GIA Makes Surprise New Appointment

Brad Brooks-Rubin has appointed by the GIA to the newly-created post of global director of Development and Beneficiation.

The GIA said the appointment would "strengthen its commitment to bring benefits of the global gem and jewelry industry to producing communities".

Brooks-Rubin, the former Special Advisor for Conflict Diamonds in the U.S. Department of State, has extensive international experience working with industry, government and civil society on matters relating to conflict minerals and gems. He joins GIA’s development team and will work with nongovernmental organizations, trade groups and government agencies to further GIA’s beneficiation initiatives in gem producing regions.

“Brad’s extensive experience in international law, government and compliance combined with his commitment to promoting transparency in the gem and jewelry industry will contribute significantly to GIA’s beneficiation and economic development efforts in the nations and communities that are so important to the global trade. I’m very pleased to welcome Brad to GIA,” said Susan Jacques, the Institute’s president and CEO.

“As an independent, global public-benefit organization, GIA is in a unique position to foster sustainable development of local economic value in gem producing regions. I look forward to working with GIA’s stakeholders for the benefit of the ultimate consumer, and the people and communities who are such an important part of this industry,” said Brooks-Rubin. 

Brooks-Rubin previously served as Special Advisor for Conflict Diamonds in the U.S. Department of State and as an Attorney Advisor for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Brooks-Rubin is a recipient of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee’s Stanley Schechter Award.