Paresh Kotecha is a Commodity trader with over 35 years of experience, and he comes from a merchant family in Uganda. He was a senior trader at Louis Dreyfus Trading Limited and at European Grain and Shipping, both based in London, covering grains/oilseed trading and hedging risk on exchanges derivatives globally. Since 1995, Paresh has been involved in food security issues and commodity consultancy matters across SADC with the FAO, the U.S. Aid and has worked as an advisor to the Zambian Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.
In 1997, he established B&P Group in South Africa, which was a leading independent broker on the JSE SAFEX Commodity Derivatives market. In addition, he has been active in the physical grain and oilseed transactions across the region from farm gate to bulk global trade.
In 2007, Richcomm Global Services was established in the DMCC and it is a regulated derivatives’ broker on the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange. Further, in 2017, the company was approved as a Sub-Investment Manager by the Maltese Financial Services Authority on Almagest SICAV plc – Commodity Trading Fund - as well as a shareholder in Artemis Asset Management, a category II EU regulated asset manager.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Frank Chetcuti Dimech
Dr Chetcuti Dimech co-founded CDF Advocates in 1993 and Fintel Limited, later renamed CDF Company Services Ltd, in 2001. His practice focuses on investment services and funds as well as general corporate law. He holds directorships and/or the post of compliance officer and prevention of money laundering reporting officer in a number of investment funds and fund management companies.
Dr Grima joined CDF Company Services Ltd in 2010 after various years working in the industry in banking, insurance, accounting, fund management, fund administration, treasury, internal auditing, risk management, investments, risk and audit committees and within the MFSA. He holds directorships, investment committee positions and/or posts in risk management, compliance, internal audit in the financial services industry.
Nisha has over 25-years of experience in commodity futures and options brokerage business in South Africa and Middle East region.
As a director of B&P Group Limited (Lusaka, Zambia) Nisha was responsible for the agriculture trading operations. In 1998, Nisha was involved into establishment of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange SAFEX commodity futures and brokerage services.
Since 2001, Nisha has been a director of B&P Group Financial Services (Pvt) Limited in Durban, South Africa. Her responsibilities included expanding the SAFEX agricultural brokerage operations, developing on offshore client base. Development of VAR administration for discretionary asset management operations; supporting the development of front desk compliance and audit procedures.
Since 2007, Nisha is Chief Financial Officer and Compliance Officer at Richcomm Global Services DMCC.
Luca Gorlero Chairman
Luca has 20+ years of diversified experience with expertise in private equity & new ventures international taxation, and project financing. He successfully executed PE deals spanning across geographies with a geographic bias towards Europe & the Middle East.
Luca is managing the asset and wealth management activities at Richcomm and has been one of the founding forces behind their set up.
Luca is currently serving as Chairman & Founder of Affinitas Consulting, a firm focused on providing services to organizations interested in developing a presence in the emerging markets with a particular focus on the GCC and Central Asian countries. Luca also served as compliance officer for the Golden Eagle Investment Advisors LLC in New York, USA.
Earlier in his career, he was the the Deputy Commercial Director at RAK Free Trade Zone in UAE, where he was responsible for overall supervision, coordination and development of all
business parks and General Manager of New Ventures at Tejari (Dubai World), as well as COO of Golden Eagle Capital Advisors in New York, USA (FINRA regulated entity).
Luca holds an MBA from Golden Gate University (San Francisco, USA), and a B.A. in Political Science from Universita' di Genova (Italy) and a marketing certificate from UC Berkeley (USA).