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GIA Appoints Brooks-Rubin to Direct Development and Beneficiation

May 28, 2014 2:20 AM   By Deena Taylor
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RAPAPORT... The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) appointed Brad Brooks-Rubin to the newly-created position of global director of development and beneficiation.

Brooks-Rubin previously served as special adviser on conflict diamonds to the U.S. State Department and he has extensive international experience working with industry, government and civil society on issues related to conflict minerals and gems. He was also an attorney advisor for the U.S. Treasury Department. He  joins the GIA from the law firm  Holland & Hart LLP, where he counseled international clients on trade sanctions, export controls and international trade law and regulations.  

“Brad’s extensive experience in international law, government and compliance combined with his commitment to promoting transparency in the gem and jewelry industry will contribute significantly to GIA’s beneficiation and economic development efforts in the nations and communities that are so important to the global trade," said Susan Jacques, the CEO and president of the GIA.

Brooks-Rubin joins GIA’s development team and will work with nongovernmental organizations, trade groups and government agencies to advance GIA’s beneficiation initiatives in gem-producing regions. He began his term on May 27 and will work with GIA offices worldwide.

Brooks-Rubin said, “As an independent, global public-benefit organization, GIA is in a unique position to foster sustainable development in gem producing regions. I look forward to working with GIA’s stakeholders for the benefit of the ultimate consumer, and the people and communities who are such an important part of this industry.”
Tags: beneficiation, Brad Brooks-Rubin, Deena Taylor, GIA
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