of gold in influencing Central Banks’ approach to gold and what course it might take going forward, given the preference of certain central banks in increasing their gold reserves lately.

      Moderator: Shaokai Fan - Director, Central Banks and Public Policy World Gold Council

        1. Alexander A. Pschenichnikov, Deputy Head of Department of State Regulation, Ministry of Finance, Russian Federation
        2. Gerry Schubert, Founder, Schubert Commodities Consultancy DMCC
        3. Bhargava Vaidya, Proprietor, B.N.Vaidya & Associates
        4. Cagdas Kucukemiroglu , Consultant, Metals Focus

        12:50 - 14:10


        Saffron Restaurant

        14:10 - 15:10

        Jewellery – Relevance in the Changing Landscape

        • This panel will discuss decline in global demand for jewellery, examine its relevance going forward, and what steps might jewelers take to arrest or reverse this decline. Also under evaluation will be the impact of VAT on UAE’s jewellery sector one year on.

        Moderator: Chandu Siroya – Vice Chairman, DGJG

        1. Tawhid Abdulla – Chairman, Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group
        2. Alessandro Bruni – Head of Sales & Marketing, UnoAErre, Italy
        3. Ajay Salia – Head of Precious Metals and Diamonds, National Bank of Fujairah
        4. K P Abdul Salam – Group Executive Director, Malabar Group

        15:10 - 15:30

        Networking Coffee Break

        15:30 - 16:30

        Opportunities and Challenges in White Metals

          • This panel will discuss, as the name suggests, opportunities and challenges in the white metals space (namely, platinum, palladium and silver) and examine the impact on demand from factors such as technology and emission standards (for example, shift from gas (petrol / diesel) engines to electric cars; reduction in petroleum refining and use of catalysts; production and distribution of silver and platinum; and use of silver in battery manufacturing, and the relative value of gold versus silver, platinum and palladium.

          Moderator: Cameron Alexander, Director of Precious Metals Research, GFMS, Refinitiv

          1. Sergey V. Belov – Deputy CEO and Head Refining Division, Krastsvetmet
          2. Ashok Kumar – Managing Director, Alliance Industries Limited
          3. Viraj Didwania – Director, Foresight Bullion India Private Limited
          4. Rhona O’Connell – Head of Market Analysis, EMEA & Asia, INTL FCStone Ltd

          16:30 - 16:50

          Price Outlook

          Ross Norman, CEO, Sharps Pixley

          16:50 - 17:00

          Simultaneous Launch of World Silver Survey (New York and Dubai)

          Cameron Alexander, Director of Precious Metals Research, GFMS, Refinitiv

          • Published by The Silver Institute, it provides market participants with supply and demand statistics for key sectors of the silver market, as well price and trade data.

          17:00 - 17:05

          Announcement of Gold Price Prediction Winner

          17:05 - 17:15

          Closing Remarks

          19:00 - 22:00

          Gala Dinner

          Atlantis Ballroom-B

            • Presentation of mementos to Sponsors