Founding Team

SDiX is founded by a team of visionary entrepreneurs and professionals with exceptional stock and commodity markets credentials, totally independent of the diamond industry.

Alain Vandenborre

Alain Vandenborre

Executive Chairman & Founder

  • Founder and main shareholder of SDiX and Co-Founder and shareholder of Le Freeport Management, formerly known as The Singapore Freeport
  • Serial entrepreneur and private investor with 25 years of experience. He founded his first company at the age of 26 in laser microelectronics technology
  • Has previously held a number of senior positions in the private equity and venture capital industry including the Chairman of the Asia Pacific Venture Capital Private Equity Association

Linus Koh

Chief Executive Officer

  • Former President and Chief Operating Officer at SMX
  • Executive Vice President at SGX, leading the development and management of listed securities & derivative products as well as exchange services; subsequently Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy
  • More than 25 years’ experience covering leadership roles in capital markets and investment banking; at Citibank, UBS, and Deutsche Bank, where he served as COO for Global Foreign Exchange, based in London
  • Serial entrepreneur and private investor in commercializing high technology start-ups
Linus Koh
Lai Eng Keat

Lai Eng Keat

Chief Regulatory Officer

  • Former Executive Director and Head of Compliance of ED&F Man Capital Markets (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • Over 25 years of in-depth knowledge in regulatory, compliance and surveillance integrations having worked as Head of Compliance and Head of Participant Supervision with SIMEX and SGX respectively