JNA Awards gala dinner and awards ceremony:
A sold-out success
HONG KONG, 15 September, 2014 – A full house of more than 600 guests is expected at the 2014 JNA Awards gala dinner and awards ceremony scheduled for tomorrow evening, 16 September, at the InterContinental Hong Kong.
Organised by JNA (Jewellery News Asia), the third edition of one of the gemstone and jewellery industry’s flagship events is now fully booked. Out of the 50 tables that will be set up for the special evening, 24 are sponsored by major companies and industry associations from Belgium, China, Hong Kong, India and Israel, Netherlands, Philippines, Thailand and the US.
The JNA Awards honours excellence and outstanding achievement in the gemstone and jewellery sector with a special focus on Asia.
Commenting on what is shaping up to be biggest awards ceremony yet with the cream of the jewellery industry attending in full force, Letitia Chow, founder of JNA and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, said, “I am delighted to see just how greatly the JNA Awards has grown in stature since its founding three years ago. Tomorrow, the awards and gala dinner will take place before a sell-out audience. I am looking forward to this wonderful evening, where we will honour the best and the brightest talents in the jewellery world.”
The gala awards dinner will shine the spotlight on Anoop Mehta, recipient of JNA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and Ahmed Bin Sulayem, who will be conferred with the Outstanding Contribution of the Year Award. The recipients of each of the 14 categories will also be revealed at the ceremony.
Among the 600 guests will be a glittering array of industry leaders and experts, including 20 distinguished names in the business who have been tapped to present the much-coveted trophies to the Recipients. The Award presenters include Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook; Jean-Marc Lieberherr, Managing Director – Diamonds of Rio Tinto Diamonds; Raphael Gübelin, CEO of Gübelin Group; Ramesh Virani, Director of KARP Group; Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of Shanghai Diamond Exchange; Nishit Parikh, Partner at Diarough Group; Peter Suen, Executive Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group; Bruno Sané, General Manager Diamonds Sales and Marketing of Rio Tinto Diamonds; Moti Ganz, Chairman of the Israel Diamond Institute of Group of Companies; Russell Hanigan, Senior Pearling Manager, Paspaley Pearling Company; and Ye Xuquan, CEO, Guangdong Land Holdings Limited.
Also in attendance will be Yang Yi, Deputy Director-General and Head of the Commercial Office, Economic Affairs Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in HKSAR; Madam Wang Ping, Deputy Governor, People’s Government of Luohu District, Shenzhen; Sagi Karni, Consul General of Israel in Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR; Ahmed Naser Alkhaja, Consul General of the United Arab Emirates in Hong Kong; Prashant Agrawal, Consul General of India to Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR; and Evert Marechal, Consul General of Belgium in Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR.
Representing UBM plc is CEO Tim Cobbold. Also in attendance will be UBM Asia President and CEO Jimé Essink and Senior Vice President Wolfram Diener.
The members of the 2014 JNA Awards judging panel will also be at the gala dinner. They are Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of GIA India and the Middle East; Bill Boyajian, Founder and President of Bill Boyajian and Associates, Inc; Albert Cheng, Managing Director of World Gold Council – Far East; James Courage, CEO of Platinum Guild International; and Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange.
The Awards’ third edition is led by Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group as Headline Partners, with Diarough Group, Gübelin Group, KARP Group, Paspaley Pearling Company, Shanghai Diamond Exchange, the Israel Diamond Institute and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited as Honoured Partners.