Moti Ganz Receives First WDC-CIBJO Order of Merit Award

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Ramat Gan, Israel, May 9, 2013:  Moti Ganz, Chairman of the  Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI), was presented last night with the first ever Order of Merit Award of the World Diamond Council and CIBJO World Jewelry Confederation, at a gala event at the conclusion of the WDC and CIBJO meetings in Tel Aviv.

The award was presented by World Diamond Council President Eli Izhakoff and CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri in recognition of 25 years of public service on behalf of the global diamond industry.

During his career Moti Ganz served on various diamond industry bodies in Israel, and was elected unanimously as President of the Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association (IsDMA) in 2004. In 2008 he was became President of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), where he served until 2012. Since 2006 Ganz has been Chairman of the Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies.

Ganz was feted for bringing IDI to unprecedented achievements. “Even before the economic crisis in the United States, he pushed to enhance IDI’s activities in and exports to Asia – a move that helped the Israeli diamond industry through the crunch much more successfully than other world industries. In 2007 his vision led Moti to open the IDI representative office in Hong Kong — a ‘home away from home’ for Israeli diamond companies.

“Under his leadership, the Institute significantly enhanced the participation of Israeli diamond companies in international exhibitions, with the emphasis on Asia. Today, hundreds of those companies are showcased at the Israeli pavilion in exhibitions around the world,” cited moderator Michael Greenspan.

Moti Ganz expressed his gratitude for receiving the award, adding “I hope to continue to serve the diamond industry for many years. I love this industry and I hope the industry also loves me.”

WDC President Eli Izhakoff praised Ganz: “I spoke of leadership at the WDC meeting. Moti fits the description of what a good leader should be. He speaks little, but delivers a lot – effectively and beautifully.”

CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri assured Ganz, “This industry loves you as much as you love this industry.”

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