Founder and president of The Muzo Companies Colombia, Colombia (2020 Honouree of Industry Innovation of the Year - Customer Engagement and Sustainability Initiative of the Year)
Charles Burgess is a former US diplomat graduated from the University of Florida in History and Political Sciences, he holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration. The Muzo Companies currently covers every step of the emerald industry value chain as part of their business model “From the Mine to Market”. Burgess has been the driver of The Muzo Companies and has been the leader of the cultural and industry changes the company has led in Colombia over the past decade.
Senior Vice President, Sustainable Impact of De Beers Group, United Kingdom (2020 Honouree of Sustainability Initiative of the Year)
Over the last few years, Fergusson has led the development of De Beers Group’s Building Forever sustainability framework and is responsible for ensuring that Building Forever remains at the heart of the business and delivers value-creation for our communities, partner countries and consumers. As part of this, Fergusson’s team leads on global sustainability engagement and partnerships, and on advancing key areas of focus, including biodiversity, livelihoods, skills and community health; as well as inclusion and diversity across our workforce, communities and brands. Prior to joining De Beers, Fergusson worked for Anglo American in South America and previously for KPMG’s Sustainability and Risk team in London.