Below you can find biographical details on all of our key personnel, as well as meet some of our other team members.
Randall Oliphant was appointed Chairman of the World Gold Council in September 2013. He is the Executive Chairman of New Gold Inc., a gold producer with a portfolio of four operating mines and three significant development projects located in Canada, Mexico, the United States, Australia and Chile.
Mr. Oliphant joined New Gold after key roles with a number of gold mining companies. He has worked in the industry in many capacities for almost 30 years, and he serves on the boards of a number of public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations, including the Advisory Board of Metalmark Capital LLC, and the boards of WesternZagros Resources Ltd. and Franco-Nevada Corporation. Mr. Oliphant is a Chartered Accountant and holds a B.Com. degree from the University of Toronto.
Chief Executive Officer
Aram was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the World Gold Council with effect January 2009.
Aram has over 30 years experience as a management consultant. He has worked with many leading financial institutions, at board and senior executive levels, and brings extensive international experience to the role of CEO.
During 27 years at Accenture, Aram held a number of leadership roles, including Global Managing Partner of the financial markets industry practice, before becoming a senior partner.
Subsequently, he was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Resolution plc, the Senior Non-Executive Director of Victoria plc, a Non-Executive Director of a Swiss based asset-management company and several other companies. Prior to joining the World Gold Council he was an independent member of the International Executive of Hogan Lovells LLP, one of the leading global law firms. He holds a BA in Economics and an MBA.
Managing Director, Corporate Communications
Brenda Bates joined the World Gold Council in June 2011. As Managing Director of Corporate Communications, she is responsible for the strategic development and management of the World Gold Council’s communications across all markets.
Prior to her appointment to the World Gold Council, Mrs Bates was Director of Communications at BPP, University College of Professional Education. At BPP she was responsible for the team which delivered a multi-channel communications strategy that successfully promoted BPP as the first private for profit university to be awarded university college status in the UK.
Previously Mrs Bates worked as an independent consultant specialising in asset management and professional services firms. She also ran the specialist financial PR firm Mainland PR. Her in house corporate communications expertise and experience was gained at Aon, where Mrs Bates was member of the board. Mrs Bates established the corporate communications function at Aon and was responsible for all aspects of brand, corporate PR, marketing and communications. Prior to Aon, Mrs. Bates was a Managing Director at the communications consultancy, Gavin Anderson & Company, working with a range of corporate and financial clients.
Albert L. H. Cheng
Managing Director, Far East
Albert Cheng joined the World Gold Council in 1993 and became Managing Director, Far East, in 2003. His role includes responsibility for all operations in the region.
During his early career in the 1980’s, Albert was with Dentsu, Young and Rubicam, Hong Kong, as a Dentsu Account Director.
He subsequently worked for the Royal Canadian Mint, where he was responsible for marketing the Maple Leaf family of bullion products. He helped build the marketing and distribution network in Asia Pacific for the International Olympic Committee, Centennial Coin Programme.
A member of CAM in the UK, Albert holds a degree in Business Administration with a major in marketing from the Chinese University in Hong Kong.
Managing Director, Central Banks and Public Policy
Natalie Dempster joined the World Gold Council in 2006. As the Managing Director of Central Banks and Public Policy she has overall responsibility for providing advisory and technical assistance to reserve asset managers around the world. She also leads our engagement with global regulatory authorities on all policy matters.
Prior to joining the World Gold Council, Natalie worked as an economist on the trading floor of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group covering Western Europe economies. She also worked on JP Morgan's trading floor, first as a foreign exchange trader and latterly as an economist covering emerging-market fixed income debt, mainly of Eastern European countries. She holds a BSc in Economics from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London and an MBA from City University Business School (CASS), London.
Managing Director, Investment Worldwide
Kevin Feldman is Managing Director, Investment Worldwide and Managing Director for the US. He is based in New York.
Kevin is responsible for growing the organisation’s portfolio of commercial partnerships, and enhancing its market leadership in gold ETF’s and other physical gold products across the world.
Kevin has more than 20 years’ experience in senior leadership roles for leading global asset management firms, both in the US and internationally. He joins the World Gold Council from BlackRock, where he was Head of iShares Marketing. Previously, Kevin held positions at Barclays Global Investors, Vanguard and Charles Schwab & Co.
He brings significant experience in the global ETF and US mutual funds markets, as well as marketing, product strategy and general management experience to the World Gold Council’s Investment team.
Kevin has a BA in Linguistics and Computer Science, with Specialisation in Business Administration, from the University of California and an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University..
Managing Director, Investment Strategy
Marcus Grubb joined the World Gold Council in 2008. He is the gold strategist for the World Gold Council, responsible for the organisation's view of all aspects of the gold market and to articulate it to investors of all types, from private wealth to institutional and sovereign investors worldwide. He is the key spokesperson for Gold Demand Trends.
Marcus has enjoyed management roles in investment banking and capital markets for 20 years. He was the Global Head of Equities at Rabobank and a Board member, where he built and managed the global equities and equity derivatives business. Marcus was the founder Chief Executive of Swapstream, the largest inter-bank exchange for interest rate swaps, which was sold to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 2006. During the mid-1990s, Marcus was a Senior Investment Strategist at Union Bank of Switzerland and Salomon Brothers and began his career in Eurobond and swap origination at JP Morgan in the 1980's. Marcus graduated in 1983 from Oxford University with first class honours in Modern History & Economics.
Managing Director, Gold for Development and Market Intelligence
Terry Heymann joined the World Gold Council in February 2010. Managing the Gold for Development programme, Terry is responsible for the World Gold Council's work around the positive socio-economic contribution that gold and gold mining can make, particularly for developing countries. Terry led the development of the Conflict-Free Gold Standard and the All-In Costs Guidance Note, working closely with our Member companies.
Prior to joining the World Gold Council, Terry was a Principal at Marakon Associates, a leading strategy consultancy, where he helped clients in a number of industries on strategic issues and new product development.
Managing Director, Jewellery
David Lamb joined the World Gold Council in July 2010. David has overall responsibility for the strategic development of the gold jewellery market worldwide with a particular focus in building the premium market in the US.
Prior to his appointment to the World Gold Council, David was an Executive Director of the Diamond Trading Company (DTC), the sales and marketing arm of De Beers, as Worldwide Marketing Director and subsequently Chief Strategy Officer. There he was widely credited with significantly increasing consumer demand for diamond jewellery, principally through a series of powerful global innovations such as the Trilogy concept (“For your past, your present, your future”), which he devised.
Previously David spent more than 20 years at leading international advertising agencies, notably JWT Worldwide where he was Executive Vice President and held various leadership positions including Head of Worldwide Account Planning and latterly Head of Multinational Clients.
Chief Financial Officer
Robin joined the World Gold Council in 2010 as Chief Financial Officer. He carries responsibility for financial reporting and control, financial planning, audit, treasury operations, tax, risk management and company secretariat.
Robin was previously Senior Vice President Finance for Millennium & Copthorne Hotels PLC, a UK FTSE-250 group, where he supported the CEO in corporate strategy, driving profitability and shareholder value. He also spent four years as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, focusing on corporate finance and corporate strategy.
Previously, Robin was head of research and strategy at the Securities Commission in Malaysia where he supported the establishment of the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board. Robin qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London, having graduated from Oxford University in 1990 with a degree in Classics.
Managing Director, India
Somasundaram PR joined the World Gold Council in January 2013, as Managing Director, India. Based in Mumbai, Som is responsible for leading the World Gold Council's activities across the Indian gold market.
Som has over 27 years' experience across diverse industries including the FMCG and banking sectors. Prior to joining the World Gold Council, Som was the Chief Executive Officer of Lakshmi Vilas Bank, a private sector bank. Before that, he was part of Standard Chartered Bank in India for over eight years in various senior roles before taking on the role of Managing Director of Standard Chartered – STCI Capital Markets, the securities arm of Standard Chartered Bank. Previously, Som had spent over 13 years with Hindustan Unilever (HUL) in a variety of roles, as well as working at Tata Consultancy Services. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.