Varda Shine is a non-executive director, CEO mentor and diamond industry and business advisor. Over a 30-year career in the diamond industry with De Beers (leading as CEO of De Beers Trading Company), Varda has developed extensive expertise in government relations, corporate strategy, the growth of markets in emerging economies, personal development for senior employees and business development. Varda is currently a non-executive director at Lonmin PLC and board member of the Mineral Development Company Botswana and the Diamond Empowerment Fund, among other interests.
During her time as CEO of De Beers Trading Company, Varda led the business to deliver record sales and profits whilst extending the company’s customer base in India and developing pioneering new approaches to working with government partners in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Canada.
Varda also successfully completed the multi-billion dollar relocation of sales operations from London to Botswana in what was one of the largest ever transfers of economic activity from the northern to the southern hemisphere. She also oversaw the creation of an international network of trading operations, with joint-venture companies being established with the Governments of Botswana and Namibia, and a wholly owned DTC entity founded in South Africa. Between them, these companies had a combined annual turnover in excess of $1bn and created over 10,000 jobs in these countries.
Driven by values and a commercial skill set, Varda focuses on impacting change aiming to improve people, businesses and nations.