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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 2021 with over 19,000 member companies from 180 countries, employing over 65,000 people.

Tasked with enhancing commodity trade flows through Dubai, DMCC has introduced to the market a number of value-added products and services under Mr Bin Sulayem’s leadership. In 2021, DMCC has been named the ‘Global Free Zone of the Year’ by The Financial Times fDi Magazine, for a record seventh 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 87 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 United Arab Emirates (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.

Bruce Cleaver

Bruce Cleaver

Chief Executive Officer | De Beers Group

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Bruce Cleaver

Chief Executive Officer | De Beers Group

Bruce Cleaver joined De Beers Group in 2005 and has been CEO since 2016. Under his leadership, De Beers Group has reshaped its global mining portfolio, deepened its partnerships with diamond communities and countries, harnessed disruptive technology to stay ahead of consumers’ evolving expectations, and been a galvanising force for advancing women and girls in business and society. He has shaped a culture of inclusivity and innovation, where the safety and well-being of employees is prioritised above all else, citizens are empowered and the natural world is protected, so that consumers can be proud of the positive impact their diamond has had in the world.

Bruce has overseen the opening of the world’s largest diamond mine in more than a decade, launched the world’s most advanced diamond exploration vessel, secured mutually beneficial long-term agreements with government partners, commissioned the industry’s first end-to-end blockchain traceability platform, established ground-breaking research focused on making carbon-neutral diamond mining a reality and invested in building meaningful brands to connect with a new generation of consumers.

Bruce was named a UN Women Global HeForShe Thematic Champion in 2017 and has since led a pioneering programme to support women and girls across De Beers Group’s businesses and communities.

Prior to joining De Beers Group, Bruce was a partner at Webber Wentzel, Africa's largest law firm. He holds a BSc in applied maths and an LLB from the University of Cape Town, as well as an LLM from Cambridge. Bruce is a Trustee for Help2Read, a literacy charity operating in South Africa.

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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 2021 with over 19,000 member companies from 180 countries, employing over 65,000 people.

Tasked with enhancing commodity trade flows through Dubai, DMCC has introduced to the market a number of value-added products and services under Mr Bin Sulayem’s leadership. In 2021, DMCC has been named the ‘Global Free Zone of the Year’ by The Financial Times fDi Magazine, for a record seventh 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 87 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 United Arab Emirates (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.

Bruce Cleaver

Chief Executive Officer | De Beers Group

Bruce Cleaver joined De Beers Group in 2005 and has been CEO since 2016. Under his leadership, De Beers Group has reshaped its global mining portfolio, deepened its partnerships with diamond communities and countries, harnessed disruptive technology to stay ahead of consumers’ evolving expectations, and been a galvanising force for advancing women and girls in business and society. He has shaped a culture of inclusivity and innovation, where the safety and well-being of employees is prioritised above all else, citizens are empowered and the natural world is protected, so that consumers can be proud of the positive impact their diamond has had in the world.

Bruce has overseen the opening of the world’s largest diamond mine in more than a decade, launched the world’s most advanced diamond exploration vessel, secured mutually beneficial long-term agreements with government partners, commissioned the industry’s first end-to-end blockchain traceability platform, established ground-breaking research focused on making carbon-neutral diamond mining a reality and invested in building meaningful brands to connect with a new generation of consumers.

Bruce was named a UN Women Global HeForShe Thematic Champion in 2017 and has since led a pioneering programme to support women and girls across De Beers Group’s businesses and communities.

Prior to joining De Beers Group, Bruce was a partner at Webber Wentzel, Africa's largest law firm. He holds a BSc in applied maths and an LLB from the University of Cape Town, as well as an LLM from Cambridge. Bruce is a Trustee for Help2Read, a literacy charity operating in South Africa.

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.

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, got a degree in Finance and Credit.


In 2002–2005, he held various positions at the State Investment Company and OJSC Gazprom.
In 2005–2011 – Vice President, First Vice President, Deputy Chairman of the Board of JSC Gazprombank.

In 2011-2016 – Chairman of the Board of SOGAZ.

In 2016-2017 – Senior Vice President – Head of Sberbank’s Wealth Management Block.

Since March 13, 2017 heads PJSC ALROSA.


Mr. Ivanov is a member of the boards of RNG Joint Stock Company, NPF GAZFOND, Gazprombank.

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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.

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, got a degree in Finance and Credit.


In 2002–2005, he held various positions at the State Investment Company and OJSC Gazprom.
In 2005–2011 – Vice President, First Vice President, Deputy Chairman of the Board of JSC Gazprombank.

In 2011-2016 – Chairman of the Board of SOGAZ.

In 2016-2017 – Senior Vice President – Head of Sberbank’s Wealth Management Block.

Since March 13, 2017 heads PJSC ALROSA.


Mr. Ivanov is a member of the boards of RNG Joint Stock Company, NPF GAZFOND, Gazprombank.

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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 2021 with over 19,000 member companies from 180 countries, employing over 65,000 people.

Tasked with enhancing commodity trade flows through Dubai, DMCC has introduced to the market a number of value-added products and services under Mr Bin Sulayem’s leadership. In 2021, DMCC has been named the ‘Global Free Zone of the Year’ by The Financial Times fDi Magazine, for a record seventh 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 87 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 United Arab Emirates (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.

Bruce Cleaver

Chief Executive Officer | De Beers Group

Bruce Cleaver joined De Beers Group in 2005 and has been CEO since 2016. Under his leadership, De Beers Group has reshaped its global mining portfolio, deepened its partnerships with diamond communities and countries, harnessed disruptive technology to stay ahead of consumers’ evolving expectations, and been a galvanising force for advancing women and girls in business and society. He has shaped a culture of inclusivity and innovation, where the safety and well-being of employees is prioritised above all else, citizens are empowered and the natural world is protected, so that consumers can be proud of the positive impact their diamond has had in the world.

Bruce has overseen the opening of the world’s largest diamond mine in more than a decade, launched the world’s most advanced diamond exploration vessel, secured mutually beneficial long-term agreements with government partners, commissioned the industry’s first end-to-end blockchain traceability platform, established ground-breaking research focused on making carbon-neutral diamond mining a reality and invested in building meaningful brands to connect with a new generation of consumers.

Bruce was named a UN Women Global HeForShe Thematic Champion in 2017 and has since led a pioneering programme to support women and girls across De Beers Group’s businesses and communities.

Prior to joining De Beers Group, Bruce was a partner at Webber Wentzel, Africa's largest law firm. He holds a BSc in applied maths and an LLB from the University of Cape Town, as well as an LLM from Cambridge. Bruce is a Trustee for Help2Read, a literacy charity operating in South Africa.

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.

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, got a degree in Finance and Credit.


In 2002–2005, he held various positions at the State Investment Company and OJSC Gazprom.
In 2005–2011 – Vice President, First Vice President, Deputy Chairman of the Board of JSC Gazprombank.

In 2011-2016 – Chairman of the Board of SOGAZ.

In 2016-2017 – Senior Vice President – Head of Sberbank’s Wealth Management Block.

Since March 13, 2017 heads PJSC ALROSA.


Mr. Ivanov is a member of the boards of RNG Joint Stock Company, NPF GAZFOND, Gazprombank.