Mr. Eli Izhakoff
Honorary Lifetime President:
– World Federation of Diamond Bourses, WFDB
– World Diamond Council, WDC
– CIBJO, The World Jewellery Confederation
– Diamond Dealers Club of NY, DDC
– Diamond Industry Steering Committee, DISC
– Bangkok Diamond and Precious Stones Exchange, BDPE
At the World Diamond Congress held in Antwerp, Belgium, in July 2000, Mr. Izhakoff was unanimously elected as chairman of the World Diamond Council and was instrumental in the establishment of the Kimberley Process. After 13 years of heading the WDC, in May 2013 he was unanimously elected Lifetime Honorary President of the World Diamond Council.
Among awards and decorations he has received are: the Officer of the Order of Leopold from the King of Belgium, the Israel Diamond Industry Dignitary Award, the New York Diamond Industry Lifetime Achievement Award, Diamantaire of the Year from the WFDB, the Medal of Honor from the Israel Diamond Institute, a special award from the Israel Diamond Exchange, the Andrea Palladio International Jewellery Award for Corporate and Social Responsibility, and special honors from the president of the Republic of Sakha, the government of Thailand, the government of South Africa and and Dubai Multi Commodities Centre.