The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) Presidents Meeting kicks off in Dubai today. Besides the regular business of the WFDB and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), there are special sessions on lab-grown diamonds and blockchain technology planned for the meeting.
The "Lab-Grown Diamonds: A Call for Action," panel will feature Israel Diamond Exchange President Yoram Dvash, IDMA President Ronnie VanderLinden, Diamond Producers Association CEO Jean-Marc Lieberherr, Bonas Diamond Brokers & Consultants India's Parul Marchant and Rapaport India's Sathi Nair.
The second panel that will examine traceability, provenance and blockchain technology will include De Beers Group's Feriel Zerouki, NAMDIA's Kennedy Hemutenya, London Diamond Bourse President Alan Cohen, Alrosa's Head of International Relations Peter Karachiev, African Diamond Producers Association Executive-Secretary Edgar Carvalho, James Bernard, Director of Sales for the DMCC and Iris Van Der Veken, Executive Director of the Responsible Jewellery Council.
The 2019 Presidents Meeting runs until September 25.