Judging

The Jewellery World Awards (JWA) organising committee has selected a panel of authoritative leaders, from different countries, representing key sectors of the jewellery industry. They were chosen for their expertise and insight relating to specific industries and strategic areas of business.

The Jewellery World Awards (JWA) judging process is independent, robust, transparent and intellectually rigorous. Judges play a pivotal role maintaining the integrity of the awards, setting the standard for future years while ensuring the best-performing organisations are recognised.

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  • 2015
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  • 2013
  • 2012
  • Nirupa Bhatt
    Consulting Advisor
    GIA India
  • Albert Cheng
    CEO
    Singapore Bullion Market Association
  • James Courage
    Former Chief Executive Officer
    Platinum Guild International
Nirupa Bhatt served as Managing Director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) India and the Middle East from 2008 until June 2020 where she launched GIA services to over 60 locations in India, the Middle East and Turkey. Nirupa has since then taken up a new role of Consulting Advisor at GIA. She worked with global mining conglomerate Rio Tinto's Diamond division for 20 years to market the rough diamond production in India and polished diamonds in the US market. An expert in gemstone and jewellery supply chain, Nirupa received several global honours for her contributions to the gemstone and jewellery industry. She has also been an active participant in several industry trade bodies including Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) and Gems & Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI). Nirupa is now also a Business Success coach and Leadership Circle Practitioner.

Albert Cheng joined the World Gold Council (WGC) in 1993 as Regional Manager, becoming Managing Director of Far East in 2003. He retired from the post in 2015 and was appointed Advisor to WGC since then. He was also appointed honorary CEO of Singapore Bullion Market Association in the same year and continues to serve on the panel of the 18 International Advisors to the Shanghai Gold Exchange since its inception in 2002. Albert's marketing career began with Dentsu Young & Rubicam in Hong Kong, then moved on to gold marketing when he joined the Royal Canadian Mint as Regional Manager for Hong Kong / Southeast Asia. He is also the International Advisor of Shanghai Gold Exchange.

James Courage is currently a consultant to the jewellery industry, having recently retired from his roles as Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and Chief Executive Officer of Platinum Guild International (PGI). At PGI, he was responsible for the organisation's global jewellery programmes, including setting up the platinum jewellery development programmes in China and India. James previously worked for De Beers in Hong Kong where he set up their Consumer Marketing Division’s East Asian regional office. Before that, he ran large-scale marketing programmes in the US, Canada, East Asia, South Africa and in a number of major European markets.

  • Mark Lee
    Research Director
    Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy
  • Lin Qiang
    President and Managing Director
    Shanghai Diamond Exchange
  • Chow Mei Lai Letitia
    Chair of Judges
    Jewellery World Awards (JWA)
Mark Lee, Research Director of Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy, has over twenty years of research and teaching experience in the areas of Innovation, Strategy and Leadership. Mark has worked with multinational and local enterprises, such as Chow Tai Fook, Amorepacific, IKEA, 7-Eleven, MTR, Sino Group, AXA and Crown Motor. He has also been invited as guest speaker by leading associations, including the American Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong Brand Development Council, the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong, GS1 the Hong Kong Exporters' Association, etc.

Lin Qiang was a pioneer in the establishment of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) and has been the bourse’s President and Managing Director since 2000. He has devoted his career to the management of the only official diamond trading platform in Mainland China and implementing effective governmental policies for the country’s diamond industry.

Chow Mei Lai Letitia, is the Chairperson & Founder of Jewellery World Awards (JWA) at Informa Markets Jewellery. Letitia Chow started her affiliation with the jewellery industry in 1980 when she was appointed Executive in-Charge of the De Beers Diamond Promotion Service in Southeast Asia. In 1983, she co-founded Jewellery News Asia, and launched the Chinese edition in 1994. In 2012, to meet the needs of the industry, she started the Jewellery World Awards (JWA).

  • Nirupa Bhatt
    Senior Advisor
    GIA India
  • Albert Cheng
    CEO
    Singapore Bullion Market Association
  • James Courage
    Former Chief Executive Officer
    Platinum Guild International

Nirupa Bhatt served as Managing Director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) India and the Middle East from 2008 until June 2020 where she launched GIA services to over 60 locations in India, the Middle East and Turkey. Nirupa has since then taken up a new role of Senior Advisor at GIA. An expert in gemstone and jewellery supply chain, Nirupa received several global honours for her contributions to the gemstone and jewellery industry. She has also been an active participant in several industry trade bodies including All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) and Gem and Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI). Nirupa is also an invitee to the marketing committee of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC).

Albert Cheng joined the World Gold Council (WGC) in 1993 as Regional Manager, becoming Managing Director of Far East in 2003. He retired from the post in 2015 and was appointed Advisor to WGC since then. He was also appointed honorary CEO of Singapore Bullion Market Association in the same year and continues to serve on the panel of the 18 International Advisors to the Shanghai Gold Exchange since its inception in 2002. Albert's marketing career began with Dentsu Young & Rubicam in Hong Kong, then moved on to gold marketing when he joined the Royal Canadian Mint as Regional Manager for Hong Kong / Southeast Asia. He is also the International Advisor of Shanghai Gold Exchange.

James Courage is currently a consultant to the jewellery industry, having recently retired from his roles as Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and Chief Executive Officer of Platinum Guild International (PGI). At PGI, he was responsible for the organisation's global jewellery programmes, including setting up the platinum jewellery development programmes in China and India. James previously worked for De Beers in Hong Kong where he set up their Consumer Marketing Division’s East Asian regional office. Before that, he ran large-scale marketing programmes in the US, Canada, East Asia, South Africa and in a number of major European markets.

  • Mark Lee
    Research Director
    Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy
  • Lin Qiang
    President and Managing Director
    Shanghai Diamond Exchange
  • Chow Mei Lai Letitia
    Chair of Judges
    Jewellery World Awards (JWA)

Mark Lee, Research Director of Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy, has over twenty years of research and teaching experience in the areas of Innovation, Strategy and Leadership. Mark has worked with multinational and local enterprises, such as Chow Tai Fook, Amorepacific, IKEA, 7-Eleven, MTR, Sino Group, AXA and Crown Motor. He has also been invited as guest speaker by leading associations, including the American Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong Brand Development Council, the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong, GS1 the Hong Kong Exporters' Association, etc.

Lin Qiang was a pioneer in the establishment of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) and has been the bourse’s President and Managing Director since 2000. He has devoted his career to the management of the only official diamond trading platform in Mainland China and implementing effective governmental policies for the country’s diamond industry.

Chow Mei Lai Letitia, is the Chairperson & Founder of Jewellery World Awards (JWA) at Informa Markets Jewellery. Letitia Chow started her affiliation with the jewellery industry in 1980 when she was appointed Executive in-Charge of the De Beers Diamond Promotion Service in Southeast Asia. In 1983, she co-founded Jewellery News Asia, and launched the Chinese edition in 1994. In 2012, to meet the needs of the industry, she started the Jewellery World Awards (JWA).

  • Nirupa Bhatt
    Senior Advisor
    GIA India
  • Albert Cheng
    CEO
    Singapore Bullion Market Association
  • James Courage
    Former Chief Executive Officer
    Platinum Guild International

Nirupa Bhatt served as Managing Director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) India and the Middle East from 2008 until June 2020 where she launched GIA services to over 60 locations in India, the Middle East and Turkey. Nirupa has since then taken up a new role of Senior Advisor at GIA. An expert in gemstone and jewellery supply chain, Nirupa received several global honours for her contributions to the gemstone and jewellery industry. She has also been an active participant in several industry trade bodies including All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) and Gem and Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI). Nirupa is also an invitee to the marketing committee of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC).

Albert Cheng joined the World Gold Council (WGC) in 1993 as Regional Manager, becoming Managing Director of Far East in 2003. He retired from the post in 2015 and was appointed Advisor to WGC since then. He was also appointed honorary CEO of Singapore Bullion Market Association in the same year and continues to serve on the panel of the 18 International Advisors to the Shanghai Gold Exchange since its inception in 2002. Albert's marketing career began with Dentsu Young & Rubicam in Hong Kong, then moved on to gold marketing when he joined the Royal Canadian Mint as Regional Manager for Hong Kong / Southeast Asia. He is also the International Advisor of Shanghai Gold Exchange.

James Courage is currently a consultant to the jewellery industry, having recently retired from his roles as Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and Chief Executive Officer of Platinum Guild International (PGI). At PGI, he was responsible for the organisation's global jewellery programmes, including setting up the platinum jewellery development programmes in China and India. James previously worked for De Beers in Hong Kong where he set up their Consumer Marketing Division’s East Asian regional office. Before that, he ran large-scale marketing programmes in the US, Canada, East Asia, South Africa and in a number of major European markets.

  • Mark Lee
    Research Director
    Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy
  • Lin Qiang
    President and Managing Director
    Shanghai Diamond Exchange
  • Yasukazu Suwa
    Suwa & Son, Inc Chairman

Mark Lee, Research Director of Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy, has over twenty years of research and teaching experience in the areas of Innovation, Strategy and Leadership. Mark has worked with multinational and local enterprises, such as Chow Tai Fook, Amorepacific, IKEA, 7-Eleven, MTR, Sino Group, AXA and Crown Motor. He has also been invited as guest speaker by leading associations, including the American Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong Brand Development Council, the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong, GS1 the Hong Kong Exporters' Association, etc.

Lin Qiang was a pioneer in the establishment of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) and has been the bourse’s President and Managing Director since 2000. He has devoted his career to the management of the only official diamond trading platform in Mainland China and implementing effective governmental policies for the country’s diamond industry.

Yasukazu Suwa is the Chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc., a Japanese gemstone dealer business established in 1908. Since becoming the first Japanese national to earn his Graduate Gemologist certification from the Gemological Institute of America in 1965, Mr. Suwa has traveled to gemstone mining, cutting, and distributions centers around the globe while establishing his firm as one of the premier gemstone dealers and manufacturers in Japan. A strong proponent of educating both the industry and consumers regarding the quality and value of gemstones, Mr. Suwa has written four books on the subject and developed a system for verifying the quality and judging the value of the different varieties of gemstones.

  • Chow Mei Lai Letitia
    Chair of Judges
    Jewellery World Awards (JWA)

Chow Mei Lai Letitia, is the Chairperson & Founder of Jewellery World Awards (JWA) at Informa Markets Jewellery. Letitia Chow started her affiliation with the jewellery industry in 1980 when she was appointed Executive in-Charge of the De Beers Diamond Promotion Service in Southeast Asia. In 1983, she co-founded Jewellery News Asia, and launched the Chinese edition in 1994. In 2012, to meet the needs of the industry, she started the Jewellery World Awards (JWA).

  • Nirupa Bhatt
    Senior Advisor
    GIA India
  • Albert Cheng
    CEO
    Singapore Bullion Market Association
  • James Courage
    Former Chief Executive Officer
    Platinum Guild International

Nirupa Bhatt served as Managing Director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) India and the Middle East from 2008 until June 2020 where she launched GIA services to over 60 locations in India, the Middle East and Turkey. Nirupa has since then taken up a new role of Senior Advisor at GIA. An expert in gemstone and jewellery supply chain, Nirupa received several global honours for her contributions to the gemstone and jewellery industry. She has also been an active participant in several industry trade bodies including All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) and Gem and Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI). Nirupa is also an invitee to the marketing committee of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC).

Albert Cheng joined the World Gold Council (WGC) in 1993 as Regional Manager, becoming Managing Director of Far East in 2003. He retired from the post in 2015 and was appointed Advisor to WGC since then. He was also appointed honorary CEO of Singapore Bullion Market Association in the same year and continues to serve on the panel of the 18 International Advisors to the Shanghai Gold Exchange since its inception in 2002. Albert's marketing career began with Dentsu Young & Rubicam in Hong Kong, then moved on to gold marketing when he joined the Royal Canadian Mint as Regional Manager for Hong Kong / Southeast Asia. He is also the International Advisor of Shanghai Gold Exchange.

James Courage is currently a consultant to the jewellery industry, having recently retired from his roles as Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and Chief Executive Officer of Platinum Guild International (PGI). At PGI, he was responsible for the organisation's global jewellery programmes, including setting up the platinum jewellery development programmes in China and India. James previously worked for De Beers in Hong Kong where he set up their Consumer Marketing Division’s East Asian regional office. Before that, he ran large-scale marketing programmes in the US, Canada, East Asia, South Africa and in a number of major European markets.

  • Mark Lee
    Research Director
    Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy
  • Lin Qiang
    President and Managing Director
    Shanghai Diamond Exchange
  • Yasukazu Suwa
    Suwa & Son, Inc Chairman

Mark Lee, Research Director of Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy, has over twenty years of research and teaching experience in the areas of Innovation, Strategy and Leadership. Mark has worked with multinational and local enterprises, such as Chow Tai Fook, Amorepacific, IKEA, 7-Eleven, MTR, Sino Group, AXA and Crown Motor. He has also been invited as guest speaker by leading associations, including the American Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong Brand Development Council, the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong, GS1 the Hong Kong Exporters' Association, etc.

Lin Qiang was a pioneer in the establishment of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) and has been the bourse’s President and Managing Director since 2000. He has devoted his career to the management of the only official diamond trading platform in Mainland China and implementing effective governmental policies for the country’s diamond industry.

Yasukazu Suwa is Chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc., a Japanese gemstone dealer business established in 1908. Since becoming the first Japanese national to earn his Graduate Gemologist certification from the Gemological Institute of America in 1965, Mr. Suwa has traveled to gemstone mining, cutting, and distributions centers around the globe while establishing his firm as one of the premier gemstone dealers and manufacturers in Japan.

A strong proponent of educating both the industry and consumers regarding the quality and value of gemstones, Mr. Suwa has written four books on the subject and developed a system for verifying the quality and judging the value of the different varieties of gemstones.

  • Chow Mei Lai Letitia
    Chair of Judges
    Jewellery World Awards (JWA)

Chow Mei Lai Letitia, is the Chairperson & Founder of Jewellery World Awards (JWA) at Informa Markets Jewellery. Letitia Chow started her affiliation with the jewellery industry in 1980 when she was appointed Executive in-Charge of the De Beers Diamond Promotion Service in Southeast Asia. In 1983, she co-founded Jewellery News Asia, and launched the Chinese edition in 1994. In 2012, to meet the needs of the industry, she started the Jewellery World Awards (JWA).

  • Nirupa Bhatt
    Senior Advisor
    GIA India
  • Albert Cheng
    CEO
    Singapore Bullion Market Association
  • James Courage
    Former Chief Executive Officer
    Platinum Guild International

Nirupa Bhatt served as Managing Director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) India and the Middle East from 2008 until June 2020 where she launched GIA services to over 60 locations in India, the Middle East and Turkey. Nirupa has since then taken up a new role of Senior Advisor at GIA. An expert in gemstone and jewellery supply chain, Nirupa received several global honours for her contributions to the gemstone and jewellery industry. She has also been an active participant in several industry trade bodies including All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) and Gem and Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI). Nirupa is also an invitee to the marketing committee of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC).

Albert Cheng joined the World Gold Council (WGC) in 1993 as Regional Manager, becoming Managing Director of Far East in 2003. He retired from the post in 2015 and was appointed Advisor to WGC since then. He was also appointed honorary CEO of Singapore Bullion Market Association in the same year and continues to serve on the panel of the 18 International Advisors to the Shanghai Gold Exchange since its inception in 2002. Albert's marketing career began with Dentsu Young & Rubicam in Hong Kong, then moved on to gold marketing when he joined the Royal Canadian Mint as Regional Manager for Hong Kong / Southeast Asia. He is also the International Advisor of Shanghai Gold Exchange.

James Courage is currently a consultant to the jewellery industry, having recently retired from his roles as Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and Chief Executive Officer of Platinum Guild International (PGI). At PGI, he was responsible for the organisation's global jewellery programmes, including setting up the platinum jewellery development programmes in China and India. James previously worked for De Beers in Hong Kong where he set up their Consumer Marketing Division’s East Asian regional office. Before that, he ran large-scale marketing programmes in the US, Canada, East Asia, South Africa and in a number of major European markets.

  • Mark Lee
    Research Director
    Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy
  • Lin Qiang
    President and Managing Director
    Shanghai Diamond Exchange
  • Yasukazu Suwa
    Suwa & Son, Inc Chairman

Mark Lee, Research Director of Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy, has over twenty years of research and teaching experience in the areas of Innovation, Strategy and Leadership. Mark has worked with multinational and local enterprises, such as Chow Tai Fook, Amorepacific, IKEA, 7-Eleven, MTR, Sino Group, AXA and Crown Motor. He has also been invited as guest speaker by leading associations, including the American Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong Brand Development Council, the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong, GS1 the Hong Kong Exporters' Association, etc.

Lin Qiang was a pioneer in the establishment of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) and has been the bourse’s President and Managing Director since 2000. He has devoted his career to the management of the only official diamond trading platform in Mainland China and implementing effective governmental policies for the country’s diamond industry.

Yasukazu Suwa is Chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc., a Japanese gemstone dealer business established in 1908. Since becoming the first Japanese national to earn his Graduate Gemologist certification from the Gemological Institute of America in 1965, Mr. Suwa has traveled to gemstone mining, cutting, and distributions centers around the globe while establishing his firm as one of the premier gemstone dealers and manufacturers in Japan.

A strong proponent of educating both the industry and consumers regarding the quality and value of gemstones, Mr. Suwa has written four books on the subject and developed a system for verifying the quality and judging the value of the different varieties of gemstones.

  • Chow Mei Lai Letitia
    Chair of Judges
    Jewellery World Awards (JWA)

Chow Mei Lai Letitia, is the Chairperson & Founder of Jewellery World Awards (JWA) at Informa Markets Jewellery. Letitia Chow started her affiliation with the jewellery industry in 1980 when she was appointed Executive in-Charge of the De Beers Diamond Promotion Service in Southeast Asia. In 1983, she co-founded Jewellery News Asia, and launched the Chinese edition in 1994. In 2012, to meet the needs of the industry, she started the Jewellery World Awards (JWA).

  • Nirupa Bhatt
    Senior Advisor
    GIA India
  • Albert Cheng
    CEO
    Singapore Bullion Market Association
  • James Courage
    Former Chief Executive Officer
    Platinum Guild International

Nirupa Bhatt served as Managing Director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) India and the Middle East from 2008 until June 2020 where she launched GIA services to over 60 locations in India, the Middle East and Turkey. Nirupa has since then taken up a new role of Senior Advisor at GIA. An expert in gemstone and jewellery supply chain, Nirupa received several global honours for her contributions to the gemstone and jewellery industry. She has also been an active participant in several industry trade bodies including All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) and Gem and Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI). Nirupa is also an invitee to the marketing committee of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC).

Albert Cheng joined the World Gold Council (WGC) in 1993 as Regional Manager, becoming Managing Director of Far East in 2003. He retired from the post in 2015 and was appointed Advisor to WGC since then. He was also appointed honorary CEO of Singapore Bullion Market Association in the same year and continues to serve on the panel of the 18 International Advisors to the Shanghai Gold Exchange since its inception in 2002. Albert's marketing career began with Dentsu Young & Rubicam in Hong Kong, then moved on to gold marketing when he joined the Royal Canadian Mint as Regional Manager for Hong Kong / Southeast Asia. He is also the International Advisor of Shanghai Gold Exchange.

James Courage is currently a consultant to the jewellery industry, having recently retired from his roles as Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and Chief Executive Officer of Platinum Guild International (PGI). At PGI, he was responsible for the organisation's global jewellery programmes, including setting up the platinum jewellery development programmes in China and India. James previously worked for De Beers in Hong Kong where he set up their Consumer Marketing Division’s East Asian regional office. Before that, he ran large-scale marketing programmes in the US, Canada, East Asia, South Africa and in a number of major European markets.

  • Lin Qiang
    President and Managing Director
    Shanghai Diamond Exchange
  • Yasukazu Suwa
    Suwa & Son, Inc Chairman
  • Chow Mei Lai Letitia
    Chair of Judges
    Jewellery World Awards (JWA)

Lin Qiang was a pioneer in the establishment of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) and has been the bourse’s President and Managing Director since 2000. He has devoted his career to the management of the only official diamond trading platform in Mainland China and implementing effective governmental policies for the country’s diamond industry.

Yasukazu Suwa is the Chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc., a Japanese gemstone dealer business established in 1908. Since becoming the first Japanese national to earn his Graduate Gemologist certification from the Gemological Institute of America in 1965, Mr. Suwa has traveled to gemstone mining, cutting, and distributions centers around the globe while establishing his firm as one of the premier gemstone dealers and manufacturers in Japan.

A strong proponent of educating both the industry and consumers regarding the quality and value of gemstones, Mr. Suwa has written four books on the subject and developed a system for verifying the quality and judging the value of the different varieties of gemstones.

Chow Mei Lai Letitia, is the Chairperson & Founder of Jewellery World Awards (JWA) at Informa Markets Jewellery. Letitia Chow started her affiliation with the jewellery industry in 1980 when she was appointed Executive in-Charge of the De Beers Diamond Promotion Service in Southeast Asia. In 1983, she co-founded Jewellery News Asia, and launched the Chinese edition in 1994. In 2012, to meet the needs of the industry, she started the Jewellery World Awards (JWA).

  • Nirupa Bhatt
    Senior Advisor
    GIA India
  • Albert Cheng
    CEO
    Singapore Bullion Market Association
  • James Courage
    Former Chief Executive Officer
    Platinum Guild International

Nirupa Bhatt served as Managing Director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) India and the Middle East from 2008 until June 2020 where she launched GIA services to over 60 locations in India, the Middle East and Turkey. Nirupa has since then taken up a new role of Senior Advisor at GIA. An expert in gemstone and jewellery supply chain, Nirupa received several global honours for her contributions to the gemstone and jewellery industry. She has also been an active participant in several industry trade bodies including All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) and Gem and Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI). Nirupa is also an invitee to the marketing committee of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC).

Albert Cheng joined the World Gold Council (WGC) in 1993 as Regional Manager, becoming Managing Director of Far East in 2003. He retired from the post in 2015 and was appointed Advisor to WGC since then. He was also appointed honorary CEO of Singapore Bullion Market Association in the same year and continues to serve on the panel of the 18 International Advisors to the Shanghai Gold Exchange since its inception in 2002. Albert's marketing career began with Dentsu Young & Rubicam in Hong Kong, then moved on to gold marketing when he joined the Royal Canadian Mint as Regional Manager for Hong Kong / Southeast Asia. He is also the International Advisor of Shanghai Gold Exchange.

James Courage is currently a consultant to the jewellery industry, having recently retired from his roles as Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and Chief Executive Officer of Platinum Guild International (PGI). At PGI, he was responsible for the organisation's global jewellery programmes, including setting up the platinum jewellery development programmes in China and India. James previously worked for De Beers in Hong Kong where he set up their Consumer Marketing Division’s East Asian regional office. Before that, he ran large-scale marketing programmes in the US, Canada, East Asia, South Africa and in a number of major European markets.

  • Lin Qiang
    President and Managing Director
    Shanghai Diamond Exchange
  • Yasukazu Suwa
    Suwa & Son, Inc Chairman
  • Chow Mei Lai Letitia
    Chair of Judges
    Jewellery World Awards (JWA)

Lin Qiang was a pioneer in the establishment of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) and has been the bourse’s President and Managing Director since 2000. He has devoted his career to the management of the only official diamond trading platform in Mainland China and implementing effective governmental policies for the country’s diamond industry.

Yasukazu Suwa is the Chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc., a Japanese gemstone dealer business established in 1908. Since becoming the first Japanese national to earn his Graduate Gemologist certification from the Gemological Institute of America in 1965, Mr. Suwa has traveled to gemstone mining, cutting, and distributions centers around the globe while establishing his firm as one of the premier gemstone dealers and manufacturers in Japan.

A strong proponent of educating both the industry and consumers regarding the quality and value of gemstones, Mr. Suwa has written four books on the subject and developed a system for verifying the quality and judging the value of the different varieties of gemstones.

Chow Mei Lai Letitia, is the Chairperson & Founder of Jewellery World Awards (JWA) at Informa Markets Jewellery. Letitia Chow started her affiliation with the jewellery industry in 1980 when she was appointed Executive in-Charge of the De Beers Diamond Promotion Service in Southeast Asia. In 1983, she co-founded Jewellery News Asia, and launched the Chinese edition in 1994. In 2012, to meet the needs of the industry, she started the Jewellery World Awards (JWA).

  • Nirupa Bhatt
    Senior Advisor
    GIA India
  • Bill Boyajian
    Bill Boyajian and Associates Inc Founder and President
  • Albert Cheng
    CEO
    Singapore Bullion Market Association

Nirupa Bhatt served as Managing Director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) India and the Middle East from 2008 until June 2020 where she launched GIA services to over 60 locations in India, the Middle East and Turkey. Nirupa has since then taken up a new role of Senior Advisor at GIA. An expert in gemstone and jewellery supply chain, Nirupa received several global honours for her contributions to the gemstone and jewellery industry. She has also been an active participant in several industry trade bodies including All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) and Gem and Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI). Nirupa is also an invitee to the marketing committee of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC).

Bill Boyajian is the Founder and President of Bill Boyajian and Associates, Inc., and is one of the global gem and jewellery industry’s most well-known experts. He was President of the Gemological Institute of America from 1986 to 2006 and currently consults for a wide variety of companies both in and out of the jewellery trade. He is also the author of the book Developing the Mind of a Leader – Your Path to Lead and Inspire People, and is a sought-after speaker and coach.

Albert Cheng joined the World Gold Council (WGC) in 1993 as Regional Manager, becoming Managing Director of Far East in 2003. He retired from the post in 2015 and was appointed Advisor to WGC since then. He was also appointed honorary CEO of Singapore Bullion Market Association in the same year and continues to serve on the panel of the 18 International Advisors to the Shanghai Gold Exchange since its inception in 2002. Albert's marketing career began with Dentsu Young & Rubicam in Hong Kong, then moved on to gold marketing when he joined the Royal Canadian Mint as Regional Manager for Hong Kong / Southeast Asia. He is also the International Advisor of Shanghai Gold Exchange.

  • James Courage
    Former Chief Executive Officer
    Platinum Guild International
  • Lin Qiang
    President and Managing Director
    Shanghai Diamond Exchange
  • Chow Mei Lai Letitia
    Chair of Judges
    Jewellery World Awards (JWA)

James Courage is currently a consultant to the jewellery industry, having recently retired from his roles as Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and Chief Executive Officer of Platinum Guild International (PGI). At PGI, he was responsible for the organisation's global jewellery programmes, including setting up the platinum jewellery development programmes in China and India. James previously worked for De Beers in Hong Kong where he set up their Consumer Marketing Division’s East Asian regional office. Before that, he ran large-scale marketing programmes in the US, Canada, East Asia, South Africa and in a number of major European markets.

Lin Qiang was a pioneer in the establishment of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) and has been the bourse’s President and Managing Director since 2000. He has devoted his career to the management of the only official diamond trading platform in Mainland China and implementing effective governmental policies for the country’s diamond industry.

Chow Mei Lai Letitia, is the Chairperson & Founder of Jewellery World Awards (JWA) at Informa Markets Jewellery. Letitia Chow started her affiliation with the jewellery industry in 1980 when she was appointed Executive in-Charge of the De Beers Diamond Promotion Service in Southeast Asia. In 1983, she co-founded Jewellery News Asia, and launched the Chinese edition in 1994. In 2012, to meet the needs of the industry, she started the Jewellery World Awards (JWA).

  • Nirupa Bhatt
    Senior Advisor
    GIA India
  • Albert Cheng
    CEO
    Singapore Bullion Market Association
  • James Courage
    Former Chief Executive Officer
    Platinum Guild International

Nirupa Bhatt served as Managing Director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) India and the Middle East from 2008 until June 2020 where she launched GIA services to over 60 locations in India, the Middle East and Turkey. Nirupa has since then taken up a new role of Senior Advisor at GIA. An expert in gemstone and jewellery supply chain, Nirupa received several global honours for her contributions to the gemstone and jewellery industry. She has also been an active participant in several industry trade bodies including All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) and Gem and Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI). Nirupa is also an invitee to the marketing committee of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC).

Albert Cheng joined the World Gold Council (WGC) in 1993 as Regional Manager, becoming Managing Director of Far East in 2003. He retired from the post in 2015 and was appointed Advisor to WGC since then. He was also appointed honorary CEO of Singapore Bullion Market Association in the same year and continues to serve on the panel of the 18 International Advisors to the Shanghai Gold Exchange since its inception in 2002. Albert's marketing career began with Dentsu Young & Rubicam in Hong Kong, then moved on to gold marketing when he joined the Royal Canadian Mint as Regional Manager for Hong Kong / Southeast Asia. He is also the International Advisor of Shanghai Gold Exchange.

James Courage is currently a consultant to the jewellery industry, having recently retired from his roles as Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and Chief Executive Officer of Platinum Guild International (PGI). At PGI, he was responsible for the organisation's global jewellery programmes, including setting up the platinum jewellery development programmes in China and India. James previously worked for De Beers in Hong Kong where he set up their Consumer Marketing Division’s East Asian regional office. Before that, he ran large-scale marketing programmes in the US, Canada, East Asia, South Africa and in a number of major European markets.

  • Lin Qiang
    President and Managing Director
    Shanghai Diamond Exchange
  • Vichian Veerasaksri
    World Jewellery Confederation Director; Thai Gem & Jewelry Trades Association Advisor
  • Chow Mei Lai Letitia
    Chair of Judges
    Jewellery World Awards (JWA)

Lin Qiang was a pioneer in the establishment of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) and has been the bourse’s President and Managing Director since 2000. He has devoted his career to the management of the only official diamond trading platform in Mainland China and implementing effective governmental policies for the country’s diamond industry.

Vichian Veerasaksri, Managing Director of Aquarius Gems Trading Company based in Thailand, is a veteran in the gemstone industry for over 30 years. He is currently a Director of CIBJO and Advisor to TGJTA, and has served several positions in leading trade organisations, including Director and Secretary General of Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association (TGJTA); Director and Secretary General of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA); Chairman of ICA Congress Thailand in 1987 and 2005; President of CIBJO Colored Stone Commission from 2004 to 2011; and Chairman of CIBJO Congress in Thailand in 2004.

Chow Mei Lai Letitia, is the Chairperson & Founder of Jewellery World Awards (JWA) at Informa Markets Jewellery. Letitia Chow started her affiliation with the jewellery industry in 1980 when she was appointed Executive in-Charge of the De Beers Diamond Promotion Service in Southeast Asia. In 1983, she co-founded Jewellery News Asia, and launched the Chinese edition in 1994. In 2012, to meet the needs of the industry, she started the Jewellery World Awards (JWA).

  • Vichai Assarasakorn
    The Thai Chamber of Commerce & Board of Trade of Thailand Secretary General
  • Albert Cheng
    CEO
    Singapore Bullion Market Association
  • James Courage
    Former Chief Executive Officer
    Platinum Guild International

Vichai Assarasakorn has been active in the jewellery trade since the 80’s and serves on several leading trade authorities. He is currently the Secretary General of The Thai Chamber of Commerce & Board of Trade of Thailand, President Advisor of The Thai Chamber of Commerce - Committee on Gems and Jewelry, and Vice-President of World Trading Company Limited and Group of Companies. He is a pioneer in promoting the jewellery trade and Thai Commerce, holding various leadership positions including President of The Thai Chamber of Commerce - Committee on Gems and Jewelry from 2003-2011, and President of Thai Gems and Jewelry Traders Association from 2007-2011. 

Albert Cheng joined the World Gold Council (WGC) in 1993 as Regional Manager, becoming Managing Director of Far East in 2003. He retired from the post in 2015 and was appointed Advisor to WGC since then. He was also appointed honorary CEO of Singapore Bullion Market Association in the same year and continues to serve on the panel of the 18 International Advisors to the Shanghai Gold Exchange since its inception in 2002. Albert's marketing career began with Dentsu Young & Rubicam in Hong Kong, then moved on to gold marketing when he joined the Royal Canadian Mint as Regional Manager for Hong Kong / Southeast Asia. He is also the International Advisor of Shanghai Gold Exchange.

James Courage is currently a consultant to the jewellery industry, having recently retired from his roles as Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and Chief Executive Officer of Platinum Guild International (PGI). At PGI, he was responsible for the organisation's global jewellery programmes, including setting up the platinum jewellery development programmes in China and India. James previously worked for De Beers in Hong Kong where he set up their Consumer Marketing Division’s East Asian regional office. Before that, he ran large-scale marketing programmes in the US, Canada, East Asia, South Africa and in a number of major European markets.

  • Susy Gübelin
    Gübelin Gem Lab
  • Hidetaka Kato
    Tokyo Diamond Exchange Honorary Dean
  • Lin Qiang
    Shanghai Diamond Exchange President and Managing Director

Susy Gübelin has been with the Gübelin Gem Lab for more than 25 years and she has vast expertise in all types of gemstones, and has had the privilege of analysing considerable numbers of the rarest and most famous gemstones over the years. Amongst many exceptional colored gemstones that achieved record prices at auction, she has tested a double-digit number of D / IF diamonds above 100 carats, as well as pearls of historic importance such as La Régente and the Hutton Pearls.

Hidetaka Kato is one of Japan’s most recognised jewellery industry experts with a career spanning nearly 6 decades. He is the Honourary Dean of the Tokyo Diamond Exchange, past President of Japan Jewellery Association and past President of All Japan Jewellery Wholesalers Association.

Mr. Kato started his career in 1954 at Mitsuwa Co Ltd, a leading gem and jewellery organisation and he then worked in New York at the Japan External Trade Organisation. In 1960, he entered Kashikei Shoten and was appointed President of Kashikey Co Ltd when the company was created in 1970. He took office as Chairman of Kashikey Co Ltd in 1986 and retired in 2011.

Lin Qiang was a pioneer in the establishment of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange and has been the bourse’s President and Managing Director since 2000.

He has devoted his career to the management of Shanghai Diamond Exchange, the only official diamond trading platform in Mainland China and the implementations of effective governmental policies for the country’s diamond industry.

  • Thomas M. Moses
    GIA Senior Vice President, Laboratory and Research
  • Biju Patnaik
    ABN AMRO Group Regional Head, Asia, International Diamond & Jewellery Group
  • Matthew Runci
    Jewelers of America President and Chief Executive Officer

Thomas M. Moses is one of the world’s most respected and accomplished gemologists. Mr. Moses earned his Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) diploma at GIA’s West Los Angeles campus in 1976. He went on to work for his family’s jewelry business, and then the GIA Laboratory in Santa Monica. In 1986, he joined GIA’s New York Laboratory and in 1988 was appointed as the Laboratory’s Vice President of Identification Services. In 2003, he was named vice president of Identification and Research services and in November 2002, he received the Richard T. Liddicoat Award for Distinguished Achievement. Mr. Moses has headed some of GIA’s most critical identification and research projects and co-authored many articles for the Institute’s award-winning journal, Gems & Gemology. In October 2005, he was named Senior Vice President of the GIA Laboratory and Research. Two years later, he was awarded the eighth annual American Gem Society (AGS) Triple Zero Award.

Biju Patnaik is currently the Regional Head, Asia, International Diamond & Jewellery Group, ABN AMRO Group and is also the designated Country Executive of ABN AMRO Bank in India. He started his career with the State Bank Group in 1984 and since then has worked in various capacities including corporate and investment banking as well as management of bank branches in India. He has worked as Regional Manager, Asia for ID&JG for both ABN AMRO Group & RBS.

Matthew A. Runci’s primary mission has been to enhance members’ business reputations and preserve consumers’ confidence in the purchase of jewellery since his appointment as President/CEO of Jewelers of America in 1995.

Runci has also directed the development of a variety of responsible business practice initiatives including the establishment of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, the Clean Diamond Trade Act and the World Diamond Council’s System of Warranties.

Runci has been an active member of the jewellery industry for the past 30 years. Prior to his arrival at Jewelers of America, he served as president and CEO of the Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America.

  • Wilson Yuen
    International Colored Gemstone Association President
  • Letitia Chow Mei Lai
    Chair of Judges

Wilson K.W. Yuen is the president of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA). A member of ICA since 1987, Yuen has served on its board since 2005, chairing its China Task Force, and was instrumental in opening up the Chinese market to the global gem trade.

Beginning his gemstone career in 1971 as a cutter, he established his own business, Able Lapidary & Jewelry Ltd, in Hong Kong in 1979.

Chair of Judges

Letitia Chow Mei LaiFounder of JNA, is the Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia. Letitia started her affiliation with the jewellery industry since 1980 when she was appointed Executive-in-Charge of the De Beers Diamond Promotion Service in Southeast Asia.

In 1983, she co-founded Jewellery News Asia, which became part of the UBM Group in 1994. Since then, the jewellery trade magazine expanded into a portfolio of trade publications and events, including the Chinese edition of JNA, SILVERSTYLES, online products, trade directories, show dailies, and award events.

  • Honourees, or shortlisted finalists, will be announced via the Online Announcement of Honourees in October 2021. Recipients will be announced at the JWA Ceremony and Gala Dinner on 21 February 2022, during Jewellery, Gem & Technology Dubai.
  • Judges consider each entry against category criteria, and their own discretion, based on relevant experience and expertise. Entrants may be requested to submit additional materials, including video, for certain award categories.
  • Due diligence will be conducted before, during and after judging. JWA reserves the right to request a visit to the facilities, or interview by phone, video or face to face, as part of the judging process.
  • All information provided for judging is strictly confidential.