United Arab Emirates

James Bernard

Regional Representative Europe, DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre)

James started his career working for several leading international trading organizations as a commodities and financial derivatives trader in London where he developed his passion for global trading. He then went on to incorporate his own company investing in the production and trading of physical commodities and derivatives.

In 2006 he moved to Dubai to join DMCC as Associate director of commodities. and in 2009 was appointed Director of business development, leading the next stage of growth for DMCC Free Zone, which to date has attracted over 19,000 companies to its central Dubai location.

In his next role as Head of Corp Sales he helped successfully take DMCC onto achieve unprecedented growth and to develop it into the multi award winning Free Zone it is today. In 2020 he was appointed as DMCC’s regional representative for Europe. An experienced Special Economic Zone professional he continues to work and advise on the development of the Middle East business ecosystem.

As one of the founding members of the Dubai Global Blockchain Council and the DMCC Blockchain Innovation Group he has led DMCC’s Blockchain initiatives since 2015, developing early proof of concepts across various sectors including the provenance of diamonds and various other internal projects.

Today he continues to drive the development of the DMCC Crypto ecosystem ‘Crypto Centre’ and to assist in the continuous growth of Dubai as a global Blockchain and crypto hub, working closely with various private and government stakeholders and contributing the successful implementation of Crypto Asset regulations.

He is a regular contributor to various publications and advisor to a number of different startups and scaleups across the DeFi, Blockchain, and Crypto sectors.