Tuesday, October 9, 2018
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Gemstones and Sutainable Livelihoods: From Mines to Markets
The colored stone supply chain is complex and highly fragmented, with each gemstone facing its own set of challenges. While there have been promising developments, much work remains to be done in creating sustainable livelihoods for miners and minimizing the environmental footprint. This presentation will review some recent success stories and examine how these efforts can be applied to other world gem localities.
DR. SALEEM ALI
Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment
University of Delaware, Dept. of Geography & Center for Energy and Environmental Policy
Dr. Saleem H. Ali holds the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professorship in Energy and the Environment and directs the Gemstones and Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub at the University of Delaware. He is also a senior fellow at Columbia University's Center on Sustainable Investment. Dr. Ali is a member of the United Nations International Resource Panel; was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011; and received an Emerging Explorer award from the National Geographic Society in 2010. His books include Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future; Environmental Diplomacy (with Lawrence Susskind) and Mining, the Environment and Indigenous Development Conflicts.
Owner & President
Edward Boehm is a colored stone dealer and consultant from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has worked for the Gübelin Gem Lab and Pala International before consulting for GIA and USAID. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and serves on the editorial review boards for Gems & Gemology, The Journal of Gemmology, and The Australian Gemmologist Journal. His company, RareSource, specializes in fine & collectable gemstones, collection sales & acquisitions, and museum & laboratory consulting.
William Larson is one of the world’s most knowledgeable gem and mineral experts. Starting from a small collection at age ten, he has built one of the finest private mineral collections and has made Pala International one of America’s great colored stone houses. After graduating with a degree in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, Mr. Larson started Pala International in 1967. Today he travels the globe in search of fine gemstones and mineral specimens.
Supervisor, Field Gemology
Wim Vertriest is supervisor of field gemology for GIA in Bangkok. Since joining GIA’s Field Gemology department in 2015, Mr. Vertriest has visited gemstone mining areas in Africa, Asia, and Europe, where he was responsible for sample collection. He now oversees the field gemology department and curates GIA’s colored stone research collection in Bangkok. He obtained a master’s degree in geology (geodynamics and geofluids) in 2014 from KU Leuven in Belgium. He also holds a GIA Graduate Gemologist diploma and an FGA diploma from Gem-A.
Director, Mines To Market Program
Cristina Maria Villegas is director of mining at Pact, a U.S.-based non-governmental organization (NGO). She is a recognized global expert in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), with almost 15 years of experience in international development. She specializes in ASM, ethical sourcing, and rural development. Ms. Villegas serves as an advisory member of the Gemstone and Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub, Fairtrade Gold, Ethical Metalsmiths, ASM CRAFT Code/Market Entry Standard, UNEP Gold Program, and more. She also lectures at Columbia University.