Day 1: 8 April 2018

18:00 - 21:00

Cocktail Reception/ Registration

W Lounge, W Hotel, Habtoor City

  • Global Economic Outlook
    by Tim Fox, Chief Economist, Emirates NBD
Day 2: 9 April 2018

08:00 - 09:00


The conference will be held at Al Joud Ballrooms, Westin Hotel, Habtoor City

09:00 - 09:15


Gautam Sashittal, CEO, DMCC

09:20 - 09:50

Keynote Address

Lord Dr Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, Global Head of Citizenship, KPMG International

09:55 - 10:45

Evolution and Impact of Taxation on Gold

Moderator: Richard Dean, Presenter, Business Journalist


  • Chandu Siroya, Vice Chairman, DGJG
  • Hakan Aytekin, Deputy Director - Precious Metals and Diamond Market, Borsa Istanbul
  • Albert Cheng, CEO, SBMA
  • Bhargava Vadiya, BN Vaidya & Associates

10:45 - 11:15

Networking Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:00

Responsible Sourcing – Expectations and Reality

Moderator: Ajay Mathur, Director - Precious Metals, DMCC


  • Tyler Gillard, Head of Sector Projects and Legal Adviser in the Responsible Business Conduct Unit, OECD - Investment Division (via video conference)
  • Andrew Bone, Executive Director, RJC
  • Effie Marinos, Global Technical Governance Manager - Supply Chain Assessment & Solutions, SGS
  • Manoj Dwivedi IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry Department of Commerce, Government of India

12:05 - 13:00

Bullion Banking: The Road Ahead

Moderator: Jeffrey Rhodes, Principal Consultant, RAKGOLD


  • Gregory Frith, Global Head of Precious Metals Trading, VTB Capital
  • Gary Dugan, Chief Investment Officer, Namara Wealth Advisors
  • Ajay Salia, Head Precious Metals & Diamonds, National Bank of Fujairah
  • Viral Desai, Founder and CEO, Kairos International DMCC
  • Harish Pawani, Managing Director, Bin Sabt Jewellery LLC

13:00 - 14:30

Networking Lunch

14:30 - 15:30

Role and Future of Global Exchanges

Moderator: Somasundram PR, Managing Director-India, World Gold Council


  • Alex Shaw, Head of Market Development – Precious Metals, LME
  • Jiao Jinpu, Chairman, SGE
  • Yang Lu, Director - Metals Products, CME
  • Les Male, CEO, DGCX
  • Hakan Aytekin, Deputy Director - Precious Metals and Diamond Market, Borsa Istanbul

15:30 - 16:00

Networking Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00

Challenges in the Jewellery Sector

Moderator: Chandu Siroya, Vice Chairman, DGJG


  • Aaron Shum, President of Aaron Shum Jewelry Limited
  • Andrea Broggian, COO, Vhernier
  • Çağdaş D.Kucukemiroglu, Consultant, Metals Focus
  • Shamlal Ahamed, Managing Director- International Operations of Malabar Gold & Diamonds
  • Tawhid Abdulla, Chairman, DGJG

17:05 - 17:35

Conference Closing by Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC

19:30 - late

Gala Dinner

Astor Ballroom, St. Regis, Habtoor City
  • Price Outlook
    by Dr Paul Elgin Walker, CEO, International Bullion Market Company