The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) appointed Amit Dhamani, the chief executive of Dhamani Jewels Group, and Thomas Insley, the chief financial officer of Intrepid Therapeutics, to its board of governors. Both were inducted at GIA’s May 2012 biannual board meeting in Hong Kong.
“A warm welcome to Amit and Thomas as they join an extraordinary group of global leaders in furthering GIA’s mission to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry,” said Donna Baker, GIA's president. “Their combined expertise will help us continue to grow; to deliver unbiased, third-party evaluation of gemstones; and to provide world-class gemological education and instruments.”
Dhamani (pictured on the right) is a second-generation jeweler with extensive experience in Europe, the Middle East and India. Coupled with his background in the colored stone and diamond wholesale business, his vision for the development of the retail gem and jewelry industry has made him an authoritative figure in the international arena, according to GIA. He holds an executive diploma in business administration from Harvard Business School and is the president of the GIA alumni chapter in the Gulf.
Insley (pictured below) has spent the past 10 years as chief financial officer for three different companies, both public and private, and has 29 years of prior experience at the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, with five of those years as a managing partner. He is a member of the board of trustees of The Scripps Research Institute and the Corporate Directors Forum.
Susan Jacques, GIA's board chair and the president of Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts, said, “Our governors bring expertise from their diverse backgrounds. Amit is a visionary jewelry retailer with a firm grounding in best business practices and Thomas has an exemplary record of leadership as an executive and board member of public companies and nonprofit institutions.”