Join our event, ‘Made For Trade Live’ in London in partnership with Asia House to find out how to easily set up, run, and expand your business in Dubai with DMCC – the world’s #1 free zone.
A global hub for innovation, growth, and trade – Dubai’s attractive policies, proximity to surrounding markets, centralized time zone, lifestyle and business opportunities make it one of the world’s best destinations to do business. Ideally located in the heart of Dubai, DMCC’s award winning community offers businesses easy access to industry-specific ecosystems, world-class infrastructure, bespoke services and exclusive networking events to support your success.
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
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 2022 with over 22,000 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 2022, DMCC was named the ‘Global Free Zone of the Year’ by The Financial Times fDi Magazine, for a record eight consecutive years.
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 in 87 towers. Mr Bin Sulayem also oversees the development of DMCC’s latest real estate project; the much-anticipated Uptown Dubai district.
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.
Oxford Business Group
Oliver Cornock has many years of experience in high-growth emerging markets having worked in both the private and public sectors. From a background in project finance at HSBC Group, he went on to work with the British Ministry of Defence.
He joined Oxford Business Group in 2004, became Managing Editor for the Middle East in 2006 and was appointed Global Editor-in-Chief in December 2016. In this capacity Oliver oversees editorial output across all platforms, print and digital. Additionally, Oliver directs OBG’s Consultancy division.
Oliver writes frequently on developing economies and the Middle East – his professional and personal specialisation - and appears as a commentator on BBC, CNN, CNBC and
other television and radio stations.
He is a frequent speaker at British universities and focuses on the dynamics of growth markets and their relationship with developed economies. In recent years themes of these lectures have included the economics of the Arab Spring, diversification in the Arabian Gulf, global trade patterns, digital disruption and sustainability in commodities based emerging markets.
Oliver has undertaken interviews with many prominent individuals, including an array of heads of state, ministers, Central Bankers and captains of industry. He is a familiar face as a speaker and a conference moderator around the world.
Oliver holds a Ba. (Hons) degree in Arabic with Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies from Durham University.
Founder, GB Marketing Advisory
Geoffrey Bye has spent over 25 years living and working in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, where he ran the American Academy of Financial Management’s professional training and services business from the Knowledge Village Free Zone in Dubai.
Geoffrey has held positions in both the private and public sectors. He has held multi-national C-suite positions with DHL Worldwide Express and Manulife Financial and has operated as a SME managing director, multiple start-up entrepreneur, scale-up consultant, and digital transformation specialist.
Geoffrey participated in the first cohorts of MIT's prestigious “Artificial Intelligence - Implications for Business Strategy” and attended Oxford University’s, “Advanced Management and Leadership Programme”. He possesses a Chartered Institute of Marketing Fellowship, a Financial Times Non-Executive Director (Board Leadership) Master’s Diploma, and a Quantified Risk Management Certification.
Geoffrey is developing his AI Futures and AIMatters4 platforms. He is currently leading workshops and giving keynotes on the impact of Generative AI large language models on jobs and society, and on how organisations of all sizes can integrate this transformative technology into their business processes.
Executive Director - Commodities & Financial Services, DMCC
Sanjeev Dutta is the Executive Director of Commodities and Financial Services at DMCC. He oversees DMCC’s commodities vertical, and directs the development, implementation and regulation of the organisation’s financial products, platforms and services.
An expert on trade finance and commodity markets, Sanjeev is responsible for identifying new business opportunities for DMCC and nurturing existing commercial partnerships. He was instrumental in establishing the DMCC Tea Centre, DMCC Coffee Centre and the award-winning DMCC Tradeflow platform, and now tasked with enhancing the trade of agri and softs, precious metals and stones through Dubai.
Sanjeev is a senior member of DMCC’s executive leadership team and supports the general management, strategic direction and growth initiatives of the organisation. Sanjeev devised and implemented the organisation’s Code of Corporate Governance, and established its comprehensive risk management protocol.
Joining on its inception, Sanjeev has held a number of senior roles within DMCC and previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DCGX). A distinguished speaker, Sanjeev regularly represents DMCC at international industry events and is an expert on trade, commodities and Islamic Finance.
A Chartered Accountant by profession, Sanjeev has over two decades of multi-industry expertise in auditing, financial controls, consulting, risk management, corporate governance and general management with both PwC and KPMG.
Regional Representative - Americas & Oceania, DMCC
Mohammed Ibrahim Mohammed is a Senior Manager of Corporate Sales at DMCC, the world’s leading Free Zone and Government of Dubai Authority on commodities trade and enterprise.
Joining DMCC in 2014, Mohammed is responsible for promoting the benefits of doing business in Dubai and establishing a presence in DMCC. Building strategic relationships is a key focus for Mohammed, and so too is engaging with local and international business communities at key industry events throughout the year.
With over 16 years of business development and corporate sales experience, Mohammed has worked alongside a number of senior figures in both the public and private sectors of the United Arab Emirates. Mohammed earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the American University in Emirates.