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CIBJO ANNUAL CONGRESS HONG KONG MARCH 4-6, 2005 SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY DR. GAETANO CAVALIERI President 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 Republic. 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.
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