CIBJO ANNUAL CONGRESS
MARCH 4-6, 2005
DR. GAETANO CAVALIERI
CIBJO, The World Jewellery Confereration
Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri is the current president of CIBJO, The World Jewellery Confederation,
having assumed the post in March 2001, at the CIBJO Congress in Paris, France, and being
reconfirmed as president in March 2002 at the CIBJO Congress in Munich. He has been
involved with CIBJO for more than 12 years, representing the Wholesale Sector for Italy.
Dr. Cavalieri serves as president of the Italian Federation of Gold, Silver and Jewelry
Wholesalers (Federazione Nazionale Grossisti Orafi Gioiellieri Argentieri), which is based in
Rome. He also runs his own wholesale company, which was established in Sicily nearly 200
years ago. In 1979 he received a Ph.D. in economics from Catania University where he
specialized in marketing and market research. He also holds a Master Degree in multi-criteria
decision theory and business administration, finance and international marketing. He is a
chartered accountant and auditor, and worked in an accountancy firm with branches in
Turin, Milan and Rome from 1984 to 1989, and also as a global business consultant.
He currently serves as vice president of Promo Argenti, and vice president of the business
council of Italy-Sri Lanka. He is a member of the International Executive Council of the
Gemological Institute of America (GIA), a member of the Goldsmiths’ Company of London,
a member of the European Assay Association, and chief financial officer of the World
Diamond Council, a member of the board of directors of Mondimpresa SCPA, a government
body for international relations and foreign Trade, and a member of the board of the Italian
Institute for Foreign Trade and Commerce. He also serves as a Chancellor of Confedorafi,
and is on the board of directors of its pension fund. He is Knight and Officer of the Italian
Dr. Cavalieri today acts as a consultant to the Italian Ministry of Industry and Commerce,
and to the European Economic Commission in the areas of harmonization of standards and
value added tax (VAT) on gold. He is consultant to trade fair organizers across Europe, chief
of the International Relations office of Confcommercio (Italian General Trade Organization)
and a delegate to the Commission of Foreign Trade. He has been delegate to World Trade
Organization since 2000.
In 1976 he was named the “The Youngest Foreigner Managing Director” in Australia, and
won a prize for “The Most Advanced Jewellery Marketing Project” in Japan in 1978, and for
“The Best Programme to penetrate the German Jewellery Market’ in 1986.
He won the Ars et Labor Europe trophy in 1996, and has received recognition for publishing a
number of technical and scientific articles by the Minister of Industry of Italy.