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Top Executives Study “Disruptive Innovation” During GIA’s Global Leadership Program at Harvard Business School

Participants of the 2016 GIA Global Leadership Program (alphabetical order): Mike Asscher, Royal Asscher Diamond Company Ltd.; Mihir Bhansali, Firestar Diamond Inc.; Jacques Christophe Branellec, Jewelmer International Corporation; Victor Chan, Continental Jewellery; Danny Clark, Stuller, Inc.; Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney; Meir Dalumi, Dalumi Group; Huw Daniel, Platinum Guild International; Brandon de Bruin, Gem Diamonds; Manish Dhamani, Dhamani Jewels; Pintu Dholakia, Hari Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd.; Hertz Hasenfeld, Hasenfeld-Stein, Inc. ; Susan Jacques, GIA; Josephine Johnson, Argyle Pink Diamonds; Andrew Johnson, Johnson Family Diamond Cellar Holdings, LLC; Stephen Kahler, Swarovski North America Limited; Dione D. Kenyon, Jewelers Board of Trade; Paul King, John Hardy; Sahil Kothari, Jewelex NY Ltd.; Russell Kwiat, Kwiat, Inc.; Lawrence Ma, Lee Heng Diamond Group; Mitch Maggart, Helzberg Diamonds; Cathy Malins, Petra Diamonds; Tim Matthews, Jewelry Television; Stefan Mayer, Heinz Mayer; Atit Mehta, Atit Diamond Group; Achal Mehta, Blue Star Diamonds; Pratish Mehta, Diacentre; Dave Meleski, Richline Group Inc.; Tom Moses, GIA; Arpit Narola, SRK Empire (Shree Ramkrishna Exports); Neeraj Nevatia, Sunjewels Pvt. Ltd.; Piyush Patel, Dharmanandan Diamonds Pvt. Ltd.; Jim Rosenheim, Tiny Jewel Box; Kevin Ryan, Damas Jewellery; Ashwani (Sonny) Sethi; Tara Pearls; Ankit Shah, Ankit Gems Pvt Ltd.; Alok Shah, StarRays; James Shinehouse, Atlantic Financial Advisory Partners; Saville Stern, Rapaport Group; Aron Suna, Suna Bros. Inc.; Elliot Tannenbaum, Leo Schachter Diamonds; Geert van Reisen, ABN AMRO Bank N.V.; Tommy Wu, Shire Trading Ltd.; Bridd Xu,

CARLSBAD, Calif. – July 11, 2016 – For the third year in a row, GIA's Global Leadership Program at Harvard Business School (HBS) in Cambridge, MA brought together senior leaders from the gem and jewelry industry for a custom four-day curriculum based on the renowned HBS case study method. The 2016 theme “Disruptive Innovation” honed in on innovation in a rapidly evolving world. The program took place from June 20-23 with 45 top executives from 14 countries and 15 industry sectors including retail, manufacturing, mining and cutting.
“This extraordinary educational program creates a unique platform for thought-leaders in the gem and jewelry industry to exchange ideas and examine opportunities and debate solutions for the challenges that lie ahead,” said Susan Jacques, president and CEO of GIA.
Among the case studies covered during this year’s program were the evolution of the Dove brand, how Uber has changed the way the world moves and Amazon’s innovation in a digital economy.
The program facilitated an environment to “come together with a group of passionate, diverse and intelligent people and engage in some very thought provoking discussions,” said one participant. A week later, “I found myself applying many of the lessons we learned at Harvard to the day-to-day planning of my business. It was certainly one of the most useful, practical and enjoyable opportunities I have ever had in my career,” added another.
GIA, in conjunction with HBS, initiated the program in 2014 to bring together global leaders representing different sectors of the gem and jewelry industry to examine issues faced by international businesses and apply the learnings of other industries to their own. The program also provides an unparalleled networking opportunity for senior executives, building bridges between different sectors of the global gem and jewelry supply chain.
GIA will hold its next global leadership program at HBS in June 2017. Participation is limited and by invitation only.

About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism.