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Diamonds Hidden Gems

Hidden Gem: Sonia Esther Soltani, Editor in Chief @Rapaport

Every Monday The Carat Soup shines a spotlight on Hidden Gems: extraordinary women in our industry. This week’s focus is on Sonia Esther Soltani, the EiC @Rapaport (link) and country ambassador @womensjewellerynetwork (link).

*SOLTANI is Editor of leading trade title, Rapaport. A graduate of City University, London, with a degree in Magazine Journalism, Sonia began her career as a reporter at UBM’s award-winning weekly trade magazines Property Week and Building. An editor with over 12 years’ experience, she went on to work as a content editor at APL Media – the publisher of National Geographic Traveller and leading travel trade publications for the US and UK markets. Sonia is responsible for the management and development of all content creation and distribution through Rapaport’s print and digital channels. She also plays a key role in managing product development and directing the rollout of the company’s digital media strategy.

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Antwerp Hidden Gems

Hidden Gem: Iris Van der Veken, Executive Director

Every Monday The Carat Soup shines a spotlight on Hidden Gems: extraordinary women in our industry. This week’s focus is on Iris Van der Veken, Executive Director at Responsible Jewellery Council (@RJC).

The RJC is an initiative in charge of setting standards for the jewellery supply chain, from mine to market. Which includes diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, gold and platinum group metals.

In their words, Iris is responsible for setting out the mission, vision and values of the RJC, working with its management and Executive Committee to develop and review the direction of the organisation, and establishing stakeholder and industry relationships to promote its objectives.

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Diamonds Hidden Gems

Hidden Gem: Ellen Joncheere, HRD Antwerp CEO

Every Monday The Carat Soup shines a spotlight on Hidden Gems: extraordinary women in our industry. This week’s focus is on Ellen Joncheere, the newly appointed CEO of HRD Antwerp.

*HRD Antwerp has hired Ellen Joncheere as its CEO in the middle of a process to sell the company.
Joncheere currently holds the same position at Fremach International, a supplier of car parts to the automotive industry. She will join HRD on January 20, succeeding interim CEO Michel Janssens, who will retire in mid-2020, a spokesperson for the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) said Thursday.

AWDC, which owns HRD, recently fielded takeover bids for the Belgian laboratory from two former heads of the company, Peter Meeus and Serge Couvreur, as well as Israel-based Sarine Technologies, according to sources with knowledge of the process. The spokesperson declined to comment on how Joncheere’s appointment would impact the ongoing sale.

“HRD Antwerp enjoys an excellent reputation internationally, and the lab’s certificates are highly regarded,” said Ari Epstein, CEO of the AWDC. “To ensure the future of HRD Antwerp, it was important to attract a good new CEO. We are very happy with the arrival of Ellen Joncheere.”

Image: Ellen Joncheere. (Ellen Joncheere/LinkedIn) * via.