MEET OUR TEAM

STAFF + BOARD

Our Team and Directors bring a wealth of experiences and expertise to DDG and is united by their passion for our mission. It’s our pleasure to introduce them to you.

 

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lita Asscher

Lita Asscher

Co-President of Royal Asscher Diamond Company

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Lita Asscher is the Co-President of Royal Asscher Diamond Company.

Her ancestors were responsible for such eminent achievements as the creation of the original 1902 Asscher Cut diamond, and the cutting of the largest diamond ever found, the 3105 carat Cullinan diamond for Great Britain’s Crown Jewels.

Royal  Asscher® is jeweler to the crown of many nations; the  company has a legendary European heritage and an exclusive clientele of international royalty and celebrities.
Lita is the sixth generation of the Asscher family and has been responsible for debuting major international jewelry collections. She oversees the design, marketing, and product development of Royal Asscher globally.

Debbie Azar

Debbie Azar

Co-Founder & President, Gemological Science International

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Debbie Azar is the Co-Founder and President of Gemological Science International (GSI), one of the largest gemological organizations in the world, and a distinguished leader in the global diamond and jewelry industry. As an executive with extensive knowledge of the diamond and jewelry industry, her entrepreneurial skills and vision have helped GSI achieve rapid and continuous growth worldwide, establishing 13 leading-edge gemological laboratories on four continents.

She has been featured as an industry expert in many leading media broadcasts and publications including Forbes, Good Morning America, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fox Business, CBS, Varney&Co, The Street, and NASDAQ. She currently serves on the boards of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Responsible Jewellery Council, and Jewelers for Children, and is a member of the 24 Karat Club of New York.

David Bonaparte

David Bonaparte

President & CEO of Jewelers of America

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David J. Bonaparte is President & CEO of Jewelers of America, the leading national association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace in the U.S. Jewelers of America and its members maintain a deep commitment to high social, environmental and ethical practices.

Since his appointment to the role in 2013, he has been dedicated to the association’s mission of improving consumer confidence in the jewelry industry through his advocacy work in Washington, D.C., and through global initiatives.

Bill Brace

Bill Brace

Chief Marketing Officer, and Executive General Manager for Jared and Services

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Bill Brace has been Chief Marketing Officer, and Executive General Manager for Jared since September of 2018 and added responsibilities for the Services business unit in 2020. He has overall P&L responsibility for Jared, including merchandising, marketing, e-commerce, planning and allocation. As Chief Marketing Officer, Bill is responsible for Marketing Insight and Research, Innovation, Data Analytics, Content Development, Media Buying and Customer Experience. Leveraging his extensive brand strategy capabilities and experience, Bill oversees both strategic and creative oversight for the banner differentiation and integration for our OmniChannel strategy. For Services, Bill leads the growth and development of high-margin warranty and repair business and the innovation program to create a complete suite of services that improve the jewelry ownership experience and lifetime value of our customers. 

Prior to Signet, Bill served nearly 30 years at Procter & Gamble, Co., where he held a wide range of executive leadership responsibilities and created enduring growth successes on billion-dollar brands and consumer-centric strategies and successful execution.

Bill holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University.

Bill serves as the Head of the Marketing Committee for Diamonds Do Good.

Nicola Breytenbach-Steiner

Nicola Breytenbach-Steiner

Super Model, Angel Ambassador, Actress, Philanthropist

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Nicola Breytenbach-Steiner has graced the pages of Cosmopolitan, Elle, Vogue, and American Marie Claire. She has walked the runways of Milan, Paris, London, and New York for designers Chanel, Galliano, and Dior. She has done campaigns for Revlon, L’Oreal and worked alongside international supermodels Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, and Claudia Schiffer.

Born in South Africa, Ms. Breytenbach-Steiner recognizes the importance of the diamond industry in Africa and has committed herself to supporting empowerment through education. Ms. Breytenbach-Steiner was the first Angel Ambassador for Diamonds Do Good’s ‘Africa’s Ambassadors’ program, and has played a large role of shaping the program since its inception.

Caryl Capeci

Caryl Capeci

Board Member

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As an active member of the jewelry industry for three decades, Caryl Capeci has deep experience in Global Business, Brand Strategy and Channel Management. Overseeing a business that spans 750 retail locations in 34 countries, Ms Capeci is viewed as a thought leader and category expert for Fine Jewelry, Diamond Jewelry and Luxury Retail.

In addition to Diamonds Do Good, Caryl actively supports the important organizations of the industry as a member of the Board of Directors for The American Gem Society and The Jewelers of America.

Dr. Benjamin Chavis

Dr. Benjamin Chavis

Civil Rights Leader & Diamonds Do Good Co-Founder

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Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., co-founded the international non-profit organization Diamond Empowerment Fund, now known as Diamonds Do Good, in 2007 and remains a Board Member Emeritus. Dr. Chavis is also an author, international entrepreneur, chemist, United Church of Christ ordained minister, PBS TV Executive Producer of The Chavis Chronicles, and global podcast host is an African American Civil Rights Movement 63-year veteran leader and icon. He is currently President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). He also Chairs the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), We Are Digital and the Energy Action Alliance (EAA).  In 1982, he was the first person to coin the term “environmental racism” during civil rights protests of racial and environmental injustice in Warren County, North Carolina.  In 1993, Dr. Chavis was the youngest person at the age of 45 to be elected as Executive Director and CEO of the NAACP.  He worked side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as Youth Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  Dr. Chavis has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina, Duke University and Howard University.

Kathy Corey

Kathy Corey

Former Owner & Board Member, Day's Jewelers

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Kathy Corey is a former owner and Board Member for Day’s Jewelers. Mrs. Corey earned her BS in Nursing from the University of Maine and worked in her profession for a few years, before she and her husband Jeff Corey, opened their first jewelry store in 1984 and then in 1988 they purchased the last remaining store from Day’s Jeweler’s, a company originally founded in 1914.  Today Day’s Jewelers operates 8 jewelry stores in Maine and New Hampshire.  In 2009, Kathy was named Retailer of the Year and in 2017 her business was named Business of the Year by Women’s Jewelry Association. In 2016 her business was also named Retailer of the Year by the Maine Retailer Association. Kathy has Chaired and served as Trustee of numerous local and statewide boards in her state.  In her leisure time, Kathy enjoys ocean sailing, gardening, traveling and spending time with her 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Kimberly Miller Crawford

Kimberly Miller Crawford

SVP – Merchandise Execution and New Store Format, Macy's inc.

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Kim Crawford is the SVP, Merchandise Execution and New Store format at Macy’s Inc. since August 2021. In her current role, she leads the field team in executing merchandise priorities and presentation standards in addition to leading new store formats, including the Market @ Macy’s. In September 2017, Crawford was named vice president, Divisional Business Manager for Fine Jewelry. In that role, she led Macy’s expansion of both the in-store and digital business. In August 2020, Crawford added responsibility for fashion jewelry and watches.

Crawford has held various leadership roles within Macy’s merchant buying, planning and store organizations, including experience in Center Core and Apparel.

Crawford serves on the board of Jewelers of America, Diamonds Do Good and Jewelers for Children. She is also the co-executive sponsor of the Women @ Macy’s Employee Resource Group.

Prior to Macy’s, Crawford began her career as an executive trainee at the May Company in Arlington, VA. From there, she moved to New York where she held planning leadership roles at Bloomingdales. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Maryland, College Park.

Nathalie Diamantis

Nathalie Diamantis

CEO and President, Pomellato Group Americas

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Nathalie Diamantis joined the Kering Group in 2017 as CEO and President of the Americas for Pomellato Group- Pomellato and Dodo.

Diamantis held various senior-level positions at key luxury players in the industry over the past decade and a half. She has an accomplished track record of building and developing luxury jewelry & watch brands in the US and Latin America. Diamantis was the Senior Vice President of Retail, Wholesale and Travel Retail at Bulgari in North America. Prior to Bulgari, Diamantis led the wholesale channel and external boutique development at Van Cleef and Arpels. In 2017, she joined the Kering Group as President of the Americas for Kering luxury jewelry- Pomellato, Dodo and Boucheron.

Diamantis currently sits on the board of the JVC, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, and is a member of the 24 Karat Club of the City of New York. A San Francisco native, Nathalie Diamantis has lived in New York since 2005.

Hasu Dholakiya

Hasu Dholakiya

Founder & CEO of H.K.Designs Inc.

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Hasu Dholakiya is the founder of H.K. Designs, a part of Hari Krishna Exports is one of the largest diamond and jewelry manufacturers. 

Hasu started his career in 1999 in NYC with the first office for the company’s overseas operations. Under his leadership, the company has successfully transitioned to one of the topmost vendors for some of the largest retail chains.

Hasu is actively involved in Product Development and Sales. His focus is significantly on innovation and technology, as a result of which H.K. Designs many patents to its name which helped launched many successful brands. He was the pioneer for mines to a market concept, named My Diamond Story in 2010 a concept which has been since followed by De Beers and Tiffany. H.K. Designs has recently been certified as a Great Place to Work® with a high score on the Trust Index©.

Peter Engel

Peter Engel

Board Member

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Mr. Peter Engel has been at Fred Meyer Jewelers over three decades, the second-largest jewelry chain in the United States, with 166 stores, operating under the Fred Meyer and Littman nameplates. Since 1999, the jeweler has been a division of The Kroger Co. grocery chain. Engel started as a sales associate, eventually rising to president in 2005.

Christina Gandia Gambale

Christina Gandia Gambale

CEO and Co-Owner, Greenwich St. Jewelers

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Sisters Jennifer and Christina Gandia took over the family jewelry business more than a decade ago which was started by their parents, Carl and Milly Gandia, in 1976 on Greenwich Street in lower Manhattan.   Their dream of adding a broad range of services and a fashionable, curated selection of jewelry was visionary. Today, Greenwich St. Jewelers presents a carefully chosen assortment of styles from sought-after and emerging designers, exquisite custom design work, and an extensive selection of engagement and wedding rings. All of this, in a boutique setting in downtown Manhattan.

Beth Gerstein

Beth Gerstein

Co-Founder/CEO, Brilliant Earth

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Beth Gerstein is currently the CEO of Brilliant Earth, a global leader of responsible sourced fine jewelry. Beth co-founded Brilliant Earth in 2005 based on a passion for social enterprise. Brilliant Earth’s mission is to make jewelry as beautiful as it can be and cultivate a more ethical, transparent, and sustainable jewelry industry. Brilliant Earth is a leading premium omnichannel jeweler with showrooms across the US. Before Brilliant Earth, Beth specialized in satellite communications. Beth holds a B.S. from Duke University, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Abhay Javeri

Abhay Javeri

Founder , S.D.C. Designs

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In 1997, Abhay Javeri founded S.D.C. Designs. As SDC’s CEO, Abhay’s vision and leadership saw thecompany successfully transition from a loose diamond business to a global diamond jewelry company. SDC is one of the larger suppliers of diamond jewelry to some of the largest jewelry retailers in the world.

In 2011, through S.D.C Design’s Branded Ventures, Abhay partnered with Vera Wang to create the Vera Wang LOVE jewelry brand. The Brand has rapidly grown into one of the leading mid-market jewelry collections in the world.

Mike Kaplan

Mike Kaplan

President, Rocket Jewelry Box, Inc.

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Mr. Michael Kaplan is the President of Rocket Jewelry Box, Inc, 4th generation family owned business. Within his 62 years of involvement in the jewelry trade, Mr. Kaplan held the following positions:

  • Treasurer and board of the American Watch Association
  • Board Member and Past Chairman of the Jewelers Board of Trade
  • Past Chairman and Board Member of MJSA Scholarship
  • Past President and Chairman of the 24 Karat Club
  • Past President of the Plum Club
  • Past Board Member and Treasurer of the Women’s Jewelry Association Scholarship Fund

Mr. Kaplan devotes much of his time to philanthropic organizations. He is past honoree of the United Jewish Appeal and was awarded the Jewelry Industry Award by Henry Kissinger. He was the Chairman and honoree of ORT, a Past Chairman of AJC, and an Honoree and Served in the Executive Committee of the NCCJ Jewelry Division.

Mark Klein

Mark Klein

Director of Operations, Julius Klein Diamonds

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Mark Klein is a 3rd generation Diamantaire, following in his families heritage who established Julius Klein Diamonds in 1948.

Mark has firsthand knowledge, experience, and expertise of the entire global diamond trade. From overseeing master diamond cutters and polishers in the company’s diamond cutting facilities, to working first hand with the jewelry manufacturing team, to the ultimate selling and distribution of the world’s finest diamonds, he oversees every “facet” of the business. 

Based out of the Julius Klein Diamonds headquarters in the epicenter of the diamond industry, New York City’s World Diamond Tower (“47th Street”), Mark acts as a mentor and guide to the next generation of aspiring Diamantiares.

Using his BA in marketing and advertising along with his extensive GIA education, he is making his own impact on an always evolving business and is looking forward to using his unique skill sets and point of view to guide the industry toward more customer centric and user friendly practices while honoring and maintaining the integrity of the generations before him. 

In addition to the Diamonds Do Good Board, Mark holds other industry positions with AGS Young Title Holders, NCDIA, and many other philanthropic institutions within his communities.

Sandeep Kothari

Sandeep Kothari

Managing Director, KGK

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Sandeep Kothari is the Group Managing Director KGK. After joining the Group in 1990, Sandeep became involved in diamond procurement and processing and was responsible for growing the business
considerably worldwide.

Now based in Antwerp, the world’s largest diamond center, he has been instrumental in expanding KGK’s polished diamond sales in Europe. His many successful initiatives include developing trusted supplier relationships with such companies as De Beers, Alrosa and Rio Tinto.

Eddie Le Vian

Eddie Le Vian

CEO, LeVian Corp.

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Born to a family with a legendary history that goes back centuries, Eddie LeVian worked his way up the family business working as gem cutter, jewelry maker, salesperson, show person, jewelry designer, director and now as CEO of LeVian Corp.

His diverse education in business and his GIA studies built a base that combined with generations of expertise that were passed down in the family to build the business to the next level.
Le Vian’s mission today is to be the company that compels every household in America to own a Le Vian…the world’s most beautiful and desirable jewelry.

Avi Levy

Avi Levy

President, IGI

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With 30 years of fine jewelry-related expertise, Levy brings valuable experience to the Institute including diamond sourcing, manufacturing, product development, brand partnerships and wholesale trade to major jewelry retailers. Skilled in building relationships and trust within all areas of the supply chain, his leadership skills and expertise gained from various roles have yielded advantageous results and strengthened key partnerships.

Anna Martin

Anna Martin

President, Diamonds Do Good; Senior Vice President, Institute, Industry Relations, GIA

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As senior vice president at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) ’s institute, industry relations,  Anna helps secure the institutes future and ensures success of their consumer protection mission. Anna was previously head of Global Development and Benefaction responsible for broadening and deepening GIA’s relationships with clients and stakeholders and overseeing the Institute’s global beneficiation efforts.

Formerly the managing director at the Standard Chartered Bank responsible for client coverage and marketing to the global diamonds and jewelry industry, she is one of the most well-known and recognized figures in the gem and jewelry industry. 

Ms. Martin has received many awards throughout her career for her community and industry work including the Award for Excellence in Special Services for WJA, the Premier Patron Award, the Guiding Light Award, and the Doyenne of the Year Award from the Indian Colored Stone Association.

Ms. Martin has been a dedicated member of the jewelry community for many years. She is on the Governing Board of Diamonds Do Good and is an active member of the Women’s Jewelry Association Board, a League of Honor Sovereign of the GIA, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Jewelers Board of Trade, JCK, and Jewelers for Children.

Kristie Nicolosi

Kristie Nicolosi

CEO, Kingswood Company

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Kristie Nicolosi is President & CEO of The Kingswood Company, the industry’s leading manufacturer of high-quality jewelry care products. Since acquiring the business in 2005, Nicolosi has focused the company on sustained, profitable growth, with almost tenfold growth under her leadership. She has reenergized the company’s product lines and expanded design capabilities, offering an array of products that can be tailored to a customer’s brand, improving both sell-through and brand recognition.

Nicolosi has also expanded the company’s distribution channels from almost exclusively US domestic retail jewelers to manufacturers and brands, e-commerce channels, direct sales companies, pawn stores, big-box retailers, and international retailers and distributers. Kingswood products are now distributed on six continents and to over 12,000 doors worldwide.

In 2020, the company earned recognition on the Inc. 5000, Inc. Magazine’s prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Nicolosi was recognized as one of Columbus Business First’s Forty Under 40® honorees, and was also named a 2020 Entrepreneur Of The Year® East Central Award finalist, the most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. Sought for her expertise in jewelry care and as a female-owned business-owner, Nicolosi is a regular contributor to publications such as InStore, National Jeweler, Martha Stewart Weddings, the American Gem Society’s Spectra, American Gem Trade Association’s Prism and more. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Nicolosi appeared in several videos and webinars educating retailers and jewelers globally on the importance of cleaning jewelry as part of overall hygiene.

Dedicated to the empowerment of women, Nicolosi has long been active in organizations focused on that goal, including the International Board of Directors of the Women’s Jewelry Association, The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, and the Women President’s Organization.

Prior to acquiring The Kingswood Company, Nicolosi had a successful career in professional services as an executive with both Ernst & Young and Fifth Third Bank. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she splits her time between her home in the historic German Village area of Columbus, Ohio with her daughter, Eva, and also her home in Manhattan with her fiancé, Steven.

Michael Pollak

Michael Pollak

Co-Founder, Hyde Park Jewelers

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Michael Pollak, co-founder of Hyde Park, with over 47 years in the jewelry business, started by selling turquoise and Indian jewelry after class on the lawn of Denver University in 1973, where he graduated with a BSBA. He has spent extensive time in New York, Geneva, Vicenza and Hong Kong, cultivating his skills, knowledge and expertise in the field of gemology, fine jewelry and Swiss timepieces.

With over 45 years in retail management, developing five regional, luxury jewelry stores, Michael currently serves as Chairman of Hyde Park Jewelers. He has received numerous industry awards, including induction into the National Jeweler Retailer Hall of Fame in 2008,“Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in 1999, Mountain States ADL Annual Dinner Honored, Denver Heath Foundation Gala Honoree, and the WJA Ben Kaiser Award.

Michael continues to position Hyde Park as an award-winning company by focusing on quality, value, selection, customer service and innovation, offering a trendsetting, proprietary customer loyalty program named “Platinum Rewards.” He has been essential in driving the expansion of Hyde Park into targeted markets by creating the presence of a full-service luxury jeweler, offering exclusive designers and timepieces.

David Prager

David Prager

Executive Vice-President & Chief Brand Officer, De Beers

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David is Executive-Vice President and Chief Brand Officer for De Beers. He has overall accountability for the marketing of De Beers and its brands and leading the Group’s commitment to create a positive impact in the lives of people and the health of the planet through its Building Forever sustainability framework. He leads strong teams across Brand and Global Marketing, Corporate Affairs and Sustainable Impact. David was previously Executive Vice-President of Corporate Affairs for De Beers Group and began his career with the company in 2006 as Director of Communications. He has extensive experience in brand and reputation strategy, building trusted relationships with stakeholders and the power of social purpose to propel communities and companies forward.

Kealeboga Pule

Kealeboga Pule

Founder & Managing Director, Nungu Diamonds

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Nungu Diamonds was founded by Mr. Kealeboga (Lebo) Pule in 2013. Kealeboga holds an LLB Degree from the University of North West. In 2013, prior to incorporating Nungu Diamonds Kealeboga was trained in rough diamond polishing, valuation and pricing by South African Diamond Corporation (SAFDICO) a De Beers Sightholder. 

Kealeboga has served in the executive committee of the South African Diamond Manufacturers Association and co-founded the South African Young Diamond Beneficiators Guild; he currently serves as its Vice President.

He has also served in other capacities in the industry including in the steering committee of the South African Diamond Indaba and as a founding member of the International Young Diamantaires.

Catherine Sarr

Catherine Sarr

Designer, Almasika

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Born in Paris to Beninese parents, Catherine’s passion for jewelry led her to venture to London after completing a Master’s degree in marketing at the Université Paris XII. There she worked for various luxury brands promoting craftsmanship from around the world, including several years spent at the heart of the diamond and fine jewelry industry at DeBeers Group and Love Gold, the initiative from the World Gold Council. Catherine was guided by the philosophy of finding what she had in common with others she met and her own West African heritage. She melded this and more into her brand Almasika that she launched in 2014 at the legendary Colette boutique in Paris. “I have rooted Almasika in art, design and culture.” A sculptural simplicity of design, in Le Cauri Endiamanté and Berceau collections, is offset by symbolism.

Andrew Siegel

Andrew Siegel

COO, Hamilton Jewelers

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Andrew is Hamilton’s Chief Operating Officer, and represents the fourth generation of Siegel family ownership at Hamilton Jewelers. He is responsible for identifying and executing on growth opportunities across all areas of Hamilton’s organization, and for assisting in achievement of company-wide business objectives.

Andrew’s main focus is contributing to his customers, teams, community, and to Hamilton. A firm believer in the adage that “if you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room,” he leans on the expertise of the remarkable team around him to help him reach those goals.

Prior to joining Hamilton, Andrew graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science, and was a manager at the global sales effectiveness and strategy consulting firm Alexander Group.

A lover of Atlanta Braves baseball, New Jersey Devils hockey, and getting lost in a good music album, Andrew lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife Betsey, and enjoys traveling to Hamilton’s Palm Beach locations often to see clients, team members, and perhaps a much-needed golf instructor.

Elliot Tannenbaum

Elliot Tannenbaum

Senior Principal, Leo Schachter Diamond Group

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Elliot Tannenbaum is the Senior Principal of the Leo Schachter Diamond Group, headquartered in Ramat Gan, Isreal. Mr. Tannenbaum joined the company in 1974 and has directed and managed every aspect of its integrated businesses, from the relocation of a “family business” in New York’s diamond district to Israel’s bourse, through its three-decade journey to becoming a global enterprise.  He is responsible for developing marketing, consumer-relevant product development, and branding techniques that are responsible for the group’s many success over the past decade.

Mr. Tannenbaum currently serves on the Board for Diamonds Do Good.

Marcus ter Haar

Marcus ter Haar

Not-For-Profit Advisor

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Mr. Marcus P. K. ter Haar is a Corporate and Not-For-Profit Advisor.

Prior to this position,  he was the Managing Director of Okavango Diamond Company and Head of Sales and Marketing for DTC Botswana. He has served as Group Manager Business Development for Debswana and finance executive for De Beers. He has been Independent Non-Executive Director of Wilderness Holdings Limited since 2010 and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Lady Khama Charitable Trust.

Marcus received a BA (Hons) in Economic Development from the University of East Anglia in the UK, and a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Reading, UK.

Iris Van Der Veken

Iris Van Der Veken

Board Member

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Iris is a coalition-builder with over 20 years global experience of working in technology, diamonds and jewelry, fashion and government.

She was actively involved in the development of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) Code of Practices. She managed the first global RJC pilot audit in partnership with SGS. She established and chaired the Network of the United Nations Global Compact Belgium in partnership with the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

She also chaired the consultative and advisory body to the Office of the Children’s Rights Commissioner in Flanders.

Iris was honored by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs of Belgium for initiating the Global Compact and for her work on promoting corporate social responsibility with a focus on human rights including children’s rights and the role of business. She has been a Special Olympics volunteer since 1992. In 2015 she ran the NY Marathon for Unicef.

Stellene Volandes

Stellene Volandes

Editor and Chief, Town & Country

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Stellene Volandes has been editor-in-chief of Town & Country Magazine since 2016.  She joined Town & Country back in 2011 as jewelry and accessories director and was named style director in 2012, a role that gave her a significant hand in developing the magazine’s journalistic range and stable of contributors.

Previously, she had been style editor of Departures from 2007 to 2011, having held increasingly senior roles there since 2003. She began her editorial career at Vogue. Volandes is a graduate of Vassar College, with a Master’s degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

Yancy Weinrich

Yancy Weinrich

President, CloserStill Media North America

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Yancy Weinrich serves as President of North America for CloserStill Media. Weinrich spearheads major expansion and high-growth acquisitions across multiple industry portfolios as CloserStill Media plans to deliver aggressive growth.

Ms. Weinrich formerly served as Chief Growth Officer for RX (formerly Reed Exhibitions) overseeing a portfolio of 25 events including in the jewelry sector, JCK, Luxury and JIS.  She is responsible for the strategy, growth and delivering results across events in multiple industries. 

She is a current board member of the Exhibitions and Conference Alliance (ECA) and REPAC and an International past President of the Women’s Jewelry Association.  She has won several jewelry and trade show/event industry awards for her proven track record in business development and leadership. The beginnings of her career path began in finance, and almost 18 years at RX North America, is a well-rounded trade show executive. 

Kent Wong

Kent Wong

Managing Director and Executive Director, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group

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Mr. Wong, Siu-Kee (Kent) serves as the Managing Director and Executive Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd. He joined the Group in 1977, was appointed as Managing Director in July 2011 and is a member of the Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee of the Company. Mr. Wong is responsible for the overall management of the Group.

Mr. Wong has diverse experience in both operations and management. He was responsible for developing the Group’s market in Mainland China and in 2008 he was promoted to managing director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Company Limited. He is also a director of certain subsidiaries of the Group and a director of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited, which is a subsidiary of a substantial shareholder of the Company. Mr. Wong is a member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council Watches and Clocks Advisory Committee, assistant chairman and social director of the Hong Kong Jewellers’ & Goldsmiths’ Association Ltd., chairman of the supervising committee of the Hong Kong & Kowloon Jewellers’ & Goldsmiths’ Employees’ Association Ltd, vice chairman of the Gems and Jewellery Trade Association of China, vice-chairman of the Yantian District General Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Yantian District Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

STAFF

Nancy Orem Lyman

Nancy Orem Lyman

Executive Director and Vice President

Nancy Orem Lyman is the Executive Director and Vice President of the Diamond Empowerment Fund. She has over 20 years of experience in both for-profit and non-for-profit organizations.

Prior to joining the Diamond Empowerment Fund in 2010, Ms. Orem Lyman’s experience included working as a strategy consultant developing communications and engagement approaches that connect businesses with relevant social issues and cause organizations. She was instrumental in working with organizations to drive progress on the UN Millennium Development Goals while being a driving force around the issues of environmental justice, climate change, and women’s empowerment.

Ms. Orem Lyman has had prior experience in the diamond industry as Education Outreach Director for the World Diamond Council and Director of Consumer Confidence for De Beers Group Marketing while working at JWT Advertising. During this time she developed her strong interest and commitment to sustainability and sustainable development. Travel for her position included the developing countries of Sierra Leone, South Africa and Botswana where first hand observations were made on the positive impact responsible business practices could mean for communities. She started her career working at global advertising agencies including Leo Burnett, Y&R and JWT. 

Her work at the Diamond Empowerment Fund has taken her throughout Africa visiting the organization’s beneficiaries including the diamond rich areas of Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as to India where 14 out of 15 rough diamonds are polished. 

Madison Harvey

Madison Harvey

Marketing, Programs and Events Manager

Madison Harvey is a creator and storyteller with a passion for natural diamonds.  With a background in Journalism from Auburn University, Madison loves to share the positive impact that natural diamonds have all over the world.  Since joining the Diamonds Do Good team in 2020, Madison has shared stories of miners, manufacturers, and retailers who are making a positive impact on the industry.

Madison is recently engaged and understands the marketing and advertising campaigns that appeal to both Millennials and Gen-Z through social media, video content, and yes—even Tik Tok.  Madison uses her personal social media platforms to educate her peers on buying natural diamond engagement rings, introduce them to new brands and designers making a difference, and further share the stories of Diamonds Do Good.

Raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and residing in Brooklyn for the last few years, Madison resides in Minot, North Dakota, while her husband serves in the United States Air Force.

Cole Tippit

Cole Tippit

Diamonds Do Good Intern

 

Alex Baldwin

Alex Baldwin

Diamonds Do Good Intern