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World Diamond Mark Conference Begins Dec. 11 in Delhi

Dec 1, 2014 5:20 PM   By World Diamond Mark
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Press Release: An impressive roster of national and international industry leaders of the diamond, jewelry and luxury product industries will be gathering in Delhi, India on December 11 to 12 to discuss and deliberate the future consumer market make-up for polished diamonds and diamond jewelry, and to understand what tools and measures are needed to excite new generations of consumer for diamonds.
Gathering under the banner of the inaugural World Diamond Conference in India, organized by the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) and the World Diamond Mark Foundation (WDMF), and supported by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India, conference participants will hear views both from the diamond industry representatives, as well as from the retail jewelers and the luxury product industry.

The conference will dedicate its first day solely to the various aspects of marketing diamonds and diamond jewelry. Among the miners who will be offering their perspectives will be Philippe Mellier, the CEO of the De Beers; ALROSA's president, Ilya Raschin, and vice president, Andrey Polyakov; Jean Marc Lieberherr, the CEO of Rio Tinto Diamonds and Antonio Carlos Sumbula, the CEO of Endiama.

They will be confronted by a panel of eminent retail jewelers, including Kent Wong, the CEO of Chow Tai Fook, Darshan Mehta of Reliance Brands, Oded Edelman, the founder and CEO of online retailer James Allen, and Karim Merchant of Pure Gold, Dubai.

To summarize the encounter, Alex Popov, the chairman and CEO of WDMF, will outline the marketing and promotion perspectives of the industry in the ever-changing luxury market. A public discussion will follow.

The second day will feature panels that will discuss the diamond industry's current issues and affairs. Ernie Blom, the president of World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB), Maxim Shkadov, the president of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), Gaetano Cavalieri, the president of CIBJO, and Edward Asscher, the president of the World Diamond Council (WDC), together with Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) and GJEPC will discuss issues of financing, corporate social responsibility and other matters with bankers, like Erik Jens of ABN AMRO, Arundhati Bhattacharya of the State Bank of India and others.

The World Diamond Conference in India will be held in the Vigyan Bhawan conference center. It will coincide with the state visit of Russia's President Vladimir Putin to India and meetings with Indian Prime Minister Nahendra Modi.

Conference moderator: Keshini Navaratnam, a world renowned anchor, most familiar from her work at the BBC, and miners' group moderator,  Chaim Even Zohar

Registration, conference program and participation terms and conditions are located here:

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