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BDB Pres. Mehta to Receive JNA's Lifetime Achievement Award

Sep 3, 2014 3:49 AM   By Deena Taylor
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RAPAPORT... Jewellery News Asia (JNA) will present Anoop Mehta, the president of the Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB), with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the JNA awards ceremony and gala dinner to be held on September 16 at the InterContinental Hong Kong.

The award recognizes visionary leaders who have made significant contributions to the jewelry industry, particularly in Asia. Past recipients include Nicky Oppenheimer, the former chairman of De Beers Group, and Leung Sik Wah, the honorary life president of the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong and chairman of the Hong Kong Jewellers' & Goldsmiths' Association.

Letitia Chow, chair of the JNA awards judging panel explained that Mehta is being recognized for his vision and strong commitment to the growth of the diamond industry. "He has stepped up to lead and steer the Bharat Diamond Bourse to a successful launch. The diamond exchange has since been branded as the world's largest. This is an endeavor that requires exceptional leadership and great courage, and takes a pioneer to accomplish, " she said.

Mehta said, "It is a great honor to be the recipient of the JNA lifetime achievement award. This award is testament to the remarkable teams of people that I have had the privilege to work with in order to bring the Bharat Diamond Bourse to full operation. I thank my colleagues and partners and current and former members of the Bharat Diamond Bourse committee for their continuous support and dedication to operating the bourse to the highest standards."

Mehta joined the jewelry industry at a young age through the family business and has been involved in promoting the growth of the industry for more than 30 years. He is associated with the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) and is on the committee of the Diamond Exporters Association Ltd. (DEAL). He also serves as the chairman and managing director of Mohit Diamonds Private Ltd. (Mohit Group) and is a partner at Mohanlal Raichand & Sons.

The award event takes place on the sidelines of the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

Now in its third year, JNA awards are led by Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook as headline partners, with Diarough Group, Gubelin Group, the Israel Diamond Institute, KARP Group, Paspaley Pearling Company, Shanghai Diamond Exchange and Guangdong Land Holdings Ltd. as honored partners.

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