2020 GIA Global Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School

Participants of the 2019 GIA Global Leadership Program (alphabetical order): Nikolay Afanasiev, Kristall Production Corporation; Natalie Barzilay, LakeDiamond; Sanat Bhindi, Bhindi Jewelers; Dave Bindra, B & B Fine Gems; Macy Man Sze Chong, Tonghorn Trading Limited; Manish Dhamani, Dhamani Jewels; Hasu Dholakia, HK Designs Inc.; Akshay Dholakia, Shree Ramkrishna Exports Private Limited; Lijun Geng, Huabi (HB) Diamond (China) Company Ltd.; Melanie Goldfiner, Rahaminov Diamonds; Jonathan Goldman, Frederick Goldman, Inc.; Alix Gonsoulin, Stuller, Inc.; Leslie Gordon, Orr's Jewelers; Hisako Hankinson, PGI Japan; Susan Jacques, GIA; Jesse Johnson, Store 5a; Stephen Kahler, Swarovski North America Ltd.; Parth Kakadia, Sheetal Manufacturing Co Pvt Ltd.; Afshan Pankaj Kala, Jewelex India Pvt. Ltd. (Affiliate: Jewelex NY Ltd.); Leanne Kemp, Everledger; Karen Li, Universal Jewellery Co. Ltd.; Bobby Liu, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery; Calvin Ma, Lee Heng Diamond Group; George Marakis, Spacecode; Glenn Markman, Fire Polish Diamonds; Antoine Massé, Mouawad MENA DMCC; Tim Matthews, Jewelry Television; Frank Heinz Mayer, Heinz Mayer OHG; Kevin Mays, John Mays Jewelers; Punit Mehta, D. Navinchandra; Tom Moses, GIA; Niveet Nagpal, Omi Gems, Inc.; Alexis Padis, Padis Jewelry; Armaan Parikh, Diarough Manufacturing India LLP; Duncan Pay, GIA; Mike Pelto, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company; Penina Rapaport, The Rapaport Group; Samantha Ravich, Transformative Cyber Innovation Lab; David Rotenberg, David Craig Jewelers; Stuart Samuels, Premier Gem Corporation; Lee Senderov, Richline Digital; Andrew Siegel, Hamilton Co. Jewelers; Anurak Sinchawla, Sant Enterprises; Greg Stephenson, Petra Diamonds; Vipul Sutariya, DDPL (Dharmanandan Diamonds Pvt. Ltd.); Elliot Tannenbaum, Leo Schachter Diamond Group; Minarni Tanu, PT Central Mega Kencana; Ichiro Uchihara, Uchihara Group; Jennifer Wilson, GIA; Terence Wu, Foo Hang Jewellery Ltd.

The 2020 GIA Global Leadership Program has been cancelled. This program will be held June 21-24, 2021. More information on next year's program will be posted in November 2020.

Where: Harvard Campus, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Program Theme: Strategic Mindset

Leaders of successful organizations are skillful at driving effective strategy development and execution. They are particularly adept at developing innovative strategies, setting priorities and driving superior performance in the face of new realities and highly competitive landscapes.

This year’s program will address:

  • What it takes to design and evolve effective strategy
  • How to transform ideas into action plans
  • How to develop strategic agility in the face of uncertainty
  • How to sustain a competitive advantage
  • Where to look for and how to evaluate strategic sources of innovation

What is the GIA Global Leadership Program?

Developed by the Harvard Business School (HBS), the program focuses on new research and best practices to deliver practical value and actionable techniques. Participants learn using the HBS case study method, drawing on Harvard’s vast repository of business intelligence. Interactive Lectures and small study groups ensure lively, thought provoking discussions and innovative ideas.

Taught by renowned Harvard faculty

David Ager, Senior Fellow, Managing Director, Executive Development, Executive Education

Dennis Campbell, Dwight P. Robinson Jr. Professor of Business Administration; Unit Head, Accounting and Management

Krishna Palepu, Ross Graham Walker Professor of Business Administration

Additional faculty to be announced

Core themes of the GIA Global Leadership Program

While the central topic may change year to year, the program addresses core themes that are fundamental to global businesses:

  • Strategy: to promote a competitive advantage and enhance the customer value proposition
  • Customer Centricity: to develop deep customer knowledge and build a high performing organization that exceeds customer expectations
  • Leadership: to mobilize, motivate and align people to achieve greater performance

Who attends?

Executives and decision makers who constitute industry leadership, representing the full scope of activity and geography of the global gem and jewelry industry. Attendance is by invitation only.

Participant selection

50 participants are selected each year from the highest executive levels, with one participant per company attending. The selective nature of the program helps ensure the highest engagement with Harvard faculty and an open and fruitful collaboration among peers.

Program certificates

Upon successful completion, participants are awarded a Harvard Business School certificate of program completion.

Timing and location

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Held in residence, at the Harvard Business School on the Harvard Campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Includes class materials, lodging on the Harvard Campus, and meals for the program duration.
$8,900 USD – until January 31, 2020
$9,100 USD – beginning February 1, 2020

How to apply

Registration is by invitation only and pre-approval by GIA is required. If you would like to be considered for the program, please contact HBSprogram@gia.edu. Participation is very limited and seats fill quickly. If you received a personalized email invitation from GIA, you can complete the registration form.

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Must register with code from personal invitation.


Past GIA Global Leadership Programs

2019 – Innovation
2018 – Authentic Leadership, Disruptive Innovation and Customer Centricity (held in conjunction with the International Gemological Symposium, in Carlsbad, California)
2018 – Unleashing the Power of People: Genuine Leadership
2017 – Transforming Business by Leveraging Big Data
2016 – Disruptive Innovation
2015 – Marketing, Branding, Strategy and Communications
2014 – Strategy, Customer Centricity, Leading High Performance Teams

What program alumni say

“It was a fantastic adventure both on the human side and on the brain side.” – Thierry Lamouroux, International Sales Director, Boucheron, Paris, France

“Incredible opportunity for so many of us from different parts of the world to meet, share, learn and be enlightened together.” – Lawrence Ma, CEO, Lee Heng Diamond Group, Hong Kong

“What a great opportunity to be part of such an experience at the Harvard Business School along with a powerful cross-section of industry leaders. It was engaging, thought-provoking and insightful.” – Stanley Zale, Vice President of Diamond and Gemstone Procurement, Stuller, Inc. USA

“All of us together have a chance to achieve great inspiration and discussion of business and industry.” – Bridd Xu, Co-President, Zbird.com, Shanghai, China

“The program opened my mind and gave me a new perspective of our industry and business, especially in today’s market. The discussion groups and interaction were invaluable.” – Niveet Nagpal, President, Omni Gems, Inc., USA