Team

The MKS PAMP GROUP prides itself in having experienced team members and recognized experts in the precious metals market. People are the main asset of the organisation. Here are some of the individuals who are helping shape the success of the group on a daily basis.

MKS PAMP GROUP B.V

1 MKS PAMP GROUP B.V

 
Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands
 
MKS PAMP GROUP B.V is the parent company of the group, providing the overall structure and financial strength.

Venkata Gopalakrishnan

Group Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer of MKS PAMP GROUP since 2008. Venkata joined the group as a Financial Controller in September 1994. He graduated from Geneva University in 1990 and qualified as a Swiss Certified Chartered Accountant in 1994. Prior to joining MKS PAMP GROUP, Venkata spent four years working as an auditor for Arthur Andersen Geneva.

 

Clive Turner

Group Head of Business Strategy and Development

Head of the Group’s Business Strategy and Development since 2012, assisting senior management in planning future growth and direction as the business continues to expand its products and services. Having spent over 30 years in the precious and base metal markets where he held principal roles in leading investment bank commodities’ businesses, he has served on various LBMA committees and on the management committee for over 10 years.

 




MKS Switzerland

2 MKS Switzerland

 
Based in Geneva, Switzerland
 
MKS Switzerland is the main pillar of the MKS PAMP GROUP, providing financial and physical trading services exclusively to institutional investors.

Marwan Shakarchi

Chairman

Chairman of MKS (Switzerland) SA since 1982, he has developed the company into a leading integrated precious metals group. Marwan, who graduated from The Wharton School of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Multinational Enterprises, regularly shares his expertise on the gold and precious metals market as a keynote speaker throughout the industry and in front of leading financial institutions, forums and journalists. He was a primary member of the Task Force Committee to prepare a report on commodities markets for the G20 summit in Paris in 2011. He is also an international consultant to the Shanghai Gold Exchange.

 

Karma Shakarchi-Liess

Vice Chairman

Member of the Board and Vice Chairman of MKS (Switzerland) SA since 1981. Karma is responsible for the treasury and risk management activities. She has been an integral part of the MKS (Switzerland) SA team for years, and thanks to her long-term thinking and attention to detail, the group expansion policy has reached its objectives. Karma holds a Philosophy Degree from Sorbonne University in Paris.

 

 

Mehdi Barkhordar

Managing Director

Mehdi has been instrumental in broadening the Group’s reach, range of services and productivity over the course of 30 years. He joined the MKS PAMP GROUP in 1983 and is widely respected for his comprehensive trading, marketing and fabrication expertise. Mehdi has contributed greatly to broadening perceptions of the value of precious metals worldwide through innovative products and marketing concepts and has been one of the industry’s most visible proponents of products and services quality standards, best practices and ethics, as well as environmental sustainability. Mehdi graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Decision Sciences.

 

Jean-François Liess

Head of Human Resources

Head of Human Resources department of MKS (Switzerland) SA since 2002. After working as an independent financial advisor specializing in the global derivatives markets, in 1986 he created Falcon Brokers, an investment company and large oil-trading operation. Jean-François also takes care of some of the Alternative Investments of the group. He holds a Bachelor of Science from San Diego State University with a Major in Finance.

 

Jay Schnyder

Head of Refining

Head of Refining at MKS (Switzerland) SA since 1988. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Lausanne University. Jay travels extensively to Latin America and Africa to visit mine sites and perform due diligence assessments. He participates in conferences around the globe as well as in discussions orchestrated by the World Economic Forum.

 

Bernard Sin

Head of Trading

Head of Trading since 2007. He joined MKS PAMP GROUP as a country representative of Singapore in 1996 and moved to Switzerland in 1997. Bernard holds a MBA in International Business from European University in Geneva and is currently serving in the London Bullion Market Association as a member of the Public Affairs Committee.

 

Afshin Nabavi

Head of Physical Sales

Head of Physical Sales since 1993. He joined MKS (Switzerland) SA as a trainee in 1982 and worked within different departments of the group, providing him with an all-embracing understanding of the precious metals industry. Afshin is broadly experienced in the trading market, particularly in all aspects of physical trading. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Webster University, Geneva.

 

Jacqueline MayorMeylan

Head of Compliance

Head of Compliance department since 2009. She is responsible for anti-money laundering and supply chain due diligence as well as the implementation of responsible sourcing practices within the Group. She has led the drafting of the LBMA Responsible Gold Guidance as well as the development of the LBMA best practice due diligence toolkit. She is also a member of the Accreditation and Certification Committee of the Responsible Jewellery Council. Jacqueline holds a Masters Degree in Economics from Lausanne University and is a Swiss Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining the MKS PAMP GROUP, Jacqueline worked 10 years with Ernst & Young as Senior Manager for financial and regulatory audit in the banking and financial industries.

 

Rafic Fakhran

Head of Accounting

Head of Accounting department since 1979. He joined Mahmoud Shakarchi as a trainee in 1967, performing different roles in various departments of the Group in Lebanon. Upon establishment of MKS (Switzerland) SA in Geneva in 1979, Rafic was promoted to Head of Accounting.

 




PAMP

3 PAMP

 
Based in Ticino Switzerland
 
PAMP operates a state-of-the-art precious metals refinery and fabrication facility. PAMP is one the most renowned brands in the industry.

Nadia Haroun

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer since 2016. Nadia joined the company in 2009 as Head of Sales and Marketing. She began her career in the precious metals industry immediately after obtaining a master's degree in International Studies from Dauphine University in Paris. Prior to joining PAMP, Nadia developed her industry expertise by holding various management positions in Australia, The Netherlands, and with the French government Mint, Monnaie de Paris.

 

Umberto Magro

Group Head of Transport & Logistics

Head of Transport & Logistics for the Group since 2016. He started his career at PAMP as Head of Administration in 2002. He holds a Master Degree in Business Economics from SUPSI Ticino. Prior to joining the MKS PAMP GROUP, Umberto worked as Member of the Board of MAT SECURITAS EXPRESS SA and VIA MAT GROUP.

 




MKS Turkey

4 MKS Turkey

 
Based in Istanbul, Turkey
 
MKS Turkey’s office is the trading and distribution company for the MKS PAMP GROUP which focuses on servicing the specific needs of the Turkish Gold Exchange.

Cumhur K. Timucin

Managing Director

Managing Director of MKS Turkey office since 2010, he has more than 15 years of experience in gold trading and is regarded as an authority on the Turkish market. He holds an MBA degree from Middle East Technical University with a Bachelor of Science in Materials & Metallurgical Engineering. Cumhur also acts as the chairman of LCO Precious Metals and GCL Recycling and Refining.

 




MKS Dubaï

5 MKS Dubaï

 
Based in Dubaï, UAE
 
MKS Precious Metals DMCC is the trading and distribution company for the group and focuses on servicing the specific needs of the Middle East region.

Frederic Panizzutti

Managing Director

Managing Director of the Dubai office, he joined the Group in 1997, initially as Head of Research and Strategy, before taking a customer- and product-orientated position. Frederic is also responsible for MKS's press and media relationships and is a regular contributor and columnist for online media, TV and newspaper agencies covering the precious metals industry worldwide.

 




MMTC-PAMP

6 MMTC-PAMP

 
Based in New-Delhi, India
 
MMTC-PAMP is among the world’s most advanced gold and silver refining and minting facilities. The company is set up as a joint venture with MMTC (a government of India undertaking), the biggest trading company and largest importer of precious metal in India.

Rajesh Khosla

Chief Executive Officer

CEO of MMTC-PAMP India since its inception in 2008 after being on the Board of MMTC Ltd, India’s largest international trading corporation. Rajesh has been associated with the Indian base and precious metals industry for the past 20 years and has pioneered various innovative schemes for domestic bullion operations. He is a regular speaker on the subject at industry forums and conferences in India.

 

Vipin Raina

Head of Marketing

Head of Marketing for MMTC-PAMP, he has been associated with the MKS PAMP Group since 2002 and with MMTC-PAMP since its inception. Vipin is responsible for overall marketing function for bullion and minted products, market research, new product development and customer engagement. With a strong sales and marketing experience of more than 21 years in base and precious metals, Vipin was invaluable in setting up the Company’s dealing desk in India. He has contributed significantly to the Company’s in-house developed retail distribution platform, which manages its all-India minted product distribution.

 




MKS Thailand

7 MKS Thailand

 
Based in Bangkok, Thailand
 
MKS Precious Metals (Thailand) is the trading and distribution company for the group which focuses on servicing the specific needs of the Thai market.

Sudarat Unakul

Managing Director

Managing Director of the Thailand office, Sudarat was significantly involved in the establishment of MKS Precious Metals (Thailand) in 1997 and has since built a strong business relationship with all major gold traders, especially on the precious metals physical trading via renowned services team. She studied Business Administration in the US.

 




MKS Malaysia

8 MKS Malaysia

 
Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 
MKS Precious Metals Sdn Bhd is the trading and distribution company for the MKS PAMP GROUP which focuses on servicing the specific needs of the Malaysian market.

Joseph Ng

Managing Director

Managing Director for MKS PAMP Group’s business in Malaysia, Joseph is also currently acting as strategic director for the South East Asian markets, responsible for the development and implementation of business strategies in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. As an active member of the Federation of Goldsmiths and Jewellers Association of Malaysia, Joseph has been instrumental in the negotiations with the Malaysian authorities on Goods and Services’ Tax exemptions and taxations for precious metals.

 




MKS Singapore

9 MKS Singapore

 
Based in Singapore
 
MKS Precious Metals (Singapore) is the trading and distribution company for the MKS PAMP GROUP which focuses on servicing the specific needs of the Singaporean and south-east Asian region.

Eddie Ng

Managing Director

Having joined the company in 2009 as a bullion dealer, Eddie has since progressed through increasingly responsible roles in business development and physical trading with MKS Singapore. Eddie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, majoring in Finance.

 




MKS Hong Kong

10 MKS Hong Kong

 
Based in Hong Kong
 
MKS Precious Metals (Hong Kong) is the trading and distribution company for the MKS PAMP GROUP which focuses on servicing the specific needs of the Hong Kong market.

Frederick Siu

Managing Director

Frederick has more than 28 years of physical trading experience, having worked in ScotiaMocatta HK and Mitsui HK as head of precious metals sales and marketing. Frederick received a MBA (Financial Management) at University of Hull (UK) and BA (Hons) in Accounting at London Metropolitan University (UK). He is also a certified Public Accountant (CPA) from Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) and Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA UK).

 




PAMP Shanghai

11 PAMP Shanghai

 
Based in Shanghai, China
 
PAMP Shanghai, is the trading and distribution company for the MKS PAMP GROUP focuses on servicing the specific needs of the Chinese market.

 

Minqi Chai

Managing Director

Chai Minqi has been the Managing Director of PAMP (Shanghai) Precious Metals Trading Co., LTD since 2008. Before joining MKS PAMP GROUP, he was already in the coin business, both numismatic and bullion coins for more than twenty years.

 




MKS Australia

12 MKS Australia

 
Based in Sydney, Australia
 
The MKS PAMP GROUP's Sydney office, MKS Precious Metals (Australia) Pty Ltd, serves several key functions including the operation and administration of the Group trading book during Asian trading hours, the import and distribution of Bullion in Australia through MKS’ local distribution network, the export of mine dore and secondary gold to PAMP and MMTC-PAMP and the provision of trading services including hedging facilities to mining companies.

 

Clive Carroll

Managing Director

Managing Director of the Australian Subsidiary, Clive has over 40 years’ experience in precious metals, commodities and banking. He joined MKS in 1998 to establish its standalone Australian operations. Previously, Clive was Executive Chairman of the Sydney-based Commodity Trading company Tennant Limited after being Head of the Bullion and Commodities business for Macquarie Bank in Sydney.

 

Jason Cerisola

Head of Trading

Head of Trading for the Australian Office, Jason is responsible for the management of the Group's trading operations in the Asian time zone. He joined the MKS Sydney office in 1998 as a Trainee Dealer and has been involved in the development of the Group's trading business in precious metals and foreign exchange ever since. Jason and his team co-ordinate the trading and other business activities with the Group’s subsidiary offices throughout Asia and India.

 




Manfra Tordella & Brookes

13 Manfra Tordella & Brookes

 
Based in New York City, USA
 
Part of the MKS PAMP GROUP since 2002, MTB provides individuals and institutions with a wide selection of international legal tender bullion coins and pure investment bars.

Scott Spitzer

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer of MTB, he has served in the commodities and financial services businesses for more than 15 years, and in several other industries. Scott has served as an officer of Credit Suisse-First Boston and Kay Corporation, a physical commodities and futures clearing, brokerage and trading advisory company that also owned the Kay Jewelers store chain. He also worked for the American Stock Exchange.

 

Roy Friedman

President

President of MTB, he has extensive knowledge in all facets on the precious metals industry. In addition to his trading experience, he is a well-respected commentator and writes a blog that appears several times a week on the MTB homepage. Roy has held executive level positions at several industry leading trading companies through his career. While working closely with all departments, he has principal responsibility for the trading and sales activities of the company.