THE HONOREES

MINING: FERIEL ZEROUKI

DE BEERS GROUP

Feriel Zerouki, SVP Corporate Affairs, De Beers Group: First elected female incoming President of the World Diamond Council (WDC), Feriel was instrumental in developing and leading ethical progammes at De Beers Group all aiming to raise industry standards and push the sustainability agenda forward in the diamond industry. Starting with the Best Practice Principles, through to provenance initiatives such as Tracr and developing solutions to integrate artisanal miners to the international trade through GemFair.

MANUFACTURING: KEALEBOGA PULE

NUNGU DIAMONDS

A member of the Young Diamantaires, Kealeboga is the Founder, Manufacturer & Bespoke Diamond Jeweller of Nungu Diamonds, based in South Africa. His commitment to his community extends beyond providing jobs for young South Africans as he seeks to change the world diamond narrative by refocusing the diamond consumer back to ‘why’ diamonds – their unique origin and their impact on socio-economic development at producer countries and manufacturing centers around the world.

LARGE RETAILER: KECIA CAFFIE

BANTER BY PIERCING PAGODA

As President of Banter by Piercing Pagoda since 2017, Kecia has helped the brand connect with their millennial and Gen-Z customer base who are fiercely independent, tech-savvy, creative and non-conformist in their style choices and identities. She is a proven and inspirational leader.

INDEPENDENT RETAILER: ALEXIS PADIS

PADIS JEWELRY

Next generation jeweler of the Padis family and President of Padis Jewelry since 2019. Alexis has had first-hand experience successfully pivoting through the pandemic years embracing an omnichannel approach while taking risks that proved fruitful for her business and community.  President-elect for the American Gem Society, she received the 2021 Young Titleholder of the Year Award and was recently recognized as one of the “20 under 40” by Jewelers of America.  She takes to heart the responsibility of the independent jeweler to promote ethical business practices, uphold consumer protection and continue their jewelry education while supporting her own local community.