08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:15

Opening Address

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and CEO, DMCC

09:15 - 09:35

Keynote Address

H.E. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State, UAE

09:35 - 09:55

Market Review

Anish Aggarwal, Co-Founder and Partner, GEMDAX

09:55 - 10:15

Special Address

Sergey Ivanov, CEO, ALROSA

10:15 - 10:30

Special Announcement

10:30 - 11:00

Refreshment Break

11:00 - 12:40

Panel 1: Technology Disruption: How will increased manufacturing automation affect our supply chain?

David Block, CEO, Sarine

Bernold Richerzhagen, Founder and CEO, Synova

Faried Sallie, Head of Technology, De Beers Group

Tom Moses, Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research, GIA

Moderator: Anish Aggarwal, Founder, GEMDAX

12:40 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:30

Panel Discussion 2: Market Disruption: The advent of lab-grown diamonds – what does it mean for the diamond sector?

Amish Shah, President, ALTR Created Diamonds

Stuart Brown, CEO, Mountain Province

Stephen Lussier, Chairman and Executive Vice President, De Beers

William Shor, Managing Partner, Caspian VC (CVC)

Moderator: Anish Aggarwal, Founder, GEMDAX

15:30 - 15:50

Refreshment Break

15:50 - 17:00

Panel Discussion 3: Making sense of the disruption: How do we bring positive change given the disruption and current market conditions?

Davy Blommaert, Head – Diamond Business Corporate and Institutional Banking, NBF

Jim Pounds, Executive Vice President, Diamonds of Dominion Diamond Mines

Biju Patnaik, Executive Vice President and Head, Gems and Jewellery, IndusInd Bank

Moderator: Anish Aggarwal, Founder, GEMDAX

17:00 - 17:15

Closing Address

Martin Leake, Special Advisor, Precious Stones, DMCC

17:15 - 18:00


19:00 - 22:00

Gala Dinner

Official Recognition – Diamond Development Initiative (DDI)

W Dubai Hotel – The Palm