The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) exists to represent its Bourse members and the international diamond trade, to protect the image and authenticity of diamonds, to safeguard the legal and commercial trading environment of the midstream diamond market and to engage responsibly on behalf of the industry with external stakeholders.

Established in 1947, the WFDB currently numbers 29 affiliated bourse members and is the umbrella organization of all the world’s accredited diamond bourses. It exists to protect the interests of affiliated bourses and their individual members, and also to further the amicable settlement or arbitration of disputes between individual members of the affiliated bourses and/or between affiliated bourses. The WFDB participates in the promotion of world trade and encourages the establishment of new diamond bourses.

Representing the vast majority of diamond traders and manufacturers worldwide, the WFDB is the ‘go to voice’ for the diamond industry. It aims to further professionalize the diamond industry by promoting better understanding and closer cooperation between people around the world who earn their livelihood in the diamond trade.

The most important resource and responsibility of the WFDB are the established disciplinary procedures in place in the bourses to take sanctions against offending members. This is because disciplinary measures have assumed increasing importance as compliance and ethics have come to the forefront of the global diamond trade.



 The International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) is committed to fostering and promoting the highest ideals of honesty and best practice principles throughout the diamond industry worldwide, as well as full compliance with all relevant national and international laws.


Concerns for 2019-2020

 The world of diamond manufacturing is subject to continuous changes and challenges.

The number of financing sources available to rough diamond buyers i.e. the diamond manufacturers, have become scant. IDMA is eager to find new and alternative financing sources, as a healthy financial structure is sine qua none for a healthy diamond industry and trade.

IDMA argues for an effective informational and educational campaign throughout the supply pipeline, from miner to consumer, to assure that there will be a clear differentiation between diamonds and their synthetic, gem-quality counterparts.


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Event Programme

Speakers & Panelists

Monday, 23 September 2019

14:00 - 17:00

The Bonnington Hotel Dubai

Bloomsbury Room, Level M

14:00 – 17:00

Arrival and Registration

15:00 – 17:00

WFDB Judicial Committee Meeting

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

08:00 – 12:00

The Bonnington Hotel Dubai, Level M

08:00 - 10:00

WFDB Promotion Committee Meeting, Kinsale Room

08:00 - 10:00

WFDB Trade and Business Committee Meeting, Bloomsbury Room

10:00 - 12:00

WFDB Executive Committee Meeting, Kinsale Room

10:00 - 12:00

IDMA Meeting, Bloomsbury Room

12:00 – 18:00

Almas Conference Centre

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 – 14:30

Opening Session


Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and CEO, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)

Ernie Blom, President, World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB)

Ronnie Van der Linden, President, International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA)

Gaetano Cavalieri, President, The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO)

Edgar de Carvalho, Executive Secretary, African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA)

14:30 - 15:00

Coffee Break

15:00 - 15:45

Panel Discussion 1

Topic: Lab-grown diamonds: a call for action

Moderator: Peter Meeus, Honorary Chairman, Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE)


Ronnie Van der Linden, IDMA

Jean-Marc Lieberherr, Diamond Producers Association

Yoram Dvash, IDE

Sathi Nair, Rapaport India

Parul Merchant, Bonas Diamond Brokers & Consultants India

15:45 - 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 - 16:45

Panel Discussion 2

Topic: How Traceability, Provenance and Blockchain Technology are becoming the new mantra in rough diamond trading

Moderator: Peter Meeus, Honorary Chairman, DDE


Feriel Zerouki, De Beers Group

Kennedy Hamutenya, NAMDIA

Alan Cohen, London Diamond Bourse

Edgar de Carvalho, ADPA

Peter Karakchiev, Alrosa

James Bernard, Head of Corporate Sales, DMCC

Iris Van der Veken, Executive Director, Responsible Jewellery Council

16:45 – 17:00

Coffee Break

17:00 - 18:00

Joint Session WFDB/IDMA

19:00 - 22:00

InterContinental, Dubai Marina

Evening Function: Joint Dinner with WFDB and IDMA Presidents and Guests

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

08:00 – 15:15

Almas Conference Centre for WFDB Sessions

Almas Tower, Level 49 for IDMA Sessions

08:00 – 10:30

WFDB / IDMA Individual Working Sessions

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 13:00

WFDB / IDMA Individual Working Sessions

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

WFDB / IDMA Individual Working Sessions

15:30 - 15:45

Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:30

Almas Conference Centre

15:45 - 16:15

WFDB / IDMA Joint Working Session


Stephane Fischler, President, World Diamond Council

Saar Levy, CEO, CEDEX

16:15 – 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:30

Press Conference

17:30 – 20:00

Almas Tower, Level 2

Official Opening of The Tender Facility with Evening Function

Thursday, 26 September 2019

08:00 – 17:45

Almas Conference Centre

Dubai Diamond Conference

Hosted by the Dubai Diamond Exchange, Presidents’ Meeting Participants are invited to attend the conference at a preferential rate. Find out more at

19:00 – 22:00

W Dubai Hotel – The Palm

Gala Dinner

Event Accommodation


Bonnington Hotel & Residence DMCC - Special Room Stay Offer
Welcome to a world of luxury, style and exceptional service at the Bonnington Hotel, which is located in the heart of Jumeirah Lakes Towers. DMCC/Almas tower is located opposite of the hotel 2mins walking distance.
Experience our impressive Superior room package with complimentary upgrade to Deluxe room or grab the full benefits of our Club Deluxe room.
Deluxe Room
Occupancy Rate in AED*
Single 419
Double 479
Club Deluxe room with Club benefits
Occupancy Rate in AED*
Single 669
Double 729

*Click here to view terms and conditions.

Tel +971 4 356 0000

Emirates Airline - Special Travel Rate

We’re pleased to inform you that Emirates Airlines has proudly been selected as the partner airline for the Dubai Diamond Conference 2019. Emirates has excellent connections to all of the six continents via Dubai with more than 161 current destinations worldwide - and we are expanding our route network all the time.

Book your travel with Emirates and receive an exclusive 10% discount on your flights to the Dubai Diamond Conference.*

Promotion code: EVE6MND
Travel Validity: 19 September - 01 October 2019

*Terms and conditions apply:

  • - Outbound and inbound travel must be within the validity period
  • - Destinations: Offer valid ONLY from and to gateway cities in which Emirates operates direct flights (including interline flights to gateway cities).
  • - Discount applicable: 10% off on the prevailing lowest online fare on Business Class and on Economy Class return fares (excluding Special Fares). First Class no discount is applicable
  • - Offer valid ONLY for return travel to Emirates gateway cities to Dubai and not from Dubai.
  • - Offer extends to companions travelling with attendees.
  • - The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other promotion, discount or special offer.
  • - Regular charges applies for any modification and changes as per the fare rule and conditions. 
  • - The promotion code should be displayed on a secured website which is accessed by the delegates.

Spouse Programme

 DMCC has partnered with ITS - Galadari Travel Group to offer special rates on popular attractions and activites in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
For bookings, contact:
Lakshmi Anand
Tel +971 4 3351135 | Cell +971 50 3846634