About Us

Mission & Governance

Mission Statement

GIA's mission is to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism through education, research, laboratory services, and instrument development.

GIA Board of Governors

The GIA Board of Governors is the steward of the public interest.  The board helps direct the strategy of the Institute to ensure that the mission and vision of GIA are followed in all decisions; that the reputation of GIA is preserved and continues to grow globally; and that the financial goals of the Institute are met.

Each governor offers a unique perspective, based on their professional experience in retail, research, education, finance, law, manufacturing and other areas; several have extensive international experience.

GIA’s first advisory board of retail jewelers was organized by Robert Shipley in 1932 to garner support for gemological training. Having a board of directors is one of the requirements for a public benefit nonprofit organization in the United States. All of GIA’s global activities fall under the same governing concept.

Dione D. Kenyon
Retired financial services executive
Past President and CEO, Jewelers Board of Trade

Amit Dhamani
CEO and Managing Director, Dhamani Jewels Group

Barbara L. Dutrow, Ph.D.
Adolphe G. Gueymard Professor of Geology at Louisiana State University

Thomas H. Insley
Senior Vice President and CFO, Dermata Therapeutics

Susan M. Jacques
President and CEO, GIA

Robert Andrew ‘Andy’ Johnson
CEO, Diamond Cellar Holdings, LLC

Stephen F. Kahler
Senior Vice President of Global Sales Operations, Swarovski North America Limited

Lisa A. Locklear
Senior Finance Executive

Lawrence Ma
Chief executive, Lee Heng Diamond Group
Founding President of the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong

Thomas M. Moses
Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research Officer, GIA

Samantha F. Ravich¸ Ph.D.
Chair of the Transformative Cyber Innovation Lab
Managing partner of A2 Partners, LLC

Barbara A. Sawrey, Ph.D.
Dean Emerita of Undergraduate Education, Distinguished Professor Emerita Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, San Diego

Elliot Tannenbaum
Senior Principal, Leo Schachter Diamond Group

John W. Valley, Ph.D.
Charles R. Van Hise Professor, Department of Geoscience University of Wisconsin – Madison

Thomas T. Yang          
Managing Director and Partner, PrimeGenesis
Ralph Destino
Chairman Emeritus

Glenn R. Nord
Past President and Governor Emeritus

Executive Staff

GIA’s Executive Staff constitutes a diverse group of highly experienced professionals from both inside and outside of the gem and jewelry industry.  Responsible for carrying out the Institute’s mission to protect and ensure the public trust globally, the executive team follows a strict code of ethics and seeks to infuse each initiative GIA undertakes with dedication and value-driven purpose. Executive staff maintains daily operations for all areas of the Institute and promotes and continues the growth of GIA.

Senior Executives

Susan M. Jacques President and Chief Executive Officer
Thomas M. Moses Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research Officer
Kathryn Kimmel Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Anna Martin Senior Vice President of Global Development
Pritesh Patel Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
David J. Tearle Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Jennifer Wilson Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Elizabeth Keating Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
Duncan Pay Vice President of Education and Chief Academic Officer


Nirupa Bhatt Managing Director of GIA India and Middle East
Lisa Biggs Vice President and Corporate Controller
John T. Hall Vice President of Global IT Infrastructure Services
Matt Hall  Vice President of Laboratory Operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa
Zeeshan Kazmi Chief Information Security Officer and Enterprise Architecture
John King Chief Quality Officer
Seung-Hae Moon Managing Director for Asia Pacific
Susan M. Schindelar Vice President of Global Marketing
Wuyi Wang Vice President of Research and Development
Lucy Xia Vice President of Global Laboratory Planning
Phillip M. Yantzer Vice President of U.S. Laboratory Operations


GIA’s global laboratories and schools are led by a group of experienced professionals and leaders in their respective fields.  Each school and laboratory boasts at its helm a director with a wide breadth of knowledge and intimate understanding of their individual location.  The laboratory and education directors bridge the gap between executive staff and students or lab employees while ensuring the smooth and ethical running of their school or laboratory.

Location School Laboratory
Antwerp  — Anthony Licht
Bangkok Claudia D'Andrea Claudia D'Andrea
Carlsbad Susan Elliott Phil Yantzer
Dubai Manoj Singhania  —
Gaborone  Matt Hall
Hong Kong Stella Lee Wai Man Cheng
Johannesburg  — Matt Hall
London Mehdi Saadian  —
Mumbai Manoj Singhania Sriram Natarajan
New York Jennifer Kim Phillip M. Yantzer
Ramat Gan  — Gabriel Alayon Ormaza
Surat  — Sriram Natarajan
Taipei Vivian Wang  —
Tokyo  Sam Kong Hiroshi Takahashi