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Expanding Horizons

IAC's 14th Annual Gold + Diamond Conference
July 15 (evening) – 17, 2024

Bohemian National Hall
321 E. 73 St.
New York, NY

In Expanding Horizons, IAC’s 2024 Gold + Diamond Conference, we build on groundwork laid in Maintaining Purpose, our 2023 conference.

In 2023, we defined the work to be done to make our industry (and thus the world) better, from upstream supply chains to the downstream realization of artistic vision in fine jewelry. This year, we expand our horizons, and consider how to effect positive change, and in particular the practicalities of so doing.

Mastering these practicalities requires that we understand both the interconnectedness of all things as well as how they might differ one from the other despite their interconnections. Thus, for example, the distinct economic and social realities of the Global South must impact how we approach a “just transition” with respect to combatting climate change. Drilling down (so to speak), we must define workable, always context-sensitive solutions for addressing societal and economic gender inequality, the disadvantages faced by mining communities—disadvantages potentially linked to a one-size-fits-all approach to global warming—and how producers of gold, diamonds, and colored stones can maximize the value they retain in-country from their production. We must also address cultural heritage, training for the future, and meeting the needs of an expanding consumer base.

The goals we set (and the words we use to articulate them) must be commonly understood. Consensus is key, and we must remain focused on how best to achieve it, given both the number of and often enormous differences among stakeholders throughout the world and the impossibility of effecting global change without enlisting these stakeholders in the process. And, not least, we must realize (and act in accordance with that realization) that conventional answers to difficult questions are often well past their sell-by dates.

Expanding Horizons will continue IAC’s cross-disciplinary approach to the industry, transcending conventional discourse by bringing together representatives from every sector and thought-leaders from varied disciplines, challenging all to embrace change without fear.

Committed speakers constitute a Who’s Who in the diamond, colored stones, and gold and jewelry communities.


CIBJO is IAC’s Conference Partner for Expanding Horizons.

We express sincere gratitude to our sponsors (as of July 13, 2024):

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Program agenda
Subject to change

Monday, July 15, 2024

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Opening reception

Heritage Auctions
445 Park Ave, New York, NY (between 56th and 57th Streets)

Welcoming remarks. Roberta Kramer (VP | Strategy & Business Development)

Tuesday, July 16, 2024
Formal sessions take place at Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd Street, New York, NY (between First and Second Avenues).

8:45 – 9:10 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
9:10 – 9:30 a.m. Opening remarks
Lisa Koenigsberg
(Founder / President, Initiatives in Art and Culture)
9:30 – 10:35 a.m. Cross-industry Convergence and Collaboration

  • Gaetano Cavalieri (President, CIBJO)
  • Satta Matturi (Creative Director, Matturi Fine Jewellery & diamond industry expert; board member, Responsible Jewellery Council)
  • John Mulligan (Director and Climate Lead, World Gold Council; President, Sustainable Development Commission, World Jewellery Confederation/CIBJO)
  • Tiffany Stevens (CBO & Head of Sustainability, IGI North America)
  • Iris Van der Veken (Executive Director, Watch and Jewellery Initiative 2030)
  • Moderator: Lisa Koenigsberg
10:40 – 11:25 a.m. Diamonds in Botswana
Mmetla Masire (CEO, Okavango Diamond Company)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Comparative Approaches to Retaining Greater Value in Producing Countries

  • Mmetla Masire
  • Avi Levy (Industry authority on diamonds and colored gemstones)
  • Douglas Neves (CEO, Cruzeiro Mine)
  • Marcelo Ribeiro (CEO, Belmont Emerald Mines)
  • Moderator: Brecken Branstrator (Editor-in-chief, Gemworld)
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Luncheon (on your own)
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Gold: Single Mine, Single Source – A Closer Look

  • Charlie Betts (Group Managing Director, The Betts Group)
  • Emefa Cole (Goldsmith & Curator of Diaspora Jewellery, Victoria & Albert Museum)
  • Tony Maietta (Product Engineering + Relationship Development, C & J Fine Jewelry Makers)
  • Satta Matturi
  • Moderator: Lisa Koenigsberg
2:50 – 3:45 p.m. Origin, Source, and Provenance 

  • David Block (CEO, Sarine)
  • Adriano Mol (Head, Center for Gemstone and Jewelry Design, University of Minas Gerais State)
  • Ruby Stocklin-Weinberg (Program Manager, GemFair, De Beers)
  • Sara Yood (CEO / General Counsel, Jewelers Vigilance Committee)
  • Moderator: Rob Bates (News editor, JCK)
3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 – 4:15 p.m. The State and Sanctions
Brad Brooks-Rubin
(Senior Advisor in the Office of the Sanctions Coordinator, US Department of State)
4:20 – 5:30 p.m. The Current State of the Diamond Market

  • Russell Kwiat (Chief Operating Officer, Kwiat)
  • Olivia Landau (Founder / CEO, The Clear Cut)
  • Matt Schamroth (Partner, M Schamroth & Sons)
  • Amish Shah (Founder / CEO, ALTR)
  • Ronnie Vanderlinden (President, Diamex Inc.; VP, World Diamond Council)
  • Moderator: Rob Bates
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Awards presentation and reception

Presentation of the Seventh Responsible Practice in Jewelry Leadership Award (to recognize a member of the jewelry industry, or a jewelry-focused organization that has made a transformational contribution to ethical sourcing and responsible practices in the worldwide gem and jewelry industry); and of the fourth award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Diamond and Jewelry Industries (reflecting IAC’s belief in collaboration, community, and commitment, and is intended to recognize and honor extraordinary ongoing engagement and dedication to the realization of positive change in these industries).

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Wednesday, July 17 2024
Formal sessions take place at Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd Street, New York, NY (between First and Second Avenues).

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast  
9:00 – 9:10 a.m. Opening remarks
Lisa Koenigsberg
9:10 – 10:00 a.m. Looking Beyond Net Zero – Climate Change Actions and the Just Transition

  • Stewart Bailey (Chief Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Officer, AngloGold Ashanti)
  • Shari Gittleman (Senior Director, External Relations, Newmont Mining Corporation)
  • Iris Van der Veken
  • Moderator: John Mulligan
10:05 – 11:00 a.m. Cultural Heritage and Artistic Practice, Provenance, and Repatriation

  • Emefa Cole
  • Cristina Echavarría (Artisanal mining specialist & Co-founder, Alliance for Responsible Mining)
  • Satta Matturi
  • Lucian Simmons (Head of Provenance Research, The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Moderator: Andrew Russeth (New York-based art critic and contributor to ArtNetThe New York Times, the Financial Times, and Parkett; recipient, 2019 Rabkin Prize for arts journalism)
11:05 – 11:50 a.m. Responsible Sourcing and Supply Chain Due Diligence
A Conversation With Edward Bickham
(Senior Adviser, World Gold Council)

  • Brad Brooks-Rubin
  • Louis Marechal (Senior Advisor, Minerals & Extractives, Centre for Responsible Business Conduct, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs – OECD)
  • Ruby Stocklin-Weinberg
11:55 – 12:45 p.m. Human and Labor Rights

  • Shari Gittleman
  • Mora Johnson (Head of Secretariat Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, CCC)
  • Iris Van Der Veken
  • Rebecca Villalobos (Social and environmental sustainability expert with over a decade of experience working across the private, public, and non-profit sectors)
  • Moderator: Edward Bickham
12:45 – 2:00 p.m. Luncheon and discussion sponsored by the World Bank
Discussion of best practices and approaches applied to-date concerning site safety and environmental stewardship and security in ASM as they relate to World Bank initiatives ranging from occupational health and safety to mercury abatement to mine development.
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ASM – How Do We Identify and Fund Enduring and Scalable Solutions?

  • Stewart Bailey (Chief Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Officer, AngloGold Ashanti)
  • Peter G. Chirico (Associate Center Director, USGS Florence Bascom Geoscience Center)
  • Giorgio de Tomi (Professor, Polytechnic School and Director of the Research Center for Responsible Mining, University of São Paolo)
  • Rachel Perks (Senior Mining Specialist, World Bank)
  • Roger Tissot (Executive Director, Artisanal Gold Council)
  • Moderator: Edward Bickham
3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 – 4:10 p.m. Training for the Future: A Conversation

  • Karen Smith (Metalsmith & Founder / Executive Director, We Wield the Hammer)
  • Longo Mulaisho-Zinsner (Founder and President, JGAA Jewellery and Gemstone Association of Africa)
  • Lorraine West (Designer, Lorraine West Jewelry and member, Black in Jewelry Coalition [BIJC])
4:15 – 5:05 p.m. Jewelry for Gentlemen

  • Frank Everett (Senior Vice President | Vice Chairman, Jewelry Americas, Sotheby's New York)
  • Eric Laker (Owner, Lashbrook)
  • Grant Mobley (Jewelry & Watch Editor, Natural Diamond Council)
  • Moderator: Jean Z. Poh (Jewelry industry authority and founder, Conscious Luxury Consulting).
5:05 p.m. Closing remarks
Lisa Koenigsberg
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