Chairman Advisory Board
London-based Richard Chetwode has worked in the diamond industry for over a decade, at De Beers, Harry Winston and Gem Diamonds respectively, in senior roles including banking, finance and marketing. Richard is a former consultant to Everledger the first company to market a blockchain platform specializing in diamonds, and to a diamond industry finance advisory firm based in London. Richard provides the F.A.B. board with valuable advice and mentoring particularly with regard to the primary diamond industry.
Richard is a F.A.B. shareholder.
ERIK A JENS
New York & Amsterdam
Erik is widely known in the diamond industry as a Senior Executive in banking and finance. Erik most recently completed a long and distinguished career as a Chief Executive Officer at ABN AMRO Bank N.V. where he was responsible for the Bank’s global diamond and jewellery business. ABN AMRO is one of the largest financiers to the diamond trade in the world.
Erik is a F.A.B. shareholder.
Following a distinguished career in the diamond industry Mark has recently established Corporate Advisory service, MAKE3EX.
Previously Mark was Vice President of Laurelton Diamonds (Tiffany’s diamonds procurement business) for 16 years.
Mark is a F.A.B. shareholder.
He was the very first employee at Laurelton, later heading up a team that built a vertically integrated business for Tiffany including procurement, manufacturing and grading, across 5 countries eventually employing 4,000 people.
At De Beers with management executive roles for 22 years Mark moved from Research & Development to diamond manufacturing after having completed engineering design projects for bruting and sawing machines. His diamond manufacturing experience is across a wide range of products from stars and melee up to 20ct rough in both white and coloured goods.
Originally from the UK Mark has lived in Belgium for more than 40 years.
Andrew is Head of Research at the Swiss-based DAV Foundation and Director of Gold Line Group Ltd, a Ministry of Defence licensed company. He is also Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Pegasus Intelligence LTD, providing cutting edge technologies to military and law enforcement in various fields of Intelligence including, CYBINT, SIGINT, COMINT, ELINT and HUMINT.
Andrew is a F.A.B. shareholder.
Neale is an Information Technology and Financial Services executive with a highly impressive 20 year career building and managing high performance teams in banking and finance across multiple IT domains including Enterprise Architecture, Data, Digital, CRM, Integration & Cloud.
Neale is a F.A.B. shareholder.
Consultant, Indices and Derivatives
London, United Kingdom
Paul’s career spans over 47 years in financial services. He brings a rare combination of insight, technical expertise and perspective having held senior executive roles in asset management, investment and commercial banking including, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Bankers Trust Group, X-change Financial Access and Principalis.
Paul is a F.A.B. shareholder.
Additionally, Paul has lead innovative, entrepreneurial SME ventures in finance, publishing and food service industries. He has successfully navigated the complexities of differing cultural norms in business, human resource practices, and legal and tax practice in various jurisdictions.
London, United Kingdom
Having worked at Christie’s since 2008, Anastasia specialised in business development in growth markets including the Middle East and Asia. From 2010 onwards, she specialised in South Asian Modern and Contemporary Works of Art, one of the fastest growth markets.
Anastasia is a F.A.B. shareholder.
Jason is a senior executive with experience across Banking and Financial Services, Retail, Consulting and Government. Most recently he has been the Chief Transformation Officer at the Bank of Queensland, taking responsibility for leading the “Bring the Future Forward” initiative for the Bank. Jason has also held senior technology-based roles at Westpac Group, investment bank Moelis & Company, the Commonwealth Bank and Billabong International.
Jason is a F.A.B. shareholder.
Abhishek Poddar is a respected and highly successful Indian entrepreneur. Abhishek and his family have interests spread across many companies and industries including, trading and export, tea, explosives for mining and retail.
Abhishek is a F.A.B. shareholder.
Abhishek is a Director of Matheson Bosanquet Enterprises Ltd, Coonoor Tea Estates Ltd, and Sua Explosives & Accessories Pvt. Ltd.
Along with his wife, Abhishek owns and operates an exclusive and successful retail business in Bangalore, India.
Abhishek has been a passionate art collector for many years. He is a well-known a patron and philanthropist of the arts. He is a founder-director of Tasveer, an organisation committed to increasing the visibility of photography as art and promoting its status as a collectible medium in India. Opening in 2006, Tasveer now has a network of galleries spread across the country between Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad, and has hosted over a hundred exhibitions both in India and abroad.
Donning many other hats, he is also the Honorary Consul for Poland in Bangalore, and serves on the advisory committees of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bangalore and FIND (Foundation Inde-Europe de Nouveaux Dialogues or the India-Europe Foundation for New Dialogures), headquartered in Rome, Italy, and is also a trustee of the Deccan Foundation.
DAVID SLESSAR OBE
Sydney , Australia
David Slessar, an entrepreneur, investor and chairman of not- for- profit organisations, started his early career in law, then investment banking. Initially he joined Allens Arthur Robinson in Melbourne and then Linklaters in London before moving to corporate finance at Macquarie Bank’s predecessor Hill Samuel in London.
David is a F.A.B. shareholder.
David left the city life to become an entrepreneur, establishing and developing companies in property services and later executive search. He is currently the Founder and Managing Director of a leading executive search firm, The Walford Partnership.
Today he is also involved in an honorary position as National Chairman of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce, having salvaged it from near bankruptcy fifteen years ago and overseeing its development into one of the leading Australian business chambers nationwide. It has achieved strong bilateral ties between Australia and the United Kingdom through its innovative and high-level programs focusing on infrastructure and financial technology. David’s contribution to this rebirth was recognized with the award of an O.B.E. in 2010.
David is also the Chairman of the Governor Phillip Scholarship created in memoriam of Australia’s first Governor and founder of modern Australia. This has the bilateral focus of selecting post graduate Australian students to complete Masters degrees at Oxford University and bringing British students to study at leading Australian universities.
William Ehmcke has 40 years of experience in Information and Communication Technologies specialising in sales & marketing in Australasia and South East Asia, including 12 years in Europe.
William is a F.A.B. shareholder.
Returning to Australia in 1995, he established META Group Asia Pacific, which provided strategic technology planning and vendor negotiation services to 35 of the top 100 corporate and government users in Australia with similar successes in Singapore and New Zealand.
Clients included the ANZ and NAB banks and other major financial and insurance institutions, Qantas and Air New Zealand airlines, a significant number of other ASX-listed companies, the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration, Centrelink and Australian Taxation Office, plus arrangements with the New South Wales and Tasmanian state governments, and the Australian Capital and Northern Territories. META Group Asia Pacific was subsequently acquired by its US partner which was itself acquired by Gartner, Inc. (market capitalisation of USD11 billion).
William is currently Chairman of Snaploader, an advanced technology company developing 3D modelling for the real estate sector. He is also a director of KPJ Group, an Australian residential products manufacturing group, and of Radio Eastern Sydney Co-operative Limited. He has previously held directorships for ASX-listed companies, Customers Ltd, an independent provider of ATM cash machines in Australia, and Rey Resources, a mineral exploration company, and was an Adjunct Professor of Sustainability at Bond University.
DR NICK FISHER
Nick is a Former Chief Research Scientist at the CSIRO. He is currently principal of ValueMetrics Australia and Hon. Professor of Statistics at the University of Sydney. Nick and Alan Lee are providing F.A.B. with assistance with the development of the Dipral algorithm and AI.
Nick is a F.A.B. shareholder.
Aqdas Tatli has a Masters in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, and a Masters in Management Studies, specializing in Marketing, from the University of Mumbai.
Aqdas is a F.A.B. shareholder.
After completing a B. Com Aqdas worked for a year in sales at Yellow Pages.
He was Business Manager at ART India magazine for 3 years and has over 8 years of work experience in art industry. He has been associated with Artforum, Art Dubai, IkonoTV, India Art Collective and The Skoda Prize to name few and has also curated art exhibitions in recent years.