Join our event, ‘Made For Trade Live’ in Shanghai in partnership with Dubai Chamber China Representative Office and PwC China 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 23,000 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.
The UAE Consul General to Shanghai
H.E. Muhannad Alnaqbi is the Consul General of the UAE to Shanghai overseeing 4 provinces in East China in addition to Shanghai. H.E. Alnaqbi is committed to further strengthening the Sino-UAE trade, relationship and friendship.
Prior to Shanghai H.E. Alnaqbi was in Italy for five years where he was First Secretary at the UAE Embassy in Rome.
H.E. Alnaqbi, a UAE native commenced his career at the U.A.E Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2010 where he held various roles in preparation for leading the U.A.E missions overseas.
Vice Chairman, CCPIT Shanghai
Partner - China Inbound/Outbound Leader, Belt & Road Leader & Head of China Corporate Finance, PwC
With 32-years of investment banking and M&A experience, Gabriel is PwC China Inbound/Outbound Leader, and Deals Markets Leader. He heads the PwC Corporate Finance of 100 professionals focusing on equity fund raising for Chinese company and lead advising M&A transaction for both foreign direct investment in China and Chinese outbound investment. Gabriel is also responsible to develop and execute PwC’s global cross-border activities for China corporates and B&R strategy by connecting the PwC China firm and the PwC global network across all related industries.
In the last few years, Gabriel has completed a number of high profile M&A transactions and infrastructure investment as well as city development projects in China, including US$5.6 billion acquisition of GE’s global home appliance business by Qingdao Haier, HK$10.6 billion acquisition of Dah Sing Insurance by Tahoe Investment, acquisition of Japan Sanyo by Qingdao Haier, Rmb 6 billion sale of Fujian Sedrin Brewery to INBEV, Lead PPP FA on Rmb 85 billion Shenzhen International Expo Center, PPP FA on Rmb 60 billion Jinan-Qingdao High Speed Railway, Lead FA on Rmb 50 billion Shenzhen-Baoding Cooperative Industrial Park, Lead PPP FA on Rmb 45 billion Fosun Zhejiang High Speed Railway, Lead PPP FA on Rmb 20 billion Chongqing Metro Line 3 etc. In 2007, he completed transactions with a total value of Rmb 172 billion.
In addition, Gabriel have been awarded a number of M&A industry awards and have been invited to play key positions in several significant organisations as below:
Founder & CEO, Cloudpick
Over 10 years of experience in pattern recognition, image processing, machine learning, and retail industry applications of artificial intelligence technology. Participated in several projects funded by the US National Science Foundation, and published several dozens of papers in top journals and conferences, including IEEE PAMI, STISP, and Pattern.
Former Amazon Applied Scientist and formerly employed at Sears. Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, and a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Electronic Engineering and Software Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Chief Marketing Officer, Xiao-I Corporation
Ms. Yi-Ya Xu serves as the CMO of Xiao-I Corporation since 2011. Ms Yi-Ya Xu has over 25 years of high-level management experience in IT sales and marketing, as well as over 10 years of expertise in international companies, served as the senior management positions in Microsoft and Apple.
Ms. Yi-Ya Xu graduated from Shanghai Finance and Economic University with a bachelor's degree and received her MBA degree from Webster University.
Assistant to Chief Representative, Dubai Chamber China Representative Office
Head of Public and Government Affairs, SHAREit Group
Shangjing Li currently serves as the Head of Public and Government Affairs at SHAREit Group.Previously, Ms. Li led the tech team at APCO Worldwide, where she worked on public affairs for multinational companies in China and Asia. Prior to that, she worked as a regulatory reporter at Thomson Reuters where she developed solid relationship with regulators and policy makers across China and Asia.
General Manager, Yingke & Shayan (UAE) Legal Consult
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 - Far East, DMCC
Claire Guo is the Regional Representative for the Far East market at DMCC, the world’s leading Free Zone and Government of Dubai Authority on commodities trade and enterprise.
Joining the organisation in 2019, Claire Guo is responsible for promoting the benefits of doing business in Dubai and establishing a presence in DMCC and building strategic partnerships with government, agencies and consultancies both regionally and internationally.
Engaging with key stakeholders in the industry is a key focus for Claire Guo, who is an expert in providing advice and customised solutions to both large corporates and SME’s in China and beyond.
With over 8 years of experience, Claire Guo has a solid grasp of the Asian markets and is heavily involved in DMCC’s Chinese business community in the UAE.
Claire Guo holds a Master’s in Business Management and Digital Transformation Degree.