London Career Fair

Opening Session

Date: Friday, July 1, 2022
Location: The Goldsmiths' Hall, London, UK

All are welcome to attend and there is no fee for general attendees.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from opening panel of gem and jewelry industry leaders.
  • Meet with recruiters promoting open job positions.
  • Consult with a career coach from a variety of industry sectors and profession.
  • Network with representative of prominent gem and jewelry companies, industry professionals, GIA London staff and other attendees.

11:30 - 12:00

  • Registration
  • Sign up for Career Coaching

12:00 - 13:30

  • Welcome – Mehdi Saadian, Director, London School, GIA

    “Job Success in Today's Market” opening panel with Q&A

  • Moderator: Susan Jacques, President and CEO, GIA

  • Panelists:

    • Laura Gallon, Owner of Laura Gallon Joaillerie

    • Lisa Levinson, Head of Marketing at Natural Diamond Council, London

    • Lewis Malka, Director of Lewis Malka, London

    • Karina Sena, Owner of Karyna Sena Gems

    • Barry Sullivan, Director of Jewellery Advisory Services

13:30 - 16:30

  • Recruiting

13:45 - 16:30

  • Career Coaching


  • Career Fair Concludes

Laura Gallon

Laura Gallon

Born and raised in Paris, Laura Gallon carries a family heritage in jewellery dating back to the 1920's. It was back then that her great-grandparents established their jewellery store and workshop in Orléans, to dedicate their lives to fine jewellery. With an extensive background in the fashion industry that took her from Paris to New York, Laura always had a strong interest in jewellery. This interest combined with her family heritage led her to create her own brand, Laura Gallon Joaillerie.

Laura's inspiration comes from her travels and unique experiences around the world. As a tribute to nature's wonders, each piece she creates has an elegant yet modern essence while honouring Laura's family tradition and creative DNA. 

Lisa Levinson

Lisa Levinson

Lisa is head of marketing and communications UK at the Natural Diamond Council. The Council’s mission is to inspire emotional dreams for natural diamonds that are exciting and culturally relevant and to support those dreams by the values and social benefits inherent in the diamond industry. Previously, Lisa worked at De Beers Group in Botswana and UK, with a Canadian diamond cutting company, and in the management consultancy sector in Sweden. Lisa holds a M.Sc. in Business and Economics from Stockholm School of Economics and a M.Com. in Financial Management from University of Cape Town. 

Lewis Malka

Lewis Malka

Lewis began in the gem trade as a 16-year old apprentice, he completed his course three years later and graduated as a diamond mounter in 1994. After a few years, he ventured out and set up his own business, known today as Lewis Malka London. He carved out a niche is the engagement ring sector, and his focus is on private clients. In 2016 he published his first book, titled The Engagement Ring, available on Amazon, and has regularly contributed to the press on gem and jewellery topics.

More recently, he was elected onto the board of management at the London Diamond Bourse. He’s passionate about the industry and wants to help anyone who shares an interest and wants to get involved in any facet of the jewellery business. Over the years he has helped out with graduate students at the GIA London, giving talks and answering questions about his jewellery journey.

Karina Sena

Karina Sena

Karina has been working in the gem and jewelry industry for more than 20 years as a gemologist, appraiser, designer and jeweler. She is the founder of Karyna Sena, where she continue her family’s legacy of bringing attention to Brazilian gemstones by offering gem identification, appraisal, gemology education and consultant services. She earned the GIA Graduate Gemologist (GG) and Applied Jewelry Professional (AJP) diplomas from the GIA campus in London, and holds a degree in geology from Bahia Federal University in Brazil. She is also a graduate of Certificate of Appraisal Theory (CAT) through the National Association of Jewellers in the UK, and has been certified as an expert by the Association of Judicial Experts of the State of Sao Paolo in Brazil.

Barry Sullivan

Barry Sullivan

Barry is the managing director of Jewellery Advisory Services Ltd, Hatton Garden, London. He has 60 years of experience in various aspects of the jewellery industry and horological field, including more than 20 years dealing with insurance claims investigation, validation, and forensics for technical jewellery reports. He began as a Fully Indentured Watch & Clockmaker and gained a Horological degree from the British Horological Institute at Northampton Polytechnical College.

Barry is also a registered valuer with the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ), and a full practising member of the Academy of Experts, Chair National Association of Jewellers, Valuation Steering Group, and Chair National Association of Jewellers, Professional &Technical Standards Steering Group. He is also a tutor for the NAJ’s, Higher National Level “Foundation of Appraisal Practice” (FoAP), and sits on The National Association of Jewellers, Education Steering Group.   

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