Mr. Alain Goetz is a Belgian business magnate,investor and philanthropist.He is commonly known as Mr. Goetz.
Marital Status: Married
Date of Birth: 24th April 1965
Residence: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Born in Deurne Antwerp Belgium on 24th April 1965, Alain Goetz is the middle son of Mr. Tony Goetz the founder of Tony Goetz NV one of the largest precious metal refinery and trading in Europe. Alain Goetz is known for his work in the gold and precious metal refining, bullion trading, airline operations, restaurant, real estate, hotel and hospitality in several countries including Belgium, Burundi, DRC,United Arab Emirates, Uganda,Rwanda and South Africa.
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Mr. Goetz started his career in the Precious Metal sector, thereafter served asa Manager at De Goudbank in Antwerp Belgium for 3 years from 1984 to 1987. After finishing his military service at the Belgian Army, he moved to the East African Region and started a gold trading company Goetz and Sons in the Republic of Burundi from 1987 to 1993.
At the same time, he joined the gold refining business by setting up the Affimet Gold Refinery Company in the Republic of Burundi where he was the General
Manager for 7 years until 1994. The refinery was in full operation with 120 employees and a turnover of more than 100 Million USD in 1993 and has produced 10 tons of refined gold bars.
Mr. Goetz later joined the banking sector as the General Managerof African Bank of Commerce (ABC) a fully licensed commercial offshore bank and the first offshore bank inthe East African region from 1994 – 1997.
He then moved to the Airline industry as the General Manager of City Connexion Airlines based in Burundi and CCA Airlines in DRC, operating out of Bujumbura International Airport with interline agreements with Sabena and Uganda Airlines.To service the Airline industry, Alain Goetz started the CCA Maintenance Aircraft Maintenance Facility based in Vereeniging, South Africa which was licensed by Burundi,Rwanda, DRC and Swaziland Aviation Authorities where he oversaw operations from 1998-2001.
In 2001 he joined his father’s company as Partner and Managing Director of Tony Goetz NV, Antwerp Belgium. Tony Goetz NV had a turnover of over 2 billion USD in 2011 and is a leading precious metals trading and refining company in Belgium. He led the company for 10 years before moving to Dubai.
In Dubai, Goetz started Goetz Gold LLC, a company focused on buying and selling gold and other precious metals in 2013. He served as CEO of the company until March 2019.
Mr. Goetz oversaw the establishment of the African Gold Refinery (AGR) in 2014 as the first state of the art gold refinery in Uganda and Sub-Saharan Africa with a production capacity of 600 kgs of high-finished gold kilo-bars per day that is internationally recognized as Uganda products. The Facility is situated on a 5.5 acres piece land and employs 85 staff at all levels of their operations. In 2016 AGR generated 1.8 billion Ugandan shillings in government revenue paid and major inward investment of over $23 million.
It was the first complaint and transparent initiative in Uganda’s gold sector where players were exporting raw gold. The state-of-the-art refining facility is located in Entebbe next to the Entebbe International Airport and was officially launched by H.E. the President Yoweri Museveni in February 2017. AGR offers five majors standard quality services including smelting, assaying, refining, manufacturing and logistics.
On the U.N Security Council report S/2017/672/Rev.1, dated: 16 August 2017 it’s been quoted that: “The Group therefore believes that AGR could contribute to a cleaner gold trade in Uganda”, which the AGR does till date.
In November 2018 Alain Goetz stepped down as founding CEO, a position he had held since 2014.
As one of the leading precious metals trading experts in the world with over 30 years’ experience, Alain has been invited to participate and present at several strategic international forums and conferences on mining and precious metals:
- 8th Annual Mineral Wealth Conference (Kampala, Uganda – October 2019)
- 7th Annual Mineral Wealth Conference (Kampala, Uganda – October 2018)
- The 2nd edition of Global Gold Dore Forum (Dubai – United Arab Emirates January 2018)
- 11th OECD Forum on Responsible Supply Chain (Paris, France – May 2017)
- LBMA Responsible Gold Forum 2013 (Paris, France – May 2013)
- OECD Forum on implementing due diligence in the gold supply chains: ICGLR-OECD GoE multi-stakeholder Forum (Paris, France – May 2013)
- Dubai Precious Metals Conference (Dubai, UAE – April 2013)
- LBMA Assaying and Refining Seminar (London, UK – March 2013)
- LBMA/LPPM Precious Metals Conference 2012 (Hong Kong, PRC – November 2012)
Mr. Goetz started theAl-Asr Al Dahabi Restaurant in February 2020 serving Turkish,Moroccan, and Lebanese cuisineswith a modern twist having a sittingcapacity of over 750 located at Al Mamzar, Dubai – United Arab Emirates.
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