Arshad Sayed

Chief Development Officer, Partnerships & Joint Ventures Copper & Diamonds, Rio Tinto

Arshad Sayed is the Chief Development Officer – overseeing Strategy, Partnerships, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, and all non-managed operations, in Copper & Diamonds.

Before joining Rio Tinto in June 2018, Arshad was Managing Partner of Global Connect, a corporate advisory firm supporting the scaling up of Asia based companies in the US.

Earlier, he led Peabody Energy in successfully forming a consortium with the Shenhua Group, managing a mining exploration joint venture with a Chinese company, and developing new business in India, while living in Beijing.

Prior to this, at the World Bank, Arshad executed complex programs while working across 45+ countries: developing policy and strategy in the Corporate Strategy Group, leading the Bank’s strategy and operations in Europe and Central Asia, initiating innovation initiatives that feature in the Harvard Business Review as best practice, and serving as Country Head for Mongolia.