JNA Awards Confers Lifetime Achievement Award to Anoop Mehta,
President of Bharat Diamond Bourse
Hong Kong, 2 September 2014 – JNA (Jewellery News Asia) is proud to announce that it is honouring Anoop Mehta, President of the Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB), with the Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest accolades in the global jewellery and gemstone industry and the most esteemed tribute conferred by the JNA Awards.
The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award recognises visionary leaders who have made significant contributions to the jewellery industry, particularly in Asia. The award’s past recipients included Nicky Oppenheimer, former chairman of De Beers Group, and Leung Sik Wah, Honorary Life President of the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China and Chairman of the Hong Kong Jewellers’ & Goldsmiths’ Association.
Letitia Chow, Chair of the JNA Awards Judging Panel, said: “Anoop Mehta is recognised for his vision and strong commitment to the growth of the diamond industry. He has stepped up to lead and steer the Bharat Diamond Bourse to a successful launch. The diamond exchange has since been branded as the world’s largest.This is an endeavour that requires exceptional leadership and great courage, and takes a pioneer to accomplish.
Today, India plays a key role in the international diamond trade, and Anoop Mehta’s significant contributions have ensured that the diamond trade between India and the rest of the world is fair, efficient and robust.”
Commenting on the award, Mehta said: “It is a great honour to be the recipient of the JNA Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is testament to the remarkable teams of people that I have had the privilege to work with in order to bring the Bharat Diamond Bourse to full operation. The diamond exchange is the result of the collective effort of many. I would like to dedicate this award to these exemplary individuals who have made a difference to the diamond industry. I thank my colleagues and partners, and current and former members of the Bharat Diamond Bourse committee for their continuous support and dedication to operating the bourse to the highest standards.”
Mehta joined the jewellery industry at a young age through the family business. He has since worked to foster the growth of the industry through various endeavours, promoting and developing the diamond trade for more than 30 years, with the BDB being his most high-profile achievement.
Inaugurated in 2010, the bourse is a service-oriented, non-profit organisation devoted to establishing infrastructural facilities for the promotion of diamond trading, as well as reinforcing India’s role as an international diamond trading hub for manufacturers, brokers and agents.
Mehta has also been associated with the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council for several years and is on the committee of the Diamond Exporters Association Ltd (DEAL). He also serves as Chairman and Managing Director of Mohit Diamonds Private Ltd (Mohit Group) and is a partner at Mohanlal Raichand& Sons, one of the oldest diamond businesses in India.
JNA will present the award to Mehta at the JNA Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner, which will be held on 16 September at the InterContinental Hong Kong. The much-anticipated awards event, the culmination of a year-long process, will be held on the sidelines of the world’s No. 1 fine jewellery event, the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.
The awards ceremony and gala dinner is a ticketed event only.
Now on its third year, JNA Awards 2014 is led by Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook as Headline Partners, with Diarough Group, Gübelin Group, the Israel Diamond Institute, KARP Group, Paspaley Pearling Company, Shanghai Diamond Exchange and Guangdong Land Holdings Ltd as Honoured Partners.