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.