JWA Dubai organising committee has selected a panel of authoritative leaders, from different countries, representing key sectors of the jewellery industry. They were chosen for their expertise and insight relating to specific industries and strategic areas of business.

The JWA Dubai judging process is independent, robust, transparent and intellectually rigorous. Judges play a pivotal role maintaining the integrity of the awards, setting the standard for future years while ensuring the best-performing organisations are recognised.

Ahmed Bin Sulayem is the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DMCC and has driven its growth from a start-up of 28 member companies in 2003 to the world’s leading free zone in 2021 with over 20,000 member companies from 180 countries, employing over 65,000 people.

Tasked with enhancing commodity trade flows through Dubai, DMCC has introduced to the market a number of value-added products and services under Mr Bin Sulayem’s leadership. In 2021, DMCC has been named the ‘Global Free Zone of the Year’ by The Financial Times fDi Magazine, for a record seventh consecutive year.

Mr Bin Sulayem oversaw the exponential growth of the DMCC Free Zone master development in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), a 200-hectare business and residential community in Dubai of over 100,000 people living and working across 87 towers. Mr Bin Sulayem also oversees the development of DMCC’s latest real estate project; the much-anticipated Uptown Dubai district.

Mr Bin Sulayem currently serves as the Chairman of the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) and the Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange (DGCX).

The Kimberley Process officially appointed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the first and only Arab country to Chair the Kimberley Process in November 2015. Shortly after, the UAE Ministry of Economy officially appointed Mr Bin Sulayem as the UAE’s Chair of the Kimberley Process for 2016.

Nirupa Bhatt served as Managing Director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) India and the Middle East from 2008 until June 2020 where she launched GIA services to over 60 locations in India, the Middle East and Turkey. Nirupa has since then taken up a new role of Consulting Advisor at GIA. She worked with global mining conglomerate Rio Tinto's Diamond division for 20 years to market the rough diamond production in India and polished diamonds in the US market. An expert in gemstone and jewellery supply chain, Nirupa received several global honours for her contributions to the gemstone and jewellery industry. She has also been an active participant in several industry trade bodies including Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) and Gems & Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI). Nirupa is now also a Business Success coach and Leadership Circle Practitioner.
Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri has served for the past 20 years as president of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation. Uniting national jewellery and gemstone associations from more than 40 countries, and including many of the industry’s major corporations and international associations, CIBJO is the industry’s oldest international organization, having been established in 1926. It covers the entire jewellery, gemstone and precious metals sectors from mine to marketplace, within each of the component sectors in the various production, manufacturing and trading centres. In 2006, Dr. Cavalieri was responsible CIBJO receiving “Special Consultative Status” with United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), making it the first and only jewellery and gemstone representative to be officially recognized by the international body.

Marco Carniello joined Italian Exhibition Group (merger of Rimini Fiera and Fiera di Vicenza) in July 2016 and he is the Global Exhibition Director for Jewellery and Fashion shows, including the international jewellery appointment Vicenzaoro in Italy. Before entering the event industry, Marco worked in strategy consultancy with Accenture and Bain & Company and as sales Director for an accessories and fashion company in a private equity deal. Engineer by background, he holds an MBA from IESE Business School.

Chow Mei Lai Letitia, is the Chairperson & Founder of Jewellery World Awards (JWA) at Informa Markets Jewellery. Letitia Chow started her affiliation with the jewellery industry in 1980 when she was appointed Executive in-Charge of the De Beers Diamond Promotion Service in Southeast Asia. In 1983, she co-founded Jewellery News Asia, and launched the Chinese edition in 1994. In 2012, to meet the needs of the industry, she started the Jewellery World Awards (JWA).
  • The Recipients, or winners, will be announced on Tuesday, 25 January 2022. The award presentation, will be held at the JWA Dubai Ceremony and Gala Dinner on Monday, 21 February 2022, during Jewellery, Gem & Technology Dubai.
  • Judges consider each entry against category criteria, and their own discretion, based on relevant experience and expertise. Entrants may be requested to submit additional materials, including video, for certain award categories.
  • Due diligence will be conducted before, during and after judging. JWA Dubai reserves the right to request a visit to the facilities, or interview by phone, video or face to face, as part of the judging process.
  • All information provided for judging is strictly confidential.