Israeli diamond industry award presented to Gaetano Cavalieri
Ramat Gan, Israel, May, 2013 – The Israeli diamond industry paid tribute to Gaetano Cavalieri, president of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, at a gala event held at the conclusion of the World Diamond Council 9th Annual Meeting in Tel Aviv this month.
The IDI League of Honor Award was bestowed on Dr. Cavalieri in acknowledgement of his extraordinary contribution to the world diamond industry.
Presenting the award were Israel Diamond Institute (IDI) Chairman Moti Ganz, Israel Diamond Exchange President Yair Sahar, Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association President Avraham Bumi Traub and Chief of NGO Division of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dr. Andrei Abramov.
IDI Managing Director Eli Avidar, who moderated the ceremony, noted that Dr. Cavalieri, who has served as CIBJO president since March 2001, was responsible for CIBJO becoming the only jewelry organization to be granted special consultative status by ECOSOC.
He added that, together with the United Nations, Dr. Cavalieri established the World Federation Education Foundation (WJCEF), which is responsible for promoting Corporate Social Responsibility education in the international jewelry and gemstone industries.
Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri was born into a Sicilian family which has been in the jewelry business for 200 years.
In addition to heading CIBJO and WJCEF, he also serves as president of the Italian Federation of Gold, Silver and Jewellery Wholesalers, is a member of the International Executive Council of GIA, chief financial officer of the World Diamond Council and serves as a consultant to the Italian Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the European Economic Commission.
The IDI League of Honor was established in 2007 to honor leaders from around the world who have contributed to the world diamond industry.
The award has been given to heads of state and government leaders. Dr. Cavalieri is the second industry leader presented with this award, after Varda Shine, CEO of the Diamond Trading Company.IDI Chairman Moti Ganz said, “Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri is a man of vision, who sees the future and embraces it. His leadership in promoting social responsibility and economic development throughout the pipeline serves as an inspiration to the entire diamond and jewelry industry.”