World Diamond Council Announces Featured Guests for 5th Annual Meeting in Jerusalem

(Jerusalem) May 2, 2007: The World Diamond Council (WDC) will hold its fifth annual meeting at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem on May 9 and 10, 2007, hosted by the Israeli Diamond Industry.

The meeting will focus on how the industry, governments and civil society groups can and need to work together to focus the success of the Kimberley Process to affect real change for all members of the diamond industry.

The event will bring together members of the diamond industry from Israel, the United States, Russia, South Africa, Namibia, Australia, Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom, Belgium, China, Canada and more.

Among the featured speakers are:

Gareth Penny, Managing Director, De Beers
Sergey Vibornov, President, Alrosa
Lev Leviev, Chairman, Leviev Group of Companies
Eli Izhakoff, Chairman and CEO, World Diamond Council
Ernie Blom, President, World Federation of Diamond Bourses
Jeff Fischer, President, International Diamond Manufactuers Association
Gaetano Cavalieri, President, World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO)

Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres will be the guest speaker at the opening reception at the David Citadel Hotel on May 9 at 8:00 pm. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Eli Yishai will open the official sessions at the hotel on May 10 at 9:00 am. Former Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition Benjamin Netanyahu will address the Gala Dinner at Teddy Hall on May 10 at 8:30 pm.