JWA “Extraordinary 40” Awardees

The “Extraordinary 40” winners were handpicked by Informa Markets’ international team comprising in-house experts and independent third parties who possess deep knowledge and experience in distinct areas of the industry.

*This list is sorted alphabetically

Ahmed Bin Sulayem
Executive Chairman and CEO DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre)

Cao Thi Ngoc Dung
Founder and Chairperson, Phu Nhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Company (PNJ)

Clement Sabbagh
Director, Ben Sabbagh Bros
Former President of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA)

Damien Cody
Director, Cody Opal Australia
President, International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA)

David Block
Sarine Technology Group

Baron Dilip Mehta
Chairman Emeritus
Rosy Blue Alliance

Dong Liusheng
Founder and Chairman
Kimberlite Diamond

Elliot Tannenbaum
Senior Principal, Leo Schachter Diamond Group

Emil Güzeliş
Zen Diamond

Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri PhD
President, CIBJO (The World Jewellery Confederation)

Jacques Branellec
Co-Founder and Group President, Jewelmer

Johannes Keilmann
The Munich Show
(Mineralientage München)

Johnny Cheng
Founder and Co-President, Tahitian Pearl Association Hong Kong (TPAHK); Chairman, Rio Pearl

Kent Wong Siu-Kee
Managing Director, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group; Chairman, The Jewellers’ and Goldsmiths’ Association of Hong Kong Limited (JGAHK)

Lawrence Ma
Founding President and Chairman
Diamond Federation of Hong Kong (DFHK), China

Letitia Chow Mei Lai
Co-Founder, JNA; Founder, Jewellery World Awards (JWA)

Liao Chuangbin
CEO, CHJ Jewellery

Lin Qiang
Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE)

Professor Mimi Ou Yang
Hong Kong Gems Laboratory and
HK Institute of Gemmology

Navrattan Kothari
KGK Group

Nicolas Bos
President and CEO, Van Cleef & Arpels

Nirmal Bardiya
Chairman, RMC Group

Paolo Passuello
Gold & Silver Italian Group

Prida Tiasuwan
Founding Chairman
Pranda Jewelry Public
Company Limited

Ramesh Virani
KARP Group

Raphael Gübelin
House of Gübelin

Richard W. Hughes
World-renowned Gemmologist
Author of the ‘Ruby & Sapphire’ books

Robert Wan
Robert Wan Group

Savji Dholakia
Founder, Dholakia Foundation; Founder and Chairman, Hari Krishna Exports Pvt Ltd

Sean Gilbertson
CEO, Gemfields

Stéphane Fischler
Former Chairman, World Diamond Council (WDC)

Stephen Lussier
Former Executive Vice President for Brands & Consumer Markets,
De Beers Group
Chairman, Natural Diamond Council

Stephen Webster, MBE
Founder & Creative Director
Stephen Webster London

Susan Jacques
President and CEO
Gemological Institute Of
America (GIA)

Victor Tuzlukov
World-class gemstone artist

Vipul Shah
Chairman, Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC)

Wong Tat Wah
First Honorary Life Founding President, Hong Kong Gemstone Manufacturers’ Association (HKGMA)

Yoram Dvash
World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB)

Yoshihiro Shimizu
CEO, Hosei Co Ltd
Former Chairman, Japan Pearl Exporters’ Association (JPEA)

Zhan Weijian
Chairman and General Manager, Grace Pearl (HK) Co Ltd