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DW’s List of Most Influential People from Gems & Jewellery Industry
By: Diamond World News Service
Jul 30 2016 4:30PM
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We must say that shaping this list was not easy. We were little conscious at the same time apprehensive of what should be the parameters for influential people in this list. What makes people influential? Is it the power that they have on the people around them? Is it the amount of wealth that they have amassed? Or is it the manner in which they have shaped their businesses or their decisions? What could it be? One thing was common in all of them and that is they had broken free of the mould.

While some of them had a strong foundation to work on while some were complete outsiders. Some got success early in life while for some it was quite a long journey. Some have always been lauded for their work while some have received enough flak for their approach to work. However, none of them allowed criticism or setbacks define their path to success.

Each figure in this list is inspirational in its own unique way. Diamond World presents you ‘the list’ for some inspiration. (Presented in no particular order.)

The Pioneer
Anoop Mehta, President, BDB
One can’t miss this familiar face in the Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) premises in Mumbai. Anoop Mehta, as a president of the BDB, a post he has held since 2003, has been actively involved in the strategic planning and development of the project and under his stewardship the new bourse complex has become one of the most leading diamond bourses in the world. Initially, it was a mammoth task for him and his team to convince traders to shift to the BDB but looking at the present scenario in bourse, one must say they have been quite successful.

After entering the family run business at a young age, Mehta has been actively involved in the diamond industry for over 30 years. He is a director of Mohit Diamonds. Apart from being associated with the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) for many years, he is also on the committee of the Diamond Exporters Association Limited; Mehta is also one of the board members of WFDB Executive Committee.

Mehta’s remarkable contribution in the diamond industry has ensured that the trade between India and the other countries is strong and effective. Pro-active thinker, visionary and pioneer, Mehta has been instrumental in the growth and development of the BDB and latest trading facilities at the bourse.

In 2014, he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest accolades in the global jewellery and gemstone industry and the most esteemed tribute conferred by the JNA Awards, for his significant contributions to the jewellery industry.

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